Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 20th November 2020

On Wednesday 11 November, Baylis Court School Commemorated Armistice Day (also known as Remembrance Day)

It marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918.

A two-minute silence was held across the school at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars since World War One.

Members of our school community who belong to Guides and Scouts came to school in their uniform to respect the sacrifice that has been made over many years.

With the weather getting colder, we would like to remind all students and parents to ensure that warm coats and other garments are worn to and from school as well as at break and lunchtimes.

Year 7 Fortnightly Stars

Each fortnight, year 7 form tutors nominate a student from their form who has done something incredible. The theme this fortnight was Leadership of Self. Well done to the students below for their nominations. All nominated students receive a certificate and their names are put into a hat for two of them to win a prize of their choice from Miss Mathews’ Box of Treasures.

  • Vanessa Dumba
  • Riya Kaur Padda
  • Aicha Djebbari
  • Eloise Ramsay-Jones
  • Smyrna Boddu
  • Rida Malik

Artist of the Week

Vanessa Dumba in Y7 created this exciting Op art design from home (remote learning).

The Slough Youth Awards aim to raise the profile of young people in a positive way by celebrating their achievements in an annual showcase. You can recognise an individual or group’s achievement’s by nominating them for an award, with the celebration to be held in a virtual ceremony for the first time.

Check out the details & nominate here

We look forward to hearing from you and all the amazing things the youth of Slough have been doing.

We are delighted to announce that Dhanushika Muralikrishnan has been nominated in the young artist category of the Slough Youth Awards! We're so proud of you!


Things have been very different this year. And it’s been difficult for everyone.

You might be worried about:

  • things that have happened to you or someone else
  • not knowing where to go when you’re scared
  • being at school, your exams or the future
  • coping with your mental health.

Whatever’s happening, you don’t have to cope alone.

There are lots of ways you can ask for support:

Talk to an adult you trust

Talking to an adult you trust is really important. It could be a teacher, someone in your family or anyone else you feel safe with.

Speak to Childline

Get free, confidential support from a Childline counsellor about anything you want to. You can talk to Childline from 7:30am-3:30am every day, either online, by calling 0800 1111 or by sending a message from our website.

Visit your doctor or a nurse

You can still make an appointment with your doctor any time. And you can usually see them by yourself. Even if you can’t see your doctor in person, you can usually talk over phone. Find out more about visiting your doctor.

Contact the police

If you’re feeling unsafe, you can always talk to the police. In an emergency, you can call 999 to get help straight away. You can also report online sexual abuse or exploitation to CEOP.

Abuse can be anything someone else does to hurt you, or that leaves you feeling scared or upset. It can also be when your parent or carer isn’t looking after you. Abuse is never okay and is never your fault.

Being abused can happen to anyone. It’s not always easy to tell when it’s happening, especially if the person who’s abusing you is someone who loves you, or is someone you care about. If you’re worried, there are always ways to get support.

There are lots of different types of abuse:

  • Sexual Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Relationship Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Being pressured to do illegal things

People like teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers and police officers will always listen and take you seriously. They have a duty to help you and keep you safe. And if you tell them what’s happening, they’ll want to help.

The person you tell might need to let someone else know what’s happening, but you can always ask about this. It’s also okay to tell them what you’d like to happen and keep asking questions about what’s going on.

It can feel hard to talk when it involves someone you love or who cares about you. Especially if they’re supporting you in other ways. Sometimes they might have told you that you won’t be listened to, or that you’ll get into trouble if you talk about it, but this isn’t true.

Show my Homework

Click here for our parent guide to Show My Homework

Book fair coming to Baylis!

24th November until 8th December.

You can see all the books that will be available here and even pre-order your books now!

  • • Booking form here
  • • School customer ID: 14600019
  • • Parents please pay by phone
  • • Free delivery to the school

Student Leadership

We had over 80 applications for our Student Leadership roles this year. Well done to those who applied. There was a rigorous short listing and interview process. We are very proud to congratulate the following students who have been appointed as this year’s Student Leadership Team

Inspiring leaders of tomorrow

Congratulations to our winners of the Half Term Project, enjoy your £10 Amazon voucher

Year 7- Riya Manoj for her Classical Indian dance historical context write up, music video and photographs!

