Principal’s Message Week 7

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you for your understanding and support regarding the change of date for our Faction Carnival, and your response to the request for help on the day. We look forward to a great day on Monday. In the meantime please join us

  • this Friday morning for an assembly hosted by the children in Mrs Tombides’ Year 1 class, and a special performance by the choir; and/or
  • this Friday evening for another P & C Quiz Night

Invisible Cities

I’m delighted to be able to share images of the student artwork that was completed with Miss Trovarelli and Mrs Corradi, our Artist in Residence this term. If you haven’t seen the colourful clay houses ‘up close’ I encourage you to do so the next time you are at Kapinara. Children have really enjoyed showing their parents the house they created. If you look closely you can just make out their initials which have been positioned discretely somewhere on their artwork.

Planning for 2020

Just a reminder to please let us know if your child won’t be returning to Kapinara next year. While it seems fairly early, it is important information for our planning, particularly in terms of budgeting, and structuring classes. Thanks for your understanding in this regard.

If you know of any families who are yet to enrol their child in a Kindergarten program or similar next year, please let them know about the recent changes regarding immunisation. Legislative changes mean that schools and childcare centre are unable to enrol a child unless they have a current immunisation status of ‘up to date’ or evidence of an approved ‘catch-up schedule’.

Puzzles and Lego

We are reaching out to families who may have Lego and/or puzzles that you can bare to part with. Lego will enable students to extend their technology learning, particularly in terms of combining Lego creations with robotics, for example including slight and motion sensors, motors etc. We are hoping to add puzzles to a small number we have currently, as one of several options available to students at lunchtimes. For this reason, puzzles with up to one or two hundred pieces are probably best, as its difficult to store those that require long periods of time to complete. Donations will be gratefully received and can be dropped in at the office 

ICAS Assessments

The first of the ICAS assessments, being Science, will take place this Thursday, 5 September at 8:15am. Class teachers have a list of students (Years 2-6) who are registered for the Science assessment, and will remind them. If you are in any doubt however, send a quick email to your child’s teacher, or better still encourage your child to be responsible for checking with his/her teacher.

Sometimes in an effort to just ‘get things done’ and remove something from the long list of things we are trying to remember, we step in and do it ourselves. As a general rule however, we should try hard to avoid doing things for children that they are capable of doing themselves – whether its remembering their library book (they usually need it on the same day each week!); carrying their own school bag (they are rarely too heavy); or returning a permission slip. This is how they become increasingly independent and develop a sense of self-efficacy … over time. They won’t necessarily get it right the first, or even the second time, but they can do it.

Interestingly, after I wrote the paragraph above, the latest edition of Insight came through ‘Are you asking your kids to step up’ which you can access through our Parent Information tab on our website. If you are interested, there is a webinar in a couple of weeks, that can be accessed for free as we have a Parenting Ideas membership this year.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

 

