Dernancourt School R-7 Newsletter

12th September 2019


Rite Bite

Earlier this term we invited the Rite Bite team to our canteen to provide us with some feedback about our menu and over the counter items.

The Rite Bite representative provided Tracy (Canteen Manager) and Michelle (Canteen Committee Convenor) with some verbal feedback and suggestions on the day and a written report was received in Week 6 of this term. The canteen committee has since met  with the Governing Council Chairperson (Hilary) to read the report. The recommendations have all been acted upon and as a result some changes have been made to our over the counter items. We will continue to offer a range of "small change items" for sale and our Canteen will continue to promote healthy eating. The canteen will now supply even more fresh food items, and less packaged items. Keep an eye on our newsletters for the range of muffins and frozen snacks available .

Fraser Keegan (Rite Bite Rep) also attended our Governing Council Meeting this week and further added to our knowledge and understanding of the health and medical implications of children not eating a balanced diet. Fraser's key message was that we should all (adults and children) be eating a rainbow of fruit/vegetables everyday. Fraser was able to share some interesting (and shocking!) facts with attendees. We will be sharing some of Fraser's slides over the next few newsletters.

Term 4 Pupil Free Day

Monday 14th October 2019

Next term will begin for students on Tuesday 15th October as Monday will be our term 4 Pupil Free Day.       

The staff will use this day to reflect on our successes, analyse our 2019 student achievement data, review our progress inline with our Site Improvement Plan and establish clear directions for 2020 in terms of increased student achievement, improvement  strategies and  learning initiatives.

This Pupil Free Day is an important part of our ongoing reflection and planning for improvement process.



Congratulations Shannon

Earlier this term we were able to advertise an ongoing 0.4 Japanese LOTE Position at DSR-7. This position was advertised on the  Department for Education website, the panel is now complete and we are pleased to announce that Shannon Leonards has won the position.

We are happy to have Shannon on our permanent staff list for 2020 and beyond.



Hi, my name is Deahne Kontopoulos and I am working in P4 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the rest of this year with the Year 3/4 students. I am a first-year graduate and I am excited to be working here at Dernancourt Primary School R-7. I am looking forward to getting to know all the students and families within my classroom, and school community. I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends. My favourite interests are reading and keeping fit by playing social sports. Please come and say help if you see me around the school.


My name is Kaylah Saint, I am the new SSO working in J7 Tuesday and Wednesday, the rest of the time I’m supporting Jack and Noah. I have only been a SSO for the last year and am loving every second of it so far! In my spare time I enjoy sewing and cooking new things. I have a 2.5 year old named Ayda, and love spending time with her. One day I hope to work towards becoming a teacher. I look forward to getting to know you all and excited to be here at Dernancourt.


Hi, my name is Emma Clayton, I’m a bright and bubbly person who has worked with children since the age of fifteen. I have had the pleasure of working at Dernancourt School R-7 since week 6, term 3 in J7 and hope to continue in Term 4. I have spent the last couple of years working as an SSO and ECW at several schools and preschools and teaching swimming to students with disabilities, before that I worked at state swim Clovercrest for 18 years. A major life hobby of mine is dance but I also enjoy camping, reading a good book and curling up on the couch and watching a movie.


Open Night 2019 was a huge success!

Last Thursday we held our annual Open Night, we would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who came along to see some of the amazing work we have to display.

Classes worked together to display work that our learners wanted the community to see. Learners proudly discussed their work with their families and visitors.

This year we were able to share some of the other parts of our school that make us unique. The Listening Program

RWI in the Early Years Foyer

Canteen Summer Menu launch.


The following students have completed the Premier's Reading Challenge

P2    Sujan, Daniel, Evan, Felix   

P3   Lynsey,  Aabis, Jayden, Parthavi, Matthew   

P4   Kevin

P5   Cecilia, Aisha, Dain, Will, Jorawar, Rayhan, Sarah, Chelsea      

P8    Tyson, Brody, Michelle    

P10    Ethan, Willow, Bradley, Eliza, Dion P, Taylee

P12    Feroz, Akshat, Khai, Maddie, Jack, Clever, Beth, Declan, Kym

P14     Emma, Isaac, Lianna, Aiden L, Chloe H, Poppy, Raegan, Jackson, Aiden D

Fathers' Day Stall

A BIG thank you from the Parent Association for your support of the Father's Day stall. A profit of $445 was made. Special thanks to Jodie, Kerry, Kyly and Trang for their support.



The Colour Run will be held in Term 4 on Friday of Week 3.  Sponsorship forms will be sent home with each child on Monday 16th September.  

A new profile will need to be created for each student.  The class who has the most profiles by the end of the term can choose a staff member to colour!  (The winner will be decided on the percentage of profiles raised due to the differing sizes of the classes).


Have you ever considered learning a musical instrument?

Learning to play an instrument is enjoyable, fun and it is a wonderful learning opportunity.

“Music learning supports and reinforces the development of literacy, language and other academic skills.”

At Dernancourt School R- 7 we have the opportunity to provide the school community with instrumental lessons provided by an education department program called Instrumental Music.  Instrumental Music offers lessons for primary and secondary aged students. The lessons are provided at no cost to you however there is a charge for hire of instruments.  (More information can be found on the Department for Education website:

 We are seeking your support for this learning opportunity. 

Please complete the eForm on your Skoolbag App or fill in the reply slip note sent home with students today or copies available from front office) with your preference of instrument.  1 being most preferred to 3 being the least.  If you have multiple children attending the school, please indicate the number of students that are interested in this music program as we need to reach a minimum number of students for our application to be successful.

We will tally the scores and send in our request to Instrumental Music.

This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to engage in a different learning experience, and to enhance their learning journey here at Dernancourt School R-7.


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The crossing monitors for Term 3 are:  

WEEK 9   Teejay, Eliza, Jasmine, Brooke

WEEK 10  Jack, Daniel, Harper, Beth