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29/02/24

School of Rock - SOLD OUT! Thank you for all your support of our performance of School of Rock this week, tickets are now sold out for the last show on Friday night.

29/02/24

Some Year 12 and Year 13 students took part in online interviews with recruitment experts from to help strengthen their employability. All Year 12 students will be taking part in an Interview Skills Day in early July. Look out for further information. pic.twitter.com/w0dtk4x0YQ

29/02/24

Wishing our Year 9 and Year 10 German Studies students a fantastic trip to Alzey, Germany as part of our exchange programme. Students will join exchange partners in lessons and experiencing a day in school, following a town trail around Alzey and meeting the town mayor. pic.twitter.com/ZAVb9iQMyZ

28/02/24

Such an inspiring apprenticeship event this evening-thank you so much to the employers, Anna from Amazing Apprenticeships and our wonderful alumni Ben, Mo and Amelie for sharing their experiences with our students. pic.twitter.com/F7icNbB4WD

28/02/24

Such an inspiring apprenticeship event this evening-thank you so much to the employers, Anna from Amazing Apprenticeships and our wonderful alumni Ben, Mo and Amelie for sharing their experiences with our students. pic.twitter.com/F7icNbB4WD

28/02/24

Our growing season began today. We sowed wildflowers seeds and staked our loganberry bush. We picked and placed daffodils on reception to create some spring cheer. pic.twitter.com/e45xm9xVAY

28/02/24

Our growing season began today. We sowed wildflowers seeds and staked our loganberry bush. We picked and placed daffodils on reception to create some spring cheer. pic.twitter.com/e45xm9xVAY

28/02/24

Year 8 Netball🏐Well done to the year 8 netball players for their performance in a friendly game against Roundwood Park this afternoon. Great teamwork and movement around the court resulted in a win. Well done girls and good luck in the District Netball Tournament next week 🤞🏼 pic.twitter.com/2j4vO6gouK

28/02/24

Year 8 Netball🏐Well done to the year 8 netball players for their performance in a friendly game against Roundwood Park this afternoon. Great teamwork and movement around the court resulted in a win. Well done girls and good luck in the District Netball Tournament next week 🤞🏼 pic.twitter.com/2j4vO6gouK

28/02/24

Reminder - Apprenticeship Evening tonight starting at 6.30pm in the Sports Hall.Please enter the school via the tennis courts or the staff car park on Manland Way. The Apprenticeship Evening is open to students who have previously registered for the event. pic.twitter.com/vHP58XWYbB

28/02/24

Parents’ Evening for Year 8 will take place on Wednesday 20 March 2024 online via SchoolCloud. Further information about SchoolCloud and how to book your appointments will be sent home. pic.twitter.com/CR1Nj8nqPJ

28/02/24

For their history studies, Year 7 were challenged to design a diagram or model of a Medieval castle - aiming to make it as secure as possible using at least three methods of defence, using materials only available at that time. What amazing designs! pic.twitter.com/dXsgA05BWi

27/02/24

Students in years 11-13 might be interested in this summer school about working in Allied Health Professions. https://t.co/DE9khaK3DQ.

27/02/24

It's showtime!! - our students have been working really hard in rehearsals and they can't wait to perform School of Rock!Performances tonight, Wednesday and Friday this week. Tickets available on ParentPay. pic.twitter.com/JaWVuriJOi

27/02/24

Lots of students enjoying our quiz! pic.twitter.com/dJfsJTdLd4

27/02/24

Amazing - well done Elizabeth!! https://t.co/KPBOwuTLzn

27/02/24

Lots of students enjoying our quiz! pic.twitter.com/dJfsJTdLd4

26/02/24

Students in years 11-13 might be interested in this summer school about working in Allied Health Professions. https://t.co/DE9khaK3DQ.

26/02/24

School of Rock school production - last few tickets remaining!Performances on Tuesday 27 Feb, Wednesday 28 Feb and Friday 1 March at 6pm in the school hall. Tickets available on ParentPay.Excitement is at an all time high and we can’t wait for you to see the show! pic.twitter.com/IFowSTzBVN

26/02/24

Year 9 reminder: The deadline to return the GCSE Options Form is tomorrow - Tuesday 27 February. Thank you to those who have sent them back already. pic.twitter.com/6LSbMvzOYS

26/02/24

Year 11 and Year 13 hoodies can still be ordered on ParentPay . Deadline is Tuesday 27 February. All proceeds go to the Hospice of St Francis. Many Thanks from the Year 12 Dragons’ Apprentice Team.

26/02/24

Congratulations to our yr13 students who have received offers from Oxford and Cambridge. pic.twitter.com/HWRLqUxEqT

24/02/24

Ski Trip update: we are now on our way back to school. If you can leave the bus spaces free so the coach can park. If parents can arrive at school for 4.30pm and we will be arriving soon after. If there are any changes, I’ll update on here

24/02/24

Ski Trip update: delays at border control has meant we are on a later ferry. Will let you know the timings once we have crossed and have arrived in Dover.

23/02/24

Ski Trip update: our final day on the slopes and now we are en route home 🇨🇭⛷️ pic.twitter.com/LXFCvG1KlW

Previous Purchases

Formula 1 Project Equipment - This purchase in summer 2023 has allowed the F1 programme to start this year with Year 9.The students design their cars on CAD, 3D print them then add a compressed gas canister to power them.
 

Formula 1 project

 

 

 

 

 

Six Radio Mics and New Mixing Desk - The new audio equipment will be of benefit to whole school community events as well as extracurricular concerts and productions. The purchase has also made sound production design a possibility for students to specialise in on GCSE and A level drama syllabi. 

Mixing Desk

Two Sewing Machines - The new machines help Year 7 students build up their confidence using sewing machines, while older year groups enjoy using the sewing machines in more creative ways in their Textiles classes. 

Sewing Machine

 

New Minibus - The school needed a new minibus to better cope with the increasing transport requirements.  In June, the long-awaited minibus was purchased – second hand but in fantastic condition inside and out, and there’s even air-conditioning vents for all the passengers!  Go to the Friends of SJL Facebook or Twitter to see our video.

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New Tenor Saxophone - The Music Faculty had been in need of a new Tenor Saxophone for quite some time.  Being able to support students expand their musical repertoire (for example branching out from an Alto Sax) and helps to enhance the sound of the various music ensembles.  The music parents support group are instrumental in raising funds and FOSJL were able to provide a substantial donation to make this purchase possible.  Go to the Friends of SJL Facebook or Twitter to see a short video.

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The Oasis

This was a huge project which transformed a large area of barren land in the middle of the school into a beautiful place for students and staff to enjoy.  This was achieved by covering the area with artificial turf, building decking and seating around three beautiful silver birch trees, planting up the flower beds with shrubs and building a large raised bed in the centre of the site.  In addition, a student has built some seating in collaboration with Jarvis Contracting and students have painted murals and made sculptures. 

 

Oasis

The Outdoor Gym

This was the first Outdoor Gym to be installed in a Hertfordshire school, and only the third to be installed in the county.

We’re delighted to have been able to fund the gym. The students love it and it should make an appreciable difference to general health and fitness levels.

 

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Other projects we have funded

  • essential equipment for the new science lab
  • a range of low cost musical instruments to make trying an instrument an option for all students
  • an outdoor table tennis table, bats and balls expanding the range of outdoor activities available for students in break times
  • improved acoustics in the Sports Hall, enabling it to be used more widely as a venue
  • fencing for the new Eco garden
  • 3 outdoor canopies enabling students to sit outside, sheltered from sun and rain
  • a mini-bus
  • 2 animal houses
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Thank you to everyone who supported us.

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