Summer 2018 in Germany

Anabel Mc Clements was one of the two pupils from Northern Ireland to be chosen for UK-German Connection immersion programme in Wadern in Germany because of exceptional progress in German at GCSE level.

During her two week stay at the end of August 2018 she took part in many projects, such as interviewing people about their cultural identity in the city of Saarbrucken, and teaching basic English words to children in a German primary school.

On most days she also accompanied her host, Hannah, to classes in order to truly experience a typical German school. The experience not only improved her linguistic and cultural knowledge, but also her confidence because she had to converse with a variety of people in the German language every day.

As well as this she made many lifelong friends from both the UK and Germany who all plan to meet up again soon!

Posted on October 16, 2018 and filed under European Connections, Experience, Language.

VCB hosts visit from Hangzhou Xixi Middle School, China

From the 2nd – 5th Oct Victoria hosted 25 pupils and 5 staff from XiXi Middle School. Pupils spent their time on our Junior campus and pupils engaged in classes in a range of subjects including practical Science, Art and Technology classes. The Lord Mayor also hosted a reception for the group. Our visitors particularly enjoyed sharing educational and cultural experiences with each other and over this short time have developed budding friendships.

The relationship between China and Victoria has stemmed from Ms Slevin’s visit to Zhejiang in 2013 as a member of the NI Principals delegation organised through Hanban (the Confucius Institute) in conjunction with the British Council.

This is our first partnership with this particular school but we would hope that it will develop allowing pupils from both schools to engage in joint project work and perhaps creating an opportunity for some VCB pupils to visit XiXi school in the future.

 Victoria students with friends from XiXi Middle School, China

Victoria students with friends from XiXi Middle School, China

 Ms Slevin building connections with staff from XiXi Middle school

Ms Slevin building connections with staff from XiXi Middle school

Posted on October 10, 2018 and filed under Cross Cultural Connection, Experience.

Sancta Maria School, the Netherlands visits Victoria

On the 27th September a group of students and staff from Sancta Maria school visited the College to share educational experiences. The visitors presented Assembly and spent the day observing lessons and engaging with our school community. Hans Snoeks, teacher and trip leader summed up their experience:

“Thank you very much for your hospitality. We were astonished by Victoria College. We are so near one another in Europe and yet there is a vast difference between our educational systems. We felt a warm welcome at Victoria. Your ambassadors are really excellent. Our students found this day the most special day of our trip, because of the encouter with your students. This goal of our visit has thus been succesfull. We think that our students will look differently now on items like Brexit for example, now that they have met fellow students from Northern Ireland. The trip has made a big impression on our students. Many were astonished to discover, that Northern Ireland is a region where history plays an important role in people's lives so they remarked. The hospitality and friendliness of the people also made a great impression.”

Posted on October 10, 2018 and filed under Experience, European Connections.

Summer School in Corpus Christi College, Cambridge - July 2018

During July 2018 Katie Kerr, Manpreet Kaur and  Sarah Hand from year 14 had the amazing experience of participating in the Northern Ireland Residential Summer School in Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Manpreet and Sarah attended lectures on ‘New MRI methods for imaging disease’, ‘Inorganic Chemistry in Medicine, Biology and Society’ and ‘The Breakdown of Biochemistry’ whilst Katie attended multiple lectures on History, Politics and International Relations.

The final day of their visit was the university open day where they had the opportunity to speak to professors about their chosen fields of study and to learn more about the application process and college system at the university.

Posted on October 9, 2018 and filed under Science.

New Language Qualification Pioneered by Victoria College Belfast

On Friday 6th September 2018, the French Language Attaché of the Institut Français in the UK, Monsieur Benoît Le Dévédec, awarded DELF certificates to 34 pupils of Victoria College Belfast in south Belfast. The school is the first Northern Ireland to offer this qualification.

"The way DELF is structured complements language studies in school, with level A1 ideally matched to the end of KS3", said Madame Claire Williamson, teacher of French at Victoria, who saw the potential benefit for pupils as official accreditation after three years of learning and as a springboard for further study, and who championed its introduction to the school. "DELF rewards authentic language competence, promotes active learning and helps the pupils to be independent learners. I am delighted that Victoria College was prepared to offer DELF to our Year 10 cohort, as a pilot exercise which will now become an annual feature of our school calendar."

Feedback from pupils has been very positive:

"This programme has given me confidence; I would recommend other people give it a go." Jenna "I found the DELF really useful for my French learning; it has also made it easier to understand our French lessons in school." Aina "It will help me pursue languages in later life." Lucy

Congratulating the students and the school, Monsieur Le Dévédec, French language Attaché to the French Embassy, said : “As an official French diploma with international recognition, the DELF is highly valued in education and the job market. Victoria Collage is the first school in Northern Ireland to offer this qualification. Congratulations to your school for giving you this opportunity and well done to each one of you. This is a significant achievement which we hope will inspire many of you to continue learning French."

Posted on October 9, 2018 and filed under Language.

Future Scientific Innovator

Congratulations to Veena Sivakumar, who has been accepted into the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences’ Junior Academy.

The New York Academy of Sciences is one of the country’s oldest and most widely respected scientific organizations, whose aim is to prepare the next generation of scientific innovators

Veena will have the opportunity to collaborate with 2,000 students from 85 countries on virtual challenges sponsored by industry leading companies and hosted on the Junior Academy’s innovation platform, Launchpad.

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Posted on October 4, 2018 and filed under Science.

Hockey news

Georgia Ross played played for Ulster U18s in Dublin last weekend for the Interprovincial Tournament.

Ulster came second to Leinster in a very tight final game to decide overall winners, which went to penalty runs. After 5 penalty runs each, the result was 2-2 and went to sudden death but Leinster were able to convert. Tough finish for the Ulster girls who denominated the matches throughout the whole tournament.

Georgia also competed with the team at the UK games in Loughborough late August where the Ulster u18s won the tournament

Congratulations to Georgia on her outstanding achievement!

Posted on October 2, 2018 and filed under Sport.