5 July 2019

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

I would like to start by encouraging as many people as possible to visit the ‘Friends of Mayfield’ Summer Fete which is taking place later today, Friday 5th July between 2pm and 6pm on the West Field. Whether you have a child at the school, or not, all are welcome. Every penny raised will go towards providing the extras our budget cannot meet. I would also appreciate it if you could post a link on to your social media channel alerting others to this event. Please find a flyer here.

 

As is customary, we will be sending out a whole school posting at the end of this term. If you have recently changed your contact details, please do update them by sending an email to our SIMS Manager, Mrs. Helen Patis on patis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

 

 Please be aware that on the last day of this term we will run an alternative timetable. Therefore on:

 

Friday 19th July – pupils in ALL Years will be dismissed at 1.35pm. No extra-curricular or tea time club.

 

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

 

We have enjoyed spending time this week with our year 7 students during transition. They have coped so well with their first week and we look forward to spending another week with them. Tuesday 9th July is our transition evening. We start in the main hall at 7pm and then split into house groups so parents can start getting to know the Head of House who will be looking after their child for five years. 

 

It has been a busy week for staff as we have said a final goodbye to Year 11 at their Prom on Wednesday night. As ever, it was a truly lovely experience and it is always so heartening to see how many people from our Mayfield community- current pupils, old pupils, staff, family and friends- turn out to support the pupils on this occasion. The next time we see Year 11 they will be collecting their exam results on Thursday 22nd August at 9:30am.

 

On Thursday staff had a twilight training session on developing the curriculum. Staff always value the opportunity to spend time with colleagues working on their subjects- what to deliver and how. We particularly enjoyed working across the whole school with staff from all phases coming together to plan. We look forward to delivering this to our pupils in September- being part of an all-through school is very exciting!

 

Looking ahead to next week we have Mr Brian Wilkie MBE coming into school on Friday to launch the Wilkie Scholarship 2020 to our new Year 11. We are so privileged to be able to offer the opportunity for two of our pupils to be able to undertake their A level studies at The Portsmouth Grammar School on full scholarships courtesy of Mr Wilkie. Once the assembly is over details of the application process will be published. 

 

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 had two very successful Transition Days this week when the children moved up into their new classes and we welcomed our new Year 3 children into Mayfield.  I was very impressed with how quickly the children settled with their new teachers and we seemed to have two days of productive learning.  It was also lovely to welcome our new Year R children for their classroom visit on Monday – we are looking forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday next week.

 

As we prepare to move up into the new academic year, I have had a number of questions from current Year 2 parents about our packed lunch policy.  This is available on the school website and can be accessed here.

 

At Mayfield, we believe that eating together forms a vital part of a child’s education.  It fosters the development of independence, social skills and good manners from an early age.  As children progress into the junior section, we strongly encourage all children to eat school lunches.  However, it is accepted that parents may choose not to pay for the school meal.  Parents of junior aged pupils wishing to have packed lunches for a particular reason are expected to provide their children with packed lunches which are in line with our packed lunch policy.  The policy applies to all packed lunches to be eaten within school or on school trips during normal school hours.

 

We also have a change of catering provider from September with a company called Caterlink taking over from ISS.  Caterlink brought some samples of their food along to the recent Transition Meetings and we all liked the new tastes that will be available. The new menu for September is now available here. 

 

The programme for Autumn 1 Extra-Curricular can now be viewed here.  As ever, Mrs Guy and the team have put together a tremendous range of clubs for the children and all clubs are free to attend.  The booking system will open at 6pm on:

  • Monday 8th July for the new Year R;
  • Tuesday 9th July for the new Year 1 and 2;
  • Wednesday 10th July for the new Year 3, 4 and 5;

The booking system will close for all on Monday 15th July at 12pm after this date, we cannot accept bookings however, pupils may be booked into our early teatime club.

 

The booking system is also going to open for the Summer School on Monday 8th July.  More details about the Summer School can be found here.  Bookings for this event will close on Friday 12th July and we will then confirm your place and the arrangements by letter in the final week of term.

 

We are also planning ahead for Music Tuition for Junior Section pupils in September.  The parents of children who have been taking part in instrumental lessons this year have been sent a letter asking if they wish to continue.  Please can you return these letters before 12th July to reserve your tuition for next year.  All other Junior Section parents will receive a letter next week giving details on how they can sign their children up to learn guitar, keyboard, drums, violin or singing.

 

We are looking forward to our Infant Section Sports Day on Wednesday 10th July.  This event is due to start at 9.15am and is scheduled to finish around 11.00am.  Parents and the families are invited to join us on the West Field by Year R for this event.  The children will be competing in their Houses rotating around 12 different event stations.  Discovery House were last year’s winners and we are expecting fierce competition again this year!

 

Children in the junior section will also be completing the remaining sprinting and relay events next week in their PE lessons, so the final results from this Sports Day will follow in next week’s Messenger.  Good luck to everyone who is taking part next week!

 

Letters sent home this week:

 

  • Yangtze class teacher letter
  • Summer School letter
  • Music Tuition letter

 

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

 

What a fantastic time the children had at the school sleepover. We had 24 children who spent the night and left the next morning after breakfast. I would like to thank my amazing team, as without their support I couldn't offer such a great evening of fun and laughter. Also, a huge thank you to you, for allowing your children to come and sleep over with their teachers.

 

The topic until the end of term will be 'Moving Up'. Through class discussion we will ask the children what they are most looking forward to in their new school. We shall put into place strategies to support those children who are finding the move difficult.

 

Finally, the last day of term is Friday the 19th July which will be a party day for the preschool children, this will be from 10am till 1pm.  There will be no afternoon session. All children can attend even if it's not your child's day for attending. We will ask for a contribution of £1 for the ticket to raise funds for the pre school as we will not be holding a Teddy Bear picnic this year which is our annual fundraising event. Tickets will be available from Monday the 8th July.

 

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Posted by Paul Borer

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