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03/12/20

Year 12 Parents' Evening will be taking place as planned on Wednesday, 6 January, with all appointments held remotely via video call. More information about how to book using our online system will be sent out via EduLink in due course https://t.co/k7eNikwk3C

03/12/20

Christmas Countdown continues with a creative collage from Lewis, 7B https://t.co/F8dWex4Rs0

02/12/20

Some excellent models being made by year 7 students in science - well done Jacob and Charlie! https://t.co/TRwBYnu9Pr

02/12/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

We're hiring! Scholars' Education Trust are seeking a Finance Business Partner to join their centralised Finance Team. Do you have a finance background? Interested? For more information and to apply https://t.co/HfLNiqZZVp . . https://t.co/KuvM0oJoBR

02/12/20

A Christmas surprise from Sophia, 8K https://t.co/NmvAjcaWBO

02/12/20

Year 11 begin their study leave tomorrow, Thursday 3 December. Good luck to all our students taking their mock examinations, remember these are good practice for the real thing, an opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses. Year 11 - you have got this! https://t.co/Cu24LqVJAN

02/12/20

On the second day of Christmas... https://t.co/HJ1iAUQxAH https://t.co/g806ll9Ws2

01/12/20

Celebrating 2020 in festive fashion an entry in the Christmas Card Advent from Sarah, 10R https://t.co/nURagWiQZt

01/12/20

❄️ proudly present "12 Musical Days of Christmas" https://t.co/uLE1oqGXru https://t.co/Phm2HxXbxK

01/12/20

Just a reminder that the deadline for the library's Christmas jumper competition is Friday 4 December https://t.co/c7eS1hM7oo

30/11/20

A festive feline in today's Christmas Card Advent from Lily, 9R https://t.co/iYttPYhchj

30/11/20

Thought for the Week: Climate Change https://t.co/teMMnBgCzM

29/11/20

Christmas Advent countdown and a beautiful silhouette from Nathan, 8A https://t.co/ZY8Ssd7vkY

28/11/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Well done to the year 11 GCSE Drama Students who were Fabulous in their Devising practical exam this week!#theshowmustgoon https://t.co/45OcpPBDM7

28/11/20

Day 1 of our Christmas Card Advent with a delightful snow scene from Lula, 7L https://t.co/4dQYBm0Ilv

27/11/20

Retweeted From Choir of St Nicholas Church, Harpenden, Herts

Extra special performance for Christmas - harpist, candles, seasonal refreshments & wonderful singing. In aid of choir robes fund. Tickets very limited to allow distancing. Email music.org ASAP to reserve yours! Sung by our Choral Scholars & Head Choristers. https://t.co/TMD9fBsxv8

27/11/20

Tomorrow we will be kicking off our Christmas Card Advent countdown, showcasing the finalists from this year's SJL Christmas Card competition. Congratulations to everyone who took part, especially our finalists https://t.co/XS3TjetYaa

27/11/20

Term dates reminder: school will be closed Monday, 30 November 2020 due to our annual occasional day. Please remember current lockdown rules remain in place, help keep our community safe. https://t.co/zlQO84boGT

27/11/20

Year 13 reminder: bookings for online parents' evening appointments will close Tuesday, 1 December at 1pm https://t.co/u0HLoUom80

27/11/20

This week's newsletter out today... https://t.co/7ZtkaQlMop https://t.co/Hly3CK5TAY

25/11/20

Congratulations Mr Gauthier from all your colleagues at SJL, outstanding and dedicated headteacher for

25/11/20

Break a leg Year 11 , performing in their devising drama GCSE examination today. https://t.co/Zcjp5CGWhp

24/11/20

Year 7 Parents' Evening reminder: parents/carers please ensure you are logged into the system in advance of your first appointment and have checked appointment schedule in advance.

24/11/20

Vacancy alert: part-time teaching assistant vacancy required for our experienced Support Team. Term time hours, initially 1-year fixed term. See website to apply now! https://t.co/A2v1Bv17gl . . https://t.co/Q8OJ9lrGDk

24/11/20

With Year 11 mocks a little over 1 week away, a reminder Mr Garcia's preparing for GCSEs letter is on the school website, including links to videos with useful tips and strategies https://t.co/x7ChfW5V9X https://t.co/Zq8Nz6lThe

24/11/20

Don't forget to place orders for this year's Christmas Lunch by Wednesday, 9 December 2020 https://t.co/u5KPnZHBVK

24/11/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Calling all parents & educators... ONE DAY TO GO📢‼️ Introducing our FREE mobile app, giving you a world of at your fingertips. Be https://t.co/KVdd0yU6Hx

24/11/20

Year 7 reminder: this evening is the Year 7 parents' evening. Parents guide can be found on the school website https://t.co/E1d48gGZcj We welcome any feedback on the new Parents’ Evening system, any queries please email parentsevening.herts.sch.uk https://t.co/K5ZsthH5Yp

23/11/20

Year 8 reminder: tomorrow HPV injections take place, Tuesday 24 November. Students can wear a t-shirt/vest under their school shirt for modesty should they chose. https://t.co/0U68Tte4b0

23/11/20

. are encouraging faculties to remember to switch off... lights and projectors at the end of the school day, as they seek to crown the "Energy Saving Faculty of the Year". Mr Inham also shares some wacky ideas to try at home https://t.co/swcL24uIOE 🌍💡 https://t.co/7XSHFVOPkw

23/11/20

Vacancy: SJL are seeking an enthusiastic, creative teacher to lead their dedicated SEND team. Permanent, full time vacancy for SENDCO https://t.co/4eQigkDWOD . . https://t.co/E3znpst7Pd

23/11/20

Year 13 reminder: online booking for Year 13 parents' evening opens tomorrow Tuesday, 24 November at 1pm. See letter's home for parents' guide to booking appointments https://t.co/ufgNeDuzpl https://t.co/HEpsldqGdb

23/11/20

Thought for the Week: Road Safety https://t.co/ZzLE7Y1upc

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.

Transition Update 2020

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.

“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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