11 MARCH 2022
Just after the Half Term break, First Formers were
treated to an immersive creative writing experience
delivered by authors Karen McCombie, Adam Baron
and Cliff McNish.
Pupils enjoyed learning all about the elements of
good (and bad!) storytelling, had great fun turning
a boring story into a compelling plot. Pupils were
excited to use their imagination to create their own
During each session there was of course plenty
of time to ask the authors anything about writing
CREATIVE WRITING DAY
CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT
Featuring mainly smaller groups, the Chamber Music Concert
provided opportunities for pupils from across the age groups
to delight an appreciative audience. String, Clarinet and Brass
ensembles played a range of up-tempo and more languid
pieces, while the trios, quartets and quintet focused on the
skilled musicianship of some exceptional instrumentalists.
The Piano Trio, with Second and Third Formers, played
Tchaikovsky and Whistler with poise, while a Fifth Form
Piano Quartet joined by a Second Former played a sprightly
Bagatelle by Dvorák. Sixth Form Trios, one featuring clarinet
and the other recorder, played works by Mozart and Telemann
with skill and sensitivity. The highlight of the evening was the
final piece, the first movement of Schubert's Trout Quintet,
played with passion and precision by Fifth and Sixth Formers
Peter, Annabel, Lukas, Aidan and Millie.
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THE PUPIL VOICE
The Voice asked the Lower Sixth Form Marketing Team to write about their
recent experiences at school. They chose to detail a recent Economics summit,
A Level choices and the Enrichment Programme. The team was also invited to
visit The Deli on Verulam by owner, Alex Addison (OA 2005), to sample the
food on offer and find out more about this new independent local business.
I recently attended the Warwick Economics Summit where
I was privileged to be able to watch a talk on inequality, by
Richard Blundell. This was one of many talks given by high
profile speakers that students were able to watch as part of
the three-day summit. The talk focused on the impact of the
Covid-19 pandemic on inequality, whether this was defined
as income inequality, such as the large disparity in which
workers were laid off, or whether this was social inequality
and identifying the various impacts on mental health. This
was particularly significant as after the talk I was able to gain
a further understanding of just how much of a problem the
Covid-19 pandemic had been on inequality.
I gained valuable insight through watching this talk which
will help me in my studies in Economics, as it related to the
topics covered this year. Furthermore, I found this talk so
interesting that I am considering investigating further for my
EPQ, as I really do want to delve deeper into this problem and
to identify structurally why this inequality is so prevalent in
I thoroughly enjoyed the talk and thought it was of
tremendous value both to my A Level Economics syllabus as
well as helping me to extend my knowledge of a subject that I
really am enthusiastic about.
Karam - Lower Sixth Form
ENRICHMENT AT ST
Enrichment sessions allow us either to find out more about
subjects that we have chosen to study or to develop skills and
explore different areas of a subject that we wouldn’t usually
look at in the classroom. The sessions vary from courses that
develop our creative skills to courses that consider an ethical
aspect of modern living. The skills options include Critical
Thinking, Ballroom Dancing, Filmmaking, Digital and Studio
Photography, Creative Writing and Electronics. The Ethics
courses include Anthropology, Law, Bioethics, Medical Ethics,
Business Ethics, Psychology, Sport Psychology and Ethics of AI.
One of the two Enrichment courses I have chosen is Critical
Thinking. I wanted to improve my critical thinking, which
is a skill that will be transferrable not only into real life but
helps me with my studies in Economics and Politics and in
answering exam questions. The course has helped me identify
arguments and develop my own counterarguments using
chains of reasoning and by providing evidence.
My second Enrichment course is Ethical Issues in Business,
which is helping me develop my studies in Economics and
Geography; there is a big overlap, as the course covers issues
such as Unemployment, Poverty, Environment, Multinational
Companies, and the Financial Crisis. Combining these topics
with ethical frameworks from Philosophy is also helping me
broaden my understanding of the topics I have chosen to
investigate outside the classroom.
Some people will use the ideas from their Enrichment courses
as the starting point for an Extended Project Qualification
(EPQ), an additional qualification based on personal research,
which we will work on intensively after the Easter break.
Bryn - Lower Sixth Form
MY A LEVEL CHOICES
As I am still in the Lower Sixth Form, I am yet to drop a
subject and so am currently taking Maths, Further Maths,
Chemistry and Physics. In the near future, I will be given the
option to drop one of these; however, I am still undecided
on whether I will choose to do so. Although many may see
undertaking four subjects through the majority of Lower
Sixth Form as a daunting and arduous task, I appreciate the
additional choice it gives me. As I originally had no intentions
of carrying on Chemistry at A Level, I have recently gained a
new-found appreciation for the subject and will most likely
take it all the way through.
