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November 2018

Community Report for Governors

November 2018

To ensure the school continues to embrace and develop community links, numerous events and collaborative projects have and are being organised. In the Autumn Term, these include:

 Friends of Mayhill Pentathlon

Mayhill Pentathlon took place in September. This was led by FOMS and was a great success with a change in the activities being undertaken; in order to up the activity levels for all children! The 5 events were – Javelin (years 5 and 6), Nerf Throw (years 3 and 4), Bleep test, long jump, long distance and a water based obstacle course. The weather was a blessing to us all.

 

Gifted and Talented English workshops

In September and October, children from Year 5 and 6 were chosen to attend Maths or English Higher Achieving workshops for those children identified as working at a significantly higher ability than their peers. They got to compete in inter school events at William Cobbett Junior School. The workshop was based creative writing with the lead tutor encouraging the children to experiment with words and to be creative.  As a result their love for writing was fed. This enabled them to come away seeing how writing, and writing well, can affect their lives and lead to bigger things.  

Gifted and Talented Maths workshops

Working towards one of our school priorities has been to extend those who are above. An able writer’s workshop was organised for 3 children in year 4. With the support of a member of Mayhill staff the children attended a whole day’s session. The maths workshop was focussed through enquiry and an investigative approach to maths.

Come Dine With Me

Year 3 parents came into school to join their child for lunch. This was a great opportunity for our new, year 3 parents to find out what school dinners are like and to see how well the children at Mayhill socially interact with each other. It was a great success with a huge number of parents in attendance. A large number of year 4 parents also attended the year 4 come dine with me.

 

 

Open Morning and Afternoon for Year 2 children and Parents

Over the two sessions around 45 parents of current year 2 children came into school for a talk hosted by Mr May and tours lead by Mayhill’s School Council members from Year 3 to year 6 and by our year 6 house captains. We were delighted to hear so much positive feedback from potential parents about how efficient and informative the children had been. Parents were also delighted to see and hear such a range of subjects being taught across school.

Website Update

The school website has had new photos taken and these have now superceeded those taken when Mayhill’s new website went live approximately four years ago.  A parent of a year 6 kindly offered his time in taking the new photographs for us.

Parents Coming into School/Parental Information

Parents have enjoyed coming into school for a variety of events this term. These include:

  • Parents continuing to support the school by hearing children read
  • Parent coming into school to support with the teaching of French in year 6.
  • 2 Class Assemblies
  • Half Termly Newsletters to Parents
  • Every class hosting a Meet The Teacher meeting in September

Padres, Pastors and Parish Articles

We have continued to have support from the RAF base, All Saint’s and The Vine church with our assemblies each week. The children gain a lot from these sessions and are reflective about what they have been told and how the messages could impact on everyday life. We have also continued to submit monthly contributions to the All Saint’s Parish Magazine. We welcome back into school the Thursday lunchtime club of All Saint’s at Mayhill led by Helen Chatfield the Outreach leader for All Saint’s Church. The uptake at this club continues to draw a high level of engagement from across the years at Mayhill.

Odiham Remembrance Memorial Event

Seventy children from Years 4, 5 & 6 visited Odiham War memorial as part of a remembrance event that replicated the opening of the memorial in 1920. Some of the children had relatives who were named on the memorial. Each child was asked to lay a single poppy for each of the 69 soldiers from Odiham who lost their lives with one child laying the 70th for the Unknown Soldier. In school the classes also completed the poems started during the RAF 100 celebrations in May.

Listen to Me music sessions for year 4

These sessions have continued this term with the children learning how to drum using African drums. The children are thoroughly enjoying the sessions and high levels of engagement can be seen from both classes involved.

 

Jennifer CollinsInvictus Games

Mayhill mum, Flt Lt Jenny Collins (Retired) came into school to lead an assembly on her role and participation in the Invictus Games in Sydney where she achieved team Bronze and individual Gold in Archery. The children were inspired by her sportsmanship and the perseverance she and her fellow athletes showed in the face of adversity.

Local Schools Cluster Meetings – Moderation of Writing for Every Year Group.

All the local schools joined together to ensure that moderation of English writing was consistent across the local area. 4 schools hosted a different year group and the feedback from each of the year groups was that it was significantly beneficial and that it was great to see consistency across the local area. These cluster meetings will continue as the year progresses.

Stonehenge

In early October, Year 3 enjoyed a busy day out at Stonehenge. The day was packed full of engaging activities to build on the Stone Age learning at school. Stonehenge Staff led interactive workshops to help the children understand not only how Stonehenge was built, but also how the landscape looked back in the Neolithic period and what kinds of tools and weapons were crafted at that time. A tour of a Neolithic hut was experienced by all the children and they also go to grind grains of wheat against a stone block to make flour.  The children showed great collaboration when working as a team to weave fences using willow branches, which is exactly how Stone Age communities fenced in their animals. 

Fishbourne Palace

Year 4 ventured to Fishbourne Roman Palace in Chichester to support further their learning about the Romans. Here the children were able to make firm links in their learning through: exploring the roman gardens, watching a short film all about the history of the palace, investigated the remarkable mosaics, learnt about the underfloor heating systems they used, a workshop where they learnt about Roman life ending with lots of hands on activities to bring the Roman era to life.

Little Canada – PGL Trip for Year 5 and 6.

89 Children from years 5 and 6 ventured off to Little Canada on the Isle of Wight for 5 days in October. What a fantastic time was had by the children and staff alike. The activities proved a hit with the children especially the collaborative task (which fits in with Mayhill’s new values) on buggy building was great fun. It was also exceptionally pleasing to see how the children took on different roles compared to those they usually have in the classroom. Many a quiet leader emerged with great collaboration skills as well as showing great respect and resilience in the tasks. It was also exceptionally pleasing to have so much positive feedback about these events, being said and emailed to staff.

