Latest News – Week 2

Dear Parents and Carers

PP – Year 4 Interm Swimming

This 8-day series of lessons is not until the last two weeks of this term (7 – 16 December), and replaces the lessons that were cancelled earlier in the year because of COVID-19. We usually have our lessons at Bold Park, however it is fully booked at that time so we have been reallocated to Scarborough Beach Pool. We have been allocated afternoon timeslots.

As this is an outdoor venue can I make a couple of suggestions?

  • If your child needs a new rashie, consider getting a long sleeved one.
  • Between now and the commencement of lessons please make sure that your child is capable of applying their own sunscreen, especially our younger students. Teachers will supervise but will not be able to apply sunscreen to each and every child.

Permission and information notes will be sent out soon.


Brightpath Numeracy Trial Year 2 – 6

Brightpath is a Western Australian organisation who support teachers to use professional judgements to make high-quality assessments in a range of learning domains. At Kapinara we use the Brightpath writing assessment platform and have now been invited to trial a new suite of numeracy assessments.

Students in Year 2 – 6 will be completing a number of numeracy assessments, commencing the week beginning 2 November. The assessments comprise of multiple-choice and short response questions. Students will complete the assessments on-line.

The assessment feedback will inform changes that may be required in the future. Our Brightpath coordinator is Mrs Kylie Powell and should you require further information she can be contacted at

2021 Year 7 ICT Information Session – Churchlands SHS
Parents of children attending Churchlands Senior High School in 2021 in Year 7, are invited to attend an ICT information session next Tuesday, 27 October 2020 in the concert hall at CSHS at 5pm. Click here for details

Pre-Primary Planting Session
This week the Pre-Primary classes had a planting session.  Bunnings usually comes to the school to do a planting session with the children, but like most things this year, it wasn’t possible.  So Anke Woodland, our “Patch” co-ordinator,  rallied a few parents to help with the planting session instead.  Everyone had a great morning.

Back in Term 2 the children planted garlic, and here they are showing off the recent harvest!






Pre-Primary Picnic
A reminder to parents and carers, that you are invited to join PP1 and PP2 students on the lower oval during their lunchbreak on Thursday, 22 October 2020,  11.30-12.30. You only need a picnic rug and lunch. Please provide children with their regular healthy lunches; the treat is having you share their lunchtime!

Year 6 Camp
Rottnest – what a fabulous location for Year 6 Camp! The weather was perfect, the water was warm(ish) and there was so much to see and do. Our Year 6s successfully rode to the West End and back; learned about history, geography, sustainability and Aboriginal culture; took part in night-time activities such as stargazing and a quiz night; and entertained us with their performances during dorm inspections. Students particularly loved the swimming and buying lunch in Thompson Bay on the last day. A particular thank you to our very capable parent helpers – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Congratulations to everyone who took part; it was exhausting, but an incredible amount of fun.

Joanne Dixon, Georgia Stewart and Dean Hodgson

Principal’s Message – End of Term

Dear Parents and Carers

I’m not sure where Term 3 has gone really. Term 2 seemed to zoom by, and Term 3 seems to have also passed quickly. Having said that, most of us are well and truly ready to have some ‘down’ time and a good rest! Let’s hope for some lovely weather.

The last two to three weeks have been quite eventful.


Congratulations and thank you to the following three students who so capably represented our school at last week’s local schools’ Speech Night. Mila G (Year 5) and Noa M and Stephanie W (both Year 6) represented Kapinara. All nine speakers presented a thoughtful speech that was polished, well-structured and engaging. As you will have noted in a previous post, Stephanie W was the top performer. Congratulations Stephanie!

Interschool Athletics

Over 60 of our students in Years 3-6 represented Kapinara at the Interschool Athletics event last week. It was lovely to greet everyone as they came off the bus at the very end of the day. They were so proud of their efforts and achievements, and delighted to have performed so well. Not only did Kapinara place third overall, but Xavier M received the award for Year 3 Champion Boy; and Mila G and Owen M (both Year 5), and Stephanie W and Eita S (both Year 6) received Runners-Up awards. Congratulations! Thank you to all students who represented our school; and thanks to Ms Burrows and Mr Hodgson for the ongoing training and support that underpins the students’ skilled performance and sportsmanship.

Cyber Safety Education

Huge thanks to the P & C for funding last week’s evening presentation by Clinical Psychologist Jordan Foster. Teaching staff completed a two-hour session with Jordan immediately before. I’m sure that everyone who attended found the information presented really helpful … if not a little frightening!

