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06/12/22

Reminder to Y13 parents that online Parents’ Evening is taking place this evening. https://t.co/97WBK3caKs

06/12/22

Day 6 in our advent countdown https://t.co/unmSdSwVgk

06/12/22

Christmas is coming to Food Technology lessons next week, with the SJL Christmas Biscuit Competition for all years currently doing food rotation. Students look out for more information heading your way. https://t.co/FrM6NQ67H8

06/12/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Many SJL students have already grabbed a Christmas read for the holidays from our display. We also have some new cosy festive romance fiction from , and as well as Whiteout - a collection of stories celebrating black teen love in winter. https://t.co/kLb637aQfQ

05/12/22

Retweeted From Oxfam

Amazing! A huge well done and thank you to all involved! 💚✨ - Soph

05/12/22

You are warmly invited to attend our Post 16 Information Evening which takes place on Thursday 19 January 2023.  The information evening registration form should be completed by Monday 12 December 2022. https://t.co/iuGPBwMktH https://t.co/RsuqAQFXt7

05/12/22

Tremendous thanks to the Oxfam Group and their fundraising with a bake sale and providing refreshments during the school play intervals last week. Well done to all the students involved. https://t.co/OWAeIsN3qo

05/12/22

Day 5 in our advent countdown https://t.co/DpZKZekKVL

04/12/22

Day 4 in our advent countdown https://t.co/r0mbRlxhsC

03/12/22

Day 3 in our advent countdown https://t.co/w6iQ5oukXe

02/12/22

The second half did not disappoint. Fantastic performances throughout. Huge congratulations to all the students and staff who made it possible. https://t.co/2XXyFV3H20

02/12/22

Superb 1st half performance of Romeo and Juliet. https://t.co/BY8N1DkHdS

02/12/22

Year 11: good luck to our Year 11 as they head off on study leave for their mock exams. "Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. " Og Mandino https://t.co/UZM70dAd2k

02/12/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn3j8AS https://t.co/gcwuNr6ubB

02/12/22

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Friar Lawrence leads the chorus in Like A Prayer before marrying Romeo and Juliet on our second night https://t.co/Rn0lYPkgO8

02/12/22

Day 2 in our advent countdown https://t.co/Bu0Vkt7pW0

01/12/22

Have You Met…? Immensely proud of the students who took part in today’s event, sharing their interests with staff and friends https://t.co/6NSctbfAxq

01/12/22

Retweeted From RHS Campaign for School Gardening

Love these colourful decorations, what a great idea 💐

01/12/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Absolutely amazing show! Congratulations to and all the students involved.

01/12/22

Well done to all entrants to this year's Christmas Card competition, there were stunning pieces of work with over 230 entries this year. We'll be sharing some of the excellent designs as go through our Christmas Advent countdown https://t.co/93GTgci1TW

30/11/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Christmas decorations 🎄in progress! https://t.co/nT6FQVVjq3

30/11/22

Last remaining tickets available... tickets available on ParentPay https://t.co/p2qEfCjwZt

30/11/22

The stage is set, we cannot wait for this evening’s opening night of Romeo and Juliet https://t.co/yCm6TVVg0O

30/11/22

Parents’ Evening for Year 12 will take place on Thursday 12 January online via SchoolCloud. Further information about SchoolCloud and how to book your appointments will be sent home next week. https://t.co/SmO3oYliGg

30/11/22

We are hiring! Join our caring and experienced teaching and support staff, apply now https://t.co/3jXhFV7xTw https://t.co/rhPo8RjxTN

30/11/22

Retweeted From Send My Friend

Campaign Champions from brought 222 dreams made my their fellow students to Parliament representing the of their friends across the🌏 asking to pledge £170 million to Education Cannot Wait 👉Read on to hear their message📚✨ 🧵1/5 https://t.co/wl1pVVtzKh

29/11/22

Retweeted From John McLaverty

Young people at wrote 222 calls to action representing the 222 million children out of school because of conflict & emergencies. Today Evie & Anneka represent & are presenting them in Parliament & calling on UK Govt to pledge £170m for https://t.co/MfFmVoi1yt

29/11/22

Retweeted From John McLaverty

Anneka & Evie present 222 education dreams from Y8s to MPs & CSOs in Parliament and call for to pledge £170m to This was a massively impressive presentation which put all the cards on the table, as only youth can do https://t.co/O28Tbjt7Oi

29/11/22

Despite the chillier weather, it is great to see so many students taking part in co-curricular activities in their lunch time https://t.co/ANYyEB6tRk

29/11/22

Proud of our students sharing their voice for others who can’t https://t.co/eUVdxVKGlF

29/11/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Since we all loved sharing our favourite Pokémon last week, we've got some book suggestions for you, based on your starter! https://t.co/MZCQWkmemh

28/11/22

Reminder to Y13 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening closes tomorrow, 29 Nov at 6pm https://t.co/VSOChomCSK

26/11/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Thanks for for an enjoyable morning of rugby 🏉 https://t.co/bqfAx2DlXE

25/11/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Friday Night preparations for Gym and Dance display well underway. https://t.co/2pOcNXQj2M

25/11/22

❄️ World Challenge Winter Fair ❄️ The World Challenge inspires our students to be global citizens, please do come along to support them and also purchase some Christmas gifts. https://t.co/uPrXCI2oSE

25/11/22

A warm welcome to Sophie & Ellie from Oxfam who are at SJL today to talk about the impact of global warming, adaptation & climate justice. https://t.co/gw6YFK22cz

