Principal’s Message Week 9

Dear Parents and Carers



Thank you for joining for us for our end of year ‘Beatlemania’ concert last week. Despite the particularly warm weather, everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the sparkle, the energy and excitement, and the trip down memory lane. Congratulations to our talented students, their musical coaches Ms Li, Mrs Berry and also Mrs Minissale and Mrs Loleva. I would like to thank all families for ensuring children were in costume ready to sing their hearts out, and those individual parents who assisted with costumes, the program, the sausage sizzle and the canteen. Finally, I’d like to thank our staff for their support behind the scenes. It was a lovely ‘almost end’ to the school year.

Volunteer Morning Tea

We look forward to welcoming to a morning tea, the many people who have so kindly given of their time and expertise to support and enhance our students’ learning. You are invited to join us in the STAFFROOM between 10:15 and 11:00am. Thank you for all you have done this year.

One family in particular who will leave Kapinara after many years, including many years of service, is the Leaman family. To Cass and Chris, please accept our very grateful thanks for the countless hours you have invested in the Kapinara community, across a range of roles and a range of years. You have been amazing!


Students in Years 2-6 once again were offered the opportunity to participate in ICAS – International Competitions and Assessments for Schools. Yesterday, I was privileged to attend the ICAS 2019 Medal Presentation Ceremony at Government House, where Toby W (Year 3) received a medal in the area of Science. Congratulations Toby! It was also lovely to catch up with former student Charlotte L, who received a medal for English. On Friday we will hand out all ICAS certificates. Those who received a High Distinction or Distinction for one or more ICAS assessments will be presented with their certificate at a brief assembly hosted by the student councillors. The remaining certificates will be presented to students in class. Previously we have presented Credit certificates at an assembly, but this year we have 127 and its forecast to be 40 degrees, hence the decision to present them in class.


Next Tuesday we will formally celebrate the graduation of our Year 6 students. The ceremony commences at 12:40pm. On behalf of the Kapinara Primary School community, I congratulate our Year 6 students and wish them every success and happiness as they Leave Kapinara for secondary school.

Contributions and Charges Schedule

Please find a link on this newsletter email to the 2020 Contributions and Charges Schedule. Like the Personal Requirements Lists for 2020, the schedule has been endorsed by the School Board. The schedule shows the MAXIMUM amount that families will need to ‘allow’ or budget for in 2020. Not all items in a given year level will be relevant to all children in that year level (Instrumental Music/PEAC etc)

You will notice that ‘Voluntary Contributions’ appear on the Personal Requirements Lists (Booklists) for 2020. These can be paid EITHER through OfficeMax or through the school office. At the most recent P & C meeting it was suggested that I explain why these contributions (school contribution and P & C contributions) matter so much, particularly given the comment we hear every now and then that ‘public school education should be free’ and that the rate of Voluntary Contributions was a bit lower this year.

Public schools receive a base allocation, and funding for however many students are enrolled ON CENSUS DAY in February. Schools do not receive any additional funding for student enrolments after that date (with the exception of those in high growth areas that need to create new classes of students during the year).

Schools then receive additional funding for each child requiring some additional support where English is an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D); or where they have been diagnosed with a disability (this doesn’t include diagnoses of ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia etc). Additional funding is also provided based on the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and the number of children from families with a low annual income. Schools also receive additional funding if they are in geographically isolated locations in WA. Kapinara therefore receives little funding in addition to the base allocation and per capita funding. We are fortunate that the majority of our families are in a position to pay the voluntary contributions, and do. This enables us to provide resources and opportunities that we might otherwise not be able to provide. It also illustrates why the funds and support we receive from the P & C is so very important, and so highly valued.

End of Year

With each week in Term 4, schools seems to gain more and more momentum. Unfortunately, it’s something on which we can depend each year! I’d like to thank families for their support in advising immediately of any changes to enrolment for 2020, for ensuring library and reading books have been returned, and particularly for ensuring term accounts have been finalised. Having said that, Gail and Sarah in the front office are currently spending time following up unpaid term accounts. We would be grateful if all accounts could now be finalised as a matter of urgency. Thank you.

We anticipate that the new system that will be in place from the beginning of next year, will enable families to ‘pay as you go’. However, items placed on student accounts that remain unpaid at the end of term, will result in no further amounts being added to term accounts, and new items will need to be paid as events arise. This will help our office to operate more efficiently, and our budgets to be balanced in a timely manner. As always, any families experiencing financial difficulties, are invited to speak to either Linda Wayman, Manager Corporate Services or myself.

