News from Mr Ramsey

Year 7 Enterprise Christmas Fair

I would like to congratulate Year 7 on their resourcefulness and enthusiasm in running our first ever Year 7 only Winter Fair last Friday. I was delighted that so many parents and siblings attended. Business leaders and fundraisers around the country would have been impressed that the boys raised a staggering £2,000 in only two hours.

Business for Good

Today, the Verulam Lower Sixth Dragon’s Apprentice Team introduced their company to the staff at our weekly briefing.

We were all thoroughly impressed with their ideas, and to support their company and the Ollie Foundation, the cause they are supporting, I have granted Years 8 to 13 a “Christmas Jumper” day on the last day of term if they support the charity with a £1 donation.

Year 7 will not have to contribute due to their fantastic efforts in the Winter Fair.
On Friday 15th pupils will wear normal school uniform including shirt, trousers and tie, but are free to wear a Christmas themed jumper of their choice. Blazers do not have to be worn. Keep reading for more details on the sterling enterprise ventures happening across the school.

Don’t STEM the Christmas spirit! Wednesday Lunch in S2

I was privileged to visit two of our STEM clubs this week at the invitation of Mrs Cornmell. Our Year 9 and 10 STEM club students meet on Monday lunchtime and Years 7 and 8 meet on a Wednesday lunchtime. This week the Year 7 and 8’s were enjoying answering numeracy questions from the Twelfth Day of the Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, assisted by our Year 12 and 13 maths captains.
Two of our Year 7 teams answered 10 questions correctly in only 15 minutes and were the winners of the relay! Can you answer the questions? Please enjoy the quiz which is attached. Answers will be published in next week’s Verulam Voice.

Experimenting with Ideas Club Thursday Lunch in S5

This club – founded by Kamran Grewal and supported by Miss Tan – investigates different experiments and ideas each week. Those involved begin by watching lectures from the Institute of Science, then conduct risk assessments and finally proceed to the practical investigation.

On Thursday this included creating quick lava lamps, demonstrating the amazing teabag rockets and finally the magical carbon snake. Science Club for Years 7 and 8 meets in S8 on Thursdays at lunchtime. All are welcome to attend. This is a fantastic way for pupils to independently research and explore difficult problems and be challenged beyond the curriculum.

P A Ramsey

Save for Ollie

The Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge involves the idea of starting a business from an initial £100 investment, and formulating a business plan to help it grow and in turn raise money and awareness for the OLLIE Foundation. We are representing Verulam School in this challenge and we are competing against other schools in Hertfordshire.

Our business idea is the “Save for Ollie” members card, which is a tangible discount card that will last from 1st December 2017 to 1st March 2018, however we are hoping to extend this deadline to 1st November 2018. This card is designed to offer a discount or reward of some sort when shown at all participating eateries during the time period, such as a 10% discount off the total bill or a free appetiser when a certain amount is spent – 100% of the profits go to the Ollie Foundation.

If you would like to purchase a Save for Ollie card and support a great charity and the Verulam team, then they will be available in the main reception of Verulam School for a minimum of £15. You will also be able to buy these cards at other retailers soon- check our website and social media for updates.

The OLLIE Foundation is a registered charity funding suicide intervention skills training for adults working with young people. This training enables professionals to identify warning signs and provide a pathway to help combat suicidal thoughts.

The card applies to:

Street Cafe -10% Off Monday to Friday
Abigail’s Tea Rooms – 10% Off Drinks Monday to Friday
Hiit Kitchen – 10% Off All Week
Café on the corner -10% Off All Week
Cheerz Pizza -15 % off Sunday to Thursday/ 10% Friday to Saturday Laurel House- 15% Sunday to Thursday
Chicken Hut- 10% off all week
Lebanese Kitchen- 15% Monday to Thursday

Restaurants coming soon

Barrissimo
Per Tutti
Jolly Sailor Pub The Boot Thompsons Craft & Cleaver

**OTHERS COMING SOON**

Our website: www.saveforollie.com
Our Facebook, twitter and Instagram is: @saveforollie

Year 7 Enterprise Christmas Fair

Friday 1st December saw Christmas descend on Verulam with a Year 7 Enterprise Christmas Fair. A month ago, the Year 7 boys were given £10 per form and asked to come up with ideas about how to get the most profit with a stall idea.

The boys planned meticulously and each form had a committee who decided on the final ideas.

7B decided to make their own version of (non-alcoholic) beer pong, customers had to try and throw a ping pong ball into various cups to win prizes. They also sold out in record time making their own waffles and milkshakes.

7C decided to put second-hand books to good use and sold lots of pre-loved magazines; the left overs were donated to the Library. They also photoshopped a range of celebrities and charged for a guessing game.

One of 7H’s Dads (Mr Allen) is a professional magician and so donated his time to 4 sold out magic shows. They also used the big screen to raise money by hosting a Fifa tournament on the Xbox.

7J were the most creative team, selling Christmas decorations made from collected pinecones which they spray painted with festive themes. They also organised a fun game of blindfolded candy cane picking!

7P had a delicious cake sale and a challenging game with people having to knock down targets. They also provided a very popular chocolate fountain – I’m sure you can spot a common food trend here!

And finally, 7Y held a competitive magnetic darts championship, whilst satisfying guests’ sweet tooth with a popcorn and candyfloss sale.

All of the boys were praised for their amazing team work and entrepreneurship. There are clearly some budding business leaders amongst us. We are really pleased at how enthusiastically they took on the challenge. Prizes were awarded for the best dressed classroom, best team, most creative stall, most raffle tickets sold and most profitable stall.

The individual form’s winnings will be announced on our Facebook page, but the initial count has shown that we raised £2000 – an amazing achievement!

A big thank you to the PTA, especially Kate and Sue, as well as all the volunteer parent representatives, the form tutors and most importantly, the boys, for a brilliant end to a busy first term as Verulam students. They are truly a credit to the school.

Miss L Nelson

Head of Year 7