Principal’s Message 4.8.22

Dear Parents and Carers

Please find following, information about an Australia-wide data collection and further information about RATs

  • Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) – the annual collection of information about Australian school students with disability (as per Disability Discrimination Act 1992)  
  • Distribution of additional RATs for families
  • Something ELSE to celebrate


Each year the Australian Government collects information about the number of students who receive educational adjustments due to disability and the levels of these adjustments. For this purpose, disability is defined under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the broad definitions of the disabilities it covers can be found via the following link

Please find attached, a letter that provides further information pertaining to the NCCD. If you have any questions or would like some further information, please contact Joanne Dixon at

Additional RATs

As previously advised, 20 free rapid antigen tests (RATs) have been made available for school students and are now available for collection. The provision of RATs is part of a strategy that aims to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 within the community. It recognises that children (and adults) are now considered ‘close contacts’ 28 days after previously having had the virus. This requires them to complete a negative RAT each day (for the seven-day period that a family member is a positive case) in order to attend school and other events in the community. It remains the case that they must also be asymptomatic. 

The new RATS are NASAL RATs not the ‘lollypop’ RATs that were allocated previously. They must be collected from the school office by an adult. Parents of Year 1 students might like to collect theirs before and/or after next Friday’s assembly, which is being hosted by the children in Year 1.

If you have an abundance of RATs at home, and wish to decline the new RATs please email Gail Preston at or call the office on 9237 7450. Thank you. Similarly, if you find you need more RATs please let Gail know and we will try to make some available.

Local Schools Speech Night

Last night two of our Year 6 students presented three-minute speeches at an annual Speech Night hosted by the Cambridge branch of Rotary. They were joined by their Year 6 peers from several other local primary schools. Listening to young people speak passionately about issues they feel strongly about (social, economic, environmental, political) offers us hope and optimism for the future. Meg W and Kayla L represented Kapinara, with Hope M in the wings as our ‘reserve’ speaker … and Meg placed FIRST. Congratulations to the Year 6 students who were invested in researching, preparing and presenting speeches on a broad range of topics; to the 14 students who were shortlisted at school level; and particularly to Meg and Kayla who spoke last night. Thanks to teachers Miss Lund and Mr Watson for preparing the Year 6s, and to Mrs Dixon who worked with the finalists to help them refine and polish their speeches in preparation for last night. Finally, congratulations Meg!

Coming Up – Reminder

Friday, 5 August – School disco organised by the Parent of Year 6s and the P & C
Wednesday,10 August Soiree (Choir, Orchestra, Year 6 Guitar Ensemble and Year 6 IMSS students)
Friday, 12 August – Assembly hosted by Year 1 students

Best wishes for a lovely weekend.

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