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23/10/20

SJL's Sixth Form Prefects are organising a whole school Harvest Festival Food Collection for King's Pantry Food Bank. Donations can be made Monday 2 - Friday 6 November in school reception. For more information on King's Pantry https://t.co/YWYkRMtHv0 Thank you for your support. https://t.co/wRUsxGDr82

23/10/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

As a trust we are immensely proud of our students and staff for the dedication they have shown over the start of this new academic year. We wish you all a safe and restful half term https://t.co/vRIk6JLn1O

23/10/20

Retweeted From SJL English

Another great entry for the Twelve Before You’re Twelve Reading competition - from James W in 7LEn3 https://t.co/BuKHUR8L83

23/10/20

Thank you to our students, staff and families for their tremendous support in this first half term of the 2020 academic year, we are proud of the commitment and dedication shown. Enjoy a safe and relaxing half term https://t.co/YzCNPhvWvM

23/10/20

This week's newsletter is out now... https://t.co/geu17m3ulg https://t.co/A3KMtrPlzH

23/10/20

Students time to get creative with the launch of the 2020 SJL Christmas Card Competition https://t.co/RHIAldtF9Z

22/10/20

The newly formed JLT for 2020-2021 had their first meeting today, a chance for students to engage and talk about their school to the Heads of School https://t.co/633PY9laxB

22/10/20

Vacancy alert: Linguist seeking a new opportunity? SJL are seeking a talented and effective Teacher of German, with French and/or Spanish to join our successful team https://t.co/ozXppQpYlm . . https://t.co/PTRyIoD1tw

21/10/20

Retweeted From Hertfordshire County Council

As half term approaches, please remember to Play Your Part and stick to the rule of 6. Read our tips on how to have a fun and safe half term https://t.co/H77nLyZdHM https://t.co/ToXvjELrLd

21/10/20

We are aware of issues with EduLink absence reporting, please see email regarding any absences reported between 10pm last night (Tuesday 20 October) and 10am today (Wednesday 21 October) https://t.co/uoKq5LeiRQ

21/10/20

Year 11 notice: mock examination timetable has been sent out to students and parents via EduLink, timetable and vital examination information can be found on the school website https://t.co/WKHbuofymx https://t.co/R5WzyjdNUe

21/10/20

A bright moment on a wet autumnal day, the issuing of Headteacher Commendations. Congratulations to all the Year 10 students receiving their 'lockdown' Head's Commendations, especially those receiving multiple awards https://t.co/FhfBUXdKnv

21/10/20

This evening Year 8 musicians should have been presenting their Music Showcase. We are delighted to announce they have been busy behind the scenes recording a showcase for you... keep an eye out for the final production later this week https://t.co/r4cl4mX2HI

20/10/20

Year 10 notice: resources for the Year 10 GCSE Information Evening have been emailed via EduLink. They can also be found on the school website https://t.co/3oLlHLxRUk https://t.co/RYywoNRF3V

20/10/20

Over 100 Head Teacher's Commendations awarded to the Year 9 bubble for achievements from summer term 2020. Well done Britten receiving the highest number of commendations https://t.co/R56CU2F4Yr

20/10/20

Reminder for those applying for 2021 secondary school, the application deadline is 31 October 2020. Look at our virtual open event page for Headteacher's address, hear from our amazing students, take virtual tour and view our impressive faculties. https://t.co/xc5uEuHIvA https://t.co/XhSWxpNqwA

20/10/20

Notice: Poppies will be on sale in school on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 October. If students wish to make a donation to the Poppy Appeal and purchase a poppy, please remember to send cash with them on these days https://t.co/KyxFiCkXT2

20/10/20

Retweeted From UCAS

Remember to join us live on Facebook at 17:30 (UK time) today 📅 , , and will all be on hand to answer any questions that you may have about university admissions for 2021. https://t.co/itT940ZXbF

20/10/20

As we all spend more time in our own households, a new online safety course from is available to book now. https://t.co/H4wsPlXgfp

20/10/20

Term dates: reminder next week is half term. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday, 2 November 2020 https://t.co/RfSP6IfZjd

19/10/20

Calling 👋 and present Generation-COVID a webinar for 15-17 year olds exploring what Covid-19 means for the future of the economy https://t.co/wiQz9cef1R 'They are waiting to hear from you! SJL let's get involved!!!' Miss Dunne

19/10/20

As we head towards the end of the first half term, here are the house standings. Well done to 7K for a tremendous tally and to Miss Bigden with Ryder House taking overall top spot. After half term will be running the annual Christmas Card Competition https://t.co/L4llyBCWyC

19/10/20

Retweeted From UCAS

Join us live on Facebook at 17:30 (UK time) on Tuesday 20 October. , , and will all be on hand to answer any questions that you may have about university admissions for 2021. See you on Tuesday 👋 https://t.co/hwqBcFVAmY

19/10/20

Thought for the Week: Individual liberty https://t.co/hbXxzzyBoN

16/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 13: An interesting geopolitical perspective on renewables. Resource Security. https://t.co/VYoaCilw3z

16/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 11: This is a great video explaining processes. https://t.co/eHpu0taVgC

16/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 12 and 13: Thinking of studying Geography at university: your 24-page guide to studying geography at university https://t.co/ClKJZqFGP3

16/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Have you got a moment to put your feet up and watch something good this weekend? Pick one of these themed films/documentaries on Netflix. My Octopus Teacher is great! https://t.co/p92sMzIQp0

16/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

The Salads are in! The first (this term) of many successfully planted veggies in the thanks to some very green fingered guru's in year 10. Great work team! Have a HAPPY WEEKEND! https://t.co/7hCg4TzZJ2

16/10/20

Retweeted From SJL History

A fun fact for our Sixth Form students: today is the anniversary of Marie-Antoinette’s execution during the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution in 1793. https://t.co/VmSQ4eGNMI

16/10/20

Thank you to all parents for your feedback and support over the temporary changes to timings of the school day. New timings begin from this Monday - 19th October. See the newsletter for more details.

16/10/20

Have you been following the inter house netball competition? All the updates can be seen on our PE Dept Instagram account https://t.co/jBMUFSRAsb https://t.co/WFIedVoyYV

16/10/20

This week's newsletter is out now... https://t.co/WYn5r4PlP6 https://t.co/knPVTFpkm4

15/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

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15/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

It may not be the trip we planned but it is good to be out completing some fieldwork with year 13! https://t.co/bi85zpe6ZB

15/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Our is coming along well, it has taken a little longer than expected but we are now ready for our winter vegetable plug plants which we won from the and are arriving tomorrow! All thanks to some extremely dedicated pupils https://t.co/l4KcvIOsVT

14/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Psych and Soc

Play dough brains demonstrating where the three types of LTM reside based on Tulving’s research#creativepsychology https://t.co/M8cbrpDOfC

14/10/20

Retweeted From Met Contact Centre

Social media and mental health are interlinked in the lives of young people. This team have some useful info, looking at the positive and negative impacts of social media that trusted adults need to be aware of. https://t.co/oQnXmPWHbS https://t.co/BYo09AxKsP

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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