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Against the best 14 schools in Devon, our children competed superbly against schools up to 8 times bigger than Newton Ferrers. Hoping for a top 10 finish, the team were delighted when they found out they were in the top 5… however better news was to come when they found out they were in a medal place – finishing 2nd in the whole of Devon. A massive achievement from all of the children.

The indoor athletics season continued with 8 of Warren class competing in the ICC year 3 and 4 event. Miss Price-Draper reported that Olli, Fin, Yas, Daisy, Charlotte, Maddie, Will and Tom’s behaviour was impeccable and that they were a real pleasure to take to represent the school. They came 8th out of 14 and all gave it their best!

Futsal Glory A joint Newton Ferrers and Salcombe futsal team competed in the county finals after winning the West Devon round in November. Our team – including Oscar, Elijah, Archie and Asher – played superbly well against the best teams from Devon – winning 3 and losing 2 to finish the tournament in 3rd place. Well done to the boys for this achievement.

Our school football team were a penalty kick away from the National finals of the Football League tournament on Thursday. As the smallest school in the competition of 26 schools, our boys won all of their group matches 2-1 v St. Matthews, 1-0 v Widey Court, 3-1 v Eggbuckland and 2-0 v Shakespeare. In the quarter finals, the boys beat Liara Green 2-0 before a tough semi-final against Leigham which the boys won on penalties. However, in the final against Borringdon, after a 0-0 draw, the penalties went against the team. Congratulations to Oscar who was the top goal scorer. A brilliant performance and achievement from the boys.

Wow!!! For the first ever time, Newton Ferrers won the indoor athletics final and qualified for the County finals in February. Both our boys and girls won their overall sections and when the points were collated, Newton Ferrers were clear of reigning champions Stowford.

Our school took 32 children to the South Hams Cross-Country finals with a number of successes from all teams. Our year 5 and 6 girls both finished in 2nd place - with Archie and Isabella both winning their categories. Our year 3 and 4 girls and boys both finished in 4th place with a number of children representing the school for the first time. Well done to all of our competitors and the support from parents!

Our year 3 and 4 boys entered their first ever football tournament at ICC playing against 4 different schools. The team drew their first 2 games but suffered narrow defeats in their next 2 games. The children improved and enjoyed the experience of representing the school - especially with so many year 3 children playing for the first time.

On Tuesday, our year 5 and 6 netball team played in the ICC tournament. During the group stage, we played against 4 schools – winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 1 (to the eventual winners). As a result, we qualified for the semi-finals against Stowford. Despite losing, we were really proud of how well we did. Report from Zara and Alice.

Our Year 5 and 6 football team have had a positive start to the season. First the team travelled to Shakespeare Primary School to play in an A and B team match. The results were 8-4 and 1-4. The following week, the A team played in the ICC football tournament. After winning all of their group games 4-0, 2-0, 6-0 and 2-0, the team unfortunately lost in the final 1-0 in a very even game. Well done to all of the boys who have represented the school so well!

For the third year in a row, Newton Ferrers School has achieved the Gold School Games Award for their contribution and participation of sport.

A selection of year 4, 5 and 6 swimmers attended the First Federation Swimming gala. Overall, the school finished in 2nd position.

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Our Year 5 and 6 cricket team finished 2nd after a narrow defeat in the final against Woodlands Primary School. The team had won all of their matches during the group stages.

Our annual sports day was a wonderful success with Kingsley house coming out on top - ending 5 years of Gilbert house dominance.

Our year 5 sports leaders have loved the responsibility of teaching our younger children during their PE lessons.

32 of our children from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 entered the Ivybridge CC Brickfields Athletics tournament. There were a number of magnificent performances with the school finishing overall in 7th position.

Our Reception and Year 1 children went to Aveton Gifford to take part in a multi-sports festival. Many of them enjoyed representing the school for the very first time.

Our year 5 children performed outstandingly well in the Year 5 and 6 quad kids festival - finishing in 3rd place. Last week, our year 3 and 4 children finished in 4th place. Well done to all of the children who represented the school so well.

ESFA South-West of England Finals

Representing Devon, our school team competed in the ESFA South-West finals for a second year.  This year, we were drawn against Somerset, Hampshire (reigning national champions) and Gloucestershire.

