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16/10/21

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

County Cup Football hots up next week: Yr9 play Monks Walk School on Monday 4pm KO at SJL; Yr7 play Monks Walk on Wednesday 3pm KO away.

16/10/21

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Saturday Rugby results: Yr7 won 85-0; Yr8 drew 25-25; Yr9 won 40-5; Yr10 won 24-19. Thanks to for the games. https://t.co/jAj0qIraMd

16/10/21

Congratulations to the Rugby teams this morning. 3 wins and a draw v Nicholas Breakspear. https://t.co/z9kacozKwC

15/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

More year 13s completing river fieldwork! https://t.co/XHoG6JLQwK

15/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 13 completing river fieldwork today to prepare them for their independent investigation. https://t.co/qj85PmoV7L

15/10/21

Over 120 students from Yr7 and Yr8 out playing Netball on a Friday night. Perfect way to end the week. https://t.co/tpV9CjiEmM

15/10/21

The hall was a hive of activity this lunchtime, as Head of Austen, Mr Evans kicked off the Austen House Quiz https://t.co/uFGkIaYWnP

15/10/21

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/qJ2qbWBRyb https://t.co/7MfdU4VzrT

13/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

To celebrate World Food Day we tasted food from different countries today at Geography club! Thank you to all the students who brought in delicious food to try! 🌍 https://t.co/gmWxzx16lL

13/10/21

Well done all! https://t.co/vSTiif7lqj

13/10/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Year 13 devising their socks off this pm!#theatreinschools https://t.co/KB3gb1mBPO

13/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Great stuff happening in club today! Loads of fantastic food brought in by our students at showing how impacts our lives on a daily basis. https://t.co/vsP7gIfC6D

13/10/21

Vacancy: we are seeking a passionate mathematician to join our innovative Mathematics department. Great emphasis on CPD and benefit from the many opportunities for collaborative work that come from our membership of the . Apply now https://t.co/SJNVmdO3tX https://t.co/XQao9mfsFk

13/10/21

Monday evening saw the pleasure of the Y11 music Showcase. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to allow our students to perform in front of audiences once again. Thank you Y11 you were phenomenal https://t.co/6L4TPhUYrA

12/10/21

Thank you from Mrs Power to those students who have already secured a work placement. Further information regarding the work experience process will be provided later this term for both Y10 and Y12 https://t.co/izYyGJZ7FM https://t.co/A0NR8adcYb

12/10/21

Well done - so many great performances! https://t.co/zaeeDYtgKK

11/10/21

INSET reminder: students are reminded tomorrow, Tuesday 12 October 2021 is staff INSET and school is closed. https://t.co/hRtfzCcUWu

11/10/21

Thought for the week: challenging discrimination. Why shouldn't you stay silent? https://t.co/1MgqbAf3Fa

09/10/21

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Excellent set of rugby matches v Yr7 won 40-20; Yr8 lost 40-5; Yr9 won 35-25; Yr10 lost 40-5. Great to get Saturday Rugby back underway. Next week https://t.co/SgDcBKUmXg

08/10/21

Thank you to all the families that came along to our open evening and allowed us to share just how proud we are of our school. All our virtual resources are now available on the school website including our school video and speeches https://t.co/lJYx0GGdp1 https://t.co/YkGqHpcxOR

08/10/21

Additional daytime tours available! Due to an overwhelming response, additional daytime tours are now available to book via our website https://t.co/kK6efYpEXQ https://t.co/2WmheFAuag

08/10/21

This week's newsletter is out now... https://t.co/npzhVEjq6E https://t.co/HB6FOquw8U

07/10/21

Those carrots are amazing!

