Principal’s Message – 27/4/21

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend, despite some disrupted plans. I am writing to confirm what the ‘Post Lockdown’ protocols look like in the context of our school. I understand that when announcements such as yesterday’s are made, it raises a number of questions about all sorts of things – school being one of them. We will always attempt to get more detailed information to you as soon as we possibly can. However, Department protocols need to meet the needs of ALL public schools across WA, and need to be endorsed by the Office of Premier and Cabinet … and these things take time. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

The most pertinent information for the remainder of this week is as follows:

  • All students are expected to attend school as they normally would J
  • Staff in primary schools must wear masks, apart from teachers when they are teaching
  • Parents can be on school site (although not in classrooms).
  • Therapists and service providers are able to be on school site, but must sign in at the office (this is expected to occur at all times anyway)
  • Third party providers are able to be on school site provided they adhere to venue capacity limits of 4 square meters and a maximum of 20 people
  • ALL adults on school site must wear a mask and maintain a distance of 1.5m with other adults
  • Primary school students do not need to wear a mask (but can if this is their wish or yours)
  • Additional cleaning continues to be in place, and staff are ensuring children wash their hands prior to eating and after playing/Phys Ed
  • Children and adults should stay home if they are unwell
  • Out of School Hours Care on school sites continue as normal
  • School canteens can be open (thank you to Kirsten and the P & C for putting things in place to support families but maximise health and safety)
  • Assemblies can go ahead but with staff and students only
  • Our playgrounds are open

Thank you to everyone for your cooperation and support. We remain grateful for the ‘freedoms’ we are able to enjoy, including having our students at school with few restrictions J

Stay safe.


Principal’s Message – 20/4/21

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome to Term 2! It has been lovely to welcome everyone back … and the weather has been amazing. We have a few special events ahead; commencing with our Anzac Day service this Friday. This will be hosted by the Year 3 students, supported by the Year 6 Student Councillors, and will be attended by children from Pre-Primary to Year 6. At the end of Week 2 is the eagerly anticipated Pyjama Disco for all students. During Week 3, students in Years 3-5 will be attending the annual Scribblers Festival.

Next week we will advise families of Term 2 assemblies, which will include an opportunity for us to hear some of the more experienced instrumental students play for us. While we look forward to holding school assemblies where everyone is invited, we will continue to only invite the families of the class or classes presenting the assembly, students receiving certificates and awards (and students playing a musical instrument).

Ms Burrows and Mr Hodgson have been so impressed by the efforts, skill development and skill levels of students, most recently at Swim Squad and the interschool carnival, that they have introduced ‘team badges’ to be awarded to selected students. These badges will  recognise commitment and achievement in the contexts of swimming, cross-country and athletics. They will be presented at school assemblies. Thank you to those students who so capably represented Kapinara at the interschool swimming carnival at the very end of last term; and thank you to the adults who supported them to get there!

Information pertaining to cross-country and athletics training will be emailed in the next few days.

Last term, our Health focus for students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 included Protective Behaviours. Kindergarten students will do this later in the year. The focus this term is on Mental Health and Wellbeing, and students in Years 2-6 will be working through a program we trialled last year, called Weaving Wellbeing. You can read about the program in the here, and I encourage at least all parents of students in Years 2-6 to do so. The student books include a pull-out Parent Guide, and parents are encouraged to share the information and activities in the guide with their child as the weeks progress. These will arrive home in the first week or two of this term. Year 3 Parent Guides will be sent home a week or so later as the Year 3s have been working hard to research and present our Anzac Day service 🙂

Consent Orders/Parenting Orders and Parenting Plans

We wish to ensure that we have the most current information about students’ family arrangements, primarily to guide us in terms of who we contact and when. It is important that we have a copy of Consent Orders/Parenting Orders, but it is also helpful for us to have a copy of Parenting Plans. While the latter are not legally enforceable, it can be helpful for us to know which parent a child is living with on particular days. Consent Orders/Parenting Orders are stored securely, and separately from other student information. Parenting plans will be too if you wish. If you are not certain whether we have the most current documentation, please simply contact me to check. Thank you.

Education and Health Providers External to School

In the majority of cases, we will be aware when individual students complete assessments with Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists etc and we find reports, particularly documented reports with recommendations, very helpful. Teachers draw on such information when planning for learning, particularly when adjustments within the classroom are likely to make learning more successful for individual children. They can also be helpful at school level, when we are reviewing the distribution of resources, including human resources such as Education Assistants and/or physical resources such as wobble stools, sensory items, picture books and games. The strengths and needs of children also influence decisions we make about incursions, activities available at break times, and the nature of opportunities we might offer after school for example. If you have information about your child that will help us better meet the needs of our students, please share this with us. Copies of formal reports are also stored securely and separately.

