2022 Start Dates

Start Dates

Administration reopens – Monday 24 January 2022
Teachers return for Professional Development Days – Thursday 27 January 2022
Students return  – Monday 31 January 2022

Uniform Shop

The uniform shop will open Monday 24 January 2022 from 10am -12 noon. Any uniform orders not collected will be available to collect at the front office on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 January 2022.

Latest News 16.12.2021

Principal Message

Dear Parents and Carers

Year 6 Graduation

Tuesday afternoon we hosted a very special event – our Year 6 Graduation ceremony. I have known many of the graduating students since they started Kindergarten eight years ago, and it has been a privilege to watch them learn, and develop into the people they are today. As each student reflected on their time at Kapinara, it was interesting (and heart-warming) to note a number of common themes. Many recalled their first day at Kapinara – whether that was starting Kindergarten with Mrs Mee, or arriving later in primary school. Most mentioned the importance of the friendships they had created, and how these relationships continued to support them. Memories of events commonly involved a challenge that had played a role in developing their ‘sense of self’, such as building a raft at camp, while others involved something amusing, embarrassing … or both! What warmed my heart most however, was to hear these young people talking about kindness, gratitude, personal growth, looking out for others, and wishing their peers happiness and success. Congratulations Year 6s – your family, teachers and I are incredibly proud of you.

Our Staff

  • Next year, Mr Hodgson will be on leave in Semester 1
  • Mr David Watson will be here in Semester 1 at least
  • Mrs Kim Knowles is to continue in the Principal role at East Victoria Park PS at the beginning of next year, and Mrs Joanne Dixon will remain in the Deputy role at Kapinara PS
  • Ms Natasha Trandos will be taking up a 12 month contract, teaching HaSS to secondary school students.

This year Ms Trandos has completed a program designed to extend teachers’ existing qualifications in primary education to secondary teaching. Ms Trandos has been offered opportunities to put this to good use next year. We will certainly miss her at Kapinara next year, but wish her well in her new role.

Student Reports

Reports will be emailed to families at the end of this week. If you are new to electronic reports, please be aware that you need to download and save these documents as they are only available via the link for a limited time.

Planning for 2022

It is expected that class lists for 2022 will arrive via a password-protected email on the Thursday immediately before school commences.

Given the recent announcement that our State’s border will open on the 5 February 2022, we plan to schedule ‘class meetings’ in the first week of term. This will enable you to visit your child’s classroom and meet with teachers. I’m not sure exactly what this will look like yet in terms of days and times, but I will be referring back to the survey data gathered earlier this year to determine the most suitable options. I’ll endeavour to provide you with this information in the week prior to the start of school.

COVID-19 Measures including Mandatory Vaccinations

I had planned to include information regarding the above in today’s post, but have received some additional documentation. I will therefore add any relevant information and forward information to you tomorrow.

Thank you

On behalf of our staff I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful school community for your support throughout the year. I’m actually wondering where the year has gone! I’d like to particularly thank members of our School Board, our P & C (including the Uniform Shop and the School Canteen) and all those who have volunteered their time, expertise and care to enrich the learning and development of our Kapinara students.

I would also like to extend a special farewell to those families who will leave us this week.

My very best wishes for the holiday season, and a wonderful break from the routines of school. I look forward to seeing you on Monday 31 January 2022.

Take care and stay safe.



Vacation Care – TheirCare Update

The Department of Education and Care Regulatory Unit has been held up and as a result TheirCare envisage to be opening on the 10th January 2022 for vacation care.

TheirCare are able to answer any further questions on 1300 072 410.

TheirCare Flyer

P&C NEWS – Uniform Shop Opening Day 2022 

The Uniform Shop has had to change the date of opening in January. The uniform shop will now open Monday 24 January 2022 from 10am -12 noon. Any uniform orders not collected will be available to collect at the front office on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 January 2022.

Latest News 7.12.21

Payments Due and Reminders

Beach Excursion Permission – Year 5&6
Overdue accounts to be finalised by Friday

Orchestra Windup

There will be no rehearsal for the orchestra tomorrow, instead there will be a 7.45am windup, with music and games. Students do not need to bring their instruments to orchestra, only if they have a lesson scheduled as normal tomorrow. No orchestra next week.

Choir Windup

Choir will windup with a ‘Choir’s Got Talent!’ event this Thursday 9 December. Children will be sharing their various talents with the rest of their peers, 7.30-8.30am. This is a choir only event, optional and just for fun. The audience will be choir students only. No choir next week.

