Kapinara PS School Song Lyrics – Submission Process

Dear members of the Kapinara school community,

Last November, the School Board advised that it would put a process in place in 2019 for the school community to update the lyrics of the Kapinara school song.
We are now pleased to invite all interested members of the school community to submit alternative lyrics for the first verse. 
Students, parents/carers, school staff and former students are all encouraged to provide suggestions.

The lyrics to be rewritten are those up to, and retaining, ‘we’ve got Kapinara, and Kapinara’s fine, fine, fine’.  The lyrics should be consistent with the school song’s existing rhythm and tune.  You are welcome to offer lyrics for the entire verse or for specific lines, as the final lyrics may be compiled from multiple submissions.  There is no limit to the number of submissions each family or person can offer.

Without wanting to limit ideas, some possible themes you may wish to draw upon include:

  • the values of the school and its students;
  • the Aboriginal language origins of the school’s name;
  • the school’s unique historical connection to the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and the common values underpinning the school and those of the Games; or
  • what it means to you to be a Kapinara kid.

To assist, the existing song’s lyrics and examples of other schools’ songs (Millen PS; Spencer Park PSMt Hawthorn PS) are available online.

Classroom teachers will also be encouraging students to participate in this challenge either individually or with assistance from parents.  While most of the lyrics of the second verse will remain unchanged, the continuing relevance of words such as ‘busyness’ and ‘cleanliness’ will be ascertained from classroom discussions with students around ‘what Kapinara means to me’. These words may be replaced with suggestions from the students, depending on the outcome of those discussions.

Please either email your suggested lyrics to kapinara.ps@education.wa.edu.au or place a copy in the drawer in reception marked ‘School Song’ by close of business Monday 21 October 2019.  The author/s of the revised lyrics will be acknowledged at a future assembly; however, proposals may also be submitted anonymously. Any questions should be directed to the Chair, Kapinara School Board at Kapinara.ps@education.wa.edu.au.

We look forward to an enthusiastic response to this challenge and cannot wait to see what the creative literary minds within our school community produce. We’re sure you’ll all embrace this unique and exciting opportunity to create a contemporary, engaging and inspiring school song that will be sung by the children of Kapinara for many years to come.

Yours sincerely

Dale Miller
Chair, Kapinara School Board

4 September 2019

General News Week 7

Author Visit – Dr Cameron Stelzer, The Story Doctor

On Thursday 12 September, we have a special visit from Author and Illustrator Dr Cameron Stelzer. Dr Cameron is visiting Kapinara Primary School to run workshops with our PP-2 students. PP students will enjoy an interactive Big Screen Book Reading and follow-along drawing activity with Cameron. Year 1-2 students will be focusing on idea formation and inspirations for narratives, and exploring the combination of words and visual elements. Students and teachers are looking forward to a great day!

In conjunction with the Author Visit, Kapinara PS families have a special opportunity to purchase signed and personalised copies of Cameron’s books at special prices. Individual books are $15 each and there are also exclusive book sets available. Students will receive an order form on the day of the workshops. Forms and payment can be returned the following day, Friday 13 September, to the Office

ICAS Writing (Years 3-6 students who registered) is on Tuesday 10 September and ICAS Spelling is on Thursday 12 September.

The String Orchestra, under conductor Therese Arnold will participate in the WA Schools String Orchestra Festival at Churchlands SHS on Sunday 15 September. We wish them well 🙂

Uniform Shop Update

Cotton only polo shirts

Cotton school Polo shirts will be available to families who would like this option Via ORDER ONLY at $32 each. There is a minimum order limit that needs to be reached for this option to go ahead. Please contact kapinara.uniform@gmail.com, please provide sizes and quantity required. Last orders for this round of shirt is by 13th September.

Hair Scrunchies

School hair scrunchies are now available at the Uniform shop. In school colours including faction colours, at $4 each.

Second hand stock

We always have a moving range of second hand stock. Come have a look for something to help reuse and recycling. We are happy to recieve all outgrown uniforms to add to this double good cause as all funds go towards the P&C for the school.

Choir and Orchestra

Choir and orchestra uniforms available to hire please come to uniform shop for more details during regular opening hours. Tuesday and Thursday 8.30-9am.

