Principal’s Message Week 7

Dear Parents and Carers

Directions 2018-2020

As many of you will be aware, we are currently developing a new Business Plan that will articulate directions and focuses planned for the next three years. The most critical work however is drawing on a range of information to determine what those directions and focuses actually are. The things that inform planning by the staff and the School Board include:

  • Global, national and local trends and initiatives
    (child safe organisations; ‘strengths-based’ approaches; critical and creative thinking; STEM)
  • Actions mandated by our Department and/or the State and Australian Governments
    (assessments such as NAPLAN and On-Entry; teaching protective behaviours, specific policy development; expenditure of resources)
  • Contemporary research
    (critical importance of student and staff wellbeing; implications of ‘brain’ research for student learning; strengthening ‘student voice’, student agency, collaboration, resilience, communication)
  • Information about student achievement, progress, health and wellbeing
    (data from On-Entry Assessments, PAT assessments, National School Opinion Surveys, Engagement and Wellbeing survey (Yrs 4-6), Six Star (wellbeing) survey, NAPLAN)

Support for students

In last week’s newsletter we included some information about Alice Fern, the school nurse attached to Kapinara. This week we are including some information about Richard Luyke, our school psychologist who is at Kapinara on Wednesdays. I hope you find the information helpful.

Arriving at School

Thanks to students arriving at school by bicycle, for riding around the school perimeter to the letterbox on Catesby St, dismounting from their bikes and wheeling them down to the store then in the bike racks. Bike riders are asked to do this and not ride up/down the grass slope. Thank you.

What’s been happening and what’s coming up

  • Children from PP to Year 2 have just completed five sessions of protective behaviours with Ali Fisher. Students in Years 3-6 are taught protective behaviours by teachers
  • Students in Years 4-6 participated in our annual faction swimming carnival, which was won by Strickland. Congratulations students and thanks to Miss Burrows and Mr Hodgson
  • Year 6 students are in the middle of LetsRide bike education sessions, presented by members of Cycling Australia as part of the Sporting Schools initiative. Year 5 students will participate in the program at a later date.
  • Children in 3H are leading our assembly on Friday 22 March 2019
  • Students in 4W will be leading assembly on Friday 12 April 2019
  • Year 3 and Year 6 students will be collaborating to produce our school Anzac service on Thursday 11 April at 10:50am

‘Parenting Ideas’

‘Parenting Ideas’ is a web-based resource designed to support schools and families. It includes articles (‘insights’), webinars, videos and eGuides. A different article will be attached to each newsletter. The articles are short, easy to read and practical. They primarily focus on students’ mental health and wellbeing. Sometimes we might also include a webinar that you are able to access (free) as we are a ‘Parenting Ideas’ school (you will need to enter a voucher code which we will provide). Webinars can be downloaded and watched at any time. Please note expiry dates for individual topics however.

Today’s newsletter contains links to the two most recent articles – one, posted today, is about helpful responses to the very recent events in Christchurch. The other is about the importance of time for play amid our busy schedules. This will coincide with a brochure being sent home with K & P students ‘ The Importance of Play based Learning. ‘There are also spare copies available on the brochure table in the office.

I look forward to seeing you at future events over the remaining weeks of this term.

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

Principal’s Message Week 5

Dear Parents and Carers

School Board

I would like to sincerely thank the parents in our school community who have indicated their willingness to serve on the School Board, commencing this year. The primary focus for the first part of this year will be the collaborative task of developing our next three-year Business Plan. Board members are appointed for a one, two or three-year tenure. The idea is that the tenures of individual members ‘end’ at different points in time, providing continuity across the years. The three new parent members will join parents Dale Miller and Jen Wiggins, three staff members and myself on the Board. Please take time to consider the information provided by each nominee, and nominate the three you would most like to see represent the school community over the next one to three years. (an email with a link will follow)

Attendance

I have written about the critical importance of regular school attendance on many occasions. The research on school attendance indicates that regular attendance patterns must begin in Kindergarten. Although enrolling a child in Kindergarten is not compulsory, once enrolled Kindy students’ attendance is compulsory.

There is also not an amount of ‘non-attendance’ that is okay. On any given day, children will be being introduced to something new; consolidating learning; completing a formal or informal assessment; working on an ongoing group project and attending specialist classes (which occur one day each week). For this reason, please do everything you can to ensure your child is at school every day, unless he or she is unwell.

