Message from the Principal 19.1.22

Dear Kapinara Families

Welcome to a new school year!

I hope that you have all had at least some sort of break, and that everyone is staying cool! This is a just a courtesy email to let you know what we do and don’t know about school as of today. As you are aware, things continue to change.

Please be aware that there can be a time lag between new ‘Directions’ announced at State Government level CEO ‘Instructions’ for Education and subsequently advice for schools. I will keep you informed as best I can. I will be involved in two webinars with our Director General in the next few days, so I may have some more up to date information to share after one or both of these.

As of the afternoon of WEDNESDAY 19 JANUARY 2022, I am able to confirm the following:

  • All school staff are required to be double dose vaccinated by the time Term 1 starts
  • All people employed by the Department of Education WA who work on school sites (for example school psychologists, instrumental music teachers, relief teachers, regional and central office staff) must be double dose vaccinated by 31 January 2022
  • These requirements also apply to those known as ‘Ancillary Workers’. These are people who attend education sites on a regular basis but are not employed by the Department of Education WA. (For example, school nurses, chaplains, incursion providers, pre-service teachers, and work experience students)
  • ‘Ancillary workers’ also include parents/carers and community members who attend the school site ON A REGULAR BASIS in a voluntary capacity (to work in the canteen, uniform shop, assist in classrooms etc). ‘On a regular basis’ means MORE THAN ONCE A WEEK.

Currently, parents/carers, community members and contractors are not required to be vaccinated if they attend the school site on an AD HOC basis. ‘Ad hoc basis’ means attendance at no more than one education facility no more than once per week.

That is, parents/carers are not required to be vaccinated when:

  • dropping off or picking up their child from school
  • volunteering at school on an AD HOC basis
  • attending a parent teacher interview or
  • entering the school outside school hours

There will continue to be additional cleaning protocols and thus cleaning staff in place, and an emphasis will continue to be placed on very regular and thorough handwashing practices.

At this point it is almost impossible to predict what Term 1 will look like. However, I can tell you that I am hoping to be able to schedule class meetings in Week 1, to enable you to connect with your child’s teacher. If we need to do this on one particular day for practical reasons, it will be Friday 4 February 2022.  I can also confirm that if children need to work from home at some point during the year, we will be able to loan families a digital device where required.

As always, if you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact us.

Thank you for your understanding and support. We look forward to welcoming our wonderful school community back to school.

Warm wishes


Elizabeth Blackwell

Principal’s Message 1.12.21

Dear Parents and Carers

School life continues to be busy despite there being little more than two weeks of the 2021 school year remaining!

Last week:

  • Our Year 5 Double Bass students were involved in a special workshop at Churchlands SHS;
  • Our incoming Kindergarten students had a taste of what Kindergarten will be like next year when they attended ‘Kindy Capers’;
  • Eight Year 6 students represented Kapinara at the local schools’ debating event held in Council Chambers at the Town of Cambridge
  • The Year 2 superstars in 2JJ hosted a wonderful ‘feel-good’ assembly. Having enjoyed a live performance of Mary Poppins at John Curtin College of the Arts earlier this year, the children treated us to a performance of ‘Anything can happen if you let it … ‘; and
  • The assembly also included a special performance by our Year 5 guitar students (who have only been learning this year), and their teacher Miss Ibrahimbegovic who joined us that morning for the performance.
  • Congratulations to all those involved in a great assembly!






This week:

  • The Year 3 students are completing their final session of Bike Education this week;
  • Tomorrow is our end-of-year concert
  • On Friday the Year 4 students in 4BH will host our final official assembly for the year.

