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02/03/21

Today’s answer: It has each number, zero to nine, listed in alphabetical order. Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly. https://t.co/c6ai8dJod4

02/03/21

Following the Government's announcement and students returning to school, PE clubs are back! See school website https://t.co/iH25lzdhng or the PE Instagram page for more details. https://t.co/7hCVV3eHkb

02/03/21

We look forward to welcoming students into school this week for their initial COVID tests. 🏫 Weds: Years 11-13 🏫 Thur: Years 9-10 🏫 Fri: Years 7-8 Full details of exact timings can be found on Edulink communication.

02/03/21

Year 8 reminder: bookings for online parents’ evening appointments will close Wednesday, 3 March 2021 at 1pm https://t.co/pq84suMFg4

02/03/21

Year 8 Options Information Evening presentations will be available from 4pm https://t.co/aVolMaRGvq It is important for you and your child to gain as much information as possible before completing options choices, please review all subject presentations. https://t.co/S2BhO16Ju8

02/03/21

Our final Tuesday teaser, thanks to We will post the answer later today https://t.co/Z33FGwYu5J

01/03/21

Head over to Art’s Instagram page for details of this year’s Spring Challenge https://t.co/mE39ujXY70 https://t.co/Na2WjzIOM6

01/03/21

A tremendous welcome to those joining the SJL community as part of Year 7 class of 2021 https://t.co/1t3a4IoVax

01/03/21

Thought for the Week: how can we challenge bullying? https://t.co/K2hYbzXe7i

28/02/21

Retweeted From Hertfordshire County Council

School allocations for children transferring to a secondary or upper school in September 2021 are released tomorrow. Allocation emails will be sent after 2pm and letters will be posted first class on Monday 1 March https://t.co/jRO257Q6rT

27/02/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 13: after learning about the importance of phytoplankton in the marine carbon cycle, chec out the current phytoplankton bloom around the UK. https://t.co/zvzsO1AIKx

26/02/21

Here are a couple of at home self care ideas to try this weekend https://t.co/RGr7Qqc86t

26/02/21

Retweeted From ORA Singers

Frank Santeugini 15, Chiswick (West London Free School) Hattie Twigger-Ross 16, Guildford (George Abbot School) Phoebe Wakefield 17, Welwyn Garden City (Sir John Lawes School) Congratulations to all! 🎉🎉🎉

26/02/21

⭐️ Congratulations Phoebe, picked as an apprentice for the choral composition programme ⭐️ https://t.co/CY811mgQZ4

26/02/21

We’ll be here when you get back and we cannot wait to see you! Enjoy the weekend and please follow the rules https://t.co/gap3mZm3Bi

26/02/21

National Careers Week, supporting students to make the right choices or a bright future https://t.co/ICyyGS0e4f https://t.co/BI4p4Bp3uC

26/02/21

This week’s newsletter is out now... https://t.co/U9uMYQrffW https://t.co/ifpYy920ld

25/02/21

Today’s answer: they are the same! Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly. https://t.co/qpvwpOlNlI

25/02/21

Next week sees the 10th anniversary of the National Careers Week Check out our dedicate page on the school website, for career news including updated Virtual Employer Encounters section https://t.co/ycO9M0JtaN https://t.co/KhehJbzxrl

25/02/21

The books of the week are Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cotrell Boyce, The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, and The Martian by Andy Weir! Watch Tom Fletcher read some of Sputnik https://t.co/IdaiJ5fO0A Read the opening of The Weight of Water https://t.co/S1ClmHXRF6 https://t.co/xUaYMSE3iX

25/02/21

Aimed at Year 12 students, will be running three webinars designed to support students as they start thinking about their post-18 options https://t.co/E3W3NRp6yU

25/02/21

With university open days on hold, the Virtual Fair will be returning on 17 March 2021 to help students from Years 11, 12 and 13 explore their post 18 option https://t.co/hrAbFWlMHG

25/02/21

A pictorial puzzle for today, sponsored by We will post the answer later today https://t.co/Xz2BwAeWF5

24/02/21

Catastrophic thoughts are more likely to take over when a person is tired and stressed, remember to practice self-care https://t.co/V9XbnGdP8c

24/02/21

Vacancy: SJL are seeking an enthusiastic Mathematics Teacher to join their highly skilled mathematics faculty. To apply: https://t.co/dKqmahm8CW 🗒 Full/Part Time 🗒 NQTs welcome 🗒 First-rate professional development programme https://t.co/TKCE4OCpoc

23/02/21

Today’s riddle answer: drop the ‘s’ to make seven > even. Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly. https://t.co/FFLBiBE0oc

23/02/21

Year 8: online booking for Year 8 parents’ evening opens tomorrow Wednesday, 24 February 2021 at 1pm. See letter’s home for parents’ guide to booking appointments https://t.co/ufgNeDuzpl https://t.co/POlwXehPYe

23/02/21

The SJL animals are enjoying the spring sunshine above school today, as Mr Evans welcomes two new additions to our animal conservation area. https://t.co/esnRH6sdUt

23/02/21

A riddle from our Student Services Team. We will post the answer later today https://t.co/rKY2FPqLgL

22/02/21

Just two weeks until the deadline... closing date Monday, 8 March 2021. https://t.co/tPzWhF3zL9 https://t.co/0ZO0NpSUJ7

22/02/21

Calendar reminder: upcoming INSET day Friday, 12 March 2021. School will be closed to all students. https://t.co/dCabpjj1h1

22/02/21

Thought for the Week: Integrity https://t.co/TRD2c8AxH1

18/02/21

We are proud to present to you the Year 9 virtual Music Showcase, put together by the SJL year 9 music students https://t.co/XbOEu8cnoX

18/02/21

A slightly different Lawes Lowdown to mark the end of the first half term of 2021, including a unique competition https://t.co/EN6h7Wf0H2

18/02/21

Retweeted From SJLScience

We have spoken or will speak about this in Year 7 science. An excellent little activity if you have some spare time at home over half term or a weekend https://t.co/iLExOLpLjQ

18/02/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

With in the spotlight, we wanted to re-share our guide. What is the chat website that everybody is talking about and how can parents & carers prevent potential risks to their children? Download for free >> https://t.co/hExPJ9PgPB https://t.co/DuTMeRw3r1

12/02/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

West End Workshops — WestWay School of Performing Arts ....these look brilliant and reasonably priced! And there’s a Hamilton one!!#theatrematters https://t.co/jD8WBSNC8D

12/02/21

Here are a couple of at home self care ideas to try this half term https://t.co/ZhMdgy4sJ8

12/02/21

Do not forget composition and song writing competition is open until Monday, 8 March 2021 https://t.co/tm84Y7WiEJ

12/02/21

As we wait for the next government announcement remember we will get through this together. “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Ryunosuke Satoro Enjoy half term and please follow the rules https://t.co/2jGRIRHAUi

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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