07/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

2/2: We picked some of our Purple Carrots and Rhubarb as well as some more flowers for the reception desk. We will soon be able to pick the Parsnips too. Living life on the Veg! https://t.co/EvauIQk4u9

07/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

1/2: Today in our EcoGarden our green-fingered gardeners did an amazing job of clearing beds & picking the purple carrots 🥕 & Rhubarb! Next week we should be able to start planting Elephant Garlic 🐘 and winter veg! https://t.co/Ih9eiCJIku

06/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Open evening well undernway and the Geography department is a hit! Really enjoying meeting some of next years' Year 7s! So many of them are talented Geographers already! https://t.co/amVyujJA0e

06/10/21

An immense range of activities on show and for our Year 6 guests to participate in https://t.co/vHgdoiljFA

06/10/21

Students across the faculties are proudly showing Year 6 families their school https://t.co/1Mez8CzBiA

06/10/21

Executive Headteacher, Ms Robins and Head of School, Mr Newbery begin the first of the headteachers’ speeches https://t.co/QPQ63Ta6MK

06/10/21

SJL sax ensemble entertaining the guests as they arrive https://t.co/t6ZL2Y1HqE

06/10/21

Sir John Lawes School looks forward to welcoming prospective families to our open evening https://t.co/N4igUgzCvT

05/10/21

A message from Mrs Power, Careers Lead - registration is now open for the virtual UK Higher Education Expo. Registration link in tweet below https://t.co/7BLj258T3z

05/10/21

Immense thanks to for coming and giving a talk to our to raise awareness for climate change and collating student messages for world leaders as he walks to Glasgow for COP26 https://t.co/KkzbNaHSMT

05/10/21

Retweeted From John McLaverty

After meeting with yesterday, an student had this message for World Leaders at : 'tell the world leaders to tax the rich to raise the money needed to tackle the climate emergency' in action - the https://t.co/nbPLTpqMKw

04/10/21

Thought for the week: self-esteem. "Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love" Brené Brown https://t.co/yTu7UuHxpp

04/10/21

SJL Open Evening notice: school will close early to students on the day of the SJL Open Evening, Wednesday 6 October, and open slightly later the following day, Thursday 7 October. Thank you for your support. https://t.co/wDzGnf4dNV

01/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Great work by the team who cleared the remaining beds, we are almost ready to replant for the new season. They also cut some fresh flowers and delivered them to staff Have a nice weekend living life on the Veg! https://t.co/xP2ar98QiF

01/10/21

This week's newsletter is out now... https://t.co/kVPVjNE6j4 https://t.co/MZyUjhLFh7

30/09/21

To start off Black History Month tomorrow, the library Book of the Week is Ghost Boys. They also have a display in the library featuring a range of books for Black History Month, so please encourage students to take a look. https://t.co/zmeNdYqf1A

29/09/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Last week, yr 7 & 8 pupils were a great help with clearing weeds & last seasons veggies (including corn) from the beds, ready for this seasons plans & veggies! We are looking forward to seeing more keen this week as part of our group! https://t.co/LBLQtlZpMX

Sustainability and Ethics

Introduction

Sustainable development is a priority at Sir John Lawes School. We strive to ensure that it is a key part of the curriculum as well as a prominent feature in the way the school is managed. Pupils have demonstrated a keen interest in contributing to sustainable development and have taken a lead on many initiatives around the school. Our Eco-Schools group has made a significant contribution to developing the school’s commitment to sustainability and were pivotal in us achieving the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award in both 2010 and 2012.

In the classroom

Sustainable development is a core part of the curriculum in Geography, Science, Citizenship and Design and Technology but also features in some way in the majority of subject areas.

Examples of work that students carry out within other areas of the curriculum include:

Technology - Year 9:

Junk sculpture project – students collect junk and use variety of products that would be thrown away as a starting point for a design & make project

Life Skills – Year 8:

Environmental issues unit covering topics such as sustainable development and global warming.

Animal Studies and Conservation – Year 9:

In this enrichment course pupils develop their understanding of local, national and international efforts to conserve the natural environment

Geography – Year 9:

Students investigate how sustainable the town of Harpenden is

MFL – GCSE:

Students learn vocabulary relating to environmental issues

We also have an annual Green Week organised by students from the eco-schools group in which they encourage staff to incorporate green themes into their lessons.

Past activities for this have included:

RE – Year 7:

Students produced posters on how Buddhism promotes green living.

Maths – Year 9:

Comparison of costs of low energy versus normal light bulbs.

Around school

Our eco-schools group and Junior Leadership Team created a school ‘Eco-Code’ to summarise the actions that they felt we should all be taking to improve the sustainability of our school.

