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03/12/20

Christmas Countdown continues with a creative collage from Lewis, 7B https://t.co/F8dWex4Rs0

02/12/20

Some excellent models being made by year 7 students in science - well done Jacob and Charlie! https://t.co/TRwBYnu9Pr

02/12/20

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

We're hiring! Scholars' Education Trust are seeking a Finance Business Partner to join their centralised Finance Team. Do you have a finance background? Interested? For more information and to apply https://t.co/HfLNiqZZVp . . https://t.co/KuvM0oJoBR

02/12/20

A Christmas surprise from Sophia, 8K https://t.co/NmvAjcaWBO

02/12/20

Year 11 begin their study leave tomorrow, Thursday 3 December. Good luck to all our students taking their mock examinations, remember these are good practice for the real thing, an opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses. Year 11 - you have got this! https://t.co/Cu24LqVJAN

02/12/20

On the second day of Christmas... https://t.co/HJ1iAUQxAH https://t.co/g806ll9Ws2

01/12/20

Celebrating 2020 in festive fashion an entry in the Christmas Card Advent from Sarah, 10R https://t.co/nURagWiQZt

01/12/20

❄️ proudly present "12 Musical Days of Christmas" https://t.co/uLE1oqGXru https://t.co/Phm2HxXbxK

01/12/20

Just a reminder that the deadline for the library's Christmas jumper competition is Friday 4 December https://t.co/c7eS1hM7oo

30/11/20

A festive feline in today's Christmas Card Advent from Lily, 9R https://t.co/iYttPYhchj

30/11/20

Thought for the Week: Climate Change https://t.co/teMMnBgCzM

29/11/20

Christmas Advent countdown and a beautiful silhouette from Nathan, 8A https://t.co/ZY8Ssd7vkY

28/11/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Well done to the year 11 GCSE Drama Students who were Fabulous in their Devising practical exam this week!#theshowmustgoon https://t.co/45OcpPBDM7

28/11/20

Day 1 of our Christmas Card Advent with a delightful snow scene from Lula, 7L https://t.co/4dQYBm0Ilv

27/11/20

Retweeted From Choir of St Nicholas Church, Harpenden, Herts

Extra special performance for Christmas - harpist, candles, seasonal refreshments & wonderful singing. In aid of choir robes fund. Tickets very limited to allow distancing. Email music.org ASAP to reserve yours! Sung by our Choral Scholars & Head Choristers. https://t.co/TMD9fBsxv8

27/11/20

Tomorrow we will be kicking off our Christmas Card Advent countdown, showcasing the finalists from this year's SJL Christmas Card competition. Congratulations to everyone who took part, especially our finalists https://t.co/XS3TjetYaa

27/11/20

Term dates reminder: school will be closed Monday, 30 November 2020 due to our annual occasional day. Please remember current lockdown rules remain in place, help keep our community safe. https://t.co/zlQO84boGT

27/11/20

Year 13 reminder: bookings for online parents' evening appointments will close Tuesday, 1 December at 1pm https://t.co/u0HLoUom80

27/11/20

This week's newsletter out today... https://t.co/7ZtkaQlMop https://t.co/Hly3CK5TAY

25/11/20

Congratulations Mr Gauthier from all your colleagues at SJL, outstanding and dedicated headteacher for

25/11/20

Break a leg Year 11 , performing in their devising drama GCSE examination today. https://t.co/Zcjp5CGWhp

24/11/20

Year 7 Parents' Evening reminder: parents/carers please ensure you are logged into the system in advance of your first appointment and have checked appointment schedule in advance.

24/11/20

Vacancy alert: part-time teaching assistant vacancy required for our experienced Support Team. Term time hours, initially 1-year fixed term. See website to apply now! https://t.co/A2v1Bv17gl . . https://t.co/Q8OJ9lrGDk

24/11/20

With Year 11 mocks a little over 1 week away, a reminder Mr Garcia's preparing for GCSEs letter is on the school website, including links to videos with useful tips and strategies https://t.co/x7ChfW5V9X https://t.co/Zq8Nz6lThe

24/11/20

Don't forget to place orders for this year's Christmas Lunch by Wednesday, 9 December 2020 https://t.co/u5KPnZHBVK

24/11/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Calling all parents & educators... ONE DAY TO GO📢‼️ Introducing our FREE mobile app, giving you a world of at your fingertips. Be https://t.co/KVdd0yU6Hx

24/11/20

Year 7 reminder: this evening is the Year 7 parents' evening. Parents guide can be found on the school website https://t.co/E1d48gGZcj We welcome any feedback on the new Parents’ Evening system, any queries please email parentsevening.herts.sch.uk https://t.co/K5ZsthH5Yp

23/11/20

Year 8 reminder: tomorrow HPV injections take place, Tuesday 24 November. Students can wear a t-shirt/vest under their school shirt for modesty should they chose. https://t.co/0U68Tte4b0

23/11/20

. are encouraging faculties to remember to switch off... lights and projectors at the end of the school day, as they seek to crown the "Energy Saving Faculty of the Year". Mr Inham also shares some wacky ideas to try at home https://t.co/swcL24uIOE 🌍💡 https://t.co/7XSHFVOPkw

23/11/20

Vacancy: SJL are seeking an enthusiastic, creative teacher to lead their dedicated SEND team. Permanent, full time vacancy for SENDCO https://t.co/4eQigkDWOD . . https://t.co/E3znpst7Pd

23/11/20

Year 13 reminder: online booking for Year 13 parents' evening opens tomorrow Tuesday, 24 November at 1pm. See letter's home for parents' guide to booking appointments https://t.co/ufgNeDuzpl https://t.co/HEpsldqGdb

23/11/20

Thought for the Week: Road Safety https://t.co/ZzLE7Y1upc

20/11/20

Well done all! https://t.co/1tgmap2SOq

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.

Transition
 

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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