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02/04/20

Retweeted From rachel wakefield

The DT department at my children's school are making masks for GPs with their 3D printer. You can watch and learn how they do it and how to assemble them on their Instagram stories @ sjldt Amazing and fascinating. 👏👏👏👏

02/04/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Problem Of The Day. Have fun with it! https://t.co/Wk2UXuyIYL

02/04/20

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Our daffodil Christmas gifts still bringing sunshine in these strange times thanks to https://t.co/pIfhD70w6I

02/04/20

A great resource from the Government about supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing during this period, including preteens and teenagers https://t.co/ovnKZqnHdE https://t.co/JaOz2hUHRC

02/04/20

The James Marshall Foundation do a tremendous job supporting young people in Harpenden and Wheathampsted - see below for details of how they can help. https://t.co/TtgTSrN9ao

02/04/20

Well done Mr Carey! https://t.co/QZ63wxjr7M

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Something for all KS 4 and 5 Drama students to enjoy and year 11 have a special theatre review challenge!#theatrematters https://t.co/4dob7hqzFD

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

What a fantastic opportunity! The SJL Drama department will be making the most of this! https://t.co/sFgOAqTyxf

01/04/20

Thank you to all our St Albans & Harpenden Secondary Head teacher colleagues for coming together virtually today, to discuss how schools are approaching the current difficult situation. It's great to have such a supportive local educational community!

01/04/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: do more of what you enjoy https://t.co/5SN4a1jUKT

01/04/20

Retweeted From National Autistic Society

We know for many autistic people and their families it is difficult to cope with coronavirus and the impacts that is having on our daily life. To help, we’ve created some handy tips to help you during this time of uncertainty: https://t.co/uwIjhdsWt4 https://t.co/vCITozu7ru

01/04/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Happy Wednesday day, everyone. Here is today's Problem Of The Day... https://t.co/gQLVJ8K3RZ

01/04/20

Thank you to our D&T Faculty https://t.co/QG0oV5SXdj

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Year 11, a competition to keep you focused https://t.co/6uDjisLiKM

01/04/20

Retweeted From SRA - English

Reading lists for all key stages. Might be helpful for anyone in need of reading inspiration! 📚 https://t.co/LOVtIFTlkx

01/04/20

Delighted that SJL’s minibuses (along with many of their drivers) are now signed up to volunteer for the NHS! https://t.co/IBk28hN6ZR

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

An interesting article on the positive effect of the lockdown on the environment - could help us consider air pollution targets in the future 🌍 https://t.co/UtW1mW1MH4

01/04/20

Retweeted From CENTURY

We're currently offering families FREE English, maths and science courses during school closure. Our COVID-19 School Closure Support courses are perfect for and available for free. https://t.co/pCgz7tXGpf https://t.co/R6tf5GF9m1

31/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

A costume designer in the making? We love how Betsy Way has included material swatches with her design 🧚‍♀️ https://t.co/FA0waztGQg

31/03/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Art

Mass Observation Use the hashtag on our Instagram stream(https://t.co/yoSRlVIRHN) to look at a collective snapshot of 2020 Hertfordshire homes drawn by Y7 https://t.co/yZXPaLmyPt

31/03/20

Retweeted From SJL English

FAO our current, and prospective, A Level students: don’t forget to watch or rewatch these. They are really useful for the NEA! https://t.co/Drnuus3PrB

31/03/20

From Friday, 3 April 2020, all school emails will only be sent via EduLink therefore it is vital parents/carers set up their Edulink account. If your initial password link has expired please contact technicalassistance.herts.sch.uk for a new link to be issued https://t.co/Stp792fJLA

31/03/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Problem Of The Day. Good luck, everyone! https://t.co/OmTIKq2kQ6

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Another fantastic costume design, this time for the King of the Fairies! Well done, Oliver Newell 🧚‍♂️👑 https://t.co/E8NLcjkuLs

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Come on! Tell us a silly story! 📖 https://t.co/EFhY9rIEjV

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Could do with a laugh ? Here you go then Thursday sorted!! https://t.co/yA61crxFmM

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Another fantastic example of Year 7’s creativity in Emily Murray’s design of Queen Titania’s costume 🧚‍♀️👑 https://t.co/8uGhDna6xD

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Take a look at James Austen’s marvellous drawing of the Globe Theatre 🎭 Can any of our Y7s remember what groundlings are? https://t.co/1ytyaHzdoD

30/03/20

Retweeted From David Carter

Let’s all take a moment to thank our wonderful who are dealing with more than we can imagine. Show we appreciate the wonderful job they are doing & the vital role they continue to play in our society by sending a FREE card here https://t.co/r30e9MyxHw

30/03/20

Retweeted From Jonathan Mountstevens

One more day until application deadline for with and working with . Great opportunity for teachers in Herts and surrounding area to gain recognition, accreditation and to improve. More info here: https://t.co/a7XMhfhAEy https://t.co/ig3o4JnRaW

30/03/20

Students have access to a variety of resources for their distance learning. Here is one which is accessible to the whole family, Duolingo is a fun language learning website and mobile app. Why not learn a new language or refresh existing language skills? https://t.co/03exbaOAYK https://t.co/rFWH3m6ScF

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Some more ideas for extra geography themed things you can do at home. Have a good week! 🌍 https://t.co/QiwlpNI1vN

30/03/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Good Morning, everyone. Hope you all managed a nice weekend. Here's the first Problem Of The Day of this week. Best of luck! https://t.co/A0p9p21AVJ

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJL History

What a great idea! Year 12, Ted Vallance’s talk is on until 3rd April. Focuses on Radicalism in the English Civil War https://t.co/kF1AxjCg8D

30/03/20

Thought for the Week: Being sensitive and empathetic Word of the Week: Tech https://t.co/J5Fuz4N3bS

29/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Wonderful physical theatre full of humour and banging tunes! Let us know what you're streaming and enjoying!#theatrelockdown https://t.co/GF1lKTQxIr

29/03/20

Retweeted From SJL 6th Form

This is a great idea! https://t.co/Wo0P51tcxA

28/03/20

Retweeted From Challney Girls

Luton & Dunstable hospital are looking for children to create posters of appreciation and thanks to all of the NHS staff. Please email entries to sabine.hazell.nhs.uk ❤🧡💛💚💙💜

28/03/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Hope all our students have remained healthy through the first week in Remember to keep your body and mind active by accessing all the various resources online!

27/03/20

Helpful guidance from on the new app Houseparty. https://t.co/mk1xxtuEB9

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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