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Our School

Devonshire Community Public School is a single stream Early French Immersion School. Our mission is to provide each child with the opportunity to achieve his or her potential and become fluent in a second language. We strive to develop in all our students, social responsibility, critical thinking skills,creativity,academic growth to meet established outcomes,and a life‐long love of learning.
The notions of family and community are highly valued at our school. The relatively small size of our school means that children feel a warm welcome here. Students, teachers,support staff, parents, School Council,and the community at large work together in promoting a true partnership that makes Devonshire Community Public School everything a school should be.

Our Students

Devonshire Community Public School has an enrollment of approximately 418 students. Devonshire serves students in grades Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. Most children arrive in JK at the age of 4 years with no French language skills.The average graduate from grade 6 is able to converse, work, and learn in French as easily as in English. Students with Special Education needs are integrated into classrooms and support teachers/educational assistants work in the classrooms to offer assistance. Our students come from diverse backgrounds, speak several different languages and represent many different nationalities and religions.

Our Staff

Devonshire Community Public School has 24 highly qualified teachers on staff. An inspiring blend of seasoned professionals and teachers new to teaching, they work on a variety of committees that enhance school life and promote Devonshire's high academic standards.
Devonshire pride sit self in a strong staff committed to sharing best practices that assist all children in achieving their potential regardless of ability.
Here are some comments from our students:
  • “My teacher does a lot of fun stuff, like using art to teach geometry.”
  • “Here we can learn more French.”
  • “I like knowing everybody here.”
  • “I especially love the special events.”
  • “Teachers teach us well.”

Our Community

Our large attendance area from Holland to Bronson and Carling to the Ottawa River provides the school with children representing a variety of socio‐economic backgrounds.The notions of family and community are highly valued at our school. Volunteers participate in fundraising and they enhance students' learning through in‐class and extra‐curricular activities. Teachers,support staff, parents, School Council, community members, and students work together on a wide variety of school initiatives and projects. Our yearly traditions include our Family Barbecue, Winter Carnival, Fun Day, skating at the Tom Brown Arena and the Annual Spring Book Sale and Barbecue which bring together parents, children, staff and the community. We also invite our parental community to be a part of Soup and Bread evenings during the winter. This fall we are having our first ‘Seasonal Gear

Mission Statement

At Devonshire, in cooperation with the community and family, we strive to develop in all our students:
  • Social responsibility
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Creativity
  • Academic growth to meet established outcomes
  • A life‐long love of learning within the bilingual program
Goals:
  • To promote literacy through creative and academic endeavors.
  • To expand our links with the broader community.
  • To encourage an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

  • Single‐track Early French Immersion
  • JK‐Regular English Program
  • SK to Grade 6 ‐ Early French Immersion
  • SK and Grade 1 ‐ 100% French programs
In Grade 2 English is introduced and accounts for 20% of the program in Grades 2 and 3, and 40% in Grade 4, 5 and 6. In Grades 4, 5 and 6 English Language Arts and Mathematics are taught in English.

Classroom Organization

Devonshire is a JK to grade 6 Early French Immersion community school. There are 20 homeroom classes from Grade 1 to 6. Presently there are 3 Junior Kindergarten classes and 4 Senior Kindergarten classes offering programs in both the mornings and the afternoons.

Special Education and ESL Programs

  • Resource unit ‐ enrichment and remediation
  • Learning Support Teacher
  • Learning Support Consultant, Social Worker, Speech Pathologist, Itinerant ESL teacher, Occupational Therapist and Psychologist are available to assist staff and assess students.

Clubs and Activities

  • Skating
  • Soccer and volleyball teams
  • Yoga
  • Guitar Lessons
  • Cross‐country running/track and field teams
  • Spirit days
  • School concerts/plays
  • Milk program/Pizza program
  • Ski Club
  • Knitting Club
  • Bilingual choir
  • Newspaper club (The Dragon)
  • Cultural presentations
  • Dance, drama and environmental clubs
  • Public speaking
  • Winter carnival
  • Twinning with Makina Baptist School
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