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08/02/23

Congratulations to all those involved in this year’s Gym and Dance display, so proud of the hard work all the students out into their routines - phenomenal https://t.co/FYW8pT0QlR

08/02/23

Retweeted From SJL Library

Here are some of our students trying to work out a book character based on their dating profile for our Valentine's competition. https://t.co/U63vzwK9Da

08/02/23

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Primulas in SJL colours brighten up the entrance . The team also did quite a big tidy up. It was delicate work weeding our alpine trough. https://t.co/Ih54lDWNn2

08/02/23

Parents’ Evening for Year 8 will take place on Tuesday 7 March online via SchoolCloud. Further information about SchoolCloud and how to book your appointments will be sent home next week. https://t.co/MhEjR3tEAF

07/02/23

Retweeted From SJL Library

This week is . We have a section called Shelf Help at SJL which includes books to support positive mental health. Here are some of the books we have. https://t.co/KL2tVO4wzl

07/02/23

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Fixtures for the final week of this half term- https://t.co/Il0b88lKRx

06/02/23

Retweeted From High Beeches School

Y6 loved watching this today - what great roles models the students were! https://t.co/acNMUHKl4J

06/02/23

Retweeted From Crabtree Junior School

What a fantastic treat for Year 5 to see the SJL students perform this afternoon! It was wonderful to see so many ex-Crabtree pupils perform. Lots of smiles & some very talented pupils! Thank you https://t.co/hVavUSYvW2

06/02/23

Retweeted From Send My Friend

An inspiring morning running our new campaign with passionate year 8 students at We will be launching the new campaign in late February...watch this space 📚👨‍🎓🚨 👉 https://t.co/62clO5qhIg https://t.co/jkDHt7nR53

06/02/23

Some of our local primary schools enjoyed a sneak peak of this afternoon’s Gym and Dance rehearsal. Thanks to staff and students for their dedication, we cannot wait for tomorrow’s first of two evening performances. and Sauncey Wood https://t.co/pMVv7n9xYX

06/02/23

Retweeted From Oxfam Education

We posted recently that 'citizenship is a muscle which requires exercising'. The 'Education in Emergencies' campaign will give that muscle the full work out. Join the schools campaign in late February https://t.co/Hv5PnZA6Gz https://t.co/Fq1g7g1LHm

06/02/23

Retweeted From Oxfam Education

had an amazing morning with Y8 testing out the new campaign workshop in real life. Relief to see that virtually all of it worked well & the opinion line activity was a big hit. The materials will be online for all in a couple of weeks https://t.co/4SXJRjEKHO

06/02/23

Retweeted From John McLaverty

The best bit of my job is working with young people who are as passionate, articulate & focussed on fairness as the Y8. Every one of these young people should feel very proud of themselves. Thank you for trialling the campaign materials with us https://t.co/PYKPjfP9Gw

06/02/23

Students wrote letters for their local MP as part of their campaign workshop, using their voice to say 'every child deserves and education' https://t.co/EUWBgKAvJt

06/02/23

Rehearsals are in full swing for tomorrow evening's open night of the Gym and Dance display. The Oxfam Charity group are hosting a bake sale, both cash and card donations kindly accepted. https://t.co/h5JRMHfYq7

06/02/23

Term Dates: A reminder that next week is half term. Have an enjoyable break, get out in the spring air. We look forward to seeing you all back Monday 20 February. https://t.co/B1vJBlSZnO

06/02/23

Vacancy: we are seeking an Exams Officer to join our professional and friendly support team. We are a supportive employer with excellent training and personal development opportunities. Apply now https://t.co/YX3jF737iE https://t.co/ye6wTcHxHB

06/02/23

Students up out of their seats for the human opinion line, 'is it an emergency?' agree or disagree. Fantastic thought provoking discussions as groups review case studies from around the globe https://t.co/mRzn7y9uiQ