Year 8- Zainab Ali for her photography task

Year 9- Sonam Verma for her Monet inspired painting task

Year 10 Wania Malik for her Journalism task

Year 11- Joy Balenthiran for her Classic film review

Sixth form- Amrah Mohammed Janoofar

Cultural Enrichment Charity campaign

Well done to Fatima Shaikh in year 8 for winning the Pudsey Well-being competition. Well done to all who supported the Children in Need activities in school last week.


This term each form will be collecting food and toiletry items to support those who need it locally through Slough Food Bank.

Each form will create a Gift box that will be delivered by our Sixth Form Charity Enrichment Leaders.

If you would like to donate items to the cause please send in your long-life, tinned and jar goods.

Deadline for collection will be Friday 27th November 2020

Youth Parliament- Make Your Mark!

The Make Your Mark Ballot is NOW OPEN for the month of November for all 11-18 year olds. This is the biggest youth ballot in the country and a real opportunity for young people nationwide to have their say on matters that mean the most to them and influence decision makers.

Young People can cast their votes via this link in a matter of minutes: https://www.ukparliamentweek.org/en/make-your-mark/

Slough has been in the top 10 for a few years now for participation, showing we really value and support young people’s voices.



National School and College Leavers Virtual Careers Fair

December Deeper Learning Day

A fantastic opportunity to

  • Talk with over 100 exhibitors including colleges, universities, apprenticeship providers and companies
  • Talk with them by voice / video or text chat
  • Download useful information
  • View online video content

Research these organisations in advance and prepare questions! You can return to the website for 30 days after the event and download information, and view content as well

All year 11,12,13 pupils must REGISTER NOW for the virtual event here:


Any questions please email Ms Chauhan

This November, the Department for Transport and Stemettes invite you to a STEMtastic celebration of women in Aviation!

Meet the Stemettes in Aviation is a panel discussion in celebration of all the inspiring women in the Aerospace sector, Stemettes style!

We’ll discuss different ways people begin their careers in Aviation and hear from amazing panellists about their unique experience in the industry.

5:00 pm to 6:15 pm GMT, Thursday 26th November 2020.

You will be able to sign up here

Webinars for Students

25/11/20 10am Skills for Energy - Highlighting careers paths in the energy sector

Access VFZ - Careers in VFX (Visual Effects), Animation & Games

HSBC - Developing your employability skills

Morgan Sindall - Construction New Apprentice Video

Speakers for Schools- Peers for the Planet

Join Speakers for Schools and Peers for the Planet for an exciting panel discussion. We are delighted to have this broadcast hosted by Baroness Hayman with members of Peers for the Planet on the panel. The Peers will discuss topics including what sparked their interest in climate change and the environment and legislating for change.

Wednesday 25th November 5-6pm

Join Link: https://bit.ly/38V6xXR

University Application Process

Free School Meals

We are encouraging any families who think they might be eligible for Free School Meals to contact the office and fill out an application.

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

The Youth Sport Trust have taken the step to deliver a free virtual after school club as part of a national response to the second lockdown. The 30-minute club will take place at 5pm each weekday through till the end of term and be led by a different member of the YST’s athlete mentor network, starting today Thursday 12 November (sorry we only got this info yesterday) with world no.1 female inline skater and 10-time British Champion Jenna Downing.

PwC's Virtual Classroom - Diversity series

This is a virtual programme open to students between Years 10 and 13 focusing on racial equality, social mobility and gender equality. Students will also have the chance to engage with a range of PwC ambassadors through the interactive live sessions, while having the flexibility to watch and listen to the recorded sessions at a time best suited to them each week.

Thursday 26 November- The importance of social mobility. register here

Thursday 3 December- The importance of gender equality register here

Thursday 3 December- The importance of diversity and inclusion - parent and teacher session register here


Sport and physical activity delivers immediate mental health and social benefits, while having a long-term positive impact on our physical health. Getting active in the way that’s right for us – and planning how we’re going to keep going through the colder, darker months – will help us cope with the ongoing impact of coronavirus restrictions.

Get out orienteering this Autumn and share your photos with the hashtag #getactivethisautumn

Entries shared with us will be in with a chance of winning prizes!For more information and terms and conditions see here.



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