Final 2019 News

Links to student reports have been emailed home. Please download the report as the link will expire in 4 weeks.

Learning Area Grade reports are on the previous web post if you are interested.

Students will return to school on Monday 3rd February.
Admin will reopen on Tuesday 28th January and teachers will return for two days of Professional Development on Thursday 30th January.

Swim Squad will recommence in Term One and will be on Monday mornings before school and Wednesday afternoons. (Newsletter incorrectly advised Wednesday mornings). Information will be sent home in the new year.

In Week 1 we plan to hold two meetings – one for parents of students new to the Instrumental Music Program and one for families interested in Out of Schools Hours Care in 2020.

The Uniform shop will be open on Friday 31st January between 9.30 and 11.00am.

Class lists will be finalised the week prior to Term 1 commencing. We will email families when they become available. We hope to be able to email you a password protected link to our web page to enable you to access the lists.

We would like to wish all our families and very safe and happy Christmas and holiday break. See you next year!

Year 6 Beach Clean Up – Updated excursion information

Dear Parents and Carers

RE Scheduled Beach Clean-Up – Wednesday 18 December 2019

Due to the weather forecast for Wednesday, we have decided to move the timing of the beach clean-up to first thing in the morning rather than the afternoon. This will enable us to return to school before the hottest part of the day. We anticipate leaving just before 9:00 am and returning by 11:00am. We will have morning tea on their return to school.

Just a reminder, that all students must bring a hat, a water bottle and have applied sun screen before school (we will extra sunscreen available while we are at the beach).

If you have any questions or concerns, please email your child’s teacher (; by COB Tuesday 17 December.

Kind regards


Georgia Stewart and Joanne Dixon

Year 6 Teachers

General News Week 9

Qkr! Is coming in 2020

We are very excited to be moving our permission note and payment system to Qkr!

The second stage of the changeover will enable canteen, uniforms and P&C event payments to also be done via this easy to use app. This smart phone app is currently used by a lot of local schools including Churchlands Senior High School, so many of you would be using the app already. It’s a one stop payment shop!

We will make the changeover gradual next year and let you know when payments can be done through the new system.
For now we have included a link on the newsletter email so you can download the app, register your child/ren and payment method, and be all ready to go in 2020!
Payments will still be able to be made via the office and internet banking.

Uniform shop

The Uniform shop will be closed in the last week of school for stock take. Last days to purchase uniforms this year will be the 10th and 12th December. Order forms are available at the front office to place orders at any time.
The Uniform shop will be open on Friday 31st January 2020 between 9.30-11am. Then Tuesday and Thursday mornings 8.30-9am during school term.
The uniform shop also stocks Chair bags and Library bags. These can be purchased at anytime during regular opening hours or by the uniform shop order form being placed in the uniform note drawer in the office.


Canteen’s last day for this year is Week 9, Thursday 12th Dec. Canteen is closed in Week 10. Thank you to all the volunteers for their time and efforts this year. We really appreciate the help! We hope to see you at tomorrow’s morning tea in the staff room.


End of year reports will be emailed home as they were at the end of Semester One.
Please be aware that the report link on your email is valid for 4 weeks. It is recommended that you download the link prior to the 4 week expiry.
Please ensure your email addresses with us are up to date.


Swim Squad will continue in Term 1 on Monday mornings 7.15-8.15am and Wednesday afternoons 3.30-4.30pm. We will be inviting Year 3-6 to attend. More information will be sent home on how to enrol in Week One of Term One.


General News Week 7

Book Fair

Our fantastic Kapinara community has done it again by showing their wonderful support for our School Library, children’s literature and their child’s reading, at this year’s Scholastic Book Fair

As a result of this effort, we have already selected 110 books to the value of $1418.00 which are currently being covered and catalogued in preparation for borrowing. AND … we have remaining ‘credits’ that we will spend on additional ‘Lexile Readers’ and new book titles, throughout next year.  A huge thank you also to the families and staff who kindly donated an additional 11 books for the Library – name plates are being added to the books.

The Book Fair would not be possible without the help of volunteers, and we would particularly like to thank parent helpers Nic Schmidt, Nikki Little, Mel Epstein, Kirsten Piccinini, Tash Brindal, Nhi Do, Kath Shelly and Tanya Dyson. It really was a team effort.

