Dernancourt School R-7 Newsletter

5th November, 2020

From the Leadership Team


Digital technologies have a profound effect on how we communicate, work and learn. Our education system is constantly evolving and the challenge faced by schools is to bring technology into the classroom to inspire learning and create independent, critical thinkers.

We have been working closely with our Governing Council – Digital Technology Committee over the last few years to investigate ways to effectively integrate digital technology into our classrooms. Our DT Committee are committed to establishing a BYOD program at our school for our Year 5-7 learners in 2021.

Our committee noted the main advantages as:

Engages students

Allowing students to use these types of devices provides a unique interactive experience and exposes them to concepts like gamification (the addition of game elements to non-game activities), and may encourage greater engagement, which is more likely to lead to accelerated development.

Hones technical skills

By familiarising themselves with laptops, tablets and even smartphones, students are preparing for the modern workforce where digital literacy and tech savviness are expected in virtually all jobs.

There are a range of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programmes offered within our Partnership and at local secondary schools, and we have ensured that our recommended laptop is compatible with their BYOD requirements.

The committee has considered all factors and support the 1:1 laptop requirements and believe purchasing one of the recommended laptops through a portal is the best choice for our school. This option has been identified due to the fact that it allows our school Technician to trouble shoot and resolve issues during the time he works with us each week. Therefore it is vital that the laptops are able to integrate within our current school infrastructure. This includes multiple classes being able to use computers in their classrooms at the same time and ensure that speed functions are not compromised, resulting in quicker downloads and efficient use of learning time.

Over the coming weeks we will finalise our price comparisons and establish a purchase portal with the company offering the most competitive prices. We will share this link as soon as possible.

We acknowledge that some families may require additional time to factor in this expense, and while starting in term 1 would be a preference, we are aiming to have full introduction at the start of Term 2 2021.

We are also developing a new acceptable use agreement and it is hoped that this will be ratified by our Governing Council early next year.

To assist with our planning for 2021, please complete the Skoolbag eform by Thursday 19th November, 2020 Week 6 Term 4.

Music: Count Us In

Today our students came together to be a part of Australia’s biggest school music initiative.  Music: Count Us In is built around a unique  song. The writing of the song each year begins with a National Songwriting Competition, open to all students from across Australia. Students learnt about this in the broadcast today, available on YouTube. Students have learnt the song during their Performing Arts lessons this term and practiced in classrooms. At 11:30am today along with hundreds of thousands of other students across Australia we were part of the  joyous sound of children’s voices ringing out in a journey of musical learning and song –  Music Count Us in is now in its 14th year in Australia.

Sports Day 2020

Our Sports Day Committee have been hard at work; planning to ensure that we are able to have a  safe 2020 Sports Day and our students are excited about some of the new events they have been practicing in preparation for tomorrow.

Tomorrow will run a little differently, students are encourage to wear their team colours to school. We do however ask that they are sun safe with collars if possible and sunscreen already applied with a little extra sunscreen in their school bags so they can reapply. All students will go to their classrooms at the start of the day. Dismissal will be from classrooms at our usual 3:00pm.

We hoped that postponing Sports Day to Term 4 would enable us to celebrate as we ‘usually' do, however this year our Sports Day celebration has been modified in response to COVID -19. Due to social distancing requirements, COVID planning and marshaling along with the need for all persons entering our site on the day to provide their tracing details, we are unable to have spectators at our 2020 Sports Day.  This is the only way that we can ensure that our students,  staff and community continue to stay safe and healthy.

Class teachers will take extra photos to share electronically with you via their Facebook or Dojo pages, and we will post regular point updates for you to cheer on your child’s team via our Dernancourt School R-7 Facebook page.

We appreciate the support of families respectfully accepting and understanding this decision. We too hope that things are different next year and that our community is able to be a part of Sports Day in 2021.

SAPSASA - District Day

Tuesday, 20th October 2020 

The team represented the school perfectly, both in behaviour and performance. Congratulations to Luke with 1st place in the 800m Final & Devin with 1st place in the 200m final. As a result, both Luke and Devin have qualified to represent the District on State Track & Field Day in the 800m and 200m respectively. Luke also received a wildcard entry for the Discus, with a 2nd place result. Devin is showing his commitment, as he now is training for this event, in preparation for State Day.

Zayde's 200m performance was also sensational, making the 200m Final, and finishing 5th place in that final. Well done Zayde on that huge achievement.  

The other notable result was from Eade in the Shot Put. She was hanging in there for 3rd place, just getting over taken by the last couple of throws. With Eade continuing to practice in this event, she has a great chance next year in Shot Put. Riley also showed his sprinting skills, as he was in the main group at the finish of his 200m Heat. 

All the athletes put in 100% effort in some events that they haven’t participated in previously and achieved good results. Jacob’s effort was an example of this, in the way he worked to the line at the end of the 800m event.  

As a team, we had a small group compared to other schools with about 10 athletes in our team and two of these making it to State Day in a few weeks. Eade was also not far off that so it was a great result!! 

