6 September 2019

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

I am pleased to report that we have had a very smooth start to the school year. The atmosphere in lessons is very focussed and the behaviour around the school is excellent. Bearing in mind that we have welcomed 290 new pupils, this is a testament to all of the effort that staff and pupils have put into transition work. Also, I would like to extend my thanks to all parents and carers who have supported the introduction of a new school tie and second school supplier – as ever, our pupils look very smart. Thank you!

 

I would like to remind all of our community that we are running a number of admission events this term. To find out more about joining Mayfield in September 2020, email our admissions team on admissions@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

 

Please be aware that the school receives additional funding for any pupil who:

 

  • Currently, are or have been eligible for free school meals in the last six years;
  • have a parent or carer in the armed services.



If you believe that your child is eligible for additional funding, then please do alert us by contacting Mrs. Jackie Hamilton on Hamilton@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

 

Extra-curricular clubs are now running in all sections of the school. If your child is in Years R to 7, these must be booked via the ‘online booking system’ which can be found here. A full programme can be found here.

 

Finally, I would like to highlight the work of the ‘Friends of Mayfield’ (FOM). The FOM are a group of volunteers that support the school by organising events throughout the year. They are always looking to recruit new members….even if you only have a few hours once in a while spare! If you would like to find out more, please contact them on fom@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

 

To help you plan your time, we have provided a list of key dates for the Autumn 1 half term HERE.

 

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

 

The week beginning 9th September is a Week B for Senior pupils

 

Welcome back to all our Senior pupils. I am pleased to report that the standard of our pupils’ uniform and equipment is extremely high. I would like to thank all parents and carers for their commitment to our uniform and dress code. It is important that all pupils come to school with a pen, pencil, planner and reading book every day and these will be checked every morning on the gate.

 

All pupils in the senior section are part of a ‘vertical tutor group’ with a group tutor. I would very much encourage all new parents to the school to drop their child’s tutor an email to say “hello” or ask about how your child is settling in. A full list of senior section tutors can be found here.

There is an opportunity for Year 7 parents to come in to meet their child’s tutor on Thursday 26th September.  Booking for this is via our website here.  Please do take this opportunity to meet your first point of contact in the school.  We look forward to getting to know you better.

 

The Wilkie Scholarship is open to any pupil in Year 11 and provides two fully-funded scholarships for pupils to attend The Portsmouth Grammar School. If you are interested in applying for the 2020 scholarship, then please write a letter to the Headteacher of Mayfield School outlining:

 

· Your significant achievements to date;

· How a place at The Portsmouth Grammar School will support your future ambitions;

· Why you are the best person for the scholarship.

 

Letters should be no more than 500 words and returned by Friday 20th September to Mrs. Lynne Hollis, PA to the Headteacher. All potential scholars are invited to attend The Portsmouth Grammar School’s Open Morning on Saturday 28th September 2019. Mr. Jeapes will meet you all at 10:00am (there is no need to wear uniform).

 

Year 11 have their first set of mocks in English, Maths and Science the week beginning 16th September. The timetable can be found on the website here. All pupils have been provided checklists and revision work. Please do talk to them about their revision and support them in being ready for these examinations.

 

Finally, if your child is absent then please contact us as soon as possible by:

 

Email - attendance@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

Phone - 02392 693 432 ext 236 (answerphone)

Attendance - 02392 693 432 ext 271

Text/Call – 07908676745

 

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

We have had a great start to the new school year in the Primary section. Our new Reception children have settled in superbly and are coping really well with adapting to the routines of the school day.  Our new Year 3 children have also had an excellent first couple of days at Mayfield - they all look fantastic in their new uniform.  It was also lovely to see the Years 1 to 5 children return on Thursday after the summer holidays looking so smart and grown-up too. 

 

I would also like to thank the staff and children for the excellent Summer School that took place during the holidays.  The children who attended worked really hard on keeping up their skills in English and Maths and seemed to benefit greatly from coming into school for the week. 

 

I’m delighted to hear that lots of the children have managed to complete the ‘Space Chase’ Summer Reading Challenge at their local library and have therefore qualified for the reward tea with Mrs Sheppard and Miss Lewis which will be held on Friday 27th September.  There is still time to complete the Challenge and get the Certificate or Medal that will lead to your invite to our reward tea.

 

 

Our new catering provider, lunch menu and dining arrangement have been launched this week.  A copy of the menu can be found here.  Parents in both Infant and Junior sections are able to order their children’s meals in advance through their SCOpay accounts.  While children can still choose their lunch on the morning, parents are encouraged to make their choices in advance on the SCOpay website.  This will mean that we are able to get down to learning more quickly in the morning.

 

At the start of the new year, we are keen to recruit parent or grandparent volunteers to help with reading, school trips and other events and jobs around the school.  A copy of Volunteering Policy can be found here and the form that possible volunteers need to complete can be accessed here.  We are very grateful for any time that you are able to offer to support the school, so please email or see me if you are interested in volunteering.

 

Thank you to everyone who has donated uniform to the school.  From next week onwards, we will be operating a second-hand uniform shop every Wednesday from 3.15pm till 4.30pm in the Main Hall with all proceeds going to the Friends of Mayfield.  Any further donations of used uniform are always appreciated and should be passed to the class teacher.

 

One of our ambitions for our pupils is that they develop their competency as a musician and performer.  Children in the Junior Section currently have the opportunity to sign up for small group instrumental tuition in drums, guitar, keyboard, violin or singing.  A letter to sign up for these lessons came home in the bookbags this afternoon and is available here.  This is for new requests for tuition only. The parents of children who had lessons last year were asked at the end of term if they wanted their children to keep going with their lessons and will have received a text today to confirm that they want the lessons to continue.  Please can we have any returns by Friday 13th September.

 

Finally, can I please remind parents that all children should be reading or sharing a book at home at least five times per week.  Children in the Junior Section may record this for themselves in their planners.  Thank you in advance for your support with reading at home – it really does make a difference!

 

Letters sent home this week:

Year 2 Natural History trip

 

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

 

 

Welcome back after the summer holidays and for those who have just joined us in Pre School and Nursery welcome.

 

The children are settling into the school routine really well and have already gained an understanding of the class rules and boundaries. Can I remind you to please clearly label all items of uniform and clothing to prevent any items going home with the wrong children. If your child needs to bring a toy or comforter with them to school to help them settle they can do this for the first term only, as we have limited space for storing such items.

 

The Topic for the next 4 weeks in class will be ‘All About Me’. We will be exploring and discussing our feelings, what makes us happy or sad and the feelings of others. This will help the children to develop confidence in the use of language when talking about themselves and others.

 

 

Learning intentions linked to class subject:

  • Explore and discuss own feelings;
  • Extended their vocabulary and confidence in the use of language;
  • Counting accurately 1-1 correspondence;
  • To look at similarities and differences.

 

Letter sound for the week is 'A' - could you create a collage with your children and bring into class when finished as we share these at circle time to help promote speech sounds.

 

Homework will be sent home from next week which is linked to class topics along with your children's library books. We update the newsletter weekly on the website.

 

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Posted by Paul Borer

Category: Mayfield Messenger