If you are aware that your child is tired, I encourage you to have a chat to your child’s teacher. Your child might be (understandably) tired at the end of the day or week, but might not be showing signs of this at school, and/or may not require a day or a sleep-in to catch up. Similarly, if you are considering withdrawing your child to attend an external program (therapy/education) during school hours, please also speak with your child’s teacher, with Mrs Knowles or myself. Ideally, we will all be on the ‘same page’ and working together.

Finally, almost all absences during the school term will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’ for the purposes of the Department’s student attendance data, unless we are notified that your child is unwell. The only other time an absence other than illness can potentially be authorised pertains to travel during school due to an exceptional circumstance – for example travel to another State or country for a significant family event. If you find yourself in this position, please contact me, preferably via email, and in advance. I am only able to authorise these prior to the event.

NAPLAN Online

This year, Year 3 and Year 5 students will participate in NAPLAN. With the exception of Year 3 Writing, NAPLAN will be completed online as it was last year. Students will be familiar with online learning platforms, and at Kapinara NAPLAN is viewed as one of a number of assessments that provide us with information about what children know and can apply. A brochure will be sent home with students in Year 3 and Year 5 in the next day or two. NAPLAN will be completed between the 14 and 24 May. You will receive more specific dates closer to the time.

Year 6 Students

I would like to thank the Year 6 students for leading our assembly last Friday, and for sharing their ‘character strengths’ with us all. I look forward to talking about ‘strengths’ and ‘strengths-based’ approaches to learning and personal wellbeing, as the year progresses. I would like to congratulate the Year 6 students who were announced as Student Councillors and Faction Leaders at the assembly.

Congratulations to:
Jessica W and Nick J, Faction Leaders, Winter
Seb S and Zac A, Faction Leaders, Strickland
Isis S and Riley D-D, Faction Leaders, Elliott
Olivia Y, Nic T, Honey W and Lucy B, Student Councillors
I would also like to acknowledge the willingness of a significant number of other Year 6 students to step into a leadership role, and to stand in front of their peers, students in Years 4 and 5, and their teachers, to present a speech to this effect. Well done!

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

Principal’s Message Week 3

Dear Parents and Carers

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our P & C for organising the sundowner last week. I’m pleased that so many families were able to attend. I trust that our new families have felt welcomed into the Kapinara School Community.

How Can I Help?

School communities are so much richer for the contributions made by parents and grandparents in a range of ways. Below are some ways in which we encourage you to participate.

  • Helping in our school canteen which is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Helping in classrooms, regularly or as a one off
  • Being a member of the Parents and Citizens Association (P & C)
  • Nominating for the School Board
  • Joining us for assemblies (selected Friday mornings) and sporting, music and art events
  • Supporting a range of fund raising events (cake stalls, Book Fair, purchasing an Entertainment Book etc)

P & C

It would be great to see a few new faces at P & C meetings again this year. The efforts of the P & C are primarily focused on fund raising, but the P & C also contributes to the culture and cohesion of the school community, by connecting informally with families.

The P & C has two class representatives. The ‘class reps’ as they are known, each have a different role. One is responsible for coordinating a year level fundraiser, and emailing class parents to remind them of things such as excursion notes that are due. Teachers are responsible for all information about the teaching and learning program that is sent home. The class rep simply offers families a reminder here and there. The second class rep is a ‘social’ one, who will occasionally coordinate social get-togethers with the children and families of others in the class or year level.

If you have any questions or concerns about the teaching and learning program, relationships between your child and another or others in the class, the point of contact is your child’s class teacher. If you have any questions or concerns beyond the classroom or if something continues to trouble you, I encourage you to contact either Kim Knowles, Deputy Principal or myself, as soon as possible.

Please do not contact the P & C class reps to raise issues about school matters and please do not, under any circumstances, use the class email lists to communicate anything other than matters related to the roles of the class reps as outlined above. Thank you.

School Board

We are seeking nominations for our School Board. The tenure of three community members ended last year – Chair, Cherie Atchison and her family moved back to their home state of Tasmania; our previous Board Chair, Chris Higgs ended a second term on the Board as the younger of his two boys graduated last year; and Lance Perry also completed his second term on the Board. On behalf of the staff and school community I’d like to sincerely thank them for their valued contributions over a number of years.

