E-weekly Issue 176

Message from Mrs Green

As this busy half term draws to a close, and the girls look forward to spending time with family and friends over the break, I would like to express my thanks for all the kind messages and support we have received over the last week.  Unfortunately, Covid has affected a number of girls in Year 11 and a few girls in other year groups as well, and I wish them a speedy recovery.  Since we were stricter in School than the government recommended, we were able to slow down the spread and hopefully half term will act as a circuit breaker.  Please could I ask that the girls continue to test twice weekly over half term and if you need more kits, please order them here.

In order to continue to minimise the risk of infection after half term, we will continue to ask the girls and staff to wear masks on School transport and also in School.  Parents of girls aged 12-15 will have received a letter from the NHS regarding the vaccine programme that they will run at School in November. Please find a joint letter from the Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care here.

The girls are continuing to rehearse for the Caedmon theatre production of Blue Stockings. Please note the date has now been changed from 18/19 November to 20/21 January. I hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be an entertaining evening.

I wish you all a peaceful half term and look forward to seeing the boarders on their return on Sunday 7th November and the rest of the School on Monday 8th November.

Mrs Niamh Green, Acting Headmistress

Mayfield MESSy Honey

We have a very limited number of jars of Mayfield honey for sale in the School Office. If you would like to purchase a jar of this delicious honey, made by our very own bees, please contact the School Office. The jars are priced at £10 each and all proceeds go towards the upkeep of our bee colony.

Thank you.

MESSy (Mayfield Environmental and Sustainability Society)

Foundation Day

Last Friday the whole School enjoyed celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the founding of the SHCJ with a host of special events and activities.

The day began with Mass which was followed by a series of Inter-House activities including Music, Hockey, Debating and a General Knowledge Quiz. There was also a blessing of St Cecilia’s, followed by the planting of a beautiful cherry tree, gifted to the School by Sister Jean and Sister Maria of the SHCJ, to commemorate the anniversary.

Inter-House Music
As always, Inter-House Music was a fun and highly competitive experience with the girls competing in a number of different categories. The overall results were as follows:

1st: Curie 87/100
2nd: Bronte 82/100
3rd: Astor 81/100
4th: Glennie 79/100
Junior Vocal Winner: Ioanna (Astor)
Junior Instrumental Winner: Daphne (Curie)
Senior Vocal Winner: Chloe (Glennie)
Senior Instrumental Winner: Cherrie (Curie)
Ensemble: Curie

Inter-House General Knowledge Quiz
The Inter-House General Knowledge Quiz involved year group teams competing against each other to answer the most correct questions and the winners are as follows:

Year 7: Curie
Year 8: Bronte
Year 9: Bronte
Year 10: Astor
Year 11: Bronte

Well done to everyone who took part and in particular to the Year 8 Bronte team who set a new Mayfield record for the number of points scored in a single round! All scores will be added to the Year 12 and 13 rounds (which are yet to take place) so watch this space for the final overall winners after Half Term!

Inter-House Hockey
Middle School and Sixth Form hockey players took part in the highly anticipated and extremely competitive Inter-House Hockey matches in which each House played three matches. Lower School are yet to play their matches and so the final results will be revealed after Half Term.


News from The Friends and Year Reps

Year 7 Dates for the Diary:
Tuesday 16th November at 09:30 - Parents Coffee at The Pink Cabbage in Mayfield 
Thursday 25th November at 19:30 - Evening Drinks at The Sussex Arms in The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells
Thursday 16th December at 11:00 - End of Term Brunch at Eggs Eleven in The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells 

Please email Caron Williamson on caron77@hotmail.co.uk if you would like to attend any of these events.
Thank you.

Year 9 Dates for the Diary:
Friday 12th November at 09:30 - Coffee at The Pink Cabbage, Mayfield High Street.

Black History Month

Lower School History Club students researched inspirational black women across 200 years of British history for a special assembly in School last week.

Year 8s Mathilda and Ramona, and Year 7s Annette, Michelle, Deborah, Eva and Emilia, chose to talk to the girls about Mary Seacole, Ellen Craft, Fanny Eaton and Margaret Busby, and why they found these remarkable women to be so important.

Mathilda said she chose Mary Seacole because “I know the NHS is really important at the moment, and Mary’s contributions to care were really important and inspiring.”

Ramona chose Ellen Craft because “The story of how she escaped from being held as a slave is just so interesting.”

Emilia, and Sonya, who helped write our script, said they were interested in Margaret Busby because “She wants to tell the stories that nobody else would, and she wants to inspire all women.”

Miss Isabel Ewing, Teacher of History


Cornelian Lecture on Artificial Intelligence by Katie King

We were delighted to virtually welcome Katie King for a fascinating lecture on AI on Tuesday evening. If anybody would like to watch a recording of the Lecture, please click here.

Mr John Doy, Head of Sixth Form

Geography Department Update

Year 8 Trip to Ashdown Forest
Mrs Williams’ Geography pupils enjoyed an autumnal day of 'mists and mellow fruitfulness' on Ashdown Forest on Thursday 14th October.

The day was spent testing hypotheses on footpath erosion, carbon storage in pine and deciduous woodland, and species diversity in managed and unmanaged areas of heathland. In the afternoon the girls enjoyed a guided tour of the forest by a Ranger who showed us how quickly areas devastated by wildfires regenerate. The Ranger rounded off his talk by announcing it was Winnie the Pooh's 95th birthday - the same day as Jasmine who turned 13 on Thursday - there was a loud chorus of 'Happy Birthday' to conclude the day!

MESSy COP 26 Poster
Our MESSy Prefect, Daisy, has made this wonderful poster ahead of COP26 which convenes over Half Term.

Prayer for the COP26 climate summit

Loving God,
We praise your name with all you have created.

You are present in the whole universe,
and in the smallest of creatures.

We acknowledge the responsibilities you have placed upon us
as stewards of your creation.

May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26 as they
seek to embrace the changes needed to foster a more sustainable society.

Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions
for the poorest and most vulnerable,
and commit their nations to the care of Our Common Home.

We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son.


Mr Steve Gough, Head of Geography

The Woman in Black

On Thursday 14th October, Drama Department examination classes went to the Fortune Theatre to see the thriller, 'The Woman in Black' by Susan Hill, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt. The production lived up to its reputation as a tense and, at times, rather scary show. 

The production used a combination of acting techniques, along with sound and lighting effects, to create a mysterious mood and atmosphere throughout. The girls enjoyed the play immensely and have since been able to draw upon it for inspiration in their Drama classes. 

Mrs Sally Gerstmeyer, Head of Drama

Cross-Curricular Codes Day

Monday 18th October saw the launch of a new School cross-curricular programme.  The idea had originally been devised almost two years ago before lockdown. Year 8 were working in a very different way for the day, with staff feeding their specialist knowledge into the project called ‘Codes’.

The girls worked in mixed groups, starting the day with a literary themed escape room, helping Sherlock Holmes avoid his arch nemesis, Moriarty. Following this, a carousel of activities based around History, Maths and Science, as well as a fascinating introduction to British Sign Language with Marcel, really captured the girls’ imagination.  His workshop helped the girls appreciate just how dynamic and creative sign language can be.

The afternoon saw the girls making semaphore flags to send coded messages – we all certainly learned how difficult semaphore can be to send and to decode! The day ended with a big quiz, testing all the knowledge acquired during the day. The tasks were fun but the main focus was to actively develop  leadership, collaboration, time management, and task prioritisation - all essential skills for School and the wider world. 

In the coming months, all KS3 year groups will have similar opportunities on other projects such as 'The Cookie Project' with Year 7 and '21st Century Parenting' with Year 9, both happening after half term. Year 8 will have another opportunity to take part in a cross curricular day during the Spring Term.

Mrs Emma Bell, Teacher of English

PE Department Update

In addition to Inter-House Hockey, the girls have had a busy week of fixtures. 

On Wednesday, eight Lower School teams played against Lingfield College and although the results didn’t go Mayfield’s way, the girls had a great time playing what was, for many of them, their first away fixture. 

The sporting week began and ended with matches against Roedean. On Monday, our U18A team travelled to Roedean and came back with a 2-2 draw, with both goals coming from Year 12 Anabelle.

On Saturday, it was the turn of our U14 and U15 teams. The U15s hosted Roedean with the As losing 1-2 in a tightly contested game and the B’s ending a very solid performance in a 0-0 draw. 

At Roedean, the U14s braved the strong coastal wind and the occasional downpour for two very close encounters. The As drew 2-2 with both goals coming from Year 9 Ines, and despite a brilliant effort from goalkeeper Onnae, the Bs were defeated 1-0. All the girls played with great passion, pride and, most importantly, enjoyed themselves. 

Our U18A team hosted Kent College in the third round of the National Cup on Wednesday evening. The girls played some good hockey against impressive opposition and despite losing 1-4, they should be proud of how they played against a very well organised and disciplined opponent. 

Miss Emily Starr, Assistant Director of Sport



Date Time  Event
07/11/21 All day Boarders return by 18:00
08/11/21 All day Lessons begin after Half Term
08/11/21 19:30-20:30 Yoga for Dunstan's Boarders - Dance Studio
09/11/21 13:40-18:00 Year 11 Drama NEA Filming
09/11/21 19:00-20:00 Sixth Form Online Chemistry Lecture
10/11/21 All day Year 13 Art Mock Exam Day 
10/11/21 10:15-17:30 U13 Sussex Hockey Tournament - Burgess Hill
11/11/21 09:00-10:55 Year 12&13 Senior Maths Challenge
11/11/21 16:45-17:15 Year 12 Scholars' Huddle
11/11/21 18:00-20:00 Brownies Science Badge - Science Labs


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 wait for your daughter in the line of traffic but park in a space and wait for her there.
Thank you.

If your daughter is going to be absent from lessons, 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 abunce@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 - www.instagram.com/mayfieldschool
Geography - www.instagram.com/mayfieldgeographers  
Mayfield Library – https://www.instagram.com/mayfieldgirlslibraries/

School - www.facebook.com/mayfieldgirls
Alumnae - www.facebook.com/OldCornelians
Spark - www.facebook.com/MayfieldSPARKCamps

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 - @Mayfield_Sport
Mayfield Spark Camps - @MayfieldSPARKCamps                                   
Mayfield Library - @MGLibraries