Principal’s Message Week 5

Dear Parents and Carers

Book Week Assembly
This week is the ‘real’ Book Week, but we celebrated Book Week last week. Students in Years 3-6 visited the State Theatre on Thursday to see Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts, and on Friday Mrs Powell’s Year 4/5 class hosted a special Book Week assembly. The theme for this year’s Book Week and thus the Year 4/5 class’s assembly item was ‘Reading is My Secret Power’. We laughed and cheered as groups of students presented highly polished and entertaining performances that they had created and developed over several weeks. The evil Book Worm wreaked havoc with television sets, forcing people everywhere to rediscover a love of reading; reading infiltrated sporting events; and key literary elements (a ‘hook’, tension, resolution etc) were combined (in a cauldron, with a nod to Macbeth) to create amazing stories. Thank you to Mrs Powell and the students in 4/5P!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Speaking
The English Curriculum talks about both ‘creating’ and ‘responding to’ a range of texts. While the term ‘texts’ frequently conjures up an image of a written text, texts can also be visual, spoken and a combination of writing, speech and illustrations/diagrams/images. These days they are frequently ‘multi-modal’.  One of the focuses for the Year 6s recently has been the creation of a written text that is intended to be spoken, and persuasive. Mrs Knowles and I were privileged to hear a dozen students deliver a three-minute speech to their peers and teachers recently; with a view to selecting two of the twelve to participate in a public speaking event for Year 6 students in local schools. The event, organised by the Cambridge division of Rotary, was comprised of two heats which occurred in the last fortnight. One speaker from each heat would then participate at district level. On behalf of the teachers, Mrs Knowles and I, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the twelve students, particularly the two who went through to speak at the event last week – Jethro L who spoke about ‘Being Judged’ and Emily M who spoke about poverty in Australia. We would also like to commend Charleze B who was a very close runner-up at school level, and who continued to practise and refine her speech in case she was needed. Congratulations to these three students, and a particular high five to Emily who was runner up in last week’s local schools’ heat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up Close and Personal with a Phasmid and a Scorpion!
Yesterday, one of the children in PP2 brought his parents along … but they didn’t come alone. Have a look at who (or what) they brought with them later in the newsletter!

School Development Day

Just a reminder that we have a School Development Day this Friday. We will be focusing on Health and Wellbeing in the morning and Technology (coding and robotics) in the afternoon.

I look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday 4 September for the Faction Athletics Carnival and Friday 6 September for Mrs Tombides’ class assembly. The choir will also sing at this assembly!

Finally, and on that note, a huge congratulations to our Music Specialist Ms Sarina Li, who became engaged on the weekend!

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

 

Principal’s Message Week 3

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you to the children in Mrs Chipps’ Year 1 class for leading last Friday’s assembly. Each student took the microphone and introduced herself or himself to the audience, and we were impressed by how clearly and confidently they spoke. They also entertained us with their own take on some favourite fairy tales, and reminded everyone about the importance of looking at each situation from different perspectives. Thank you for that very important message Year 1s!

Students in Years 3-6 will have another opportunity to look at tales from a new perspective when they visit the State Theatre next week. They will be treated to Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts as a precursor to Book Week. Just a reminder that we will be celebrating Book Week the following day, at the Year 4/5 class’s Book Week Assembly and Book Week Parade. Please remember that dress-ups don’t need to be ‘fancy’. In fact, children are likely to get the most out of the experience if they come up with ideas and source materials for themselves. First and foremost, the event is about celebrating books and having fun. Thanks to Mrs Powell for coordinating for us.

Visual Arts

Students in Years 1-6 have spent their Term 3 Visual Arts lessons working on another exciting project with Artist-in-Residence Colleen Corradi Branigan (Italy) and Anna Trovarelli (also from Italy … but some time ago). Last year’s project was the fabulous Kapinara PS mosaic at the Catesby St entrance to the school. This year students have been working on ceramic artworks that will create a montage of ‘invisible cities’ around our school. They will however, be anything but invisible!

Planning for 2020

If you know that your child will not be attending Kapinara next year, I would be grateful if you could either email me, or advise Gail Preston or Sarah Bengough in the front office as soon as possible. This will help us significantly with our planning for next year. Thank you.

Strengths’

In a previous newsletter or two, I referred to the ‘strengths’ of individual students and indicated that we would start to explain why these mattered. You may be familiar with ‘character strengths’ and ‘strengths-based approaches’ and/or positive psychology and positive education. Positive psychology reflects a shift in thinking, particularly around mental health and wellbeing. It means a shift from ‘what is wrong’ (mental illness) and ‘needs fixing’, to a focus on the strengths and resources that an individual already possesses, that could be harnessed to address problems and issues. Many will be familiar with the published works of psychologist Dr Martin Seligman, who was recently in Australia.