We currently have two community members on the Board – Dale Miller, who has children in Pre-Primary and Year 1, and Jen Mintz (Wiggins) who has children in Year 3 and Year 5. There is now an opportunity for three people in our school community to join the Board. The Board’s function is to contribute to planning at a strategic level. The Board considers (de-identified) student performance data, aligned to the targets and focuses of our Business Plan and the current priorities of our Department. It may contribute to the development of school level policies, and seek the perspectives of others in such matters. The Board is also responsible for the school dress code. Please be aware that the Board does not have a role in ‘operational matters’ or the day to day running of the school.

If you are interested in nominating a member of the school community (with their permission) or nominating yourself, please complete the form attached and either scan and email me directly, or hand to the office in a sealed envelope marked ‘Confidential’ School Board. If you would like to speak to me or one of the parent Board members before deciding whether to nominate, I’m confident that Dale, Jen and Lance would be happy to chat to you. Thank you for giving this your thoughtful consideration.

Our first assembly is scheduled for Friday 1 March, and will be hosted by the Year 6s.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

From the Principal Week 1

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome to a new school year. I’d like to extend a particularly warm welcome to our unusually large group of new students and their families. I hope you will be able to join other members of our school community at the annual sundowner next Friday afternoon (15 February 2019) being organised by the P & C. The P & C (Parents and Citizens Association) in addition to being a dedicated fundraising body, also organise activities and events that bring the community together. The sundowner is an opportunity for some of our Kindy students’ families to meet other families, and for our new Pre-Primary to Year 6 students’ families to do the same. There will be a sausage sizzle, paella, ice-cream etc available. You will receive information about this event shortly. The P & C would be delighted if some of our new and existing families could join them once or twice a term when they meet. This has historically been on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm.

2019 Classes

This year we commence with the same number of classes that we had in 2017; one more than we had in 2018. The structure of classes is dependent on the number of students in a given year level, as the recommended number of children in a class differs across the school until Year 4. Year level classes beneath Year 4 have a smaller recommended maximum number of students. Composite classes (of two year levels) are a common feature of primary schools, often for this reason.

We always strive to ensure that the children in each class have a range of ‘academic’ abilities, and a range of social and personal abilities. This is true for each year level, including year levels in a composite class. We also strive to ensure that each child has someone in their ‘new’ class that they can connect with and work with effectively. This is not necessarily the peer or peers they most enjoy playing with. I assure you that many, many hours of careful thought and discussion go into the establishment of classes – Kindy children aside, that involves 340 students. As always, if you have any questions about classes, or any other school level matter, please seek that information from Kim Knowles, Deputy Principal or myself. I trust that your child/children have had a smooth start to the year.

What’s Happening

  • Swimming lessons at Cottesloe Beach (Years 5 and 6) commence tomorrow
  • Swim Squad commences next Tuesday afternoon. An information sheet and permission slip will be emailed tomorrow when we make a final decision re bus transport to Bold Park Aquatic
  • Instrumental music lessons commence next week
  • violin and viola on Tuesday with Ms Therese Arnold
  • double bass on Tuesday with Ms Anna Person
  • cello on Wednesday afternoon with Alexandra Bak
  • guitar on Monday morning (to be confirmed)
  • P & C Sundowner on Friday, 15 February

Protective Behaviours

Protective Behaviours sessions for children in Pre-Primary, Year 1 and Year 2 will commence on Friday and run for the following four weeks (a total of five sessions in total). The children will be taught by Ali Fisher, who has presented these sessions from P-6 during the last few years. Families will receive information prior to and during the five weeks. Teachers of Years 3-6 will teach Protective Behaviours as part of their class Health program, and Kindy children will be taught by Ali Fisher in Term 4.

Assembly

Our first assembly will be in Week 4 and will be led by Year 6 students.
Best wishes for a great year.

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

Principal’s Message Week 9

Dear Parents and Carers

I’m not sure how we reached December so quickly, but here we are! I am very fortunate to have some beautiful December-themed artwork in my office, courtesy of Lenni, Ellen and Abbie from Pre-Primary. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concert

We are all looking forward to our end of year concert on Thursday. We have planned it in two sections with a 60min ‘break’ in between. This way, the very young children can perform, watch a few items and then go home to bed if they are tired, and older students who don’t have young siblings can arrive a bit later. Thank you to the P & C for arranging a food and drink option in between. Please note that children will rotate from the music room to the stage to sitting in the audience. K-3 children will be released to parents at the end of the first half of the concert. This will enable us to maximise safety and keep the concert running smoothly. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this regard.
Students in Kindy, Pre-Primary and Years 1-3 and the Orchestra are asked to meet their teachers on the grassed area outside the Music Room at 4.40pm.
Years 4-6 are asked to meet their teachers on the grassed area outside the Music room at 6.25pm.
A reminder to parents that there will be a dress rehearsal at school on Thursday, and students should bring their costumes to school.

