Dernancourt School Newsletter

Thursday 2nd December, 2021

From the Leadership Team

Almost the end of the 2021 school year.

Wow where did 2021 go? 

It is hard to believe we are already at the end of another school year. Thankfully we were able to weave many positive learning experiences, memories and highlights around COVID lock downs and restrictions. With families unable to be on site  for parts of the year, we have tried to capture many special events including Sports Day, Matsuri, Festival of Music, excursions, incursions and celebrations to name a few which will be published in our Year Book. Can you believe all that we packed into one year?

We hope that you enjoy reading your child’s End of Year Report when they bring it home on Wednesday 8th December and celebrating their personal achievements for 2021. End of Year Reports reflect on your child's learning growth for the year. Sometimes teachers struggle to fit all of this into the template so we encourage you to read these together with  your child and ask them to share more about their learning with you. 

Children will also visit their new classrooms on Wednesday morning.

Based on our current enrolments, class allocations have been made and we have indicated in the written report which class your child will be placed with for 2021 (these are listed below). At the time of printing our Reports we had a number of contract positions to be confirmed and made the decision to leave teacher names off of 2021 reports. We will confirm the teacher allocated to each class as soon as we can -we have our fingers crossed for early next week.

Planning for 2022

Thank you to the families who have informed us via our Skoolbag app that their child is not continuing their learning at Dernancourt in 2022. This information plays an important part in our class construction and placement processes.  We use the names provided via our Skoolbag app to construct our "leaving students" power-point shown at our final assembly. We ask that you please ensure that this method of communication has been used. 

Based on the information we have, we anticipate that we will have 315 learners with us in 2022. This will be 12 mainstream classes. Staff have invested a great deal of time, thought and consideration into class placements, with parent communication and feedback closing in week 1 of Term 4, changes and adjustments are unable to be accommodated.

In 2022 we will have four R/1 classes, a Year 2 class, two 2/3 classes a Year 3, two 4/5 classes and two 5/6 classes. We will also continue to have two Special Classes R-2 and 3-6. 

We are currently working with the Department for Education HR to ensure that we have the correct student to teacher ratios and continue to provide high quality teaching and learning programs. Not all of our contract positions have been announced yet, so End of Year Reports will state your child's 2022 Year level and class number only. We hope that we can share teacher names soon.

End of Year Assembly - Invitation only

We are currently planning our End of Year Assembly. This is a celebration of 2021 and an acknowledgement of achievements. As part of our ceremony we also farewell members of our learning community who are leaving. This year as we have both Year 6 and Year 7 cohorts of students (over 70)  leaving along with a number of students from other year levels, unfortunately we are unable to have members of these families at the assembly.

In order for us to maintain the the density numbers in the gym we are only able to safely invite family members of award winners. We understand that this may be dis appointing for some of these families but appreciate your understanding as we endeavor to keep our community safe and healthy as we lead into the holidays.  

End of Year Concert 2021

Our Concert Committee did it again!  Thank you to Mrs Whenan, Mrs Watkins, Mrs S, Sharyn and Sandra. Together they coordinated all teachers to prepare and rehearse items, upload music, write opening statements for the comperes, book stage and sound, construct a back drop, prepare programs and liase with leadership to ensure that we were going to comply with current (and changing!) COVID restrictions. Well done team! 

Thank you to the families who came along and supported our concert within the guidelines. This was not quite the concert we imagined at the start of the year when we were putting plans in place. We, like you, anticipated a concert with as many people that wanted to come along all in our audience, we appreciate your understanding and cooperation. We hope that we are able to return to our 'usual' next year.

We are proud of the way our students sang, choreographed, danced, spoke and performed. We heard stories about items being practiced at home  behind closed doors so that the item was a surprise or proudly practiced in front of the family trying to watch T.V.! What ever your experience in the lead up, we are sure that you agree our performers did an amazing job! 

Special thank you to the Fundraising Committee for arranging the LJ Hooker coffee van and to the parent volunteers who completed COVID Marshall training and then helped on the gate. 

We truly appreciate the collaborative effort of our community  - making memories with our learners.

2021 End of Year Concert

End of Year Concert Highlights continued

NECAP Donations 2021

Thank You for the NECAP Donations

As part of our End of Year and Concert celebrations we asked our community to make a donation to be passed on to NECAP. NECAP support many disadvantaged families in and around the Dernancourt community.  The generosity shown by our families has been overwhelming.

On behalf of the people who will receive theses gifts thank you very much for your support.  We are proud to be able to pass these donations on. 

Mrs Meredith McCade is retiring!

This is potentially the worst kept secret ever! Or was it?

Mrs McCade made the decision early in 2021 that after 42 years as a teacher this was to be her last year. Meredith has over the past few years, reduced her time to allow her to care for her mother and grandson. 

Mrs McCade’s career started in 1980 as a classroom teacher before moving with her family to Mt Gambier, where she spent eight years.  While at Reidy Park, Mt Gambier,  Meredith won a position in leadership as a coordintor.  Meredith returned to Adelaide in 2008 which was the start of her time at Dernancourt – where she has been for 13 years. During her time at Dernancourt Mrs McCade has had various roles; coordinator, Assistant Principal and Acting Principal.  Meredith has a love for learning; she values professional learning and includes this in her career highlights particularly attending conferences about Choice Theory and using Choice Theory in classroom practice, as well as attending neuroscience conferences in Sydney and Melbourne and then passing this on when working with Donna Nitschke to deliver neuroscience lessons. 

Meredith has always enjoyed working with SHIP students and the learning she undertook in this space.  Her skills and knowledge have been invaluable to us and we are certainly going to miss her.

Crossing Monitors

Week 9 Crossing Monitors

 A big "Thank You!" to all of our 2021 Crossing Monitors for keeping us safe throughout this year. We appreciate the service you are providing to our community.

The Crossing Monitors for Week 9 are:-

Burak (P8), Aarav (P5), Alex (P10).

Canteen News

Canteen - Week 9

The Canteen will be open on Thursday 9th December, 2021 for lunch orders but will be CLOSED on Friday 10th December, 2021 for cleaning.

Uniform Shop News

January Opening Hours


Week 8, Term 4 Calendar

Community News

Cheerio Netball Club School Holiday Clinics

Cheerio Netball Club Winter Season

Atletico Football Club