Principal’s Message Week 3

Dear Parents and Carers
It was a pleasure to welcome several new students and their families to Kapinara this term. Everyone has settled in, or in some cases, ‘resettled’ smoothly into this welcoming community.

Assembly
Congratulations and thanks to Mrs Tusak’s Year 1/2 class for hosting our assembly last Friday. The children shared many of the interesting facts they had learned as they had been on a grand adventure, travelling around the world. For example, did you know that Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms and 78 bathrooms?!
The class ended up in Egypt where they ‘walked like an Egyptian’ and sang The Mummy Song. Mr Sean L’Estrange MLA, our local member of parliament joined us for the assembly (you may have even seen his Friday Facebook posts which included the Year 1/2 class performing at assembly, and a shout out to teachers for World Teachers’ Day). He also presented the school with two copies of the book Charles Court I love this place

Wembley Downs Fair
Congratulations to Ms Li and our choir who performed at the opening of the Wembley Downs Fair on Saturday. It was beautiful weather and many families took the opportunity to spend time at the Fair. It was also great to see our students and their families representing their Scouts WA groups, to raise funds for their organisation.

Soiree (Strings’ Night)
Tonight everyone is invited to a Soiree at Churchlands SHS. The Soiree, previously known as the Strings Night, will feature individual and ensemble performances by instrumental music students and members of the school choir. It would be particularly valuable for those students who have submitted an Expression of Interest for the 2020 Instrumental Music Program, to come along. I hope to see many of you there.

Planning for 2020
Please continue to advise us as soon as possible, if your child will not be attending Kapinara next year. This is critical for our planning. Thank you, and thanks to those families who have contacted us already.

Your child
As I have done in the past, I invite you to let me know if there is any information that you believe is likely to impact significantly on your child’s learning and/or wellbeing next year. Many hours of thought, care and collaboration go into establishing class groups. Notwithstanding this, if you wish to make me aware of any additional information pertaining specifically to your child, please contact me either through the school office, or via email or phone in the next two weeks (no later than Tuesday 12 November 2019). This does not include requests for a specific teacher. Please contact me directly rather than speaking informally with your child’s teacher. An informal chat with your child’s teacher potentially places teachers in a difficult position, and information can be too easily misplaced or misrepresented. The main reason however, is that it may be necessary for me to make last minute changes to classes over the vacation period, and this is the only way of ensuring I have all the information I require.

Term accounts
Term accounts for students from Kindergarten to Year 5 should arrive by mail next week (Week 4). The accounts you receive will include all costs associated with this term, including Protective Behaviours sessions for Kindergarten children and swimming lessons for students from Pre-Primary to Year 4. Of course we welcome you popping in in the meantime to inquire about your child’s account and pay a little earlier.
Notwithstanding this, we would be very grateful if accounts could be finalised by the end of Week 7 (Friday 29 November) wherever possible. We hope to minimise what can be significant amounts of time in the office ‘following up’ unpaid accounts, thus freeing up time for the many administrative tasks that the end of the school year demands. Thank you for your courtesy, and support in this regard.

Incursions
Today was the first day of the Loose Parts Incursion for students up to Year 5. In addition to the incursion offering students a unique play-based opportunity where they can let their creativity and imagination run wild, teachers will be able to observe how individual students and the class as a whole interacts with the materials. This will in turn enable us to determine whether we explore how similar opportunities might be provided for students on an ongoing basis. Some photos of Mrs Chipps’ class playing with the materials can be found on our website.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

Deputy’s Message

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back to Term 4.

Year 6 School Camp

There was much excitement evident amongst the Year 6 cohort today as they made their final preparations for camp. Students and their teachers are off to Boshack Camp, near Toodyay, leaving first thing in the morning. Students will be challenged to develop and foster a sense of belonging, community, cooperation, friendship and leadership. The camp program is complementary to the Year 6 curriculum and provides students with opportunities to extend their learning in a relevant, practical and supportive environment. The weather forecast looks great and we wish them safe and happy travels.

Shakespeare Rocks

In the last week of Term 3 we were privileged to attend the musical production by the Year 6s under the leadership of Sarina Li. The performance was amazing and the audience was enthralled throughout the entire performance. We have some budding acting talent amongst our students and they kept us entertained with their antics on stage and their catchy musical numbers while keeping us guessing as to who was beneath some of those costumes! It was a joy to be there and the students deservedly received a standing ovation and performed an encore for the audience at the conclusion of the evening. What an amazing memory for these students, and their parents, to take with them as they conclude their primary schooling at Kapinara.

