A group of Key Stage 3 pupils represented the College at a STEM Aware competition at the Harbour Commissioner’s Office in Belfast in March. The girls had originally emerged as winners of the competition held at school and they came out on top again, beating all the other schools present to design and construct the highest and strongest tower structure using a limited range of resources.
Congratulations to Emily Hodkinson who won first place in the Musical Theatre category at the Belfast Festival on Monday 5th March.
Emily is pictured below holding her Trophy.
WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH 2018
6.30 – 9.30PM
For Years 11, 12 and 13 students and their parents who have an interest in:
- Archaeology and Palaeoecology
- Biological Science
- Biomedical Science
- Mathematics and Physics
Find out more and register: http://go.qub.ac.uk/QUBScience
Year 11 pupils studying Digital Technology attended a very worthwhile Digital Youth Careers event organised by the South Belfast Partnership Board at Whitla Hall, Queen's University Belfast. Pupils had the chance to network with a wide variety of employers including Deloitte, Kainos, MakeMatic, Italic Pig, Digital Circle, Banterflix, Production Services Ireland, Okey Dokey Design and Jam Media. Pupils learned from the entrepreneurs present about the employability skills and qualities that are needed in the digital world and they explored the future career prospects in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Virtual Reality.
Over the last few months we have received some lovely feedback from past boarders eager to share their experiences of life in Drumglass House.
You can read this feedback below.
I decided to live in another country because I wanted to improve my English, I wanted to get to know another culture and the main point for me was that I wanted to have some great experiences.
I came to Northern Ireland because the school next to mine said that Victoria College is great and that they also send their students to VCB as well.
My mum did not want me to go to a host family which is why my parents and I decided that I would stay in boarding which was definitely the right option . Even though it was very different in the beginning I got used to it very fast. I always had somebody around me and I met a lot of people from different countries and cultures. I am still in touch with some of them.
To be honest it was not hard being in Northern Ireland. I had lovely friends, I went shopping, Starbucks, the cinema, Little Wings…
My favourite trip was to the Giants Causeway with all the other boarders and to the Titanic Museum with my family. I love the movie Titanic, and for me it was great to experience where it was built and get to know more about its background.
I would love to come back to visit but the problem is that I have to go to school when there are holidays in Northern Ireland and the flight connection is infrequent which can make it very expensive.
I would definitely recommend Drumglass House, because even if I did miss my family I had a great time being there which I will never forget.
I always had lovely people around me who made my time unforgettable.
My teacher in Germany said that my English has improved much and my grades are now between A-B, before I went to Victoria Collage in Belfast I had a C.I think that the evening prep was very helpful because we always had a member of staff if we needed any help with English. I can recommend the English classes because they helped me to improve a lot.
I can recall my time at Victoria College as the best experience of my life.
I wanted Northern Ireland to be my destination because I had heard that Belfast was a great place to live in. My guardian went to Victoria College, so I decided to follow her recommendation.
I had never been away from home before, and I missed my family so much, but after a few days, when I started to make new friends and to speak English more fluently, I did not want to go back to Spain, Drumglass House felt like home.
The people I have met in boarding will be my friends for life, since we have experienced plenty of things together, not just boarders, but both of the two matrons, Mrs. Burns and all the mistress.
My favorite activity was going to the ice rink, I had so much fun! Actually, I enjoyed every single activity that Drumglass House organized for us at the weekends.
During the week we had time to study called ‘Prep’ and it really helped me to organize myself, and even now, a year later, I still use that system. On Saturday mornings all the foreign boarders had an English class and that helped us develop our vocabulary and let us see how our English was improving, it was so helpful.
Christmas time was indeed surprising for me, the dinner, the Secret Santa and the Summer party were the best moments of my time there. I only wish I could go back, I highly recommend going to Victoria College, it is an unforgettable experience.
The Boston Ski Trip 2018 was enjoyed by 69 pupils. The long journey was enjoyable with in flight movies and a scenic drive into the mountains of New Hampshire.
During the week the group benefited from four-hour ski-lessons which, were split in half by a lunch break in the Governor's Lodge, where our resident faithful first aider Ms Guiney was situated. The snow was plentiful and beautiful lying on wide slopes for us to enjoy. By the end of the week all our beginner skiers were able to go high into the American blue slopes on the chair lift and gondola. Some of the pupils progressed so quickly they ended up skiing with the intermediate skiers. The girls who had skied before spent time working on parallel turns and carving and the teachers found it difficult to keep up with their speed!
In terms of accommodation, The Loon Mountain Resort was nothing short of amazing with the buffet breakfasts and dinners and needless to say, their wellness centre with hot tub and Jacuzzi was thoroughly enjoyed.
The zip-line course over the Pemigewasset River was also thoroughly enjoyed in the dark. The teachers hosted a quiz night. One of the trip highlights was the good laugh we had at the teacher’s talent show performance of Abba’s Mama Mia! No wonder they would not allow the phones on that evening!
Overall, a remarkable trip which, much to everyone's excitement was top and tailed by some additional shopping in Tilton Outlet, Walmart and Quincey market in Boston.
The U14 Gaelic Football team coached by Mr Thompson played three Ulster Schools’ League matches recently. After beating St Benedict’s, Randalstown by 5-15 to 0-5 points at Harlequins, they went on to win against St Louise’s before losing to Coláiste Feirste. Méabh McGurk (St John’s) and Katherine Ward (St Brigid’s) were outstanding in midfield while Eva Briggs (ST Brigid’s), Amy McGivern (St Brigid’s) and Sorcha O’Brien (Bredagh) were solid in defence. Poppy McCamphill (Bredagh) and Marianne Doherty (Bredagh) provided width and pace while Sarah Trainor represented our most dangerous attacking option. The league matches also offered a valuable development opportunity for many younger players to break into the school team for the first time.
Friends of Prep are organising a Cabaret Night at AMPM on Saturday 3rd March. It would be fantastic to see as many parents/family and their friends as possible on the night. Tickets can be bought via Prep reception or by following the paypal link below: