E-weekly Issue 139

Sixth Form Charity Day

Oxbridge Reading Group

On the evening of Monday 21st September, members of the Oxbridge Reading Group assembled, finding enjoyment and challenge in an excellent online seminar on ghosts and spirits in Shakespeare’s plays. The lecture dealt with supernatural visitations in curriculum favourites ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Hamlet’, as well as numerous other plays. Year 11 Gabriella reflected that the speaker assumed students had a comprehensive knowledge of Shakespeare and of classical literature; this was a good insight into the nature of university study, and the group left with several ideas for future reading.

Miss Joanna Staunton, Head of English

Year 12 Geography Trip to Newhaven

On Thursday 10th September, the Year 12 Geographers went on a trip to Newhaven and other local beaches, to research changes in sediment and beach profiles. It was lovely to spend time outside in the sunshine with friends and the setting could not have been better. One of my highlights of the trip was seeing a seal which came in very close to the shore - we spent a little too much time trying to get it to come closer to us! Thank you very much to Mrs Morris and Mrs Williams for a very enjoyable day by the seaside. 

Year 12 Eloise
Photos taken Year 12 Dii Dii

MESSy Battery Recycling Boxes

MESSy has received a large number of small cardboard battery recycling boxes from Duracell, which they will be distributing in tutor time this week. We have enough for each girl to take one home and when they are full, they can be brought back to School to be collected by recycling firm, Battery Back.

Mr Steve Gough, Head of Geography

Reminder from the School Office

If you would like to order copies of your daughter’s individual School photo (which was taken on Thursday 3rd September), please login to the Bentley Photographic website using the details on the card which your daughter received on the day.  If you don’t have the card, please call Bentley Photographic Customer Services on 01206 395 888 and choose Option 1.

Thank you.

The School Office

The Young Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

Year 13 Drama Captain and Head of Caedmon, Samantha, has been researching creative competitions and has discovered the ‘The Young Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction’. This is a competition open to would-be writers across two age categories, 11 to 15 and 16 to 19.

The judges are looking for stories with historical relevance and accuracy, originality, a good grasp of language, characterisation and plot – but above all, enjoyment in the writing. The fiction can be in any form – prose, poetry, plays, fictional diaries, letters or reportage.  Stories must be set in the past – any time before the author is born! The deadline for entry is 31st October 2020. If you are interested in entering, please click on the following link: https://www.walterscottprize.co.uk/young-walter-scott-prize/

Mrs Sally Gerstmeyer, Head of Drama

Organ Transplantation Talk by Hannah Sharma

Year 13 RS students attended an informative and moving talk by Hannah Sharma while sitting on Chapel Lawn on Tuesday. The girls have been learning about organ donation as part of their Ethics module, and were very interested to hear first-hand about Hannah’s experiences of the process.  Her talk was honest, informative and raised the girls’ awareness of the new laws surrounding organ donation. 

The girls commented as follows:

“I really enjoyed Hannah’s talk. It was great to see how theoretical situations and debates impact real lives, and the fact she was so open to talking about all aspects of her experience was really enlightening. It’s something that many of us won’t have to experience, but for the few that may have to, her positivity would have really made an impact.” 

“Hannah spoke to us about her experiences and her journey through the heart transplant process. It was an eye-opening opportunity to learn and ask questions about her experiences specifically, as well as the process itself, and her opinions on the topic. Particularly interesting was what Hannah said about the process for finding a suitable heart for the patient.” 

“I thought it was really inspiring to hear Hannah talk about how what happened to her can happen to anyone. I also found it really interesting to learn about how the transplant has changed her life, and her views on the new opt-out system.”

Mrs Elaine Warnett, Teacher of RS


Food and Nutrition

We are very pleased to be able to offer girls their practical Food and Nutrition lessons this term. As you will imagine, there are more hygiene measures in place than usual regarding cleaning and sanitising equipment so it is necessary for your daughter to be confident in how to hygienically complete the washing up. Instructions are available to them in their class notebook pages on Teams. If you can please remind them that they need to use hot water with a small amount of washing up liquid, and use a tea towel to dry all the equipment thoroughly, that would be very helpful. If you are able to encourage them to practise these essential life skills at home occasionally, then it would be a great support and benefit to our lessons, allowing more complex recipes and equipment to be used. It would also give you and your dishwasher a well-earned break! 

We will be giving out house points for any re-usable food container that is brought to lessons, helping to #reduce #reuse # recycle packaging waste and promote a more sustainable School community. 

Many thanks for your continued support. 

Mrs Emily Theobald, Head of Food and Nutrition 


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 2,300 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, using the `Click and Deliver` service.  They can do this by reserving titles on Accessit and the books will be delivered to them in their tutor rooms. Again, there are videos in the Library Team showing girls how to do this.  Apps for both Wheelers and Accessit can be downloaded from 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.
Thank you.

Mrs Julie Gabriel, Librarian

Equestrian Squad County Success

Many congratulations to Mayfield’s Equestrian Squad on being East Sussex County Dressage Team Champions once again!

