Dernancourt School R-7 Newsletter

Thursday 3rd June, 2021

From the Leadership Team

Reconciliation - More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.

On Tuesday 1st June, 2021 we came together as a school to celebrate and share our learning about National Reconciliation week. Some students worked with Mrs McCade & Mrs Green to plan and present our event, they are featured in one of our pictures below. We are grateful to them for the work that they all put in to ensuring that our celebration was respectful and demonstrated our commitment to reconciliation.

The team reminded us that National Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration held from the 27th of May to the 3rd of June. These dates are key events in Australian History and are strong symbols for reconciliation.

The theme for this year is “More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.” It inspires us to take action to work together and contribute to the reconciliation of our country.

2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process. We hope that teaching and learning about the wrongs done to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will deepen our understanding and in turn lead to greater equality and equity as we work towards a reconciled nation.

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all of us to celebrate and build on respectful relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We watched short clips, listened to what classes have been learning about while looking at photo samples on the screen we then listened and watched as J2 performed the song “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” with actions in Kaurna language, then P2 and P3 repeated the performance in Pitjanjatjara language.

We have created a display in our foyer and display boards through out he school  to continue to share the message of reconciliation with our community and visitors.  

While Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward; creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships starts with the actions of us here at Dernancourt School.

Cancellation of Sean Choolburra's Performance

We would like to thank the families who had paid the $5 for our Indigenous Performer, Sean Choolburra. We were excited about the opportunity to learn about our Indigenous heritage through dance, music and story. Unfortunately as Sean was coming to us from Victoria and he had been performing in identified COVID 19 hotspots as a result  he was unable to travel to South Australia. We hope that Sean is able to remain healthy, and look forward to a time when we may be able to book again.

In the meantime we will continue to look for a similar learning experience for our learners to be a part of. We thank you for your understanding. 

For families that have already paid the $5 we will deduct this amout from your next invoice. We have planned something special for book week, and Matsuri. 

Maths Challenge.

There is a patch of lily pads on a lake. Every day the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half of the lake?

Check your answer at the bottom of this newsletter.

Working Bee

Our school will be holding a working bee this Saturday, 5th June, 2021 from 8:30am - 12:00 noon. Our garden beds are are looking forward to a "spruce up". Morning tea will be provided. Looking forward to seeing as many as possible on Saturday.

Please bring any gardening equipment with you including secateurs, gloves, shovels, rakes, spades, wheelbarrows etc.

Assembly Awards

The following students received an award at the Week 6 Assembly

J2 Sophia Page
P2Janiesha  Minutjukur
J3John MarsP3Audrina Wass
J4Maci Bennett

Radin Hassanzadeh

J5Charlotte Magoch
P5Scarlett Sachse
J6Grace Doran
P8Radhika Rana
J7Hujat Ali
P10Eade Classen
Kiyara Anashya
P12Dylan Golder & Marcus Geue
ScienceEddie Warq & Oliver Saunders
Oli Tomeko & Ray Weerasinghe
The Arts

Rudra Trivedi & Aarav Sharma

Premier's Reading Challenge

Congratulations to the following students who have completed the 2021 Reading Challenge.


Crossing Monitors

A big thank you to our crossing monitors - 

WEEK 7  - Jasper (P8), Cooper (P14), Payton (P10)

WEEK 8 - Ivy (P5), Brooke (P5), Sarah (P12)


We appreciate you keeping our school community safe. 

Dental for Schools

Our  second visit booked from the Dental for Schools team is NEXT WEEK  Week 7  - 7-9 of June Term 2. 

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


Wonder Recycling Rewards

Wonder Recycling Rewards

Don’t know what to do with all your empty bread bags and tags?

Our wonderful year 5/6’s from P8 have registered our school to participate in the Wonder Recycling Rewards  program - a fun and easy program for our school to recycle bread bags and tags that might otherwise go to landfill, and earn rewards points to redeem on new sports equipment for our efforts. All the collected plastic will be used to create school play equipment! PLUS we will go in the draw to WIN one of five exercise circuits made from the recycled plastic we collect.

·         Any brand of bread bag can be collected

·         Bags must be free of crumbs, but don’t need to be washed

Important Dates

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

Canteen News

Reconciliation Week Special Lunch

On Tuesday 1st June, 2021 the canteen held a Reconciliation Week special lunch day. The Canteen Committee would like to thank parents and caregivers who placed orders for their children.

Our next special will be in the first half of Term 3 so keep an eye out in the newsletter and on the Skoolbag app for when it will be.

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.

Community News

Challenge solution

47 days. Since the patch of lily pads doubles in size every day, the lake would be half covered just one day before it is covered entirely.