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Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 4th December 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Here is some important information for parents of students who are taking public examinations next year.

The Secretary of State of Education, Gavin Williamson announced on Thursday December 3rd outline arrangements regarding examinations that will apply from next year, the main points from which are outlined below (source: DfE):

  • There will be more generous grading than usual, in line with national outcomes from 2020, so students this year are not disadvantaged.
  • Students will receive advance notice of some topic areas covered in GCSE, AS and A levels to focus revision.
  • Exam aids - like formula sheets - will be provided in some exams giving students more confidence and reducing the amount of information they need to memorise.
  • Additional exams will give students a second chance to sit a paper if the main exams or assessments are missed due to illness or self-isolation.
  • A new expert group will look at differential learning and monitor the variation in the impact of the pandemic on students across the country.
  • The measures recognise that while teachers have gone above and beyond to support their pupils during a difficult period, some young people have had their teaching disrupted more than others and will need extra support to catch up on the curriculum and achieve their potential in exams.
  • The Government will set out further detail on this process, and on adaptations to exams, in the new year.

This is good news because the above measures go some way to make sure our students are not disadvantaged in the summer.

However, the message that we will be giving our students is to not be complacent. The guidelines will apply to all students nationally, so it is important that our students do all they can to achieve their very best.

Best wishes and have a safe weekend.

Important message for all parents/carers

When driving to collect your students from Baylis Court School, please ensure that you park considerately and respectfully and don't cause congestion for our neighbours, many of whom are emergency workers or need to collect their own children from school.

If the parking situation in the local area does not improve, we will have no choice but to request police presence at the school gates to monitor drivers' behaviour.

please help us to keep all of our children safe and to protect Baylis Court School's harmonious relationships with our neighbours.

Many thanks

*Artist of the Week*

Ela Dhillon Y8

Ela has worked really hard this term. She has worked from home and completed a beautiful drawing of a beetle using a ball point pen.

FEELING LIKE SOMETHING'S NOT RIGHT

Things have been very different this year. And it’s been difficult for everyone.

You might be worried about:

  • things that have happened to you or someone else
  • not knowing where to go when you’re scared
  • being at school, your exams or the future
  • coping with your mental health.

Whatever’s happening, you don’t have to cope alone.

There are lots of ways you can ask for support:

Talk to an adult you trust

Talking to an adult you trust is really important. It could be a teacher, someone in your family or anyone else you feel safe with.

Speak to Childline

Get free, confidential support from a Childline counsellor about anything you want to. You can talk to Childline from 7:30am-3:30am every day, either online, by calling 0800 1111 or by sending a message from our website.

Visit your doctor or a nurse

You can still make an appointment with your doctor any time. And you can usually see them by yourself. Even if you can’t see your doctor in person, you can usually talk over phone. Find out more about visiting your doctor.

Contact the police

If you’re feeling unsafe, you can always talk to the police. In an emergency, you can call 999 to get help straight away. You can also report online sexual abuse or exploitation to CEOP.

Abuse can be anything someone else does to hurt you, or that leaves you feeling scared or upset. It can also be when your parent or carer isn’t looking after you. Abuse is never okay and is never your fault.

Being abused can happen to anyone. It’s not always easy to tell when it’s happening, especially if the person who’s abusing you is someone who loves you, or is someone you care about. If you’re worried, there are always ways to get support.

There are lots of different types of abuse:

  • Sexual Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Relationship Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Being pressured to do illegal things

People like teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers and police officers will always listen and take you seriously. They have a duty to help you and keep you safe. And if you tell them what’s happening, they’ll want to help.

The person you tell might need to let someone else know what’s happening, but you can always ask about this. It’s also okay to tell them what you’d like to happen and keep asking questions about what’s going on.

It can feel hard to talk when it involves someone you love or who cares about you. Especially if they’re supporting you in other ways. Sometimes they might have told you that you won’t be listened to, or that you’ll get into trouble if you talk about it, but this isn’t true.

Show my Homework

Click here for our parent guide to Show My Homework

Book fair coming to Baylis!

24th November until 8th December.

You can see all the books that will be available here and even pre-order your books now!

  • • Booking form here
  • • School customer ID: 14600019
  • • Parents please pay by phone
  • • Free delivery to the school

Some beautiful artwork created in this week's Deeper Learning Day Art Mandal Workshop

Well done to Ilma Gouse in year 9 who created these two lovely pieces of art.

Well done to Safa Muller in year 9 for this pencil drawing of a camera.

Look out for next week's newsletter with all of the details from our Food Bank collection this term!

Cultural Enrichment Clubs Term 2-there are still lots of Co-curricular clubs to enjoy and look out for more next term!

Please see below introductory video for the work ready club

https://vimeo.com/486798757/23adf74593

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A little bit of festive fun….

Forget the chocolate packed advent calendars here is the most anticipated advent calendar of the year!

We wanted to bring a bit of festive and active fun to a really tough time for so many right now so we have created an SSSN Virtual Advent calendar to offer a little bit of fun for pupils and staff throughout December!

There is a door to open each day but you can only open each day on the day itself. Activities are very short and simple and include family games, personal challenges, physical activity fun, dancing, crafting, Christmas joke telling…..all sorts! Look out for some familiar festive faces too from our brilliant SSSN Partners!

You can access our calendar from either the link below and via our Twitter page @SloughSSN from next week:

https://calendar.myadvent.net?id=b04ff6c1fe4a129a44697638f27140ac

don’t forget to tag us on Twitter doing the activities.

Keep active, keep safe and have some festive fun!

Laura & Yolanda

The SSSN Christmas Elves

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Where can Design and Technology take you?

Design & Technology (the development of design and make skills while also considering people, culture and society)

Skills and Qualities

  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Organisation
  • Communication
  • Technical ability
  • Analytics
  • Customer service
  • Discipline

Jobs you can do linked to Food nutrition and science

  • Nutritionist
  • Chef
  • Clinical dietetics
  • Food writer
  • Baker
  • Public health worker
  • International Aid worker
  • Hospitality and catering

ONLINE SAFETY

Advice and Guidance for Parents/Carers

How Disappearing Messages Pose a Safety Risk to Children is an article and information video produced by the INEQE Safeguarding Group. Disappearing Messages are a newly introduced function on the WhatsApp messaging system, the article explains how the new function works, identifies the potential risks involved and suggest approaches to protecting children. The article and video can be accessed HERE

National Online Safety have produced a free to download online safety app giving access to hundreds of online safety guides on topics such as: screen addiction, fake news and trolling, hacking, social media influencers, sexting, safer Black Friday shopping and the newly launched Xbox and Play Station platforms. It also gives access to an online safety training course for parents. It can be downloaded through App Store or Google Play. Find more information about the app HERE

What Parents Need to Know About Xbox Series X|S is a safety guide with tips for keeping children safe produced by National Online Safety. The guide provides information about the possible risks involved with the Xbox Series X and Series S. which are next-generation video game consoles recently launched by Microsoft. The guide can be accessed via the new National Online Safety app or downloaded HERE

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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Sport and physical activity delivers immediate mental health and social benefits, while having a long-term positive impact on our physical health. Getting active in the way that’s right for us – and planning how we’re going to keep going through the colder, darker months – will help us cope with the ongoing impact of coronavirus restrictions.

Get out orienteering this Autumn and share your photos with the hashtag #getactivethisautumn

Entries shared with us will be in with a chance of winning prizes!For more information and terms and conditions see here.

https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/get_active

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberfirst/girls-competition

Credits:

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