Principal’s Message Week 7

Dear Parents and Carers

Year 4 Assembly and Book Week Parade

A huge thank you to families who supported so many children to dress up for Book Week. There was a fantastic atmosphere at Friday’s assembly. We all laughed along to Mrs Powell’s Year 4 students’ first assembly item, which highlighted the peculiarities and ambiguity of the English language, and were impressed with the individual poems written from the perspective of a long forgotten book. We were subsequently treated to a colourful and creative parade of book characters ranging from Boris the Pirate to Dr Seuss’s Thing 1 and Thing 2; and from Thelma the Unicorn to Harry Potter. Thanks to the many family members who joined us!
While we primarily focused on Science Week this year, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to dress up for Book Week. We are also looking forward to our Scholastic book fair in Week 10 of this term, and author/illustrator visits from Frane Lessac and Mark Greenwood in Term 4.

Public Speaking

Students in Years 5-6 recently completed several weeks of planning, practice and presentation of individual speeches. The students spoke on a broad range of topics, with twelve students selected for a school final. Of the twelve students who spoke at the final, two were selected to represent Kapinara at the Cambridge Rotary Club’s inaugural Public Speaking Competition for primary school age students. Two representatives from City Beach, Wembley, Floreat, Lake Monger and Kapinara Primary Schools participated in the event last Wednesday evening. Each of the ten students spoke incredibly well, and I would particularly like to acknowledge our representatives, Emily W and Cooper R (both Year 6). We are very proud of each of them, and delighted for Cooper who will soon represent Kapinara and Cambridge Rotary in Rotary’s district final.

Planning for 2019

As strange as it may sound, at this time of the year we are planning for the following school year. Classes are structured and organised around numbers of enrolments in each year level. With the exception of our Year 6 students, if you know that your child will not be at Kapinara next year, I would be grateful if you could advise me or someone in the front office as soon as possible. Thank you.

Artist in Residence

Have you seen our wonderful bright mosaic at the entrance to the school on Catesby St? Our red brick wall has been transformed by Colleen, our wonderful Artist-in-Residence who has now returned to the warmth and sunshine of Italy, in collaboration with Ms Trovarelli and our students. Hopefully everyone will remember for many years, the part they contributed to! A huge thanks to our P & C for funding this fabulous project.

Term Accounts

A couple of families have recently asked if it’s possible to pay term accounts in one lump sum at the end of the year. I appreciate that this would be convenient for families, but I’m afraid that it poses too many challenges for us. While we are keen to streamline as many administrative processes as we can, the charges that appear on term accounts reflect expenses we must cover as they are incurred (or in advance in the case of ICAS). We simply need greater certainty around our ongoing budget and cash flow. If only we all had a spare bucket of money tucked away! Having said that, if at any time you have difficulty paying term accounts, please contact me in confidence.

Coming Up …

Our next assembly, on Friday 7 September, will be hosted by Miss Filov’s and Mrs Jonklaas’ Year 3 class. Mrs Smith will also be giving out Running Club medals. We hope you are able to join us. In the meantime, I hope to see you at the Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival this Friday and/or the Junior Athletics event next Wednesday. Thank you to those who have volunteered to help!

Best wishes
Elizabeth Blackwell