Faction Athletics Carnival

The athletics carnival will be happening Monday 9th September. We encourage you all to come and support the event if you can, we hope it will be a fantastic day.

Our students have been training hard and attendance at athletics club has been fantastic in the run up to the event. If your child has been selected for the jumps and throws, they will need to arrive at school at 7.50am for the 8am start.

Significant timings for the day are as follows:

Jumps and throws for Years 3-6 will start at 8am, followed by the longer distance running events at 9am. The sprint races will commence at 10am from Kindy through to Year 6. We will all break for lunch at 12 noon. Following lunch, the team games for Years 2-6 and tabloid games for the Kindy, Pre-Primary and Year 1s will start at 12.30pm. The day’s events will finish with the senior sprint relay races at 1.50pm and presentations will be around 2.10pm. Please note that all times are approximate.

Community News

UWA Little Athletics Centre
U7-U17 age-groups
Registration Summer 2019/20: Online Saturday September 7th at 8am
For more information: www.uwalac.com

Jazz for Juniors at His Majesty’s Theatre Click here




Information on Faction Carnival Day

Our Faction Carnival is just around the corner, in fact its next Wednesday, 4th September and it runs all day for the entire school.

So pack the blanket (maybe an umbrella too!) and come along to enjoy the days events.

For a program of events click here Program of Events.

If you can help out on the day you can fill in this form in and bring it into the office Parent Volunteer Slip



General News Week 5

K – 6 Faction Athletics Carnival – Wednesday 4 September
The jumping and throwing events for Year 3 – 6 will begin at 8am. Ms Burrows has been recording jumps and throws during lessons and the top 4 boys and girls from each faction will be chosen to represent their faction on the day.
The top 3 (400m: Year 3 and 4 and 800m: Year 5 and 6) runners from each faction (boys and girls) will represent their faction in the middle distances, with the opportunity for other students who wish to self-nominate available.
All children will participate in the year level sprint events. All students in Year 2 – 6 will compete in their sprint race and at least 2 of the 4 team games on offer. All K – 1 students will complete in their sprint race and the tabloid events.

The K – 1 tabloids and the Year 2 – 6 team games will take place at the same time. The juniors will be run on the northern half of the oval up near the long jump pits and the seniors on the southern half of the oval near the track.
The K – 1 children will be split into 18 multi-age groups (same faction) of 7-8 children who will rotate around 6 activities. Each of the 18 groups will need a volunteer parent team leader (we will supply the earplugs and Panadol!!). Please email Mr Hodgson at dean.hodgson@education.wa.edu.au if you are able to help out with the tabloid events.

We look forward to an exciting and fun-filled day where children can showcase the athletics skills they have been learning all term.
We take this opportunity to remind families that dogs are not allowed to attend the carnival.

Liz Burrows and Dean Hodgson

Bookweek 2019
At last Friday’s 4/5P Bookweek assembly many of the characters we have grown to love and admire jumped out of their books and into our undercover area. Students from PP – Yr 6 dressed up as their favourite book character and were ably led by their Year 6 Leaders, in our Bookweek Parade. All students (and teachers!) showed wonderful creativity with their costumes. This was followed by a rousing rendition of our Bookweek song adapted by Mrs Jackson from George Ezra’s ‘Shotgun’ which was sung with gusto. A huge thank you to all parents who helped in the costume preparations. Year 3-6 students also thoroughly enjoyed their excursion to the live theatre production of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts, the day before. It was highly inspirational.

Kiss and Drive
A reminder that parents and carers must not park and leave their car during drop off and pick up times. There should be a continuous flow through at these busy times, however recently cars are banked up around to Styne Rd and causing delays as some cars are parked. If you have babysitters or grandparents collecting your child, we ask that you please remind them of what is expected.
A refresher of  Kiss ‘n’ Drive Instructions from our school information booklet:

  • Please always join the end of the queue.
  • Continuously move your car forward until you reach the loading area, ensuring gaps don’t open up between your car and the car in front of you. This zone is a no stopping area.
  • Adults are to remain inside vehicles during drop off and pick up (unless unavoidable circumstances).
  • Please have children travel with their bags at their feet – not in the boot or out of reach – this will speed up loading and unloading.
  • Drivers are asked to please exit promptly.

