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18/01/22

Thanks to Hugo, from Ballistic Moon and Matt, currently studying Cybersecurity with placement at for paying our Computer Science students a visit yesterday to talk about their experiences https://t.co/PCURAe31tS

18/01/22

With nearly 80 clubs on offer, there is always the opportunity to try something new 📅Lunch clubs https://t.co/EvzgF4DrSd 📅After school clubs https://t.co/K1DwDSkgUf https://t.co/PBZdGJY2de

18/01/22

A sprinkling of frost across the school on this gloriously sunny morning. https://t.co/Ghxt3dYLdP

18/01/22

We look forward to welcoming Year 9 parents to this evening's virtual options evening https://t.co/3buRy4iIQO https://t.co/CTSGNLTcet

18/01/22

Thank you for visiting us. https://t.co/Lz5J3nCqmT

18/01/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Congratulations to Yr8 netball team who beat NBS 13-7. And to the Yr7 netball teams who played St George’s winning one game 9-6 and losing the other 11-1

17/01/22

Retweeted From Discover Islam Luton

Another very generous donation of coats delivered to our centre by Parveen Akhtar, student services manager at We appreciate your support. Many will benefit. https://t.co/fTw8EGUepR

17/01/22

FAO 1-week London hospital work experience with https://t.co/rvVZGBw7ZC

17/01/22

Students, calling all creatives! Are you thinking about a career in Digital Marketing? Digital Marketing 101 by could be the answer. To register for the event please follow this link: https://t.co/rzbjgJX77g

17/01/22

InvestIn have a large number of exciting career opportunities, see their newsletter for more information https://t.co/03syMrVjjd

17/01/22

Something for to all our wonderful musicians from Mrs Brown https://t.co/YznWnkNQAM

17/01/22

Thought for the week: being an ally. Why should you speak out against discrimination? https://t.co/ZXqkbdbqEV

17/01/22

Reminder to Y11 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening closes tomorrow, 18 January, at 1pm https://t.co/i5zHpFmnVx

16/01/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

The from 5-1 down to 7-5 up in 30mins. Goals from Greg x2, Ali x2, Jack, Harry, Theo https://t.co/kPgN4Xf5R1

16/01/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Saturday football results: Yr9 lost 5-3; Yr10 won 12-2; Yr11 won 7-5 after trailing 4-0 and 5-1 either side of half time! Thanks to SAS for hosting us today.

14/01/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Saturday Football: Yr9/10/11 all play St Albans School at Woolams 9.30am KOs. Meet Woolams at 9am.

14/01/22

This week’s newsletter is out today... https://t.co/OLho6MagLi https://t.co/PreyhTxuhl

13/01/22

This is amazing, what a fantastic number of new authors tried! https://t.co/QYa50gJHIA

13/01/22

If for any reason your child missed the opportunity to receive their vaccination at school, or were declined their vaccination because they tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks, you can book an appointment here, or visit a walk-in site. https://t.co/cwDeWIjKVa

13/01/22

Our virtual resources from yesterday's Post-16 Information Evening are now available online. Applications to join SJL Sixth Form are now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 4 February 2022. Please click below to complete an application form: https://t.co/1t3PwocNsu https://t.co/gDaQdWz2I1

12/01/22

We are delighted to announce the SJL Careers Day will be held on Thursday 24 March 2022. With an audience of 700+ students from across the county it is an amazing setting to reach out to the future generation, do not miss the opportunity to take part. https://t.co/cDYMdrTSU4

12/01/22

Parents’ Evening for Year 9 will take place on Thursday 3 February online via SchoolCloud. Further information about SchoolCloud and how to book your appointments will be sent home this week by email. https://t.co/GnM5e7EOEm

11/01/22

Congratulations to all the young people who took part in the Harpenden this evening. You were amazing!

11/01/22

Retweeted From The Smallpeice Trust

⏰ Only one week to go until applications for our 2022 Arkwright Engineering Scholarships close! Know a 16-year-old with a passion for engineering? If so, let them know to make sure they don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity. Learn more below ⬇️ https://t.co/7msLfNpnuY

11/01/22

Retweeted From Oaklands College

Registration for our next 𝗢𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 is now open! 📅 Saturday 29 Jan and Tuesday 8 Feb, St Albans Campus 📅 Wednesday 2 Feb and Saturday 5 Feb, Welwyn Garden City Campus Check out our website for more info and book onto an event: https://t.co/MMKJKA4ai6 https://t.co/nPd1nXBl59

11/01/22

Look for a new opportunity for the new year? SJL are seeking a History Teacher (MAT) and Teaching Assistant to join their excellent teaching and support teams. Apply now https://t.co/2HH4p81Eks https://t.co/Gg6kdiH1Ss

11/01/22

2/2 Thanks to for their guidance and support, allowing the students to bring their project to life. We cannot wait to see the football planters and boot bird feeders going up around the site. https://t.co/zlzAa2Dhpf

11/01/22

1/2 A group of enthused Y9 students are undertaking the Premier League Inspire Challenge 2021/22 "Playing our part in protecting our planet". Students have created their own sustainability project linking sport and the environment https://t.co/0AmVnpOdJ4

11/01/22

Reminder to Y11 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening opens today at 1pm https://t.co/Dwlw1ZFueR

10/01/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

It's today! has an ongoing project to ensure all classrooms have at least one houseplant in all form rooms, which are to be looked after by the students in that form room. Here is a photo of mine in the department. https://t.co/TXyGDVFsW9 https://t.co/2NbBmr7djg

10/01/22

Year 13 have begun their mock examinations. Students are reminded their exam timetable can be found on EduLink under the Exams tab. Good luck. https://t.co/6gEPXocuOl

10/01/22

Thought for the week: careers. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” Steve Jobs https://t.co/wIpBzgb4dY

09/01/22

It is Sunday! Remember to do your lateral flow test before coming to school tomorrow. https://t.co/E2XhLFhKie

08/01/22

Wow! Congratulations Jamie! (And ) https://t.co/n5FBGYLqbn

07/01/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Saturday Football returns tomorrow: All games v 9am KO. Yr7 & Yr9 AWAY meet 8.15am at SJL OR 8.45am at SRA. Yr8 & Yr10 HOME meet 8.30am SJL.

07/01/22

No newsletter this week, however we wanted to say a tremendous thank you to our students and staff for such an efficient testing programme this week, ensuring a safe return to the classroom https://t.co/0XuQ4T8luc

07/01/22

Want to be part of the renowned SJL Chamber Choir? Auditions are taking place next Tuesday 11 January for Year 11, 12 and 13 students. https://t.co/3vQNFWk4tE

07/01/22

Would you like to apply for Sir John Lawes School Sixth Form for September 2022? Our Post 16 Information Evening will take place virtually on Wednesday 12 January 2022. For further information please see our website https://t.co/SqLuw7BNlN https://t.co/bzzaL4oQhm

05/01/22

We are hiring! SJL are seeking an engaging teacher to join their Mathematics department. Excellent CPD. ECTs welcome to apply. Apply now https://t.co/LBeC570h36 https://t.co/jclXHIjJQ1

05/01/22

Parents’ Evening for Year 11 will take place on Tuesday 25 January online via SchoolCloud. Further information about SchoolCloud and how to book your appointments will be sent home this week by email. https://t.co/EcBTcrcqOt

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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