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18/09/20

Retweeted From Department for Education

If your child is displaying symptoms, book a test and keep them at home. Your household should self-isolate for 14 days. But neither you nor your family need to book a test unless you display symptoms. https://t.co/K7xo8nLVKe

18/09/20

Retweeted From Department for Education

If your child is unwell, but isn’t displaying any of the three coronavirus symptoms, there’s no need to book a test. After they’ve recovered, they can return straight back to school. https://t.co/DpeDn9kn6A

18/09/20

At SJL we are dedicated to ensuring teachers and students have access to the latest technology to enhance learning both in the school classroom and should the need arise, via remote learning. IT support is available via email technicalassistance.herts.sch.uk https://t.co/pjHSYsiR9B

18/09/20

This week's newsletter out now... https://t.co/t6riJi9QU4 https://t.co/UYjBIWmVFr

17/09/20

This year's Open Evening on 7 October 2020 will now take place virtually and we will be announcing further details shortly. Please check back for updates! https://t.co/KabWJVYnvq https://t.co/fg2TrdsVMb

17/09/20

Students looking to learn a new instrument/restart music lessons, we have availability in most instruments. Please contact the Music Faculty for more details? https://t.co/S1KkbwcTaL

17/09/20

Great to see and hear the return of music lessons within school, thanks to and https://t.co/YDraYhpLin

16/09/20

Retweeted From Send My Friend

Fantastic job both of you! Amazing youth advocates for global education and for

16/09/20

SJL's Y10 national campaign champions had the experience of a "virtual" parliament action day, with guest speaks from across parliamentary parties coming together with a single aim "the right climate to learn" https://t.co/zUyToubH83

16/09/20

Congratulations Mr Gauthier from all your colleagues at Sir John Lawes School https://t.co/aJA95jX8DC

15/09/20

Retweeted From Send My Friend

Thank you for speaking to our campaign champions today about . An amazing opportunity to ensure we can achieve and such encouragement for young people to champion the cause! and Lord German https://t.co/Mu8hQ3iuhL

15/09/20

We spy some familiar faces! Great work https://t.co/uIrmTwSaGC

15/09/20

Vacancy: Do you have the drive to delivery teaching of the highest standard at all key stages? SJL are seeking a Head of Design Technology to lead our creative team. See school website https://t.co/8OTXuzfBze . . https://t.co/OhDJvrZHh2

15/09/20

Did you know our are on Instagram? Give them a follow for all the latest information, including the new EXTRA CURRICULAR TIMETABLE. All clubs are in year group bubbles. https://t.co/cXwJaeAyW6 https://t.co/EGiStYrkAE

15/09/20

Music notice: All instrumental and vocal lesson times will be sent to parents directly by email from their instrumental teacher. Please also check your Junk! https://t.co/wSokdcGpWE

15/09/20

Music notice: Passed a grade 8 music exam in the academic year 2019-20? Please let the Music faculty know asap! https://t.co/zPnTrmjxhF

14/09/20

Proud to hear of an ex-student doing such important work. Well done James. https://t.co/7sHsie0lgC

14/09/20

Thought for the Week: Luck https://t.co/pkEMParwZM

13/09/20

Weather alert! It looks like it’s going to be hot for the next few days so don’t forget to fill your water bottles before heading to school, please!

11/09/20

Alviar was not a Sir John Lawes School boy, but he was a Harpenden schoolboy. Alviar, we wish you the very best. https://t.co/VDKpOb6mCO

11/09/20

Our latest newsletter is out now... https://t.co/Ge6LeB13HB https://t.co/nSV3szEaPz

10/09/20

Thought for the Week is an additional way in which students at SJL are encouraged to engage in thinking beyond the everyday matters to ideas of local, national or global concern, and often asks students to focus on issues relating to citizenship and relationships. https://t.co/kGxt6JK2en

09/09/20

Year 12: tomorrow's Information Evening has been cancelled and a Loom video containing all the relevant information will be issued shortly. Look out for details via EduLink. https://t.co/ZoAjj1Hw7H

09/09/20

Retweeted From SJL 6th Form

The Perrin Myddelton essay winners finally get their prizes. Well done again to Charlotte, Jay and Justine. https://t.co/jOwXIzKu99

08/09/20

As SJL's Year 7 bubble begin their first full day of timetabled lessons, here is a look back at their initial induction days https://t.co/HxaOgjEoox

07/09/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Vacancy alert: we are seeking an Admin Assistant to join our experienced HR and Payroll team. Part-time, term-time permanent post. See website for further information https://t.co/ZiG9hU6vtl . . . https://t.co/PNb9KFKvu1

03/09/20

Retweeted From SJLtandl

Year 7 are ending their second day discovering what it is to be a Lawes Learner https://t.co/03Cns0OI31

03/09/20

Vacancy alert: looking for a new opportunity with term time hours? SJL are seeking a library assistant to join their friendly library https://t.co/SV2bp0lIIk . . . https://t.co/sufRSN5scf

03/09/20

announcement: music lessons must be applied/reapplied for via HMS (apart from drums - direct to Music Faculty) by 11 Sept. Lessons will begin week commencing 14th Sept. More details on school website https://t.co/xucxXfHJun https://t.co/fhRnPT5G3R

03/09/20

House Induction for our Year 7 joiners, learning about the SJL house system. A passionate talk from current house champion Mr Evans, Head of Austen, for his newest recruits https://t.co/pErLtO8z1l

03/09/20

Year 7 have enjoyed tours of the school with tutors https://t.co/aCtCzztCY3

03/09/20

Retweeted From Carol Aylward

Good luck today to all the teachers, staff and pupils. Hope it goes well and to plan..!

02/09/20

Lunchtime, enjoying the sunshine with packed lunch picnics and making the most of having "The Kitchen" to themselves https://t.co/QQ0QbBDPu9

02/09/20

We were thrilled to welcome Year 7 joiners this morning, starting their day with a welcome address from Headteacher, Ms Robins https://t.co/keTISAsVI9

02/09/20

A return to school for Years 8 to 11 tomorrow, we cannot wait to see you all https://t.co/HU7tBZLIn1

01/09/20

Tomorrow we look forward to saying welcome back to our new https://t.co/aGiMXH09PO

01/09/20

We're excited to welcome Year 7 for the start of their journey at SJL https://t.co/wpuAQgECYh

01/09/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

We look forward to opening our doors to students across all our schools for the 2020/21 academic year... welcome to our new joiners and welcome back to those continuing their education journey with Scholars. https://t.co/o9DTwX4Kkh

31/08/20

Start of term dates reminder, Autumn 2020. We look forward to seeing the return of all our students. https://t.co/ccuHcbRnxq

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 Mrs M Prickett 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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