VCB OGA Wine Tasting Event

VCB Old Girls Association enjoyed a Wine Tasting Event on Saturday 4th November 2017 In the Upper Room of Direct Wine Shipments.

The event was led by Susan Rees of Direct Wines who gave a talk on a seasonal selection of wines. The event was a great success.

Pictured opposite is three of the team who planned the recent Wine Tasting in Direct Wines.

From left: Jennifer Mussen, Carolyn Lewis ( centre) and Sharon Henderson.

Pictured below is Wine expert Susan Rees and in the foreground Dr Barbara Callender and next to her Dorothy Wiley.


Posted on November 17, 2017 and filed under Experience.

Subject Advice Day - November 16th

The subject advice day is for years 10 and 12. The school is closed for all other year groups. 


Year 10 Parent Teacher Consultation

9.00am - 11.45am Cranmore Campus 

9.00am - 9.30am - Introductory talk in the Assembly Hall

9.30am  - 11.45am - Parent consultation meetings with staff


Year 12 Parent Teacher Consultation

12.30pm - 3.00pm Cranmore Campus

12.30pm - 1.00pm - Introductory talk in the Assembly Hall

1.00pm  - 3.00pm - Parent consultation meetings with staff

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Posted on November 13, 2017 and filed under Announcement.

VCB Swimming Success

Congratulations to our Intermediate Swimming Relay Team of Amy Montgomery, Emma Montgomery, Sasha McKeown and Florence Tinsdale. The pupils enjoyed recent successes in both the Ulster Schools Relay Gala and also in the Swim Ulster Schools Gala.

The pupils won gold in both the Freestyle and Medley relay.

At the Swim Ulster Gala the team took silver in the Medley relay and just touched into 4th in the Freestyle. Florence Tinsdale won bronze in the 100m backstroke and Emma Montgomery won bronze in the 100m freestyle.

Several junior school pupils also swam in this event achieving personal bests and Irish qualification times.

Congratulations to all involved on their outstanding achievements. 

Posted on November 13, 2017 and filed under Sport.

Ulster Hockey Interpros 2017

Well done to Zahra Lowry and Susie Loane for representing Victroia College last weekend at the Ulster Hockey Interpros at Stormont. Both Zahra and Susie were part of the Under 16 squad and played very well throughout the tournament demonstrating their skills and dedication to hockey. The U16 team played very well which was demonstrated through their scores; drawing two of their games, losing one and winning the other. Great team spirit was shown in all matches from all the girls.

Congratulations to both pupils on their outstanding achievements.

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Posted on October 24, 2017 and filed under Sport.

Sixth form pupils participate in Mock Council of the European Union

On Friday 20th October 2017 Kate Mc Alester, Sarah Hand and  Daria Krasnodembskaya from Sixth Form participated in the Mock Council of the European Union, which was held in the Long Gallery of Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

They represented Belgium and entered into lively debates on the nature of the future  EU-UK relationship and the challenges of the 21st Century for the EU.

Both debates were chaired by Ms Jane Morrice, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee.

Posted on October 23, 2017 and filed under Experience.

VCB Camogie Update

The U16 camógs recently commenced their Ulster Championship campaign for 2017-18. Led ably by captain Marianne Doherty, the girls played very well against Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch in their opening match but the result was never in doubt as the opposition team was packed with club and county players from Liatroim Fontenoys, Castlewellan, Ballygalget and other strong clubs. Our second match against St Dominic’s proved to be a much tighter affair. The Bredagh GAC girls provided a strong spine as exemplified by player of the match Katherine Ward.

The squad now look forward to the County Championship.

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Posted on October 23, 2017 and filed under Sport.

Marina Morgan achieves Black Belt status in Karate

In Oct 2017, at the age of 16, Marina Morgan (Yr12) successfully became a black belt in karate, also known as 1st Dan, with her Bushido Shotokan Karate club (Bushido meaning warrior). After 8 years of training she reached the standard to become a black belt. The grading was undertaken by Chief Instructor Noel Casey (7th Dan JKA WF) and her Sensei Steven Farrell.

Karate is a Japanese word, “Kara” meaning empty and “Te” meaning hand, as it is a weapon-less means of defense involving blocking, kicking, punching and throwing techniques.

Marina discussed her love of the sport with the school PR team.

There have been a number of times where I’ve wanted to give up the sport but I stuck at it and now, when I look back, I’m so glad that I did. The karate principles are Character, Sincerity, Effort, Etiquette and Self-control. The hard-physical training required to reach a high level of skill in karate promote overall good health, fitness and well being. The concentration, commitment and dedication required, help build a strong, confident, disciplined and determined character. 
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Congratulations to Marina on her outstanding achievement.

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Posted on October 23, 2017 and filed under Experience, Success.

Sarah Hand delivers speech at the Children's Law Centre

Sarah Hand, Year 13, gave a speech at the Children’s Law Centre, celebrating its twentieth anniversary. She was honoured to be invited to speak on behalf of the organization to a VIP audience which included Professor Ann Skelton, a leading South African lawyer and member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and a number of senior members of the judiciary and elected representatives.

Sarah who is a young advocate at the law centre is very committed in her work towards a society where all children can participate, are valued and have their voices heard. She is particularly concerned that  there is still not enough legal protection for children suffering mental health problems, or who have additional educational needs. 

To read a transcript of Sarah's speech click here.

Posted on October 23, 2017 and filed under Experience.