If your children are delayed in the afternoon, please go around the block via Chipping Road and queue again.

Pre-Primary Creepy Crawly Session

“I saw a scorpion. The scorpion glows under a neon light.” by Bronte.
“I looked at a baby phasmid and it was small.” by Lucy.
“I touched a baby phasmid. It was so cute. I looked at the scorpions, they were so scary. I painted a dragonfly.” by Annika.
“I went to school and Cody’s mum and dad brought in creepy crawlies. I looked at the creepy crawlies. It was fun sifting.” by Bo.
“I touched the baby phasmid, that is a stick insect. But I didn’t touch the big one. Cody’s mum and dad brought them in. We painted dragonflies. Mine was yellow with glitter. “ by Scarlett
“I found a long worm in the leaf litter.” by Kurt.

Year 3 Perth Hills Excursion

EXCURSION TO:  Perth Hills Discovery Centre

DATE:  Thursday 12th September 2019

TIME:    9.00 am                     Returning to school: 3.00 pm                                              

VENUE: Perth Hills Discovery Centre

TRANSPORT:  Bus with seatbelts    

REASON FOR EXCURSION: To support the Year 3 HaSS and English programs and Cross-Curriculum Priorities of Sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Histories and Cultures.

YEAR GROUP ATTENDING: Year 3H, Year 3FJ and Year 3’s from 2/3D   

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Fully enclosed shoes, morning tea, lunch, water bottle, day pack and hat.     

STAFF ATTENDING: Mrs Hopetoun-Smith and Mrs Jonklaas        

COST:    $30.00 to be added to your term account

permission slip

P & C Quiz Night Update

Apologies for sending out the incorrect booking link, the correct link is


We are looking forward to a great night with fundraising on the night going toward the redevelopment of the lower oval playground AKA ‘the Wobbly’..Please organise a table and get ready for a fun evening!

A reminder that tickets are $25 per head, with tables of 8 people. It will be held on Friday 6th September at 6.30pm at the Scarborough Sportmans Club, 75 Deanmore Rd, Scarborough. Thank you.

Yr 5 Bike Ed Incursion

Year 5’s will participate in the “Let’s Ride – 3rd Gear Program” this term.

Scheduled for 6 Friday morning sessions, commencing on the 9th August and continuing on the 16th and 30th August, and the 6th, 13th and 20th September.

The children are required to bring their own bike and helmet.

A Permission Slip is required.

Permission Slip

General News Week 1

BANKING DETAILS CHANGED The majority of our families pay their term accounts via Internet Banking. A reminder that our bank account details have changed. For those families, please note the new account details. These details will also be on the front page of each newsletter and available on the website.

Kapinara Primary School BSB: 066-040 Account No: 19905552


Applications for Kindy 2020 close this Friday 26th July. If you have not competed an application as yet or know someone who hasn’t, please complete and return to the office as soon as possible.


As you are no doubt aware due to the media coverage, vaccination levels of school age children is at a concerning low. Whilst we endeavour to obtain immunisation data from our families at the time of enrolment, often these are not up to date if the child is of Kindy age.  We would appreciate it if you are aware that we do not hold a current copy of your child’s immunisation statement that you could please send it through to the office.


The Children’s Book Council theme for Bookweek is ‘Reading is My Secret Power’ and we are looking forward to celebrating Bookweek in many different ways at Kapinara this year. Firstly, on Thursday 15 August, the Year 3-6 students will attend an excursion to the State Theatre to see a live theatre production of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts. On Thursday 12 September, we are delighted that Author & Illustrator Dr Cameron Stelzer will present workshops for the PP-Year 2 students, in the school library. And thirdly, on Friday 16 August, during the Year 4/5P assembly, we will hold a ‘Book Character Parade’. We would love students to dress up as their favourite book character and bring along the book their character is from. This is not a competition and students are encouraged to create their own imaginative costume! Happy Reading.


Hope you all had a lovely break! Just a friendly reminder that choir will be on tomorrow- 8am in the Music Room. Looking forward to another wonderful term of music making!


VacSwim enrolments open on 24 July. Details on how to enrol, venues and closing dates for the October and January programs are available at https://www.education.wa.edu.au/swimming-lessons