Principal’s Message Week 9

Dear Parents and Carers

I’m not sure how we reached December so quickly, but here we are! I am very fortunate to have some beautiful December-themed artwork in my office, courtesy of Lenni, Ellen and Abbie from Pre-Primary. Thank you!











We are all looking forward to our end of year concert on Thursday. We have planned it in two sections with a 60min ‘break’ in between. This way, the very young children can perform, watch a few items and then go home to bed if they are tired, and older students who don’t have young siblings can arrive a bit later. Thank you to the P & C for arranging a food and drink option in between. Please note that children will rotate from the music room to the stage to sitting in the audience. K-3 children will be released to parents at the end of the first half of the concert. This will enable us to maximise safety and keep the concert running smoothly. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this regard.
Students in Kindy, Pre-Primary and Years 1-3 and the Orchestra are asked to meet their teachers on the grassed area outside the Music Room at 4.40pm.
Years 4-6 are asked to meet their teachers on the grassed area outside the Music room at 6.25pm.
A reminder to parents that there will be a dress rehearsal at school on Thursday, and students should bring their costumes to school.

School Song

Please note that as per Chris Higgs’ email to families last Wednesday, there will be a process put in place early next year, communicating further about the school song and seeking input from the community regarding a way forward.

National School Opinion Survey

Thank you to those who completed the recent parent survey. The Board, the staff and I appreciate your feedback and will draw on this information in our decision making about policies and programs.

As a snapshot, the survey reflected an increasing awareness of the School Board and its role; and which program families would particularly like their children to have access to, if this needed to occur on a user-pays basis. Of the eight programs surveyed, the four most strongly supported were technologies, public speaking, bike education and drama. We have started to explore options for each of these. It doesn’t mean that the others won’t be considered, but rather we will begin to look at opportunities for the ‘top four’ in the first instance.

Regarding the information sought to shape a Healthy Food and Drink Policy, the survey interestingly revealed that

  • the majority of the community have little knowledge about the ‘traffic light system’ of classifying foods (something that we can easily address next year)
  • 82% of respondents reported feeling pressured to provide snacks/treats when it was their young child’s birthday
  • 77% indicated that the practice meant that their child didn’t eat (a usually healthier) recess or lunch when the above occurred (sometimes this might be three out of five days that week)
  • 96% reported that they would not be disappointed if the practice did not continue

While this information may be of no or little concern to some, it means that when we are drafting policy, we are aware of whether the birthday treat issue is large or small from a community perspective.

Planning for 2019

Thank you to those who have advised us if your child will not be attending Kapinara next year, and for those who contacted me with additional information about their child, by the end of November.
Please continue to let us know if your situation changes, particularly if your child is beginning in Kindergarten in 2019.
And finally a warm welcome to our families reading our newsletter for the first time, we welcome you to our Kapinara community and look forward to working together with you in 2019.
I look forward to seeing you at the concert on Thursday.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell