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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.

Ministry of Defence

MOD Education Outreach Programme

Under the strap line of ‘giving students a start’, the award-winning MOD Education Outreach Programme has for 16 years been working with Colleges, Academies and Schools across the UK, where diversity is often > 60%, over 100 nationalities and languages are present, and many students are ‘at risk’ with curriculum, personal development and employability skills support. Over 2,500 students every year benefit from support, either in the classroom through mentoring, specialist talks, and mock interviews, or linked in with a ‘taster’ visit to Whitehall. This is in order to give students a flavour of the workplace, many of whom have never visited an employer before and have no one in their family in work.

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Andy Gillman MBE

Andy Gillman MBE
 
I had the privilege to be invited along with 5 other students – 3 of us in Year 9 and 3 others in Year 10 - to Sandringham School in St. Albans to take part in a Ministry of Defence-organised event. Competing with other local schools, we were tasked with roleplaying the Prime Minister and their Cabinet and using our public speaking, problem solving and teamwork skills to defuse an international crisis: a civil war in the (fictional) country of Dacan, endangering British civilians. We then had to give a press conference to the other students to explain our plan and try to answer the questions directed to us as best we could.

All after a professional pizza lunch, of course.

Although every team gave their best efforts, Sir John Lawes managed to pull through and win in a close victory. Andy Gillman, the overseer from the MoD, praised our team’s coordination and ability. (He also “liked my style” as Prime Minister.)

From our experience (and triumph) in this event, we found out the life of a politician is more difficult than we thought. We learned to improve our skill at working in a team and managing a difficult situation as well as improvisation under pressure from other students’ questions.

As the winning team, we have been invited by Mr Gillman to go to the real Ministry of Defence at Whitehall in London to give a small speech about our experience and how it helped us. We’re very thankful for this opportunity to get involved with the government and excited to head there next week.

Alex Hegarty
 
 
Round table
Students working on their crisis briefing as members of the Cabinet
 
Taking questions
Fielding a press conference and taking questions
 
A group of students from years 9 and 10 had the opportunity to participate in the Ministry of Defence International Crisis Scenario Workshop, at Sandringham. We were presented with a crisis, set in a fictional country, and were then tasked with finding an appropriate solution. We each took on a role from the UK government positions, forming a complete team that covered all aspects of the problem. Using the information we were given, we came up with potential ways to combat the issue, and worked together to agree on a plan of action.

After discussing possibilities amongst ourselves, we had to present our resolution through a press conference. We proposed ideas to the other schools, and then answered questions that they posed to us. This particular part of the afternoon gave us the chance to practice public speaking, and thinking on our feet. It was also very interesting to hear the other schools’ solutions, and seeing the different approaches that people decided to take.
 
The afternoon challenged us to deal with real life problems that the British government face, and we all left with a heightened awareness of the skills required, such as decision making, communication and also collaboration. An added bonus was the fact that we won the competition, despite it being SJL’s first ever time attending! Andy Gillman MBE, who ran the workshop, even invited us to a celebratory lunch next week in Whitehall, to share our thoughts and opinions on the experience with others. Overall, it was an extremely valuable experience, and a chance to take part in something entirely new and unique.
 
Justine Jing
 
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Inter-School Challenge winners with their certificates presented by Andy Gillman MBE
 
Following on, the same six SJL students had the opportunity to attend the celebrations held at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters, following the win of the crisis workshop the previous week. Andy Gillman MBE invited Sir John Lawes and a number of other educational institutions to celebrate their participation in the Education Outreach Programme, which he built in 2002 and has run for the past 15 years.
 
Along with other students, we were asked to provide a short presentation in which to explain the experience and the benefits of the competition. At first we were rather nervous about speaking in front of so many people but as the day progressed, we altered our speeches, gained in confidence and managed to deliver a rather professional piece as a team. We are really grateful to Mr Gillman for giving us the chance to learn about the government and for setting up the programme which gives students a deeper understanding of political roles. The event also proved valuable as it promoted information about working for the MoD. This careers advice could prove useful in the future and was highly appreciated by all the students.
 
Finally, after thanking Mr Gillman, we received our award certificates, for our success in the inter-school competition, from Lieutenant General Richard Nugee CVO CBE, Chief of Defence People, who has responsibility for the ‘whole force’ - including 140,000 full time and 30,000 part time servicemen and women, 60,000 civil servants, about 200,000 military dependants, and around 2.8 million veterans.
 
Both the workshop and the celebrations were highly educational and we feel privileged to have partaken in them.
 
Jay Colston-Patel
 
 
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Lieutenant General Richard Nugee CVO CBE, Chief of Defence People
with students from Sir John Lawes School
 
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Andy Gillman MBE
 
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SJL students take the stand
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