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16/04/21

This week’s newsletter is out now... https://t.co/Qh6Dn31xJk https://t.co/nwDEXduQgP

15/04/21

The books of the week are Extra Time by Morris Gleitzman and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Read the first chapter of Extra Time: https://t.co/h774DG7zAc Watch Khaled Hosseini, author of A Thousand Splendid Suns, discuss the book: https://t.co/GH0MP90Xr2 https://t.co/fWDFHdQtuv

15/04/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Our amazing Year 7 team achieved so much today! We picked daffodils for the school reception desk. We watered the potatoes, broad beans, carrots and peas and and we also manged to sow melon, runner beans and baby corn! Thanks all! https://t.co/FWrdoYdRsF

14/04/21

We apologise, the links are now live on the website for our UCAS event. https://t.co/B2DVSaILVK

14/04/21

Year 12 virtual UCAS Information Evening will be live on school website from 4pm today, including presentation from University of East Anglia on student finances. https://t.co/ASPbPO3bx2 https://t.co/ecoxRgbZnp

14/04/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Lower School Play auditions for an open air production of The Grimm Tales in July begin next week! Check which night your year group is in action!#theatreinschools https://t.co/U4d2qKawDa

14/04/21

Wonderful to see a return to lunchtime clubs, with year groups returning to activities in year groups. Delightful to hear and see the return of the Chamber Choir. PE Clubs https://t.co/22Kdz2usvd Music Clubs full timetable to follow shortly https://t.co/Giuj6mbUyE

14/04/21

As restrictions begin to lift, remember to go offline and enjoy the present https://t.co/UxuLSSrHi5

14/04/21

Year 9 reminder: the deadline for the Year 9 Vaccinations consent form is THIS Friday 16 April 2021. Also, please make sure your child is wearing a vest or T-shirt under their uniform on Wednesday 21 April 2021. https://t.co/UmoSClL0qS

13/04/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

Chamber choir and Year 7 choir rehearsals back on tomorrow lunchtime! 🎶

13/04/21

PE lunchtime clubs are back! We are thrilled to be able to offer lunchtime clubs to students again, in their year groups. Find all the details on the SJL PE Instagram page or via school website. https://t.co/22Kdz2usvd https://t.co/NhhBbjPELw https://t.co/9My39v5pMe

13/04/21

Happy Vaisakhi to all our Sikh families. https://t.co/c98EV3ulfL

13/04/21

Ramadan Mubarak! (Blessed Ramadan/ Happy Ramadan!) from the Library. See below some of the books we have related to Muslim people and culture, these are in the library so come and borrow them. https://t.co/C08I2DVlHK

13/04/21

Ramadan Mubarak! https://t.co/wU0b6lqmbm

12/04/21

Year 10: online booking for Year 10 parents’ evening opens tomorrow Tuesday 13 April 2021 at 1pm. See letter’s home for parents’ guide to booking appointments https://t.co/ufgNeDuzpl https://t.co/M6Nr3yVgNf

12/04/21

Retweeted From Hertfordshire County Council

From the 12th April some of Arriva’s school bus duplicate services will be operated by coach companies. The coaches will not be able to accept any cash fare payments and will only accept pre – paid Arriva tickets. https://t.co/MXXpTJZ1Nf https://t.co/Ij2ygCIPk4

12/04/21

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

We are excited to have opportunities across the Trust for the new academic year. To join Scholars' in September 2021, apply now https://t.co/MBt1xAqTTg https://t.co/sqUFv3XthB

12/04/21

Thought for the week: our global future https://t.co/tpl83TT7at

11/04/21

We look forward to welcoming students back to school tomorrow. Remember face masks are still mandatory, don’t forget to put one out when getting your bag ready. https://t.co/83YC7Obuof

11/04/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

SJL music ensembles are back!! (in year group bubbles) Concert Band for Yr12&13 after school tomorrow. 🎶 🎺 Tuesday lunchtime Year 10 choir.

09/04/21

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. https://t.co/ONMkgoqaAO

02/04/21

Brilliant performance James! https://t.co/SuCBo24qmn

31/03/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

alert ⚠️ This we focus on Chatroulette; the platform that pairs random users via webcam. From X-rated content to stranger danger, parents need to take note. Desktop: https://t.co/m8JFmQ75wm Download app: https://t.co/lsD7YnhF9S https://t.co/ZeKcXvNPzZ

27/03/21

Retweeted From Department for Education

. has written an open letter to young people thanking them for the way they have responded to the huge challenges they have faced throughout the pandemic. Read it here: https://t.co/xYGhk93Dnr... https://t.co/UBWBxGecV3

27/03/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

A level Text in Performance duologue assessment was a real pleasure to see some brilliant acting and be back under the lights#theatrematters https://t.co/O3dokeoFFz

26/03/21

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Immensely proud of the Scholars’ community, to our volunteers supporting student testing, staff for making the return to face to face lessons a smooth and supportive transition, and to our students for making us proud every day with their positive approach to learning. Thank you! https://t.co/6FAetCqrfh

26/03/21

Thank you to the SJL community for supporting the return to school for our students this term, for all the hard work and dedication that has gone into online learning and the enthusiasm that students have returned to school with, to engage in their face to face lessons https://t.co/i2ZjeHyC6K

26/03/21

Marking the end of term with the Lawes Lowdown https://t.co/rbkFkMGFek

26/03/21

Retweeted From Vibe 107.6 FM

An award-winning family festival in is going ahead after having to postpone from last year. The held at playing field, will take place on Saturday July 3. The mass karaoke phenomenon are headlining and a packed line up! 🎤 https://t.co/BW1QbP6Ztp

26/03/21

As we close the Spring Term, the house standings are very close with Mr Evans claiming the top spot with Austen House https://t.co/VP6uUhq3Hd

26/03/21

Year 10 Parents’ Evening will be going ahead as a virtual event on Tuesday 27 April 2021, with consultations taking place online. Full details will be coming out today via EduLink. https://t.co/NDwW8evyWs

26/03/21

End of term newsletter is out now... https://t.co/WDHimqlSLh https://t.co/kysoqKP6Qy

25/03/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

WOW! What a great afternoon in the today. We planted Pentland javelin first early potatoes in pots and raised beds, Purple haze carrots and Gladiator parsnips! Massive thanks to some superb Year 8 EcoGardeners! Proudly displaying our flag too https://t.co/Q6b8xly1pt

25/03/21

Would you like to get involved with supporting your local community? Then why not join the St Albans and Harpenden Youth Council every Monday https://t.co/4AEi343po3

25/03/21

Well done to our eco gardeners, what a tremendous effort. https://t.co/upsTQEUcFV

25/03/21

Vacancy: we are seeking a talented and effective Teacher of Spanish and French to join our successful MFL team for maternity cover. Apply now https://t.co/cYXZJEDHY2 https://t.co/j4Wdp6637a

25/03/21

The books of the week are Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth and The Lie by Helen Dunmore. Watch review of Running on the Roof of the World https://t.co/xEoskDICAo See Helen Dunmore introduce her book, The Lie https://t.co/p56wneoIXF https://t.co/WW7QIW7IAv

24/03/21

Outdoor clubs are on – sports hall clubs are not.

24/03/21

End of term reminder: School finishes at normal time this Friday 26 March 2021 https://t.co/cLraNnZZKz

24/03/21

We all have had to practice patience over this past year, remember things worth having are worth the wait https://t.co/oH2zhHs9Qn

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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