Still to come:

  • Swimming lessons at Bold Park Aquatic in Weeks 9 and 10
  • Year 6 Graduation on Tuesday 14 December

End of Year Concert

  • Children are meeting at their classroom by 5:10pm
  • The Orchestra will open the concert at 5:30pm, and the Kindy students will follow.
  • There will be a 5-10 minute break after the Kindergarten performance to enable parents to collect their child from behind the stage.
  • Families who have only a Kindy child performing are invited to remain for the rest of the concert, but we also understand that some of you might choose to take your child home.
  • The concert is expected to run ‘straight through’ for about an hour. That is, in planning for a short, simple but happy community event, there won’t be an interval this year.
  • To ensure we keep everyone safe, at the end of the concert, all students will be collected from their class teacher, and recorded as such. Thank for your understanding.

**We understand that a relaxed, outdoor environment will mean everyone catching up and chatting. However, it is likely that you will be seated near families who have children in other year levels, and we therefore respectfully ask that everyone is quiet for the few minutes WHEN children in individual year levels are actually singing.






School Board

The School Board met on Monday to discuss the information received via the Parent Survey. The information was very helpful, and this together with the input from school staff will help us draft our next Business Plan. Thanks to those who have offered to assist in some capacity moving forward.

I wish to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Vanessa Elliot and Taryn Landless, both of whom have been members of the Board for three years. Vanessa has also been Board Chair since late 2020 and has done a volume of work behind the scenes, to ensure the Board functions as effectively as possible, and will continue to do so. THANK YOU so much ladies!

As I indicted previously, there is an opportunity for two people within our parent community to join continuing parent members Naomi Taylor, Steve Hendry and Kate Bardill on the Board. Tenures are for one, two or three years and are staggered to ensure there is continuity for the Board over time.

If you are interested in nominating for the Board you will find some information including the Board’s 2021 Annual Report, on our school website, and a nomination form attached to this week’s email. Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at or through the school office (9237 7450) if you require any further information.

Out of School Hours Care

I’m delighted to advise that the incoming provider of Out of School Hours Care (OSHC), TheirCare is working towards commencing Vacation Care on 4 January 2022. State Manager Haydn Thompson was at Kapinara yesterday and was able to meet current OSHC staff. The transfer of the OSHC licensing agreement is currently in train, and TheirCare will have information for families as soon as possible.

Best Wishes
Elizabeth Blackwell

Latest News 23.11.21

Payments Due and Reminders

PP-4 In term Swimming $45 – Payment and Permission
Parent Survey – Survey Link   Code – tTaPVd5e
Debating Permission – Selected Year 5&6
Beach Excursion Permission – Year 5&6
Overdue accounts as per emails sent

Orchestra and Choir rehearsals will be on this week
St Vincent’s donations accepted until 3 December 

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

Parent Survey
Thank you to those who have completed the Parent Survey. The information provided will inform our future planning, in particular the development of our Business Plan 2022-2024. We will leave the survey open until midday on Friday (26 November). We will then generate a report that the School Board will consider at a special meeting on Monday 29 November.

Kapinara PS Business Plan Survey
This is different from the survey above and should take only a minute to complete. It simply asks you to indicate if you are interested in contributing to the planning or implementation associated with one (or more) of the six focus areas. This might mean attending a single 60-minute brainstorming/planning session. It doesn’t mean being ‘on call’ as a consultant for the next three years ? I invite you to call me if you wish to discuss.

Schools Clean Energy Technology Fund
You may have seen the State Government’s recent announcement regarding funding for the installation of solar panels in schools. Schools such as ours which already have some solar panels are not eligible to apply for funding in the first round. We will be monitoring opportunities to apply in future funding rounds.

Out of School Hours Care
The Y’s licensing agreement ends this year. We are pleased to advise that the selection process for a new OSHC provider has just been completed. We were fortunate to have received proposals from several high quality service providers, with the successful provider being TheirCare. Families currently accessing OSHC will receive information from The Y today or tomorrow, and information about TheirCare within the next few days. There will also be an opportunity to meet with the State Manager of TheirCare within the next week or so. We will all be collaborating to ensure families are able to access Vacation Care programs in January.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding OSHC please don’t hesitate to contact me.

