"All Creatures Great and Small" Extravaganza

"All Creatures Great and Small", is the theme to Mayville's final day of Book Week. What a week it has been, with author visits, the door decorating competition, the literature quiz and dress up day. The Portsmouth News came to take photos of our wonderful costumes including Mrs Cuthbert and Mr Schmit and many other members of staff. Many thanks to parents and pupils who made such an effort as always.

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Mayville Debaters Win Again

Another fantastic result for the Mayville public speaking team. Having already won the local round of the Rotary Club Youth Speaks competition in January, Chairperson Raj, main speaker Anna and Proposer of the Vote of Thanks Jacob put in an incredible performance in the next stage of the competition at Bay House School. With their speeches based on the title "The answer is 42", looking at how we find meaning in our lives, the team were up against strong competitors and so were delighted to win the District level too. They now move on to the Regionals on Saturday 9th Match. Huge congratulations!


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Daring Doors for Book Week

Classes in Mayville’s Junior School have gone to town decorating the doors of their classrooms to celebrate Book Week. The themes range from Harry Potter to My Family and Other Animals to the book by Gareth P Jones called Attack of the Alien Dung. The author was delighted to see the door belonging to Mrs Hall’s class on a visit to the school during Book Week. The winner of the “Decorate a Door” Competition will be announced on Thursday and the winning class will get to buy and chose new books for the library. Watch this space for the winner!

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Portsmouth Book Award Launch

Book Week at Mayville got off to a flying start with the launch of Portsmouth Book Award. David Percival from Portsmouth School Library Service unveiled the four novels, Boy 87 by Ele Fountain,The Survival Game by Nicky Singer, Boy Meets Hamster by Birdie Milano, and Below Zero by Dan Smith. Mayville is one of 12 schools in the city taking part in the event which culminates in pupils debating their views on which author should win the award at an event at the Kings Theatre in April. The final result will be announced in June.

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Mayville Dancer to Attend World Renowned Dance College

Yr 11 Mayville student Tara has been offered a full dance and drama award to study at Laine Theatre Arts. Laine is one of the best dance and drama schools in the UK and is known throughout the world. Tara had been accepted for the course (3 year Level 6 Diploma in Musical Theatre), however it all rested on whether she was accepted for the funding. Tara has successfully secured funding without having to attend a second audition for this and she can now embark on her dream to study at Laine. During recent months Tara has been for 4 auditions at top London dance colleges which all made offers, including scholarships or funding. Mum Miranda Williamson said "Thank you Mayville for all your support of her passion and career choice. We are both incredibly grateful for all the opportunities you have provided for her." Tara Mayville wishes you the best of luck.

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Literary Quiz Success

Thanks to their fantastic literary and general knowledge prowess a team of pupils from Mayville High School has won third place at the Portsmouth Literature Quiz. 15 Mayville pupils from Yr 7 and 8 joined children from 26 other schools in the city at Portsmouth Football Club. Authors Ali Sparkes, Helen Dennis, Andy Briggs and Alex Wheatle took part in the event organised by Portsmouth Library Service. Evangeline, Owen, Mattias and Emily were on the winning team which secured joint third place. Congratulations to all those who represented the school so well.

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Mayville's Debaters

Incredible success for Mayville's debaters last night at The Rotary Club's Youth Speaks Competition. Anna, Raj and Jacob won the Intermediate category of the competition with their topic "The Answer is 42", They will now compete in the next round on 12th February. Mayville's other team, Albert, Robert and Theo also did a fantastic job delivering their speeches based on the question: "Is randomness ever truly random?". There was even more success at the end of the evening, when Theo was awarded 'Best Vote of Thanks' category. Huge congratulations to both teams.

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Holocaust Memorial Day

Mayville High School is very proud to have to had a body of student’s work called “Refection’s on the Holocaust” included in an exhibition at the D Day Museum to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Families and pupils from Mayville visited the exhibition on Sunday 27th January, which also included projects by 3rd year Portsmouth University students on Holocaust Literature. History teacher Mr Booker who’s initial task of an essay on the Holocaust resulted in Mayville’s projects says, “I was very impressed with my pupils creative responses to their reflective pieces.”

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