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04/12/21

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Saturday Rugby results: Yr7 v 20-20 Yr8 v 15-15 Yr9 v won 35-10. Great set of games played in the sunshine 🌞 thanks to both schools for hosting us today. https://t.co/QMQnQoJo82

03/12/21

Retweeted From SJL Library

Any guesses on this book? . https://t.co/WDZaYZtaYu

03/12/21

Retweeted From SJL Library

Elf had fun playing chess with Matilda for the book Checkmate by . https://t.co/0pOuhRwfJm

03/12/21

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/BDQECGRsGo https://t.co/mPRE4kf0A0

03/12/21

Earlier this week we took delivery of our Christmas Tree which now stands proudly in our Reception, our thanks to Croft Farm for their generosity https://t.co/T9q3sufyV9 Well done to our Senior Prefects and C, Y7 for helping to decorate the tree. https://t.co/WAqbGE8Hin

03/12/21

Reminder to Y12 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening opens today at 1pm https://t.co/DQtEMCsauj

02/12/21

Retweeted From SJL Library

Lovely snowman and gingerbread decorations made from recycled book pages by our Year 7 & 8 Book Club! https://t.co/RjtgZm0iIH

02/12/21

Year 8 showing their support for another impressive window display. https://t.co/MHst7hfhK7

02/12/21

Heating up in the staff competition, Newton House egg drop https://t.co/26k5bXTEft

02/12/21

Newton House competition the big egg drop climax with Year 7. Which house will be overall winners? https://t.co/1Mtg6I9H04

02/12/21

We are proud to be supporting in their campaign to return natural hedgerows to the British countryside. Lower school students helped planting whips in the local area. Our thanks to for their support coordinating the planting. https://t.co/SsI9eJwoEX

02/12/21

Retweeted From SJL Library

Let us know the name of the book. . https://t.co/lmP1Z2Pb6b

02/12/21

Did you guess yesterday's book? would love to hear your guesses. https://t.co/2qbhgwrgsE

02/12/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Rehearsing Be Back Soon from Oliver with some great team work and creative ideas from the cast!#theatrematters https://t.co/AVOyP3O2hm

01/12/21

Smaller lost property items such as glasses and pencil cases are held on Reception. https://t.co/00NujsLAbH https://t.co/b1GwdGwLB1

01/12/21

Lost property will be on display at the back of the school dining hall all week. Please send students to collect misplaced belongings. https://t.co/jFQKiVlPRw

01/12/21

Year 7 reminder: deadline for Year 7 photographs to be ordered through school is Monday 6 December. Please see EduLink email for further information on how to order. https://t.co/dVWfk7hKsc

01/12/21

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

We are hiring? Looking for a new opportunity for the new year? Scholars' Education Trust have teaching and support vacancies across the trust, see our website for further details and to apply https://t.co/MBt1xAqTTg https://t.co/UZLIapdKg9

01/12/21

Can you help? The OXFAM group will be making masks for school to sell instead of handing out disposable masks, with the proceeds going towards OXFAM. If you would like to help the OXFAM group by making masks, then we would be very grateful. Contact us at oxfam.herts.sch.uk https://t.co/MmXOkPSxwX

01/12/21

At SJL we pride ourselves that our students follow the C for Care in the SJL ACE. Wanting to show kindness as we start an uncertain December, try the Kindness Calendar https://t.co/BQ6BE6dVRM

01/12/21

Year 10 and Year 12 work experience, thank you to those students who have submitted their private placement forms already - a gentle reminder that the deadline for these is Friday 10 December. Please drop Mrs Power an email for queries: jpower.herts.sch.uk https://t.co/wdq4nGWTcF

01/12/21

Students are reminded that face masks must be worn at school*. Please do your bit to keep our school community safe. Why not keep a spare in your school bag for emergencies too. Thank you for your support. *Unless they have been issued an exemption card. https://t.co/ihUtO8InXr

01/12/21

We are hiring! SJL are seeking an enthusiastic individual to join their experienced support team to work with the SENDCO across KS3 and KS4. To apply visit school website https://t.co/fcV7IY1gvl https://t.co/6ChzwXuDaa

01/12/21

Retweeted From SJL Library

Elf on the Library Shelf is back. Elf has managed to break the rules of no drinking in the library to have a drink with Matilda. Which book is this picture referring to? . https://t.co/hjkJi1gFVI

30/11/21

It’s Christmas…! We are launching our charity fundraising for the , as part of Christmas Jumper Day we're asking (those who feel able) to donate a pound via ParentPay. From Heads of School https://t.co/7cNoGpfno8

30/11/21

Retweeted From SJL Library

Happy from SJL Library 🕎 https://t.co/m9WqLkgmvC

30/11/21

Year 11 have begun their mock examinations, with speaking exams already underway. Study leave begins Thursday 2 December. Students are reminded their exam timetable can be found on EduLink under the Exams tab. Good luck. https://t.co/ciCrnE2yYt

30/11/21

Thank you to for their bright window display, supporting https://t.co/CHm7AZXEwe

30/11/21

Retweeted From SJL Library

The SJL Library Elf will be making an appearance from 1st December. There will be daily posts to figure out which book Elf has been reading in the library. Tweet us the answers before we reveal the book title the following day. . https://t.co/AaYEInEdzH

30/11/21

Thought for the week: being active. “No matter the size of the gesture, a smile that brightens someone else's day or volunteering in your community, we can all take active part in making a difference.” Shari Arison https://t.co/AeWc0QKKeB

29/11/21

Reminder to Y13 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening closes tomorrow, 30 November, at 1pm https://t.co/5MVdh3a6dM

28/11/21

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Unbelievable commitment from our rugby boys in the cold wind and rain. But 3 wins against equally committed students warmed the hearts. Many thanks to all the families and friends that braved the sidelines and gave such great support. https://t.co/mfSfP817YN

26/11/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 12 students critically analysing their 9 mark essays, comparing to a model answer and seeing what it takes to get 9/9 for A level essays. They did a great job! https://t.co/nSVTl1QrJX

26/11/21

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/wYMYjI9RMG https://t.co/UcYdyyvfgG

26/11/21

One of Young Enterprise teams will be at this year’s Christmas Carnival. Virtú Candles make their own handmade, natural soy candles and will be on Bowers Parade outside Threads/Costa. https://t.co/8ZaTwXWaWs

26/11/21

Year 12: Parents’ Evening for Year 12 will take place on Wednesday 5 January 2022 online via SchoolCloud. Further information about SchoolCloud and how to book your appointments will be sent home today by email. https://t.co/x0s9Z5rTLq

25/11/21

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25/11/21

DNA forming, the white thread like material. https://t.co/Wg7wpSsthP

25/11/21

A myriad of colours in as Year 11 carry out rainbow flame test experiments. Do you know which chemical creates an apple green flame? Answer: Barium chloride https://t.co/IQNzElFjPN

25/11/21

Year 12 Biology extracting dna from kiwi. Each cell of a kiwi contains a complete copy of the organism's DNA https://t.co/rMlkBVkyoV

Student School Life

Useful things to know

Here you can find out about life at Sir John Lawes and access information that will help you to settle in quickly.

Breaks and lunchtimes

At lunchtime students can do one of the following:

a) Stay at school and have a school meal

b) Stay at school and have a packed lunch in the school canteen or sandwich areas.

We encourage as many students as possible to buy a school lunch as the food is good, nutritional and the kitchen staff are excellent. We operate a cafeteria system. Items are priced individually or as 'meal deals' and may be purchased as in any other cafeteria.

Students in Years 7-11 are not allowed to leave the school site at lunchtime.

Finding your way around

A school map is given to all new students but if you do get lost there is always someone to help you.

School map

Homework club

There is an after-school homework club in the library where you may do your homework. Anyone can go. You do not have to go every day but you can if you want to. The homework club opens at 3.30pm and closes at 5.00pm. The assistant librarian and a member of the Learning Support Team will be there every day to help you with your work.

This is a great opportunity to use the computers and printers and to get advice from staff on how best to complete your homework.

"If you ever get stuck with homework ask your teacher who set it, they will help you because every teacher here is kind and helpful." Neena M

Houses

Every member of the SJL community, students and staff, as well being in a tutor group and a year group, belongs to a House. The Houses, Austen, Britten, Hepworth, King, Lawes, Newton and Ryder, are all named after leaders in their field, strivers, achievers and positive role models.

As House members all students have a wide range of opportunities to work together and ‘compete’ against other students, the other Houses and even against themselves, earning House points in the process. Visit our pages about the House System to find out more.

Library

The Library is open from 8.40am until 5.00pm. It has many books to help with your work at school as well as books for pleasure. There is also a computer room for you to use during break time, lunchtime and after school.

You will be given your own library card, this can be used to take books, videos and DVDs home.

Miss James works with a team of librarians, they are responsible for the amazing selection of books and resources.

Medical room

If you feel unwell at school then you should report to reception.

Your parents may also be contacted by the school office if necessary. If you require any form of medication then this would have been handed in to reception by your parents so that you can take it as and when required along with the following completed form.

Parental agreement medicine form

School day

The school day consists of six taught lessons each of 50 minutes, as well as two registrations, plus an assembly.

The timetable is as follows:

8.40 am Students should be in form rooms ready for registration
8.40-8.50am Registration
8.50-9.40am Period 1
9.40-10.30am Period 2
10.30-10.50am Break time
10.50-11.40am Period 3
11.40am-12.30pm Period 4
12.30-1.25pm Lunchtime
1.30-1.50pm Afternoon registration
1.50-2.40pm Period 5
2.40-3.30pm Period 6

School rules

Behaviour

The School Code is printed within the information given in the Home-School agreement and is designed to act as a code of conduct for learning and behaviour for all students. It will also be made very clear to you what you should or should not be doing.

Sanctions

Whilst we prefer to reinforce positive behaviour, there are occasions when sanctions are needed if students do not behave.

Students may receive break, lunchtime or after-school detentions for failing to meet the standards of the ACE.

For more serious offences or failure to attend previously set detentions a Senior Management Team Detention for up to two hours can be set on a Friday after school.

Forbidden items

The following items are not allowed in school: Walkmans, iPods, MP3 players, laser pens, weapons of any kind (including toy weapons), other items which the school deems dangerous or distracting, chewing gum, aerosols, tobacco, matches or lighters, alcohol, other drugs of any kind unless on prescription. If such items are found they will be confiscated and exclusion may result from their possession.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones can be kept in bags or lockers and switched off but will be confiscated, for parents to collect, if used on the school site.

What to bring

All students need a school bag that can carry their books and planners to, from and around school. Students may also need a draw string-bag to bring their PE kit into school on the days required.

All students need a pencil case with pens, pencils including colouring pencils, sharpener, protractor and ruler. Please note that pencil cases taken into exam rooms need to be transparent.

Travelling to school

Bicycle

If you want to come to school by bicycle then your parents must first apply for and complete the application form below.

You will then be issued with a permit and must follow the rules that will be given to you. A secure bicycle rack is provided although you should bring a lock for your bike.

For your own safety we strongly recommend that you wear a bicycle helmet.

Cycle Permit Application Form

Bus

If you live in any of the following villages outside of Harpenden then a school bus is provided from Redbourn, Markyate, Flamstead; Whitwell, Kimpton and Breachwood Green.

Public transport buses are available from Wheathampstead and Southdown and the places in between.

We expect a very high standard of behaviour on the school bus from all our students.

Tutor group

The member of staff who will be most important to you during your time at Sir John Lawes will be your form tutor. He or she will see you at least twice every day, for registration, and will get to know you and help you to feel comfortable and safe during your time in school, so you can put all your effort into getting top results in your lessons.

We plan our tutor groups very carefully, trying to create a healthy balance between putting new students with people they know and like from primary school and giving them the opportunity to make new friends.

Your tutor group is a 'ready made' group of friends. There are inter-form and House competitions such as 'Decorate your Form room for Christmas'.

Every tutor group elects form representatives to join the Year Council and could go on to be elected to join the Student Junior Leadership Team.

Uniform

It is important that students are always nice and smart and that they are wearing the correct school uniform. There are also some general rules about appearance and the other things that you are or are not allowed to wear. For more information about the correct school uniform please visit the school uniform pages.

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