4 October 2019

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

I am very pleased to report that we have had a very successful Open Afternoon and Evening for entry into Years R, 3 and 7 for September 2020. Several hundred people attended this event and the feedback has been very positive. If, however, you or someone you know, missed this event then it is not too late to book a tour of the School. Simply email our admissions team to arrange a suitable time on admissions@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

 

For more information about life at Mayfield, please download a copy of our admission booklet here and admission policy here. Alternatively, visit https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/learning-and-schools/schools/school-admissions.aspx for more information.

 

At the end of this half term we will be posting home to all parents a progress report. If you have recently moved or changed any of your contact details then please alert our admin team by sending an email to our SIMS manager, Mrs. Helen Patis on Patis@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

 

With the ‘short’ days approaching we actively encourage every pupil to wear a brightly coloured jacket to and from school every day. We still have available a number of school lockers that any pupil can hire by contacting our Finance Officer,  Mrs. Steph Manns manns@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.

 

Finally, we are delighted to announce that Mayfield has been short-listed for a number of ‘Teach Portsmouth Awards’. This event takes place tonight and I would like to wish all of the staff that have been short-listed the best of luck for the final!

 

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

 

Theme of the Week: Democracy: Power of the Vote

Week beginning 7th October is a B Week

 

This week a huge thank you from me to the 176 of our Senior pupils who helped out at the Open Evening on Wednesday. We had so many compliments on their friendliness, confidence and how knowledgeable they were about Mayfield. From tour guides to helping in departments to speaking in front of over 400 people they were an absolute credit to us as a school and to you as parents. Well done!

 

Year 8 participated in the inaugural Mayfield Science Fayre on Tuesday- and it was a great event! Thank you to all parents who came in at 3pm to see the work and we eagerly await the results! Well done to the Science department for organising it and photos of the event can be found on our official Facebook page here.

 

Looking ahead, Year 11 pupils will receive a copy of their Mock exams this week and these begin on 6th November. Copies of the timetable can also be found on the school website here.  Please do talk to them about the timetable and support them in setting up their study plan. Your child will be sitting mock exams in all their subjects – it will be a busy few weeks for them. It is really important they are in school for all their exams. The mock exams give the pupils an opportunity to reflect on what they can do and what they need to work on. It is also very helpful for their teachers to target their support in lessons to ensure they are fully prepared for the final GCSE exams.

If you or your child have any questions/concerns about their revision please contact Mr Gibson on gibsonr@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.  If you or your child have any questions/concerns about the exams process then please contact Mrs Head on Head@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

 

Years 7 and 8 are working on their Autumn 1 prep projects. Details of them are on our website here. They should have deadlines for each subject in their planners so please have a look and support them in meeting these. If you have any questions regarding the individual projects, please contact the Subject Leader for the project concerned.

 

The vast majority of our pupils arrive to school every day on time, but a few pupils need to look at their timekeeping. To help to support them we are running a Saturday detention on Saturday 19th October for any pupil who is late to school three times between Monday 30th September and Friday 11th October. Please talk to your child about the need to be in school every day on time.

 

Finally, can I remind you that long hair (anything that is below the shoulder) needs to be tied up. Hair accessories should be black or dark blue. The only jewellery permitted is a single stud earring in each ear lobe. All other jewellery must be removed for school. Thank you for your support with this.

 

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

The admissions process for the additional 30 places in Year 3 for September 2020 is now open, with the admissions process for Year R opening straight after the half-term holidays.  It was a pleasure to welcome many families to our Open Afternoon on Wednesday and we are now taking bookings for Admissions Tours that are scheduled throughout November and December.  The dates for the tours can be found here and you can book your place by emailing admissions@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

 

We have the first Parents Evenings of the year on Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th October from 4.00 till 7.00pm.  These are very important meetings when you have the opportunity to look at your child’s books, talk to their teacher and set targets for the year ahead.  The Parents Evenings are taking place in the Main Hall and each appointment last for 10 minutes.  Please make sure that you have booked your child’s appointment via the online booking system.

 

We are now midway through the half-term and we have been focussing on the Learning Superpower of being ‘Ready’.  This means that we are encouraging the children to focus on developing good learning habits that will help them succeed for the rest of the year.

 

 

You can help your child to show that they are ready for success by encouraging them to read at least five times per week at home.  Please can parents in the Infant Section record the reading that has been done at home in the planner.  Children in the Juniors are able to record their own reading.  I hope that your child is also making good progress with their Prep project for this half-term.  Please see your child’s class teacher if you need any help or support with these projects.

 

We have a few noteworthy events that are coming up between now and half-term.  On the afternoon of 14th October, we will be holding our annual Harvest Festival in school.  Due to the pressures on space in the Hall, parents are not able to attend this event, but we would be grateful of any donations of non-perishable food items to be donated to the Portsmouth Food Bank at the end of the event.  The children have been practising their Harvest songs and poems and it promises to be a fabulous event.  More information about this event can be found here.

 

After school on 15th October, Miss Turner has also arranged an E-safety meeting for the parents of Year 5 children to talk about how you can keep your child safe on social media.  We have noticed that a number of year fives are joining social media platforms and would like to share some advice and guidance on how to keep your child safe online.  More information about this event can be found here.

 

Finally, we always welcome feedback from parents on the things that we do well and how we could make the educational experience at Mayfield even better.  I have organised a Coffee Morning for Wednesday 23rd October at 9am when parents are welcome to come in for an informal get together with our parents over a cup of coffee, which will give you the chance to ask any questions that you have about the school.  I hope that you will be able to join us.

 

Letters sent home this week:

Year 5 Social Media letter

Harvest Festival letter

 

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

 

Please can I ask you to send your children into school with their coats and clearly label the inside to prevent them going home with the wrong child.  At our school we explore the outdoor play area regardless of the weather as this offers the children different types of learning opportunities and experiences.

 

Our topic has now changed to ‘Autumn’  We shall be talking about how the weather has changed from warm to cold and the changes we can see in the plants and trees in the local environment and the school garden.

 

Learning intentions linked to class subject:

 

  • Explore natural materials;
  • Identify features that they see in their outside;

 

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