In the first match, Newton Ferrers started superbly after a good run and shot from Oscar resulted with the ball falling at the feet of Marlee to give Newton Ferrers the lead.  Despite other chances, it was Somerset who came back and equalised before half time.  The game was then dominated by Newton Ferrers but we were unable to get the winning goal.

In the second game, against last years winners, Newton Ferrers faced Hampshire.  After dominating the first half, Newton Ferrers fell behind however some Marlee magic allowed grabbed the equaliser and the game finished 1-1.

Needing to win the last group match against unbeaten Gloucestershire, Newton Ferrers again started on fire.  A darting run and shot from Oscar fell at the feet of Charlie who scored his first goal for the school.  Moments later, Marlee was at it again with his run and shot smashing into the net to make it 2-0.  Newton defended superbly with Elijah and Alex finding their feet and improving each game.  Despite a late goal, Newton Ferrers held on to qualify.

The semi-final, knowing that the winners qualify for the National final, was against Oxfordshire.  Newton Ferrers started again on the front foot and took the lead when Charlie slotted his second of the day.  The game continued with chances for both sides however Oxfordshire started to push men forward.  With two minutes of the match to go, Oxfordshire scored from a corner to take the game into extra time.  Newton Ferrers were now depleted with injuries and it was Oxfordshire who scored the final goal of the game to put them into the National finals.

Newton Ferrers took part in a 3rd place play-off against Dorset where a number of changes were made to the team including Asher starring up front!  Tom C scored a goal to give Newton Ferrers the lead but the much changed line up and weary legs affected the team and they eventually lost 2-1.

A brilliant experience and the children should be very proud of their performances of how they represented the school. 

On Thursday, our two cross-country teams took part in the Devon School Games in Paignton after qualifying from the Ivybridge rounds. The year 4 girls started the day, running 1600 metres around the course against 19 of the best schools in Devon finishing 13th overall. Isabella A was given the spirit of the games medal for keeping going despite a fall early in the race. In the boys’ tournament, Charlie S led the way finishing 3rd overall in a field of 100 children, with his team mates following him in with excellent placings. The boys finished in 6th place overall – a super achievement as the smallest school in the competition.

Sporting their odd socks to support Down Syndrome Day, our boys battled against Shakespeare Primary School in a friendly match. In an entertaining match which went from end to end, Newton Ferrers narrowly lost 5-4. Goals were scored by Marlee (3) and Archie with the man of the match being awarded to Charlie. Next stop for the team is the South-West of England small school finals.

On Thursday, 12 year 3 and 4 children took part in a tennis tournament at the Devon tennis centre. With many children playing their first tournament for the school, the children excelled throughout the afternoon playing some great tennis. All of the teams won games but our A team won through to the overall final against Woodlands Primary. In a tense but exciting final, the team narrowly lost 23-22 but should be proud of their 2nd place finish. Well done to all the children .

Our year 5 and 6 indoor athletics team participated in the ICC tournament. The team participated superbly demonstrate strong school values of collaboration and perseverance. After competing in a range of track and field events, our children found out that they finished 3rd overall – a fantastic achievement. Well done to all the children who represented the school superbly and the cheering and support from the parents

Six of our year 2 children represented the school at the Ivybridge Community College multiskills tournament. The children represented the school superbly and loved all of the different events. Once all of the scores were collated, Newton Ferrers finished in 3rd place out of 12 schools. Well done to all of the children.

Newton Ferrers hosted Brixton in a football and netball double header. Playing only their second set of matches together, Newton Ferrers won the netball 9-2 and the football 12-1. Goals in the football came from Marlee (4), Tom (4), George (3) and Archie. Well done to both teams!

A thoroughly enjoyable morning of cross-country was had by the children at Newton Ferrers as they competed superbly in the South Hams tournament. There was individual success for Freya and Charlie who finished 3rd in their age category.

