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Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 5th March 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

All students – WELCOME BACK on Monday 8th March 2021

Students must be in classrooms by 8:30 AM at the latest

Year 11 and 13 GCSE and A Level grades

We are currently working on the timeline for awarding grades to students and will inform you very shortly.

Year 11 and 13 have mock exams in the next two weeks which will be used to provide teachers with information on what students know and don’t know. Teachers will use this information to help them structure their lessons going forward. The mock exam results will not be their final GCSE or A level results.

Homework and Breakfast Club

Breakfast club is available to all students from 7:30am and Homework club will be available on a first reply, first served basis (look out for separate communication on Homework club).

Safety Measures

All of the following safety measures will be in school:

  • One-way system inside the corridors
  • Walk around the outside of the school buildings, where possible
  • Year group allocated toilets
  • Cleaning stations in each classroom
  • Face masks to be worn at all times inside the school buildings, this includes the corridors, classrooms and changing rooms
  • Year group allocated areas for break and lunchtime
  • Staggered end of school day – see below for details
  • Dedicated all-day cleaner
  • Lateral Flow Test programme for students and staff

Additional COVID safety Measures

Please read the following information carefully

1. School Day changes due to COVID Safety Measures:

The Government has encouraged schools to explore COVID safety measures such as shortening lunch time to enable a staggered end of day for students.

During terms 1 & 2, the Senior Leadership Team observed that students queued for lunch and finished eating well within half an hour. Therefore, as a COVID safety measure, lunchtime will be shortened to 30 minutes (Year 7 will have 35 minutes). This measure will allow half of the students to leave the site before the other year groups.

  • Year 7, 8, 9 will finish at 2:45pm
  • Year 10, 11 will finish at 3:00pm
  • Sixth Formers will finish at 3:00pm or 4:00pm if they have period 6 lessons

2. Wearing Face Masks

Staff and students must wear face masks in the school building. The Government has advised that students and staff wear masks in the classroom, if they cannot maintain a 2 metre social distance.

If students cannot wear a mask for a medical reason, parents must provide their child’s Head of Learning with a signed letter of explanation. The student sanctions for not following this rule will be explained to students on their first day back at school. This safety measure will be reviewed at the end of Term 4.

Best wishes and I hope you have a healthy weekend.

Mr Ray Hinds

Principal

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A beautiful submission by Sophie Avery-Majeed. Y8

A pencil tone study of a custard cream biscuit.

Nicole Singh Year 9

I drew it because I was recently inspired by a saying that goes “I am an eagle because eagles can fly alone"

Year 7

Ayesha Andlib

Emaan Batool from year 9

ceramic pod design inspired by the work of Antoni Gaudi and natural forms.

Sneha Ghotra also in year 9 ceramic pods designs inspired by the work of Antoni Gaudi and natural forms.

Year 7 Art

Paper Sculptures & Photography Task

Well done to Ayesha Williams, Martyna Mackowska and Laiba Akhtar

Mental health and wellbeing

You can read guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19) is also available.

The following organisations offer information and support on mental health and wellbeing:

Your local library can also provide access to Reading Well: books on prescription, a collection of carefully curated titles for adults, children and young people to support common mental health conditions, or deal with difficult feelings and experiences. Find your local library to join up and borrow them.

Young people can get free, confidential support at any time from government-backed voluntary and community sector organisations by:

  • texting SHOUT to 85258
  • calling Childline on 0800 1111
  • calling the Mix on 0808 808 4994

Top tips for good mental health and wellbeing

Youth Mental Health Ambassador, Dr Alex George has shared his ‘top five tips’ for young people’s good mental health and wellbeing.

Resources for Parents of Children with SEND

We have worked with a range of other organisations to create extra resources for parents of children with SEND:

Curriculum materials are also available:

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Cultural Enrichment

Staff Sport Enrichment

Please see some examples of Staff Sport Enrichment challenges and achievements, look out for more throughout the week of March and do not forget to set yourself a Sports challenge in March

Mrs Owusu

Sporting Achievements

World, European, Commonwealth and GB international athlete

  • Youth Olympic 200 metre silver medallist 1995 to my achievements. That was one of my first international achievements.
  • Ten-time British 200m and 400m Champion
  • 2014- World Masters 400m Indoor champion
  • 2012 - South of England 400m Champion
  • 2006 - 5th Place - 4x400m World Indoor Championships
  • 2003 - 2008 – 4x South of England 400m Champion
  • 2003 - World University Games 400m finalist (5th place)
  • 2002 - Silver - Commonwealth Games 4x400m relay
  • 2002 -1998 - 5x All American Athlete (400m)
  • 2001 - NCAA 400m silver medallist
  • 2001 - Big 12 200m and 400m Champion
  • 2001 - British and European 600 yards record holder (1:17:92) and 2nd fastest time recorded in history
  • 2001 - British 400m Champion
  • 1997-1995 – 3 x National Junior Champion in the 400m
  • 1996-1993 - English Schools Champion in the 200m, 300m and 400m

My March challenge is to do 1 hour of exercise each day for March with the intention of doing a Park run in the near future, following my time off being a new mummy.

Mrs Coulson

In the month of February I set myself a Sporting Enrichment challenge of running 80miles and included a half marathon to finish!

For March I plan to run 15miles every week and complete 2 HiiT classes a week. Wish me luck!

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Cultural Enrichment

Student Examples

Year 7

Cultural Enrichment Healthy meal Meerab Hassan

Year 8

Cultural Enrichment Art task Lilly Gryszkiewcz

Year 9

Cultural Enrichment poem by Emaan Batool

Year 10

Cultural Enrichment poem by Simranjit Singh

Year 11

Cultural Enrichment Influential Art task by Momina Azam

Sixth Form

Cultural Enrichment Influential literature task by Rida Abbas

When to self-isolate and what to do

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19).

This helps stop the virus spreading to other people.

Self-isolation is different to:

  • social distancing – general advice for everyone to avoid close contact with other people
  • shielding – advice for people at high risk from coronavirus

Information:

It's a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive or are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. You could be fined if you do not self-isolate.

When to self-isolate

Self-isolate immediately if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • you've tested positive for coronavirus – this means you have coronavirus
  • someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms and you’ve been in close contact with them since their symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started
  • someone in your support bubble tested positive and you’ve been in close contact with them since they had the test or in the 48 hours before their test
  • you've been told you've been in contact with someone who tested positive – find out what to do if you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app
  • you arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk – see GOV.UK: how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK

Well done to book review winner Jannat Fiaz!

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Careers

STEP INTO THE NHS Competition

This week we launched the ‘Step into the NHS’ competition for all year 8 pupils. Over the next couple of months they will be learning all about careers within the NHS. They will write a job description and create an advertisement (poster, website, video, leaflet, etc) for their chosen career. All entries are due Friday 2nd April. The expert panel of judges will score them on student appeal, creativity, understanding of the NHS, and structure/presentation. The winners will receive Amazon vouchers!

More information here: https://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/

Good luck year 8!

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Are you empowered to create a brilliant customer experience and aspire to deliver the best content in the beauty industry?

Look no further - we need you for The Hut Group (THG).

THG are looking for digital marketing apprentices who can shout about their beauty division and be able to write passionately about their brands including Glossybox, Lookfantastic and Illamasqua.

If you’re up for the challenge, we want to hear from you!

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UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair

Wednesday 17 March 2021 | 12:00 - 18:00 (GMT)

Our UK University & Apprenticeship Search Virtual Fair will feature over 100 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers. These will include Russell Group, Red Brick, Modern & Specialist universities, alongside higher & degree apprenticeship providers.

This event will feature brand-new exhibitors, such as the University of Oxford, Arts University Bournemouth, Brunel University and the University of Manchester.

We'll also be hosting 10 webinars on topics such as Writing a Personal Statement, Choosing a Course, and how Degree Apprenticeships differ to Traditional Degrees.

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Having an Apprenticeship at Pfizer means doing work that helps millions of people across the world benefit from life-changing treatment.

It means working for a company that believes in equity, excellence and protecting your work-life balance. And it means working with colleagues who take your ideas seriously and support your learning and development.

If you want an Apprenticeship that matters, you’ll find it at Pfizer

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Speakers for Schools are excited to present our weekly Broadcast schedule! This schedule will be updated regularly and talks will be targeted to different age groups and is accessible via the links below. The Inspiration Team will host these events a few times a term for students to attend at home.

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A few weeks ago, we asked parents for feedback on the remote learning their children had been receiving since January.

We felt very proud reading some of the kind comments and wanted to share a few with you all

"I really would like to say to the whole school "thank you " because you have all have shown such dedication even though you are sharing the same issues as us all."

"Baylis Court sets the standard of how to keep a child informed, motivated and most importantly educated through such a crazy time"

"Thank you also to Miss Mathews who does an amazing job keeping us all up to date and also takes the time to write an excellent letter regarding my daughter's good efforts while at Baylis court, this really meant a lot to us especially during the pandemic."

"Teachers are great and doing the best they can during these uncertain times; students equally ought to be applauded."

"Thank you everyone for your efforts in providing quality education at the time of pandemic."

"Thank you for working so hard to make it possible for children to have proper learning at home even during lockdown. Much appreciated."

"Students and their teachers are doing amazing job under difficult situation. Well done to all of them."

"I would like to thank the school and the teachers for working exceptionally hard during this dire time."

"Thank you to all the teaching, support and office staff. Your efforts and resilience have not gone unnoticed."

Credits:

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