For example, ‘This is a quick note to thank all the teachers who made Little Canada so enjoyable and special. **** has come back, higher and happier than I would think possible’ I can’t thank the team of teachers as well as the PGL instructors enough. The hard work, long hours and intense planning (as well as the Mayhill blog) was all very much appreciated’.

A World Changing Idea – an Alternative Week to Little Canada

As the rest of Year 5 and 6 were off at PGL, the remaining 23 were kept busy as they attempted to change the world. They were challenged to invent a ‘World changing idea’ with the theme of school. They teamed up and got their thinking caps on. Ideas included: ‘Robo buddy’, a multi-functional robot friend for the playground, ‘Ultra-sole’, shoe accessories that will get you anywhere you want to go at the speed you desire and the ‘Multi Cube’, an all-in-one device that helped to keep you resourced throughout your lessons. The children achieved a huge amount throughout the week, from: ideas Jam sessions; writing, presenting and gathering customer feedback; designing and making prototypes; to finally presenting their idea and company to parents and ‘Dragons’.

Year 6 Bridge Building Lego Workshop

Year 6 took part in a DT workshop led by world recording holding company, Bright Bricks. With over 56,000 Lego bricks to play with, year 6 (along with the teachers) were in Lego building heaven. Teams of 4 were challenged with four building challenges throughout the day, each one relying on planning, construction and team work to make it successful. After instruction and guidance from our experts, including recapping the criteria of a ‘bridge’, each team went off to plan. Before they knew it, planning was over and their 20 minutes construction time had begun. It was a race to create the longest bridge. Then came the individual build – the tallest tower, which had to stand up to the poke test. 10 minutes to build went extremely quickly, with impressive results, with sturdy towers reaching 1 metre high. The afternoon focussed on the final team challenge. Teams had to show their understanding and experience from the day, to build the tallest, strongest and longest bridge.  The results of their learning showed in the children’s attitudes and final outcomes; they had acted on the advice and had clearly learned from their mistakes throughout the day. “I wish everyday could be a Lego day,” was a comment agreed with by all. “I actually can work as a team.” – yes, you can!

Clubs

17 clubs are currently in full swing this term with a take up across all school/parent run clubs of approximately 115 children.  Or across both school and externally provided clubs, approximately 150 children participating.

Mayhill Heroes?

Mayhill Heroes is a club set up by members of staff from Mayhill with close connections to RAF Odiham, who have a passion for supporting children from military families and wish to offer these children support, guidance and compassion throughout their time at Mayhill. The club will offer a range of activities designed to promote positive attitudes, encourage independence and creativity, as well as allowing the children to celebrate and be proud of their military connections. 

Events planned for later this term

  • FOMS stall at Odiham Extravaganza
  • Choir singing at Odiham Extravaganza
  • Joint Christmas Church Service with Buryfields Infant School
  • House Colour Day
  • Christmas Jumper Day
  • Listen to Me performances and Rock Steady performances planned
  • Visit by Y6 to RMS production
  • Children in Need
  • Non Uniform day for FOMS

 

July 2018

Life Education Bus – All Years

On 26th and 27th April we were pleased to welcome the Life Education mobile classroom to Mayhill.  They visit most other local Junior Schools and we were delighted to be able to bring them to our school.  The bus was visited by all years and the experienced and specially trained Educators will help children to consider the effects and risks associated with the use of drugs, including medicines, alcohol and tobacco.  In addition, children learnt about choices that can affect health and well-being, skills of friendship and how to cope with bullying and peer pressure. The Life Education Bus supported the learning in the National Curriculum around personal safety and drug education and is delivered in an age appropriate context. 

Buryfields and Mayhill Remembrance Poppy 

Both Buryfields Infant School and Mayhill joined together to create a giant human poppy on the playing fields whilst a chinook hovered overhead to take some photos of all the children from both schools.  On behalf of all the children at Mayhill, we would like to thank Mrs Flynn at Buryfields for such brilliant organisation, and the RAF for helping to create a memory that will last a lifetime.  The photo was recreated onto small notecards which were available for all children to purchase.

Transition Activities for Y2 pupils

This year, we welcomed the year 2 children from Buryfields for a range of transition opportunities from Art to PE, lunch and playtimes. The year 2 children also came to join Mayhill at our year 3 and 4 school disco.

Athletics Coaching

This term saw 4 weeks of intensive athletics coaching, one week per year group, from Ben Hazel - an international decathlete who finished in the top 4 in the Commonwealth Games 2010. Ben, with support of the class teacher, taught the children key skills in running, jumping and throwing for one hour each day over 5 days before the class teacher then continued the athletics into the rest of the term. This was all very exciting and a great use of our Sport premium money.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

Staff and outside agencies continue, alongside parental support, to run clubs across a variety of topics for the children across years 3 to 6 – Tri Golf, Athletics, Rounders, Art, Cricket, Drama, Science, French (Beginners and Advanced), Gardening, Homework, Fencing and Archery, Street Dance, Music Lessons and Mayhill Heroes.

Music Bursaries

We are delighted to announce that following a meeting with Odiham Music Foundation, they are continuing to offer to cover the cost of 6 musical bursaries for a whole year. This is a really generous offer and has the potential to make a big difference to the lives of 6 of our pupils. The bursary will cover the cost of either brass, woodwind, string or singing lessons for 5 children and funding for one child to take part in Rock Steady for a year. 

