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29/02/24

School of Rock - SOLD OUT! Thank you for all your support of our performance of School of Rock this week, tickets are now sold out for the last show on Friday night.

29/02/24

Some Year 12 and Year 13 students took part in online interviews with recruitment experts from to help strengthen their employability. All Year 12 students will be taking part in an Interview Skills Day in early July. Look out for further information. pic.twitter.com/w0dtk4x0YQ

29/02/24

Wishing our Year 9 and Year 10 German Studies students a fantastic trip to Alzey, Germany as part of our exchange programme. Students will join exchange partners in lessons and experiencing a day in school, following a town trail around Alzey and meeting the town mayor. pic.twitter.com/ZAVb9iQMyZ

28/02/24

Such an inspiring apprenticeship event this evening-thank you so much to the employers, Anna from Amazing Apprenticeships and our wonderful alumni Ben, Mo and Amelie for sharing their experiences with our students. pic.twitter.com/F7icNbB4WD

28/02/24

Such an inspiring apprenticeship event this evening-thank you so much to the employers, Anna from Amazing Apprenticeships and our wonderful alumni Ben, Mo and Amelie for sharing their experiences with our students. pic.twitter.com/F7icNbB4WD

28/02/24

Our growing season began today. We sowed wildflowers seeds and staked our loganberry bush. We picked and placed daffodils on reception to create some spring cheer. pic.twitter.com/e45xm9xVAY

28/02/24

Our growing season began today. We sowed wildflowers seeds and staked our loganberry bush. We picked and placed daffodils on reception to create some spring cheer. pic.twitter.com/e45xm9xVAY

28/02/24

Year 8 Netball🏐Well done to the year 8 netball players for their performance in a friendly game against Roundwood Park this afternoon. Great teamwork and movement around the court resulted in a win. Well done girls and good luck in the District Netball Tournament next week 🤞🏼 pic.twitter.com/2j4vO6gouK

28/02/24

Year 8 Netball🏐Well done to the year 8 netball players for their performance in a friendly game against Roundwood Park this afternoon. Great teamwork and movement around the court resulted in a win. Well done girls and good luck in the District Netball Tournament next week 🤞🏼 pic.twitter.com/2j4vO6gouK

28/02/24

Reminder - Apprenticeship Evening tonight starting at 6.30pm in the Sports Hall.Please enter the school via the tennis courts or the staff car park on Manland Way. The Apprenticeship Evening is open to students who have previously registered for the event. pic.twitter.com/vHP58XWYbB

28/02/24

Parents’ Evening for Year 8 will take place on Wednesday 20 March 2024 online via SchoolCloud. Further information about SchoolCloud and how to book your appointments will be sent home. pic.twitter.com/CR1Nj8nqPJ

28/02/24

For their history studies, Year 7 were challenged to design a diagram or model of a Medieval castle - aiming to make it as secure as possible using at least three methods of defence, using materials only available at that time. What amazing designs! pic.twitter.com/dXsgA05BWi

27/02/24

Students in years 11-13 might be interested in this summer school about working in Allied Health Professions. https://t.co/DE9khaK3DQ.

27/02/24

It's showtime!! - our students have been working really hard in rehearsals and they can't wait to perform School of Rock!Performances tonight, Wednesday and Friday this week. Tickets available on ParentPay. pic.twitter.com/JaWVuriJOi

27/02/24

Lots of students enjoying our quiz! pic.twitter.com/dJfsJTdLd4

27/02/24

Amazing - well done Elizabeth!! https://t.co/KPBOwuTLzn

27/02/24

Lots of students enjoying our quiz! pic.twitter.com/dJfsJTdLd4

26/02/24

Students in years 11-13 might be interested in this summer school about working in Allied Health Professions. https://t.co/DE9khaK3DQ.

26/02/24

School of Rock school production - last few tickets remaining!Performances on Tuesday 27 Feb, Wednesday 28 Feb and Friday 1 March at 6pm in the school hall. Tickets available on ParentPay.Excitement is at an all time high and we can’t wait for you to see the show! pic.twitter.com/IFowSTzBVN

26/02/24

Year 9 reminder: The deadline to return the GCSE Options Form is tomorrow - Tuesday 27 February. Thank you to those who have sent them back already. pic.twitter.com/6LSbMvzOYS

26/02/24

Year 11 and Year 13 hoodies can still be ordered on ParentPay . Deadline is Tuesday 27 February. All proceeds go to the Hospice of St Francis. Many Thanks from the Year 12 Dragons’ Apprentice Team.

26/02/24

Congratulations to our yr13 students who have received offers from Oxford and Cambridge. pic.twitter.com/HWRLqUxEqT

24/02/24

Ski Trip update: we are now on our way back to school. If you can leave the bus spaces free so the coach can park. If parents can arrive at school for 4.30pm and we will be arriving soon after. If there are any changes, I’ll update on here

24/02/24

Ski Trip update: delays at border control has meant we are on a later ferry. Will let you know the timings once we have crossed and have arrived in Dover.

23/02/24

Ski Trip update: our final day on the slopes and now we are en route home 🇨🇭⛷️ pic.twitter.com/LXFCvG1KlW

Global Education and International Links

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The world has never been so well-connected and interdependent. Young people who enter the world without a knowledge and understanding of global issues will be at a disadvantage in the workplace and in their personal lives. At SJL we aim to ensure that all of our students develop an understanding of global issues relating to both people and the natural environment. We want our students to become active global citizens who are well-equipped to make a difference now and in the future. This page provides a brief insight into some of the events and activities that take place.

