Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 29th January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister announced that hopefully it will be safe to commence the reopening of schools from Monday 8 March.

A return to face-to-face education will depend on the national public health data and pressure on NHS capacity. If transmission rates and hospital occupation is still too high then the date will be reviewed.

The return to school will be staggered with the return of examination year groups first (Year 11 and 13). Followed by other year groups later.

We will be given at least two weeks’ notice to prepare for a return to face-to-face education.

We will remain open to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers after February half-term, as they are now. All other pupils will continue to receive high quality remote education at home.

As soon as we have a definite date for a return to face-to-face education we will let you know.

Best wishes and good health to you and your families,

Ray Hinds


Acts of Kindness

We were delighted to read this email from a year 7 student today, who wishes to remain anonymous.

Today I gave money to the homeless as I saw they picking food (from the Slough high street) from the bins. I gave them all my pocket money and told him to buy food. He said there was no need however I told him I insisted.

If you have been spreading a little extra kindness through lockdown, let us know so we can share!

Stress Management, Wellbeing and Resilience

Free for teachers and parents

This interactive talk will demonstrate a range of practical tools to manage pressure and stress, and enhance resilience

Monday 1 February 2021, 4-5pm

*Artist of the Week*

Alizeh Syed

Portraiture using pencil tone.

*Artist of the Week*

Anna Podesa, Year 10 Art Student

Patterned Self Portraits

*Artist of the Week*

Yesna Hanifi in year 7 created this 2D into 3D Op Art inspired Cube

This fantastic work was produced during remote learning.

Well done!

Cooking at home with Leftovers

Year 10 took part in a live cooking lesson via Microsoft Teams with their teacher, Ms Kocollari this week. This pictures can be found below. We are so proud of them regarding their engagement and the initiative.

Their own recipes and designs are amazing.

The Oak Academy Virtual School Library

This week's featured author is Nizrana Farook

Read or listen to The Girl Who Stole an Elephant completely FREE below, watch an exclusive video about Nizrana's new book, discover her top three children's books and read an interview all about reading.

COVID -19 Resources

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

Professionals Online Safety Helpline

DfE have set up a free Professionals Online Safety Helpline which supports the online safeguarding of both children and professionals.

Call 0344 381 4772 or email helpline@saferinternet.org.uk

What we do

As the only helpline in the UK solely dedicated to supporting the children’s workforce, we offer free and independent advice on any number of online safety issues, including:

Privacy, online reputation, gaming, grooming, cyberbullying, sexting, inappropriate behaviour on social media and more.

We have unique relationships with industry - including direct channels to escalate concerns to social media companies and many websites.

The helpline is available: Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm. All email enquiries will be responded to during our normal working hours.

Well done to Year 9 Drama students on their wonderful WW1 diary entries created for their Remote Learning War scheme, please see some examples below

Free Audiobooks from Audible

Students everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across eight different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and relaxing.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.

It's that easy.


Well done to 7E1 Drama on their wonderful Puppets created for their Remote Learning Puppetry scheme, please see some examples below



‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ by Viktor Frankl

Man’s search for meaning is a book written by Austrian neurologist-psychiatrist and a Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl.

Viktor Frankl was born in 1905 and studied neurology and psychiatry at the university of Vienna. This book is a psychological analysis of man’s mind when he is faced with situation of pain and suffering.

The writer Viktor Frankl was a prisoner in concentration camp of Auschwitz during the second world war. He outlined the darkest events in human history. Dr Frankl was an author-psychiatrist, he explains the experience which led to his discovery of Logotherapy, it is a kind of therapy he uses to treat his patients. The author has divided the book into 2 parts.

He describes his experiences in a concentration camp

Dr Frankl shared a part of his life as a prisoner in Auschwitz.

Part One constitutes Frankl's analysis of his experiences in the concentration camps.

He wrote about the routine in a concentration camp.

The work and labour they had to perform there.

Food that the prisoners get in there.

How a person broke out internally and externally day by day.

Inhuman treatment and brutality.

Except all above these, author is talking about the Hope .

In the second part the author attempts to explain “Logotherapy” - psychotherapeutic method which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about, and then imagining that outcome. According to Frankl, the way a prisoner imagined the future affected his longevity. The book intends to answer the question "How was everyday life in a concentration camp reflected in the mind of the average prisoner?"

He also describes how happy he felt when he was transferred to another camp from the Auschwitz concentration camp, and how at that particular moment he thought about what it meant to be happy.

I recommend this book as it will change the perspective of things you see in life.

Ms. Petrova

British Asian celebrities unite for video to dispel Covid vaccine myths

Cheap eats for lockdown weeks

Free school meal vouchers to spend? Struggling for meal inspiration with the kids at home at the moment? We've got you covered with our simple lunch ideas.

