News from Mr Ramsey

CED

This week’s Curriculum Enrichment Day saw pupils undertaking the usual wide variety of activities. Whilst Year 7 enjoyed a day of inter-form sporting competition, Year 9 were challenged by a two day Business Enterprise Conference. At KS4 the focus turned to academic matters with Year 10 having a day’s intensive religious education input whilst Year 11 undertook their GCSE English orals. I am delighted to hear that as usual the boys excelled in their oral assessment and that we achieved a 100% pass rate which supports proudly our claim to produce confident, articulate young men. The Lower Sixth gained further information about University and writing statements, whilst the Upper Sixth took part in subject specific exam preparation and intervention.

British Values

As part of Curriculum Enrichment Day, we took the opportunity to give Yr 8 a more detailed overview of British Values which the Government define as:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

During the day, boys looked at these issues from different perspectives. One session looked at different forms of government, and their relative merits. We also looked at the current state of British politics and our political parties. Boys also explored the more nebulous concept of “Britishness” and how it was reflected in all aspects of our life, including food, recreation, family life, religion, art and culture. Finally, the pupils examined prejudice and discrimination in society.

Business Enterprise Conference

Our annual Year 9 business conference was once again a huge success and I was delighted that the delegates from visiting businesses and organisations were impressed by our pupils. The Army representatives were particularly impressed by politeness, leadership and team work which certainly bodes well for the future. I was impressed that so many boys pushed themselves to achieve their best and frequently surprised staff with their commitment and determination.

Book Amnesty

Many thanks to those who have returned books, however, this is the last call. I would again ask that parents and pupils search bags and bedrooms over the weekend and hand in any outstanding books to Reception on Monday in order to avoid fines for replacing overdue books.

New Grades at GCSE

As parents may know, gradings for GCSE examinations is changing from this summer with the introduction of a 1-9 scale . This will affect English and Maths this year and role out to all GCSEs in 2018. The Government have produced this useful video which may be of interest to parents.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-gcse-9-to-1-grades -coming-soon

P A Ramsey

Headmaster

Year 11—Trial Examinations Part 2

We feel that due to the introduction of new syllabi and examinations, the boys will benefit from a second experience of formal, timed examinations which will take place in the week commencing 27th March. This will give them the opportunity to revise and to practise their examination technique.

The timetable is attached for your information. Start times show when exams will start – students therefore need to be in school 15 minutes before this time. They should assemble in the rear basketball court.

If they do not have an exam, they are on study leave. Should they have an exam in the morning session and then one in the afternoon, they will have access to a study room for the remainder of the morning.

I would be grateful if you could discuss this with your son and emphasise the importance of preparing with care.

Mr M J Toley

Assistant Headteacher

Trial Schedule

Spring Concert

The Verulam School Spring Concert is nearly upon us. Take the opportunity to come and see some of the school’s talented musicians perform in what is going to be a fantastic evening’s entertainment. The date for your diary is Wednesday, 5th April at 7pm, tickets are priced at £5 for adults and are free for children.

The items include the Verulam Big Band, Choir, Rock Choir, Junior Band, various chamber groups and solo items from students of all ages. There may even be a staff performance! The music ranges from Jazz to Classical, Rock to Soul so I am sure there will be something to suit your musical tastes.

The concert will be in two halves with refreshments available before the concert, as well as, during the interval.

Tickets are now on sale and as there is limited seating in the Hall, it is advisable to return your order form, which has been sent via ParentMail earlier this week and which has also been attached to this communication, as soon as possible. Upon receipt of your form, tickets will be allocated and sent home with your child. Money from this concert will be going towards more sheet music and new music stands/and stand lights.

I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Mr D Southorn

Head of Music