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22/09/20

Vacancy: SJL are seeking a Religious Education teacher with possibility of management allowance for maternity absence. Ready to join a successful team with excellent facilities and impressive results? https://t.co/2Axp4CP14e . . https://t.co/4RZLJSKDyw

22/09/20

Sixth Form notice: students studying A-Level Economics, free online course covering quantitative skills. Enrol free here https://t.co/ub8T8z3WVH https://t.co/HWYb1zaqDC

22/09/20

Students are reminded to bring coats / umbrellas with them to school as the weather is forecast to change https://t.co/uaJ3K7v7NF

21/09/20

Thought for the Week: Routine https://t.co/KdERFOaZqS

18/09/20

Retweeted From Department for Education

If your child is displaying symptoms, book a test and keep them at home. Your household should self-isolate for 14 days. But neither you nor your family need to book a test unless you display symptoms. https://t.co/K7xo8nLVKe

18/09/20

Retweeted From Department for Education

If your child is unwell, but isn’t displaying any of the three coronavirus symptoms, there’s no need to book a test. After they’ve recovered, they can return straight back to school. https://t.co/DpeDn9kn6A

18/09/20

At SJL we are dedicated to ensuring teachers and students have access to the latest technology to enhance learning both in the school classroom and should the need arise, via remote learning. IT support is available via email technicalassistance.herts.sch.uk https://t.co/pjHSYsiR9B

18/09/20

This week's newsletter out now... https://t.co/t6riJi9QU4 https://t.co/UYjBIWmVFr

17/09/20

This year's Open Evening on 7 October 2020 will now take place virtually and we will be announcing further details shortly. Please check back for updates! https://t.co/KabWJVYnvq https://t.co/fg2TrdsVMb

17/09/20

Students looking to learn a new instrument/restart music lessons, we have availability in most instruments. Please contact the Music Faculty for more details? https://t.co/S1KkbwcTaL

17/09/20

Great to see and hear the return of music lessons within school, thanks to and https://t.co/YDraYhpLin

16/09/20

Retweeted From Send My Friend

Fantastic job both of you! Amazing youth advocates for global education and for

16/09/20

SJL's Y10 national campaign champions had the experience of a "virtual" parliament action day, with guest speaks from across parliamentary parties coming together with a single aim "the right climate to learn" https://t.co/zUyToubH83

16/09/20

Congratulations Mr Gauthier from all your colleagues at Sir John Lawes School https://t.co/aJA95jX8DC

15/09/20

Retweeted From Send My Friend

Thank you for speaking to our campaign champions today about . An amazing opportunity to ensure we can achieve and such encouragement for young people to champion the cause! and Lord German https://t.co/Mu8hQ3iuhL

15/09/20

We spy some familiar faces! Great work https://t.co/uIrmTwSaGC

15/09/20

Vacancy: Do you have the drive to delivery teaching of the highest standard at all key stages? SJL are seeking a Head of Design Technology to lead our creative team. See school website https://t.co/8OTXuzfBze . . https://t.co/OhDJvrZHh2

15/09/20

Did you know our are on Instagram? Give them a follow for all the latest information, including the new EXTRA CURRICULAR TIMETABLE. All clubs are in year group bubbles. https://t.co/cXwJaeAyW6 https://t.co/EGiStYrkAE

15/09/20

Music notice: All instrumental and vocal lesson times will be sent to parents directly by email from their instrumental teacher. Please also check your Junk! https://t.co/wSokdcGpWE

15/09/20

Music notice: Passed a grade 8 music exam in the academic year 2019-20? Please let the Music faculty know asap! https://t.co/zPnTrmjxhF

14/09/20

Proud to hear of an ex-student doing such important work. Well done James. https://t.co/7sHsie0lgC

14/09/20

Thought for the Week: Luck https://t.co/pkEMParwZM

13/09/20

Weather alert! It looks like it’s going to be hot for the next few days so don’t forget to fill your water bottles before heading to school, please!

11/09/20

Alviar was not a Sir John Lawes School boy, but he was a Harpenden schoolboy. Alviar, we wish you the very best. https://t.co/VDKpOb6mCO

11/09/20

Our latest newsletter is out now... https://t.co/Ge6LeB13HB https://t.co/nSV3szEaPz

10/09/20

Thought for the Week is an additional way in which students at SJL are encouraged to engage in thinking beyond the everyday matters to ideas of local, national or global concern, and often asks students to focus on issues relating to citizenship and relationships. https://t.co/kGxt6JK2en

09/09/20

Year 12: tomorrow's Information Evening has been cancelled and a Loom video containing all the relevant information will be issued shortly. Look out for details via EduLink. https://t.co/ZoAjj1Hw7H

09/09/20

Retweeted From SJL 6th Form

The Perrin Myddelton essay winners finally get their prizes. Well done again to Charlotte, Jay and Justine. https://t.co/jOwXIzKu99

08/09/20

As SJL's Year 7 bubble begin their first full day of timetabled lessons, here is a look back at their initial induction days https://t.co/HxaOgjEoox

07/09/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Vacancy alert: we are seeking an Admin Assistant to join our experienced HR and Payroll team. Part-time, term-time permanent post. See website for further information https://t.co/ZiG9hU6vtl . . . https://t.co/PNb9KFKvu1

03/09/20

Retweeted From SJLtandl

Year 7 are ending their second day discovering what it is to be a Lawes Learner https://t.co/03Cns0OI31

03/09/20

Vacancy alert: looking for a new opportunity with term time hours? SJL are seeking a library assistant to join their friendly library https://t.co/SV2bp0lIIk . . . https://t.co/sufRSN5scf

03/09/20

announcement: music lessons must be applied/reapplied for via HMS (apart from drums - direct to Music Faculty) by 11 Sept. Lessons will begin week commencing 14th Sept. More details on school website https://t.co/xucxXfHJun https://t.co/fhRnPT5G3R

03/09/20

House Induction for our Year 7 joiners, learning about the SJL house system. A passionate talk from current house champion Mr Evans, Head of Austen, for his newest recruits https://t.co/pErLtO8z1l

03/09/20

Year 7 have enjoyed tours of the school with tutors https://t.co/aCtCzztCY3

03/09/20

Retweeted From Carol Aylward

Good luck today to all the teachers, staff and pupils. Hope it goes well and to plan..!

02/09/20

Lunchtime, enjoying the sunshine with packed lunch picnics and making the most of having "The Kitchen" to themselves https://t.co/QQ0QbBDPu9

02/09/20

We were thrilled to welcome Year 7 joiners this morning, starting their day with a welcome address from Headteacher, Ms Robins https://t.co/keTISAsVI9

02/09/20

A return to school for Years 8 to 11 tomorrow, we cannot wait to see you all https://t.co/HU7tBZLIn1

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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