Interschool Athletics Carnival

The interschool athletics carnival took place on Tuesday 24 September 2019 at City Beach Primary School. The competition was won by Wembley Downs with Woodlands in second place and Kapinara in third place. The students trained very hard and showed outstanding commitment in the run up to the event. Their efforts were rewarded with an overall third place as a team.

We had some standout performances from Stephanie W and Chelsea H winning runner up champion girl Year 5 and Year 4 respectively.  Other standout performances on the day were from our 4x100m and 4x75m relay teams. We also excelled in the distance events with Year 3 girls Meg W and Arabella T taking first and second place in the their 400m event, Chelsea H winning the Year 4 400m event and Nicholas S and Steph W finishing third in the 400m and 800m running events. Congratulations are extended to Miss Burrows and the entire team on an outstanding day of good performance and sportsmanship – you made us all very proud!

School Song Alternative Lyrics Submission
Submissions for alternative lyrics for the first verse of the school song are due by close of business Monday 21 October 2019. There is a drawer in reception marked ‘School Song’ or alternatively email your suggested lyrics to kapinara.ps@education.wa.edu.au.
I have included the link to the original information sent out by School Board Chair, Dale Miller on 4 September 2019, for your reference.

Kapinara PS School Song Lyrics – Submission Process

Board Meeting 21 October

All parents and school community members are invited to the annual Open Board Meeting. The meeting will take place in the Library, commencing at 6pm.

Kim Knowles

Deputy Principal

 

Principal’s Message Week 9

Dear Parents and Carers

 Congratulations Kapinara String Orchestra!

On Sunday, our String Orchestra under Musical Director Therese Arnold, participated in the annual WA Schools’ Junior Orchestra Festival at Churchlands SHS. The orchestra played beautifully and in addition to delighting all of those listening, received a level of ‘outstanding’ in their division from the adjudicators. Something introduced in the last year or two has been an opportunity for the performing ensemble to be taken through a mini-workshop immediately following their performance. This year, the orchestra had a very affirming and informative workshop with Professor Alan Lourens, Head of the Conservatorium of Music at UWA, who was one of the orchestra’s two adjudicators. Congratulations to all members of the orchestra; thank you for the effort you have invested in both your own practice and before-school orchestra rehearsals. I would also like to acknowledge the high quality teaching provided by IMSS music teachers Therese Arnold (violin and viola); Alexandra Bak (cello) and Anna Person (double bass). Thank you also to parents for their support and encouragement of those students who are privileged to be part of the instrumental music program. It’s a team effort!

Instrumental Tuition in 2020

Last week families of children who are currently in Years 2, 3 and 4 received information regarding planning and preparation for the 2020 instrumental music program. Students will be undertaking the initial stage of the selection process when they complete a musical aptitude assessment with Miss Li, sometime this week or next. This takes place within their regular class music session and includes all children in Years 2-4. An ‘Expression of Interest’ was also emailed, and a number of these have been returned to school already. The forms should be placed in the Music drawer in the front office.

Faction Carnival

Thank you for your understanding and support regarding the change of date for the Faction
Athletics Carnival. Congratulations to all students for competing with energy, enthusiasm and good sportsmanship. Special congratulations to those who were recognised as Champion Boy and Girl and Runner-Up Champion Boy and Girl, for their individual year levels. We will take a team of 64 students to the Interschool Athletics Carnival, and on behalf of the school community, I wish them well. We look forward to you competing with the same energy and tenacity that we saw at the Faction Carnival. Thank you for representing Kapinara PS.

Our thanks are also extended to Liz Burrows and Dean Hodgson for the quality programs they have run throughout the year, particularly the athletics programs, and for a really successful Faction Carnival. Finally, a huge thanks to parents who have supported athletics training, particularly Cameron S (father of Nate, Joshua, Emerson and Verity), and the many parents who helped on carnival day.

