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"Children are happiest when their school work excites them, when they are recognised for their achievements and supported if needed, when they feel safe, and when they have time to play. At St Lawrence College Junior School we take great care to support each child, nurturing them to reach their potential in all aspects of school life."  Mrs Ellen Rowe, head

St Lawrence College Junior School offers a supportive, caring environment, based on traditional Christian values, in which children are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential. Academic expectations are high, but realistic and open-minded. Personal attention is given within small classes where talents are recognised and needs are catered for. There is a strong belief that education, in its truest sense, is measured not just in a student’s exam results but by its ability to open young people’s minds. Most pupils transfer to the senior school at 11+, and scholarships are regularly earned. There is also an excellent record of success at securing places in the highly-selective local grammar schools.

The junior school is based in an attractive Victorian building in a peaceful corner of the 45 acre St Lawrence College campus. Its own independent facilities include a fully-equipped science lab, art studio, music department and performance hall, two fully-networked ICT suites, adventure playgrounds, tennis courts and spacious playing fields. Membership of the wider College community gives pupils the best of both worlds, and they are able to share many of the senior school’s excellent specialist facilities.

Boarders are accommodated in a splendid, ultra-modern, eco-friendly purpose-built boarding house. A wide range of extra-curricular opportunities includes sports such as football, rugby, hockey, cricket, rounders, netball, athletics, cross-country running, swimming and dance. There are plenty of fixtures against other schools, but, most importantly, children learn the value of fitness, cooperative teamwork and good sportsmanship. There is a proud musical tradition, and plenty of scope for drama and the creative arts. Some activities take place at the end of the school day, but most are concentrated into the popular, informal Saturday morning programme.

St Lawrence’s Christian heritage underpins all that the junior school stands for. An atmosphere of trust and mutual respect is based on kindness, forgiveness and consideration for others. There is a strong emphasis placed on thoughtful conduct, courtesy and good manners, and on endowing young people with a clear sense of moral responsibility. Charitable Status. The Corporation of St Lawrence College is a Registered Charity, number 307921. It exists to provide education for boys and girls.

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20 Mar 2017

Sharing the Learning at St Lawrence

St Lawrence College Junior School pupils have been 'Sharing the Learning', with parents joining their Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children in the classroom for a Friday afternoon of kite making and flying.

20 Mar 2017

Sharing the Learning at St Lawrence

On Friday 10 March, the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes at St Lawrence College Junior School held a ‘Sharing the Learning’ afternoon.

Parents and children had the opportunity to work together to build and fly a kite. Families worked collaboratively, sharing resources and applying their individual skills to make the finished product.

Once the colourful kites had been built, everyone gathered on the back field. It was marvellous to witness the kites soaring in the sky and to listen to the parents’ and children’s laughter. The weather was perfect for kite flying and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

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20 Mar 2017

Geography and History brought to life for St Lawrence pupils

St Lawrence College Junior School pupils from Years 3 and 4 were able to compare village, town and city life all in one day, bringing both Geography and History lessons to life.

20 Mar 2017

Geography and History brought to life for St Lawrence pupils

In order to enhance parts of the Geography and History Curriculum, pupils in Years 3 and 4 went on a trip to local areas in East Kent, comparing different settlements. They then had the opportunity to visit Canterbury Cathedral.

In the morning, the children caught the train from Ramsgate to the nearby village of Minster. Once in Minster, the children took photographs comparing village features to what they had previously seen in the town of Ramsgate. After this, the children took the train to Canterbury, again taking photographs and comparing city features to the previous town and village. Here are some of their observations:

“It’s so much quieter in a village!” (Che)

“There are a lot less shops in Minster. The people here must have to travel often to buy the things that they need.” (Joe)

“I would like to live in a village like Minster. It seems so much more spacious and clean.” (Eva)

Whilst in Canterbury the pupils also visited Canterbury Cathedral. Wearing medieval costumes, pupils were given a tour of the Cathedral and the story of Thomas Beckett was brought to life. Afterwards, the children were able to take part in a range of activities, including creating pilgrim badges and stained glass windows, using quill pens and ink, building bridges and carving limestone. Here are some of their thoughts on the day:

“The stained glass windows were really impressive.” (Maia)

“I enjoyed the arts and crafts, especially making the badges.” (Imogen)

“I liked carving my initials into the limestone.” (Charlotte)

 

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04 Jul 2016

Broadstairs Dickens Festival 2016

The St Lawrence College Junior School Choir and Instrumentalists were once again invited to take part in this year's Dickens Festival at Broadstairs bandstand.

04 Jul 2016

Broadstairs Dickens Festival 2016

The St Lawrence College Junior School Choir and Instrumentalists were once again invited to take part in this year's Dickens Festival at Broadstairs bandstand.

Having started the day with heavy rain, it was a relief to see the clouds clear and a swathe of brilliant blue fill the sky overhead, welcoming our children onto the stage.

Opening with the Choir and David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’, as well as a rendition of ‘The Rhythm of Life’, a whole host of instrumentalists then took turns to take the stage, including Daisy Mackman and Liliana Clarke who gave us a fantastic performance of ‘Stand by Me’ on Guitar, as well as Malachy Scopes on Alto Saxophone with a slick performance of the James Bond theme.

The concert came to a rousing end with the String Ensemble, Orchestra and then finally the Choir who sang ‘Coming up Roses’ and ‘Get Happy’.

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