Champions! Newton Ferrers took part in the first Ivybridge Community College event against 9 other schools – a year 5 and 6 football tournament. After a slow start with draws against Ugborough (1-1) and Yealmpton (0-0), the team sprung into life beating Stowford (1-0) and Cornwood (2-0) to win the group. In the final, the boys beat Woodlands Primary 2-0 with goals from Marlee and Oscar to lift the trophy for the first time. A big well done to all of the boys who played so well and how they represented the school!

For the 3rd year in a row, Newton Ferrers C of E Primary School secured the Sainsburys School Games Gold award for the opportunities that children are given to school sport.

Newton Ferrers year 4 and 5 boys played their first matches together against Manor School. Our A team played some scintillating football in a 3-1 victory with 2 goals from Marlee and 1 from Oscar. In the B team match, the boys lost 3-0 which included 2 penalty saves from Asher.

Our Year 3 and 4 children won the Ivybridge Tag Rugby festival after going through the whole tournament unbeaten. Victories over Ugborough, Brixton, Yealmpton and Sparkwell, as well as a draw against Woodlands earned Newton Ferrers 1st place in their group. In the final against Ermington, in a tight match, it was Alice who ran clear to score the winning try which gave Newton Ferrers the cup.

Ten of our year 6 children took part in the ICC quad kids competition. The team battled against 10 other schools, eventually finishing in 4th place.

Our year 4 football team played their first football match for the school against Stowford. The boys played really well against a strong Stowford team. Archie scored two goals and Alex was the man of the match.

On Wednesday, at Marjons, our Hockey team finished runners-up in the whole of Devon, competing against schools up to 6 times bigger than ours. The children competed superbly well demonstrating great team work with most of the goals coming from Mali, Jack and Zeb. Zac and Freddie defended resolutely whilst Sienna and Lana were running the show in the middle. A big thank you to Mrs Sanders and Mrs Eason for their coaching and encouragement.

Our tag rugby team finished 4th in the Ivybridge tournament after narrowly losing 4-3 to Stowford in the semi-final. The children were unbeaten in the group matches and played extremely well as a team under the guidance of Mr Hilling.

Our boys football team competed for Devon against counties from all over the South West of England in the ESFA football finals. Newton Ferrers qualified from their group with a 2-2 draw with Dorset with both goals from Will, a 1-0 win over Oxfordshire with a spectacular goal from Jack and a 1-0 win over Wiltshire thanks to a goal from Marlee. In the semi-final against Hampshire, the boys went 1-0 down but Marlee equalised with the last kick of the match. This game went to extra time and unfortunately ended in a 2-1 defeat leaving the team with a 3rd place play-off. The game ended 0-0 which left a penalty shoot-out. Jack, Zeb, Isaac and Marlee scored their penalties whilst Zac made a key save in goal. This left Quincy to score the winning penalty which he duly did resulting with Newton Ferrers finishing in 3rd place. A great achievement and a fabulous experience for the boys.

Competing at the Devon Games in Paignton, our year 4 boys came 5th in the whole of Devon with a fantastic team performance.

Despite the treacherous conditions, our cross-country team competed superbly at the Ivybridge and Kingsbridge finals.

A huge well done to our Year 5 and 6 boys football team who have been crowned Devon Champions. The boys will go on to compete for Devon at the next round of this National tournament.

In the West Devon finals, our indoor athletics team came an extremely respectable 4th place. Well done to all the children who competed so well.

A big well done to Charlie, Seb, Sam, Travis, Freddie and Quincy for winning all of their matches at the Ivybridge CC basketball festival. The boys played superbly well winning games against schools including Ermington and Manor.

Our Year 5 and 6 athletics team came 2nd in the Ivybridge indoor athletics tournament against 11 other schools to qualify for the next round. The children now travel to Kingsbridge for the next round on January 25th. A huge well done to the team for competing so well.

It was cold and wet, however our year 5 and 6 football team still managed to progress into the quarter finals of the Plymouth Knockout Cup. Goals came from Zeb (3), man of the match Will (2) and Isaac.

A huge well done to our year 2 children who won the multiskills tournament at Ivybridge Communuity College.

Our School B team played their first match of the season against Salcombe in an enthralling match which finished 5-4 to Salcombe. The goals for Newton Ferrers were from Travis and Jamie - well done to all of the boys for playing their first match so well.

