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This week at Derinya

Nadine Fenn

Dear Parents, students and friends,

This week at Derinya:

  • 􏰀Year 5 are loving their time at Kangaroobie, they travel over to the other side of the Peninsula on the ferry and this year will be returning this way too which is a beautiful and scenic way to finish their week. Yesterday they went down to Warrnambool to the Sound and Light Show at Flagstaff Gardens and today they are back on the farm/camp to do activities that are a once in a lifetime experience. We look forward to their return and reports to the community soon.

  • 􏰀THE FAIR: We are on a countdown to the fair, only 15 sleeps to go!! Please make sure that you have a look at the rosters for your child’s class and give a helping hand if and when you can and most importantly please don’t forget to return the forms for the ride wristbands by Wednesday the 27th of March. THESE WRISTBANDS ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON THE NIGHT, THERE ARE ONLY INDIVIDUAL TICKETS BEING SOLD ON THE DAY.

  • 􏰀Next Wednesday is our School House Swimming Carnival at the Pines Pool. It is a day where we celebrate the spirit of belonging to a house and having a bit of fun. The forecast for the day is 32’ which will be wonderful HOWEVER I must stress that all children MUST wear a top with covered shoulders. It would be wonderful to see all the students in a rash vest as this is the safest method of sun protection. They all MUST have their school hats for the day too. Please no peak caps. One more note for this day- the Canteen is open at the pool for adults only. We are happy for any parent/grandparent to grab some food and a drink however we do not want children using this on the day, please make sure your child has plenty of food and drink packed and please realise they do eat a bit more on these festive days. We will not be allowing them to purchase food from the canteen.

  • 􏰀Bears on Stairs: We will be participating in this program again this year. The program is run through UNICEF and we enjoyed making a difference to many children coming to Australia under refugee status last year and wish to do the same again this year. We must have only BEARS, we know our children love unicorns and other soft and cuddly creatures however the program is called BEARS ON STAIRS. The collection day for the bears is the last day of term Friday April 5th.

  • 􏰀Finally just a reminder about our Working Bee next Friday after school. If you can lend a helping hand we would love to see you, it will run from 3.45 till approximately 6.30pm, it would be great to accomplish many jobs!

    Janette Borrie Assistant Principal

Janette Borrie - ​Assistant Principal

Nadine Fenn

Welcome to our week at school. The Year 4 classes have had an action-packed time at their camp. Huge thanks to the staff and parents for ensuring an exciting and memorable event for all the happy children.

Please note the following points concerning upcoming events:

  • This Friday is a Free Dress day in order to gather donations of prizes for our fair. If all children can bring a small prize worth a couple of dollars (no more than $5) for many various stalls and prizes (see examples in the note sent home this week) we would be very grateful.
  • Next week the Year 5 children are off to Camp Kangaroobie where they will explore the Shipwreck Coast and enjoy an action packed Camp program. We wish you all the best in your 4 days away.
  • Our Foundation students begin full time as of next week, (note Monday is a public holi- day) so we look forward to seeing them each day. We are delighted with how settled and engaged they are. Well done to all families on a smooth start with your children, they are a credit to all your hard work.
  • Good luck to all the Divisional Swimming Children next Wednesday. We wish you all the best and know that you will be amazing competitors.
  • Next Friday is the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. Our school will be focusing on positive behavioural strategies to combat these issues. There is a na- tional definition of bullying for Australian schools. See below for your reference. Please note due to the detail in this definition the children will be focusing on the fact that bullying has three main features.
  • It involves a misuse of power in a relationship
  • It is ongoing and repeated, and
  • It involves behaviours that can cause harm.

Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening.

Bullying can happen in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time (for example, through sharing of digital records). Bullying of any form or for any reason can have immediate, medium and long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.

I would like to invite all members of our Derinya Community to consider lending a helping hand to our Derinya Art and Craft Exhibition. The DACE team are after some ‘back stage crew’ to help out with many small but incredibly important jobs. They love an army of ants to work together and find the friendship forged very popular. The jobs are varied which means whatever your skill set we are sure we can match you up with a small task. Some of the areas we are looking for support in are:

  • Helping with coordination of the event sponsors
  • Expertise in establishing a fully computerised payment and reporting system
  • Social media gurus
  • Graphic designers to assist with the catalogue, advertising materials etc
  • Assisting a subcommittee: Jewellery/Art/Craft/Logistics/Silent Auction...
  • There is also a host of small tasks varying from carpet-laying to painting or helping out on rosters......please don’t be shy in coming forward.

If you are happy to discuss any role that you could fulfil please email the DACE team at: Remember many hands make light work!

Finally, a reminder that next Monday is a public holiday. Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning.

Janette Borrie
Assistant Principal