E-weekly Issue 132


SPARK Camp Summer 2020


Drama Department Celebrates Outstanding LAMDA Results

In March, over 50 students took their LAMDA (Speech and Drama) examinations at Mayfield. Despite the girls having to deal with taking an examination during a rather unsettling time, they have done exceptionally well. The results arrived last week and all of the students passed with a high score: 22% achieved Merit, whilst the remaining 78% achieved Distinction.

I would like to say a special congratulations to the three students who took Grade 8 (Gold Medal) - Camille, Coco and Maisie, who all managed to gain a score of over 80, which is a clear Distinction.

Well done to all those who took part. We in the Drama Department are really proud of you! I would also like to extend my thanks to Mrs Sophie Watkiss and Mrs Jennifer Junemann for their excellent teaching and continued support of the girls, and to Miss Jessica Ainsworth and Mr Antony Welford for all their administrative and organisational support during that time.

Mrs Sally Gerstmeyer, Head of Drama


Creative Arts Show

This evening we would have been celebrating together the wonderful achievements of the GCSE and A Level Art & Design students. To mark this event, we have collated a stunning collection of art work for you to enjoy. Our students have explored a range of processes and embraced a wealth of media including oil painting, drawing, photography, collage, Photoshop and mixed media to create rich, experimental and sophisticated outcomes.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our students on their wonderful achievements and wish them every success in their future endeavours.

Miss Joe Thackray, Teacher of Art


Year 7 and 8 Ceramicists have also been hard at work researching and drawing designs.

Mrs Yolanda McFadyean, Teacher of Ceramics


School this Week

Year 9 Biologists learn about Cancer

This week, Year 9 has been researching the types, risk factors, treatments and reasons for the improvements in survival rates of cancer. This is a subject which touches many members of our Mayfield community, and one which is important for our girls to know about and ask questions about. The girls used the Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support UK web pages, as well as materials provided during the lesson, to research these important and relevant questions.

Mrs Jocelyn Mahon, Head of Science


The girls are still very much actively enjoying using computer code to design and run their projects in Remote STEM Club. Year 10 Elizabeth is currently working on a keypad operated servo motor that will be used to make her own safe. She is using a Raspberry Pi micro-computer and coding in python. She has already made a sonar ranger that can detect an incoming object at 5m. Monami is making a robot out of recycled material. It will be controlled using the Arduino micro-processor which she is coding using C++, and Helena is making a sensor array that will monitor the environment and give visual data. She is also using an Arduino to do this and coding in C++.

Dr Darragh Corvan, Head of Physics

Chemistry Olympiad 2020 results

Well done to all Year 13 Chemists who participated in this prestigious international competition. The event organisers, the Royal Society of Chemistry, have awarded a Silver certificate to Yuki and Bronze certificates to Martyna and Sharen, as recognition for their impressive achievements. The competition enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Chemistry by solving complex problems, set in unfamiliar contexts, often reaching above the demands of A Level Chemistry. Congratulations to the certificate winners - you have set the bar high for the students who will compete in 2021.

Mr David Bullock, Teacher of Chemistry

Remote Food and Nutrition Lessons

Below are some images of the pasta sauce recipes that girls in Years 7, 8 and 9 have been making at home, plus some extra sweet bakes they love to make!

Those not cooking have been looking at the science behind how a roux sauce can be thickened, and the importance of a 'mother sauce'. Seasonal foods are also a topic in some year groups, and the girls have been considering the importance of eating seasonal and local produce. Perhaps there is a 'pick your own' farm nearby that you could visit to see large- scale growing of fruits and vegetables?

Miss Emily Theobald, Head of Food and Nutrition


Online Athletics

Over the past few weeks, more than 20 girls in Years 7 to 11 have been competing for Mayfield in the Virtual Diamond League Athletics Tournament organised by Hurst. This is the first multi-school event of its kind to provide girls with the opportunity to represent their schools in a variety of Athletics events. In the absence of the ability to officiate, the tournament was mainly focussed on participation, fun, and finding innovative ways to compete from home. There was ‘broomstick’ javelin and ‘football’ shot-put, as well as more conventional running distances ranging from 100m to 3km.

