Dernancourt School Newsletter

Thursday 18th November, 2021

From the Leadership Team

School Concert

This year we are excited to be able to have an End of Year Concert.

Our students have been busily choreographing, singing and rehearsing their items in preparation for the event, now we  are all crossing our fingers and  hoping for fine, mild weather.

Our concert will take place in front of the double storey building on the asphalt on Tuesday 30th November 2022.  The area in front of the stage will be reserved for classes and there will be an area for rugs,  with space for chairs behind this.  Please note that younger pre-school children sit with their families not with the classes.  Concert will begin at 6:30pm and it is anticipated that it will finish at around 8:00pm.  Students will meet their teachers in the classroom at 6:00pm and remain with teachers until the concert ends, we will then invite families to collect their child from the teacher "signing them out".

As we shared in our newsletter earlier this term, this will be a ticketed event with a limit of 2 audience members per family (child or adult) .    This will help us to comply with the current  SA Health Guidelines of density requirements.  All adult audience members will be required to wear a mask, and bring their own seating/blanket. Ticket purchase details will be released on school bag next week. 

Change to School Times

Next year the structure of the school day will be a little different. Staff recommended the following changes, which have been endorsed by our Governing Council. 

8:30-8:50am Teacher on duty. Students arrive at school.

8:50am  Class admin. including roll.

9:00-9:50am  Lesson 1

9:50-10:40am Lesson 2

10:40 - 11:00am    Recess time

11:00-11:50am Lesson 3

11:50am-12:40pm Lesson 4

12:40 - 12:50pm    Eating time

12:50 - 1:20pm    Lunch Play

1:20 - 2:10pm Lesson 5

2:10-3:00pm Lesson 6

3:00pm    School Dismissed.

You will notice that these changes do not impact on our start or finish times, it does ensure that each lesson is now 50 minutes and recess and lunch are both earlier. We feel these changes will support student learning. 

Ms Brooks Retirement Announcement.

Next year Ms Brooks will begin 2022 on leave, before moving into retirement! Linda has been quietly sharing her news with her class, supporting them to transition into not only a new learning space in 2022, but a new teacher too. We are now ready to share this excitement with the entire Dernancourt community!

Linda started studying an OT degree, then after having her first son, a friend suggested to her that she return to university to study teaching. Linda graduated with Bachelor of Teaching majoring in religion and sociology.

Ms Brooks successfully applied for a position at Thomas Moore College in the Vanier Unit 1990, starting her teaching career in the in the private system.  While was working there, she completed Bachelor of Special Education a Flinders University. This degree provided her with the knowledge and understandings to match her passion for working with students with disabilities. In 1991 Linda moved into the in public education system, making 2021 her 30th year with Department for Education. We have been lucky enough to have Ms Brooks for 15 years of this!

During her 30 year career Linda has continued study, completing her Masters in Special Education and AUSLAN courses. These skills enabled her successfully apply for roles at a number of special schools and special classes.

Before coming to Dernancourt in 2007, Linda taught at Elizabeth Special School, Salisbury High School, where she assisted in the development, design and building of their SMD unit. She then became their unit coordinator before moving onto Riverland Special School, Victor Harbor Primary and High Schools, then Ashford Special School, Richmond Primary School and Anangu Education Services. Linda finishes her career being able to say that she has worked with learners at every year level, Reception through to Year 13!

When sharing her reflection on her career, Linda notes her highlight as being part of creating a specialised unit for students in a high school setting and that then became the prototype for other units within high schools in the state. She is also particularly proud of the students that she has had in her classes that have continued their education beyond school, completing university degrees of their own. Ms Brooks notes that seeing students blossom and grow as the main reason that she continues to love her job, and encourages others to choose teaching as a career.

In her retirement Linda plans to spend more time focussing on her other passions in life, sewing, gardening, painting and of course travelling (when she is when able to). We are sure that her family, especially her grandchildren, are looking forward to having their nanny to themselves, and have planned ways to spend time with her.

We, like Linda, hope that she continues to enjoy each day as she moves on to her next adventure.

On behalf of the Dernancourt community, we wish Linda all the very best in her retirement.  We think the Marilyn Appelbaum quote “The children you teach may not remember you when they get older, but they will always have a part of you inside them…the part that gave them hope and love and taught them to believe in themselves.”  sums up Linda’s contribution to education over the last 30 years.  We will miss her wit and whistle, and look forward to celebrating her career with her at a staff event.

2021 SASTA Oliphant Science Competition

Congratulations to Chelsea, Eade and Lilley. All students received a Certificate of Participation in the 2021 SASTA Oliphant Science Competition.

2021 ICAS Assessments

Congratulations to the students photographed below for their participation and achievement in the recent ICAS testing. We received their results last week and we were proud to present Merit, Distinction and Participation Awards at today's assembly.

We admire their commitment to learning and for being brave enough to participate in these extra tests to compare their results to others in Australia. 

Well done everyone. 

2021 ICAS Participants


As we are nearing the end of the term, the canteen will be running down its stock for the Christmas break.  Some items will become unavailable on the menu and if we run out of an item we will substitute a similar item where possible.  Thank you for your continued support of the canteen this term.

Term 4, Week 6 Assembly Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received an Assembly Award at the Week 6 Assembly today.

Ama Ranasinghe
Ella Woodland
Anaisha Sharma
Ethan Crossman-Wallace
Brodie Paterson
Hadley Whiter
Ibrahim Hafidh
Sihang Zhang
Tyler Jarmyn
Finn Longley, Lynsey Patterson
Dion Woodford
Nishka Vanawat
Jason Zheng
Mitchell Farrell, Aadil Sekhon
Phoebe Rosewarne
Paige Flanigan, Rebeka Marshall

Year 6 & 7 to High School in 2022 update

Year 7 to High School in 2022 update

Parent Association Christmas Raffle

The Parent Association will be holding a Christmas Raffle with three fantastic prizes to be won. Tickets will be distributed to each family during Week 7. It is not compulsory for families to purchase the tickets.

Kytons Christmas Fundraiser

The Fundraising Committee are holding a Kytons Christmas fundraiser. Orders can be placed via Qkr - or by using the paper copy sent home earlier. Orders must be placed no later than Wednesday 24th November, 2021.

Orders will be delivered to the school on Thursday 2nd December.

Please note on your orders if you would like your orders to be delivered to your child's class or if you would like to pick them up from the office.


This year NECAP are celebrating their 40th year of supporting the disadvantaged in our Community. Our school will be donating to the NECAP Christmas appeal again this year.

We are seeking donations of non-perishable food, especially Christmas goodies such as Christmas puddings, tinned ham, tinned fruits, mince pies, cookies etc to place in our baskets for collection by NECAP. Other items which would be appreciated are pasta, rice, noodles, tinned tuna, tinned vegetables and fruits, long life milk or custard, jams, spreads, honey or vegemite, tea, coffee or milo, cordial, long life juice.

NECAP would also appreciate the donation of new gifts for distribution to the Community in need. Gifts such as toys, toiletries sets, sporting goods, puzzles and games or arts and crafts are some suggestions.

Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

City Food Hero Award

For over a year, every fortnight, rain, hail or shine on a school night Chelsea volunteers her time in a park in the city to help out and assist some of societies most marginalised and vulnerable members at a food assistance program. Chelsea hands out hot meals and other treats. Chelsea interacts respectfully with the service user, many of who are homeless and always demonstrates compassion and kindness ensuring everyone gets something to eat. Chelsea is very well liked among the regulars.

Volunteer Award Winner

Term 4, Week 6 calendar. All dates on this calendar can be found on the Skoolbag calendar.

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