29 Mar 2018

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

I would like to highlight the very full Easter revision programme that we are offering to pupils in Year 11. Staff members have committed a significant amount of their time to run over 60 revision classes. A copy of the final timetable can be found here.

I am very grateful to all staff that have given up their holiday time in this way and hope to see lots of Year 11 accessing these opportunities. More about this in Miss. Hillier’s section.

To help our families plan their time, we have produced an extract of the school calendar containing all of the keys dates for Summer 1. This can be downloaded here

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

As the Spring Term finishes I am delighted to be able to report another sporting victory as our Year 10 boys beat The Wavell School from Aldershot in the Hampshire Cup semi-final. Well done to all involved including the team manager Miss Hutchinson. Once we know the venue and date for the final we will let parents know so that we can get as much support as possible for them.

The ski trip departs on Good Friday to Saalbach in Austria. We hope they all have a lovely time and look forward to hearing all about it after Easter.

Over Easter, we have well over 50 different revision sessions running for Year 11. The morning sessions begin at 9 am and the afternoon sessions begin at 12 pm. If your child is signed up, please do help them to get here in good time! Please note, these sessions should be in addition to the revision that your child is doing at home on their own. The last exam is on Friday 21st June so with less than three months until it is all over it is so very important that they are really structuring their revision carefully at home. The full timetable of exams for Year 11 can be found here.

As I said last week we currently have open the application process for both prefects for Year 10 pupils to apply for and Young Mentors for Year 11 to apply for. The closing date for both of these is 20th April 2018 and full details are on the website here.

In the first week back after Easter, we have our Year 9 Parents Evening on Thursday 19th April from 4 pm to 7 pm. Booking is available on the website here.

In the half-termly newsletter, you will receive information about the prep for Years 7 and 8 for Summer 1. Information is also available on the website here.

I wish you all a very happy Easter holiday and we look forward to seeing all the pupils back safely on Monday 16th April, in full uniform and well equipped with their pen, pencil, planner and reading book. All pupils need to be here normal time, with Years 7 and 8 here by 8:10 am and Years 9-11 here by 8:40 am. Please remind pupils to remove all jewellery before coming back to school.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

We finished last week with our Sponsored Run for Sport Relief and the Mayfield Defibrillator Campaign.  So far, over £700 of sponsorship money has been handed in which is a wonderful achievement – thank you for your generosity and support.  Please send in any remaining sponsorship money straight after the Easter holidays so that we can let the children know the final total in assembly.

The Sponsored Run was an inter-House competition for Years 1 – 3.  The results have been counted and verified and the final distances run were:

1st Endeavour House 82 miles

2nd Discovery House 78 miles

3rd Victory House 75 miles

4th Intrepid House 65 miles

In total, when the Year R miles were added on, the children ran enough miles to get from Portsmouth to Scotland!

The undoubted highlight of this week was the Year 1 production of ‘Red Hot Safari’ which was written and directed by Mrs Guy and Miss Hatton.  I was highly impressed with the singing and dancing and the children did so well to remember all of their lines and speak them so clearly.  It is clear that the Year 1 have been really enthused by their topic this half term!

I have also enjoyed inviting a group of pupils from each class for a Prep Reward Tea this week.  As ever, the children have produced some incredibly imaginative work on their chosen topics and they have talked about their work with a real sense of pride.  Thank you for your support at home with the Prep projects – I hope that you have enjoyed doing them as much as the children clearly did.

We finished the half-term with the Friends of Mayfield Easter Egg Hunt.  The Friends of Mayfield have continued to grow this year and has provided the pupils with some memorable enrichment opportunities. 

When we return after the Easter holidays, the children are allowed to wear the summer uniform again.  Hopefully, we will have some warmer weather too.  In preparation for the summer term, please make sure that your child has their water bottle in school so that they can stay hydrated.

Happy Easter! 

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

Our topic after the Easter half term will change to ‘Spring’.  The children will be looking at planting and growth.  We will discuss what seedlings need in order for them to grow into plants.  We shall explore seeds by using hand held lenses and encourage the children to talk about their observations, looking at similarities and differences.

Learning intentions linked to class subject:

  • Talk about differences;
  • Sort seeds by shape, size and colour;
  • Children to use key vocabulary to describe change.

Letter-sound for the week is ‘Y’ – could you create a collage and bring into school for Thursday to share at circle time.

Words of the week – And / Was.

Finally, a few reminders, could you make sure all items of clothing are clearly labelled to prevent uniform going home with the wrong child.  It is also very important that the office has your correct contact details in case of emergencies.

Enjoy the half term break – Happy Easter from the team at Little Sunbeams!

News Items

Discovery House Reward Eggstravaganza

Discovery’s recent reward event, ‘Eggstravaganzas’ on Monday 26th March, was a great success.

We were chosen for this event because we had all received over 650 achievement points.

We began with an Easter egg hunt, around the whole west field. The pupil that collected the most eggs won a prize. Three people won Easter eggs. After that, we came in and had some food and drinks. We also interacted with other age groups which were good as you got to meet new people. During the event, there were three opportunities to win a prize from the raffle. The prizes were love to shop vouchers. Everyone was presented with a new house badge ‘Discovery 500’ to celebrate the achievement points that we had earnt. We loved taking part in this reward afternoon, it was so much fun.

By Paige Sims and Maddie Edwards

Japanese Student Visitors

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we welcomed eight Japanese student visitors who were over on the annual trip thanks to the linking of Portsmouth and Maizuru.

Nine Mayfield pupils gave our visitors a student’s perspective to schooling in England, by taking the Japanese pupils on a tour of the school, attending a lesson with them, sharing lunch together and then enjoying playing games together which encouraged pupils from both countries to talk about the similarities and differences. We were lucky enough to receive a presentation from the pupils from Maizuru all about their city which was very interesting.

After being in a school for two days, we allowed all pupils the opportunity to ‘let their hair down’ and went bowling to Gunwharf Quays. The Mayfield pupils were so warm and welcoming to our visitors, it was truly a pleasure to spend the time with them.

I would like to give my deepest gratitude to the following pupils for their help with this visit: Julita Baluta, Ruby Hughes, Tegan Jeram, Chloe Perman, Teoni Lloyd, Helena Williams, Tiana Fray, Lia Breeze-Jones and Lauren Taylor.

Little Sunbeams Trip to Marwell Zoo

Our children went on a school trip to Marwell Zoo with the Year 7 cohort from Mayfield.

Wow! They had a fantastic time using their maps to find their favourite animals, telling their teachers to follow them. They all agreed that the Rhinos are their favourite, lots of fun and laughter was had by all the children and teachers.

Posted by Billy Woodhead

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