23 Mar 2018

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

We are currently preparing the whole school posting which will be sent out over the Easter break. If you have recently moved house or changed your contact details in any way, please alert us by sending an email to our SIMS Manager, Mrs Helen Patis on Patis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.

Please be aware that the school receives additional funding for any pupil who:

  • is or has been eligible for free school meals in the last six years;
  • has a parent or carer in the armed services.

If you believe that your child is eligible for additional funding, then please do alert us by contacting Mrs Jackie Hamilton on Hamilton@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. This can be downloaded here

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

We have ended the last full week before the Easter holidays and as usual, we have been busy!

 Over the last few weeks, a number of STEM activities have taken place. We have had girls from Years 7, 8 and 9 visiting the Winchester Science Centre to celebrate International Women in STEM day, 47 students from Years 7-10 going to the NEC in Birmingham to the STEM Big Bang Fair, and our own internal celebrations of Pi and DNA! Full information about these with photos can be seen on our website- please do have a look.

A big thank you to all the parents who came to the Year 11 Parents Evening on Thursday. These next few months are so important in supporting the pupils to succeed so it was great to be able to talk about how we work together to achieve this. The Easter revision programme is on the website here and the Summer Exam timetable is also available on the website here.

Every year we have a number of Year 11 who stay on and work with us until the end of the Summer Term as Young Mentors. The application process for this has begun and full details are available on the website here. The deadline is 20th April 2018.

Year 9 have their Parents Evening straight after Easter on Thursday 19th April. Booking for this is available on our website here. Please contact reception if you are having problems booking appointments. You will receive the options form for your child at this event as well as information on what the next steps are for your child in selecting subjects to study to the end of Year 11.

The process of prefect selection has begun with Year 10. Full details are on the website here and the closing date for applications is the 20th April 2018.

Years 7 and 8 should be handing their Prep in during the next few days. Full details of the projects are here, and a list of tutors is here. Please do contact your child’s tutor if you have any questions about the work.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

 We have had a brilliant week in the Primary section!

On Monday, our Year 3 gymnastics team took part in a Gym Competition, competing against teams including Year 4s from twelve other Portsmouth schools.  Our team showed tremendous commitment, teamwork and gymnastic skills and were rewarded with bronze medals for coming third overall.  Dulcie Rogers and David Adamescu were awarded individual medals for their performance.  Well done to the team!

On Tuesday, our Year 2 choir were part of a stunning performance at the Kings Theatre in Southsea this week.  We performed alongside children from 20 other Portsmouth infant schools to a packed house.  This year’s theme was ‘My Dream Job’ and the children were dressed in a costume to show their future selves.  We had all sorts of jobs and professions represented in our choir such as vets, footballers, make-up artists, gymnasts, policemen and scientist. The children’s singing was absolutely wonderful and the staff and parents were all very proud of our choir.  Well done Year 2!

We finished the week with our Sponsored Walk in support of Sports Relief and the Mayfield Defibrillator campaign.  Each year group took their turn to run or walk at least a mile and the results are currently being calculated to see which House managed to run the furthest distance.  Thank you to all of the parents, families and friends who have sponsored the children.  Please, can you send any sponsor money in your child’s book bag before the Easter holidays.

It is going to be a busy final week of term.  On Monday, the Spring 2 Prep is due to be handed in and the booking system for Summer 1 Extra-Curricular will close at 12 noon.  Monday is also the final date to book tickets for the Year 1 performance of Red Hot Jungle.

Year 1 have been working incredibly hard on Red Hot Jungle and they will be showing this to the rest of the school on Tuesday morning.  We are then looking forward to welcoming parents and families to our two public performances on Wednesday at 9.30am and 2.30pm.  It is going to be a fantastic show so please make sure that you have reserved your tickets.

Finally, on Thursday, we have the Friends of Mayfield Easter Egg Hunt on the West Field at 3.30pm.  Thanks, as ever, go to the parent volunteers from the Friends of Mayfield for providing another great enrichment activity for the children.

Next week, we are also going to have a focus on wearing our House badges.  The Tidy Cloakroom Cup is going to be awarded at the end of the week to the class who are best at remembering to wear their House badges each day.  Please can you ensure that your child wears their House badge each day, apart from Year R who aren’t in Houses yet.  Please see your child’s teacher if the House badge is broken or has gone missing.  Thanks in advance for your support.

