E-weekly Issue 141


PE Kit
As the weather is changing, please remember to bring a change of clothes into School with you in case you get wet playing outdoor sport!   

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.  

Please can parents drop off and collect their daughters from 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.

Contacting Staff
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.
Thank you for your understanding.

Invitation to Online Safety Webinar for parents and guardians:
Wednesday 21st October at 19:00

Join leading online safety organisation, Digital Awareness UK, in exploring the online world during and after lockdown.

Technology has become a dominant force in the lives of young people during lockdown, with numerous positives to be found, and challenges to work through. With issues including inappropriate sharing and screen addiction constantly in the spotlight, Mayfield School is excited to welcome leading online safety organisation, Digital Awareness UK, to deliver an online safety webinar to help parents and guardians feel empowered when it comes to supporting their children in this space.

The webinar is exclusively for Mayfield parents and guardians, and Digital Awareness UK will talk us through:
·         Popular online apps and digital wellbeing trends
·         Critical issues to be aware of
·         The steps you can take to protect your children from online risks, and to encourage happy and healthy tech habits.

The one-hour webinar will be followed by a Q&A session where you will be able to ask questions and raise any concerns you may have around online safety. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information please click here.

Mrs Claire Baker, Head of Lower School

Mayfield Online Safety Newsletter

Please click here to access this year’s first online safety newsletter.
Thank you.

Mrs Niamh Green, Deputy Head

National Poetry Day

On Thursday 1st October, Mayfield celebrated National Poetry Day with a special ‘Pop-up Poetry’ event. Student and staff poetry enthusiasts read aloud a favourite poem and listened to those of others. We all enjoyed some classics including ‘Jabberwocky’ (chosen by Year 9 Rebecca), Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 116’ (Mrs Parrett), and discovered some fun new ones including ‘Paper People’ by slam poet Harry Baker (read by Year 9 Breanna). We even listened to a pre-recorded poem from Dr Ward via a Bluetooth speaker!

Well done to everyone who attended and shared their love of the written and spoken word.

Miss Joanna Staunton, Head of English


On National Poetry Day, Year 8 Spanish students delighted Mrs Fernández by beautifully reciting the poems of Gloria Fuertes, a well-known Spanish children’s author. Not only did the girls learn the poems by heart, they were very brave and performed them in front of the class.

Congratulations to Leona and Onnae for a very convincing performance of ‘Mi Cara’, and to Heidi and Siena for their rendition of ‘Doña Pitu Piturra’.

I think that such a talented group will very soon be ready for Neruda!

Mrs Ana Fernández, Teacher of Spanish

Potters’ Day

Last Saturday, we conducted our first-ever Virtual Potters’ Day. We were treated to a fantastic lecture by Master Potter and Artist, Chris Taylor RCA, from his studio in Dumfries. In addition to describing his own artistic journey and experiences, he demonstrated a number of new print and decal techniques that we intend to adopt in the Ceramics Department. We are also going to expand our range of equipment.

Chris’s ideas and skills were hugely beneficial to the girls, and Mr Rees-Moorlah was, as always, impressed by our students’ maturity and the many intelligent questions that they asked. At the end of the talk, Mr Taylor commented: “What a delightful bunch!”

In other news from the Ceramics Department, we are delighted to present Mayfield's Virtual Ceramics Show 2020 - a celebration of the wonderful pieces our girls have made over the past year. Please click the following link if you would like to see their work: https://www.mayfieldgirls.org/academic-excellence/departments-and-subjects/ceramics/ceramics-galleries

Mr Tim Rees-Moorlah, Head of Ceramics

Sixth Form Charity Day

As part of the Sixth Form charity day last Friday, which also involved a cake sale, wearing home clothes, rainbow eye make-up, ‘Guess the number of balloons in the car’ and much more, the Year 13s organised a debate between Dr Corvan and Mr Pierce. The motion was ‘This house believes in free will’, whereby Mr Pierce argued for the motion, and Dr Corvan against.

It was particularly interesting to hear an argument based on observation, and on choice. Mr Pierce involved the audience by asking people to raise their hands, this was used to support the argument that everyone has free will to choose to conform to that instruction, it cannot simply be pre-determined that people will or will not raise their hands, nor can it be pre-determined that this action will be influenced by others. Dr Corvan took a more scientific perspective with the example of the formation of the planet 4.65 billion years ago, and that it was pre-determined that the collision of rock masses would eventually form a planet; Earth. 

The debate was entertaining, witty, and even - with the floor voting around 50/50 in favour of each motion. 

Report written by Year 13 Emmaline



History Club

Last week in History Club, Year 7 and 8 historians learnt about Jack the Ripper. They had to play ‘detective’ and use evidence provided about the murders to create profiles of Jack the Ripper. The girls decided, based on the evidence, that he was male, probably wealthy and upper class, with a moustache, and most likely a profession involving anatomical knowledge, such as a doctor, surgeon or butcher. (This was after numerous ‘fake leads’ including the girls believing there were multiple Rippers, and even a female Ripper!)

This week in History Club, the girls will be looking at the Ripper Letters sent to the police during 1888, and will use their source analysis skills and knowledge of the murders to decide whether the letters were really sent by the Ripper or not.

History Club for Year 7 and 8 is run by Mrs Lawson in Room 27 during A2 on Tuesdays. Please come along if you would like to. It is not too late to join!

