Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 13th March 2020

Attendance for 2nd-6th March 2020


Our Year 11 students in the ADVIZA programme went on a day trip on Wednesday 4th March.

They spent the first half of the day at Langley College where they had bite size sessions in the departments they were interested in such as Public Services, Childcare and Hair/Beauty and a tour of the whole college. They then finished with lunch before heading off to Lindengate in Wendover. Lindengate are a charity who focuses on the importance of nature and creativity to support mental wellness. The session focussed on mindfulness tools which will be a great help on coping mechanisms during the exams!

When the girls were asked for one word to sum up their day – ‘Relaxing’, ‘Inspiring’, ‘Amazing’ and ‘Peaceful’ were just a few of the words to come up! A great day was had by all and a special thank you to Mr Macintosh who made it all possible by driving the mini bus last minute!

Coronavirus Updates

Exam preparation and Ofqual advice

We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.

Ofqual continues to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.

It is still many weeks until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible.The latest updates from Ofqual can be found here:

• https://www.gov.uk/government/news/updated-statement-on-coronavirus

Careers in… PE and Dance

Dance Courses- Post 16

  • Performing Arts Foundation Diploma
  • Dance Foundation Diploma
  • Performing Arts Level 2 Diploma
  • Dance Level 2 Diploma
  • Performing Arts Level 3 Diploma
  • Dance Level 3 Diploma
  • Performing Arts Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Dance Level 3 Diploma
  • A Level Dance

PE/Sports Courses- Post 16

  • Sports Performance Foundation Diploma
  • Sports and Exercise Science Foundation Diploma
  • Sports Performance Level 2 Diploma
  • Sports and Exercise Science Level 2 Diploma
  • Sports Performance Level 3 Diploma
  • Sports and Exercise Science Level 3 Diploma
  • Sports Performance Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Sports and Exercise Science Level 3 Diploma
  • A Level PE

Dance Careers

  • School Dance Teacher
  • Freelance Dance Teacher
  • Freelance Dance Consultant
  • Pilates Coach
  • Choreographer
  • Dance Performer
  • Costume Designer
  • Dance / Arts Officer
  • Dance Producer
  • Dance Photographer
  • Yoga Instructor
  • Youth Worker
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Lighting Technician
  • Dance Journalist
  • Set Designer
  • Performance Manager
  • Dance Instructor
  • Movement Therapist

PE Careers

  • PE Teacher
  • Personal Trainer
  • Lifestyle Consultant
  • Leisure Centre Manager
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Analyst
  • Sports Journalist
  • Sports Agent
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Police Officer
  • Community Support Officer
  • Physiotherapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Nutritionist
  • Dietician
  • Sports Scientist
  • Sports Administration
  • Sports Therapist

Career Talks

This week at our career talk we had Hayley Middlehurst, Channel Account Manager for Sony. We had a great turn out of students to find out about what Hayley’s job entails and how she ended up working in the world of Business. The pupils were really made to think about how to get from A to B in their career and explore the different options/routes they could take. She definitely had the gift of the gab and we can see why she ended up in business sales, her favourite message to us at the end was – remember to pay yourself first, you’re worth it!

April 24th - Hannah Davis, Royal Geographical Society Ambassador

Deeper Learning Day

On Wednesday 4th March pupils took part in a wide range of activities for our Deeper Learning Day. Pupils had the opportunity to participate in sessions outside of their usual curriculum, including:

Year 7 CREST Discovery Award – Wild Creation

Year 7 worked in teams on designing and building a prototype for an art installation which celebrates the local culture. The project involved materials, sculpture, culture and heritage.

Year 8 Employability Conference

Year 8 took part in a series of workshops on Working with People, People like Me, Structure of a Business, Managing my Money, Skills and Qualities and Dress to Impress.

Year 9 Oracy Confidence

Year 9 did “talk the talk” which involved confident communication for life. Each student prepared a one minute talk, speed delivered without notes to a large audience.

Year 10 Royal Holloway University trip

Year 10 had a successful trip to Royal Holloway University where they had a campus tour, met student ambassadors and attended a workshop of their choice.

Year 11 CV Writing, Interview Skills, RS Question Time

Year 11 discussed interviews, learning about the STAR method for answering common interview questions and took part in mock interviews.

Eight Year 11 students also went on a trip to Reading College.

Years 12 & 13 Team Work Activities with British Exploring Society

As well as working on their team work with the British Exploring Society, Years 12 and 13 also had a workshop on using LinkedIn for their career. This included learning how to create a LinkedIn profile and use keywords to get noticed!

These are some quotations from students on their day:

“It was really fun because people came out of their comfort zone and got to know everyone a lot better” – Sinead Callanan, Year 9 Keller

“It gave us a very good insight to what university life is like and what to expect from it – and how to manage school & social life” – Nisa Shah, Year 10 Austen

“I liked working with different people” – Mishal Chowdhry, Year 7 Nightingale

“It was a really fun experience. I was surprised that you can make a lot of things with a small amount of materials” Sahira Ghaus, 7 Anderson

“I think it was an educational experience that helped hone my skills for the future” Fatima Irfan, 11 Austen

“I think it was knowledgeable and helpful. Also resourceful.” Zoya Nadeem and Safa Zeib, Year 11 Keller & Pankhurst

“I think it was fun & informative” – Luisa Toth, Year 11 Nightingale

“I think it was very interesting and gave me a heads up for the future” Grace Wilson, Year 10 Pankhurst

“It was very educational, it helped me improve my confidence and improved my presenting skills”, Kaycee-Mae Martin Year 9 Nightingale

“I feel that it answered a lot of my questions about my future and the careers that I can do. I feel like the different sessions helped me to understand the way business works” Sheeza Abbasi and Taybah Ansar, Year 8 Anderson and Austen

‘Well done to the following students for a special recognition in the Talk the Talk workshop. They were selected as the Oracy Champions from their group because of their enthusiasm and excellent communication skills throughout the workshop.

How proud do these Year 7 students look with with their art work?! Well done girls!

Quotes like these came in thick and fast from guests and visitors to Deeper Learning Day. We are so proud of all of our students and their commitment to their education.

Cricket Club Taster Sessions

In Partnership With Chance To Shine and The Cricket Foundation

This week saw the launch of the Cricket Club taster sessions in partnership with the Cricket Foundation and the Chance To Shine Cricket programme. The four taster sessions are aimed at developing pupils cricket skill set and developing confidence in preparation for the forthcoming cricket season. Baylis Court junior and senior cricket teams will be involved in numerous competitions and events this year and the cricket club will facilitate excellent preparation with high level specialist coaching from the Chance To Shine staff. The taster session are open to students in all age groups and all ability levels. If you wish to join the taster sessions and the full cricket club, please see Mr Mackintosh and he will add you to the Sims Cricket registers. To attend you need full PE kit, appropriate trainers and water to maintain your levels of hydration.

In addition during the coming season, opportunities will be available for students to work towards gaining the Cricket Leaders award in partnership with the Chance To Shine programme.

It promises to be an excellent season for all concerned and Baylis Court will attempt to retain the title of Slough Schools Senior Cricket Champions and also try and compete for the Slough Schools Junior title!