See you at the Fair in 2020!  Jo Moore and Sandra Carrick, Library Officers


On Tuesday, 3 December 2019, the Student Councillors will be holding a free dress day. All proceeds will be donated to Share the Dignity, an organisation which supports women in need.
Please support this fundraiser by bringing a gold coin donation on the day. Clothing must be appropriate for school, including footwear. Thank you for supporting this important cause.
Kapinara Primary School Student Council

Colour Blindness – A message for all parents from the School Nurse:

Colour blindness means that a person cannot distinguish some colours or sees the colours differently to other people. Very few people who are colour blind are ‘blind’ to all colours. Commonly, the colours seen differently are greens, yellows, oranges and reds. Colour blindness is usually inherited and there is a higher incidence in boys.
A pamphlet on colour blindness was distributed to all year 6 students earlier in the year (along with a Scoliosis and Health information for parents of upper primary school students pamphlets). As of 2020, instead of Year 6 students receiving the pamphlet, all Pre-Primary students will receive a hard copy of the Colour Blindness pamphlet, as most children in Pre-Primary can identify colours. Early identification of colour blindness means strategies can be put in place sooner to help children who are colour blind.

Therefore, as parents of Pre-Primary to Year 5 students in 2019 will not receive a hard copy of the Colour Blindness pamphlet in future years, please view the information via the parent information page

Ophthalmologists (eye specialists) and optometrists (opticians) can test for colour vision. Some General Practitioners can also test children’s colour vision.
If you need support see the Colour Blind Awareness and Support Group on


Next Thursday, December 5th, all children from Kindy to Year 6 will be having a dress rehearsal after lunch with the guest musicians. Could parents please send children to school with their costumes so that they can change into them at lunchtime. They can stay in their costume until the end of the day if they wish. The costume requirements are on page 5 of this newsletter. Any queries please contact Miss Li on


There will be a short assembly on Friday 13th December. During this assembly ICAS certificates will be awarded to those students who have achieved Distinctions and High Distinctions in these assessments. Parents of these students will be notified prior to the assembly date. All other certificates will be sent home with students that day.

Have you paid your account?

A reminder that we ask that all term accounts be paid by  Friday 29th November.
Please assist the office staff at this busy time of year by ensuring payment is received by this date.



Sausage Sizzle Order Form

On Wednesday 27th of November 2019, as part of the Year 6 Fair, Year 6 students will be holding a sausage sizzle at lunchtime.

If you wish to place an order, please:

  • print out and complete the order form
  • place the order form and money in an envelope
  • and return it to the ‘sausage sizzle order box’ in the front office, by Friday 22 November 2019

Orders must be PRE-ORDERED and received by Friday. Thank you.

Thank you for your support.

Sixers Supreme Sausage Sizzlers®

Sausage Sizzle Order Form

Year 6 Beach Excursion

DATE:  18th December 2019

TIME:  12:30pm       Returning: 2:30pm                                                     

 VENUE: Floreat Beach

TRANSPORT:   Walking


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Hats, Sunscreen, Gloves and a Water bottle 

STAFF ATTENDING: Georgia Stewart and Joanne Dixon

COST: $0.00

This semester the Year 6s have been focusing on sustainability and the effects plastic has on our environment. The opportunity to clean up our beaches will be a way of assisting with the problem and it also links into one of our school values ‘service for others’.

Please click on the link for the required permission slip.

Year 6 Beach Excursion


Principal’s Message Week 5

Dear Parents and Carers

Remembrance Day
Thank you to Mrs Powell and the students in 4/5P for leading us in a thoughtful commemorative service for Remembrance Day yesterday. Thanks too to the students in that class who sold poppies, and to families who purchased them.

Arts Night
We hope that most, if not all, families will join us at some point between 5:00 and 7:00pm on Thursday evening, when Kapinara hosts its annual Arts Night. It promises to be a balmy summer evening, and drinks will be on sale near the canteen, with nibbles courtesy of our P & C. This year, the Scholastic Book Fair coincides with Arts Night, and families will be able to visit the Book Fair in the school library between 5 and 6pm. Come and see some wonderful artworks, including the family sculptures made from recycled materials.

Out of School Hours Care
Just a reminder that we will host a short meeting at 6:00pm today to enable parents to talk to me, about the aspects of out of school hours care programs that they value most. If you are unable to make it, you are welcome to email me some dot points by 12:00pm tomorrow (Thursday). I have extended the timeline due to the newsletter being sent this afternoon.

Planning for 2020
Another reminder regarding planning for 2020. As per the invitation in the last newsletter, if there is something that you believe is likely to impact significantly on your child’s education, please contact me directly by emailing me at or making an appointment to see me via Gail or Sarah in the office by Wednesday 20 November. If your child won’t be attending Kapinara next year, and you haven’t already done so, please afford us the courtesy of letting us know immediately.

