May 22 2020
Dear Parents/Carers and Students
We have come to the end of another term. Our teachers have reported that our students have worked hard this term and have made good progress. Lessons will continue on Teams next term starting on Monday 1st June. Students who have had problems connecting to Teams can contact the school office for paper-based learning materials.
I would like to thank all of the staff who have helped our students in so many different ways over the last term and I hope you have a healthy and safe Spring bank holiday. Students will return to lessons on Monday 1st June.
All Years- Resources and Advice
Our website provides advice and guidance on a wide range of topics to help during lockdown, such as wellbeing and learning resources. Click on the headings Parents or Students then COVID-19 Resources
Our weekly newsletter is an important source of information, with beautiful examples of student work. The front page is used to update you on any necessary pieces of current information. Previous copies can be accessed from our website.
Year 11 and 13- Good luck and Bon Voyage from the whole of our school community!!!!
We will be seeing Year 11 again during the Sixth form Induction Day next term on 1st July 2020. Any questions please email Mr Brown, Head of VI Form.
Year 7, 9, 10 and 12- Parent Consultation Days
Years 7, 9, 10 and 12 have not had a Parents Evening this year. Therefore, next term we will be providing opportunities for parents to talk to teachers about their child’s progress this year. We are using a system called ‘SchoolCloud’ (similar to Zoom) which will enable you to meet your child’s teachers virtually, using a laptop or your mobile phone. You will be sent a link prior to the consultation day which will allow you to make appointments with each of your child’s teachers. A help sheet will also be provided.
Parent Consultation Time
- Year 12 Thursday 4 June 14:00 to 19:00
- Year 7 Tuesday 9 June and Wednesday 17 June 8:30 to 15:15
- Year 10 Thursday 25 June and Tuesday 30 June 8:30 to 15:15
- Year 9 Tuesday 7 July and Thursday 30 June 8:30 to 15:15
Year 10 and 12
The Government has said that Year 10 and 12 students should receive ‘face-to-face’ support before the end of this academic year. We have been providing face-to-face support for all year groups, since the beginning of lockdown, through online lessons and a weekly tutor period. Heads of Learning are also providing a pre-recorded assembly once a week and we have a team of support staff who are making telephone calls to help students who are experiencing difficulties engaging with lessons.
Year 9 and 10- Baseline Assessment
Both Years 9 and 10 will have baseline assessments in September 2020 for each GCSE subject that they study. This will enable teachers to establish what students have learned so far and what they need to learn. The information gained will also help teachers make adjustments to the curriculum. The baseline assessments will be based on GCSE examination papers. Students and parents will be given guidance on how students can prepare.
Best wishes for good health and a safe bank holiday.
Mehek Iqbal Y7
Standing all alone, with no one there,
Staring into the dark, feel like thin air,
I wish I was noticed, but I’m just an outsider,
Am I lonely like a horse with no rider.
I wake up every day, only silence and peace.
I have no partner, my desires decrease.
Am I the only one that feels like a rock?
Sitting alone I have no one to talk.
I wish I was noticed, but I’m just an outsider.
Am I lonely like a horse with no rider.
There is a new free MyTutor Online School, which they have designed to offer additional support to learners at this time.They will be sharing daily lunchtime live group webinar tutorials, as well as short explainer videos and written resources, covering common tricky topics across a range of GCSE subjects.
These are all completely free - students just need to sign up using the link above and join live sessions via Zoom video link. All previous sessions are also available on our YouTube channel.
“As we say goodbye to our wonderful Year 11 students, we would like to share with you our Year 11 Media Studies Lockdown positivity photography-we hope it makes you smile, as they have made us smile all year.- The Media Department.”
Thank you Annika, Kinga, Barbara, Fatima, Neha and Sonia
Trista Gurung in Year 7 made this wonderful video
Nicola Chumber in year 9 has also completed a video task this week
“Miss Mathews used her daily exercise to visit the Cobstone Windmill Turville, if you do not recognise the windmill is from the wonderful ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” Classic film. Why not watch the film and then take a selfie with the famous windmill this half term, send us your selfies!”
Your Cultural Enrichment projects are bringing joy to us all.
The Theme of Mental Health Awareness Week this year is ‘Kindness’
Acts of kindness have the potential to make the world a happier place.
We want to see a world where kindness is built into business decisions, government policy and official systems. However, we can start by individual commitment to showing kindness in our words and our actions.
You might want to do something for someone else or take note if you experience an act of kindness.
Not sure where to start?
We’ve put together some suggestions to help you out…
At home and in your community
- Call a friend who you haven’t spoken to for a while
- Post a card or letter to someone you are out of touch with
- Send flowers to a friend, out of the blue
- Find out if a neighbour needs any help with shopping
- Ring someone who is on their own, or video call them
- Send someone a handwritten thank you note
- Tell your family how much you love and appreciate them
- Help with household chores
- Offer to help an elderly or vulnerable neighbour
- Check on someone you know who is going through a tough time
At Baylis we offer the Eduqas GCSE Media course. Following this, pupils may wish to go on to post-16 education to study A Level Media Studies in our Sixth Form. Media degrees are offered at numerous colleges (South Hampton, Strathcyle University). You could also apply to esteemed Film schools (London Film School, National Film and Television School, Met Film School). After studying Media, you may wish to go into a Media Industry career, or use the transferable skills you have developed to go into a completely different career.
Below is a list of transferable skills developed in Media Studies that can be applied to all careers:
- Specialist industry knowledge and experience.
- Analytical skills.
- Professional communication, spoken and written.
- Ability to identify essential issues/facts.
- Awareness of different cultural contexts
- Team work
- Time keeping
Ex Baylis Students: What are they doing now?
- Video Game developer
- Website designer
- Film/Video Editor
- Technical Writer
- Video Producer
- Public Relations Specialist
- Sound Engineer
- Art Director
In the world of film a film studio will need experts on every field, from electricians to lawyers.
Created with images by Sarah Olive - "untitled image" • Vincentiu Solomon - "Sublime purple night sky"