We also have an additional bursary place for Rocksteady, funded by the Rocksteady Music School. 

The offer is open to anyone in Years 3-5 and in return, we ask that the parent and child commit to the lessons for a whole year, along with practising at home. The school is also confident we will be able to loan the use of an instrument for the year and would not want that to block potential interest. 

Chill Out

The extension of our Chill Out Area is now complete and is a HUGE improvement to the school environment. There are four planters, one for each house, which will be looked after by the children; the picnic area has been used daily for outdoor lunches; and the willow dome is starting to grow with gusto – which we hope will continue and create lovely hideaway. The area is also used as part of our before and after-school care facilities, thereby benefitting children from across both two schools.

The project was funded largely through a successful National Lottery grant and a £5000 contribution from FOMS. The school relies heavily on your support by helping at events or supporting the ones we put on, you have helped to create this - Thank you! Our thanks must also go to Persimmon and Co-Op who for two years have provided us with community grants and Vanderbilt for their contribution.

 

 

Year 3 Residential – A night in the school hall

Year 3 had a great sleepover in the school hall with many an activity organised by the wealth of staff from across school. Wide games were played on the field, a treasure hunt was had in and around All Saints Church and many a fantastic story was shared at bedtime. The children, as usual, were a credit to school and their parents.

 Sports Day

 

The children had a fantastic day – with fabulous weather – taking part in a variety of different team and individual events. A picnic lunch was shared with parents and much hilarity and fun was had by all children and staff alike.

Year 4 Residential – Runways End

In late June many of the Year 4 children enjoyed a wonderful two day, one night residential at Runway’s End in Aldershot.  The children were truly amazing! The behaviour was exceptional throughout (including bed time!) and to see so many of them performed in our Year 4 talent show in front of the campfire was really heart-warming.  Thank you to Odiham Scouts for lending us the tents.  

School Council visit Houses of Parliament

Members of the Mayhill School Council were delighted to find out that we were once again able to offer them a tour of the Houses of Parliament.  During the visit they had the opportunity to meet with our local MP, learn about democracy and how laws are made in a workshop activity and watch a debate happening live (they spotted Jeremy Corbyn!).  The highlight for staff accompanying the trip was finding out they were visible on the ITV news at lunchtime! The children also walked many a mile around London, visiting many of the sites including a visit to the Supreme Court, the Outside of Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade and Downing Street. With very tired feet we all enjoyed a relaxing dinner at Pizza Express before heading home on the train.

Art Week – Food Glorious Food

This year’s art week theme was based around food. Activities included: papier mache food bowls, potato printing of flowers, rice and lentil landscapes. The children all worked incredibly hard and moved around school to experience a variety of different activities.

Padres, Pastors and Parish Articles

We have continued to have support from the RAF base, All Saint’s and The Vine church with our assemblies each week. The children gain a lot from these sessions and are reflective about what they have been told and how the messages could impact on everyday life. We have also continued to submit contributions to the All Saint’s Parish Magazine covering a variety of different subjects.

April 2018

To ensure the school continues to embrace and develop community links, numerous events and collaborative projects have and are being organised. In the Spring Term these included:

PE inter School

The school has taken part in a wide variety of inter school sports during the Spring term: Netball, Handball (see photo), rugby, Football, Basketball, Badminton and Dodgeball. This has been through the Samuel Cody partnership.

Mayhill Handball Team 2018

Staff have also been involved in attending training in both Athletics and Racquet Skills.

Parents Coming into School

Parents have enjoyed coming into school for a variety of events this term. These include:

  • Come Dine with Me for Year 5
  • Parents supporting cooking
  • Parents continuing to support the school by hearing children read
  • 3 Class Assemblies
  • Year 6 travel assembly to parents highlighting the cross curricular learning outcomes
  • Listen to Me performances and Rock Steady performances planned

E-Safety – February 2018

Every year group had sessions led by Paul Hay who is a lead expert in this area.  There were 4 key messages from the sessions, including a session run with parents.

The links to the parents’ information briefing and to Paul’s site with more information can all be found on our website by clicking here.

Sing Up

On Wednesday, 14th March all the children took part in ‘Sing up Day’, The most musical day of the year, with singers of all ages from all around the world joining in. This year’s Sing Up Day theme was – ‘be the change’ that we want to see’ and the difference that we can make when we start thinking about taking care of everyone locally and globally. Mrs McLaughlin and Mrs Jones rehearsed all the children and a video was made of all the children taking part.

Year 4 Maya Day.

Once again year 4 were able to welcome Dr Diane Davies into school on 13th March. She brought with her a wealth of knowledge and experience about the Maya civilisation which certainly engaged all of the year 4 children involved.

More Able Days.

There have been 4 days over the last term which have seen 12 children from across years 3-6 taking part in either Maths or English activities. These More Able events are designed to engage the children in thinking about a subject in a more creative and problem solving way.

Local Schools Cluster Meetings – Moderation of Writing for Every Year Group.

Again, this Spring Term Mayhill and the local schools joined together to ensure that moderation of English writing was consistent across the local area.  Mayhill and three others hosted the different year groups and the subsequent feedback from each of the year group was that it was significantly beneficial. It was great to see consistency across the local area.  These cluster meetings will continue as the year progresses with the next one scheduled for early May.

Raising Money and wider community involvement

The school raised money for Sport Relief with every class taking part in a ‘step up’ challenge. We managed to ‘step’ the whole way from RAF Odiham to RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. Alongside this the year 6 children produced canvas artwork based around the Tanzanian artist Edward TingaTinga. This artwork was sold to friends and family with all profits raised being given to Sport Relief.

