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04/10/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Year 7 Netball Result SJL 11-2 STAGS Brilliant Result for the girls this evening, well done to all involved https://t.co/ujNwYARc5A

04/10/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

SJL Library is celebrating World Space Week. . Some of our authors include , , and . https://t.co/Ld35hKY5iD

03/10/22

We are hiring! Join our experienced and friendly support team, excellent CPD and benefits for all staff. 📢 Exams Officer 📢 Teaching Assistant See website to apply https://t.co/ic1zJTfoSJ https://t.co/vDKY4WWa5n

30/09/22

Excellent day today at Hertfordshire’s Great Representation Programme launch event. Inspiring and thought provoking content. We are looking forward to working on this project over the year. https://t.co/N6tqBjGynq

30/09/22

Retweeted From Friends of SJL

FOSJL social evening and AGM 8pm Wed 12th October in the main school hall. We hope to see you then. See EduLink letter.

30/09/22

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Script writing in Year 8 Drama 🎭 https://t.co/tg7SNed3La

30/09/22

This week’s newsletter is out now… https://t.co/Qh6Dn325yS https://t.co/0nXSTYjM9h

29/09/22

More lost property: pencil cases and glasses. Head to Reception to claim lost items. Any lost property not claimed by Friday 7 October will be donated/disposed of. https://t.co/LBteiRhOZs

29/09/22

Lost property: please send students to First Aid to claim their property. We have a large number of unmarked trainers. Please ensure all items brought into school are named, they can then able to be returned to their owner. https://t.co/utd0sUh74i

28/09/22

Amazing! Thank you to all the students for their dedication to the Eco Garden. What joyous results. https://t.co/LDbvBmmsxw

28/09/22

A great atmosphere at Chess and Go Club this lunchtime, with over 50 students developing their skills and competing against each other. Strategic thinking in action! https://t.co/w3DXBII5zi

28/09/22

Open Evening update: Day tours will be available to book from 7pm today, an opportunity to see our wonderful school in action. Head over to our website for more information https://t.co/Vybd1vvtPg https://t.co/SQFZjHkvaO

28/09/22

Retweeted From SJLdrama

It was a joy today to explore Indonesian shadow puppetry with Year 8 Drama students. https://t.co/hgTl52xNAj

28/09/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Incredible rainbow outside the library yesterday afternoon! 🌈 https://t.co/WQOctLoZ7V

27/09/22

Clubs: with over 80 different co-curricular activities on offer, there is a club for everyone. https://t.co/xZL96oc7A2 https://t.co/o3ZqlJ8Aqp

27/09/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Please don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for updates, photos and results

27/09/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

The Year 8 Netball team beat in the first round of the district cup this evening. Both teams played very well in a very narrow victory https://t.co/08bHiOjIiX

26/09/22

Wishing the SJL community happy celebrations https://t.co/HLAPMsk6WU

24/09/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Year 11 Netball SJL 34-26 RPS - awesome victory for the girls this evening https://t.co/WPB4MJsFpq

24/09/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Senior Netball Result: SJL 28-25 RPS - a brilliant game of netball that could have gone either way. Well done to all of the girls involved https://t.co/pzRfao7ee5

24/09/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Rugby is back Results vs Year 7 - drew 20-20 Year 8 - lost 45-40 Year 9 - lost 53-7 Year 10 - lost 24-19 Well done to all of the boys involved against some very strong Hitchin teams https://t.co/GXAR0ddAqY

24/09/22

We are excited to welcome Year 6 students and their families to this year’s Open Evening, our students cannot wait to show you their school. To register for tickets, visit our website https://t.co/Vybd1vN4GO https://t.co/udZwrY9V0x

23/09/22

Retweeted From St Albans & District Foodbank

This we'd like to thank School for making us local charity of the year. Last weekend Natalie our Schools Coordinator was delighted to attend the Year 7 picnic and meet the Head Pupils, Ellie and Harrison who are leading this initiative. Thank you 💚 https://t.co/tshVRu2VnX

23/09/22

A great way to end the week with Yr7 & 8 Netball practice in the sunshine. https://t.co/w3LzSNT4j2

23/09/22

Thank you to everyone who has already reserved tickets for our Open Evening, our students cannot wait to welcome you. We are aware that all tickets have now been reserved. Please bear with us as we look at capacity, further tickets will be released Monday 26 September, 7pm. https://t.co/RC8j4p9FGo

23/09/22

Edulink absence reporting is currently unavailable if you would like to report an absence please call the school and choose option 1. Alternatively email attendance.herts.sch.uk Thank you for your patience during this time.

