Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher
As is customary, we will be sending every family in the school a whole school posting letter which will also include your child’s academic or pastoral report for Seniors and Class Teachers report for Primary. This should arrive during the half term break. If it does not, then please email our Office Manager, Mrs. Steph Manns on Manns@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk who will check your contact details and dispatch a copy of the posting. A copy of my letter can be found here.
The Mayfield Messenger will take a break next week and the next edition will be sent out on Friday 2nd November. Please find here a list of the key events for Autumn 2 here.
Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior
As we come to the end of the first half of the Autumn term I would like to congratulate the vast majority of our pupils who have worked very hard and made such a fabulous start to the year.
This week we were delighted to hose our second Restart a Heart Day which saw year 8 pupils participating in STEM events, learning life-saving CPR skills and also the unveiling of our new community defibrillator. You can read more about this event using the following link:
Year 7 and 8 will have submitted their Autumn 1 Prep projects, so might like to start looking at their Autumn 2 projects which are available on the website here.
Please contact your child's tutor if you have any questions regarding the work set. A full list of tutors is available here.
After half-term the weather will be getting more inclement so pupils are encouraged to wear suitable outdoor clothing for their journey. It is also very important that if your child cycles to school that they not only wear a cycle helmet but have working brakes and lights. We want all our children to arrive to school, and go home, safely.
Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary
We have had an incredibly busy week in the Primary section to finish the half-term. On Monday, we had our annual Harvest Festival service in the Main Hall with each year group presenting a different song, poem or story about the meaning of the Harvest Festival. We had visitors in from the Portsmouth Food Bank and they were overwhelmed by the generosity of our children and families. Thank you to everyone for your contributions to this event.
Also on Monday, we had the hand-in of the first set of Prep for this year and some amazing work has come in from all year groups. I’m looking forward to meeting with a group of children from each class after the half-term holidays for a Prep Celebration Tea.
On Thursday, we had the Inter-House Bake Off Competition and we were thrilled to receive more than 90 entries into this competition. Thank you to all of the parents who helped their children to enter this competition and for supporting the subsequent Cake Sale which has raised more than £200 for the Friends of Mayfield. I thoroughly enjoyed tasting the cakes and it was incredibly hard to choose the winners as the standard of baking was so high. The winners were as follows:
Overall winner: Coco O’Connell
Year 4: Avani Salmon
Year 3: Alice Drennan
Year 2: Rayan Reykaut
Year 1: Robbie Wilson
The House Competition results were:
1st: Victory House
2nd: Intrepid House
3rd: Endeavour House
4th: Discovery House
Well done to the Yellow House on their first victory in a competition this year!
On Thursday, we also entered our first team of the year in a Portsmouth Schools Sports event with twelve children from Year 3 and 4 taking part in the Portsmouth Fun Run. It is our ambition that every child will get to represent the school in a sporting event at some point during the year and, as ever, our team did themselves and our school proud in the Fun Run.
There are a few things that parents need to be aware of for the first week back after half-term. Firstly, the summer uniform is no longer allowed after the October half-term holidays. It is also important that children start wearing a coat to school. We spend a lot of time outside and the weather is definitely turning colder.
The Online Booking System for the Family Learning Week (5th – 8th November) is due to open at 4pm tonight. Space in the classrooms is limited, so we can only have 10 parents in for each session. Please can you only book on to one session for your child in the first instance. We will send a text in the first week back if there are spaces remaining to enable parents to attend more than one session in this week.
After half-term, to ensure that we continue to have the highest standards of behaviour in lessons, we will be introducing lunchtime detentions for Junior section pupils. Lunchtime detentions will only be issued as a last resort after all other sanctions and rewards have failed to help a child to improve their behaviour in class or on the playground. The lunchtime detentions will last for 15 minutes and parents will be informed by text if their child has received this sanction.
Finally, Year 1 are holding a Hook Day for their Superheroes topic on Wednesday 31st October and the children can choose to come in dressed as a superhero of their choice on that day.
Have a lovely half-term holiday!
Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery
The topic will continue with Autumn after the half term. In class the children have been looking at seasonal changes and their impact. They have been discussing changes in the weather and the types of clothing we now need to wear. For numeracy we have used 2d shapes to make Autumn related pictures and categorised Autumn materials into groups by size, colour and weight. After the half term we shall be focusing on literacy skills talking, listening and ascribing meaning to marks that they make.
Learning intentions linked to class subject:
- Comment and ask questions about the natural world;
- Physical development musical movement as animals;
- Develop an awareness of syllables by clapping syllables in their names and words in stories;
- Use musical instruments to recreate sounds we hear in the night;
- Begin to represent numbers by using fingers.
Letter sound for the week is 'G'. We are looking forward to seeing the collages that you create.
The Autumn homework looks amazing thank you for taking your children to parks, woods and discovering things together.
Just a reminder, we are holding the first parent evening of the year it's on Thursday 15th November from 6pm. Can I also remind parents if you take someone’s uniform home by mistake please bring it back into school asap. Have a lovely half term see you back into school on the 29th October.
On Wednesday 31st October we shall be having a Halloween party in class. The children will be taking part in lots of fun activities and they can attend in fancy dress on that day.