News from Mr Ramsey

Open Morning

I would like to thank all parents, pupils and staff for a very successful Open Morning on Saturday. The school was very busy in all departments and I spoke to over 1,100 visitors in the Hall.

I am delighted that I received a record number of emails of congratulations from prospective parents about the behaviour and enthusiasm of tour guides and other pupils who were ambassadors for Verulam on the day.

I was particularly impressed by the maturity and confidence of our Year 7 guides.

FEED

Thank you to all parents, pupils and staff who helped us to achieve our target, the final tally for contributions was 3851.

Youth Talk

This week in assembly, Sixth Form students gave a presentation about Youth Talk which is a charity we are supporting at the Abbey Service this year. Over the next two weeks Mr Hall will be organising the sale of charity wristbands to all pupils so they can show their support for this organisation on Abbey Service day, 20th October.

Youth Talk is a local charity which helps young people from 13-25 years old who are suffering with stress, anxiety, low self-esteem and other mental health issues.

Established over 20 years’ ago, they help over 190 people annually. The service, which is fully confidential, relies entirely on donations and provides excellent counselling and support.

Young people can refer themselves by calling 01727 868684, or via the organisation’s website www.youthtalk.org.uk.

Cycling

I have been asked by the local police to highlight the dangers of reckless cycling and particularly the risk posed by young people doing tricks on the public highway. There have been a number of incidents recently where young people doing wheelies have had near misses with cars and commercial vehicles.

At school, we now insist that cyclists leave only by the vehicle exit on Jennings Road and I have been present at the end of the school day on a number of evenings to point out the importance of stopping at the junction and looking with care before cycling onto the highway. Jennings Road is relatively narrow and frequently blocked by traffic which makes observation difficult.

P A Ramsey

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]

MFL Request for a volunteer

The MFL department are looking for a speaker of French to volunteer two hours a week. As a language assistant the person will be practising speaking skills with Year 10 & Year 11 students.

The class teacher will provide the assistant with the class list and materials, so no preparation will be needed.

We are looking for someone with a good knowledge of French GCSE/A level.

MFL Department