News from Mr Ramsey

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Presentation

On Tuesday evening, we celebrated the achievement of over fifty Year 11 boys who had completed their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze awards this summer. The ceremony was presided over by The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is the initiative of the Duke and the Crown, so it was fitting and a pleasure that the Lord Lieutenant, as the Queen’s personal representative in the County, was able to come to present the awards. He was also able to give us a brief insight of his busy and varied role representing the Queen in our county.

Verulam School St Albans Hertfordshire

Parent Governors Election

As there have been numerous nominations for the two parent governor positions, an election will be held next week. We will send all parents a ballot paper on Thursday 22nd November which should be returned by 3pm on Thursday 29th November.

Anti-Bullying Week

This week’s assemblies led by Mrs Nelson and Mr Tromans have focussed on preventing and addressing bullying and choosing to respect others. The key message was:

  • The importance of having regard for the feelings, wishes and rights of others;
  • that bullying is a behaviour choice and that you can choose not to do it;
  • that you can respectfully disagree with people and don’t always have to share the same opinion; and
  • that we must all respect each other in our safer place interactions and online.

The assemblies concluded by reminding all pupils of the importance of talking to others when you are upset or vulnerable and in particular, talking to parents or one of the pupil’s 5 Fingers of Faith.

We also reminded pupils that they can seek help outside of school via the NSPCC helpline 0800 1111 or by visiting www.kooth.com or visiting/phoning YouthTalk St Albans on 01727 868684. Parents and pupils can also alert us to any concerns they may have by emailing us [email protected]

Headmaster’s Commendations

This week I would like to congratulate the following Year 7 boys for outstanding effort and dedication shown in the Roman Army and Shield project in History: Freddy Durbridge, Vinnie Ogden, Yunus Zaman, Roan Hoggarth, Ben Browning, Sam Bradbury; and Finnlay Hayes in Year 8, for entering a competition and creating a cake based on WW1 and the trenches.

P A Ramsey

MUFTI Day – 29th November

The first half term has proven extremely successful in our attempt as a Senior Prefect Team to raise money for Herts Young Homeless. We firstly want to thank all parents and students for getting involved and helping us to raise as much money for the charity as possible. With the start of this new half term, we are excited to continue raising awareness and money for the charity so that we can support the fantastic work they do to the best of our abilities.

On the 29th November, Verulam School is having a Mufti Day where students can wear non-school uniform for a donation of £1 which will go directly to Herts Young Homeless. Preferably, we would like boys to wear an item of purple clothing or to bring in their purple Herts Young Homeless wristband to support awareness of the charity. We are excited to see how much money we can raise for the charity, and look forward to reporting back on all the fantastic progress the charity has made due to your generous donations.

Hana Walker

Head Girl

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Thursday, 13th December 2018

You are invited to our annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols this December. As is tradition, all music will be performed by the students of Verulam.

The evening has an informal start from 6.30pm with a glass of warming mulled wine and a mince pie, whilst listening to Verulam’s musicians playing a medley of Christmas songs. As in previous years, the hall will be lit by candles as we recreate the atmosphere of a traditional carol service. The festival itself will run from 7pm – 8pm.

We very much hope that you will be able to join us for what has proved to be a popular evening. Ticket price is £5 per adult ticket (children and students free) which covers the cost of refreshments and a small donation to the charity Herts Young Homeless.

A ParentMail has been sent with a reply slip which will need to be included with your cash or cheque (made payable to Verulam School) and returned to main school reception to ensure a seat (tickets will be sent home via your child) or alternatively you can buy tickets on the door.

Mr R J Hall

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