5 May 2017

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

I hope all members of our community feel that the school is making good progress and are happy with all aspects of the work of the school. However, we recognise that, from time to time, issues may arise giving cause for dissatisfaction or complaint. If you are unhappy about any aspect of the school’s work then please do contact me using any of the methods below;

E              :               Hollis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

T              :               023 9269 3432

F              :               023 9266 5298

W            :               Mayfield School, Mayfield Road, PO2 0RH

If you raise an issue with the school you can expect:

  • The school to deal with your issue seriously, courteously and in-line with Governing Body policies and procedures;
  • An apology and remedial action, in cases where the school is found at fault;

Please find here links to key Governing Body policies.

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

Year 8 winning the Double

The exam season in school started well last week, and over the coming weeks many of our pupils will be taking either internal or external exams. Mr. Tite has produced an excellent power point offering revision tips. This can be accessed here. Please be aware that the school library is open until 4.00pm every day if your child needs a quiet place to study. Additionally, we have a homework club every night in room 148 – where there are staff who will be happy to support with revision. Please remember that if your child is ill on the day of an exam then it is imperative you alert us by contacting pupil services on:

Email - pupilservices@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk
Answer phone - 02392 693 432 ext 236
Phone - 02392 693 432 ext 271
Text/Call – 07908676745

Recently, we hosted a very busy Year 7 parents evening. The feedback back to staff was very useful. If for any reason you were unable to speak with your child’s teacher/tutor or simply would like to stay in touch then please email them directly. A full list of tutor email addresses can be found here. Alternatively, if you would like an overview across a number of subjects or for ‘pastoral’ issues, then please do contact your child’s Head of House:

JohnsonS@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk                Mrs S Johnson, Head of Victory House
HowlettJ@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk                 Mrs J Campbell, Head of Intrepid House
Webb@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk                       Miss J Webb, Head of Discovery House
CampbellJ@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk              Mr J Campbell, Head of Endeavour House

Can I please take the opportunity to remind you that “fidget devices” are not allowed in lessons, unless they have permission to use them from their Head of House. Please discourage your child from bringing them into school as any that are seen in lesson will be confiscated.

And finally a reminder that Years 7 and 8 should be working on their Summer 1 Prep projects. The projects can be found here.
If your child is unsure of any element of the work they should talk to the subject teacher concerned in the first instance.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

Infants Performing "Red Hot Safari"

The highlight of this week has been the Year R trip to Longdown Activity Farm.  The children enjoyed being farmers for the day and learned all about life on a farm.  The children were superb representatives for our school all day and the staff at the farm commented that they were the best behaved and most engaged group that they had all year.  Well done Year R!

Year 2 also took part in the latest Portsmouth Schools Sports Festival when we entered a team of 5 girls and 5 boys in the Tag Rugby tournament.  The team demonstrated the rugby skills that they have learnt over the last term and showed a tremendous sense of teamwork and support for each other.  It was a pleasure to award them with their certificates in Celebration Assembly this afternoon.

Can I please remind parents that only the Mayfield sunhats are allowed in school and these can be purchased from our uniform supplier Penelope Ann. It is also important that the children are wearing sun cream as we head into the summer months.  Our advice to parents is that it is best to apply the ‘once-a-day’ sun cream in the morning before your child leaves for school.  Children with very fair skin may need additional protection during the day.  If so, can parents please provide a named bottle of sun cream for the child to apply themselves during the day and pass this to the class teacher.  We normally find that the sprays are the easiest products for younger children to apply.

We have a Coffee Morning for parents on Wednesday 10th May from 9am to 10am in Café Tranquilo.  The Coffee Mornings are intended to be an opportunity for parents to give us feedback about the school and suggestions for future improvements.  They are also an opportunity for parents to get together for a social chat.  This time, Miss Lester will be joining us to discuss how she can support children and families in her new role as an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and Mrs Sheppard is coming to talk to parents about how you can help with phonics and reading at home.  I would also like to hear the views of parents on the school lunches.  I hope that you will be able to join us on Wednesday.

We are looking forward to welcoming some special visitors next week when our duckling eggs arrive in Year R.  It is going to be fascinating to see the eggs hatch and ducklings grow!  We are also looking forward to the Year 1 trip to the Harold Hillier Gardens next Friday.  It is going to be a really exciting week ahead!

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

The topic will continue with mini beasts. This week the children are going to identify locations of bugs habitats in our school environment and then draw the locations on a map and label the habitats.  To support this activity, we shall use information books from the library to research the different types of habitats that bugs can be found in.

Learning intentions linked to subject:

  • Identify and describe habitats;
  • Take photos of their locations and use this information to help with drawing their map;
  • Discuss their work in class learning new vocabulary linked to topic;
  • Design their own bug habitat.

Letter sounds for the week are ‘E’, and ‘F’.  

