E-weekly Issue 169

Sponsored walk for The Anthony Nolan Trust

Today the girls in Years 7,8,9, 10 and 12 completed a 5k sponsored walk to raise money for The Anthony Nolan Trust. The route was a circular walk around Mayfield across the beautiful High Weald countryside. The weather was great and the girls and staff enjoyed the outing. To date almost £1,500 has been raised for the charity. If you would like to add your own donation please click on the link below.

Mayfield Charity Walk for The Anthony Nolan Trust

The Witches

Mayfield Theatre Company is our in-house theatre company for Years 7 and 8 (Juniors), and Years 9 and 10 (Seniors). This is a prelude to Caedmon, the traditional Drama association for Years 11, 12 and 13 since the 1920's.

Our aim is to develop and build skills that can be used both on and off the stage, resulting in productions taking place in the Spring or Summer term. Participants meet once a week throughout the whole academic year and pupils can be a part of performance, lighting and sound, stage management, costume and makeup, and front of house. 

Last week, Mayfield Theatre Company Juniors performed Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ in our Concert Hall to a small audience of Year 7 and 8 colleagues (unfortunately we were unable to welcome parents due to current restrictions). Please sit back and enjoy our recording of the production.

WAtch 'the witches'

Mrs Sally Gerstmeyer, Head of Drama

Lower School Shakespeare Day

“This green plot shall be our stage…”

We were thrilled to welcome 2 Metre Theatre to School on Thursday 1st July for Lower School’s Shakespeare Day. First we were superbly entertained by the ‘Shakespeare Off By Heart’ Year 7 and 8 Final. There were many excellent performances. Eleanor won Year 7 Best Individual for a moving Caliban, and Allegra and Annalise Year 7 Best Group as comic and competitive Puck and Fairy. In Year 8 Anna played two roles and won Best Individual as Malvolio and then a witch, with Year 8 Best Group going to an excellent quartet of Claudia, Ilaria, Skye and Julie as the fighting lovers from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Leo, Director of 2 Metre Theatre and our judge, said how touching and clever these performances were.

There followed an energising workshop and a challenging Shakespeare Quiz, won by the ‘Greasy Citizens’ team of Willow, Tamsin and Millie.

Finally, all were transported by the performance of ‘Bottom’s Dream’ by 2 Metre Theatre, amidst the birdsong and greenery, on Chapel Lawn. The girls enjoyed the comic and beautiful play, and were impressed by the quick costume changes.

It was a lovely way to end the term and proof that the show must and shall go on!

Miss Joanna Staunton, Head of English

Year 10 Shakespeare Off By Heart Finals

Despite various last minute challenges, all of Year 10 gathered to watch the final four groups perform last Friday in the Concert Hall.

Four scenes from Macbeth were delivered brilliantly by Cosima, Erica, Evelyn and Annabel (Annabel stood in at the last minute!); Tilly and Cecily; Matilda and Sophie; Lizzie and Yaa.

Mrs Junemann was our judge and she was impressed by the high standard of all the performances, giving lots of very positive feedback to all the groups.

However, the top prize was given to Lizzie and Yaa for their superb portrayals of Lord and Lady Macbeth. They held the audience captive and created such an air of tension, using the space cleverly, and delivering their lines with force and conviction.

Many congratulations to Lizzie and Yaa.

Mrs Jane Leslie, Teacher of English


Mayfield Radio

In the final episode of Mayfield Radio for 2020/2021, the girls looked at the support available for mental health issues, our impact on the planet, a sweet review and the Queen. You can listen to it here.
Listen to Mayfield Radio
If you have something you would like us to feature in September or to find out how you get involved in Mayfield Radio, please get in touch at mayfieldgirlsradio@mayfieldgirls.org
Mrs Lynette Le Riche, Teacher of Music

Year 7 Muslim Festivals Project

Mrs Kimber’s Year 7 RS students have been researching Muslim festivals and created a PowerPoint presentation to show to the rest of the class. They brought the festival of Lailat al Qadr to life by including different creative activities that Muslims take part in during this celebration. They also brought in food that is enjoyed during this special time.

Allegra, Eloise, Holly and Hebe have written about their presentation:
As a group, we created a presentation about a Muslim festival called Lailat al Qadr. We really enjoyed doing this project because there were lots of different parts to it. We created a PowerPoint with information about the importance of the festival and how it is celebrated in different parts of the world. We also asked everyone to participate in a creative element such as creating origami of crescent moons, art, and a quiz.

We brought in little green desserts and a Ramadan flat bread for everyone to try.  We all worked very well together and enjoyed watching the other groups’ projects.  Overall, the project was very successful for everyone. Everyone really appreciated learning and taking part in the different aspects of the festival and most of all, we loved trying the different traditional foods!

Mrs Clarizza Kimber, Teacher of Religious Studies


Year 12 Physics Tutors

Year 12 students Victoria, Valeria and Victoria have been running Physics Clinics for girls who joined us in Year 10, to help them catch up with Year 9 work. The Upper Sixth girls are great ambassadors for Physics with their obvious passion for the subject and they are excellent teachers, pitching the sessions well with the girls and going through exam questions.

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


British Physics Olympiad

Year 13 Helena and Year 11s Avery, Mia, and Christina received a Bronze Award from the British Physics Olympiad Experimental project. 

This work was carried out under lockdown and the girls had to obtain data regarding the property of water waves. They cleverly used some kitchen utensils to complete the task.  

Well done all!
Dr Darragh Corvan, Head of Physics

New Charity & Community Prefect

Hi! I’m Saibh and I’m the new Charity and Community Prefect for next year! I would like to thank the Cornelian Association for their incredibly generous £1,000 donation for WEFA, the Water & Education for Africa charity which we began supporting last year. Their continued support is incredible, and the School wouldn’t be able to support the charities so well without them.

As we move into the next academic year, I’m excited to work with everyone to raise as much money as possible for the charities we’ve supported before, as well as YoungMinds, the charity voted for by the students to raise money for next year.

Year 12 Saibh

Silver DofE Assessed Expedition

Two nights, three days, 45 kilometres, 54 aching feet.

Many congratulations to the Year 10 and 11 girls who successfully undertook their Silver DofE expedition on Ashdown Forest earlier this week. Starting at Eridge Station, the groups covered large sections of the Forest during their expedition, overnighting first north of Hartfield and then in Broadstone Warren, before finishing in the village of Fairwarp. They had plotted their routes along quiet leafy lanes, fields, tracks, woodland and open heathland – and a very large golf course, which turned out to be a nemesis to challenge the skills of even the best navigators.

However, there was no heatwave to contend with this time and the girls discovered two things: waterproofs seldom live up to their name, and singing is a good way to make hills seem shorter and keep spirits up, particularly in the rain. The hills really were alive with the sound of music as the groups sang their way through an eclectic repertoire of Abba’s Greatest Hits and Mayfield Greatest Hits, ‘Be Thou My Vision’ being a particular DofE favourite!

Having dodged the thunder and lightning on Day 1, Day 2 saw five hours of relentless heavy rain, all afternoon and into the evening, and the girls arrived in camp completely soaked. They then had to pitch their tents and cook their evening meal before making final preparations for their expedition presentations later that night. However, with true Mayfield resilience, a bowl of pasta (or two) and a cup of hot chocolate later, the girls bounced back and each group gave the DofE staff very lively presentations ranging from the flora and fauna of Ashdown Forest, to the physical and emotional challenges of the expedition.

Day 3: the home stretch. Although there were blisters and aching limbs, and rucksacks made heavy by sodden tents and wet clothing, the end was in sight. Team Grapes were up and out of camp before 08:30 and powered along, just as they had the previous two days. Pink Ladies were in no mood to hang around either, while Dolphins and Doritos decided to enjoy the last day with a more leisurely approach. All the groups did fantastically well to complete this expedition and we look forward to seeing some of them at Gold Award level.

Thank you to the staff helpers on this expedition: Mr Rich, Mrs Nicoll, Mr Cowan, Mrs Maimi, Dr Reijers and Mrs Bunce. And my thanks as ever to my DofE team – Mr Glazebrook, Mr Warren and Mrs Williams – who have, both literally and metaphorically, been with me every step of the way as we planned and ran the four DofE expeditions. It has been quite a marathon, but we are delighted we have been able to support almost 100 girls through their Bronze and Silver Practice and Assessed expeditions this term.

As a farewell to this year’s DofE expeditions and the groups who made them so special, here are a few final words from the girls themselves - pearls of wisdom which they have learned along the way and would like to pass on:
·       Make use of all the resources available to you
·       Teamwork is tough but it works so persevere
·       Look at the detail, but don’t forget the big picture
·       You don’t know as many words to ‘Mamma Mia’ as you think you do
·       You can never have enough blister plasters
·       Don’t pitch your tent on an ants’ nest

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

From the Chaplaincy

Prayer at the end of the School Year
Lord and Teacher,
Bless all at this school
As we seek to end our year
With the grace you so generously provide.

We give thanks for the students
And the faculty, the staff,
And all who have contributed
To this year of nurturing and growth.

We affirm all the positive moments,
Of insight, of the excitement of learning,
Of accomplishment, of creativity,
Of laughter, of a sense of community.

We recognise the times of struggle,
Of difficult work, of misunderstanding,
Even of failure - we give these
To you for transformation,
So they can become seeds
That will find fertile soil.

As we head into the summer,
May we take with us
The knowledge that
You will keep us all
In your embrace so
We may rest and be restored
And so we can continue in
The ongoing discovery
of your Love.

(Author unknown)

We wish you all a happy, holy, peaceful, and restful Summer break. We will continue here to pray for safe travels, gorgeous weather and lots of laughter for all our students and staff. God bless, and we’ll see you in September!

Mr Ronan Lavery, Lay Chaplain

OC News

Many congratulations to OC Hilary McElwaine whose latest book ‘Hell Unearthed’ is due to be published on 1st September.

Hilary, who was was born in Horsham, West Sussex in 1972, attended Mayfield before going on to read French and Italian at Oxford. She spent a year living in Siena where she furthered her Italian studies, enjoying the art and architecture on offer throughout Tuscany. A highlight of life in Siena was the build-up to the Palio, a bareback horse race between the town’s 17 ‘contrade’ around the central Piazza del Campo.

On graduating, Hilary spent ten years working in the City in investment banking until the arrival of her first children, twins who arrived ten weeks early. She wrote a book about her experience with prematurity and the proceeds went to support the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Neonatal Unit who looked after the twins for seven weeks while they were in intensive care. She dedicated herself to their early years and then qualified as a teacher of French and Italian, teaching in both primary and secondary schools for ten years.

Hilary worked on Rory Stewart’s London Mayoral campaign, which was stalled by Covid-19, and at that point decided to start on a long-planned project to bring Dante to a wider audience by writing ‘Hell Unearthed’.

Hilary lives in Wandsworth with her husband, Simon, and their three children, Ollie, Clarissa and Hugo.


Mayfield Census 2021

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

Mrs Sally Howie, Teacher of Maths

PE Department Update

A race to the end of term
Having initially been postponed due to the wet weather, our annual Inter-House Athletics took place last Thursday. The delay did not dampen the girls’ enthusiasm, and the PE Department is very proud of how the girls performed and supported each other throughout the afternoon.

The Year 12s set a high standard with their constant encouragement and enthusiasm for their houses. They participated in a wide range of events, and helped out with the team sheets and the running of the field events. A big ‘thank you’ to them all and especially to our new House Captains Victoria, Bronwyn, Katherine and Dii Dii.

The girls enjoyed some closely fought field events, with many of the girls winning with their last throws and jumps. This was followed by some nail-biting performances on the track. It was great to see so many girls step out of their comfort zone to take part in the slightly more ‘unpopular’ races, in order to secure points for their respective houses.

Many congratulation to Glennie, who won both Inters and Juniors, and a big ‘thank you’ to all the staff who came down to help ensure the smooth running of the afternoon.

Well done all!

An Ace week
Well done to all the players who participated in this year’s Inter-House Tennis Doubles Tournament. There were some great performances, and some long fought games! I would like to mention how well our team tennis players took responsibility, and helped those who were newer to the game! The final winners are as follows:

Year 7 – Astor (Hebe and Eloise)
Year 8 – Curie (Julie and Flora)
Year 9 – Bronte (Ollie and Freya)
Year 10 – Curie (Ella and Sophie)
Year 12 – Glennie (Victoria & Valeria)


Over n Out
The U13A Cricket team played a close match against Vinehall. They batted well, and ran hard to push lots of single runs. Even with many boundaries, it was sadly not enough to take the win. Well done to all involved. 

Miss Imogen Jones, Teacher of PE

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

We hope you have a wonderful Summer and look forward to seeing you again in September


Date Time  Event
05/09/21 10:00 - 11:30 Year 7 new boarders arrive between 10:00-11:30
05/09/21 11:30 - 12:30 Year 8 new boarders arrive between 11:30-12:30
05/09/21 12:00 - 12:00 Year 12&13 new boarders arrive at 12:00
05/09/21 14:00 - 15:00 Returning Year 8 boarders arrive between 14:00-15:00
06/09/21 All day Start of Autumn Term 
06/09/21 11:15 - 12:10 Year 11-13  Induction Mass - Chapel
06/09/21 16:45 - 18:00 Activities Fair - A2 - Cloister and Courtyard
06/09/21 17:15 - 17:15 Minibuses leave at 17:15
07/09/21 - 10/09/21 4 days Year 13 Autumn exams
07/09/21 09:00 - 10:00 Year 7-10 lnduction Mass - Chapel
07/09/21 09:00 - 10:00 Year 12 Elevate session
07/09/21 10:15 - 11:15 Year 10 Elevate Session
07/09/21 17:15 - 17:15 Minibuses leave at 17:15
08/09/21 10:00 - 14:30 Individual Pupil and Staff Photos - Bentleys
10/09/21 17:00 - 19:00 ESOL Games and Activities followed by Dinner - Courtyard


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:
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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

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