Thanks to Dale for attending on the day and the parents who were able to attend. That support is what gave our athletes the results that they achieved!!

Well done everyone. I was proud of your efforts and you definitely did your school proud!! 

Shane Danaher

Materials and Services Charges for 2021

Assembly Awards

Congratulations to the students who received an Assembly Award on Thursday 29th October, 2020.

J4    Samuel & Ibrahim P4    Jakob
J5    NoahP5    Alex & Ruby
J6    Jazz & HiroP8    Mariah
J7    CorbinP10    Lucas
Science  - Sophia, Jack & EnikoP12    Nitya
Japanese - HiromasaP14    Cooper

Resource Centre News






Crossing Monitors

Thank you to our crossing monitors - 

WEEK 5  -  Ramsay (P12), Kiarna (P12), Clever (P14)

WEEK 6 - Isaac (P12), Bradley (P14), Sarah (P14)

We appreciate your time and contribution towards keeping our school community safe.

School Dental Visit

Thank you to all the families who have returned their forms for the school dental visit.  Unfortunately we received a call this week advising us that because of delays in delivery (due to COVID) that this visit has been postponed until Term 1 2021.   We will be able to give you up-to-date information in the first newsletter of Term 1 2021.


Grab your wristbands ($2) and / or drink bottles ($15) ready for Sports Day! The Fundraising Committee thank you for your support.

Festival of Music Orchestra

Congratulations to Michelle, Digby and Ceridwin for successfully auditioning for their places in the 2020 Festival of Music Orchestra.

If your child is currently learning a musical instrument and would like to audition for the 2021 FM Orchestra please see the details below for auditions.

Uniform Shop News

Book Your Appointment Online Now!

To book your appointment go to: schoolinterviews and use the code 3u3vs. 

Why do I need an appointment???

Due to social distancing requirements we can only have 1 family in the store at a time. All waiting families must wait outside the school buildings, call or text Michelle on 0409 957 815 when you arrive. If you do not have an appointment you will have to wait outside until all appointments have been completed first.

How do I book?
The easiest way to book is to go to book your appointment go to: schoolinterviews and use the code 3u3vs.

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 childs classroom.  Simply note your childs 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.



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Norwood Flames Basketball

2021 - External District Trials - Norwood Flames Register your interest today!

****This information is for NEW players to Norwood Flames and not existing players****

Registrations of interest are sought for new players wanting to trial for Norwood Flames District Basketball Club. The Norwood Flames play in the Adelaide District Club Competition held all over Adelaide. More information regarding joining the Norwood Basketball Club can be found on our FAQ page.The following age groups will be OPEN to anyone who is interested in trialing, subject to a cap on total numbers for each session:

  • Boys – U10 & U12
  • Girls – All ages
The following age groups are strictly open to current ACBA players that have been invited to attend by their clubs or to existing district players (or interstate equivalent) ONLY:
  • Boys – U14, U16 & U18
The process for all the above age groups will be:
  • Complete your registration of interest form -
  • You will receive a confirmation this form has been completed
  • You will then receive a second email by 1st November 2020 either confirming your trial spot or noting your child has been unsuccessful in obtaining a trial spot and being placed on the waitlist.
  • Acceptance of your trial spot is required by 6th November 2020
If you are an existing District player and would like to have a confidential discussion about if Norwood Basketball Club may be a fit for you/your child, please complete this form.Trials Date: Sunday 15th November 2020Location: MARS Stadium, 63 Lower Portrush Road, Marden Trial Times:BOYS
  • U10 Boys (players born in 2014, 2013, 2012) – 9:30am to 10:30am
  • U12 Boys (players born in 2011 & 2010) – 1:15pm to 2:15pm
  • U14 Boys (players born in 2009 & 2008) – 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • U16 Boys (players born in 2007 & 2006) – 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • U18 Boys (players born in 2005 & 2004) – Trials TBA
  • U20 Boys (players born in 2003 & 2002) – Trials TBA
  • U10 Girls (players born in 2014, 2013, 2012) – 9:30am – 10:30am
  • U12 Girls (players born in 2011 & 2010) – 10:45am – 11:45am
  • U14 Girls (players born in 2009 & 2008) – 10:45am – 11:45am
  • U16 Girls (players born in 2007 & 2006) – 10:45am – 11:45am
  • U18 Girls (players born in 2005 & 2004) – 10:45am – 11:45am
  • U23 Girls (players born in 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 & 1999) – Trials TBA
More information regarding trials noted TBA will be provided as soon as these have been finalised.**  Please arrive approximately 20 mins prior to your scheduled start time to sign in at the registration desk, located at the courts.  Don’t forget your ball and water Note: These external trials are for players who are NOT currently playing for Norwood Flames in the Basketball SA District competition If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact the office on 08 8165 0398 or via email - Kind Regards Chris Webber Chairman Norwood Basketball Club Inc