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02/04/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Problem Of The Day. Have fun with it! https://t.co/Wk2UXuyIYL

02/04/20

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Our daffodil Christmas gifts still bringing sunshine in these strange times thanks to https://t.co/pIfhD70w6I

02/04/20

A great resource from the Government about supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing during this period, including preteens and teenagers https://t.co/ovnKZqnHdE https://t.co/JaOz2hUHRC

02/04/20

The James Marshall Foundation do a tremendous job supporting young people in Harpenden and Wheathampsted - see below for details of how they can help. https://t.co/TtgTSrN9ao

02/04/20

Well done Mr Carey! https://t.co/QZ63wxjr7M

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Something for all KS 4 and 5 Drama students to enjoy and year 11 have a special theatre review challenge!#theatrematters https://t.co/4dob7hqzFD

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

What a fantastic opportunity! The SJL Drama department will be making the most of this! https://t.co/sFgOAqTyxf

01/04/20

Thank you to all our St Albans & Harpenden Secondary Head teacher colleagues for coming together virtually today, to discuss how schools are approaching the current difficult situation. It's great to have such a supportive local educational community!

01/04/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: do more of what you enjoy https://t.co/5SN4a1jUKT

01/04/20

Retweeted From National Autistic Society

We know for many autistic people and their families it is difficult to cope with coronavirus and the impacts that is having on our daily life. To help, we’ve created some handy tips to help you during this time of uncertainty: https://t.co/uwIjhdsWt4 https://t.co/vCITozu7ru

01/04/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Happy Wednesday day, everyone. Here is today's Problem Of The Day... https://t.co/gQLVJ8K3RZ

01/04/20

Thank you to our D&T Faculty https://t.co/QG0oV5SXdj

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Year 11, a competition to keep you focused https://t.co/6uDjisLiKM

01/04/20

Retweeted From SRA - English

Reading lists for all key stages. Might be helpful for anyone in need of reading inspiration! 📚 https://t.co/LOVtIFTlkx

01/04/20

Delighted that SJL’s minibuses (along with many of their drivers) are now signed up to volunteer for the NHS! https://t.co/IBk28hN6ZR

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

An interesting article on the positive effect of the lockdown on the environment - could help us consider air pollution targets in the future 🌍 https://t.co/UtW1mW1MH4

01/04/20

Retweeted From CENTURY

We're currently offering families FREE English, maths and science courses during school closure. Our COVID-19 School Closure Support courses are perfect for and available for free. https://t.co/pCgz7tXGpf https://t.co/R6tf5GF9m1

31/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

A costume designer in the making? We love how Betsy Way has included material swatches with her design 🧚‍♀️ https://t.co/FA0waztGQg

31/03/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Art

Mass Observation Use the hashtag on our Instagram stream(https://t.co/yoSRlVIRHN) to look at a collective snapshot of 2020 Hertfordshire homes drawn by Y7 https://t.co/yZXPaLmyPt

31/03/20

Retweeted From SJL English

FAO our current, and prospective, A Level students: don’t forget to watch or rewatch these. They are really useful for the NEA! https://t.co/Drnuus3PrB

31/03/20

From Friday, 3 April 2020, all school emails will only be sent via EduLink therefore it is vital parents/carers set up their Edulink account. If your initial password link has expired please contact technicalassistance.herts.sch.uk for a new link to be issued https://t.co/Stp792fJLA

31/03/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Problem Of The Day. Good luck, everyone! https://t.co/OmTIKq2kQ6

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Another fantastic costume design, this time for the King of the Fairies! Well done, Oliver Newell 🧚‍♂️👑 https://t.co/E8NLcjkuLs

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Come on! Tell us a silly story! 📖 https://t.co/EFhY9rIEjV

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Could do with a laugh ? Here you go then Thursday sorted!! https://t.co/yA61crxFmM

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Another fantastic example of Year 7’s creativity in Emily Murray’s design of Queen Titania’s costume 🧚‍♀️👑 https://t.co/8uGhDna6xD

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Take a look at James Austen’s marvellous drawing of the Globe Theatre 🎭 Can any of our Y7s remember what groundlings are? https://t.co/1ytyaHzdoD

30/03/20

Retweeted From David Carter

Let’s all take a moment to thank our wonderful who are dealing with more than we can imagine. Show we appreciate the wonderful job they are doing & the vital role they continue to play in our society by sending a FREE card here https://t.co/r30e9MyxHw

30/03/20

Retweeted From Jonathan Mountstevens

One more day until application deadline for with and working with . Great opportunity for teachers in Herts and surrounding area to gain recognition, accreditation and to improve. More info here: https://t.co/a7XMhfhAEy https://t.co/ig3o4JnRaW

30/03/20

Students have access to a variety of resources for their distance learning. Here is one which is accessible to the whole family, Duolingo is a fun language learning website and mobile app. Why not learn a new language or refresh existing language skills? https://t.co/03exbaOAYK https://t.co/rFWH3m6ScF

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Some more ideas for extra geography themed things you can do at home. Have a good week! 🌍 https://t.co/QiwlpNI1vN

30/03/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Good Morning, everyone. Hope you all managed a nice weekend. Here's the first Problem Of The Day of this week. Best of luck! https://t.co/A0p9p21AVJ

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJL History

What a great idea! Year 12, Ted Vallance’s talk is on until 3rd April. Focuses on Radicalism in the English Civil War https://t.co/kF1AxjCg8D

30/03/20

Thought for the Week: Being sensitive and empathetic Word of the Week: Tech https://t.co/J5Fuz4N3bS

29/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Wonderful physical theatre full of humour and banging tunes! Let us know what you're streaming and enjoying!#theatrelockdown https://t.co/GF1lKTQxIr

29/03/20

Retweeted From SJL 6th Form

This is a great idea! https://t.co/Wo0P51tcxA

28/03/20

Retweeted From Challney Girls

Luton & Dunstable hospital are looking for children to create posters of appreciation and thanks to all of the NHS staff. Please email entries to sabine.hazell.nhs.uk ❤🧡💛💚💙💜

28/03/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Hope all our students have remained healthy through the first week in Remember to keep your body and mind active by accessing all the various resources online!

27/03/20

Helpful guidance from on the new app Houseparty. https://t.co/mk1xxtuEB9

27/03/20

A number of celebrities are providing support to the global community, including Jamie Oliver with his new “Keep Cooking and Carry On” programmes. Food Technology students, the programme gives helpful suggestions for replacement ingredients when cooking https://t.co/jAz5soG0lS https://t.co/2f9LPkX2yd

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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