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13/11/19

Retweeted From Hertfordshire RTC

Join us for our first webinar on Saving Time and Reducing Teacher Workload on Monday 18th November. Webinar goes live at 4:20 for a 4:30 start. To join follow the link: https://t.co/IfazfffWwE https://t.co/jvulY0iz0Z

13/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

U13 Girls Rugby 🏉 tournament about to get underway https://t.co/CI2VVSkAan

13/11/19

Wellbeing Wednesday: Don't try so hard to fit in https://t.co/leidTvqtrf

13/11/19

Reading Week 2019: time to relax https://t.co/i2liTeeSJu

12/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Year 10 Hockey: Excellent victory against the Royal Masonic School 2-0 reflective of strong attacking performance.

12/11/19

Final presentation rehearsals are underway... Huge thanks to for their supporting in running today's workshop https://t.co/RlRK2pahPe

12/11/19

Retweeted From Netcel

Allyn Thomas, Lead Front End Developer, is spending an action packed day at School in Harpenden, exploring the variety of career opportunities on offer within digital https://t.co/hpfICIrNi7

12/11/19

Students are busy working through discovery challenges and moving into designing their new piece of tech that will help save our oceans https://t.co/tcauRgMu2c

12/11/19

Notice: Year 7 photo proofs will be coming home with students this week. https://t.co/HhP56qrZRB

12/11/19

Vacancy alert: do you possess excellent communication and admin skills? We want you! We are seeking an Administration/Data Assistant to join our friendly support team https://t.co/FUrVHs93UN . . . https://t.co/fUwCFa8Xsz

12/11/19

It is , some Yr 9 students are engaging in a day of digital challenges thanks to https://t.co/BDVVBDBZ8V

12/11/19

Reading Week 2019: this week teachers will be predominantly setting reading tasks as homework, allowing students time to revisit work so far https://t.co/QpyuNAoPuk

11/11/19

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Year 7 Football: National Cup thriller! 3-0 up to 3-3 before Z.White scores his 4th goal of the game to grab a 4-3 win vs Joyce Franklin Academy

11/11/19

Retweeted From Hertfordshire RTC

Really excited to announce the release of our iBook. Take a look to see what we are up to ⁦⁩ with iPads in the primary and secondary classroom https://t.co/vYWLWu8lFB

11/11/19

Diary reminder: Reading Week, staff and students will be reflecting on their learning as well as sharing the joy of reading https://t.co/DY6QGGPYi6

11/11/19

Thought for the Week: Remembrance Word of the Week: Graph https://t.co/SeWcZD952r

08/11/19

Year 7 ETA 4pm

08/11/19

All coaches making good progress. Year 7 ETA 4.15 pm https://t.co/JcZLSptG0w

08/11/19

We are off. ETA to be posted soon. If collecting remember to keep away from Sauncey Ave. we need space to unload 5 coaches. Also remember to pick up medical stuff from Mrs Woolrych. Students in Austen, Britten, Hepworth going to Z block. Lawes, King, Newton, Ryder to canteen.

08/11/19

A powerful assembly and a fantastic £100 raised through the sale of charity wristbands for by Yr 11 students https://t.co/kxL9p8AkKl

08/11/19

Survival skills fully brushed up on https://t.co/vLx9l8qe6f

08/11/19

Sharing success: a core theme this week for Year 7 https://t.co/AcsNHgpWeT

08/11/19

Smiling all the way https://t.co/ETKlUdVTLM

08/11/19

Flying high in the blue sky https://t.co/Eo1bldKF1j

08/11/19

This week's newsletter out today... https://t.co/8V2yeIkEGn https://t.co/2lJ9FlKzbL

08/11/19

First activity about to start. Who knew Year 7 could tidy their rooms so quickly? https://t.co/2u28AhcXNA

08/11/19

Last morning getting ready for a great morning of activities https://t.co/2II3R5hYta

07/11/19

Last night disco, celebrating the end of a fun packed week https://t.co/sXMANFXhO9

07/11/19

Crazy rainbows before dinner https://t.co/kGPB0Add5W

07/11/19

Shelter almost weatherproof https://t.co/7EpUApPgl7

07/11/19

Just some of the items currently in lost property. Please send students to Reception to collect any identified items. To ensure misplaced items can be returned to their rightful owner, please ensure all belongings are labelled with student's name. https://t.co/Eam9cEi5bG

07/11/19

No obstacle too big for our Year 7s https://t.co/4XoyCEZPns

07/11/19

Good luck to students taking the Senior Maths Challenge this morning https://t.co/CbG7CIHyqw

06/11/19

Evening by the camp fire. Everyone singing before bedtime. https://t.co/0HT4sKvWfr

06/11/19

Congratulations! https://t.co/MGO8juK5Om

06/11/19

Reaching for the sky with frisbee golf https://t.co/xY5Ls11BoH

06/11/19

The first Senior Reading Group meeting of the year was really well attended with some great discussions about The Handmaid’s Tale and its sequel, The Testaments. The Senior Reading Group is open to ​Year 11 and Sixth Form. https://t.co/zvbaHpTjvx

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.

YES outside college

 

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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