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03/07/20

Joining us in September 2020? Our Library Team are looking forward to meeting you, they have put together a welcome newsletter with some exciting activities for students to take part in, including their poster competition https://t.co/oZKTmScG0J https://t.co/jfxBNcI4wT

03/07/20

This week’s newsletter is out now... https://t.co/QnwUSJ0HVT https://t.co/yCdBRpvorc

02/07/20

Retweeted From Alban TSA

NQT Secondary Network now available to book for 2020-21 Four sessions across the year, Sept, Nov, Jan and March. First session to be delivered as a pre-recorded webinar. For further information and bookings: https://t.co/LSa39AwOz1

02/07/20

Joining us in September 2020? Head over to our website to view Miss Marino’s transition video, providing helpful information to support students as they start at SJL this September https://t.co/HxtrziFPzj https://t.co/XLifR6F60B

01/07/20

Brilliant performances - well done all! https://t.co/kEvCSMKiAL

01/07/20

Joining us in September 2020? Our transition activity booklet in now available on the school website https://t.co/I6FdbDH4zO, the booklet is a great resource to help form tutors get to know their new Year 7 students. https://t.co/oijm408W9a

01/07/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: reactions https://t.co/SWnNrgWtst

01/07/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Lockdown your personal info! 🔐👣 You wouldn’t share sensitive information with a stranger, so why do it online? This week’s guide provides tips for parents on protecting ‘Personal Data’ >> https://t.co/dquoDiZ5uM https://t.co/rhSfktsdpm

01/07/20

Year 11 & 13 students - this may be of interest to you. Still awaiting clarification on some details however. https://t.co/zGkJA8AVER

30/06/20

This week’s assembly was delivered to students by Mr Williams, with the theme ‘Looking Ahead’. As well as looking back over the past 14 weeks, students are encouraged to think about developments and what are they going to resolve to keep doing? https://t.co/OKgSldtIz4

29/06/20

As Pride Month draws to a close, our amazing rainbow is a reminder of SJL community commitment with hundreds of signatures signing the SJL pledge https://t.co/a6qEoT96yB

29/06/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

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29/06/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF VIRTUAL SPORTS DAY 🔴🟡🟢🟠⚪️🔵🟣 Please see instructions and following tweets outlining the events and how to enter! Entries and proof of participation to Mr Bloxham https://t.co/Vkdk8IV2Q3

29/06/20

Retweeted From SJLScience

James in 7L sent us this beautiful photo of poppies on Harpenden Common. They are beautiful! https://t.co/1p1cS5aphE

29/06/20

Thought for the Week: Being brave and showing grit Word of the Week: Duc, duct https://t.co/unbbWgVfwr

28/06/20

Retweeted From SJLScience

Some stunning strawberries and raspberries growing in our eco garden! ? https://t.co/nuxgZTj2Z7

26/06/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

I absolutely love the detail that has gone into this set design for the End of KS3 Drama Project. Well done, Scarlett in Y8! 🎭 https://t.co/T7pB5Bt5c1

26/06/20

Year 9 timetables have now been issued, they are also available on the Documents tab of your EduLink account. Please make sure your child has a copy of their timetable with them when they are in school. https://t.co/geHfG7QWqy

26/06/20

Joining us in September 2020? Our Yr 7 team are busy working on your induction plan. SJL are proud that we have always set aside the first week as an induction for Yr 7 students. Our Library Taster session originally scheduled for 6 July, will now be part of that induction. https://t.co/lweChdKrQy

26/06/20

SJL Wellbeing Week: Take Notice During lockdown many of us had to stop, but as restrictions are eased remember to pause and take a moment to notice what is beautiful or unusual in the world https://t.co/IWXltvWWLt

26/06/20

This week’s newsletter is out now... https://t.co/iiUbQ5TRgM https://t.co/ga08R1ed9i

25/06/20

Retweeted From SJLScience

Always a fun game to play! Except there is not a cloud in the sky today https://t.co/WBiRdHirEi https://t.co/Xj4uikn5LJ

25/06/20

SJL Wellbeing Week: Keep Learning Learning new things can build your confidence as well as being fun. Set challenges to see what you can achieve https://t.co/SjvfyQ8HwO

24/06/20

Retweeted From Herts School Games

Fab stuff from 🙌 solid entry from for the KS3 Competition https://t.co/E29vrTSUI1

24/06/20

Congratulations everyone who took part https://t.co/2WFC9VEDeu

24/06/20

Important message for Y9 parents has been sent via EduLink, please check your email for details. https://t.co/JafJRmyMZ2

24/06/20

Joining September 2020? We cannot wait to welcome you through our doors, until then visit our website for a mini virtual tour of Sir John Lawes School https://t.co/JLX0FhriEn https://t.co/DMMVg0jrDV

24/06/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: set goals https://t.co/RTyRJK58gu

24/06/20

SJL Wellbeing Week: Be Active Being active is about having fun. Spend time doing things you enjoy https://t.co/p0TDU7cNoB

24/06/20

Joining us in September? Welcome from Ms Marino, Head of Year 7 2020 available on school website now https://t.co/mynNGYUxd2 https://t.co/xI8Ujfpt2G

23/06/20

SJL Wellbeing Week: Connect Think about connections around you, lots of us have been building stronger relationships with our local communities. Maintain those connections to increase happiness and self-worth https://t.co/DmQtiB1iqL

23/06/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

SUPER excited to welcome Year 12 back into the Drama space this morning 🎭 https://t.co/8YJPU9hsIg

22/06/20

Welcome to what should be Wellbeing Week at SJL. Today we're highlighting GIVE from the Take 5 theme. Use this week to find new ways to give: make that extra phone call; add something to a food bank box... take a moment to think of others, reap the benefits https://t.co/xBWh81DBnu

22/06/20

Year 6, joining us in September? Look out for your welcome assembly. Link issued via Edulink. If you have any problems logging in to Edulink, please contact technicalassistance.herts.sch.uk https://t.co/jUZ2kIosl8

22/06/20

Thought for the Week: Aiming for a happy life Word of the Week: Dict, dic https://t.co/5d8LV6kxju

22/06/20

Joining us in September? From next week keep an eye out for a whole range of materials to help you get ready! Make sure you have set up your Edulink account so you don't miss anything! https://t.co/08Nt1ZC4cX

21/06/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Well done to all who entered in the virtual pentathlon. Fantastic performances, the top 4 results for each age group go though to be compared at district level. Details of qualifying performances can be found on SMHW noticeboard . Congratulations all!

19/06/20

Do not forget to submit your entries for this year’s summer concert to Mrs Hastings-Clarke. Closing date Friday, 26 June (next week) https://t.co/rI0gyseEN7

19/06/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

🚨SJL PE Department are now on Instagram 🚨 Give us a follow! https://t.co/mRQg66uYYj

19/06/20

This week’s newsletter out now... https://t.co/FiLtvsQf3x https://t.co/VAWEJbLksi

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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