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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.

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