On Thursday 20th November, Matthew, Dominic, Jackand Joseph competed in the UKMT team challenge against 17 other Hertfordshire schools. This is always an extremely tough competition and the commitment shown by our students both before the event, in practicing as a team, and during the challenge was outstanding, resulting in being awarded 4th place; a fantastic achievement.
It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Marion Brown on being recognised at this year’s Hertfordshire Governor Awards.
Marion joined the governing body in 2013 after we had sent an appeal to local community groups for Community Governor volunteers.:
She immediately became immersed in the work of the governing body and became particularly engaged in the work of the Curriculum Committee.:
She was a massive support to the school over the last three years and resigned from the governing body due to other commitments last summer.
General Election Preparations
The school will be welcoming candidates from all the main parties at a Sixth Form lecture/Hustings on Friday 6th December. We will also be inviting Upper Sixth students from Beaumont and Sandringham schools to join us.:
All candidates will have an opportunity to make a brief presentation and then will answer questions submitted in advance.
School Election preparations
As part of the run up to the General Election, I will be presenting assemblies about the election process and the policies of the major parties next week.:
In our internal school election, a number of candidates have already put themselves forward:
Conservative: Ethan Phillips
Liberal Democrats: Richard Carabine
Labour: Charlie Barbour
Independent: Stanley Douglas
Brexit Party: Jack Langford
Green: Kian Hughes-Sparrow
This week’s commendations go to Oscar Afonso-Trindade and Jack Ritchie for their contribution and enthusiasm in being part of the panel who are selecting the School Captain, Head Boy and Head Girl.:
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The Greek Gods enlist the help of Robin Hood and his Merry Men (along with their Panto horse, Porsche and Dame Mrs Hood) to deal with avaricious King Midas. The evil Sheriff and warlock Merlin get in on the act too.
Join us for ONE night only!
Friday 6th December
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The school will be holding a mock election on Thursday 12th December . We hope to field candidates from all the main parties and organise an electronic ballot.
Please do encourage your son or daughter to take part in this event and to follow news of the general election on the news and in newspapers as it is an invaluable part of their education.
Road and Cycling Safety
As all parents are aware, the roads surrounding Verulam School can be very dangerous. Only this week, two Year 6 girls were hit by a car on Brampton Road. Fortunately they were not hurt as they were only dealt a glancing blow.
Our neighbouring roads are very narrow and often congested with parked cars and other traffic. This means that sight lines for both pedestrians and drivers can be restricted, thus increasing the risk of accidents. I would, therefore, ask that parents adopt the following practice if they need to drive their son or daughter to/from school:
- Please drive at no more than 20 mph in the vicinity of the school.
- Be aware of the potential for young people to step out from behind parked cars.
- If at all possible, arrange a pick up or drop off point away from the school.
Could I also take this opportunity to remind parents that parking on the yellow lines outside the school and in particular the junction of Brampton and Sandfield Road is highly dangerous.
The calendar for the academic year 2020/2021 can be found here: Verulam Term Dates
Parents might wish to note the one change which is a long weekend in November.
Remembrance Day is of vital importance, sharing stories and commemorating those who have fallen in past conflicts, including World War One.
This year, the History Department at Verulam School is remembering The Great War by writing, delivering and broadcasting a special history podcast on the St Albans local radio station. This is about a local St Albans man called Herbert Hiskett who grew up on Hatfield Road, attended Hatfield Road Boys School, fought, and unfortunately died, in World War One. Herbert’s story is one of many that help us understand what some people have gone through by giving their lives in defence of the country.
Helped by Mr Pettitt, the podcast was written and delivered by Henry Hitchiner (8H), Henry Gaskin (8C) and Roan Hoggarth (8C). These Year 8 boys visited the studio at Radio Verulam, showing resilience, determination and a real passion for history.
The boys were ambassadors for the school; one of the board of directors at Radio Verulam said that the boys were “an absolute pleasure to work with. Their level of engagement, attention and commitment to their work is outstanding.” This act of remembrance will be aired on Monday 11th November on Radio Verulam (92.6 FM) and officially launches Mr Pettitt’s new History Podcast series on Radio Verulam, broadcasting local stories to the community of St Albans.
Alongside the Remembrance Day podcast about Herbert Hiskett, two other episodes in Mr Pettitt’s first series have been written and delivered by boys at Verulam. Dennis Haggart (Year 13) recorded a podcast about the local DeHavilland Aircraft Company, delving into its rich aviation history surrounding both St Albans and Welwyn Garden City. Ronan Hewit (11P) and Logan Hewit (11Y) also visited the studio at Radio Verulam to record their history podcast about Bride Hall, in Ayot St Lawrence, a quiet dwelling until the start of the Second World War which witnessed it being transformed into an espionage base. Bases like these were responsible for some of the undercover systematic secret planning for missions like Operation
Anthropoid, the successful assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, a high ranking Nazi SS officer. Mr Pettitt’s new history podcast series for the local radio will be broadcasted on Radio Verulam (92.6 FM), weekly, from 11th November.
Anti-Bullying Week 2019 is happening from Monday 11th November – Friday 15th November 2019 and it has the theme ‘Change Starts With Us’.
Throughout the week we will running a number of activities to raise awareness across the school. Bullying is a issue which affects young people and adults in all aspects of life. At Verulam we take bullying very seriously and deal with issues as soon as they are brought to our attention. We also aim to seek out bullying which has not been reported. This is done through the ’10×2′ aspect of our tutorial programme, PSHCE lessons and the monitoring staff do in corridors and during break and lunchtimes to name just three.
The attached poster advises students and parents to contact their Head of Year if they have any concerns about Bullying. I would like to stress that it is important we hear as soon as an incident is reported to parents as there incidents rarely ‘sort themselves out’.
If you would like further information or advice, the link below is a good starting place.