Victoria College wishes to thank parents, staff and pupils who completed the Kirkland Rowell survey earlier this year. An overview of the results can be viewed below.
Congratulations to Olivia Byrne, Lauren Carville, Zara Craigs and Tara Murphy who came 4th in the St Patrick’s Day Inter-schools Show jumping competition at the Meadows Equestrian Centre
Extract below from the Creative Arts Project website.
'Today, Tuesday 13th March, the Ulster Hall is filled to capacity by close to 1000 enthusiastic school students, from right across Northern Ireland, for the launch of the Poetry in Motion (Schools) Project 2017-2018 poetry anthology “In other words” and the presentation of the Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement.
After readings which maintained the high standard both in performance and literary excellence of previous years, Myra Zepf, Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland, announced the winners of this year’s award:
Rhiannon Reilly of St Catherine’s College, Armagh for her poem ‘Visiting Hours’
Dr Ross Thompson’s Year 11 Class from Victoria College, Belfast.
This award recognizes Seamus Heaney’s immense contribution to Northern Irish literature and the award is acknowledged by the Heaney family.The launch celebrated poems created by the students, with mentoring by Community Art Partnership’s team of poet facilitators through CAP’s LaVA programme (Literature and Verbal Arts).
This annual cross-community, mixed-ability event brought together schools from primary, post primary, grammar and special schools in the largest shared poetry-based event of its kind. The Poetry in Motion (Schools) project is funded by Community Arts Partnership’s principal funder, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Community Arts Partnership is also core funded by Belfast City Council, Halifax Foundation, Ernest Cook Trust, and Children in Need.
The anthology, this year, contains over 200 poems and is accompanied by online audio recordings of the poems performed by the students themselves.'
Congratulations to all involved on their outstanding achievements.
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.
Congratulations to Cara McClure and Fiona Ferguson from Year 10, who recently participated in the regional final of The Irish News Big School Cook Off competition. Cara’s winning recipe was selected from hundreds of applications from pupils across Northern Ireland. The pupils were then invited to prepare their meal to impress a panel of judges.
Congratulations to Erin Burnett who attended the prestigious CCEA GCE Celebrating Excellence Awards Ceremony at Stormont on 18 December 2017.
Erin was awarded joint first place in Religious Studies A level. She will also receive a further prize from Union Theological College.
Congratulations to Erin on her outstanding achievements.
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.
Congratulations to Marina on her outstanding achievement.
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.
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