School Song

Please note that as per Chris Higgs’ email to families last Wednesday, there will be a process put in place early next year, communicating further about the school song and seeking input from the community regarding a way forward.

National School Opinion Survey

Thank you to those who completed the recent parent survey. The Board, the staff and I appreciate your feedback and will draw on this information in our decision making about policies and programs.

As a snapshot, the survey reflected an increasing awareness of the School Board and its role; and which program families would particularly like their children to have access to, if this needed to occur on a user-pays basis. Of the eight programs surveyed, the four most strongly supported were technologies, public speaking, bike education and drama. We have started to explore options for each of these. It doesn’t mean that the others won’t be considered, but rather we will begin to look at opportunities for the ‘top four’ in the first instance.

Regarding the information sought to shape a Healthy Food and Drink Policy, the survey interestingly revealed that

  • the majority of the community have little knowledge about the ‘traffic light system’ of classifying foods (something that we can easily address next year)
  • 82% of respondents reported feeling pressured to provide snacks/treats when it was their young child’s birthday
  • 77% indicated that the practice meant that their child didn’t eat (a usually healthier) recess or lunch when the above occurred (sometimes this might be three out of five days that week)
  • 96% reported that they would not be disappointed if the practice did not continue

While this information may be of no or little concern to some, it means that when we are drafting policy, we are aware of whether the birthday treat issue is large or small from a community perspective.

Planning for 2019

Thank you to those who have advised us if your child will not be attending Kapinara next year, and for those who contacted me with additional information about their child, by the end of November.
Please continue to let us know if your situation changes, particularly if your child is beginning in Kindergarten in 2019.
And finally a warm welcome to our families reading our newsletter for the first time, we welcome you to our Kapinara community and look forward to working together with you in 2019.
I look forward to seeing you at the concert on Thursday.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

 

Principal’s Message Week 7

Dear Parents and Carers

Community

Thank you to the parents/carers who did such wonderful work on the Kindergarten and Pre-Primary playgrounds on Sunday. Mr Dewar, our gardener/handyman, will now pressure spray the wooden aspects of the following the scraping and sanding that was done on the weekend. Following Part 2 of the Busy Bee next weekend, our K and P playgrounds and the bench seats beneath the trees near the library, will be looking fabulous.

As we approach the end of another school year, I would like to sincerely thank those in our community who volunteer their time in a variety of ways; helping in classrooms and in the canteen, being a class rep, assisting at sporting events, Arts events and excursions, and supporting P&C initiatives such as cake stalls and other fundraising events; Board membership and most recently via busy bees. Out of school hours, our families also support each other by cooking meals, cleaning, gardening, painting and helping others to move house. This ‘service for others’ has been a strong and proud feature of the Kapinara community for many years. It brings cohesion and sense of belonging to everyone; which positively impacts the health and wellbeing of children and the adults in their lives.

I am also very proud of the initiative being undertaken by our Year 5 students, who have identified three groups within the Perth community who would benefit from their expression of ‘Kindness, Consideration and Service for Others’ – the homeless, refugee families and those affected by domestic violence. Please support the students in gathering items that will be packaged and offered to those in need. Thank you. 🙂 

Planning for 2019

As I have done in the past, I invite you to let me know if there is any information that you believe is likely to impact significantly on your child’s learning and/or wellbeing next year. I assure you that many hours of thought, care and collaboration go into establishing class groups. Notwithstanding this, if you wish to make me aware of any additional information pertaining specifically to your child, please contact me either through the school office, or via email or phone no later than Tuesday 27 November. This does not include requests for a specific teacher. Please contact me directly rather than your child’s teacher. It may be that I need to make last minute changes to classes and this is the only way of ensuring I have all the information I require.

