News from Mr Ramsey

Open Morning and Open Weeks

I would like to thank all those pupils, staff and parents who are taking part in this year’s Open Day tomorrow. It is always a pleasure to see Verulam buzzing with pupils who are so proud of their school. We are following up this key event with three weeks of tours which will take place every morning.

FEED

I am delighted to say that this year we have so far collected 3,432 items for the St Albans Food Bank. The competition between year groups for the most donations has proved interesting this year with the table currently looking like this:

  1. Year 7 801
  2. Year 9 752
  3. Year 8 734
  4. Sixth Form 437
  5. Year 11 285
  6. Year 10 281

Our aim this year is to reach the target of 5,000 donations. We are, therefore, extending the donation deadline until Tuesday morning (3rd October). In order to encourage a response, I have decided to give pupils a MUFTI day if we succeed in reaching this target. Donations should be left in the canteen on Monday and Tuesday mornings. I would like to thank all parents for their generosity and support for this important charity.

Abbey Service

This year’s annual service of Thanksgiving and Dedication takes place on Friday 20th October at St Albans Abbey at 2pm and concludes shortly after 3pm.

I would like to alert all parents in advance that pupils are dismissed from the Abbey. The Greenwood bus will also collect pupils from Westminster Lodge car park.

Although this is a Christian service, it is enjoyed by pupils of all religions and it is an important community event for the whole school.
This year’s theme is “Be Mindful” and we are supporting the excellent local youth counselling service, Youth Talk. This is an excellent way to end the term and I would be delighted for as many parents to attend as possible. Any parent interested in taking a more active role could also join the school choir. If you are interested, please contact Mr Southorn.

Vacancies

We still have vacancies for cover supervisors and lunchtime supervisors. If you are interested, please contact Ms Bonass at [email protected] for more information.

P A Ramsey

Text Messaging Service

Following our successful pilot in Years 10 to 11 last week, we will be extending our text messaging service to all parents from Years 7 to 11 from next week.  Texts will be sent for being late to registration and for absence from school.  The 'late' text will be to inform you of the fact that your son was late to school so that you can discuss the importance of punctuality with him. The 'absence' text will be sent to parents who have not communicated with school regarding their son's absence asking them to contact the school to give a reason for the absence.  The aim of the texts is to communicate these two key elements to you effectively and efficiently to ensure the safety of all of our pupils.

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