E-weekly Issue 127
Letter from the Headmistress
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As the second week of term draws to a close, I hope this letter finds you well and bearing up. While many of us are able to enjoy the weather, I appreciate that some families are finding this time particularly challenging, especially those who have been unwell or who have been bereaved, and our thoughts and prayers remain with you. I continue to receive good wishes and messages of support from OCs around the world to the current School Community. Thank you to everyone for your continuing support, from the support staff who are in cleaning the School, to those who have contributed to the Hardship Fund. Every contribution, be it large or small, helps us to look to the future confidently and ensure that we emerge from this as a stronger community.
This week, I heard a neatly encapsulated assertion which struck a chord: ‘Lockdown may be a reality but it does not have to be a state of mind’. This sort of positive attitude is what we expect of Mayfield girls and will help ensure that they are not limited by their surroundings. Indeed, I would like to think that all of us are finding ways of escaping physical restrictions, by being creative. Keeping busy has a value, but so has taking time to think and reflect, allowing us to do what we can, rather than worrying about what is beyond our control. I know that for some that is easier said than done; especially if you are still working or have an overly full house. My thoughts go out to those of you restricted to apartments, or without access to open spaces, especially to our families in Spain for whom just being able to venture outside this week is something to celebrate.
The lockdown situation has different challenges for each of us. We want to help the girls to be confident in coping with change and be ready to adapt and look at life from new and different perspectives. They undoubtedly have the inner resources to do this successfully, although they don’t always realise it. Those of you with small children are, I am sure, finding virtual learning rather an uphill struggle. I hope that Mayfield girls are contributing constructively and at least being tolerant, particularly of younger siblings! Each member of the School Community has a responsibility to look after not only themselves but also those in their year group. This week I would like every girl to make the effort to find a way to reach out to those of her peers who are not necessarily close friends so that everyone in included and no-one feels left out. This is an opportunity to make new – even unexpected – friends, to share new interests and to see the positive in all things.
I would like to bring to your attention a number of alterations we have made to facilitate communication and improve provision over the coming weeks:
Revised reporting schedule
Following the unavoidable cancellation of last term’s Year 10 Parents’ Consultation and that of Year 9 on 15th May, we have added an additional set of reports for girls in these year groups, allowing parents to receive feedback from staff in a written, rather than oral, format. Reports will be sent to Year 10 girls and their parents on Tuesday 12th May, while Year 9 parents and girls will receive theirs on Tuesday 19th May. Given the changes to the Summer Examinations, we have delayed our end of year reports for Year 11 and 13 girls: these will now be sent out after the Summer Half Term instead of next week. There are no changes to the reporting schedules for other year groups.
Don’t forget that this year Friday 8th May is the Bank Holiday, so there will be no lessons on this day.
Whole School Summer Exam Week
We remain uncertain as to whether or not School will be able to return, and if so in what form, after the Summer Half Term. Whether or not we are all back, we have decided that in order to maximise teaching time, we will not be having a whole School Summer Exam Week for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12. Those subjects requiring internal assessment will organise them in lesson time. I hope that this will help to reduce any anxiety amongst the girls. We are mindful of the advantages the experience of exam conditions provides for girls in Year 10 and 12, but we will address this when we are back in School.
We are immensely proud of the great celebration Mayfield Day has become. While I would love to assert confidently that it will be able to continue as published, thereby heralding a return to normality, I cannot yet do so. Realistically, a large gathering of 1,000 people is unlikely to be able to happen in the next couple of months. Therefore, we deem it prudent to postpone Mayfield Day until next term and envisage it taking place at the beginning of September, before the current Year 13 girls go off to University. More information will follow in due course.
Activities Week and other events in the second half of the Summer Term
At the moment, most other events, including the Upper Sixth Leavers’ Mass and celebrations, remain in the calendar. We have to presume residential trips scheduled during Activities Week will be going ahead until we are told we must cancel them. However, we continue to review the situation daily. If a large number of events are unable to happen, we will adapt accordingly and anticipate regaining some teaching time, at least for senior girls, in the final week of School.
There seem to be diverse and unhelpful opinions raised in the press about when we will be able to return to School. While we are keen to be back sooner rather than later, this will not be until we can be sure that it is safe for the girls, staff and wider community. In the meantime we are modelling a range of scenarios. I hope we can all make the best of our situation and continue stoically. If you have any concerns, particularly about the girls, or if there is anything you want to raise with me, please do not hesitate to get in touch using firstname.lastname@example.org.
