15 Feb 2019

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher




This is the last messenger for the Spring 1 half term. Over the break, we will be sending out a whole school posting which will contain a letter from me, a new uniform booklet and your child’s report. A copy of the letter and the uniform booklet can be found here.

The Mayfield Messenger will return on Friday 1st March.


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


Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior



It's the last week of the half term and the massive success of Senior Rock Challenge on Wednesday was the highlight of the week! Well done to all the pupils who took part and a big thank you to all the staff involved who gave up so much of their own time to get the pupils ready. The next performance will be on Thursday 25th April and I know they would appreciate your support at that event. 


The final totals are now in for the Number Day event and as a school, we raised over £700. Thank you to all who contributed to raise money for the NSPCC, a very worthy cause.


Year 11 come back after half-term to their mock results on Monday 25th February. We then have the second Year 11 Parents Evening on 7th March (please note this is a changed date) to feedback to parents. Booking is on the website here. The last set of English and Maths mocks follow on after that.  A timetable of those exams is available on the website here. All Year 11 should have a study planner that they are using to guide their revision. They should be revising over the half-term holiday. Information on how to revise and the strategies they have been shown is on our website here.


Year 8 have had two of their three options assemblies this week and the last one will be after half-term. Information on the courses we are offering is available here.

In addition, we are using an online options form for the first time this year. All the information you need to use this system will be available at the Parents evening on Thursday 28th February. Booking for that is available here. Mrs Cleary is overseeing the options process so if you have any questions then please email her on clearya@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk


Pupils in Years 7 and 8 have Prep work for Spring 2. This is available on the website here. It may be wise for them to use half-term to devise their plan for completing these projects to ensure they meet the deadlines. The ability to manage their time and plan how to complete these projects is a highly valuable skill for success both at school and then in the future in the world of work.


I would like to take the opportunity to remind you that pupils are not allowed to have their mobile phones out at school. If a phone is seen it will be confiscated and you will be contacted by a member of the behaviour team to discuss the matter. If you need to contact your child during the school, please phone the main reception and they will get a note to them. 


I wish you all a happy half-term break and would like to remind you that we are back to school on Monday 25th February. I look forward to seeing all our Year 7 and 8 pupils by 8:10am and our Years 9 to 11 pupils by 8:40am.


Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

We have thoroughly enjoyed this year’s ‘My Only Limitation Is My Ambition’ Week.  The children have been thinking about the jobs that they would like to do when they are older and Mrs Sheppard organised a poster competition for pupils to show their ideas.  The winners in each year group were Astrid Griffiths-Cleeve, Liam Heath, Grace Sutherland, Dollie-Rae Green and Oliver Buchan.  The inter-House competition was won by Discovery House.  Well done to all of the winners!


All of the class teachers have been hugely impressed with this half-term’s Prep projects that came in this week.  As ever, the children have displayed tremendous creativity and research skills and they have shown real pride in their achievements.  Thank you for your continued support for the Prep projects.


It was also my pleasure to host the Winter Reading Challenge Celebration Event this afternoon.  Pupils were invited to this event if they managed to read at home at least five times per week for each week of this half-term and we enjoyed the donuts and juice as a special treat.  The focus on Reading is going to continue in the Spring 2 half-term with World Book Day, a visiting Theatre Company and a travelling Book Fayre.


We have the second Family Learning Week of the year in the week beginning 4th March.  In Family Learning Week, you are invited to take part in a variety of lessons delivered in your child’s class. These sessions will give you the opportunity to find out how things are taught in your child's school whilst working alongside them. The programme for the week can be found here and the Booking System is now open.


The Booking System for our Parents Evenings is also now open.  The Parents Evenings are Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th March with the appointments taking place in the Main Hall. 


Finally, I would like to thank parents and families for your overwhelming support for the Pompey Stomper Challenge.  The take-up from our school has been so high that we were featured on the Radio Solent Breakfast Show this week.  I hope that you managed to hear the item on Wednesday morning – our children were so articulate and confident when speaking to the reporter about the importance of walking to school.  We are really proud of them all!


Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery



Our topic ‘Chinese New Year Celebrations will come to an end after the half term.  During our topic the children have gained a better understanding of the traditions, and customs from a different culture.  To end our celebrations in class, the children will recreate the Chinese lion dance and take part in food tasting.  If any parent could donate some Chinese food for the food tasting that would be lovely.


Letter-sound will be ‘T’ – we look forward to seeing your lovely work.


Finally, have a lovely half term.

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