Quiz Night

It was a late night, but a fun night! Thank you so much to the P & C team who coordinated
donations, prizes, venues, ticket sales, silent auctions … the list goes on. Special thanks to Andrew R (father of Aysha, Cadel and Rylan) for pulling together rounds of challenging quiz questions and entertaining activities. Interestingly, one of the highest scoring rounds was the ‘Food Round’ – that’s right – not History, Geography or Sport but ‘Food’. Thanks for supporting this special
community event and fundraiser.

The Gruffalo and Bohemian Rhapsody

What do Julia Donaldson’s Gruffalo and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody have in common? They were both performed to the delight of a packed audience at our most recent assembly. The Gruffalo was a celebration of Julia Donaldson’s clever tale, brought to life through an amazing re-enactment by Mrs Tombide’s Year 1 class. The children spoke so clearly and expressively, and appeared to
thoroughly enjoy portraying Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and the Gruffalo – all in some very cleverly
created costumes. It was a joy to watch and listen to.

The Choir performed a classic of a different sort – their version of Bohemian Rhapsody. It was spectacular, and such a credit to the choir students and Miss Li. Congratulations to all of you on such a powerful performance.

Shakespeare Rocks

Speaking of powerful performances, you can’t afford to miss this musical production by the Year 6s under the leadership of Sarina Li. While we will be taking the children from Pre-Primary to Year 5 (sorry Kindies) to the dress rehearsal during the day, I strongly encourage families to join us for the REAL THING and attend as a family in the evening! It would be such a shame for parents of students other than those in Year 6, to miss this opportunity. It runs for approx. 60 mins and starts at 7:00pm. You can even grab a drink at the venue before the show. Let’s fill the auditorium at Churchlands – enjoy the super catchy musical numbers, laugh at the nods to Shakespeare’s plays and try to determine who the actors are beneath those costumes!

I look forward to seeing many of our families there!

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

Principal’s Message Week 7

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you for your understanding and support regarding the change of date for our Faction Carnival, and your response to the request for help on the day. We look forward to a great day on Monday. In the meantime please join us

  • this Friday morning for an assembly hosted by the children in Mrs Tombides’ Year 1 class, and a special performance by the choir; and/or
  • this Friday evening for another P & C Quiz Night

Invisible Cities

I’m delighted to be able to share images of the student artwork that was completed with Miss Trovarelli and Mrs Corradi, our Artist in Residence this term. If you haven’t seen the colourful clay houses ‘up close’ I encourage you to do so the next time you are at Kapinara. Children have really enjoyed showing their parents the house they created. If you look closely you can just make out their initials which have been positioned discretely somewhere on their artwork.

Planning for 2020

Just a reminder to please let us know if your child won’t be returning to Kapinara next year. While it seems fairly early, it is important information for our planning, particularly in terms of budgeting, and structuring classes. Thanks for your understanding in this regard.

If you know of any families who are yet to enrol their child in a Kindergarten program or similar next year, please let them know about the recent changes regarding immunisation. Legislative changes mean that schools and childcare centre are unable to enrol a child unless they have a current immunisation status of ‘up to date’ or evidence of an approved ‘catch-up schedule’.

Puzzles and Lego

We are reaching out to families who may have Lego and/or puzzles that you can bare to part with. Lego will enable students to extend their technology learning, particularly in terms of combining Lego creations with robotics, for example including slight and motion sensors, motors etc. We are hoping to add puzzles to a small number we have currently, as one of several options available to students at lunchtimes. For this reason, puzzles with up to one or two hundred pieces are probably best, as its difficult to store those that require long periods of time to complete. Donations will be gratefully received and can be dropped in at the office 

ICAS Assessments

The first of the ICAS assessments, being Science, will take place this Thursday, 5 September at 8:15am. Class teachers have a list of students (Years 2-6) who are registered for the Science assessment, and will remind them. If you are in any doubt however, send a quick email to your child’s teacher, or better still encourage your child to be responsible for checking with his/her teacher.

Sometimes in an effort to just ‘get things done’ and remove something from the long list of things we are trying to remember, we step in and do it ourselves. As a general rule however, we should try hard to avoid doing things for children that they are capable of doing themselves – whether its remembering their library book (they usually need it on the same day each week!); carrying their own school bag (they are rarely too heavy); or returning a permission slip. This is how they become increasingly independent and develop a sense of self-efficacy … over time. They won’t necessarily get it right the first, or even the second time, but they can do it.