I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the staff, students and families who have worked together throughout the year to achieve the best possible outcomes for the children at Kapinara. My warmest wishes for your special family celebrations and a wonderful vacation break.

Finally, I extend a warm welcome to our families reading our newsletter for the first time, we welcome you to our Kapinara community and look forward to working with you next year.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell


Principal’s Message Week 7

Dear Parents

Year 6 Fair

The Year 6 Fair is the culmination of an integrated unit of work that has drawn on a range of understandings and skills, primarily in the areas of Maths, Technologies and HaSS (Economics).

An email was sent to parents of children from Pre-Primary to Year 2 advising in addition to a range of activities and games, the Fair will include opportunities for students to purchase a small selection of food items. Given that younger students generally require more support than others to avoid food products that may cause them discomfort or harm, we included a list of food products attached to relevant ‘stalls’. If you would also like to view these, they are available through the parent information page on our website and via the link given on this week’s newsletter email.

Year 6 Assembly

Congratulations to our two classes of ‘Leavers’ who presented a really entertaining showcase of another integrated unit of work. For those who weren’t there, the students went through a process which included: working in small groups to design and create a representation of their design on the oval; one that could be created with readily available materials, and photographed from above to produce a clear digital image. They used a drone, controlled by an app on an iPad, to obtain a birds-eye view (or drone view!) of their ‘design’; manipulated the digital image on the computer and transferred this to fabric. Students then used a felting technique with Miss Trovarelli, to bring the design to life with colourful felt. This was stitched onto a cotton t-shirt and students paraded their finished products to a delighted audience on Friday.

Lower Playground (The ‘Wobbly’)

We have just received the initial design, for the development of the lower oval. We plan to extend the existing fixed structure to include a larger sandpit and a nature playground – similar to the way in which the fixed structure on the top oval was integrated into a larger nature playground. Bernhard Kaiser, who designed and created the Kindergarten, Pre-Primary and Upper School nature playgrounds, has created this design. It is likely that we will need to complete the development in stages due to the cost, which interestingly, is in part associated with the large amount of soft-fall (soft mulch) needed for playgrounds that involve climbing, balancing above the ground etc.

The playground will be funded by the P & C, school, one or two specific fundraisers in 2020 and any grants that we are able to access. It is an exciting venture! In an attempt to do this as economically as possible …

if you or people you know may have access to hard wood such as jarrah and tuart, and could spare some that we could use for large poles (about the diameter of a light pole), or even some smaller, thinner pieces that could be used to add to a simple tee-pee structure, we would love to hear from you.

Where is Mrs Knowles?

As many of you will know by now, Mrs Knowles fractured her right leg about ten days ago, and has been on leave with a full length brace since then. She visits the specialist again on Wednesday morning, so we are looking forward to good news, including when she might be able to return to Kapinara … and Mrs H has only just dispensed of her crutches! Not to mention Miss Stewart’s and Mrs Zaltsman’s months of moonboots in the last twelve months … fortunately none occurred at school. We wish Mrs Knowles a very speedy recovery.

School Board

One of our parent/community Board members, Jen Marschner will complete her tenure at the end of this year. We are therefore seeking nominations for a new member to commence in February 2020. A nomination form and some information will be emailed to families this week.

Personal Requirements Items

You may know Person Requirements Lists as ‘booklists’ – the terminology changed years ago but many continue to refer to them as booklists. I anticipate that these will be available within the next few days. The items on the lists have been discussed in detail at school level, and draft lists were viewed by the School Board. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about items on the list. The one that sometimes prompts a response is the number of glue sticks – and each year, teachers assure me that the vast majority of students (mainly younger students) use that many glue-sticks! If your child is particularly careful with his/her stationery and has items remaining, these will be returned home at the end of next week, to avoid repurchasing.

End of Year Concert

We are all looking forward to next week’s Beatlemania concert. It is a nice, enjoyable way to celebrate the year that is swiftly coming to an end. The concert was scheduled in Week 8, as students from Pre-Primary to Year 4 have in-term swimming in the final two weeks. Children will be tired, and families will no doubt have enough happening in the evening to ensure bathers and towels are clean and dry for the next day … and where are those goggles …?

I look forward to seeing you next week.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell


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.

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.

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
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.


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  or . 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.


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