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Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 22nd January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

I would like to say a big thank you to all of the parents who answered the most recent parent survey with words of thanks for the teachers and support staff. The current lockdown is a stressful situation for all of us, therefore, positive words from parents are very much appreciated by our staff.

Here is one of the many parent messages of support

‘Just to sincerely thank all teachers/teaching assistants/school staff who are working through yet another lockdown to ensure pupils are receiving their education’

Actions from the parent survey

Where parents have asked for specific support, the request has been passed onto an appropriate member of staff to answer your query directly.

The biggest support request from parents was for a laptop. We have loaned more than 150 devices since January and we are finding it more difficult to source additional devices. Just a reminder that if you are still in need of a device then it is possible to access lessons using the Teams app on a mobile phone or by using a games console (i.e. Playstation).

If you do not have access to any of the above please email your child’s Head of Learning to request paper copies of the work from their teachers. Please see the Remote Learning Protocols on our website for further information.

Year 11 and 13

The Government has sent through a consultation paper with a suggestion of what will replace public examinations this year. We will let you know as soon as we have the final arrangements. One thing that we do know, is that teachers will be asked to grade students, after some sort of assessment. Therefore, it is important that all of Year 11 and Year 13 continue to fully engage with lessons.

All other Years

I am happy to say that student engagement with lessons is very high. We do not want anyone to fall behind, so please make sure that your child continues to fully engage with lessons.

I wish you good health and best wishes

Ray Hinds

Principal

Oak National Academy

The Virtual School Library's First Author of the week is Jacqueline Wilson!

You can read her most popular book, The Story of Tracy Beaker, for FREE below, find out more about Jacqueline's inspiration for writing in an exclusive video and download fun activities to try at home, including a mask, a wordsearch and a brilliant quiz.

COVID -19 Resources

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

Navjeet Kaur Y8

Beautifully presented sketchbook example of drawing from observation using a range of drawing techniques.

Artist Of The Week

A huge well done to Jade Drake in year 11

Jade completed this lovely piece of work using stippling technique (using small dots) which takes a long time and patience to complete work to this standard.

Artist of the Week

A beautiful piece of Artwork

Pen and Ink

Jasmine Clottey- Year 9

*Artist of the Week*

Another beautiful octopus, this time by Mariyah Mohammed in Year 9

#Fit2FightCOVID

Early indications suggest that Vitamin D may be contributing towards the fight against coronavirus.

Public Health England and the NHS advise everyone takes 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day between October and early March as we don’t get enough vitamin D from natural sunlight. This is compounded by the pandemic and lockdown measures which have kept people inside more than normal, increasing the risk of vitamin D deficiency.

Did you know? You’d need to be in the sun with your arms and face uncovered for at least 15minutes in the summer to absorb enough vitamin D from the sunlight. This increases to 30-45minutes for people with dark skin.

Taking vitamin D can help improve your overall health, prevent your bones from weakening and strengthen your immune system to help prevent infection.

It’s especially important to take vitamin D if you are in any of these groups.

  • Adults and children from “at risk” groups and those clinically vulnerable to coronavirus. *
  • The elderly.
  • People who do not go outside.
  • Those with dark skin (especially residents with a Black Caribbean, Black African or South Asian ethnicity).
  • Pregnant women**.
  • Children up to the age of 4 years**.

*If you are clinically vulnerable to coronavirus then you can sign up for a free pack of vitamin D on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/get-vitamin-d-supplements/

**Vitamin D supplements available free (or at low cost) through the Healthy Start scheme to support healthy pregnancy and births - please ask your GP, midwife or health visitor or visit www.healthystart.nhs.uk

Cultural Enrichment- Remote Learning

Year 7-Well-being assembly by Uzoamaka Eze

Year 8 Aisha Malik

Year 9 Marium Nabi

BLOG: Outside Nature

I enjoy rain, lakes and autumn trees. In my opinion, they are the best features of nature. The rain is so soothing, the lakes too. The trees having a full life, new opportunities (its leaves). Nature in general collide together and it makes it really aesthetically pleasing to view nature as a whole.

Year 10 Faseeha Mehdi

The Snowman-Film review task:

The snowman is a film that starts when a boy starts making a snowman on Christmas. It magically comes to life. The snowman then takes him on a journey to meet Santa Claus.

Some of the genres are: fantasy, animation and adventure.

I enjoyed watching this movie as it was full of happiness and enjoyable moments. I would rate this movie an 8/10 as it was enjoyable and the story was also interesting. I would recommend this film to anyone who loves adventure movies and also if you are watching with kids as it is entertaining and engaging.

Year 11 Julia Maciuszek

Festive Speech – Cultural Enrichment Task

Last year was a very unexpected year for all of us. The virus changed all of our lives for the worst for most of us. We had to learn to continue our education online at home on our own which wasn’t easy to get used to. Some have unfortunately experienced the virus and have had family members suffer through it. However as many of us focus on the bad, I would like to highlight some positives of last year that not many of us considered. As we were left separated from others, we got a chance to focus on ourselves and look at life from a different perspective. Many of us, as well as trying to keep up with school work, tried new hobbies and focused on self-care and self-love during this difficult time. Many of us got to spend more time with family members at home as before the virus a lot of us were busy with school work and others with work, and staying at home gave us a chance to sit down and enjoy the company of our loved ones for a while. Even though we were not able to be with friends, I’m sure many of us still kept in touch and made sure they were all doing okay during the tough time of lockdown and self-isolation. As we look back on 2020, personally I feel like a lot of the months were a blur and it was all very sudden. So as we go into a new year I would like everyone to try to make meaningful resolutions and try to focus on more positive aspects during the pandemic. I do hope that the virus soon disappears and we can soon focus on trying to go back to a normal way of living. As we go into 2021, I hope you all spend the year focusing on yourselves and loved ones and really taking care of your mental health. It is important that we check on each other and support each other through tough times and be compassionate to those who may be having mental health issues. Last year may have been one of the worst years yet, so let’s make the most out of 2021 and work as hard as we can. Make sure to take care of yourselves, look out for others and most of all stay safe to protect not only yourselves, but those around you.