Complete with its own shopping list, each set of recipes contains 5 easy, tasty lunches for around £15. Check out 3 weeks' worth of recipes now, plus ideas and inspiration for ways to keep lunchtimes fresh until they can go back to school.


See your future in finance



We're RateMyApprenticeship, a company dedicated to helping students aged 16-24 find apprenticeship opportunities. We came across your email address and thought you might be interested in sharing our virtual event with your students. Here’s some more information about it...

RateMyApprenticeship's virtual event is NEXT WEEK on the 3rd and 4th February between 1 - 5pm and we’d love to invite you and to join!


Football’s Danny and Nicky Cowley kick off 2021 Live Lounge series



In response to school closures and in order to support busy teachers and their students at this difficult time, we have taken the decision to extend the deadline for 2021 Arkwright Engineering Scholarship applications by two weeks to Monday 1 February 2021 at 4PM.

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are for the engineering leaders of tomorrow, providing financial support, mentoring, exclusive events and industry experience opportunities to ambitious students pursuing a career in engineering.


If you are interested in Technology, want to work for huge £40billion global brand and get paid £21,500 starting salary then below could be for you!

Network Engineer Level 6 Apprenticeship

From major communications installations and delivering voice and data services, to helping monitor the entire Vodafone network, Network Engineer apprentices keep our customers connected across the world.

  • BSc (Hons) Degree in Digital & Technology Solutions (specialising in Network Engineering) upon completion
  • Hands-on experience and the opportunity to develop into a Network Engineer expert
  • Starting salary: £21,500

Applicants will need:

  • To be 18 years old or over as of 1 September 2021
  • GCSE English & Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications)
  • 2 A Levels including ICT or Maths, gained by September 2021 (or equivalent qualifications in similar subjects)

Application Link

Data Analyst Level 6 Apprenticeship

Our Data Analyst apprentices are part of the Data Revolution, working in teams focused on Big Data analytics, business intelligence, automation and more. They will help Vodafone bring the impossible to life through insight and design.

  • BSc (Hons) Degree in Digital & Technology Solutions (specialising in Data Analytics) upon completion
  • Modules in Data Modelling & SQL Language, Big Data & Analytics, Data Communications & Network Security, AI & Machine Learning and Business Strategy
  • Hands-on experience working with industry experts
  • Starting salary: £21,500

Applicants will need:

  • To be 18 years old or over as of 1 September 2021
  • GCSE English & Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications)
  • 2 A Levels including ICT or Maths, gained by September 2021 (or equivalent qualifications in similar subjects)

Application Link


Webinars/ Events for Students

9/2/21 11.10am - National Apprenticeship Week The Big Assembly

3/2/21 6-10pm - RAF Live Broadcast to learn about different roles in the RAF

10/2/21 6pm - Virtual insight event with the Co-op in the Legal Sector


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.

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.


A Level Media Studies: Jason Spencer, Business Development Director, ITV Webinar

“As media A level students we had the privilege of watching a live interactive seminar with Jason Spencer the business development director of ITV.In the Seminar he educated on us the vast variety of careers available within the media industry and the pathways we could take to better our chances of occupying these top roles.He also informed us about the increasing importance of digital convergence plays within the industry and how it has accumulated a selection of new jobs. It has also played a significant part in aiding ITV during COVID-19 , where many companies had to make adaptations to they way they distribute and market their productions.During the Q& A round he was able to answer personal questions from students whilst drawing from his own experiences .One important lesson he reinforced was he had to take a risk of changing from his current job to itv whilst being mindful of his responsibilities , this illustrates the importance of taking risk within your career.

Jason Spencer talk provided us with an insight of the media industry and the abundance of careers available.” Awa Bobb

“On the 25th, Year 13 were able to attend Jason Spencer, who works for ITV, webinar. I really enjoyed learning the pathways we can take from Media Studies and the opportunities it gives us. Jason Spencer also explained to us that you have to risk things when it comes to work, that is how he got to the position he is in now. We learnt how fundamental jobs in media are to run entertainment we watch daily such as Netflix or ITV. Jason Spencer explained his journey he took to get to where he is now, including a year of travelling. Within this career Jason won a global award, despite having no intention of working within the media industry. This webinar really helped me understand how interesting and crucial jobs are in media, and there is always a job out there for you. A quote Jason said that I remember is “ It doesn’t matter if people laugh at your ideas or opinions in the workplace, do it anyway and work for what you believe in.” Dolcie Teesdale

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:

Reward yourself when you achieve things

Rewarding yourself to reinforce the positive actions is a good start to improve your mental wellbeing and should be recognised as a useful tool. Once you get into the habit of rewarding, the more motivated you will become and goal setting will become a habit.

The briefest of rewards will validate your self -worth; It tells you that you are deserving, worthwhile and it is ok to feel good. This will also help in reducing feelings of stress and anxiety in times where there may be more pressure to achieve.


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