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13/06/24

Notice: Please be aware that our Year 7 French trip departs from school tomorrow at 8.30am, please keep the bus bay on Sauncey Avenue clear so the coach can arrive and park from 8am. Many thanks.

13/06/24

Students from our Oxfam group have been busy giving assemblies to Year 7, Year 8 and Year 12 - talking about the difference between equality and equity, the incredible work of Oxfam and the fundraising and awareness activities of the SJL Oxfam group. pic.twitter.com/lnqlNdoQ2m

12/06/24

This week Austen House are hosting Austen's Got Talent at lunchtime - a chance for students to showcase their talents in a bid to win coveted house points. We've seen some incredible talent from singing to comedy, dancing to musical renditions and so much more! pic.twitter.com/mZq14PdhSH

12/06/24

Last week we were proud to be a part of the Student Climate Change & Sustainability Conference day at . Students listened to a variety of speakers and took part in engaging activities. It was a truly inspiring day! pic.twitter.com/jjnU6EQUn7

11/06/24

Today we welcomed Year 5 students from High Beeches Primary School who took part in a debating workshop learning the art of discussion and persuasion. The children were really enthusiastic and came up with some fantastic ideas! Thank you for coming to visit. pic.twitter.com/1LZxOB3fas

11/06/24

Lots of investigating happening in Year 7 science class using universal indicator to find out the pH balance of different household substances - matching the colour change to their pH balance colour scale. pic.twitter.com/Lj6F24BqZJ

11/06/24

Fabulous to see the incredible success of ex SJL students - helping to inspire current students. https://t.co/66qtFJlrAG

10/06/24

Year 8 were tasked with choosing a famous building to master their drawing and painting skills using biro and watercolour - so many amazing pieces of art being created! pic.twitter.com/ZyTFcigjto

07/06/24

Leadership opportunities play a vital role in the development of our students and we are delighted to introduce our new student leadership team - Aryan and Ria as Head Students, ably assisted by Madeleine, James, Lily and Emma. pic.twitter.com/Ba4ybIIrvy

07/06/24

A fantastic day taking place at our Sustainability Conference! https://t.co/6dKnuagZFn

07/06/24

With a nod to Cadbury's 200 year anniversary, some of our Year 8 students have been tasked with designing their own chocolate bar in D&T graphics class . This week they have been working on creating their own fonts. pic.twitter.com/IqkCWiljHm

07/06/24

Fantastic talk by from the Ministry of Eco Education and the Green Britain Foundation engaging our pupils on issues of Change and pic.twitter.com/9nqLlMO57j

07/06/24

We are very privileged to have a variety of great presenters leading our workshops this morning at our Change and Conference pic.twitter.com/yRsJjF0qDy

07/06/24

We are looking forward to a great day discussing how we can safeguard the future of our planet at the Annual Sustainability Conference. The day was introduced by our CEO, Claire Robins. pic.twitter.com/fCag7bGQUq

06/06/24

We are really excited to collaborate withSt Albans Greener Together who chose to showcase SJL as an example of a sustainable school - take a look at their fabulous video. #SJLproudhttps://t.co/fR5MMTTuY0 pic.twitter.com/exJzluGzqg

06/06/24

Preparations are underway for some Year 7 and Year 8 students taking part in our next 'Have you met...?' event on Tuesday 18 June from 3.30pm-4.30pm in the School Hall. They spent time with student leaders to discuss ideas for their individual displays. pic.twitter.com/QgZuisbGrL

06/06/24

Annual Sports Team Photos will be taken today. All students that have represented SJL teams should come to school in PE kit today (no uniform required) P1 Year 7; P2 Year 8; P3 Year 9; P4 Year 10

05/06/24

On World Environment Day our Eco Garden Club have been making use of an old butler sink to create an 'alpine trough' - with gorgeous plants found naturally below the snow and above the tree line.#GenerationRestoration pic.twitter.com/xMKZXpoY2Q

05/06/24

Reminder to Year 12 parents that online Parents’ Evening is taking place this evening. pic.twitter.com/kdfM53ImhM