This Friday the children in Year 2 (2JJ) will be hosting the assembly. I look forward to seeing some of you there!

Best wishes
Elizabeth ?

School Development Days

The 2022 school development days will be as follows:

Term 2 – Tuesday 26 April 2022
Term 3 – Monday 22 August 2022
Term 4 – Friday 4 November 2022

These are days when students do not attend school – only staff attend.

Personal Requirement Lists

2022 Personal Requirements Lists are now available. Orders placed online before 16 December will receive free delivery. These orders will be delivered the week ending 14 January.

Please follow this link to access the lists


Passtab is our new sign in/sign out system that many families would already be familiar with. The Passtab ipad is situated at the front desk and we ask that families use it in the following situations.

  • Collecting unwell or injured students
  • Students arriving or leaving where an electronic absence form has not been received by the school
  • Classroom volunteers

Uniform Shop

The Uniform shop would like to advise that there has been a delay in the school bag delivery. Next delivery not expected until December.


Holy Spirit Parish City Beach Sacrament Program 2022
Enrolments are now being accepted for the Holy Spirit Parish 2022 Sacrament and after-school RE programs open to children in Years 1 to 6. For information and enrolment details please contact Catherine Gawen on 0451951043 or

Latest News 16.11.21

Payments Due and Reminders

Kindy Protective Behaviours $34 – Payment
PP-4 In term Swimming $45 – Payment and Permission
Parent Survey – Survey Link   Code – tTaPVd5e

Orchestra and Choir rehearsals will be on this week

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

Last Friday was Kindness Day, and we were treated to a lovely assembly by the children in Year 1/2. They shared the acrostic poem they had created as a class, and sang a special song about kindness and being kind. Congratulations 1/2 TB, and thank you for sharing such important messages.








Year 6 Camp
Kapinara was a little quieter between Wednesday and Friday last week, as the Year 6 students headed off to camp at Dwellingup. There were some very tired young people (and some very tired adults!) who returned to Kapinara on Friday afternoon!

Kapinara Business Plan, the School Board and Surveys
Last week I sent an email to all families, with a link to a Parent Survey, and a request for your input regarding our school and focuses of our next three-year business plan. I understand the survey was actually quite quick and easy to complete. Thank you to those who have already completed it!  If you haven’t yet, I strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to provide us with feedback and to tell us what matters most to you and your family moving forward.

This survey is/was completed anonymously, but we are keen to involve some of you further – particularly if you have expertise or a particular interest in one or more of the big ideas (potential key focuses for our next business plan) identified in the survey. Within the next day or so I will email a very simple form to be completed, if this sounds like something you might be involved in.

I will also be calling for nominations for the School Board. The Board plays a key role in terms of informing the development of our Business Plan, monitoring its implementation and associated milestones, progress and achievements. I will include a nomination form in my email.

Thank you for making time to complete our survey and to consider contributing to the direction of school at this strategic level.

Best wishes
Elizabeth Blackwell

National Recycling Week at Kapinara 

Thank you so much for all those who collected their soft plastics last week. We collected a whole bag of soft plastics recycling which has been taken to a local collection point through a scheme run by the REDcycle program. We will continue collecting next week so look out for the bright yellow bin and put your chip packets, lolly wrappers, muesli bar wrappers, plastic bags and clean cling wrap into it.
Plastic Bag Recycling – Planet Ark Recycling Near You
Many thanks for the difference you will make to our environment.
Cassie Clarkson and the Sustainability Teams 

Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme Photos

2022 Kindy Information Session

Parents of 2022 Kindy students are invited to attend a parent information session on Friday 19 November 2021 between 9:00 and 10.30am. The session will offer you an opportunity to hear about the Kindergarten program and how you can support your child’s smooth start to school, and will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions. You will also have an opportunity to meet our P&C President Kate Marquis and our uniform shop co-ordinator Caryss Bidesi. This session will be held in the school library.

