Principal’s message

Year 6 Camp

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. I’m sure the Year 6 students, and the adults who accompanied them at camp last week, were particularly glad of the extra day. The Year 6 students were again at Woodman Point, where a broad range of activities organised by the Department of Sport and Recreation personnel, kept everyone very busy.  I trust that you will enjoy viewing a sample of photos in today’s newsletter.

Faction Swimming Carnival

Our annual Faction Swimming Carnival (Years 4 – 6) was held today at Bold Park Aquatic Centre. It was terrific to see so many family and friends cheering everyone on – I think we had more than half of them ‘working’ in some capacity. The carnival could not have run without the help of so many – so thank you!  Thanks too to the parents who have been at Swim Squad in the mornings before school.

There were some fabulous examples of a willingness to participate; support for and encouragement of others; persistence to complete events; and for striving to achieve a personal best. There were some great examples of resilience in the face of disappointment and of shared delight in the achievements of others. Congratulations to all our swimmers, and thank you to staff, particularly Mrs Louise Smith, for their efforts with the carnival. Champion Boy and Champion Girl for each year level will be formally announced at our next assembly on Friday 23 March.

NAPLAN Online

Kapinara will be among the first group of schools in WA to complete NAPLAN online. You may be aware that we were poised to do this last year, but Education Ministers across Australia decided to postpone the online program at the eleventh hour. Students in Years 3 and 5 will bring home some more detailed information about NAPLAN Online in the next day or so. The information has been made available by our State regulatory body, the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA). The National body, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) also have information on their website which you might wish to view. This includes several ‘demonstration tests’ http://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site   Please note that the Year 3 students will complete the ‘writing’ task in pencil and paper format, as they have done in previous years. We will share some more information with you in the next few weeks.

P & C

A huge thanks to our P & C, and community members who contribute to the great work of the P & C via the voluntary contribution and/or through ‘service for others’. The P & C not only shared with us the cost of the new shade sails, and the refrigerated air-conditioning in the library. At the P & C meeting last week they approved a donation of $2000 toward picture books and chapter books. The additional books will enable us to provide Literacy Pro (a lexile program) for Years 3 and 4, without reducing the number and range of books available to students in all year levels. Other costs associated with the program will be covered through our annual English budget. For those of you who recall a similar program which was previously offered through the school, this is an updated version of that lexile program, but will be organised differently.  The emphasis will be firmly on encouraging children to read … and read! Thanks everyone.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell