E-weekly Issue 162

Year 7 Trip to the Sussex Coast

Despite bitterly cold gale force westerly winds tearing across the English Channel on Tuesday, our Year 7 Geographers had an interesting and worthwhile day on the Sussex coast collecting data for a number of hypothesis tests relating to marine processes of erosion, transport and deposition.

At the end of the day when the hard work had been done, the café at Holywell did a brisk trade in ice creams (really!) – the teachers settling for a cup of hot tea. 

Mr Steve Gough, Head of Geography

Year 7 and 8 'People like Me' 

On Thursday 6th May, Year 7 and 8 pupils enjoyed a STEM careers event called 'People like Me' at School.

'People like Me' is run by WISE, the campaign for gender balance in Science, Technology and Engineering, in collaboration with the GSA (Girls School Association). The event aims to allow girls to recognise that careers relating to Science are not necessarily the traditional roles they might imagine, such as a Scientist, but encompass a huge range of careers, such as managing a science business, designing scientific products, and influencing government policy, as well as roles which use the logical skills that are learnt from studying Science. The event encourages girls to keep an open mind when considering their choices at A Level and beyond, as a career in Science may be for 'People like them'.

The girls had previously completed a questionnaire listing the adjectives which best describe them. From this, they were able to identify the type of person they are from a list of 12, and rank them in order. The options ranged from an explorer (inquisitive and practical), to a manager (highly organised and a good motivator).

Four Old Cornelians from six of the categories came to speak to small groups of girls. We were also privileged to hear our own Director of Development, Cora Saint, speak about her career journey. Cora's niece, who is an environmental health and safety manager for Lidl, also kindly spoke to the girls. Speakers came from a range of industries including engineering, account management, science writing and pharmacy, and each girl was able to visit their top three choices.

The afternoon was a really positive experience for the girls, who recognised how Science is important in a wide range of careers that they may not have thought required scientific skills. It was also inspiring and motivating for pupils in Lower School to see how successful girls who have attended Mayfield in the past are.

A huge thank you to all of the staff and Old Cornelians involved for providing such an interesting and informative evening.

Mrs Jocelyn Mahon, Head of Science


Year 8 Geographers Collect Data on Ashdown Forest

Year 8 Geographers enjoyed a blustery day out on Ashdown Forest on Wednesday, learning a wide range of new primary data collection techniques. It was great to be outside again doing fieldwork and putting the theory they had learnt in lessons into practice.

The girls undertook footpath trampling and species biodiversity surveys, and listened to a talk from a forest ranger about how wildfire affects the forest. 

Mrs Victoria Williams, Teacher of Geography


Year 8 Tenner Challenge

A group of Year 8s are holding a sweet sale for the Year 8 Tenner Challenge on Monday 10th, Wednesday 12th and Friday 14th May. The Tenner Challenge is a free nationwide Young Enterprise challenge for young people aged 11 to 19, with the budding entrepreneurs being given £10 to get their business idea off the ground and make as much impact as possible.

If you would like to support their venture, please remember to bring your purse to School as they will be charging £1.50 for one bag of sweets and £2.50 for two bags!

Year 8s Onnae and Ines


PE Department Update

News from the Crease
Last week we were delighted to host our first fixtures since March 2019. The PE Department has really missed giving the girls the chance to play competitive sport and to put their hard-earned training and practice to the test. 

The U13 and U12 teams both played Brighton College on Wednesday 28th April. This was the first time the majority of our Lower School cohort had played competitive Cricket and I am delighted to announce that all four Mayfield teams were victorious. The bowling in particular was great to watch.

This was followed by the opening game of the first stage of the U15 Sussex Cricket Hard Ball Cup against current cup holders, Hurst, on Thursday, and although Mayfield was beaten by an incredibly strong and well-drilled Hurst team, there were moments of note from the newly-formed squad. Year 8 Jess got her first hardball wicket for Mayfield, and Year 10 Lizzie found the boundary on more than one occasion off some very fast and impressive bowling.  

Good luck to all those involved in upcoming matches – please make sure you are regularly checking SOCS so you are aware of when and where you are playing.

Sport Saturdays
Miss Nixon and Mrs Fletcher loved being back out on the pitch for early morning Hockey with the senior squad last Saturday. The girls blew away the cobwebs with some core skills and short corner finesse. They are looking forward to the upcoming fixture against Lingfield on 10th May. There will be another early morning session this Saturday in preparation for this.

Miss Starr took Years 7 and 8 for a Cricket Workshop which focussed on technique and throwing accuracy. It was great to see the girls improving throughout the morning as they progressed from simple pair work, to a continuous drill where they had to aim and throw at different targets. Well done to everyone who took part!

The U14 and U15 teams played a friendly Cricket fixture against each other. This was a great opportunity for the girls to play competitively once again and to hone their skills in preparation for this week's matches. 