22/09/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

New look Senior Football team kick season off with 3-1 win in National Cup against Sandringham School. Excellent debuts for F.Sweeting, L.Myers, Z.Kelly, D.Purvis, E.Langstaffe. And a Sweeting family Fynn2 Max1

22/09/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Massive congratulations to Tiana MD who has been deservedly selected to play for Hertfordshire Schools U16s. An amazing achievement for a wonderful player. Good luck Tiana enjoy the experience. https://t.co/jbj8sHkB8K

22/09/22

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 13 fieldwork went well today in Swanage. Old Harry still rocks! And Miss Pearl found some flood defences which made her extremely happy! Looking forward to a day of coastal fieldwork tomorrow on Studland Beach. https://t.co/5PK1wpLSpB

22/09/22

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 13 Geographers have begun their fieldwork in the Swanage area to prepare them for their individual investigations. Beautiful day for outside learning! ☀️ https://t.co/0LU9590Nb2

21/09/22

Year 10 World Challenge: If you haven't signed up for tomorrow’s online talk about Southern Tanzania in 2024, register via link to join the call at 6pm Thursday 22 September. See letter on website for more information https://t.co/pvsVFB8PtZ https://t.co/45lBpXtJC9

21/09/22

Student leaders receiving training for their new roles, leading in: Sustainability, Digital Technology, Charity, Sports, Diversity & Mental Health. https://t.co/SRFoAvO6aR

21/09/22

We are excited to welcome Year 6 families to this year’s Open Evening, taking place on Wednesday 5 October 2022. Tickets for the open evening will include access to headteacher's talk and guided tours. Visit our website for further information https://t.co/fluziClNK7 https://t.co/ruzW2eVjqS

21/09/22

Career news: we need you! We are looking for parents/alumni to offer insights into their fields of work. Would you be happy to share your career passions and access routes into them? We would love to hear from you, please contact Mrs Power, Careers Lead jpower.herts.sch.uk https://t.co/YWeD3he9D2

21/09/22

Retweeted From PAPYRUS

Amazing! Thank you so much for raising money and awareness for our charity. 💜

21/09/22

Update on the Prefect’s Picnic for our new yr7 families. Thanks to those who attended and donated we raised £1200 for our school charities this year and https://t.co/a0baQXXCVZ

20/09/22

Year 11 reminder: we look forward to welcoming parents/carers to tomorrow’s Study Skills evening. Talks allocated by surname. Information booklet has been issued today on Edulink. https://t.co/TqNgu2X85e

20/09/22

We are excited to welcome Year 6 families to this year’s Open Evening, taking place Wednesday 5 October 2022. Tickets for headteacher’s speeches will go live tomorrow evening, Wednesday 21 September 2022 at 7pm. Link to tickets will be available on our website and social media. https://t.co/Kpm3xO5pSW

19/09/22

Retweeted From SJL 6th Form

We are wishing all of our year 13 graduates all the best as many of them head off to university this weekend. We hope you have a wonderful time settling in, meeting new friends and getting stuck into your courses!

18/09/22

It was great to welcome the families of our new yr7 today at our annual prefects picnic. A huge thank you to the prefect team for organising. https://t.co/JDZkZ36Yu3

Extra-curricular provision

A very comprehensive range of extra-curricular activities is provided at SJL and includes:

Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form – Course and exam work support

Teachers offer group and one-to-one support for course and exam work and students are able to come in and use the computer rooms and workshops (staff supervision required) at lunch times and after school.

English

  • Journalism Club for Years 7 and 8
  • Senior Reading Group for Years 11 - 13
  • Upper School Debating for Years 9 – 13

Anthony Glenn’s ‘Shaking Up Shakespeare’ providing interactive dramatic interpretations of Shakespearian comedies and tragedies studied at Years 7 - 9 and Year 11.