Friends of Mayhill (FOMS)

FOMS set up the annual Easter Egg Hunt which all children from school could take part in. Much fun, laughter and nibbling of chocolate was had.

Easter Egg Competition

This year Mayhill held their first Easter Egg Decorating competition and there were so many entries from each year group. Judging was tight but a winner per class was decided upon with each winner receiving a £5 book voucher.

Padres, Pastors and Parish Articles

We have continued to have support from the RAF base, All Saint’s and The Vine church with our assemblies each week. The children gain a lot from these sessions and are reflective about what they have been told and how the messages could impact on everyday life. We have also continued to submit monthly contributions to the All Saint’s Parish Magazine. Alongside our school assemblies we have welcomed Youth Pastor Helen Chatfield and her team into school for ‘All Saints at Mayhill’ every Thursday lunchtime. This has bustled with children each week and they have enjoyed a range of activities from crafting to storytelling and drama.

RAF 100 – Aircraft of the Future

All children in school were given the opportunity to take part in an’Aircraft of the Future’ competition organised in conjunction with RAF Odiham in relation to RAF100. Many ingenious entries were submitted with designs ranging from ’Star Trek’ style ‘Teleporters’ to rocket style spaceships.  The three winning entries from Mayhill were placed into a leather bound book and buried within a time capsule at RAF Odiham. The winning children and their families, alongside the Deputy Head  attended to witness the time capsule being buried.The burial of the capsule was complemented by a speech from the Station Commander and a flyby from a  tornado, along with being given a tour of a chinook.

Year 6  Holocaust Visit

Welcomed in Mr Richardson a Senior Fellow at The University Of Winchester and Speaker for The Holocaust Education Trust to talk about how the Holocaust started and the lead up to the atrocities that happened. He put across the subject in a sensitive and year 6 light. The children’s education was further supported here with the reading of the class text Once by Morris Gleitzman.

January 2018

To ensure the school continues to embrace and develop community links, numerous events and collaborative projects have and are being organised.  In the Autumn Term, these included:

Buryfields and Mayhill Joint Christmas Church Service

This year, all children from both Buryfields and Mayhill joined to sing and listen to readings at All Saints Church.  Our thanks go to Rev Alison Brown for leading the service and the brilliant school choirs of both schools for leading the singing! 

Mayhill School Choir: Odiham Extravaganza

What a lovely way to kick off the festive season! Mayhill’s choir gave a wonderful performance of some upbeat Christmas songs at Odiham’s Extravaganza on Saturday 25th November.

The choir have been practising hard to learn harmonies and moves and have been challenged with some tricky songs to bring a confident and professional performance to the stage. Their smiling faces and big voices, on a very chilly evening, got feet tapping as they sang their rendition of ‘Let it Snow’, ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’ and the very catchy, and very quick, ‘Sleigh Ride’. Mrs McLaughlin

Parents Coming into School

Parents have enjoyed coming into school for a variety of events this term. These include:

  • Come Dine with Me for Years 3 and 4
  • Parents supporting cooking
  • Parents continuing to support the school by hearing children read
  • 3 Class Assemblies
  • Listen to Me performances and Rock Steady performances planned

Local Schools Cluster Meetings – Moderation of Writing for Every Year Group.

All the local schools joined together to ensure that moderation of English writing was consistent across the local area.  Four schools hosted a different year group and the feedback from each of the year groups was that it was significantly beneficial and that it was great to see consistency across the local area.  These cluster meetings will continue as the year progresses. 

Raising Money and wider community involvement

The school council initiated and organised their own Bring & Buy Sale this year, in support for Children in Need.  All the classes brought in a range of unwanted toys and games, and then sold them throughout lunch.  In total, they raised a brilliant £423.30p.

Year 6 Lego ‘Bridge Building’ with Bright Bricks (based in Bordon)

On Monday 20th November, Year 6 took part in a DT workshop led by world recording holding company, Bright Bricks. With over 30,000 Lego bricks to play with, year 6 (along with the teachers) were in Lego building heaven as they were challenged to build a bridge that could withstand a load. After a team talk, each group of 8 were presented with 100 4x2 Lego bricks and told to ‘make a bridge’, little did they know that they were then to scale up each brick by 4! After a few restarts, persistence prevailed and huge constructions were built and tested with a various loads - Mrs Gulliver bravely volunteered to stand on some of the bridges and with huge cheers, the bridges remained standing, phew! 

Friends of Mayhill (FOMS)

Our second Mayhill Pentathlon took place in September 2017. All children took part and we raised over £1000 towards the completion of the Music Room.

Other successful FOMS events where parents and community came together included: Works Day on the school grounds (painting and gardening);

Following on from our school House Colour Day on the 18th December, FOMS worked tirelessly before the Christmas Fair to wrap and organise the many fabulous items which the children had created this year. The fair was held on Tuesday 19th December and alongside additional stalls in the school hall the children’s creations sold for a fantastic £1000.

Padres, Pastors and Parish Articles

We have continued to have support from the RAF base, All Saint’s and The Vine church with our assemblies each week. The children gain a lot from these sessions and are reflective about what they have been told and how the messages could impact on everyday life. We have also continued to submit monthly contributions to the All Saint’s Parish Magazine covering a variety of different subjects from helicopters to Dear Greenpeace.

RAF Benson

To further support Mayhill’s service children we have now established a link with RAF Benson. The first meeting was held in December with the head and deputy of RAF Benson Primary School coming to look around Mayhill and to discuss how service and pupil premium children are supported. Similarities have been found between both schools with a second visit scheduled for 29th January for Mayhill’s head and deputy to visit RAF Benson Primary school.

