Hector McDonnell inspires creativity at the RUA exhibition

On Wednesday 5th December the A2 Art and Design students attended the RUA exhibition at the Ulster Museum. 

The students had the opportunity to meet the esteemed artist Hector McDonnell and ask him questions about his work ‘Demonstration in Stuttgart Station’  currently exhibited at the RUA.  Hector McDonnell kindly shared stories about his work and advice on the many ways the students could approach their own practise. 

The students thoroughly enjoyed this experience and were inspired by his words to begin working on their own works of art.

Posted on December 10, 2018 and filed under Art, Experience.

VCB Old Girl to feature in BBC documentary

Helen Waddell, a past pupil of Victoria College, was an Irish literary superstar in the 1930s. Her 1933 novel Peter Abelard was a bestseller; and she was feted by the literati, politicians, and even royalty. She was a pioneer of the type of historical fiction that is so popular and respected today.

The early 20th century was a period during which women were not expected to seek an education, or even worse – a career as an academic.

After leaving Victoria College, Helen was among the first group of women to defy the cultural expectations of the time and attend Queen’s University Belfast where she obtained an honours degree and a Masters.

Helen continued to break the mould by studying for a doctorate at Oxford University’s Somerville College – founded to give women, at that time excluded from membership of the University, the chance to benefit from an Oxford education.

After further study in Paris, Helen returned to England and began working for a publishing company.

She became an acclaimed scholar, translator, and novelist (admired by among others: Virginia Woolf, WB Yeats, Siegfried Sassoon and George Bernard Shaw), but throughout her life faced adversity – bereavement, discrimination, complicated relationships and illness.

Directed by Mike Connolly and produced by Deirdre Murphy, Groundbreakers – Helen Waddell: Living The Past is an Erica Starling Production for BBC Northern Ireland, with support from the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund.

The documentary will be broadcast on Sunday 2nd December at 10.10pm on BBC 2.

Posted on November 30, 2018 and filed under Announcement.

APT Craft Fair

The APT is once again appealing to parents to support the Christmas Raffle and Craft Fair.
It is not too late to donate a prize for our Christmas Raffle. If you are in a position to do so, we will be finalising our prize list next week. Please contact Mrs Crockard on 02890661506 or dotcrockard@gmail.com. Prize draw tickets with a list of prizes donated so far are being sent home with your child and we ask you to please purchase as many as you can, remembering that all funds go directly into the school to benefit all of the pupils. Please return tickets and money to the school offices in the envelope provided by Friday 14th December. The draw will take place during the w/c 17th December and winners notified immediately.
We also still need lots more Tombola items to make this ever popular attraction the success it has been in past years. Please donate bottles of wine / prosecco / cava / other drinks, perfumes, gift sets, boxes of biscuits and chocolates, candles, and prizes suitable for children. It would be greatly appreciated if you could send items in gift bags into the school offices. The Tombola is a huge attraction at the Craft Fair and is enjoyed by everyone young and old, so your generosity is very much appreciated.
Finally, we hope to see you and your families at the Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 8th December between 11.00am and 3.00pm. This year’s event is promising to deliver a fantastic Christmas shopping experience for everyone, adults and children alike. Enjoy a cuppa and a light bite as you browse, shop and soak up the Christmas atmosphere and music in warm, dry and welcoming surroundings. The Fair is the perfect opportunity for all the family to get in the mood for the Christmas festivities so please make sure this highlighted in your festive diary.

With thanks from the APT

Posted on November 30, 2018 and filed under Announcement.

APT Craft Fair

The Christmas Craft Fair and raffle will be one of the biggest events in the APT’s fundraising calendar this year and your support is necessary for the event to be a success. We have some fantastic prizes in our draw this year including:

 A sightseeing flight over Strangford Lough and Ards Peninsula for 2 people; 2 tickets for Belsonic concert; JBL Bluetooth speaker from PI Communications; Festive drinks hamper;

Fitness voucher and 4 personal fitness sessions with one month’s free gym membership; Cut and blow dry - Urban Hair Lisburn Road; jewellery from Steensons;Ted Baker gift set.

 Raffle tickets will be sent home in your child’s bag from next week and we would ask you to please purchase as many as you can and send them back in, with the money in the envelopes provided, to the offices at Cranmore and Richmond campuses. The draw will be made during the last week of term.

We are looking forward to seeing lots of parents at the Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 8th December (11am-3pm) and once again ask for further contributions of prizes for the prize draw raffle, if you are in a position to donate. We also need prizes for our hugely popular tombola (candles, drinks bottles in gift bags, gift sets, boxes of chocolates and biscuits etc.), as well as parent helpers on the day, so if you can spare a couple of hours to help with teas, selling tickets or clearing up, your time would be very much appreciated. All funds raised go directly into the school to benefit all of the pupils.

Please send prizes into the school offices. Those with some time to spare are asked to come to the canteen on the morning of the event at 10.30am where APT reps will be based. A huge thanks to the parents who have already contributed. If you have not already contributed, but plan to do so, please do so as soon as possible.
We thank you for your ongoing support.

 APT Committee

Posted on November 23, 2018 and filed under Announcement.

VCBOGA Autumn Reunion 2018

“The 2018 Autumn Reunion, organised by Patricia Moorhead and Sharon Henderson, took place on Saturday 17th November at Montalto House, Ballynahinch.

After a welcome glass of prosecco, 47 "Old Girls" and friends enjoyed hearing a brief history of the beautifully restored Georgian Mansion from the MD of Montalto, David Wilson. We then had a captivating tour of some of the most elegantly refurbished rooms. Delightful but discrete anecdotes were shared of past guests!

A fabulous Afternoon Tea was  served in the Garden Room and, as our photographs show, it really was a memorable feast.

With one final group photograph on the charming staircase, Victorians said goodbye to friends, old and new, promising to meet again at the 2019 events."


Posted on November 23, 2018 and filed under Networking, Announcement.

Shakespeare for Schools Festival 2018

On Wednesday, 14th November, the Year 12 Drama class and some of the Years 13 and 14 students took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival in the MAC Theatre, Belfast. They performed Macbeth, setting their version of the play in 1920s, 'Gangster' America.

The project was led by Mrs Clarke and Miss Cushley. Each and every girl gave her all and did herself and her school proud!

Well done to all involved!

Posted on November 19, 2018 and filed under Drama.

Taekwondo success!

Many congratulations to Aimee Devine (Year 9) and Carly Davison (Year 11) on their continued success in Taekwondo. 

At the recent Irish Championships, Aimee was awarded 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal, and Carly attained 3 bronze medals. Both girls displayed not only admirable dedication in this competition but also the skills required for further success in future contests. 

It is wonderful to see both pupils achieving so highly in such a competitive field.

Posted on November 16, 2018 and filed under Sport.

Ulster Water Polo team at the Irish Interprovincial Tournament

VCB girls, Team Captain Meabh McGurk (Diamonds Waterpolo Club), Tegan McGurk and Ciara Mc Kee (Cathal Brugha) represented the Ulster water polo team in the Irish interprovincial tournament that was held at the Bangor Aurora on the 2nd and 3rd of November.

The girls won gold after defeating Scotland and Leinster in the play offs.

Ulster won the U15 girls tournament while Leinster won the Under 15 boys and both under U17 boys and girls tournaments.

Congratulations to Meabh, Tegan and Ciara on your achievement!

Posted on November 15, 2018 and filed under Sport.