Dernancourt School Newsletter

Thursday 4th November, 2021

From the Leadership Team


We are very proud of the diversity of cultural backgrounds represented in our school community. 

As a school, we are committed to ensuring an inclusive and connected community for all. Last Thursday, to celebrate International Children's Day, we invited our learners to come dressed in traditional clothes or colours that represents their cultural heritage. We were so proud to see this as we came together at our assembly.  Our hearts filled as we noticed a special sense of pride as children asked each other to share more about their culture, back ground and outfits. A perfect way to achieve the 2021 theme "Children have the right to choose their own friends and safely connect with others."

Special thanks to our Children's Day Committee - Mrs Crompton, Ms Ingrid, Adam and Mrs Kenyon for coordinating a range of activities including a song that we were all able to sing together at assembly. 

THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS; Diwali, Divali, Deepavali or Deepawali

This week Ms Ingrid our EALD teacher along with BSSOs Maruthi and Mitra have been teaching us about Diwali. 

We have learnt some new facts including that Diwali is the most important religious festival celebrated by followers of Hinduism. It is also called Divali, Deepavali or Deepawali and is commonly referred to as the Festival of Lights.

The Festival of Lights celebrates the Hindu New Year. It is a celebration of  the victory of light over darkness and the triumph of good over evil. Originally Diwali was celebrated as a harvest festival in India, but today Diwali is celebrated as the Festival of Light by Hindus all over the world. This festival is celebrated with sparklers, firecrackers and fireworks being held in many places. 

 At Diwali it is tradition to decorate and illuminate the homes, visit the local temple for prayers and share meals with families and friends. 

Staff  were treated today with a Special morning tea of small gifts and sweets., including many traditional Diwali foods including the delicious syrupy gulab jamun balls.

Did a little bird (or person) tell you???

Your child may have come home this term sharing some of our 2022 staffing news!

Mrs Whenan has been sharing her excitement with our learners as they visited her over the last few weeks. After 29 years of teaching, 25 years of which have been at our school, Ros Whenan has decided it is time for her to take leave with the intention to retire.


As you can imagine Mrs Whennan has seen many changes at our site over her 25 years here, including 4 school name changes…Dernancourt Junior Primary, Dernancourt Schools, Dernancourt School R-7 and now as we are known Dernancourt School. Since starting with us at Dernancourt in­­­ 1996 as the Music teacher, she has demonstrated her versatility, adapting to the changing needs of our school, taking on teaching roles where ever she was needed, including roles as Music and Science, Music and Japanese, Japanese and now our Performing Arts teacher.

When Ros first arrived she continued her role touring with the Bushband at Hampstead, Elizabeth North and Lobethal Primary as well as teaching Music at Paralowie R-13 and St. Joseph’s at Payneham; all while continuing at Dernancourt!

Mrs Whenan’s career highlights include her many trips with the Bushband, running Dernancourt Starlight Singers, taking them to Rotary Village and watching the interactions between the children and the elderly residents, teaching and watching students grow and develop and finally, building friendships and working with professional and supportive staff members in all of her roles.

Mrs Whenan wanted the community to know that she appreciated the opportunity to share her love of the Arts and to broaden her horizons by learning Japanese. We of course want Mrs Whenan to know that we are sure that the 1,000+ Dernancourt students she has worked with over her 25 years also have highlights and fond memories of their time in her classes. We hope to continue to share and celebrate these with her over the next 5 weeks. We know that her special song and dance made the way into the hearts of many, who are now sharing her passion for performing arts.

On behalf of Dernancourt School and our Community, we wish Ros good health and happiness as she moves into this new and exciting chapter of her life. We also look forward to watching (with envy) her travel photos as she explores Australia with her husband Warren.

Thank you Ros for your committed contributions over many years.

End of Year Concert

What better way to help Mrs Whenan celebrate her retirement than with a whole school performing arts event?? 

We are excited to announce that with the easing of COVID restrictions, we are now able to hold an End of Year Celebration. Of course this will not be as it has been previously due to COVID event management conditions but, it will allow us to have some members of our community in attendance. YAY!!

