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