Our Year 6 students have done a significant amount of work with strengths so far this year; identifying their strengths and exploring how to incorporate them more in their daily lives. The WA Health curriculum is underpinned by a strengths-based approach, as are other documents that inform and influence what we do at Kapinara. We have included with this newsletter, a Parenting Ideas ‘Insight’ article by Professor Lea Waters PhD, University of Melbourne, author of The Strength Switch, a book for parents. If you are interested in reading further, go to www.strengthswitch.com/  or www.leawaters.com/ . I hope you find the Insight article helpful.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

 

 

Principal’s Message Week 1

Dear Parents and Carers

NAIDOC Week and Welcome to Country

Thank you for another smooth beginning to the term. We had a very busy end to last term/semester. It was wonderful to welcome so many to our NAIDOC Week assembly, which was so capably facilitated by the students in 3FJ and their teachers, Miss Filov and Mrs Jonklaas. A choir performance and an Acknowledgement of Country by a special guest made the morning even more memorable. The information the Year 3 students shared about the significance of both Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC week was informative and thought provoking. The students also joined the school choir to sing Gina Williams’ Wanjoo (‘Welcome’), and the 100 strong choir performed ‘Love is the Key’. The other highlight for us was that Professor Marion Kickett, Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University, performed an Acknowledgment of Country and spoke to us about the history and significance of a Welcome to Country.

Professor Kickett likened the ‘Welcome to Country’ to welcoming someone to your home. ‘Kiya Noongar Boodja’ was her way of saying ‘Hello, welcome to my country/my home’. She explained that the practice showed a respect for both the visitor and the host, and was like a ‘blessing’ that indicated the intention was that the visitors would ‘go well’ or ‘be well’ while they were visitors in your home. Professor Kickett subsequently looked at a range of student work displayed in the library, and spoke with the students in 3FJ. It was fascinating listening to her relate vignettes of her time as a child, which included approaching emu nests for eggs, and how they would only take what was ‘needed’ (no more than half the number of eggs that were in the nest). We were very grateful for the glimpses into her culture, and she appeared to really enjoy her time at Kapinara, interacting with students and staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Review

The following day, on the last day of term, we completed the final element of our Department’s School Review process. As I mentioned previously, this is a relatively new process. The previous review process designed for Independent Public Schools such as Kapinara, looked retrospectively at the implementation of our three-year business plan and the accompanying three year ‘Delivery and Performance Agreement’. This new process is for both Independent Public Schools and those within the Department of Education WA that are not. The process is centred around three key questions: Where are we at?  How do we know? What are doing as we move forward with that knowledge? Having considered the information we had previously submitted electronically, and having met with and spoken to staff and students, the reviewers completed a report which we received today. The report can be viewed on our website. While it is essentially a ‘present and forward looking’ process, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the dedication, care and energy that so many people have invested throughout the last three years, that has led to such a positive validation of our efforts. Thank you.

Welcome back!

We are absolutely delighted to welcome Colleen Corradi Brannigan back to Perth from Italy. I look forward to sharing more about the special project she is undertaking with students this year.

What’s happening

Finally, I’d like to draw your attention to key dates on the Term Planner.

  • Applications for Enrolment in Kindergarten AND Pre-Primary must be received by this Friday (26 July).
  • Children will be dressing up for a Book Week assembly at the end of Week 4.
  • The Faction Athletics Carnival is on Wednesday 4 September.
  • A special Year 6 musical will be held in the Churchlands SHS auditorium on Wednesday 25 September.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes
Elizabeth Blackwell

 

Principal’s Message Week 9

Dear Parents and Carers

Congratulations to 2/3D for an informative and entertaining assembly last Friday. You will find a link to a photo and some cool facts about the cosmos. The latter are captured in an excerpt from the poem the students recited. It’s quite common to learn something new at our assemblies lately.

Interschool Cross-Country (Years 3-6)

City Beach Primary School, who are hosting the Interschool Cross Country event have confirmed that it will go ahead tomorrow as planned. The schedule has been amended and the program is due to commence at 12:15pm, and be finished within two hours. All students attending interschool events are expected to travel to and from the venue as a school team. That is, unless there is an exceptional circumstance, such as a child coming immediately from, or going immediately to, PEAC, students must return to school with the rest of the school team. This enables us to maximise their safety and reinforce that they are participating as a team.

School Review

Our School Review has been postponed until next week as a number of staff are unwell, or in Miss Stewart’s case – injured. We hope everyone makes a speedy recovery.

NAIDOC Week Assembly

Please join us for a special NIADOC Week assembly on Thursday 4 July 2019. The assembly will be hosted by students in 3FJ. We are also privileged to have Professor Marion Kickett, from the Aboriginal Health and Education Research Unit, Curtin University, join us that morning. Professor Kickett will speak to us about the origins of ‘Welcome to Country’ and how this is connected to what we do today. You are invited to join us for this special assembly.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is Voice. Treaty. Truth. These were three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

Reports

As previously advised, this semester we will send reports home electronically. It’s imperative that we have accurate email addresses, as a link will be sent to the email accounts we have on record. At the end of next week you will also be able to access Year Level Grade Allocations, some information about grade allocations, and a glossary. While we try to ensure reports can be read without the need to have a dictionary on hand, we recognise that some words and phrases that we commonly use with children, may not be familiar to parents. These are the ones we will include in the glossary.

My very best wishes for a safe and relaxing holiday.

Best wishes

Elizabeth

 

 

Principal’s Message Week 7

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you for your cooperation and support in minimising the spread of colds, flu and other viruses. We maintain our commitment to ensure we have soap and antibacterial gel close at hand.  

Assembly – ‘Reducing Plastic’

I wasn’t in Perth last Friday so unfortunately missed a polished, thoughtful and educative assembly hosted by the students in 5ZF. Positive feedback highlighted the articulate manner in which individual students addressed the group; some sobering facts about the impact of plastics on our planet; and some calls to action. In strengthening their message, the class had negotiated a ‘zero plastic day’ on Friday, which had an enormous positive impact on the amount of waste overall that day. Thanks to families for their support in this regard. We have small teams of students and staff who have been exploring ways in which we can incorporate and embed ‘sustainable practices’ at Kapinara, in addition to those currently used by the P & C via the canteen and the ‘Community Patch’. For those who weren’t at Friday’s assembly, and those who were, the class has produced a ‘Padlet’ which we have attached to the newsletter and is available by clicking on this link. The product is a good example of how digital technologies are used in authentic situations to achieve something that couldn’t be achieved (as efficiently or at all) without the technology. In this instance, each child was able to upload their own research facts simultaneously. Thanks students in 5ZF!

Cross Country Event

It was great to welcome so many family members and friends at our faction cross country event yesterday. It was also great to have such fair weather. I would like to congratulate each of our students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 who participated. We were proud of your efforts. Some flew home and enjoyed the challenge, some persisted to go the distance and others pushed through some nervousness to give it their best shot. Well done to you all. We were also proud of the leadership shown by our Year 6 students today; it delights us to observe this cohort’s personal development. Finally, a sincere thanks to our Physical Education teachers, Miss Burrows and Mr Hodgson, for their organisation and management; to our teaching and support staff; and to our parent helpers.
Those students in Years 3-6 who placed 1-8 in their year level, will join their peers for the interschool cross country event at City Beach oval in two weeks’ time.

Disco

I wasn’t here last Friday, but I believe that there was much excitement and anticipation around the disco organised by the P & C; in particular, the parents of Year 6 students. It sounds as though everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you to Jack D in PP2, for this image of him in his disco outfit framed by ‘all the colourful lights’. There are also a few great photos elsewhere in the newsletter.