Survey Link

Code – tTaPVd5e

Latest News 9.11.21

Payments Due and Reminders

Kindy Protective Behaviours $34 – Payment

Orchestra and Choir rehearsals will be on this week
As Mrs Burrows will be attending the Year 6 camp, Swim Squad will not go ahead tomorrow afternoon. 

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

Book Fair

Thank you to everyone for getting into the spirit of our Book Fair last week. In addition to putting more books into eager hands, we also received a credit with Scholastic. Mrs Moore has already ordered just over $1000 worth of new books, which we were able to purchase for just over $700, and we have credit remaining, which is fabulous. A special thank you is also extended to families who donated a book to the school library. Thank you to Joanne Moore, who at Book Fair time runs between Kapinara and the other school at which she works. We are also grateful to parents Kirsten P, Tash B, Rhonda P, Fee W, Natalie V, Helen V, Katherine B and John S, who processed all those book orders!


On Friday last week, just over twenty of our Year 5 and 6 students participated in School Sport WA’s Champion Primary School event at Champion Lakes. On behalf of the school community I would like to acknowledge the amazing effort of our students, and their outstanding performance which resulted in Kapinara PS placing second! Congratulations to our students, Miss Burrows and our valued helpers and supporters. I hope you enjoy the ‘action shots’ captured by sports photographer (and husband of Ms Burrows) Russ Ellis.


For some time now, I have found it necessary to inform the School Board and P & C of vandalism that has become a regular occurrence at Kapinara, particularly over the weekend. The mess and damage ranges from broken glass on the ground and damaged shade sails, to discarded smoking devices, bottles and cans, to the lighting of what has so far been small fires. This weekend the damage also included a hole being made in the fencing around our basketball court. Every Monday morning, members of our fabulous team (John, Simon and Luke) have sprung into action to ensure that the school is ‘returned to normal’ before staff and families arrive. While this has been occurring for several years, it has now reached a point where damage and mess is occurring every weekend, and we need to seriously consider applying to have our beautiful school fenced … to ensure it remains a beautiful school. (Yes, we have also investigated the cost and efficacy of CCTV) Applications for fencing funded by the Government are considered annually, in the first half of the year. Sadly, this course of action is likely to be necessary at some point in the foreseeable future. I will keep you informed of any further developments as they occur. Here is a link to some of the damage that is occurring. In the meantime, we would be grateful if you would contact either School Watch on 1800 177 777 or WA Police on 131 444 if you see any suspicious behaviour.

Year 6 Camp

Best wishes to our Year 6 students who head off to Jarrahfall Bush Camp in Dwellingup tomorrow. Stay safe, stay warm and have a great time!

A new word

Today Lily J in Year 2 created a new word –‘enthusiasticness’. Thanks Lily, I’m wondering if you’ve recently been to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Burswood, or read Roald Dahl’s wonderful book 😉

Best wishes

School Banking – Message from the Commonwealth Bank

For 90 years, our School Banking program has helped children learn about money, reinforced the importance of regular savings and provided structure for parents to support their children to save.
Though the program continues to have strong support from schools, parents and teachers, recent decisions by some state and territory governments because of a review by the corporate regulator mean we are unable to continue providing programs in schools, and we have had to make a difficult decision to close our School Banking program for all government and non-government schools across the country.

Our School Banking program was established in 1931 at a time when having a bank account was not commonplace, and since then we have helped more than 15 million Australians take their first financial steps. This would not have been possible without the wonderful support we have received from schools like yours, including all the parents and volunteers, and for this we are deeply grateful. Thank you.

Even though this is a sad time, School Banking has taught so many young Australians, past and present, the value of money and we believe this should be celebrated. We have created a place for you to share your stories, fondest memories and lessons learnt through the program. To share your story and access our financial education resources, please visit 

Even though the CommBank School Banking program will not be returning to your school after this year, you can continue to make deposits into your child’s Youthsaver account through online transfers or at any CommBank branch. If you need further information please phone 132 221 or visit your local CommBank branch.

