Verulam Voice Issue 33 – 2016/17 published

The latest online version of the Verulam Voice has been published.

News from Mr Ramsey

Hello and Goodbye

It was a great pleasure this week to welcome our new Year 7 parents for the inaugural meeting on Thursday evening. I am looking forward to meeting their sons this Saturday when they will be familiarising themselves with the school and making new friends. This year we are welcoming boys from 41 primary schools.

On Friday afternoon we said farewell to our Upper Sixth and parents who attended the Leavers’ lunch. Unfortunately a few pupils still have to return for the final A Level exams next week. However the vast majority of GCSE and A Level students have now completed their examinations and can enjoy a well earned break. I have been most impressed by their dedication and organisation.

Bamboo Bicycle Club

I was delighted to hear of the exploits of Mr Pegg’s Bamboo Bicycle club in last week’s assemblies. Inspired by a group of young engineers who are producing bike frames from renewable materials in London, Mr Pegg and a group of Year 10 boys have formed a club which is meeting at lunchtimes to produce a bike with a frame made of bamboo. Extraordinarily, the frame seems as rigid as steel and renewable hemp cloth and a plant based resin as effective as welding ! I look forward to the bike’s completion and test run later in the year. Please see Mr Pegg’s article.

Vacancies at Verulam

Recruiting excellent support staff is vital for the school’s success. The administration team provide invaluable support to teaching staff enabling them to deliver an excellent education. I would therefore be grateful if you could share the news that we have vacancies in the following areas at Verulam for next September:

Science Technician – helping the Science Department prepare for experiments and practicals—a technical or scientific background is useful.

Cover Supervisor – an ideal opportunity for someone considering a career in teaching to gain experience covering classes when a teacher is absent.

Learning Support Assistants – who help pupils with special educational needs access the curriculum in the classroom and support teachers.

If you, or anyone else you know, are interested in the above vacancies, please contact Ms K Bonass to arrange an informal discussion.

P A Ramsey

Verulam’s very own Bamboo Bicycle Club

With support from the PTA, we have been able to set up and run a new lunchtime Bamboo Bicycle ECCO club for Year 10 students. As part of the club, students are building bicycle frames from scratch using Bamboo and kits from Bamboo Bicycle

They began the build by making and assembling a jig to ensure the frame is built accurately and key components such as the head tube and bottom bracket are all set out in the correct place. With the jig completed, lengths of Bamboo were cut down by hand to fit the jig and carefully shaped to join the frame.

With the frame parts all in place on the jig, the next stage will be to bond the joints using a bio-composite. This is made of Hemp cloth and a plant based resin, creating a material similar to Carbon fibre. To further add to the Bamboo Bicycle Club’s green credentials, the frames are going to be built up to complete bikes using parts re-used from bikes donated to the project.

The students have really enjoyed the challenge of the project so far, working with different materials and learning about the engineering challenges associated with bike frame design.

We look forward to developing the club in the coming year with more kits enabling even more students to get involved.

Mr S Pegg