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,
*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
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.
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.
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.
Windsor College- Tuesday 9th February - 4.30pm
Strode's College- Thursday 11th February- 4.30pm
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.
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.
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.
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