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03/07/20

Joining us in September 2020? Our Library Team are looking forward to meeting you, they have put together a welcome newsletter with some exciting activities for students to take part in, including their poster competition https://t.co/oZKTmScG0J https://t.co/jfxBNcI4wT

03/07/20

This week’s newsletter is out now... https://t.co/QnwUSJ0HVT https://t.co/yCdBRpvorc

02/07/20

Retweeted From Alban TSA

NQT Secondary Network now available to book for 2020-21 Four sessions across the year, Sept, Nov, Jan and March. First session to be delivered as a pre-recorded webinar. For further information and bookings: https://t.co/LSa39AwOz1

02/07/20

Joining us in September 2020? Head over to our website to view Miss Marino’s transition video, providing helpful information to support students as they start at SJL this September https://t.co/HxtrziFPzj https://t.co/XLifR6F60B

01/07/20

Brilliant performances - well done all! https://t.co/kEvCSMKiAL

01/07/20

Joining us in September 2020? Our transition activity booklet in now available on the school website https://t.co/I6FdbDH4zO, the booklet is a great resource to help form tutors get to know their new Year 7 students. https://t.co/oijm408W9a

01/07/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: reactions https://t.co/SWnNrgWtst

01/07/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Lockdown your personal info! 🔐👣 You wouldn’t share sensitive information with a stranger, so why do it online? This week’s guide provides tips for parents on protecting ‘Personal Data’ >> https://t.co/dquoDiZ5uM https://t.co/rhSfktsdpm

01/07/20

Year 11 & 13 students - this may be of interest to you. Still awaiting clarification on some details however. https://t.co/zGkJA8AVER

30/06/20

This week’s assembly was delivered to students by Mr Williams, with the theme ‘Looking Ahead’. As well as looking back over the past 14 weeks, students are encouraged to think about developments and what are they going to resolve to keep doing? https://t.co/OKgSldtIz4

29/06/20

As Pride Month draws to a close, our amazing rainbow is a reminder of SJL community commitment with hundreds of signatures signing the SJL pledge https://t.co/a6qEoT96yB

29/06/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

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29/06/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF VIRTUAL SPORTS DAY 🔴🟡🟢🟠⚪️🔵🟣 Please see instructions and following tweets outlining the events and how to enter! Entries and proof of participation to Mr Bloxham https://t.co/Vkdk8IV2Q3

29/06/20

Retweeted From SJLScience

James in 7L sent us this beautiful photo of poppies on Harpenden Common. They are beautiful! https://t.co/1p1cS5aphE

29/06/20

Thought for the Week: Being brave and showing grit Word of the Week: Duc, duct https://t.co/unbbWgVfwr

28/06/20

Retweeted From SJLScience

Some stunning strawberries and raspberries growing in our eco garden! ? https://t.co/nuxgZTj2Z7

26/06/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

I absolutely love the detail that has gone into this set design for the End of KS3 Drama Project. Well done, Scarlett in Y8! 🎭 https://t.co/T7pB5Bt5c1

26/06/20

Year 9 timetables have now been issued, they are also available on the Documents tab of your EduLink account. Please make sure your child has a copy of their timetable with them when they are in school. https://t.co/geHfG7QWqy

26/06/20

Joining us in September 2020? Our Yr 7 team are busy working on your induction plan. SJL are proud that we have always set aside the first week as an induction for Yr 7 students. Our Library Taster session originally scheduled for 6 July, will now be part of that induction. https://t.co/lweChdKrQy

26/06/20

SJL Wellbeing Week: Take Notice During lockdown many of us had to stop, but as restrictions are eased remember to pause and take a moment to notice what is beautiful or unusual in the world https://t.co/IWXltvWWLt

26/06/20

This week’s newsletter is out now... https://t.co/iiUbQ5TRgM https://t.co/ga08R1ed9i

25/06/20

Retweeted From SJLScience

Always a fun game to play! Except there is not a cloud in the sky today https://t.co/WBiRdHirEi https://t.co/Xj4uikn5LJ

25/06/20

SJL Wellbeing Week: Keep Learning Learning new things can build your confidence as well as being fun. Set challenges to see what you can achieve https://t.co/SjvfyQ8HwO

24/06/20

Retweeted From Herts School Games

Fab stuff from 🙌 solid entry from for the KS3 Competition https://t.co/E29vrTSUI1

24/06/20

Congratulations everyone who took part https://t.co/2WFC9VEDeu

24/06/20

Important message for Y9 parents has been sent via EduLink, please check your email for details. https://t.co/JafJRmyMZ2

24/06/20

Joining September 2020? We cannot wait to welcome you through our doors, until then visit our website for a mini virtual tour of Sir John Lawes School https://t.co/JLX0FhriEn https://t.co/DMMVg0jrDV

24/06/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: set goals https://t.co/RTyRJK58gu

24/06/20

SJL Wellbeing Week: Be Active Being active is about having fun. Spend time doing things you enjoy https://t.co/p0TDU7cNoB

24/06/20

Joining us in September? Welcome from Ms Marino, Head of Year 7 2020 available on school website now https://t.co/mynNGYUxd2 https://t.co/xI8Ujfpt2G

23/06/20

SJL Wellbeing Week: Connect Think about connections around you, lots of us have been building stronger relationships with our local communities. Maintain those connections to increase happiness and self-worth https://t.co/DmQtiB1iqL

23/06/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

SUPER excited to welcome Year 12 back into the Drama space this morning 🎭 https://t.co/8YJPU9hsIg

22/06/20

Welcome to what should be Wellbeing Week at SJL. Today we're highlighting GIVE from the Take 5 theme. Use this week to find new ways to give: make that extra phone call; add something to a food bank box... take a moment to think of others, reap the benefits https://t.co/xBWh81DBnu

22/06/20

Year 6, joining us in September? Look out for your welcome assembly. Link issued via Edulink. If you have any problems logging in to Edulink, please contact technicalassistance.herts.sch.uk https://t.co/jUZ2kIosl8

22/06/20

Thought for the Week: Aiming for a happy life Word of the Week: Dict, dic https://t.co/5d8LV6kxju

22/06/20

Joining us in September? From next week keep an eye out for a whole range of materials to help you get ready! Make sure you have set up your Edulink account so you don't miss anything! https://t.co/08Nt1ZC4cX

21/06/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Well done to all who entered in the virtual pentathlon. Fantastic performances, the top 4 results for each age group go though to be compared at district level. Details of qualifying performances can be found on SMHW noticeboard . Congratulations all!

19/06/20

Do not forget to submit your entries for this year’s summer concert to Mrs Hastings-Clarke. Closing date Friday, 26 June (next week) https://t.co/rI0gyseEN7

19/06/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

🚨SJL PE Department are now on Instagram 🚨 Give us a follow! https://t.co/mRQg66uYYj

19/06/20

This week’s newsletter out now... https://t.co/FiLtvsQf3x https://t.co/VAWEJbLksi

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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