Principal’s Message Week 3

Dear Parents and Carers

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our P & C for organising the sundowner last week. I’m pleased that so many families were able to attend. I trust that our new families have felt welcomed into the Kapinara School Community.

How Can I Help?

School communities are so much richer for the contributions made by parents and grandparents in a range of ways. Below are some ways in which we encourage you to participate.

  • Helping in our school canteen which is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Helping in classrooms, regularly or as a one off
  • Being a member of the Parents and Citizens Association (P & C)
  • Nominating for the School Board
  • Joining us for assemblies (selected Friday mornings) and sporting, music and art events
  • Supporting a range of fund raising events (cake stalls, Book Fair, purchasing an Entertainment Book etc)

P & C

It would be great to see a few new faces at P & C meetings again this year. The efforts of the P & C are primarily focused on fund raising, but the P & C also contributes to the culture and cohesion of the school community, by connecting informally with families.

The P & C has two class representatives. The ‘class reps’ as they are known, each have a different role. One is responsible for coordinating a year level fundraiser, and emailing class parents to remind them of things such as excursion notes that are due. Teachers are responsible for all information about the teaching and learning program that is sent home. The class rep simply offers families a reminder here and there. The second class rep is a ‘social’ one, who will occasionally coordinate social get-togethers with the children and families of others in the class or year level.

If you have any questions or concerns about the teaching and learning program, relationships between your child and another or others in the class, the point of contact is your child’s class teacher. If you have any questions or concerns beyond the classroom or if something continues to trouble you, I encourage you to contact either Kim Knowles, Deputy Principal or myself, as soon as possible.

Please do not contact the P & C class reps to raise issues about school matters and please do not, under any circumstances, use the class email lists to communicate anything other than matters related to the roles of the class reps as outlined above. Thank you.

School Board

We are seeking nominations for our School Board. The tenure of three community members ended last year – Chair, Cherie Atchison and her family moved back to their home state of Tasmania; our previous Board Chair, Chris Higgs ended a second term on the Board as the younger of his two boys graduated last year; and Lance Perry also completed his second term on the Board. On behalf of the staff and school community I’d like to sincerely thank them for their valued contributions over a number of years.

We currently have two community members on the Board – Dale Miller, who has children in Pre-Primary and Year 1, and Jen Mintz (Wiggins) who has children in Year 3 and Year 5. There is now an opportunity for three people in our school community to join the Board. The Board’s function is to contribute to planning at a strategic level. The Board considers (de-identified) student performance data, aligned to the targets and focuses of our Business Plan and the current priorities of our Department. It may contribute to the development of school level policies, and seek the perspectives of others in such matters. The Board is also responsible for the school dress code. Please be aware that the Board does not have a role in ‘operational matters’ or the day to day running of the school.

If you are interested in nominating a member of the school community (with their permission) or nominating yourself, please complete the form attached and either scan and email me directly, or hand to the office in a sealed envelope marked ‘Confidential’ School Board. If you would like to speak to me or one of the parent Board members before deciding whether to nominate, I’m confident that Dale, Jen and Lance would be happy to chat to you. Thank you for giving this your thoughtful consideration.

Our first assembly is scheduled for Friday 1 March, and will be hosted by the Year 6s.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell