NCCD 4.8.21

Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,

Re: Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (https://www.education.gov.au/privacy-policy).

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (https://www.nccd.edu.au).

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.

Kind regards

Elizabeth Blackwell
Principal

Latest News 3.8.21

Payments and Reminders

ICAS registrations must be done by 4th August (tomorrow). Cut off is final. Click here for registration details.
Year 4 PEAC Testing 4th August, Year 4 students to arrive by 8.30am
Kapinara Soiree Tickets and Permission – Choir, Orchestra and Year 6 Instrumental students
Next School Development Day – Friday 20 August – Students do not attend

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

NAIDOC Week and International Friendship Day
We were delighted to have been able to host two assemblies in two weeks, and with all students from Pre-Primary to Year 6. The students in 6W hosted a NAIDOC themed assembly at the end of Week 1. The class was joined by the choir to sing Gina William’s Wanjoo and then shared a photographic presentation of the day they spent at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre at the end of Term 2. The excursion provided all the Year 6 students with an opportunity to experience aspects of Aboriginal culture that connected them to the natural environment. The following week, the students in 6L hosted an assembly focused on friends and friendship to celebrate International Friendship Day. The class presented a very entertaining play based on a traditional fairy tale, Red Riding Hood. The ‘take-away’ being that one should not judge a book by its cover … and that misunderstandings might be satisfactorily addressed over a cup of tea and a chat. The Year 6s had also surveyed the students in other classes to gain their perspectives on friendship, which included the following insights.

Friends play with you, listen to you, include you, help you and and make you feel better when you are feeling sad.
Friends accept you for being you and make you feel good about yourself.

Wellbeing

‘Wellbeing’ was front and centre when the School Board met last night. Most of the discussion was focused on identifying a range of things that might potentially become a focus in our next Business Plan. The ideas, which have emerged from within our school community, will be shared in a survey that will be distributed electronically to families in the coming weeks. There will be an opportunity for further community input about ‘what matters most’, when you receive the survey.

For each of the last four years, our students in Years 4-6 have been invited to participate in a ‘Wellbeing’ survey. The survey, called the Wellbeing and Engagement Census, was developed by the South Australian Department for Education. After trialling and implementing the survey across South Australian schools, it was made available to Western Australian schools in 2018. The information from the survey enables us to monitor student cohorts as they move from Year 4 to Year 5 and Year 6; to compare data about our students to those of a significantly larger number of their peers; and to identify any specific areas of strength and/or concern for our student groups. The survey does not gather or provide information about individual students. We receive information about the collective group of students in Years 4-6 and also about the Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 cohorts. The latter is really helpful as the ‘issues’ can vary among children of different ages. The attachment provides more information for parents of students in Years 4-6. We plan to offer the survey at a cost of $5 to students in Weeks 4 and 5 and it will be completed in class.

Soiree

The Soiree (which was once known as ‘Strings Night’) will be held in the auditorium at Loretto Nedlands Primary School, where Mrs Davey teaches when she is not at Kapinara. This special annual event will showcase the Choir, Orchestra and Year 6 students who are part of the instrumental music program.

5ZT Assembly

Our next assembly will be hosted by students in 5ZT and is scheduled for 13 August … and just a reminder that the following Friday (20 August) is our final School Development Day for the year. We will be focused on developing our next three-year business plan, and our students will be enjoying a long weekend!

Best wishes
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Blackwell

Soiree Tickets

Thank you to all families who have already purchased their tickets for the upcoming Soirée. If you are intending to purchase tickets but have not yet done so, could you please do so as soon as possible. We will be opening up the remaining tickets soon to those that have indicated that they would like to bring additional family members. Purchases available through Qkr.

Cheer on our Olympic Hero!

