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Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 5th February 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

This week, there is snow forecast in Slough. If the school site has to close, we will inform you via text message as early as possible. There will also be an announcement on the Baylis website. Online lessons will continue.

Best wishes and good health to you and your families,

Ray Hinds

Principal

*Artist of the Week*

We are loving these absolutely beautiful creations by Jindveer this week. They are double exposures in the style of Antonio Mora

*Artist of The Week*

Navjeet Kaur in year Y8 produced this project while working remotely.

Project: Fruit & Veg Cross Sections

A cross section drawing of an onion skin using a view finder, inspired by the work of artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

*Artist of The Week*

Well done to Aanchal Git in year 9

Outstanding mixed media studies of shells.

*Artist of The Week*

Michelle Guzewicz in Year 8 Drew this Peerp- Natural Form.

Well done!

*Artist of The Week*

Well done to Gabrielle Chanan in Year 8

Fruit Cross sections

A-level Biology Master Class (online)

A level students had been attending online talks being delivered by Royal Holloway University. Talks are delivered on selected topics linked to A-level syllabus covering a broad range of topics relevant to great challenges in the 21st century. Its aim is to expose students to university-level teaching and learning, provide links between exciting, contemporary science and A-level syllabus. This will enable students to be successful in the A-level exam, university entry and the transition to university.

Here is some feedback from our AS Biology students.

The Master Class was very informative and interesting. Professor Rafael Yanez was very passionate about the topic being discussed and he provided a real insight about mutations which was a very well discussed topic in the session. Professor Rafael opened another way of looking at mutations. He argued a positive side to mutations and said although mutations cause defects and diseases, they are mandatory to the idea of evolution. Only with Mutations can human beings evolve and survive. This was a new concept for me, and it allowed me to look at mutations in a whole different way. The Master Class was very well structured, Professor Rafael initially told us the different subtopics and topics we would be exploring before he began. The Master Class was also very interactive as the Professor would ask questions frequently and give us in depth feedback on our answers. Overall, I learned a variety of new information. Before the Master Class I wasn't aware that there are 9000 rare diseases that an individual could have. I also did not know T cells could be genetically modified as a treatment for diseases. I really enjoyed the Master Class as it gave me background information on Genes, and it will prove very useful to me in the future.

Iqra.Nazir Year 12

Royal Holloway’s Biology masterclasses are very useful and open up a deeper level of understanding in specific areas of biology for example Tuberculosis and gene therapy. It really has helped me to decide which specific area of medicine I am interested in and want to study further.

Thank you to the university for this rare and valuable opportunity.

Annika Matharu year 12

The masterclass with Royal Holloway on the 2nd of February 2021 was conducted by Professor Rafael J. Yáñez-Muñoz who is the Director of the Centre of Gene and Cell Therapy in the Department of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, UK. The main topic we had gone through was Gene therapy. I had learned several interesting facts during the masterclass such as "in the UK a disease is considered rare if fewer than 1 in 2,000 people are affected." Moreover, the professor went through several interesting statistics for example 40-72% of rare diseases are inherited. The professor also gave us insight into some of the rare diseases which are studied at Royal Holloway such as spinal muscular atrophy, spinal injuries, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. The Genome project was another very interesting topic which we went through. The aim of the project is to sequence 100,000 genomes from around 70,000 people. Participants are NHS patients with rare diseases, plus their families, and patients with cancer. Lastly, the professor went through some of the things that can be done with gene therapy such as introducing minigenes, making a gene produce more (or less) protein, and make vaccines. This masterclass was useful because although I have not yet studied gene therapy yet at school it is part of the syllabus and this has given me a head start on the topic which will be helpful when I do start the topic at school.

Lyba Khurram Year 12

We need each other more than ever right now! This month let's focus on reaching out to connect with others and doing our best to be a good friend. Our acts of kindness and connection ripple out and impact so many more people than we realise - and they also boost our own happy hormones too! In stressful times people around us may be feeling the strain, so let's try to keep calm, take time to listen and show compassion.

