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22/02/20

Retweeted From Jane Dixon

thank you very much SJL for yet another fantastic ski trip! Enormous gratitude to the teachers...relax..

22/02/20

Ski Trip update: We are now making our way back to school. All being well, we should be back at SJL at 3.20pm. Can you please be ready to collect your child by the gate on Sauncey Avenue. Please do not park in the bus bays as that is where the coach will park, thanks

22/02/20

Ski Trip update: We are currently on the ferry. Crossing is a little choppy. We are disappointed by a lack of blue skies and sunshine! Will update you in timings when we get across

21/02/20

Ski Trip update: Saas Fee has been an excellent resort and the conditions have been superb. The views have been spectacular. Sadly we are now on our way home having skied every piste. We will update you as we go and let you know timings later. https://t.co/qrDQ9AMbj0

21/02/20

Ski Trip update: Last day on the slopes, lovely blue sky however winds have picked up so lifts closed at the top for now. So groups skiing on the lower slopes or having a hot chocolate. https://t.co/Wk7gNerNoH

20/02/20

Ski Trip update: You’ll be pleased to know we are back to normal and yesterday was a blip! Beautiful sunshine and perfect snow conditions. It’s all about carving technique today https://t.co/RwLk0rZm4h

19/02/20

Ski Trip update: OMG no blue skies! Currently snowing and the lack of visibility is making everyone control their speed. Hot Chocolates are in high demand! https://t.co/Sf8qAMDF24

18/02/20

Retweeted From The OLLIE Foundation

Did you know about this fantastic service available to young people in the district? If your tweens, teens and young adults don't know - print this out and give it to them! https://t.co/l7d8NLksTA

18/02/20

Ski Trip update: Group 4 practising skiing backwards https://t.co/E4QOdlBCRI

18/02/20

Ski Trp update: Fresh snow and blue skies, great conditions although a little colder today. https://t.co/lg0BcdbiFI

17/02/20

Ski Trip update: The ski team are now the 10 pin bowling team. https://t.co/uTwhFd5IcZ

17/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

And that’s a wrap! Heading to the airport now, our flight is currently on time, a reminder our flight number is EZY2146. Scheduled to land at 10.30 - please park and come to collect the students from arrivals. https://t.co/SQ3tTJbNVT

17/02/20

Retweeted From Chartered College

The next CTeach application window closes today! Want to be celebrated for excellent practice? Become Chartered! Finish your application and join our next cohort: https://t.co/RCmyo0qqFx https://t.co/o5QsONngNQ

17/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

After spending the morning learning about German Resistance in Nazi Germany, we’ve now got some light retail therapy at the Berlin Mall 🇩🇪🙌🏼 https://t.co/qks8rYhJZ1

17/02/20

Ski Trip update: Day 2 on the slopes, beautiful conditions. At the top, not even the wind could slow this group down. https://t.co/cZjGeZBP7F

17/02/20

Just a reminder that school will be open from 10 till 1pm today for those who would like to come in and spend some time in quiet reflection. We will be based in the dining room.

17/02/20

Retweeted From Join the Resolution

WOW we absolutely love this We are standing with you https://t.co/Rv57ZzozTV

16/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Final evening exploring Berlin. Visited the Reichstag Dome and Brandenburg Gate - saved the best til last! https://t.co/X1Gy06LXlj

16/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Despite the wind and rain, nothing is getting our spirits down! Visited the Berlin Wall memorial this morning for an excellent guided tour and quick stop for lunch and to see The Berlin Cathedral! https://t.co/x2xluJcVT6

16/02/20

Ski Trip update: The beginners are up and skiing. https://t.co/D5tDZoYd1C

16/02/20

Ski Trip update: Blue Sky Bill in the first morning appears to be better than Storm Dennis 😄 https://t.co/z22zkgPIWP

15/02/20

Ski Trip update: We have arrived and the weather is gorgeous. Ready to unpack and then sort out the ski gear. https://t.co/d0NTiVmBfB

15/02/20

Retweeted From Tom Mowbray

Awesome U18s girls festival yesterday . Thanks to for entering. We started off with 7/10 a side then combined the schools to play 15 a side. You’ve got to love rugby!! https://t.co/IluR5R7z0j

15/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Visiting the Olympic Stadium this morning, learning about where Jesse Owens won gold in 1936. https://t.co/0lRfIMAdRa

15/02/20

Ski Trip Update: The famous Autogrill for breakfast in Basle, Switzerland. Not too far to go now to Saas Fee https://t.co/HerKK5zENR

14/02/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Fantastic rugby played by Senior Girls today. Played 4 won 2 drew 2 https://t.co/iu2yc7FiQK

14/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

The end of day 1 - an interesting day learning about the divisions during the Cold War (even seeing the original Berlin Wall!). 🇩🇪 https://t.co/4SCbYm7YVa

14/02/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

U18 Girls rugby festival getting underway at

14/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Arrived safely in Berlin, after a pit stop at the hotel, we’re about to visit our first stop, the Topography of Terror!

