14 Jul 2017

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

I would like to welcome any new subscribers. By September 2017 we will welcome 260 new pupils across the school. Please do encourage as many family members as possible to visit our website and sign up for the ‘Mayfield Messenger’ which is sent out every Friday during term time.

I am delighted to report that the FOM Summer Fete 2017 was a great success. Several hundred friends and families visited and the total raised by the FOM was in excess of £1500! We will now speak with pupils across the school and agree how this money can be best spent. Thank you all!

The final whole school posting will be sent out at the start of the Summer Holiday. If you have recently changed your contact details, please do update them by sending an email to our SIMS Manager, Mrs. Helen Patis on patis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

To help our families plan their time, please find a link to the Summer 2 calendar here. Please be aware that on the last day of this term we will run an alternative timetable. Therefore on:

Friday 21st July -  pupils in ALL Years will be dismissed at 1.35pm. No extra-curricular will run.

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

This week we were joined by 200 Year 6 on the first week of their transition into Mayfield School. They have settled in well and feedback from parents on Tuesday night at the Year 7 Induction evening was very positive. They will remain with us next week and will finish at 1:35pm on Friday 21st July with the rest of the school.

A group of our Year 10 pupils performed at the Kings Theatre on Wednesday in a special event which was the culmination of two projects 'Theatre of War' and 'Lost Plays of WW1' which have been made possible through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. They did amazingly well and even starred on “South Today” that evening. Well done to all the pupils and staff involved.

Can I please take this opportunity to remind you that if you are buying new uniform over the holiday to check out our uniform policy which is on the website here.  In particular, please remember that shoes must be black and “polishable”. As well can you remember that piercings, other than one earring in each lobe, will need to be removed for school so if your child is planning any over the summer then they need to be removable by the first day back in September. Lastly, nails need to be natural, not fake, and if painted, a pale colour.

Finally, pupils in Years 8 should now be finishing their Summer 2 ‘Prep’ projects and handing them in. Copies of the projects can be found here. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s tutor if you would like them to provide additional support for your child as they complete these projects. A full list of tutors can be found here.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

We have had some wonderful events over the last week.  Last Friday, we had our annual Sports Day on the West Field with Victory House triumphing for the second year in a row.  The children really got into the spirit of friendly competition and the support of so many parents and family members was greatly appreciated.

I was really proud of our new School Council members who ran our stalls at the School Fete on Saturday.  The children showed a tremendous sense of responsibility in running guess the sweets in a jar, name the cuddly dog and decorate a biscuit.  They were the perfect ambassadors for our school!

We had the Friends of Mayfield Discos on Monday and a good time was had by all!  I would like to thank Mrs Firth and the many parent helpers who gave up their time freely on Monday to help run the Disco.  We are only able to offer the children so many fantastic opportunities due to the ongoing support that we get from our parent volunteers.  Your time and support is greatly appreciated!

The End of Key Stage 1 Celebration performance of ‘Pirates vs Mermaids’ was one of the highlights of the whole year.  The new Year 3s showed us all how the children have grown and progressed in their short time at Mayfield. I was amazed at their ability to remember all of their lines and songs and the play was performed with such confidence.  Well done Year 3!

Your child’s Annual Report for 2017 is coming home in the book-bag this afternoon.  I was delighted to read so many positive comments in the reports about the excellent progress that has been made over the last year.  This posting also includes:

  • The SATs results and Teacher Assessment grades for Year 2
  • The Phonics Screening results for Year 1
  • The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile outcomes for Year R

We appreciate that these reports may be a little confusing so the class teachers are all available on Tuesday between 3.30pm and 4.30pm so that you can drop in with any queries or questions that you may have.

We are also looking to update the contact details that we hold for parents and have enclosed a new copy of the Main Authorised Person form that we use at home time.  Please can you complete this form with the details of the people who are authorised to collect your child for 2017-18 and return this to the class teacher before the end of term.

The booking system for Autumn 1 Extra-Curricular is now closed.  Mrs Guy is now working hard to prepare the registers for the staff so it will not be possible to accept any late bookings.

Finally, the 90 places on our Summer School have now all been taken.  Next week, I will be sending a separate letter outlining the arrangements to parents who have signed their children up to take part in the Summer School.

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

We are coming to the end of the academic year. This can be an exciting and anxious time for your children. To ensure a positive transition into Primary School for the children we are creating a booklet in class called Starting School. Through this booklet and class discussions we are finding out about their new teaching staff and the names of their classes. We are discussing all the new and exciting things they will be learning in Year R and talking through any worries or anxieties they may have.

Graduation is on Thursday the 20th July, tickets are available for family and friends. Please bring your children into pre-school for 9.15am to have their photographs taken, wearing school uniform and school shoes. Please could you put your daughter’s hair in a low pony tail or lose if possible. You should make your way to Mayfield main entrance and come into the hall where refreshments will be available until the Graduation begins. We will be recording the Graduation and the DVD will cost £5.00. If you would like to have a copy you can pre order these with the admin team.

Last day of term will be 21st July Teddy Bear Picnic there will no sessions that day, this is a fund raising event best dressed Teddy wins a prize.

For those parents who will be returning after the summer break first day back will be Tuesday 5th September.

News Items

Geography Field Trip - July 2017

Over the 5th-6th July all Year 11 geographers undertook the fieldwork investigation for their GCSE.  They took various measurements of the beach and sea defences in Christchurch Bay to assess whether the sea defences are working.  In the afternoon they did several surveys at Whiteley Village to judge whether Whiteley is typical of out of town shopping centres.  The sun was out on both days and there was some high quality work that will go a long way to securing good grades in the exams next year. (Please click here for the news article which includes pictures)

MFL Trips - 2018

Paris – 9th -12th February
Stade de France, Batobus, Tour Montparnasse, Shopping
Roughly £320

Madrid – 31st March – 4th April
Bernabeu Stadium, Churro house, Flights, Cable cars, Shopping and markets
Roughly £520

We welcome you to a Parent Meeting on Tuesday 12th September in the Main Hall where more information will be available along with the letter of interest and deposit information.
Paris trip – 5pm
Madrid trip – 6pm

More information can be found here.

SACRE Youth Voice Conference

On Thursday 13th July ten Mayfield students from years 8 and 9 attended the Hampshire SACRE Youth Voice Conference. This year’s title was “Reality vs. The Media: Does the media stereotype religion?”.

Throughout the day they discussed this topic with students from other Hampshire schools and attended three workshops. The workshops really pushed the students, particularly one presented by a lecturer at Winchester University.

I was really proud of the way the students discussed this big question with students from other schools; with several of our pupils contributing ideas and questions to the main discussion in front of 70+ people.
(Please click here for the news article which includes pictures)

Posted by Paul Borer

Category: Mayfield Messenger