25/11/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn3j8AS https://t.co/vfnmccTgKn

24/11/22

Retweeted From SJL 6th Form

Some of our year 12 students attended the St Albans Cathedral ‘Speak Your Mind’ Debate yesterday on the topic of ‘No Platforming & Freedom of Speech’. Speakers included Bim Afolami, Daisy Cooper and Claire Fox. https://t.co/vxDvy1RdyA

24/11/22

Year 7 reminder: absolute deadline for Year 7 photographs orders is tomorrow morning - all orders must be received by 8.40am Friday 25 November. https://t.co/PufIemXxje

23/11/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Exciting times ahead as we start our botanical art project, making eco friendly decorations. Our dried flowers were sorted ready for next weeks session when we’ll start decorating our Christmas templates. https://t.co/mXiCGRa1ml

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a challenge open to all young people aged between 14 and 25 years old. There are three levels of the award, Bronze Silver and Gold. SJL is delighted to offer the Bronze Award to students in Year 10.

For Bronze there are four sections to complete. The four sections they must complete are Volunteering, Physical, Skill and Expedition.

The benefits of achieving The Duke of Edinburgh's Award at any level are endless. It’s difficult to list them all here… but you should definitely know how much fun you’ll have and how pushing yourself to do new things will help you to grow in confidence and develop useful skills. Meeting new people will inspire you and lead to lasting friendships. The DofE Award can also give you the edge when you apply for college, university or a job.

Put simply, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is about helping you along the path to a productive and prosperous future. As many of our participants say, it’s life-changing.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is so much more than a 'pat on the back' for completing a programme of activities. It is a recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, and valued by employers and universities alike for the qualities with which it imbues young people.

Its balanced programme develops the whole person - mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team working.

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At SJL we are pleased to be offering all students the opportunity to start their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

The applications process is all done electronically now via ParentPay.

Bronze Award

Students in Year 10 are eligible to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award. Students will have the opportunity to attend an assembly for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, followed by an information evening for parents. Students will then be invited to register for their award, which will start in September of Year 10. Registration is completed online via ParentPay.

Bronze timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 3 months
  • Physical section: 3 months
  • Skills section: 3 months

Expedition section: lunchtime/after school training sessions, a two day 1 night training expedition and a 2 day 1 night Qualifying expedition.

Students also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

Each section must be completed over the time scale and must show a regular commitment. e.g. 1 hour per week for 3 or 6 months

Assessors

The students will need to find an assessor for each of their three sections - this person must have an interest or expertise in the section and NOT be a family member. The students will meet with their assessor BEFORE they start their section to discuss their aims for the 3 or 6 months. The assessor will then monitor progress and write a report at the end of the time. The report will need to be submitted to eDofE.org/assessor, or photographed and uploaded to the participants eDofE account. Full details and training will be given in lunchtime sessions / assemblies throughout the academic year.

We ask that students make a commitment to complete the three sections BEFORE Easter in the academic year as this ensures that all students who attend the expedition will go onto complete their award.

How much does it cost?

The cost of registering for the award is £80. This covers your welcome pack, an administration charge for the Licenced Organisation and school's administration charge.

If a student is unable to attend the school expedition, there are many other opportunities on offer; full details can be found on the DofE web site. Here you will find a list of Approved Activity Providers (AAPs) who do “open expeditions”. Any student can apply to do these expeditions in their own time and still complete their award with school.

DofE Opportunity Finder

 

The DofE coordinators are Mrs O’Leary and Mr Goodman. Their email address is: dofe@sjl.herts.sch.uk

FAQs

Can I do my volunteer (or any other) section as 2 6-hour stints rather than an hour a week?

No. It must be an hour minimum a week for 3 (or 6) months. This is to show ongoing commitment and resilience.

What do I do if my group gets lost during the hike?

If you get lost, you need to work with your group to locate yourselves to get back on track. You will not fail your expedition if you get lost, unless you get to a point where you need someone to come and help you. Techniques for what to do if you get lost will be covered in your training sessions. Ultimately we will have your health and safety as number one priority.

Can I bring my mobile/tablet on expedition?

No. We give you a basic phone to carry in case of emergency.

Quoted from previous participant of the DofE:

“I was worried I’d be bored at camp without my mobile for entertainment. I didn’t want to miss out on anything that was going on social media, but actually while I was there I didn’t think about it. It was really nice to speak to other students face to face rather than through technology, including people that I’d never really spoken to before.”

Will I be able to contact my child during the expedition to see if they’re alright?

No contact with home is allowed on expedition. Staff will have all contact information for parents and will make contact where necessary. No news is good news! Follow us on twitter @SJLDofE for updates during the expeditions!

I follow a strict diet / have extra needs / have a medical condition or disability. Can I do the expedition and do the same rules still apply?

The DofE is an Award that can be achieved by anybody that is willing to make the effort and commitment to it. If you have any concerns, please come and speak to me so we can work together to make your Award successful.

Can I be completing my sections at the same time as each other, or do I have to do one after the other?

You are welcome (actually, encouraged!) to be completing the sections the best way to suit you and your time management. Sections can be completed at the same time, For example, you can do your music lesson hour a week on a Tuesday, and football on a Thursday.

Downloads

Page Downloads Date  
The DofE programme ideas physical 18th May 2022 Download
The DofE programme ideas skills 18th May 2022 Download
The DofE programme ideas volunteering 18th May 2022 Download
The DofE Participant Enrolment Form 30th Jun 2022 Download
Bronze Launch Presentation 30th Jun 2022 Download
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