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18/11/19

Retweeted From SRA Secondary

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18/11/19

Last few spaces remaining for Thursday's Safetalk Training in association with . Please email emontgomery.herts.sch.uk to secure a place . . Tell Ask Listen KeepSafe https://t.co/5Xt4pNR64a

18/11/19

SJL are hosting their first Wellbeing Conference. The conference will include workshops related to health and wellbeing, parents are invited to come along 11.40am - 12.30pm. Please confirm attendance by end of today Monday 18 November to sjlyounghealth.com https://t.co/4LiOw8uGlU

18/11/19

Thought for the Week: Prevent bullying Word of the Week: Hypo https://t.co/LoaEqw8zhI

18/11/19

Good luck to our students who are undertaking their GCSE performance exams today. https://t.co/vANH3wfUjh

17/11/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

We will be hosting our annual Awards Evening, Wednesday 18th December. We are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of our former yr 11 & yr 13. Guest Speaker, Michael Owen, former Welsh International Rugby Union player. Please email awards.co.uk https://t.co/vKQyzgjuIz

17/11/19

Retweeted From SJLdrama

If any of our lovely ex SJL Drama students who have gone on to follow drama degrees or training we are having an alumni and industry lunch on Friday 13th December and would be most welcome! Please message us if you’re interested?#dramAmatters https://t.co/EUaV3zpxLP

16/11/19

We are pleased and proud to announce that Simon Mundy, our Chair of Governors, has won outstanding governor of the year from the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors! Well deserved indeed! https://t.co/qtFbGVXicd

16/11/19

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Chicago is happening soon with lots of dazzle dazzle, cell-block tango and all that jazz! Tickets available on parent pay!#theatreinschools https://t.co/gvPJQsqkZo

16/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Great morning of competitive rugby v Yr7s drew 15-15 in their first ever full game, Yr8s drew 20-20 in a thrilling & Yr9s won 41-5.

16/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

A massive thank you to all the wonderful SJL parents who kindly turned out to provide transport and support this morning! . Sorry to drag you all out of bed! But thanks again your support and efforts are greatly appreciated.

15/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

URGENT RUGBY ANNOUNCEMENT: After last minute problems with Minibuses and Staffing please can as many Year 7, 8 & 9 players make their own way to Dame Alice Owens tomorrow (9am meet) Please spread the word and offer lifts to those in need, limited bus space (SJL 8.30am meet)

15/11/19

Reading Week 2019: We hope this week has presented an opportunity to engage with your child, to discuss your experience of reading from different perspective https://t.co/fS0pyLBFk3

14/11/19

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

The garden team hard at work planting daffodil bulbs today - pots and bulbs kindly given to us by a big thank you to them. https://t.co/A64NSTd07t

14/11/19

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Our winter lettuce and kale are coming along nicely, the garlic we planted in October is peaking through. Thanks to the site team for adding the leaves from around the school to our leaf composting bin. https://t.co/xeXqXeNUHM

14/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

A good win for the Year 9 rugby team, a 43-0 win against NBS. We can still develop our ball handling skills further https://t.co/F3LvHMuuog

14/11/19

Well done all! https://t.co/HoGrnBOGI9

14/11/19

Year 9 practicing their memory techniques during Learning to Learn day https://t.co/P3BsvwMXvS

14/11/19

Yr 11 learning performance and futures fair, as they compile their toolkit to support them in the important year ahead and gain valuable insight into future options https://t.co/MyoFPMNM7p

14/11/19

Retweeted From YC Hertfordshire STA

We had a great final session with the Young Health Champions today before the SJL Wellbeing Conference next week! Looking forward to seeing so many amazing services at the school it's going to be a great day! https://t.co/YHeHpcXhmY

14/11/19

Yr 10 learning performance and revision skills, investigating the power of positivity https://t.co/af7TiBMbXs

14/11/19

Reminder: Y11 reminder for Morrisby assessments, deadline for registration and payment Monday, 18 November 2019. See letters home for further information https://t.co/w8xqd0McMc https://t.co/YUYU8dnHa9

14/11/19

Diary reminder: Ski trip equipment meeting with visit to Mountain Warehouse in Harpenden Monday, 18 November 2019 5-6.30pm https://t.co/hoUUZfmIAt

14/11/19

Yr 9 putting newly gained memory toolkits into practice with poem recitals https://t.co/x7C6XpHj2w

14/11/19

Yr 8 investigating developing growth mindsets, exploring how the brain works https://t.co/lAwojmeCuz

14/11/19

Students across the school are participating in Learning to Learn Enrichment activities. Yr 7 overcoming barriers to learning, exploring the learning pit and creating their super hero selves https://t.co/KpLRfjMvZf

14/11/19

Yr 7 Kingswood lost property left unclaimed tomorrow, Friday 15 Nov, will be disposed of. First pic (yellow bag) from boys dorm; Second pic from girls dorm. Students can retrieve items from Reception. https://t.co/ajO1PguNrt

14/11/19

Reading Week 2019: A love of reading can support you through lifelong learning, supporting independence and general wellbeing https://t.co/OToJKkkFky

14/11/19

Diary reminder: Students are engaging in a variety of activities today as part of Learning to Learn Enrichment Day https://t.co/9Ngpbjuo7D

14/11/19

Retweeted From Dominic Vallier

A great few days in supporting the delivery of thanks for your kind hospitality and obvious passion for delivering qualifications to your 6th formers👍👍👍👍👍 https://t.co/c5R5UyPW89

13/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Excellent debut performance for U13 rugby girls. Won Drew Lost their 3 games.

13/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Well contended netball match tonight. Yr 10 beat SRA 20-17. Well played all.

13/11/19

Retweeted From Hertfordshire RTC

Join us for our first webinar on Saving Time and Reducing Teacher Workload on Monday 18th November. Webinar goes live at 4:20 for a 4:30 start. To join follow the link: https://t.co/IfazfffWwE https://t.co/jvulY0iz0Z

13/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

U13 Girls Rugby 🏉 tournament about to get underway https://t.co/CI2VVSkAan

13/11/19

Wellbeing Wednesday: Don't try so hard to fit in https://t.co/leidTvqtrf

13/11/19

Reading Week 2019: time to relax https://t.co/i2liTeeSJu

12/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Year 10 Hockey: Excellent victory against the Royal Masonic School 2-0 reflective of strong attacking performance.

12/11/19

Final presentation rehearsals are underway... Huge thanks to for their supporting in running today's workshop https://t.co/RlRK2pahPe

12/11/19

Retweeted From Netcel

Allyn Thomas, Lead Front End Developer, is spending an action packed day at School in Harpenden, exploring the variety of career opportunities on offer within digital https://t.co/hpfICIrNi7

12/11/19

Students are busy working through discovery challenges and moving into designing their new piece of tech that will help save our oceans https://t.co/tcauRgMu2c

Global Education and International Links

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 document 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 achieved the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award in 2010, 2012 and 2014
  • We achieved the International School Award in 2007, 2010 and 2013.
  • 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.

In 2014;

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