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18/05/21

Thought for the Week: Rights and responsibilities - having a social conscience https://t.co/u5bhKvBESP

17/05/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Last week in year10 planted out cosmos into the cut flower bed. We have potatoes making their way out and lettuces are ready to pick! This week we will finish planting the cut flower bed, plant baby corn & erect a wigwam for the runner beans! https://t.co/fQcLsNW4K5

17/05/21

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photography competition from Deadline is 28th May! Don't delay, get snapping today. Win £100 voucher and be displayed at . Theme: What does mean to you?https://t.co/KyuIff9mRM https://t.co/jGC6KYPY8C

17/05/21

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17/05/21

Immense thanks to our parent community for their generosity… staff are enjoy their Inset coffee break. https://t.co/dkZMcCYbVt

14/05/21

This week's newsletter out today... https://t.co/AlfpKxBo3G https://t.co/c2U9Em4Y7j

13/05/21

The May Parents’ Pack from is out now - https://t.co/YBwb7Sw7DK

13/05/21

Vacancy: Exciting short term teaching vacancy required for maternity cover. We are seeking a Religious Education teacher to teach across the age and ability ranges, from 1 September to 22 October 2021. To apply https://t.co/7Qnx6dAT1E https://t.co/8Qkv4oX1Nc

13/05/21

Take a moment to be mindful and connect with nature, relax in the garden, listen to birdsong or watch the sunset. Taking in your surroundings can help find a sense of calm https://t.co/VPyseBc5Sj

13/05/21

Term date reminder: school will be closed to students on Monday 17 May 2021, due to staff INSET. https://t.co/IXEyjH89GA

13/05/21

The books of the week are The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle and The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Read some of The Bubble Wrap Boy - https://t.co/Dxsn07X08A Watch this video of Frances Hardinge talking about her book, The Lie Tree- https://t.co/ooPZFKoBbb https://t.co/n0CDtVje20

12/05/21

Happy Eid al Fitr Mubarak to all our families celebrating the end of the fast of Ramadan https://t.co/HLNZBgGpYT

12/05/21

Year 7 kicked off their Journalism Club today, with enthusiasm in abundance. The Press Pack have been formed, assignments distributed and we cannot wait to see the results https://t.co/ybqg0KPpUL

12/05/21

Being positive is not needing to always be happy, being positive can be a simple acceptance https://t.co/fsCta8h0db

12/05/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

This week our year 7 geographers used their excellent work from last week to write their 'to what extent' essays. https://t.co/lV6OoeVdd9

11/05/21

Govia Thameslink Railway are offering virtual work experience opportunity during half term week (1-4 June), places are limited. Ideal for students to gain an understanding of the industry. To register interest, respond to Roopali Sharma: roopali.sharma.com https://t.co/tfn1YxFfs1

11/05/21

Now more things are opening up for us to do indoors, remember to keep up the connections gained with nature during lockdown https://t.co/2ZQhFSTgdz

11/05/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

Yr11 finished their assessments and back to playing music - with conducting debuts from some rising musical stars! 🎶 https://t.co/vhyR85EBfp

10/05/21

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📣 starts today. Help us to get the nation talking about nature and mental health. 🌳Join the movement. . Get involved. https://t.co/rKW9Y90uRp

10/05/21

Students begin the week with an assembly from Mrs Montgomery-Ward "improve your mental health through your connection with nature" Why not get creative, take a photograph of a landscape or sketch a natural object https://t.co/iQaDPgdtzn

10/05/21

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10/05/21

Thought for the Week: Avoiding blame https://t.co/o4wIuefku1

08/05/21

Fantastic performance boys! https://t.co/mZA8BisYFC

07/05/21

Fabulous!

07/05/21

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An excellent HoD opportunity in our brilliant school. See the link here: https://t.co/Qk7L3jUoqY

07/05/21

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Getting ECF ready for September. The Alban TSH are looking forward to delivering the Full Induction Programme in conjunction with to schools across our hub region Contact enquiries.co.uk https://t.co/89CS7sVqYU

07/05/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

This week, with a little extra help from Mr Dunning and Ms Turner in the our year 9 team planted sweet peas, nasturtium, marigolds and wildflowers! We also covered potatoes again & potted out celeriac seedlings! We are also prepping for https://t.co/oNN35SLC5j

07/05/21

The books of the week are Ingo by Helen Dunmore and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. Read opening of Ingo https://t.co/XK60gWZNzh Watch an interview with Karen Joy Fowler about her novel https://t.co/BJQA5AxCGi https://t.co/lvkxF4Card

07/05/21

Vacancy alert: are you an excellent Media teacher? Looking to join a Media Faculty with fantastic facilities including film studio and Mac suite? SJL seeking Media Teacher for maternity cover https://t.co/GtcyGN4Alu https://t.co/Q9YWqcrVYw

07/05/21

This week's newsletter out today... https://t.co/TbF0vbAoJR https://t.co/e3AS3qKvOL

07/05/21

To confirm: SJL is open as normal today. The site has water and we have been assured by Affinity Water that it will not be disconnected at any point.

05/05/21

Use what you can control, your attitude https://t.co/G6xDOsISFK

05/05/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 7 planning their essays by building 'on the one hand' and 'on the other hand' style argument. They did really well collating their information on a Venn diagram and then choosing their arguments for their essay by adding facts to their 'to what extent hands'. https://t.co/zDRmEMgBsX

04/05/21

Year 11 reminder: reply slips for accepting Sixth Form places must be in by this Friday 7 May 2021 https://t.co/FasLWKuVmd

04/05/21

Mrs Daniels has a collection of unnamed coats and football boots in lost property (some photographed below). Please tell your child to go to First Aid to be reunited with their possessions. https://t.co/wPdSgzo6gp

04/05/21

Year 11 reminder: payment for this year's prom is available on ParentPay now. We are delighted to be able to offer this celebration at Luton Hoo Walled Gardens. https://t.co/PAq5hMVLLv

04/05/21

Thought for the Week: Being motivated https://t.co/rncgsudTDr

30/04/21

Congratulations to Year 8 on all achieving Bully Free Form status Thanks to Miss Bonner for rescheduling the assessments for Year 8, who had to miss their assessment during Year 7. https://t.co/jiikWcaT4V

30/04/21

This week's newsletter out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn3j8AS https://t.co/UVuIySCe9A

29/04/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

This week it was the turn ouf our Year 9s in the they did a great job of watering and weeding! The gardennis really starting to come along now. Next week we will sow some wild flowers from https://t.co/Lrb2JnQ43J

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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