Crunch and Sip – The Great Vegie Crunch

The Great Vegie Crunch, an initiative supported by the Cancer Council WA and Healthway, was brought to life last Friday by Canteen Manager Kirsten P and a couple of trusty helpers. Kapinara students were treated to individual vegie snack packs. Many thanks to Kirsten for bringing the initiative to our attention, and for making it happen!

Year 1 and 2 Picnic

Today many parents of children in Years 1 and 2 joined us for a picnic lunch on the lower oval. The weather was perfect, and it was a lovely opportunity for everyone to get together. We look forward to arranging another one or two of these early in Term 4 … and also one for our Pre-Primaries!

Crazy Sock Day

Today was crazy sock day … and the socks were certainly crazier than usual. Thanks to everyone for joining in the fun and for your gold coin donations. The $420 raised, will be sent directly to Take 3 for the Sea. 










Just a reminder for Term 4, that NORMAL sock wear should be plain short white socks 😉

Years 2-4 FINAL CALL – 2021 Instrumental Music Program

This the final reminder for students currently in Years 2, 3 and 4 who would like to be considered for selection into the Department of Education’s Instrumental Music program next year. If you haven’t yet submitted an Expression of Interest, and you would like your child to be considered, you will need to complete a form and return tomorrow (Thursday) or email by Friday at the latest. Please refer to information provided in our website post.

Vacation Care

Just a reminder that a Vacation Care program will be available through YMCA, who run the Out of School Hours Care program at Kapinara PS. YMCA Kapinara Vacation Care October 2020

I look forward to seeing some of you at 1/2 TB’s assembly tomorrow morning. Best wishes from all of us for a great (SAFE) holiday break. We look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

Elizabeth Blackwell








Principal’s Message – Administration of Medication

Dear Parents and Carers

I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you some information regarding the administration of medication.

Upon enrolment of a child, parents complete a ‘Student Health Care Summary’ form. The form includes health information such as allergies and any other diagnosed conditions; emergency contact details; parent consent to share health information and what support, if any, the child needs at school. It is essential that these details are updated when there are any changes.

Students who need medical support at school must have a ‘Management and Emergency Response Plan’. Most commonly these plans relate to allergies and asthma, but may also include things like Diabetes and seizures.

Student Medication

  • School staff can administer medication to a student with written approval from a parent or carer. The exception is that parent approval is not required in an emergency such as unexpected anaphylaxis.
  • Long-term medication
    Prescribed or non-prescribed medication that a student is required to take during school hours due to an ongoing medical condition. This will be recorded in the student’s Health Care Plan.
  • Short-term medication
    Parents may request that school staff administer prescribed or non-prescribed medication for students for a short period of time (antibiotics, Panadol etc).  That is, for less than two weeks and/or for a condition that doesn’t require a long-term health care plan. For this to occur, parents must complete an Administration of Medication form, which is available on our website. For medication to be administered to a child at school, medication must be provided in its original packaging with the student’s name and the required dosage.


Best wishes
Elizabeth Blackwell


Assemblies for Term 3

Dear Parents and Carers
We are pleased to announce that assemblies will resume this term. They will however, look slightly different to our ‘normal’ assemblies. We are keen to make sure every class has an opportunity to perform an assembly item, and to welcome parents in to see their children at assemblies. At the same time, we wish to maintain everyone’s safety and some level of social distancing as far as possible.
We will therefore be conducting assemblies in ‘phases of learning’. Only students from PP – Year 2 will attend assemblies performed by those year groups; and only students from Year 3 – Year 6 will attend assemblies performed by those year groups. Due to the reduced timescale, in order to ‘fit in’ all the assemblies before the end of the year, some classes will combine to perform their assembly item.
We are delighted to announce that the first assembly for the term will involve the students from Pre-Primary 1 and Pre-Primary 2!

Term 3 Assembly Schedule
14 August                    PP1 and PP 2
21 August                    2D
4 September               1C and 1T
11 September             4P and 4ZW
18 September             5LJ
24 September             1/2TB    ( Please note this is a THURSDAY.)

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

Principal’s Message Term 3 return

Dear Families

I hope you have all had a safe, healthy and happy two weeks. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday. A special first time welcome to our six new students and their families.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for responding so promptly to the survey in the last week of Term 2. I will share some more detailed information from the survey with you next week. For the time being however, I wanted to confirm that we will continue the pick-up and drop arrangements that have been in place since Term 2. I have included a copy of the most relevant graph, for your information.

