21 June 2019
Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher
Today, Friday 21st June marks the end of the academic year for pupils in our Senior Section. Consequently, all pupils will move up a year on Monday 24th June and begin their new timetables. Pupils moving into Year 9 will no longer have to attend ‘Resilience’ sessions in the morning and pupils moving into Year 11 should, by now, have purchased their new tie. On Monday, we will welcome the Lord Mayor, Cllr David Fuller who will issue prefect ties and announce the Senior Prefects and their Deputies as well as other senior pupil roles.
Please note that final preparations for the ‘Friends of Mayfield’ Summer Fete are well underway. I would be most grateful if you could help promote this event through your social media and other networks. A copy of the flyer can be found here. Also, if you, or a family member, is able to help out in any way, then please contact Mrs. Judith Firth, Chair FOM on FirthJ@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk
To help our families plan their time, we have produced an extract of the school calendar containing all of the keys dates for Summer 2. This can be downloaded here.
Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior
As Mr Jeapes has mentioned in his section, the Moving On Assembly on Monday is a fabulous tradition that shows our new Year 11 how important this step is for them. This final year at Mayfield will go by so quickly for them and it is so very important that every one of them makes the most of every lesson every day. It would make a significant difference to their final grades if every pupil was in school every day- so please encourage your child to come to school. We are supporting Portsmouth’s attendance campaign, #missschoolmissout, as we know that the best recipe for success is coming to school every day and working hard. Good luck to all of our new Year 11 pupils as they start the last stage of their Mayfield journey.
We had a great last week of the academic year and all the pupils who went on reward trips had a fantastic time. Thank you to all the staff who spent considerable time organising these events- it is very much appreciated by all who go.
As the whole of the Senior Section moves up on Monday to their new year it is timely to remind pupils that this is a good time for a fresh start. The start of a new academic year brings new teachers and new classes- a great time to remember that coming to school every day on time and doing your best every day is what we encourage all our pupils to do.
It is also a good time to remember that we have a clear uniform policy and that pupils must adhere to it at all time. There is a link to our uniform policy here.
In particular, pupils must have no visible jewellery other than one stud in the lobe of each ear and a wristwatch. Any other jewellery will be confiscated and held by the behaviour team. Pupils that do not follow our policies regarding hair, nails or uniform may well have alternative arrangements made for them in school if they continually refuse to meet our expectations.
Finally, pupils in Years 8 should now be working on their Summer 2 ‘Prep’ projects. Copies of the projects can be found here. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s tutor if you would like them to provide additional support for your child as they complete these projects. A full list of tutors can be found here.
Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary
We have been ‘out and about’ with a historical theme this week. Year 3 had a fascinating trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace on Monday as part of their Rampaging Romans topic. Meanwhile, Year 4 have been visiting the D-Day Museum in Southsea to learn about the D-Day landings and life during the blitz. Both trips have really helped to bring history to life for the children!
It is the turn of Year 2 to go on a Topic based trip on Monday 24th June, when they visit the Seacity Museum in Southampton to learn about the Titanic. Year 3 also have more historical fun scheduled for Monday with our Roman Day with Roman themed costumes and activities all day. It promises to be a great day for both year groups!
We have also been proud to support the Portsmouth Festivities this week. On Wednesday, we hosted a visit from the author Pete Johnson and, on Thursday, we took part in a Dance in a Day festival with visiting Dance professionals and children from other local schools. Both events have been fantastic experiences for the children.
Thank you to parents and families for your tremendous generosity with Tuesday’s non-uniform day in support of the Friends of Mayfield. You gave us so many amazing Tombola and Raffle prizes to be won at the Summer Fete on 5th July.
It was our pleasure to welcome the new Year R families to Mayfield at this week’s Year R Transition Evening. The powerpoint presentation from this meeting can be accessed here. We are looking forward to seeing you again for the home visits, classroom visits and the Teddy Bears Picnic in the forthcoming weeks.
Our Year of success continued last Friday. I was very proud of Year 3 and 4 football teams who took won the Portsmouth Schools Football Tournament against ten other schools from across the city. The boys played brilliantly, going unbeaten through the whole tournament. Our Year 3 and 4 girls’ team have also been in friendly action this week and are building up to their own tournament on 8th July.
The highlight of next week is going to be our End of Year Presentation Assemblies on Tuesday. We are looking forward to welcoming the parents and families into school to celebrate all of the children’s amazing achievements over the last year. Due to very high levels of demand, this is a ticketed event and you will need to book your tickets through on the Online Booking System by 3.30pm today. There are two separate assemblies, so please make sure that you book on to the right one for your child:
- 9.15am for children in Discovery and Victory Houses
- 10.45am for children in Endeavour and Intrepid Houses
Parents of Year R children need to book tickets for their children’s new House. Tickets will be sent home in bookbags on Monday.
Parents will also receive a letter next week to inform them of their child’s class and class teacher for next year. We then have two Transition Days on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd July when all children will move into their new classes and classrooms for two days so that they can get to know and experience their new surroundings before the summer holidays. We will also be welcoming the new Year 3 children who will be joining us in September for these days.
Finally, can I please remind parents that it is very important that the new Main Authorised Persons forms for 2019-20 are returned. We need these forms to ensure that your child is only released to responsible adults at the end of the day. Please see your child’s class teacher if you need a new form to complete.
Letters sent home this week:
- Jellyfish staff changes
Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery
I would like to remind you that it is Sports Day on Friday 21st June weather permitting from 10 am until 11.30. Please bring your children into school wearing their PE kit. Refreshments will be available on the day and all family members and siblings can attend. I would like to thank those Mums who came back into school on Monday evening to make Fathers Day cards with their children. It was a lovely evening, we had lots of fun and laughter making their wonderful cards together.
Our Topic will continue with the theme Dinosaurs. The children will be encouraged to look at the characteristics of dinosaurs then sort into groups Carnivore or Herbivore. We have set up Role Play as a Dinosaur Museum, the children are taking part in looking at fossils and digging for dinosaur bones.
Learning intentions linked to class subject:
- Estimate, measure and classify dinosaurs;
- We are beginning to use the language of Addition and Equals signs in our maths work.
Letter sounds for the week 'O' and 'P' we are looking forward to seeing your collages in class. The words for the word wall are 'But' and 'Me'.
Just a gentle reminder can you please label all your children’s uniform and their coats please to prevent these items going home with the wrong child.
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Posted by Paul Borer
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