Hello Year 7
Who better to tell you all about joining SJL than our current Year 7s? We asked some of them to write what they felt was important for Year 6 students to know.
Well done, you finally made it to secondary school! Coming into Sir John Lawes may seem scary but I am here to lighten your load and ease your concerns on coming into this amazing school. With this information, secondary will be a piece of cake.
First of all, there is an excellent range of clubs for you to join from UAC band or Choir if you like music, to running club, rounders and trampolining if you like sports, SJL has many options if you wish to join a club. Secondly, detentions may be a new worry about joining secondary school but all of the teachers at Sir John Lawes are tolerant, kind and will only give you a detention if you truly deserve one (which most of the time doesn’t happen). Also, an amazing benefit of joining this excellent school is the food in the cafeteria, which is delicious! We have a wide variety of food everyday whether it’s eat-in or grab and go, the food at SJL is sure to please you. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, there are opportunities in the cafeteria or you can bring a packed lunch if you prefer.
You may be worried about homework at secondary school. It is true that you may get more than you did at primary but from a student’s perspective, there is not that much. If you are struggling with the homework or can’t find a place to do it in your house, Homework Club is an option and open after school every day if you would like to go. Something you may also be worried about is making new friends and fitting in but at Sir John Lawes, students are encouraged to talk to each other and all students at SJL are kind, encouraging and welcoming. You will certainly make more friends and make lifelong memories at Sir John Lawes. Additionally, Sir John Lawes will probably be bigger than your old school but you can always ask teachers or older year groups where to go if you get lost. Also, you will be taught by your form tutor where to go for each lesson so you will know your way around the school in no time!
If you have any concerns, big or small, you can always talk to a teacher you trust or your friend, the school always takes action on any issue that you may have, at home or at school.
I hope this has helped you with any of your worries coming into Sir John Lawes. It is brilliant and I am sure you will love it. I look forward to meeting all of you coming into year 7!
You may be unsure about the changes you about to undergo as you enter SJL, however, it is easy to understand, and I will explain most of this subject in this letter.
The teachers are genuinely nice and not at all strict like you might expect. They help you out in the lessons and the teaching assistants or TAs are just as nice. On my first day I was quite nervous, and I got lost once, but I quickly adapted because the teachers are kind and understanding for your first few weeks, so you do not have to worry about getting a punishment in your first week. In fact, detentions are relatively rare!
Once you settle in, there are lots of clubs to choose from including Football, Tennis, Rounders, Netball and ones like Chess and Film Club where you can record stuff and edit. My favorite subject is Science because the teachers are creative and funny, and the practicals are fun to do, for example separating sand from water and measuring different temperatures on graphs and bar charts. PE is also a fun subject because you get to try out different sports with different teachers. It’s great to do it out in the fields in the summer.
You will be separated into 7 houses during your time at SJL, Austen, Britten, Hepworth, King, Lawes, Newton and Ryder, my House. These are all named after famous people, Google them! If you do well in competitions or lessons, you may receive a merit. If you perform something that follows SJL’s slogan, the ACE (Achievement, Care and Excellence) you may get an ACE card, this will be sent to your parents by post. If you do something exceptionally good you may have a Head’s Commendation, which is a real honour.
I’m sure you will adjust quickly to SJL and develop your learning skills.
I just wanted to say a huge congratulations for getting into SJL because so many people wish to get taught here. As a year 7 pupil, I know that Sir John Lawes is an amazing school and everything I thought it would be. There are a huge variety of clubs you can go to such as Ukulele club and Eco club. Eco club is where you enter the eco garden, grow things and help the environment. We even have goats! At SJL, every pupil will make sure you are happy and feeling safe. Teachers are very understanding and will always be glad to help when you are stuck with anything. They also give advice or listen to your problems.
As a pupil in a larger school, it’s also easier to make friends more than you may think. I came to SJL not knowing anyone at all (as a single starter) but I made lots of friends easily and I know that you will too. The subjects at SJL are really fun and engaging. In tech lessons, there are various topics you do such as; Cooking, Graphics, Sewing and much more. You may think that you are probably going to get lost in this gigantic school but when you get used to where your lessons are, you’ll be just fine. If you do get lost, you can ask anyone around you and they will happily help you out.
PE lesson are super fun. You can do lots of different sports like trampolining, fitness, cricket, badminton, volleyball and lots more. At the school canteen, the food is incredible. There is lots to pick from, from milkshakes to sandwiches to a panini! Personally, my favourite meal is having a chicken burger with a Radnor Fizz, with a double chocolate chip muffin. Yum!
The whole school is looking forward to your arrival. I know I am! And in conclusion, SJL is the perfect school for someone like you.
I would like to share my experiences of Sir John Lawes School, so far. The first thing I would like to mention is that you will be ok! When you walk in on your first day, smiling but feeling terribly nervous, do not worry because everyone around you will feel scared as well. Some may have a very positive attitude walking in, but I know it is not that easy to enter feeling totally fine, but as long as you keep in mind what great adventures are ahead, and things to be learned and friends to be made, you will walk in feeling proud and excited. Just know that you will be fine when you settle in.