Community Events planned for spring term:

Community Lunch

Fair Trade fortnight in partnership with All Saints Church

UNICEF Day for Change – raising money whilst learning about global communities

Parent curriculum workshops in English and Maths

Inter school sports matches

Professional athletics coach booked for summer term curriculum support

Houses of Parliament School Council Trip

 

June 2017

To ensure the school continues to embrace and develop community links, numerous events and collaborative projects have and are being organised. In the Summer Term, these include:

Community Lunch and Fair Trade debates    

After sending our personal handwritten invites, Year 5 welcomed in over 30 members of local and wider community for a special Fair Trade Community event. This included the children hosting their guests during lunchtime followed by a live debate on “Should packed lunches only have fair trade items in”. Our thanks go to the local councillors, Rev Alison Brown and her husband Steve Brown for their support, as well as the children for being so brave with their public speaking!

Y5 Working alongside RMS, RAF Odiham and Boeing – STEM Project  

This past term Year 5 Children at Mayhill have been participating in a collaborative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) project with Robert Mays School and RAF Odiham. The children had to design a vehicle that could be carried in a Chinook to deliver water to a drop zone. Within this were certain parameters such as carrying a predetermined amount of water without spillage, which required significant engineering skills from the students. The aim of this project is to help students to understand the science behind flight, within the remits of key stage 2 and develop their scientific skills of evaluation and adaption.

The top two winning teams in the year group have been selected to visit the RAF base on the 15th June and present their project to a committee of serving members of the RAF, along with other Primary and Junior schools in the area and an overall winner from the area will be announced!

Year 6 Visit to All Saints Parish Church   

In conjunction with year 6’s RE through Art topic the year 6 children spent an afternoon at the church investigating liturgical colours.

Budding Gardeners Competition: Gold Award Winners!   

Susan and David Way, who have been running Mayhill’s Gardening Club took a team of Year 4 budding gardeners to enter into a competition at RHS Wisley Gardens just before half term and won the Gold Award!

Transition Activities for Y2 pupils   

This year, we are welcoming in at least 5 children from different schools to Buryfields into our Year 3 next September. This month activities include a treasure hunt around the school with their new Year 5 buddies, a morning of sports followed by lunch, their ‘Moving Up’ morning, and finally a school disco.

Visitors in to support the curriculum

Dr Richardson – On behalf of the Holocaust Education Trust and Winchester University. (Provided Free of Charge)

Year 6 talk in conjunction with the English text read this term - ‘Once’ by Morris Gleitzman. All children have developed a deeper understanding of the wider aspects of the Holocaust and the time line in which these wider aspects came into play.

Life Education Bus – PSHE. Funded by the Rotary Club

On Friday 5th May we were pleased to welcome the Life Education mobile classroom at Mayhill. Year 5 children visited the Life Bus in the morning and explored the risks associated with smoking, alcohol and medicines. Year 6 children explored how drugs can be legal or illegal, peer pressure around smoking and alcohol and how to say ‘No!’

 

Trips into the wider community

Science Museum - London

On Tuesday 15th May, as an initiative to raise the profile of science across the school, 20 of Mayhill's Science Club visited the Science Museum in London. Science club had run for two terms previously and had participated in projects such as Rocket Science (Summer 2016) and Electricity (Autumn 2016).

Creative Forces Day

Friday April 28th, seven yrs. 4-6 children visited The University of Winchester to take part in Creative Forces Day. Guest speakers told success stories about forces children achieving tremendous careers! During the day the children got to take part in a creative writing workshop and also had a campus tour – they even got the see the student’s accommodation! The children were also able to speak to the students about their life at university and ask them some questions.

RHS Wisley

Last week year 3 visited RHS where the children had the opportunity to explore the gardens and the glass house as well as taking part in a hands on workshop on ‘Sowing and Growing’ discovering the magic of seeds. This is linked into their literacy and science topic at school.

Winchester Science Centre

Monday June 12th Year 4 children visited Winchester Science Museum taking part in a workshop about adaption and evolution. In the workshop they learnt about what evolution means and they were able to explore fossils in groups, alongside reinforcing the previous science topic of digestion.

Sports Fixtures

In May, a group of Year 3 and 4 children took part in a tennis tournament at Samuel Cody School, Farnborough. Some of the group had never really played tennis before so this was a great opportunity to introduce them to the sport.

The tournament was made up of 15 schools and Mayhill had the chance to play against 3 other schools altogether. The players were seeded, so that the children were playing against children

of a similar ability between the schools. In total, Mayhill played 3 games, winning one, losing one and drawing one. A good time was had by all!

 

Other Community Events!

Year 3 residential – A night in the school hall

On Thursday 25th May, the Year 3 children returned to school at 6.00pm and enjoyed a warm summers evening in school. After playing rounder’s on the field, they had to answer clues that led them around All Saints Church, kindly hosted by our school governor, Sian Taylor. Hot chocolate and stories followed before they settled down to the most exciting part: the giant sleepover in the hall! For many of them, it was their first night away from home and has hopefully given them the confidence to attend the longer residential experiences that come in Years 4-6

Kids Day Out – Rotary Club sponsored trip to Marwell Zoo

This year, 10 children visited Marwell Zoo for the day as aprt of an ‘enrichment’ day. Since the first trip in 1990 The Rotary Clubs across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, have taken 25,000 children out for a day of fun who the school have identified.

