News from Mr Ramsey

Senior Prefect Team

It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce the new Senior Prefect Team for the academic year 2019–2020.  Congratulations to:

Matthew Stevens – School Captain

Charlotte Beardon – Head Girl

Ed Mann – Head Boy

Greg Elgunov – Vice Captain

Kieran McCarthy – Vice Captain

Isaak Nathan – Vice Captain

Tallulah Palmer – Vice Captain

Lockers
The school and the PTA have jointly funded the purchase of more lockers which can be used by Year 10 & 11. They operate on a ‘hot-locker system’ which means students should only use them on days they need them. They can also be shared between boys by mutual consent.

Year 10 lockers are located in the canteen and are numbered 348 – 407

Year 11 lockers are located in canteen quad under the new canopy and are numbered 408 – 463.

Coats and Uniform

Now that all students have access to a large locker and we move towards Spring, we will be informing all students that their coats must be stored in a locker during the school day. They should be placed there before form time in the morning and not carried around school. They may only wear their coat at lunch-break and it must be returned to their locker before afternoon registration. Coats carried around school will be confiscated.

Please can parents take the opportunity to replace any missing or worn out items of uniform and equipment over the half-term holiday so that all students are able to return to school correctly attired and appropriately equipped with everything they need for lessons.

Please note that both hoodies and training shoes are not permitted in school.

 Litter

We are aiming to make the school litter free by the Easter Holiday. The ECCO Committee which has been meeting regularly will be introducing a number of

recycling initiatives in the coming weeks as we look to reduce our carbon footprint. As a school we are purchasing more rubbish bins for students to deposit their waste.

A Flack

Deputy Headteacher

 Headmaster’s commendations

To all staff and pupils who have made such a fabulous contribution to Feeling Good Week.

 

P A Ramsey

 

 

PTA News

Tickets now on sale! Book your place at the PTA Spring Ball – Saturday April 27th  

This is always a fabulous event and a sell-out, so please book early using the attached booking form before the closing date of Friday 1st March to enjoy an evening of great company, fabulous food, live music and more.

We know that our parents have many skills and talents! If you are able to support the event by sharing skills, experience, products or services (however big or small) this would significantly boost our funds. Please see the attached flyer and letter requesting your support with the auction and raffle during the evening or fund matching through your organisation

Verulam PTA Lottery Winners

Thanks to Joshua Killick 11H and Nahi Choudhury 11J for pressing the button and congratulations to the lucky winners in this month’s PTA Lottery draw. Your cheques are in the post!

Tom Blakeson £110

Anna Sasiak £80

Claire Pringle £40

As well as generating prize money for the winners each half term, the Lottery also generates funds for fabulous resources at Verulam too. Thanks to those who have signed up and if you haven’t please see the PTA link on the school website.

Volunteers needed please

If you are able to help serve refreshments to thirsty parents and boys and very grateful teachers between 5.00-6.30 and/or 6.30-8.00 at any of the following consultation evenings please contact [email protected]

  • Thursday 14th March- YR9
  • Wednesday 8th May- YR10
  • Wednesday 15th May- YR8

Finally, if you are interested in supporting the PTA please join our Verulam PTA Facebook page and/or contact me at [email protected]

Julie Williams

PTA Chair

                     

 

 

News from Mr Ramsey

Best Meal of the Day?

I was talking to a Year 9 Food Technology group earlier this week and was surprised to find that a significant number of pupils had not eaten breakfast.

I therefore decided to conduct a small, admittedly relatively unscientific survey to see how widespread this survey was. I therefore questioned 12 forms between Years 8-10 on Wednesday morning. The results were slightly worrying with approximately 15% of pupils saying that they had not eaten breakfast. When asked why they had not eaten breakfast, the most common response was that they did not have time for breakfast in the morning as they were rushing to get to school.

All the scientific and education research shows that success in school is helped by taking the time to enjoy a good nutritious breakfast which provides students with adequate fuel for the day. We certainly notice that students who have not eaten breakfast do not perform well in morning lessons and flag later during the day.
Moreover, some research shows that eating a healthy breakfast gave students a significant advantage in test performance.

I would be grateful if parents would discuss this issue with their son or daughter if they do not regularly eat breakfast.

For those who cannot eat at home breakfast is also available in the canteen from 8.00 to 8.30.

Icons Debate

Next half term pupils in Year 7-9 will be taking part in a debating project to find out who is the most popular icon. Pupils will argue for their preferred candidate during form time with each form finally selecting an icon who they feel has made the greatest contribution to human life and culture. The final will take place on the last day of term with a live inter form debate in the hall.

Litter free school

Our key behaviour target for the next year is to help pupils to become more self regulating and to ensure their behaviour is excellent even when unsupervised. As part of this process, we are challenging the pupils to make the school litter free next term. If they are successful pupils will be awarded a non uniform day on the last day of term.

Headmaster’s commendations

This week’s commendation goes to Ronnie Ward Year 7 for hard work and perseverance.

P A Ramsey

All students and visitors to the school are advised to take extra care on site during the icy weather.

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