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Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 25th September 2020

Dear Students, Parents and Staff,

Confirmed single case of Covid-19: information for The Baylis Court School community

We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the school. We know that you may find this concerning but would reassure you that after working directly with Public Health England. We have analysed the situation closely and determined that there have been no close contacts of the identified case. During the period of time when they would have been considered infectious, they were not attending school. Please also be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (Covid-19) will be a mild illness.

The school remains open and students should continue to attend if they remain well.

What to do if students or staff develop symptoms of Covid-19

If students or staff members develop symptoms of Covid-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) are recent onset of:

  • • a new continuous cough
  • • a high temperature
  • • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (Covid-19) will be a mild illness.

For any instance where symptoms appear to be developing, advice is available from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/.

If you have a concern or symptoms appear to be worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop Covid-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with Covid-19.

Do:

  • • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

We very much appreciate how concerned you may be. Please do look at the guidance closely and please do take on board the reassurance it provides. The overall situation remains serious and responding to it in a serious and proportionate way, in line with the clear guidance and medical advice available, is clearly the most important priority for us all as individuals and organisations. We will continue to do that as the situation develops.

Best wishes

Ray Hinds

Principal

Year 9 Musical Theatre Cast are very excited to be back and “All in this together”!

We Love Reading!

Staff book reviews

Knots and Crosses is the second instalment of the Detective Rebus Novels by Scottish Author Ian Rankin. So far Rankin has written 54 novel and short stories with Rebus but do not worry you can jump straight into number two. Rebus is an Ex SAS Solider who served in Northern Ireland in the troubles, and is now an aging Edinburgh Detective. He is hiding from his memories by drinking and smoking his life away. Ignored for promotions, an ex-wife and daughter who doesn’t talk to him he ignores a series of crank letters. Scotland capital is being terrorizes by a baffling series of murders that have seen two young girls killed and he is tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. With his personal life and professional life in taters the ghoulish killing mount and tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer, he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle.

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Parking

We would like to remind all parents and carers to please park considerately around the front and back gates of Baylis Court School. If you can, please park further away and walk to school, which will keep each student much safer and reduce congestion at the beginning and end of each day.

Mobile Phones

Parents/carers are reminded that mobile phones are not permitted on the school site. If they are required for your child to use before or after school they must be switched off and kept in the bottom of bags. Please contact the main office if you need to get a message to a student during the school day, and do not send messages or make calls to personal mobiles.

Meetings with members of staff

If you would like to contact a member of Baylis Court School staff, please call or email reception and an appointment will be made during non teaching time. Unfortunately we are not able to permit parents/carers to wait in reception if an appointment has not been made.

Looking after your mental health

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.

Every Mind Matters has expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Last call for home language GCSE!

Year 10 and 11 pupils will have an opportunity to sit a home language GCSE in Summer 2021.

If any pupils are interested in completing this then please can they send me an e-mail or come and see me in the exams office proving me with their name and the language that they are interested in completing. If the language is offered as a GCSE they will sit a mock reading and writing paper in November 2020 to determine if they will be entered and if they will be entered for foundation or higher paper.

Please note that the deadline for this is Monday 28th September 2020.

Co-Curricular activities 2020-2021

All Co-Curricular activities will need to be booked in advance using the Sims activities website or app. Parents will need to accept invitations to before and after school clubs/events. Students can accept invitations to in-school time clubs/events.

If you have any questions regarding SIMS activities or the SIMS app, please contact: KCO@bayliscourt.slough.sch.uk

Berkshire Schools' Football Association - Under 14 Girls County Trials

if you would like an opportunity to try out for the county football team, please speak to Ms Lamb as soon as possible!

DATE Wednesday 7th October TIME Registration opens at 4.00 pm

Well done to all the students who have been working hard on researching careers and thinking about their future in Careers session during registration. The STEP booklets are a fantastic way to think about the different aspects of careers, choices, jobs, employment and training. They will help you think about what options you have and what kind of jobs you may enjoy doing.

There is a link below for the STEP Careers booklets. You can complete the work on the PDF – you do not need to print anything out.

Ms Chauhan

Find out more and book

Free public lectures

Our lectures are delivered by world-class experts in fields ranging across the arts and sciences. For students they are a resource for careers advice, EPQ projects and UCAS statements. They are currently held online, and we have a searchable back catalogue of 2,500 free digital lectures on our website www.gresham.ac.uk/schools

2020-21 LECTURES:

  • ASTRONOMY
  • BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
  • CLASSICS
  • ENGLISH
  • GEOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • IT
  • LAW / POLITICS / CITIZENSHIP
  • MATHEMATICS
  • MEDICINE
  • MUSIC

Virtual Army Careers Centre with live Q&A sessions and career talks A chance to register to join different corps in the British Army to hear first hand about army life.

https://apply.army.mod.uk/how-to-join/joining-process/virtual-acc

NHS Test and Trace COVID-19 app

NHS Test and Trace has launched the NHS COVID-19 app. The app has been launched to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action.

The app is available to download on smartphones for anyone aged 16 or over. This means that some students in year 11, 12, 13 will be eligible to use the app and benefit from its features. NHS Test and Trace has published guidance and resources to support the use of the app which are available here

Coping with Y11-the students guide to homework and non-exam assessments

1. GO TO ALL YOUR LESSONS!

2. Record homework accurately and DO IT! Check SMHW and Teams regularly does your tasks and follow up to the lessons you have.

3. Listen extra carefully to any information about work that will contribute to your final grade eg coursework assignments or practical assessments. Record this information carefully and ask if you are not completely sure about what you need to do, and by when.

4. Even in an online world, it is worth keeping a paper file for each subject with dividers for each new section,

5. File information and handouts immediately or at the end of that day.

6. Keep a balance between studying, work commitments and social life-if you have done the studying, you will feel much better when you can go out-you CAN do both!

7. If you begin to feel overwhelmed, stressed or more anxious than normal, choose an anxiety management strategy (more next week) that works for you. In addition, talk to your tutor, MGO, LTA or a teacher you trust.

Tips for parents:

A. Your most important role is to encourage and praise your child. Show an interest by talking to them about what they are learning in different subjects and their homework tasks.

B. The most important thing is that your child attends lessons-sometimes, just missing one lesson means that they miss out on key infornation or the start or revision of an important topic. This can form a vicious circle of not understanding, falling further behind, disagreements with teachers, an increasing dislike of the subject and giving up.

C. Encourage your child to see the relevance every lesson and subject has to their end results-two years have gone and this is their final push to make a difference to their grades.

D. Have a work box/area stocked with the things your child may need for homework/revision and that their workspace is suitable.

E. Put key dates and deadlines in your diary so you can support your child before they start panicking. Have them up as a visual in the child’s workspace.

F. Take the opportunity to check in with them every couple of days and see how things are going or if they need help with anything.

G. Check your child’s homework schedule and probe if they seem not to have any homework-I’m sure they do! Check with their subject teachers if in any doubt.

H. Support them by having a file of their specifications, exam papers, mark schemes etc to aid further revision.

I. Let your child’s tutor and Head of Learning know if you think they are becoming overwhelmed or anxious-together, we all make a great support system for your child.

Have a great week!- Miss G :)

CLOSING SOON!

Priority admissions to Baylis Court School

Do you have a sibling, family member or friend who would love to join year 7 in 2021 and has a natural ability for Dance, Drama or Music?

We are able to offer up to 16 guaranteed places to students in 2021 who can show aptitude in these areas. Please have a look at the school admissions page on our website for the application form

http://www.bayliscourt.slough.sch.uk/226/school-admissions

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