Mathematics Feast 2019

On Monday 11th March, eight of our most-able Year 10 Mathematicians took part in a County-wide Mathematics competition called The Maths Feast which is part of the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme. Jake Walters, Finlay Killner, Charlie Powell, Joe Robinson, Sam Tillin, Owen Caminsky, Huw Dawson and Benedict Aird battled their way through 4 rounds.

The Starter was a Merry-Go-Round which comprised of 15 challenging questions under extreme time pressure; in The Main Course, they had to digest different complex Algorithms and learnt that the search engine Google was launched on one of these and that a mathematician has discovered through algorithms that everyone is only separated from everyone else in the entire universe by 6 connections! The Dessert was problem-solving and as if 3-courses were not enough, the Verulam teams challenged themselves further with a fourth course of Mathematics: Petits Fours which was a relay round.

The boys did extremely well and huge congratulations go to Sam Tillin for winning the individual Pentagon Competition.

It was a very enjoyable event and the boys conducted themselves brilliantly throughout – very well done to the boys for this achievement!

Mrs S Wright

Maths Department

The Oli Mills Foundation

The Oli Mills Foundation was set up officially in 2015 to mark the 10-year anniversary of the death of former Verulam pupil Oli Mills, who died from a brain tumour when he was just 18 years old. In the 10 years after his passing, lots of people raised money is his name, but it was becoming increasingly hard to keep track of it all. This fact, alongside the anniversary, saw the birth of the OMF which had a huge impact on the amount of money raised. Out of the £260,000 they have currently raised, £150,000 of that has been in the last three years alone.

Verulam School, where Oli enjoyed many fine years before he was taken ill, has played a huge part in the success of the OMF, mainly via the incredible, bi-yearly, ‘Mills Match’ which is held just before the Easter break at the home of St Albans City F.C., Clarence Park. Since the first ‘Mills Match’ the school has raised over £35,000 which goes directly to Teenage Cancer Trust who provide specialist treatment and care for teenagers and young people across the UK suffering with cancer.

This year, we are asking you to support a fundraising challenge that has a huge Verulam connection to it – past and present. On the morning of Sunday April 28th, current teacher Mike Toley, ex Deputy Head, David Bullock, parent, Bruce Wilson and former pupil and brother of Oli, Eddie Mills, are running the London Marathon route, starting at 2am at the finish line and ending up some hours later at the official start line. They are joined by Jonathan Russell who played cricket with Oli at Hatfield Hyde.

To support them on their slightly unusual challenge, you can visit their Just Giving page and add to the money raised in Oli’s memory that continues to do support teenagers with cancer when they need it the most. Thanks as every for your continued support!



Verulam Cricket Club

parents/staff/friends cricket

Players sought for informal social cricket. We have over a dozen fixtures on weekday evenings through the summer against other schools and social teams. All Verulam parents, staff and friends are very welcome; parents of younger year pupils especially so. Not suitable for complete beginners, but you don’t need to be top level – rusty cricketers are our speciality!

No minimum commitment. Full kit bag available. And we are having some nets first.

Why not give it a try? Please contact Matthew Melling if interested: 07785-374826 [email protected]


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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