Year 13 Olivia, Year 12s Alice and Tatum, and Year 9 Flo took the title in a very socially- distanced competition at Petley Wood last Saturday.

Mayfield’s other team comprising Year 13s Lucy and Fran, Year 11 Emma, and Year 9 Isabella, also did very well and were placed fourth.

Well done all!

Jill Barker, Director of Riding

Inter-House Cricket

On a beautiful sunny Saturday last weekend, girls in Lower School, and Years 9 and 10, took part in Inter-House Cricket. Lower School started the day displaying some excellent skills and all the games were extremely close. Notable performances included Year 7 Matilda’s batting and Year 8 Jess’ bowling. After some outstanding Cricket all round, Glennie came first, followed by Bronte, Astor and then Curie. 

The Year 9 and 10 competitions followed soon after and did not disappoint. The girls were keen to show off their skills and they did not fail to impress. The Year 9 tournament saw some exciting matches, in particular a close encounter between Bronte and Astor where Bronte won by only three runs! Glennie's Zara made a sublime catch and Curie's May had some clean striking of the ball. After a fun-packed morning, Bronte was victorious, followed by Astor, Glennie and Curie.

The final tournament of the day was for Year 10 and it was great to see girls who have been playing since Year 7 showcasing their skills. Notable performances included some tight bowling from Bronte's Lizzie and some excellent striking of the ball from Astor's Iona. 

Every girl involved should be very proud of what they have achieved, especially as they had limited access to Cricket during the Summer Term. We are extremely excited about the future of Mayfield Cricket. 

Miss Emily Starr, Assistant Director of Sport

Making Natural Mandalas in Chill Out Club

This week in Chill Out Club, Years 7 and 8 made mandalas out of natural items they found on the ground around School. A mandala is a circular form made of geometric patterns, used in many traditions to focus the attention and as a meditation aid. 

The girls used feathers, sticks, stones, leaves, and fallen petals from flowers, to make pretty shapes in the Lower School Garden. We mused on the amazing array of natural items they had found. It was a relaxing yet creative activity, and we enjoyed spending some time outside in the sunshine.

Mrs Anna Maimi, Teacher of ESOL and Spanish


Weekend Boarding Activities

The girls had a great time embroidering patterns on white t-shirts with Mrs Motoc last weekend. We think they look rather wonderful!

News from the School Shop

Closure Dates
Please note that the School Shop will be closed on the following dates:
Monday 28th September
Monday 5th October
Monday 12th October

Please ensure that you have everything you need from the School Shop for the following Monday by 15:30 on the Friday before the closure.

Lost Property
Please see below pictures of lost property that is un-named. This can be found on the tall bench opposite the School Shop. Please have a look and collect anything that belongs to you. These items have been there since the start of term and will be donated to charity if not collected.



Lost Jewellery

If any of the items below are yours, please collect them from the School Shop.
Thank you.

Christmas Ted Competition – it’s back

If you would like to enter the Christmas Ted Competition 2020, entry forms are now available in Lower School and the School Shop, or please email sbowles@mayfieldgirls.org to be sent one.

Entrants should either describe or draw their idea for a Christmas design for the School Teddy. This must be a Christmas or winter-themed scene, featuring Mayfield Ted, which can be re-created in the School Shop. The winning designer will receive a £10.00 voucher of their choice (e.g Top Shop, Lush, Amazon; i-tunes etc), and a box of chocolates.

Ted Tips:
-          Keep it relatively simple as we have limited space.
-          If you are in need of ideas, pop into the School Shop to see where Mayfield Ted is currently displayed, and see the pictures below which feature previous winning designs.
-          We will provide props and create the display for you. You just need to come up with the design.
Please return your entry form to the School Shop by Half Term (Friday 23rd October at 15:30), or email your design to sbowles@mayfieldgirls.org

Thank you.

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 absence@mayfieldgirls.org or phone the direct absence line which is 01435 874671.  

Thank you for your understanding.


Date Time Event
26.09.20 All day Potters' Day
26.09.20 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Open Morning
27:09:20 11:30 - 12:30 Mass, Chapel
29:09:20 08:20 - 08:55 Whole School Assembly, Concert Hall
28:09:20 19:30 - 20:30 Yoga for Sixth Form boarders, Gym
29.09.20 All day Year 11 GCSE Drama Mock
29.09.20 All day Year 13 Textiles Mock
29.09.20 18:00 - 18:30

Mass, Chapel

01:10:20 All day Year 13 Art Coursework Mock Day
01:10:20 13:10 - 13:40 Year 9 Scholars' Meeting, ESOL
01:10:20 13:40 - 14:30 National Poetry Day
01:10:20 15:00 - 18:00 Governors' Meeting
01:10:20 19:00 - 21:00 Sixth Form Information Evening
02:10:20 All day Sixth Form Charity Day


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

Geography - www.instagram.com/mayfieldgeographers      
Mayfield School - www.instagram.com/mayfieldschool

School - www.facebook.com/mayfieldgirls
Alumnae - www.facebook.com/OldCornelians
Spark - www.facebook.com/mayfieldschoolsparkcamps