Interestingly, after I wrote the paragraph above, the latest edition of Insight came through ‘Are you asking your kids to step up’ which you can access through our Parent Information tab on our website. If you are interested, there is a webinar in a couple of weeks, that can be accessed for free as we have a Parenting Ideas membership this year.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

 

Principal’s Message Week 5

Dear Parents and Carers

Book Week Assembly
This week is the ‘real’ Book Week, but we celebrated Book Week last week. Students in Years 3-6 visited the State Theatre on Thursday to see Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts, and on Friday Mrs Powell’s Year 4/5 class hosted a special Book Week assembly. The theme for this year’s Book Week and thus the Year 4/5 class’s assembly item was ‘Reading is My Secret Power’. We laughed and cheered as groups of students presented highly polished and entertaining performances that they had created and developed over several weeks. The evil Book Worm wreaked havoc with television sets, forcing people everywhere to rediscover a love of reading; reading infiltrated sporting events; and key literary elements (a ‘hook’, tension, resolution etc) were combined (in a cauldron, with a nod to Macbeth) to create amazing stories. Thank you to Mrs Powell and the students in 4/5P!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Speaking
The English Curriculum talks about both ‘creating’ and ‘responding to’ a range of texts. While the term ‘texts’ frequently conjures up an image of a written text, texts can also be visual, spoken and a combination of writing, speech and illustrations/diagrams/images. These days they are frequently ‘multi-modal’.  One of the focuses for the Year 6s recently has been the creation of a written text that is intended to be spoken, and persuasive. Mrs Knowles and I were privileged to hear a dozen students deliver a three-minute speech to their peers and teachers recently; with a view to selecting two of the twelve to participate in a public speaking event for Year 6 students in local schools. The event, organised by the Cambridge division of Rotary, was comprised of two heats which occurred in the last fortnight. One speaker from each heat would then participate at district level. On behalf of the teachers, Mrs Knowles and I, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the twelve students, particularly the two who went through to speak at the event last week – Jethro L who spoke about ‘Being Judged’ and Emily M who spoke about poverty in Australia. We would also like to commend Charleze B who was a very close runner-up at school level, and who continued to practise and refine her speech in case she was needed. Congratulations to these three students, and a particular high five to Emily who was runner up in last week’s local schools’ heat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up Close and Personal with a Phasmid and a Scorpion!
Yesterday, one of the children in PP2 brought his parents along … but they didn’t come alone. Have a look at who (or what) they brought with them later in the newsletter!

School Development Day

Just a reminder that we have a School Development Day this Friday. We will be focusing on Health and Wellbeing in the morning and Technology (coding and robotics) in the afternoon.

I look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday 4 September for the Faction Athletics Carnival and Friday 6 September for Mrs Tombides’ class assembly. The choir will also sing at this assembly!

Finally, and on that note, a huge congratulations to our Music Specialist Ms Sarina Li, who became engaged on the weekend!

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

 

Principal’s Message Week 3

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you to the children in Mrs Chipps’ Year 1 class for leading last Friday’s assembly. Each student took the microphone and introduced herself or himself to the audience, and we were impressed by how clearly and confidently they spoke. They also entertained us with their own take on some favourite fairy tales, and reminded everyone about the importance of looking at each situation from different perspectives. Thank you for that very important message Year 1s!

Students in Years 3-6 will have another opportunity to look at tales from a new perspective when they visit the State Theatre next week. They will be treated to Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts as a precursor to Book Week. Just a reminder that we will be celebrating Book Week the following day, at the Year 4/5 class’s Book Week Assembly and Book Week Parade. Please remember that dress-ups don’t need to be ‘fancy’. In fact, children are likely to get the most out of the experience if they come up with ideas and source materials for themselves. First and foremost, the event is about celebrating books and having fun. Thanks to Mrs Powell for coordinating for us.

Visual Arts

Students in Years 1-6 have spent their Term 3 Visual Arts lessons working on another exciting project with Artist-in-Residence Colleen Corradi Branigan (Italy) and Anna Trovarelli (also from Italy … but some time ago). Last year’s project was the fabulous Kapinara PS mosaic at the Catesby St entrance to the school. This year students have been working on ceramic artworks that will create a montage of ‘invisible cities’ around our school. They will however, be anything but invisible!

