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16/10/21

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

County Cup Football hots up next week: Yr9 play Monks Walk School on Monday 4pm KO at SJL; Yr7 play Monks Walk on Wednesday 3pm KO away.

16/10/21

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Saturday Rugby results: Yr7 won 85-0; Yr8 drew 25-25; Yr9 won 40-5; Yr10 won 24-19. Thanks to for the games. https://t.co/jAj0qIraMd

16/10/21

Congratulations to the Rugby teams this morning. 3 wins and a draw v Nicholas Breakspear. https://t.co/z9kacozKwC

15/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

More year 13s completing river fieldwork! https://t.co/XHoG6JLQwK

15/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 13 completing river fieldwork today to prepare them for their independent investigation. https://t.co/qj85PmoV7L

15/10/21

Over 120 students from Yr7 and Yr8 out playing Netball on a Friday night. Perfect way to end the week. https://t.co/tpV9CjiEmM

15/10/21

The hall was a hive of activity this lunchtime, as Head of Austen, Mr Evans kicked off the Austen House Quiz https://t.co/uFGkIaYWnP

15/10/21

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/qJ2qbWBRyb https://t.co/7MfdU4VzrT

13/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

To celebrate World Food Day we tasted food from different countries today at Geography club! Thank you to all the students who brought in delicious food to try! 🌍 https://t.co/gmWxzx16lL

13/10/21

Well done all! https://t.co/vSTiif7lqj

13/10/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Year 13 devising their socks off this pm!#theatreinschools https://t.co/KB3gb1mBPO

13/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Great stuff happening in club today! Loads of fantastic food brought in by our students at showing how impacts our lives on a daily basis. https://t.co/vsP7gIfC6D

13/10/21

Vacancy: we are seeking a passionate mathematician to join our innovative Mathematics department. Great emphasis on CPD and benefit from the many opportunities for collaborative work that come from our membership of the . Apply now https://t.co/SJNVmdO3tX https://t.co/XQao9mfsFk

13/10/21

Monday evening saw the pleasure of the Y11 music Showcase. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to allow our students to perform in front of audiences once again. Thank you Y11 you were phenomenal https://t.co/6L4TPhUYrA

12/10/21

Thank you from Mrs Power to those students who have already secured a work placement. Further information regarding the work experience process will be provided later this term for both Y10 and Y12 https://t.co/izYyGJZ7FM https://t.co/A0NR8adcYb

12/10/21

Well done - so many great performances! https://t.co/zaeeDYtgKK

11/10/21

INSET reminder: students are reminded tomorrow, Tuesday 12 October 2021 is staff INSET and school is closed. https://t.co/hRtfzCcUWu

11/10/21

Thought for the week: challenging discrimination. Why shouldn't you stay silent? https://t.co/1MgqbAf3Fa

09/10/21

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Excellent set of rugby matches v Yr7 won 40-20; Yr8 lost 40-5; Yr9 won 35-25; Yr10 lost 40-5. Great to get Saturday Rugby back underway. Next week https://t.co/SgDcBKUmXg

08/10/21

Thank you to all the families that came along to our open evening and allowed us to share just how proud we are of our school. All our virtual resources are now available on the school website including our school video and speeches https://t.co/lJYx0GGdp1 https://t.co/YkGqHpcxOR

08/10/21

Additional daytime tours available! Due to an overwhelming response, additional daytime tours are now available to book via our website https://t.co/kK6efYpEXQ https://t.co/2WmheFAuag

08/10/21

This week's newsletter is out now... https://t.co/npzhVEjq6E https://t.co/HB6FOquw8U

07/10/21

Those carrots are amazing!

07/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

2/2: We picked some of our Purple Carrots and Rhubarb as well as some more flowers for the reception desk. We will soon be able to pick the Parsnips too. Living life on the Veg! https://t.co/EvauIQk4u9

07/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

1/2: Today in our EcoGarden our green-fingered gardeners did an amazing job of clearing beds & picking the purple carrots 🥕 & Rhubarb! Next week we should be able to start planting Elephant Garlic 🐘 and winter veg! https://t.co/Ih9eiCJIku

06/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Open evening well undernway and the Geography department is a hit! Really enjoying meeting some of next years' Year 7s! So many of them are talented Geographers already! https://t.co/amVyujJA0e

06/10/21

An immense range of activities on show and for our Year 6 guests to participate in https://t.co/vHgdoiljFA

06/10/21

Students across the faculties are proudly showing Year 6 families their school https://t.co/1Mez8CzBiA

06/10/21

Executive Headteacher, Ms Robins and Head of School, Mr Newbery begin the first of the headteachers’ speeches https://t.co/QPQ63Ta6MK

06/10/21

SJL sax ensemble entertaining the guests as they arrive https://t.co/t6ZL2Y1HqE

06/10/21

Sir John Lawes School looks forward to welcoming prospective families to our open evening https://t.co/N4igUgzCvT

05/10/21

A message from Mrs Power, Careers Lead - registration is now open for the virtual UK Higher Education Expo. Registration link in tweet below https://t.co/7BLj258T3z

05/10/21

Immense thanks to for coming and giving a talk to our to raise awareness for climate change and collating student messages for world leaders as he walks to Glasgow for COP26 https://t.co/KkzbNaHSMT

05/10/21

Retweeted From John McLaverty

After meeting with yesterday, an student had this message for World Leaders at : 'tell the world leaders to tax the rich to raise the money needed to tackle the climate emergency' in action - the https://t.co/nbPLTpqMKw

04/10/21

Thought for the week: self-esteem. "Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love" Brené Brown https://t.co/yTu7UuHxpp

04/10/21

SJL Open Evening notice: school will close early to students on the day of the SJL Open Evening, Wednesday 6 October, and open slightly later the following day, Thursday 7 October. Thank you for your support. https://t.co/wDzGnf4dNV

01/10/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Great work by the team who cleared the remaining beds, we are almost ready to replant for the new season. They also cut some fresh flowers and delivered them to staff Have a nice weekend living life on the Veg! https://t.co/xP2ar98QiF

01/10/21

This week's newsletter is out now... https://t.co/kVPVjNE6j4 https://t.co/MZyUjhLFh7

30/09/21

To start off Black History Month tomorrow, the library Book of the Week is Ghost Boys. They also have a display in the library featuring a range of books for Black History Month, so please encourage students to take a look. https://t.co/zmeNdYqf1A

29/09/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Last week, yr 7 & 8 pupils were a great help with clearing weeds & last seasons veggies (including corn) from the beds, ready for this seasons plans & veggies! We are looking forward to seeing more keen this week as part of our group! https://t.co/LBLQtlZpMX

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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