News from Mr Ramsey

Cycling

I am becoming increasingly disturbed by the behaviour of a number of boys who are riding their bikes in a number of dangerous and thoughtless ways. If your son cycles to school or merely enjoys cycling after school at the weekend, I would be very grateful if you could discuss the following issues with him:

  • Wheelies are by their very nature dangerous and St Albans Police will be taking a strong line with people who are cycling dangerously.
  • Footpaths are for pedestrians. If you cycle on a footpath you risk injuring others. A local resident and his son were nearly run over on Woodstock Road this week.
  • Pupils should not cycle two or three abreast down any road.
  • The roads around the school are very congested. Pupils may therefore only exit the school via the main gates on Jennings Road as this is the only exit that has a reasonably clear view of traffic.
  • Ensure helmets are worn correctly and fastened properly.

Beacon School for Holocaust Education

This year, Verulam School becomes a Beacon School for Holocaust Education. This prestigious programme, run by University College London, involves just 19 schools nationwide and we are rightfully proud to be a part of it. It enables us to ensure that our students realise the importance of Holocaust Education and that it cannot be overestimated.

Not long ago, and not far from where we live, ordinary people across Europe became complicit in the murder of their neighbours. What will young people’s education amount to if they do not confront this appalling truth?

The Holocaust was a catastrophe, not only for its millions of victims, but also for our faith in human nature. We need to consider what went wrong in modern society that allowed state persecution of political opponents; mass murder of the disabled; European genocide of the Roma; and ultimately led to an attempt to murder every last Jewish man, woman and child.
Learning about such events can be profoundly disturbing. The programme we are involved in, will assist our students as they deal with powerful and sometimes disorientating feelings, helping them to express themselves and to develop their emotional literacy. It also explores how and why the Holocaust happened through detailed historical study of the most extensively documented, intensively researched, and best understood genocide in human history.

Parent Governor Election

A reminder that all nomination forms should be returned by 4.00pm on Monday 2nd October 2017.

P A Ramsey

Headmaster

FEED 2017 – Supporting St. Albans Food Bank

As part of the school’s educational role, we aim to help pupils think about important community and social issues. This wider education is vital in helping young men and women to become successful members of society.

To start the term, we decided to look at an issue which was both local and accessible to all pupils.
Food poverty is an increasing problem in the UK and research shows a significant rise in demand with over a million people being supported by food banks in 2015.

St. Albans is fortunate enough to benefit from a well organised and supported programme known as The Feed Project. Each local secondary school supports this food bank for one month of the year. Verulam sponsors September and due to the generosity of parents and enthusiasm of students we have been able to collect a record number of items for the food bank in the last three years.

This year we aim to collect 5000 items for the Feed Project. We have increased our target as the School almost reached this number last year!
As part of this year’s appeal, we have asked pupils to consider the principle of richness; who is richer – someone who has more money than they could ever spend, or someone who gives half of that money to people who really need it? What does richness really mean?

I would be very grateful if parents would consider supporting this very worthy charity. A list of items that can be donated can be seen below:

  • Coffee, tea, sugar, longlife milk, fruit juice/squash
  • Tinned meat/vegetables
  • Rice, pasta, noodles, cooking sauces
  • Tinned puddings, custard, jam/spreads
  • Cereals, cereal bars, biscuits
  • Shower gel, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste
  • Washing up liquid/powder, toilet rolls
  • Nappies

Students should bring their donations to school in the morning and leave them in the dining hall where they are counted and sent off to the Feed project. In order to encourage competition between the boys, the year group who donates the most items will be awarded a non uniform day towards the end of this half term.
Items can be sent in from Monday 18th to Friday 29th September.

Miss L Hickey
Head of Year 8

Alban Federation Teacher Training

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 (53 in 2017/18), 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 is scheduled to open on 26th October 2017, for courses starting in September 2018. Courses are available for 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 14th October 2017 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 and course tutors. 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 [email protected] or direct from Alban Federation team via [email protected]