Tune in on Friday to watch one of our ex-students race in the Women’s K4 Canoe Sprint scheduled to race at 9.37am. Shannon Reynolds graduated in 2007 from Kapinara and in 2012 from Churchlands Senior High School. She has had a very successful sporting career covering many sporting areas. Go for Gold Shannon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Principal’s Message 29.6.21

Dear Parents and Carers

It’s possible that this won’t be the last time I communicate you this week, but let’s hope for the best and assume that it is.

I’d just like to confirm that as of today (Tuesday), parents and carers are welcome to drop off and collect their child/children from school. Our Department, on the advice of Health WA and the Chief Health Officer, simply request that all adults wear masks (outside as well as inside now) and continue to ‘socially distance’. Visitors will not be on the school site unless this is considered essential (for example if maintenance is required to maintain health and safety standards). Unfortunately this applied to volunteers who might have been planning to help in classrooms in the next few days – so thank you, but not this week.

Teachers will be working with all students to ensure that they wash their hands with soap and water prior to eating at recess and lunchtimes, and also when returning to class from break times and physical education lessons. We are grateful to families who can play their part by keeping children home if they are unwell. I understand that some families may choose to keep children home this week, where they can. We respect your decision, and the Department of Education has indicated that this week such absences will be considered ‘authorised’ in terms of children’s attendance.

While we are a little disappointed that our NAIDOC-themed assembly will now be postponed until next term, it is hoped that this will mean that parents will be able to join us. We have also cancelled Orchestra and Choir rehearsals this week. Cello lessons have also been cancelled as Ms Bak is unwell.

Last Week’s Special Events

We were very fortunate that our interschool cross country event and the Arbor Day excursion were able to go ahead last week. We were all incredibly excited to have placed second in a field of ten schools, most of which were significantly larger than Kapinara. Congratulations to our wonderful team of students, and to Ms Burrows, Mr Hodgson and to their dedicated parent helpers. Tomorrow, some proud students will receive a cross country badge to add to the sleeve of their faction shirts. 🙂 You can read more about the cross country event on our website.

Last Friday some of our students participated in a special Arbor Day ceremony at Lake Monger. They were invited by the Town of Cambridge, and joined Mayor Keri Shannon (a former Kapinara parent) in planting a large Rivergum tree. Please click on the link to read more about this event and view some of the moments captured in photographs.

This Week

Ms Trovarelli entered drawings completed by some of our Year 2 students, in a competition designed to promote a greater awareness of issues around climate change. It would be great if you and your child could visit the website About the Contest – Kids Care About Climate Change 2021 to view our students’ artwork, read their messages and perhaps ‘like’ one or two favourites. Most were on the second page when I viewed them yesterday.

The Year 6 students have been learning about poetry, and we have also placed a few of their poems … and a limerick, on our website.

Traffic Woes

Sadly we have received another complaint from a concerned neighbour – this time in relation to some unsafe driving practices on and around Oban Rd. If arriving somewhere one minute sooner (or even one second sooner) means that a child or family ends up in hospital, it’s not a chance worth taking. Please, please, please observe ALL road rules and ensure you are your best self when you are behind the wheel – particularly around our school.

Coming Up Next Term

You might like to add the following planned events to your calendars and diaries:

  • WA Schools’ Junior Strings Festival will be on the weekend of the 11-12 September 2021.

Our orchestra usually performs on Sunday morning.

  • Entries for ICAS must be completed by 4 August AT THE LATEST. Families who have children in Years 2-6 would have received information about ICAS earlier today.
  • Because both Book Week and Science Week occur in the same week, we alternate which one we celebrate from year to year. This year we celebrate Book Week, so yes start gathering bits and pieces to create a costume for the parade on Friday 27 August 2021.

