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02/07/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Flowers, flowers, flowers 💐 🌺 🌸 https://t.co/nXrHuOwRJs

02/07/22

Congratulations - we’re very proud of you all! https://t.co/geYdkcPKKh

02/07/22

Retweeted From Chartered College of Teaching

Congratulations to all of the teachers and leaders gaining Chartered Status today. A fantastic achievement! https://t.co/Qc4rYzO7cu

02/07/22

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A huge congratulations to each and every one of our Chartered Status graduates today! 🎓 🎉 Find out more about becoming Chartered, and the path that's right for you: https://t.co/Ay6h9dH3Mw https://t.co/BcqCIasTmX

02/07/22

Congratulations and have a wonderful day all! https://t.co/qmKtoApmwt

01/07/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Yr 7 Cricket team are through to the District Cup Final. After posting 176-4 they bowled KWS out for 101 from 19.4 overs. The final takes place on Wednesday 🏏 https://t.co/ykPh0JJLzP

01/07/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

The judging is over and the winners of Mrs Dholakia’s “Create Your Form Tutor” competition are … 7H, 9A and 10R! Ms Robins and Mr Newbery were very impressed with all the entries. Prizes coming soon! https://t.co/538EJ3ysxA

01/07/22

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 12 Geographers are investigating river processes at Batford Springs today. https://t.co/c8akOCBhSO

01/07/22

Year 9 engaging with a powerful performance of Chelsea’s Story this morning as part of their Life Skills education. An important part of our work to deliver the C for Care in our ACE https://t.co/ge3FUIxO8n

01/07/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn31xJk https://t.co/zOPGNR5H8B

30/06/22

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Our display is up! What will you read this summer? 🌻📚 https://t.co/T6iGcQXdbG

30/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

We learnt about garlic scapes today and how we can eat the flowering stem. Then we got busy watering, weeding as well as transplanting herb seedlings for food technology to use in September. https://t.co/0RAwQPPJJh

30/06/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Yr7 Cricket District Cup semi final v tomorrow Friday 1st July 2pm start.

30/06/22

Lost property: lost property is currently on display in the school canteen. Any lost property unclaimed before end of term will be donated/disposed of. Please ensure student property is *named* so it can be returned to its rightful owner. https://t.co/8VqItAEbwK

30/06/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes DofE

The 2022 SJL Bronze Award launch presentation and enrolment form can now be found on the school website https://t.co/ZUexxrssUP https://t.co/tHq4zaka45

30/06/22

Lilac Class producing some spectacular prints in their art lesson this morning. The children once again so well behaved and thoroughly enjoying their sessions. https://t.co/b5D3EPMboS

30/06/22

Great to be working with yr3 students in Technology again this week. Mr James demonstrating the 3D Printers. https://t.co/NTIN6ZDHRp

30/06/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes DofE

It was a lovely to see so many people tonight at the launch! EduLink email with the presentation & application form to be sent out ASAP. Please bring completed forms to reception. https://t.co/cmi6DCX8Vm

29/06/22

It was great to see so many Yr9 students and parents at the DofE launch evening tonight. Personal Development is a key part of the SJL ACE. https://t.co/eycCz487QS

29/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Geography

They really enjoyed establishing where the best place on the school site would be to put a new bench, based on the microclimate and the environmental quality of each site. Looking forward to seeing their results next week! https://t.co/aLnqKdOjPi

29/06/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Yr8 cricket team lost an exciting game against St George’s in the district cup. We have the makings of a really good team who will challenge for a trophy next year.

29/06/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Yr7 cricket team reach district semi final by beating Sandringham in a close game. Capt Benji leading the way with his first 50 for SJL ending not out 60. KWS await on Friday in what should be an exciting game. https://t.co/fOdmQiUls2

29/06/22

Yr 7 taking part in a Microclimate Investigation as part of their Yr7 Geography lessons https://t.co/TuEYsrZizO

28/06/22

Delighted to welcome parents to our Year 6 Induction evening. Mr Newbery and the pastoral team address them from the stage about the ACE and the many opportunities open to our new students! https://t.co/vtJX4ZOhDt

28/06/22

We have thoroughly enjoyed having join us to take part in lessons with . We cannot wait to welcome you back. https://t.co/xgtiYVKoqQ

28/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have been hard at work this lunchtime, examining evidence and attempting to solve our 'One of SJL is Lying' murder mystery. It's inspired by our most popular book this year - One of Us is Lying by 🕵️🔎 https://t.co/um1ojNLYDO

28/06/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes DofE

We are extremely pleased to tell you that SJL are launching the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award to students in Year 9 for completion in Year 10. Come along to our Parents' Information evening Wednesday 29 June, 6pm to find out more https://t.co/ZVMRhpsU9u https://t.co/k1iFg6FBAU

28/06/22

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Our Parliamentary Action Day last week was very successful and empowering to our incredible Campaign Champions. Thank you for your time, the in-depth discussion and the support you continue to show. https://t.co/23YqUbNm7E

28/06/22

Year 6 parents an email is coming out this afternoon, via Operoo, containing important information for tonight’s Parents’ Induction Evening and also including Form Group allocations for September. Please check spam folders. https://t.co/MvK1pLnVNN

28/06/22

Retweeted From Liz Twist MP

It was inspiring to meet with Campaigners last week in Parliament. They are campaigning to support the worlds teachers and ensure everyone around the world has access to education. https://t.co/15O50H7OeK

28/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

It's that time of year again - Wimbledon fortnight! Here are some of our book titles to get into the spirit of the Championships. https://t.co/CZnADUy9Cf

28/06/22

We look forward to welcoming Year 6 parent/carers this evening at 7pm to our Induction Evening. Reminder students are not expected to attend. https://t.co/c3GAVsiRlL

27/06/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Yr7 & Yr8 cricket tomorrow. Games are ON. Yr7 home v Sandringham 2pm. Yr8 away v St George’s 2pm start.

27/06/22

Retweeted From Services for Young People

Best of luck to the Students out on work experience this week, we hope you have a really interesting week! https://t.co/1lBlGFw3zu

27/06/22

Thought for the Week: the power of our words. Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there." Joel Osteen https://t.co/SLS1K8X5Rr

25/06/22

Retweeted From James Marshall Foundation CIO

Thanks to all who came to our 300th Anniversary Concert . Delighted that and joined us. Big thanks to pupils from local schools for your amazing performances! https://t.co/KTNXUGdltQ

24/06/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

The big houseplant takeover continued this week with Year 9 students learning how to divide, take cuttings and repot plants. We had expert help from our houseplant champion, Josie Lloyd, also in Year 9. https://t.co/hxU5Vd5Bq2

24/06/22

Term date reminder: school will be closed to students Monday 27 June 2022 https://t.co/n4Mizj1wdM https://t.co/dUn2WxJP03

24/06/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn3j8AS https://t.co/MpWk9bDLx8

23/06/22

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

Congratulations to SJL yr7&8 choir and all involved in the James Marshall Foundation 300th Anniversary celebration concert! https://t.co/BcSmYWXY23

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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