Come Dine with Me – Year 6

Several of the parents from year 6 came into school to share lunch with the pupils and staff. A very well attended event with many positive comments passed on by parents whilst there and the children.

Wrap around Care – Mayhill Junior and Buryfields Infant combined provision

SCL wrap around care is now up and running in school. This provision caters for children to be looked after from 8.15am until the start of the school day. It also provides care until 6pm. This is a joint care opportunity for children from both MJS and BIS.

Year 5 Swimming

The year 5 children have now started their swimming lessons at RAF Odiham – walking across the field every Friday.

Work Experience

Three students from year 10 at Robert May’s will be joining us for work experience placements for the week of 17th July.

Raising Money and wider community involvement

The children in year 6 have painted onto canvases, after studying the artist Edward Tingatinga from Tanzania. The money raised from the sale of these canvases was donated to the Red Nose Day 2017 appeal.

Military Wives Choir, Mayhill Junior School and Buryfields Infant School   

Mayhill and Buryfields school choirs have been working very hard rehearsing for a concert on Friday 23rd June at All Saints Church, where they will be performing with the Military Wives Choir Odiham.

 

March 2017

To ensure the school continues to embrace and develop community links, numerous events and collaborative projects have and are being organised. In the Spring Term, these include:

CONTINUED - Military Community: Sculpture Artist in to work with children in creating an RAF link to our 4 houses was funded by a successful MOD grant to promote our houses: Merlin, Chinook, Sea-King and Puma.  Steve Porter came into school for 2 days in January to work with the Houses on creating the last two helicopters.  This meant EVERY child in school had the opportunity to be a part of their house helicopter, a true whole school collaboration project.

However, without the support of RAF Odiham we would have been unable to bring their display to fruition.  4 personnel from RAF Odiham helped in the actual display and hanging of the helicopters. This project culminated in the Chief of Staff coming to unveil alongside other community members.

Local Schools Cluster Meetings – Moderation of Writing for Every Year Group.

All the local schools joined together to ensure that moderation of English writing was consistent across the local area.  4 schools hosted a different year group and the feedback from each of the year groups was that it was significantly beneficial and that it was great to see consistency across the local area.  These cluster meetings will continue as the year progresses.

Parents Coming into School

Parents have enjoyed coming into school for a variety of events this term.  These include:

  • Come Dine with Me for Years 5
  • Parents continuing to support the school by hearing children read
  • 1 x Class Assembly
  • Listen to Me performances and Rock Steady performances
  • Cello recital

Friends of Mayhill (FOMS)

  • Secrets Room (December 2016
  • Cake Sale February 2017

Raising Money and Wider Community Involvement

The children raised money for UNICEF by coming into school in mufti – bringing in money for wearing what they wanted.  This amounted to a total of £280.  All year groups took part in a variety of different tasks throughout the day.  Year 6 worked with 2 performing arts teachers to represent the struggle immigrants face in society today through dance and drama.  This was filmed for the school website and shared in whole school assembly on UNICEF day.

World Book Day – Big Book Swap

World Book Day 2017 saw the children come into school dressed as a variety of different book characters.  The children bought in books from home and these with old stock from school (deemed by Hampshire Library Service to be no longer appropriate to our school library) meat every child could select 2 different books to take home.

Gifted and Talented Maths Day

Working towards one of our school priorities has been to extend those who are working at greater depth.  2 children from year 6 were invited to South View in Basingstoke to take part in a whole day workshop led by Dr. Tandi Klausen-May.  This allowed the two boys to further their mathematical thinking across a variety of domains ensuring links between concepts were made.

Inter School Football Matches.

Organised with other local schools have been attended by a mixed year 5/6 team

House of Parliament Trip

January 16th saw the School Council and 4 members of staff visit the House of Parliament.  This year we were fortunate to visit both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The children attended a workshop on the Rule Making and Decisions. They certainly argued well for their selected bill and followed the principles and practices for interjecting –as per MPs.

They clocked up nearly 5.5miles of walking throughout the day as they also took in the sights of Downing Street, the Cenotaph, Houses of Parliament, Horse Guards Parade, St James’ Park and Buckingham Palace – before collapsing for a well-earned meal at Pizza Express.

Egyptian Workshop For Year 3

During the visit the children were able to get hands on with a variety of activities. Including; handle genuine ancient Egyptian artefacts from a tomb, having been set the challenge of identifying the genuine article from Victorian replicas; exploring x-rays taken of the museum's  own mummy, seeking answers to who was the mummy and what might have been the cause of his death.  The highlight of the visit was the opportunity to practice their mummification skills on a life size model. This had a great knock-on effect with the children’s subsequent writing; which showed a real grasp of the process and how to sequence the steps in an informative and entertaining way for the reader.

 

Listen to Me Music Sessions

These sessions have continued this term with the children learning how to drum using African drums.

Padres, Pastors and Parish Articles

We have continued to have support from the RAF base, All Saint’s and The Vine church with our assemblies each week.  The children gain a lot from these sessions and are reflective about what they have been told and how the messages could impact on everyday life.  We have also continued to submit monthly contributions to the All Saint’s Parish Magazine covering a variety of different subjects from helicopters to Dear Greenpeace – this year 3 work culminated in the year 3 staff sponsoring a whale for the year 3 children for a year.

Values Trophies

To reflect the commitment the children have been putting into their work, behaviour and attitude Mayhill Values Trophies for each of our seven values of – Team Work, Positive Attitude, Communication, Creativity, Confidence, Problem Solving and Independence have seen a huge number of children been recognised throughout school. There has also been a proportionate balance of E6FSM, SEN and Service children being awarded.

