E-weekly Issue 167

Sunny Saturday for Mayfield Cricket v MCC

Last Saturday, we were delighted to welcome a team from the MCC for two T20 matches against our top cricketers across all year groups.

Having won the toss for the first match, the MCC elected to bat, putting a respectable 109 runs on the board. Year 10 Alice bowled exceptionally well, with great pace and accuracy, finishing with 4 overs, 0 maidens, 0 wickets, and conceding only 15 runs. Mayfield started the chase well with Year 12 Dii Dii scoring 25 runs before retiring with an injury. Year 10 Lizzie then came to the crease scoring an impressive 35 but that still left Mayfield short by 23 runs.

Following tea, the MCC won the toss again and chose to bat first again. This time they pushed the run rate and ended on 135. Lizzie opened the bowling and took an early wicket with Year 10 Tilly making an outstanding reaction catch to her right hand side. Year 8 Jess bowled with great poise and finished with figures of 4 overs, 0 maidens, 0 wickets for 16 runs. With a higher score to chase than the first game, the girls batted fiercely, running more aggressively throughout. Lizzie top scored with 42 runs.

A special mention must go to Year 10 Rachel who kept fantastically across both games, allowing very few byes, and excellent fielding was demonstrated by all who played.

The Catering Department put on a brilliant Afternoon Tea between the games, keeping everyone fuelled and ready to play, which was followed by a great BBQ to end the day.

Many thanks to the MCC, all School Departments involved, the Grounds Staff who worked tirelessly to hone the pitch, and to all the girls who played.

Miss Emily Starr, Head of Cricket

Year 13 Day of Recollection at Tickerage Vineyard

On Wednesday, the Year 13's marked their final Day of Recollection with a reflective liturgy, thinking about how they have planted their roots at Mayfield, and grown and flourished during their time here. The liturgy was based round the scripture reading from John 15: "I am the vine and you are the branches". To mark the event, the girls planted a vine in a sunny spot in the Sixth Form garden. 

The theme continued as the girls enjoyed a picnic and walk at Tickerage Vineyard, and a tour of the winery (belonging to the parents of OC Kizzy Budd), followed by tasting the delicious Tickerage English wine.

Mrs Rachel Davies, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Teacher of Biology & STEM Coordinator

Bronze DofE Assessed Expedition

And after the rains came the sun.

Last Sunday and Monday, 57 Year 9 and 10 girls undertook their qualifying Bronze expedition. With two days’ walking and one night camping in Ashdown Forest, the weather could not have been more different from their experience on the Training and Practice Expedition. Under blue skies and in glorious sunshine, temperatures were around the mid-20s, making the daily 13km routes with full rucksacks quite challenging. They all dealt with the high temperatures in a very sensible and mature way, opting to start their second day’s walking at 07:00 rather than 08:30 in order to avoid as much of the heat of the day as possible. Plenty of sun cream, hats, breaks in the shade, and regular top-ups of water bottles at checkpoints meant the worst anyone experienced was blisters.

The girls obviously enjoyed being out in nature and relished the freedom the expedition gave them, perhaps even more so because of the restrictions of the past year of lockdowns. They set their own routes and agenda - enthusing about being able to choose what and when to cook and eat their meals - and created their own entertainment on the campsite in the evening including, the PE team will be pleased to hear, an impromptu high jump tournament. Staff too were able to relax and enjoy a few toasted marshmallows around the camp fire.

The DofE staff were very impressed with how hard all the girls worked during the expedition, noting their positivity and fortitude. Members of the public who encountered the groups also added their own praise;  "quietly confident" was a particular phrase used quite frequently.

Some girls may want to go on to do Silver; others may never want to lift a rucksack ever again. While each group and individual experienced highs and lows over the two days, what remains for each girl is the knowledge of their personal inner strength and resilience, and an insight into what is possible when you put your mind to something and keep going, even when the going is hard.

Following the expedition, one parent commented: “I spend an awful lot of time pointing out the beauty of the every day and she usually ignores me. But she spent the whole car ride back remarking on the beauty of all that she had seen and what an amazing experience it was.”

My thanks to the DofE team who supported this expedition and helped to make it possible: Mr Glazebrook, Mr Warren, Mrs Williams, Ms Doy, Mrs Maimi, Mr Stafford, Mrs Kilvington, Mr Cowan, Mrs Lawson, Miss Staunton and Miss El Adel.