School banking at Kapinara will continue from Wednesday 17th November until Wednesday 8th December.

Pick up and Drop Off 

A reminder to parents to please not pull into the school driveway to reverse and change directions when parking. It is very unsafe to do so at pick up and drop off times.

Community News 

Found – Garmin type watch, please see office
Found – Book Fair book left at school

Latest News 19.10.2021

Payments Due and Reminders

Outstanding Term 3 costs
Year 3 Herdsman Lake Excursion $19 – Payment and Permission
Wembley Downs District Fair – Choir Permission
Year 6 $7 Additional Camp Cost

Save the Date – Year 6 Graduation, Tuesday December 14th from 1pm.
More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Orchestra and Choir rehearsals will be on this week

Please note that unfortunately the canteen will be closed tomorrow as they have no been able to find any volunteers.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

I wanted to take the opportunity to share a little information with you, and to remind you of a couple of things.

It seems that almost every month, week and day has been allocated to raising awareness about something. The two most recent focuses however relate directly to children, so we have placed some related information on our website if you are interested. Click here to read more

Last Friday the focus was on Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). Children with DLD have difficulties with language that persist despite ongoing explicit teaching and targeted intervention. It can significantly impact on learning, making it really ‘hard work’ for children despite their best efforts, and average or above intelligence’. It is generally diagnosed by a Speech Pathologist.  October is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) awareness month. The title can appear misleading as not all children with ADHD are ‘hyperactive’. There are three basic types of ADHD – one type is characterised by impulsivity and overactivity; another is characterised by inattention, where children have difficulty concentrating and completing tasks; and the third is a combination of both. Children with ADHD often have difficulties with planning and organisation, AND have sleeping difficulties.

It is important to remember that many of the characteristics above are also a regular feature of childhood. What sets them apart from diagnosed disorders is generally the extent to which they impact negatively on children’s lives; and that difficulties persist despite a child’s increasing maturity and despite adjustments made at school to support him/her. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning and/or have a sense that school is significantly harder for your child than you think it should be, a good starting point is a chat with your child’s teacher. In the meantime, I hope you find the links to information helpful.

Research Topic: ADHD (

Finally, Friday 29 October is World Teachers’ Day. It is actually supposed to be celebrated on 5 October, but given that this date fell in school holidays, Australia decided to celebrate on 29 October. If your child would like to draw a picture, make a little card or book mark etc for his/her teacher I’m sure that would be greatly appreciated!

Best wishes
Elizabeth Blackwell

Swim Squad

Swim squad starts Wednesday 20 October for Years 5 & 6, 3.30 -4.30pm. The weather forecast is rain, but no thunderstorms are forecast. Swim squad will go ahead as planned. 

Sustainability News

It’s been  a busy few days for sustainability in the school. Thanks to the P&C for their hard work in the vege patch we were able to harvest amazing carrots and beetroots and turn them into delicious and nutritious carrot cake bliss balls and mixed juice. We unfortunately had to cancel the proposed beach clean up today but were lucky enough to have Kate Sputore, a Coastal and Marine Program Manager with Perth NRM, come and talk to the students about what they might have found at the beach. Marine debris, particularly single use plastic, is obviously a huge problem due to its impact on people and animals and their habitat, and the students came up with some fantastic ideas about ways we can help to reduce plastic pollution. The two activities linked very well as Kate’s key message on the way we can help the planet was to plant more plants! We look forward to continuing to work with the Adopt a Beach program on ways we can help to make our school more sustainable.
The Sustainability Team







Click here for more Sustainability photos

Orchestra and Cello Lessons

Ms Bak will be taking long service leave for the next two weeks. Orchestra and Cello lessons will go ahead as normal. Ms Barbara Symington will be her replacement.

