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27/05/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn3j8AS Have a lovely half term break! https://t.co/QZHaMoCJXD

27/05/22

Term date reminder: half term Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June. To our students taking exams, remember to schedule in some breaks to your revision time. We look forward to seeing everyone back Monday 6 June for the final half term of the year. https://t.co/EBnoufzA50

26/05/22

Retweeted From Mike Hall

Love these - well done 👏👏👏

26/05/22

Retweeted From John McLaverty

It's amazing Can't wait to see it finished at https://t.co/ef9pS7f5W3

26/05/22

Fantastic work by all these students! https://t.co/7BlIjXu1uW

26/05/22

This half term look out for the Jubilee bunting which will be displayed as part of the celebrations Our thanks to our wonderful textiles students on their creations. https://t.co/Qe2skO322O

26/05/22

New Year 7 '22 cohort and current Year 7 and 8, reminder deadline for payment to secure iPads for the academic year 2022/2023 is Friday 3 June 2022 via ParentPay. https://t.co/QBunMJfEwm

26/05/22

Lawes Lowdown a round up of the events from this half term, produced by https://t.co/6y9xOgnhu3

26/05/22

Year 12 reminder: payment for the upcoming UCAS Convention trip is to be made by Monday 6 June 2022 https://t.co/TDY8no5XHc

26/05/22

The recording of our wonderful Jazz Night is now available to view on the school website https://t.co/32iBqLcR4x

26/05/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Today is National Thank a Teacher Day and SJL library would like to say thank you to all teachers, teacher assistants and support staff. If you would like to send a thank you to someone follow the link https://t.co/cjZOOPJFcV https://t.co/lSdI0Xmabk

26/05/22

Retweeted From Roundwood Park School Sports Partnership

Massive thanks to the excellent hockey leaders from who officiated at the County primary schools hockey event today. https://t.co/T0YhYAP1hp

25/05/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Disappointingly tomorrow’s Yr10 cricket match against Beaumont has also had to be cancelled. We will now be playing RPS or SCC after half term.

25/05/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Looking forward to ? Check out our display for spooky reads that will take you to the Upside Down … https://t.co/drhjTKJaDj

25/05/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Thanks to Miss Smyth and , we now have copies of from available to read in the Library! Great for Film, Media Studies and English students 🥳 https://t.co/FblE8NTYEQ

25/05/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Some confusion about Yr10 cricket fixtures this week. Tomorrow’s game v Watford Boys is postponed until after half term. Sorry for the confusion!

24/05/22

2/2 Please also see Reception for any unclaimed jewellery. https://t.co/r7maXjhr2Y

24/05/22

1/2 Lost Property! We have an increasing number of glasses, pencil cases and keys in Lost Property. Owners should come to Reception to collect. Any unclaimed first week after half term will be donated/disposed of. https://t.co/vOhzVDOI0E

24/05/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Lettuce from the garden going into the canteen today. From plot to plate https://t.co/Ker2BaB8f0

23/05/22

Retweeted From JustTalkHerts

Whether GCSEs, A-Levels or university, exams can lead to a lot of anxiety for students - and the rest of the family, too. have created a list of tips for both students and parents/carers about managing exam stress. Check it out here: https://t.co/fol7lQJXJv https://t.co/KLsybp8e53

23/05/22

📢Support Vacancies 📢 Two highly sought after support vacancies currently available: Teaching Assistant full/part-time Reprographics Assistant part-time Join our friendly and professional support teams, apply now https://t.co/IzhoMPETY6 https://t.co/J8OJI7KHqL

23/05/22

🎸New lunch club 🎸 are excited to announce the introduction of SJL Guitar Group, for students in Years 7 - 9 For details of all the lunchtime co-curricular activities head to our website https://t.co/aBxfwKwsni https://t.co/eHJoWAAbQ1

23/05/22

Retweeted From Services for Young People

Best of luck to all the students out on work experience this week. It can be daunting at first to go out on work experience but it's amazing for your confidence, skills and CV and we hope you have a brilliant time. https://t.co/a6KRvFfeq2

23/05/22

Good luck to our Year 12 students who are out on work placements this week. The Year 12 team look forward to catching up with you and your employers during the course of the week

23/05/22

Thought for the Week: manners. Having manners means treating other people with courtesy and politeness, and showing correct public behaviour. https://t.co/Zb8khUXnni

22/05/22

Retweeted From Teaching

It's next week! Is there a teacher or support staff you want to personally thank? You can even do it anonymously if you're feeling shy 😊 Here's how to send a message: https://t.co/V6I2roHTkb

20/05/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/6mkorMErvi https://t.co/QSLWrvea0Y

19/05/22

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Farewell to these A level drama lovelies whose bright futures are inevitable#theatreinschools https://t.co/vwTmJkAA2Q

19/05/22

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Well done to year 11 Drama students for being in fine form this afternoon for their drama exam#dramainschools https://t.co/i1jDgn7JTP

19/05/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Thanks to the staff for their support of plant sale. We sold out! Every single plant was raised from seed and tended by the students. Well done everyone! https://t.co/xW5IoDMC3D

19/05/22

Year 13 “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” Gandhi https://t.co/qqD3cZxHWA

19/05/22

Year 13 your ceremony awaits https://t.co/lAK7WGfJZB

19/05/22

A few helpful hints from ahead of tomorrow's GCSE mathematics paper. https://t.co/PG20DDIClY

19/05/22

Beautiful! https://t.co/OVgc54WbbX

19/05/22

Year 13 Leavers' Ceremony today 2.30pm. Pleas arrive from 2.15pm Good luck Year 13 - behind you are your memories, before you are your dreams https://t.co/bfPcAndcOH

18/05/22

Congratulations to the entire team on their tremendous hardwork and dedication, entwining sustainability and sport https://t.co/ceLNwYbe9I

18/05/22

The Watford Football Club’s Premier League Enterprise Programme winners are all ready for the audience with Richard Masters, CEO Premier League and Nigel Huddleston MP Under Secretary of State for Sport https://t.co/90MkZmtnRC

18/05/22

This Wellbeing Wednesday we take a look at some more revisions tips. Remember the full public examination timetables can be found on the school website https://t.co/bx3Twd5hz4 https://t.co/tzDlgFWrPC

18/05/22

Retweeted From JustTalkHerts

Are you a parent/carer of a young person preparing for exams? For helpful advice about how to support teenagers during exam periods, our website can signpost you to the right support: https://t.co/fol7lQJXJv https://t.co/xC8YIjUlGp

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)

Lunch Clubs

After School Clubs

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