Dernancourt School R-7 Newsletter

Thursday 7th May, 2020

From the Leadership Team.

Dear Families, 

As we continue to follow the advise and recommendations of DfE, Health and State Government at this stage we are still keeping the number of adults on our school site to a minimum. This means that families will need to continue dropping and collecting their children at the gates; this is consistent with other schools in our partnership. 

We are however concerned for the safety and well-being of our students, particularly as they leave our school grounds.  We share the concerns raised by families and community regarding the number of adults congregating at the gates. We would like to remind you that adults need to maintain social distance of at least 1.5m and it is the responsibility of the adults to ensure that our children can arrive and leave our school safely.

It is also difficult for our staff to maintain their own safety and help students locate their parents when so many adults are crowding. We suggest families spread further along the footpath and use both sides of the road.

To facilitate this staff will continue to walk our Receptions to the middle gate on Parsons Road.

We would like to thank you for your understanding.


Kind Regards

The Leadership Team.

Road rules people know but break anyway...

We see many near misses when we are on duty at the front of our school ask that you ensure that you follow these rules, not only to save yourself the fine, but to ensure that you are not the driver responsible for injuring a member of our community.

The continuous line

i.e. The white line along Parsons Road (approximately the length of the school)

Also known as 'the solid white line', the continuous line gives a stern warning to motorists: stay in your lane. But there are some exceptions to the rule.

When you can cross: Is there a broken-down vehicle or a fallen tree on the road ahead? Avoiding an obstruction is just one situation when you’re permitted to cross a single line, if it’s safe.

When you can’t cross: Overtaking a vehicle moving at a snail’s pace isn’t reason enough to cross a continuous line. Missed a turn? Motorists are also prohibited from travelling over a solid line to make a U-turn.

In South Australia, motorists are fined $405, a $60 Victims of Crime Levy and receive 2 demerit points if they’re caught crossing a continuous line unlawfully.

The yellow edge line

These can also be seen along the front of our school on both sides of Parsons Rd, as well as our surrounding streets

One of the biggest differences between the edge line on the kerb and others is its colour. Yellow edge lines do, however, share some similarities to white lines. They come in both continuous and broken patterns.

When you can stop: Stopping on a yellow edge line – broken or unbroken – is allowed in circumstances such as medical emergencies, vehicle breakdowns or if you’ve been pulled over by police.

The driver may be required to prove that one of these things have occurred. Buses and taxis can also stop along broken yellow lines if they’re picking up or dropping off passengers.

When you can’t stop: Can’t find a park? Keep moving. Stopping on or over a continuous yellow edge line – even just for a few seconds – will land you a $102 fine and a $60 Victims of Crime Levy.

A broken yellow line indicates the area has parking restrictions, such as a clearway. Drivers need to check for signs.

Stopping on the edge of a road between the hours signposted is prohibited. You’ll be fined $280 and a $60 Victims of Crime Levy for ignoring the clearway rule if it applies.


Your child can order their lunch from the canteen!  ALL orders must be placed via the QKR! App before 9:15am.  We are offering a limited menu and are unable to accept cash or late orders.


School photo day is tomorrow Friday 8th May, 2020.

Please ensure your child/ren bring their photo envelopes with them tomorrow.

* Don't seal envelopes inside each other - You can pay for all children in one envelope however each child needs to have their own envelope on photo day.

* Use the Shootkey on your envelope to order online!

* Family envelopes are available at the school office upon request.

* Please enclose correct money as no change is given - cash, cheques and money orders only. Credit card payments can only be made online.

Please feel free to visit our web site

For photo enquiries phone (08) 8132 1148 or


If your child is still learning at home, and you would like them to have their photo taken please contact the office on 8261 2677 to arrange a time for them to come in. Staff will meet the students at the front of the school, accompany them to have their photo taken and then bring them back to their parents.  Only individual shots will be taken this year and these will be made into composite class photos. 

This year there will be a "make up" photo day. This will be held on Tuesday 19th May. 

Uniform Shop News - Term 2

Dear Parents,

The uniform shop will now be open on Friday mornings. Please book a time on  schoolinterviews using the code ebnam.

With the weather becoming cooler, many of you may need to purchase winter uniforms for your children.  Our first recommendation is that you place your order online at    You can now have your uniform delivered to your door for a fee of $10.  If you would prefer to collect your uniform, Michelle will contact you with the collection details.

Payment is via card only.

Naming of Items

Please check that all uniform pieces including hats, lunch boxes, drink bottles etc are clearly named. Named items are able to be returned to their owners. Unfortunately items without names are put in the lost property cupboard and quite often not claimed.

Contact Details

We would like to ensure that all members of our community are kept up to date with the changes and ask again that you ensure we have your current email and phone numbers in the event that we need to contact you. This can be done via our Skoolbag app.

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