Finally, a special congratulations to Year 6 student Chelsea Harris who was selected to compete in School Sport WA’s ‘Hockey 12 years and under Girls State Team’ recently … and a reminder that Thursday is free-dress day with a theme ‘What I Want to be When I Grow Up’ – thankfully I always wanted to be a teacher! 😉

Best wishes
Elizabeth

Elizabeth Blackwell
Principal

Latest News 15/6/21

Forms and Payments Due

2022 Kindy and Pre-Primary Applications
Mary Poppins Excursion Payment and Permission – Years 1-3
Interschool Cross Country Payment and Permission – Selected Year 3-6


Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers

This morning I spoke to one of our close neighbours who had been distressed when she was unable to get out of her driveway, because someone had parked in it during school drop-off. In addition to the practice being unsafe, because it necessitates reversing onto Catesby St when it is so busy, it prevented someone leaving their home this morning. We are grateful that we have neighbours who keep an eye on the perimeter of our school, both during and outside regular school hours, and they are part of our broader community. Please work with us to ensure these families and their properties are treated with consideration and respect. Thank you.

Further to this, we are doing everything we can to ensure the ‘Kiss and Drive’ process works smoothly and efficiently before and after school. Please do everything in your power to support this. There are two paths leading from Catesby St to the school – one that is no longer used, and is lesser known, leads to some stairs that in turn lead to the original ‘school office’. Please consider this path a cut-off point for children getting into cars at the end of the school day. Mrs Dixon is usually standing at about this point directing students to where the first six or seven cars are located in ‘Kiss and Drive’! This will help keep traffic flowing.

Family Survey

Thanks once again for completing the family survey. You’ll recall that we were wanting to capture characteristics of our demographic, and gain family perspectives on matters such as the dress code, homework and school-home communication. The School Board was pleased to be able to consider information families had provided about specific items of our school uniform; and to be able to liaise with the P & C’s Uniform Shop in this regard. It is great to see a number of our students already wearing their long-sleeved polo shirts.

We have made the survey data available on our website if you would like to see the responses pertaining to Kapinara’s demographic and to the other matters explored in the survey.

KPS Family Survey 2021

School Board

At last night’s School Board meeting, one of the items we discussed was the nature of information we would like to gather from the community to inform our next Business Plan (2022-2024), and how we might go about doing this. We also briefly considered a small trial of a couple of ‘out of hours’ activities (in addition to the sporting ones we currently have) on site after school. Watch this space for more information 🙂

ICAS

We are planning to provide children in Years 2-6 with the opportunity to participate in ICAS again this year. Please see next week’s newsfeed for information about this if you are interested.

Mary Poppins

We hope students in Year 6 will gain a lot from their excursion to Perth Hills tomorrow and students in Years 1-3 will have a wonderful time at Mary Poppins on Friday. I look forward to hearing about each and sharing that with you all next week.

Best wishes
Elizabeth Blackwell


Uniform Shop Update

Long sleeve tops have arrived and look amazing! Rain Jackets and Fleece Jackets are plentiful and our order form has been updated by the amazing Zara. The updated order form is always available under Parent Information on the website or you can download it here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Community News

The Herdsman Lake Discovery Centre will be reopening in July (after being closed for over a year!) and we have some great programs on offer for families.
From the 5th to the 16th of July, children of all ages can participate in a variety of fun nature-based school holiday programs including: a carnivorous plant botanical drawing workshop, special NAIDOC-themed sessions, threatened species art workshop, nest box making workshop, terrarium building, campfire cooking, and a collagraph printmaking workshop!
One program that is very limited is our 1 day Nest Box Making Workshop with the Re-Cyc-Ology Project. This is a special family event, where each family will work together to create an amazing nest box that they can either take home or donate to the centre for a long-term monitoring program. This session is only open to 10 families or groups and is expected to book out quickly.

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.

Elizabeth

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
Principal

Latest News – Term 1 Week 9 2021

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

DUE FOR RETURN

School Survey
Disco Forms

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

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
Principal

ANZAC DAY

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 (https://halehockey.com.au/cms/) for more information.

Triple P Parenting Program Click here for more information

Churchlands Senior High School – 2021 Musical https://www.trybooking.com/BQBGW

Pick Up and Drop Off arrangements

KAPINARA PRIMARY SCHOOL

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

Elizabeth