Ash Dickinson’s 'brilliantly surreal' Year 9 poetry performance workshop.

Theatre trips to productions of GCSE and A-Level set texts such as ‘Macbeth’, ‘Othello’ and Shakespeare’s Globe.

Poetry By Heart performance poetry competition – heats held at SJL then progressing to regional and national levels.

Every year our students participate in the Rotary’s Youth Speaks competition, whilst the faculty runs an annual lower-school public speaking competition in the summer term. Our students have taken part in debating competitions at the Palace of Westminster, having been invited by our local MP, whilst our VI form debating team has organised debating competitions with other local schools.

External providers

Sir John Lawes works closely with the following centres of scholastic excellence:

University of Hertfordshire who support EPQ students

Rothamsted Research (see http://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/learn-with-us)

Geography

Fieldwork is key to subject and evident in all year groups’ provision. In KS3 fieldwork around the school site and in the local area is undertaken. In year 10 we visit Southend to investigate coastal processes and in year 11 we complete urban fieldwork in St Albans. At GCSE, there is also a 4 day residential trip to Iceland that up to 60 students can go on. In Sixth form, there is a residential trip to Swanage to prepare students for their independent investigation, as well as a day visit to East London to experience the case studies learnt about in class.

Each year, Geography MASt students are invited to take part in the Geographical Association’s Geowise Quiz against other St. Albans and Harpenden schools. This includes student teams from Year 8, 9 and 10.

Students are encouraged to attend Geography club every fortnight which provides an opportunity to learn about geography outside the curriculum. The Eco Schools club also runs every alternate fortnight, giving the students the chance to contribute to the sustainability of the school, the local community and the wider world. An important part of this is the school’s Eco Garden, where students have been growing flowers and vegetables successfully for a number of years.

The Faculty also holds a membership to the Royal Geographical Society and each year its VI formers are invited to attend two or three School Member’s Lectures at the Society’s HQ in London. We also are members of the Geographical Association and the school subscribes to the Geography review magazine, allowing sixth form students to read around the topics they are studying.

History

Extensive reading lists given to A-Level students to enhance their subject knowledge.

Year 9 trip to Normandy to visit the D-Day landing sites which allows students to reflect on the events that happened and how D-Day is remembered in Normandy.

Independent research project undertaken in Year 9 to improve students ability to think and work independently.

History mysteries club for Key Stage 3 students to examine intriguing historical events and figures.

Key Stage 5 students given the opportunity to take part in various University essay writing competitions when opportunities arise.

Life Skills

Years 8 and 9 (January - March)

A great enrichment opportunity for our younger more able students is the National Magistrates Mock Trial competition. This competition is an extra-curricular activity that enriches participating students’ understanding of the criminal justice system as well as developing key skills such as public speaking, critical thinking and enquiry and student-led team work. The team also gets to visit a Magistrates’ court to sit in on real cases and get to talk to a practising Magistrate. For more information on the competition that is run by the Citizenship Foundation please visit; www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk.

Years 10 and 12 (September - November)

A great enrichment opportunity for our older more able students is the Bar National Mock Trial competition. This competition is an extra-curricular activity that enriches participating students’ understanding of the criminal justice system as well as developing key skills such as public speaking, critical thinking and enquiry and student-led team work. The team also gets to visit a Crown court to sit in on real cases and attend a workshop with a practising barrister. For more information on the competition that is run by the Citizenship Foundation please visit; www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk.

RE

  • University visits for Sixth Form for potential courses
  • Lectures for Sixth Form on Philosophical and Ethical Issues
  • Good and Evil day for GCSE full course students (external philosopher)
  • STEP – Christian organisation providing workshops for Years 8 and 10
  • Advanced reading material for students at GCSE and A level
  • Additional resources available for students in Humanities personal library section
  • Philosophy undergraduates magazine

School Trips:

  • Florence and Rome, Italy (Year 10 & 11)
  • Neasden Temple, North London (Year 7)
  • Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury (Year 8)

School Clubs

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