And finally, the boarders enjoyed another Saturday afternoon of Waterpolo, Tennis and Badminton. This weekend, Leeds House are off to Bowles Outdoor Centre and St Gabriel's have the option of playing Rounders or Bocce. I am sure it will be another fun-filled Saturday!

Miss Imogen Jones, Teacher of PE 


SPARK Camp 2021

Booking for our Summer SPARK Camp is now open! Follow the link to book your place today: Summer SPARK Camp 2021

Mrs Lynette Le Riche, SPARK Camp Manager


Mayfield Census 2021

Here are this week’s results from the Mayfield Census 2021!

Mrs Sally Howie, Teacher of Maths



Weekend fun for Mayfield Boarders

Trip to Batemans
A group of Year 12 and 13 boarders spent Bank Holiday Monday visiting Rudyard Kipling’s home at Bateman's. They very much enjoyed touring the gardens of the 17th century house where Kipling spent time with his family, and crossing the fields to visit the memorial to Kipling’s son, John, in Burwash. The estate was Kipling’s retreat from public life, which was felt by the girls when they could not get a mobile signal!

Mrs Jana Carpinato, Teacher of Mathematics and St Dunstan's Boarding Assistant

Go Laser London
On Bank Holiday Monday, Gabs and Leeds boarders headed off to Go Laser London to try their hand at laser tag. We had two teams of 13 and, after two highly competitive games, the white armbands were declared the winners. The girls warmed up and refuelled with pizza afterwards before heading back to Mayfield.

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

Cosy Night In for Micks’ Girls
On Saturday night, the St Michael's girls enjoyed a relaxed movie night with pizza and snacks. A great opportunity for the girls to take a break from the stress of exam revision!

Miss Stephanie Gilpin, St Michael's Assistant Housemistress


Invitation to join Mayfield Cricket Club

First page of the PDF file: GirlsCricketflyer21

News from the School Shop

Lost Property
Please see below the lost property handed into the School Shop in the last week. If you think an item is yours, please come and collect it.

New Teds!
We have some new Teds and Lambs joining the other Teds in the School Shop. These include a fudge-coloured bear wearing a Mayfield bath robe, and Mary the Mayfield Lamb wearing pink and baby blue sweatshirts. These cost £12.00 each – please remember to have the bill payer’s permission before you purchase one.

In Stock
The School Shop stocks AA and AAA batteries as well as some select button batteries. We also have suntan cream and after-sun, a limited number of navy and white sun caps, and 700ml and 800ml aluminium water bottles.

Mrs Susan Bowles, School Shop Manager

Library News

Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust on Unsplash.

Mrs Julie Gabriel, Librarian


Car Park
You will have noticed a new one-way system in the Car Park.  To ensure that traffic flows freely and for safety, please do not to wait for your daughter in the line of traffic but park in a space and wait for them there.
Thank you.

If your daughter is going to be absent from lesson, 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 address, School emails follow this 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.


Date Time  Event
08/05/21 13:30 - 16:30 Leeds Boarders trip to Bowles, Eridge Green
08/05/21 18:00 - 19:00 Mass - St Gabriel's and St Dunstan's
09/05/21 11:30 - 12:30 Mass - Leeds and St Michael's
10/05/21 All day Study Leave for Year 11
10/05/21 All day Year 11 School Assessments
10/05/21 08:20 - 08:55 Whole School Assembly - Year 10 to attend
10/05/21 13:40 - 14:30 Debating with Maria Fidelis - virtual
10/05/21 19:30 - 20:30 Yoga for Sixth Form Boarders - Dance Studio
11/05/21 All day Year 8 Day of Recollection - on site 
11/05/21 All day Study Leave for Year 11
11/05/21 All day Year 11 School Assessments
11/05/21 19:00 - 20:00 Zumba for Leeds Boarders - Gym
12/05/21 All day Study Leave for Year 11
12/05/21 All day Year 11 School Assessments
12/05/21 08:45 - 16:30 Year 12 Art A Level Exam Day
12/05/21 13:40 - 14:30 Debating with Maria Fidelis - virtual
13/05/21 All day Study Leave for Year 11
13/05/21 All day Year 11 School Assessments
13/05/21 11:15 - 12:10 Whole School Mass - Lower School to attend
13/05/21 13:40 - 16:30 A Level Drama Practical Exam 
13/05/21 16:45 - 17:00 Rosary - Chapel
13/05/21 19:00 - 20:30 Prefects Supper - Courtyard
14/05/21 All day Muck Up Day
14/05/21 All day Study Leave for Year 11
14/05/21 All day Year 11 School Assessments
14/05/21 09:00 - 09:30 Muck Up Day Assembly - Year 13 to attend
14/05/21 17:00 - 20:30 Year 9 Parents' Evening

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