School Board – Open Meeting

From the beginning of next year, there will be a vacancy for two new Board members. We are very grateful that people have previously shown an interest in becoming a Board member. The Board focuses on the strategic direction of the school, while the P & C focuses on fundraising. We will be holding an Open Meeting on Monday 26 November at 6:00pm and invite you to join us. This might be a good opportunity to see how the Board works and/or to gain a snapshot of matters that are discussed at Board meetings.

National School Opinion Surveys

These surveys (one each for students, parents and staff) must be completed bi-annually, however several of our Business Plan targets are based on specific survey items and we therefore complete them annually. The data from the student surveys (completed by students in Years 5 and 6) will be considered at the open Board meeting next Monday. The student survey included nationally mandated items and Kapinara-specific items. The parent survey includes both also. The Kapinara-specific items enable us to gauge how the parent community feels about a range of programs and policy directions at Kapinara, and we aim to ensure it can be completed within a few minutes. This informs decisions we make at school and Board levels. I therefore seek your support in completing the survey. The more responses we receive the more meaning we can attach to the data. The survey will be emailed to families tomorrow. Thank you for taking the time to hit those radio buttons.

Year 6 Fair

Our Year 6 students have planned and prepared for the fair, primarily within the learning contexts of Economics and Design and Technologies. They have designed and trialled a range of activities which will be available from 9:00am – 12:15pm next Wednesday, 28 November 2018. Activities and items for purchase range in price from $1:00 – $4:00. There will also be a sausage sizzle available via pre-order (please see order form attached).

I look forward to seeing some of you at our assembly on Friday, hosted by 5/6S and 5/6D.

Best wishes,
Elizabeth Blackwell

 

Principal’s Message Week 5

Dear Parents and Carers

Assembly

Thank you and congratulations to Mr Watt’s class for hosting our assembly last Friday. They took us back a few decades with the Beach Boys and some smooth moves. Congratulations also to those students who received merit certificates and ICAS awards. We were particularly delighted to share Charlotte L’s (Year 5) success in English (reading comprehension). She received a High Distinction, which is awarded to the top 1% of students. We were also thrilled that over a dozen students received a Distinction in Writing (placing them in the top 11%) and half a dozen received a Distinction in English. Significant numbers received credits placing them in the top third of students who completed the assessments. We have recently been advised that from next year, ICAS will be offered online for students from Year 4.

Personal Requirements Lists 2019

Personal Requirements Lists (formerly known as ‘booklists’) will be available from next week. While OfficeMax is the preferred supplier again this year, and our school benefits when families purchase items through the company, items may be purchased anywhere. It is helpful if families could try to adhere to the brands of stationery items etc specified as they are usually selected for their longevity. Please be assured that considerable time and thought is invested in the Requirements Lists. We consider resources that we believe will best support teaching and learning programs at this point in time (2019). As such, the items will vary a little from year to year, and will differ among schools.

Charges and Voluntary Contributions

The School Board also considers and endorses the schedule of Charges and Voluntary Contributions for the following school year. Our Board did this along with the Personal Requirements lists at our Board meeting last week. It is a requirement that all public schools provide the schedule to parents at least two months prior to the start of the next school year, to enable families to anticipate and plan ahead for potential costs associated with school. The costs provided are maximum predicted costs, and in many cases the amounts will be less, particularly with regard to excursions/incursions. If families ever find amounts difficult to pay for whatever reason, please have a confidential chat with me.

Bike Education

A couple of people have recently asked about Bike Education. Wendy Tusak has previously run a five session Bike Ed program for students in Year 5. The program was dependent on parent volunteers, and the school paid to release Mrs Tusak from other duties. It had been becoming increasingly difficult to get the required number of volunteers, and after the much lower number of volunteers last year, we determined that it was no longer safe or practical to run in its current form. Having said that, we have been looking at a program called Let’s Ride that is available through Cycling WA and Sporting Schools. We will put a question about the program in the Parent National School Opinion Survey that we hope to make available in the next week or so. This will inform our decision making for next year, including which year levels are offered the program.

National School Opinion Surveys

I appreciate that completing surveys is often a chore, but this is the most efficient way for us to canvas our school community about what matters, and possibly what doesn’t. While it doesn’t dictate future planning it certainly informs our planning, particularly when we have information from students, parents and staff sitting alongside each other. As an example, we have continued to offer ICAS in the past two or three years based on feedback from families via the surveys. I am committed to making the survey as quick and easy to complete as possible, and in return I ask that you again make time to complete it. We value your feedback – positive or negative, but offered respectfully with a view to ongoing school improvement. Thank you for taking the time.

