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Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 12th February 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

It has been a challenging but rewarding half term and our teachers and students all deserve a restful week off to recharge. Next term will be an important one, here are the reasons why:

GCSE and A Level Exams

We are still waiting for information which we will receive from the Government on Monday 22 February. We will be given at least two weeks’ notice to prepare for a return to face-to-face education. The likelihood is that Year 11 and 13 will be the first to return back to school on Monday 8 March but we will wait for this to be confirmed.

Education for vulnerable and children of critical workers

We will remain open to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers after February half-term, as we are now.

High quality education for all

All students will continue to receive high quality remote education at home. Over 180 students have borrowed laptops to help with their learning. We have also been lending reading books to students through our successful minibus delivery service.

GCSE Options for Year 9 and Baylis Court Sixth Form interviews

The Options process for Year 9 will get underway next term. A presentation explaining the process will be available on our website and Senior team will conduct interviews virtually with students and parents so that GCSE choices can be confirmed.

Sixth Form interviews for students who want to study in our successful Sixth Form will also take place next term virtually. We have a large number of internal and external applicants this year.

I hope the weather is good over the half term so that we all get an opportunity to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.

Best wishes and good health to you and your families,

Ray Hinds

Principal

Poetry Competition Winners!

*Artist of The Week*

A beautiful submission by Manasa Nair in Y9. She designed and constructed an exciting 3dimensional chimney structure inspired by architect Antonio Gaudi and his love for nature. Manasa’s design has been inspired by cherry blossom trees. We are looking forward to her finished sculpture next term. Well done Manasa!

Take a look at the video below!

Valentine’s day theme live cooking from students of year 10A and 10B.

Students were engaged and they loved to cook and decorate their favourite cake or dish. They prepared and used simple recipes with decorating styles. They showed passion and had fun while doing it. Students are very proud of their work in front of their classmates, family and friends. The competition was very very close but had a winner, and the winner is Faseeha Mehdi for the class 10B and Ayesha Mazhar Raja for the class 10A with their delicious, decorative, breath-taking, wonderful cakes.

Thinking critically and spotting fake news

Fake news, unfortunately, is everywhere. Online rumours, conspiracy theories and scams have a tendency to spread like wildfire across social media.

They’re hard to resist because they play on emotions that are quick to arouse – fear, fury, hatred. We feel these emotions and then we want to do something about them – share the news, show we care.

The approach that we actually need to deal with fake news – a cool head, careful judgement – is much slower to develop, which is why fake news can spread so rapidly.

It’s vital that children develop the skills to tell fake news from accurate reports: as the success of anti-vaxxers has shown, our health depends on it. Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, says that fake news is one of the three most disturbing internet trends that have to be dealt with if technology is going to serve humanity rather than harm us.

But fake news can look persuasive, so how do you teach children to tell what’s true from what’s false?

The good news

In 2019, researchers from Princeton and New York University published a study that showed that young people were less likely to share fake news. Age was a more important factor here than education, sex or political views. The over-65s were most likely to share fake news. Those aged 18-29 were least likely.

What do you need to think about?

This is not to say that children won’t share fake news, of course. Here are some of the things to talk to children about, to help them think about whether something is fake news or not:

Consider the source. Websites and social media accounts can be set up to look serious and reputable when they aren’t at all. Don’t just share something that looks interesting. Consider where it came from. Where does the original source connect to? Is it to lots of groups with extremist views, for example?

Look at the supporting sources – are they real? Again, looking at what the source of the information connects to will help you work out why this information is being shared.

Review your own biases – do you want this to be true? If you do, you have to work even harder to prove it’s real.

Check with the experts. What are the leaders in the field saying about this? (In the case of anti-vaxxers or Coronavirus and 5G, for example, what is the WHO saying?)

Check out the authors. What else have they written? Are they reputable? Could they be bots or trolls? During the Covid-19 pandemic, troll farms in North Macedonia and the Phillippines pushed fake news about the virus.

