Dernancourt School R-7 Newsletter

Thursday 17th June, 2021

From the Leadership Team

Mid Year Reports

It is hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of Term 2, and that we are half way through our school year! 

 Our teachers have been busy over the last few weeks collecting evidence of and assessing students learning, as well as reflecting on Term 1 and 2 achievements and challenges for all learners. This process allows us to accurately describe your child’s achievements so far this year in all areas of the Australian Curriculum in written reports which will be sent home on Friday July 2nd. We hope that you are able to spend some time together with your child, reading the report and celebrating their 2021 learning achievements and plan ways to support them to achieve their goals.

Families are reminded that Next term we will be offering an optional interviews This is an opportunity to meet with the teachers to clarify any queries arising or to further discuss any aspects of the Mid-Year report. Discussions will be available with the class teachers or our specialist teachers (Japanese, Science & Performing Arts). Details will be in our first newsletter next term..

Student Safety

Duty of Care

The safety of all of our children is of high priority to us. We ask that you support us with these efforts by ensuring that your children are only on school grounds when they are supervised.

Our school day starts with yard duty at 8:30am and concludes at 3:00pm.  Teachers are on duty on crossing & gate duty until 3:20pm. There are no teachers on duty in any play areas - 3:00-3:15pm is not play time, therefore children are discouraged from playing on the equipment unless they have a parent with them.  Children must wait with their teacher or the yard duty teacher until they are picked up.  Children cannot wait on the equipment  for collection as they are unsupervised and may have an accident. Any children still on school grounds are taken to the Front Office and we attempt to contact families to arrange collection.

Likewise, before 8:30am children are not to be playing on the asphalt (handball seems to be popular at the moment) as they are not supervised. These parents will also be contacted.  If your child has to be at school before 8:30am or after 3:00pm please book  them into OSHC.

Bikes, skate-boards and scooters.

Just a reminder that scooters and bikes are not to be ridden inside the school or along the footpath at the front of the school  when there is heavy pedestrian traffic especially the beginning and end of school. There have been several near misses recently involving bikes/skateboards/scooters and pedestrians. We would also like to remind riders of the importance of wearing helmets rather than having it in their hand or hanging from the handle bars!


Uniform is an important aspect of the school and the very high standard of dress worn by our students is a result of families working in partnership with the school. The students of Dernancourt School R-7 proudly wear our school uniform, which helps build and maintain school spirit, pride and a sense of identity and belonging

Our school uniform is: · Practical and functional · Cost effective and non-competitive · Safer, especially on excursions.

All students are required to show pride in themselves and the uniform by wearing it correctly. It has come to our attention over the last few weeks, that some children are out of dress code. It has been noted that they have worn;  Inappropriate colours,  Inappropriate clothing/footwear  Logos/brand names incorrect jumpers or jackets. The only alternative to the DSR7 navy blue polo / boss tops  is when our  Year 6 and 7 students wear the 2021 commemorative tops. These commemorative tops are issued each year, and therefore only acceptable as uniform for the design year. We understand that there will be times when children will not be able to wear approved school clothing due to laundering, etc. A note in the child's diary or via Skoolbag on such occasions would be appreciated. We value your support in this matter and anticipate that with your support we will be able to uphold the approved dress code at all times and maintain our student's normal impressive personal presentation, one of which most students do consistently every day.  


Knockout Football

Last Monday, our Year 6/7 football team competed in the Statewide Schools Knockout Competition. The team did very well with players from different sporting backgrounds enjoying their first opportunity to play AFL.  In the first game, they competed in a tough game against last year’s champions West Beach. The next game saw them playing against Darlington/Kersbrook with 3 goals being scored by Oli. They then finished off the carnival with a hard fought 1 point win against Hendon where Oli scored another goal, as did Patrizio and Tiana. All of our players showed great sportsmanship, with some volunteering to help make up numbers in opposition teams. 

Thank you to all of the parents who transported students and helped during the games and to Ash for his organisation and coaching the team. We are very lucky to be able to provide these opportunities to our students and couldn't do it without community support. 

Knockout Netball

Dernancourt was lucky to host round 1 of the Knockout netball today.  The Dernancourt Diamonds netball team represented the school and played matches against St Joseph’s Hindmarsh and St Spiyridon College. St Joseph’s Hindmarsh proved too strong for everyone winning over all.  Well done to the Diamonds team members Ruby, Myrto, Mahayla, Zara, Ellie, Rutva, Chloe S, Grace, and Chloe W.  Although they were not winners today, they all played well and the down pour in the last quarter didn’t seem to bother them.  Thank you to the umpires and Miss Travis for their help.