Art Incursion

Class 4BH were thrilled to welcome local artist Olive Monte into the art room today to demonstrate her process and materials. It was exciting to see her use wood burning tools to create textured pictures of Australian native flowers and she told us all about her journey and inspirations as an artist. Her message for the children was that anyone can make art and be an artist. Olive Monte and Ms Karelse will be running a (free!) kids arts and crafts stall at Subiaco Farmers Market this Saturday 23rd October and would love to see you there.

Community News

Herdsman Lake

See the animals of Herdsman Lake from a very different perspective at a unique night-time event at the Herdsman Lake Discovery Centre in the lead up to Halloween!









Wembley Downs District Fair On Saturday 30th October this fantastic annual community event returns, proudly sponsored by the City of Stirling. The fun starts at 8.30am and offers a jam-packed programme right through to 3.00pm. With stalls, food trucks, coffee and cake, rides, amusements and performers there is something for everyone and entry is free! As this is a Covid Safe event, please check in with your Safe WA app on entry or sign into the register. Please check out our Facebook page @WembleyDownsDistrictFair for more details and photos from the previous years’ action.

Latest News 12.10.21

Payments Due and Reminders

Outstanding Term 3 costs
Year 3 Herdsman Lake Excursion $19 – Payment and Permission

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

It’s great to be back. I have really appreciated the ‘welcomes’, so thank you so much. I would also like to welcome the several families who have joined us in the last few weeks.

Interschool Athletics

There was so much excitement at the end of Term 3 when Kapinara blitzed interschool athletics. Congratulations to a group of fabulous students, who trained hard and competed to the very best of their ability which saw us awarded first place! Thank you to Physical Education specialist teachers, Miss Burrows and Mr Hodgson and to their valued support crew of parents and faction leaders.

Mental Health Week

I was delighted to see that today, as part of Mental Health Week, Australia has launched what is apparently the world’s first National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy. We are advised that the strategy ‘provides a framework to guide the development of a comprehensive, integrated system of services to maintain and support the mental health and wellbeing of children aged 0 to 12, as well as their families’. Education settings are designated as one of four key focus areas.

Are you aware that …

  • Over 50% of adult mental disorder start before the age of 15
  • Mental disorders are among the most common and disabling health conditions impacting children and adolescents
  • Mental health problems in childhood and adolescence that occur at key points in children’s development, can impact their entire life course trajectory

The importance of children’s positive health and wellbeing can’t be overstated. The development of children’s personal and social skills has featured strongly in our last two business plans, and few would dispute it maintaining a high profile in our next one. If you would like to read more about the new national strategy, please see more information at these links. National Strategy  and Strategy Tips.

I look forward to sharing more information about what this means for schools, as this becomes known to us!






Planning for 2022

There are many factors taken into account when we structure classes each year. It’s a very thoughtful, complex process that involves significant collaboration among staff. Notwithstanding this, if there is information that we do not already have about your child (or family) that you believe may significantly impact on your child’s learning and/or wellbeing next year, I invite you to contact me by the end of Week 3 (Friday 29 October). This can be via email, phone or by making an appointment to see me, through Gail or Tehani in the front office. Please be aware that this does not include requests for a specific teacher.

Thank you for the advice we have received from families who won’t be returning to Kapinara next year. This information is really important for our planning. While we will be sad to see a few families go, our enrolments continue to grow. We are currently expecting an enrolment of at least 410 next year!

Stay safe and well.


Community News

WA Bike Month ‘Herdsman Adventure Ride’

Come along to the Herdsman Adventure Ride on Saturday 16th October at 2pm! Enjoy a supported family ride along the bike paths and trails surrounding Herdsman Lake. Afterwards, join in with fun bike skills activities and games, an optional 1km time trial and plenty of prizes!
Please register here for this FREE WA Bike Month event –
Our instructors will provide support, education and advice on techniques to ride confidently, safely and efficiently. They will also be on-hand to provide any bike mechanical advice.
The event is open to anyone who wishes to enjoy a fun afternoon of riding and is supported by the Department of Transport, WestCycle and WA Bike Month. Note: children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

NCCD 4.8.21

Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,

Re: Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.

