Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher
As is customary at Mayfield, we are planning to offer all pupils a traditional Christmas lunch in the last week of this half term. Pupils who are in receipt of ‘free school meals’ will not have to make any further contribution; this includes all pupils in Years R, 1 and 2. We are asking for a voluntary contribution of £2.10 for all other pupils which can be made via the ‘parent pay’ system for Seniors or in cash to the class teacher for Years 3 and 4. A copy of the letter that went home to Year 3 and 4 parents can be found here.
Rehearsals are in full swing for this year’s school production, which is ‘Our House’. We have a number of performances scheduled at 7pm on 3rd, 4th and 5th December and tickets are selling fast. Please email Mrs. Steph Manns, Finance Officer on to reserve your ticket now!
‘The Friends of Mayfield’ (FOM) are a group of like-minded volunteers who organise a number of activities to raise funds for the school. The time commitment is as little or as much as you can spare. If you are interested in finding out more about the FOM then please email, Mrs. Judith Firth on
Regular attendance to school is vital. Mayfield, along with all schools in Portsmouth have signed up for the Portsmouth City Council “Miss School, Miss Out!” project. Please download some important information here.
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
This week all of Year 7 had an introductory assembly to their first cross-curricular STEM project which starts on Monday - the theme is Bridges. Many subjects are contributing to this project- Mathematics, English, Science, History, Geography, Dance, Music and Drama. As part of this project, we have engineers from Costain 4D, based in Woolston, coming in to work with some of our most able Year 7 pupils on a bridge making activity. Please talk to your children about what they get up to in the next week.
We had a splendid dance show again this week- thank you to all the staff who make this possible and a well done to all the pupils who took part.
Also this week, Mr Gibson organised a GCSE Success Fair. This was extremely well attended by parents of both Year 10 and Year 11 pupils. As well as presentations on the core subjects, there was subject-specific information available on all our KS4 courses and specific guidance on how the pupils can best look after themselves in terms of healthy living. If you would like a copy of any of the information it is available on the website here. Mr Gibson would be happy to answer any specific questions on the event and he can be emailed on .
I would like to draw your attention to the support we offer pupils in Year 10 and 11 around careers advice and guidance. We have a dedicated school careers advisor who offers all pupils an initial interview with follow up as required. If your child is in Years 10 or 11 and remains uncertain as to their options post 16, then please email Mrs Denford on and she can arrange the appropriate support. A full list of college open days can be found here.
Pupils in Years 7 and 8 should have received their Autumn 2 ‘Prep’ projects over the half term holiday and be working on them. By now pupils should be about half-way through each project. A copy of the projects can be found here. If your child is having difficulty with any aspect of the projects, then they should contact their tutor. Contact details can be found here.
Finally, can I please remind parents that as the cold weather comes it is important that the pupils stay warm on their way to and from school so they should wrap up well. Inside the school buildings, all pupils should remove their outer clothing layers including gloves and scarves.
Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary
We have been working on a number of activities for Anti-Bullying Week this week. The week started with Odds Socks Day which celebrated the fact that we are all unique and reinforced the message that it is ok to be different. Throughout the week, we have special lessons and assemblies to reinforce the respect that we have for each other’s feelings and Mrs Moore, our PSHE Subject Leader, is already planning other activities to spread the anti-bullying message throughout the year.
We have also been building up to today’s Children in Need non-uniform day. Thank you to everyone who took part in the ‘Name the Teddy’ and ‘Guess the Sweets in a Jar’ competitions and thank you to Pudsey Bear for paying a special visit to the school this morning. Thank you also for sending your child to school in their pyjamas or something spotty today. Everybody looked great!
One of our ambitions is that each child from Year 2 upwards gets to represent Mayfield in a sports team in a Portsmouth Schools Festival during the year. We had our first team taking part in the Tennis and Racket Sports Festival on Wednesday and the children did themselves proud, competing with tremendous enthusiasm and an excellent team spirit. It was a pleasure to give them their participation certificates in Celebration Assembly this afternoon. Our next event is the Portsmouth Dance Festival on Wednesday next week.
Year 2 are looking forward to the Beaulieu trip next week on Thursday. The children are going to be outside for some of the day, so please keep an eye on the weather forecast and make sure that your child comes with a suitable coat. Can I also remind Year 4 parents that the second instalment of the payments for the Residential in February is now due. Please can you pass this payment to the class teacher as soon as possible.
I am aware that our Packed Lunch Policy for Year 3 and 4 is still generating lots of discussion in the various parents’ forums. I have therefore arranged for a Parents Meeting on Friday 23rd November to talk through this policy and look at some of the options for providing a healthy lunchbox. I am grateful to Sam Francis, one of the Year 3 parents who works in the health and nutrition industry, for coming to these meetings to lead and facilitate the discussion. The meetings will be held in the Breakfast Club room at 3.00pm and then repeated at 4.00pm. and I hope that you will be able to join us.
Finally, I would like to remind parents that boots are not permitted as part of our school uniform. Thank you in advance for your support in maintaining our high standard of uniform.
Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery
Lots will be happening in school until the end of term, please keep looking on the parent notice board and school website so you don't miss the exciting events which are taking place.
ust a gentle reminder please label all items of your child’s clothing to prevent them getting lost or going home with the wrong child. I would also like to remind you not to bring in any non-related items into class such as toys or any other items. The school assumes no responsibility for the loss, damage or theft of such articles and your children can become quite distressed at the end of the day if these items have gone missing. Your support with this would be much appreciated.
The topic will continue with the theme of ‘’Christmas until the end of term. We are still looking at Christmas traditions and customs from around the world and making comparisons with our own. In class we are looking at the Christmas traditions of Italy.
Learning Intentions linked to class subject:
- Looking at similarities and differences;
- Develop and understanding of how we celebrate Christmas in other countries;
- Sequencing the events of the Nativity;
- Counting, shape and measuring activities.
The letter sound is 'J' keep making your lovely creations to support speech sounds.
Nativity tickets will be on sale from Monday 19th November at a cost of £2.00.
Christmas party tickets will be on sale from 3rd December at a cost of £4.00.
Posted by Alex Ugbo
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