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23/10/20

SJL's Sixth Form Prefects are organising a whole school Harvest Festival Food Collection for King's Pantry Food Bank. Donations can be made Monday 2 - Friday 6 November in school reception. For more information on King's Pantry https://t.co/YWYkRMtHv0 Thank you for your support. https://t.co/wRUsxGDr82

23/10/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

As a trust we are immensely proud of our students and staff for the dedication they have shown over the start of this new academic year. We wish you all a safe and restful half term https://t.co/vRIk6JLn1O

23/10/20

Retweeted From SJL English

Another great entry for the Twelve Before You’re Twelve Reading competition - from James W in 7LEn3 https://t.co/BuKHUR8L83

23/10/20

Thank you to our students, staff and families for their tremendous support in this first half term of the 2020 academic year, we are proud of the commitment and dedication shown. Enjoy a safe and relaxing half term https://t.co/YzCNPhvWvM

23/10/20

This week's newsletter is out now... https://t.co/geu17m3ulg https://t.co/A3KMtrPlzH

23/10/20

Students time to get creative with the launch of the 2020 SJL Christmas Card Competition https://t.co/RHIAldtF9Z

22/10/20

The newly formed JLT for 2020-2021 had their first meeting today, a chance for students to engage and talk about their school to the Heads of School https://t.co/633PY9laxB

22/10/20

Vacancy alert: Linguist seeking a new opportunity? SJL are seeking a talented and effective Teacher of German, with French and/or Spanish to join our successful team https://t.co/ozXppQpYlm . . https://t.co/PTRyIoD1tw

21/10/20

Retweeted From Hertfordshire County Council

As half term approaches, please remember to Play Your Part and stick to the rule of 6. Read our tips on how to have a fun and safe half term https://t.co/H77nLyZdHM https://t.co/ToXvjELrLd

21/10/20

We are aware of issues with EduLink absence reporting, please see email regarding any absences reported between 10pm last night (Tuesday 20 October) and 10am today (Wednesday 21 October) https://t.co/uoKq5LeiRQ

21/10/20

Year 11 notice: mock examination timetable has been sent out to students and parents via EduLink, timetable and vital examination information can be found on the school website https://t.co/WKHbuofymx https://t.co/R5WzyjdNUe

21/10/20

A bright moment on a wet autumnal day, the issuing of Headteacher Commendations. Congratulations to all the Year 10 students receiving their 'lockdown' Head's Commendations, especially those receiving multiple awards https://t.co/FhfBUXdKnv

21/10/20

This evening Year 8 musicians should have been presenting their Music Showcase. We are delighted to announce they have been busy behind the scenes recording a showcase for you... keep an eye out for the final production later this week https://t.co/r4cl4mX2HI

20/10/20

Year 10 notice: resources for the Year 10 GCSE Information Evening have been emailed via EduLink. They can also be found on the school website https://t.co/3oLlHLxRUk https://t.co/RYywoNRF3V

20/10/20

Over 100 Head Teacher's Commendations awarded to the Year 9 bubble for achievements from summer term 2020. Well done Britten receiving the highest number of commendations https://t.co/R56CU2F4Yr

20/10/20

Reminder for those applying for 2021 secondary school, the application deadline is 31 October 2020. Look at our virtual open event page for Headteacher's address, hear from our amazing students, take virtual tour and view our impressive faculties. https://t.co/xc5uEuHIvA https://t.co/XhSWxpNqwA

20/10/20

Notice: Poppies will be on sale in school on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 October. If students wish to make a donation to the Poppy Appeal and purchase a poppy, please remember to send cash with them on these days https://t.co/KyxFiCkXT2

20/10/20

Retweeted From UCAS

Remember to join us live on Facebook at 17:30 (UK time) today 📅 , , and will all be on hand to answer any questions that you may have about university admissions for 2021. https://t.co/itT940ZXbF

20/10/20

As we all spend more time in our own households, a new online safety course from is available to book now. https://t.co/H4wsPlXgfp

20/10/20

Term dates: reminder next week is half term. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday, 2 November 2020 https://t.co/RfSP6IfZjd

19/10/20

Calling 👋 and present Generation-COVID a webinar for 15-17 year olds exploring what Covid-19 means for the future of the economy https://t.co/wiQz9cef1R 'They are waiting to hear from you! SJL let's get involved!!!' Miss Dunne

19/10/20

As we head towards the end of the first half term, here are the house standings. Well done to 7K for a tremendous tally and to Miss Bigden with Ryder House taking overall top spot. After half term will be running the annual Christmas Card Competition https://t.co/L4llyBCWyC

19/10/20

Retweeted From UCAS

Join us live on Facebook at 17:30 (UK time) on Tuesday 20 October. , , and will all be on hand to answer any questions that you may have about university admissions for 2021. See you on Tuesday 👋 https://t.co/hwqBcFVAmY