Mrs Lucy Lawson, Teacher of History

Mayfield Park Run

Last Saturday saw the start of the official Mayfield Park Run. You can choose to run 1km, 2.5km, 3.5km or 5km on marked courses within the School grounds. During the morning, groups of girls from Years 9, 10 and 13 ran the 3.5km course, and ‘well done’ to Year 7 students, Ava and Maggie, who each ran the 5km course.

We will be giving students the opportunity to run the courses during A1 – please let me or another member of the PE staff know if you would like to take part. You can focus on increasing the distance you run, or improving your time over a set distance.

Mrs Julia Jones, PE Department


Swimming Slots Available

With Covid restrictions changing the way we teach, it is great that we are still able to use our newly-refurbished pool for lessons and training. In accordance with Swim England guidelines, we have two double-width lanes for training, and one single-width lane for practising skills, and the girls use numbered equipment to prevent them sharing. They are staggered getting into the pool and time is spent at the end of the sessions completing our usual sanitising routine. 

Now that activities are well underway, if there are any girls who missed out on an A2 swimming slot on Mondays or Wednesdays, please do get in touch with me as I have a couple of spaces newly available. 

Thank you.

Mrs Pippa Whitby, St Gabriel's Housemistress and Teacher of PE


In Physics this term…

The Physics Department is thrilled to have the girls back in School. Over the last few weeks and across all year groups, students have been involved in running a large variety of experiments, collecting data and having fun.

We have also reinstated our Thursday break-time talks in which Sixth Form students present on a Physics topic that is beyond the curriculum. So far, these have included the generation of plasmas on the surface of a grape when it is in a microwave: https://sway.office.com/tjCJwRTMlqWPPDht?ref=Link and the huge forces generated by shrimps: https://sway.office.com/1qwiGlg2cQZDUL22?ref=Link

Dr Darragh Corvan, Head of Physics and Sixth Form Tutor



In Geography this week…

Field Trip to Buxted Park

On Monday, Year 13 Geographers dodged the showers to investigate different aspects of the Water Cycle on varying surfaces in the Buxted Park area. The data we collected will be analysed to test a number of different hypotheses that relate to the A Level Specification. 

Hastings Beach Clean-Up
Last Saturday, 14 Leeds House Boarders undertook a clean-up of Hastings Beach.

Before leaving Mayfield we watched part of the documentary ' A Plastic Ocean' which chronicled the serious damage caused by large and small pieces of plastic to the marine ecosystem.

On arrival at Hastings, the weather was wild and windy, but we managed to collect three bags of plastic and metal waste, working eastwards from the pier. Fortunately, the wind began to drop and the sun came out, so we enjoyed a picnic lunch on the prom before going on a short shopping trip and returning to School.

Mr Steve Gough, Head of Geography and Educational Visits Co-ordinator


News from the Chaplaincy

Sister Jean’s Marmalade Raises £200 for Mary’s Meals
Sister Jean’s delicious marmalade has been flying off the School Office shelves at £2.00 a jar and she has recently sent the charity, Mary’s Meals, £200 from her marmalade sales. She would like to thank everybody who has purchased a jar and made this donation possible. If you would like to find out more about the work that Mary's Meals do, please click here: https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/

A new batch of marmalade has just arrived, so please pop by to collect a jar if you would like to try it – once eaten you will never go back to shop marmalade!

Mr Ronan Lavery, Lay Chaplain       

Blue Belt for Kickboxing Izzy

Year 11 Izzy, who continued with her Karate and Kickboxing training during lockdown, took her latest Karate grading last weekend.  She did extremely well, achieving her Blue Belt with a 1st pass. This, combined with the silver medal she won at the Karate National Championships, puts her in a strong position for the British Championships when competition starts again.

Well done Izzy!

Mrs Jodi Stone, Head of Middle School

News from the School Shop

Lost Property
Please see below photos of lost property that we are currently holding in the School Shop. Please come and collect any items that belong to you.

Thank you.

Christmas Ted Competition
Please remember to return your entry for the Christmas Ted Competition 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


Date Time Event
10:10:20 09:30 - 14:30 Year 13 Art Workshop (Coursework)
11:10:20 19:00 - 20:00 Evening Mass, Chapel
12:10:20 08:20 - 08:55 Whole School Assembly, Concert Hall
12:10:20 19:30 - 20:30 Yoga for Sixth Form Boarders
13:10:20 09:00 - 12:00 Year 7 Flu jab, Leeds House
13:10:20 09:00 - 12:00 Year 9 (+Year 8 last year) HPV jab, Gabs
13:10:20 18:00 - 18:30 Mass, Chapel
13:10:20 19:30 - 20:30

Cornelian Lecture - Jane Green

14:10:20 13:40 - 18:00 Alice in Wonderland Dress Rehearsal
14:10:20 18:00 - 19:00 Year 11 webinar on Time Management
15:10:20 All day

Foundation Day

15:10:20 08:40 - 09:40 Whole School Mass
15:10:20 09:45 - 10:45 Sixth Form Inter-House Debating Round 1
15:10:20 11:05 - 12:05 Sixth Form Inter-House Debating Round 2
15:10:20 12:45 - 13:40 Alice in Wonderland performance
15:10:20 14:30 - 16:15 Virtual Inter-House Music Competition
15:10:20 16:30 - 18:00 Year 7 and 8 Scholars' Tea
15:10:20 16:45 - 20:30 Filming of Alice in Wonderland
16:10:20 13:30 - 15:30 Governance Committee Meeting


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