News from Mr Ramsey

Deputy Headteacher Appointment

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mr A Flack as Deputy Headteacher from September 2018. Mr Flack will be responsible for all pastoral aspects of the school including behaviour. He will also be responsible for staff development.

Mr Flack is currently the Assistant Headteacher responsible for running the large, outstanding rated Sixth Form at the Jewish Free School in North London where he has worked for a number of years.

Equipped for Learning

Please could all parents read the equipped for learning note at the end of this newsletter with their son/ daughter over half term and ensure they return ready to learn for the rest of the summer term.

Road safety

The roads around Verulam School are very narrow and congested. We therefore ask that parents pick up and drop off their children away from the main school
site and in particular to avoid both Brampton and Jennings Road. If at all possible, we encourage pupils to walk, cycle or use public transport for their journey to school. It is also vital that parents do not park on the double yellow lines on Brampton/Sandfield Road as vehicles parked here obscure drivers’ line of sight and pose a hazard to students crossing these roads. Similarly, I would be grateful if parents could talk to cyclists about safe cycling and consideration for other road users.

Book polishing

On our return to school in the week commencing 4th June, all pupils in Years 7 to 10 and Year 12 will be asked to undertake book polishing as homework. This involves ensuring all notes and exercise books are up to date, missing work is completed and that all sheets and handouts are correctly affixed. It is also useful for pupils to ensure they have responded to comments or requests from teachers.

Summer Uniform

Summer Uniform regulations come into force on the Monday after half-term. The rules are as follows:

Either, pupils can wear normal full school uniform or, a tailored short sleeved shirt – with a Verulam badge – worn outside the trousers, or a short or long sleeved shirt – without a Verulam badge – shirt must be tucked in and a school tie must be worn.

The Sixth Form should continue to wear shirts and ties, but may dispense with jackets. Female Sixth Form students must maintain a high standard of business dress. Skirts must be knee length and skirts and tops should be appropriate for a business environment. Strappy tops or dresses are not permitted.

Pupils may not wear jumpers, hoodies, jackets or training shoes.

If the weather is cold, pupils should return to wearing full school uniform.

If you have any queries, please see your Head of Year or Form Tutor.

P A Ramsey

Headmaster’s Commendations

Verulam School St albans Hertfordshire

I would like to commend Harry Stone who won the Southern England 12-14 year olds’ Brown belt karate tournament on Sunday. He fought and won 3 bouts on the day to win the title and he didn’t concede a single point in any of the bouts.

 

 

 

 

 

Verulam School St albans HertfordshireI would also like to commend Jed Ejjayha, Sebastian Ferdinand, Sam Ejjayha, Jacob Cherrett-Yaku & Bradley Smith who play for the London Colney Colts U12 Red in the top division of the Watford Friendly League and having gone unbeaten all season, have in the last week made history winning the league, The County Cup, The League Cup and the Challenge Cup! An amazing achievement.

 

 

 

Verulam School St albans HertfordshireFinally, I would like to commend three Year 8 boys: Alex Culkin, Sam Denton & Tom Heath and one Year 7 boy, Bruno Winter who took Bronze Medals in the BSC, which were held at the Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth. While it was not a huge competition, only two of the boys currently fence foil (Alex and Bruno), while Tom is a Sabreur and Sam hasn’t fenced for a year, it was therefore a really good effort.

Pupil Awareness

Police have notified school of an increase in thefts and threatening behaviour towards individuals and pupils around the local area. They have asked us to share their advice about how pupils can keep themselves safe.

St Albans Neighbourhood Inspector Adam Such said: “We would like to make parents aware of a recent number of incidents involving muggings and anti-social behaviour in Cell Barnes Lane and by the shops. We have arrested four young people and they are currently under police investigation. However, we would encourage young people to walk to and from school with their friends, avoid unlit areas and make their way to a public place if they feel unsafe or need help from an adult. We have increased police patrols and are working closely with schools and external agencies to put a stop to these unusual incidents – however, for the safety of school pupils and the wider community, please also follow this advice:”

The police advise pupils to:

  • avoid talking on your mobile phone or listening to music using headphones as this can distract you and prevent you from hearing any potential danger signs
  • consider buying a personal safety alarm and carry it with you in case you need to sound the alarm
  • keep bags closed and be extra careful if carrying a bag in the basket of a bicycle
  • if someone grabs your bag, let it go as the contents can be replaced
  • walk confidently and be alert of what’s going on around you
  • if you feel unsafe or suspect you are being followed, cross the road and head to a safe public place
  • avoid using cash points or ATMs when there are people hanging around
  • avoid short cuts and dark isolated areas, vary your routine and be discreet when handling cash, phones and wearing jewellery in a public place.

Mrs J Harrison

Pastoral Director

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