18 May 2018

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

As is now customary at Mayfield, we will be ‘moving up’ all Senior Section year groups on Monday 25th June. Therefore, pupils currently in year:

  • 7 will move into Year 8 respectively, the timings of the school day remain the same;
  • 8 will move into Year 9, they will no longer have morning ‘Resilience’ and should arrive by 8.40am;
  • 9 will move into Year 10 and focus on fewer option subjects;
  • 10 will move into Year 11 - please make sure they have purchased their new tie.

Pupils in the Primary Section will remain in their classes until September, although staff will be running transition events for them.

We will also be running an extended transition for pupils in Year 6 who will be joining Mayfield in September 2018. This will run from Monday 2nd July until Friday 13th July.

We are currently in the processes of interviewing for our prefects and senior prefects, including the Head Boy and Girl. Those pupils selected to be prefects will be awarded a red tie and issued with their badge in the ‘moving on’ assembly on Monday 25th June.

Please be aware that ‘The Friends of Mayfield’ are organising a Summer Fete on Saturday 7th July. I would be very grateful if you would download a copy of the flyer here and share via your social media network. Thank you! If you are interested in supporting this event or want to know more about the ‘Friends of Mayfield’, then please contact the FOM Chair, Mrs Judith Firth on FirthJ@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 Summer 1. This can be downloaded here.

* School closed to all pupils for staff training: Friday 22nd June *

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

Year 11 have made a fantastic start to their formal GCSE examinations. This week has seen GCSE Computing and GCSE PE finish and Science has had both Biology and Chemistry exams. Next week is a heavy week for Core subjects as there are two English Literature papers as well as a Physics paper and the first Maths exam. Other exams are going on too! If your child is in Year 11 and you do not know what exams they have, please contact Mrs Helen Patis on patis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk and she can help you. The complete exam timetable is available on our website here. There are a number of revision opportunities being offered during half-term and on weekends over the next few weeks. A copy of the timetable for these can be found here. If you have any questions regarding these please contact Mr Ryan Gibson on gibsonr@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk and he will be able to help you.

Our pupils in Years 7-10 have now finished their Mayfields. These are being marked and the results of these will be fed back to you with your child’s end of year report. These should arrive with you by 18th June. If you do not receive your child’s information by then, please contact Mrs Gayle Head on head@mayfield.portsmout.sch.uk who will be able to address the issue.

This week a group of pupils went with Mr Campbell to the Mayor Making Ceremony. The pupils were a credit to the school and tremendously enjoyed the opportunity to see the event.

As half-term gets ever nearer can I please remind all parents and carers that our uniform rules state that hair-cuts must not be extreme (no part should be shorter than a grade 2) and that false nails are not permitted. Further information is on our website regarding hair-cuts so if you are planning on taking your child to get their hair cut over half-term please do take the time to look at the link here.

A reminder that mobile phones and headphones are not allowed to be used on the school site. If they are seen, then they will be confiscated and handed to a member of the behaviour team. If you need to contact your child regarding a medical appointment/family emergency that has cropped up during the school day, then please contact pupil services on:

Email - pupilservices@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

Answer phone - 02392 693 432 ext 236

Phone - 02392 693 432 ext 271

Text/Call - 07908676745

A message will then be delivered to your child. Similarly, if your child needs to contact you during the day, they are able to do this during break and lunchtimes in pupil services.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

It has been a really important week for Year 2 pupils with the start of the KS1 SATs.  I have been really proud of the way that the children have risen to the challenge of the papers, demonstrating their learning superpowers of resourcefulness, readiness and resilience in particular. There are more papers still to come next week.  We are keen that the pupils don’t feel anxious about these tests, so we are trying to keep things as normal as possible in school.  You may notice that your child is a bit more tired than usual, but please keep things as normal at home and don’t put your child under too much pressure to succeed.  The SATS are only a small part of the Teacher Assessments that take place at the end of Key Stage 1 and the results of these will be sent home with your child’s end of year report on 13th July.

