8 Feb 2019

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher




Over half term, we will be sending out a whole school posting which will contain a letter from me and your child’s report. In this letter, we are going to explain some important changes to our school uniform which will affect all pupils in Years R to 10. If you have recently moved or changed your contact details, then please contact Mrs. Helen Patis, SIMS Manager on Patis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk who will update our systems.


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.


Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior



This week we have been looking at Internet Safety with our pupils in tutor time and assembly. In our modern, technology-filled world it is really important for all of our community to be safe online. It is important that you know what your child is accessing and who they are communicating with, so please do discuss this with them. There is information here for you to read.


Year 7 Parents evening was a great success on Thursday and is was lovely to meet so many parents. If you have any concerns or questions about your child, please do not wait until a parents evening. There is a full list of tutors on the website herethey are your first point of contact and would be pleased to help.


Year 8 Options process starts next week with two assemblies introducing the process and explaining the choices. The Parents evening on Thursday 28th February is crucial for parents of Year 8 pupils so please do come along and find out the information you need to help your child make the right choices. Mrs Cleary is in charge of our options process so should you have any questions about this then please contact her on clearya@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.


There are a number of careers events next half-term for Years 9 and 10. Careers information can be found on our website here. If you have any questions regarding careers please contact Mrs Denford on DenfordR@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk and she will be happy to help you.


Unfortunately, we have a number of pupils who are arriving too late to school. Years 7 and 8 must be in school by 8:10am ready to start learning at 8:15am and Years 9, 10 and 11 must be in school by 8:40am ready for their first lesson which is at 8:45am. If your child is regularly arriving late to school, we will be in touch with you to alert you to this issue. Thank you for your support in this matter.


Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

This week, we have had a fascinating ‘My Only Limitation Is My Ambition’ Week with visitors coming in every day from a range of different jobs and fields.  Our visitors have included a photographer, a scientist, an actor, an illustrator, an author, a firefighter, a police officer, a zookeeper and a professional footballer (shown below with Year 3).  Hopefully, their visits have helped your child to start thinking about what they would like to do when they are older and increased their motivation to succeed at school.  Thank you to Mrs Sheppard for organising this fabulous programme of visitors. Thanks also go to the parents who have given up their time to come in and talk to the children – your support is greatly appreciated.

The Booking System for Spring 2 is now open for all year groups until 12 noon on Monday 11th February.  As ever, there is a tremendous range of activities that will appeal to all tastes and interests.  Please can you make sure that you book before the system closes as bookings cannot be taken after this date.


We are really excited about our first ever Residential Trip with Year 4 that is coming up after the half-term holidays.  There is a meeting for parents in the Mississippi classroom on Tuesday at 3.30pm and 4.30pm to go over the final arrangements for these trips and to answer any queries that parents may have. 


We also have another exciting ‘first’ next week with our first ever girls’ football match on Thursday 14th.  Our Year 3 and 4 team are playing against Northern Parade Juniors with a 3.45pm kick off on the field next to the Year 4 playground.  Parents are welcome to come along and support the team.  Good luck girls!


We have had an amazing response to the Stomper Challenge with over 75% of the Primary section taking part.  This tremendous response has led to Radio Solent asking to come in and do a news article about the Challenge and why so many children have got involved.  We will text parents to let you know when this item is due to be on the radio next week.  So far, Seals are leading the way with the number of steps completed and are on track to have a visit by Stomper at the end of the challenge.  Keep stomping to school!


To help families plan ahead, I would like to give you advance notice that the second Family Learning Week will be taking place in the week beginning 4th March.  The programme of sessions will be available in next week’s newsletter.  Thursday 7th March is also World Book Day when we all get the opportunity to dress up as one of our favourite characters from a book.


Next week is the final week of the Winter Reading Challenge and I’m looking forward to our special Celebration Event next Friday afternoon.  Finally, the Spring 1 Prep Projects are due in on Monday.  Some super pieces of Prep have already come into school and I can’t wait to see this half-term’s creations next week.


Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

Our topic will continue with the theme ‘Chinese New Year Celebrations’.  We are going to learn about their activities, food, tradition and superstitions for each day of the New Year Celebrations.


Learning Intentions linked to class subject:


Express and communicate their ides;

Construct with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources;

Discuss what we celebrate at home with the family.

Begin to move rhythmically to create the movements for the lion dance.


Letter-sound is ‘S’.  Could you please keep creating your lovely work so we can share these at circle time.


We have now sent home the letters regarding the Marwell Zoe School trip.  If you would like your child to attend please return the paperwork as soon as possible.


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