St Vinnie’s Christmas Appeal
This term we have two or three initiatives aligned to the ‘service for others’ component of our school motto. Over the next three weeks, we are asking families to pick up an extra one or two (non-perishable) items while shopping. The children in 3FJ and 3H will be promoting the collection. They will be displaying posters around the school and will also visit classes each morning to collect items. Items may also be placed in the ‘blue bin’ in the front office. Thank you for supporting this collection for those who may otherwise not be able to celebrate Christmas with some of the trimmings we associate with this time of the year.

Free Dress Day
Student Councillors, Honey W and Olivia Y, are coordinating a free-dress day in Week 8 to raise money for another group requiring support. Information from these Year 6 students will follow.

Bike Safety – Urgent
I urge all parents of children who ride to school, to remind them about the importance of strictly adhering to road rules, particularly when riding to and from school. In the last few days another community member visited the school to advise us that a significant number of Kapinara students are once again crossing roads in large groups and failing to look carefully for cars and pedestrians. One of the ‘hot spots’ is around Tilton Park, particularly where it intersects Empire Ave. The Year 5 and 6 students were very fortunate to access fully funded Bike Education programs this year, and should be well aware of road rules and the importance of adhering to them. Students younger than Year 5 will probably need considerable support from home, perhaps backed up by a ‘practice run’ on the weekends.

Without exception, everyone arriving at school by bicycle must follow the path to the entrance of Catesby St, alight at the top of the path, and walk their bikes to the bike racks. At the end of the day, bikes must be walked up the path (NOT the grassed bank near the playground). Please, let’s work together to keep all Kapinara students safe!

School Uniform
One thing our community does so well, is to ensure all students are in school uniform each day. However, in the last few weeks you could be forgiven for thinking it was ‘crazy sock day’. We would be grateful if families could return to ensuring children come to school in short, white socks so that our uniform remains … well uniform.
On days when children are participating in Phys Ed, fitness activities and/or wanting to spend their recess and lunchtimes climbing on playground equipment, they should be in sneakers/joggers. Thanks for your cooperation.

I look forward to seeing you at the Arts Night on Thursday.

Best wishes

Elizabeth Blackwell


General News Week 5

Uniform shop update

Cotton Only Kapinara Polo Shirts
Cotton school Polo shirts will be available to families who would like this option via ORDER ONLY at $32. Please write your details on the order sheet which can be found at the school front office, or the uniform shop. As we are now nearing the end of the year please think of sizes for next year!

Choir and Orchestra uniforms
It’s now time to return your hired uniforms so we can collect items and then process your refund.
PLEASE drop your hired items with a small NOTE of your NAME and ITEMS returned into the box at the front office. Any extra donations you may have (eg. shoes) will be appreciated to share around next year.

2020 Pre Primary uniforms
The uniform shop will be opened for a special 2020 Pre Primary students only afternoon. Uniforms will be available to be purchased and ordered after the PP information meeting on the 27th November. The shop will be opened after school 3-3.45. Uniforms can also be purchased at anytime during usual opening hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.30-9am.

Second hand stock
We always have a moving range of second hand stock. Come and have a look for something to help reuse and recycle. We are very happy to receive all reasonable outgrown uniforms. All funds from the uniform shop go towards the school P&C.

Kapinara Bathers SALE now on
Girls bathers $20
Boys jammers $10

Arts Night

The students at Kapinara Primary School are proud to invite their family and friends to their art exhibition on Thursday, 14 November 14 2019 from 5pm-7pm. An array of wonderful student artwork will be on display, in addition to family sculptures. Each year families are encouraged to create a sculpture from recycled materials. This year the theme for the sculptures is FLIGHT, and we would love to have a record number of entries!
This year we will also have a few original art pieces by Colleen Corradi, on display and available for purchase on the evening. Colleen was our Artist in Residence from Italy who helped the children create the mosaic on the Catesby St wall and the Invisible Cities (ceramic houses). Bar facilities will be available for adults.

School Song

The School Board is very pleased to announce that the new first verse for the school song will be sung for the first time at our next assembly.
The Board extends a massive thank you to everyone who submitted lyrics – the thought and care that went into them was very evident. However there were two clear stand-outs, one submitted by Year 5 student Noa M and the other by an anonymous parent, that the School Board felt best captured the spirit, ethos and values of the school. Key phrases from each were combined to create a first verse that we believe will be sung with pride by Kapinara students for many years to come. The lyrics for second verse remain as is.
If you can make it, please join us for the assembly on Friday 22 November.