12 Oct 2018

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

Following on from our recent open evening and open days we are still offering parents and carers of children joining Year R, 3 or Year 7 in September 2019 the opportunity to book a tour of the school during the working day. To arrange a tour, or for any help with the admissions process, please email our admissions team on admissions@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

 

Please note that parents or carers of pupils with a child in our Pre-School must apply for a place in Year R in the normal way. For more information about life at Mayfield, please download a copy of our admission booklet here and admission policy here. Alternatively, visit for the school admissions page at Portsmouth City Council by following this link:
https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/learning-and-schools/schools/school-admissions.aspx

 

If you would like to become involved with supporting the school, then why not consider joining the ‘Friends of Mayfield’? The FOM are a group of like-minded volunteers who run a number of events throughout the year to raise funds for the school. The time commitment can be as much or as little as you can spare. For more information please email fom@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

 

Finally, I hope you agree with me that the trajectory for our school is a very positive one. However, we do recognise that, from time to time, parents or carers may have cause for complaint. If you are unhappy about any aspect of the work of the school then please email Mrs. Fiona Rogers, Assistant Headteacher on, RogersF@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk outlining the nature of your concern.

 

The Governing Body has a number of policies which they have asked me to draw to your attention:

 

  • Complaints;
  • Safeguarding;
  • Whistle Blowing.

 

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

A huge thank you to all the Year 11 parents who came to the Parent’s Evening on Thursday. It was lovely to see so many parents with their children discussing what they need to do to succeed this year. If you were unable to attend then please do contact your child’s teachers. A full list of email addresses for staff is available here.

 

Next week we have our Restart a Heart Day. The whole of Year 8 are off timetable on Tuesday on a Deep Learning Day. We are delighted that Professor Deakin will be officially opening our community defibrillator at midday- the defibrillator really is a symbol of the whole school coming together to raise money for a good cause.

 

Year 7 and 8 should be coming to the end of their Autumn 1 Prep projects and be handing them in. In the event of any difficulties around this please contact your child’s tutor. A full list of tutors is available here.

 

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

I’m pleased to start this week’s newsletter by announcing the winners of the Inter-House Poetry competition that took place last week:

 

                Overall winner: Bella-Mae Butler

                Year 4: Holly Buchanan

                Year 3: Aliya Russell

                Year 2: Grace Sutherland

                Year 1: Florence Surrey

 

When we counted up all of the entries, the Inter-House Competition was won by Intrepid House.  Congratulations to the Green House on their first ever victory in one of our competitions!

 

We have got a really exciting week coming up in the Primary section.  The Prep projects for Years 1 to 4 are due to come into school on Monday.  I have already some fantastic work coming in from Year 2 and Year 4 and will be looking forward to seeing all of the children’s creations next week.  As usual, I will be inviting some of the children who have made an exceptional effort with their Prep to a Reward Tea in the first week back after half-term.

 

On Monday, we have our annual Harvest Festival Assembly with the Reverend Samantha Duddles from St Nicholas Church coming into the school.  Due to pressure on space in the Hall, this event is for children and staff only.  Part of the message of the Harvest Festival is giving to people less fortunate than ourselves and I would be grateful if you could send in a donation of non-perishable foods with your child on Monday.  These donations will be passed to the Portsmouth Food Bank at the end of our assembly and I know that they appreciated our support and donations in previous years. 

 

We also have the first Parents Evenings of the year on Tuesday and Thursday next week, apart from Mississippi class whose Parents Evenings are on Monday and Thursday. If you haven’t done so already, please make sure that you make your appointment via the online booking system. This year, the Parents Evening appointments will take place in the Main Hall and parents should come in through the Main Reception. The Friends of Mayfield have kindly organised for the second hand uniform shop to be open on both evenings and they would be grateful of any used uniform that you no longer need.

 

The booking system for Autumn 2 Extra-Curricular is still open until midday on Monday 15th October.  As ever, the team have put together a wide variety of clubs that will appeal to every taste and interest and I know that spaces in many clubs have been filled very quickly.  We are always keen to hear of new ideas for clubs or to find new external providers for clubs.  Please can you email Mrs Guy, Extra-Curricular Activities Coordinator, on GuyM@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk with any ides or suggestions about how we can make our extra-curricular programme even better for the spring term.

 

Next week is the final week of the half-term and also the final week when the children are allowed to wear the summer uniform.  Please can you ensure that your child is ready to wear the normal school uniform until we return for the summer term 2019.  Your child will also be bringing home their Report for Autumn 1 in their book-bags at the end of the week.

 

Finally, I would like to give you advance notice of our Family Learning Week in the week beginning 5th November.  In Family Learning Week, you are invited to come in and work alongside your child to help you understand how your child learns at school and how you can help at home.  To give you as much notice as possible, the slots for the Family Learning Week are:

 

Time

Monday 5th November

Tuesday 6th November

Wednesday 7th November

Thursday 8th November

9.00am – 10.00am

Year R Phonics

Year 4 Maths

Year 2 Maths

Year 3 English

 

Year R Phonics

Year 1 Maths

10.50am  – 11.50am

Year 2 English

Year 3 Maths

Year 1 English

Year 4 English

1.20pm – 2.20pm

 

Year 1 Topic

Year 4 Topic

Year R Phonics

Year 3 Topic

Year 2 Topic

 

Due to the size of the classrooms, there are only 10 sessions available for each session.  The online booking system for these sessions will open in the first week back after half-term.

 

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

Our topic will continue with the theme ‘Autumn’.  Children will be using 2d shapes to make Autumn related pictures.  Activities will include making a hedgehog picture and an Autumn tree.  Shapes being used will be circle, square, rectangle and triangle.  We shall also learn how to respond to music with imagination, developing our gross skills.

 

Learning intentions linked to class subject are:

 

  • Create Autumn pictures by using 2d shapes;
  • Sorting natural materials into groups by colour, size and weight;
  • Being to ascribe meanings to the marks that they make;
  • Use musical instruments to create sounds they might hear at night.

 

Letter sound for the week is ‘F’.  We look forward each week to seeing your lovely creations. 

 

Homework is now being sent home weekly, please make it fun and most importantly don’t forget to bring it back into school when completed.

 

Finally, Parents evening will be held on Thursday 15th November from 6pm – sheets with time slots will be available from Monday 5th November – remember to book your slot.

 

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Posted by Billy Woodhead

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