Our School A team have had a great term. They have finished second in their groups of the Bettison and Ivybridge Cup with fantastic performances against larger schools. In the local derby against Yealmpton, the boys won 2-1 with goals from Marlee and Zeb. In the first round of the Plymouth Knockout Cup, Newton Ferrers won 3-1 against Stoke Damerel with goals from Joel, Will and Marlee. Next term the boys play the next round of the cup against Bickleigh Down and will enter the Small Schools ESFA tournament.

Our girls football team have been playing their first football matches for the school. Despite a defeat against Yealmpton, the team bouncing back by winning the First Federation South Hub tournament by beating Salcombe and Aveton Gifford. A huge thank you as well goes to Mr Guyver for sponsoring the new kit!

Our year 6 children competed well at the ball skills festival run by Ivybridge Community College.

A huge thank you to Mark Evans for agreeing to sponsor our new Year 5 and 6 football kit. The children marked their first game wearing it with a 7-2 victory over Elburton Primary School. Goals were scored by Zeb, Marlee (2), Will and Isaac (3). Man of the match was Jack Guyver.

A huge well done to our cross-country runners in what was a fantastic competition.

Our first sporting event of the year was at Aveton Giffard for the South Hub swimming gala. The children competed very well and we are awaiting the results.

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the School Games Gold award for the 2016/17 academic year. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

Sports Day July 2017

Brickfields Athletics Tournament held at Brickfields Stadium, Plymouth June 2017



Ivybridge Area Cricket Tournament June 2017


We travelled to Cornwood Cricket to play 5 other teams- Woodlands, Manor, Stowford, Cornwood and Shaugh Prior. We won 3 and lost 2 and finished second overall to the winners Woodlands.

First Federation South Hams Hub Year 2 Multi skills event July 2017


When we went to Aveton Gifford we played against Salcombe and Averton Gifford children. One of the games we played was Up and Over. The next game we played was the Javelin Throw and we used a foam javelin. We had to balance a tennis ball on a racket too. How fun it was!


By Freya & Jess

Ivybridge Area Tag Rugby Tournament April 2017


Mr Hilling took a team of 10 to the Ivybridge Area Tag Tournament held at Ivybridge Rugby Club.


Our first match was against Ugborough who we beat 6-1. Next we played Stowford B team and won 5-1. With both wins, we won our group to qualify for the semi-final against Manor.It was a very close, exciting and tiring match. The score were level after 7 minutes so we had to play 2 minutes extra-time where Manor won 6-5 with scoring a ‘golden try.”

In the third place play-off, we played Stowford A team. The match ended 4-4 so we both finished in 3rd place overall. Im very proud to be captain of such a great team.


By Thomas Chishti

Ivybridge Area Gymnastics and Dance Show March 2017


On Tuesday 7th March Class 6 had the opportunity to participate in the Ivybridge Area Primary Gym & Dance Show. We had been practicing regularly in our PE lessons and working hard towards the routine (which was a gymnastics performance accompanied by the song ‘Up Town Funk’ ). We arrived around 2pm at Ivybridge Community College and immediately prepared to perform our piece to the schools and experience the space on stage and rehearse. Everyone enjoyed all of the performances, whether it be dance or gymnastics and just like us they had all been working hard. After having a thorough stretch, a snack and being applied with glitter we went on stage for the first time in front of parents and relatives. It was very enjoyable and great fun and we returned shortly afterwards to the dining room to prepare for the evening performance at 6pm. We were the 8th school to perform which meant that we had quite a wait, but we entertained ourselves happily. After performing for the final time we felt that we were relieved it was all over. Many thanks to Mr Hilling and Mrs Townsend for making it all possible and to parents for taking us to the event.


By Ruby Jones, Class 6.

First Federation South Hams Hub Cross Country Tournament February 2017


Newton Ferrers Cross Country Team (Years 3, 4 & 5) went to Salcombe and took part against Aveton Gifford and Salcombe Primary Schools. Year 3 and 4 girls went first and did very well! Next was the Year 5 & 6 race for girls. They ran splendidly! We all had to run down a slope and across the playground then do a final loop on the field. Then the boys ran and came 1st, 2nd and 3rd! This was the Year 5 and 6 boys. Everyone ran as fast as they could (even with a stitch).