Instead of our normal Celebration Assembly this afternoon, we had an extended Golden Time in House groups with a series of activities to celebrate the Royal Wedding.  It was lovely to see the House groups including brothers and sisters working so well together and it was great that some older pupils from the Seniors were able to come along as helpers too.

The booking system for Summer 1 Extra-Curricular is now open.  Following feedback from parents, we have tried to provide some information about each club on our website so that you can choose your clubs with your child with better knowledge about what each activity entails.  The booking system will remain open until 12 noon on Monday 21st May.

I’m also looking forward to seeing this half-term’s Prep projects next week.  It is always my pleasure to invite a group of pupils from each class to a Reward Tea to celebrate where they have made a particularly good effort with their Prep.  I’m always amazed at the imagination and time that goes into these projects.  Thank you in advance for all of your support with this half-term’s Prep.

We are welcoming a new member of our staff team when Mrs Campbell joins our Junior department as a class teacher on her return from maternity leave.  Prior to going on maternity leave, Mrs Campbell was Head of Intrepid House in Seniors, but now she will be working with the Primary section to develop sports and the performing arts.

We have an exciting week of sporting events lined up for next week.  It is our ambition that every child in Year 2 upwards will get to represent the school in a Portsmouth Schools sports competition during the year.  On Monday, we have a team in the Year 3 golf festival and, on Friday, we have entered two teams into the Year 2 football festival.  On Friday, our Year 3 football team are also playing at Fratton Park in the Primary Stars Football Cup.  Good luck to each one of our teams!

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

It looks like the weather will be starting to get warmer over the next couple of months, permission slips have been sent home with regard to staff applying sun cream. Please make sure you have returned these to the office.

The topic in class will be mini-beasts. The children will learn to use magnifying glasses to observe mini-beasts and pick out main features such as patterns, colour, size and shape.

Learning intentions linked to the class subject:

  • Bug hunt - what bugs live in our school environment;
  • What do we know about these bugs;
  • Identify some features;
  • Learn new words linked to the topic;
  • Use media and materials to create different types of mini-beasts for class display.

Words of the week are 'for'- 'had'

Reminder of some important dates:

  • Sports Day 21st June weather permitting school leavers only family and friends welcome.
  • Teddy Bear's Picnic 22nd June fundraising event form 10 am.
  • Sleepover 29th June school leavers only from 6.30pm till 8 am.
  • Graduation photos on 19th July from 9 am.
  • Graduation main hall Mayfield 20th July seating from 10 am.

Finally, we will not have a Summer Camp this year due to lack of interest when I have previously run provision.

News Items


Rewards Trip Letters

In tutor time on Thursday pupils will receive a letter telling them if they have or have not been successful in meeting the criteria (over 350 achievement points and under 50 behaviour points) to qualify for one of our rewards trips/events taking place on Thursday 21st June. Pupils can book a place on one of the reward trips/events from Monday 14th May – more details on how to do this can be found on the letter pupils receive.

Pupils who have not been successful in meeting the criteria will be given an opportunity to explain to their Head of House why they think they should get qualify for a place on a reward trip/event – more details on this process can be found on the letter that these pupils receive.

If you have any questions that are not answered in the letter then please do not hesitate to get in contact at GibsonR@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

University of Portsmouth Cheer Off 2018

Mayfield pupils have been training for 10 weeks every Monday night with two Cheerleading coaches from the University of Portsmouth, this has been leading up to a Portsmouth wide competition.

They have been working so hard learning their cheers and routines and their confidence has grown and friendships have developed within the year groups.

The competition was a great afternoon, all the Mayfield pupils were very supportive to all other schools, applauding and congratulating their performances.

Mayfield came away with the award for 'Best Stunts'.

Congratulations Mayfield Cheerleaders.

Artist of the Week

Alfie Flexman in year 11 has created this detailed final piece for his Art exam.

This piece was inspired by his own photography and he has created this intricate drawing using a range of pencils. Great work!

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