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Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 3rd april 2020

Dear Parents and Students

Easter Holidays: 6 April to 17 April – New term begins on Monday 20 April 2020

I hope you and your family are in good health. During the holidays, if you have the time, give your child an opportunity to show you the great work they have accomplished over the last two weeks.

Students who have been working hard, deserve a break and an opportunity to relax, so that they can recharge their batteries for the new term, beginning on Monday 20 April 2020.

Some students have not been engaging with the lessons on Teams. I am sure that you share our expectations, that your child must engage in all of the lessons provided. Therefore, please repeat the following message to your child for next term, beginning Monday 20 April 2020:

• Students must attend lessons, using Teams as though they were following their normal timetable

• Students need to access their school email every day to pick up messages from staff, their Head of Learning and their Tutor.

We know that some parents will not have access to technology or the internet. We will be providing more paper-based learning resources at school. If you need paper-based learning resources, please let us know by calling the school on 01753 531760.

Our teachers are working hard to provide normality to our students in a time of uncertainty. Our students love the challenge of learning and we value student feedback. Please let your child know that they only need to complete work provided for each lesson during the lesson time. However, if they wish to do extra, they can. Homework will be set as normal.

Finally, I am buoyed by the fact that during this time of crisis, the people of this country are showing extraordinary acts of generosity and kindness. During the holidays, encourage your child to show kindness to relatives and neighbours. Acts of kindness could simply be, for example, making regular telephone calls to an elderly relative in isolation. I hope that you have a healthy holiday.

Ray Hinds

Principal

Op Art

Op art, short for optical art, is a style of visual art that uses optical illusions. Op art works are abstract pieces created in black and white. Typically, they give the viewer the impression of movement and hidden images.

Op Art

Year 7

Asia Williams

Pencil Drawing

*Artist of the Week*

Well done to Zunairah Bhatti in Year 7 who created this Optical Art work at home.

*Artist of The Week*

Well done also to Gabrielle-Isabella Chanan in Year 7

These lovely Op Art drawings have been created using coloured pencil.

Relationships and Sex Education

Dear Parents and carers

We will be reviewing our RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) curriculum so we can be sure our RSE provision complies with the requirements and is appropriate for our pupils.

We will be running a consultation with parents via a survey and online meeting on Wednesday 22nd April. If you would like to participate, please email nch@bayliscourt.slough.sch.uk before Monday 20th April.

Thank you for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Ms N Chauhan

Careers in RS

Where can different degrees in Religion and Theology take you?

Jobs you can do if you have a Religion/ Theology degree

Any job that involves working with, and understanding, people, would welcome a degree in Theology and Religion:

  • Journalist
  • Politician
  • Accountant
  • Law
  • Police officer
  • Religious office
  • Publishing
  • Charity sector

Why undertake a degree in Religion/ Theology

  • Enquire further into your own faith
  • Develop your curiosity about the world – religion is rooted in society and culture
  • It’s relevant to everyday life – everyday there is something relevant to religion in the news
  • You can combine a study of religion and theology with all sorts of other combinations e.g. English, History, Psychology (etc)
  • It encourages really deep thinking and reflection
  • It gives you transferrable skills e.g. critical thinking, research, presentation and communication

For further information, visit:

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/ptr/departments/theologyandreligion/undergraduate/why-study-theology.aspx

https://www.ucas.com/explore/subjects/theology

Cultural Enrichment Project

Congratulations to the following students who have completed fantastic Cultural Enrichment tasks this week, displaying excellent Leadership of Self in your project:

Mia Lawson in year 8, this is her excellent Enrichment task of creating a nature documentary video. Great work!

Javeria Khan 7 Anderson created a lovely family meal

Amina Sheeraz 7 Pankhurst inspired by Jackson Pullock

Ismah Ashraf 7 Austen reviewed a book she recently read

Cordelia Griffin in 9 Anderson wrote a brilliant short story

Keep adding your project tasks to your tutor group folder for us to share.

Your Cultural Enrichment projects are bringing joy to us all.

Well done,

Mrs Coulson

FREE Microsoft Office Products

All students are able to download five copies of Microsoft Office to their home devices- PCs/ Macs, Laptops, Tablets etc- Free of charge.

Guidance of how to do this is below:

https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/download-and-install-or-reinstall-office-365-or-office-2019-on-a-pc-or-mac-4414eaaf-0478-48be-9c42-23adc4716658

Checking in with students

When we asked our students this week how they were getting on with remote learning during these strange and unprecedented times, we received lots of positive feedback along the lines of this comment from one year 8 student:

I am doing absolutely great! I have no issues with class work at home and everything is what we are doing in school so I am not struggling. I have managed to get most work due today done and only have few tasks left on teams. Everyone is helpful on teams and if I have a question I am helped by teachers and class mates.

We would recommend that all students stick to their regular routine and timings of the school day which will help you keep on top of the workload that is expected of you.

if you have any questions or are struggling with any aspect of remote learning please remember that all of your teachers are here for you! Contact them by school email or on Teams during your lesson time.

This is an anthology of the four winning entries to the Baylis Court School Creative Writing Competition 2019. There were over seventy entries and the competition was enthusiastically supported by our English Department during lesson time. Our students were given a framework for their stories, which supplied a character, setting and situation for them to stimulate their creative thought process.

There were entries from all year groups, with Year 9 being the most productive, closely followed by Year 7. There was an explosion of creative thought, with some major liberties being taken with the format and framework! However, the object was to produce some interesting and creative writing and that is exactly what happened!

Baylis Court School Creative Writing Competition 2019 Anthology of Winning Entries

Don't forget to check out the news post on our website which lists lots of fascinating home learning resources, updated regularly

http://www.bayliscourt.slough.sch.uk/179/latest-news/post/84/free-resources-for-home-learning