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Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 10th July 2020

10 July 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Students

Year 6 Senior Team welcome

Over the last two days it has been our pleasure to welcome our new students to Baylis Court school. Using SchoolCloud we have talked to our new Year 7 students, telling them about the wonderful community that they are about to join and asking whether they have any questions. All of the students that I spoke to were excited about Baylis Court school and cannot wait until their induction day on Thursday 3 September.

I sensed that some of the parents were also excited and wanted to take advantage of the richness of opportunity at Baylis Court as well, but alas I don’t think they would fit into the uniform!

Well done to Ms Mathews, who will be the new Head of Learning for year 7, for organising what was a very successful welcome.

Autumn Exam dates

Ofqual have said that A-level exams will take place between October 5 and October 23, and GCSEs between November 2 and November 23.

The autumn exam series will be for any students who feel that they could improve their centre-assessed grades which will be given to students on A level results day, 13 August and GCSE results day, 20 August.

Information regarding entry deadlines will be given to students directly.

End of term arrangements

Next week is the final week of the academic year. It will be a normal school day up to the end of period 3 (12:20). At 12:20 each year group will have an assembly and then online school will finish at 12:50. Students who are in school will finish at 13:00.

September 2020 Opening

We are still finalising the arrangements for September which will be sent out early next week via in-touch. Please make sure that we have your most up to date contact details and email.

The first week will be as follows:

  • Tuesday 1st September INSET day 1
  • Wednesday 2nd September INSET day 2
  • Thursday 3rd September New Year 7 and new Year 12 only
  • Friday 4th September All other year groups

Have a great weekend!

Ray Hinds

Principal

Baylis Court School

Government guidance for parents - online harms

The government has produced a useful webpage listing sources of advice and support for keeping their children safe. The guide includes information about:

  • • Protect children from domestic abuse
  • • Teenage relationship abuse
  • • Child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • • Sexual assault referral centres
  • • Crime, Criminal Exploitation and County Lines, violence and gangs
  • • Protect children from radicalisation
  • • Prevent
  • • Online child safety
  • • Mental health

You can find the information here

ARTIST OF THE WEEK

Well done to Abigail Richardson in Year 10

This very striking image is themed "isolation"

Year 7 Marwa Yousef

created this interesting textured Frottage Art work inspired by artist Max Ernst

Well done to Zainab Kifayat Ullah in year 8

Mandala Art still life photography

Another lovely piece of artwork, from Mehwash Shafiq in Year 9

Fantastic and Strange – Metamorphosis of Tiger and Human

Pencil and Mixed Media

Well done Grace!

This beautiful picture of a button makes Ms Bansal so proud!

Year 9 Parent Consultation Day Wednesday 15th July between 8.30- 15.15

What to do if you, or any members of your household, display Coronavirus symptoms

1. If at any time you feel that you have Coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you must contact your GP or 111. You must self-isolate at home and your parents must contact the appropriate medical service(s).

a. Do not leave your home.

b. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support social bubble, must also self-isolate.

c. Get a test to check whether you have Coronavirus as soon as possible

2. It’s very important that you stay at home, if you have symptoms that may be caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19) or you live with someone that has symptoms.

If you have had COVID-19, you should stay at home for 7 days from the day the symptoms started. All other household members should isolate as a household for 14 days, even if they don’t have symptoms themselves. The 14-day period starts from the first day you had symptoms.

If others in your household develop symptoms within the 14 days, they need to stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms started. They should do this even if it takes them over the original 14-day isolation period.

If you are classed as clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable, the rules are different for you. please see the Government website for more information

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Careers Survey

To all Parents and Carers,

The annual careers survey is a short survey about the careers events and provisions at Baylis Court School. We would like to further enhance our careers programme next year and would value your support and feedback. The survey consists of only 6 questions and will take 1 minute to complete.

Please could you complete the careers survey here

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you

Ms Chauhan

Pupil Wellbeing Survey-Safeguarding

Dear Students,

We would like to thank you for taking part in the Pupil Wellbeing Survey, to let us know your answers to some important questions that can help to understand the effect of the lockdown and social isolation on young people’s mental wellbeing. We would also like to make you aware of some relevant information that is already available, and remind you to look after your own wellbeing as much as you can.

The pupil wellbeing survey is still running, but results will be provided to schools as soon as possible, to help work out how best to support pupils both during lockdown and when school is fully open again.

About the lockdown and young people’s mental health….

Results from other surveys run with young people in the UK that have already been completed suggest that many young people are coping well, even though many are missing their friends, families, school, and other activities that are currently on hold:https://www.childcomwales.org.uk/coronavirus-and-me-results/

But for some young people the lockdown situation has made things more difficult, especially those with any mental health needs, who might have less support now:https://youngminds.org.uk/about-us/reports/coronavirus-impact-on-young-people-with-mental-health-needs/

Supporting your own wellbeing….

Some charities and local services have put useful advice on their websites:

https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-teenagers-can-protect-their-mental-health-during-coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.youthaccess.org.uk/covid-19-resource-hub/for-young-people

Getting help….

If you are feeling very worried about yourself, a friend or family member during lockdown, then remember that you can always contact any member of staff who you trust at school and tell them what is worrying you. They will know where to get the right help.

For any young people who urgently need help:

There is a crisis line here: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/get-urgent-help/

For Berkshire: https://cypf.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/contact-us/i-need-urgent-help-now/

Thank you and stay safe!

The Big Bang is back - and this time, it’s digital! Meet the inspirational scientists, healthcare professionals, engineers, technicians and students doing incredible things during lockdown.

Big Bang Digital 2020 – science, engineering, & COVID-19 is a free online event day that celebrates their achievements, hears about challenges, innovation and collaboration, and explores some upsides to lockdown.

Explore what's on offer

New Head of Learning for Year 7

Mrs Taylor is now the Head of Learning for Year 7 .

A-Level Results Day, Thursday 13th August 2020, results will be e-mailed to pupils on their school e-mail address at 9:00am.

GCSE Results Day, Thursday 20th August 2020, results will be e-mailed to pupils on their school e-mail address at 9:00am.

For more information please see our website

Well done and good luck to all those students who entered the RGS Young Geographer of the Year award!

My fingers are crossed.

Miss Jackman

Pioneering Women

The English department are so proud of these speeches written by year 10 this week.

A huge well done to Aleena, Saanya and Asia

Yummy looking blueberry muffins by Year 7 Student Zaina Rahman

Well done Kezia! great energy from our Year 8 head girl!

The Entry for year 9 this week is Anjali's movie review of The Wizard of Oz.
Thank you Amrita Riyat for your interesting review of this book which is very relevant, particularly at the moment.
Manisha in year 12 tried out this lemonade experiment from Amazing Girls Science

We now have week 12 of Mr Mackintosh's Health and Fitness at home compilation!

Please open the document from this link and try out some new activities!

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Thank you to Rojeen Borjii for this incredible though provoking speech