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

Apprenticeship Information Evening – Questionnaire

On Tuesday 2nd April 2019, Verulam will be holding an information evening on Apprenticeships. The event will run from 7pm in the school hall, and will last for approximately one hour. It will be open to all parents/carers and students in Years 10-13.

In order that we can plan resources to meet demand, it would be helpful to know how many will be attending. To help us with our planning, could you please complete a 2 minute survey using this link?

Mr R J Hall
Head of Careers

Tim Marshall

Geography A-Level Students were treated to a special guest appearance lecture from bestselling author Tim Marshall. His books have been recognised by many as outstanding wider resources that support the student’s wider geographical context. “Prisoners of Geography” and “Divided” have both reach number one on the Sunday time’s bestseller list and Tim is a regular foreign correspondent on Sky News.

Tim talked to the students for over an hour on geopolitical issues and tensions that exist due to divisions. The talk was focused around the divisions which is the main theme of his second book “Divided”. This covers the knowledge that more walls are being erected around the world. Our nationalism and identity are on the rise once again and this redefines our political map.

The reasons for the walls is because we divided ourselves through wealth, education, religion and political views. Brexit has divided Europe but we have also seen these divides in China between rural and urban and USA with the Mexican border. To see how the world can be divided yesterday and tomorrow, is important to see what the developments in the world may be.

The students ended the presentation with a Q and A session where they were able to ask questions about chapters in the book and key questions link to the specification and exam board. Tim was kind enough to stay late into the afternoon to sign copies of his book and take some pictures with our students.
I advise all parents and students to read the books and not those just studying geography as understanding the worlds people will help us all in the future.

Should you wish to learn more please do follow us @veulamgeogHOD.

Mr N Woodville
Head of Geography

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