Thank you and a huge ‘well done’ to everyone who took part! The results will be published shortly.

Mrs Georgina Fletcher, Director of Sport

News from the Chaplaincy

This Sunday’s Gospel: John 6:51-58

Gospel Reflection:

This Sunday is the feast of the Church known as ‘Corpus Christi’, or the Body and Blood of Christ. Today’s Gospel might seem a bit macabre to some, but is actually one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible. We are invited, not to cannibalism, but to unity with Jesus Christ. In Hebrew, the term ‘flesh and blood’ means ‘whole being’. Therefore, in the Eucharist, we are offered the opportunity to unite ourselves wholly and completely with the person of Christ - an intimate relationship indeed.

One of the things I have missed most during lockdown is being able to participate in the Eucharist. And it seems as though this situation will not be changing anytime soon. And so, once again, I invite you to pray this prayer of Spiritual Communion - particularly on Sunday, as we continue to attend Mass and church services remotely:

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

“There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have given it to us.” –St John Vianney

Virtual Camino in a Summer of Hope

Despite the fact that our Sixth Form trip to walk part of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain had to be cancelled this year, the walking has not! Miss Goddard, one of the trip leaders, is instead doing it virtually.

She will be walking 480.09 miles and raising money for a charity close to her heart, CAFOD, to support the amazing work they are doing to help with Coronavirus. On 2nd June, she set off from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and will be walking a lot further than the Tui to Santiago route we were going to be doing. Please support her and help CAFOD with their work if you can, or even keep her company on the way! The money raised is being used to buy hygiene packs for vulnerable families and PPE for clinics, and to provide education for children: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Bernadette-Goddardcamino?fbclid=IwAR2dG3EjpGojnqury6DEgHf3hzf8YYpbZ0Yw6jxlKygPt4FyMizuA-PzGEk

You can find out more about doing a virtual camino at https://www.the conqueror.events/camino and details about CAFOD’s Summer of Hope here: https://cafod.org.uk/summerofhope.

Mr Ronan Lavery, Lay Chaplain

Library News



News from the School Shop

In line with government guidelines, we will be able to re-open the School Shop for visitors on 15th June. We will be implementing the following precautions:
-        Unless a pupil is in School, visits to the School Shop should be by appointment only. You can call me on 01435 873175 or email sbowles@mayfieldgirls.org to make an appointment. Please note the last two weeks in August are reserved for uniform fittings for new pupils, so no appointments can be made then.
-        The changing room remains closed as per guidelines, but you can try items on over your clothing. Any items that have been tried on will be podded for 72 hours before being re-stocked. 
-        We have deep cleaned the School Shop and only I have been in it since the School closed for the Easter break.
-        Any new deliveries of uniform are not opened and stocked for 72 hours. All units will be wiped down and sanitised between visits, and there are two hand sanitiser units (one in the Shop and one just outside the Shop door) for your use. Two metre distancing guide lines have been marked out on the floor.
We are still accepting any second hand uniform that you may have. If it is returned cleaned and pressed before the end of term, any credit due will be applied to your account. You can drop this off in Becket if you do not want to come to the School Shop. Please put it in a bag marked with your name labelled ‘FOR SCHOOL SHOP SECOND HAND’. Any items received after the end of term will be applied to your next bill.
As always, obsolete uniform (with the old logo on) will be donated to Mary’s Meals, along with white shirts. Items that have not been washed or are too worn (threadbare or with holes in it etc), will also be donated.
The School Shop is now open from Monday to Friday 08:00 to 15:30 (unless I am on an errand). Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries.

I hope you are all safe and well, and am looking forward to seeing you all as soon as possible.

Mrs Susan Bowles, School Shop Manager


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

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School - www.facebook.com/mayfieldgirls
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