06/02/23

Delighted to have for campaign in school, facilitating a SMF workshop with some of our year 8 students. Due to the school's ongoing work and commitment to SMF, we are proud to support their promotional campaign https://t.co/4LBzivZRC4

04/02/23

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Great Morning at the Cross Country Championships for the SJL athletes. A Brilliant effort in a really tough course. Well done to all the athletes who competed https://t.co/HCSBkZNn7h

03/02/23

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Great team performance from U16 Girls in County Cup defeating JHN School 7-2 Goals from Tiana x3, Edith x2, Madeleine & Elizabeth. Quarter finals v Sandringham next up. https://t.co/FIU2cNLKC2

03/02/23

It was a pleasure to open our doors today to our hard working and dedicated Governing Body. They observed lessons, interviewed students and enjoyed a school lunch. Thanks for your continual guidance and support. https://t.co/UmiQGWhJCh

03/02/23

What better way to end the week than to hand out headteacher commendations to some very deserving yr11 and yr13 students. https://t.co/MOx0mJHHQB

03/02/23

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn325yS https://t.co/wqql9p4Mod

02/02/23

Retweeted From BBC Bitesize

Have you got a child between the age of 14-16? The BBC Bitesize Revision App contains subjects for GCSEs, National 4, National 5, Higher and TGAU.

02/02/23

Well done girls https://t.co/A8vOnr5OvQ

02/02/23

Community. Students this week are attending house assemblies, today was the opportunity for Hepworth to hear from Mr Mason and the house captains. House assemblies instil an overriding sense of community, enhancing the power of togetherness. https://t.co/IM6NQ7gG5g

02/02/23

Great to see the skills being developed in yr8 Dance today. Rhythm, timing, musicality and most of all the enjoyment of dance. https://t.co/0Ns9dPyrxG

02/02/23

Year 9: following our Options Evening last week, subject presentations are now available on the school website https://t.co/uFHc4jKvY5 https://t.co/4rh2fqVxbx

02/02/23

Vacancies: we are seeking a highly organised, thorough, and talented administrator to support our Examinations Officer. Apply now https://t.co/P6gKRn826C https://t.co/51u2ATC2M1

01/02/23

Retweeted From SJL Library

Our display is up, highlighting some of our favourite historical fiction with LGBTQ* characters! https://t.co/YQHeQ88QBR

01/02/23

Reminder to Y9 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening closes tomorrow, 2 Feb at 6pm https://t.co/kpkmMyzp0a

01/02/23

A very insightful training session this morning on Healthy Lifestyles as we focus on promoting positive mental and physical health within our school community. Thanks to Claire and Michelle from BeeZee Bodies. https://t.co/DiR27rBK7T

01/02/23

Gym and Dance display - tickets are now live! The SJL showstopper gym and dance display is taking place next week, Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 February. Tickets available on ParentPay. This is an event not to be missed! https://t.co/fuDvgJJlM5

01/02/23

Fantastic to see alumni in action. Thank you Tommy for sharing your knowledge with the team. https://t.co/QolmacYvH0

31/01/23

Retweeted From Oaklands College

oin us on either Tuesday 7th February at our Welwyn Garden City Campus or Thursday 9th February at our St Albans Campus between 5pm-7pm for our Open Evening! Book your tickets today! https://t.co/w8pZfCtb8t https://t.co/hiJh8yRYkk https://t.co/1gKo21QAg5

31/01/23

2/2 The Swap Shop will be on Friday 10 February in the Drama Studio at lunch. All we will ask for are small donations to go charity for any item you would like!

31/01/23

'Cut Your Carbon Week' - 6 to 10 February 1/2 will raise awareness of things we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint. The students are organising a clothing swap shop. https://t.co/5PCFcHAVWw

31/01/23

Reminder to Y11 parents that online Parents’ Evening is taking place this evening. https://t.co/P2EkThCxef

30/01/23

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Fixtures for the following week, please be aware that there is also a 2 hour practice session on Sunday for those in the gym and dance display. https://t.co/niINDiAxYt

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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