Family Disruptions and Challenges

Sometimes changes in family routines and dynamics can impact children’s wellbeing and learning – both positively and negatively. Events that you might consider ‘part of life’, and in fact ARE part of life, can temporarily result in children being more tired than usual, more anxious than usual or needing more reassurance than they normally would. These events can include things like moving house, parents changing jobs, a family member who is hospitalised, overhearing parents talking about finances or world events etc.  Its normal for children to be temporarily unsettled, and on most occasions they will be comforted and reassured by you. If however, a child’s unsettled behaviour continues beyond a couple of weeks and starts to increasingly impact family life, school attendance etc please let us know. You can do this by contacting your child’s class teacher, Mrs Dixon or myself. Most often this will mean that we can just monitor an individual child a bit more closely, and anticipate something that might easily upset them at that time. Sometimes we might be able find relevant picture books that can be read in class or at home, an online resource that may be helpful, and/or Mrs Dixon or myself might ‘check-in’ with the child every now and then until things improve. Occasionally, we might recommend a chat to our School Psychologist, but it will always be up to you whether or not you choose to do this.

Mental Wellbeing

It’s unreasonable to think that children will always be happy and content, and you will probably have many examples of when this has not been the case before and after school and on weekends! The same will be true for school, although it’s not uncommon for a child to be fine in one context while not in another. Again, there will always be ‘bumps in the road’ – children’s confidence will drop, they’ll feel anxious about an assessment, a friendship will change, they’ll find something makes them feel uncomfortable. It’s really important that the significant adults in children’s lives help them navigate the bumps and hurdles. It’s through experiencing discomfort, identifying the emotion (nervousness, disappointment, sadness, frustration) and working through it, that children see themselves as competent and capable. As parents, the temptation is to ‘make it better’ for them, but this doesn’t help children in the long run. It is better for them to experience those emotions in a safe environment, where they have someone by their side encouraging them as they work through a challenge, rather than someone ahead removing the challenge. So how do we know when more help is needed rather than desired? Being ‘out of sorts’ for a week or two is fairly normal – repeatedly crying, not sleeping properly, not wanting to go to school for weeks, and (unusually) wetting the bed are not normal. If this is happening, it would be helpful to chat to your child’s teacher to see how things are at school. Teachers might monitor your child more closely at break times where things are less structured, they may speak to Mrs Dixon or myself or they might simply reassure you that your child appears okay at school. They may even suggest a check-up with your GP.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

Latest News – Term 1 Week 9 2021

SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAY – Thursday 1st April (Students do not attend)


School Survey
Disco Forms


Dear Parents and Carers

We trust that everyone has had a happy and successful term and a strong, positive start to the school 2021 year. I hope your family will have an opportunity to have a short but relaxing break from the routines associated with the school week. While this term has ended up being only eight weeks long, next term is eleven, so hopefully everyone will return rested and rejuvenated.

Tomorrow our Interschool swimming team will participate in the interschool swimming carnival at HBF Stadium. I’d like to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of so many, who have attended either our Swim Squad or another, and who have been working hard to strengthen their swimming skills further. Congratulations to all of you, and very best wishes to those who will represent Kapinara at the carnival tomorrow. Do your best, take pride in representing your school and enjoy the day! Huge thanks to Ms Burrows, Mr Hodgson and the parents in our school community who have turned out to coach and encourage those at Swim Squad throughout the term.

At the end of this week we reluctantly farewell half of the ‘Gail Preston and Sarah Bengough front office team’. This has been a remarkable partnership for many, many years and I can’t tell you how much these ladies support all of us. Sarah has accepted an offer to take on a School Officer role at another public school, commencing in Term 2. At the moment she is excited by the prospect of being able to walk to work … we’ll see how she’s feeling in the middle of winter 😉  On behalf of the students, staff and school community I thank Sarah for her years of service at Kapinara and for helping to make our lives a little cheerier. We wish her every happiness and success at her new school.

This week we also farewelled Sally Dorrington, one of our long standing cleaners. You may not have seen her around for a while, as she has been on leave, but she has now officially retired. We trust that she will continue to enjoy spending time with her children and grandchildren and will be grateful to no longer set an alarm for 4:30am. Thank you for your work behind the scenes Sally 🙂

Take care everyone. We look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 19 April 2021.

