News from Mr Ramsey

Year 7 Enterprise Christmas Fair

I would like to congratulate Year 7 on their resourcefulness and enthusiasm in running our first ever Year 7 only Winter Fair last Friday. I was delighted that so many parents and siblings attended. Business leaders and fundraisers around the country would have been impressed that the boys raised a staggering £2,000 in only two hours.

Business for Good

Today, the Verulam Lower Sixth Dragon’s Apprentice Team introduced their company to the staff at our weekly briefing.

We were all thoroughly impressed with their ideas, and to support their company and the Ollie Foundation, the cause they are supporting, I have granted Years 8 to 13 a “Christmas Jumper” day on the last day of term if they support the charity with a £1 donation.

Year 7 will not have to contribute due to their fantastic efforts in the Winter Fair.
On Friday 15th pupils will wear normal school uniform including shirt, trousers and tie, but are free to wear a Christmas themed jumper of their choice. Blazers do not have to be worn. Keep reading for more details on the sterling enterprise ventures happening across the school.

Don’t STEM the Christmas spirit! Wednesday Lunch in S2

I was privileged to visit two of our STEM clubs this week at the invitation of Mrs Cornmell. Our Year 9 and 10 STEM club students meet on Monday lunchtime and Years 7 and 8 meet on a Wednesday lunchtime. This week the Year 7 and 8’s were enjoying answering numeracy questions from the Twelfth Day of the Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, assisted by our Year 12 and 13 maths captains.
Two of our Year 7 teams answered 10 questions correctly in only 15 minutes and were the winners of the relay! Can you answer the questions? Please enjoy the quiz which is attached. Answers will be published in next week’s Verulam Voice.

Experimenting with Ideas Club Thursday Lunch in S5

This club – founded by Kamran Grewal and supported by Miss Tan – investigates different experiments and ideas each week. Those involved begin by watching lectures from the Institute of Science, then conduct risk assessments and finally proceed to the practical investigation.

On Thursday this included creating quick lava lamps, demonstrating the amazing teabag rockets and finally the magical carbon snake. Science Club for Years 7 and 8 meets in S8 on Thursdays at lunchtime. All are welcome to attend. This is a fantastic way for pupils to independently research and explore difficult problems and be challenged beyond the curriculum.

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