28 June 2019

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher


I am very pleased to report that we have had an excellent start to the new school year. Senior pupils have settled quickly into their new teaching groups and the atmosphere around the school is extremely focussed and calm. I am very grateful to all staff for their hard work in making sure rooms and books were ready to support the new academic year.

 

You may be aware that during periods of extreme heat and following a ‘met office’ notification we run a ‘Hot Weather Protocol’. This will always be communicated to parents and pupils via our website, social media and text. Therefore, I would encourage all parents and carers to ensure that you are ‘following’ us or visiting the website periodically. As the warmer weather approaches, we encourage every child to bring water or juice into school every day. ‘Fizzy’ drinks, including Lucozade, are banned and should not be brought in. Water and juice bottles can be filled up in the canteens at breaks and lunch.

 

Finally, please be aware that on the final day of this term we will run an alternative school day:

Friday 19th July - pupils in ALL Years will be dismissed at 1.35pm. No extra-curricular.

 

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

 

We have had a fabulous first week of the new academic year. The Year 11 moving on assembly on Monday was a lovely occasion with the pupils looking smart in their new ties. The Lord Mayor was here and he awarded the prefect badges to the pupils who have been successful in their applications- well done to them! In addition, he awarded the Head Prefects and Deputy Head Prefects with their badges. This year these positions are held by:

 

Head Prefects                 Lilly Cownie and Lawrence Cooper

Deputy Head Prefects   Gracie Adams and Connor Jeffery


I know they are going to be excellent role models this year to the rest of the school and I look forward to working with them.

 

Wednesday saw our team of five students:  Valentine Fernandez, Josie Roberts, Harry Elam, Lois Morrow and Maddie Threapleton head to London with Mr Jackson and Mr Taylor to compete in the National STEM final of Solutions For the Planet at the Houses of Parliament- and they won! A huge well done to the pupils and to the staff who worked so hard to get them ready. A full write up of the event can be found on our website here.

 

The Senior Section Presentation Evening on Thursday was a true highlight in the Mayfield calendar again this year. How lovely to be able to say well done to so many of our fabulous young people. Pictures from the evening along with a list of our award winners will be available online soon. Well done to every pupil who was presented with an award this year.

 

All our pupils have settled down well into their new timetables and classes. If you have any questions about the options your child has been allocated then please contact Mrs Cleary on clearya@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk for help. If you have any other questions about particular subjects or lessons then your child's tutor is your first point of contact and they will be able to signpost you to the correct member of staff for your query.

 

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

It was lovely to welcome so many parents and family members to our annual Presentation Assemblies on Tuesday.  I thought that the children were tremendously brave to go up on stage in front of all of those people and I was so proud of all of their achievements.  I know that the teachers had to think long and hard about the winner for each award and every child deserved their moment of recognition for the successes over the last year.  Thank you for joining us for this occasion – you helped to make it a very special occasion for all of us.

 

There has been lots going again this week.  On Monday, Year 3 looked fantastic in their Roman Day costumes while Year 2 had a great trip to the Seacity Museum in Southampton.  Danube class enjoyed their visit to the D-day Museum on Wednesday and Year R have hosted having several visitors in this week as part of their Under the Sea topic.

 

We are now starting to plan ahead for next year and you should have received a letter to inform you of your child’s class and teacher for next year.  On Monday and Tuesday, the children will be spending the days in their new classrooms with their new teachers so that they feel ready for September.  We are also going to be welcoming the 30 new children who are joining us in Year 3 next year and I am sure that they will quickly feel part of our school.  Parents should drop off and pick up from the new classrooms on Monday and Tuesday.  The new Year 5 classrooms are going to be back in the huts where the children began the school careers and parents of the current Year 4 will need to drop off and pick up by the door opposite the Junior gate on Monday and Tuesday.  From Wednesday, we will revert to the normal classrooms until the end of term.

 

We are also going to be welcoming our new Year R children for their first classroom visit on Monday at 9am and 2.00pm.  We will meet you by the Infant gate for these visits – the children will go into the classrooms with the Year R staff while I will take the parents along for a cup of coffee and get you signed up on the Online Boking System.

 

We are currently working on some end of year performances.  Year 4 had another successful rehearsal with the Royal Shakespeare Company on Thursday and their performance of ‘Matilda’ is really coming together.  Meanwhile, Year 2 are working hard on their performance of ‘Jonah and the Fishy Tail’.  Parents can book tickets for both events via the Online Booking System.

 

Finally, we are looking forward to the Friends of Mayfield Summer Fete on the afternoon of Friday 5th July.  The Primary School Council will be running the ‘Guess the name of the Teddy’ and ‘Guess the Sweets in a Jar’ stalls.  Please come along and support our fundraising drive!

 

Letters sent home this week:

 

Year 2 Jonah and the Fishy Tail

Maltilda Costumes

 

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

 

What a great day we had at our Sports Day even the weather was fantastic We had a lovely morning it was filled with lots of fun and laughter thank you for attending and supporting your children in this lovely event.

 

We are now coming to the end of the academic year. This can be an exciting and anxious time for your children.

To ensure a positive transition into Primary School we have created a booklet in class called ‘Starting School’.

 

Through this booklet and class discussions, we are finding out about their new teaching staff and the name of their classes. We are discussing all the new and exciting things they will be learning in Year R, and, talking through any worries or anxieties they might have in class.

 

Graduation is on Thursday 18th July, tickets are available for family and friends.  On the day, please bring your children into class for 9.15am to have their photographs taken. They need to be wearing their school uniform and school shoes. Please, could you put your daughter's hair in a low ponytail or plait if possible, thank you. After dropping them off at Sunbeams please make your way to Mayfield main entrance and through to the hall where refreshments will be available until the graduation begins.

 

The last day of term will be on the 19th July.

 

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Posted by Paul Borer

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