Principal’s Message Week 7

Dear Parents and Carers

Directions 2018-2020

As many of you will be aware, we are currently developing a new Business Plan that will articulate directions and focuses planned for the next three years. The most critical work however is drawing on a range of information to determine what those directions and focuses actually are. The things that inform planning by the staff and the School Board include:

  • Global, national and local trends and initiatives
    (child safe organisations; ‘strengths-based’ approaches; critical and creative thinking; STEM)
  • Actions mandated by our Department and/or the State and Australian Governments
    (assessments such as NAPLAN and On-Entry; teaching protective behaviours, specific policy development; expenditure of resources)
  • Contemporary research
    (critical importance of student and staff wellbeing; implications of ‘brain’ research for student learning; strengthening ‘student voice’, student agency, collaboration, resilience, communication)
  • Information about student achievement, progress, health and wellbeing
    (data from On-Entry Assessments, PAT assessments, National School Opinion Surveys, Engagement and Wellbeing survey (Yrs 4-6), Six Star (wellbeing) survey, NAPLAN)

Support for students

In last week’s newsletter we included some information about Alice Fern, the school nurse attached to Kapinara. This week we are including some information about Richard Luyke, our school psychologist who is at Kapinara on Wednesdays. I hope you find the information helpful.

Arriving at School

Thanks to students arriving at school by bicycle, for riding around the school perimeter to the letterbox on Catesby St, dismounting from their bikes and wheeling them down to the store then in the bike racks. Bike riders are asked to do this and not ride up/down the grass slope. Thank you.

What’s been happening and what’s coming up

  • Children from PP to Year 2 have just completed five sessions of protective behaviours with Ali Fisher. Students in Years 3-6 are taught protective behaviours by teachers
  • Students in Years 4-6 participated in our annual faction swimming carnival, which was won by Strickland. Congratulations students and thanks to Miss Burrows and Mr Hodgson
  • Year 6 students are in the middle of LetsRide bike education sessions, presented by members of Cycling Australia as part of the Sporting Schools initiative. Year 5 students will participate in the program at a later date.
  • Children in 3H are leading our assembly on Friday 22 March 2019
  • Students in 4W will be leading assembly on Friday 12 April 2019
  • Year 3 and Year 6 students will be collaborating to produce our school Anzac service on Thursday 11 April at 10:50am

‘Parenting Ideas’

‘Parenting Ideas’ is a web-based resource designed to support schools and families. It includes articles (‘insights’), webinars, videos and eGuides. A different article will be attached to each newsletter. The articles are short, easy to read and practical. They primarily focus on students’ mental health and wellbeing. Sometimes we might also include a webinar that you are able to access (free) as we are a ‘Parenting Ideas’ school (you will need to enter a voucher code which we will provide). Webinars can be downloaded and watched at any time. Please note expiry dates for individual topics however.

Today’s newsletter contains links to the two most recent articles – one, posted today, is about helpful responses to the very recent events in Christchurch. The other is about the importance of time for play amid our busy schedules. This will coincide with a brochure being sent home with K & P students ‘ The Importance of Play based Learning. ‘There are also spare copies available on the brochure table in the office.

I look forward to seeing you at future events over the remaining weeks of this term.

Elizabeth Blackwell