Students and staff at Mayfield School have done a fantastic job of embracing new technology over the last year during the pandemic. With pupils logging into each class in line with the normal timetable for face-to-face lessons with their individual subject teachers, chatting to each other, and completing work tasks online, life in the Mayfield community has continued ‘almost’ as normal for the girls.
They say necessity is the mother of invention and this has led to some popular new academic and co-curricular activities. ‘Cooking with Ms Theobald’ has become a regular feature, vying with ‘Saturday Kitchen’ for the girls’ attention, whilst the PE department have given Joe Wicks a run for his money. Meanwhile, online collaboration tools have allowed the girls to complete project work and they have showed considerable prowess in filming, recording and photographing their work, which has allowed the creative subjects such as Drama, Music and Creative Arts to continue to flourish.
Feedback from parents has been very positive and they have welcomed the stability provided to their daughters by the familiar structure of the school day at this very uncertain time. Girls have remained productive during the day and, just as importantly, have maintained close contact with their teachers and friends, wherever they are in the world. At Mayfield we endeavour to live by our motto of ‘Actions Not Words’ in all areas of school life and with this in mind our girls are taking part in 'Lockdown Listening' in order to reach out to the lonely and more isolated members of our community.
Annabel Bunce, Director of Studies
Mayfield has an excellent reputation for nurturing the curiosity and intellect of our students and providing them with the opportunity to discover and develop their talents. The girls are continuing to enjoy a wide range of activities and clubs as part of our online learning offer. Below is a list of clubs and activities that are running online at the moment.
CREST Gold Awards
|Tuesday||Mayfield Theatre Company
Year 11 Biology Clinic
GCSE & A Level Art Workshops
|Wednesday||Chemistry A Level Clinic
Oxbridge Reading Group
Music Scholars’ Workshop
Art Scholars’ Workshop
GCSE & A Level Art Workshops
Senior STEM Club
Textiles A Level Studio Time
|Thursday||Biology A Level Clinic
Bronze D of E
Silver D of E
Drama Scholars’ Workshop
GCSE and A Level Art Workshops
Model United Nations
Middle School STEM Club
Pastoral Support and Spiritual Support
Mayfield is a school built on the principle of trust and respect for every member of the community. We teach our girls to be supportive of one another, and during lockdown this is more important than ever.
We are continuing to hold whole school assemblies on a weekly basis in order to help students feel connected to the wider School community.
The girls have regular Tutor time throughout the week, providing each student with the opportunity to engage with her Tutor. This contact enables Tutors to understand and evaluate how each student is progressing with remote learning and to support them individually as appropriate.
Our Lay Chaplain, Mr Ronan Lavery, runs year-group Liturgy sessions on Teams each week, and a daily virtual Rosary Service is offered to all members of the School community.
Ronan hosts weekly virtual ‘drop in sessions’ for girls who want to check in with the Chaplaincy. He is also leading our Lockdown Listening project , where girls are reaching out to people within the community who may be lonely and in need of some contact during the current restrictions.