E-weekly Issue 168

Mayfield Day 2021

We celebrated the achievements and contribution of all the girls on Mayfield Day and said farewell to our Year 13s, who join our strong network of Old Cornelians.   

The day started with our Inter-house Quiz, which was won by Bronte. There was also a notable performance in the final from Astor, who rose from last position at the start of the day to a close second place by the end.

The Concert Hall replaced our usual marquee for the Speech and Prize Giving celebration, which was live-streamed to tutor groups around the School and our families across the globe. We were delighted to welcome OC Lauren Radford (Class of 2005) as our guest speaker. Lauren is Vice President of Business Development at MJ Hudson Group PLC, a private equity funds law firm. She co-founded a Women in VC network, and is on the advisory board for Impulse4women, where she uses her position to promote, support and encourage women in this field.  

Lauren’s message to the girls encouraged them to: Be confident, harness your network (especially your network of Old Cornelians), keep learning and speak up on topics you are passionate about. Always think about whom you can reach back to help but also reach out for every opportunity, whilst being mindful of living a grateful and balanced life.   

Our Year 13s continued their celebrations into the evening with a special Leavers’ Mass, Prize Giving and Supper. A great time was had by all. Special thanks to the Catering Team for the delicious supper! Our Events Prefects Emily and Rachael did a great job decorating the Dining Room with balloons and jars of flowers - it certainly looked very pretty!

It was a very emotional occasion for many girls as they left Mayfield to become OCs from the Class of 2021. We wish them well as they start their next chapter.

The Witches

We very much enjoyed Lower School’s wonderful performance of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ on Wednesday and Thursday evening.

The girls performed beautifully and while we were unable to invite parents to join us, the cast thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the Drama Department is very proud of them all!

Mrs Sally Gerstmeyer, Head of Drama

History of Art trip to the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne

We visited the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne to view the John Nash exhibition. I really enjoyed this exhibition and was particularly inspired by John Nash’s use of a wide range of mediums, showing his skill and versatility as an artist. The artist used oil paint, watercolour, pencil, and lithography.

I particularly liked his lithographs where we can see an immense amount of technical skill and detail, with my favourite being the illustrations for ‘Men and the Fields’, 1939. John Nash’s great technical skill can be seen throughout the exhibition, and also through his use of different subject matters which included his most prominent theme of war, as well as landscapes and flowers. 

Year 12 Alice, History of Art Ambassador


Silver Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition

Last weekend, 30 Year 10 and Year 11 girls undertook their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Training & Practice Expedition. The Expedition was a Practice Silver Expedition for the Year 11s, and a Bronze Assessed Expedition for the Year 10s as everything was cancelled last Summer.

After Camp Craft and First Aid training sessions on Friday evening, the girls had a 12 km navigation refresher on Saturday, and a final independent trek on Sunday. On their Assessed Expedition they will be covering around 15 km per day on three successive days.

Overall, navigation went well, with the Year 10s learning to use their maps and the surrounding countryside to check for visual clues to confirm their location. The Year 11s brushed up on rusty skills last used in Year 9, and remembered the old adage of “more haste, less speed” often applies on DofE!

Camp Craft skills were excellent with the groups taking good care of their equipment and surroundings, and taking advantage of nature's washing lines to dry wet over-trousers. It was also good to see a broad range of breakfasts being cooked, from porridge oats, to rice porridge, to baked beans on toast - all prepared on their trangia cooking stoves.

“Well done” to all the girls who took part, and a big “thank you” as ever to DofE veterans, Mr Glazebrook and Mr Warren; helpers, Mr Marshall, Mrs Maimi and Mr Cowan; the Housekeeping team for keeping doors open and facilities stocked; and the Catering team for their fantastic take-aways and breakfast bacon butties - which caused not a little envy amongst the girls cooking their pasta and noodles.

The three-day Assessed Silver Expedition is scheduled to take place on Ashdown Forest during Activities Week, and that will then conclude the Bronze and Silver DofE season for this year.

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

Intermediate Biology Challenge

Our Year 12 Biologists took part in the Intermediate Biology Olympiad last week. The competition consisted of a one-hour paper with questions on topics the girls had covered at GCSE and in their first year of A Level. It also tested their problem-solving skills and understanding of core principals.