Mrs Amanda Glubb, Head of Careers and Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Manager

Virtual Debating Final

On Wednesday afternoon, we held the final of the inaugural debating series between Mayfield and Maria Fidelis Catholic School. The motion was: 'This House believes that the use of social media by teenagers does more harm than good.' Year 10s Erica and Sahana were arguing for the motion; Year 9 Breanna and Year 10 Cosima were arguing against. Some excellent arguments were put forward by both teams in a tightly-contested debate but, in the end, the blend of Erica's passion and Sahana's cool facts-based style won them the final. House points and chocolate treats are en route to the winners!
Many thanks to Ms Bryan for chairing the debates and to Ms Gill from Maria Fidelis for co-judging.

Mr Daniel Smith, Public Benefit and Outreach Coordinator

Mayfield Theatre Company Seniors Perform 'The Cagebirds'

On Wednesday afternoon, Mayfield Theatre Company Seniors performed extracts from David Campton's 'The Cagebirds' to a socially-distanced audience of Gifted and Talented Drama students. This absurdist play explores the themes of oppression and human behaviour, and represented an interesting challenge for the actors. They performed with confidence and no small measure of talent, beguiling their audience despite having had only six school weeks in which to rehearse!
Well done to all the girls involved and we look forward to seeing many of them perform again next year as part of Caedmon.

Mr Daniel Smith, Teacher of Drama


PE Department Update

Sprinting into the weekend for Team Mayfield!

What a day for Mayfield at K2 for the English Schools Athletics on Friday! Both the Juniors and Inters came an impressive second place overall, being narrowly pipped to the post by a strong Burgess Hill team. It was the Year 7 and 8 pupils’ first time competing, and it is safe to say they took it in their stride! Our event winners were Year 8 Siena in the 300m, Year 9 Francesca in the 1500m, and Year 10 Rachel in the Shotput. Well done to Fran and Rachel for getting their PBs.

Other notable performances included:
-          Year 9 Mathilda running the 800m in 2.37 minutes
-          Year 10 Olivia throwing the Javelin 29.98m
-          The Inter relay team running a very quick relay, coming a close second
-          Years 10 Annabel and Olivia, and Year 7 Fleur for running middle distance races in order to help their team gain the most possible points.

Many thanks to everyone involved - what a fantastic day for Mayfield Athletics!
Miss Imogen Jones, Teacher of PE

‘Super Saturday’ Athletics V Kent College Pembury
Last weekend, the Junior and Inter Athletics teams went to Kent College, who were hosting their annual friendly meet.

Unfortunately Kent College was victorious on this occasion, but there were plenty of wins for Mayfield across the individual events, and all our athletes put in sterling performances. Special mention must go to the athletes who came along and represented Mayfield for the first time this season, and also to the athletes with very tired legs who participated in back-to-back fixtures on Friday and Saturday!

Well done, we are all very proud of you!

Miss Sophie Auer, Teacher of PE


Equestrian Update

Mayfield’s Equestrian Squad continued its successful streak with a number of wins and placings at Felbridge last weekend. Year 12 Alice, Year 7 Matilda, and Year 11 Evie won the 90 Team Arena Eventing, as well as being placed individually; Year 9 Flo won the 1.10 Pony Individual Eventing; and Year 11 Ella was placed in both the 1m and the 1.10 Show Jumping. Well done all!

Jill Barker, Director of Riding


News from The Chaplaincy

Bless Our Fathers
Heavenly Father,
Today we ask You to bless our earthly fathers
For the many times they reflected the love, strength, generosity, wisdom and mercy that You exemplify in Your relationship with us, Your children.

We honour our fathers for putting our needs above their own convenience and comfort;
For teaching us to show courage and determination in the face of adversity;
For challenging us to move beyond self-limiting boundaries;
For modelling the qualities that would turn us into responsible, principled, caring adults.

Not all our fathers lived up to these ideals.
Give them the grace to acknowledge and learn from their mistakes.
Give us the grace to extend to them the same forgiveness that you offer us all.
Help us to resist the urge to stay stuck in past bitterness,
Instead, moving forward with humility and peace of heart.

We ask your blessing on those men who served
As father figures in our lives
When our biological fathers weren't able to do so.
May the love and selflessness they showed us
Be returned to them in all their relationships,
And help them to know that their influence
Has changed us for the better.

Give new and future fathers the guidance they need
To raise happy and holy children,
Grounded in a love for God and other people -
And remind these fathers that treating their wives
With dignity, compassion and respect is
One of the greatest gifts they can give their children.

We pray that our fathers who have passed into the next life
Have been welcomed into Your loving embrace,
And that our family will one day be reunited in your heavenly kingdom.

In union with St. Joseph,
Whom you entrusted with Your Son,
We ask Your generous blessings today and every day.


