Dernancourt School

Term 4, Week 8 Newsletter

Diary Dates to Remember

8th December, 2023
Casual Day - donation to Make a Wish
15th December, 2023
Last Assembly 9:00am
15th December, 2023
Early Dismissal 2:00pm
29th January, 2023
Term 1, 2024 - 8:50am


From the Leadership Team

A message from Julie

I can hardly believe that there is only one week left to go. It was wonderful to see so many families and friends at our school concert earlier this week watching our amazing students perform and celebrate together. The Dernancourt School Community is a fabulous place to be and I am proud to be part of it. Special thanks to Juliette Barry, our Performing Arts teacher and her helpers for all of their work on the organisation of the concert. There are some photos further down in the newsletter, I hope you enjoy them. Thank you all for making the time to celebrate with our school community.

Our Year 6 Graduation is coming up on Tuesday night, and I am looking forward to celebrating this occasion with students, staff and families. It is an import milestone for our students and I know they have all been looking forward to the evening and the festivities that will happen later in Week 9.

Our staffing is almost confirmed and we look forward to sharing this with you on Wednesday next week. End of year reports and class placement information will be sent home with students on Wednesday. Students will also visit their 2024 classes on this day.

Today, I spent some time with an Officer from SAPOL, walking around and looking at our school for security purposes. This is in preparation for the up coming holidays and to help us keep our school grounds and community safe.

Over the school holidays, there will be some works happening at the school grounds. We will have some internet cabling placed underground, and there will be some remediation works to our servers and other ICT equipment inside the buildings. Work will also be happening in the Early Years building in readiness for our additional special options class in 2024 and the addition of a sensory/regulation space. We are looking forward to these works beginning. Thanks to the students and staff who have helped by moving spaces for this to occur.

Operation School Safe

The school holidays are soon approaching and will begin after school hours on Friday the 15th of December 2023 until Monday the 29th of January 2024.

Eastern District Police, your local school and community seek your support during this holiday period. During holiday periods some schools experience an increase in property damage, thefts, break-ins and anti-social behaviour.

As a person living, or a business operating near a school, we encourage you to be extra vigilant during the school holidays and report any suspicious or criminal behaviour to police on 131 444 and take note of:

- Characteristics of anyone acting suspicious i.e. age, gender, weight, height, hair colour and clothing

- Vehicle details i.e. registration number, make, model, colour and any distinguishing features.

If you have any information regarding criminals and their activities report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at You can remain anonymous.

If you require any further information or crime prevention advice, please contact your local police station or visit

School Concert Photos

School Concert Photos

School Concert Photos

School Concert Photos

SRC Report

SRC Report

SRC reps had their final meeting for the year in Week 6. We made decisions on our last Casual day, reflected on all the great initiatives we have achieved throughout the year and gathered feedback on how SRC was organised in 2023. Congratulations to Inayah (P10) and Massimo (P10) for being the winners of our Year 5/6 drawing competition. Runners up were Erin (P10) and Ivy (P12). It was great to hear everyone sing a whole school song together at our Week 6 assembly as one of our final SRC suggestions. Our SRC reps then enjoyed sitting by the butterfly garden having a shared lunch together. A big thank you to all of our SRC reps for 2023!

SRC Photos

Garden Club News

Garden Club News Week 7

Week 7 was our final week of Garden Club for the year. Our helpers today were Medina P4, Ethan P3, Charlotte P8, Luca P7 and Jeremy P5. Over the year we have had more than 90 different children participate in Garden Club. It’s great to see so many of our students interested in maintaining our gardens, vegetable plots and fruit trees. A huge thank you to Hilary Sweeney who has helped us organise Garden Club for over a year. Next year, we welcome Natalie Thomassen to assist us with Garden Club which will start up again in Term 1.

Gardening Group Photos

ICAS Certificate Recipients

P3 ICAS recipients

Traffic Monitors

Thank you to the following students who help to keep our school community safe.

Week 9
Thomas P7
Mia Morris P7
Madison P14



The Canteen will be open on Tuesday 12th December, 2023 for a 12/12 special. Students can order vanilla custard or orange jelly for $1.50 via the Qkr app. The jelly can also be ordered in a vegetarian variety (set with agar agar). Place your orders before 9:15am on Friday 8th December, 2023.

Lunch orders can be placed on this day from the menu.

The Canteen will be closed on Friday 15th December, 2023 for stocktake purposes.