I would like to tell you about settling in. I know that The Lea was a small, friendly school where everybody knows each other, and yes, secondary school is a big change, but not a bad one. It is ok to feel scared, but there is no reason to be. I can assure that you will find your way soon and make some new friends. I would advise you to talk to people and really try to be friendly to everyone. I understand if you do not want to talk because its nerve racking and you don’t know anyone, because that’s exactly how I was, but you need to try to smile at people and be friendly, because chances are, they are just as nervous as you.
My experiences so far have been wonderful! Somethings we do here that could be new to you are: Food Tech - we do cooking and learn how to follow recipes and make different meals! Product design – I am sure you have done a bit of D+T before, but in SJL, we get to use acrylic and make things like phone holders and learn new skills! Textiles – if you enjoy sewing and making collages and similar things, you will love textiles! Robotics – this is very fun if you’re interested in computers and robots! And we have German as a subject, which is a good opportunity to learn a new language!
Some advice I would like to offer is try to enjoy your time at SJL, because there is lots to enjoy! Keep a positive mind-set and find the joy in everything. Embrace opportunities you will be faced with. Join clubs! It’s a wonderful way to interact with others and meet new people, as well as perhaps trying something new.
To finish, I want to remind you that you will be amazing. And never forget to choose kind, make good choices, and never underestimate the power of a smileJ.
Do not worry about a thing, and embrace every moment!
PS. The Olympic knowledge from Miss Weston has not been needed yet, but I am sure it will come in handy in the near future! ;)
You might be scared that your friends will get split up from you but there is no need to be - everyone else is feeling the same way. If you are worried about getting lost in the school (I was as well) don’t be, you can always ask other students or a teacher. It might seem daunting at first but after the first few weeks it seems like you have been here for your entire life.
As for homework, it takes a bit longer to get used to and it is a bit more than you get in primary, but it is manageable and the teachers usually give you enough time to do it in.
The canteen has such a range of food that you can choose from; panini, pizza, the main meals, desserts and lots of drinks. There’s lots to try!
I hope to see you in September!
Welcome to SJL!
You may be worried about getting lost because it is a much bigger school than Manland, but the teachers will understand and you definitely will not be the only one who gets a bit lost. You won’t get in trouble and by the third or fourth week you will know the ways around the school like it’s a second home.
You may expect the teachers to be strict and give detentions a lot but the teachers in SJL are very kind and detentions are very rare.
You will get more homework than before but there is no need to worry about it as you get plenty of time to do it and it will all be based on what you learn in the lesson. So as long s has helped with all of your worries. I’m sure you’ll have a great time at SJL!
Congratulations on getting into Sir John Lawes, it is an amazing school to go to!
I am a year 7 student who has been going to SJL for almost a year now. Before I started here, I was really nervous about many things such as homework, detentions, the food and the teachers, but don’t worry. I thought there was going to be loads of homework to do, well, it’s not that scary at all! You will often get homework every night but usually it doesn’t take that long and you get time to do it. You don’t get detentions unless you misbehave, so most people never get a detention. I am a really fussy eater, so when I first lined up to go into the canteen I was really nervous, but there is food for everyone, from chocolate-chip cookies to ham and cheese sandwiches as well lots of hot options, they’re all delicious. The teachers are really kind and will help you out with any of your problems or worries. I hope this helps to calm some of your nerves!
In SJL there are also a lot of clubs. I like doing film club, chess club, and football, but there are so many to choose from. There are also many opportunities you can take part in year 7, such as being a form representative, going on trips and representing the school for sports. It is all very fun.
Good luck and see you in September!
I really can’t tell you how fast time has gone now from the day I joined Sir John Lawes last September! I’m writing this letter now to tell you not to be frightened or worried about the move to a secondary school. I know it can be a bit scary sometimes, and you might feel lost - I’ve been there too and so has everybody else. But the staff and everybody there are really kind and they can help you with anything you need!
I remember in my first couple of days in the school, I felt like the school was so much bigger than Crabtree, and I would never be able to find my way around. I did actually get lost one time, but I went to an older student and they showed me the way. In the first couple of weeks, the teachers understand that it’s a hard change from primary school to secondary so you don’t need to feel anxious about being late to lessons or forgetting some stuff. Overall, everyone in the Sir John Lawes community in caring and kind-hearted.
SJL also brings some new amazing lessons you can do that you didn’t do in primary! Some new lessons are drama, technology, and even German. There are also a variety of clubs like football, tennis, trampolining, debating, table tennis, rounders, cricket, chess and many more! Also, get ready to meet new people! Because SJL is so big, there are a lot more of you in your year and so there are more friends to make! Hopefully, you’ll be able to go on school trips too, and have fun with your friends on those.
I know it’s been hard these past couple of years, especially with COVID, but hang in there. With all of us to support you, I know your first year in our school will awesome.