23 November 2018
Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher
The FOM Christmas Fayre is due to take place on Friday 14th December between 3.00pm and 5.00pm. All members of our community are welcome to attend and we would be grateful if you would help us promote this event by downloading a copy of the flyer here and distribute via your networks.
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 Manns@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk to reserve your ticket now! We would be grateful if you would help us promote this event by downloading a copy of the flyer here and distribute via your networks.
Please be aware that during the final week of this term, all pupils will be invited to have a traditional Christmas Dinner, served in our Main Hall. We will adjust the timings of the school day to accommodate this event. More details can be found here.
The last day of this term is Friday 21st December. Please note that school will close early to all pupils at 1.35pm.
There will be no extra-curricular activities or tea time club on this day.
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 cold week this week and it has been good to see so many pupils coming to school appropriately dressed with coats, gloves and scarves. We know these are essential items when the pupils are outside in the cold. We do ask pupils to remove outer garments when they enter the building. There are some lockers available for pupils who might wish to have somewhere to leave their coats during the day. Please contact email@example.com if you wish to inquire about your child having access to one for a term.
On Monday we had two engineers from Costain in school working with Year 7 able pupils and pupils from Years 3 and 4 who attend Science Club. They completed a variety of activities and all the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day. Mr Jackson led the day and he has passed our thanks to the visitors for taking the time to make the event happen.
We have Year 10 Parents Evening next week on Thursday 29th November from 4pm until 7pm. Our online booking is open and a link to it is on the school website here. We would strongly urge all parents to attend as the conversations you have now with teachers will ensure a strong start to GCSE studies for your child. If you are unable to attend for any reason please contact your child’s tutor in the first instance who will be able to help you get in touch with the right subject staff. A full list of tutors is available here.
Pupils in Years 7 and 8 are working on their Autumn 2 Prep tasks. Copies of the tasks are available on the website here. The deadlines for the projects should be written in pupil planners so if you are unsure of when a task is due in please check there. If you have any questions regarding Prep, your child’s tutor is your first point of contact.
I would like to remind parents and pupils in Year 7 and 8 that for their PE homework they should be attending a PE extra-curricular club weekly. A full list of our Senior extra-curricular clubs is available here. If you have any questions regarding PE extra-curricular our Subject Leader for PE, Mr Browning can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary
Year 2 had a great day out at Beaulieu this week as part of their Victorians topic. The children got to experience what it was like to live or work in a Victorian manor house and they loved seeing the late Victorian cars. As ever, the children’s behaviour and engagement with the learning was excellent and they were all fantastic ambassadors for our school. Well done Year 2!
We have also been working on Road Safety Week this week. One of our pupils has been chosen to be the Junior Road Safety Officer in each class and they have led a class assembly on this year’s theme which is Bikesmart. We have been looking at ways that children can stay safe on their bikes such as always wearing a helmet, wearing bright colours so that they are easily visible and stopping at crossings and junctions.
It would be helpful if parents could support the message of Road Safety Week by making sure that they park legally and thoughtfully around the school at drop-off and pick-up times. Parking on yellow lines and zigzags makes it much harder for other road users to see children cycling to or from school and can put others in danger.
I was delighted to receive a letter from the Portsmouth Food Bank this week to thank us for the very generous donations for the Harvest Festival last term. As a school, we managed to donate 283kg of food which is a tremendous act of generosity. In this week’s assembly, we had some visitors from the Centrepoint Charity to talk about the homeless hamper appeal that we are supporting this Christmas.
We are shortly going to launch a new online payments system called Tucasi to enable parents to pay for things like trips, Music lessons and Breakfast Club. Please can you read this information carefully and try to create the account for your child. There will be parent drop-ins with our Finance Team over the next few weeks if you have difficulties getting set up.
We are now mid-way through this half-term and I hope that your child is making good progress with their Prep project for this half-term. I am always amazed at the creativity and imagination that goes into these projects and I’m looking forward to seeing the children’s work in the final week of the term. Please see your child’s class teacher if you have any questions about the projects for this half-term.
Finally, we love to celebrate the children’s achievements out of school as well as the brilliant things that they do while they are here. We now do the ‘out of school’ awards in our Monday assemblies and, this week, it was a pleasure to share a variety of children’s successes in swimming, dancing, football, dog grooming and charity challenges with the whole school. Please keep sending these awards in each week!
Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery
I am pleased to let you know the ‘come into school’ workshop to create a piece of artwork with your children was a huge success, therefore we will be holding another one on the 15th December 9am till 11am.
Our topic will continue with the theme ‘Christmas’. We are still looking at traditions and costumes from around the world and will be exploring ideas around the theme of giving and sharing.
Learning intentions linked to class subject are:
* Exploring ideas around the theme of giving and sharing;
* Manipulate materials to achieve planned effect;
* Create Christmas cards;
* Christmas counting and shapes;
* Position and spatial properties.
Finally, a reminder that tickets are now on sale for the Nativity and Christmas party….have a lovely weekend!
Posted by Alex Ugbo
Category: Mayfield Messenger