5 Oct 2018

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

I am very pleased to report that we have hosted our Open Afternoon and Evening for entry into Year R, 3 and 7 from September 2019. Several hundred people attended this event and the feedback has been very positive. If, however, you or someone you know missed this then it is not too late to book a tour of the Senior School at work. Simply email our admissions team to arrange a suitable time on admissions@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

From Monday 29th October we will be running tours of our Primary School. There will be an opportunity to see classes in action and meet key staff. As ever, if you wish to book a place email the admissions team on the address above.

For more information about life at Mayfield, please download a copy of our admission booklet here and admission policy here. Alternatively, visit https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/learning-and-schools/schools/school-admissions.aspx for more information.

Each half term there will be a drop in meeting where parents can meet the team of staff that support your child with different aspects of school life.  The first one is on the theme of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This takes place on Thursday 11th October 9-10am in the breakfast room.  There is no need to book and light refreshments will be provided. For further information, please contact Mrs Anders, SENCO on AndersE@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

At the end of this half term we will be posting home to all parents a progress report. If you have recently moved or changed any of your contact details then please alert our admin team by sending an email to our SIMS manager, Mrs. Helen Patis on Patis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

With the ‘short’ days approaching we actively encourage every pupil to wear a brightly coloured jacket to and from school every day. We still have available a number of school lockers that any pupil can hire by contacting our Finance Officer,  Mrs. Steph Manns manns@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.

Finally, we are delighted to announce that Mayfield has been short-listed in two categories for the ‘Teach Portsmouth Awards’ which take place tonight, Friday. Good luck to all of the staff that have made it to the final!

To help you plan your time, we have provided a list of key dates for the Autumn 1 half term HERE.

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

This week has been a busy one and I would like to thank all the pupils who came back to help at the Open Evening on Wednesday night. We were extremely busy and our pupils were such great ambassadors for our school.

Next week we have our second IGNITE conference, which we are looking forward to. All the pupils who are IGNITE will be invited and topic is “Me!”. We have a number of external presenters coming in to work with them pupils and I am looking forward to attending some of the sessions.

Year 7 and 8 should be working on their Prep projects which can be found here. Please contact your child’s tutor if you have any questions about the projects. A full list of tutors can be found here.

I would like to take the opportunity to remind parents that we do not allow fizzy drinks in school. If they are seen they will be confiscated. There are several water fountains around the school and pupils are encouraged to bring a water bottle into school and refill it during breaks and lunch as necessary. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

We had a very well attended Open Afternoon on Wednesday for admissions into Year R and Year 3 for September 2019.  Parents of children in the current Year 2 do not need to apply for a place in the Juniors as your children will transfer automatically into Year 3 where they will be joined by 30 new children.

We are now more than half way through this half-term and it has been great to see some of the Prep projects that have already come in, like the examples from Year 4 shown below.  There is no Prep this half-term for Year R, but children in all other year groups should now be working towards completing their projects ready for these to be handed in on Monday 15th October.

On Monday 15th October, we will also be holding our Harvest Festival celebration in school.  Miss Lewis talked to the children in assembly this week about the meaning of the Harvest Festival and we have also been learning Harvest songs with Mr Ralls in Music.  We have invited the Portsmouth Food Bank to come into our Harvest Festival celebration on 15th October and we are grateful for any donations of non-perishable foods on this day.

We also have the first Parents Evenings of the year coming up on Tuesday 16th and Thursday 18th October from 4 till 7pm.  You can book your 10 minutes appointment with your child’s class teacher via the Online Booking system.  We use this first Parents Evening as a chance for parents to discuss how their children have settled into their new classes and to set targets for the year ahead, so it is important that you make an appointment for this event.  This year, we will be holding the Parents Evenings in the Main Hall and parents should enter via the main Reception.

The Online Booking System for Autumn 2 Extra-Curricular goes live next week.  As ever, Mrs Guy and the team have put together a tremendous range of clubs that should appeal to all tastes and interests.  We have some new clubs again for the next half-term including Martial Arts and Circus Skills and the full list can be found here. Following a request from parents, we have staggered the opening of the booking system as follows:

  • Year R – Monday 8th October at 6pm
  • Year 1 and 2 – Tuesday 9th October at 6pm
  • Year 3 and 4 – Wednesday 10th October at 6pm

Finally, several parents have made contact with me with regard to our Packed Lunch Policy for Year 3 and 4 and how this policy is being implemented.  I accept that the rules around crisps and savoury biscuits like Mini-Cheddars have lacked clarity and have left some parents confused.  Therefore, in line with the guidance from the Food Standards Trust, we will not be allowing any crisps or snacks like Mini-Cheddars to be part of the children’s packed lunches after half-term and I would be grateful if you did not send these items in your child’s packed lunch.  A copy of the Packed Lunch Policy and the examples of foods that are not allowed will be sent home in the posting before the half-term holidays.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

Please can I remind you to send your children into school with their coats, as we play outside daily. Also, that you clearly label your children's school uniform to prevent these items going home with the wrong children.

Our topic will continue with 'Autumn'. We shall be collecting leaves on the field and use are Nature sheets to help us identify some of the leaves collected.

Learning intentions linked to class subject:

  • Choose particular colours for a purpose;
  • Create a collage with natural materials;
  • Create leaf rubbings;
  • Respond to comments and questions entering into dialogue about their creations. 

Letter sound for the week is 'E'. We look forward to seeing your children's work and sharing their collages at circle time to promote language.

Homework is now being sent home weekly please, make it lots of fun and give lots of praise and don't forget to bring it back to school when completed.

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