International exchanges

Sir John Lawes is fortunate to be able to offer our students the opportunity to participate in exchange visits both in Europe and beyond.

  • Elizabeth Langasser Schule, Germany (Exchange Visit for Year 9 & 10)
  • Le Collège La Salle Saint-Laurent, Blain, France (Exchange and Penfriend Scheme, Year 10).
  • Ndeke High School, Zambia (Year 10)
  • Upper Dublin High School, United States Of America (Years 12/13).

The benefits of such exchange visits to our students are numerous - they immerse students in a different culture, help them to improve language and communication skills, encourage respect and tolerance and develop self-confidence.

In addition to the exchange visits the school also offers a number of other opportunities for international visits including World Challenge trips, a Geography trip to Iceland and a bi-annual sports tour.

International partnerships

The partnership between Sir John Lawes and Ndeke High School in Zambia began in September 2005. The decision to partner with Ndeke was made by the Geography department and a group of Year 9 More Able students who had volunteered to be part of an extra-curricular group focused on establishing international links.

The aims of the partnership between SJL and Ndeke are to:

  • Enhance teaching and learning in both schools
  • Promote international awareness and understanding and a sense of global citizenship
  • Develop the global dimension of the curriculum within the schools.

The partnership between SJL and Ndeke has been supported through the British Council Global School Partnership Programme which has enabled us to carry out a number of reciprocal teacher and student visits as well as to carry out a range of curriculum work.

We have achieved a lot together in the years that we have been linked and look forward to continued successes in the future.

Awards

Sir John Lawes has received widespread recognition for its global education work:

  • We have retained the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award since 2010
  • We have retained the British Council International School Award since 2007
  • We achieved the Fairtrade School Award in 2009

Our global education work has also been recognised through our work with Oxfam as a Lead School and from the Department for International Development through their Global Learning Programme for which Sir John Lawes School was invited to be an ‘expert centre’. This means that we have a role in promoting a whole school approach to global learning to other schools in the area.

Global education in the curriculum

Global Education work features in a wide range of curriculum areas, including Geography, Science, History and Life Skills.

We also dedicate one of our enrichment days to global education.

  • Year 7 focus on the theme of food and hunger and carry out activities aimed at understanding why people in the world are hungry and what can be done about it.
  • Year 8 have a theme of sport and dance. They explore the difficulties faced by those involved in sportswear manufacturing through a role play called ‘Trading Trainers’. They also make footballs from plastic bags inspired by Ndeke High School and learn dances from other countries culminating in an international dance competition.
  • Year 9 are based in the Science faculty and explore a range of international themes from a scientific perspective including energy, water and Fairtrade.
  • Year 10 hold a Mock United Nations on Nuclear disarmament. Students work in country groups to come up with a speech outlining their country’s position before a strict judging panel which includes the Headteacher.

Enrichment activities

In addition to curriculum work, we offer a wide range of enrichment activities for students with an interest in global issues. Over the last few years these opportunities have included:

  • Attending a Global Student Forum and subsequently being a ‘peer educator’ at SJL
  • Taking part in the trip to Zambia and raising awareness and funds to develop the partnership
  • Getting involved in the ‘Send my Friend to school’ campaign
  • Running assemblies or helping out with international events at local primary schools
  • Organising fundraising for international charities
  • Taking part in campaigns on issues such as the Arms Trade and world hunger
  • Participating in the work of the Oxfam youth action group or Amnesty Group
  • Organising a collection of books for the local Oxfam book shop

Oxfam Youth Action Group

The Oxfam Youth Action Group is a student-led group that works to incorporate international issues within the school community. This is achieved through a series of campaigning, awareness raising and fundraising events. The group contains members from Years 7-13 and is open to everyone. Even students who don’t join the group have the opportunity to participate in many of the events the group run. The group has been so successful that they were even invited to 10 Downing Street, as part of their involvement with the Enough Food for Everyone If campaign. This shows that students really can have their voices heard at the highest level.

One of the big campaigns last year was focussed on the humanitarian crisis in Syria. The group raised awareness of the issue in all year groups, met local MP Peter Lilley to present to him the views of Year 7 students on the matter and hosted Staff Strictly Come Dancing. In the weeks leading up to this event, 7 couples practised their ballroom, salsa or tango, culminating in an evening of entertainment featuring some excellent (and some not so) performances, all in front of a capacity crowd. The evening was enjoyed by all and raised over £1000 for Oxfam’s work in Syria. The excellent refreshments this year were organised by a special Year 7 Oxfam group, which really added to the evening.

Another key campaign was the Behind the Brands Campaign. All students had the opportunity to take part in a creative petition, calling on Coca Cola and Pepsico not to use sugar that came from land that had been unfairly taken from the indigenous population. The group were delighted to see first Coca Cola and then Pepsico doing as the campaign called for. The students also organised a campaign around maternal rights, centred on a sale of cards and gifts for Mother’s Day, which raised over £100.

In the summer term, the group led activities for Year 7 students on the topic of inequality, both across the world and in the UK. The younger students had the opportunity to get involved with the ‘All Hands in to End Inequality’ campaign. As part of the nationwide Water Week campaign, the group sold ice lollies, with the money raised supporting those who have been displaced in South Sudan. The impact of this work also extended beyond the SJL community, with members leading workshops for local primary school pupils. To top it all off, another Year 7 Oxfam group worked on the Send My Friend to School campaign, which this year focused on the rights of disabled children to an education.

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