Pupils from Victoria College Senior School and Preparatory School were invited to the MAC Theatre on Thursday 7 September to meet a very special VIP. You may have seen coverage in the newspapers or on local news as HRH Prince Harry spoke with the girls after meeting young people promoting cross-community links in an event organised by Co-operation Ireland. Pupils were impressed with the time he spent talking with them and the interest he took in the links between Senior and Prep School.
A number of past Prep School pupils have been appointed to all of the Senior School Head Girl, Deputy Head Girl and Senior Prefect roles for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Congratulations to Janie Kennedy (Head Girl), Sarah Johnston (Deputy Head Girl: Senior School), Erin Blundell (Senior Prefect), Emily McQuoid (Deputy Head Girl: Middle School), Charlotte Hill (Senior Prefect: Middle School), Hannah Beattie (Deputy Head Girl: Junior School) and Sophie Lyster (Senior Prefect: Junior School).
Congratulations to our Prep 7 pupil who won a competition run by the Ulster Teachers’ Union (UTU) encouraging pupils to think creatively about schools of the future. The UTU had asked students to imaging they were in charge of education and to submit ideas for improving and enhancing schools. Some popular ideas were reducing the school week to Tuesdays-Thursdays, providing the teachers with massage chairs to ease the stress of their jobs, or introducing a pets petting corner to encourage sensitivity and creativity within schools. Mrs Gilpin from the UTU attended assembly on Thursday 29 June to present Anna with a certificate and a large bag of stationery which should ensure that she is busy over the summer break. Well done Anna!
If I were in charge of school.
If I were in charge of school
There would be no uniform.
If I were in charge of school,
Bank holiday, every Monday.
Homework, what's that?
School work - skipping in the playground, more like.
School dinners - pizza, pudding, cake,
Ice cream and custard. Everything.
If I were in charge of school,
There would be no point of it anyway.
The Celebration of Success was held on Friday 23rd June and was indeed a great success! It was a wonderful afternoon allowing parents to share and celebrate the pupils’ achievements and hard work throughout the year. Thank you to Francesca Drumm, the outgoing Head Girl of Victoria College, for her encouraging words as guest speaker at the event.
On Monday 26 June, Prep had a visit from Jonny who works with the charity Stand By Me to update pupils on the impact of their fundraising last year. During the Summer term of 2016, pupils had ‘walked a mile in their shoes’, taking a short route around Victoria of approximately one mile carrying jerry cans or large milk jugs filled with water. This was to experience a task that many children in developing worlds do daily - walking to and from a water source to bring water to their families. This year, Jonny shared with the pupils what their fundraising had enabled Stand By me to do to improve the lives of children in Ethiopia and Nepal. Our money allowed for water ponchos and underwear to be purchased for the pupils and a water trough to harvest rain water for hand washing to be installed. Thank you to all who helped make these initiatives possible.
Prep 7 girls enjoyed a coaching session taken by Northern Ireland athletics coaches at the Mary Peters' Track. The girls were coached in javelin, sprinting and long jump. A great day was had by all and the glorious sunshine made it extra enjoyable.
Congratulations to Prep 7 pupil Olivia who has reached the finals for the Primary School Musician of the Year competition! We are delighted with her achievement so far and wish her all the best for the contest.
Congratulations to our Prep 5-7 choir who were placed second in the St Anne Trust School Choir of the Year competition on Wednesday 10 May. The girls performed two pieces, Colours of the Wind and Every Time I Feel the Spirit, in the auspicious setting of the Belfast Cathedral. Competing against 11 other Primary Schools, the girls showcased their incredible musical talent. Thank you to Mrs Murray and Mrs Gillian for their guidance and instruction, and for bringing out the very best in the pupils.
Representatives from the Belfast Philharmonic Kids Choir visited the Prep School on Thursday 4 May to deliver a singing workshop to the Prep 3 and 4 classes. Pupils participated in vocal warm up activities and learnt a number of songs designed to help develop their technique and sound. The Kids Choir has almost 320 children from age 7-18 years old and is currently seeking to recruit pupils from both P3 and P4 this year. Pupils were provided with application information and encouraged to consider developing their singing talent through this choir.
One of our Prep 5 pupils, Imogen is off to France to compete in an ice skating competition. The competition will run over two days with over one hundred participants in various age groups competing from all across Europe.
Imogen's classmates and everyone in Prep wish her the very best of luck for this exciting opportunity!