Verulam Voice Issue 20 – 2017/18 published

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

Families Feeling Safe

News from Mr Ramsey

Feeling Good

I would like to thank Mrs Harrison for her work in organising Feeling Good week. Both pupils and staff have been participating in enjoyable and unusual activities throughout the week which has had both a positive impact on the school and on learning.
Parents also took the opportunity to join in when they attended a presentation on promoting resilience within your son or daughter by Dr Kathy Weston on Wednesday evening.

“A brilliant two hours, thank you for organising it. According to my husband, the best talk at a school ever.”
This was followed by an excellent session on Thursday morning to all the Sixth Form on building their own resilience. Dr Weston then trained Year 12 students to act as peer mentors for younger pupils.

Engaging Mind Lecture, Holocaust survivor Hannah Lewis

Today the Sixth Form were privileged to hear the testimony of Hannah Lewis whose story is both terrifying and inspirational. A brief biography is featured on the final page. This lecture is part of our ongoing work as a Holocaust Education Beacon school in which both pupils and staff are trained in Holocaust education.

House Assemblies – Stonewall Homophobia Awareness

As part of our post Ofsted action, we are introducing House assemblies every half term where all the pupils from one House meet together.
This week Mr Dannie focused on the harmful affects of derogatory and discriminatory language and in particular of homophobic abuse. Pupils watched a thought-provoking video on standing up to homophobic bullying which can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xasU5DZNbUo This issue will be followed up next week during form time.

Footballing success

Congratulations to the Year 8 football team who beat Aldenham in the semi final of the County Cup. This team has reached the Hertfordshire County Cup final for the second year running. I would also like to wish the team the very best of luck in the National Cup quarter final which is held today.

Headmaster’s Commendations

This week I would like to reward Jed Lumb and Joe Button for their excellent research and presentations in assemblies and to thank all the staff who have given their free time to support Feeling Good Week.

P A Ramsey

Headmaster

Mental Health – Feeling Good Week and Just Talk update

During the launch of the Just Talk campaign in January, all students from Years 7-10 had a lesson on Mental Health awareness about removing the stigma away from talking about mental health. Following on from this, we are excited to share with you the news that 2 Verulam students, out of the 7 students entered, have been shortlisted across Hertfordshire for the Just Talk film competition. Voting took place yesterday for the final winner and we will notify you in due course should a Verulam student be lucky enough to win this prestigious award.

This week we have focused on promoting positive emotional wellbeing as part of Feeling Good week. Highlights have been:

  • Excellent attendance and engagement at Ukulele Club run by Mr Moffatt
  • Calm and Mindful Colouring of Mandalas with Year 7, Mrs Harrison and Ms Howells – the Year 7s want to do this every day this week!
  • Enjoyable entertainment from the Simpsons over a packed lunch courtesy of Mr Bullock
  • Year 7 and Year 8 playlists including dancing boomerangs
  • Shout out messages in Bradshaw to peers and staff
  • Positive postcards in staff pigeonholes with some touching messages from pupils
  • Student designed canteen menu
  • Bake Off in T3 with Mrs Flint and Mrs Helliwell
  • Friday awards from pupils to teachers

Mrs J Harrison