While some may struggle to choose four subjects to take, as
they have their focus on only one or two, others often have the
opposite problem and may have five or six subjects they could
see themselves taking forward. To those people, I suggest
picking a flexible selection of subjects, allowing access to a
wide range of university courses, as many go through a swift
mindset change through the course of the Sixth Form.
Connor - Lower Sixth Form
THE VOICE 3
THE DELI ON VERULAM
Upon entering the deli, we were greeted to its stylish layout
and general warm ambience. We were introduced by Alex
Addison (OA 2005) to the staff who were all very welcoming,
before being afforded the opportunity to pick out a selection
of food to enjoy while conducting the interview. I picked out
a New Yorker sandwich, a variety of bagels, crisps and Reese’s
cup cookie, all of which were absolutely delicious.
One of the many pieces of information we got was that a lot
of the time, you will end up doing something that you hadn’t
planned for or expected. Opportunities can arise at any time.
Alex has gone through many avenues of work up to now.
From leaving St Albans, he took a gap year and worked at
a suit shop for an OA. From there he went to Durham and
studied Sport Sciences, and after that the “natural progression
was to go into banking in the city”. Alex said that working for
a bank in the city helped him to realise that there was more to
life than earning money and working for someone else. Prior
to opening the deli, Alex also worked as a nutritionist as well
as a sports coach in the United States.
The primary reason for the inception of the deli was because
the building was included in the purchase of the building next
door which is under construction and will become The Hub.
The Hub is planned to open in May and will be a restaurant,
members club, screening room, café and also a place to work.
Alex intends to offer healthy food options as well as alcoholfree
drinks and to combine multiple facets of socialising into
one venue. We took a look around the construction site, and
even four months before the finished hub, it is clear that the
result will be amazing and beautiful.
Alex enlightened us about his principles for success. He
explained his role in shaping his business, by focusing on
working with sustainable suppliers and building a reputable
business, rather than creating a business solely to make a
profit. He also fundamentally believes that business should
be an exciting adventure rather than a mundane way of lining
his own pockets, and that is also why he believes heavily in
investing in his products and services.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and appreciate
Alex giving up his time to share his business journey with us.
Bryn, Connor, Karam and Olly - Lower Sixth Form
LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH
To mark LGBTQ+ History Month in February, our
Diversity Prefects, Agnes and Jonathan, delivered a
powerful speech during assembly. They spoke about
using this month as an opportunity to reflect on what
we can do to promote inclusivity inside and outside
of the School community. They also described the
purpose of this month as being a time to celebrate
the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community across
cultures and appreciate what these communities have
been through to get to where we are today.
The Diversity Society also came together for a
thought-provoking presentation and discussion
about five days that changed LGBTQ+ history.
All four of our swim teams competed in the league final
on 1 March. They demonstrated an excellent group
performance to round off the season. Teams were very
strong in the relays with the Senior Boys Freestyle quartet
finishing the final race more than half a length ahead of
the next team!
First team played a very competitive fixture with
Haberdashers' Aske's running out 4-2 winners. Our
competitors dominated possession but our team's cutting
edge made the difference in the outcome.
A fantastic effort from Fifth Former Will who
ran two personal bests in the 60m and 200m
English Athletics Indoor Championships
clocking 7.44s and 23.38s respectively. Well
done to Will for his hard work and mental
toughness in producing his very best on the
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IN OTHER NEWS...
Upper Sixth Former Charlie has
been selected to play for England
U18 v Wales at rugby on Sunday
20 March. Well done, Charlie!
The first round of House Chess took place
today with the 1st and 2nd Formers
This afternoon we were treated to a
wonderful recital from 5th Former Peter
The Hylocomian Society enjoyed 3 symposia tonight on
the structure of the Roman Army, Animal symbolism
in Graeco- Roman culture and musical instruments in
the Classical World 8
NEWS COMING SOON...
16 March Joint Schools' Choral
Society Concert, Abbey
17 March Junior House Drama
Competition, New Place
18-20 March MUN Conference,
22 March A Jazz Evening, Hall
25 March Sports Tours Dinner,
Woollam Playing Field
28 March Rock Concert, Hall
Keep an eye out for Sports Fixtures on our website