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24/03/19

Thank you for all your hard work! https://t.co/yaLp97EDso

23/03/19

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Yr11 Football Result: St Columba’s 0-1 SJL J.Jones the scorer. Boys through to the Semi-Final

22/03/19

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So lovely to welcome the German students from Alzey to SJL - rekindling friendships https://t.co/zcbS02EOdm

22/03/19

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Setting up the 'Seeds of Hope' exhibition for our Sustainable Development Goals Week next week... Come along to the library to check it out! https://t.co/X6MVVIk2yU

22/03/19

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On the coach back home. Our estimated arrival time is 7.30

22/03/19

This week's newsletter out now... https://t.co/bAq2cNkkNo https://t.co/LSmjTM4ZJB

21/03/19

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Planting today with our expert allotment holder (Mr Dunning) sewing carrots, leeks, spring onions and peas. Also a big thanks to Franks Forestry for moving 60 bags of soil ready for our new raised beds donated by Rowena Young. https://t.co/efb7kQXenG

21/03/19

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It has been fantastic welcoming students from Collège Sainte-Véronique to SJL. Lots of Fench spoken as well as finding out about Belgium and their school. https://t.co/LkjOFcrxte

21/03/19

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The Senior 1st XV play in the County Trophy Final on Wednesday 27th March against Beaumont School. The game is being played at Cheshunt RFC at 7:30pm. Will be great to see lots of you there supporting the boys

21/03/19

Diary reminder: Y9 Drama Showcase Wednesday, 27 March 2019. Students participating will have invites https://t.co/buZ2weTgdC

21/03/19

As we celebrated Spring Equinox this week it was lovely to see so many of the team out planting seeds in their vegetable garden. Cannot wait to see the harvest later in the year. https://t.co/FbtajHcWDv

21/03/19

Diary reminder: GCSE Geography Southend fieldwork trip Tuesday, 26 March 2019. Students to remember wet weather clothes and packed lunch, clipboard if they have one https://t.co/b2MXiXLsIv

21/03/19

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The lovely lunch cooked by our group ... absolument délicieux! https://t.co/90Z1LL24Nz

21/03/19

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Cooking our lunch at “L’école de cuisine chez Armand” ... it smells delicious! https://t.co/pgy9GZhQdr

21/03/19

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Working on our French booklets in the sunshine ... lovely hot chocolate too! https://t.co/ssV6E3s5Oo

20/03/19

Congratulations to and all the Harpenden schools who took part in tonight’s HASMA Spring Festival - fantastic performances all round!

20/03/19

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We had a great day at Oxfam's Lobby today! Met so many incredible people trying to make a difference to this devastating humanitarian crisis. https://t.co/U00TWpVtIr

20/03/19

A brilliant result - well done! https://t.co/InC0f8Z6tE

20/03/19

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Our walk in the tropical rain forest https://t.co/wWBpRrd60d

20/03/19

Find a mantra that works for you like ‘I can do this’ https://t.co/9AsbBQIPPm

20/03/19

Immense thanks to all the companies who supported our High Apprenticeship Evening and of course from who delivered the keynote. https://t.co/1kVuZOpJF2

20/03/19

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This morning’s topic was shopping for clothes in real life - loads of fun and ideas for GCSE role plays https://t.co/znnsS56QzN

20/03/19

Good luck to our musicians performing in this evening's Harpenden Schools' Music Spring Festival. Performers are required to be at for 6.30pm, concert dress required (all black) https://t.co/uTrUm5YVdu

19/03/19

Well done to our Senor Girls Basketball Team, outstanding achievement. https://t.co/C48r5E77XW

19/03/19

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Learning about the history of Montpellier 🌞 https://t.co/w2VF3bqiLF

19/03/19

Diary Reminder: Spring Concert, Monday 1 April 2019. Tickets are out now, available to buy via ParentPay https://t.co/ogvVXBJWKh

19/03/19

Looking for a new PE Club to take part in? Want to join a PE Club that offers a fun, relaxed, semi competitive environment? Monday Club could be the answer https://t.co/noK12b7A7O

19/03/19

Diary reminder: Duke of Edinburgh's Award Information Evening for Year 9, 7pm in the school hall, Wednesday 21 March 2019. More information about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, please visit https://t.co/bEj47xkZVW https://t.co/ID6SKUyHeB

19/03/19

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Yr10 students tackling in PE https://t.co/jJJkqbKieR

19/03/19

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Back at work https://t.co/Q4FfGiCXsG

19/03/19

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After the hard work, a croissant and some some sun https://t.co/0GKtZ5Hquj

19/03/19

Diary reminder: Higher Apprenticeship Evening, this evening from 6.30pm. We are delighted to welcome back as keynote speaker. The evening provides students with choices in the changing landscape of Post 18 education https://t.co/FaxGfuCUS6

18/03/19

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All students are settled in their host families. Bonne soirée!

18/03/19

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Tickets are now on sale for the Spring Concert on 1st April!

18/03/19

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U14 girls futsal team reach 3rd/4th place play off after narrow 1-0 defeat in final pool game. https://t.co/imAVXLOmxg

18/03/19

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Thank you for providing SafeTALK training for the Young Health Champions! They have been training to learn how to talk to people who has suicidal ideation. https://t.co/FtRa2kNIJo

18/03/19

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We landed in Montpellier safely. More update late on

18/03/19

Join our this weekend for their Spring Gardening Day. They are on a mission and need your help! Sunday, 24 March 10am-12pm. https://t.co/S8etZu2hPh

18/03/19

Introducing a new way to connect with SJL! Download our new App - read more at https://t.co/0h0yueps8O https://t.co/HpESHFz16I

18/03/19

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Girls u13 Futsal County Finals underway. Wins against Greneway 5-1 and Joan of Arc 2-1 so far!

Oxbridge

Sixth Form Oxbridge Successes

 

Sir John Lawes has a highly successful Oxbridge programme. Please follow the link for a list of student destinations and courses.

Successful Oxbridgers

We recommend the advice from The Russell Group summarized in their Informed Choices booklet.
 
 

MASt and G&T - Applying to Oxford and Cambridge Universities

Trips are organized to Oxford and Cambridge colleges from Year 10 onwards in order to provide MASt students with orientation as to what constitutes an Oxbridge degree and the nature of collegiate life. Currently, SJL is twinned with Gonville and Caius, Cambridge, which had Professor Stephen Hawking as a fellow and counts John Venn and Francis Crick as alumni. SJL is also twinned with Balliol College, Oxford, and several of our Year 12 students have been enrolled on their inaugural access programme more details of which are available at:
 

Floreat access programme

 

Cambridge Year 10 MASt Trip

Lewis Poulter: Firstly, we visited the constituent Churchill College in the University of Cambridge. Where we met Dr Matt Bullimore, a prestigious member of the college, and a participation officer there; Then Dr Bullimore then went on to explain, in front of us and various other schools, the importance of the subjects that we choose to take at A levels and GCSE’s, and how they will give us a better opportunity, to make it into such a distinguished university as that of Cambridge.  After that we went on a tour of the college, with a current undergraduate of law, she gave us an extremely helpful insight into what life is like in the college for students, how much time she spends studying, how she copes with her finances whilst at the university etc. Furthermore, she was grateful enough to show us round her student accommodation, and further explain how she coped with the pressures of her degree. After a quick stop for lunch, another undergraduate, this time a computer science student, accompanied us as we went to king’s college, yet again another highly respected college. Once in the college we had a brief look at the café, and then we looked at the famous and very impressive king’s college chapel. Finally, we walked back through the beautiful city and witnessed the punting that can be seen throughout the city.

Fleur Butler-Wright: We visited Cambridge University today and I wasn't sure what to expect as this was my first university visit. First of all, we were spoken to by Dr. Matt Bullimore about the university, what it has to offer and what it expects of us as students. He also went into some detail about our choices for A-Level; I found this extremely useful as I have not yet decided what route I would like to take in the future. An undergraduate then gave us a tour of Churchill College where she talked to us about life at the college and the accommodation their newest block. I found this helpful because at Cambridge you decide yourself which college you would like to be accommodated in and where you would feel most comfortable, so an inside look around really helped us to get the feel of Churchill. After we ate lunch in the Hall, we headed to an older style college which was Kings College. After looking around, I decided this was my favourite as the buildings and the teaching style were more traditional. At Kings, you are taught to respect your tutors and this appealed to me. Overall, I thought our trip to Cambridge University really helped me to understand what I am working towards and how to pick my A-Levels in order to prepare for University.

Lucy Dixon: Today, my peers and I visited Cambridge University, in particular Churchill College and King’s College. First, we visited the Churchill College and had a talk with Dr Bullimore and he explained very compelling reasons why to attend Cambridge. I have learnt that I need to focus more on subjects that will aid my chosen degree. It also inspired me as there aren’t many women in the STEM sector at Churchill, which is very sad. We then had a small tour of the campus from a undergraduate, which was very helpful as we got her views on life at University. She highlighted the importance of the libraries at University and how much time we should spend there to complete further research or just read up on our chosen area. Additionally, she explained the supervision sessions we would get weekly, in which we work closely with an academic. I believe this would be very helpful to solidify understanding and further knowledge. We then walked to King’s College, which enabled us to see the beauty of Cambridge. King’s College was far more traditional and we saw the differences between the two. Overall, this experience has made me realise that my GCSE’s do matter and that if I would like to reach a prestigious university, such as Cambridge, Oxford, Durham or another Russel Group university, then I must work extremely hard and do further reading and extra work too make sure I achieve excellent results in both my GCSE’s and my A-Levels.

Emilie  Baudot:   On Tuesday 5th February, we went to visit two Cambridge colleges - Churchill College and Kings College. Churchill College was much more modern and more relaxed whereas Kings College was old, traditional and fairly formal. I preferred Churchill College because I prefer how modern it is but Kings College is more practical because of its location in the centre of town. It was interesting to see the differences between a secondary school and an university and it was also interesting to see the differences between a modern college and a more traditional 15th century college. It was nice to see the inside of one of the students rooms and hear their opinions on university life. Looking inside the church situated on Kings College grounds was fascinating because of the size and detail that went into the building of it. Shortly after our arrival, Dr. Matt Bullimore (who works in the Admissions Office of Churchill College) gave us a talk about Cambridge University in general, Churchill College specifically, and also what we need to do to be able to get into Cambridge (or another high level) University. He showed us a list of what kind of things the college looks for when choosing who attends Churchill College. Sharing the aims of Churchill College was also interesting and the list contained things such as a supportive environment for students to grow and learn and to help people to find employment after graduating. I really enjoyed this trip and found it really interesting and helpful. Thank you for the opportunity to see two Cambridge colleges today.

Oliver Murat: Yesterday, on our trip to Churchill and Kings College, Cambridge, I learnt many new and interesting things. Firstly, after arriving we entered into Churchill College and sat in an assembly led by one of the senior members of the college. He then led us through a talk, detailing what the process would be for us to apply and the grades needed. This also consisted of an explanation into the intercollegiate system it utilizes. Out of all the things we learnt yesterday, this was probably the most confusing to understand. At the end of this talk, we were introduced to four or five undergraduates, one of whom was 'JQ'. She then led us around different parts of the college such as the dining hall and the playing fields before we all visited her room. That was a very interesting part as before I could not really imagine what a university room would look like despite hearing many stories from my family. After this, we were taken to have lunch before being introduced to another student. He then took us through the city to Kings College. It was here where we saw the more traditional aspects of Cambridge University, seeing buildings, which had been around since the 1400s. This was very different to what we had already seen as modern buildings dominated Churchill College. The chapel at Kings was probably the most visual and interesting thing we saw that day. The roof was high in the sky, meticulously sculpted and adjourned with tapestries and stained glass windows. After visiting here, we began our walk back, passing the famous shunting boats in the river before arriving back at Churchill and bidding our farewell. 

Charlotte Evans: A group of Year 10 students were given a fantastic opportunity to visit both Churchill and King’s College at Cambridge University. We met students and staff and gained an insight into what university life is like there. The morning started with a talk on admissions highlighting what universities look for in applications and advice on the steps we should take to pursue certain courses. Afterwards, a second year law student, who showed us the facilities available and answered our questions about her experience at Cambridge, took us on a tour of Churchill College. After lunch, we visited King’s College, which was much more traditional and had a different feel to Churchill. Overall, a very valuable trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all and helped us to consider our options for the future.

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Year 12 Oxbridge Visits

Many Year 12s who are predicted A grades at AS visit a variety of Oxbridge colleges and faculties.

SJL is building up a bank of reading lists recommended for wider reading by prospective applicants and these are given to individuals students to guide their reading as well as being used to augment the SJL Library. We are also building our bank of Oxford past entrance papers as these become more readily available online supplemented by our own resources. We recommend the school's JSTOR account for further wider reading.

These hard copy resources are used in the first term especially of year 13 to tutor where possible prospective candidates for the Oxford and Cambridge entrance exams which take place at the beginning of November. Additionally, we help provide interview practice to successful Oxbridge and Russell Group candidates.

Sixth Form university applications guidance

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