Kind regards

Elizabeth Blackwell

Latest News 3.8.21

Payments and Reminders

ICAS registrations must be done by 4th August (tomorrow). Cut off is final. Click here for registration details.
Year 4 PEAC Testing 4th August, Year 4 students to arrive by 8.30am
Kapinara Soiree Tickets and Permission – Choir, Orchestra and Year 6 Instrumental students
Next School Development Day – Friday 20 August – Students do not attend

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

NAIDOC Week and International Friendship Day
We were delighted to have been able to host two assemblies in two weeks, and with all students from Pre-Primary to Year 6. The students in 6W hosted a NAIDOC themed assembly at the end of Week 1. The class was joined by the choir to sing Gina William’s Wanjoo and then shared a photographic presentation of the day they spent at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre at the end of Term 2. The excursion provided all the Year 6 students with an opportunity to experience aspects of Aboriginal culture that connected them to the natural environment. The following week, the students in 6L hosted an assembly focused on friends and friendship to celebrate International Friendship Day. The class presented a very entertaining play based on a traditional fairy tale, Red Riding Hood. The ‘take-away’ being that one should not judge a book by its cover … and that misunderstandings might be satisfactorily addressed over a cup of tea and a chat. The Year 6s had also surveyed the students in other classes to gain their perspectives on friendship, which included the following insights.

Friends play with you, listen to you, include you, help you and and make you feel better when you are feeling sad.
Friends accept you for being you and make you feel good about yourself.


‘Wellbeing’ was front and centre when the School Board met last night. Most of the discussion was focused on identifying a range of things that might potentially become a focus in our next Business Plan. The ideas, which have emerged from within our school community, will be shared in a survey that will be distributed electronically to families in the coming weeks. There will be an opportunity for further community input about ‘what matters most’, when you receive the survey.

For each of the last four years, our students in Years 4-6 have been invited to participate in a ‘Wellbeing’ survey. The survey, called the Wellbeing and Engagement Census, was developed by the South Australian Department for Education. After trialling and implementing the survey across South Australian schools, it was made available to Western Australian schools in 2018. The information from the survey enables us to monitor student cohorts as they move from Year 4 to Year 5 and Year 6; to compare data about our students to those of a significantly larger number of their peers; and to identify any specific areas of strength and/or concern for our student groups. The survey does not gather or provide information about individual students. We receive information about the collective group of students in Years 4-6 and also about the Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 cohorts. The latter is really helpful as the ‘issues’ can vary among children of different ages. The attachment provides more information for parents of students in Years 4-6. We plan to offer the survey at a cost of $5 to students in Weeks 4 and 5 and it will be completed in class.


The Soiree (which was once known as ‘Strings Night’) will be held in the auditorium at Loretto Nedlands Primary School, where Mrs Davey teaches when she is not at Kapinara. This special annual event will showcase the Choir, Orchestra and Year 6 students who are part of the instrumental music program.

5ZT Assembly

Our next assembly will be hosted by students in 5ZT and is scheduled for 13 August … and just a reminder that the following Friday (20 August) is our final School Development Day for the year. We will be focused on developing our next three-year business plan, and our students will be enjoying a long weekend!

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

Soiree Tickets

Thank you to all families who have already purchased their tickets for the upcoming Soirée. If you are intending to purchase tickets but have not yet done so, could you please do so as soon as possible. We will be opening up the remaining tickets soon to those that have indicated that they would like to bring additional family members. Purchases available through Qkr.

Cheer on our Olympic Hero!

Tune in on Friday to watch one of our ex-students race in the Women’s K4 Canoe Sprint scheduled to race at 9.37am. Shannon Reynolds graduated in 2007 from Kapinara and in 2012 from Churchlands Senior High School. She has had a very successful sporting career covering many sporting areas. Go for Gold Shannon!











