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The Big Build Giving Wall

The Big Build Giving Wall will be located prominently within the reception area of the new sports hall and for every £100 donated you can add the name of a single individual to this commemorative wall.  So, for a donation of £100 you can secure a place for one name, for a donation of £200 you can secure a place for two names, and for a donation of £300 you can secure a place for three names on the Big Build Giving Wall.

There is no overall limit on the number of places on the Big Build Giving Wall that may be secured by a single donor and donations can be made anonymously without the publication of the name of any individual on the wall.  Donations of less than £100 are also welcome.


Making your donation

To make your donation and secure your place on the Big Build Giving Wall, simply click on the button above or follow this link to our JustGiving Big Build Campaign Page.

Please remember to give details of the name(s) that you wish to add to the Big Build Giving Wall in the Leave a Message Box on the electronic donation form and do not forget to maximise the value of your donation by using the Gift Aid Scheme and allowing the College to claim an extra 25p for every £1 donated.

JustGiving is one of the world’s leading social fundraising platforms and you can make your donation safely and securely through this platform.  Payment can be made by debit card, credit card or by using PayPal.  Any amounts raised over £100,000 will be spent or applied at the discretion of the College for any purpose connected with the achievement of the broader objectives of the College.

Posted on April 6, 2017 and filed under Announcement.

Camogie Update - County Down U14 Championship

The U14 squad participated in the County Down Championships held at St. Colman’s College, Newry. The girls played very well in all matches. The midfield triumvirate of Katherine Ward, Sorcha O’Brien and Poppy McCamphill provided the necessary physicality and leadership, providing abundant scoring opportunities for the forward lines. Marianne Doherty and Elise Du Boulay provided width and pace on the wings and Zahra Lowry, Eva Briggs and Sophie McGonigle were effective in front of goal. With Emilia Azuara-Lois and Maddie Brittain leading a solid defence, we proved difficult for opponents to break down. After impressive victories over St. Malachy’s (Castlewellan) and St. Louis (Kilkeel) and a narrow defeat to Aquinas (Belfast), we lost the shield semi-final to Newbridge (Loughbrickland).

Posted on April 6, 2017 .

Online Safety - Message to all parents

Dear Parent/Guardian

We are joining the police and other schools in putting out an important parental warning about the app SimSimi.

This app can be used to anonymously cyber bully and the content it produces is extremely abusive and explicit in nature. Due to the detrimental effects of SimSimi, school and anti-bullying campaigners have managed to remove access to it in the Republic of Ireland. Until this is the case in Northern Ireland we ask that you ensure your daughter does not have this app on her phone.

We have shared this request during assembly today. We also reminded pupils that our mobile phone policy states that all phones are to be switched off during the school day, unless a teacher requests their use in the classroom. The policy states that mobile phones will be confiscated if students breach these parameters. We hope you can appreciate the need to enforce this policy in order to safeguard pupils.

Yours Sincerely

Mrs Wilson

Vice Principal

 

Posted on April 3, 2017 and filed under Announcement.

Sixth Form Open Afternoon - 5th April 2017

Prospective Sixth Form pupils and their parents are invited to our

Sixth Form Open Afternoon

Wednesday 5th April 4.30 – 5.30pm

The College’s best ambassadors are its pupil and staff, who will be delighted to welcome prospective pupils and their parents on the afternoon or by appointment.

Posted on March 31, 2017 .

VCB Hockey Update

Victoria College Belfast   7 - High School Dublin 0

A school team comprising a squad of 28 girls from Year 10 to Year 13 took on the Senior Team from High School Dublin as part of their ‘Tour of the North’.  It was the first time many of the VCB girls, especially the year 10 pupils, had tasted senior school hockey and they performed impressively.  A comprehensive 7-0 scoreline was testimony to the impressive performances of the entire squad.

Goals from Charlie Little, Darcy Smyth, Emilia Cutrona, Eve Corry, Georgia Ross and a double from Cate Blayney ensured that the school recorded an impressive victory over their Dublin opponents at a sun-drenched Queen’s Playing Fields on Sunday morning.