Sixth form Hannah Bunce

Cultural Enrichment Christmas Task- Virtual Concert

London’s Symphony Orchestra annually performs a Christmas concert& sing-a-long to raise money for their future. This year, they had to adapt according to Covid and therefore it was performed socially distanced in October- however this did not mean it lacked the Christmas spirit in the slightest! They performed festive favourites and well-loved gospel classics alongside some yuletide discoveries from around the world- this added elements of learning to the watching of the concert as the audience was able to hear songs that were new to them if they were not familiar with that culture. The ability to watch it online also meant that they were able to stream it to other countries which lead to a wider audience- which is a very big positive and maybe we will see this return in the future Christmas concert.

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Reading

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Whilst I haven’t read this book in recent months, I love reading and The Book Thief remains one of my top five books.

Set during World War II, it tells the tale of Liesel Meminger, a twelve year old, who is fostered by a family after her father leaves. Whilst I am always hooked by the friendship she makes with a local boy, the relationship that blossoms with her foster father who teaches her to read and the support she gives to the Jewish man hiding in their basement, it is the fact that this book is narrated by Death which catches my attention the most.

Death watches humans to distract himself from his job. He sees Liesel three times, firstly when she steals her first book and he finds her so interesting he tells her tale. Death describes The Book Thief as:

“…just a small story really, about, among other things:

  • A girl
  • Some words
  • An accordionist
  • Some fanatical Germans
  • A Jewish fist fighter
  • And quite a lot of thievery.”

I hope you are tempted to give it a try – let me know what you think of it!

Mrs Martin

Laura Steele, one of Loughbrough College's PE lecturers, has designed five excellent and engaging lessons to start the week, aimed at children aged 10-14 and which can be done in any home, without the need for equipment or parental supervision.

Each lesson includes 30 minutes of input from Laura, followed by a 30-minute challenge for children to try at home.

Careers in Law

What areas of study does a Law degree cover?

Routes to Practice as a Solicitor or a Barrister

Areas of Law

The types of law that you choose to pursue when studying at post-graduate level often determine the firms you can apply to once you graduate - not to mention your longer-term career opportunities.

Here's some of the practice areas you could enter:

How much do Lawyers ear after qualifying?

As a newly-qualified lawyer it's likely you'll enjoy a considerable jump in your earnings.

  • As a member of a Magic Circle firm you can expect an impressive salary. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer recently boosted its salary for newly qualified solicitors to £100,000 making it the highest paying Magic Circle firm. Other Magic Circle firms pay salaries of £91,000 (Clifford Chance) and £83,000 (Allen & Overy, Linklaters and Slaughter and May).
  • USA-based firms also offer some of the highest remuneration packages to their newly qualified lawyers, for example, Kirkland & Ellis pay their London-based newly qualified solicitors £143,000.
  • As well as higher rates of pay, working for an international firm opens you up to opportunities for travel and work abroad.

Where else can a degree in law take you?

Careers outside the Law

There are other careers which value Law graduates’ skills, including:

  • Civil Service - the fast stream is a quick route into the Civil Service
  • Policing – there are a range of careers in policing
  • Teaching – the Teach First Leadership Development Programme offers work experience and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification
  • Teaching & Lecturing – the Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification in post-compulsory education is available
  • Working for an MP – working for a member of parliament gives you the opportunity to help effect change in local government or on a national scale

Where can I find out more?

Visit the websites of the following professional bodies to find out more about courses and careers in law:

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DEADLINE EXTENDED

APPLICATIONS CLOSE MONDAY 1 FEBRUARY @ 4PM

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.

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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

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Year 10 Virtual Work Experience in Fashion

15-19th Feb 2021- Closing Date 15/1/21

Work experience includes:

  • Introduction to Tesco
  • Meeting the clothing and footwear teams
  • Videos looking inside different business areas in Tesco
  • Understanding the different variety of roles in Tesco
  • Employability skills
  • Complete a fashion project including live innovation and presentation workshops

Apply via Speakers for Schools

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Webinars/ Events for Students

27/1/21 4pm - Deloitte Brightstart Apprenticeship Webinar

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

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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.

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:

Keep in touch digitally

It can be easy to become more isolated from people during a lockdown, and this can cause greater anxieties to occur. Talk to someone you trust. Telling someone about how you feel can make a difference, even if they can't change what you're experiencing. You may want to talk to friends who understand your experiences, or talking to a trusted adult can give you a different perspective or understanding of what you are feeling.

Try to make plans to video chat with people or groups you'd like to spend time with, when possible. You can also arrange phone calls or send instant messages or texts. Keep in touch with others as much or as little as you find helpful.

You could also join a peer support community. Kooth is an online mental wellbeing community that provides free, safe, and anonymous support.

https://www.kooth.com/

Credits:

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