News from Mr Ramsey

Best wishes for the Easter holiday

I would like to thank staff for all their hard work and commitment in what has been a very busy term.  I am sure both they and pupils will enjoy the Easter break.

I appreciate that many students in Years 10-13 will be engaged with revision and I would like to wish them the very best of luck.  The hours they invest now will bring rewards in the summer.

Behaviour for Learning Review

One of the school’s key aims is to continue to improve pupils’ behaviour and in particular to help them adopt positive traits of responsibility and consideration for others.  It is particularly important that they learn to self regulate when not directly supervised by staff.

Mr Flack will be carrying out a behaviour review in May with external support to measure the progress we have made this year and to identify areas for further improvement.  As part of this process we will once again be surveying parent and pupils’ views via online surveys.

Apprenticeship Evening

We held our first Apprenticeship information evening on Tuesday, which was a great success and packed out with over 220 students and parents in the main hall. Representatives from various companies offering Apprenticeships or offering ways into Apprenticeships set up in reception with displays and information and the hall earned its name. Mr Hall led the evening, explaining the routes into different levels of Apprenticeships. We heard from an Apprenticeship agency, from the Head of Degree Apprenticeships at Herts University and from 2 ex-Verulam students who have gone down the Apprenticeship route. The PowerPoint presentation will be put on the school website.

Headmaster’s commendations

This week I would like to commend Elliott Johnson in 9H who obtained a place in the National cross country race; to Thomas Heath in 9H for competing in the U15 international world championships for sabre fencing and Abdelrahmene Denai in 11P for being an Ambassador for the School.  Well done boys.

 P A Ramsey

 

 

Royal Institution of Engineering Master classes

The Royal Institution of Engineering Master classes consisted of 6 sessions on Saturday mornings held at Frogmore Paper Mill in Apsley.  They started in January and finished on Saturday the 30th March culminating in 4 students receiving Certificates presented by a senior engineer from Sir Robert McAlpine who were the main sponsors of the course.

The pupils selected from Verulam were Faizan Qutbi, Sean Tidd, Johnny Wilding and myself, Oscar Afonso-Trindade.

Starting in January, practical sessions involved learning about certain engineering processes: the engineering behind the manufacturing of paper, the engineering involved in vehicle safety.…and working in groups to solve engineering problems such as: designing buildings to withstand earthquakes, robotics, water supply and distribution, the designing and making of a “Mars rover”.

I particularly enjoyed the water and supply distribution as I found it enjoyable and challenging. This exercise involved the distribution of water using tubes, straight connectors and right angle connectors. What was particularly challenging about this exercise was that this had to be done with the economical constraints of purchasing land and the challenges of different types of terrain.

Robotics was another highlight for me as it involved electronics, which is a lunchtime Ecco club that I thoroughly enjoy run by Mr Hall.

All in all, I enjoyed the hands on aspect of the course and the team effort in producing prototypes of our solutions to the engineering problems we were faced with. It’s opened my eyes even more to a career in engineering.

Oscar Afonso-Trindade 9B

 

Affinity Water and WaterAid Challenge Water update

Over the past few months Verulam STEM Club has been working closely with Affinity Water and WaterAid in the 2019 Challenge Water.  One of the important parts of the challenge is to help to raise money for WaterAid to help provide vital water and sanitation to people less fortunate than ourselves.

Today one in nine people are still living without clean water close to home and sanitation is also a growing issue. Our STEM club would like our school Community to help WaterAid to fund some of their vital projects.

  • On 3rd May, we are planning a “wear blue” non uniform day for years 7,8 and 9 for a minimum donation of £1.
  • On the same day we will be hosting a cake sale with a “blue” colour theme to match the colour of WaterAid.

We have also set up an online fundraising site to reach out to our extended Community to raise as much as we can to help WaterAid.  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/VerulamSTEMClub.  By way of example, a class of 30 students donating even the minimum amount to wear blue could raise enough money to provide handwashing stations for three families in Mozambique, improving hygiene and saving lives.

The form in every year group who raises the most money to help WaterAid will receive some prizes! We would also appreciate the donations of cakes or other “blue” sweet treats for our cake sale on 3rd May.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Verulam STEM Club staff and students 2019

 

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