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02/04/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Problem Of The Day. Have fun with it! https://t.co/Wk2UXuyIYL

02/04/20

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Our daffodil Christmas gifts still bringing sunshine in these strange times thanks to https://t.co/pIfhD70w6I

02/04/20

A great resource from the Government about supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing during this period, including preteens and teenagers https://t.co/ovnKZqnHdE https://t.co/JaOz2hUHRC

02/04/20

The James Marshall Foundation do a tremendous job supporting young people in Harpenden and Wheathampsted - see below for details of how they can help. https://t.co/TtgTSrN9ao

02/04/20

Well done Mr Carey! https://t.co/QZ63wxjr7M

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Something for all KS 4 and 5 Drama students to enjoy and year 11 have a special theatre review challenge!#theatrematters https://t.co/4dob7hqzFD

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

What a fantastic opportunity! The SJL Drama department will be making the most of this! https://t.co/sFgOAqTyxf

01/04/20

Thank you to all our St Albans & Harpenden Secondary Head teacher colleagues for coming together virtually today, to discuss how schools are approaching the current difficult situation. It's great to have such a supportive local educational community!

01/04/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: do more of what you enjoy https://t.co/5SN4a1jUKT

01/04/20

Retweeted From National Autistic Society

We know for many autistic people and their families it is difficult to cope with coronavirus and the impacts that is having on our daily life. To help, we’ve created some handy tips to help you during this time of uncertainty: https://t.co/uwIjhdsWt4 https://t.co/vCITozu7ru

01/04/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Happy Wednesday day, everyone. Here is today's Problem Of The Day... https://t.co/gQLVJ8K3RZ

01/04/20

Thank you to our D&T Faculty https://t.co/QG0oV5SXdj

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Year 11, a competition to keep you focused https://t.co/6uDjisLiKM

01/04/20

Retweeted From SRA - English

Reading lists for all key stages. Might be helpful for anyone in need of reading inspiration! 📚 https://t.co/LOVtIFTlkx

01/04/20

Delighted that SJL’s minibuses (along with many of their drivers) are now signed up to volunteer for the NHS! https://t.co/IBk28hN6ZR

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

An interesting article on the positive effect of the lockdown on the environment - could help us consider air pollution targets in the future 🌍 https://t.co/UtW1mW1MH4

01/04/20

Retweeted From CENTURY

We're currently offering families FREE English, maths and science courses during school closure. Our COVID-19 School Closure Support courses are perfect for and available for free. https://t.co/pCgz7tXGpf https://t.co/R6tf5GF9m1

31/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

A costume designer in the making? We love how Betsy Way has included material swatches with her design 🧚‍♀️ https://t.co/FA0waztGQg

31/03/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Art

Mass Observation Use the hashtag on our Instagram stream(https://t.co/yoSRlVIRHN) to look at a collective snapshot of 2020 Hertfordshire homes drawn by Y7 https://t.co/yZXPaLmyPt

31/03/20

Retweeted From SJL English

FAO our current, and prospective, A Level students: don’t forget to watch or rewatch these. They are really useful for the NEA! https://t.co/Drnuus3PrB

31/03/20

From Friday, 3 April 2020, all school emails will only be sent via EduLink therefore it is vital parents/carers set up their Edulink account. If your initial password link has expired please contact technicalassistance.herts.sch.uk for a new link to be issued https://t.co/Stp792fJLA

31/03/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Problem Of The Day. Good luck, everyone! https://t.co/OmTIKq2kQ6

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Another fantastic costume design, this time for the King of the Fairies! Well done, Oliver Newell 🧚‍♂️👑 https://t.co/E8NLcjkuLs

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Come on! Tell us a silly story! 📖 https://t.co/EFhY9rIEjV

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Could do with a laugh ? Here you go then Thursday sorted!! https://t.co/yA61crxFmM

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Another fantastic example of Year 7’s creativity in Emily Murray’s design of Queen Titania’s costume 🧚‍♀️👑 https://t.co/8uGhDna6xD

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Take a look at James Austen’s marvellous drawing of the Globe Theatre 🎭 Can any of our Y7s remember what groundlings are? https://t.co/1ytyaHzdoD

30/03/20

Retweeted From David Carter

Let’s all take a moment to thank our wonderful who are dealing with more than we can imagine. Show we appreciate the wonderful job they are doing & the vital role they continue to play in our society by sending a FREE card here https://t.co/r30e9MyxHw

30/03/20

Retweeted From Jonathan Mountstevens

One more day until application deadline for with and working with . Great opportunity for teachers in Herts and surrounding area to gain recognition, accreditation and to improve. More info here: https://t.co/a7XMhfhAEy https://t.co/ig3o4JnRaW

30/03/20

Students have access to a variety of resources for their distance learning. Here is one which is accessible to the whole family, Duolingo is a fun language learning website and mobile app. Why not learn a new language or refresh existing language skills? https://t.co/03exbaOAYK https://t.co/rFWH3m6ScF

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Some more ideas for extra geography themed things you can do at home. Have a good week! 🌍 https://t.co/QiwlpNI1vN

30/03/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Good Morning, everyone. Hope you all managed a nice weekend. Here's the first Problem Of The Day of this week. Best of luck! https://t.co/A0p9p21AVJ

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJL History

What a great idea! Year 12, Ted Vallance’s talk is on until 3rd April. Focuses on Radicalism in the English Civil War https://t.co/kF1AxjCg8D

30/03/20

Thought for the Week: Being sensitive and empathetic Word of the Week: Tech https://t.co/J5Fuz4N3bS

29/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Wonderful physical theatre full of humour and banging tunes! Let us know what you're streaming and enjoying!#theatrelockdown https://t.co/GF1lKTQxIr

29/03/20

Retweeted From SJL 6th Form

This is a great idea! https://t.co/Wo0P51tcxA

28/03/20

Retweeted From Challney Girls

Luton & Dunstable hospital are looking for children to create posters of appreciation and thanks to all of the NHS staff. Please email entries to sabine.hazell.nhs.uk ❤🧡💛💚💙💜

28/03/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Hope all our students have remained healthy through the first week in Remember to keep your body and mind active by accessing all the various resources online!

27/03/20

Helpful guidance from on the new app Houseparty. https://t.co/mk1xxtuEB9

27/03/20

A number of celebrities are providing support to the global community, including Jamie Oliver with his new “Keep Cooking and Carry On” programmes. Food Technology students, the programme gives helpful suggestions for replacement ingredients when cooking https://t.co/jAz5soG0lS https://t.co/2f9LPkX2yd

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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