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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

Library

Introduction

The SJL library is a real hub of the school. Competitions, reading challenges and library parties make literacy a key focus. Information skills are critical for independent learning and research, so the librarian runs classes to promote and develop these skills. The ethos is to provide both print and electronic resources together with a welcoming and calm environment to support reading for pleasure, homework and independent study.

The library is open from 8.40am – 5.00pm and is run by our librarian Miss James and the other members of our library team who provide a wide range of resources, information, activities and support for students in all year groups. We are also helped by our student librarians who run the issue desk at breaks and lunchtimes and by our parent volunteers.

The school has invested in the library, with a major refurbishment in summer 2014, including a new library system which includes e-book loans, reading lists, a subscription to quality controlled websites for schools and integrated (federated) searching of electronic resources.

The physical library

Books and DVDs

The library has a spacious area which holds 16,000 books. Fiction is organised in separate children’s/young adult and adult sections.  Some is arranged by author and other stock by genre to encourage browsing. Spinners provide quick/easy reads.

Non-fiction or information books are bought to support the curriculum and to complement what is available electronically, often with the advantage of books being targeted at a particular key stage group. Non-fiction is arranged by subject, using the most well-known library system – Dewey.

DVDs based on books are bought together with factual DVDs to support the curriculum.

‘New books’ are displayed in the library and also on the catalogue home page. Students are encouraged to make suggestions of books that they would like us to buy.

Study space

Our newly refurbished library has study tables and chairs for independent and small group study. There is comfortable seating beside the newspapers, magazines, and other resources which are popular at break and lunchtimes, for example graphic novels.

The library has 39 computers, of which 30 are in the library computer room, together with 2 printers.   This room is used for independent study, classes and homework club.

There is a quiet study room which also holds a range of careers books, leaflets and university prospectuses.

The library catalogue

The library catalogue - my portal and the library app

The catalogue

All resources are searched for on the library catalogue:

  • through dedicated catalogue terminals in the library,
  • on the desktop of all PCs in school,
  • at home, through the school website,
  • using an app, on a mobile or ipad.

The catalogue includes books, e-books, DVDs, websites, and access to search a range of electronic resources available on subscription.

The catalogue also has book reviews written by students and reading lists.

My Portal

Students are given an individual login which corresponds to their library card. This gives access to their Portal and enables them to:

  • Search the catalogue
  • Check library loans
  • Renew items
  • Make a reservation for an item which is on loan
  • Write a book review
  • Read and borrow an e-book

Instructions on how to set up your portal

Library Link

This is the library app. Using the app, students can do the same things as through their portal, with the convenience of access through their mobile or ipad.

Instructions on how to to set up your app

Borrowing books and DVDs

All students are given a library card when they join the school and set up their own portal on the library system.  They can borrow four books and one DVD for two weeks by bringing them with their ticket to the counter.  After two weeks they can then renew them if no one else wants them.

They may 'borrow' e-books to read online or download them to a range of personal devices.

Electronic books, journals and databases

Our collection of e-books includes some popular fiction authors as well as non-fiction. The system provides instructions for downloading books to ‘borrow’ using digital rights software for laptops, PCs and mobile devices.

The electronic journals and databases are particularly targeted at older students, but are available for all to use. SJL has a selection to cover the range of curriculum subjects. The literary reference centre is available to search as a combined (federated) search with our book stock and the other resources may be accessed from the library system home page.

  • Complete Issues
  • Geography in the news
  • Issues Online
  • JSTOR
  • Literary Reference Centre
  • New Scientist Archive
  • Newspaper database
  • Philip Allan Journals

Challenges, competitions and activities

Challenges and competitions

There are a variety of challenges and competitions for students.

The BIG Challenge

Every other year we challenge you to try to read as many books as you can in one year. In 2012, 39 students, staff and governors completed our gold award by reading 52 books.  Another 10 achieved bronze or silver.

Year 8 M25 Challenge

This is for Year 8 students. You go on a virtual journey around the M25. The idea is to read five books especially selected for YOU to encourage you to read a variety of different and challenging books. There are prizes at the end for those who finish the challenge and write good reviews.

Extreme Reading

Come back from your summer holiday with a photo of you reading in some ‘extreme’ situation. Don’t do anything really dangerous!

Readathon

SJL did Readathon in 2011. It is a national sponsored read in aid of selected charities for sick children. SJL raised over £1,000..

 

Reading groups

Reading is a very popular pastime for SJL students and we have a number of Reading Groups.

Junior Reading Group for Years 7, 8 and 9

Meets every Tuesday in the Library.

In some meetings we do activities such as researching books and author sites and doing quizzes. In other meetings we read and discuss books.

Children's book awards

Students can sign up to be a Red House judge or a Sir John's Shadower.  They read and write reviews for shortlisted books and then we hold an SJL event to promote these titles and the SJL favourites
 

Senior Reading Group for Years 11, 12 and 13

Meets once a month in SF2 at 13.00 to discuss a title the group has chosen.

Homework Club

When is Homework Club open?

Homework Club is open every night after school, from 3.30-5.00pm. Just drop in; you do not need to book.

Where is Homework Club?

Homework club is in the library and resources centre.

Who will help me with my homework?

Our library assistant or our teaching assistant.

Do I have to do homework?

No, you do not have to do homework. You can come to read, chat or use the computers but we give priority in using computers to students who are doing homework.

Ideas for reading

Browse SJL library catalogue:

 

Or try one of these sites:

Achuka Children's Books

Lively and interesting site about children's books and authors:

http://www.achuka.co.uk

Reading Matters

Includes Bookchooses, to help you pick books you will enjoy:

www.readingmatters.co.uk

Love Reading

Lots of book lists:

www.lovereading4schools.co.uk 

Hertfordshire County Library

Search the County Library catalogue

http://herts.spydus.co.uk

Amazon Books

 

The Guardian

www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site

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