Read beyond the headline.

Make sure that what you’re sharing isn’t a joke, or satire.

It’s difficult…

Of course, spotting fake news is often hard, which is one reason why it’s so successful.

And the term has become problematic: President Trump has a tendency to call anything he dislikes or that criticises him fake news. The British government has stopped using the term at all because it’s so hard to define.

But we know it exists. And it’s very important for children to learn to think critically, because a world in which nothing can be trusted is a dangerous and unpleasant place. Fortunately, media literacy is being taught more and more in schools. And parents can help by teaching children to challenge what they read and to approach things with an open mind, questioning and looking for backup outside their own social media bubble.

There are also websites, such as Full Fact, which is the UK's independent fact-checking authority, Snopes, and Channel 4 News Factcheck, that specialise in drilling down to the facts of a news story.

*Artist of The Week*

Well done to Zara Khan from Year 7

Frottage art. A technique invented by artist Max Ernst.

Frottage is an image made by combining rubbings from various textures.

Ms Bansal and Miss Mathews are both delighted to share with you the website that year 7 student, Krittika Nagula has created.

You will see some really beautiful examples of her own artwork, like this Night with Moon and Blossoms.

Huge well done to year 9 Drama students in 9EB/9EC

Well done to all of you who recorded and filmed your moving WW1 monologues/group performances. You performed your excellent vocal/physical performances, use of atmospheric sound and editing skills. I am very proud of you, Mrs Coulson

COVID -19 Resources

Take a look at our website for useful resources including free home learning ideas, wellbeing activities and much more.

Cultural Enrichment

Cultural Enrichment Award

Congratulations to the students who have achieved their Cultural Enrichment Award for this academic year, excellent work!

You have until June 2021 to achieve your award, email Mrs. Coulson if you need any more information.

Year 7

  • Ayrah Anass
  • Fatima Aslam
  • Haiqa Aslam
  • Sarah Basheir
  • Sonia Berrabah
  • Uzoamaka Eke
  • Eliza Halane
  • Alanna Healy
  • Aiman Iqbal
  • Hooria Irfan
  • Haleemah Jarral
  • Amelia Khan
  • Rafia Khan
  • Zara Khan
  • Magdalena Krzeminska
  • Mahin Mahmood
  • Yasmine Majdoub
  • Victoria Nerka
  • Riya Kaur Padda
  • Eloise Ramsay-Jones
  • Isra Sanad
  • Jasleen Sarai
  • Afrah Sayed
  • Gurwinder Singh
  • Aleenah Syed
  • Adela Toci

Year 8

  • Mishal Chowdhry
  • Jasskarn Kaur
  • Amita Jit
  • Acsah Shinoy
  • Iman Mahmood
  • Dhanushika Muralikrishnan
  • Sanvi Sharma
  • Dominika Wantuch

Year 9

  • Alina Ahmed
  • Ayesha Andlib
  • Kezia Barnes
  • Emaan Batool
  • Sania Farhath
  • Sarah Humji
  • Mehrab Hussain
  • Sara Hussain
  • Zlaikha Hussain
  • Mariam Javed
  • Aanchat Jit
  • Dareesha Khan
  • Maha Khan
  • Sumaiya Khan
  • Zainab Kifayat Ullah
  • Mia Lawson
  • Doless Mukoko
  • Manasa Nair
  • Simran Rehal
  • Hania Sheaikh

Year 10

  • Jemima Balenthiran
  • Inayah Bilal
  • Fiza Kaleem
  • Simranjit Kaur-Singh
  • Akshaya Radhakrishnan

Year 11

  • Joy Balenthiran
  • Kushee Parmar
  • Nazo Zaheer

Sixth Form

  • Priya Dogra
  • Amrah Mohammed Janoofar

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Reading

Think Like a Monk’ by Jay Shetty

Jay Shetty is a social media superstar and host of the #1 podcast On Purpose. In this book, he distils the timeless wisdom he learned as a monk into practical steps anyone can take every day to live a less anxious, more meaningful life.