The Dublin school had included a match against Victoria on the itinerary as new vice-Principal Mrs Wilson moved to our school from a similar post at High School Dublin at the start of this school year.

The Victoria team started superbly, enjoying the majority of possession from the first whistle and took an early lead when an electric run from Charlie Little from inside her own half saw her slot the ball past the advancing keeper.  Using her blistering pace and showing some of the skills which have saw her playing a key role for the first team during the past season, she evaded seven of the opponent players before coolly finding the corner of the net to put the home team ahead.

Victoria continued to impress with Hannah Beattie and Hannah McLaren in defence thwarting any High School attacks and releasing the midfielders to start some good attacking moves.  Year 10’s Anna Hill was very impressive and came closest to adding to Victoria’s lead when her driving run into the circle saw her send a reverse stick effort narrowly wide.

Despite continuing to enjoy more possession and creating a number of chances, it wasn’t until the latter stages of the first quarter that the Victoria team doubled their advantage.  Darcy Smyth finished off a flowing move involving six Victoria players.

The second quarter saw Katie Palin, Amy Christie and Zara Lowry from year 10 all start with Caitlin Murphy employed in an unusual midfield role.  However the match followed a similar pattern to the first period with Victoria dominating.  High school had introduced a number of their more senior girls at the break in the hope of stemming the VCB play, but the completely changed home team in the second quarter played some terrific hockey.

Amy Christie played a long searching ball from defence which Emilia Cutrona latched onto before adding a third VCB goal.  And, not long after, Cate Blayney got her first of the game, tapping home at the back post after some great work by Emily Young and Sarah Webb.

High School upped their game markedly in the third quarter and caused the Victoria team a number of problems.  Although at the heart of the VCB defence Rebecca Bunn and Megan Field ensured that Katie Palin in the home goal remained largely untroubled.  Elsewhere in the team Anna Glover and Sarah Hand were industrious in the midfield area, and although they were finding chances hard to come by, the forwards worked tirelessly throughout the period.  No goals in the third quarter and the scored remained 4-0 to the home side.

Victoria totally dominated the final quarter as the High School girls’ started to tired after a hectic tour which saw them play three games in three days as well as taking in a number of the sites Northern Ireland has to offer.  The home side added three more goals in the early stages of the quarter as first Eve Corry couldn’t miss when tapping in from two metres, then Georgia ross added a brilliant sixth, before Cate Blayney capped a great personal display with her second of the game.

Special mention must go to Sam McCoo, who from right back, proved to be an attacking threat on numerous occasions throughout the last twenty minutes and also to Zara Lowry, who playing the last quarter in centre midfield controlled the game beautifully and created a number of chances for the forwards.

The game finished with a 7-0 victory for the Victoria side and both teams enjoyed some lunch in the Pavilion afterwards.

The performance of the team bodes well for senior school hockey next season with many of the girls making a case for inclusion in the senior squad in the new school year.


Four VCB girls represent Belfast in the Ulster School Area tournament.

The tournament was held in Lisnagarvey on Tuesday 14 March, although the Belfast team were not placed all the VCB girls played a vital role in the team. They are from left to right in the pic attached – Zahra Lowry, Aimee Christie, Susie Loane (Captain) and Ellie Robinson.


Upcoming trials

The trials for Hockey players currently in Y10- Y13 for senior squad (30girls) next year will be on Thursday 30 March (3.30-5pm), Saturday 1 April (9.00-11am) and Tuesday 4 April (3.30-5pm).

The trials will be held at Queens’ pitches, the bus will run after school as normal. Those girls who are putting themselves up for trials must be aware that they have to be committed to two pitch sessions, one strength and conditioning session and Saturday games each week. We also expect the girls to play club hockey throughout the year and be working towards a good level of fitness in the summer months.

 

Posted on March 24, 2017 and filed under Sport.

Y13 shines at International Figure Skating Competition

Jodie Dowling, Year 13 shines in a very competitive international group at a Figure Skating competition in London.  

This was Jodie’s first competition at Level 3, moving into the higher level just a few weeks ago.  She did superbly well to score 17.57.

Congratulations to Jodie on her outstanding achievement. 

Posted on March 24, 2017 and filed under Sport.

