News from Mr Ramsey

FEED project

Mr Sykes has asked me to thank everyone who has been involved in Feed this year.

We are very grateful to all the students and staff who have donated, the students who helped count and pack items each morning and those who spread the message to the wider community. You have all made a huge difference.

The final total is now in and we have collected an all time record breaking 7181 items! Well done Verulam School!
We also like to thank Churchills Confectioners for their generous donation of biscuits which were much appreciated by the FEED project.

In the year competition I would like to congratulate Year 8 who generated a huge 3860 items which was an outstanding effort. Year 7 also deserve enormous credit for collecting 1039 which would have been a winning score in any previous year.

Open Day

Many thanks to all pupils, parents and staff who joined us last Saturday for our annual open day. The day was very successful and I have received numerous emails of congratulations from prospective parents. They were particularly impressed by the quality of our Year 7 guides.

Year 7 make a good start

I would like to congratulate Year 7 on the excellent start they have made to life at Verulam. Our Autumn term survey confirmed that they enjoy school and feel very safe. I was particularly delighted that 99% felt that they learnt a lot in lessons, made new friends and settled in well at Secondary School.

Headmaster’s Commendations

This week, I would like to recognise the time and effort that the following boys put in to helping us host the annual St Albans Schools’ District Badminton Tournament this week. They were excellent adverts for our school in terms of dress, punctuality, organisation and courtesy. The staff from neighbouring schools commented on how professional they were dealing with the younger competitors. Headmaster’s commendations therefore go to: James Lofts, Jed Lumb, Ben Campbell and Isaak Nathan.

Also I would like to award in Year 11 for the best achievement on the new French learning app, Memrise?

And finally to Gabriel Grundy who was the only student who achieved 100% in the computing test set last week.

P A Ramsey

Alban Federation Partnership

Verulam is a member of the Alban Federation partnership in the area of teacher training. Each year the Federation trains a large number of adults (51 in 2018/19), either straight from University with their degrees, or people who are changing careers, and places them in a host school for the year to enable them to complete their training and gain Qualified Teacher Status. All applications are submitted through UCAS (the University Admission System) and this year the application window is scheduled to open on 9th October 2018, for courses starting in September 2019. Courses are available in both Primary and Secondary programmes, with salaries or bursaries available for suitably qualified candidates in many subjects.

If you are interested in becoming a teacher and would like to find out more about how to apply and what is involved, we are holding an Open Morning on Saturday 13th October 2018 in the Sixth Form Centre at Sandringham School in St Albans. It runs from 9.30am to Midday and you are more than welcome to come along and meet current trainees, senior school staff and federation team members. Equally, if you know of anyone who is keen to train to teach, this will be a very useful event for them to attend.

Further details can be obtained from the school by contacting Mr Giles [email protected] or direct from Alban Federation team via [email protected]

Mr O Giles

Professional Mentor

Year 9 Football News

Year 9 started their campaigns in both the county cup as holders and a new competition, the elite national cup which allows all 5 of our academy footballers in that year to play together.

The county cup game against Bushey Academy started off well with a superbly whipped in cross by Vinny Clarke and powerful header to match by Uthmaan Khan for his first goal for the school. Sadly, the lead did not last long as Bushey Academy’s Watford Academy goalkeeper who was playing outfield curled a ball in directly from a corner to make the score 1-1. The second half saw a great goal from Tomas Galvez, the man of the match, however 5 minutes from time was where Galvez secured this award with an unreal first touch on the edge of his own area under pressure then the pass of the game into Vinny Clarke’s path before he laid the ball in into Harrison Shaw’s path before he roofed the ball into the net to make it 3-1.

The boys must have been spurred on by Friday’s win as they went into the elite national cup round one against Monks Walk with the bit in their teeth. The front line led by Harrison Smith who scored a hatrick in the first half with Harrison Shaw also getting onto the score sheet. The second half saw much of the same with a further two goals from Harrison Shaw to secure his hatrick and a goal from Vinny Clarke for his first of the season. However, it was man of match Harrison Smith who kept the bit in his teeth scoring a further 4 goals in the second half to make it 7 in one game for him and 11 in 2 matches! A superb 11-2 win in the first round.

Mr O Giles

PE Department

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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