Finally, you are invited to join us for our brief Remembrance Day service, immediately after recess on Friday morning. In the meantime we are looking forward to the visit by author/illustrators Frane Lessac and Mark Greenwood on Thursday.

Best wishes
Elizabeth Blackwell

Principal’s Message Week 3

Dear Parents and Carers

In-Term Swimming

Congratulations to the families of children from Pre-Primary to Year 2 who successfully navigated their way through the additional challenges of in-term swimming. We were fortunate to have been allocated afternoon sessions and grateful that the weather was, on the whole, very good. Some of our students were excited just to travel by bus. In 2019, students in Years 5 and 6 will participate in in-term swimming in the first two weeks of school. Those in Pre-Primary to Year 4 have their in-term swimming scheduled in Term 4.

Vandalism

We have been very fortunate to have had only one or two isolated incidences of vandalism at Kapinara. Sadly however, over the weekend just gone, vandals smashed glass on the ground within the school, and attempted to start several fires. The incident has been reported to, and investigated by, Police. Interestingly, in the last few weeks at least two former Kapinara students were seen inside the school grounds and on the roof. Several current students have also been seen within the school grounds.

We are delighted to be in a position to share our beautiful playgrounds and ovals with our school community and broader community. All we ask is that people treat these valued spaces with courtesy and respect, and spend their time on the clearly visible ovals and playgrounds. There should be no reason for current or former students to be in the quadrangle and on the verandah. Please mention this to your child if he/she is playing on the school grounds outside school hours. Should we experience any further vandalism, we will provide police with the names of students past and/or present who have been observed within the school, as opposed to playing on the oval or playgrounds recently.

On the advice of the WA Police, we will place signs at entrance points to the school warning that ‘trespassers will be prosecuted’ if any property is harmed.

As a school community we request that neighbouring property owners please be vigilant and report any disturbances or suspicious activity. Please contact the police on 131444 for trespassing or 000 to report suspicious activity where it is thought to be potentially causing damage or fire.

Instrumental Music

This is a brief reminder for parents of students currently in Years 2, 3 and 4. At the end of last term, information pertaining to the Department of Education WA’s instrumental music program, was emailed to the families of these students. Attached was an Expression of Interest (EOI) form, many of which have been returned. Just in case anyone missed or overlooked the email sent on the 19 September, we will accept EOIs that arrive at the front office by this Friday.

Arts Night

The school is already starting to come to life with the colour and creativity of students’ 2018 artworks. We hope that you will be able to join us for Kapinara’s Arts Night tomorrow between 6:00 and 9:00pm. See you there!

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

Principal’s Message Week 1

Dear Parents and Carers

I trust everyone had an enjoyable holiday break.

Swimming Lessons

Today the children from Pre-Primary to Year 2 commence the in-term swimming program. The costs associated with in-term swimming are simply the cost of the bus and pool entry. The Department of Education WA funds the teaching component.
If you have a child doing in-term swimming can I suggest you label EVERYTHING. Goggles and footwear are often the same or similar in appearance, and students are reluctant to ‘own up to’ lost underwear – even your child’s initials will help.

Parent Survey

For those of you who may be new to Kapinara this year, in Term 4 we ask families to complete a survey. Known as National School Opinion Surveys, there are similar surveys for parents, teachers and students (pitched at students in Years 5 and 6).
A section of the survey is mandated by the Australian Government and the items are of a very general nature, as they need to be to cover the scope of the full range of schools. Unfortunately, many items are open to interpretation. In the absence of anything ‘better’ however, we use several of the items to establish targets in non-academic areas within our Business Plan. For this reason, it is important to us that as many families as possible complete these surveys.
There is another section of the survey which allows us to develop items that pertain specifically to our school. This is the most economical way for the school and the Board to obtain feedback and perspectives from families regarding programs, events, initiatives etc.

