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22/02/20

Retweeted From Jane Dixon

thank you very much SJL for yet another fantastic ski trip! Enormous gratitude to the teachers...relax..

22/02/20

Ski Trip update: We are now making our way back to school. All being well, we should be back at SJL at 3.20pm. Can you please be ready to collect your child by the gate on Sauncey Avenue. Please do not park in the bus bays as that is where the coach will park, thanks

22/02/20

Ski Trip update: We are currently on the ferry. Crossing is a little choppy. We are disappointed by a lack of blue skies and sunshine! Will update you in timings when we get across

21/02/20

Ski Trip update: Saas Fee has been an excellent resort and the conditions have been superb. The views have been spectacular. Sadly we are now on our way home having skied every piste. We will update you as we go and let you know timings later. https://t.co/qrDQ9AMbj0

21/02/20

Ski Trip update: Last day on the slopes, lovely blue sky however winds have picked up so lifts closed at the top for now. So groups skiing on the lower slopes or having a hot chocolate. https://t.co/Wk7gNerNoH

20/02/20

Ski Trip update: You’ll be pleased to know we are back to normal and yesterday was a blip! Beautiful sunshine and perfect snow conditions. It’s all about carving technique today https://t.co/RwLk0rZm4h

19/02/20

Ski Trip update: OMG no blue skies! Currently snowing and the lack of visibility is making everyone control their speed. Hot Chocolates are in high demand! https://t.co/Sf8qAMDF24

18/02/20

Retweeted From The OLLIE Foundation

Did you know about this fantastic service available to young people in the district? If your tweens, teens and young adults don't know - print this out and give it to them! https://t.co/l7d8NLksTA

18/02/20

Ski Trip update: Group 4 practising skiing backwards https://t.co/E4QOdlBCRI

18/02/20

Ski Trp update: Fresh snow and blue skies, great conditions although a little colder today. https://t.co/lg0BcdbiFI

17/02/20

Ski Trip update: The ski team are now the 10 pin bowling team. https://t.co/uTwhFd5IcZ

17/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

And that’s a wrap! Heading to the airport now, our flight is currently on time, a reminder our flight number is EZY2146. Scheduled to land at 10.30 - please park and come to collect the students from arrivals. https://t.co/SQ3tTJbNVT

17/02/20

Retweeted From Chartered College

The next CTeach application window closes today! Want to be celebrated for excellent practice? Become Chartered! Finish your application and join our next cohort: https://t.co/RCmyo0qqFx https://t.co/o5QsONngNQ

17/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

After spending the morning learning about German Resistance in Nazi Germany, we’ve now got some light retail therapy at the Berlin Mall 🇩🇪🙌🏼 https://t.co/qks8rYhJZ1

17/02/20

Ski Trip update: Day 2 on the slopes, beautiful conditions. At the top, not even the wind could slow this group down. https://t.co/cZjGeZBP7F

17/02/20

Just a reminder that school will be open from 10 till 1pm today for those who would like to come in and spend some time in quiet reflection. We will be based in the dining room.

17/02/20

Retweeted From Join the Resolution

WOW we absolutely love this We are standing with you https://t.co/Rv57ZzozTV

16/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Final evening exploring Berlin. Visited the Reichstag Dome and Brandenburg Gate - saved the best til last! https://t.co/X1Gy06LXlj

16/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Despite the wind and rain, nothing is getting our spirits down! Visited the Berlin Wall memorial this morning for an excellent guided tour and quick stop for lunch and to see The Berlin Cathedral! https://t.co/x2xluJcVT6

16/02/20

Ski Trip update: The beginners are up and skiing. https://t.co/D5tDZoYd1C

16/02/20

Ski Trip update: Blue Sky Bill in the first morning appears to be better than Storm Dennis 😄 https://t.co/z22zkgPIWP

15/02/20

Ski Trip update: We have arrived and the weather is gorgeous. Ready to unpack and then sort out the ski gear. https://t.co/d0NTiVmBfB

15/02/20

Retweeted From Tom Mowbray

Awesome U18s girls festival yesterday . Thanks to for entering. We started off with 7/10 a side then combined the schools to play 15 a side. You’ve got to love rugby!! https://t.co/IluR5R7z0j

15/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Visiting the Olympic Stadium this morning, learning about where Jesse Owens won gold in 1936. https://t.co/0lRfIMAdRa

15/02/20

Ski Trip Update: The famous Autogrill for breakfast in Basle, Switzerland. Not too far to go now to Saas Fee https://t.co/HerKK5zENR

14/02/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Fantastic rugby played by Senior Girls today. Played 4 won 2 drew 2 https://t.co/iu2yc7FiQK

14/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

The end of day 1 - an interesting day learning about the divisions during the Cold War (even seeing the original Berlin Wall!). 🇩🇪 https://t.co/4SCbYm7YVa

14/02/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

U18 Girls rugby festival getting underway at

14/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Arrived safely in Berlin, after a pit stop at the hotel, we’re about to visit our first stop, the Topography of Terror!

14/02/20

EARLY BIRD DEAL TICKETS FOR SJL ON SALE TODAY! Treat whole family to discounted ticket for Festival on the Field 2020. SJL students, staff and their families can take advantage of Early Bird Deal which discounts the tickets by 10% using link https://t.co/9qdWjgpOOJ https://t.co/qV1i82jdft

14/02/20

Launched on SJL's Climate Education Day and coinciding with Valentine's Day to celebrate the thing students love most - our planet, students from across the school have come together to have their voice heard https://t.co/PukC2lFKFF

14/02/20

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/2JL4CMEvXP https://t.co/nmpfS9ZIl8

14/02/20

Retweeted From YC Hertfordshire NCS

The team will be at later today to tell Year 11 all about how they can have an amazing summer with ! 🙌 https://t.co/AnCk29FqUL https://t.co/XUNdNXe32f

14/02/20

Vacancy: looking for a role where you can make a difference to a child's education? Due to progression within the school, SJL are seeking a Teaching Assistant to join their experienced team https://t.co/K4Pf4zbLe7 . . https://t.co/Ht1vJ0tVZG

13/02/20

Lost property: recognise these belongings? Mrs Daniels in First Aid room has them, awaiting collection. https://t.co/bbhtOHmI4n

13/02/20

Wishing students heading off to Saas-Fee for this year's ski trip, a fantastic and memorable adventure. https://t.co/6fMT1Y43i1

13/02/20

Date for the diary: Supporting students through exams information evening, Wednesday 26 February 2020 https://t.co/DCfXUtYM8W

13/02/20

Wishing our students a memorable trip to Berlin. Safe travels. https://t.co/NWZ5J7zn4W

13/02/20

Lawes Lowdown is out now https://t.co/NO5UIionhX

12/02/20

Year 7 parents should have now received an Edulink access link to set up a password to access the new platform. Please contact technicalassistance.herts.sch.uk if you face any issues with the registration process. https://t.co/AlXIrXDmwE

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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