E-weekly Issue 163

Muck Up Day 2021

Today the Year 13s celebrated their last day in School before going on study leave with the traditional Mayfield Muck Up Day!

While Covid restrictions meant they were unable to ‘muck up’ the classrooms in the time-honoured fashion, they more than made up for it with their fabulous Muck Up Day video, which the whole School enjoyed during Tutor Time, and with some enthusiastic water pistol fights in the School grounds. They also enjoyed a lovely brunch in the Sixth Form Dining Room.

We wish them all the very best for their exams and hope they have a wonderful Summer!

National Mental Health Awareness Week

As you may be aware, this week is National Mental Health Awareness Week and the School ran a number of initiatives to educate and inform the girls about issues surrounding mental health, as part of the School’s ongoing pastoral programme. You can read about a few of them below.

In Lower School
The theme of this year’s National Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘nature’ and Mr Smith presented an assembly on this theme, and challenged the girls to complete daily Random Acts of Wildness throughout June, in cooperation with the Wildlife Trusts. Further details on this initiative can be found here and there are many different activities you can undertake - from nature writing to nature photography - all with the intention of getting people into the great outdoors, which is great for both our mental and our physical health.

Mr Dan Smith, Senior Tutor for Year 7

Year 10
Mrs Miami, who runs Chill Out Club, held one of her half-termly wellbeing sessions with Year 10. The girls were able to choose from yoga, meditation, mindful activities such as colouring or reading independently, playing card games, playing team games and watching an uplifting film (Inside Out). They all had a lovely relaxing time!

Mrs Anna Maimi, Teacher of ESOL and Spanish

New Mental Health and Wellbeing Prefect
In Assembly this week, we announced our new Mental Health and Wellbeing Prefect, Year 12 Emily, who is delighted with her appointment: “I am really excited about starting as Mental Health and Wellbeing Prefect and I look forward to developing the role alongside the rest of the Prefect team. I believe that mental health awareness is a huge priority in all schools, and this year in particular we have seen what a huge impact it has on people’s lives. In the coming year I would like Mayfield girls to have more opportunities to talk about mental health, what it means to them, and how we can best support them. In particular, I will be looking ahead to next year’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.” 

Mr John Doy, Head of Sixth Form

Year 8 Day of Recollection

On Tuesday, Year 8 had their Day of Recollection. As Covid restrictions meant we were unable to hold the day out of School, the event took place in the Concert Hall. The theme of the day was the Cornelian Principle of ‘Compassion’, and we discussed how to treat others in order to make them and ourselves feel happy and cared for. The girls took part in an activity involving cards with numbers on, and we treated each other according to their number with interesting results.

We also played ‘the bucket game’ where we were split into our Houses and competed in getting the most tennis balls into a bucket. This was good fun and we competed with compassion! Towards the end of the day, Mrs Lawson and Mr Lavery read stories which helped us to understand compassion in different forms.

Thank you very much to Mr Lavery for organising the day, and to all the staff who helped out. It was good fun and a great success!

Mrs Claire Baker, Head of Lower School



Inter-School Debating

On Wednesday, Year 9 and 10 girls from our Gifted & Talented programme participated in the first round of the inaugural inter-school debate between Mayfield School and Maria Fidelis Catholic School in Camden.

The topic was whether Covid vaccines should be made compulsory: Maria Fidelis was for and Mayfield against. Although Maria Fidelis delivered confident and well-researched opening statements, the Mayfield girls responded excellently to the judges' questions and finished strongly, utilising powerful persuasive devices in their closing statements that swayed the debate result in their favour.

Congratulations to Year 10s Sahana and Erica on their victory. Many thanks to Ms Bryan for chairing the debate and to Mrs Kilvington for being one of the judges. The second round will take place next week, with the Mayfield team arguing for the motion: 'This House supports the actions of Extinction Rebellion.' Good luck to Year 9 Breanna and Year 10 Cosima!

Mr Dan Smith, Outreach and Public Benefit Co-ordinator

News from the Chaplaincy

Today’s Gospel: John 17:11-19

Gospel Reflection: Today’s Gospel is a beautiful example of the depth of Jesus’ love and tenderness for each and every one of us. Knowing that he will soon be leaving us (at least bodily), Jesus raises his eyes to heaven, and places his people in the protection of God the Father.

