Mayfield School News
Following on from our very successful visit to HMS Warrior in February eight Year 9 boys attended the second part of the literacy challenge on Wednesday 12th June. This time the setting was the historic Royal Marines Museum in Eastney. The title of the day was The Psychology of Fear and was once again organised by EBP.
Having had such a brilliant day in February the boys were full of enthusiasm and expectation for the day and they weren’t disappointed.
With boys from schools around the city assembled, the day started off with a drill, Royal Marines style, in front of the museum just as new recruits to the Royal Marines would have experienced when the museum was a barracks over 100 years ago.
Then, throughout the rest of the morning, the boys attended several workshops which were designed to promote their literacy skills including reading, writing and speaking and listening as well as to encourage co-operation, team work, time management and competition.
The highlight for the boys was a tour around the museum which visited areas which are not usually open to the public. However, this wasn’t an ordinary tour. Along the way were several professional actors who took on roles, telling horror stories of days long ago. One of the most memorable was when the boys were taken into the cold, damp, pitch-black cellar and a ‘ghost’ emerged along the corridor. This was quite a chilling and scary experience, although afterwards the boys, full of bravado, wouldn’t admit how scared they actually were.
After lunch the boys set to work producing their own stories, diary entries and poems. They took inspiration from the workshops to produce some superb texts. I think some of the boys even surprised themselves at how well they wrote and were rightly proud of their efforts.
Whilst the boys had some free time to explore the museum’s exhibits the stories of all the boys who attended were judged by a panel which included Portsmouth’s Young Poet Laureate, Joe McQuilken. Congratulations to Alfie Bogen and Josh Hulton who were runners up and who won £20 of WH Smith vouchers each and to Daniel Macedo who came third and won £10.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank EBP for once again organising a truly memorable day; to all the staff at the Royal Marines Museum for helping create an unforgettable and inspirational experience; to Mrs Patis and Miss Wooller for driving us to the event and bringing us back to school and to Miss Holliss for accompanying us." - Mrs Carrick, Teacher of English
Extracts from the boys’ winning stories:
"I was at the museum and there was a storm outside. The rain hammered against the windows as if someone was trying to get me and the wind was howling just like a hungry wolf on a full moon." - Alfie Bogen
"I pause before I open the door and nervously walk inwards with legs like jelly. With a loud slam the door shuts. My stomach flips over and my heart starts pounding. Walking anxiously towards the door a shiver runs down my spine like someone is telling me to turn back now." - Josh Hulton
17th of June 2013 - 21st June 2013
I am delighted to report that both staff and students have been commenting positively on the work of the new ‘vertical’ tutor groups and the impact of the split break. School feels extremely settled and lessons very focussed. We have also seen a resurgence in the amount of homework being handed in as well as a significant fall in the number of students being ‘parked’.
Generally, an excellent start to the year.
On Friday 14th, we held a further consultation around the proposed changes to the age range of the school. Overall, the feedback from our local community has been very positive and we feel that many of the concerns raised around parking and increased traffic have been allayed. Please be aware that the statutory consultation period ends on Friday 12th July. Details of the proposal and copies of the statutory notices can be found here.
It is with great pride we can finally disclosure that, following the recent OfSTED inspection of our pre-school, Little Sunbeams, the overall judgement was ‘Outstanding’. This is a tremendous achievement and a testament to the hard work of our pre-school team. A copy of the report can be found here. It was particularly pleasing to see that OfSTED recognised the positive benefits of having the pre-school on site and the close working between the different phases of the school.
Turning to more practical matters; I would remind all parents and carers of the need for students in Years 8, 9 and 10 to have a House Badge displayed. If this has been lost, then a replacement is available at a cost of £2. Damaged or worn badges may be returned for a free replacement. Thank you to all parents/carers who have been signing their child’s diary planner. This is now checked weekly by your child’s tutor.
Theme of the week – ‘Sun Safe’
Our theme of the week next week is ‘Sun Safe’. Mr. Gordon Jackson will be leading assemblies and explaining the risks that unprotected exposure presents to students and simple steps to keep themselves safe in the sun – hopefully, this will be of use in the very near future!
Mr David Jeapes (Headteacher)