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18/11/19

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18/11/19

Last few spaces remaining for Thursday's Safetalk Training in association with . Please email emontgomery.herts.sch.uk to secure a place . . Tell Ask Listen KeepSafe https://t.co/5Xt4pNR64a

18/11/19

SJL are hosting their first Wellbeing Conference. The conference will include workshops related to health and wellbeing, parents are invited to come along 11.40am - 12.30pm. Please confirm attendance by end of today Monday 18 November to sjlyounghealth.com https://t.co/4LiOw8uGlU

18/11/19

Thought for the Week: Prevent bullying Word of the Week: Hypo https://t.co/LoaEqw8zhI

18/11/19

Good luck to our students who are undertaking their GCSE performance exams today. https://t.co/vANH3wfUjh

17/11/19

Retweeted From Robert Barclay Academy (RBA)

We will be hosting our annual Awards Evening, Wednesday 18th December. We are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of our former yr 11 & yr 13. Guest Speaker, Michael Owen, former Welsh International Rugby Union player. Please email awards.co.uk https://t.co/vKQyzgjuIz

17/11/19

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If any of our lovely ex SJL Drama students who have gone on to follow drama degrees or training we are having an alumni and industry lunch on Friday 13th December and would be most welcome! Please message us if you’re interested?#dramAmatters https://t.co/EUaV3zpxLP

16/11/19

We are pleased and proud to announce that Simon Mundy, our Chair of Governors, has won outstanding governor of the year from the Hertfordshire Association of School Governors! Well deserved indeed! https://t.co/qtFbGVXicd

16/11/19

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Chicago is happening soon with lots of dazzle dazzle, cell-block tango and all that jazz! Tickets available on parent pay!#theatreinschools https://t.co/gvPJQsqkZo

16/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Great morning of competitive rugby v Yr7s drew 15-15 in their first ever full game, Yr8s drew 20-20 in a thrilling & Yr9s won 41-5.

16/11/19

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A massive thank you to all the wonderful SJL parents who kindly turned out to provide transport and support this morning! . Sorry to drag you all out of bed! But thanks again your support and efforts are greatly appreciated.

15/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

URGENT RUGBY ANNOUNCEMENT: After last minute problems with Minibuses and Staffing please can as many Year 7, 8 & 9 players make their own way to Dame Alice Owens tomorrow (9am meet) Please spread the word and offer lifts to those in need, limited bus space (SJL 8.30am meet)

15/11/19

Reading Week 2019: We hope this week has presented an opportunity to engage with your child, to discuss your experience of reading from different perspective https://t.co/fS0pyLBFk3

14/11/19

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The garden team hard at work planting daffodil bulbs today - pots and bulbs kindly given to us by a big thank you to them. https://t.co/A64NSTd07t

14/11/19

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Our winter lettuce and kale are coming along nicely, the garlic we planted in October is peaking through. Thanks to the site team for adding the leaves from around the school to our leaf composting bin. https://t.co/xeXqXeNUHM

14/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

A good win for the Year 9 rugby team, a 43-0 win against NBS. We can still develop our ball handling skills further https://t.co/F3LvHMuuog

14/11/19

Well done all! https://t.co/HoGrnBOGI9

14/11/19

Year 9 practicing their memory techniques during Learning to Learn day https://t.co/P3BsvwMXvS

14/11/19

Yr 11 learning performance and futures fair, as they compile their toolkit to support them in the important year ahead and gain valuable insight into future options https://t.co/MyoFPMNM7p

14/11/19

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We had a great final session with the Young Health Champions today before the SJL Wellbeing Conference next week! Looking forward to seeing so many amazing services at the school it's going to be a great day! https://t.co/YHeHpcXhmY

14/11/19

Yr 10 learning performance and revision skills, investigating the power of positivity https://t.co/af7TiBMbXs

14/11/19

Reminder: Y11 reminder for Morrisby assessments, deadline for registration and payment Monday, 18 November 2019. See letters home for further information https://t.co/w8xqd0McMc https://t.co/YUYU8dnHa9

14/11/19

Diary reminder: Ski trip equipment meeting with visit to Mountain Warehouse in Harpenden Monday, 18 November 2019 5-6.30pm https://t.co/hoUUZfmIAt

14/11/19

Yr 9 putting newly gained memory toolkits into practice with poem recitals https://t.co/x7C6XpHj2w

14/11/19

Yr 8 investigating developing growth mindsets, exploring how the brain works https://t.co/lAwojmeCuz

14/11/19

Students across the school are participating in Learning to Learn Enrichment activities. Yr 7 overcoming barriers to learning, exploring the learning pit and creating their super hero selves https://t.co/KpLRfjMvZf

14/11/19

Yr 7 Kingswood lost property left unclaimed tomorrow, Friday 15 Nov, will be disposed of. First pic (yellow bag) from boys dorm; Second pic from girls dorm. Students can retrieve items from Reception. https://t.co/ajO1PguNrt

14/11/19

Reading Week 2019: A love of reading can support you through lifelong learning, supporting independence and general wellbeing https://t.co/OToJKkkFky

14/11/19

Diary reminder: Students are engaging in a variety of activities today as part of Learning to Learn Enrichment Day https://t.co/9Ngpbjuo7D

14/11/19

Retweeted From Dominic Vallier

A great few days in supporting the delivery of thanks for your kind hospitality and obvious passion for delivering qualifications to your 6th formers👍👍👍👍👍 https://t.co/c5R5UyPW89

13/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Excellent debut performance for U13 rugby girls. Won Drew Lost their 3 games.

13/11/19

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Well contended netball match tonight. Yr 10 beat SRA 20-17. Well played all.

13/11/19

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Join us for our first webinar on Saving Time and Reducing Teacher Workload on Monday 18th November. Webinar goes live at 4:20 for a 4:30 start. To join follow the link: https://t.co/IfazfffWwE https://t.co/jvulY0iz0Z

13/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

U13 Girls Rugby 🏉 tournament about to get underway https://t.co/CI2VVSkAan

13/11/19

Wellbeing Wednesday: Don't try so hard to fit in https://t.co/leidTvqtrf

13/11/19

Reading Week 2019: time to relax https://t.co/i2liTeeSJu

12/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Year 10 Hockey: Excellent victory against the Royal Masonic School 2-0 reflective of strong attacking performance.

12/11/19

Final presentation rehearsals are underway... Huge thanks to for their supporting in running today's workshop https://t.co/RlRK2pahPe

12/11/19

Retweeted From Netcel

Allyn Thomas, Lead Front End Developer, is spending an action packed day at School in Harpenden, exploring the variety of career opportunities on offer within digital https://t.co/hpfICIrNi7

12/11/19

Students are busy working through discovery challenges and moving into designing their new piece of tech that will help save our oceans https://t.co/tcauRgMu2c

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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