E-weekly Issue 158

British Science Week 2021: Smashing Stereotypes

It is always important to address the unconscious bias surrounding the word ‘scientist’ and to dispel the myth that you are either a scientist or not, as everyone is a scientist on some level.

All Mayfield girls leave school with a ‘toolkit’ that informs them to engage with science in the media, in their lives, and in their future careers, as all careers require an element of scientific understanding. This was demonstrated in our Assembly through the real-life examples of entrepreneurs who did not study science beyond GCSE, but use it every day in their roles as bakers, publicans and cinema owners.

It is important to realise that while we do not know where our future career paths may take us, our science education will help us to feel that we are all scientists, and not to stereotype ourselves as any one particular type of student.

This website includes a variety of stories that I hope will spark a change in perceptions of people and careers in STEM.

Mrs Jocelyn Mahon, Head of Science

Year 8 Hindu Shrines

This week, Miss Kimber’s Year 8 RE students had lots of fun creating their own shrines, inspired by those in Hindu homes. The shrines included objects and pictures that are special to the girls, and they each gave a short presentation explaining why their chosen items are important to them.

Miss Clarizza Kimber, Teacher of RE


Year 7 Tudor Feasts

Year 7 historians have been undertaking research for their ‘Life in Tudor England’ projects this week. As part of this, they found Tudor recipes and brought in home-made Tudor spiced cakes, ginger bread biscuits and peasants’ bread rolls for a Tudor Feast during our lesson. Special mentions must go to Holly, Katie, Fleur and Eloise for their baking skills. Class feedback on Tudor recipes was mixed, with Hebe deciding they were delicious, and Allegra deciding that time travel to the Tudor period would be awful!

Mrs Lucy Lawson, Teacher of History


Library Book Reminder

Please remember to return your Library books before the end of term.  You may be charged for any books which are not returned by Thursday 25th March. Please let me know if you are unable to return your book(s) before the Easter holidays.
Thank you.

Mrs Julie Gabriel, Librarian

From the PE Department

We are thoroughly enjoying having the girls back in School and being able to teach practical sport sessions outside again, and are preparing the girls for our annual Inter-House Netball competitions next week. These will take place during PE lessons and the teams will remain in year group bubbles.  

Preparations for the cricket season have also begun, in the hope that we may be able to play fixtures at some point in the Summer Term. Despite the rain, the Year 7 and 8 girls have been taught to field and bowl. 

At the weekend, the PE Department provided lots of opportunities for the boarders to learn new sports skills, to play tennis, football, or go for a run. Some of our Year 9 girls learnt indoor curling and it was pretty competitive! 

We are working hard to catch up on any skills that the girls missed during the Lent Term, and the girls in Years 7, 8 and 9 who have missed a term of swimming will have lessons during the Summer Term instead. Tennis coaching will commence after Easter so please make sure any requests for lessons are sent to the School Office.
Thank you.

Mrs Georgina Fletcher, Director of Sport 

It has been great to see that our Gabs boarders have developed healthy exercise habits over lockdown. Since returning to School, two of our Year 10s have been up bright and early every morning to run round the cross country course, making the most of the lovely early morning light before School. No time or speed goals - just a love of running! What a great way to start the day!

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


News from the Chaplaincy

This Sunday's Gospel: John 12:20-30
Gospel Reflection:
In about 1996 or ‘97, I was on a family holiday on the west coast of Ireland. To escape the (predictably) inclement weather, we ducked into a local bar. Soon, we realised that the only other person in the bar was none other than Packie Bonner (look him up!!!). With memories of the 1990 World Cup penalty shoot-out still in my head, I was star-struck! I couldn’t believe that my Dad had the courage to approach him, speak to him, and share a drink with him. I couldn’t even speak, I was so nervous. Thankfully Packie was kind, self-deprecating and generous with his time. That’s the closest I’ve gotten to celebrity, before or since (although I think I once saw Bill Nighy walking down the street in West Hampstead).

This, then, is probably how the Greeks were feeling, when they approached Philip, formally and nervously asking for an audience with Jesus. They probably wanted his autograph - thankfully, there were no camera phones back then. Jesus, however, took the opportunity to criticise this cult of celebrity, this admiration of - even worship of - worldly things. Once again, he turns our values on their head. Jesus once again impresses on us the importance of humility, sacrifice and a willingness to let go. Nothing could be more important than living for the Glory of God.