Please keep creating collages for display so we can use these at circle time to promote phonic sounds.

Finally, a reminder, please clearly label your children’s uniform to prevent items being taken home by mistake.

Dates to remember:

Sports day 19th June weather permitting school leavers only.

Sleep over 30th June school leavers only.

Graduation 20th July school leavers only.

Summer camp ask in the office for details.

News Items

Rock Challenge

Following Mayfield’s success in winning their heat, our Rock Challenge team were invited to take part in the Southern Finals. Against stiff competition, our team delivered an excellent performance and were placed 5th Overall winning certificates for Award of Excellence for:

  • Video Performance
  • Soundtrack
  • Drama
  • Costuming Character
  • Lighting
  • Stage Crew

Well done to all involved!


Faith and Football

Our remaining Faith and Football teams enjoyed a highly rewarding day at the Havant Meridian Centre on Saturday with both 'Chololicious' and 'Framed For Joy' showing that they are real contenders to win the competition. From fantastic products and excellent displays to what seemed like the personal selling of a seasoned professional our Mayfield year 9's certainly did the school proud.

They have also submitted their portfolios and currently await to find the results on the 12th June at Fratton Park.


STEM/IGNITE Trip to the Big Bang Fair, Ageas Bowl, Southampton

On Thursday, Mr Jackson led a group of twenty-four Year students to the Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton (the ‘home-ground’ of Hampshire Cricket).
We arrived to find the ground floor of the hotel had been filled with stalls offering STEM-based games, hands-on experiments and tasks, factual presentations and competitions, all run by universities, colleges, and major employers from across Britain. The car park had also been taken over by the Fair, with a pretend road works set up, a salting lorry, a RN Navy helicopter and ‘fast-reaction’ speedboat, an army display of weaponry and thermal-imaging equipment, a Formula 1 racing car, and other STEM-based displays.
The Fair was an amazing opportunity for our students. It not only opened their eyes to a wide variety of STEM-based careers, but it also highlighted the different educational pathways students can follow so as to work towards given career pathways.
All of our students were impeccably behaved, and were a credit to their families and our school, with many adults commenting on not only how well behaved the students were, but also how clever and diligent they were, demonstrating this whilst coming very close to winning (or winning!) many of the hands-on practical-based competitions that were running throughout the Fair.
Below are a few quotes from some of the students who attended the Fair:
“I learnt a lot of new things about different jobs that really opened up my career options. We learnt lots about the Army and the Navy and even got to load and shoot an empty gun. The trip really made me consider the types of jobs available in the army which I didn't know even existed.

It really was a brilliant experience and had a chance to try a lot of activities that challenged my thinking and practical skills. I would go back if I had a chance because it really made me consider what my future may look like.

We also got to sit in a helicopter and change a formula one tyre in which someone from another school did it quicker than the professionals!!!” K.S.

“The STEM trip to Ageas Bowl was very good. Personally, I found it very fun and it was interesting to do all the activities that were set up. I think it is a very good idea as it was very educational and I learnt a lot of new information. It was helpful as some activities gave us information about things that we are going to learn about (Crude Oil).

It gave me information about careers and apprenticeships in engineering and science. This is good because it gave an insight on how exciting and fun this stuff can be in a job. It was very interesting as I learnt how many kinds of careers there are to do with STEM. For example, there are many different roles in the Royal Navy, such as a weaponry engineer and a marine engineer. There was lots of information given about these sorts of roles and I think that it can be useful for people that were looking at a career in that. Finally, I hope that there is another trip like this again and that I can also go on that one too as it was a very fun and educational trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it.” J.B.

“Last Thursday I went on the trip to the Ageas Bowl.  I went to many different stalls, seeing and doing lots of different experiments. It was a great opportunity to see what I want to do when I'm older. I found everything really interesting. I'm glad that I went on this school trip.” J.D.

“After attending the year 9 trip to the Ageas Bowl I feel that I have more options to consider which can contribute towards my chosen career path. The opportunity to ask many college/ university students and experienced workers about further education, work and experiences has given me a better idea about how I can reach my future goal. I also found that the practical activities and aspects of the trip encouraged me to explore different options and made it a pleasurable experience.” J.E.

“I found the trip to Ageas Bowl informative as it helped me have a better understanding of future job prospects and what they entail. Also, I was able to understand where and how stem is used in a variety of careers. The information was presented in an interesting and fun way to maximise the enjoyment for students. Overall, it was a fun and inspiring day, much enjoyed by all who attended.” H.C.


Artist of the Week

Mae Garnett in Year 7 is the artist of the week! Mae has created a fantastic pencil study copying one of our skull designs. This project is inspired by Day of the Dead which is a Mexican festival that celebrates the lives of loved ones that have passed away. Mae has shown great proportion, tone and detail within this study, well done!

Posted by Billy Woodhead

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