Dernancourt School R-7 Newsletter

27th August, 2020

From the Leadership Team

Here we are already over half way through third term!

We have been able to have few exciting things return this term. Science  Week incursions, assemblies, sport and SAPSASA events and our Senior Choir will have an excursion in week 10. It is great to have these and other experiences and opportunities return. 

Finding some clarity in what has been a messy year...

Over the coming weeks we will be engaging in Assessment and Data collection for all R-7 students, specifically in the areas of Maths, Reading and Writing (our Site Improvement Plan Goals), through testing known as PAT (Progressive Achievement Testing). The data we gather from these tests will be analysed by staff at our Term 4 Pupil Free Day and used to support individual student growth and also to guide a review process for our site improvement plan to determine our goals and next steps for 2021.

In addition, state wide testing known as Phonics screening has begun for all Year 1 children  and will be completed by week 8. Phonics (the relationship between letters and sounds) is vital in learning to read.  The phonics screening check is a short, simple assessment that tells teachers how students are progressing in phonics. It takes only 5–7 minutes and is carried out by classroom teachers with each student individually. Teachers then analyse the results and use this information for planning and programming. 

Keep up the great work with physical distancing, hand washing / sanitizing, remaining at home when unwell and understanding that to keep our learners safe, we have limited numbers of adults in buildings...this compliance has rewarded our learners with the ability to take part in a wide range of programs and experiences.

We would like to remind adults that it is not appropriate to approach children (that are not your own) in the yard. If you have concerns about a child or their actions, please see the teacher on yard duty, the classroom teacher or report to the Front Office. While you may think you are being helpful, this behaviour is quite distressing to children.

Thank you for your co-operation and ensuring that our children feel safe and supported at all times.

SSO Week

24th-28th August is School Services Officer Week.

SSO Week celebrates the extraordinary people working closely with our teachers as co-educators and the incredible work they do to support classroom learning. At our school, we are fortunate enough to have 27 SSOs! All of them bring an array of skills and knowledge to share with our community and we are grateful to have them working with students across our school in all different areas.

Staff prepared a special lunch, and classes made and presented our SSOs with cards and gifts this week to recognise how valued they are to us at Dernancourt School. 

We appreciate their contributions every day!

Thank You!

Science Week

August is always a fabulous month in the world of Science as an entire week is dedicated to Science. Teachers had lots of fun planning activities that continued to inspire a love of learning and passion for Science. It was wonderful to see that all students were involved in Chemical Science experiments as well as varied and challenging activities held throughout the week. Here at Dernancourt School, we strive to develop a strong Science foundation for our students to build upon as it is an important curriculum area for our students and our country.

Forensic science proved a popular topic on Wednesday when primary students engaged in a challenge to discover who stole the 'cake stall' money from the school safe. This Friday all students will attend the Scientific Bubble Show and learn about the science behind the bubbles as well as be inspired by the spectacular show.

The 'Marshmallow Tower STEM challenge' excited students from years 4 to 7 and saw them stretch their knowledge and use skills of problem solving, teamwork and collaboration.The heat of a competition provided much entertainment with hands-on involvement and critical thinking.

Daily STEM challenges were the focus for the 2/3 classes with a special focus on Chemical Sciences. Students worked in groups to discuss things that might happen during their investigations, then compared their results with their predictions and suggested possible reasons for their findings. P2, P5, P8 and P11 communicated their ideas to other students during 'oral presentations' by carrying out Chemical Science investigations.

It has been an explosive time to be at school!!

Claudine Green

Science Teacher

Science Week Activities

Premier's Reading Challenge

Congratulations to the following students who have completed the Premier's Reading Challenge:

J2   Rory, Ayda, Rajveer, Ethan,C, Bryan, Grace, Bailey, Noah, Sargun, Charlotte, Isabella, Devaj, Shyama, Aaliyah, Luca, Reyansh, Ethan.S, Navroj, Alyssa, Lewis, Eliana, Eeshan, Jaxon & Tyler

P5   Chloe, Alex & Damien

P8   Layla, Setayesh, Samantha, Leo, Mitchell, Mariah, Jayden, Alana, Dain, Tiana & Taylor

P10 Felix & Nate

P11 Devin & Minal

P12 Sammy, Snehal, Teejay, Tom, Willow, Kiarna & Keegan

P14  Daniel, Feroz, Connor & Jack

Assembly Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received a classroom award at the Assembly this week.

J2    Alyssa

J3    Oneli

J4    Bobby

J5    Isabella

J6    Holly

J7    Corbin

P2    Oliver

P3    Albert

P4    Purcell

P10    Toby

P14    Dion

Crossing Monitors

Over the next two weeks the crossing monitors below will be helping to keep our community safe.

WEEK 7  -  Jaxen (P8), Oli (P11), Jayden (P14)

WEEK 8 - Tom (P12), Teejay (P12), Martin (P11)

Uniform Shop News

New Stock of Beanies have arrived!!!

The new stock of beanies have arrived!! $15.00 per beanie, one size fits all! You can purchase online at and list your child's name and class to have them sent home directly as soon as they arrive. Otherwise you can make an appointment through Skoolbag (uniform shop news) and use the code 3u3vs  to come in and purchase in store.

Payment via card only.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Michelle on 0409957815

Canteen News

Canteen Special Lunch

Orders for the Canteen Special Day being held on Tuesday 8th September, 2020 must be placed by 9:30am on Thursday 3rd September, 2020.  Orders must be placed via the Qkr app (sorry no cash orders can be accepted).


Special recess orders are now available. These can be ordered through the Qkr app. No cash orders can be accepted.  Please remind your child to come to the canteen to pick up their recess.  Any recess not picked up will be sent over to the classroom at lunchtime with the lunch orders.

The canteen will be open for orders next Tuesday 2nd September, 2020. Lunch orders can be placed on this day via the QKr app. This is in place of Friday 4th September (School Closure Day). No orders can be placed on this day

The Milo and Muffin Special has been extended. Place your order for Mondays now!!!

Parent Association News


'Dental for Schools' will be visiting Dernancourt School R-7 to provide check-ups & onsite treatment on 23rd - 25th November.  This means you don't have to skip school to see the dentist!  Forms will be sent home later in the term.  Once you receive them simply fill in your forms to be a part of this incredible experience.