Planning for 2020

If you know that your child will not be attending Kapinara next year, I would be grateful if you could either email me, or advise Gail Preston or Sarah Bengough in the front office as soon as possible. This will help us significantly with our planning for next year. Thank you.

Strengths’

In a previous newsletter or two, I referred to the ‘strengths’ of individual students and indicated that we would start to explain why these mattered. You may be familiar with ‘character strengths’ and ‘strengths-based approaches’ and/or positive psychology and positive education. Positive psychology reflects a shift in thinking, particularly around mental health and wellbeing. It means a shift from ‘what is wrong’ (mental illness) and ‘needs fixing’, to a focus on the strengths and resources that an individual already possesses, that could be harnessed to address problems and issues. Many will be familiar with the published works of psychologist Dr Martin Seligman, who was recently in Australia.

Our Year 6 students have done a significant amount of work with strengths so far this year; identifying their strengths and exploring how to incorporate them more in their daily lives. The WA Health curriculum is underpinned by a strengths-based approach, as are other documents that inform and influence what we do at Kapinara. We have included with this newsletter, a Parenting Ideas ‘Insight’ article by Professor Lea Waters PhD, University of Melbourne, author of The Strength Switch, a book for parents. If you are interested in reading further, go to www.strengthswitch.com/  or www.leawaters.com/ . I hope you find the Insight article helpful.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

 

 

Principal’s Message Week 1

Dear Parents and Carers

NAIDOC Week and Welcome to Country

Thank you for another smooth beginning to the term. We had a very busy end to last term/semester. It was wonderful to welcome so many to our NAIDOC Week assembly, which was so capably facilitated by the students in 3FJ and their teachers, Miss Filov and Mrs Jonklaas. A choir performance and an Acknowledgement of Country by a special guest made the morning even more memorable. The information the Year 3 students shared about the significance of both Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC week was informative and thought provoking. The students also joined the school choir to sing Gina Williams’ Wanjoo (‘Welcome’), and the 100 strong choir performed ‘Love is the Key’. The other highlight for us was that Professor Marion Kickett, Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University, performed an Acknowledgment of Country and spoke to us about the history and significance of a Welcome to Country.

Professor Kickett likened the ‘Welcome to Country’ to welcoming someone to your home. ‘Kiya Noongar Boodja’ was her way of saying ‘Hello, welcome to my country/my home’. She explained that the practice showed a respect for both the visitor and the host, and was like a ‘blessing’ that indicated the intention was that the visitors would ‘go well’ or ‘be well’ while they were visitors in your home. Professor Kickett subsequently looked at a range of student work displayed in the library, and spoke with the students in 3FJ. It was fascinating listening to her relate vignettes of her time as a child, which included approaching emu nests for eggs, and how they would only take what was ‘needed’ (no more than half the number of eggs that were in the nest). We were very grateful for the glimpses into her culture, and she appeared to really enjoy her time at Kapinara, interacting with students and staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Review

The following day, on the last day of term, we completed the final element of our Department’s School Review process. As I mentioned previously, this is a relatively new process. The previous review process designed for Independent Public Schools such as Kapinara, looked retrospectively at the implementation of our three-year business plan and the accompanying three year ‘Delivery and Performance Agreement’. This new process is for both Independent Public Schools and those within the Department of Education WA that are not. The process is centred around three key questions: Where are we at?  How do we know? What are doing as we move forward with that knowledge? Having considered the information we had previously submitted electronically, and having met with and spoken to staff and students, the reviewers completed a report which we received today. The report can be viewed on our website. While it is essentially a ‘present and forward looking’ process, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the dedication, care and energy that so many people have invested throughout the last three years, that has led to such a positive validation of our efforts. Thank you.

Welcome back!

We are absolutely delighted to welcome Colleen Corradi Brannigan back to Perth from Italy. I look forward to sharing more about the special project she is undertaking with students this year.

What’s happening

Finally, I’d like to draw your attention to key dates on the Term Planner.

