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01/08/22

Retweeted From Choir of St Nicholas Church, Harpenden, Herts

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01/08/22

Retweeted From Choir of St Nicholas Church, Harpenden, Herts

Our choristers this past weekend at Wells Cathedral included pupils from and they were all fabulous. Long weekend of complicated music, lots of concentration and good behaviour required - we are SO proud! https://t.co/3CliT2CYxk

30/07/22

Retweeted From Daisy Cooper MP 🔶

Here’s a list of “Fifty Thrifty” adventures to have in : it’s a big list of ‘no cost’ or ‘low cost’ activities in our county, as voted for by residents. https://t.co/uXRSrRQdz8

30/07/22

Retweeted From James Marshall Foundation CIO

Please get in touch if you think JMF can help. https://t.co/YkwqTWXqjk

23/07/22

Retweeted From Stanborough School

This is superb. Well done on all your hard work to achieve this. We look forward to achieving this in the future too and been following your examples closely! Well done to the team behind this success.

21/07/22

Retweeted From Friends of SJL

The parents music support group raised £££ running a bar at the Jazz evening. FOSJL topped up the donation so a brand new TenorSax cd be purchased by the Music ensembles play at many events both inside and outside of school. https://t.co/LJ7Nmnc2Q8

21/07/22

Special thanks to Jay and Justine, Heads of School 2020-2021 who returned to delivered some special celebration messages of thanks to Ms Robins "Thank you Ms Robins for your dedication to SJL." A final farewell from Ms Robins to the assembly hall "You are all amazing!" https://t.co/gvRKofYKig

21/07/22

It is with great pride that I can announce we have just been awarded the Eco Schools Green Flag with Distinction. The highest award you can achieve. Sustainability is truly at the heart of what we do. https://t.co/V5jU2TFwEW

21/07/22

Congratulations to Newton on winning this year's Merit Cup and to Hepworth on winning this year's House Cup https://t.co/xLl9rvWslJ

21/07/22

End of Year assembly, a celebration of students' and teachers' achievements across the academic year with awards to students who have shown effort, enthusiasm and engagement across all the various faculties https://t.co/QlrHFIEtEJ

21/07/22

Retweeted From SJL 6th Form

Congratulations to the winners of the Perrins Myddleton Essay competition, generously sponsored by Perrins Myddleton solicitors. 1st prize goes to Joely, 2nd to Toby and 3rd to Will. Well done to all the year 12 who entered! https://t.co/vwnGxkzCb0

21/07/22

Retweeted From MyNewTerm

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21/07/22

Thank you to all members of the SJL community for their hard work, commitment and support. Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer! https://t.co/fACMpajAg8

21/07/22

Ready to finish the year with the traditional whole school assembly… https://t.co/XXxaUGOMSy

21/07/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

After a final day exploring Edinburgh castle and performing a stunning final concert, 106 tired but very happy musicians on our way home … 🎶 https://t.co/nqVplm3pre

21/07/22

This week's newsletter is out now... https://t.co/sTgrNyMIUt https://t.co/zXLryWzp8e

20/07/22

We appreciate all your support! https://t.co/Nxkxjj37jD

20/07/22

A summer term round up and a fond farewell in this edition of Lawes Lowdown https://t.co/kUjQ0nVpCw https://t.co/7ePkMFUEUH

20/07/22

Thanks to one of our talented parents, Mr Platt, for this fabulous sketch of Ms Robins to celebrate her time as headteacher of Sir John Lawes School. The portrait will be on display in school, a wonderful reminder to treasure. https://t.co/eWywlRvNZ5

20/07/22

Operoo Messages: please ensure Operoo is marked as a trusted sender in email accounts to ensure school messages do not go to junk folder. https://t.co/oR0M7mUQg7

20/07/22

During the final week of the term, students take part in Enterprise Week. Taking on the role of apprentices for a range of activities. Thank you to for delivering such engaging activities. https://t.co/w9M7ZdRkgy

20/07/22

With many primary schools having celebrated their last day of the academic year, we want to wish Year 6 a wonderful summer. We cannot wait to welcome you in September. https://t.co/c1bmHn4iel

18/07/22

Parents and carers please check Edulink for a message regarding tomorrow.

18/07/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

Fabulous first concert today at the beautiful Kelburn Estate - well done everyone!! https://t.co/oWTDELhTPz

18/07/22

Year 6 we look forward to seeing many of you at our summer school - Get Set for SJL. Have a wonderful summer and enjoy your final days at primary school https://t.co/ihJyWu0hN5

18/07/22

Career News: key dates for next academic year. See this week's end of year newsletter for further information on the Year 7 Work Shadow Day https://t.co/Qdr3ZmLSAT

18/07/22

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Good luck to Year 12 Drama students completing their performance mock exam today! This is one group showing the chaos that ensues in the play ‘God of Carnage’. https://t.co/NgQz4MlBir

18/07/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Massive thanks to for their generous giveaway - so excited to have so many fantastic new books to add to our library for our whole school community to enjoy! 🥰📚 https://t.co/jywHOhBWxd

18/07/22

📢 New Vacancy Administrator required to support Exams Officer. Excellent staff benefits, including for permanent members of staff a preferential place at SJL for your child providing criteria is met (see school website for admission details). To apply https://t.co/cFHshPK3aB https://t.co/2F9KBBMHkd

17/07/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Good luck to our very own Hannah B who next week competes for St Albans in the British Swimming Championships https://t.co/L6gcxKjzK6

17/07/22

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Wonderful news for this ex- SJL Drama Alumni queen of musical theatre!! https://t.co/c68e6rhjvF

17/07/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

SJL Music Tour just crossed the border into Scotland! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Next stop, Edinburgh… https://t.co/px91fboPNq

16/07/22

Congratulations Mr Bloxham and Hepworth House on winning the Sports Day trophy. Congratulations to all the competitors, to those smashing school records, to those running their first races, to those running for their houses https://t.co/NU8anqCRZD

15/07/22

Time for relays https://t.co/0uc1YdKWb0

15/07/22

Hepworth take an early lead https://t.co/ocLsyeU7Ek

15/07/22

First race is underway https://t.co/ipYbmAXhyW

15/07/22

Getting ready for sports day today. https://t.co/Y2FjugxOFz

14/07/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

The elephant garlic was pulled today and will be roasted on our return to school in September. Everyone enjoyed sampling the fresh carrots and we worked hard planting up broccoli seedlings with expert guidance from Mr Dunning. https://t.co/yOBmswycAV

14/07/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Our last Year 7 & 8 Book Club of the year is looking at Agatha Christie! How many have you read? We’re also doing a virtual tour of her house and solving a murder mystery puzzle 🕵️‍♀️ https://t.co/UsK0ZA0J6l

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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