Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher
Over the course of this week we have been putting together our end of term posting. This will include your child’s progress report, complimentary 2019 calendar and a letter from me. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s academic progress, attendance or behaviour then please contact their Tutor (for pupils in Seniors) or class teacher (for pupils in Primary). Relevant email addresses can be found here: Seniors / Primary.
If you have not received your posting home by Tuesday 8th January 2019, then please alert us by sending an email to our office manager, Mrs. Steph Manns on .
To help our families plan their time, we have produced an extract of the school calendar containing all of the keys dates for Spring 1. This can be downloaded here.
I would like to end this weeks ‘Mayfield Messenger’ by wishing you all a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year. The next edition will be sent out on Friday 11th January 2019.
Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior
The Christmas holidays are finally upon us. This has been a very long term and I know that all of us- staff and pupils- are ready for a break. I hope that you all have a fantastic holiday and enjoy relaxing and catching up with family and friends.
Looking to the Spring Term we have examinations for Year 11 starting on Thursday 10th January with the Btec Music exam and then ICT CIDA exams on Friday 11th January. There is then a block of Year 11 mock examinations in all subjects with Year 10 Mayfields in Maths and English interspersed into the block. A full copy of the exams for January and February can be found on the website here.
Years 7 and 8 will have their Spring 1 Prep projects to start and full details of them can be found here. A big well done to all the pupils in these year groups on handing in their Autumn 2 projects this week- Mrs Bartlett has been very pleased with the huge completion rate.
Please remember that we are back to school on Monday 7th January and Years 7 and 8 should be in school by 8:10am ready for Resilience and Years 9, 10 and 11 should be in by 8:40am ready for the start of period 1. Pupils should all be in full uniform including black polishable shoes.
Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary
We have really enjoyed the Christmas celebrations this week. The children in each House joined with the pupils in Seniors for their annual Christmas dinners and thoroughly enjoyed the food and festive atmosphere. There was also the excitement of the attendance reward raffle for children with over 95% attendance and some fantastic prizes were awarded. Year R had their Christmas dinner today with Little Sunbeams which was a lovely way to end the term.
I was very proud of our Year 3 and 4 choir who were singing at Tescos at Fratton on Wednesday morning. As well as entertaining shoppers and spreading Christmas cheer, the children managed to raise over £200 for the Performing Arts at Mayfield and the local charity for the homeless, the Society of St James. The children’s singing was amazing and they drew several positive comments from the public.
Thank you to everyone who donated to our collections at the end of last week’s performances. These collections raised over £500 which was split evenly between buying costumes and props for future performances and making hampers for the homeless. In the end, we were able to buy some really helpful items to help the homeless through the winter including sleeping bags, rucksacks, warm hoodies, thermal socks and new shoes. These were presented to the Lord Mayor and representatives of the charity by our School Councillors in a special assembly this morning.
We also had the excitement of the Year 1 and 2 Performing Arts day which included a Drama workshop in school or a trip to see Peter Pan at the New Theatre Royal. Both activities went really well and thank you to Mrs Browne, the Primary Subject Leader for Performing Arts, for organising these two fantastic experiences.
We have also had a friendly rivalry between the classes this week with the Winter Door competition. All of the classes worked incredibly hard and produced some wonderfully imaginative ideas. It was very hard to choose an overall winner and, after much deliberation, first prize was awarded to the Mississippi class in Juniors and the Seahorse class in infants which are shown below. Well done to all classes for such a fantastic effort!
We had our final Celebration Assembly of the year this morning and awarded the House Cup for the most Achievement Points in December. The order for this month was:
Well done to the Blue House!
2018 has been highly successful for our school and I look back on the year with a sense of great pride in all that the children have achieved. Thank you for tremendous support for our school and best wishes for a very happy Christmas!
Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery
It has been a very busy last few weeks for the children in pre-school and nursery.
The nativity and the nursery sing along performances were amazing, so very proud of all the children who took part. Thank you for supporting these lovely events - I would like to take this opportunity to thank my team for all their hard work and dedication which makes it all possible.
When we return after the Christmas break the topic will be ‘Winter’. We shall be exploring and investigating any changes in the environment.
Finally, may I wish you a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year and remind you that we return on the 7th January.
Posted by Paul Borer
Category: Mayfield Messenger