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20/07/21

Eid Mubarak to all our friends and colleagues celebrating today or tomorrow

19/07/21

Retweeted From AvantiCommunications

It was an honour to meet Helen Grant, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Girls' Education at school, where we heard from students why global education is so important to them. Video credit to https://t.co/dCm22dEWRM

17/07/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

The SJL summer concert! Congratulations to all involved! Happy Summer! https://t.co/8T4WpPMA9t

16/07/21

Retweeted From Michelle Heys

Schools out for the summer! massive thank-you to you all, staff and students for all the hard work and perseverance in the face of a difficult year. So grateful. 👏👏👏🙏🙏

16/07/21

As students head home for a well deserved break, one final announcement... the all important Merit and House Cup winners! https://t.co/5mYQ1KUfJX

16/07/21

Thank you to our students and staff for working incredibly hard over this past academic year, working with the enthusiasm and passion that we have at SJL. Wishing the SJL community a safe and enjoyable summer. https://t.co/xppang5COP

16/07/21

Welcome to our Year 7 intake 2021. Joining us for Get Set for SJL? Make sure you follow our dedicated Twitter account for updates through out the week... with so many great activities planned, you won't want to miss it https://t.co/vF8brH5f0h

16/07/21

Final newsletter of 2019-2020 out today... https://t.co/GHqgZ4EzWv https://t.co/MND9PWxWRI

16/07/21

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

As a trust we could not be prouder of the dedication shown by all our students and staff over this academic year. Thank you! We wish you all a safe and relaxing summer. https://t.co/TbeQKhLJ8O

16/07/21

Celebrating the end of the academic year with a jam packed Lawes Lowdown. Presented and produced by https://t.co/YNZE1uQhEz https://t.co/pNMxPofdDi

15/07/21

Thanks for all your hard work keeping our garden beautiful and productive! https://t.co/581QQpiL66

15/07/21

Retweeted From Helen Grant

With under 2 weeks to go until the UK & Kenya co-host the Global Education Summit, I've been speaking to students in the UK about why global education is important to them. Today's youth are tomorrow's leaders and we must listen to them👇 https://t.co/dxOosMJJFa

15/07/21

Retweeted From Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Helen Grant, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Girls' Education, visited school to hear from students why global education is so important to them. The UK and Kenya will co-host the Global Education Summit in London on 28-29 July. https://t.co/jMpYoQ5T9o

15/07/21

Notice: school shop will be closed during the final week of term for annual stock take. https://t.co/ylmHBdqV1O

15/07/21

A few highlights from this year's Summer Prom. Our immense thanks to and our wonderfully talented music students, the perfect end to this summer term. https://t.co/UdfCQdfDut

14/07/21

Retweeted From Carol Aylward

Thank you for your hard work. The cast and musicians were all amazing and took it all in their stride. Well done everyone👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

14/07/21

A wonderful show and so glad we finally got to see it! https://t.co/wqopS4xAJw

14/07/21

Retweeted From Herts Young Homeless (Education)

We've been doing workshops on healthy relationships and 'sexting' at the past few weeks. Did you know 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience domestic abuse in a relationship at some stage? https://t.co/41fRGHnEm2

14/07/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Joining us for A-level next year? Or currently doing A level geography? Join the two free events below aimed at helping you to achieve success https://t.co/ytaiFzVjZo

13/07/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Year 8 Grimm Tales re-scheduled parental performance tomorrow at 5pm will complete the theatrical hat- trick! https://t.co/Jr4cfiKKo6

13/07/21

Retweeted From rachel wakefield

Once again an amazing evening . How you ask? Outdoors. Simple. My girl's last one & she sang the solo in Bring Him Home with the entire school/staff choir. No photo as something got in my eye. Amazing work everyone. Thank you. Thank you all. 👏👏👏👏

13/07/21

Thank you for all your support too!

