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01/08/22

Retweeted From Choir of St Nicholas Church, Harpenden, Herts

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01/08/22

Retweeted From Choir of St Nicholas Church, Harpenden, Herts

Our choristers this past weekend at Wells Cathedral included pupils from and they were all fabulous. Long weekend of complicated music, lots of concentration and good behaviour required - we are SO proud! https://t.co/3CliT2CYxk

30/07/22

Retweeted From Daisy Cooper MP 🔶

Here’s a list of “Fifty Thrifty” adventures to have in : it’s a big list of ‘no cost’ or ‘low cost’ activities in our county, as voted for by residents. https://t.co/uXRSrRQdz8

30/07/22

Retweeted From James Marshall Foundation CIO

Please get in touch if you think JMF can help. https://t.co/YkwqTWXqjk

23/07/22

Retweeted From Stanborough School

This is superb. Well done on all your hard work to achieve this. We look forward to achieving this in the future too and been following your examples closely! Well done to the team behind this success.

21/07/22

Retweeted From Friends of SJL

The parents music support group raised £££ running a bar at the Jazz evening. FOSJL topped up the donation so a brand new TenorSax cd be purchased by the Music ensembles play at many events both inside and outside of school. https://t.co/LJ7Nmnc2Q8

21/07/22

Special thanks to Jay and Justine, Heads of School 2020-2021 who returned to delivered some special celebration messages of thanks to Ms Robins "Thank you Ms Robins for your dedication to SJL." A final farewell from Ms Robins to the assembly hall "You are all amazing!" https://t.co/gvRKofYKig

21/07/22

It is with great pride that I can announce we have just been awarded the Eco Schools Green Flag with Distinction. The highest award you can achieve. Sustainability is truly at the heart of what we do. https://t.co/V5jU2TFwEW

21/07/22

Congratulations to Newton on winning this year's Merit Cup and to Hepworth on winning this year's House Cup https://t.co/xLl9rvWslJ

21/07/22

End of Year assembly, a celebration of students' and teachers' achievements across the academic year with awards to students who have shown effort, enthusiasm and engagement across all the various faculties https://t.co/QlrHFIEtEJ

21/07/22

Retweeted From SJL 6th Form

Congratulations to the winners of the Perrins Myddleton Essay competition, generously sponsored by Perrins Myddleton solicitors. 1st prize goes to Joely, 2nd to Toby and 3rd to Will. Well done to all the year 12 who entered! https://t.co/vwnGxkzCb0

21/07/22

Retweeted From MyNewTerm

., situated in , currently have 3️⃣ new vacancies to join their team: 🔵Administration Assistant - Examinations 🟡Food Technician 🔵Cover Supervisor Apply online⬇️ https://t.co/oHi7vNcT85

21/07/22

Thank you to all members of the SJL community for their hard work, commitment and support. Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer! https://t.co/fACMpajAg8

21/07/22

Ready to finish the year with the traditional whole school assembly… https://t.co/XXxaUGOMSy

21/07/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

After a final day exploring Edinburgh castle and performing a stunning final concert, 106 tired but very happy musicians on our way home … 🎶 https://t.co/nqVplm3pre

21/07/22

This week's newsletter is out now... https://t.co/sTgrNyMIUt https://t.co/zXLryWzp8e

20/07/22

We appreciate all your support! https://t.co/Nxkxjj37jD

20/07/22

A summer term round up and a fond farewell in this edition of Lawes Lowdown https://t.co/kUjQ0nVpCw https://t.co/7ePkMFUEUH

20/07/22

Thanks to one of our talented parents, Mr Platt, for this fabulous sketch of Ms Robins to celebrate her time as headteacher of Sir John Lawes School. The portrait will be on display in school, a wonderful reminder to treasure. https://t.co/eWywlRvNZ5

20/07/22

Operoo Messages: please ensure Operoo is marked as a trusted sender in email accounts to ensure school messages do not go to junk folder. https://t.co/oR0M7mUQg7

20/07/22

During the final week of the term, students take part in Enterprise Week. Taking on the role of apprentices for a range of activities. Thank you to for delivering such engaging activities. https://t.co/w9M7ZdRkgy

20/07/22

With many primary schools having celebrated their last day of the academic year, we want to wish Year 6 a wonderful summer. We cannot wait to welcome you in September. https://t.co/c1bmHn4iel

18/07/22

Parents and carers please check Edulink for a message regarding tomorrow.

18/07/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

Fabulous first concert today at the beautiful Kelburn Estate - well done everyone!! https://t.co/oWTDELhTPz

18/07/22

Year 6 we look forward to seeing many of you at our summer school - Get Set for SJL. Have a wonderful summer and enjoy your final days at primary school https://t.co/ihJyWu0hN5

18/07/22

Career News: key dates for next academic year. See this week's end of year newsletter for further information on the Year 7 Work Shadow Day https://t.co/Qdr3ZmLSAT

18/07/22

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Good luck to Year 12 Drama students completing their performance mock exam today! This is one group showing the chaos that ensues in the play ‘God of Carnage’. https://t.co/NgQz4MlBir

18/07/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Massive thanks to for their generous giveaway - so excited to have so many fantastic new books to add to our library for our whole school community to enjoy! 🥰📚 https://t.co/jywHOhBWxd

18/07/22

📢 New Vacancy Administrator required to support Exams Officer. Excellent staff benefits, including for permanent members of staff a preferential place at SJL for your child providing criteria is met (see school website for admission details). To apply https://t.co/cFHshPK3aB https://t.co/2F9KBBMHkd

17/07/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Good luck to our very own Hannah B who next week competes for St Albans in the British Swimming Championships https://t.co/L6gcxKjzK6

17/07/22

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Wonderful news for this ex- SJL Drama Alumni queen of musical theatre!! https://t.co/c68e6rhjvF

17/07/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

SJL Music Tour just crossed the border into Scotland! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Next stop, Edinburgh… https://t.co/px91fboPNq

16/07/22

Congratulations Mr Bloxham and Hepworth House on winning the Sports Day trophy. Congratulations to all the competitors, to those smashing school records, to those running their first races, to those running for their houses https://t.co/NU8anqCRZD

15/07/22

Time for relays https://t.co/0uc1YdKWb0

15/07/22

Hepworth take an early lead https://t.co/ocLsyeU7Ek

15/07/22

First race is underway https://t.co/ipYbmAXhyW

15/07/22

Getting ready for sports day today. https://t.co/Y2FjugxOFz

14/07/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

The elephant garlic was pulled today and will be roasted on our return to school in September. Everyone enjoyed sampling the fresh carrots and we worked hard planting up broccoli seedlings with expert guidance from Mr Dunning. https://t.co/yOBmswycAV

14/07/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Our last Year 7 & 8 Book Club of the year is looking at Agatha Christie! How many have you read? We’re also doing a virtual tour of her house and solving a murder mystery puzzle 🕵️‍♀️ https://t.co/UsK0ZA0J6l

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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