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24/05/19

This week's newsletter will be available on school website... https://t.co/J6RGUIVGV5 https://t.co/HVIH6Jceu3

24/05/19

Revision tip: half term means a brief break from exams, don't forget to take short breaks during revision too - 15 minutes every hour will help you to take in more https://t.co/Nb3XFASc94

24/05/19

Year 6 Joiners: gentle reminder you can still purchase the Equipment Starter Packs via ParentPay. Closing date is Monday, 3 June 2019. https://t.co/vCjtZnK4w9

24/05/19

New Heads of School announced https://t.co/gw9QoBHUWe

24/05/19

The latest newscast is out now with highlights from the first half of this Summer Term https://t.co/Yy3BBFyBM6

23/05/19

Diary reminder: Half term 27-31 May 2019. Those taking exams, remember to make it count https://t.co/UGRZPS8MtA

23/05/19

Retweeted From HDAH

Big thanks go to the 6th form school, Harpenden who raised £419 for our charity. If you would like to make a donation you can textdonate £20, £15, £10, £5, £3 or £1 Eg to donate £15 text HDAH 15 to 70085. Cost: £15 plus a standard network rate message fee. https://t.co/AK8nnAzK5h

22/05/19

Well done to our Eco-school team on their Open Garden. https://t.co/MoiWcivxWk

22/05/19

Share your feelings. Ask for help. You are not alone https://t.co/QJ7A1BwgCA

22/05/19

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Geography themed cupcakes made by History’s Miss Bigden to celebrate the last week of half term! 🌏🏔 https://t.co/F2wfUVXZ4v

21/05/19

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Our Geraniums are coming into flower in the garden thank you https://t.co/NUrRivbDhU

21/05/19

With underway, we have our own show garden open to parents for one day only. Don't forget to come along this afternoon 3.30-4.30pm, with various plants also for sale https://t.co/hkogZkamXe

21/05/19

Reminder: deadline for Y8 into Y9 D&T options are required to be submitted by tomorrow, Wednesday 22 May 2019. https://t.co/87lqeJqhOc

21/05/19

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

EYFS went on a trip to today to our ducks that we hatched in their forever home. https://t.co/jwZajoA4Tu

20/05/19

Ahead of this week's GCSE mathematics exams, here are some tips from https://t.co/rNbED5ATAN

20/05/19

Thought for the Week: How can we learn through our mistakes? https://t.co/aLYMu5qp94

18/05/19

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Planting Olivia’s giant pumpkin plant, watch this space to see it grow https://t.co/r6L2NIyRE7

18/05/19

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Lots of action in the garden even though it’s exam week, planting our geraniums from ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦ https://t.co/dvkWUm8hEX

17/05/19

Retweeted From SJL 6th Form

Goodbye to our lovely Year 13 boys - we will miss you! https://t.co/LT6WHpPkmT

17/05/19

Retweeted From SJL History

Trip update for year 9 into 10: History Year 10 Berlin trip, 2020 only has a few places left! Deposits close Friday 24th May.

17/05/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Looking for an exciting new opportunity, or to take the next step in your career? Scholars' has a number of vacancies across the Trust including teaching and non teaching roles https://t.co/mvSMjOe9dW . . . https://t.co/ek3SCqtdOE

17/05/19

Today we bid farewell to our senior students as the Year 13 Leavers’ Ceremony gets underway https://t.co/Tuj6j9VnxT

17/05/19

This week's newsletter out now... https://t.co/MzX1fCQAfv https://t.co/5AVx5CObD7

17/05/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

2019 Sports Awards Evening: Monday 17th June at the Public Halls 6pm start. Invitations will be out next week.

16/05/19

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Art

M Lucas Y13 A Level Photography Exam. Having set up the exhibitions the Art Faculty test out 3-D aspect of the photos https://t.co/uzUr6KqOlw

16/05/19

Diary reminder: do not forget to come along to this evening's GCSE and A Level Art, Graphics, Photography & Textiles Exhibitions . Some truly outstanding pieces on display. Exhibition is open 5-8pm https://t.co/MbDsphgu6N

16/05/19

Letters Home: Year 8 Design & Technology Options - response required. Responses can be submitted online https://t.co/G3mqqoOvX3 See letter for further details https://t.co/pvsVFB8hEr https://t.co/koF3sGfbyw

16/05/19

Retweeted From SJL English

Calling all Year 7, Year 8, and Year 9 students interested in debating and public speaking! The English faculty is running a public speaking competition next half-term - there is a meeting on Tuesday 21st May at 1pm in M4 if you are interested and would like more information! https://t.co/CVlKgf4r2z

15/05/19

Diary reminder: Year 13 Leavers' Ceremony, parents please be seated by 10.50am for prompt start at 11am. Refreshments available following ceremony https://t.co/gyWhdGNudd

15/05/19

Stress and anxiety are normal emotional responses. And like all emotions they will pass https://t.co/NmynxEdsAN

15/05/19

Retweeted From HertsAdSchool

⭐️We are looking for your star pupils⭐️- Help us to celebrate your star pupils in this year's awards by nominating them today into the Pupil of the Year Award ➡️ https://t.co/eRXuFKer5N https://t.co/NzYwAFEaYA

15/05/19

Vacancy alert: do you have excellent production skills? Looking to join a Media Faculty with excellent facilities including film studio and a suite of Macs? SJL seeking Media Teacher for maternity cover https://t.co/lZp2UJMFpb . . . https://t.co/5FCZIwZus4

14/05/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Great come back in 2nd innings for Yr 10 girls tounders team today. Beat RPS by half a rounder. Good start to the season. Well done all. https://t.co/SB5peYsc2S

14/05/19

Revision tip: stay hydrated! Do not forget to take a break to have a drink during revision sessions https://t.co/J0awrTShCM

