19 July 2019
Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher
I am delighted to confirm that once again we have been overwhelmed with applications for entry into Year R, 3 and 7 and remain heavily oversubscribed. For September 2020, we have the following admission events planned and would be grateful if you could circulate these on your social networks:
- 2nd October from 5.00pm – open afternoon for Primary (entry into Years R and 3)
- 2nd October from 6.30pm- open evening for Seniors (entry into Year 7)
- From 7th October – bookable* personalised tours of the school for entry into Year 7
- From 4th November – bookable* personalised tours of the school for entry into Year R & 3
*Email our admissions team on email@example.com to book a personalised tour during the school day.
The final whole school posting will be sent out at the start of the Summer Holiday. Please click here for a copy of my letter. If your personalised pack does not arrive, please alert our SIMS manager, Mrs. Helen Patis on firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the last Mayfield Messenger for this academic year. The next edition will be sent out on Friday 6th September. We wish you all a restful break and look forward to welcoming back all pupils at the usual times on Thursday 5th September.
To help our families plan their time, please find a link to the 2019 Autumn 1 calendar here.
Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior
What a fabulous year this has been for our Senior Pupils. There have been so many great achievements- the amazing ‘Our House’ production, Rock Challenge and winning the national "Solutions for the Planet" competition to name just a few, as well as many sporting successes. Thinking about sporting success, our House Sports Day on Monday went extremely well and so many pupils put their full effort into winning for their Houses! Thank you to all the staff who helped to make this such a great event. Well done to all the pupils who have had 95%+ attendance this year too- we know coming to school is the key to success. Attendance, reading and achievement points, as well as sporting success, all add up to the points needed to win the coveted House Cup! The final assembly of the year is always a great celebration and the winners of the House Cup are announced at this event. Details of this year’s winners can be found here!
Over the Summer, exam results are available from 9:30 am until 11 am on Thursday 22nd August for our students who have just taken their GCSEs. We look forward to celebrating with them then.
We are starting the phase-in of our new school uniform in September- please do check on our website here for details of how it will affect your child. Please note that all pupils will need a new school tie ready for the first day back-Year 11 have already bought them!
For all our pupils the Summer Holiday can be a long time and it is very important that brains are kept working! All Year 11 have been given a revision folder and should be using it over the break- just an hour a week per subject would keep their brains ticking over. For all pupils, reading is vital- please encourage your child to read over the holidays- we know it will make a difference in their readiness for learning when they come back to school in September.
Thank you to all our parents for your support this year. I wish you all a very happy and restful Summer Holiday. I look forward to welcoming back all our Year 7 and 8 pupils at 8:10 am on Thursday 5th September and our Years 9-11 pupils at 8:40 am on that day. Happy holidays!
Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary
We have had two fantastic performances this week. On Monday and Wednesday, Year 3 and 4 performed Matilda to rapturous applause from the audience. I am sure that everyone who came along to this show would agree that the children were absolutely brilliant – they did so well to learn all of their lines, songs and staging directions and they performed with supreme confidence. Well done to everyone who was involved!
On Tuesday, it was the turn of Year 2 to shine with their performances of Jonah and the Fishy Tail. Once again, there were some fabulous performances from the children. It is incredible to see how their confidence has grown during their time in Key Stage 1. Thank you to everyone who supported this performance!
On Wednesday, we had a visitor from the Portsmouth Library Service to launch the Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s Challenge is called the Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings. The aim is for children to read at least six books over the summer holidays to keep their reading skills ticking over while they are away from school. Mrs Sheppard and Mrs Hall are organising a special Reward Tea in September for all of the children who complete the Reading Challenge and bring their certificates in. Each child will also be awarded 30 Achievement Points if for successfully completing the Challenge. You can sign up to be part of the challenge from now onwards at your local library.
We have also been giving our Respectful Awards in assemblies this week. At the start of this term, Andy from C Beebies set the children a challenge to be the most Respectful person that they could be. Our PSHE Leader, Mrs Moore, has been going around the classes this week and working with the children to choose the person in their class who has been the most respectful. It has been a pleasure to give out the awards to these children in the assemblies this week.
It was also my pleasure to award the Primary House Cup for the most Achievement Points this year in our final assembly this morning. This year’s winners were Victory House who narrowly pipped Endeavour House to lift the cup for this year. Well done to the Yellow House!
Over the summer holidays, we are going to have a change of catering provider with a new company called Caterlink taking over. This means that the current system of purchasing hot meals for Junior Section through the Feeding Hungry Minds website will no longer work after the end of this term. From September, school dinners will be purchased through your Scopay account (formerly known as Tucasi). The full details of how this service will work will become clearer once the new provider takes over on 1st August and we will make any information available on our website as soon as we receive it.
We are looking forward to the Summer School which starts on 19th August. We have had a great response from families in signing up for this week and I am sure that the activities will help children get back into learning after the long summer break.
Finally, I would like to thank all of our families for their incredible support with all of the different events, challenges and initiatives over the last year. Have a wonderful summer holiday!
Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery
What a lovely morning we had celebrating the children’s Graduation at Sunbeams Pre-school. It is so very hard for the staff and me to say goodbye, but it’s now time for them to shine brightly in Year R.
It has been a pleasure and a privilege getting to know you and your wonderful children. Please keep in touch so we can hear all about the wonderful work they are doing in their new classes. For those parents whoa re returning after the summer, school opens on Thursday 5th September – the topic will be ‘All About Me’.
Have a lovely summer break!
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