Jesus’ love for us is evident. He prays to the Father to keep us ‘in his name’. He longs to share his joy with us to the full - the joy of knowing God the Father, the joy of experiencing God’s love for us, and the joy of being consecrated in the truth.

Have you ever experienced a moment of closeness with God? Have you ever felt his presence, or have you ever had a moment of awareness of something bigger than us. Have you been overawed by a clear, starry night, or a quiet moment in a dimly-lit church, or have you ever been overwhelmed by love for another human being? This too, is a taste of the joy offered us by Jesus.

Jesus longs to share his peace, his love and his joy with us today. We just have to be willing to receive these gifts. We just have to allow Jesus to watch over us, to place us under his Father’s protection. This week, why not take a few moments to sit - quietly, patiently, and openly. And wait - he will come, and he will share those awesome gifts…

Whole School Mass
On Thursday, Mayfield once again celebrated a Whole School Mass. This time, it was in celebration of the Feast of Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven. Fr Patrick Fitzgerald-Lombard presided, while Year 7 and 8 pupils attended in person (and behaved impeccably throughout the Mass). Middle School and Sixth Form, unfortunately, had to attend remotely - but we pray that this is the last time we need to take such steps for a Whole School Mass.

Mr Ronan Lavery, Lay Chaplain

Leeds House Girls Tackle the High Ropes

On Saturday, Miss Starr and Miss Nixon took the girls in Leeds House to Bowles Outdoor Centre, where they completed the High Ropes courses. The girls all had a great time completing both courses, swinging across bridges and jumping gaps. They managed to figure out the pulley system from the ground to help their friends navigate some of the more challenging obstacles. A special mention to Catherine who was unsure of the heights at the start but went back for a second climb and zip Line at the end!

Well done all!

Miss Emily Nixon, Teacher of PE and Year 10 Tutor


Year 8 Tenner Challenge

The Year 8 Lifeskills group, Aura Boutique, will be selling rings in the School Shop and in Lower School in A1 until next Wednesday as part of the Tenner Challenge.  They have lots of different designs and sizes available - both silver and gold, and bagged or loose.

If you like rings and would like to support their business, please go and take a look!

Thank you.

Year 8 Anna


Tabby’s Big Chop for Children with Cancer

A big ‘well done’ to Year 9 Tabby who has been growing her hair for 19 months so that it was long enough to donate to the Little Princess Trust. She had it all chopped off earlier this week and has so far raised £300! If you would like to donate to this very worthwhile cause or have a look at Tabby’s before and after photos, please click here.

Dr Weddell’s Guide to Galleries and Museums Opening Soon!

From Monday 17th May, our local and national museums will be opening up again. They need our visits, and we need their art and culture! Why not plan a trip to these galleries? 

The National Gallery opens from Monday 17th May: 
National Gallery (@NationalGallery) / Twitter 

From Tuesday 18th May, the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020, re-opens with a major exhibition of the work of John Nash: 
Towner Eastbourne (@TownerGallery) / Twitter  

The Sussex home of the Bloomsbury Group, Charleston Farmhouse, opens on Wednesday 19th May, with an exhibition of the work of Nina Hamnett:
The Charleston Trust (@CharlestonTrust) / Twitter 

The V&A Museum also opens on Wednesday 19th May – see Michelangelo’s David without travelling to Florence by visiting the Cast Courts! 
V&A (@V_and_A) / Twitter 

Hastings Museum & Art Gallery is a local museum with a global collection, open again from Thursday 20th May:
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery (@hastings_museum) / Twitter 


Dr Joanna Weddell, Head of History of Art

PE Department Update

News from the Crease
Fixtures have continued this week with the U13A and B Cricket teams taking on Bede’s during a fantastic afternoon in which the girls showcased their fielding, batting and bowling skills. Both Mayfield teams won their matches with stand-out performances from Year 7 Hebe and lovely on-field encouragement from Year 8 Tamsin.

The U14A and B Cricket Teams played Burgess Hill and came away victorious. Year 9 Annie played well all round, Year 9 Ollie demonstrated good leadership skills, organising the field, and Year 9 Eva batted with great technique and patience.

