Brilliant Book Week

Brilliant Book Week ran from Monday 4th – Friday 8th March in the Preparatory School. Our theme this year was Time to Share focusing on the importance of daily reading and encouraging our pupils to read aloud to/with someone to enhance the experience. Dr Seuss said: “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book”, so our pupils focused on the magic of being transported into another place, following the lives of characters in both fiction and factual reading and developing their confidence as readers through a variety of themed programmes. We are grateful to Explore Learning who lead a number of literacy workshops with P1-P7. Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 classes explored traditional fairy tales and composed alternative endings – was the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood really bad or just “misunderstood”? Key Stage 2 developed their persuasive language as they marketed useless products – anyone for a used colouring book?

 Prep 5 visited the Lisburn Road library on World Book Day for a special story session. A highlight of the week however, was our paired reading activity. Junior classes joined with an older age group to visit the College library to select a short story they could have read to them by their older ‘reading buddy’. It was wonderful to see the excitement and enthusiasm around this partnered reading and to watch the older pupils’ confidence grow as they modelled excellent reading skills to their partner.

 As always, our World Book Day character dress-up was eagerly supported and we were delighted to see how much thought and effort had gone into the costume designs this year. Thank you to all pupils – and staff! – who participated.

Posted on March 11, 2019 .

A Royal Visit

Girls from our Prep 7 class were delighted to meet the Duchess of Cambridge on the recent Royal visit. The Duchess was interested to learn about the girls’ school badges and spoke to them about playing music and sport.

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Posted on February 27, 2019 .

Harvest Sale

The highlight of October was our Harvest Sale which took place on Friday 19th October.  There was a vast array of items on sale from toiletries to books, cakes to cuddly toys and harvest sweet hampers.  Pupils certainly enjoyed bagging bargains galore.  Prep 7 did a great job manning the stalls.  We are pleased to announce that we raised a total of £450 for charities to be chosen by the Community Action Group. 

In the lead up to Harvest Sale, there was a collection for the Simon Community Northern Ireland, incorporating store cupboard essentials like tinned goods and toiletries used to fill “Welcome Packs.”  The CAG girls did a fabulous job helping to pack up the goods and load them on to the Simon Community collection van.  Well done girls!

Posted on October 23, 2018 .

International Week of Languages

Our annual “Week of Languages” celebrations took place during the last week of September in Prep and our theme this year was based on “Communication”.

Every pupil had the opportunity to communicate through the medium of Art by creating both a T-shirt picture and a badge featuring a greeting in a different language. All T-shirt entries were judged and prizes awarded at our special Friday assembly. The very creative and colourful winning entries are on display in the Prep Reception area.

In addition to our very own Mr. Tumble and our German language assistants visiting our Junior assembly, we were also delighted to welcome Mrs Laura Bloomer to our final assembly on Friday. She introduced the girls to “Makaton” as a different means of communication.

 Very ably supported by Maggie Irvine in Prep 5, Mrs Bloomer taught the girls a song using Makaton signing and a lot of fun was had by all!

Many thanks to all parents for helping with the usual dressing up and provision of international breaks!

Don’t forget to check out Seesaw for photographs of each class’s individual activities to celebrate our special week!

Many thanks for your continued support!

Mrs Burnett (Prep Languages)

Posted on October 2, 2018 .

Autumn Term Dates 2018

Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th August 9am-12noon
Junior Pre-School, Pre-School and Prep 1 induction mornings.

Thursday 30th August 9am-2pm
ALL pupils from Junior Pre-School to Prep 7 in school. Please bring packed lunch (no canteen or After Hours available).

Friday 31st August
Full day for all pupils. After Hours and canteen meals available.

For further details, see our Events Calendar.

 

Posted on June 29, 2018 .

VCB Spring Concert

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.

Posted on May 9, 2018 .

Cross Country Success

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.

Posted on April 20, 2018 .

Hockey Success

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!

Posted on March 22, 2018 .