I would like to reassure you that the different pick-up and drop-off arrangements do not reflect a change in the way in which we think about our school community.

Many schools in our state and beyond, manage pick-up and drop-off arrangements in this way (for a range of reasons), and maintain extremely strong relationships with their families and school communities. I have no reason to believe that we would be any different, and the future is in our hands.

While Perth and WA remain in good health, we will move forward with the planning that was in place for Term 3 prior to the COVID-19 measures. With a few tweaks here and there,
we are looking forward to resuming choir, orchestra, athletics club before school, school banking and volunteers in the canteen and classrooms. We will send home more information about
these things early next week. I will also be in touch re assemblies and an opportunity for families to visit classrooms; and we are planning for our regular Faction Athletics Carnival, and
(hopefully) an interschool carnival to follow.  … and I’m confident that the P & C will be ready to roll out one or two cake stalls sooner rather than later 😉

This term we will also celebrate Science Week. Science Week and Book Week occur so closely together on the calendar, that several years ago we decided to alternate which would be
the focus for the year. This year we focus on Science Week, and we are excited about the 2020 theme Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans.

We are incredibly fortunate to be in a position where our students can return to school on Monday. We will continue to hold very high expectations around health and hygiene.
The State Government has extended funding for additional cleaning, and we will continue to prioritise positive health practices for staff and students. Families are asked to continue
to do their part by keeping children at home if they are unwell.

Finally, Mrs Knowles will be on Long Service Leave for the first five weeks of this term. We trust that she will have a wonderful time in the much warmer, northern part of WA.
Mrs Joanne Dixon will undertake the Deputy Principal role in her absence.

Best wishes for the remainder of your weekend. I look forward to seeing you next week.

Elizabeth J

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents and Carers

I must confess, I am wondering where the last ten weeks has gone. Thank you for continuing to work with us throughout this time to keep our school community safe … and to ensure that the learning and wellbeing of Kapinara students has remained our collective priority. Like you, I am incredibly grateful to be living in Western Australia!

Family Survey

This afternoon you will have received an email from me, seeking your perspectives on the impact on your family, of some measures put in place in response to COVID-19. This was followed by an email containing a survey link. The survey should only take a few minutes, and will available until Thursday afternoon.

Semester Reports

As you will be aware from my message in Week 8, the Australian Government, in response to school disruptions, advised that Semester 1 student reports would not require ‘grades’ as they normally would. We have however, for two out of three strands of English and Maths, indicated whether each child is currently achieving at the expected standard, above or below. This is the case for students in Pre-Primary to Year 6. Most other learning areas contain a description of the key learning focuses for Semester 1. Please be assured that while this semester’s reports don’t contain ‘grades’ or indicate levels of achievement on a five point scale as they normally would, teachers have continued to gather and record information pertaining each child’s learning. This information, combined with information that will be gathered throughout Semester 2, will inform the grades your child will receive at the end of the year.

Kindergarten students receive a report based on key outcomes within the Early Years Learning Framework. This is an Australian framework developed for children up to the age of eight years, although most of our schools ‘shift’ to the WA Curriculum to guide teaching and learning when children start Pre-Primary.

It is the intention that semester reports will (under ‘normal‘ circumstances) provide parents with information about their child’s levels of achievement, their efforts and work habits, and their strengths and interests, at two key points in time each year. Please be aware however, that you can seek information about your child and ‘how he/she is going‘ at any point throughout the year. There are several ways to do this – you might simply send a brief email to check in; request a phone call or request a meeting with your child’s teacher. 

The survey sent today also contains a couple of questions about preferred times, if we were to arrange an afternoon/evening visit to classrooms and/or schedule parent-teacher meetings. It would be great to receive a response on behalf of most, if not all families.

My best wishes for a safe and relaxing holiday … close to home? 🙂 

Elizabeth Blackwell

Principal’s Message Week 8

Dear Parents and Carers

Assemblies, Incursions and Excursions

Assemblies, incursions and excursions are able to resume, but must adhere to a maximum of 100 people indoor (which would include the undercover area) and 300 in outdoor settings. However it also remains the case that only 100 parents/carers can be on the school grounds at one time. The one person per 2 square metres also applies. We are currently considering how we might proceed from the beginning of Term 3.