COVID -19 Resources

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

Cultural Enrichment

Student Examples

Year 7 Rizma Mughal illustration inspired by this week’s culturally influential author Beatrix Potter
Halima Riasat
Jasleen Sarai
Jasleen Sarai
Year 8 Aaleyah Asad created this beautiful birthday cake for her father
Year 9 Manasa Nair illustration inspired by this week’s culturally influential author Beatrix Potter
Year 10 Simranjit Singh’s examples from the Cultural Enrichment project

Reading

The ‘Splendid and the Vile’ by Erik Larson

I’ve just finished reading The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson which is an account of the early days of Churchill’s premiership from his arrival in office in 1940 through the Blitz and ending when America entered the war in 1941. I was particularly drawn to this book because my mother lived through the Blitz before being evacuated and it paints a horrifically vivid picture of the devastating consequences of the nightly bombing raids whilst also capturing the resilience and spirit of the Londoners who picked themselves up and dusted themselves off every day and went about their business despite everything.

The other aspect I found really fascinating is the insight this book gives into Churchill as a character and his eccentricities, including his predilection for wearing satin romper suits and marching around Chequers after dinner to the music of a military band whilst carrying a loaded rifle! Whilst it is a work of fiction, it is rooted in fact as the sources used include the diary of Churchill’s daughter Mary as well as that of one of his private secretaries. These documents are quoted extensively and provide a glimpse of life beyond Downing Street as Churchill battled to inspire the nation in its heroic effort to stave off German occupation and maintain the British way of life.

Mrs Greatorex

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Careers

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!

Investing in Futures:

Apprenticeships play an important role in our business, and provide people an alternative route into a challenging and rewarding career with HSBC. We believe apprenticeships opportunities are one of the very best ways to equip people with the skills they need to succeed.

HSBC Foundation and Degree Apprenticeships will be going live within the upcoming National Apprenticeship Week (8th February 2021). These opportunities will be available on our UK Apprenticeships page.

HSBC 2021 Work Experience opportunities are live now and students can apply via our Work Experience page.

See your future in finance

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Meet the Russell Group Virtual Event

Wednesday 10 February | 12:00 - 19:00 (GMT)

Are you looking at applying to Russell Group Universities? The Russell Group is a collection of 24 universities from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, all of whom are world-leaders at research, and offer world-class education to their students.

The 24 universities have joined together to offer one big virtual event on Wednesday 10th February, where you'll be able to explore every single one, and chat to their staff and students to ask any questions you have. There will also be 13 live webinars throughout the day, including advice on applying to Oxford or Cambridge.

The event is free of charge, and open to students in Years 11, 12 and 13 from anywhere in the world. We hope you'll be able to join us.

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Windsor College- Tuesday 9th February - 4.30pm

Strode's College- Thursday 11th February- 4.30pm

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Our national apprenticeship training programmes can help develop a stronger, more resilient workforce for today and tomorrow. Apprenticeships have no upper age limit and are not just for new employees, making them an ideal way to upskill existing members of staff.

For more information regarding our apprenticeship training please visit our website, where you can also contact our national apprenticeship team via our online forms.

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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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Wellbeing Tip of the Week

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:

Split up big tasks

Has a task or piece of work ever weighed down on you day after day, remaining at the forefront of your mind, but you still can’t bring yourself to complete it?

When you feel stressed, some tasks can seem overwhelming and it can be difficult to get started. Try to break any big tasks down into more manageable chunks, this should help to remove some of the stress. In addition, remember to give yourself credit when you complete each bit to feel good about your accomplishments.

We’re still in national lockdown due to the continuing spread of covid19. Please stay home as much as possible and don’t mix with others. We still have high rates of infection, and with 1/3 of cases amongst people with no symptoms it’s important that we don’t become a #SocialSpreader

Credits:

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