  • Applications for Enrolment in Kindergarten AND Pre-Primary must be received by this Friday (26 July).
  • Children will be dressing up for a Book Week assembly at the end of Week 4.
  • The Faction Athletics Carnival is on Wednesday 4 September.
  • A special Year 6 musical will be held in the Churchlands SHS auditorium on Wednesday 25 September.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes
Elizabeth Blackwell

 

Principal’s Message Week 9

Dear Parents and Carers

Congratulations to 2/3D for an informative and entertaining assembly last Friday. You will find a link to a photo and some cool facts about the cosmos. The latter are captured in an excerpt from the poem the students recited. It’s quite common to learn something new at our assemblies lately.

Interschool Cross-Country (Years 3-6)

City Beach Primary School, who are hosting the Interschool Cross Country event have confirmed that it will go ahead tomorrow as planned. The schedule has been amended and the program is due to commence at 12:15pm, and be finished within two hours. All students attending interschool events are expected to travel to and from the venue as a school team. That is, unless there is an exceptional circumstance, such as a child coming immediately from, or going immediately to, PEAC, students must return to school with the rest of the school team. This enables us to maximise their safety and reinforce that they are participating as a team.

School Review

Our School Review has been postponed until next week as a number of staff are unwell, or in Miss Stewart’s case – injured. We hope everyone makes a speedy recovery.

NAIDOC Week Assembly

Please join us for a special NIADOC Week assembly on Thursday 4 July 2019. The assembly will be hosted by students in 3FJ. We are also privileged to have Professor Marion Kickett, from the Aboriginal Health and Education Research Unit, Curtin University, join us that morning. Professor Kickett will speak to us about the origins of ‘Welcome to Country’ and how this is connected to what we do today. You are invited to join us for this special assembly.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is Voice. Treaty. Truth. These were three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

Reports

As previously advised, this semester we will send reports home electronically. It’s imperative that we have accurate email addresses, as a link will be sent to the email accounts we have on record. At the end of next week you will also be able to access Year Level Grade Allocations, some information about grade allocations, and a glossary. While we try to ensure reports can be read without the need to have a dictionary on hand, we recognise that some words and phrases that we commonly use with children, may not be familiar to parents. These are the ones we will include in the glossary.

My very best wishes for a safe and relaxing holiday.

Best wishes

Elizabeth

 

 

Principal’s Message Week 7

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you for your cooperation and support in minimising the spread of colds, flu and other viruses. We maintain our commitment to ensure we have soap and antibacterial gel close at hand.  

Assembly – ‘Reducing Plastic’

I wasn’t in Perth last Friday so unfortunately missed a polished, thoughtful and educative assembly hosted by the students in 5ZF. Positive feedback highlighted the articulate manner in which individual students addressed the group; some sobering facts about the impact of plastics on our planet; and some calls to action. In strengthening their message, the class had negotiated a ‘zero plastic day’ on Friday, which had an enormous positive impact on the amount of waste overall that day. Thanks to families for their support in this regard. We have small teams of students and staff who have been exploring ways in which we can incorporate and embed ‘sustainable practices’ at Kapinara, in addition to those currently used by the P & C via the canteen and the ‘Community Patch’. For those who weren’t at Friday’s assembly, and those who were, the class has produced a ‘Padlet’ which we have attached to the newsletter and is available by clicking on this link. The product is a good example of how digital technologies are used in authentic situations to achieve something that couldn’t be achieved (as efficiently or at all) without the technology. In this instance, each child was able to upload their own research facts simultaneously. Thanks students in 5ZF!

Cross Country Event

It was great to welcome so many family members and friends at our faction cross country event yesterday. It was also great to have such fair weather. I would like to congratulate each of our students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 who participated. We were proud of your efforts. Some flew home and enjoyed the challenge, some persisted to go the distance and others pushed through some nervousness to give it their best shot. Well done to you all. We were also proud of the leadership shown by our Year 6 students today; it delights us to observe this cohort’s personal development. Finally, a sincere thanks to our Physical Education teachers, Miss Burrows and Mr Hodgson, for their organisation and management; to our teaching and support staff; and to our parent helpers.
Those students in Years 3-6 who placed 1-8 in their year level, will join their peers for the interschool cross country event at City Beach oval in two weeks’ time.

Disco

I wasn’t here last Friday, but I believe that there was much excitement and anticipation around the disco organised by the P & C; in particular, the parents of Year 6 students. It sounds as though everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you to Jack D in PP2, for this image of him in his disco outfit framed by ‘all the colourful lights’. There are also a few great photos elsewhere in the newsletter.

