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Baylis Court School Newsletter thursday 1st april 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

During this term we have seen a very successful transition for the students from learning remotely to learning in school. I know that you would want me to thank our staff for all of the work that they have put into making sure that your child is supported and taught effectively during the last term. We would also like to thank you for your support. The next term will mark the beginning of the summer, please read the section of this newsletter on school uniform for a reminder of the school rules as the weather improves. If your child is in year 11, 12 or 13 then you will be receiving important information explaining which evidence each subject area will be using to determine the GCSE, EPQ or A Level grades. Please let us know if you have any queries.

I hope that you have some great family time over the next two weeks.

Best Wishes

Ray Hinds

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*ARTIST OF THE WEEK*

Well done to Ellora Bogdanova in year 10

*ARTIST OF THE WEEK*

Well done Matilda Turner-Dew in year 8!

*ARTIST OF THE WEEK*

Well done to Khatija Syed in year 10

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Uniform Expectations

All students are expected to be in full school uniform for the first day back on Monday 19th April.

UNIFORM FOR STUDENTS IN YEARS 7 TO 11:

  • Black regulation blazer with school badge on pocket
  • Plain black skirt or trousers (skirts must fall on or below the knee)
  • White regulation blouse with revere collar
  • ‘Baylis blue’ jumper with logo
  • Plain White headscarf (if required)
  • White/black socks, or black / plain natural coloured tights
  • Low heeled black shoes

Please note:

  • no button through skirts or short skirts with slits
  • trousers must be tailored in style
  • platform, high heeled, ‘sling back’ or open toed shoes are unsafe and not allowed
  • trainers are not acceptable for general school wear
  • ankle or shoe boots may only be worn in winter (flat heel only)
  • no fake acrylic or gel nails due to health and safety
  • a watch and plain gold or silver ear stud, one in each ear and nowhere else can be worn
  • unnatural hair colours and unconventional styles or cuts are unacceptable
  • hair accessories: plain, black only
  • T-shirts are not to be worn under blouses
  • Hoodies/PE wear should not be worn to or from school
  • Students are expected to remove earrings for PE and Dance lessons – they will not be able to tape them over.

Free School Meals

School meals will give your child a real appetite for learning and help them to achieve their full potential. Did you know that your child could qualify for free school meals? If your child is eligible it means they can enjoy delicious, healthy meals without the bills and the fuss of making packed lunches. Many children at our school are already eating free school meals, and your child may be able to have them too. There is nothing healthier for your child and your family’s budget than free school meals. As professional cooks prepare meals for your child, it saves you having to worry about the effort and expense of making packed lunches every day.

Slough’s Domestic Abuse Specialist services provide support to survivors of Domestic Abuse through:

  • Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA): Based in Slough and East Berkshire, working to provide survivors of Domestic Abuse and their children to reduce risk and improve their safety.
  • Floating Support: you can contact the team directly or be referred by an external agency.
  • BAMER Floating Support: A specialist worker providing community-based outreach support to survivors of abuse from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities.
  • The Freedom Programme: This service empowers service users and their children with their own resources to they are better equipped to remain safe from Domestic Abuse.
  • Medium Risk Safety Planner: This member of staff supports victims of Domestic Abuse across East Berkshire after an incident of Domestic Abuse, supporting them to understand their own risk and develop a safety plan.

Slough Domestic Abuse Services is operating via telephone support on 01753 477 352 or 01753 875 620

If you require a non-molestation order or occupation order, please contact National Centre for Domestic Violence via text ‘NCDV’ to 60777 or call 0800 970 2070

If you are in immediate danger, please call the police on 999.

The Year 11s at Baylis have been working really hard to get ready for their assessments. In their recent English Language mock they were asked to write a Guide for Teenagers to help fellow teenagers steer themselves through these difficult years. 11B came up with some amazing nuggets of wisdom which have been collected in this little video. Enjoy!

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Home Testing

We would like to take this opportunity to remind all students who have been carrying out Lateral Flow Tests at home to continue to do so over the Easter Holidays. It is especially important that you test on Sunday 18th April before returning to school on Monday 19th.

Thank you very much

‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite runner takes the readers back to Kabul in the mid-1970’s as we are introduced to tones of memory and nostalgia with a desire from the author to recreate the main character, Amir. Amir’s childhood takes the reader through an exciting journey and description of Kabul’s culture and fresh perspective. Khaled Hosseini’s incredibly descriptive point of view and his storytelling shows us how interesting and exciting the start of the book starts to pick up on. We are excited for the future of the book as we begin to wonder the future for all the characters including Amir and Hassan. Yet we are unfortunately reminded by the narrative and time period set that the tone of the introduction may not follow throughout the story. But we are itching to read the next chapter!

Fatima Irfan 12 Grey-Thompson

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Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Psychological professions

Gain insight into the various routes in Mental Health and what a day in the life of NHS employees entails.

15th April from 10-3

Primary and Community care

Find out about key roles in a GP practice and typical career progression opportunities that may be on offer

20th April from 5-6 pm

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Well-being Top Tips

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is affecting all our lives. Many of us are struggling with how it's affecting ourselves and our loved ones. Those of us already living with mental health problems are facing extra challenges too.

However, there are some simple things that you can do to look after your mental health, either by yourself or with other people. Here is our well-being mentor’s tip of the week for looking after yourself:

Surround yourself with good people

People with strong family or friend connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. The people in your support network can help you through moments that feel more difficult, even if you don't want help from others, just knowing you have support there can ease a number of negative feelings.

Where current COVID-19 restrictions allow, make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as a clubs, classes or support groups.

Hannah Barducci

Well-being Mentor

Credits:

Created with images by LubosHouska - "books bookstore book" • Krystal Ng - "untitled image"