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Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 8th January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

Dear Parent/Carer

All lessons are online using TEAMS until the end of this term Friday February 12th 2021

I hope that you and your family are healthy and safe. This is a difficult time for all of us, however, rest assured that we are fully prepared for remote learning.

Throughout the first two terms staff and students received remote learning training and students who were self-isolating have been receiving their lessons remotely before Christmas.

All lessons are online for the rest of this term, including registration and assemblies, please make sure that your child engages with all of the lessons and activities provided. Ensure that they log onto TEAMS on time, as though they were in school.

If your child is vulnerable or you are a key worker and there is no one at home who can supervise your child please contact us. Your child will be allowed to come into school.

Year 11 and 13 – Keep working online through remote lessons on TEAMS

The Government announced on Wednesday that all public exams have been cancelled.

It is most important that your child continues to engage with online remote learning so that they are prepared for any future assessments that may take place before the end of this academic year.

As soon as we receive any information on what the Department of Education has planned as an alternative to exams, we will let you know.

All Year groups – Engage with remote lessons on TEAMS

Please ensure that your child makes the most of the education that is being provided – engage and enjoy.

Access to laptops or and the Internet

Please let us know if you need a laptop or internet access. A survey has been sent to every parent please complete it so that we can help.

This is obviously not the way we would have liked to start the year but the good news is that we are starting to see an end to this pandemic, through the mass vaccinations that are happening across the country and the world.

Best wishes and good health in 2021.

Ray Hinds

Principal

Artist of the Week

Well done to Fiza Kaleem in Year 10 who produced this beautiful artwork!

Smashing work from remote learning this week!

Zara Khan in Year 7

Project: Op Art 2D into 3D

Cultural Enrichment

Festive project examples

Year 7 Aaminah Afzaal

Year 8 Fatimeh Nagey

Year 9 Aanchal Jit

Year 10 Zara Khan

Year 11 Aimee Krubally

Sixth form Naila Ali Cultural Enrichment Nature Task:

Winter is a time of awe and wonder as Christmas is approaching, making one feel excited and ecstatic. One of my favourite features about winter is the sky. The sky could be presented in various forms, such as frosty and colourful at the early hours of the morning, during the day it turns crisp and clear, then transitioning to the end of the day where it becomes misty, opaque signifying a serene gloomy atmosphere. I find this very fascinating and enjoyable to watch, because it creates an atmosphere of mystery and the unknown, as the sky is constantly changing as time goes by. The short hours of broad daylight, creates the longing to stay inside, in the warmth having a hot chocolate, and enjoying this festive period with family and friends.

BOOK REVIEW

Miss Mathews recommends The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy.

I received Charlie Mackesy’s book The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse for Christmas. It is not a traditional novel, more a short story that tells the tale of the friendship between the four characters as they make their way through some of life’s more difficult problems. Mackesy introduces his own book saying that it can be read as a whole but also that it can be flipped open randomly, as each page exists as a positive affirmation in itself.

The four characters are so different to each other, yet this is what makes them a winning combination as they all have different opinions to bring to the group.

The book is a bestseller and I can absolutely see why- the illustrations are breath taking and the accompanying words bring lightness and hope at a time of such pain and uncertainty. It reminds us that we are all capable of great things, that the bravest thing to say is “help” and that we can lean on others when times are hard. Even if times are not especially tough for you, Mackesy’s book reminds us to be compassionate and patient towards others who may not be feeling positive.

“Do you have any other advice?” asked the boy. “Don’t measure how valuable you are by the way you are treated” said the horse.

Vodafone: Innovators Work Experience Programme for Year 12

15th - 19th February 2021

Join Vodafone for a week-long virtual work experience programme where you’ll attend a series of live webinars, panel discussions and workshops to develop industry focused skills, valuable experience and an insight into working life at Vodafone which will help to kick-start your exciting future career! Click here to apply.

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Unilever: Introducing Unilever Apprenticeships

5pm 14th January 2021

Join the Unilever Future Careers team to learn about the Unilever business, overview of apprenticeship programmes, stories for current apprentices and top tips and hints for the recruitment process.

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HSBC Work Experience:

Opportunities across the whole of the UK, in financial services, investment banking, marketing, digital, compliance and HR.

The Work Experience opportunities will be available through June to August 2021 and will be 1-week long.

Open to all students in Years 10- 13, applications close on 21st February!

Apply here

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Marks & Spencer's Webinar:

2020 has proven how much retail means to our communities, so why not be a part of transforming it at one of the UK’s most iconic brands.

M&S are recruiting Retail Management and Fashion apprentices across the UK, giving you the ultimate fast track to managing your own department and looking after multi million pound budgets, all while being coached and mentored by their retail management experts.

If you'd like to consider applying for a M&S apprenticeship program and are interested in Business, Retail, Management or Fashion then you can find your unique sign up application link below to this webinar!

Key Details:

  • Thursday 28th January, 5pm - 6pm
  • Insight to M&S (one of the UK's most iconic brands)
  • Open to all Y12 and 13 students
  • Great opportunity for students looking to get into business, management, retail or fashion!

Webinar Application Link here

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Speakers for Schools

Shai Weiss, CEO, Virgin Atlantic Airways

Speaker bio here

Join us to hear Shai Weiss share insights into his own career journey and discuss how he became CEO of Virgin Atlantic. Shai will focus on the importance teamwork, resilience and maintaining mental clarity during difficult times.

Thurs 14th January 5-6pm

LINK TO TALK

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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.

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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:

Develop your interests and hobbies. Finding an activity that's completely different from the things causing you stress is a great way to get away from everyday pressures.

Spending time on an activity that you enjoy can improve your mental health and wellbeing. Research shows that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress, low mood, and depression. Activities that get you out and about can make you feel happier and more relaxed.

Credits:

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