Verulam Voice Issue 32 – 2017/18 published

The latest online version of the Verulam Voice has been published.

Building resilience in your child

Happy Children – The Wellbeing Conference

Happy Children – The Wellbeing Conference timetable

 

News from Mr Ramsey

Building Resilience and Positive Mental Health

The issue of adolescent mental health and well-being is very much in the news at the moment and is seen by many commentators as having reached a crisis point with inadequate provision across the country. This is particularly relevant at a time when many students are experiencing the stresses that accompany the examination season.

At Verulam, we encourage students to talk to us if they are anxious or stressed and encourage them to consider the five people who they would confide in if they were worried. We refer to these as their five fingers of faith. I am delighted that Mrs Harrison has arranged for us to host a talk on Tuesday 26th June evening from 7.00pm- 8:30pm with Dr Kathryn Weston, who as you may know, has addressed our parents previously on the topic of boys’ mental health. This talk is particularly for those parents whose children will enter Year 9 in September.

Dr Weston will help parents understand potential issues, pitfalls and challenges that can arise over the next academic year and how parents can best support their children. This practical talk will help parents understand:

  • Why resilience matters
  • How to promote emotional, academic and digital resilience
  • How to spot ‘red flags’ and sort out early issues.

Dr Weston is a social researcher with an interest in parental engagement in children’s lives and learning. You can read more about her and her work via her website: www.drkathyweston.com The talk is free to attend but you must register your place online using the link below: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/raising-a-resilient-teen- top-tips-for-verulam-parents-tickets-46969755804

We hope to make this a relaxing and informative evening. It is an opportunity to find out more about the challenges of raising teenagers, ensure your child is in a good position over the next academic year and offers a chance to liaise with other parents. We look forward to seeing you on the 26th June.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Over 80 boys in Year 10 are undertaking their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award this year. This demanding course requires them to develop skills, undertake community service and volunteer work and to take part in expeditions.

The boys are currently taking part in practice expeditions in the Chilterns in preparation for their final expedition to the New Forest. I am delighted that so far the boys have proved to be extremely resilient. I would like to wish all those taking part in expeditions this month the very best of luck and clement weather.

P A Ramsey

Headmaster

Congratulations to pupils on sporting success

Football Success

Verulam School St albans HertfordshireYear 7 boys who play for London Colney Colts travelled to Belgium to play in an international tournament – The Hageland Cup. They did fantastically well, did not lose a game and won the U12 tournament beating teams from all over Europe. This now means they have won 5 major titles/cups this season which is outstanding.

Rugby Success

Verulam School St albans HertfordshireAlso Hugo Wright was presented with the O.V. Rugby club ‘Players player of the year’ and ‘Parents’ player of the year’. To be most voted by your peers and parents, shows leadership, disciplined behaviour and high work rate on the field.

Patrick Morgan 8C cycled through the Pyrenees at the weekend and raised almost £1000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust – what an amazing achievement, well done Patrick!Verulam School St albans Hertfordshire
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