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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

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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