School Board

The School Board met on site last night and have scheduled an open meeting for Monday 17 August 2020 (Week 5). The meeting will be held in the school library at 6:00pm. One of the key focuses will be looking at student performance and wellbeing data from 2019, and On-Entry Assessment data from early 2020. You will receive a reminder about this next term.

P & C

The P & C have continued to work hard, primarily via ZOOM, and are currently running a special fundraiser. You will have seen the notifications in a variety of forums, including the P & C Facebook page. We receive wonderful support from families via the P & C. This year we have been able to purchase the gymnastics equipment used by children from Pre-Primary to Year 6, some Lego to be used in conjunction with robotics, and some furniture that can be used flexibly in the Technologies Room (Room 10) – courtesy of our P & C.

The P & C also contributed $30 000 toward the establishment of the new nature playground on the lower oval … and then another $11 000 to install the slide and tepee components! Most of you will have experienced the wonder of the new playground. The plan for the future is to add some hammocks (for chilling out) and some swings. For those of you who are relatively new to Kapinara, research and planning for the playground included significant input from our students. They identified what sorts of features they wanted; viewed and discussed different images and representations of these features; recorded their preferences etc. It was very much a team effort and an example of what we call ‘student voice’.

It has also been lovely to see families again using the playground on the upper oval after school (please just be mindful that this playground was designed for children in Years 3-6).

The P & C will also return to meeting on the school site when they reconvene next term. They are keen to welcome new faces, even if only for one or two meetings.

Third Parties On Site

Netball, basketball, hockey and tennis training has resumed before/after school. Those responsible are aware of the need for enhanced hygiene practices and physical distancing among adults, who can once again watch their child train.

Semester 1 Reports

The Department of Education recently determined that while the regular Reporting to Parents template will be used for Semester 1 reports, public schools would not be required to report student achievement on a five-point scale (or using A-E grades). This followed a temporary amendment made to legislation by the Australian Government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers at Kapinara will indicate whether students are currently achieving at the expected standard, above or below, in English and Maths. They will also provide a statement about the focuses for learning throughout Semester 1 in the other learning areas, indicate the level of students’ ‘effort’ in each area, and provide a general comment. I will provide some more information about assessment and reporting in the next two weeks.

Finally, thank you for your extra care and attention at pick-up time each afternoon. Things aren’t perfect but they are certainly a lot better.

Best wishes
Elizabeth Blackwell

Principal’s Message Week 5

Dear Parents and Carers

We enjoyed an incredibly smooth, productive and positive start to Term 2. With a few exceptions – increased cleaning and handwashing; children entering school and managing bags, jumpers and water bottles independently; and delineated play areas at recess and lunchtime –  school almost seems like business as usual. Despite the practical changes, things are certainly more calm and predictable than they were in March and April. For this, and for the cooperation and restraint shown by the Western Australian community throughout the last couple of months, we are all extremely grateful. I wish to sincerely thank you and all members of our dedicated staff for working together to maintain a sense of calm and stability; which is exactly what the children needed everyone to do.

For some children and some families as a whole, the opportunity to be together without the pressures of what had been our ‘normal’ lives, prompted considerable reflection and a commitment to doing some things differently in the future. Families reported playing board games, going for walks and bike rides as a family, building cubbies and doing a lot more baking and gardening. I hope all families were able to find some positives amid the stresses.

For a small number of children, learning at home would remain their preferred option. For some, not only was this a chance to be at home with both Mum and Dad, but it also meant that there was significantly less pressure to concentrate for extended periods of time and to persist with tasks that were particularly challenging. Life under the doona was perfect for some.

We don’t know what lies ahead, and it’s possible that despite the best efforts of the adults around them, individual children may feel unsettled or experience some signs of anxiety at some point in the future. If they do, begin by acknowledging that it’s a ‘normal’ response given that quite a few things have been different (and the constant reference to a global pandemic). If you notice this in your child, please let us know so that we can quietly monitor and support him/her. We can also connect you to our school psychologist for additional advice, if you would like to seek some further support.

I’m also aware that some families’ lives have recently changed with changes in employment and business. If you have concerns around the payment of accounts please don’t hesitate to contact me.

There is little to update in terms of changes at school for now. Schools are unable to conduct assemblies or organise incursions, excursions or camps. Adults must remain off-site throughout the school day, but we are now able to hold a case conference or parent meeting in the office in exceptional circumstances. It is also possible for P & C and School Board meetings to recommence after hours, for numbers below 20 and where physical distancing can be maintained (4sq metres inside).