November 2016

To ensure the school continues to embrace and develop community links, numerous events and collaborative projects have and are being organised.  In the Autumn Term, these include:

Military Community: Sculpture Artist to work with children in creating an RAF link to our 4 house

At the end of this term/beginning of spring term, Steve Porter will be, with the help of all the children, creating 4 large helicopters out of papier-mâché to be displayed in our school hall.  This has been funded by a successful MOD grant and will help promote our houses: Merlin, Chinook, Sea-King and Puma.

Buryfields and Mayhill collaboration

Buryfields Infants and Mayhill joined together for the initial INSET of the school year.  The focus was on developing and challenging the high attaining children and the schools have planned to meet again later this year to review successes and progress.

Parents Coming into School

Parents have enjoyed coming into school for a variety of events this term.  These include:

  • Parent’s workshop on English and Maths – attended by approximately 25 parents
  • Come Dine with Me for Years 3 and 4
  • Parents leading cooking with Year 5
  • Parents continuing to support the school by hearing children read
  • 4 Class Assemblies
  • Listen to Me performances and Rock Steady performances planned
  • Visit by Y6 to RMS production

Friends of Mayhill (FOMS)

Our first ever Mayhill Pentathlon took place in September 2016.  All children took part and we raised over £1000 towards the completion of the Music Room.

Raising Money and Wider Community Involvement

The children are raising money for Children in Need this term.  This year involves the ice bucket challenge - with a twist.  For this day the children will be coming into school wearing spots and mufti - as per the theme for this year. They will also bring in a donation of £1.50, which will be placed into the Ice Bucket of their choice for the member of staff they nominate to be ‘iced’.  This year the top three members of staff who receive the most money in their buckets will all take a seat out on the playground...and then be blindfolded!  Whilst the photo of the winning member of staff is revealed to the children...so NO warning who will get a bit chilly!  The event will be taking place at the end of the day on the playground at 3pm -so that the WINNING member of staff doesn't have to stay cold and wet too long!

Odiham Extravaganza

This year sees year 3 and 4 join with Buryfields to form a joint choir to sing at Odiham Extravaganza on Saturday 26th November.  Gemma Fawcett and Miss Collis will be there to support the children on the day.  Mrs Fawcett from Buryfields is leading all the choir rehearsals.  The children will be on Stage from 4.45pm until 5pm in the high-street.

RAF Personnel in school to hear readers.

RAF Odiham personnel will soon be joining us at school in order to help improve our children's love of reading.  The personnel, from all squadrons, will be listening to children read with the aim of helping to inspire their love and passion for reading.  Our volunteers from the Military will be working within each year of school and using a wide range of texts.  We currently have 6 volunteers who are at the moment waiting for the necessary DBS paperwork.  We aim to start this new, exciting initiative in the very near future." 

Gifted and Talented DT day

In October, 4 children from Year 3 and 4 were chosen to attend a Design and Technology Robotics Workshop for more able children.  The children were then asked to pair up as they completed a series of challenges, in the hope that they would become Robotic Champions!  Using K-Nex, the children were shown the various pieces which could be used to build a motorised vehicle or ‘robot’.  Then left to use their own imagination and creativity, the pairs were asked to build a robot for a specific purpose, such as the widest robot, or one that could move across a prepared obstacle course without falling off.  After each build opportunity, the robots were then tested to see if they had achieved the design brief and could perform better than other robots.  The children enjoyed the range of activities and made some wonderful and well thought through designs.

Gifted and Talented English day

Working towards one of our school priorities has been to extend those who are above.  As a result an able writer’s workshop was organised for 3 children in year 4.  With the support of a governor they attended a day’s session working with an inspiring author, who pushed their imaginations and encouraged them to develop their writing ability.  As a result their love for writing was fed.  This enabled them to come away seeing how writing, and writing well, can affect their lives and lead to bigger things.  

Harvest Festival - Supporting those less fortunate in the local community.

Harvest Festival in October helped to raise awareness, of the plight of those less fortunate than ourselves.  Many donations were brought into school by the children and staff and have been donated to Basingstoke Food Bank.  They were very grateful to be considered and know that the foods will support and benefit many.

Community Events planned for spring term:

Community Lunch

Fair Trade fortnight in partnership with All Saints Church

 

June 2016

To ensure the school continues to embrace and develop community links, numerous events and collaborative projects have and are being organised.  In the Summer Term, these include:

A positive OFSTED inspection

Mayhill are ‘GOOD’ as affirmed by our recent OFSTED inspection in SAT’s week.  A very positive write up of the inspection has now been released and favourably reported on within the local community. Many positive comments were submitted in the high number of OFSTED surveys completed by parents.

Budding Gardeners Competition: Gold Award Winners!

Susan and David Way and Nicki Grove, who have been running Mayhill’s Gardening Club took a team of year 4 budding gardeners to enter into a competition at RHS Wisley Gardens just before half term and won the Gold Award! The theme was ‘A journey into Space’ so they created a landscape inspired by Mars.  

Parents Coming into School

Mrs Thomas, parent of Caoimhe in year 6 has expertly painted our new mural around the entrance to our music room. The children love it and its sets up our high expectations for the transformation of our music room over the summer holidays.

Parents have enjoyed coming into school for a variety of events this term. These include:

  • Rock Steady Concert
  • Parent consultation on end of year report layout
  • Parents leading cooking with Year 5
  • Parents continuing to support the school by hearing children read
  • 2 Class Assemblies
  • Listen to Me performance (brass)
  • RMS year 7 and 8 boys choir in to sing.
  • Parent helping out with after school Netball club to further enhance the skill development for the netball club.

