2 November 2018

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

Over the half term break parents and carers of pupils in our school should have received home a letter from me containing your child’s academic or pastoral progress report and a letter from me. If you did not receive this posting home, then please alert our Office Manager, Mrs. Steph Manns Manns@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk . A copy of my letter can be found here. As ever, if you have any questions about your child’s progress, attainment, behaviour or attendance, then please contact their tutor (list here) for pupils in our Senior Section or class teacher (list here) for pupils in our Primary Section.

 

With winter fast approaching, we encourage all pupils to take extra care when walking or cycling to and from school. We would suggest that all pupils:

 

  • Wear a brightly coloured jacket and, as well as wearing a helmet when cycling, bikes should have working lights on them;
  • Stay aware of traffic and other hazards by not being distracted by mobile phones or similar.

As is customary at Mayfield, we will be holding Remembrance Assemblies on Friday 9th November which will be led by myself, the Head Boy and Head Girl. We actively encourage all pupils to show their support for the work of the Royal British Legion by wearing a ‘poppy’. These are available from the school reception and will be sold during tutor times.

 

Rehearsals for our school production, ‘Our House’ are well underway.  To help support our show, we are selling advertising space in our A5 colour booklet programme, full details can be found here.

 

‘The Friends of Mayfield’ (FOM) are a group of like-minded volunteers who organise a number of activities to raise funds for the school. They are currently requesting donations of unwanted uniform to sale at the Christmas fayre, please put items in a bag and mark it for FOM and hand it into the main reception.

 

To help our families plan their time, we have produced an extract of the school calendar containing all of the keys dates for Autumn 2. This can be downloaded here.

 

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

 

We have had a good start back after half-term and I would like to thank all the parents for their support in making sure that most pupils look exceptionally smart in their uniform. Can I please remind you that our rule is only one small stud earring per ear and this must be in the lobe. All other piercings must be removed.

 

All pupils are working to gain achievement points and these add up across each House and the winning House is awarded the House Cup at the end of the year. The top of the leaderboard is currently very close so please do encourage your child to ask their teachers for achievement points and to take part in the many activities around the school that will gain them additional points- extra-curricular clubs, taking Accelerated Reader quizzes, taking part in House Competitions, coming to school every day- there are so many possibilities!

 

Years 7 and 8 have tests in both Mathematics and English over the next couple of weeks- a timetable of these was sent home in the whole school posting and is available on the website here. In addition, revision materials to aid pupils in their preparation is also available on the website here.

 

Looking ahead both Year 10 and Year 11 have mock examinations in January- a timetable for these was sent home in the whole school posting and is available on the website here. Pupils should be revising for these examinations already- their subject teachers can guide them if they are unsure of what to revise.

 

Please note that bookings for the Year 10 parents evening on Thursday 29th  November will open at 6pm Friday 2nd November. Local colleges will be in attendance to provide information on the courses they offer to pupils and parents.

 

As a school, we are running seminars throughout the year for all Senior pupils on how to study independently for exams and assessment. Details of the content we are covering are on the website here. Mr Gibson is leading on this initiative and if you have any particular questions on revision please contact him on gibsonr@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.

 

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

 

The highlight of our week was the Year 1 Superheroes Day on Wednesday to launch the new topic for this half-term.  There were some amazing costumes on the day and everybody really got into the Superhero spirit!

 

We are now looking forward to the Year 2 Victorian Hook Day next Wednesday.

Thank you to the volunteers of the Friends of Mayfield for organising the autumn discos this evening.  Your support of the school is greatly appreciated and I’m sure that the children are going to have a great time this evening.

 

We also have our first Family Learning Week of the year next week.  In Family Learning Week, parents are invited to come into the school to work alongside their child and see how things are taught in our school.  The timetable for the week is shown below:

 

Time

Monday 5th November

Tuesday 6th November

Wednesday 7th November

Thursday 8th November

 

 

 

 

 

9.00am – 10.00am

Year R English

Year 4 Maths

Year 2 Maths

Year 3 English

 

Year R English

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 Maths

Year 3 Topic

Year 2 Topic

 

These are normal working lessons, so spaces in the classrooms are limited and we can only accommodate 10 parents at a time.  Please do not bring any younger siblings with you.  We will meet you by the Infant Gate for Year R, 1 and 2 sessions and by the Junior gate next to the Main Reception for Year 3 and 4 sessions.

 

 

 

 

We have also been working on the theme of Remembrance this week as we build up to the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.  The children had an RE Day on Thursday to look at why we remember and for each child to create their own poppy to go on display in the Main Hall.  The School Council have also taken responsibility for selling poppies before school every morning.  I hope that you will be able to support this appeal and buy a poppy for your child to wear this week.

 

In our assemblies, we like to celebrate the children’s achievements both in and out of school.  It is always lovely when the children bring in trophies, medals or certificates for the great things that they have achieved.  From this week onwards, we are going to do these out of school awards in the Monday assembly rather than the Fridays.

 

Congratulations to Victory House for winning The House Achievement Points Cup for October in this afternoon’s assembly.  They narrowly beat September’s champions Endeavour to hold the cup for the next month.

 

Can I please remind parents of the need to keep us updated with any changes of contact details?  All parents were sent a new blank Main Authorised Person (MAP) Form before the summer holidays, but we still have some to be returned.

 

You should have received your child’s Autumn 1 report in the posting that came home at the start of half-term.  I hope that you found the new style of report to be informative and helpful.  Please contact your child’s class teacher if you have any queries or questions about this report.

 

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

As we go into the last half of the Autumn term, it will be an extremely busy time in class. Rehearsals have already started for this year's Christmas Nativity and flyers will be sent home regarding costumes.

I would like to thank you for sending your children into class on Wednesday wearing fancy dress costumes for the Halloween celebrations, they looked amazing. We had lots of fun bobbing for apples and looking for hidden spiders.

 

The class topic will be Christmas celebrations until the end of term. The children will be learning about the Christmas story and its meaning. In small groups we will visit the school library as a source for information to help us understand how families from around the world celebrate Christmas, learning about traditions, faith and cultures.

 

Learning Intentions linked to class subject:

 

  • Develop an understanding of the Nativity story;
  • Talk about the story and the characters;
  • Discuss in class who celebrates other festivities at this time of year;
  • Look at different faiths, traditions and cultures. 

 

Letter sound for the week is 'H'. We look forward to seeing your lovely creations in class and sharing these at circle time.

 

Dates for diaries:

 

13th November, School Photographer;

15th November, Parent evening;

3rd December, Christmas shopping day for the children;

11th December Christmas Nativity, Mayfield main hall;

14th December, Christmas Sing along in Nursery;

21st December, Christmas party last day of term. 
 

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