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04/04/20

Well deserved! Congratulations from all at ! https://t.co/kFpFxcLBUF

04/04/20

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Thank you to Mr Beevor (Stanborough’s Technology teacher) for creating face visors for the NHS and all this from his home!! Every little helps and will be a great help to so many. First batch done and more to come. Thank you so much Mr Beevor - from the Stanborough community. https://t.co/CJreYKQouv

04/04/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Isla Stevenson Y7 is a GCSE Drama student in the making 🎓 Some great vocabulary in this script annotation 🎭 https://t.co/9StmYv8KYI

04/04/20

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Thinking of all those who are working tirelessly to save lives. Let’s all do our part and keep safe during this gorgeous weekend ahead. ☀️☀️☀️ https://t.co/8TcxMEI5Hb

03/04/20

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We need support from the community now more than ever. A HUGE thank you to School in for donating 70 face shields for our nurses to use. 💜

03/04/20

The next two weeks are officially the Easter holidays and so staff will not be setting work over that time, may we take the opportunity to wish the entire SJL community a safe and happy Easter. https://t.co/itaMaAknqY

03/04/20

After their appearance on ⁦⁩ this morning, the D&T team are working hard to break the 100 mask target. Delighted to have support from our friends ⁦⁩ today! https://t.co/igCLaKl2IW

03/04/20

Joining in September 2020? Year 11 students joining Sixth Form in September, summer work has now been published in readiness for starting A Level courses https://t.co/63dD1thkzt https://t.co/QKhPAIgQcO

03/04/20

Take some time over the Easter break to read our “Learning during the Coronavirus” document for helpful resources and guidance for students and families https://t.co/ckmleh0iMp https://t.co/biBuqHNvzP

03/04/20

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Morning! This is your last lesson drop of term. 😃 We hope you enjoy it! 5-7 yrs: Plants 🌱 https://t.co/D6p1pUkVVY 7-11 yrs: Writing ✏️ https://t.co/Dh2ajEV9Hh 11-14 yrs: Shapes 🔶 https://t.co/vIaJCnnlHs 14-16 yrs: Electricity 💡 https://t.co/HnTzZJLtN7 https://t.co/gNqqZsFPwB

03/04/20

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BBC to deliver biggest push on education in its history - 14 weeks of educational programmes and lessons to every household in the country - whatever your child’s age, beginning on 20 April: https://t.co/Jhm4ANUjpR https://t.co/RRE5T4c5yH

03/04/20

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Welcome to Friday, everyone! Have fun with today's Problem Of The Day... https://t.co/aWtD51mAIl

02/04/20

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If you’d like to share your appreciation for an amazing teacher you know, send them a thank you card for free at https://t.co/akNtb2kVCk 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫 https://t.co/CJwysis2gU

02/04/20

Retweeted From SRA Music

Definitely not one to miss this weekend, available from Friday evening see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat production, free on YouTube link in the article https://t.co/TEQNxowNxh

02/04/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Art

Lockdown means Maltings Art Prize to go virtual Theme is the history of St Albans, inspiration can be taken from across the centuries, including the Romans, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance & the Victorian Age. More info in link or our Instagram feed https://t.co/YQQG7JZQ1v https://t.co/oINDLfMakb

02/04/20

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Schools are making use of their labs to produce protective equipment for medics amid pleas hospitals are running out of supplies to deal with outbreak https://t.co/JNlWkaHudi

02/04/20

Retweeted From SRA - English

A really interesting article on how Shakespeare has been engaged with differently over time. Useful for all our students studying Shakespeare over this home learning period. https://t.co/CHKN2hpBbS

02/04/20

This week’s newsletter out now... https://t.co/8nCwa2t0Yo https://t.co/f5hQd4cBDT

02/04/20

Listen out for Mr Carey on tomorrow at 8.20 - talking about the great work our D&T department are doing making for the NHS. So many schools doing amazing things to support the community in these challenging times!

02/04/20

Retweeted From HarpendenAcademy

Our lovely children have made beautiful pop-up Easter cards today https://t.co/wb93c5F1oR

02/04/20

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Reply from an NHS nurse to our year six letter thanking the NHS - stay at home everyone! https://t.co/GpGVDinxSH

02/04/20

Retweeted From SJL English

Are you looking for recommendations for great books to read? Why not read the books on the shortlist for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie book award? The award recognises the very best in children’s writing from the last year. For further info: https://t.co/ooyAnHEUif https://t.co/SUXobhQ2hi

02/04/20

Retweeted From rachel wakefield

The DT department at my children's school are making masks for GPs with their 3D printer. You can watch and learn how they do it and how to assemble them on their Instagram stories @ sjldt Amazing and fascinating. 👏👏👏👏

02/04/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Problem Of The Day. Have fun with it! https://t.co/Wk2UXuyIYL

02/04/20

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Our daffodil Christmas gifts still bringing sunshine in these strange times thanks to https://t.co/pIfhD70w6I

02/04/20

A great resource from the Government about supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing during this period, including preteens and teenagers https://t.co/ovnKZqnHdE https://t.co/JaOz2hUHRC

02/04/20

The James Marshall Foundation do a tremendous job supporting young people in Harpenden and Wheathampsted - see below for details of how they can help. https://t.co/TtgTSrN9ao

02/04/20

Well done Mr Carey! https://t.co/QZ63wxjr7M

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Something for all KS 4 and 5 Drama students to enjoy and year 11 have a special theatre review challenge!#theatrematters https://t.co/4dob7hqzFD

01/04/20

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What a fantastic opportunity! The SJL Drama department will be making the most of this! https://t.co/sFgOAqTyxf

01/04/20

Thank you to all our St Albans & Harpenden Secondary Head teacher colleagues for coming together virtually today, to discuss how schools are approaching the current difficult situation. It's great to have such a supportive local educational community!

01/04/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: do more of what you enjoy https://t.co/5SN4a1jUKT

01/04/20

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We know for many autistic people and their families it is difficult to cope with coronavirus and the impacts that is having on our daily life. To help, we’ve created some handy tips to help you during this time of uncertainty: https://t.co/uwIjhdsWt4 https://t.co/vCITozu7ru

01/04/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Happy Wednesday day, everyone. Here is today's Problem Of The Day... https://t.co/gQLVJ8K3RZ

01/04/20

Thank you to our D&T Faculty https://t.co/QG0oV5SXdj

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Year 11, a competition to keep you focused https://t.co/6uDjisLiKM

01/04/20

Retweeted From SRA - English

Reading lists for all key stages. Might be helpful for anyone in need of reading inspiration! 📚 https://t.co/LOVtIFTlkx

01/04/20

Delighted that SJL’s minibuses (along with many of their drivers) are now signed up to volunteer for the NHS! https://t.co/IBk28hN6ZR

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

An interesting article on the positive effect of the lockdown on the environment - could help us consider air pollution targets in the future 🌍 https://t.co/UtW1mW1MH4

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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