News from Mr Ramsey

Election of Parent/Governor

We have a vacancy for a parent governor on the school’s governing body. The board would benefit from a parent specifically with a PR and/or Communications background.

A copy of the letter, together with a nomination form are attached with this newsletter for your information. If you would like to stand for election, please complete and return the attached nomination form to the school office by 1.00pm on Friday 15th March 2019.

Verulam Charitable Trust

We are seeking to recruit a parent who would be willing to audit the accounts of the Verulam Charitable Trust on a pro bono basis. If you are interested in this post please contact Kelly Bonass at [email protected] for more details.

Curriculum Enrichment Day

On Wednesday pupils took a break from their usual routine to undertake the challenges of this term’s Curriculum Enrichment Day. Year 7 enjoyed a busy day of inter-house sport, whilst Year 8 undertook Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths challenges. Year 10 had a challenging schedule of PSHCE lessons which addressed issues ranging from peer pressure and personal responsibility, to issues around suicide. The Lower Sixth began preparation for their higher education and careers Facing the Future conference this summer and accessed our new online careers and higher education planning tool “Unifrog”. This tool allows us to track pupils’ engagement with careers education and planning throughout the school. The Upper Sixth enjoyed the most varied day which focussed on preparing them on being independent whatever their Post 18 plans. Sessions ranged from yoga to student cookery.

Business Enterprise Conference

On Thursday and Friday this week Year 9 abandoned their normal subjects to focus on the skills which will enable them to succeed in life. The activities during the conference aimed to develop work related skills such as problem solving, time management, team work and above all, effective communication. We were delighted to welcome contributors from AECOM, BT, Metrobank, M&S, Barclays, Hertfordshire Business School, HM Magistrates and Tribunal Service and the Army.

Year 11 English GCSE Oral Assessments

I would like to congratulate Year 11 pupils on the success of their English GCSE oral assessments on Wednesday. The preliminary results are outstanding and once again underline how Verulam pupils become excellent communicators.

Headmaster’s commendations

This week’s commendation goes to Oliver Knaggs on successfully qualifying for the Ice Hockey England Team and representing England in an upcoming tournament in Finland. Amazing news, well done.

I would also like to commend Austin Kennedy on successfully reading 1,076,545 words in the Spring Term.

P A Ramsey

Zell Am See ski trip

We left on Friday 15th February. In the sports hall we had our warm ski hats on, but we had to wait about 2 hours to load the bus (we had a lot of luggage). Everyone had lots of hand luggage too (mainly sweets and drinks) to pass the 21 hours on the bus. We watched a few movies – the best one was Eddy the Eagle. We went through France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and Austria. When we got to Austria we had an amazing view of the mountains where we would be skiing. We saw another ski resort on the way, but none were as good as the one we went to because ours was top quality.

When we got to the hotel we shared rooms with other boys from Verulam. There were some big rooms of 9 and small rooms of 4. Most people will remember the vending machine in the hotel lobby and how sticky it got after people tried to open their drinks. There was also a dining room where we had our meals, our favourite was chicken and chips. The hotel was great and the older children said it was better than the last one.

We did our first day of skiing on Sunday. At this point boys were put into groups that would be changed throughout the week of skiing. We were lucky enough to be skiing in a fantastic resort with a variety of fun slopes, and runs for all levels of skiers. By the end of the week groups had changed a lot to allow for faster learners to progress into doing harder slopes in a higher group. Skiing was great fun for all of the kids on the trip, and I am sure many are now far better skiers that they were before the trip.
In the evening we would have an evening activity, these included: ice hockey, swimming, watching a movie/football. Most children enjoyed doing these activities, a favourite was watching the ice hockey match, the atmosphere was great and all students looked to be having a great time.
It was the best ever school trip. Thank you to the teachers.
Teddy Marcey and Edward Moyses 8H

PTA News

Please help us raise funds to invest in the student experience and facilities – join us at the Spring Ball on Saturday 27th April

Deadline for bookings extended to Friday 22nd March

The PTA are working closely with the school to raise funds to improve the students’ break and lunchtime facilities and experience in order to further encourage and enable learning. The ball is one of our main fundraising events, so we have extended the booking deadline to Friday 22nd March. Come along with your friends to enjoy a fabulous evening of delicious food, live music and more while you support the school. A booking form is attached with this newsletter or for more information contact [email protected]

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Can you spare 90 minutes to support consultation evenings?

Serving refreshments at consultation evenings to thirsty parents, boys and very grateful teachers is a great way of both supporting the school and meeting other parents. We really need more support with these events, so if you are able to help between 5.00-6.30 and/or 6.30-8.00 on any of the following dates please contact Mary Ibbotson at [email protected]

Thursday 14th March- YR9 – help urgently needed please!
Wednesday 8th May- YR10
Wednesday 15th May- YR8

Finally, if you are interested in supporting the PTA in general or would like to find out more please contact me at [email protected]

Julie Williams
PTA Chair

For advice regarding gaining a place at Verulam School for your son via the Continuing Interest process, or for queries regarding appeals, please contact Ms K Bonass on 01727 754102 or [email protected]

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