Dernancourt School SAPSASA Cricket team travelled down to West Beach on Wednesday 6th of December to compete in the SAPSASA Year 5/6 Small Schools Cricket Grand Final. All of the students were nervous going into what was a big game against Littlehampton Primary School. Littlehampton won the toss and elected bat first. We started off very strong getting some early wickets and keeping their scoring down. They had made 30 runs in the first ten over before getting extra runs in the second half of batting and finished on 70 Runs, leaving us with 71 to get to try and win the game.We also started quite slowly losing a couple of wickets in the first few overs before a partnership help steady the ship. We were ahead of the run chase at the 10 over mark and were well on our way with 48 runs. This is when it got nerve racking losing a couple of wickets and the runs drying up. We slowly crept closer to their score before making the winning runs in the 18th over.Dernancourt are now crowned the 2023 Small schools T20 Cricket CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!Well done to all the boys on their amazing achievement in which they can be truly proud of and remember forever what they have achieved.Dernancourt 2023 Winning Team
  • Aaroosh Sharma
  • Aarav Patel
  • Cameron Stutley-Westwood
  • Divya Pandit
  • Jackson Verrall
  • Jaiveer Singh
  • Kaan Aksoy
  • Lucas Monti
  • Renesh Khatri
  • Shanmukh Singamsetty
  • Toby Strelan
  • Willem Ansell
Coach- Kieran Ryall

SAPSASA Cricket Photos


Dernancourt School had four teams representing their school in the ACBA Saturday Winter Competition 2023. What a fantastic season all team had with some great basketball skill on the court and lots of fun throughout the season was had by all basketball kids.

Stingrays Whiptails U8 - The teamwork displayed and the relationships that grew throughout the season was fantastic to see. The competition culminated with one of their best performances all season, and all players were proud to receive their well-deserved trophy at the end! Go Stingrays! Coach Adam

Stingrays Electric U8 - This team had a great season with lots on new basketball skills learnt while playing basketball with their friends. They were moved up a category this season and they did really well adjusting to a faster game and by the end of the season they were bringing home some wins. Coach Ross

Stingrays Reef U10 - Reef had a tough Winter season, having just moved up to U10s, but they didn't let it dampen their spirits at all. They always gave it their best and looked for ways to improve, which they've been doing steadily. When it came together, they were rewarded with the win. Very proud of their commitment, resilience and progress. Well one Reef! Coach Joe.

Stingrays Manta U10 - Wow what a season this team had. 17 wins, 2 draws and being moved into division 2 was a great achievement for them. The effort in training and games they put into each week to thrive to be a little bit stronger sand faster on the basketball court each week and building up their teamwork and sportmanship throughout the season was a great thing to see. Coach Rearna

Basketball Photos


Madison Freund was selected to participate in the Adelaide North East District Tennis team which played on the 22nd-24th of November. Madison performed well during her games and rose up the rankings within her team over the tournament. Her team finished tied overall for 2nd coming away with a silver medal.Well done Madison on your hard work.

Kind Regards,

Kieran Ryall

Congratulations Madison

Community News

Civic Park Carols

Date: Sunday 17 December 2023

Where: Civic Park, North East Road, Modbury

Pre-Show: 5pm

Main Show: 7.30pm

Get ready to embrace the magic of the season at Civic Park Carols 2023, where we'll be lighting up the night with joy, music, and holiday spirit! Join us on Sunday 17 December for an unforgettable evening of festive fun that's perfect for the whole family.

Pre-Show Extravaganza - 5pm: Kicking off the festivities are a range of local performers and artist who will entertain and get you ready for a night to remember.

Main Show Spectacular - 7.30pm: As the stars twinkle above, our main show will kick off at 7.30pm, featuring an amazing line up of local talent. Come and celebrate the festive season with your local community.

Special Guest Vocalist: We're excited to have Paulini joining us as our guest vocalist. Her amazing voice is bound to make this year's Civic Park Carols an evening to remember. 

Christmas Village: Head on over to the Christmas Village to enjoy a wide variety of food and drinks, roving performers and children's activities.

Other ways to join the fun: Waterworld will be livestreaming Civic Park Carols on the big screen! Enjoy access to Waterworld, unlimited waterslides and more for only $5 per person. Limited tickets available, bookings essential. More information

You will also be able to enjoy Civic Park Carols from the comfort of your own home! More information

Event Partners: Civic Park Carols 2023 is proud to partner with Westfield, Channel 9, Solo and Fork On the Road to bring you this spectacular celebration. Their support helps us make this event truly magical.

Mark your calendars and join us on Sunday 17 December at Civic Park for an evening that captures the heart and soul of the holiday season. Civic Park Carols is more than just an event - it's a tradition that brings our community together in the spirit of love, unity, and joy.

See you there, and let's make this holiday season unforgettable together!

For more information, please click here to access Civic Park Carols frequently asked questions. 

To access the Carols 2023 program, please click here.

To learn more about our performers, please click here.

For sing-along Carols lyrics, click here.

Holiday Swim

Holiday Tennis Club

Disability SA

Cheerio Netball Club

PlayStart Soccer

Christmas Light Display - Karingal Avenue Dernancourt

Child Care Centre