News from Mr Ramsey

Examinations Timetable

All pupils in Years 11, 12 and 13 have been issued with their timetables for this summer’s public examinations. I would be grateful if parents could discuss these timetables with their sons/daughters to check for any clashes or problems.

Unfortunately every year, despite our best efforts, pupils are late or have even missed exams due to confusion. In order to avoid this, I would suggest that examination times and dates are copied in a calendar displayed prominently in the home so that the whole family is aware of the exam schedule.

Reading in the School

In recognition of World Book Day, assemblies this week have been taken by Mr Jordan who has been promoting both reading and writing to pupils. Both staff and pupils were invited to bring in books they had enjoyed and were invited to swap them for a new book on Thursday.

As we are also currently preparing Year 11 pupils for their English Literature examination in May, I thought it might be helpful encourage pupils and families to share a book or poem each week until Easter.

As both Years 10 and 11 are currently studying An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley, I would suggest this as an ideal play to begin with. Perhaps families may like to watch the play together which can be downloaded from Amazon. Alternatively a number of versions are available on YouTube and elsewhere on the internet.

Science Laboratory Refurbishment

I am delighted that, thanks to the generosity of so many parents, the Verulam Charitable Trust has raised sufficient funds to completely refurbish the S2 science laboratory this summer. We intend to make this ground floor laboratory a state of the art facility which will benefit all students from Years 7-13. I would like to thank all those who have contributed to the Verulam Charitable Trust over the last year to make this possible.

If you would like to support the Verulam Charitable Trust please click on the link below:

Verulam Charitable Trust

It is especially beneficial if we are able to claim gift aid.

Year 11 How to Revise Information Evening

Following Wednesday’s revision evening, please find attached the Powerpoint presentation for your information.

Book Amnesty

I have received from the Librarian a list of books that have not been returned to the Library despite numerous requests for their return. I would 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.

P A Ramsey