PS The survey will remain open until the end of this week, and we invite you to respond if you haven’t had an opportunity to do so yet.

Best wishes
Elizabeth Blackwell


Friday 23rd April will see our school commemorating ANZAC DAY with a service run by the Year 3 cohort and Year 6 Leaders.
Could all students please bring in flowers and or ivy/ greenery for the wreaths that will be laid as a part of the ceremony on Friday, 23rd April.
If there are any parents who would be able to assist in making the wreaths, please contact Mrs Hopetoun-Smith as soon as possible. Gloves and secateurs will be required.

KAPINARA DISCO – Pyjama Party theme!

The Year 6 families are hosting the upcoming Kapinara Pyjama Party Disco.
The disco will be held in the undercover area at Kapinara PS on Friday 30th April

Kindy – Year 2 (4.30pm – 6.00pm)
Year 3 – Year 6 (6.30pm – 8.00pm)

Dress up in your cosiest PJ’s- we’ll make sure they don’t fall asleep!!! Please place order forms and correct cash ($15 per child & discount for larger families) into a sealed envelope and deposit into the Disco drawer in the school office by Friday 23rd April. Physical tickets will not be distributed.  Your child’s name will be added to a list and ticked off on arrival and departure on the night.

Order Form

Community News

Hale Hockey Club – Minkey Program 2021

Boys and girls aged 4 to 8 are invited to join a Minkey team at Hale Hockey Club this winter season. All skills sessions run on Friday afternoons from 4.15pm to 5.15pm by experienced coaches (no parent involvement required). There is a great community atmosphere with a licensed bar and food and beverages available to purchase. Please see the attached flyer or the website ( for more information.

Triple P Parenting Program Click here for more information

Churchlands Senior High School – 2021 Musical

Pick Up and Drop Off arrangements


Pick-Up and Drop-Off Arrangements from Week 6, Term 1 2021

Before School

  • Children in Years 1-6 should aim to arrive between about 8:20 and 8:35am. This enables students to be ready to start learning at 8:45am.
  • Parents continue to be welcome to drop children off in the quadrangle if they wish.
  • Pre-Primary children are asked to meet PP staff in ‘The Patch’ between 8:30 and 8:40am.
  • Children arriving after 8:45am will need to stop at the school office to collect a ‘late slip’ before heading to their class.

After School

  • Parents who wish to, can collect their child/children from the quadrangle from 3:00pm. Please be reminded that you will need to park in areas other than theKiss and Drive’ section on Catesby St.
  • We also seek your support in adhering to the ‘2 square metre per person venue capacity rule, and that adults maintain a distance of 1.5 metres where possible’, consistent with Phase Four of the State Government’s Roadmap and Department of Education protocols
  • We also ask that adults arrive just prior to 3:00pm so that classes can continue until 3:00pm, particularly where students and teachers are using the quadrangle, undercover area and basketball courts.


  • The Kiss and Drive section on Catesby St will return to running strictly in a ‘Kiss and Drive’ That is, drivers will be expected to remain in cars in this section, and to collect children and move off from the front of the queue, one at a time.
  • Cars arriving in the Kiss and Drive section will be expected to join the back of the queue, and move forward as the cars in front of them move forward.
  • Children will need to enter cars in the Kiss and Drive section immediately in front of the school office (this usually applies to the first five or six cars).
  • Staff will wait with students in front of the school office, and children in Years 1 and 2 will be released from here as parents’/carers’ cars are among the first few in line.


  • Pre-Primary students can be collected from The Patch at 3:00pm.
  • Children with a younger sibling who is being collected from the Pre-Primary can continue to meet parents/carers at the Pre-Primary (in ‘The Patch’)


  • Kindergarten students can be collected from the grassed area between the Kindy and Pre-Primary outdoor play areas.
  • Children with a younger sibling who is being collected from Kindy can meet parents/carers in this area, although children in P-6 won’t be released until 3:00pm


Elizabeth Blackwell, Principal

9 March 2021

Day 1 of Term 1 – Principal’s Message

Dear Families

It was wonderful to welcome all but one of our Kindergarten groups to school today. The children seemed well rested and happy to be back, so it was a great start to the term and the school year.

Thank you for your cooperation and support with this morning’s drop-off arrangements, and this afternoon’s pick-up. We will continue with these arrangements for the next four days. The next couple of days will enable us to evaluate how things are working, and what will be put in place to enable you to meet your children’s teachers with more than a greeting of ‘hello’.