P&C NEWS – Free Icy Poles & Ice cream tomorrow!

To celebrate the end of year, the last week of canteen opening for this school year and it being a very hot day, we’d like to offer everyone at school – staff as well as students! – a free ice cream or icy pole on Wednesday lunch time. No need to order via QuickCliq – just line up at the canteen.

For those kids who will be coming back from or going to swimming lessons during lunch break, never fear, we’ve got you covered – their teachers are aware and will make sure they can get to the canteen.

For anyone with any allergy concerns, both the icy poles and ice creams offered through the canteen are nut-free. The icy poles are Berri Quelch Fruit Sticks (ingredients https://bit.ly/3rIBjwK), the ice cream is Peter’s Light & Creamy (https://bit.ly/3DsB0Ip), and the cones are Coles own-brand (https://bit.ly/3DwHvtC) – ice cream can also be served in a plastic cup on request.

Huge thanks to our canteen manager Anke, and the fact that we have a full set of 4x volunteers in canteen tomorrow, for making this happen!!

Recycling Programs

Thanks very much to everyone for their contributions to the soft plastics recycling scheme and Containers for Change. Both these programs are continuing in school. RedCycle collects soft plastics at major supermarkets and our school gets the money from Containers for Change if you give the school number: C10288919

Together we can make a difference.
The Sustainability Team






Security Flyer

We are reaching out to the community to help keep our grounds safe. A flyer containing the information below will be distributed in the next few days to our surrounding neighbours.


There is an increasing amount of school damage and antisocial behaviour after school hours at Kapinara Primary School. We request the assistance of the local community when noticing incidents to contact the following immediately:

For suspicious behaviour – School Watch on 1800 177 777
School Watch will respond, although they are not always available to attend immediately. All incidents are recorded.

For a major incident – the Police on 131 444
Breaking and entering, school damage and or injury.

Lost Property Items

We have a significant amount of clothing and items in lost property. If not collected by the end of Friday, they will be donated or discarded. Please check or get your child to check for missing items.

Community News

Better Health Program

The WA Department of Health is funding the Better Health Program in the Perth metropolitan region. The ten-week program is available to families both face-to-face and online. We are currently accepting registrations for Term 1 2022. Please visit https://betterhealthprogram.org/ for more information


Latest News 30.11.21

Payments Due and Reminders

PP-4 In term Swimming $45 – Payment and Permission
Beach Excursion Permission – Year 5&6
Overdue accounts as per emails sent
St Vincent’s donations accepted until 3 December

End of Year Showcase

The children of Kapinara Primary will be putting on the annual End-of-Year Showcase. Children from Kindy – Year 6, orchestra and choir will all perform some of our favourite songs. Please bring a picnic rug, pack a picnic and come and join us. We hope to see you and your families and friends there!

Tomorrow after the concert, can you please ask 1 family member to pick up your child / children from the following designated areas as soon as possible after the concert ends. Please go to the classroom teacher to get your child’s name ticked off before you take your child.

Kindy’s – will be picked up behind the stage straight after their performance and sit with parents for the concert.
PP – Year 2s will stay seated at the front of the stage
Year 3&4 – Netball courts
Year 5& 6 – Basketball courts

Thank you for your cooperation. It should be a wonderful evening!

School Development Day

Please note that at Monday night’s Board meeting, the Board agreed that the School Development Day planned for Friday 4 November 2022 has been changed to Monday 7 November due to a conflict in a school program.

Community News


Join us this Sunday 5th of December for our last Family Nature Day for 2021 as we combine our hands-on art, craft and science activities with a pop-up Christmas market!! You can also enjoy live entertainment, gift-wrap making, coffee window treats and our newly-stocked gift shop. The event will run from 2pm to 4pm at the Herdsman Lake Discovery Centre (Crn Flynn & Selby Streets, Wembley).
Bookings are essential. Entry is $10 per person, $30 per family or FREE for Friends of the WA Gould League – tickets and memberships can be purchased from www.wagouldleague.com.au








Lost items
We have accumulated many glasses and Garmin type watches in the office. If you think any of the below may belong to you or yours, please see reception.  A Book Fair book titled Skin Deep has also been handed in and waiting for it’s owner to collect.







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 delattrecn@yahoo.fr

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 commbank.com.au/schoolbanking 

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