24 May 2019

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

 

 

Please be aware that we are making some changes to how we communicated with our community. From now on, we will no longer be posting home a letter from me. Instead, for our:

  • Primary Section we will send home the Summer 1 progress report and whole school letter in book bags;
  • Senior Section we will be sending out progress reports at the start of Summer 2 and the whole school letter can be found here.

We hope that by making these changes, information arrives more quickly and can be shared more easily. If you have any comments, please direct them to the office manager, Mrs. Steph Manns on Manns@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk


This is the final ‘Mayfield Messenger’ for this half term with the next edition published on Friday 7th June. Over the half-term break, I am very pleased to confirm that our staff have committed to offering a range of revision opportunities for pupils in Year 11. A copy of the revision programme can be found here.

 

 

I would like to draw your attention to the “Friends of Mayfield” Summer Fete which is due to take place on Friday 5th July. I would be most appreciative if you would circulate this date to your social network. A copy of the flyer can be found here.

 

With the start of the new academic year, many of you may be thinking about replacing items of school uniform. Please be aware that the ‘Friends of Mayfield’ are collecting good quality, clean items of uniform to sell on as part of their fundraising drive. If you have any items of uniform you no longer need, then please do consider sending them into the Main Reception clearly marked “FOM”. Many thanks.

 

Finally, with the warmer weather now upon us, I would remind all members of our community our policy regarding hot weather. Should a heat warning be put in place by the Met Office for our area, we will run our ‘Hot Weather Protocol’ which allows for the relaxation of our dress code around the use of a blazer. In the event of the ‘Hot Weather Protocol’ being activated, this will be communicated via text, our website and social media channels. We always encourage pupils to bring a bottled drink to school and to keep well hydrated throughout the day.

 

**** School closed for staff training: Friday 21st June 2019 ****

 

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

 

This has a been a short, but busy, half-term. Year 11 have worked very hard in their exams so far and deserve the respite that the holiday will give them. Over the break, they should make sure they continue with their retrieval revision and they should turn up to their May half term revision sessions. These are detailed on our website here, but particularly note, English on Wednesday (9-11.30) and Maths on Thursday (9-11.30). They just need to keep going with their fantastic attitude!

 

With the warmer weather arriving, I would like to remind parents that they can purchase summer uniform (shorts with the Mayfield logo) from either of our school suppliers.  Information about our school suppliers can be found on our website here. These can be worn until October half term when we revert back to the standard uniform of trousers or a Mayfield skirt.

Looking forward to next half-term, I would like to remind parents that we have an INSET day on Friday 21st June so the pupils are not expected in school on that day.

 

Also after the break,  Year 7 and 8 pupils have Pira and Puma tests in the week beginning 10th June. The full details about dates can be found here and the details about revision for maths here and for English here.

 

With regards to Prep, our current Year 8 pupils will not be set projects next half-term as they become Year 9 on our academic promotion day- Monday 24th June. They will then receive homework in line with the information on our website here. Our current Year 7 will be set prep by their current teachers and it will be collected in by their new teachers once they have progressed up to Year 8. Subjects set will be Drama, Physics and English.

Parents with children in Years 9 and 10 can find details of the homework their child should have from each lesson here.

 

I hope the weather is kind to us over the break and trust all our pupils have a good break- remembering to keep on reading- and return safely on Monday 3rd June. 

 

 

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

We said goodbye to the ducklings who have been visiting Year R today.  I have been very impressed with how the children have looked after the duckling since they hatched.  Both classes have been very responsible in taking care of our fluffy visitors!

 

I need to say a huge ‘Well Done’ to Year 2 children for the excellent effort with the SATs over the last two weeks.  The children have been very focused and have demonstrated the learning superpowers of being ready, resourceful and resilient in abundance.  The results of the SATs are now used alongside the work in the children’s book to inform the End of Key Stage 1 Teacher Assessment judgements for Reading, Writing and Maths.  Parents will receive a report at the end of July to inform them of the outcomes for their children.

 

Year 4 have also been working tremendously hard on their performance of Matilda.  We had the first full day rehearsal with professionals from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the commitment and enthusiasm shown by the children was absolutely superb.  We are looking forward to seeing the final performance in the last week of term.  It promises to be great!

 

I was also very proud of Year 4 boys’ football team who took part in a tournament on the Fratton Park pitch on Thursday against 12 other teams from the local area.  The boys displayed tremendous teamwork and great skill throughout the tournament.  The team won all of their group games before losing to the eventual winners in the semi-final. 

 

As we head into the summer term, it is important that children wear sun cream to school as we spend a lot of time outside. Our advice to parents is that it is best to apply the ‘once-a-day’ sun cream in the morning before your child leaves for school.  Children with very fair skin may need additional protection during the day.  If so, can parents please provide a named bottle of sun cream for the child to apply themselves during the day and pass this to the class teacher.  We normally find that the sprays are the easiest products for younger children to apply.

 

At the end of this half-term, we are saying goodbye to Mrs Swan and Miss Graney who are both leaving Mayfield.  Thank you for all that you have done and best wishes for your future endeavours!

 

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

We still seem to be having problems with school uniform, can you please clearly label every item to prevent cardigans and jumpers getting lost or taken home by mistake by the wrong child.

 

Our topic after the half term will be ‘Dinosaurs’.  We will be looking at different varieties of dinosaurs, their characteristics and eating habits.

 

The learning objectives for the children in class are:

 

• Classify and sort dinosaurs by size and eating habits;

• Create props for dinosaur role play by using a variety of media and techniques;

• Putting together and encourage the children to label ‘T-Rex’ skeleton for class display.

 

Letter sounds for the week ‘K’ and ‘L’, words for the word wall ‘for’ and ‘said’.

 

Have a lovely half term and just to remind you if you have taken your child’s PE kit home, please don’t forget to bring it back into class when we return to school.

 

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Posted by Paul Borer

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