School Review

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, we will participate in our Department’s School Review process. The review process is different from previous processes, the most recent of which was developed for Independent Public Schools only. This ‘new’ process has been in place since Term 4 last year, and is the same process that all public schools will complete at some point in their three year planning cycles. Two reviewers, a Director and a current principal of another school, will visit Kapinara for a day. Our discussions with them will centre around three key questions:

  • Where are we at? (as a school and a school community)
  • How do we know? (What evidence do we have that supports the above?)
  • Where are we heading? (as a result of our ongoing reflection and review and what are we doing to continually improve)

While our business plans articulate strategic directions over a three -year period, throughout this time we are consistently monitoring and asking ourselves those questions. As a staff we have worked collaboratively to develop our next business plan. This will illustrate ‘where we are heading’. Currently in draft, we have been implementing a number of strategies since the beginning of the year, and I am looking forward to sharing details of the plan with you in the following weeks and months.

In the meantime, please find a link to this fortnight’s Parenting Ideas’ InsightSix tips for parenting anxious kids. Also please find a link to a voucher for a webinar by Michael Grose ‘Managing your child’s anxiety’, which will be available via the Parenting Ideas website from Tuesday 25 June 2019. The voucher will enable you to access the webinar for free (the $37 cost is reduced to a nil balance at the checkout) and it will be available until 25 July 2019

Best Wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

 

Principal’s Message Week 5

Dear Parents and Carers

NAPLAN

NAPLAN has been and gone, and for our students it came and went smoothly.

Walk to School Day and Healthy Breakfast
Just a reminder that Kapinara’s Walk to School Day is on Friday (31 May 2019). National Walk Safely to School Day is now in its 20th year, and is intended to provide an opportunity for primary schools and parents to promote

  • safe pedestrian behaviours;
  • the importance of physical activity (particularly regular walking to and from school); and
  •  the importance of reducing our environmental footprint

Thanks to our wonderful P & C, it is also an opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of a healthy breakfast. Thank you to those who have volunteered to walk some students from one of three neighbourhood locations, and those who have volunteered to create and serve a healthy breakfast for our Kapinara students. We strongly encourage as many as possible to participate!

Reading Books

We have ‘lost’ far too many reading books. If you have any ‘errant’ reading books at home, please send them in urgently. There will be a box in the front office where these can be dropped off.

Earn and Learn

Woolworth’s Earn and Learn promotion is on again, so please encourage friends, neighbours and family who shop at Woolworths or don’t necessarily have a ‘favourite’ supermarket, to collect these on our behalf. The stickers earn points, which schools can exchange for a range of educational resources.

Health and Wellbeing

While the importance of regular school attendance cannot be overstated, the exception to this is an unwell child. We all have a role to play in minimising, if not preventing, the spread of illness within our school community. The last two to three weeks have been particularly bad, particularly early, in terms of illness sweeping communities, including ours. We have now had several families confirm that they have, or have had, Influenza A and we have had unusually high numbers of children who have been unwell. We will be stepping up the use of soap and sanitising gel in classes and at break times, and stressing the need to ‘cover’ a cough or sneeze.

We appreciate that it is often difficult to determine ‘how unwell’ a child is and therefore whether to send him or her to school. If children have a fever, have vomited or have had an upset stomach that morning or the previous night, they should not be at school. Advice through the Department of Health provides the following information for families:

  • children should stay at home if they are likely to be infectious and shed the virus or bacteria through coughing, sneezing, contaminating surfaces and personal contact
  • children who are ill should not to return to school while unwell; they should be symptom free if they have a cold or ?u; and remain home for at least 24 hours if they have had gastroenteritis
  • parents are encouraged to seek medical advice if their child has ongoing symptoms of illness.

Thanks to the significant numbers of families who have kept their unwell child at home.