We WON!!


We had to have the least points because we had to add our numbers together. We most got 1, 2 or 3s. Everyone ran their very best that day and came home triumphant! We had a really enjoyable afternoon. We would like to thank Oscar’s dad for taking the pictures for us. Also to the parents who transported us to the event (as well as Mrs Caunter).


The people that went were Jack, Tara, Sienna, Lana, Saffy, Oscar B-T, Tom Cardrick, Eva, Zeb, Lily, Joel and Archie.

Ivybridge Area Year 2 Multi-Skills Festival November 2016


We went to Ivybridge Community College in Ivybridge . We played against lots of children from different schools. We had to do lots of things like balancing bean bags on our heads and throwing and catching and at the end we were doing running races. We came 5th out of 12. Thank you to Lucy, Ned, Monty, Georgia, Harry Y and Matilda for taking part and to all of the parents too.


By Harry Y and Ned.

First Federation South Hams Hub Girls' Football Tournament November 2016


On Wednesday 30th November a group of Year 5 and 6 girls did a football tournament up on the school field. We played four matches and we won every one of ours. There were two other schools, they were Aveton Gifford and Salcombe. First we played Salcombe and won 4 – 0. The second match was also a victory winning 4 – 0 again. After that we had a break, but were shortly back on playing Salcombe again and winning 5 – 0. Last of all we played Aveton Gifford and scored in the last minute. In the last match I had to take a penalty. As hard as I kicked it the goalie was amazing and saved it. The final score was 1 – 0 to us. Overall we came first and were so pleased. All of the training we had done had paid off, all thanks to Mr Hilling.


By Lucy Epps, Team Captain

Kingsbridge Area Swimming Gala


After the Hub Gala, a team was chosen from Newton Ferrers, Aveton Gifford and Salcombe schools to take part in a swimming gala in Kingsbridge as a team called ‘The Federation Flippers’. Overall the Federation Flippers came 2nd and only 12 points ahead of us was The Kingsbridge Kingfishers, who swim regularly and won nearly every race. Our swimmers all achieved great positions and were only just beaten by a narrow margin. We all feel very proud of our achievements and hope to take part in many more swimming galas. We would like to thank Mrs Eason for driving the minibus and to Miss Leo for managing our squad.


By Otto Kettlewell

First Federation South Hams Hub Swimming Gala September 2016


On Friday 9th September a team of 15 children set off to Salcombe Primary School to compete in the First Federation Swimming Gala. Everyone was full of nerves on the side of the pool, but we soon kicked off the afternoon with the boys 1 length breaststroke. Surprisingly, the pool (which was outside) was luxuriously warm and we soon longed for a race. The girls and boys races alternated and then came the team relays, both girls and boys. There were 4 in a team and all but one (when we came second), we were victorious. After a few more races we had a quick ‘fun time’ in the pool. Then we got out, changed and waited for the results. We were informed that we came joint first with Aveton Gifford and the team for the ‘Big Gala’ would be selected later but we all have high hopes. On the way home we sang happily (much to Mrs Caunter’s delight)! Thank you to Mrs Caunter and Mrs Eason for transporting us to the event and Mrs Leo for hosting the event.


By Cara Cochrane and Ruby Jones.

Cross Country Event.


Unfortunately, due to the weather, the local learning community cross country event for Year 5 and 6 children was cancelled this year. The Year 3/4 children managed to hold their event on an alternative date (WEdnesday 9th March) at Ivybridge Community College where the children raced around the running track and up a steep incline. We are all really proud of the team which comprised of Jack, Oscar I, Zeb, Sienna, Tamsin and Sarah.

Special mention and huge congratulations should go to Jack Guyver who won the boys race in a quick time of 5 minutes 51 seconds and Zeb Fellows who came second overall  with a time of 5 minutes 53 seconds. A highly competitive race for both these boys. Well done.