With my prayers and best wishes,
Miss Antonia Beary
PE Inter-House Challenge Launch
This week, the PE Department has launched a remote PE Inter-House Challenge. This is an opportunity for all girls to take part (if they wish) in their year-group Inter-House Challenge, during some of their weekly activity time. The winning House will be announced in June and points will go towards the House Cup. We are hoping the Challenge will give the girls an opportunity to feel connected to their School Houses and, of course, our School community.
The year-group Challenges are as follows:
Year 7: Road to the Olympics: Tokyo 2021 - EGS
Year 8: Virtual Climbs: Mission Very Possible! – PCW
Year 9: The Great Mayfield Mountain Climb - SCA
Year 10 & 11: March to the Malls - ERN & IGJ
Year 12 & 13: The 30-day Challenge – GAF
The Challenges are available on the girls’ PE Teams. Please have a look at the videos that staff have made to introduce their Challenges and to inspire the girls (and their families!) to get involved. Instructions have been sent out to the girls this week via Teams and they should know by now what they need to do. Each teacher listed above will send the results to Mrs Fletcher at the end of the month.
Mrs Fletcher is currently climbing up Mount Snowdon in stairs and has only 1,055 more to go!
Stay active, safe and well and good luck!
Mrs Georgina Fletcher, Director of Sport
Mayfield Variety Show 2020
Prior to the Easter holidays, we held auditions for the Mayfield Variety Show 2020. In the hope that we will all be able to come back to School soon, our Year 12 Events Management Enrichment Team is still planning to run the Show, either later in the Summer term or in the Autumn Term.
Thank you to those of you who have already auditioned - you will be receiving feedback shortly on your performances. However, if you would still like to take part, please feel free to record your audition at home and send it to email@example.com.
Mrs Le Riche, Teacher of Music, Sixth Form Enrichment and SPARK Manager
News from the Chaplaincy
This Sunday’s Gospel: John 10:1-10
This Sunday is known as Good Shepherd Sunday, traditionally a day to promote and explore vocations - not solely to religious life, but to all ways of finding true fulfilment in our lives.
‘I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full’. In today’s Gospel, Jesus explains why he is here. He has come to offer us total freedom, and total security. Peace, abundance and joy. But we have a role to play in it too - are we pursuing that which will bring us true and lasting fulfilment? What is really important to us? What gives us life, and fills us with peace? Conversely, what drains us? What robs us of energy, leaving us lifeless and empty- poured out? This is the thief in the night, who comes to steal and destroy. This lockdown has forced many of us to re-examine our priorities, to ask whether those things that were so important six weeks ago, are still as important. Perhaps it might provide us with an opportunity to refocus on those things which give us life and energy. Perhaps we might allow ourselves to ‘have life, and have it to the full.’
An old Native American story describes a parent telling their child of the two wolves who live inside of each us, the good wolf and the bad wolf, locked in mortal battle. “And who wins?” asks the child. The parent replies, “The one you feed the most.”
Ronan Lavery, Lay Chaplain
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What’s been cooking this week?
Girls in Years 7, 8 and 9 have been making some lovely recipes this week!
Mrs Emily Theobald, Head of Food and Nutrition
‘Virtual’ Dress Design
Our talented Year 13 Lottie has used virtual reality to design a model for a dress which can be created on one of our 3D printers. You can see the video here.
Mr Time Rees-Moorlah, Head of Ceramics
OC Efforts to Secure PPE
We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ on behalf of all the local surgeries and hospices who have benefitted from the foresight and generosity of OC Amber (Yoyo) Lei (Class of 2012). Yoyo used her own initiative to source 10,000 medical grade face masks from Hong Kong for frontline workers in the UK, arranging all the logistics herself, and passing the masks on to Mayfield for distribution where they are needed. Well done Amber!
Mr Tim Rees-Moorlah, Head of Ceramics
Reminder from the School Office
We would like to remind you that we send out a large number of School emails via our InTouch system. These messages will not look like the normal messages you receive from us but come from 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
Please check your Junk, Clutter or SPAM mail boxes to see if they have gone in there and make this email address a ‘safe sender’ to ensure that you receive all of our messages.
Thank you very much.
The School Office
Mayfield Social Media Accounts
For up to date information on School events and activities.
Mayfield School - @Mayfieldgirls
Mayfield Geography - @MGeographers
Mayfield Economics - @MayfieldECON
Mayfield Food and Nutrition - @MGFoodandNut
Mayfield Music - @MayfieldGirlsM1
Mayfield Drama -@DramaMayfield
Mayfield STEM - @MayfieldGirlsS1
Mayfield Careers - @MGCareersDept
Mayfield Sport - @MGPEDept
Mayfield Spark Camps - @SparkCamps
Mayfield Library - @MGLibraries