National Reconciliation Week

As you may be aware, this is National Reconciliation Week. This year’s theme is Grounded in truth: walk together with courage. Today I have been incredibly impressed with examples of student’s writing on reconciliation and this year’s theme, and I hope to seek permission from some students to place several reflections on our website, so these can be shared more widely. Students learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, language and culture is a priority for our Department and is a focus in our own developing Business Plan. I look forward to sharing more about this in future newsletters.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

Principal’s Message Week 3

Dear Parents and Carers

What’s Happening

  • Last week over 200 Kapinara students in Years 3-6 attended the Scribblers Festival at Scotch College.
  • Our children in Pre-Primary and Years 1 and 2, will have their opportunity to participate in a special ‘author’ workshop later this term, when Dr Cameron Stelzer -The Story Doctor visits Kapinara in Term 3.
  • Running Club and Choir also commenced last week.
  • This week, our students in Years 3 and 5 will complete NAPLAN. As I have said previously, schools have many ways of ‘assessing’ children’s learning – ranging from informal strategies to check for understanding, which might be as simple as asking a question, to more formal assessments such as NAPLAN.
  • As with any collection of data, what is important is that the information is used for the purpose for which it was intended. Concerns around NAPLAN usually arise when this doesn’t happen and/or when NAPLAN data is not viewed in a much broader context of student assessments, of which NAPLAN is only one part.
  • Ensuring children are ‘ready for NAPLAN’ should be like any other day – being ready for school and ready for learning is about having a good night’s sleep, eating a healthy breakfast and arriving at school in time to be organised for the day … and like any other day and any other task, the expectation is simply that you ‘do your best’.

Walk Safely to School Day

  • This Friday (17 May) is National Walk Safely to School Day, but we will be making Friday, 31 May Kapinara’s Walk Safely to School Day.
  • The national initiative is designed to encourage children and their parents/carers to walk regularly and safely to school; and seeks to promote road safety, the importance of physical activity and caring for the environment. It also o?ers an opportunity for families and schools to reinforce behaviours pertaining to pedestrian safety.
  • The P & C are taking a lead on this initiative, and will also take the opportunity to focus on the importance of healthy food and drinks, through the provision of a healthy breakfast. This has been a highly successful event in previous years, and I encourage all families to participate.
  • Please refer to last week’s and next week’s P & C newsletters for information, but note the new date!

Cross Country Events

  • Our Faction Cross Country event involving students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 is scheduled for Wednesday 12 June. Further information will be provided by Miss Burrows and Mr Hodgson.

Coming Soon

  • Communication from our School Board re the school song;
  • Communication seeking ideas from the school community to enable use of the lower oval to be maximised

Thank You and Hooray

Finally, a huge thank you to our P & C and those who actively support P & C fundraising events. The upgraded outdoor environment for the Kindy, and the works to retain and preserve the ‘slope’ on the lower oval are to be celebrated. Thanks to the Town of Cambridge for their donation of many plants. I would also particularly like to acknowledge the persistence and hours of research invested by parent Jordy Cain and Manager Corporate Services, Linda Wayman; and the coordination and oversight of our gardener/handyman Simon Dewar. Thank you all!

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

Deputy’s Message Week 1

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back to Term 2. I hope that you enjoyed the break with your children. I have loved catching up with students today about their holidays and was pleased to observe how excited students were to be back at school this morning.

School staff spent a productive School Development Day yesterday undertaking school self-assessment of the current Kapinara Business Plan followed by discussions and workshops outlining future directions for the next business planning cycle, 2019 – 2021. We spent some time reviewing our whole school approach to the teaching of Science, led by Joanne Dixon and rounded off the day learning more about using Brightpath Assessment to improve our professional judgements when assessing student writing, led by Kylie Powell.

This week we have Year 5/6 (on Wednesday), Year 3/4 (on Thursday) and Year 1/2 (on Friday) teams competing in the annual St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School STEAMING Ahead Challenge. The Year 5/6 and Year 3/4 days are competitive challenge days with teams required to participate in challenges involving, mathematics, electronics and robotics. The Year 1/2 day is non-competitive and students will work through a range of problem-solving challenges over the course of Friday morning. I would like to wish our 24 girls attending all the very best of luck and hope that they enjoy the challenges presented to them.

