2 Mar 2018

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

Recently, we celebrated ‘World Book Day’ across the school. A number of staff dressed up as a book character and pupils in our Infant and Pre-School also joined in.

Very shortly, we will begin the process of interviewing Year 10 pupils for our Senior Pupil Team. Our Prefects help run the school and are regularly invited to celebration events. Our pupil voice coordinator, Miss. Jessica Jones will be coordinating this selection process, supported by our Heads of House, her contact details are JonesJ1@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.

As is now customary at Mayfield, we will be seeking a group of up to 20 Year 11 pupils to become ‘Young Mentors’ during the Summer 2 half term. This is a great way for our pupils to gain valuable work experience, earn some money and support our Year 6 into 7 transition. Mrs. Bartlett will be coordinating this after Easter. If you would like to find out more, please email her on BartlettS@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 Spring 2.

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

This week we had the Year 11 Mock Results Event. Mr Gibson spoke to the pupils about their results and what they should do from now to make a difference and change the outcomes for the Summer. If you have any questions about this, please contact Mr Gibson on gibsonr@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk in the first instance. Please remember there is an opportunity to talk to the subject teachers on Thursday 22nd March 2018. Booking is available on the website here.

The Year 7 Parents Evening is next Thursday, 8th March 2018. Booking is available on the website here. We look forward to welcoming you to school to discuss the progress that your child is making.

On Tuesday the Year 10 football team beat Henry Beaufort from Winchester in the quarter finals of the Hampshire cup with a strong 7-1 victory. Well done to them, and the team manager Miss Hutchinson.

Please remember that Year 8 Options forms must be handed into tutors by 13th March. If there are any questions about the process please contact Mrs Cleary on clearya@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.

Years 7 and 8 have their Spring 2 “prep” projects to complete at home this half-term. Full details are available on the website here.  The full list of tutors is here, please contact them in the first instance if you have any questions.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

We had an extra-special World Book Day this year with the arrival of the snow during the afternoon.  Everyone enjoyed the pyjama day and each child was given the book of their choice.  Year 3 also had the chance to take part in a Dance and Drama workshop with the West End Dance Company.  Unfortunately, the Snow Day meant that we will need to reschedule the workshops for the other year groups for another date. 

To continue with the theme of developing a lifelong love of reading, we have the travelling Book Fayre visiting Mayfield from next week.  The Book Fayre is going to be based in the Breakfast Club room from Wednesday 7th March and will be open at 3.30 and 4.30pm.  Please do pop in and have a look at the books that are on offer.

The other highlight of our week was the Year 2 Tri-Golf Tournament on Monday.  Our team competed with great enthusiasm and really improved their golfing skills during the afternoon.  There were 15 other schools there and we did very well to come 3rd overall.  The children will be given their medals in Celebration Assembly next week.

Hopefully the Snow Day on Friday has given you the chance to get ahead with the Prep project for this half-term.  Please see your child’s teacher if you are not sure what they need to do for this half-term.

Places on the Family Learning Week have been filling up quickly this week.  Thank you for giving up your time to come into the classrooms to work alongside your child for these sessions – the children are always delighted to see you!  From Monday 5th March, if spaces still remain, parents may choose to sign up for more than one session in the week.  Please see the online booking system for further details.

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

Please remember to book your appointment for parents evening which is on Thursday 8th March.  We are also open Monday evening on the 5th March from 6.30 – 7.30pm so that dads can come along with the children to create Mother’s Day cards.  This is a lovely evening and it is nice for dads to come and take part in an activity with their children.

Out topic has now changed to ‘Pirates’.  We are going to use globes and maps as a source of information for finding out about famous pirates in history.  Where do pirates come from and why do they travel on the sea?

Learning intentions linked to class topics:

  • Construct and join different media and materials together to create props for role play;
  • Design ‘Wanted’ posters by drawing their friends;
  • Extend vocabulary, exploring the meaning of new words.

Letter sound is ‘U’.  Please create a collage which we can share at circle time to promote phonics and letter sounds. 

From next week we will also introduce in class our word wall, where each week we will introduce two new words to learn and recognise.  To support this, the children will be sent home with their Phonic workbook and Alphabet mat.  The first words we are going to learn are ‘to’ and ‘it’.

Finally, I would like to thank you for taking part in World Book Day – the children looked amazing.

News Items

Every Thursday in Tutor time pupils take part in a general knowledge/topical quiz. Pupils are placed into mixed year group teams of 4-5 and compete against the other teams in their tutor group.

Points have been added to the overall house cup competition which now stands at:

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Discovery House rewards kindness

Discovery house’s most recent reward afternoon the criteria was kindness. 40 pupils were chosen because of their kindness and thoughtfulness to others.

The afternoon saw a mix of year groups working together, playing games and having fun. It was lovely to see Year 1 and 2 pupils spending time with the upper school pupils.

We look forward to the next reward afternoon in Spring 2.


Artist of the Week

Daisy Brownley in Year 11 has taken these beautiful photographs linking to her exam project ‘light and dark’.

These photos display interesting compositions and balance between light and dark and have been captured very skillfully.

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