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Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 23rd October 2020

As we all adjust to the latest Government guidance, I wanted to reassure you about the steps that we continue to take in school to make it as safe as possible whilst also maintaining a stimulating educational environment:

• The one-way system around school has reduced the amount of congestion in the corridors

• Teachers are maintaining their social distance from the students whilst they teach

• Students walk straight into their classrooms to reduce congestion

• Hand desk and equipment sanitiser is available in each teaching space

• Students have their own designated areas at break and lunchtimes

• Lunchtimes have been staggered to avoid overcrowding in the dining area

• If a student has a positive COVID test result, we swiftly contact trace students who may have been potential contacts and ask parents to collect them. This is an effective precautionary measure.

As the winter season begins and the country is experiencing a higher incidence of COVID-19 cases, the expectation will be that all students wear masks in the corridors next term.

If there are any medical reasons why your child cannot wear a mask, please write a signed note in your child’s planner.

I hope your child enjoys the break and that you and your family have a safe half term.

Best wishes

Ray Hinds

Principal

Year 11 Mock Exams

We have added a new page to our website with lots of information for Parents, Carers and Year 11 students regarding next month's mock exams.

Click here 

Artist of the Week

A huge well done to Year 9 student Suha Amir.

This is her 'Everyday Objects' Photography task

**** Polite message from the Art department****

Please ensure that your daughter has basic equipment for school such as a ruler, a green pen, a pencil, a sharpener and a HB pencil after half term.

Thank you

Kooth is your online mental wellbeing community.

Kooth offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people aged between 11 – 24 years

For more information on the services they provide please click here or visit Kooth.com

Animation Club - Media Studies

With Halloween around the corner, animation club have had fun animating short Halloween themed gif. Thank you and well done, to the students who attended Animation Club at Lunch every Wednesday and Thursday.

Below is a sneak peak of some of the work completed by two Year 9 students: Aleeha Sayed and Shamila Mahmood.

The Only Free LIVE Virtual Work Experience in the UK Run by Doctors!

Please email myworkexperience@medicmentorfamily.org for any work experience related questions

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has partnered with Medic Mentor, the UK’s largest medical family, to provide free live virtual work experience to any student in the UK wanting to become a doctor, dentist or vet. This work experience programme is completely unique because unlike other virtual work experience programmes, it is LIVE, using high fidelity simulation in the best state-of-the-art-simulation centre in the country, at the QE Hospital in Birmingham. Follow 3 patients over a 6-month period as they go from diagnosis, to treatment and follow up, that is provided by real doctors and a multidisciplinary team. As a student, you will be able to ask any of the doctors questions about the cases you see. It will be as if you are really there, but from the comfort of your own home and without putting you at risk during the COVID pandemic. UHB and Medic Mentor are committed to ensuring that students still have the opportunity to gain valuable insight into healthcare careers and high quality application support, even in these difficult times.

We Love Reading!

Staff Book Review

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Mr. Jones owns a farm, and is like most other farmers, one who mistreats and abuses his animals. After being ridiculed for long enough, the animals, led by the pigs, rebel against the tyrannical farmer and assume responsibility of the farm. Very soon however, it becomes apparent that the lust for power, held by some animals, will eventually result in the downfall of this rebellion. With animals turning against each other, how will they cope with the bloodshed which will ensue?

Snowball was a beacon of light, whom I thought was the voice of reason. He contrasted Napoleon and genuinely wanted the best for all the animals. His exile highlighted how often, a good character can be drowned out by a negative one, leaving tyranny and danger in their wake. I believe that Snowball was a martyr for animalism, and that his opposition to Napoleon, although it may have seemed insignificant at the time, paved the way for a spark of hope which lit the fire to end the brutal reign of the pigs.

The part of the book which was most poignant for me, was the comparison of the animals to the Russian Revolution, which resulted in the deposition of the Tsar and his family and led to the rise of Joseph Stalin. By comparing the animals to Russian communism, it highlighted how perhaps, humans who embarked on rebellions to overthrow stable rulers, were not always successful, and it quite often led to more bloodshed than was originally anticipated.

‘Four legs good, two legs bad.’- Animal Farm

~Mrs Malik

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Inspiring leaders of tomorrow

Year 7

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Drawing inspired by Lip Andy Warhol, Sarah Ahmed 8 Keller

Year 9

Sixth Form

What are "Active Park Walks"?

Designed in partnership with Active Movement, these special park walks have been created to link with nearby schools and settings. They offer everyone an opportunity to walk and explore parklands.

The Poetry Journey – celebrating National Poetry day 2020

Slough Borough Council’s Libraries and Culture Service, in partnership with Public Health Slough, has created a poetry journey to inspire you as you enjoy your Active Park Walk.

At each of the six posts you’ll unlock a beautiful poem to listen to or read. Complete your walk to reveal all six poems for your chance to enter a prize draw to win a bundle of books.

We hope these works encourage you to read more poetry, or even write your own.

Find out more

www.facebook.com/sloughlibraries

PE Notices

Students will need both trainers and football boots after half-term.

It would also be very beneficial for all students to bring a small towel to dry themselves off if it were to rain.

We are proud to announce nominations for the Slough Youth Awards 2020 are open!!!

The Slough Youth Awards aim to raise the profile of young people in a positive way by celebrating their achievements in an annual showcase. You can recognise an individual or group’s achievement’s by nominating them for an award, with the celebration to be held in a virtual ceremony for the first time.

  • Young Artist Award
  • Young Environmentalist Award
  • Young Inspiration Award
  • Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Young Sportsperson Award
  • Young Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Young Voluntary group of the year Award

For the Check Out Details & Nominate Here: http://www.slough.gov.uk/young-people/slough-youth-awards.aspx

For Award Category Details: http://www.slough.gov.uk/young-people/awards-categories-and-judging-panel.aspx

We look forward to hearing from you and all the amazing things the youth of Slough have been doing.

Learn more about why studying design engineering at TEDI-London could be a great fit for your skills and future career during the virtual UK University Search Virtual fair on Wednesday 4 November.

Our friendly team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about our engineering degree and what studying at TEDI-London will be like. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions in the meantime, get in touch at hello@tedi-london.ac.uk

Slough moves to COVID alert level 2: HIGH

Due to the continuing and substantial rise of coronavirus cases in Slough the town will move to Tier 2: HIGH at 00:01 on Saturday 24 October (i.e. Midnight Friday).

This new alert level applies to all of Slough and means:

Residents must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. This includes private homes, and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.

Residents should continue to:

  • follow social distancing rules (2m where possible)
  • wear a face covering in enclosed public places unless you are exempt
  • regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and warm water
  • work from home where you can effectively do so
  • walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport

For the full detailed information on level 2 click here

Credits:

Created with images by Ed Robertson - "Captured on Portobello Road, London" • Krystal Ng - "untitled image"