Indoor Athletics- Thursday 11th February


When we got there we lined up and had to say ‘YEAH’ as loudly as we could for our

team. Then Will and Sarah did high jump. Will got 25cm and Sarah got 20cm. Then

Lois and Oscar did the over head throw and Lois got 4m and Ocar 4.7m. Then

Jack and Sienna did long jump, Jack got 64 cm and Sienna got 58cm. Zeb then did

the speed bounce and he got 47 jumps, then Tara did it and she got 50. Then

Lois and Tara did one lap and they both got a 3rd. Next Will and Oscar ran the

one lap, Oscar came 2nd and Will came 3rd. Then Sienna and Sarah were doing the

two lap and Siena came 2nd and Sarah 3rd. Then Zeb and Jack did the two lap and

Zeb came 1st and Jack came 1st too. Next was the relay and both the boys and the

girls came 3rd. Overall we came 5th out of 13 schools.

By Zeb and Jack

Mrs Caunter was very proud of the whole team.

New Sports kit sponsored by ADWilliams, Building Contractors Ltd.

We are extremely grateful to A.D. Williams Building Contractors Limited  who have kindly sponsored a set of waterproof tops and trousers for the children to wear when they attend sports events. As the weather is often cold and wet at the various events we attend during the year at Ivybridge Community College, we know that the children will now be much warmer and drier whilst travelling to the events and warming up.

Thank you to A.D. Williams Building Contractors Limited  for funding these items for the school.



Year 2 Multi skills festival at Ivybridge Community College- Tuesday 10th November


After school on Tuesday 6 children from Class Two went to Ivybridge Community

College to take part in Year 2 mutiskills competition. There were six different

activities and we approached each activity with buckets of enthusiasm. Well done to

all the children, you all tried your hardest and were all very respectful of the other

children. I'd also like to say a big thank you to all the parents who came and supported


Miss Foster

Year 2 Multi skills festival

Year 5 and 6 High Five netball tournament


On Tuesday 13th October a group of Year 5 and 6 boys and girls went to Ivybridge to compete in a Netball tournament. The team included Jess Cochrane, Emily Gozzard, Molly Lynch, Lucy Epps, Tom Woodlock, Sebastian Green and Thomas Chishti.

First we played Manor in which we beat them 1 – 0 because Thomas scored a goal. Next we played Yealmpton and we drew 0 – 0. Then we played Shaugh Prior, unfortunately we lost 2 – 0. Lastly we played Ugborough which we lost 4 – 1 , however we were glad Thomas scored again. We would like to thank Karen Jaggs for coaching us beforehand and Mrs McKinnon for taking us, managing us and supporting us throughout the tournament.


written by Jess

Year 5 and 6 Girls Football

Girls Football Report

On Tuesday 29th September a team of Year 5/6 girls went up to Ivybridge to a football tournament. The team included Molly Lynch, Jess Cochrane, Jasmine King, Cara Cochrane, Edie Longhurst, Lucy Epps and Milly Ives.

Our first match was against Stowford and we won 2 – 0. During the match, Cara had a tumble when she tripped over the net and did a forward roll in the second half.

Unfortunately we lost the next match 2 – 0 and the one after that 1 -0. The last one we played was against Yealmpton and we won 2 -0. We were really pleased with our results and would like to thank Mrs Caunter for taking us and managing the team. By Jess and Molly.


Year 3 and 4 Football Festival

On Tuesday 22nd September, the Year 3 and 4 football team entered a football festival at Ivybridge Community College. We played four games and won each one! When the results were collated we had come first! All of the team played exceptionally well and there were goals by Zeb, Oscar and Jack. Some of the children hadn't played in a game before but came off the pitch smiling! Thank you to the parents for their support.

The following match report was written by William Peacock, Year 4 and goalie for the team.


Yesterday Newton Ferrers football team travelled to Ivybridge school to play a tournament. Onboard was: Zeb, Zac, Jack, Oscar, Isaac, Elliot, Jessica Y, Sarah and me. We met other teams on the astro turf. Our first match was against Shaugh Prior which we won 2-0, Oscar and Jack scoring 1 each.

We went on to play Manor which we also won! Next was a more challenging game against Stowford. I had to make lots of saves and the defenders had to work hard however we came through winning 1-0.

Finally our last game was against Ermington and guess what? We won again!

I was very proud of my team for being underfeated and Mrs Caunter was very excited too!


New Sports Kit

Sports photos