In the meantime, the P & C are planning a fundraiser (in addition to the Entertainment Books) which you will hear about shortly. It will involve all children from Kindergarten to Year 6 and is likely to trigger some feelings of nostalgia for some.

The Student Councillors are also coordinating a fundraiser, but consistent with our school motto this will be a ‘service for others’. Friday is going to be Crazy Hair Day, with funds going directly to the Go Foundation.  They chose this organisation as this is National Reconciliation Week. Reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians, for the benefit of all Australians. This year’s Reconciliation Week theme is ‘in this Together

Best wishes
Elizabeth Blackwell

Principal’s Message 25th March 2020

Good morning

I hope everyone is travelling okay.
This is a very quick note to check in, and to make a request on behalf of our teachers.

Our teachers are currently teaching, supervising copious amounts of handwashing, and supervising students at recess and lunchtimes. In addition, they are reading information from me, meeting with their year level colleagues, and with Mrs Knowles and me to plan for next week and beyond. We are also doing what we possibly can to minimise the number of people coming on site, and the time people are on site.

I assure you that we are doing all that we can to provide learning focuses and some direction for families at home, and trying to do this as quickly as possible.

I therefore respectfully ask that those families who have children at home, do not come on site to request books/’work packages’ etc. or request individual support via email, particularly today. We will be in touch as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

Best wishes

Principal’s Message Week 7

Dear Parents and Carers

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day … for yesterday now. One ‘educational’ source claims that Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national day … and the Chicago River is dyed green on this day. A bit of light-hearted trivia can’t really go astray in the current climate of ‘seriousness’ surely.

Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to all our Year 4-6 students who participated in the Faction Swimming Carnival last Friday. Special congratulations go to Strickland, as this year’s competition winners, and to the Champion Boys and Girls and Runner-Up Champion Boys and Girls mentioned elsewhere in this newsletter. Thanks to those family members who have helped out at the swimming carnival and/or Swim Squad sessions.

A few more changes

Apologies, I should have confirmed yesterday evening that choir and orchestra will also be cancelled until further notice. The Allergy Awareness incursion for students from Pre-Primary to Year 3, scheduled for Friday week has also been cancelled. However, Jackie Nevard, who was to present this session has developed an online resource which can be purchased by schools. We will have a look at this in due course. In the meantime you may wish to visit her website   Protective Behaviours sessions with Ali Fisher (PP-Year 2) will continue.

Consistent with the focus on containment, we will regrettably cease to have volunteers/parent helpers until further notice. Similarly, the canteen will be run by Canteen Manager Kirsten Piccinini, only. Our thanks to Kirsten for her willingness to do this!

In the event of a future announcement about keeping children at home (I’d prefer to use this term rather than ‘school closure’ or ‘school shutdown’) –  teachers will put together a list of activities and ideas that you may like to make available to your child/children. There are so many opportunities for learning out of school as well as at school, and we would like you to make decisions about what will work best for your family.

We will assume most of the activities will be done independently, so the tasks suggested by teachers will primarily be about reinforcing learning through practise and developing fluency in areas such as reading, spelling and maths. Teachers will use an online platform called Seesaw to communicate with students and parents. Many of you will already be familiar with this. If you do not already have a 2020 family account, in the next day or two you will receive via email, an invitation to create a Seesaw family account.

This afternoon we have received advice that we are unable to conduct assemblies where 100 people are present. If we were simply to have the choir perform with the children in 3H this would involve just over 100 students. We will therefore postpone the joint choir/3H performance until later in the year, and record the children in 3H sharing information with us about Harmony Day. We will make the recording available on the school website via a secure link; if not on Friday then by Monday. It is still Harmony Day and the children are still encouraged to wear orange!

Children Absent THIS Week

Thank you to those people who have advised us of their child’s absence, and the reason. If your child is at home, and you haven’t yet contacted your child’s teacher or me, I would be grateful if you could email me with a quick explanation. It is just helpful for us to know who is home as a precautionary measure and who is currently unwell – particularly if your child has cold/flu symptoms. Thank you 🙂

Lower Playground

To end on a bright note, the development of the lower playground has been continuing quietly in the background, and we have included a few photos on our website to help you see where we are to date. Thank you for supporting our P & C, who work in tandem with us throughout the year, to make special things like this happen.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell