28 Sep 2018

Mr David Jeapes - Headteacher

Please be aware that the admissions process for pupils wishing to join Year R, 3 and 7 in September 2019 has now opened. Mayfield is a very popular and heavily oversubscribed school and therefore it is essential applications are completed on time and correctly. I would like to draw your attention to some admission events we are running in October:

  • 3rd October 2018 from 5.30pm – open afternoon for Primary (entry into Years R and 3)
  • 3rd October 2018 from 6.30pm- open evening for Seniors (entry into Year 7)
  • From 8th October – bookable* personalised tours of the school for entry into Years 3 and 7
  • From 29th October – bookable* personalised tours of the school for entry into Year R

 *Email our admissions team on admissions@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk to book a personalised tour during the school day.

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.

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

****School closed on Thursday 4th October for staff training*****

Miss Louise Hillier - Head of Senior

It was a pleasure to see so many parents at the Year 7 Tutor evening on Thursday and hear how well they feel their children have settled into Mayfield. There is a full list of contact details of tutors on the website here, so please do email your child’s tutor if you were not able to attend to make contact with them.  Also, a link to the documents regarding assessment at Mayfield in Key Stage 3 can be found here.

A group of our Year 10 pupils went to Portsmouth College on Tuesday for a Careers Fair. In particular, they enjoyed the talks about career paths into Medicine and Law. We run a full careers programme in school but if your child has any particular questions then they should see Mrs Denford. She can be emailed on denfordr@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk.

Some of our Year 7 and 8 pupils have been involved in a workshop with Stansted Park with an in school session last week and a field trip this week. All the pupils had a really good time and enjoyed the event- thank you to our humanities team for organising it.

Next week the school closes early on Wednesday for the Senior Pupils at 1:35 pm as we prepare for our Open Evening. A lot of pupils have taken letters to come back to help us- if your child does come home with a letter, pleases ask them to return the permission slip to Mrs Hollis as soon as possible. Thursday is an INSET day for staff so there is no school for pupils. They are due back in school normal time on Friday 5th October at 8:10 am for Years 7 and 8 and 8:40 am for Years 9-11.

Our first Year 11 Parents Evening is on Thursday 12th October from 4 pm to 7 pm. Booking is now open here. We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

All Year 7 and 8 pupils should be working on their Autumn 1 Prep. Information about the projects can be found here. Please do contact your child’s tutor in the first instance if you have any questions about the projects.

I will just finish with a reminder that phones are not allowed out during the school day- they should be turned off and in bags or pockets if pupils have them on their person. If they are seen on the school site, they will be confiscated- I would be grateful if you could reiterate that message to your child. If you need to contact your child in an emergency, please phone the school reception and they will get a message to your child as quickly as possible.

Mr Matt Stedman - Head of Primary

It was my pleasure to award the first Bronze Achievement Award Certificates in Celebration Assembly to the children who have already achieved over 100 Achievement Points.  Well done to you all and the aim is now to push on to get your Silver Awards for 250 Achievement Points.

As we come towards the end of the first month, we also awarded the Primary House Trophy for the House with the most Achievement Points.  The results for September were as follows:

  • 1st Endeavour House 2354 points
  • 2nd Discovery House 2169 points
  • 3rd Intrepid House 1998 points
  • 4th Victory House 1956 points

Well done to Endeavour House who will get to keep the trophy for the next month.

Each half-term, Mrs Campbell is organising some inter-House competition events where children can take part and win points for their Houses.  The first competition is next week to coincide with National Poetry Day on Tuesday 2nd October and National Smile Day later in the week.  Children in Year 1 and 2 have to learn a poem to recite in their lesson on Friday, while children in Year 3 and 4 need to compose their own poem on the theme of happiness.

We have had some really exciting events on in school this week.  On Tuesday, Year 4 had a visit from Zoolab as part of the Rain Forests topic.  Zoolab brought in a number of amazing creatures so that the pupils could see, handle and touch some of the animals that they have been learning about. 

On Wednesday, we had the Reward Tea for the children who successfully completed the Reading Challenge.  Over 120 children managed to complete the Challenge and they enjoyed biscuits, squash and a play on the trim trail in some lovely autumn sunshine.  Thank you to all of the parents who supported their children with this valuable reading over the summer.

It has also been great to see Year 3 and 4 starting their Music lessons this week.  The response to these lessons has been overwhelming and we now have Primary children taking lessons in singing, drums, guitar, keyboards and the violin.  There are still limited spaces available for some instruments, so please email me on stedmanm@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk if you would like your child to take part.

We were delighted to hear that Mrs Sheppard has been nominated for a Portsmouth Teaching Award for the ‘My Only Limitation Is My Ambition Week’ that she organised in January this year.  MOLIMA Week aimed to raise the children’s aspirations by getting them to meet a series of visitors from different jobs and careers.  The planning is already underway for this year MOLIMA Week in January 2019 and Mrs Sheppard is keen to hear from any parents who may be able to come in and talk to the children about their work.  If you have an interesting or unusual job that you may be able to share with us, then please contact Mrs Sheppard on SheppardA@mayfield.portsmouth.sch.uk

As we head into October, can I please ask that all children start to wear a coat to school.  Playtimes and lunchtimes are outside in all weathers and Year R pupils also spend a lot of their learning time in the outdoor area.

Finally, can I remind parents that the Primary section is open as normal next Wednesday with Extra-Curricular running until 4.30pm and Tea Club till 6pm.  Our Open Afternoon for prospective Year R and 3 parents takes place on Wednesday 3rd October from 5.30 till 6.30pm and parents of the current Year 2 are most welcome to come in and have a look around to meet the staff and view the facilities for Junior aged pupils.

We are closed all day for the Inset Day on Thursday 4th October, but will reopen again for a normal day including Breakfast Club, Extra-Curricular and Teatime Club on Friday 5th October.

Mrs I Edwards - Pre-School & Nursery

Please, can I remind parents to please send your children into school with their coats. We as a class explore the outdoor environment each day regardless of the weather. This is an important part of your children's learning and development, unfortunately, if you children attend without their coats they miss out on the opportunity to be outside and explore the natural environment.

We shall now be changing the class topic to the theme ‘Autumn’. In class we shall be observing and identifying features in the natural world and changes in their local environment. The children will use the school library to borrow books about the seasons to support their understanding of the topic and class activities.

Learning intentions linked to class subject:

  • Explore natural materials;
  • Use different media and textures to create a planned effect;
  • Respond to music with imagination and movement.

Letter sound for the week is 'D'. Please, could you keep creating a collage with your children and return to class each week as we share the children's lovely creations at circle time to promote speech sounds.

Finally, don't forget the school will be closed on Thursday 4th October.

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