Prince Harry meets Victoria Pupils on his first official visit to Northern Ireland

During his first official visit to Belfast on Thursday 7 September, Prince Harry attended a Co-operation Ireland event at the MAC where he met with representatives of the peace-building organisation, Co-operation Ireland, along with a range of youth organisations to hear about their cross-community work. After the event, Victoria pupils were delighted to meet and talk to the Prince as part of the assembled crowd in St Anne's Square.The charity’s chief executive, Peter Sheridan, said: “Today was about reaching out to the next generation, to the next generation of the Royal Family, the next generation of young people across this island, whatever background they come from.”

Posted on September 9, 2017 and filed under Experience.

Senior Hockey Training Weekend

Last weekend the senior hockey squad attended Portrush for the night from Friday to Saturday for some bonding, two matches and some fitness work.

Once we had survived the long journey down to Portrush, not forgetting the inevitable stop in Applegreen,  we arrived at the White Park Bay Youth Hostel where we were staying. With everyone worrying over what fitness was ahead of us we all headed down to the beach, waterbottles at the ready. We soon came to the conclusion that half an hour wasn’t enough to complete any type of fitness and headed along the beach. With each girl looking as if they had never seen a cow before multiple photos were taken with Paddy claiming he could ‘get his photo on tonight’s weather forecast if he sent it to BBC’.. As we thought of beach activities Sarah Hand suggested we attempted to make the letters “VCB” with our bodies by lying on the sand. Easier said than done… After what felt like hundreds of attempts and Mrs Loane shouting at people to move their hands and look a certain way so they looked more like a “B” we eventually managed to reach positions that resembled our desired letters. When we thought our beach trip couldn’t get any more exciting, nearly half the squad decided it would be a good idea to run and jump headfirst into the freezing sea, ending the beach trip on a high.

The Yr11s, Yr12s and a few of the Yr13s were first to play on Friday night against Coleraine with a great win of 4-0 with goals from Ellie Robinson, Georgia Ross and two from Emilia Cutrona. Once finished their match Mrs Loane had the team on the base line ready to do 500m in sprints, so much for our aim to avoid fitness.. The Yr13s and Yr14s played second as the other team rushed off to shower before dinner. With a goal from Cate Blayney the final score saw 1-0 to VCB. We headed into Bushmills for dinner where everyone had an amazing meal and were fully satisfied and ready for the match the next day.

Saturday morning began with an alarm at 7:15am and a lot of girls moaning at the time. Despite this, everyone was ready to go up against Dalriada for our second match. The 1stXI played first winning 3-0 with goals from Sarah Webb, Beth Walker and Emilia Cutrona. The 2ndXI followed and continued the winning streak with a 1-0 win to VCB with a goal from Sarah Hand. We jumped on the bus again and headed back to Coleraine with a pitstop to get some forgotten things from the day before. Before leaving we went to Edge Watersports in Coleraine to the inflatable obstacle course. Everyone had a ball on the course with multiple somersaults being attempted. The bus home was a sing along ride before going back to applegreen for some lunch. With everyone exhausted from the activites over the two days it was time to go home and catch up on much needed sleep.

Match report by Caitlin Murphy

Posted on September 7, 2017 and filed under Sport.

VCB OGA Wine Tasting Event

You are invited to join fellow Victorians and friends at a WINE TASTING on Saturday 4th November 2017 In the Upper Room of Direct Wine Shipments, 5-7 Corporation Square, Belfast.

The tasting begins with a welcome drink at 11.30 a.m. and will conclude at 2.30 p.m.

Susan Rees of Direct Wines will then give a talk on her seasonal selection of wines, which we will sample. A light lunch of cheeses, pates, fruit, savoury biscuits and breads, will follow.

Price: £12.00

This includes wines for tasting and light lunch with a glass of wine or soft drink.

As accommodation is limited to eighty guests please return the pro-forma below by Friday 21st October 2017, with your cheque to: Patricia Moorhead, c/o Victoria College, 2A Cranmore Park, Belfast BT9 6JA

Click here to download the pro-forma.

All former pupils and members of staff, past and present, are most welcome, as are partners and friends.

Posted on September 5, 2017 and filed under Announcement.

GCSE Examination Success

Congratulations to all Year 12 pupils on achieving their excellent GCSE results! We look forward to welcoming you back to begin your sixth form study with us next week.

92.4% of the cohort achieved 7+ A*-C grades, including GCSE English and Mathematics and 99.2% of the cohort secured 5+ A*-C grades, including English and Mathematics. 20 pupils achieved an outstanding 10 or more A*/A grades and 6 pupils achieved 9 A*/A grades, a remarkable achievement! Furthermore, 38 girls achieved an outstanding 7+ A*/A grades.

The excellent performance of the girls at GCSE is testament to the hard work and commitment of the pupils, supported by their families and staff, and coupled with the value added education which the College offers. Ms Slevin would like to pay tribute to the teaching staff who prepared the girls so well for their GCSE examinations and to all staff including the careers team and SLT for being available to advise and support them throughout their studies.

Senior Staff and Careers Staff will be available to meet with pupils in school this afternoon to confirm subject choices for AS level.

Local media web articles 

Posted on August 24, 2017 and filed under Success.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Pictured below, pupils at Victoria College receive their A Level results. Click on the link below for more information.

Congratulations to all our pupils on their outstanding achievements.

Posted on August 18, 2017 and filed under Success.

Congratulations to our Year 14 pupils on achieving excellent A level results!

Overall, 93% of the grades achieved at A2 level were A*- C grades, with 38% of the grades awarded A*/A. In this cohort, 82%, of pupils achieved 3+ A*-C grades, with 18 girls achieving at least 3 A*/A grades, a truly remarkable achievement. The commendable performance of the girls at A level is testament to the value added education which the College offers.

Ms Slevin would like to pay tribute to the teaching staff who prepared the girls so well for their A level examinations and to all staff including the careers team and SLT for being available to advise and support them throughout their studies.

Staff at the College are delighted to see so many girls accessing their university course of choice and wish all leavers well in their future studies and life beyond Victoria!

Senior staff will be available today to provide guidance and support to all who require it.

Posted on August 17, 2017 and filed under Success.

Erin Skelton wins Chartered Institute of Accountants Ireland Prize

Congratulations to Erin Skelton, a former pupil of Victoria College.  Erin was awarded the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Ireland Prize for the Best Student in Managerial Behaviour, the Deloitte Prize for the best second year student in BSc Accounting and the Foundation Scholarship for the best student in BSc Accounting (second year) at the recent Prize-giving Ceremony in Queen’s Management School.

The attached photographs show Erin with Mr Kevin Gormley from CIMA, with Ms Gemma McIntosh and Ms Claire Russell from Deloitte and with Dr Martin Kelly, Programme Director for BSc Accounting in the Management School.

Posted on August 15, 2017 and filed under Success.