SAPSASA Opportunities

Adelaide North East District Athletics carnivals

Students in year 4-7 are eligible to compete at the Adelaide North East district athlestics carnival held on Thursday August 26. Students who already participate in Little Athletics or other Athletics type competition or training are encouraged to nominate. The following students are eligible to compete at these carnivals

SAPSASA   Under 10                        Students born in 2011

(District)    Under 11                        Students born in 2010

                    Under 12                        Students born in 2009

                    Senior                             Students born in 2008

*Please note, students who are born in 2012 or 2013 are not eligible for selection

Please complete the Registration of Interest on Skoolbag if your child is eligible and would like to participate.

State Carnivals

Students in year 6/7 only are permitted to compete at the State championships.

Representative teams from each primary district participate in a round robin state carnival in a variety of sports. A minimum of 2 trials will be held and information will be sent to schools by the district convenor. 

Students nominate via the nomination link below. Nominations are now open for Soccer, Hockey, Cricket and Tennis. These are individual nominations and students are selected from the trials to participate in the carnivals.

Adelaide North East Parent link –

Football (soccer) year 6 teams: Monday 30 August – Wednesday 1 September

Australian football girls: Monday 18 October – Wednesday 20 October (Term 4, Week 2)

 Cricket year 6/7: Monday 1 November – Thursday 4 November (Term 4, Week 4)

 Tennis year 6/7: Monday 8 November – Thursday 11 November (Term 4, Week 5)​

Working Bee

Thank you to all of the families who came along to our Working Bee on Saturday 5th June. We worked on a number of jobs including picking the citrus fruit, irrigation in the front garden, weeding, mulching and pruning in the Butterfly Garden, removing rose bushes and demolishing old raised garden beds. We are now hoping to source some new raised beds to replace those and establish plots for classes to take care of. 

We really appreciate the support of the following people...

Sweeney family

Freund family

Thomassen family

Whistler family

Testi family

Dana Wortley

Greg Coley

Crossing Monitors

A big thank you to our crossing monitors - 

WEEK 9  - Cooper (P8), Isaiah (P14), Sammy (P12)

WEEK 10 - Kiyara (P8), Jaskirt (P8), Vanessa (P10)


We appreciate you keeping our school community safe. 


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


As the cold weather is upon us maybe try a toasted sandwich or wrap. We have the traditional ham and cheese, cheese, vegemite and cheese, tomato and cheese, baked beans with or without cheese. Maybe try something a little bit different like bolognaise and cheese, chicken salsa and cheese or Mrs Green's favourite Mexican mince and cheese.

Uniform Shop News


Opening Hours Week 8

This week the uniform shop will be closed before school on Friday (18/6/21) but open after school 2:20-3:00 instead. Online orders will still be packed on Friday and sent to the classroom before the end of the day. If you wish to make an appointment for this adjusted time, please contact Michelle on 0409 957 815.

Focus On: Winter Uniform

With Winter well and truly set in the uniform shop is fully stocked with Long Sleeve Polos, Boss tops, Beanies and Track pants.

Long Sleeve Polos are a great option for the kids who just won't wear a jumper giving full coverage without the bulk of a Boss top. They are also a great option for those kids who really feel the cold and need extra warmth in Winter. We have noticed them becoming more popular each year and have extra stock on hand to keep up with the demand!

Beanies are once again proving popular on cold morning keeping the kids warm before school and on the playground on days when hats are not required.

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.

Committee News

Grounds Committee

The Grounds Committee would like to thank all the families that came and helped at the working bee on Saturday 5th June. It was a productive morning, and all your assistance and hard work was greatly appreciated. THANK YOU

Kyton's Bakery Fundraiser

We are holding a Kyton's Bakery Fundraiser this term.  From Monday you will be able to place your order via QKR! (order forms will also be available from the front office).  Orders will need to be placed by Friday 2nd July for delivery on Thursday 22nd July.


Education Committee

The Education Committee would like to announce free parent workshop presented by Madhavi Narwana Parker on June 23rd, 7:00 - 8:30pm. Bookings essential. 

Community News

Campbelltown Repair Cafe

Soccer Carnival