DACE is a world away already but many warm memories remain. What an amazing feat to produce such an acclaimed community event, so professionally, by a huge team of volunteers. It was through divine intervention that we managed beautiful weather and the chilly winter breeze now brings back proud and pleasant memories of the stadium transformation from a sport facility into a professional art gallery by an amazing Derinya Community. Never before has it been set up so swiftly, displayed so beautifully and packed up so methodically and it is a credit to the DACE team and all of our wonderful volunteers, staff and students included. So many people helped in so many ways too numerous to mention and it was wonderful to see so many past Derinya community members return. To all DACE teams – hats off to you for an amazing job. To our convenor Anita Smith, exceptional, trusting, relentless work to keep the show evolving in a positive fashion through empowering others. Your work goes above and beyond and we thank you with such humble gratitude. It is such an honour to work as part of such an enthusiastic and amazing community. You all contribute where you can and the pieces of the puzzle come together so capably lead by DACE with over 180 volunteers. The generosity of time is a gift that parents, staff and children keep giving to our humble school to make it the centre of great community spirit…second to none. Thank you also to your families for releasing you for the weekend!! The 2019 result was our best ever with a profit of $67,000 which far surpassed our expectations.
As Principal, I measure richness by the social capital we have raised in building community as far outweighing any monetary gain. We are thrilled however with this profit which will be put towards a new playground to replace the old cricket nets. The SRC leaders are currently looking at playground designs with Stuart Charles. Last year’s profit went towards completing the Kitchen and this is a wonderful addition to the Derinya learning community. The students raised money for an art purchase through a free dress day and after their tour of the gallery they voted on some art work selected by our School Captains. They bought the rusty robot for the veggie garden and the painting of Oliver’s Hill for the new kitchen. The spin off from our DACE event just continues to grow our wonderful sense of community and celebrates the fabulous work of Australian artists. It is a significant event both on the Education Calendar and also the Victorian Annual Art Exhibition Calendar. We are a very proud, grateful school community.
SKI CAMP: We currently have seven Year 5 and 6 students attending the Frankston Federation Ski Camp at Mt Buller over the last three days accompanied by James Neale. They have arrived safely after leaving at 3.30am yesterday morning and were ready to hit the slopes!! We wish them a great time.
Parent Opinion Survey: Each year DET surveys school communities about the effectiveness and satisfaction of our schools. Over 100 survey links were emailed to families yesterday.
Year 5 IMAX: The Year 5 grades attended the IMAX theatre yesterday viewing natural disasters and we have Year 1 being visited by many Oz Animals on Friday. Students in Years 3—6 are busily preparing for the Senior Production which will be held at the Frankston Arts Centre on Monday August 26th.