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

The topic will now change to ‘Easter Festival’.  We shall gain an awareness of the Easter Story and discuss why people celebrate Easter and where Easter celebrations take place.  The children will take part in an Easter Bonnet Parade through the school, so parent’s it is time to get creative – we look forward to seeing their amazing bonnets.

For those children who will be going to Marwell, you will need to be at school for 8.30am promptly.  We will not wait for you if you are late.  Do not forget, children need to be able to carry their own backpack with lunch inside.  Please do not give your child any spending money, as there will not be time to visit a gift shop.  We will return to school at 3.30pm – children to be collected from Mayfield main entrance.

Learning intentions linked to class subject:

  • Sequencing and retell the Easter Story;
  • Discuss the different celebrations we have during the year;
  • Have a positive approach to new experiences.

Letter-sound of the week is ‘X’ – words of the week will remain the same, A – To.

News Items


International Women in STEM Day 2018

As part of the internationally-celebrated ‘Women’s Day’, fifteen of our or Year 7, 8 and 9 girls attended the ‘Women in STEM’ event at the Winchester Science Centre.

Arrival at the Science Centre, where the girls were then put in to teams with girls from other schools, the aim being to design a skeleton bobsleigh made from K’NEX, this supporting a drinks bottle which would provide its source of motion. After testing their designs, everyone then experienced an amazing show in the Planetarium, exploring our solar system and the ISS. This was followed-up by experiencing the hands-on space exhibits.

After lunch, everyone participated in a ‘STEM speed-networking’ event, where the girls got to meet female engineers and scientists who work for companies such as Toyota, P+O Cruises, and the Royal Navy, and who design and build our roads, prosthetic limbs, aircraft and other major areas of our everyday lives.

A representative from Nissan then gave a talk about how the company designed a bicycle for Paralympian David Stone, MBE, who is a British para-cyclist. He has cerebral palsy, and has managed to be the best at his sport in Britain! This was followed by a presentation all about skiing, focussing on how able-bodied equipment is used compared to that used by Paralympian skiers (some of whom won medals at the 2018 Paralympics!).

The event was very popular with our students, and very inspiring for them, helping everyone think about potential future STEM-related careers and studies.

Mayfield Attend The National STEM ‘Big Bang Fair, At The NEC, Birmingham

As part of National Science Week, Mr Jackson led a coach-load of forty-seven students from Years 7, 8, 9 and 10, to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

It was a long day our for us, departing at 06:30 and returning at 18:40, but we had a great day. On arrival (with many other coaches), we walked to the main NEC building, which itself is a feat of engineering as it is massive! After checking-in, we then spent the day exploring the many stands and exhibitions, trying out as many practical activities as we could. Students:

  • measured their own heartbeats on an ECG machine
  • climbed towers
  • participated in (acted!) open heart surgery
  • held stick insects
  • sat in a ‘Red Arrow’
  • excavated a hole with a JCB
  • moved (pretend!) nuclear fuel from one area to another
  • used the various ‘night-sights’ the military use
  • built a railway
  • discovered the science behind making chocolate
  • studied malaria-infected blood
  • designed a road
  • and so much more!

We also all watched the ‘’Royal Institute (not the) Christmas Lectures’ Show’, which emulated the seasonal RI Lectures that the BBC broadcast on the television every Christmas. We all jumped and went ‘WOW!’ during their amazing show which was full of ‘whizzes, pops and bangs’, all highlighting how useful and important STEM is in our everyday lives, across the Earth and beyond.

The day was incredibly useful for all of our students, as it not only helped them understand the role that school, then college, then university can play in our futures but also highlighted many new and different potential STEM-based careers that anyone can aspire to follow.

Our students were impeccably behaved throughout the day, and a credit to our school.

Performing Arts Committee

Congratulations to our newly appointed Performing Arts Committee, all looking very smart with their new badges. Pupils were invited to join the committee by their Drama, Dance and Music teachers for demonstrating outstanding commitment, energy and enthusiasm in the performing arts. They form a group of students who will assist the teachers in running clubs, events, performances, fundraising and generally raising the profile of the Performing Arts across Mayfield. We look forward to starting work, our first event being assisting the Friends of Mayfield with the primary Easter egg hunt on 29th March. They will be face painting, glitter tattooing and running a cake sale.

Artist of the Week

Posted by Billy Woodhead

Category: Mayfield Messenger

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