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Thank you!!

Dear parents

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday and made the event truly special and festive once again. We are still working on the final total raised and while we are busy counting the takings, we wish to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who made the fair a hugely successful Christmas shopping experience. From the artisan crafters in the main assembly hall through to our exciting Tombola stall which never disappoints and of course our amazing pupils with their craft stalls who delivered and thrilled our shoppers with everything from plants to pom-pom decorations and hot chocolate candy sticks, it was a unique and exciting event.  The canteen was alive with Christmas music and atmosphere, with visitors taking the opportunity to enjoy a warming bowl of homemade soup, a festive snack and a chat with family and friends. The cherry on the top of our Christmas cake was when The Welcome Organisation, supporting people who are homeless, accepted unsold hot and cold food to serve at the hostel...a very fitting end to a truly special day.

We would ask you this week to support the Christmas fundraising effort by purchasing tickets for the Christmas Prize draw which are on sale all of this week. Pupils from the Junior school were given books of tickets to bring home last week and those in Senior school will be given tickets today. We are urging all parents to please support the school by purchasing tickets to win one of our fabulous prizes. If you wish to purchase more tickets than those sent home, please contact Mrs Crockard in the Richmond office. Please return tickets, sold and unsold, and the correct money by this Friday 14th December. The draw will take place during the last week of term and all winners notified immediately. 

Good luck, huge thanks for your support and a very merry Christmas from the APT

Posted on December 12, 2018 and filed under Creativity, Experience, Networking.

Hector McDonnell inspires creativity at the RUA exhibition

On Wednesday 5th December the A2 Art and Design students attended the RUA exhibition at the Ulster Museum. 

The students had the opportunity to meet the esteemed artist Hector McDonnell and ask him questions about his work ‘Demonstration in Stuttgart Station’  currently exhibited at the RUA.  Hector McDonnell kindly shared stories about his work and advice on the many ways the students could approach their own practise. 

The students thoroughly enjoyed this experience and were inspired by his words to begin working on their own works of art.

Posted on December 10, 2018 and filed under Art, Experience.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Fun in the Art Department as we celebrate Belfast Fashion Week.

Taking inspiration from the designers of London, Paris and Japan, Victoria College Belfast's Year 10 art students worked together to create unique garments

The lesson culminated in a fun fashion show, where the pupils showcased their paper haute couture on our very own classroom catwalk, complete with Paparazzi to document and report on the unique style and flair of these up and coming new young designers.

Posted on October 23, 2018 and filed under Art, Creativity, Experience.

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!

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Posted on October 16, 2018 and filed under Experience.

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.”

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

Employability Skills

The Year 8 pupils enjoyed a Young Enterprise day which involved using decision-making, problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills to complete various tasks and make presentations to the year group. This fabulous event was followed by an LLW seminar on target-setting and self-evaluation. All pupils will next be given the opportunity to commence their e-progress files which will include individual targets set by the children.

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Posted on September 14, 2018 and 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.