Tony Rossi

Mr Ronan Lavery, Lay Chaplain

Lazy Sunday afternoon in the Park

Year 12 boarders ventured to a Tunbridge Wells park on Sunday afternoon where they enjoyed the glorious weather, and learnt about the history of the park courtesy of Mrs Bushell.

Mrs Jana Carapinato, Teacher of Maths and St Dunstan’s Boarding Assistant

Summer Celebrations for St Michael’s

Last Friday, the girls in Micks celebrated the approaching end of term with their last House activity of the year – an adrenaline filled day out at Thorpe Park – where they had a fantastic time. This was followed on Saturday by a movie night and sleepover in Gresham.

Miss Josefina Ruival, St Michael’s Housemistress


Lower School Cookery Club

The girls in Lower School Cookery Club made scrumptious American pancakes with Mrs Davies this week.

Miss Emily Theobald, Head of Food and Nutrition


Mayfield Census 2021

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

Mrs Sally Howie, Teacher of Maths

Notices from the Health Centre

Can parents please note that Year 9 Diphtheria, Tetanus and polio boosters will take place in School on Monday 28th June from 09:00 for those with parental consent.

Please will parents ensure their daughters purchase Mayfield cotton peak caps from the School Shop (£3.00 each) to wear when participating in sport or at break time. 
Many thanks.

Mrs Debbie Streeter RGN, Health Centre Manager

From the Library


From the School Shop

New Uniform Fittings
Please be aware that the last two weeks before the beginning of the Autumn Term – 23rd August onwards are reserved for new students and particularly new boarders ONLY.

If existing parents require new uniform, please email sbowles@mayfieldgirls.org for an appointment prior to this date OR alternatively you can email your order to Mrs Bowles.

If you email your order please:
1.     Include the sizes and quantities required.
2.     Please note purchase of new uniform cannot be put on the School bill. Payment is accepted by BACS only as the School Uniform Accounts are closed for auditing purposes during the Summer months.
3.     When payment has been received, the items may be collected or sent for naming (if you have this service).
4.     All orders must be received and paid for prior to 22nd August in order to be processed.

Second-hand uniform
Please remember to bring your unwanted uniform to the School Shop for us to sell. All uniform must be washed and ironed, and any uniform that is dirty or needs ironing will be considered to be a donation as it cannot be sold. We do not accept white shirts, socks, or uniform with the old logo (i.e the Mayfield logo without a cross), Year 7 and 8 book bags, obsolete styles (i.e the older style school coat), or equestrian items. Any uniform that cannot be re-sold will be donated to Mary’s Meals or the Clothing Bank. Please remember to keep your House polo and sports kit for the Sixth Form.

Year 11: As most of you will be returning for Year 12, any saleable uniform that arrives after the end of term will be credited to your Autumn Term 2021 School Shop account. If it arrives before the end of this term, anything saleable will be credited to your Summer 2021 School Shop account.

Year 13 and other leavers: Please ensure we receive any items suitable for re-sale by 30th June. If your items arrive after this time, your School Shop account will have been closed and we will be unable to credit you so your items will be considered a donation.

Thank you.

Mrs Susan Bowles, School Shop Manager


Date Time  Event
19/06/21 All day Cecchetti Ballet Exams
19/06/21 13:30 - 17:30 Boarders' trip to Hollywood Bowl, Tunbridge Wells
19/06/21 13:30 - 17:00 Technical rehearsal for 'The Witches'
20/06/21 11:30 - 12:30 Mass in Chapel - all Boarding Houses
21/06/21 All day Mayfield Day Prize Giving and Sports Day 
21/06/21 09:15 - 10:30 Inter-House General Knowledge Quiz Final
21/06/21 17:30 - 22:00 Year 13 Leavers' Celebration
21/06/21 19:00 - 21:00 Art, Ceramics and Textiles Show
22/06/21 All day ABRSM Music Exams in Gresham 
22/06/21 13:40 - 18:00 Dress rehearsal for 'The Witches'
22/06/21 16:45 - 18:00 Year 10 Boarders' trip to Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells
23/06/21 14:35 - 18:00 Year 7 and 8 Inter-House Tennis
23/06/21 16:00 - 16:00 Year 10 Grade Cards to Parents and Girls
23/06/21 19:00 - 21:00 Junior Drama Production 'The Witches'
24/06/21 All day Year 10 Practical Food & Nutrition Exam 
24/06/21 16:45 - 17:00 Rosary - Chapel
24/06/21 19:00 - 21:00 Junior Drama Production 'The Witches'


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.

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