Tennis News
The U15s kicked off their Aegon Tennis campaign against Eastbourne last week. They played some close games resulting in many deuces, but sadly came out second best. The girls will be training hard ready for their next game against Bede’s.

On Monday, the 1XI had the opportunity to play Hockey against Lingfield and it was fantastic to see the girls put into practice everything they've learned over the past few years, especially as this was the Year 13s final opportunity to compete for the School. After going 2-0 down early on, the team rallied around its senior players and fought back to a 3-2 win. Year 13 India captained the team well, leading through example, guiding her team-mates and holding fort at the back. Her defensive efforts were joined by Poppy and Harriet making some important tackles in the D.  

This year’s Sports Prefect Anthia had a spectacular performance in goal, including winning a 1v1 and recovering to make the secondary save, denying the visiting side an equalising goal in the closing minutes.

On the forward line, Camille and Coco created lots of opportunities, both of them having a part to play in pressing the Lingfield defence and winning the ball back. Georgia worked tirelessly both upfront and for a midfield spell, linking passes with Year 11 Florence which led to Year 11 Tilly scoring her hat-trick!

Both Mrs Fletcher and Miss Nixon were delighted to see spells of great Hockey and to be able to coach such a fantastic group of girls. The Year 13s have been such a committed group and remained in good spirits despite the year’s frustrations. They celebrated their final match and the win with a pizza and doughnut picnic on the pitch afterwards!

Miss Emily Nixon, Teacher of PE and Year 10 Tutor


Riding Success at Petley

The Riding Squad had a successful (and mainly rain free!) Saturday competing in ‘Jumping with Style’ qualifiers at Petley Equestrian Centre near Battle. Our teams won the 80, 90 and 1m classes and the following riders qualified for Hickstead in May and the October NSEA Championships:

Novice – Year 7 Matilda
Intermediate – Year 9 Isabella and Year 11 Evie
Open – Year 12 Alice, Year 10 Felicity and Year 12 Eloise
1.10 – Year 12 Eloise and Year 13 Fran.

We have lots of new horse and rider combinations representing the School, so we are building the depth in our squad that is necessary for continued success.
A big thank you to everyone who helped on the day!

Jill Barker, Director of Riding

Mayfield Census 2021

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

Mrs Sally Howie, Teacher of Maths



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


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
15/05/21 All day LAMDA Mocks - Concert Hall
15/05/21 08:30 - 13:00 ESOL Cambridge English Exams
15/05/21 18:00 - 19:00 Mass - St Michael's and St Dunstan's
16/05/21 All day LAMDA Mocks - Concert Hall
16/05/21 - 17/05/21 Two days Bronze DofE Training & Practice Expedition - Mayfield
16/05/21 11:30 - 12:30 Mass - Chapel - Leeds and St Gabriel's
17/05/21 08:20 - 08:55 Charities Assembly - Year 9 to attend
17/05/21 08:30 - 09:00 Year 11 School Assessments
17/05/21 19:30 - 20:30 Yoga for Sixth Form Boarders - Dance Studio
18/05/21 All day Year 13 Study Leave
18/05/21 All day Year 11 School Assessments
18/05/21 All day Year 11 Study Leave
18/05/21 17:30 - 18:15 Bishop to talk to Confirmation girls
18/05/21 18:30 - 19:30 Mass with Bishop - Chapel
18/05/21 19:00 - 20:00 Zumba for Leeds Boarders - Dance Studio
19/05/21 All day Year 11 Study Leave
19/05/21 All day Year 13 Study Leave
19/05/21 All day Year 11 School Assessments
19/05/21 13:40 - 14:30 Virtual Debate with Maria Fidelis 
19/05/21 15:30 - 17:30 Froghole Farm - Year 12 Enrichment
20/05/21 All day Year 11 Study Leave
20/05/21 All day Year 13 Study Leave
20/05/21 All day Year 11 School Assessments
20/05/21 16:45 - 17:00 Rosary - Chapel
21/05/21 All day Year 11 Study Leave
21/05/21 All day Year 13 Study Leave
21/05/21 All day Year 11 School Assessments
21/05/21 08:20 - 08:55 Final - Lower School Inter-House Debating

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