Our Eco Code:

  • If you are not using the lights, turn them off.
  • Instead of leaving your TV on standby, turn it off completely
  • When you have finished with the computer, turn it off
  • Close windows and doors to prevent wasting heat in the winter
  • Use as much natural light as you can
  • Think: do you really need to print that? And if so, could you fit it on less paper?
  • Recycle paper and plastic using the school recycling bins
  • Try to walk to school or use the public transport instead of travelling by car
  • Turn off dripping taps - it saves money and energy!
  • Remember to look after the environment you live in

Examples of specific actions the school has taken to ensure greater sustainability include:

Energy: We have an energy monitoring system and use data from this to remind the school community about the importance of saving energy. We encourage students and staff to turn off lights and computers when they are not using them and have a programme to switch off computers at the end of the day.

Waste: We encourage students and staff to reduce waste. One measure we have taken is to allocate printer ‘credits’ to give more of an incentive to think before printing.  Another initiative has been to design our own mugs made out of recycled material which are now used for meetings rather than disposable cups. Our eco-schools group have worked to encourage others to be more responsible with their waste through delivering assemblies and improving the labelling on our bins.

Water: We have installed water flow regulators to the cisterns that flush the men’s urinals which has resulted in significant water saving.

Biodiversity: We have a dedicated biodiversity area behind in which pupils from the eco-schools group have put up bird feeders and are in the process of building a bug hotel. This is an ongoing project and any ideas would be welcome of other things to include.

In the community

We try to make an effort to contribute to sustainability outside our own school. Students have been involved in delivering assemblies and workshops on themes such as climate change and waste reduction in a number of local primary schools. Last year our Sixth Form ‘Green Leaders’ delivered assemblies on food miles to several local primary schools.

Our Leading Practioner for Global Dimension and Sustainable Development spends half a day a week supporting other schools in the county to develop activities in this area. This includes running the St Albans City and District Sustainable Schools Ambassador Programme. Over the last 5 years we have trained over 300 ambassadors from nearly 50 local schools. During their training they learn about what it means to be a sustainable school and explore what they can do to make a difference. They go on to carry out at least one activity a term aimed at making their school more sustainable.

Internationally

We recognise that many environmental problems might have both local and global consequences. We encourage students to think beyond the impact of our actions on our own lives and to think about the consequences further afield.

For example, in 2013, several of our students attended a conference on Farmers Feeding our World run by Oxfam in which they were challenged to think about some of the challenges facing food producers around the world as well as to think about what they could do in response to these challenges. 

Eco-Schools

Eco-Schools is an international awards system that helps schools looking to become environmentally friendly achieve their goals. Being an Eco-School has many benefits such as saving money and raising awareness of environmental issues. Within Eco-Schools, there are three awards. Bronze, silver and the prestigious Green Flag Award (which Sir John Lawes recently achieved in 2014 for a second time). Despite having achieved the award again we recognise that there is still much more that we can do to become more sustainable and our Eco-Schools group is always looking for new initiatives to promote sustainability.

The Eco-schools group is made up of around 20 students from across the school. Formal meetings are held on a fortnightly basis after school. Some of their achievements from 2013-2014 include:

  • Running a 'Lights Off, Blinds up' campaign to promote use of natural light over electric lights.
  • Introducing water saving initiatives.
  • Producing recycled Christmas gift tags.
  • Holding a Master Chef competition using locally sourced ingredients.
  • Making recycled bird feeders for new biodiversity garden and planting a wild flower garden
  • Running activities for Green Week 2014 including a form mascot competition, assemblies to the whole school and an energy saving faculty competition which was won by Humanities.
  • A year 7 and eco schools litter pick both in and around the close proximity to school. This was reported in a local newspaper with a photo of the group in July.

Sustainable schools ambassadors

Sir John Lawes are the hub school for the St Albans and District Sustainable School Ambassador Programme. This is a district wide scheme that aims to make schools more sustainable at the same time as bringing together students and teachers from across the district. All participating schools nominate two ambassadors who will serve for a year. These ambassadors are then invited to attend a training day held at Sir John Lawes, where they learn more about the issues facing us today and what they can do to help. All ambassadors are then expected to undertake at least one activity per term to help make their school and the wider community more sustainable.

SJL also runs a Green Leaders Programme for Sixth Form students for local schools which involves training a group of Sixth Formers to deliver assemblies in primary schools. Last year our Green Leaders delivered assemblies on food miles to three local schools. 

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