The author of the novel Ali Sparkes came to visit Yr 8 pupils and read excerpts from her new novel “Death by Detention.” On the final day of Book Week it was fantastic.
"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.
Mayville High School's wonderful Rock Challenge, "Trading to Extinction." Well done to everyone involved. We received 9 awards which were for Video, Stage Crew, Spirit of Rock Challenge,Concept,Stage Use,Performance Skills,Choreography,Entertainment, and Sound Track.
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!
Remove boys and girls have been to Porchester Castle on a history trip. They had a great day out learning about fortifications and life in the Roman and medieval times in the castle.
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!
Gianne Ampuro has been at Mayville showing children the art of illustration to celebrate Book Week. Illustrator Gianne has had her work published and she also makes short animated stories. Today she has been passing on her skills to our Juniors who will be working on their drawings throughout the week. The best will be exhibited in the Junior Library at the end of the week.
What a fantastic start to Book Week, Author Gareth P Jones sang, played his ukulele and keyboard getting pupils from Pre Prep and Juniors to join in. Gareth has written many books including Ninja Meerkats,Steampunk Pirates,The Daily Joker and the Considine Curse. He then took time to sign all the children’s books with personal messages.
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.
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.
Just a taster of our stunning new school photos.
Our Kestrels have been cleaning a giant dragon’s teeth with Isabelle’s mum who came in to teach them about dental care. Mrs Holden gave them masks and gloves to try and on and explained which foods are good and bad for their teeth. Many thanks Mrs Holden, our Kestrels loved brushing the great big teeth.
Well done to our under 13's rugby team who beat Meoncross school 33-15. There were very impressive debut performances from Tommy and William.
Mayville's Kestrels made their very own Chinese Dragon to celebrate Chinese New Year. After decorating boxes to create the dancing dragon, they went out into the playground to showcase their creation. Later the Kestrels listened to traditional music and practiced painting some basic Chinese symbols.
UV pupils travelled to London to watch The National Theatre's acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at London's Piccadilly Theatre. It was an incredible performance and one which will really help the pupils studying the play for their English Literature or Drama GCSEs.
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.
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.
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.”