E-weekly Issue 150

Welcome to our first E-weekly of 2021!

STEM Hero for January

Our first STEM Hero for 2021 is Victoria Drummond - thank you to Year 13 Emmaline for this suggestion.

We are also delighted that our STEM Hero for May 2020, June Almeida, has been recognised for her work in discovering coronavirus by The Times, who have now published her full obituary which they did not do at the time of her death: June Almeida obituary | Register | The Times.

Happy New Year to you all and may it be very different from the last one!

Mrs Rachel Davies, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Teacher of Biology and STEM Co-ordinator

Mrs Bunce’s Top Tips for Lockdown Learning

1)     Have a good breakfast!
2)     Get in the right frame of mind for studying
Whilst uniform isn’t required, make sure you are dressed appropriately so you are in the right frame of mind for studying. Start the lesson with your camera on, so you can talk to your teacher as you would normally in a lesson. Ensure your desk space is conducive to working. Sit properly in your chair and sit close enough to your desk so your elbows are supported by the desk when you are typing.
3)     Minimise distractions
Make sure your study area is as quiet as possible and away from other distractions. Before starting each lesson make sure you have shut down other tabs and apps so you are not distracted by notifications or messages. This will help prevent you getting tempted to quickly flick away from the lesson, and mean your concentration is fully on your studies.
4)     Review teaching resources
Staff often upload materials before the lesson – looking through this material before the class will give you a head-start. They also record sections of the lesson, particularly if they know girls are going to be absent, this will be useful if you wish to re-wind and hear an explanation again. Any resources that your teacher shares during your lesson (Powerpoint presentations etc) will be available for you to review after the lesson at your own pace, so you can make sure you are secure in your understanding.
5)     Talk to your teachers
Staff are happy to help so email them or send them a chat message if you have any questions. Don’t forget that when they are sharing their screen, they won’t be able to see your messages so make sure you ask verbally in class as well if you are stuck.
6)     Alert your teachers to any IT issues
If you can’t see or hear something, alert your teacher. It may be that others are in the same position and your teacher doesn’t realise.
7)     Don’t forget to access your digital textbooks for use as revision aids.
8)     Prioritise screen-free time
Finally, make sure you have some screen-free time during the day. Lessons have been shortened to 45 minutes to allow a break between each lesson. Make sure you stretch your legs and get some fresh air!

Mrs Annabel Bunce, Director of Studies

Poetry Festival 2021

Mayfield is holding its annual Poetry Festival on 19th January. Although this will be virtual, we are proud to have poet, Nina Powles, join us for the day.
Our Years 7 and 8, together with all girls studying ESOL, are learning poems which they will perform during the Eisteddfod (a competitive festival of poetry), and which Nina will judge. She will then talk to Years 10 and 11 about her work, reading some of her poems and inviting discussion about poetry. A link to her website is included if you would like to read some of her poems for yourself. Nina Mingya Powles - home (ninapowles.com)

Nina Mingya Powles was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize for best collection, Magnolia, 木蘭 ‘ as “partly a collection of love letters to Shanghai, but it’s also about loneliness, and about trying to retrace your steps back towards a language you’ve lost.” (木蘭, ‘Mùlán’, is the Chinese word for magnolia, the official flower of Shanghai.).

Nina is also the founding editor of Bitter Melon苦瓜, a very small press that publishes limited-edition pamphlets by Asian poets. ​She was born in New Zealand but now lives in London.

Mrs Jane Leslie, Teacher of English

Remote PE: Take 2!

Here we go again! Luckily, the PE Department is well-rehearsed in delivering a diverse curriculum via Teams, and we have put together a fun new programme for this term, having learnt what works best from our experiences last year. 

When we are facing so much unpredictability, one of the things we can be sure of is the importance of regular exercise for both our physical and mental wellbeing. There is no doubt that it is vital for us all to stay as active as we can during these unprecedented times. 

Girls in Years 7 to 10 will register for their PE lessons on Teams as they do with their other subjects. The lessons will comprise one live fitness class a week, live dance (where relevant), and a variety of other activities the girls can choose from. As this is traditionally our Netball term, one of their weekly lessons will comprise a Netball theory lesson with a skill-related activity for them to practice. 