Year 3 visit to RHS Wisley

Year 3 visited RHS Wisley to explore plants variety, variation and adaptability.  It was noted by the head of the Education centre how well our children posed thoughtful and interesting questions around the different topics.  They were also complimented on the high standards of behaviour.

Odiham Cake Company and the Queen’s Birthday Cake competition

Gareth and Emma Jones, who run Odiham Cake Company, set up a competition across school for children to submit ‘designs’ for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration cake; which was cut at the Odiham Street party on Sunday 12th June.  The winners from each year group worked alongside Gareth and Emma to merge their individual designs into a final masterpiece. Raising the profile of school even further the children’s designs were even judged with Ranil Jayawardena Odiham’s local Conservative Party politician helping to judge the entries.

Kids Day Out – Rotary Club sponsored trip to Marwell Zoo.

The Rotary Club Annual ‘Kids Day Out’ trip was, this year, to Marwell Zoo for the day.  The children were those who have identified needs, are pupil premium or SEN.  Since the first trip in 1990 The Rotary Clubs across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, have taken 25,000 disadvantaged children out for a day of fun.  This year the children were all exceptionally enthusiastic about their visit – year 4 children especially enjoyed having the chance to link the trip into their literacy unit of work on the Rainforest.

Friends of Mayhill (FOMS)

Setting up a stall selling items and our winning Tea Towel design – by Molly Maidment in year 5 – at the Odiham Street Party.

FOMS organised a cake sale, to raise additional funds for the school, alongside a ‘bring a bottle’ for the stall they held for the Queen’s celebration party.

Buryfields and Mayhill Community

BIS and and Mayhill joined together to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday on the school field: with biscuits and three cheers, plus of course the National Anthem and a rendition of Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth.  It was great to see the children having so much fun.  The sports and play leaders from both schools worked well, as did Mayhill’s peer mentors, on ensuring the celebration playtime was a successful unity of both schools.

Military Community

Heads and Deputies Forum

Emma Collis has continued to attend forums to ensure we are aware of any changes happening on the base.  We have received back the survey results regarding the before and after school club and conversations will be had in the summer term about whether this should be explored.  We have received confirmation that we will be able to be involved in ‘cammo day’ this year and are looking forward this; which will be run in partnership with Buryfields and the RAF. 

Swimming

The year 5 children have now started their swimming lessons at RAF Odiham – walking across the field every Friday.

Raising Money and wider community involvement

The children in year 6 have painted onto canvases, after studying the artist Edward Tingatinga from Tanzania.  The money raised from the sale of these canvases was donated to the Sports Relief appeal.

Community Events planned for summer term:

Sports Day                                             Cammo Day                                        Maths workshop
Year 6 Think Safe Trip                     Year 6 end of term production                   Art Week

 

March 2016

To ensure the school continues to embrace and develop community links, numerous events and collaborative projects have and are being organised.  In the Spring Term, these include:

Community lunch

The school council planned and wrote letters to a large section of our local community with the aim of opening up the school doors and creating good relationships with our neighbours.  18 members of the community including local Head teachers, the Rotary Club, Odiham Parish Society, shop keepers, vicar, dentists and local business men were hosted by the school council and given a tour.  As a result, several letters of thanks were received, the school council enjoyed the responsibility and received offers of support: Y3 sleep over at the church; support in refurbishing the upstairs flats; money and time from the rotary club (see photo).

Houses of Parliament trip

On 27th January, 17 of our school council visited the Houses of Parliament to take a tour and to meet their local MP. For the Year 5 children, who had recently finished their topic on ‘Fight for Freedom’ this was a great way to see how democracy has grown in this country and they particularly enjoyed the workshop on Pupil Voice.

The photo shows the children enjoying a discussion with their local MP before begin involved in their own debate.

 

Celebration of Magna Carta

Mayhill has ensured the community events surrounding the Magna Carta have been shared with the wider community and we featured heavily in the most recent edition of the Hampshire PDL news.  Monthly contributions to the Parish News continue.

Parents Coming into School

Parents have enjoyed coming into school for a variety of events this term.  These include:

  • Year 5 and Year 6 Come Dine with me Lunches]
  • Rock Steady Concert
  • Travel Assembly  and Art exhibition performed by Year 6
  • Parents Evenings
  • Parents Assessment Briefings to improve the communication about their child’s progress x 2
  • Parents leading cooking with Year 5
  • 4 new parents supporting the school by hearing them read
  • 4 Class Assemblies
  • Listen to Me performance (brass)

Working with Our Local Community

Once again the school has offered the use of its facilities to Holy Ridiculous which has been gratefully received.  Discussions are looking positive that they will offer a contribution towards a new sound system.

Military Community

Emma Collis has continued to attend forums to ensure we are aware of any changes happening on the base.  We have received back the survey results regarding the before and after school club and conversations will be had in the summer term about whether this should be explored.  We have received confirmation that we will be able to be involved in ‘cammo day’ this year and are looking forward to seeing how this might work. 

The whole school walked down to the RAF base on Friday 18th March to participate in a sponsored mile along the runway.

Raising Money and wider community involvement

As part of UNICEF, the pupils raised money to support children who are facing violence. Focusing on the subject of the Syrian refugees, they debated, drew, danced and researched throughout the day.  Outcomes have been shared with parents in newsletters.

Community Events planned for summer term:

More able maths/science/Dt building structures mornings
Sports Day
Maths workshop...date to be announced!
Designing of a cake to be made by Odiham Cake Company in celebration of the Queen’s 90th