9 Mar 2018

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

To further improve home school communication and offer a glimpse in to the day to day work of Mayfield, we will be increasing our social media presence by sending out a “tweet of the day” via the school’s Twitter account. To subscribe to our Twitter account, please click here.

Our recent weeks, teaching staff in our Senior Section have been working hard on our Year 11 Easter Revision Schedule. I am very grateful to all staff that have so generously given up their time to offer additional revision opportunities over the Easter break. Please click here for a copy of the two-week timetable.

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.

Finally, I would like to draw your attention to the FOM Bingo Night which will be held on Friday 16th March at 7.00pm in the Main Hall – for more information, click here.

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. This can be downloaded here

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

Last week we were delighted to see so many parents at the Year 7 Parent’s Evening. The overwhelming majority of Year 7 pupils have made a fabulous start to Mayfield and it was nice to share that with parents.

I am also pleased to share with you that our Year 9 boys football team beat The Petersfield School on Tuesday to go through to the final of the Hampshire Cup. We will share details of where the final is to be played and it would be lovely if we had a great body of support there for the pupils.

Next week Year 7 start their Animal Adaptations STEM project across many of their subjects. This culminates in a trip to Marwell Zoo for a large number of them. Please do ask them what they have been doing. Next Wednesday we celebrate Pi day and DNA day with a special event for Year 7- again please do ask your children what they have learnt!

A series of careers events have been running throughout the year for different year groups and next Thursday Year 9 will be involved. This is well timed as the process for refining their Options for Year 10 begins after Easter. If you have any questions about careers please contact Miss Jones on jones1@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk and any questions about options go to Mrs Cleary on clearya@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.

Final reminder that Year 8 Options forms must be with tutors by 11:35am on Tuesday 13th March 2018. Please contact your child’s tutor if you have any questions. A list of tutors can be found here.

Next week our Senior Choir are performing on Wednesday at the Soundsational Concert at the Guildhall with Mr Ralls. I wish them the very best of luck.

Year 7 and 8 are currently working on their Spring 2 Prep projects. Details of the projects can be found here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s tutor. A list of all the tutors and their contact details can be found here.

Can I please take this opportunity to remind parents regarding over rules around jewellery? Pupils are allowed one stud in each earlobe. No other piercings are allowed. Rings, necklaces and bracelets are also not allowed. Please do encourage your children to leave jewellery at home. From Monday we will be confiscating jewellery that is not permitted. Thank you for your support with this.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

We have a passion for reading in the Primary section and we have continued to celebrate our Book Week this week.  We had the West End Theatre Company back today for the Dance and Drama workshops with Years R, 1 and 2.  Each workshop was based around one of our favourite books such as The Troll or The Enormous Crocodile and the children thoroughly enjoyed the activities on offer.  I also hope that you have had a chance to visit the travelling Book Fayre in the Breakfast Club room this week.  The Book Fayre is staying with us until Wednesday 14th March and I would encourage you to pop along to see the wide range of texts that are available for all ages and abilities. 

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to Family Learning Week next week.  The sessions will give you the opportunity to find out how things are taught in our school whilst working alongside them, so that you feel more confident about helping your child to learn at home.  Each session is a normal working lesson for the children and we are quite limited on space in the classrooms, so please can you not bring younger siblings with you.  Parents in Years R – 2 should meet at the Infant Gate for their sessions and parents in Year 3 will need to meet outside the main Junior gate.  I know that the children love having their parents in to their lessons and I hope that you will find these sessions useful.

We have got some exciting Musical events coming up between now and the Easter holidays.  On Tuesday 20th March, our Year 2 Choir are performing in the Infant Voices Festival at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.  Children can wear fancy dress to this performance which is based on the theme of ‘My Dream Job’, so their costume should reflect what they would like to be when they are older.  Tickets for this event will be sent home in bookbags next week.  We are also looking forward to the Year 1 performance of Red Hot Jungle on Wednesday 28th March.  Tickets for this event can be ordered through the online booking system shortly.

We are also joining in with the nationwide Sport Relief event on Friday 23rd March.  On that afternoon, each class will be taking part in a sponsored run around the field with the proceeds being split between Sport Relief and our own campaign to buy a defibrillator to kept in school.  Letters and sponsor forms will be coming home next week.

Finally, I would like to thank the Friends of Mayfield for their continued support of our school.  Bookings for the Easter Egg hunt close at 4.30pm today, so please make sure that you get your reply slip back urgently to avoid disappointment.  I am also looking forward to being the caller at the Bingo Night on Friday 16th March.  I have been learning all of the rhyming slang and I hope that you will be able to join us for a fun-filled evening.

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

The theme will continue with ‘Pirates’.  In class we shall be discussing the rules for living on board a ship and why rules are important.  We will also look at feelings.  Can the children describe how they would feel being so far away from their families if they were pirates living on the sea.  We will carry on with designing wanted posters by drawing our friends and rein act stores of pirates in role play, exploring the meaning of new words.

Learning intentions linked to class topic:

  • Investigate floating and sinking;
  • Create a pirate map;
  • Use positional language to give directions to find the treasure;
  • Observational drawings.

Letter sound is ‘V’ and words of the week are ‘an’ and ‘he’.

I would like to remind you that the school photographer is in on Friday 16th march from 9am till 12pm.

Finally, please leave your children’s PE kit in school, these will be sent home at the end of term for you to wash – don’t forget to label all items of clothing.

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:

World Book Day

Mayfield celebrated it's World Book Day despite the chilly weather today. Students in our Primary section celebrated the idea of 'sharing a story' by wearing cosy pajamas and taking part in group activities. Senior students have been competing in tutor competitions and resilience quizzes to show off their knowledge of books. The staff have also gone to extra lengths dressing up as book characters to share their favourite stories with students. All students have received a World Book Day token which can be exchanged for discounted books and audio books.

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