You may have noticed that the slope has had an upgrade over the holidays. There has been a limestone wall constructed and hundreds of small shrubs planted on the slope in order to stabilise the area. Until further notice students will not be allowed to play on the slope or the wall so that we give the area plenty of time to establish. We would ask for your assistance to reinforce this both before and after school and on weekends. We will share photos and acknowledgements of the area in our next newsletter.

We are upgrading our home reading book boxes so the regular home readers for Year 1 – 3 will not be available for the next two weeks.  It would be appreciated if you were to continue your daily home reading program, using either books from home or the school library. Please see your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions.

Finally, some sad news to share with you. Mrs Blackwell is unexpectedly on leave this week due to a bereavement in her family. On behalf of the school community I extend my deepest sympathy to Elizabeth and her family at this very sad time.

Kind regards, Kim Knowles

 

Principal’s Message Week 9

Dear Parents and Carers

Special Events

Thank you to the children of 3H who hosted our recent assembly. They had several very important ‘Harmony Day’ messages for us. One of the messages was that, like a drawing created using a crayon of only one colour, our lives would not be nearly as rich if we were all the same. They also helped create a sense of belonging by asking everyone to wear orange, the ‘colour of Harmony Day’. It was interesting for Kapinara to be a sea of orange instead of a sea of blue.

Our next assembly is on the final day of term, Friday 12 April, and will be hosted by 4W. On the previous day we will host a small service to commemorate Anzac Day, which falls in the school holiday period. It will commence immediately after morning recess, and will be co-hosted by the Year 3 and Year 6 students.

The other event in Week 10 is the interschool swimming carnival at HBF stadium on the morning of Wednesday, 10 April. Our very best wishes to all those representing Kapinara.

Student Safety

Yesterday we had a small meeting to remind children in Years 1-6 of two key safety issues. The primary message was about safety on bikes. In the space of only a few days we have received reports of students travelling home in groups (that part is great), but crossing roads without checking for cars and cars having to stop in the middle of the road as a group of students crossed at the same time. Yesterday it was reported that there was a near miss near Holy Spirit Primary School after school. Those riding were identified as Kapinara students and they were allegedly not riding safely.

Following yesterday’s meeting, all students are aware that when they ride to school, they must follow the perimeter of the school until they reach the path leading down to the library, on Catesby St. At this point they are to hop off their bike and wheel it down to the bike racks outside the library. As of today, in the afternoons, students are expected to walk their bikes up the same path onto Catesby St, and then ride following the perimeter of the school as far as possible. I’m sorry if this causes inconvenience (or a lack of excitement because students are unable to ride down the grassy slope and skid to a halt at the bottom). This may be reviewed at a later date if a significant shift in behaviour occurs.  Today students were also reminded that they must have a hat each day. There are not too many things that students must be responsible for, but a Kapinara hat with their name inside is one of them!

School Board

Thank you to the many of you who took the time to consider nominees for the School Board and to complete the brief survey. It is now a requirement for all Board members to undergo a criminal screening check before they are announced as Board members and attend their first meeting. I would like to again thank each of the parents who stood as nominees, and to finally welcome new parent members Jen Marschner, Taryn Landless and Vanessa Elliott to the Board. We also have two new staff members, Kim Knowles and Georgia Stewart. Our Initial meetings will be particularly important as we shape the Business Plan that will take us through the next three years, as we prepare for our school review in late May.

Sound System

Last week we had a new sound system installed in the undercover area. We trust that this will mean a much better sound with much better coverage, particularly for those sitting or standing at the back or in the quadrangle. Thank you to the P&C, for their significant support in funding.

Best wishes for a safe and happy upcoming holiday break.

Elizabeth Blackwell