  • Kindergarten children will follow the plan emailed by Mrs Mee and Mrs Norton-Smith yesterday.
  • Pre-Primary students will continue to arrive and depart in two scheduled groups for the remainder of this week.
  • Students in Years 1-6 are asked to arrive in two groups for one more day only however, as we don’t anticipate as many adults on site in the morning from Wednesday onwards.
  • Children in Years 1 and 2 will be released in two groups for the remainder of this week. Children in Mrs Chipps’, Mrs Tombides’ and Mrs Tusak’s classes will be out the front to meet parents at 2:50pm.
  • Children in Miss Stewart’s and Mrs Jackson’s/Mrs Jonklaas’s class will be out the front just before 3:00pm.

Could parents please wait at or near the top of the grassed area between the office and Catesby St, rather than at the bottom of the path to enable children (particularly the Year 1 and 2 children) to flow through from the quadrangle to the path in front of the office. Teachers are trying to get to know which child belongs to which parent; we want to avoid anyone walking up the staff driveway, particularly with children; AND we want the students in Years 3 -6 to be able to move comfortably up the path when they are dismissed.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this regard.

Thank you too, to those who are able to arrive and depart via the school oval, as this really helps everyone to spread out. J

I hope all our Kapinara students had a happy and productive day, and that our new students felt comfortable and welcome.

PS The Year 6 students looked FABULOUS in their (room for growth) Leavers’ jackets today!

Best wishes


COVID update 5th February

Dear Families

This is a quick email to confirm that:

  • school will be up and running on Monday ?
  • all staff will be wearing masks
  • all adults who come to school must be wearing masks (as they need to be anyway)
  • teachers will be able to remove masks when they are ‘teaching’, giving instructions etc as the priority will be on getting messages across with clarity, but must wear masks at all other times
  • when I email details about Monday morning, I will suggest how we might help children who may experience anxiety with us all wearing masks!
  • swimming lessons for students in Years 5 and 6 will go ahead, commencing Wed
  • Out of School Hours Care will be available before and after school
  • for the purposes of referring to term planners etc, we will call next week ‘Week 2’

I will send a further email to clarify details about pick-up and drop-off on Monday. We just need to make a few adjustments to the original plan.

We will also clarify arrangements for PP and Kindy students, including ‘finish times’ for Kindergarten children next week and the week after. I can confirm that it will be the Tues/Thurs Kindy group that attends next Friday.

Off to collect boxes of face-masks!

Take care everyone.

Elizabeth 🙂


COVID update 4th February

Dear Families

I sincerely hope that you and your extended families are not only healthy, but also safe, and have been spared the direct impacts of this week’s bushfires. On behalf of the school community, thank you to those of you who have been on the frontline, managing and supporting those affected by COVID measures and/or the fires.

I have been waiting for further advice from the Premier and our Director General, but thought that I would confirm where things stand at the moment.

Unless or until we hear otherwise, I am anticipating that we will all return to school for the start of Term 1 on Monday, 8 February. I imagine that the beginning and end of the day will be as originally proposed. We already have additional cleaning in place for Term 1, hand sanitiser for classrooms, and have planned for handwashing throughout the day.

Swimming lessons at the beach that were due to start on Monday 8 February for students in Years 5 and 6, will now commence on Wednesday, and will be an eight day program. Kim Knowles has been amending permission slips, costs etc and information will be emailed to families on Monday morning, if not before. Of course, swimming lessons proceeding will be subject to any conditions which may be attached to school returning.

I will be in touch once again when I have further information pertaining to next week. In the meantime, stay locked away and safe for another 24 hours!

Take care everyone.


Term 1 – COVID update

Dear Parents and Carers

Most of you would by now be aware of Premier Mark McGowan’s earlier press conference, and the measures that will take effect from 6:00pm this evening.

Of course one of these is the lockdown that is being put in place in Perth, Peel and the Southwest Development Commission regions. The Premier indicated that would essentially mean an ‘extended holiday’ for schools in those regions. That is, KAPINARA like other Perth schools, will not commence Term 1 as planned tomorrow. In fact, we have subsequently been advised that the ‘lockdown’ measures that apply to many in the community also pertain to school staff, who are similarly to remain at home.

Today’s announcement and measures to be enacted, remind us as adults, that despite our relatively good fortune thus far, our context can still change in a moment. However, this is not likely to be a helpful message for children, particularly young children. I’m also hoping that many children have been spared the impact of the extra activity at shops etc that appears to have characterised this afternoon.

