Posts filed under Experience

Professor Senia Paseta visits Victoria College

Professor Senia Paseta, Tutorial Fellow in History at St Hugh’s College and co-Director of Women in the Humanities delivered a talk to Victoria College pupils on Women’s Suffrage.

Professor Senia Paseta is pictured below meeting VCB pupils including Head Girl Sarah Hand following her talk on Women’s Suffrage.

Posted on May 10, 2018 and filed under Experience.

The 102nd Old Girls’ Spring Reunion

Belvoir Park Golf Club was the setting for the VCBOGA 2018 Spring Reunion.

On Friday 27th April 110 Ladies enjoyed the beautiful location, an excellent meal and great conversation. Ms Slevin attended and the Arellians were represented by their current President Carolyn McGrath and former President Jenny Watson.

Chair, Carolyn Lewis welcomed Old Girls from 30th, 40th and 50th Anniversary years, some of whom  had travelled long distances to attend.

Everyone agreed that it was a very successful event.

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Posted on May 10, 2018 and filed under Experience.

Y13 pupils attend NI Regional Forum of the European Youth Parliament

A group of year 13 girls represented the Committee of Constitutional Affairs and debated their resolutions at the Northern Ireland Regional Forum of the European Youth Parliament at Belfast Metropolitan College, Titanic Quarter Campus. They enjoyed the challenge of leading discussions on the problems of growing Euroscepticism and were commended for responding respectfully and with humour to counter arguments.

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Posted on March 26, 2018 and filed under Experience.

VCB pupils interview Professor Mary Beard at the BBC

On Tuesday 6th March, Emilia Chittick, Sophie Lyster and I had the amazing opportunity to meet and interview Professor Mary Beard at the BBC. We interviewed her two days prior to International Women’s Day, so we seized the opportunity to ask her some questions about her inspirations from ancient history that influenced her feminist views. We were amazed and inspired by all her experiences and stories of her time working on civilisations and encountering quirky ancient artefacts.  We asked her some fun questions too, such as; if she could have dinner with anyone from history, who would she choose? To which, she had a few very interesting people lined up!

As a Moving Image Art student, this experience was fascinating and interesting as I got to witness first hand what goes on behind the scenes of the BBC and it has inspired me further to pursue a career in the film industry.

Posted on March 20, 2018 and filed under Experience.

Boston Ski Trip 2018

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. 

Posted on February 26, 2018 and filed under Experience.

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.

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.

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.