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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

20/11/20

Well done all! https://t.co/1tgmap2SOq

20/11/20

The library is beginning to look very festive with entries coming in for the Christmas Jumper competition https://t.co/GTmQEmzLP4

20/11/20

Term date reminder: school will be closed Monday 30 November 2020 for our Occasional Day https://t.co/L9cVItOLym

20/11/20

This week's newsletter out today... https://t.co/DBsVUwj8fs https://t.co/SsHIPMsvev

19/11/20

Beautiful blue skies overhead this lunchtime https://t.co/tL8wjZnlyX

19/11/20

Sixth Form news: Economics students FREE Event : Monday 30 November 2020 4-5pm Theory and Practice: designing anti-poverty programs when power matters. Hosted by Economica and the Department of Economics https://t.co/IwqzlTFodr

19/11/20

Retweeted From Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal (HOP)

are your students looking for a bright future in a career? This exciting online event connects your young people and their parents/carers to local world-class employers. Share with your students today👉https://t.co/NcVBy29U05 https://t.co/h55vgcJpLM

18/11/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Be kind, always💜 This we’re focusing on the importance of being kind for . 2020 has seen a rise in children spending time online, unfortunately meaning an increase in online bullying. Let's stand >> https://t.co/DpO1XcE6oc https://t.co/W3WNNHGYQV

18/11/20

🎄Christmas alert 🎄 The SJL Library Team are encouraging students to get creative and design a Christmas jumper. We cannot wait to see what Christmassy book character designs students create https://t.co/JqyolAsZPu

18/11/20

Valuable information source for those considering apprenticeship as Post-16 option https://t.co/yH8YNfvlRN

17/11/20

Retweeted From JustTalkHerts

As part of is taking over the Twitter feed today so we can talk about the many ways we support young people with their mental health. In case you're wondering, YCH Services for Young People is the new name for YC Hertfordshire. https://t.co/x2F37X9Mz4

16/11/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Vacancy: 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/GHsU8A8emT . . https://t.co/U9YYxKIZE5

16/11/20

Year 13 Parents' Evening will be taking place as planned on Tuesday 8 December, with all appointments held remotely via video call. More information about how to book using our online system will be sent out later this week https://t.co/GtTQ97tRvz

16/11/20

Ms Robins judged the Christmas Card Competition this morning. We will sharing one excellent entry a day here from the start of Advent until the end of term. The winning entry will be made into the SJL Christmas Card. Well done to all those who entered. Mr Higgins https://t.co/iLrSK8daKX

16/11/20

Retweeted From JustTalkHerts

A big thank you to for their time to help us make this video for https://t.co/3YcvNaEzbA

16/11/20

Thought for the Week: Tolerance https://t.co/o1bbmectGP

16/11/20

Good luck to GCSE Music students taking their performance exam today https://t.co/Vqj2LrVTlk

13/11/20

Some great news to end the week - congratulations to Mrs Hastings-Clarke on having her work published! https://t.co/rS7bSIfbbH

13/11/20

Next week is . A Hertfordshire focused mental health campaign promoting the importance of talking about how we feel https://t.co/jR1oqoHdr0

13/11/20

The aim for reading week was to reinforce the importance of reflection on learning and give students the headspace to allow some of the learning of the term to become embedded. Remember to pick up a book, you never know where it will take you... https://t.co/LqJXFqkdMJ

13/11/20

Apologies, we are experiencing severe server issues in school today. Our IT team are working hard to resolve them but if you have any urgent communications, please ring the school directly.

13/11/20

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Today in the 🍂, some of our Year 7's helped to plant out some spinach, Russian red kale, pak choi 🥬and winter greens🌱. They also managed to protected the plants from the coming winter and from pesky pests like pigeons. Amazing! https://t.co/oA802ov9z7

13/11/20

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12/11/20

Great work! https://t.co/TMXD0U1oDz

12/11/20

Give your brain a workout. Reading is a fantastic form of visual exercise, it helps boost imagination and creativity https://t.co/Z2rijBLuno

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.

Assemblies

There are lots of really interesting assemblies for you to attend. These are held on a rota basis.

Assemblies 2017-2018

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.

iPlanner

The SJL iPlanner contains all the information you require to become an independent learner.

SJL iPlanner 2018/19

SJL 6th Form iPlanner 2018/19

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.

Mrs Prickett and Ms Ellis work in the library, 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 an application form which is available from the school reception.

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.

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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