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23/02/19

Retweeted From Sue Archer

Thank you for giving up your half term for the ski trip , we do appreciate it . 🙌🙌

23/02/19

Retweeted From cate

Thank you for giving up your half term to spend it with the kids. Much appreciated- enjoy the weekend!

23/02/19

Ski Trip Update: No issues with the crossing and we are now on our way back to school. The time of arrival is earlier and will now be 9.30 at SJL. Please ensure the bus space is left free so the bus can easily park. See you soon.

23/02/19

Ski Trip update: We have caught an earlier ferry. This will mean that we should be back at SJL around 10.30. Once we arrive at Dover I will give another update

22/02/19

Retweeted From Becky Rose

Thank you for all the photos and updates. It looks like they’ve had a wonderful week. Thank you to everyone involved.

22/02/19

Retweeted From Jane Bains

Safe journey home and thank you teachers!! Been a quiet week at home.

22/02/19

Ski Trip Day 6: We have finished our dinner, and we are now on our way home. Probably the best skiing we have ever had.

22/02/19

Ski Trip Day 6: Last day on the slopes and another gorgeous hot day. Group 3 skiing top to bottom. https://t.co/su5T7xvrVM

21/02/19

Ski Trip Day 5: Another fantastic day on the slopes. Presentation night has happened this evening and now everyone is starting to pack 😭 https://t.co/acUM2RsegH

21/02/19

Retweeted From YCHertfordshire

Year 12 students are taking the Royal Society of Public Heath 'Young Health Champions' Course with - talking to their peers about drugs, alcohol, body image and healthy habits. Read full story here: https://t.co/KKURvT5RlW https://t.co/9NhihgWGZK

21/02/19

Ski Trip Day 5: You guessed it, conditions are still amazing. All groups are skiing over to Riederalp this morning. https://t.co/w1CrRbkdUp

20/02/19

Ski Trip Day 4: Visit to Leukerbad spa complete. 10 thermal baths was just the trick to rejuvenate the muscles ready for skiing tomorrow

20/02/19

Ski Trip Day 4: top group are going on the slalom. Conditions remain perfect https://t.co/kcg8ofE7EM

19/02/19

Ski Trip Day 3: Just in case I’ve not mentioned it before, conditions are amazing. Quiz and swimming completed this evening. https://t.co/GkBpef2ufy

19/02/19

Ski Trip day 3: Group 4 making their way to the top. Two birthdays on the trip so far, Jake and Sophie. https://t.co/vh8epETmA2

18/02/19

Retweeted From SJL History

ETA 10:40pm, Luton Airport. Please allow time for passport control and baggage pickup.

18/02/19

Retweeted From SJL History

Our final day in Berlin visiting the German Resistance Memorial Centre https://t.co/FSbDVsa8Eq

18/02/19

Ski Trip Day 2 on the slopes. Weather is still stunning and all groups are picking up tips. https://t.co/n2nJBIxqXh

18/02/19

Retweeted From SJL History

Guten Abend from the Reichstag! https://t.co/ku4GFkBW7S

17/02/19

Retweeted From SJL History

Some Cold War history today! Seeing the Berlin Wall and Check Point Charlie https://t.co/NFWw6pJuDj

17/02/19

Ski Trip day 1 on the slopes. All up and now off to ski and maybe a little sunbathe. Not a cloud in the ski https://t.co/Hmf5P6MIDf

16/02/19

Retweeted From SJL History

Our night visit to the Brandenburg Gate https://t.co/UaDIRfNFqD

16/02/19

Ski Trip: We have arrived in Fiesch. Off to sort out boots and skis. Stunning weather. https://t.co/6Ju5bKPnpT

16/02/19

Retweeted From SJL History

Good morning from the East side! https://t.co/3dPGvjhQLm

16/02/19

Ski Trip: Breakfast with a view. Only a few hours now and we’ll be in Fiesch https://t.co/n5VjZSkypw

15/02/19

Ski Trip 2019 made the 8.00pm ferry as planned and now waiting to disembark at Dunkirk. Time for the first film of the journey.

15/02/19

Retweeted From SJL History

A very reflective day in Berlin with year 10 and 11 https://t.co/gMRNhTa0uq

15/02/19

Photographic highlights from the Trust Music Festival can now be seen on the school website https://t.co/KRaUxU4BcW https://t.co/7RN3Arfi0Z

15/02/19

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

SJL students on a visit to St Albans council chambers delivering a letter today in support of the action over climate change on behalf of Ecoschools https://t.co/GPam3KP6su

15/02/19

February newscast is now available to view, with highlight's from this half-term https://t.co/O0YR9q6pOL https://t.co/jSekgKrz3m

15/02/19

This week's newsletter... https://t.co/uMcfQdmzgr https://t.co/dMltO2ANlZ

15/02/19

Last few tickets remaining for the Quiz Night. Don't miss out! Here's a Friday teaser for you... Who refers to February as little month? (Clue "y mis bach") . . is a fantastic children's charity, supporting terminally ill children. https://t.co/CBGJCWQ68X

14/02/19

Retweeted From SJLStonewall

Two of our Stonewall leaders hosting our LGBT+ Quiz. A fantastic turn out this year! https://t.co/AbD8feIAej

14/02/19

Half-term Trips: wishing our students on trips this half-term a memorable time. Skiing in Fiesch, Switzerland and historical sights to be seen in Berlin, Germany https://t.co/6kELA8EsSk

14/02/19

Retweeted From SJL History

Thank you to all forms and individual students who participated in the Postcard Project for HMD 2019 and to all students who read life stories and created a display for the HMD Youth Champions https://t.co/tJF6WFH3Oo

14/02/19

Thank you to everyone that supported this year's Gym and Dance Display. It was a theatrical affair with lyrical display and amazing circustry from students right across the school. Photo highlights https://t.co/DgpQFqHnAd https://t.co/wj3noWBrCc

13/02/19

Congratulations to all those performing in tonight’s Gym and Dance Display - what an amazing evening! You should all be very proud of yourselves!

13/02/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Senior XV Rugby Result County Trophy QF: SJL 31 - 0 Knights Templar 🏉 https://t.co/D5IhtNlrJ6

13/02/19

Retweeted From SJLmfl

Last day today - morning in school, meeting with the town mayor and then creating a photo album - https://t.co/GrOikTr8Fm

13/02/19

Let go of other people's expectations of you https://t.co/pn81uekWqI

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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