Dernancourt School R-7 Newsletter

13th December 2019

Wishing all of our families a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays


Happy Holidays

On behalf of the staff at Dernancourt School R-7  I would like to thank families for their ongoing support. Special thank you to the families that volunteered on committees and assisted with classroom support and extra-curricular activities.

Our teachers begin their holidays from the end of the school day on Friday 13th December, and they will be offline and unavailable to check emails or private messages until they return to work on Thursday 23rd January. We hope they are able to re-energise over the break and spend time with their loved ones.

Our Front Office will close from Thursday the 19th of December and reopen on Monday the 6th of January 2020.

If you need to contact school during this time please email or use our skoolbag app, as these will be monitored by staff offsite.

Enjoy the holidays, Merry Christmas we look forward to working with you in 2020.

Celebration and Farewell Assembly

​On Friday 13th December we concluded our school year with our End of Year Celebration and Farewell Assembly.

At this assembly we said goodbye to staff and students that are moving on from Dernancourt School R-7. As part of the assembly we thanked all of these members of our school community for their positive contributions to our school and wish them every success with the next part of their journey.  We look forward to hearing of your successes. 

Kane Watkins

Kane has accepted a teaching position in a Year 5/6/7 class at Macclesfield School and will not be returning to Dernancourt. This school is much closer to Kane's home and will enable him to spend more time with his family rather than travelling to and from work. Kane was invited to attend our final assembly but due to other commitments was unable to be there.   Staff all know how much Kane missed being a classroom teacher and on behalf of the community we wish him well.              

Deahne Kontopoulos

Deahne has been the teacher on Monday-Wednesday in P4, replacing Steph Bell when she went on leave to have her 2nd baby. We have enjoyed having Deahne on our team and know that P4 learners successfully continued their learning  journeys under her guidance.

We farewell Deahne and wish all the best with her teaching career.

Emily Greenhalgh

Emily has been our Performing Arts teacher this year, working with all of our students.  Emily worked closely with our Senior Choir and Starlight Singers to ensure they performed at a range of events including our End of Year Concert. We have appreciated having Emily's energy and commitment to the Arts at our school this year.

We look forward to hearing about the next chapter in Emily's teaching career.

Lauren Travis

Lauren has worn many teaching hats at D.S.R-7 this year.

She was the Science NIT teacher in term 1, she was class teacher in P6 while Ms Brooks was on leave and for the last two terms she shared P8 with Mrs McCade. Lauren also worked in J7 in term 4 as well as being one of our regular TRTs.

Lauren has accepted a position at Aldgate Primary in a Year 3/4 class. We know how lucky they are to have Lauren as their teacher.              

Leaving Students

We have a number of R-6 student moving to other schools to continue their learning journey. We acknowledged these students with a photo presentation at the End of Year Assembly. We thank these students and their families and hope that their time at Dernancourt has created many treasured friendships and memories that are never forgotten.


Congratulations to the following students who received the School Values Award


Congratulations to our 2019 Aili Award winners Twisha and Jay


This year is the 30th Anniversary of the Aili Award.

Each year as part of our Year 7 Graduation Ceremony this perpetual trophy is awarded. As part of our 2019 Upper Primary Leadership Day the Aila Award criteria were explained and discussed. Making the criteria explicit meant that our Year 7s were able to show us what this looks like in action.

The trophy, donated by Mr W. Finger as memorial to his wife Aili, a teacher at this school who died on the 31st of August, 1989. This trophy is available to a student at Dernancourt School who displays qualities of 'excellence' according to the following criteria: 

  • academically very able, book work of a high order
  • possessing excellent social skills
  • reliable
  • exhibiting qualities of citizenship
  • involvement of self in school activities sporting or otherwise
  • an enthusiastic participant
  • possessing leadership qualities.

This criteria is adapted to incorporate our current school values

  • Confidence
  • Commitment
  • Respect 
  • Co-operation.

This year we presented the Aili Award to two worthy winners, each of them displaying excellence in criteria.

Congratulations Jay & Twisha.


Congratulations to our 2019 Year 7 Graduates.

We hope your future is filled with exciting challenges and you reflect on your years at Dernancourt School with fond memories.

P12 - Sienna, Jacinta, Maddie, Nguyet, Kym, Beth, Brooke, Khai, Akshat, Declan, Noah.

P14 - Zarifa, Joshua, Poppy, Chloe, Haydn, Emma, Kira, Eleanor, Lianna, Sarah, Tamas, Rithkrithi, Ryan, Chris, Twisha, Rimi, Jay, Chloe, Isabella

P6 - Leo, Hunter, Michael





The uniform shop will be closed from 14/12/19-19/1/20. While the shop will be closed during the school holidays online ordering is still available 24/7 and orders will be filled before school returns. The Uniform shop will re-open Monday 20th January 12pm-4pm and Friday 24th January from 8am-12pm in preparation for week one and online orders will be available for collection in these times. Online orders can be placed via    AfterPay available online only.

Happy Holidays!