19/10/20

Thought for the Week: Individual liberty https://t.co/hbXxzzyBoN

16/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 13: An interesting geopolitical perspective on renewables. Resource Security. https://t.co/VYoaCilw3z

16/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 11: This is a great video explaining processes. https://t.co/eHpu0taVgC

16/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 12 and 13: Thinking of studying Geography at university: your 24-page guide to studying geography at university https://t.co/ClKJZqFGP3

16/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Have you got a moment to put your feet up and watch something good this weekend? Pick one of these themed films/documentaries on Netflix. My Octopus Teacher is great! https://t.co/p92sMzIQp0

16/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

The Salads are in! The first (this term) of many successfully planted veggies in the thanks to some very green fingered guru's in year 10. Great work team! Have a HAPPY WEEKEND! https://t.co/7hCg4TzZJ2

16/10/20

Retweeted From SJL History

A fun fact for our Sixth Form students: today is the anniversary of Marie-Antoinette’s execution during the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution in 1793. https://t.co/VmSQ4eGNMI

16/10/20

Thank you to all parents for your feedback and support over the temporary changes to timings of the school day. New timings begin from this Monday - 19th October. See the newsletter for more details.

16/10/20

Have you been following the inter house netball competition? All the updates can be seen on our PE Dept Instagram account https://t.co/jBMUFSRAsb https://t.co/WFIedVoyYV

16/10/20

This week's newsletter is out now... https://t.co/WYn5r4PlP6 https://t.co/knPVTFpkm4

15/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

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15/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

It may not be the trip we planned but it is good to be out completing some fieldwork with year 13! https://t.co/bi85zpe6ZB

15/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Our is coming along well, it has taken a little longer than expected but we are now ready for our winter vegetable plug plants which we won from the and are arriving tomorrow! All thanks to some extremely dedicated pupils https://t.co/l4KcvIOsVT

14/10/20

Retweeted From SJL Psych and Soc

Play dough brains demonstrating where the three types of LTM reside based on Tulving’s research#creativepsychology https://t.co/M8cbrpDOfC

14/10/20

Retweeted From Met Contact Centre

Social media and mental health are interlinked in the lives of young people. This team have some useful info, looking at the positive and negative impacts of social media that trusted adults need to be aware of. https://t.co/oQnXmPWHbS https://t.co/BYo09AxKsP

House System

Introduction

Every member of the SJL community, students and staff, as well as being in a tutor group and a year group, belongs to a House. The Houses, Austen, Britten, Hepworth, King, Lawes, Newton and Ryder, are all named after leaders in their field, strivers, achievers and positive role models.

As House members all students have a wide range of opportunities to work together and ‘compete’ against other students, the other Houses and even against themselves, earning House points in the process.

Merit Marks, Ace cards, Heads commendations

Students who embody the SJL ACE, and who extend themselves through achievement - academic, artistic, sporting or cultural, in lessons or outside, through their care for others or through the way they conduct themselves - earn Merits, ACE cards or Head commendations. These in turn earn House points for their form and House. A Merit is given by a member of staff or Sixth Form student and is a very immediate way of acknowledging an extra achievement or an extra effort and strengthening the personal relationships so central at SJL. An ACE card is a more public acknowledgement of extra effort or going beyond and is posted home so that family or significant others can share in your achievement too. A Head's commendation is given for a longer-term extra effort or achievement. Students build a total of Merit Marks through the year with certificates being awarded to celebrate this achievement.

House competitions and events

Through the year students have lots of chances to work with members of their form and House taking part in competitions and events. Some of these take place as part of lessons, some run during lunchtimes and after school and offer extra opportunity to get involved in the life of SJL. Subjects run competitions and the Art department recently ran a Christmas Card competition with the winning entries being commercially produced. Each House runs its own competition with one taking place each half term, with forms and Houses entering teams. Recent competitions include:

  • Hepworth’s House Quiz running seven rounds over seven weeks - a hall full of student and staff members answering questions on everything from classic films to music.
  • The Sixth Form ‘University Challenge’.
  • King’s Public Speaking Competition, teams from each form arguing their case to a voting audience.
  • Lawes’ Team Games, a week of energetic games and competitions in the sports hall.
  • Ryder’s Football Tournament and Austen’s Battle of the Bands where student bands and singers perform on stage to a voting audience.

We have whole school events, where forms and students earn House points for everything from the Festive form room decoration with students spreading a little seasonal spirit to the House points earnt from fund raising events. All of this builds towards the awarding of the House Cup during a hugely emotional climax to final assembly.

To help make all this happen we need your help, with elected student Form Representatives and House Captains helping to organise, promote and run events.

Through regular meetings and assemblies you meet with and work with other students.

Everyone is involved in representing their House from wearing perfect uniform to raising money for global charities to learning new skills and building your confidence as a Form Representative. From the splash of bright colour in your proudly worn House badge these are some of the things that can add extra colour to all you do with us at Sir John Lawes School.

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