19 May 2017

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

As is now customary at Mayfield, we will be ‘moving up’ all year groups on Wednesday 21st June. Therefore, pupils currently in year:

  • R, 1, 2 and 7 will move into Year 1, 2, 3 and 8 respectively, the timings of the school day remain the same;
  • 8 will move into Year 9, they will no longer have morning ‘Resilience’ and should arrive by 8.40am;
  • 9 will move into Year 10 and focus on fewer option subjects;
  • 10 will move into Year 11 and should make sure they have purchased their new tie;

We will also be running an extended transition for pupils in Year 6 who will be joining Mayfield in September 2017. This will run from Monday 10th July to Friday 21st July.

We are currently in the processes of interviewing for our prefects and senior prefects, including the Head Boy and Girl. Those pupils selected to be prefects will be awarded a red tie and issued with their badge in the ‘moving on’ assembly on Wednesday 21st May.

Please be aware that ‘The Friends of Mayfield’ are organising a Summer Fete on Saturday 8th July. I would be very grateful if you would download a copy of the flyer here and share via your social media network. Thank you! If you are interested in supporting this event or want to know more about the ‘Friends of Mayfield’, then please contact the FOM Chair, Mrs. Luice Gray on GrayL@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.

To help our families plan their time, we have produced an extract of the school calendar containing all of the keys dates for Summer 1. This can be downloaded here

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

We are truly in the swing of GCSE exams now and Year 11 have conducted themselves admirably so far. Mr Gibson gave them a very good assembly on Monday reminding them to look after themselves at this time- get enough sleep and eat regularly and healthily. Please encourage them to revise sensibly but remember to heed these points.

There are revision classes in school on offer to the Year 11 pupils over half-term and the timetable is available on the website here. Although some students may be happy to revise on their own it is often extremely beneficial to come into school and work with their teacher for a couple of hours as well. Please do encourage them to sign up for sessions.

Looking ahead, GCSE results will be available for pick-up in school on Thursday 24th August from 9 to 11am. If your child is unable to attend at that time please contact Mrs Helen Patis patis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk for information on how to get the results otherwise.

Several reminders of Mayfield uniform policy- school trousers should be tailored, not “skinny” and false nails are not permitted. Please remind your child of these rules. The other rule to draw your attention to is that the use of mobile phones is banned at school. They will be confiscated if seen. Thank you for your ongoing support in these matters.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

Despite the weather, the Year 1 trip to Harold Hillier Gardens last week was a great success.  As ever, the children were superb ambassadors for our school with the tremendous interest that they showed in the activities and their excellent behaviour.  Well done Year 1!

The online booking system for Summer 2 is now open.  Mrs Guy and the team have put together another a varied programme of clubs for next half-term with some now clubs running such as Baton Twirling, Rounders and Board Games.  Please make sure that you book early to avoid disappointment as the booking system will close at 12pm on Thursday 25th May.

Our preparations for the opening of the Junior Section are continuing and this week the Governing Body approved the new Primary Section Packed Lunch Policy which will become effective from September when the entitlement to a free school meal for each child finishes for our new Year 3.  The Packed Lunch Policy details the arrangements for the Year 3 children who may wish to bring a packed lunch from September and it can be read here.  The lunchtime arrangements for Years R, 1 and 2 will be unchanged for next year.

There has already been a lot of interest in the new ELSA service that Miss Lester is leading in the infant section.  Topics that Miss Lester can cover include friendship issues, coping with bereavement or anxiety, relaxation techniques, anger management and low self-esteem.  Please contact Miss Lester on LesterL@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk if you are interested in finding out more about this service and how it can help your child.

The travelling Book Fayre is still with us until Wednesday of next week.  It is open in the Junior Section classrooms at 3.30pm and 4.30pm for parents to come in and choose from the wide range of books that are available for all ages and interests.  We are also keen to expand the range of reading books that are available to children at lunchtime.  We would be grateful for any donations of books that your child has at home that they have outgrown and no longer want.  Please can you pass these to your child’s teacher.

Finally, I have been really impressed with some of the Prep projects that have come in early this week.  The deadline for the Prep projects is Monday 22nd May and I’m looking forward to seeing some of the children for a Reward Tea later on in the week to talk about their work.  Thank you for all of the support that you have given your children to help them to complete these projects to such a high standard.

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

This is the last week for our topic Mini beasts. The children will continue with their observational paintings and construction of their bug habits. We will end the topic with an ugly bug ball.

Learning intentions linked to class topic:

  • Select tools and techniques, experimenting with colour texture and design;
  • Develop ideas by shaping materials and putting together components;
  • Explore the sensory qualities of materials.

Letter sounds for the week are ‘l’ and ‘J’.  Please create a collage and bring back into class.

Just a reminder, l have changed the date of the Sports Day, it’s now being held on 20th June weather permitting from 10am – 11.30am, all family and friends welcome. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Parent Evening will be held on the 21st June for those leaving Pre-school, appointment sheets will be out after the half term and you will also have the opportunity to meet the year R teaching staff from Mayfield.

News Items

Mayor Making Ceremony

Mayfield School had the opportunity to be invited to the Mayor Making Ceremony at the Guildhall on Tuesday 16th May. Not only did some senior pupils attend; the infant school council came too! They really enjoyed getting to see the new and old Mayor's outfits and hats! The Army and Navy were there too and we got to see how they shout commands and march. We also listened to choirs from the retired police force and from Portsmouth Junior High School; they were both fantastic. 

The children were great representatives of the school and did us proud with perfect behaviour and manners, well done!


STEM Winners - again!

At the STEM Big Bang Fair that Mr Jackson took twenty-four Year 9 students too, we recently heard that we won two major competitions, these run via companies that were presenting at the exhibition.
We have just heard that we have won a third competition too!

OPUS is a major national and international company that specialises in buildings, transport, and water and environmental issues in the UK. OPUS was also voted the ‘New Civil Engineer Company of the Year’ in 2016.

t the STEM Fair, OPUS staff ran a competition to build a ‘Da Vinci Bridge’, the task to do so in not only the quickest time, but also with the greatest span. I am delighted to announce that Theo Simpson and Freddie Gibbs not only designed and built a bridge composed of seven sets of girders, but they also beat the OPUS staff too!

Well done boys – another excellent win for our school, and another example of how creative and aspirational our scientists are.


Artist of the Week

Abid Choudhury in year 9 is the artist of the week. We have been looking into street art and any current issues street art can highlight. This piece is an interpretation from the famous street artist Banksy. He has been looking at the current immigration and racism issues within our society.

Abid has created a fantastic pencil study to interpret this. He works to a very high standard and we are looking forward to him doing GCSE Art next year.

Posted by Billy Woodhead

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