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22/02/20

Retweeted From Jane Dixon

thank you very much SJL for yet another fantastic ski trip! Enormous gratitude to the teachers...relax..

22/02/20

Ski Trip update: We are now making our way back to school. All being well, we should be back at SJL at 3.20pm. Can you please be ready to collect your child by the gate on Sauncey Avenue. Please do not park in the bus bays as that is where the coach will park, thanks

22/02/20

Ski Trip update: We are currently on the ferry. Crossing is a little choppy. We are disappointed by a lack of blue skies and sunshine! Will update you in timings when we get across

21/02/20

Ski Trip update: Saas Fee has been an excellent resort and the conditions have been superb. The views have been spectacular. Sadly we are now on our way home having skied every piste. We will update you as we go and let you know timings later. https://t.co/qrDQ9AMbj0

21/02/20

Ski Trip update: Last day on the slopes, lovely blue sky however winds have picked up so lifts closed at the top for now. So groups skiing on the lower slopes or having a hot chocolate. https://t.co/Wk7gNerNoH

20/02/20

Ski Trip update: You’ll be pleased to know we are back to normal and yesterday was a blip! Beautiful sunshine and perfect snow conditions. It’s all about carving technique today https://t.co/RwLk0rZm4h

19/02/20

Ski Trip update: OMG no blue skies! Currently snowing and the lack of visibility is making everyone control their speed. Hot Chocolates are in high demand! https://t.co/Sf8qAMDF24

18/02/20

Retweeted From The OLLIE Foundation

Did you know about this fantastic service available to young people in the district? If your tweens, teens and young adults don't know - print this out and give it to them! https://t.co/l7d8NLksTA

18/02/20

Ski Trip update: Group 4 practising skiing backwards https://t.co/E4QOdlBCRI

18/02/20

Ski Trp update: Fresh snow and blue skies, great conditions although a little colder today. https://t.co/lg0BcdbiFI

17/02/20

Ski Trip update: The ski team are now the 10 pin bowling team. https://t.co/uTwhFd5IcZ

17/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

And that’s a wrap! Heading to the airport now, our flight is currently on time, a reminder our flight number is EZY2146. Scheduled to land at 10.30 - please park and come to collect the students from arrivals. https://t.co/SQ3tTJbNVT

17/02/20

Retweeted From Chartered College

The next CTeach application window closes today! Want to be celebrated for excellent practice? Become Chartered! Finish your application and join our next cohort: https://t.co/RCmyo0qqFx https://t.co/o5QsONngNQ

17/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

After spending the morning learning about German Resistance in Nazi Germany, we’ve now got some light retail therapy at the Berlin Mall 🇩🇪🙌🏼 https://t.co/qks8rYhJZ1

17/02/20

Ski Trip update: Day 2 on the slopes, beautiful conditions. At the top, not even the wind could slow this group down. https://t.co/cZjGeZBP7F

17/02/20

Just a reminder that school will be open from 10 till 1pm today for those who would like to come in and spend some time in quiet reflection. We will be based in the dining room.

17/02/20

Retweeted From Join the Resolution

WOW we absolutely love this We are standing with you https://t.co/Rv57ZzozTV

16/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Final evening exploring Berlin. Visited the Reichstag Dome and Brandenburg Gate - saved the best til last! https://t.co/X1Gy06LXlj

16/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Despite the wind and rain, nothing is getting our spirits down! Visited the Berlin Wall memorial this morning for an excellent guided tour and quick stop for lunch and to see The Berlin Cathedral! https://t.co/x2xluJcVT6

16/02/20

Ski Trip update: The beginners are up and skiing. https://t.co/D5tDZoYd1C

16/02/20

Ski Trip update: Blue Sky Bill in the first morning appears to be better than Storm Dennis 😄 https://t.co/z22zkgPIWP

15/02/20

Ski Trip update: We have arrived and the weather is gorgeous. Ready to unpack and then sort out the ski gear. https://t.co/d0NTiVmBfB

15/02/20

Retweeted From Tom Mowbray

Awesome U18s girls festival yesterday . Thanks to for entering. We started off with 7/10 a side then combined the schools to play 15 a side. You’ve got to love rugby!! https://t.co/IluR5R7z0j

15/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Visiting the Olympic Stadium this morning, learning about where Jesse Owens won gold in 1936. https://t.co/0lRfIMAdRa

15/02/20

Ski Trip Update: The famous Autogrill for breakfast in Basle, Switzerland. Not too far to go now to Saas Fee https://t.co/HerKK5zENR

14/02/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Fantastic rugby played by Senior Girls today. Played 4 won 2 drew 2 https://t.co/iu2yc7FiQK

14/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

The end of day 1 - an interesting day learning about the divisions during the Cold War (even seeing the original Berlin Wall!). 🇩🇪 https://t.co/4SCbYm7YVa

14/02/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

U18 Girls rugby festival getting underway at

14/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Arrived safely in Berlin, after a pit stop at the hotel, we’re about to visit our first stop, the Topography of Terror!

14/02/20

EARLY BIRD DEAL TICKETS FOR SJL ON SALE TODAY! Treat whole family to discounted ticket for Festival on the Field 2020. SJL students, staff and their families can take advantage of Early Bird Deal which discounts the tickets by 10% using link https://t.co/9qdWjgpOOJ https://t.co/qV1i82jdft

14/02/20

Launched on SJL's Climate Education Day and coinciding with Valentine's Day to celebrate the thing students love most - our planet, students from across the school have come together to have their voice heard https://t.co/PukC2lFKFF

14/02/20

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/2JL4CMEvXP https://t.co/nmpfS9ZIl8

14/02/20

Retweeted From YC Hertfordshire NCS

The team will be at later today to tell Year 11 all about how they can have an amazing summer with ! 🙌 https://t.co/AnCk29FqUL https://t.co/XUNdNXe32f

14/02/20

Vacancy: looking for a role where you can make a difference to a child's education? Due to progression within the school, SJL are seeking a Teaching Assistant to join their experienced team https://t.co/K4Pf4zbLe7 . . https://t.co/Ht1vJ0tVZG

13/02/20

Lost property: recognise these belongings? Mrs Daniels in First Aid room has them, awaiting collection. https://t.co/bbhtOHmI4n

13/02/20

Wishing students heading off to Saas-Fee for this year's ski trip, a fantastic and memorable adventure. https://t.co/6fMT1Y43i1

13/02/20

Date for the diary: Supporting students through exams information evening, Wednesday 26 February 2020 https://t.co/DCfXUtYM8W

13/02/20

Wishing our students a memorable trip to Berlin. Safe travels. https://t.co/NWZ5J7zn4W

13/02/20

Lawes Lowdown is out now https://t.co/NO5UIionhX

12/02/20

Year 7 parents should have now received an Edulink access link to set up a password to access the new platform. Please contact technicalassistance.herts.sch.uk if you face any issues with the registration process. https://t.co/AlXIrXDmwE

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.

World Challenge is aiming for Borneo in 2011 so students are working hard to raise funds. 

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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