Dernancourt School R-7 Newsletter

Special Edition - 20th March 2020

From the Leadership Team.

Dear Families,

This is a special edition newsletter aimed at celebrating what we have achieved this week after having to adapt our plans. Lucky we have a staff that are willing to learn and change on a daily basis!

Today your child will be bringing home their Home Learning 2020 books as outlined in yesterday's newsletter. While we hope that these books don't need to be used, we are preparing ourselves and students for continuing their learning journeys from their homes. What an adventure!

All classes are set up with online communication with parent/families such as Facebook, Dojo and email and are ready to use these to share communication and learning tasks with you.


Today we received information from the Department for Education that Education ministers met today and decided that NAPLAN will be cancelled for 2020.   This decision also means that the scheduled testing of NAPLAN Online platform – the Coordination Practice Test (CPT) – scheduled for Monday 23 March will not go ahead.

While we know our year 3, 5 and 7 students were ready to participate in this testing, the decision was welcomed by them all.

Harmony Day

Today we have celebrated Harmony Day, while it was not how we originally planned for the day to be celebrated we know that this is an important event on our bi-annual calendar.

This year we celebrated as a school community by wearing something orange. Orange is the colour associated with Harmony Day across Australia.  Many of our students ate orange food for their morning tea/ snack.  All classes participated in a range of other activities both within their class and the community on and before this day. All of our students have created a self portrait to stick onto our maps that are displayed in the Front Office foyer.

Most importantly we have communicated about the importance of cultural diversity, encouraged our school values of cooperation and  respect.

 We thank our students (and their families) for helping to celebrate diversity and highlight inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

Celebrating Harmony Day 2020

Sports Updates

Unfortunately all SAPSASA and school sporting events have been cancelled until further notice. We would like to acknowledge and thank the sports committee and volunteer coaches for their time, dedication and passion towards their chosen sports.


Congratulations to our cricketers who were lucky enough to get their week of cricket in, before all SAPSASA and sporting events were cancelled.

 Jacob, Snehal, Aryan and Jayden  in the photo attached, represented the SAPSASA Adelaide Inner North East Zone during this week. Also pictured is Riley who trained with the squad.    

 The 4 boys  did a great job in helping the Zone finish with a 2-2 record and win their ‘Final’ match. They played against teams from Port Pirie, North East Country, Playford and Port Augusta zones.

 Aryan had an outstanding tournament finishing as the zone’s highest run scorer for the tournament. Jayden finished the tournament well winning a ‘Man of the Match’ award for the final days play.

 All of these young cricketers enjoyed the week, and represented the our school with confidence. With all these boys in Year 6 or 5, there is hope that all can represent the zone again next year.

Special thanks to Ash McDonald for coaching this District team. Ash is one of our parents who volunteers his skills and knowledge ensuring that our students are able to participate in this level of school sport.        

Running Club

Special congratulations to our team of runners who have been out at early morning training sessions. This group of students have been busy training in preparation for SAPSASA District Athletics Day and Cross Country Day. Unfortunately these events have been cancelled for 2020.

We would like to thank Shane for working with this team to develop their skills of endurance. Shane is also a parent volunteer, sharing his skills developing our athletes. We are all looking forward to them being able to resume their training in hope that they are able to participate in future events.


Thanks to Jodie and Maria for volunteering to coach our netball teams again this year. We appreciate your ongoing commitment to developing the netball skills and team spirit. We were overwhelmed with the number of students wanting to play this year, and were considering a third team. Sadly this is as far as we were able to proceed before the competition was cancelled.