I like reading books that help us to simplify our lives and I found this book very motivating as it helped me take a step back and look at life from a different perspective. In this inspiring, empowering book, Shetty draws on his time as a monk to show us how we can clear the roadblocks to our potential and power. Combining ancient wisdom and his own rich experiences in the ashram, Think Like a Monk reveals how to overcome negative thoughts and habits, and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us.

Each part breaks into actions we can do to help us understand our mind, our purpose, and more importantly, our healing. After every section, Shetty gives you a meditation practice. There are graphs and charts in the book that blew my mind. There are exercises, life experience, quotes, and even a quiz at the end that can help you find the personality type that pairs you with a direction to find your purpose in life. So in a nutshell this book gives you the tools as to how to think like a monk because….

When you think like a monk, you’ll understand:

  • How to overcome negativity
  • How to stop overthinking
  • Why comparison kills love
  • How to use your fear
  • Why you can’t find happiness by looking for it
  • How to learn from everyone you meet
  • Why you are not your thoughts
  • How to find your purpose
  • Why kindness is crucial to success
  • And much more...

Ms Manni

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Careers

YEAR 9 GCSE OPTIONS

All of year 9 are having group meetings with a careers advisor (from ADVIZA) to support them with their upcoming GCSE options. Parents/carers will receive an online video presentation and options pack in the post w/c 22nd February with information about the options process and courses on offer. If you do not receive this information by 1st March, please contact KWA@bayliscourt.slough.sch.uk.

STEP INTO THE NHS Competition

This week we launched the ‘Step into the NHS’ competition for all year 8 pupils. Over the next couple of months they will be learning all about careers within the NHS. They will write a job description and create an advertisement (poster, website, video, leaflet, etc) for their chosen career. All entries are due Friday 2nd April. The expert panel of judges will score them on student appeal, creativity, understanding of the NHS, and structure/presentation. The winners will receive Amazon vouchers!

More information here: https://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/

Good luck year 8!

BFI FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL 2021

FEBRUARY 18TH-21ST

FREE ONLINE FESTIVAL FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT CAREERS IN THE FILM AND TV INDUSTRY!

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University of Northampton Virtual Events
  • Essay Writing at university: an event to give Year 13 students an insight into the skills they will need at university including: referencing, bibliographies and academic research
  • Student Journey, Student Finance and What Happens Next: aimed at Year 13 students, delivered weekly
  • Interview Skills and Portfolio Guidance: advice on how to prepare for an interview
  • Subject webinars: hosted by our academics, find out more about a range of courses we offer
  • Parents/Carers Information Evenings: for parents/carers of students wishing to progress on to Higher Education, including information on UCAS and Student Finance.

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Over the last 10 years, QA have jump-started over 30,000 careers through our digital apprenticeships.

As the UK’s leading training provider, we’ve made it our mission to help young people get their careers started in a competitive job market. We have vacancies available across the country and throughout the year. We’ve already placed apprentices with innovative companies like O2, Talk Talk, Vodafone and Royal Mail – and your students could be next.

What apprenticeship routes do we offer?

• A Level 3 or 4 apprenticeship in IT Systems and Networking, Software Development, Cyber Security, Data Analysis, DevOps and Digital Marketing,

• Or degree apprenticeships in Cyber Security and Digital Solutions.

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Speakers for Schools are excited to present our weekly Broadcast schedule! This schedule will be updated regularly and talks will be targeted to different age groups and is accessible via the links below. The Inspiration Team will host these events a few times a term for students to attend at home.

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“The new mutations of coronavirus are easier to transmit. It means that things like social distancing, hand washing and wearing a face covering (Unless exempt) remain incredibly important. Don’t be a #SpaceInvader when you’re away from home, please maintain your social distance”

Credits:

Created with images by pixel2013 - "background texture heart" • LubosHouska - "books bookstore book" • Krystal Ng - "untitled image"