I would like to suggest that the message for children is more along the lines of ‘the people who have kept us safe so far, have made this decision because they believe it’s what we need to do to keep us safe at the moment. Yes, I understand that you feel disappointed (if they were looking forward to school) or scared (if they’ve overheard words like ‘lockdown’), but we’re okay and we’ll just keep doing the things we need to, to stay safe and healthy at the moment.’ You might even add ‘… and when we feel disappointed/scared we can do things that help us feel better. Let’s go for a swim/build a cubby/watch a movie …’

As I have said before, children take their cue from adults, particularly those they are closest to and trust most. In situations such as this, irrespective of how you actually feel, try to appear calm and be reassuring in their presence, as that’s what children need. That doesn’t mean being dishonest, it just means acknowledging how they are feeling and helping them to manage that emotion. This is of course, how they learn to manage emotions themselves and see themselves as increasingly able to do so. The same thing applies when your child is waiting to see who is in their class, who their teacher is going to be etc

Out of School Hours Care – the Y (formerly YMCA)
I have spoken with OSHC Manager, Jacinta Lydiate, who has indicated that although they are awaiting advice from their government department, they anticipate opening from 8:30am – 6:00pm tomorrow. At this stage, she believes this is for essential workers only, but they are waiting for clarification on that. If you are an essential worker requiring care for your children, but you have not previously registered with the company, I understand you can do so via the website . Jacinta indicated that if you have any difficulties, head office will be open from 7:30am.

I will be in touch when I have any further information to share with you. In the meantime you can find general information at

Best wishes
Elizabeth 🙂

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

End of Year Concert

It was fabulous to see so many families at the end of year concert last Thursday. We were very fortunate with the weather, as it had been considerably more breezy earlier in the afternoon. Once again, I’d like to acknowledge the initiative and financial support of the P & C, led by Kate Marquis and Kym Szwedzicki, that enabled the concert to be staged on the upper oval. Congratulations to Mrs Davey, Mr McGuffin and Kindy and Pre-Primary staff for teaching the songs performed so enthusiastically by our almost 400 students, and for all staff for their support of the event.

I would also like to acknowledge Year 6 students Grace B and Megan V, who were the creative thinkers behind the idea of travelling around the world through music when it wasn’t possible to do so in a practical sense. Music Leaders Grace and Megan, originally hatched a plan that would have seen a digital recording made of each class performing music from their own corner of the globe, to be shared with the school community. How fortunate we were to experience this live! Thank you to all our students for bringing us so much joy with their wonderful performances.

Kindness, Consideration and Service for Others

Thank you to everyone in our community who has already contributed generously to the St Vincent de Paul appeal and the Give Write initiative. Your donations of grocery items for Christmas and stationery items for the 2021 school year continue to be gratefully accepted, and passed on to those in need. Despite often considerable evidence to the contrary at times, children absorb the things we say and do; and subconsciously form views about what it is that the adults in their lives value. Kindness, consideration and service for others are noble personal qualities to aspire to.

School Board

Today you will have received information about three parents who have kindly offered to be part of our School Board, starting in February 2021, and for a period of one, two or three years. Board members are ‘your voice’ during this time and I strongly encourage you to consider what each of the nominees bring to the Board, and take two minutes to vote. My grateful thanks to Felicity Maher, Steve Hendry and Kate Bardill for their willingness to serve the community in this way.

End of Term

There are only seven days of school remaining, and for the majority of Kapinara students this involves swimming lessons! An unusually large number of personal items will likely disappear during this time. Please try to mark personal items with your child’s initials – at least. On Friday afternoon we will gather items of ‘lost property’ and put them out under the two large trees in front of the school office. We will do the same next Wednesday afternoon following the final swimming lesson.


We are fortunate to require only a small number of rules, but those that we have are in place to keep everyone safe (physically and emotionally). They remain important until the end of term, and are particularly important as everyone becomes increasingly tired and/or excited and often decreasingly able to manage their emotions and behaviour.

Being respectful (of yourself and others) and being kind (to oneself and others) cover most behaviours, but I also urge everyone (children and adults) to stay safe travelling to and from school. This includes arriving at school and leaving school.

  • Please do not walk, or allow your child to walk or bring bikes through the staff carpark or down the staff driveway
  • Please don’t pull into, and reverse out of, driveways on Catesby St at pick-up or drop-off times
  • Please keep ‘Kiss and Drive’ flowing smoothly

Thank you for being part of a school community that values kindness, respect and keeping each other safe!

Best wishes