Principal’s Message Week 3

Dear Parents and Carers

Our smooth but busy beginning to the school year has continued. Last week work on our nature playground on the bottom oval commenced, Out of School Hours Care welcomed its first students this week, and last night the P & C held their Annual General Meeting.

Playground on the Lower Oval

The nature playground will become an extension of the current ‘wobbly’ playground. The sandpit will be extended as this was one of the elements identified by the young children as being important. It will also serve as a long jump pit for the small amount of time in the year (Term 3) that long jump pits are required. The long jump pits on the upper oval, which are impacted by the weather and have been difficult to maintain, will become redundant. The nature play area will combine limestone blocks, boulders and wood (including six large ‘retired’ poles made available to us by Western Power), to create a play environment with a range of elements offering opportunities for exploration, creative play and just ‘chilling out’.  The development will primarily be funded by the school and the P & C. In addition however, we were successful in securing some funding through a grant application submitted last year. Through the Australian Government’s ‘Local Schools Community Fund’ we will receive $12 000 towards the playground.  There are several additional elements we plan to add to the playground as more funding becomes available. To this end, we have scheduled a Colour Run for the last day of this term, Thursday 9 April and look forward to sharing more information about this shortly. It should be an exciting way to end the term!

P & C

Last night at the P & C’s AGM, Nic Schmidt’s term as President and Naomi Taylor’s term as Vice-President ended. This very successful partnership has led the P & C since 2016, which included the huge celebration of our 50th Anniversary in 2017. On behalf of all members of our school community I’d like to acknowledge their dedication to these roles, and sincerely thank them for all they have helped us to achieve.

Congratulations to Kate Marquis and Kym Szwedzicki, our new P & C President and Vice-President. Thanks to Anna Larson for her willingness to remain in the role as Treasurer, and to Natasha Brindal and Rebecca Garvey for taking on the shared role of Secretary. Anke Woodland, Felicity Maher and John Scott will be joined by Nic Schmidt as members of the P & C Executive. Thank you too to the following, continuing in several auxillary roles within the

P & C – Kirsten Piccinini, Canteen Manager; Nikki Little with support from Carys Hansen and Gemma Salama, Uniform Shop; and Thanh Tan, School Banking.

The partnership between the school and the P & C is a strong and collaborative one. I urge you to support everything they do, as it all comes back to support Kapinara students and maintain a strong sense of community.

School Board

The Board and P & C have quite separate functions which are legislated, but work collectively to achieve common goals. While the P & C focuses on fundraising and community events, the School Board is involved with governance,  policy and strategic directions for the school. Boards do not play a role in the day to day management of the school, but are intended to promote the school in the community and to take part in reviewing the school’s priorities and general policy directions, and evaluating the school’s achievement of these. Some of the matters that boards may make decisions about include fees and charges, the school dress code and sponsorships. P & C members can be a member of the Board, and where this occurs, can support liaison between the two.

At the end of last year Jen Marschner’s tenure on the Board concluded, as her youngest child finished at Kapinara. We are therefore seeking nominations for a parent/community member to join the Board, commencing as soon as possible. Please find the link to the nomination form below, which can be completed and returned to the front office in an envelope, addressed to me and marked CONFIDENTIAL. Alternatively, once the form is completed, it can be scanned and emailed to me at  Nominations forms should be submitted by 4:00pm next Friday (28 February 2020). If we receive more nominations that places available, nominees will be asked to provide a brief statement to support their nomination, and the community will be asked to vote electronically.

If you would like any additional information about the Board please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can see who else is on the Board at  We value the perspectives and expertise that parents bring to the Board – thank you for giving this your consideration.

New Staff Members

I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome Miss Kylie Lund (Year 5) and Mrs Tammy Norton-Smith (Kindergarten and Pre-Primary) to our staff this year. We also have a new school nurse, Kate McGahern, and you will find some information from her in the newsletter.

I trust that all our students have had a smooth start to the school year, and are settling in well. If you have any questions or concerns at any time throughout the year, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, Mrs Knowles or myself. Each of our specialist teachers are also happy for you to contact them.

I look forward to seeing many of you at Friday’s Sundowner.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell


School Board Nomination Form 2020