Last academic year we celebrated Mayfield’s 50th Birthday. In true Mayfield style we made the most of the chance to celebrate!
We commissioned this beautiful stained glass window from local stained glass artist Claire Sinclair. Claire used design ideas by pupils Laurie Taylor and John Baker. Claire brought lots of glass samples into school and explained to some pupils how a stained glass window progresses from design idea to beautiful masterpiece. The window is in a corridor near the courtyard and throws lovely colourful light patterns – do come and admire it if you have chance.
We were also lucky enough to have a giant kangaroo sculpture made for us by Tony Hillier, a retired academic who makes sculptures from scrap metal which he donates free to local public bodies. We asked Tony to make us a sculpture to celebrate Mayfield’s 50th anniversary and after some discussion we agreed on a kangaroo with joeys to represent nurturing and leaping forwards. In reference to our Hearing Support Centre one of the small kangaroos has a cochlear implant. Tony’s garden (on the road between Histon and Cottenham) is full of his sculptures and he welcomes visitors – more information is at his website www.hilliersculpture.co.uk
‘Kanga’ was delivered to the front of the school as that was the easiest place to unload her from the truck. Once she was here we realised she would fit through the school to be put into the courtyard as we had originally planned. We hope that in the courtyard she will be more visible to the children and become part of the school community.
To celebrate the year we produced a lovely book featuring 50 people who have been associated with Mayfield over the past 50 years – more details are here Mayfield 50th Anniversary Book
We completed our celebrations by hosting an open day in July. Former staff, parents, pupils and governors were served cream teas in the community room, viewed artefacts from the school’s past in the hall and toured the school.