After a difficult year, I am very pleased to report that Victoria and Jemima won Gold Awards (only 5% of entrants achieve this level of award); Ewa achieved a Silver Award, and Lucia won a Bronze Award.  The Gold Award winners will be invited to take part in a special day run by the Field Studies Council in October. Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Mrs Jocelyn Mahon, Head of Science


Japanese Club

In our final Japanese Club session, students tried on the yukata, an item of clothing still very popular with girls in Japan. You will often see girls wearing the yukata at summer festivals, so it seemed only right to learn how to wear one, and how to tie the obi. By the end of the session, girls were able to tie the obi in only a minute, while simultaneously eating Japanese snacks! 

The Club has been great fun and I hope that the students who have come and learned some Japanese will be able to continue in the future.

Gambatte kudasai!

Ms Amy Doy, Teacher of English and Extra-Curricular Activities Co-ordinator


British Sign Language Course

On Wednesday, a group of girls doing BSL Club had a Q&A with Marcel, our BSL teacher. Much insightful information was shared both about signing and the deaf community, as well as some of the struggles faced by people living with hearing loss.

We have been having BSL lessons every Wednesday for eight weeks which has been thoroughly enjoyable, and useful for gaining knowledge of signs and the grammar of sign language.

On Wednesday Marcel told us about deaf schools, the problem of captions in films and accessible cinemas, sign languages around the world, and his personal views of using sign. It was very interesting to hear about growing up deaf and with deaf parents.

We have certainly learnt a lot during the introductory BSL course, and hope to see more people learning BSL next year!

Year 13 Emmaline

Mia Chops for Charity

“Well done” to Year 11 Mia who has cut her hair off to raise funds for the Little Princess Trust. Mia, who had been growing her hair for six months, had it cut at home two weeks ago by her friends.

She said: “I decided to donate my hair as I think it is great that the Little Princess Trust provides wigs to children with cancer free of charge, and wanted to support the cause myself by donating my hair, and also by setting up a fundraiser that supports the charity.”

If you would like to support Mia’s efforts, please click here.

Thank you.

Mrs Jodi Stone, Head of Middle School


PE Department Update

You only live once, but you get to serve twice!
A huge congratulations to the U15A Aegon Tennis team on their flawless victory against Roedean last week. Captain Iona had a closely fought match in which she managed to pip her opponent to the post in a tie break. She then went on to the doubles match with her partner Liv, where both fought back from being 5-2 down to winning 7-5. Another huge congratulations to Sophie and Zoe who comfortably won both their singles and doubles. An outstanding way to end what has been a fantastic Tennis term! 

A week full of Sixes  
(Six balls per over, six Cricket matches played, and a few sixes being smashed over the boundary)  

Lower School fixture v Sevenoaks  
Last week saw our Lower School cricketers playing in a new team combining Years 7 and 8 to create 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams against Sevenoaks School. 
The 4th Team had a fantastic friendly fixture, with both schools encouraging each other. Despite some great bowling and Catherine hitting some big sixes, they sadly missed out on the win. 
The 3rd Team did extremely well and won their fixture by an impressive 10 wickets. 
The 2nd Team had a nail-biter of a last over, with Year 8 Ines and Year 7 Matilda coming in to bat under immense pressure as they chased the winning target. Unfortunately, they fell one run short and lost the game 272-273. 
The 1st Team had a strong game but sadly lost 291-315 on this occasion. 

U15A and B fixture v Burgess Hill  
The U15A Team took the win with some fantastic batting that took the Burgess Hill team by surprise. Our girls were unpredictable in their ball placement by playing shots both on the off side and leg side, with fantastic power hitting from Bella and Liv. The girls also produced a tidy bowling display and gave away very few extra runs. The whole team fielded with tenacity and did not allow Burgess Hill to accumulate many runs.  

The U15B Team had a great fielding day against Burgess Hill with notable performances from Bella who demonstrated quick reactions, and Scarlett who bowled really well for two overs and did not concede any extras (no balls or wides). “Well done” to Yaa, Echo, Scarlett, Maddie and Maria who all hit fours, but the partnership of the game went to Ava and Yaa for scoring 15 off the bat. Unfortunately, they did not get the win this time but it was a close match nonetheless with a final score of 251 –262. 

Saturday 20th June U15B v Hurst  
Despite some nerves, the U15B Team did themselves proud against an experienced B team from Hurst. Rachel, Esme, and Emma all bowled with pinpoint accuracy down the strip and took wickets for the team. Unfortunately, with some tight fielding from Hurst and a few communication mishaps, our final score was 236 to Hurst’s 282.  Congratulations to Esme and Emma who were nominated Batter and Bowler of the Match by the opposition. 