13/05/19

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Please come and join us - tomato, butternut squash and pumpkin plants for sale https://t.co/UtjFcvSX6X

13/05/19

Latest vacancy: looking for an opportunity to join a vibrant and key part of the school community? SJL are seeking a Librarian to oversee its wonderful School Library https://t.co/nTBVIJqfqR . . . https://t.co/6sofYr68cV

13/05/19

Thought for the Week: Creativity https://t.co/4EfHmyuU07

10/05/19

As our Year 11 students begin their study leave, here are some tips for independent revision as suggested by SJL students https://t.co/zFTMfbQAv4

10/05/19

This week's newsletter is out now... https://t.co/vYmgqqj7Ze https://t.co/LSMGriFR9A

10/05/19

Today's Year 11 Leavers' Ceremony was one of immense pride, as students leave to begin their study leave in this important GCSE year. All the very best to you all and do yourselves proud https://t.co/G1hMYoA74u

Partnerships

At SJL we value the benefits of collaborative working and have consequently forged a number of partnerships with other groups, organisations and institutions.  Below are some of the examples of well-established partnerships and how SJL students have benefited directly.

For some students an applied or vocational curriculum is appropriate and therefore we have strong links with Oaklands College in St Albans. These links have enabled SJL students to access courses most suited to their individual needs and use some of the best specialist facilities in the area.

At Post 16, SJL students are able to access A-level courses at Roundwood Park and St Georges which enables us to offer the broadest curriculum possible. Courses available at other schools include Sociology, Government & Politics and Accounts.

Sir John Lawes School holds joint Trust status with Roundwood Park School. This brings the two schools into formal partnership with the aim of raising the standards of education for the young people they serve.  

As well as our partner schools in Harpenden we have close links with schools outside our local community. For example, we are part of the St Albans and Harpenden Strategic Area Partnership which enables SJL students to access a range of courses. We also have close links with The Bushey Academy and our students have benefited from a number of opportunities that have arisen as a consequence.

As part of our work as a Training School we have well-developed and formal links with a number of Higher Education establishments including the universities of Cambridge, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. We have also used the links to enable students to access university facilities. One example of this is Year 11 students studying the Extended Project Qualification where they are able to use the library facilities at the University of Hertfordshire to aid their research.

The fantastic work that SJL students have done in the area of Globalisation and Sustainable Development has also helped to forge relationships with some established and global charities. This has helped SJL students to benefit from a wide range of opportunities for example they have had the chance to visit Zambia; Comic Relief have filmed in SJL and shown the results on the BBC; and four students met and discussed global issues with Gordon Brown.

Harpenden Secondary Schools Trust

The HSST was originally formed in 2011 by Roundwood Park and Sir John Lawes Schools in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire and Rothamsted Research. The organisations linked by the Trust work together to share facilities,  provide additional opportunities for students,  combine their expertise and consult each other about how best to keep improving.  A report from the first Trust event, a mini-charette held with students from both schools at the University of Hertfordshire, can be found here.

In 2013 St George’s School joined the Trust so that all three Harpenden secondary schools are now represented within the organisation, ensuring it has the widest possible impact for Harpenden students.

There have been many exciting activities organised by the Trust partners since its inception, these include; The Life of Plants (Rothamsted and Science), cross faculty INSET and training (MFL), Students from UH teaching Harpenden students (RE), Rothamsted Year 8 Ecology Day (Geography), ECO-Schools joint meetings (SJL & RPS), The Peace Day, and student exchanges.

As the Trust matures, there will be many more opportunities for joint working.  Currently the Trust Board are also working with the Local Authority on the education vision for a new Harpenden Secondary Free School, to address the local need for school places.

Rothamsted Research

In the next 15-30 years, the world will face serious shortages of food, energy and water, as well as having to cope with climate change. Global food production will need to increase by over 40% by 2030, and 70% by 2050. In addition, global demand for energy and water could double by 2050. Even now in the second decade of the 21st century nearly one billion people are undernourished and food prices are at an all-time high.

We need to grow more food on not much more land, using less water, fertiliser and pesticides. Science and engineering will help us do this.

As the longest running agricultural research station in the world, Rothamsted Research is leading the way in providing the scientific knowledge, innovation and new practices to improve agriculture and develop environmentally friendly solutions for agriculture through our world-leading scientific research in plant and soil science.

Since 2011, Rothamsted Research has been a partner of the Trust.

Our aim in working with the Trust is to:

  • discuss with students and teachers the issues affecting their future (e.g. food security and climate change) and the role scientists play in finding solutions to these global challenges.
  • support the students and teachers in understanding current scientific and technological challenges so they can better participate in informed democratic societal debates;
  • engage young people with cutting edge research, stimulating their curiosity in science;
  • inspire and raise students' aspirations to take up careers in science;
  • provide opportunities for our researchers to engage with different audiences to improve their own professional development; and to give Rothamsted Research the opportunity to hear the voice and understand the desires of the younger generation to help Rothamsted shape its future scientific strategy.

www.rothamsted.ac.uk

University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire offers over 800 undergraduate, postgraduate, CPD and short courses and is the UK’s leading business-facing University. With a student community of over 24,500 including more than 2,000 international students from over eighty five different countries, the University has a global network of over 165,000 alumni.

The University of Hertfordshire is one of the region’s largest employers with over 2,700 staff and a turnover of more than £235 million.

The University's Outreach & Widening Participation team aims to provide information, advice, support and encouragement to prospective University students working closely with schools across the region and further afield.

Working in partnership with the Trust, the University is enthusiastic about supporting Sir John Lawes’ staff and students whether this be through campus visits, taster days, talks from academics or just by allowing staff and students access to some of the best equipped Learning Resources Centres in the UK.

www.herts.ac.uk

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