Before and After School

Please remember that students are expected to arrive at school for an 8:45 start in class; which means that children are expected to arrive between about 8:30 – 8:40am. The expectation is that they sit and read/chat etc until classes are open. While some children arrive just prior to 8:30am, a small number appear to be arriving significantly earlier. Recently a significant number of children have also been remaining on-site for up to 30mins at the end of the day – these include younger children. This rarely poses a problem when a parent/carer is present, but increasingly this is not always the case.   
While we want children to become as independent as possible, we are concerned about children travelling to and from school before or after most other families are travelling to and from school. Travelling at the same time as others helps to keep children safe. Please ensure that if your child is staying to play with peers beyond 3:10/3:15pm that a parent or carer is nearby. This is also true for the playground adjacent to the upper oval. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

Arts Night

Despite still recovering from the weeks of work invested in the Catesby St mosaic, Miss Trovarelli is keen for the students to showcase the artworks they have completed throughout the year. We therefore look forward to welcoming you to Arts Night on Thursday 25th October (Week 3). Please consider creating a family artwork … something that begins with ‘S’.

Assembly

Please note that, due to Arts Night, the assembly hosted by 4/5W is now on Friday 2 November. We will also have a small Remembrance Day service the following Friday (9 November) at approx. 11:00am. 
We look forward to seeing you at Arts Night.

Best wishes.

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

                            

Principal’s Message Week 9

Dear Parents and Carers

A huge assembly …

It was great to welcome so many to our assembly last week hosted by 3FJ .

The class shared what they had learned in the context of Science Week, highlighting the process inventors go through, including the challenges they face, to reach a final ‘workable product’. Congratulations to the students, who had scripted their own vignettes about Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and Ada Lovelace. Congratulations too to those who were acknowledged for their running club efforts, and to those who received certificates from their teachers.

Cooper R received recognition for his speech on exercise, as part of the Cambridge Rotary public speaking event. Cooper was presented with a certificate by Mr Jeremy Wood, former President of Cambridge Rotary. Current President of Cambridge Rotary, Mr Peter Pearse presented the school with a Dymocks gift voucher. Thank you Cooper and Rotary. Cooper speaks in the Rotary Primary School district final this evening, and we wish him well!

I would also like to thank Maddie W and Ruby S for the combined speech they presented on KINDNESS, a cornerstone of our school motto, and something that can be easily overlooked among the pressures and ‘busyness’ of everyday life. We hope to be able to share their speech via our school website soon.

Athletics

It was also great to welcome families to our two athletics carnivals. Congratulations to Mrs Smith and Mr Hodgson for organising these events, and a very sincere thank you to teachers and parent helpers who ensured things ran smoothly. Parents with children from Kindergarten to Year 2 are invited to complete a 10 second survey created by Mr Hodgson, to seek feedback on the junior carnival. Please click on this link http://kapinaraps.wa.edu.au/junior-faction-carnival-survey/

Selected students in Years 3-6 will represent Kapinara at the Interschool Athletics Carnival at Woodlands PS tomorrow. Go Kapinara!!

Basketball and Technologies

Today, students in Years 3-6 have participated in either a day of basketball or a movie making day (Technologies). The idea was to provide the basketball students who play out of school hours, with the opportunity to participate in the School Sport WA Basketball competition at Bendat Stadium, while providing an alternative enrichment activity for their non-basketball playing peers. Thank you to Ms Lauren Filov who has done a lot of work behind the scenes for the technologies day, and to Mrs Louise Smith who has done the work behind the scenes for the basketballers.

Dogs

Please remember that dogs should be kept at the perimeter of the school only. We are inviting one of the Town of Cambridge Rangers to talk to our students about helpful and unhelpful ways of interacting with dogs and you will be invited to join us. In the meantime, please respect that one of the strategies we have in place to keep everyone safe at Kapinara, is that dogs remain at the perimeter of the school. It would be helpful if you could also remind anyone walking their dog on school grounds at any other time, to pick up any of the messes made by their dog. Your children deserve to play on an oval, playground and quadrangle that is clean.

2019 Enrolments

Please continue to advise us if your child will not be attending Kapinara PS next year. This is important information for our planning in terms of creating classes and determining budgets. Thank you to those few families who have already done so.

Planned Absences

I would like to thank families who have contacted me regarding planned absences from school. While I may not be in a position to authorise some of these absences, I appreciate the courtesy of being informed prior to the event, as do our teachers. It can also mean that disruption to others in the class can be minimised to some extent.

I look forward to seeing some of you at the Town of Cambridge Local Schools Art Exhibition on Thursday evening, and many of you at next Friday’s assembly hosted by PP1 & PP2.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell