E-weekly Issue 183

The U15 Netball Team at a tournament at Lingfield on Thursday

Message from Mrs Green 

A warm welcome back to the Mayfield Community. I hope you all enjoyed your break over the holidays and were able to spend time with family and friends. In assembly this week I spoke to the girls about resilience and dealing with ups and downs in life and shared 6 tips on how to feel more in control and cope with challenges. The 6 tips are:
1. Enjoy yourself
2. Boost your self-esteem
3. Choose a well-balanced diet
4. Exercise
5. Get enough sleep
6. Talk and share

January is always a difficult month and those 6 tips help to remind us of how to look after ourselves. We continue through tutor time and Lifeskills to share with the girls different skills to develop their resilience. I would like thank all parents who completed the Lifeskills questionnaire. Your responses were very useful and we have included some of your suggestions in our new programme.

Today we celebrate Cornelia Connelly’s birthday and we gave thanks for her in Mass, and for her continued inspiration. Next week we look forward to our first Caedmon drama production of the school year, with the Y11 and Y12 girls performing Blue Stockings. Parents and guardians of the performers are welcome to attend Friday's show at 7pm.

Finally, a thank you to everyone for your kind donations during Live Crib to the Crowborough Foodbank and The Hygiene Bank.

Mayfield get back on court!

The Sports' department kicked off Netball term with pre-season training for Years 9-13 on Monday. The girls were put through their paces learning our new Mayfield warm-up and working hard on drills focusing on footwork and catching on the move.  There was an excellent representation of girls across the age groups and although it was a little chilly the sun shone! Miss Auer and Miss Jones have been working hard over the holidays on our netball coaching to ensure we start to build the core skills and the ‘Mayfield way’ right through the year groups. On Wednesday afternoon it was the turn of Lower School - we are lucky to have 6 netball courts side by side which is just about enough space to house our entire lower school for Netball. This allowed us to introduce Netball to all the girls together.  

With little time to prepare, the Year 10 team travelled to Lingfield on Thursday for a highly competitive Netball tournament. The squad of 9 girls travelled with Mrs Fletcher and Miss Auer and played 6 games in their section. They were unsuccessful in securing a place in the semi-finals, coming 4th out of 6. However, the progression they made from game 1 to 6 means a very exciting future for this group of players. An entirely new group of girls who have never played competitive netball together showed great resilience, teamwork and impressive spells of play throughout the day. 

The senior teams kick off their competitive season this weekend. Our 1st team is travelling on Friday evening to Roedean for the first cup match of the term and then 5 senior teams from Year 11 upwards are playing Lancing College at home on Saturday afternoon, starting at 14:00. Spectators are welcome and we would love to have some support. Please remember to remain outside of the courts and to keep all dogs on a lead. 

Mrs Georgina Fletcher, Director of Sport 

Froghole Farm

The Year 12s are continuing their enrichment session at Froghole Farm. This week Sarah, Hermione and Maddy helped to feed the pigs and calves. Farmer Guy explained how milk produced on the farm is sent to a local dairy for specialist cheese making and the whey bi-product is returned to the farm to feed the pigs. Guy favours the Saddle Back and Oxford Sandy breeds of pigs which are slower growing but hardier for outdoor rearing. They also learnt about the digestive systems of cows, including the 4 different stomachs and the importance of giving weaning calves the current nutrients.

Mrs Rachel Davies


Poetry Please

The English Department is delighted to announce their own version of ‘Poetry Please’ where each half term girls (and staff) are encouraged to work on creating their own poems following either a theme or poetic style.


Thank you from The Hygiene Bank & Crowborough Foodbank

Y12 Sissy, who organised the recent collection of essential household items for the Hygiene Bank’s Christmas appeal, shared this lovely note of thanks from the team at the Hygiene Bank:

“I wanted to drop you a note to thank you and your classmates for the amazing donations to the Hygiene Bank. I was utterly blown away by the amount and the quality of the items which you all donated - it came to over 80kg in total - seriously impressive!

We will be distributing the items to a number of community larders across the course of the week. I know that the products will be gratefully received and make a huge differently to families in need this Christmas.”

We also received this note of thanks from Nicky at Crowborough  Foodbank: “This morning your Chaplain, Ronan, dropped off a large amount of food at the Crowborough Foodbank. We would like to thank you very much indeed for the very generous donation.” 

Ballet exam results

Many congratulations to all the girls for their fantastic ballet exam results, as follows:

Cecchetti Ballet, Standard  6 
Distinction - Abigail R
High Merit - Alice P, Maria B 
Merit - Janice C, Meri V, Amelia A, Cecily L 

Cecchetti Ballet, Standard 5 
Distinction - Grace W, Annabelle G 
Merit - Lydia M

Anita Gunn, Ballet Teacher

Physics Olympiad

Congratulations to the Y13 girls who recently took part in the first round of the British Physics Olympiad. The results were outstanding and Victoria B has been invited to participate in Round 2, for an opportunity to represent the UK in the International Olympiad!

Victoria B – Top Gold
Valeria B - Gold
Victoria D- Bronze

Darragh Corvan, Head of Physics

News from the Chaplaincy

Reflection on 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

This Sunday’s second reading, from the First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians, is a wonderful reminder of the unique qualities we each have as individuals. The Apostle Paul, writing to the Christian community at Corinth (Greece), is writing to a divided community full of jealousies and conflicts. He begins his letter by rebuking his intended audience, asking them: Is Christ divided?

St Paul’s wish is for the Corinthian community to be united and at peace with each other, but he does not ignore their differences. On the contrary, their distinct gifts are for Paul a source of celebration. St Paul reminds us that God does not want us to be carbon copies of one another, each with the same qualities and characteristics. God wants us to be ourselves, with our own unique skills, personalities and attributes.

It is often tempting in life to compare ourselves to others. Perhaps your friend did better in an exam than you, or perhaps they are better at sport, or maths, or languages. St Paul reminds us that there is little good to come from envying the gifts of others; what matters is what we do with our own unique gifts. St Paul does not urge us to become successful, or powerful, or rich; instead, he exhorts us to use our gifts to help and be of service to others.

All of our gifts, distinct and individual as they are, are gifts from the Holy Spirit. They are not to be a source of boasting and envy but rather rejoicing and thanksgiving. We should be grateful not only for our gifts but also, and perhaps especially, for the gifts of our friends and families.

This Second Sunday in Ordinary Time let us take a few minutes to reflect on how we are using our own gifts. Are we using them to show off and to make others feel small? Or are we instead using them to help others and to lift them and ourselves up?

Miss Kathleen McCulloch, St Dunstan’s Assistant Housemistress

News from the School Shop

Welcome back, we hope you all had a restful and fun holiday.

Lost Property
There are a large amount of pairs of un-named school shoes and other items outside the school shop. If you have lost anything, please come and look to see if anything is yours.

In the shop we also have a large amount of glasses and jewellery left over from last term. Please can you come and collect if any item is yours. Items not collected by the end of January will be donated to charity or disposed of.

Thank you.
Mrs Susan Bowles, School Shop Manager

OC News

Update from OC, Mary Cameron, Class of 1965:
After 2 years of being unable to run Noah’s Camp we are running again! Dates are 15th -19th August 2022. Come and join us for an amazingly blessed time! Please put the date in your diaries and tell your friends and families to do the same. There will be something for everyone: inspiring talks in our blue and white stripy tent, workshops, craft tent, fun family times, quiet prayer in our prayer tent. Food on-site will include Tomaz with his coffee bike, pizzas, ice creams and much more. More details will be announced soon but for now - save the date!

Noah's Camp

Social media guides

We often hear from parents that they do not always know themselves about the apps that children are using and how to support their daughter in their use. SWGfL (South West Grid for Learning) has produced TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram Checklists which provide information about three of the most popular apps (being used by both primary and secondary aged children).  These checklists can be accessed here:

TikTok checklist
Snapchat checklist
Insta checklist


Date Time  Event
15/01/22 08:30 -09:00 11+ Creative Scholarship Assessments
15/01/22 12:30 - 14:30 Year 12 ESOL International Lunch  
16/01/22 11:30 - 12:30 Sunday Mass 
16/01/22 13:30 - 17:30 Caedmon technical rehearsal 
17/01/22 all day Caedmon dress rehearsal 
17/01/22 08:20 - 08:55 Full Competitive House Meetings 
17/01/22 15:35 - 16:30 Y12 Geography field trip 
18/01/22 18:00 - 18:45 Cricket & Netball Tours Presentation 
19/01/22 12:15 - 19:00 U15 Lady Taverners Indoor County Cricket Tournament - Bedes
20/01/22 08:20 - 08:55 Y7-13 Life Skills
20/01/22 14:40 - 16:45 Matinee - Caedmon: Blue Stockings - Y7  to watch
20/01/22 16:45 - 18:00 Scholars' Tea 
20/01/22 19:00 - 21:00 Caedmon: Blue Stockings - staff & girls
21/01/22 08:20 - 08:55 Inter-House Debating - Round 1 
21/01/22 13:40 - 14:30 Y13 Inter-House - GKQ
21/01/22 19:00 - 21:00 Caedmon: Blue Stockings - families of girls in show can attend


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. 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 – 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