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Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 11th December 2020

End of Term Arrangements

Friday 18th December 2020

  • Tutor time and periods 1-3 as normal.
  • Period 4 assemblies
  • Students depart at 1pm.

*Artist of the Week*

Well done to Zainab Kifayat Ullah in year 9

Everyday object in Pencil, chalk, biro and colour

Sixth Form Library Monitors

My name is Meerab and I am one of the library monitors in charge of running the library. I took on this role as I felt that the younger years had lost the opportunity to use the library and wanted to ensure resources available are used to the best of their ability. Therefore, my team and I decided to take it upon ourselves to run the library so younger years could have the same experience as we did in their position. The school has been very supportive and encouraged me and my team to take full advantage of this opportunity. Alongside providing this service, we have been lucky enough to develop skills like leadership, teamwork and initiative - which we hope will be put in good use in future.

Remote Learning Guides

New Remote Learning Guides have been uploaded to the Baylis Court School website, to help any students or parents/carers who may be struggling to access their lessons while at home self isolating.

Student Guide

Parent Guide

We had a wonderful day at Baylis on Tuesday 1st December for our Deeper Learning Day. All year groups were involved in PSHE and Careers related lessons all day.

Year 7’s had sessions on Bullying, Puberty & Hygiene with a nurse and Internet Safety & Self Esteem with a team of Police Officers. Year 8’s had sessions on Being safe, Art & Mental Well Being, Drama & Dance sessions - with a great final performance at the end of the day from the whole year group giving us great extracts from a Muppet’s Christmas Carol! Year 9’s had sessions on Healthy Heart, Careers in Health and Medical Mavericks – an opportunity to take blood from a hand and carry out dissections! Year 10’s had sessions on Mindfulness, Breast Cancer Screening with Sakoon Charity, Contextual Safeguarding and career talks with a doctor and solicitor. Year 11’s had sessions with Fix Up – a brilliant motivational speaker getting the students to think outside the box & work for what they want in life, completing College & Sixth Form Applications and a virtual careers fair. Sixth Formers had sessions on Gap Years, Going to University, a career talk and a virtual careers fair.

Here’s what the pupils had to say about the sessions:

One of the lessons I really liked was talking to the nurse. The topic they were talking about was puberty. We looked at how the sweat bacteria looked like under a microscope. I think this topic is really important to children our age and it is important to understand this topic. It was very nice of the nurse to tell us now to worry about it and speak to someone. Aleena Nosheen, Year 7.

Deeper learning day was honestly quite fun, I personally found it really interesting when we were learning about different types of bullying, because this happens all around the world and I am extremely lucky to be working on this topic. I also found it very fun when we were learning about different types of crime with the police officers because it is a great way to learn about how people can behave at some point and how you can stay safe, it was like solving a mystery yourself. It is a way to find out about law, the court and many more things which seemed quite fun and educational at the same time. Deeper learning day taught me everyone is different and should be welcome in every school since you can get to know about yourself and even others especially in topics like bullying and how to deal with it.

Rubail Khan, Year 7.

My favourite activity during this day was the careers talk about Law. This is because it was highly informative and also educational. I learnt a lot of information from this activity as the BP solicitors were ready to answer any questions about their job. My classmates and I were inspired by the virtual talk as they mentioned women empowerment and leading, which is also the motto of this school. Overall, this activity was the most interesting during deeper learning day.

Hafsah Qaiser, Year 10.

As a form, we enjoyed the session in which we learnt about Breast Cancer screening. This is because we were able to hear about two survivors' stories and battles against Breast cancer. From this we learnt how to examine ourselves and spot the signs of breast cancer. We also did an activity in which we needed to find a lump and had to describe what it felt like and how many there were. These were helpful as we need to know about this and what to do in situations like these. One thing that we all learnt was that it was better to be safe than sorry, so consulting doctors was necessary when showing early symptoms. This is what our form group enjoyed a lot during Deeper Learning Day.

Zara Khan, Year 10.

One of the most interesting activity for the sixth form was a careers talk that we had with an employee from Sony. Hayley Middlehurst – a European Distribution Manager for Sony – gave a very interesting talk with sixth formers that if we could not go to University and we would still be able to get a job, maybe even having a higher position than those joining a company after going to university. This did encourage some students into taking other pathways and widen the possibilities rather than seeing University as the only next step. She also told us about trends in sales, how sales works with Sony, what to look out for when finding a company to work for, and how to be a good salesperson, which did manage to convince some of us to consider going into marketing and the technology fields. The day as a whole was very interesting as we were informed of the different paths that we could take.

Georgia Beaver, Year 12.

Welcome to Art Classes Group, we are a visual art centre that supports young artists. It promotes engagement with the visual arts through a range of inclusive activities: exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations.

We’re delighted to announce the Online Seasonal Art Workshops running from 20th until 30th December 2020, every day 3-4.30pm.

We selected 11 artists to run online art workshops, and everyone can participate for free. For more information about the artists, you can watch our live interview here

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University of Lincoln Computer Science Christmas Lectures

If you have any interest in computing, video games, or any of the specific topics on offer, please join us. Also, feel free to come along to any session to find out more about what we do in the school of Computer Science, our research, and what makes Lincoln a great place to learn.

Find out more here

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National UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair (27th January), featuring a vast array of exhibitors and 10 vital webinars. Students, teachers and parents can find out more and sign up here.

The second virtual event on February 10th is our 'Meet the Russell Group' virtual event. This will feature all 24 universities and essential webinars for students considering applications to these instituitions. Students, teachers and parents can find out more and sign up here.

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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:

Believe in yourself - Make a list of things that you like about yourself – this could be about your personality, what kind of friend you are, the way you look and things that you can do.

If you find it hard to think of ideas, ask yourself “if someone close to me was writing this list about me, what would they say?”. Keep this list and look at it when you’re finding it hard to believe in yourself.

Our School Uniform supplier, School Days Direct, will be closing for Christmas on Saturday 19th December at 5:00pm and will re-open on Saturday 2nd January 2021 at 9:00am.

The last day for parents to place online orders in time before Christmas will be Monday 14th December (subject to stock availability)

Credits:

Created with an image by Krystal Ng - "untitled image"