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School News

Message from the Assistant Principal

S Charles

The Parent Social Night is fast approaching and already a big crowd is building! Our Grade 5 kids will be hosting a cake stall for the students next week, our Junior Engineers will begin their journey in coding next Monday and Wednesday and we’ve just planted some new trees alongside our new playground. Always busy times at Derinya!

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Nadine Fenn

Dear Parents, Students and Friends of Derinya,

NAPLAN Results are out and I am pleased to say that we are very pleased with our results for students working in the top two bands in years 3 and 5. Congratulations to all children who participated. Our reading, numeracy and grammar and punctuation are all well above state and national standard. It is timely to remember that NAPLAN is only a snapshot of a child’s academic development. We have so many other areas of development we coach and place emphasis on and value the development of the whole child. Over the year teachers develop a wonderful holistic picture of your child in social, emotional, physical and academic domains. Great job to all teachers also who have worked with these cohorts of children. We are a very proud school. 

Science Expo: Hope you are looking forward to the science expo on Tuesday 17th September. Have you something to display that you have investigated and are ready to explain to other children and families?? Professor Runchey will be putting on a chemical display whilst there will also be other great scientific displays. Don’t forget fireworks around 6.30 – 7.00.

RAINBOW DISCO: Don’t forget the RAINBOW DISCO to be held on Thursday 12th September. Juniors from 5.30 – 6.30 pm Seniors 7.00 – 8.15pm. Wear your bright colours!!! The grade 6 students are coordinating this event. All proceeds will go towards their Year 6 Challenge Program in term 4. Hope to see everyone there.

Congratulations to Eve Kierskowski who came 4th overall in the Vic Spell Competition Finals held at Traralgon yesterday. Great effort Eve and thank you to her family for getting her there.

Newspaper Team: Our student newspaper team is visiting Melbourne today to attend the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. This is a great privilege for all of their hard work in publishing our term newspapers. Enjoy the day and thank you to Tania Cleary for coordinating.

Grade 3 – Cranbourne Botanical Gardens. Our Year 3 students had a great day at the gardens this week and were blessed with lovely weather.

District Aths: These have been postponed to next Tuesday due to poor weather predicted for Friday. Good luck to all competitors.

Dental Van: The dental Van is visiting us next week for all of those children who have returned their forms.

Family Holidays: We have so many families who take the opportunity to plan family holidays during term and not in school holidays for many reasons. Whilst enjoyable and great for family bonding, life experience and down time, it has significant impact on our classrooms and the teaching and learning program. In some classes we have currently several children on family holidays. The teacher is teaching vital aspects of the curriculum which the children will miss out on whilst away. This can and does leave gaps in their education. Looking at our attendance data in semester 1 we had 1462 days absence for students who attended less than 90 % of the time. Of those 1462 days 645 days were taken for family holidays. This not only impacts on our attendance data but also impacts on the learning program for our students. I do not expect teachers to reteach topics that are covered when families choose to take holidays. The choice of missing school is a family responsibility and the onus on keeping up with the curriculum is therefore on the family. I do not expect teachers to prepare a host of lessons for weeks of absence; this takes focus away from the children in the classroom. Whilst I understand that family holidays are great, we seek parental responsibility for the teaching of concepts they will miss out on. We will work on a policy and process that should work positively for all. Absence due to illness is an entirely different scenario.

Frankston Traffic Engineers: This week I have had further discussions with the Frankston Traffic Engineers regarding the flow of traffic in Derinya Drive and Overport Road at drop off and pick up times. There will always be some congestion and the aim is to get traffic flowing even though slowly but at least to keep it moving. The flow of traffic at the front of the school is working well however some people still queue to get into the pick up line and block the roundabout preventing any traffic from moving. Likewise we still get people double parking in Derinya Drive. This is not only illegal but also dangerous for your children who you are calling out to your cars. There will be a greater presence of by laws officer in plain clothes fining parents who do the wrong thing. Please do not blame them. Make sure you know the rules and have some patience and do the right thing. We are talking about 15 minutes per day of traffic congestion. Come a little later in the afternoon or a little earlier in the morning. This is everyone’s responsibility. On a brighter note. I have observed over the past 20 years that the traffic situation is greatly improved by the many changes implemented by the school in conjunction with Frankston City Council.

Save the Date: Curriculum Pupil Free Day Monday 7th October – first day of term 4.

Message from the Principal

Nadine Fenn

Dear Parents, Students and Friends of Derinya,


Congratulations to all students who performed in the Senior Production at Frankston Arts Centre last Monday. The students had a huge day starting in the morning with rehearsal followed by a Matinee performance. It was fabulous for all 460 students from grades 3 – 6  to experience live theatre and the actual running of a production.  They had a great time back stage and the day flew by with everyone so excited to perform. Congrats to our  actors who were brilliant. Keeping 460 engaged, in tune, on time and well dressed is no mean feat and we are blessed to have such a wonderful performing arts teacher in Lindi Morrison who writes, produces, choreographs, organises costumes and props and backdrops so capably. Lindi is a tireless worker and has high expectations of all students to perform to their potential. Great job Lindi!

We thank Lindi for her fabulous work in performing arts and hope that you all enjoyed the show. Many thanks to all staff who supported Lindi taking on roles with choreography, making backdrops with students, taking choir, coordinating other dance groups, making programs, ticketing, etc. It was a great team effort and we are blessed with a fabulous staff. Many thanks also to parents who helped with costumes.

Last Friday we held the official opening of Natasha’s Kitchen on the block. It was a very touching ceremony attended by Natasha’s family and other community members and we were blessed with a stunning morning. The senior choir sang so beautifully and really gave the ceremony a sense of joy and pride. Congratulations to all involved with this wonderful project. The students are thoroughly enjoying their kitchen garden experience and  it is wonderful having so many parents involved also. Every grade will spend a day in the kitchen this year to experience different real life learning. The cost of the food and the hiring of the kitchen supervisor Jackie has been funded by our school fees for this year.  Great work Derinya.

  • Prep Transition: Today we held our second transition day for our 2020 Preps. The children have settled in so well already and we are blessed with lovely families to complement our school community. Our captains addressed the group of parents and spoke with great articulation. We couldn’t be prouder! Our little Foundation Fun dance group also performed and were beautiful.

  • Father’s Day Shop:  Huge thanks to Suzanne Chivers and Janelle Hogan for their great work in coordinating the Father’s Day Shop. Some lovely gifts for dad to be purchased by all. Wishing all of our lovely Dads, father Figures, Grandpas and or significant males in our children’s lives. Thank you to all you do for our children. Hoping you can have some quality time with your children this Sunday.

Happy Father’s Day