Dernancourt School R-7 Newsletter

Thursday 6th May, 2021

From the Leadership Team

Welcome back.

As we commence Term 2, we welcome all learners and their families back from the break. We hope that you all enjoyed relaxing and feel rejuvenated and ready for another busy 10 weeks.

We extend our welcome back to Juliette Barry who  will be working in P4 for the first part of the term. Ms Barry was our Performing Arts teacher while Mrs Whenan took some leave in term 1 so she already had established relationships within the class.  She has smoothly transitioned into P4 to continue their learning journey. 

Over the holidays, Emma Smith informed us that as a result of a growth in her photography business, she has decided to focus all of her time and energy into continuing to pursue her business opportunities.  We wish Emma well as she pursues her passion and continued  business success. 

1:1 devices

This term began with excitement for our Year 5, 6 and 7 students, following the introduction of 1:1 laptops. They worked with Va to set up their devices and connect to the school wi-fi, allowing teachers to begin working already on some different ways of learning. Students are discovering about appropriate use, setting effective passwords, collaborating with others and working towards linking home and the classroom. We really appreciate the continued support of families in the introduction of 1:1 devices and ask that all User Agreements are returned to your child's teacher as soon as possible.

Australian Early Development Census

Playing our part to build a national picture of child health

In early 2018, our school, along with thousands of others across the country will begin preparations for the fourth Australian Early Development Census (AEDC).

The AEDC measures five key areas of development in children during their first year of full-time school to build a national picture of health and wellbeing. Since 2009, the census results have helped communities, schools and governments plan services and target support for children and families.

Teachers are trained to assess each child and answer questions. Children don’t need to be present so no class time is missed, and parents/carers don’t need to supply schools with any new information for the census. Teachers’ individual assessments are then analysed by the AEDC and reported as anonymous groups of children in the final report.

In other communities across the country, census results have helped communities to plan new playgrounds and parental services; schools are seeing improved student performance through new literacy programmes; and governments are using the results as evidence to develop better policies for children.

Teachers have also noticed practical benefits in the classroom. Some said in previous years that completing the assessments made them more aware of the needs of individual children and the class as a whole. Others reported that the census results are useful in planning for transitions to Year 1 and for developing class programs.

Participation in the AEDC is voluntary. Parents/carers don’t need to take any action unless they choose not to include their children in the census.

To find out more about the census and how communities are using the data to help children and families visit the AEDC website:

If you have any questions, you can contact your child's class teacher or Kellie Anderson on

NAPLAN 2021 Reminder

The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests will occur during Weeks 3 and 4 of Term 2, any families not wanting their child to participate in NAPLAN please contact the office for the forms.

Student exemption and withdrawal

A student may be exempted or withdrawn from the tests.

They may be exempted from one or more tests if they meet one of the following conditions:

  • the student has a non-English speaking background and arrived in Australia from overseas after May 2020, or
  • the student has a significant intellectual disability and/or significant co-existing conditions which severely limit capacity to participate in the tests.

Parents/caregivers may withdraw their child from the NAPLAN tests for philosophical or religious reasons.

Withdrawal and exemption forms

Forms must be completed and signed by the parent/carer for a child to be withdrawn or exempted from NAPLAN testing. The forms and further information about NAPLAN are available at or from the school.

Traffic Monitor Training

Our year 5, 6 and 7 students attended a session today presented by an officer from SAPOL, which provided them with training in being a crossing monitor. This training worked through the role and responsibilities of being a monitor,  some scenarios they might encounter and provided opportunities for some question time. All students who attended took home a letter and consent form to allow them to be rostered on to be a Crossing Monitor. To be able to have our crossing operating effectively, we encourage students who were trained to volunteer to be on the roster by returning the consent as soon as possible. We value their commitment to helping our Dernancourt R-7 community as a Crossing Monitor.

Year 6/7 transition to Secondary School

Emails were sent out last week to parents of students in Year 6/7. Forms must be completed and submitted by Thursday 20th May, ready for the next stage of processing.

If you DO NOT submit your form by Thursday 20th May your child will automatically be allocated to their zoned school.


SCHOOL PHOTO DAY - Friday 7th May

Our school photo day is TOMORROW (May 7th).  Order forms were sent home at the end of Term 1.  If you would like sibling photos please collect an order form from the front office and send it in with your child on photo day.  Sibling photos will be taken from 8:30am.

Dental for Schools

There is a second visit booked for:

Term 2 Week 7  - 7-9 of June

Dental for Schools hope to see the rest of the students who didn't get in to the first visit this term.

Crossing Monitors

Thank you to our crossing monitors - 

WEEK 3  -  TBA



We appreciate you keeping our school community safe. 

Canteen News

Canteen News

The Canteen Special is due by 9:30am tomorrow (Friday 7th May, 2021).

Place your orders via the Qkr app. NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

The Canteen has a new menu for Terms 2 and Term 3. It has been great to see students trying something new from the menu. Here are some reviews:-

Eade - P10 - The Chicken Nibbles with Steamed Rice are Great!!

Branson - P14 - I had the Chicken Nibbles with Steamed Rice and it was Yummy!

Rebeka - P12 - I love the Tuna Mornay - it is so tasty!!

Uniform Shop News

Book Your Appointment Online Now!

How do I book? 

The easiest way to book is to go to the SkoolBag app - click on Uniform Information - click on bookings for Uniform Shop and open the attached link. This will take you to Dernancourt School R-7 Uniform Fittings/Sales and fill in your details.  Uniform shop code = wn7g3.       

What if I know exactly what I need?

If you know what you need you can place an online order and collect in store or have it sent to your child's classroom.  Simply note your child's name and classroom in the “Notes to seller” box and the order will be delivered to the classroom.

What if I can’t get to the shop when its open?

You can book your child an appointment time to come to the shop Monday afternoon or Friday morning and have a fitting with Michelle and she will send home a sizing sheet so you can order online anytime.

Important Dates

Term 2, 2021 Calendar - All dates marked on the Term 2 calendar also appear on our Skoolbag Events Calendar.

Community News

Engaging Adolescents

Taekwondo Classes

Secondary School Options

Heights School 2022

Norwood Morialta

Charles Campbell - Selective Entry