13/07/21

Year 8 reminder: the second dose of the HPV vaccine will now take place tomorrow, Wednesday 14 July 2021, please remember to make sure students wear a short sleeved vest or T-shirt under their school shirt. https://t.co/o4B7F6LQ7G

13/07/21

Term Dates 2021-22 can be found on the school website https://t.co/n4MiziJVme Note: in addition to the term dates there will be 5 INSET days, yet to be confirmed. https://t.co/LowQ3m4Rao

12/07/21

Joining in September? Pre course homework is available on the school website https://t.co/CZtJZangk5 https://t.co/exUaiCwvGw

12/07/21

Thought for the Week: Listening to and learning from others https://t.co/SVwYn7hBpv

09/07/21

Retweeted From Herts Advertiser

PM's special envoy visits Harpenden school as part of global education campaign https://t.co/l7LZ5VPAOj

09/07/21

And the winners of the SJL 2020-2021 Sports Day… Hepworth House Winning by 1 point, holding off Austen House. Congratulations Mr Bloxham and Hepworth House https://t.co/ySLkZwJ8Uf

09/07/21

Final race of the day, final race of their time here at SJL… Year 12 House Relay https://t.co/QgBMpXYbRl

09/07/21

Year 7s enjoying their first SJL Sports Day https://t.co/YHnGlAnn4d

09/07/21

Year 12 celebrating final sports day with a competitive boys 100m https://t.co/R5dk9xRuW4

09/07/21

An early lead for Hepworth https://t.co/zL8JSinLrQ

09/07/21

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09/07/21

Sports Day 2021, first race is underway 100m Year 7 and 8 girls https://t.co/AjT0JbQbkm

09/07/21

We hope you are well. The book of the week is The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. Watch Funke talk about her book here: https://t.co/MBLvgGrTwm https://t.co/lOThWTEgxL

08/07/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Grimm Tales year 7 cast performing last night in the open air!#theatreinschools https://t.co/0H2cORSemF

08/07/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Grimm Tales Year 9 cast performing last night in the open air!#theatreinschools https://t.co/KfPrmaZ5kK

08/07/21

Transition Day 2021: we are sorry we cannot welcome our Year 6 students into school for the traditional transition day, but we hope they enjoy their virtual activities. We cannot wait to welcome you in September! https://t.co/aNOkCfbtQP

07/07/21

Friday is Sports Day and we are asking students to wear non-uniform House colours to support those taking part. We are unable to do our traditional cash charity collection, however if you wish to make a small donation to support our chosen charity, via Parent Pay. https://t.co/VU2jK5LDOx

07/07/21

And now with some of the actors themselves. And haven’t we been lucky with the weather?! https://t.co/FaDgcyROzs

SJL in the Community

At SJL we pride ourselves on being an outstanding school with people at the heart and where the sense of community is strong.  From the first month at school with our Prefects Picnic for the new year 7 students and their families, to the charity work across the years, students are encouraged to become involved in a variety of events that benefit both the school and our wider community.  For us our community is not limited to local areas; our vision is local, national, global and this is reflected in the various work that we do.

In the local community a number of our Sixth Form students regularly visit homes for Senior Citizens and the disabled on a voluntary basis. At Christmas this year our Sixth Formers went carol singing at local homes and raised money for Keech Cottage Hospice singing carols in the snow outside Sainsbury's. The Christmas Carol concert at All Saints Church is an annual event and there is always a special performance on the Thursday afternoon for Senior Citizens.

The Music faculty contributes greatly to the local community and may often be found supporting at local events, holding a concert in town or playing at one of our local primary school’s Summer Fayres.

The Harpenden Village Rotary Club has supported the school for a number of years.  Their annual School Leavers Award dinner is a great occasion when students from each of the three local schools are recognised for their ‘Service Before Self’. Over the years Rotary members have also supported Sixth Formers by offering interview practice before they go on university visits.

All year 12 students are also entered for the Perrins essay writing prize sponsored by Perrins Solicitors, Harpenden.

Our excellent facilities also mean we are able to host a number of sports fixtures and this enables us to continue to support our students during and beyond the school day. Our Young Enterprise team have run primary school Sports Days and events for students in the lower years.

As a training school we have many  opportunities to share our teaching expertise with other teachers from around the country.  This year teachers will be travelling far and wide to discover good practice from other schools so we can incorporate new ideas into our already innovative practice. We recognise that within SJL we are all learners and there are always ways to improve.

We are very lucky to have built a great partnership in the last two years with Danish  schools.  We have been visited by a number of Danish educationalists and some of our staff have visited Denmark to see the work in their schools.

Within the curriculum the Modern Foreign Languages’ Pen Friend scheme encourages our younger students to make friends that extend beyond our geographical boarders. Combined with opportunities for educational visits these often are the beginning of long-term friendships that enrich the lives of our students.

International travel opportunities continue to be part of the enrichment programme for out students. Our close links with Ndeke High School in Zambia have allowed students from both countries to visit each other and learn about school life.

The USA exchange for year 12 students is another part of our school experience that encourages students to learn from our global neighbours.

On all levels we encourage our students to develop a community spirit as encapsulated in our Sir John Lawes ACE: Achievement Care and Excellence.

Charity Work

Each year the students undertake a number of fundraising activities from fashion shows to car washing. We encourage the students to bring forward ideas for charity work that they feel strongly about so we can focus our efforts on causes that have real meaning for them.

It is heart warming to know we have so many mature and thoughtful young people who have the drive and selflessness to do something for others.

National global learning programme

Expert Centre for Global Learning Programme

We are delighted that Sir John Lawes has been chosen to become an Expert Centre for the new Global Learning Programme (GLP) for England. The GLP is a programme of support for schools that can help enhance teaching and learning about global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3.  It has six core aims:

  • To help young people understand their role in a globally-interdependent world and explore strategies by which they can make it more just and sustainable;
  • To familiarise them with concepts of interdependence, development, globalisation and sustainability;
  • To move them from a charity mentality to a social justice mentality;
  • To stimulate critical thinking about global issues both at a whole school and at pupil level;
  • To promote greater awareness of poverty and sustainability;
  • To enable schools to explore alternative models of development and sustainability in the classroom.

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The GLP focuses on developing pupil’s knowledge and understanding of global challenges through subject-basedlearning in key curriculum areas. It helps pupils to think criticallyabout the issues, and develop skills and values as they consider actions that they and others can take to overcome them.  

As an Expert Centre, Sir John Lawes is acting as a hub to provide local, peer-led training and support for teachers in our partner schools. This will involve hosting half-termly support meetings to help them to identify each school’s particular training priorities and access the most appropriate professional development through the GLP website to meet their needs. 

The Global Learning Programme is funded by the Department for International Development and is managed by a consortium of leading global learning and educational organisations: Pearson (lead), Geographical Association, Institute of Education, Oxfam UK, Royal Geographical Society, SSAT and Think Global. The programme runs from 2013 to 2017.

Sustainability

Sir John Lawes has been hugely involved in implementing sustainable practices within the local community and was a driving force behind Harpenden town achieving Fairtrade status. We also lead a programme of sustainability themed outreach assemblies to local primary schools on issues such as waste and climate change.

We initiated and lead the St Albans District Sustainable Schools Ambassadors Programme and host the training programme for student ambassadors from across the district. These students then lead in developing the sustainability programmes and initiatives in their own schools – thus the work done by our students and staff directly impacts in a positive way on thousands of students across the district.

Other links between SJL, sustainability and the local community include:

  • The Science department work with Glaxo and Rothamstead research station to develop the use of our school garden for primary school children to study ecology.
  • The Design and Technology department recycle aluminium, timber and man-made boards to use in practical work and has links with local industry to collect off-cuts of materials for classwork.
  • We participate in the annual tree planting events run for local schools at Heartwood Forest.

We have used our website to inform and promote ideas of sustainability and responsibility to the wider community and parents are encouraged to be actively involved. Parents with related expertise have been involved by coming in to talk to students, hosting oversees guests, fundraising and coming up with ideas for ESD activities.

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