The girls in higher years completed a questionnaire regarding their sport wants and needs, and the PE Department has created a flexible schedule with access to a wide range of resources for them to choose from. They will be completing a weekly exercise log so we can ensure they are receiving a balanced exercise programme. 

We are also setting weekly fitness challenges to give the girls the opportunity to go above and beyond their lessons, improve their fitness and earn some House points! 

A key focus of PE this term is the girls’ wellbeing, and we are giving them access to a range of resources that encourage them to focus on their overall mental health and stress relief. There will be meditation/yoga and breathing exercises for them to work through, as well as a range of podcasts they can tune into and head out (or in) for a walk/jog/run or cycle (if it is safe to do so), and which offer an opportunity for some active screen-free time.

The PE Department’s key message is that the most important thing right now is that the girls take care of themselves and stay active in any way that they can, and hopefully enjoy it! 

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving” Albert Einstein.

Mrs Georgina Fletcher, Director of Sport 

News from the Chaplaincy

If you would like to join us for the Rosary at 13:45 (start of A1), you are very welcome. It will take no more than 15 minutes. If you have something you wish us to pray for, just let me know beforehand (you don’t need to be specific). The Rosary will now be streamed on Teams instead of Youtube. Here’s the link, and you can use the same link every day:
Join us for the Rosary.

Daily Drop In
Each day a different year group is invited to the Chaplaincy Team during A2, just to hang out and chat. With Uno, quizzes and fun games, it will be an opportunity to check in with each other, and with me, in a very informal way. Please keep an eye on your emails to see when it is the turn of your year group.

If you want a quiet chat, at any point and for any reason, just message me on Teams at any time, and we can set up a call or Teams meeting at a suitable time.

Mr Ronan Lavery, Lay Chaplain

Reminder from the Drama Department

LAMDA lessons will be continuing online this term and the girls should have received an email from Miss Ainsworth detailing when their lessons are taking place. If you have any queries regarding this, please contact jainsworth@mayfieldgirls.org

Mrs Sally Gerstmeyer, Head of Drama

Food and Nutrition

We have been so pleased with how enthusiastic students have been in Food and Nutrition online lessons this week. With a mixture of demonstrations, written tasks, and discussions, it has been a lovely week of food lessons. The Year 7's have made Shortbread Biscuits, learning about the rubbing in method; the Year 8's have been learning about regional foods and made Eccles Cakes; and the Year 9's looked at cake-making methods linked to the Lemon Drizzle Muffins recipe. We look forward to seeing more 'home-made bakes' next week from everyone!

Miss Theobald and Mrs Davies, Teachers of Food and Nutrition


From the Art Department

Miss Thackery and Miss Oliver have been busy curating some wonderful pieces of artwork for you to see below. These have been created by girls throughout the School, and this week we are featuring pieces by Year 11 Lulu and a selection of Sixth Form work.

Miss Hannah Oliver, Teacher of Art



Date Time Event
18:01:21 08:20 - 08:55 Whole School Assembly
18:01:21 13:45 - 14:00 Rosary Service
19:01;21 10:00 - 13:45

Poetry Festival

19:01:21 13:45 - 14:00 Rosary Service
20:01:21 13:45 - 14:00 Rosary Service
21:01:21 08:20 - 08:55 Tutor time
21:01:21 13:45 - 14:00 Rosary Service
21:01;21 16:45 - 17:15 Year 11 Scholar's meeting
22:01:21 09:00 - 10:55 Year 13 Chemistry Olympiad
22:01:21 13:45 - 14:00 Rosary Service



If your daughter is going to be absent from online lessons, please email absence@mayfieldgirls.org.

Contacting Staff
If you need to contact a member of staff, please do so by email. If you do not have the member of staff’s email, then the School email addresses follow the following format: first initial and surname@mayfieldgirls.org e.g ngreen@mayfieldgirls.org.

Please do not come into School unless by appointment.  Thank you for your understanding.

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