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06/12/22

Reminder to Y13 parents that online Parents’ Evening is taking place this evening. https://t.co/97WBK3caKs

06/12/22

Day 6 in our advent countdown https://t.co/unmSdSwVgk

06/12/22

Christmas is coming to Food Technology lessons next week, with the SJL Christmas Biscuit Competition for all years currently doing food rotation. Students look out for more information heading your way. https://t.co/FrM6NQ67H8

06/12/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Many SJL students have already grabbed a Christmas read for the holidays from our display. We also have some new cosy festive romance fiction from , and as well as Whiteout - a collection of stories celebrating black teen love in winter. https://t.co/kLb637aQfQ

05/12/22

Retweeted From Oxfam

Amazing! A huge well done and thank you to all involved! 💚✨ - Soph

05/12/22

You are warmly invited to attend our Post 16 Information Evening which takes place on Thursday 19 January 2023.  The information evening registration form should be completed by Monday 12 December 2022. https://t.co/iuGPBwMktH https://t.co/RsuqAQFXt7

05/12/22

Tremendous thanks to the Oxfam Group and their fundraising with a bake sale and providing refreshments during the school play intervals last week. Well done to all the students involved. https://t.co/OWAeIsN3qo

05/12/22

Day 5 in our advent countdown https://t.co/DpZKZekKVL

04/12/22

Day 4 in our advent countdown https://t.co/r0mbRlxhsC

03/12/22

Day 3 in our advent countdown https://t.co/w6iQ5oukXe

02/12/22

The second half did not disappoint. Fantastic performances throughout. Huge congratulations to all the students and staff who made it possible. https://t.co/2XXyFV3H20

02/12/22

Superb 1st half performance of Romeo and Juliet. https://t.co/BY8N1DkHdS

02/12/22

Year 11: good luck to our Year 11 as they head off on study leave for their mock exams. "Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. " Og Mandino https://t.co/UZM70dAd2k

02/12/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn3j8AS https://t.co/gcwuNr6ubB

02/12/22

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Friar Lawrence leads the chorus in Like A Prayer before marrying Romeo and Juliet on our second night https://t.co/Rn0lYPkgO8

02/12/22

Day 2 in our advent countdown https://t.co/Bu0Vkt7pW0

01/12/22

Have You Met…? Immensely proud of the students who took part in today’s event, sharing their interests with staff and friends https://t.co/6NSctbfAxq

01/12/22

Retweeted From RHS Campaign for School Gardening

Love these colourful decorations, what a great idea 💐

01/12/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Absolutely amazing show! Congratulations to and all the students involved.

01/12/22

Well done to all entrants to this year's Christmas Card competition, there were stunning pieces of work with over 230 entries this year. We'll be sharing some of the excellent designs as go through our Christmas Advent countdown https://t.co/93GTgci1TW

30/11/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Christmas decorations 🎄in progress! https://t.co/nT6FQVVjq3

30/11/22

Last remaining tickets available... tickets available on ParentPay https://t.co/p2qEfCjwZt

30/11/22

The stage is set, we cannot wait for this evening’s opening night of Romeo and Juliet https://t.co/yCm6TVVg0O

30/11/22

Parents’ Evening for Year 12 will take place on Thursday 12 January online via SchoolCloud. Further information about SchoolCloud and how to book your appointments will be sent home next week. https://t.co/SmO3oYliGg

30/11/22

We are hiring! Join our caring and experienced teaching and support staff, apply now https://t.co/3jXhFV7xTw https://t.co/rhPo8RjxTN

30/11/22

Retweeted From Send My Friend

Campaign Champions from brought 222 dreams made my their fellow students to Parliament representing the of their friends across the🌏 asking to pledge £170 million to Education Cannot Wait 👉Read on to hear their message📚✨ 🧵1/5 https://t.co/wl1pVVtzKh

29/11/22

Retweeted From John McLaverty

Young people at wrote 222 calls to action representing the 222 million children out of school because of conflict & emergencies. Today Evie & Anneka represent & are presenting them in Parliament & calling on UK Govt to pledge £170m for https://t.co/MfFmVoi1yt

29/11/22

Retweeted From John McLaverty

Anneka & Evie present 222 education dreams from Y8s to MPs & CSOs in Parliament and call for to pledge £170m to This was a massively impressive presentation which put all the cards on the table, as only youth can do https://t.co/O28Tbjt7Oi

29/11/22

Despite the chillier weather, it is great to see so many students taking part in co-curricular activities in their lunch time https://t.co/ANYyEB6tRk

29/11/22

Proud of our students sharing their voice for others who can’t https://t.co/eUVdxVKGlF

29/11/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Since we all loved sharing our favourite Pokémon last week, we've got some book suggestions for you, based on your starter! https://t.co/MZCQWkmemh

28/11/22

Reminder to Y13 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening closes tomorrow, 29 Nov at 6pm https://t.co/VSOChomCSK

26/11/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Thanks for for an enjoyable morning of rugby 🏉 https://t.co/bqfAx2DlXE

25/11/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Friday Night preparations for Gym and Dance display well underway. https://t.co/2pOcNXQj2M

25/11/22

❄️ World Challenge Winter Fair ❄️ The World Challenge inspires our students to be global citizens, please do come along to support them and also purchase some Christmas gifts. https://t.co/uPrXCI2oSE

25/11/22

A warm welcome to Sophie & Ellie from Oxfam who are at SJL today to talk about the impact of global warming, adaptation & climate justice. https://t.co/gw6YFK22cz

25/11/22

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

24/11/22

Retweeted From SJL 6th Form

Some of our year 12 students attended the St Albans Cathedral ‘Speak Your Mind’ Debate yesterday on the topic of ‘No Platforming & Freedom of Speech’. Speakers included Bim Afolami, Daisy Cooper and Claire Fox. https://t.co/vxDvy1RdyA

24/11/22

Year 7 reminder: absolute deadline for Year 7 photographs orders is tomorrow morning - all orders must be received by 8.40am Friday 25 November. https://t.co/PufIemXxje

23/11/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Exciting times ahead as we start our botanical art project, making eco friendly decorations. Our dried flowers were sorted ready for next weeks session when we’ll start decorating our Christmas templates. https://t.co/mXiCGRa1ml

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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