Principal’s Message Week 1

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome and Welcome Back

A warm ‘welcome back’ to our existing Kapinara families, and a very warm welcome to those families joining our school community this year. We have had a smooth start to the year. It was great to see so many healthy, happy and positive children yesterday.  This year we have been joined by a record number of new students and new families. We have 20 new families with children starting Kindergarten and another 22 families with children from Pre-Primary to Year 6. We hope to see many existing and new families at the Welcome Sundowner that our P & C are hosting on Friday 21 February.

Settling In

In these first two weeks or so, please take the opportunity to touch base with your child’s/children’s class teacher, even if it’s just a quick hello at the beginning or end of the day. This will help to kick-off effective two-way communication throughout the year.

Maintenance Upgrades

In November last year the State Government allocated money to public schools for ‘Priority Maintenance’. The funds were separated into two amounts – expenditure of one amount to be determined by Central Office and the other to be determined at school level. The works being completed through Central Office are the boys’ toilets and we anticipate that this upgrade might occur around April this year. The funding allocated to schools needs to be expended by this month, and we were fortunate to have most of the work completed over the vacation period. We upgraded the girls’ toilets; replaced the windows in Rooms 11-13 (Year 1 and Year 1/2 classes); refurbished the Pre-Primary and Year 3-6 playgrounds; painted a number of classrooms and the upper corridor; and addressed a small number of other minor issues. We hope you noticed a difference, as we certainly have. I’d like to particularly thank Linda Wayman, Manager Corporate Service for working tirelessly (including through the holiday break) to obtain quotes and negotiate these works; and Simon Dewar, our ‘go to for everything’ person for moving furniture, maintaining our computers, putting boards up and down etc. while simultaneously trying to maintain the lawns and gardens.

This Week

  • In-term swimming lessons at Cottesloe Beach begin tomorrow for students in Years 5 and 6. Children from Pre-Primary to Year 4 have in-term swimming lessons at Bold Park Aquatic in Term 4
  • Instrumental Music meeting for parents of NEW IMSS students at 9:00am on Wednesday 5 February in the library
  • ‘Out of School Hours Care’ information session at 6:00pm on Thursday 6 February in the library


Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)

Yes, Out of School Hours Care will soon be available onsite! The provider, YMCA, will hold a brief information session regarding this at 6:00pm on Thursday 6 February, in the school library. We anticipate that fliers and more detailed information will be available on the evening, if not prior. There will also be a link to the information on our school website once it is received. The program will operate out of ‘Room 17’ and will also be available on School Development Days and school holidays.

Keeping Our Students Safe

We try to have few ‘rules’ as such, but we ask that the few that have, are adhered to to help us keep Kapinara students safe. Please note the following, and take a few minutes to provide your child or children with an extra reminder. Thank you.

We also encourage students to become as independent as possible, so in addition to carrying their own school bags (unless they are particularly heavy), and remembering their reading books/library books/diary, it would be great if you could support your child in addressing the first three items below, as he/she is able.

  • Students must wear their school hats at recess, lunchtime and to participate in outdoor activities such as Physical Education lessons.
  • All students should bring a bottle of WATER to school each day, particularly in the warmer months.
  • Please encourage your child to apply sunscreen just prior to coming to school. This can be ‘topped-up’ at school, with the sunscreen available in classrooms.
  • Walking to classes from Catesby St – please use the paved path, and please do NOT walk through the staff carparks or down the drive to the staff carpark
  • Students riding bikes must ride along the perimeter of the school until they reach the letterbox and path on Catesby St. At this point they must alight and walk their bikes down to the bike racks at the eastern side of the library.
  • Children should aim to arrive at school as close to 8:30 as practicable. If children arrive prior to 8:30am they should be seated on the benches outside classes around the quadrangle until this time.
  • Children should leave school promptly at the end of the day so that they are walking or riding home at a time when other students and familiar adults are also moving between school and home. (Families may remain onsite to use the playgrounds, provided a parent or carer is present to supervise and to accompany children from school to home)

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support throughout this coming year.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell