E-weekly Issue 137
STEAM Hero for September
Mrs Rachel Davies, Teacher of Biology and STEM Coordinator
Message for Schools from Bishop Richard Moth
Miss Antonia Beary, Headmistress
Year 12 Trip to Bowles Outdoor Centre
Year 12 enjoyed a great afternoon at Bowles Outdoor Centre on Saturday, trying their hand at archery, rock climbing and problem solving. It was great to see the whole year group back together, and to have an opportunity to welcome new members of the School to the Mayfield Community.
Mr John Doy, Head of Sixth Form and Teacher of English
Year 9 Team building at Arena Pursuits
Year 9 had a fantastic team building afternoon at Arena Pursuits last Saturday. They undertook an assault course and built rafts, with only a couple of them getting a good drenching! The instructors complimented the girls, saying: "We have never had such a lovely group where absolutely everyone took part and supported each other”.
Mrs Jodi Stone, Head of Middle School and Teacher of Maths
‘Alice in Wonderland’
With last year's greatly-anticipated production of Alice in Wonderland having been postponed, the Mayfield Theatre Company is pleased to announce that the performance will be going ahead on Cornelia Connelly Day (15th October). ‘Scenes from Alice in Wonderland’ will be a truncated performance to a live audience of Mayfield girls. The performance will then be repeated in front of the cameras, edited and made available to the wider Mayfield community. We are very glad that the Company's hard work last year will finally be rewarded with a performance opportunity, and the girls are looking forward to displaying their talents once again!
Mr Daniel Smith, Teacher of Drama and Media Studies
'Chill Out Club' for Years 7 and 8
This week saw the inaugural session of the 'Chill Out Club' which Mrs Maimi has started as a new Lower School activity this year. The Club has proven to be very popular as some of the girls are keen to find time during the day to relax.
This week we talked about living in the present moment and practising mindfulness in everyday activities. The girls enjoyed watching a clip from ‘Kung Fu Panda’ where Master Oogway says “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that's why they call it the present”. We then tried our hands at making origami cranes.
In future sessions, we will be doing a range of mindful and relaxing activities including nature walks, mindful colouring, crafting, and meditation. I look forward to having plenty more opportunities to chill out with the group this year.
Mrs Anna Maimi, Teacher of ESOL and Spanish
News from the Chaplaincy
This week’s Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35
“Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive” (CS Lewis). Forgiveness is one of the most difficult topics to discuss, as it is always borne out of hurt. Without hurt, there is no need for forgiveness. Many of us put up walls, and impose limits on our willingness to forgive. After all, we have to protect ourselves, right?
And yet, today’s Gospel seems full of hyperbole - we must forgive one who has hurt us, not seven times (which already seems fairly generous), but seven times 77 times. The servant in the parable was forgiven a debt of approximately £200,000,000, but then went on to have his colleague thrown in prison over the price of a small round of drinks.
Today’s culture tells us, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." But once again, as Christians, we are called to be counter-cultural, to swim against the tide. To forgive time and time again, and in doing so, to allow ourselves to be forgiven, to give ourselves permission to be at peace. Forgiveness is a gift to ourselves. It requires humility and mercy. But forgiveness is the gateway to freedom.
Let us pray: “I pray for those who have caused me hurt and, even if I can't wish them well now, I pray that one day I might. Amen.”
Today’s Gospel also speaks about the different standards we apply to ourselves and to others. The servant, believing himself worthy of being forgiven such a large debt, also believed his colleague should be condemned for an insignificant amount owed. Do we view ourselves more generously than others? Do our failures carry the same weight as those of the people around us?
Mr Ronan Lavery, Lay Chaplain
News from the PE Department
Saturday Activity Programme
Last weekend, the PE Department launched its exciting new Saturday Activity Programme to replace our usual fixtures list. This has been designed to give girls from all year groups the opportunity to train in their chosen sports, as well as hopefully trying out some new ones. Every Monday the girls will be emailed out a form on which they can choose their Saturday options.
Last weekend we had the senior girls out for Hockey training – Mrs Fletcher and Miss Nixon were both very excited to be back out on the pitch coaching the girls face to face. There is a strong squad this year and during the next six weeks, we will be focussing on training and fitness so that we can have a strong competitive season once fixtures are back up and running, hopefully after half term. The Year 7 Hockey training followed and the turnout was very high, ranging from club players through to total beginners.
The Year 8 and 10 girls had the choice between Athletics and Cricket workshops, as we are looking to gain back some coaching time lost during the summer term. Athletics has always been a strong sport here at Mayfield, and the girls were put through their paces by Miss Auer on the track and with some throwing events. The Cricket indoor teams for these age groups last year were both Sussex finalists when sadly their season was cut short, so Miss Starr was very happy to be back out on the cricket pitch again. Year 8 focussed on batting and fielding, while Year 10 developed their bowling pace.
All abilities are welcome at all of our Saturday morning sports sessions and details for the rest of this half term can be found on SOCS.
Boarders' Sport: Saturday 5th September
On Saturday afternoon, the PE Department ran a range of sporting activities for our boarders. We were blessed with lovely weather which meant the Year 11 HITT class with Miss Jones took place outside on the field.
We are trying to provide a wider variety of sporting experiences for our boarders and give them a chance to try some new sports, as well as refine their skills in current School curriculum sports. Year 10 boarders in St Gabriel’s House played basketball in our newly refurbished gym, while Leeds House had a two-hour Football Workshop where they had the chance to learn some new skills, before taking part in a mini football tournament. Great fun was had by all and the girls returned to their boarding houses a little worn out!
If you have any suggestions for sporting activities that the girls would like to try, then please email Mrs Fletcher on firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Georgina Fletcher, Director of Sport
St Michael’s House Karaoke
The girls in St Michael’s had a great night in on Saturday night, with Domino’s pizza, dancing and singing along to karaoke!
Miss Josefina Ruival, St Michael’s Housemistress
News from the Library
Although girls are unable to browse the shelves at the moment, I would like to remind you that all pupils currently have access to more than 2000 eBooks and eAudiobooks, via our e-Platform, Wheelers, or via Accessit on the School Library Links. This stock is frequently updated, and provides a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles to support those following the Champions Read Scheme, or just reading for pleasure. Videos explaining how to locate and borrow books on this platform are available for the girls to view in the Library Team and on Planet e-Stream.
In addition to this, girls are still able to borrow print books and they can do this by reserving titles on Accessit. Again, there are videos in the Library Team showing girls how to do this. Apps for both Wheelers and Accessit can be downloaded from relevant Apple and Android app stores. Further details can be found here: https://stleonardsmayfield.wheelers.co/help/apps/eplatform-app.
Please contact Mrs Gabriel if you have any queries about eBooks/eAudiobooks.
Mrs Julie Gabriel, Librarian
Reminder from the Health Centre
Just to let you know that Year 7 girls will be offered a Flu vaccination this year in response to the Covid-19 situation. Consent forms will be sent out in due course. This will coincide with Year 9 girls who missed out on having their HPV vaccinations, being given their jabs.
Mrs Debbie Streeter, Health Centre Manager
News from the School Shop
Please see below two pieces of jewellery that have been handed into Lost Property. If either of these are yours, please collect them from the School Shop.
In addition, if you have any named lost property or uniform, you will have been emailed so please check your messages. Day girls should collect their items from the School Shop as soon as possible, while boarders’ items will be taken to their Boarding Houses to avoid queues. Please note this is a temporary arrangement.
School Shop Covid-19 Precautions
The School Shop will operate as normally as possible but we ask that you follow the following Covid-19 precautions that we have put in place:
1. Please wear a face mask at all times to come into the Shop. There will be no entry without a mask.
2. We will no longer ask you to sign for anything unless you bring your own pen into the Shop. By doing this, we are cutting the risk of transmission. Parents / Guardians please note this.
3. Only five people are allowed in the Shop at any one time.
4. There is a one way system in place - please follow the arrows.
5. There are hand sanitisers at the entrance and on the back wall of the Shop near the Changing Room, please use these. If you can remember to sanitise your hands as you enter and leave the Shop, it will help keep us all safe.
6. Please do not come in to keep your friends company – this will mean a longer wait for anyone who does need to buy something. For those of you that are new, your buddy may accompany you until Wednesday 16th September (two weeks from when you started), after which we hope you will be familiar enough to come along yourself.
7. Please try not to pick anything up if you do not want to buy it.
For those of you that need to bring in an apron for ceramics, art and cookery, we are now stocking Mayfield aprons in two sizes (youth and adult). They cost £12 each and are available in three School colours with the School crest. They are machine washable and can be tumble dried. You can also bring your own in from home in any colour.
We stock single disposable masks for 40p or a pack of 10 for £3.99. We continue to sell the 100 ml hand sanitisers for £1.75 and now have 250 ml hand sanitisers for £3.95. We also have a limited number of 80 ml sanitisers that clip onto your bag and cost £1.25
Christmas Ted Competition
Every year we run a Christmas Ted Competition where you create and submit your own design to dress the Mayfield Ted. We will make the costume for you and display it in the School Shop. The winning design will receive £10.00 and some sweets. Details to follow in the next E-weekly.
Mrs Susan Bowles, School Shop Manager
In order to keep everybody safe, please could parents please note the following reminders:
- Please drop off and collect your daughters from the the Lower School Car Park, and remember not to drop off or collect on the mini roundabout near the Lower School Car Park, as this is dangerous and causes congestion.
- Please do not walk around the School Site.
- If you need to contact a member of staff, please do so by email or phone. Please do not come into School unless by appointment.
If your daughter is going to be late or absent from School, please email email@example.com or phone the direct absence line which is 01435 874671.
Thank you for your understanding.
|12.09.20||13:00 - 17:00||Year 7 Team building at Bowles Outdoor Centre|
|13.09.20||11:30 - 12:30||Mass, Chapel|
|14.09.20||08:20 - 08:55||Virtual Competitive House Meetings|
|14:09:20||18:30 - 20:30||Year 9 Virtual Information and Tutor Evening|
|14:09:20||19:30 - 20:30||Yoga for Sixth Form boarders, Gym|
|15.09.20||All day||Year 13 Drama Mock, Concert Hall|
|15:09:20||08:30 - 14:30||Year 11 Geography trip to River Uck and Mayfield|
|15:09:20||19:00 - 19:30||Mass|
|16.09.20||18:30 - 20:30||Year 7 and new Year 8 Virtual Information and Tutor Evening|
|17.09.20||13:10 -13:40||Year 7 Scholars' Meeting|
|18.09.20||13:40 - 15:30||
Year 13 Drama Mock, Concert Hall
|18.09.20||19:00 - 20:00||Year 13 Drama Performance, Concert Hall|
Mayfield Social Media Accounts
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Mayfield Food and Nutrition - @MGFoodandNut
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