School Review

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, we will participate in our Department’s School Review process. The review process is different from previous processes, the most recent of which was developed for Independent Public Schools only. This ‘new’ process has been in place since Term 4 last year, and is the same process that all public schools will complete at some point in their three year planning cycles. Two reviewers, a Director and a current principal of another school, will visit Kapinara for a day. Our discussions with them will centre around three key questions:

  • Where are we at? (as a school and a school community)
  • How do we know? (What evidence do we have that supports the above?)
  • Where are we heading? (as a result of our ongoing reflection and review and what are we doing to continually improve)

While our business plans articulate strategic directions over a three -year period, throughout this time we are consistently monitoring and asking ourselves those questions. As a staff we have worked collaboratively to develop our next business plan. This will illustrate ‘where we are heading’. Currently in draft, we have been implementing a number of strategies since the beginning of the year, and I am looking forward to sharing details of the plan with you in the following weeks and months.

In the meantime, please find a link to this fortnight’s Parenting Ideas’ InsightSix tips for parenting anxious kids. Also please find a link to a voucher for a webinar by Michael Grose ‘Managing your child’s anxiety’, which will be available via the Parenting Ideas website from Tuesday 25 June 2019. The voucher will enable you to access the webinar for free (the $37 cost is reduced to a nil balance at the checkout) and it will be available until 25 July 2019

Best Wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell

 

 

Principal’s Message Week 5

Dear Parents and Carers

NAPLAN

NAPLAN has been and gone, and for our students it came and went smoothly.

Walk to School Day and Healthy Breakfast
Just a reminder that Kapinara’s Walk to School Day is on Friday (31 May 2019). National Walk Safely to School Day is now in its 20th year, and is intended to provide an opportunity for primary schools and parents to promote

  • safe pedestrian behaviours;
  • the importance of physical activity (particularly regular walking to and from school); and
  •  the importance of reducing our environmental footprint

Thanks to our wonderful P & C, it is also an opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of a healthy breakfast. Thank you to those who have volunteered to walk some students from one of three neighbourhood locations, and those who have volunteered to create and serve a healthy breakfast for our Kapinara students. We strongly encourage as many as possible to participate!

Reading Books

We have ‘lost’ far too many reading books. If you have any ‘errant’ reading books at home, please send them in urgently. There will be a box in the front office where these can be dropped off.

Earn and Learn

Woolworth’s Earn and Learn promotion is on again, so please encourage friends, neighbours and family who shop at Woolworths or don’t necessarily have a ‘favourite’ supermarket, to collect these on our behalf. The stickers earn points, which schools can exchange for a range of educational resources.

Health and Wellbeing

While the importance of regular school attendance cannot be overstated, the exception to this is an unwell child. We all have a role to play in minimising, if not preventing, the spread of illness within our school community. The last two to three weeks have been particularly bad, particularly early, in terms of illness sweeping communities, including ours. We have now had several families confirm that they have, or have had, Influenza A and we have had unusually high numbers of children who have been unwell. We will be stepping up the use of soap and sanitising gel in classes and at break times, and stressing the need to ‘cover’ a cough or sneeze.

We appreciate that it is often difficult to determine ‘how unwell’ a child is and therefore whether to send him or her to school. If children have a fever, have vomited or have had an upset stomach that morning or the previous night, they should not be at school. Advice through the Department of Health provides the following information for families:

  • children should stay at home if they are likely to be infectious and shed the virus or bacteria through coughing, sneezing, contaminating surfaces and personal contact
  • children who are ill should not to return to school while unwell; they should be symptom free if they have a cold or ?u; and remain home for at least 24 hours if they have had gastroenteritis
  • parents are encouraged to seek medical advice if their child has ongoing symptoms of illness.

Thanks to the significant numbers of families who have kept their unwell child at home.

National Reconciliation Week

As you may be aware, this is National Reconciliation Week. This year’s theme is Grounded in truth: walk together with courage. Today I have been incredibly impressed with examples of student’s writing on reconciliation and this year’s theme, and I hope to seek permission from some students to place several reflections on our website, so these can be shared more widely. Students learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, language and culture is a priority for our Department and is a focus in our own developing Business Plan. I look forward to sharing more about this in future newsletters.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell