Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher
After half term, we will be running tours of the school for September 2020 admissions into Year R, 3 and 7. I would be very grateful if you could help publicise these by downloading a flyer here and circulating on your social media networks. As I remarked in my Open Evening speech, by September 2020 around 50% of the pupils in our school will have a sibling link. This is an astonishing figure and underlines the faith that parents have put into us.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 14th October is a Week A
The Theme for the week is Health: Caring for mind and body
Our Year 9 pupils took part in an Enterprise session on Tuesday with Unloc, Verizon and HP delivering to them. The event was designed to build the pupils soft skills and to spark any potential entrepreneurs! Year 9 thoroughly enjoyed the day and their behaviour was a credit to the school. We are very grateful to Mr Batchelor for organising it and for the outside providers for coming in to deliver to our students.
Next week we are looking forward to our Restart a Heart day on Wednesday. The staff had their training on our INSET day, Thursday 3rd October and next Wednesday the whole of Year 8 are involved in activities all day. We have many visitors coming into school to work with the pupils and every year it is a day that pupils find extremely interesting and enjoy tremendously. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and our website to see pictures of the day as it unfolds.
Year 11 Parents Evening is on Thursday 17th October from 4pm to 7pm. Booking is available on our website here. Running alongside the Parents evening is our Careers Fair. Information about the Careers Fair is on our website here. Please do take the time to come along on that night to meet your child’s teachers and talk to employers and higher education providers.
Year 10 will also be given the opportunity to visit the Careers Fair during Period 5 on Thursday so please ask your child about it when they come home!
Years 7 and 8 should be working on their Autumn 1 Prep projects. There are details of these on our website here. The pupils are very welcome to attend Homework Club which runs after school every night in room 151 if they wish to. Computers are available for them to use if needed.
Can I please take the opportunity to remind you that pupils are not allowed to wear nose studs to school. Pupils need to remove them before they arrive. Pupils who do not follow our expectations around jewellery and uniform are provided with alternative working arrangements.
Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary
We had two very successful Parents Evenings this week with over 90% of parents coming along to meet their child’s teacher. I hope that you found your appointment useful and were able to discuss your child’s targets for the year ahead.
We have been focusing on Pupil Leadership this week. Our Assembly on Monday was taken by Councillor Terry Norton who explained about elections and his role as a member of the Portsmouth City Council. The children have then been thinking about the skills and qualities that are needed to be a good School Councillor. The School Council elections are taking place in PSHE lessons this afternoon with the new School Council being announced in assembly. Following this, we have several other Pupil Leadership roles such as Pupil Librarians and Junior Road Safety Officers to fill over the next few weeks.
The booking system for Autumn 2 Extra-Curricular opens next week at the following times:
- Monday 14th October at 6.00pm for Year R
- Tuesday 15th October at 6.00pm for Year 1 and 2
- Wednesday 16th October at 6.00pm for Year 3, 4 and 5
As ever, Mrs Guy and the team have put together a tremendous range of extra-curricular opportunities that should appeal to every taste and interest. Please make sure that you make your bookings promptly before the Booking System closes on Monday 21st October at 12 noon. No bookings will be accepted after this time.
We have our Harvest Festival on Monday afternoon. Due to pressures on space in the Hall, it is not possible for parents to attend this event, but we are grateful of any donations of non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Portsmouth Food Bank at the end of the afternoon. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
The first Prep projects of the school year are due in on Monday 21st October. Miss Lewis has organised a special Prep Club for families on Wednesday 16th October from 3.30pm when you can come along to the Amazons classroom with your child and use our school resources to help them to complete their project for this half-term. Please book your space in this club via the Online Booking System.
The Primary children will also be taking part in the ‘Restart a Heart’ Day with the Seniors next week to raise our awareness of having a healthy heart. Mr Jackson from the Science Department is coming to do our assembly on Monday and Mrs Sheppard has organised a Healthy Heart poster competition. Every entry will be awarded 10 Achievement Points and the winner from each class will win a special prize. All posters need to be entered by Friday 18th October.
I know that several Mayfield children took part in the Stomp for Stamps challenge over the summer holidays. The challenge was a great success and with lots of children taking to their feet to track down stamps and stickers to unlock the hidden treasure, a cuddly Stomper toy. I’m told that these fabulous toys are winging their way to us and we are expecting to receive them after October half term. Thank you for your patience in waiting for your rewards!
We are starting to think about Road Safety Week which is taking place after half-term. It is great to see that many children are still walking, riding or scooting to school. Please, can I encourage all parents to make sure that their children wear a helmet if they are cycling or scooting to school. From January 2020, it will be compulsory for children to wear helmets if they are riding or scooting to school and they will not be allowed to bring a cycle or scooter on to the school site if they arrive without a helmet. Thank you in advance for your support.
Letters home this week can be found here:
Friends of Mayfield Christmas Shopping
Early Years Reading
Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery
Please can you make sure your child attends school with their coat, clearly labelled inside as we play outside daily and some children are missing out on this opportunity.
Our topic will continue with the theme ‘Autumn’, looking at changes in their outside environment.
Learning intentions linked to class subject:
- Recognise the changes in plants and trees;
- Talk about the different colours we see in Autumn;
- Identify leaves, then sort by shape and size;
- Create a collage from our nature walk.
Letter sound for the week is ‘F’ – please create a collage with your children, it’s a quick activity which will promote lots of speech and extend vocabulary.
We shall be holding a coffee morning on Saturday 26th October from 10am till 12 midday. This is a lovely morning where you can create some artwork with your children, meet other parents and have a chat over tea and cake. We look forward to seeing some of you there.
Finally, a reminder, half term will be from week commencing 28th October – we return to school on Monday 4th November.
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