Principal’s Message 29.6.21

Dear Parents and Carers

It’s possible that this won’t be the last time I communicate you this week, but let’s hope for the best and assume that it is.

I’d just like to confirm that as of today (Tuesday), parents and carers are welcome to drop off and collect their child/children from school. Our Department, on the advice of Health WA and the Chief Health Officer, simply request that all adults wear masks (outside as well as inside now) and continue to ‘socially distance’. Visitors will not be on the school site unless this is considered essential (for example if maintenance is required to maintain health and safety standards). Unfortunately this applied to volunteers who might have been planning to help in classrooms in the next few days – so thank you, but not this week.

Teachers will be working with all students to ensure that they wash their hands with soap and water prior to eating at recess and lunchtimes, and also when returning to class from break times and physical education lessons. We are grateful to families who can play their part by keeping children home if they are unwell. I understand that some families may choose to keep children home this week, where they can. We respect your decision, and the Department of Education has indicated that this week such absences will be considered ‘authorised’ in terms of children’s attendance.

While we are a little disappointed that our NAIDOC-themed assembly will now be postponed until next term, it is hoped that this will mean that parents will be able to join us. We have also cancelled Orchestra and Choir rehearsals this week. Cello lessons have also been cancelled as Ms Bak is unwell.

Last Week’s Special Events

We were very fortunate that our interschool cross country event and the Arbor Day excursion were able to go ahead last week. We were all incredibly excited to have placed second in a field of ten schools, most of which were significantly larger than Kapinara. Congratulations to our wonderful team of students, and to Ms Burrows, Mr Hodgson and to their dedicated parent helpers. Tomorrow, some proud students will receive a cross country badge to add to the sleeve of their faction shirts. 🙂 You can read more about the cross country event on our website.

Last Friday some of our students participated in a special Arbor Day ceremony at Lake Monger. They were invited by the Town of Cambridge, and joined Mayor Keri Shannon (a former Kapinara parent) in planting a large Rivergum tree. Please click on the link to read more about this event and view some of the moments captured in photographs.

This Week

Ms Trovarelli entered drawings completed by some of our Year 2 students, in a competition designed to promote a greater awareness of issues around climate change. It would be great if you and your child could visit the website About the Contest – Kids Care About Climate Change 2021 to view our students’ artwork, read their messages and perhaps ‘like’ one or two favourites. Most were on the second page when I viewed them yesterday.

The Year 6 students have been learning about poetry, and we have also placed a few of their poems … and a limerick, on our website.

Traffic Woes

Sadly we have received another complaint from a concerned neighbour – this time in relation to some unsafe driving practices on and around Oban Rd. If arriving somewhere one minute sooner (or even one second sooner) means that a child or family ends up in hospital, it’s not a chance worth taking. Please, please, please observe ALL road rules and ensure you are your best self when you are behind the wheel – particularly around our school.

Coming Up Next Term

You might like to add the following planned events to your calendars and diaries:

  • WA Schools’ Junior Strings Festival will be on the weekend of the 11-12 September 2021.

Our orchestra usually performs on Sunday morning.

  • Entries for ICAS must be completed by 4 August AT THE LATEST. Families who have children in Years 2-6 would have received information about ICAS earlier today.
  • Because both Book Week and Science Week occur in the same week, we alternate which one we celebrate from year to year. This year we celebrate Book Week, so yes start gathering bits and pieces to create a costume for the parade on Friday 27 August 2021.

Finally, a special congratulations to Year 6 student Chelsea Harris who was selected to compete in School Sport WA’s ‘Hockey 12 years and under Girls State Team’ recently … and a reminder that Thursday is free-dress day with a theme ‘What I Want to be When I Grow Up’ – thankfully I always wanted to be a teacher! 😉

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell