Congratulations to our P5-7 choir who were runners up in the Primary School Choir of the Year competition in St Anne’s Cathedral on 15th May. Special thanks to Mrs Gillian and Mrs Murray for encouraging such a fantastic performance and developing the girls’ talent.
Well done to our Eco Action Team who have successfully upheld our Eco-Schools Green Flag Award. Thank you to Mrs Graham for leading the team.
The last week of Spring term saw another spectacular show from our pupils in Prep. Every girl from Prep 1 to Prep 6 graced the stage in our performance of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, whilst our pupils in Prep 7 led the all-star cast to great success!
The audience were lively and engaged throughout and the popular songs were a hit, sure to be stuck in our heads for a while! Well done and thank you to everyone who was involved, especially Mrs Murray, Mrs Pearson and Mrs Armstrong.
One of the highlights of the Victoria College school calendar is the annual Spring Concert. This year, the concert took place on Thursday 28th March in the Ulster Hall and included the Preparatory School senior choir and Prep 6 and 7 orchestra members. The girls also performed a musical theatre piece to “Let’s go fly a kite”. The Prep choir and orchestra 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, Mrs Harrison and Mrs McMichael for all of their hard work and well done to all of the girls involved.
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.
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.
Thank you for your kind donations for our non-uniform/Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Air Ambulance NI.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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!