So what then, of this modern-day love of celebrity? YouTube stars, building followers, being TikTok famous, measuring our individual worth in the number of ‘likes’ we get on each post - we worship Instagrammers instead of God. We follow celebrities’ love lives, their skincare regime, we buy their brand of makeup, and their preferred shoes. Sometimes it seems that ‘Trending on Twitter’ is the new religion of the 21st Century. Jesus warns us, however, that this fame is fleeting, and its impact short-lived: “Anyone who loves this life will lose it; anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for the eternal life”. Celebrities will inevitably let us down, fade away, or become irrelevant. Jesus Christ, though, never has, and never will. His sacrifice for us is unchanging, his love for each one of us undiminished. His desire for a personal relationship with every single one of us is continuing, and his hope to show us the way to true happiness and fulfilment is unwavering. Surprisingly, it’s not the way of fame and fortune, but the way of humility, faith and trust. And therein lies the true Glory.

As for Packie Bonner? He still puts his goalie gloves on one hand at a time, just like the rest of us…

Opportunities to join the School in prayer during this Lenten season:

Every weekday afternoon, at 13:45, we gather at the foot of Cornelia Connelly’s tomb, to pray the Rosary. The prayer is live-streamed each day on Teams, and usually takes no more than 15 minutes. Please join us if you can. If you have any prayers or intentions you’d like to pray for, please email our chaplain Ronan, at rlavery@mayfieldgirls.org. (You do not have to be specific with your intentions.) Here’s the link: DAILY ROSARY

Adoration & Quiet Prayer:
Straight after Rosary each day, between 14:00 and 14:30, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the Chapel. Join pupils, staff, family and generations of OCs for a time of quiet prayer - a beautiful and powerful Lenten observance. The meeting will be the same as the Rosary meeting on Teams, but here’s the link again: DAILY ROSARY

Mr Ronan Lavery, Lay Chaplain

Weekend Boarding Activities

The boarders had a great time taking part in a range of varied and fun activities last weekend. Some of them played sport, some baked apple muffins, and some took part in Dr Reijers' ‘Mayfield Scavenger Hunt’.

Mayfield Scavenger Hunt
19 girls in Years 9 and 10 enjoyed hunting around the School grounds in a challenging ‘Mayfield Scavenger Hunt’. The girls worked in small teams to find items and places that Dr Reijers had photographed, and then photographed themselves to prove they had managed to find everything on the list. For every place they discovered, they received a House Point, and the winning team achieved a fantastic 20 House Points. Well done to Greta, Angela, Nicole and Yuki!

Everyone enjoyed hot chocolate and puzzles back in Gabs’ Common Room afterwards.

Mayfield SPARK Camps 2021

We are very much looking forward to welcoming children from Reception to Year 8 back to Mayfield for a fun-filled SPARK holiday Camp this Summer. Check out our Facebook page for further updates: https://www.facebook.com/MayfieldSPARKCamps

Mrs Lynette Le Riche, SPARK Camp Co-ordinator



Date Time Event
20/03/21 08:30 - 12:45 GCSE Ceramics NEA - Group 1 - Day 2
20/03/21 09:15 - 14:15 GCSE Art Workshop
20/03/21 13:45 - 18:00 GCSE Ceramics NEA - Group 2 - Day 2
20/03/21 18:00 - 19:00 Mass - Chapel - St Gabriel's and St Dunstan's
21/03/21 12:00 - 13:00 Mass - Chapel - St Michael's and Leeds
22/03/21 All day Music Recording Day - Concert Hall
22/03/21 08:20 - 08:55 Presentation Assembly - Lower School to attend
22/03/21 13:45 - 14:00 Rosary followed by Adoration
22/03/21 15:35 - 16:30 Inter-House Netball - Y11
23/03/21 13:45 - 14:00 Rosary followed by Adoration
23/03/21 15:35 - 16:30 Inter-House Netball - Y9 
23/03/21 15:35 - 16:30 Y10 Elevate Talk
23/03/21 18:00 - 19:00 Elevate Webinar - Managing Technology and Distractions
24/03/21 09:00 - 11:00 Y10 Maths Feast
24/03/21 11:15 - 12:10 Inter-House Netball - Y10 
24/03/21 12:15 - 13:10 Inter-House Netball - Y12&13
24/03/21 13:45 - 14:00 Rosary followed by Adoration
24/03/21 14:35 - 16:30 Inter-House Netball - Y7&8
24/03/21 17:00 - 20:30 Y13 Parents' Evening - virtual
25/03/21 08:30 - 09:00 Lower School Easter Egg Hunt - tutor time
25/03/21 12:10 - 13:10 Inter House Drama Competition - Concert Hall
25/03/21 13:00 - 13:00 Term ends
25/03/21 13:45 - 14:00 Rosary followed by Adoration

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 - @MayfieldSPARKCamps                                   
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/MayfieldSPARKCamps


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Contacting Staff
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