VCB APT Health and Wellbeing Event

All parents are invited to an Important Health and Well Being Event

WHEN        Thursday 23rd March 2017 at 7pm

WHERE      Cranmore Campus Library

WHY            Important information around issues of well being, sexual health and drugs                   

Young adults face increasing pressures and often experience a heightened stress response in a variety of situations including examination periods. We are keen to provide our pupils with understanding and coping strategies to alleviate such anxiety which can have detrimental effects not only on their cognitive function and learning skills but also behaviour, self-esteem and performance.

WHO      

                       Dr Alyson Fogarty

                       Dr Amit Bedi 

                       Mr Fintan Connelly - Take Ten Educational Consulting Company

A suggested donation of £10 is asked to go towards financing the project and wine and refreshments will also be served in an informal setting. 

Please fill in attached form as soon as possible as tickets are on a "first come first served basis".

VCB APT Event

With kind regards,

Mrs Melissa Murray

Senior Teacher

Posted on March 16, 2017 and filed under Announcement.

U14A Hockey Team narrowly defeated in Northern Ireland Junior Plate

On Tuesday the U14A hockey team took on Banbridge Academy in the final of the Northern Ireland Junior Plate. Having already played and beaten Banbridge this year, the girls were confident that they could lift the trophy and end a long barren spell for VCB.  As the warm up was taking place a three-figure crowd of VCB supporters arrived at Stormont to cheer on the girls.

The match began at a frantic pace with both teams looking energetic, but nervous because of the occasion. Neither side was able to string many passes together in the opening exchanges with possession pin-balling around the midfield and the Victoria defence of Jessica Moore, Aimee, Sarah Bunn, Ellen McCandless and Katie McCammon keeping it tight at the back.

The first chance of any meaning came midway through the first half, when the recently crowned ‘Fastest Under 14 in the World’ Anna Hill won possession on the halfway line, turned on the after-burners and left a trail of destruction in her wake. The ball came to Charlotte Houston who did well to win a short corner, when it looked like a hit-out was the most likely outcome. Although the resulting short corner was put wide, this seemed to steady Victoria nerves and they began pressing higher up the pitch with more purpose.

They then won another short corner moments later in which Aimee Christie was able to pick out unmarked Captain Zahra Lowry to slot home. A massive roar went up from the supporters as Victoria went 1-0 up. The half time interval came and the second half restarted with a resurgent Banbridge winning a short corner and then equalising after a quick turnover in possession.  From this point, Victoria kicked into life and started to play their trade mark, high pressing fast hockey. With Sophia Mackey, Emma Montgomery, Samantha Murray and Lizette Morwood in attack, surely a second goal was only a matter of time away but unfortunately were unable to find a way past the Banbridge keeper who was having a fine game.  The final whistle drew closer and when it sounded, it signalled for an extra ten minutes of silver goal extra time.

Extra time began and for the next ten minutes, it was all one way traffic with Victoria the fitter and more hungry for the win. Unfortunately, despite winning 3 short corners and having some good chances, the girls could not find the goal which would secure the title. The game went to the lottery of penalty strokes where, bravely, 5 girls put up their hands to volunteer- Jessica Moore, Aimee Christie, Zahra Lowry and Anna Glover. Katie Palin, who was rarely troubled during the match was in goals. Katie managed to save 2 flicks and get a hand to anotherin a heroic display of goalkeeping.  Unfortunately, Victoria lost the shoot out and the trophy was heading up the A1 with the Banbridge girls.

Coach Mr Gray had some lovely words for the pupils involved. 'I couldn’t be more proud of the girls. They have worked so hard to get here and unfortunately we couldn’t get the goal that would have secured the win. We have some exceptional players in this team and they will go on and win several trophies in the future. Despite not winning, we can be satisfied that came out and gave it our best shot today. We have no regrets.'

Captain Zahra Lowry insisted that 'next year, we’ll be back, hungrier than ever to get our hands on some silverware.  I’d like to thank the supporters for the most vocal support of a VCB team in years.'

Thanks to all parents, pupils and staff who have supported the girls throughout their run and came to watch on Tuesday afternoon.

Posted on March 10, 2017 and filed under Sport.