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This page contains information and photos about events at the school. For details about other events and activities, go to Children's news, Nursery news and PSA news.

Devonshire is taking part in a project that encourages children to drink more water; something that is so important for the children. Our commitment to this project is that we will continue to encourage children to drink water and educate them about the benefits of doing this and during the summer term, we will only allow children to drink water during the school day. Children who have packed lunches will only be allowed to have water in their packed lunch. There will be more information sent home to families about this project next term.

In the last newsletter I told you about Active for 15, a new initiative that we were introducing where children are active for 15 minutes at least 3 times a week, in addition to playtimes and PE lessons. The children and staff are really enjoying it. Classes are doing it at different times of the day and often with other classes so there is a social aspect to it, which is something we are keen to promote as well. Watching the children being active for 15 shows what a good and worthwhile initiative it is with children trying to improve their own fitness, rather than competing with other children and most importantly they all have smiles on their faces.

Our Top of the Form team reached the final of this competition. The competition requires the children to answer a series of very tricky general knowledge questions and work together as a team. It was a very close competition with Devonshire being pipped to the post in the last round, losing by only 3 points. Well done to Hari, Sophia, Tanuri and Iniyaa, we are incredibly proud of you.

A team of Devonshire gymnasts entered a gymnastics festival last week. They created their own composition based on diversity, pride and success which are words that we focus on as a school. Miss Dourado, Miss Newton and Gemma, our gymnastics coach, were very proud of the children.

On Wednesday 14th March, Devonshire had two cycling teams in a borough cycling competition. Each team member had to complete a cross country race (which included a very steep hill!), a cycle skills tests and a road safety quiz. The points that the children earned were totalled up and contributed to the overall score for our teams. I was so proud of our children; not only of their achievements but most importantly for their team spirit. They worked so well as a team, helping each other and cheering each other along. Well done to Alex, Bright, Jeet, Omar, Theodor, Ella, Taneesha and Eleesha who represented Devonshire. A particular congratulations go to Alex, who won a gold medal for being the fastest boy on the cross country course and Ella who won a silver medal for being the second fastest girl on the cross country course.

Over half term we heard that Mr Cunningham, the first Headteacher of Devonshire, had passed away. He was the Headteacher from 1968 until 1988. Ex-pupils will have very fond memories of Mr Cunningham and over the course of the 20 years that he was Headteacher, he was responsible for the education of thousands of children in the local community. This year we will be celebrating Devonshire’s 50th birthday, and with Mr Cunningham having been Headteacher for 20 of those years, he has been a large part of Devonshire’s history.  Our thoughts and best wishes go to Mr Cunningham's family.

Mr Cunningham

The annual Marsden March is taking place on Sunday 4th March. It raises money for the Royal Marsden cancer charity, which is a very important cause and one that is very close to the heart of many members of the Devonshire community. Mrs Love is taking part in the Marsden March and has set up a just giving page to raise money for this charity, www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gobracken. She would be very grateful if you were able to make a donation through this page but is also just as happy to accept loose change donations via the school office.

On Monday 26th February (6.30 – 8.30pm), Rebecca Duffus from the Sutton Autism Spectrum Disorder service will be in school to talk to parents of children with social communication difficulties, with or without diagnoses. It is a good opportunity to hear about strategies, support that is available in the local area and meet other parents.

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