25 May 2018

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

This is the final ‘Mayfield Messenger’ for this half term with the next edition published on Friday 8th June. Over the half-term break, I am very pleased to confirm that our staff have committed to offering a range of revision opportunities for pupils in Year 11. A copy of the revision programme can be found here.

Over the holiday, all parents and carers will receive a copy of the whole school posting. A copy of my letter can be found here. In particular, I would like to draw your attention to the “Friends of Mayfield” Summer Fete which is due to take place on Saturday 7th July. I would be most appreciative if you would circulate this date to your social network. A copy of the flyer can be found here.

With the start of the new academic year, many of you may be thinking about replacing items of school uniform. Please be aware that the ‘Friends of Mayfield’ are collecting good quality, clean items of uniform to sell on as part of their fundraising drive. If you have any items of uniform you no longer need, then please do consider sending them into the Main Reception clearly marked “FOM”. Many thanks.

Finally, with the warmer weather now upon us, I would remind all members of our community our policy regarding hot weather. Should a heat warning be put in place by the Met Office for our area, we will run our ‘Hot Weather Protocol’ which allows for the relaxation of our dress code around the use of a blazer. In the event of the ‘Hot Weather Protocol’ being activated, this will be communicated via text, our website and social media channels. We always encourage pupils to bring a bottled drink to school and to keep well hydrated throughout the day.

* School closed for staff training: Friday 22nd June 2018 *

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

We have reached the end of a very busy half-term. A big well done to all three teams who played at Fratton Park on Wednesday night in the Hampshire Cup Finals. All the boys were a credit to Mayfield and I am delighted to report that our Year 8 and our Year 10 teams were victorious! Thank you to everyone who came to support us on Wednesday and thank you to our staff; Mr Browning, Mr Campbell, and Miss Hutchinson who have given up their time this year to manage these teams.

There are many revision opportunities for Year 11 over the holiday and a full timetable of sessions can be found here. Please contact Mr Gibson at gibsonr@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk if you have any questions about Year 11 and he will be happy to help you.

Next half-term it is only our current Year 7 who have Prep to do. This is available on the website here.  The work will be set by your child’s current teacher but will be collected in by their new teachers once the timetable moves on and your child moves up to Year 8. Staff always enjoy seeing this work and it helps to ease the transition between years. If you have any questions about Prep please do contact your child’s tutor in the first instance. A full list of tutors can be found here.

When we return from the half-term holiday the weather is likely to be warmer. Please remind your child that they should bring a refillable water bottle to school every day. It is very important that your child remains hydrated and they can freely access water at break and lunchtimes to refill their bottles.

Could I take the opportunity to remind you that we do not allow extreme haircuts at school- so please ensure that your child has no part of their hair cut to below a grade 2. In addition, please note that we only allow one earring per ear and this must be in the lobe of the ear and either a small stud or a small sleeper (no bigger than little finger size). No other piercings are allowed. Nails must only be painted a pale colour and must not be false.

Over the holiday please encourage your child to keep reading- every day! This could be their reading book or maybe a newspaper to keep up-to-date with current events. Anything you can do to keep them reading will support their learning at school.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

We have had a tremendous week of sporting action in the Primary section.  On Monday, our Year 3 golf team (shown below) took part in a Portsmouth Schools Tournament at Priory School.  We were competing against teams made up of older pupils, and although we didn’t quite manage to make the top 3, our team competed superbly and showed some great golfing skills. 

Our Year 3 football team has been competing in a tournament at Fratton Park today and we have had two Year 2 teams taking part in a Football Festival at Goals today.  I’m sure that all of these teams will have represented our school with pride and the results of these will follow in our next newsletter.

Year 2 pupils also enjoyed a Martial Arts workshop this week to help them relax and unwind during the SATs week.  I have been really proud of how the Year 2 children have risen to the challenge of the SATs over the last fortnight.  They have demonstrated the Learning Superpowers of being resilient, resourceful, responsible, ready and reflective.  The children have now completed all of the papers and these will be used as part of the End of Key Stage 1 Teacher Assessment which has to be completed by late June.

We have decided not to do the early academic promotion in the Primary section this year.  The first reason for this decision is down to the deadlines for Early Years Foundation Stage and the End of Key Stage 1 Teacher Assessment.  The children in Years R and 2 have until the end of June to produce the evidence to show that they have met or exceeded the expected standards.  Instead of moving the children to new classes and teachers in mid-June, we are giving them these additional two weeks with their established teachers and classes to show that they have mastered all of the skills for reading, writing and maths. 

The second reason is to support the 30 new children who will be joining us as Year 3 in September.  We want to make the new children feel very welcome at Mayfield and this would be harder if they were joining classes that were already well established. 

Instead of the early academic promotion, we are running two transition days on 2nd and 3rd July when the new children will be joining us and all year groups will move up and spend two days working with their new teachers in the new classrooms for next year.  There will also be other opportunities for the children to prepare for the move to their new classes including a Summer School from 20th to 24th August.  More details will follow about this after half-term.

Finally, your child’s report for Summer 1 should be in the posting that came home in the bookbag this afternoon.  Please see or email your child’s teacher if you have any queries or questions about this report.

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

The topic will continue with Minibeasts after the half term. The children are going to identify locations of bug habitats in our school environment, draw the locations on a map and label the habitats. To support this activity, we shall use information books from the library to research the different types of habitats that bugs can be found in.

Learning intentions linked to the class subject:

  • Identify and describe habitats;
  • Take photos of their locations and use this information to help when drawing their map; 
  • Discuss their work;
  • Learning new vocabulary linked to the topic.

Finally, a gentle reminder, please clearly label your children's uniform to prevent items being taken home by mistake, have a lovely half term see you back at school on Monday 4th June.

News Items


Mayor Making Ceremony

Last 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. 

Little Sunbeams and Nursery celebrate the Royal Wedding

Last week at Little Sunbeams and Nursery we celebrated the Royal Wedding by hosting a street party on our field. Lots of fun and laughter was had by all who attended the Royal celebrations.

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