14/02/20

EARLY BIRD DEAL TICKETS FOR SJL ON SALE TODAY! Treat whole family to discounted ticket for Festival on the Field 2020. SJL students, staff and their families can take advantage of Early Bird Deal which discounts the tickets by 10% using link https://t.co/9qdWjgpOOJ https://t.co/qV1i82jdft

14/02/20

Launched on SJL's Climate Education Day and coinciding with Valentine's Day to celebrate the thing students love most - our planet, students from across the school have come together to have their voice heard https://t.co/PukC2lFKFF

14/02/20

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/2JL4CMEvXP https://t.co/nmpfS9ZIl8

14/02/20

Retweeted From YC Hertfordshire NCS

The team will be at later today to tell Year 11 all about how they can have an amazing summer with ! 🙌 https://t.co/AnCk29FqUL https://t.co/XUNdNXe32f

14/02/20

Vacancy: looking for a role where you can make a difference to a child's education? Due to progression within the school, SJL are seeking a Teaching Assistant to join their experienced team https://t.co/K4Pf4zbLe7 . . https://t.co/Ht1vJ0tVZG

13/02/20

Lost property: recognise these belongings? Mrs Daniels in First Aid room has them, awaiting collection. https://t.co/bbhtOHmI4n

13/02/20

Wishing students heading off to Saas-Fee for this year's ski trip, a fantastic and memorable adventure. https://t.co/6fMT1Y43i1

13/02/20

Date for the diary: Supporting students through exams information evening, Wednesday 26 February 2020 https://t.co/DCfXUtYM8W

13/02/20

Wishing our students a memorable trip to Berlin. Safe travels. https://t.co/NWZ5J7zn4W

13/02/20

Lawes Lowdown is out now https://t.co/NO5UIionhX

12/02/20

Year 7 parents should have now received an Edulink access link to set up a password to access the new platform. Please contact technicalassistance.herts.sch.uk if you face any issues with the registration process. https://t.co/AlXIrXDmwE

Welcome

Welcome to Sir John Lawes School.

We look forward to meeting you and we know that you will have a really happy time here.

At SJL you will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of subjects and activities. Sports, music, dance, art, drama, movie making, robotics and astronomy are some of the opportunities and experiences that are waiting for you at SJL.

Leaving your primary school and moving to the new, much bigger world of secondary education can feel worrying and stressful. Our aim is to make all our new students feel welcome and safe so that you hit the ground running at the start of Year 7 and make a great start to what will hopefully be some of the best years of your life.

If you are joining us from your primary school there is a special Induction Day when you can visit the school, meet all the new joiners, make new friends and try out some lessons! There is also an Induction Evening for parents when they can come to learn about Sir John Lawes, spend some time with members of staff and ask questions.

If you are the only student joining from your primary school there is no need to worry. You are extremely important to us and you will also be given an extra opportunity to visit us on single joiners' day when you will get the opportunity to meet other students who are also the only ones joining from their schools.

Joining us from other years

Moving schools can be worrying and stressful. Our aim is to make all our new students feel welcome and safe and to settle you in your new Form Group with a new timetable as quickly as we can. Before joining us you will be given the opportunity to visit the school with your parents/carers and meet your new head of year or another key member of the pastoral team. This will be an opportunity to ask questions and find out about life at Sir John Lawes School.

We hope you find the sections above useful and and if you are joining us then we look forward to seeing soon.

A typical day at SJL

Every school day you will meet your form tutor in the morning and at afternoon registration. You have six lessons of 50 minutes each in a wide range of subjects including English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, RE, ICT, PE, Music, Art and lots, lots more.

Before school, break and lunchtime you can visit the school canteen for a hot or cold snack/meal and a drink. Lunchtimes can be very busy times with lots of clubs to join. It is also a good time to visit the library or to catch up with your new and existing friends.

Homework club is held after school in the library where staff can help you with your homework. There are also lots of sporting activities for those of you who like sports and want to play in the school teams.

You will never be bored at SJL!

Clubs and activities

School isn’t just about hard work. It is about meeting new people, making friends and taking part in the activities that you enjoy the most.