05/06/24

Year 8 students in Food Technology were transported to Italy with the aroma of their incredible ragu and pasta dishes - brilliant cooking skills! pic.twitter.com/BrTxFQuAs9

05/06/24

Amazing results, well done, great teamwork! https://t.co/LHIyiedWcp

04/06/24

Yesterday some of our students enjoyed a workshop run by a team of software engineers from - the students undertook a project which focused on the creative and planning aspects of designing software solutions for modern world challenges. pic.twitter.com/mS5TOGIfnR

04/06/24

DigiTech Live - for anyone in a teaching profession this is such a great opportunity to find out more about educational technology. https://t.co/jC6JdRRxyj

03/06/24

Year 8 students were experimenting with different lighting and sound effects to create audience suspense in the gothic horror pieces they were creating. pic.twitter.com/030Q4FyPVB

02/06/24

Reminder - Year 8 ImmunisationsYear 8 students please wear a short sleeved school shirt or a vest underneath a long sleeved school shirt in preparation for immunisations tomorrow.

JSTOR

Here at Sir John Lawes, we believe scholastic excellence is achieved in part through access to the best academic materials available. Thus, we have introduced JSTOR to every computer desktop — a peerless academic resource which revolutionizes student wider reading and research whilst complementing our school Library.

JSTOR is a shared digital library created in 1995 to help university and college libraries free up space on their shelves, save costs, and provide greater levels of access to more content than ever before. JSTOR currently includes a vast range of academic journals, dating back to the first volume ever published, along with thousands of other materials relevant for education.

The JSTOR Schools Collection exposes secondary school students to peer-reviewed scholarly research for the first time. It also helps teachers enrich their classrooms with key scholarly literature across more than 50 disciplines.

Aimed at Key Stage 5 and 4 students primarily, the JSTOR Schools Collection takes student research to a new level enabling them to access material in their subjects as well as ones they may be deciding to study at university. Students can use JSTOR for class work, homework, Controlled Assessments, coursework, wider reading outside the curriculum, Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs), UCAS preparation, Oxbridge, and university entrance interviews.

Students log in to the site with a user name and password.  They can save JSTOR documents to their accounts and print them. In learning to use such a valuable site, which is hosted by most universities, students are also taught how to include citations from JSTOR and not unwittingly or deliberately fall into plagiarism.

Over 200 UK higher education institutions, and all Russell Group universities, subscribe to JSTOR and it is considered to be a core resource for a broad range of subject areas - from literature and history to biology and mathematics.  It was also named "best overall database" by Library Journal in 2013. The JSTOR Secondary Schools Collection offers access to the full text of over 1,800 leading archival journals - a total of over 50 million pages! All four JSTOR primary source collections (including 19th Century British Pamphlets) are also part of the package. These collections include pamphlets, manuscripts, letters, oral histories, government documents, images, 3-D models, spatial data, type specimens, drawings, paintings, and more. Offering a clear and intuitive interface, and a wide range of search and personalisation options, the JSTOR Secondary Schools Collection is also a treasure trove of high quality citations and references.

“The content is so good! There’s a reason why every graduate student and most every undergraduate knows JSTOR if they know any research database, and its content. But now I can also say that the database will become known for its ease of use in searching, finding, and manipulating records.” Library Journal

The following websites give further information:

http://about.jstor.org/

http://www.plagiarism.org/

JSTOR tutorials are widely available on YouTube such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoGx2uxHWD4

We are planning to create our own.

JSTOR Daily - a new online magazine that offers a fresh take on our world. It draws connections between the stories you read about in your favorite news publications and the material housed on JSTOR.

http://daily.jstor.org/

Student testimonials:

“JSTOR has already , in a few weeks of Year 13, proved invaluable in all my subjects.”

“JSTOR is the greatest aid for detailed study and has vastly improved my subject knowledge and understanding.”

“JSTOR has helped me to find a wealth of information freely and conveniently. It has been, and will continue to be, a great aid for all of my subjects.”

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