U14A (Hardball) and U14B (Softball) v Hurst  
This was an exciting fixture for our Year 9s with a number of girls playing in their first hard ball fixture. Miss Starr reported that they put in a gutsy performance and only lost by 26 runs to an extremely experienced Hurst Team. Annie captained the side well, as well as leading by example by giving away minimal runs in her three overs. Maddie and Helena got the run chase off to a flier, but a quick flurry of wickets saw us lose momentum and confidence and the chase became too much. A special mention must go to Zara who kept wicket for the first time and gave away minimal byes. Final Score 95 to 117.  

U14B:  Izzy led the 14B Team to victory, showing great leadership skills by keeping the team loud and supportive throughout the game. The team then went on to win, beating Hurst by six runs. Molly and Francesca made a fantastic partnership and scored 19 runs. A special mention must go to Molly who dominated the bowling and gained an impressive five wickets. Three of these came in the last over, which ultimately contributed to Mayfield suffocating Hurst’s score and winning. The final score was 236 to 242.  

Miss Sophie Auer, Teacher of PE

Watch out for Mrs Gibson at Wimbledon!

Tennis fans should keep an eye out for Mrs Gibson at Wimbledon this year as she will be line umpiring! 

Mayfield Census 2021

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


Mrs Sally Howie, Teacher of Maths

Emails from School

The address from which emails generated by our School database (SIMS) are sent is changing. From some time during the first week of July it will be 8456035@sims-communications.co.uk. Please add this address to your safe senders list to ensure you still receive important communications including School Reports, Public Examination results, the E-weekly and some letters. Incoming emails from you may already be sent to this new address. These will be received into our system and forwarded to the appropriate person within School.

Note that the current address: 8456035@capita-intouch.co.uk will cease to work for any emails being sent into school from the end of July.

Thank you.
Mrs Heather Kiddle, SIMS and IT Applications Manager

Library Notices

Carnegie Book Club
Members of the Carnegie Book Club enjoyed hot chocolate and cake while watching the 2021 Carnegie Medal Award’s ceremony, which they shadow every year.  They thought that the winner ‘Look Both Ways’ by Jason Reynolds was an unexpected choice as their preferred title was ‘The Fountains of Silence’, an historical novel by Ruta Sepetys which considers the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.

To find out more about the Carnegie Medal, please click here.

Many thanks to Mrs Clarkson-Hope and her team for supplying delicious treats for Carnegie Book Club all year. 

Mrs Julie Gabriel and Mrs Lucinda Misiewicz


OC News

OC Alice Sampson (Class of 2013) has launched a family-run business, Pinehurst Pesto, during lockdown. She talks about what inspired her to set up this exciting new project: 

I was lucky enough to attend Mayfield between 2006 and 2013 and I very much enjoyed creative subjects and sport. Following A Levels in Ceramics, PE, Drama and Chemistry, I went on to attend London College of Fashion to study Cordwainers Shoe Design, with internships at Sheerluxe Magazine, Camilla Elphick and Tada & Toy. This led me on to work at Storm Models as a Talent Agent, managing content creators and attending fashion events.  

Once lockdown hit, I began thinking about what I really loved doing, and had been thinking about doing for a couple of years, which was to turn our much-loved family homemade basil pesto recipe into a brand.  

In October 2020, I sat down each evening and did little bits to create ‘Pinehurst Pesto’ such as sourcing ingredients, label design, delivery boxes, and setting up social media accounts. A good old OC friend of mine, Alison Lee, kindly designed the labels for us, capturing the style I wanted to achieve.  

By November, we were ready to launch Pinehurst Pesto - www.pinehurstpesto.co.uk - and I now run the company with my boyfriend Harry, and we sell jars of pesto at Weekend Farmers’ Markets in Steyning (West Sussex), King John’s Nursery (East Sussex), Tunbridge Wells Pantiles (Kent), and Danefold (West Sussex). We are also expanding to attend London Farmers’ Markets from July. 

If you would like to order a jar, please email alice@pinehurstpesto.co.uk for further details. 

Thank you.
Alice Sampson


From the School Shop

Lost Property
Please see below Lost Property handed into the School Shop recently. If you think any of it is yours then please come and collect it.
Thank you.

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


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