Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher
I am delighted to announce that Mrs. Fiona Rogers has been appointed as Deputy Head of School, working across all phases of Mayfield. Her role will involve developing pupil welfare, behaviour, attendance and inclusion. In addition to this promotion, Mrs. Rogers was recently recognised by Portsmouth City Council as a key leader for ‘restorative practice’ in schools and will be participating in training other schools in this approach.
We are currently preparing the whole school posting which will be sent out over the Easter break. If you have recently moved house or changed your contact details in any way, please alert us by sending an email to our SIMS Manager, Mrs. Helen Patis on Patis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.
With the warmer weather on its way, we actively encourage pupils to bring a healthy drink to school (water or juice). Please note that under no circumstance will ‘fizzy’ drinks be allowed into school (this includes Lucozade), free water and juice are readily available at lunch times in the canteens.
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
Mayfield pupils have been celebrating British Science week with a variety of STEM-based activities in recent days. The celebrations started with guests from the University of Portsmouth’s Cosmology team delivering a session to all year 8 pupils on careers in Physics. The theme for Science Week this year is “Journeys” and the science department have been promoting this with lessons for both Year 7 and Year 8 pupils on the journey of water and the processes involved in purifying the water we drink.
All senior school pupils have been treated to a Science show extravaganza from Miss Habgood and Mr Bennett in their assemblies with plenty of whizzes, pops, bangs, and the odd floating giant cell or two! Photos of the show can be seen on the Mayfield Facebook, Twitter feed or on our website here.
Mr Jackson led a trip to National Big Bang STEM Fair on Wednesday- with pupils from Primary and Senior. They had a long day but thoroughly enjoyed themselves! A full article about this trip is on our website here.
In addition, we have had 40 students from Years 7 8 and 9 taking part in their final session towards completing our school entries for the ‘Solutions for The Planet’ STEM and business-related national competition. We were extremely lucky to be supported by the CEO of the organisation, Ms Baughan, and four STEM Ambassadors from Science-based workplaces. We are very grateful to our guests for supporting us as we attempt to reach the national finals in London – fingers crossed! At the end of the session, Ms Baughan presented our students with their prestigious STEM badge, for them to proudly wear on the lapel of their blazers.
On Thursday this week, we celebrated Pi day, March 14th = 3.14. Pupils across all the Senior years were involved in circle-based activities in lessons and resilience! A full article on the range of events that took place is on the website here. Much fun was had by all and the Mathematics Department wish everybody a very Happy Pi Day.
Year 11 had their first mock exam of this last series of mock exams on Tuesday with more to come over the next two weeks. A link to the timetable for these is here. All Year 11 should be revising at home. They have a revision folder and all the information they need to be working independently at home. There is information on the website here and Mr Gibson will be happy to answer any questions you might have. He can be contacted by email on email@example.com.
Looking forward, the current Year 10 will become Year 11 when our academic year progresses in June. As you are aware, Year 11 wear a different tie to the rest of the school. Year 11 ties for June changeover (so pupils who are currently in Year 10) are now available to buy using the school Tucasi system- there is a link to this on our school website here. Alternatively, they can be purchased online via the SkoolKit website, a link to which can be found on our school website here. If you have not yet set up your Tucasi details please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of Year 7 and 8 should be working on their Spring 2 Prep projects. Details of these can be found here. If your child would like to attend homework club to get support with their Prep, they would be very welcome. Homework club is run every night in room 151.
Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary
We have been enjoying British Science Week this week. Each class have had the opportunity to do a Science experiment on the theme of journeys as part of their topic and we have had two fantastic trips to the Winchester Science Centre and the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.
We have also continued to have sporting success in a range of sports. Congratulations to our Year 3 and 4 girls football team won their away matches at Portsdown Primary 2-0 and 4-0 last Friday. We also entered a team in the Year 2 Tri-Golf Festival along with teams from 15 other Portsmouth Infant and Primary schools. Our team competed with great enthusiasm and skill and we are hoping to be one of the top placed teams when the results are sent through. Next week, we are looking forward to our first Year 3 and 4 boys football match – good luck to the team!
Thank you for your support of Comic Relief this week. The School Council have been selling red noses all week and everybody looked great in the red non-uniform today. The winners of the inter-House joke telling competition will be announced in next week’s newsletter.
This week was also the final week of the Stomper Challenge. We have had an amazing response to the challenge with over half of the children managing to collect all of the keyrings for each one of the six weeks. It seems that the children have really taken the message on board about the benefits of walking to school. If you missed out on collecting a keyring by accident, we have a small supply of spares, so please sign the relevant sheets and send these in next week.
To reinforce the message about healthy and sustainable transport, we have Scootability training scheduled for the week beginning 25th March. Each class will have a practical lesson on using their scooters safely with a team of instructors. Children are able to bring their own scooters for these lessons, but there will also be a supply of spare scooters that children can borrow if they don’t have one of their own. More details will follow about which classes are having their lessons on each day.
We are looking forward to the Year 2 Infant Voices Festival at the Guildhall on Wednesday 20th. Our choir have been practising really hard and we are all set for our time to shine on the stage. The theme for this year is Fairy Tales and children are able to wear fancy dress to the rehearsal and main performance in the evening.
Can I please remind parents that dogs should not be bought on to the school site at morning drop off and afternoon pick up times. We have some children who are very frightened of dogs and we don’t want them to feel anxious about coming into school
We are now midway through the half-term and children should be making good progress with their Prep projects for Spring 2. Please see your child’s teacher if you are not sure about the project for this half-term.
Letters sent home this week
Year 1 Red Hot Safari
Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery
Thank you for allowing your children to take part in ‘bad hair’ day and supporting Comic Relief, the children all looked great. This term we have started our PE lessons, cold you make sure your children has their PE kit in school please.
On Thursday, we took part in Pi day, with pupils from the upper school. Pi is all about circles, so we decided to do some activities relating to circles. We painted circles, cut out circles and played a race game around a circle. During this game, the children were introduced to a new word to describe the edge of the circle – circumference.
We will be introducing a ‘word wall’ in class with high frequency words for the children to learn. Each week we will add new words to the wall. The first words will be ‘it’ and ‘to’.
The topic will continue with ‘planting and growth’. We will be looking at similarities, differences and change.
Learning intentions linked to this subject are:
- Make comparisons;
- Communicate ideas;
- Look at a variety of seeds;
- Design their own flowers.
The letter sound will be ‘W’. Please keep creating your collages as we use these in class to promote phonics.
Finally, to let dads know, we will be open on Monday 25th March from 6.30pm-7.30pm to make a Mother’s Day card with your children. This is a lovely activity to do together. I hope to see some of you!
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