Dernancourt School Newsletter

Thursday 21st October, 2021

From the Leadership Team

Term 4 already!!

Dear families,

Welcome to the final term of 2021, with now only seven weeks to go until the end of the academic year, this term will definitely fly by especially with all the activities, excursions and special events that are being organised by staff.

We recognise that for 75 of our learners this is their final term at Dernancourt School, which for many is a time of mixed emotions. The excitement of what is next with the blend of sadness as friends move into different locations. We hope that you and your families continue to make lots of positive memories in your last few weeks with us.

These Year 6 and Year 7 groups are currently working with their teachers and leadership on how to have a COVID safe graduation ceremony. Our Year 6s are particularly excited as they are the very first group of this year level to graduate and as such can create “new” traditions, ways of thinking and celebrating. We are all looking forward to sharing details about the events as they get closer.

If your child is in R-5 and leaving we ask that you please notify us via our eForm on the Skoolbag app. As this is the list we then use to create our farewell PowerPoint that is shared at our final 2021 assembly, please ensure that even if you have called the office or communicated your intention via a classroom communication that you also submit this form. 

Please note the following reminders:

  • families are able to enter our school grounds but unfortunately unable to enter the buildings. If you would like to meet with a teacher please arrange this through class communication (Dojo, messenger or email) or by calling our Front Office.
  • using the school QR code and wearing of masks by parents and visitors is mandatory while on site until restrictions are lifted
  • students who walk to and from school may bring their mobile phone to school, which must be left at the front office during the day, students do not need a phone during school hours.

I wish you all a wonderful week as we commence the final term of the 2021 academic year.

Warm regards,


Matsuri 2021

 On Wednesday 20th October we celebrated Matsuri Dernancourt style!  Matsuri is the Japanese word for Festival  - and while moving from class to class observing our learners participating in a range of activities, it certainly felt festive. 

All students engaged in activities thoughtfully crafted by Ms Leonards (our Japanese teacher) and the Matsuri Committee - Ms Green.  We thank them, along with  Rosemary and Sandra for ensuring all rooms were prepared with resources needed to make the day a success. 

We appreciate the extra time they  put in to preparing for Matsuri. While we were unable to have the drumming  performance Ms Leonards had booked  to open our event , we were able to listen to a range of musical genres -all  Japanese inspired. K-Pop being most popular in  our older classes.

The Matsuri (Festival) Day at Dernancourt School is held every second year to promote the Japanese program at our school. All children had the opportunity to learn about different aspects of Japanese culture and folk stories with activities provided by classroom teachers. Prior to the day, children made “hachimaki”, Japanese headbands, to wear and decorated bags to take with them to the various activities. It was a really enjoyable day for all.

Thanks Zoey!

This week our ACEO (Aboriginal Community Education Officer)  Zoey Bonney said farewell to our community. Zoey has been a part of our Dernancourt Community for almost two years, during this time she has been a valuable link between community and school.  We have valued  Zoey's connection with families and the support she has provided. 
Zoey has accepted a new position and we wish her well.

Uniform Reminder

As the weather warms up in Term 4 and students start to wear the summer version of our uniform it is timely that we remind families that the wearing of the correct uniform is required please.

Hats are now an essential part of the uniform when outdoors, children without the correct hats are directed to the pergola areas during recess and lunch, which are seated areas, likewise during their outdoor PE lessons. To ensure that all of our learners are able to actively participate in this learning area and join their friends during breaks please ensure that they have their hats every day. 

Adelaide North East District SAPSASA Representatives

Congratulations to the students who trialed and were successfully selected to represent the Adelaide North East District SAPSASA Cricket team in the upcoming District SAPSASA Carnival.

Well done to Jacob Stephenson , Jayden McDonald, Aryan Nyee and Snehal Sharma  we are proud of your effort and dedication to your sport. We know that these students will represent our school and themselves well.

Well done to Lilley who successfully trialled late last term for the Adelaide North East SAPSASA AFLW Team. Lilley has spent this week participating in SAPSASA AFLW Carnival, playing her chosen sport. Congratulations Lilley. 

Pupil Free Day 23rd October 2021

Next Friday the 30th October, is a Pupil Free Day. All of our staff will be participating in our annual data review. Staff will analyze a range of 2021 data sets including, but not limited to NAPLAN, PATr, PATm, Phonics Screening, Read Write Inc., Running Records and Parent Survey.

This day will allow us dedicated time to  continue to deeply analysis our data. The information we gain during this process not only allows us to celebrate successes and growth in learning, but to identify challenges and areas for improvement. Collaboratively reflecting on data helps to identify  gaps, to document our challenge of practice and set goals as part of our next Site Improvement Plan cycle. 

Canteen News

The canteen will be open for lunch orders tomorrow (Friday 22nd October).

We will continue to open during recess and lunch breaks for over the counter sales.  Snack orders can be placed via the QKR! App, or students can bring spending money to school. Special thanks to our students for their commitment to this.

The canteen may run a little differently until a new canteen manager is appointed.  If you would like to volunteer in the canteen, please complete Canteen Volunteer eForm on skoolbag. All volunteers will need to provide a copy of their RRHAN Certificate and Working With Children Check (WWCC) to the front office.

If you would like to apply for the position of canteen manager (or know some who may be interested) please click on the following link

We would like to thank the community for their continued support.

Children's Week

On Thursday 28th October all classes will be celebrating International Children's Day. We would like students to come to school dressed in a national costume or in the colours representing their culture. Hats will still be required for recess and lunch play.

Over the week all classes will be participating in a variety of activities such as a whole school friendship song, friendship hunts and learning about other cultures.

Niki Kenyon, Rose Crompton, Adam McCaskill and Ingrid Molnar

Children's Week Committee


As part of our commitment to building leadership opportunities for our students all students aged 10 and over participate in Crossing Monitor Training each year. Students and families then sign a from committing to volunteer for a minimum of 1 week of traffic duty. There is a great deal of responsibility with this position as monitors endeavor to keep our community safe. 

We ask that you support our monitors by ensuring that if you are on the foot path you give them enough room to maneuver their large signs, that if crossing Parsons road the you use the crossing and that if you are driving you travel at 25km/h and stop on their signal. 

Thank you to monitors that are rostered on for the coming weeks. We appreciate your efforts in  keeping our school community safe.

WEEK 3 -   Zara (P12), Chloe S (P12), Aisha (P8)

WEEK 4 -   Kelsey (P10), Riley (P14), Jayden (P8)

WEEK 5 -   Hasini (P10), Chelsea (P12), Eniko (P8)


Uniform Shop News

The uniform shop is again open to parents and students by appointment only. All families who wish to come into the uniform shop must book an appointment to ensure we follow the latest social distancing measures.

Book your appointment at

All uniform items are ready and available In store and Online. All online orders are packed during shop open hours and delivered direct to the students classroom. If you know what you need simply place your order at


Term 4, 2021 Calendar - All dates marked on the Term 4 calendar also appear on our Skoolbag Events Calendar.




Autism Workshop

Calm Kid Central

Gaza Women's and Girls Kick & Catch Night

Athelstone Cricket Club

Sporting Opportunities...