One of the highlights of the Victoria College school calendar is the annual Spring Concert. This year, the concert took place on Wednesday 25th April in the Ulster Hall and included the Preparatory School choir and orchestra for the first time. The Prep choir and orchestra from P4-P6 performed spectacularly alongside Senior School pupils and were a wonderful addition to the programme. A fabulous and memorable night was had by all in truly wonderful surroundings. Thank you to Mrs Murray and Mrs Gillian for all of their hard work throughout the year and well done to all of the girls involved.
Prep 6 team represented prep at the Belfast area heats of the City Council cross country. This was a first experience for the girls but they all performed with great determination. Sophia Young was placed 9th and India Steen 8th out of a field of over 100 runners. The team came 4th overall to qualify for the A final next month. An outstanding achievement.
Prep 7 competed in the Belfast area tournament of the Primary Schools hockey cup. Prep played 6 matches in their section with convincing wins in all. We won the semi-final against Gilnahirk to qualify for the final against Penrhyn. At the end of full time it was 1:1 and no goals were scored during extra time so penalty runs had to be taken. Molly Young, Annie Irvine and Aimee Hilman stepped up to take these in what proved to be a very tense few moments. At the end of this the score was 2:2 so next stage was sudden death. Our captain Aimee Hilman agreed to take the first run and with skill and precision took the ball around the keeper to place a beautiful winning goal in the back corner and allow celebrations to begin. Player of the tournament went to Annie Irvine.
At the NI Schools hockey finals held at Stormont on 18th April, the Prep team finished second in their section and progressed through to the cup. We met Penrhyn once again (the same team we had played in the Belfast finals) and won 2-0! We then met a team called Armstrong from Armagh, sadly we lost 0-1. Prep progressed to the quarter final stage and Armstrong went on to win the tournament. This is a great achievement from the girls who trained and played well together all year. Well done girls!
The Prep 7 team competed in the Belfast Indoor Athletics Championships during February and from this 5 pupils were selected by the coaches to represent Belfast in the NI finals. The Belfast team consisted of 10 pupils from across the Primary Schools in the area, so it was a massive achievement that half of the team were representatives from the Prep School. The girls competed in the sprint, distance run, standing long jump and speed bounce events. The 5 girls who were selected were Anna Kennedy, Lucy Ly, Megan Carville, Aimee Hilman and Eva Kelly. Unfortunately, the Bangor team won on the day but congratulations to the girls for such a wonderful achievement at making the area squad.
Well done to the competitive netball squad for a fantastic season. They won 7 out of their 8 league matches, put on a thrilling display of skills during the Belfast finals and narrowly missed out on a place in the Northern Ireland games due to goal difference. Congratulations to all girls involved!
Congratulations to the Prep netball squad who have been undefeated in the past 7 league matches. Good luck for the last match and finals tournament.
Congratulations to our Prep 6 pupil, Matilda who won the Belfast Musical Festival of music, speech and drama for the third year in a row. What a fantastic achievement. Well done Matilda!
Congratulations to our Prep 2 pupil, Zahra who won the P1-P3 category in the Victoria Square Art Competition to celebrate their 10th birthday. Zahra’s artwork will be proudly displayed in the dome for the month of March.
As well as winning a prize for herself, Zahra also won an art workshop with Aly Harte for Prep. Well done Zahra!
Day Care and the Prep Department will be closed on Friday 2nd March due to the adverse weather conditions. School will reopen Monday 5th March from 8am.
Ian Campbell from the charity Ten Foundations visited Prep to share the story of his charity which was set up to support women in the Philippines. The women have been trained to make school bags and lunch packs which are sold at Ian's shop on the Lisburn Road. The IAG team and Sarah Hand (a former Prep pupil) are keen to support this charity.
Prep 6/7 hockey team enjoyed their first match of the season in a friendly against Stranmillis College. The girls played with enthusiasm and maturity to win all 4 games. Well done to everyone and we look forward to our next two matches after half term on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd February.