We want you to keep Tuesday evening 30th November 2021 free! 

Details on ticketing and seating arrangements are still being coordinated by our Concert Committee (Mrs Whenan, Mrs Watkins, Mrs T, Ms Coley, Sharyn and Sandra) and we will notify you of this as soon as they are confirmed. What we do know is that all attendees (most likely 2 / family), will need to wear a mask and maintain the distancing requirements. 

Our excited students are currently rehearsing in preparation to perform to you, and class teachers will share any costuming needs and other details soon. 

P8 Lunchtime Small Business Stalls

There was a buzz of excitement and a flurry of activity at P8’s Small Business stalls today at lunch. Students displayed exceptional commitment, organisation and cooperation skills while selling their products and running their games. They were surprised about how busy they were, with all groups selling out of their products. A highlight was seeing the younger students excited and happy about their purchases and all enjoyed working as a team, even helping other groups when their group sold out. Today’s stalls were the product of a small business unit incorporating HASS (Business and Economics and Civics and Citizenship), English, Mathematics and Digital Technologies. Today they were able to put all their learning together. Stalls included a variety of games including throwing a coin to land on a chocolate, target practice, bottle topple, throw the ball in the cup and roll the dice to win a prize. Novelty and lolly stalls included handmade plush toys, showbags, stress balls, lucky dips and lollipops.

In total, students raised over $500!! This will be donated to Ronald McDonald House. P8 thoroughly enjoyed designing, organising and running their stalls, and hope the rest of the school enjoyed it as much as we did. A big thank you to the school community for their support.

Mrs Salini and Mrs McCade. 

P8 Lunchtime Stall


Congratulations to P12 & P14!

Our 6/7 classes entered the Bunnings Spring Art Competition at the end of last term. The classes worked in groups to create the boards below, we are sure that you agree that they did a fantastic job of collaborating and expressing their ideas of what Spring means to them. Bunnings were also highly impressed with our students submissions.

As a result, Dernancourt School has won a $300 prize to spend on Outdoor Education Equipment at Bunnings.

Congratulations to P12 and P14 for your fantastic entries, we are proud of you!

A huge thank you to Bunnings for offering our students this opportunity - we look forward to continued connections..


Congratulations to the following students who received an award at our Week 3 Assembly.

Lynton Biggs
Divya Pandit
Herman Yazdanian
Harrison Duke
Sahar Heidari
Liam Smeeth
Sami Nasrah
Ivy May
Shyama Patel
Tommy Goreing
Navya Shukla
Akshika Mittal


Thank you for your continuing to support the canteen by ordering lunches on Fridays, and by purchasing items over the counter at recess and lunch breaks.  You can order your lunch via QKR!, orders close at 9:15 on Friday morning.

We have added some new items to the menu - nachos (available with mince or vegetarian), pillow pasta with tomato sauce (vegetarian) and a bolognaise pasta bake.  We would like to be able to offer some fresh salads but due to the volume of orders on a Friday are unable to do this without volunteers. 

If you would like to volunteer, Jodie would appreciate the help so please complete and submit the Canteen Volunteer eForm or contact the front office for further information.


Tea Towel Fundraiser

End of Year Fundraiser – Tea Towels

Farewell Dernancourt School R-7 with a commemorative tea towel which includes your children’s self-portraits (white towel with navy print). 

There are two designs to choose from; a whole of School design, or the Year 6 & 7 Graduates design. Tea Towels are only $12 each with orders required by 4.00pm Thursday 11 November. Orders can be placed via Qkr - Fundraising Section or paper order forms are available from the front office. Designs will be printed to order so don't miss out. 

Tea Towels will be delivered last week of Term 4 (week 9).

A great Christmas present that will help to keep the kids active over the holidays!! 

Kytons Christmas Fundraiser

The Fundraising Committee are holding a Kytons Christmas fundraiser. Orders can be placed via Qkr - Fundraising section from tomorrow - Friday 5th November, 2021 or by using the paper copy sent home today. 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.


Christmas Hamper

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.


Term 4, Week 4 Calendar. All dates are marked on the Skoolbag calendar.


Holiday Swim Program

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