When you arrive at Sir John Lawes you will find that there are loads of lunchtime or after-school activities and clubs that you can join.

Sporting teams and clubs include: football, rugby, basketball, hockey, netball, cross-country, athletics, cricket, rounders, tennis and gymnastics.

If you are musical, you can audition for the school Concert Band, the Up and Coming Band and the Jazz Band. You can play in the Brass Band, Guitar Group, Strings Group as well as the Rock School. You can also join in with the Junior choir or sing in the Gospel or Soul Groups.

If you enjoy acting you can join in with Drama activities and also audition for the junior school play.

The Science faculty has clubs in gardening, robotics and astronomy as well as the Young Engineer Scheme.

You could also join the Debating Society, Junior Reading Group, the Formula 1 Maths Club or enjoy Design and Technology sessions.

There really is something for everyone.

On top of all these activities you will enjoy a week at Little Canada on the Isle of Wight. You may also secure a place on the annual European Music trip or the skiing to Switzerland .

If there is nothing here that excites you then a member of the Sixth Form is available to help you start your own club!

First few weeks

Who better to tell you all about it than our current Year 7s?  We asked them to write what they felt was important for Year 6 students to know.

“Hi my name is Beth, I am so proud that I am part of SJL. I was scared at first but now I have made so many friends that I don’t need to worry. The best bit is the Immersion Days and at Christmas we decorated the form room. So don’t worry. ”

“Hi my name is Digby. My old school was Grove Junior. Sir John Lawes is great, there are a lot of clubs and activities - I play the bass and I am in a band. The forms are great. You will love SJL. ”

“Hi my name is Hannah. When I started at SJL back in September I was so nervous. I was scared I was going to get lost and not make any new friends! But now I am fine and SJL is full of great clubs and trips (Little Canada ) and you will make loads of friends and you get a map and timetable. But DON’T lose your planner because you write all your homework in it :-)

“Hi my name is Ed. When I came to Sir John Lawes I was so scared that I was going to get lost but you find your way around quickly. I have made so many new friends and the sport is fantastic. ”

Rewards

Rewards & consequences

At SJL we like to take every opportunity to celebrate students’ good performance. As well as positive feedback to individual students, displays of student work and celebrations in assembly we have a variety of ways that we recognise your hard work or achievement. If you want to find out more about this then visit the section of this site that talks about rewards.

Tips to help you succeed

SJL is a really fun place to be and there are many different ways that you can succeed.

Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Take a full and active role in all aspects of school life.
  • Listen and work hard in lessons.
  • Join lunchtime or after-school activities.
  • Do your homework to your full ability and hand it in on time.
  • Make sure you arrive at school on time and reach a minimum of 92% attendance each year.
  • Challenge yourself each school year to learn a new hobby or get involved in a community project.

When we challenge ourselves to do things that we find difficult or scary it helps us to grow in confidence and to grow as a person.

At SJL there are lots of fun ways that you can challenge yourself:

Year 7: When you are at Little Canada you can challenge yourself to jump from the Leap of Faith (safely harnessed of course).

Year 8: You can challenge yourself to join a school team or take part in a whole school activity such as a school production.

Year 9: You can challenge yourself to raise funds for a charity or a project that you have researched and/or helped.

Year 10: You can challenge yourself to learn a new skill.

Year 11: You can challenge yourself to exceed a predicted grade by two grades in one or more of your GCSE subjects.

Life at Sir John Lawes will allow you to not only reach your full potential but to aim even higher than that and you will have a great time doing it.

What the students say

“The funniest thing I have done was going to Little Canada which you will really enjoy. ”

Max - Year 7

“I have fitted in really well and have made lots of new friends. I love my form. ” Bethany - Year 7

“I have found many new friends and I am very happy. ”

Claire - Year 7

“When I came to the school I was scared and excited but I have never felt like that again. I have made lots of friends and I loved Little Canada . ”

Emma - Year 7

“My name is Paul, I came from High Beeches, when I came here I found out that I was the only one. I was quite scared that I wouldn’t make any friends but I did and I have made loads of them. ”

Paul - Year 7

“It’s really easy to make friends, also the teachers are really nice. ”

Henry - Year 7

“I have made loads of friends. My form is great and Little Canada was brilliant. The sport is also fab!”

Harry - Year 7

Who to contact if you have a problem

If you have a problem and you are not sure how to solve it then the best person to see in the first instance is your form tutor as they are the people that will know you best of all.

Your Head of Year or Student Services Manager are also available to answer your queries or listen to your concerns.

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