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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.

Thank you to everyone that came to our recent parents' afternoon and evening. This year, we organised it slightly differently. Parents still had the opportunity to look at their child's books and meet their child's class teacher but rather than this being in the classrooms it was in the school hall for Years 2 - 6 and in a junior classroom for Reception and Year 1. We were delighted with the positive feedback that we had from parents/carers about the new way of organising this event. There was a lovely positive atmosphere during both sessions and very proud parents looking at their children's work and hearing about how they had settled into their new classes.

Our school garden has had a makeover and looks very impressive.  There are 8 raised beds and each year group in the school is going to take charge of one, choose what to plant there and maintain the raised bed.  Their planting choices are going to be linked to their curriculum topics.  There is a strong focus on recycling as the garden now includes a compost bin with a clear front and a water butt.  The children will use both of these to help maintain their raised bed.

We are very much looking forward to the garden taking shape; look out for pictures of it on our Twitter feed.  Thank you to Mrs Love for co-ordinating this project.

On Friday 29th September we had a wonderful Harvest Festival. The front of the hall was lined with food that the children had brought in and children from Years 1 upwards performed to the school. We heard harvest songs, harvest facts and finished with a harvest rap. Thank you so much for your kind donations of food. These were delivered to the Sutton Foodbank by Mrs Scrivens, Mrs Love and some Year 6 children. Devonshire have made a real difference to the lives of many families in Sutton.

A BMX champion visited Devonshire in September to lead an assembly on the importance of having a strong mindset, being resilient and not giving up. It was extra special as he was an ex-pupil! The children thoroughly enjoyed the assembly, learning from what he said and watching his tricks and stunts – which included jumping over three members of staff lying on the floor! See article and photo published in the Sutton Guardian.

Shortly before the Easter holidays our choir took part in the Sutton Music Festival at The Fairfield Halls.  As well as singing with other choirs from Sutton schools, our choir performed a solo item.  We also had 6 children in the orchestra at the event which is a magnificent achievement for those musicians.  Thank you to Mrs Saunderson and Mrs Sage who work with the choir each week and ensured that the children were able to perform so confidently.

During the holidays the Junior playground had a revamp. The old trim trail was removed and a brand new trim trail was installed. Not only is there more equipment than there was in the old trim trail, there is also a gazebo and a new very colourful safe surface in the trim trail area of the playground.

The School Council met with Mrs Barnes several times to discuss plans for the playground, made some changes to the plans that were drawn up by the design company and even visited a school which had the same playground equipment that we were planning to install to make sure that it was suitable, exactly what was needed and made the best use of the money that was being spent on the playground.

The PSA kindly donated £10,000 to this project and Mrs Barnes won a £10,000 bid from Award for All for the project. The children love the new equipment and it is always full of children at lunchtime.

Infants and juniors working together

Infants and juniors working togetherSeveral of our Year 6s give up part of their lunchtimes to help younger children with their learning. They hear the children read, read to the children and help them with activities.   Our sports leaders also give up some of the lunchtimes to help with playground activities.

The photos  below show how much the older and younger children enjoy working together.

Thomas in Y1 said,  " I really liked it this morning, I got to make new friends in Year 5."

Infants and juniors working together

Ten Year 6 children were lucky enough to have the opportunity to try fencing. They had 3 fencing sessions where they learnt about the equipment needed, the rules of fencing and fencing etiquette. In each of the sessions they developed their skills further and took part in fencing duels.

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