Please do share details of the achievement accompanied by a photo so that we can celebrate these successes at school.
All Years, Government of Jersey Scarlet Fever Notification
Earlier this week we shared a letter with parents to inform you about a recent increase in scarlet fever and to remind you of the symptoms and actions to be taken if your child shows signs of infection. Please find a link to the letter below:
All Years, GoJ Notice Regarding Omegle, Chatroulette, Kik Websites
We are aware of concern from some parents about websites which enable children and young people to meet strangers online, with no moderation or age restriction.
The most common of these are Omegle, Chatroulette and Kik, and they can expose children to inappropriate and unmoderated content.
While these applications are blocked on the school network, children and young people can still access them via their devices.
Parents can access information about how to talk to their child about internet safety via NSPCC. Information for children on what they can do if they see something upsetting is available via BBC newsround.
Victoria College has an attendance target this year of 95%. Currently, we are at 94%. This week we have contacted home with an update for any students who are below the College target, sharing the information with the goal of encouraging all students to come in whenever they can.
A good attendance record is vital for students to make the best progress, both academically and socially. We encourage boys who are feeling a little unwell to make the effort to come into College and have a go – more often than not, they are able to get through the day with no problems at all. Any student who is feeling really poorly can go to the School Office, where staff can contact home for them.
This chart shows the real-terms meaning of the percentages for attendance:
5 days missed over the academic year
10 days missed over the academic year
19 days missed over the academic year
28 days missed over the academic year (more than five weeks)
38 days missed over the academic year (a half term)
All Years, Christmas Carol Service, Friday 16 December
Please note that the term will finish with our Annual Christmas Carol Service, held at St Thomas’ Church in St Helier. Boys will walk down to the church and then be dismissed at the end of the service, earlier than usual at approximately 3pm. If you would like your son to return to College after the service accompanied by members of staff, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with his name and tutor group.
Please note that boys should not bring bags into school on the final day.
All Years, Art Competition Launch
How would you/ your child like to have his artwork displayed alongside local artists in a professional exhibition next summer?
VCJ eagerly awaits the launch of a new competition in January, which will give our students the chance to step away from their screens and immerse themselves in art, a force for wellbeing.
The resulting exhibition and auction in June, will kick-start the fundraising campaign for The VCJ Wellbeing Garden.
For corporate sponsorship opportunities, email email@example.com, otherwise watch this space!
All Years, French Eisteddfod
Following a 2 year break, we are delighted to once again offer this opportunity to all students of French. Interested parties should register direct online and inform Miss Innes of name, Year group and the French Eisteddfod class number (firstname.lastname@example.org). The registration deadline is Friday 7 December. Some guidance and practice sessions will be available from the week beginning 12 December.
Y7, Victoria College Orchestral Challenge Concert, Tuesday 13 December, 5pm
Our Orchestral Challenge Concert takes place next Tuesday 13 December at 5pm. We are pleased to see that many of you have been able to book tickets to come to hear your sons perform; we hope that you will be able to attend as all the boys will be taking part. If you haven't yet booked, please follow this link:
Year 7 will remain at school at 3.25pm and meet in the Great Hall to rehearse
After the rehearsal, we will provide them with some pizza and a drink before the concert
The concert starts at 5pm and we anticipate it will last around 50mins
We do hope you will be able to join us for the concert, any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch: email@example.com
Y8, Trip to See Horrible Histories - Terrible Tudors, Thursday 15 December, 1.30pm
We are delighted to let you know that Horrible Histories - Terrible Tudors is coming to the island in December. This is a West End quality production which will be visiting the island, and we have been fortunate to secure tickets on Thursday, 15 December for a performance at 13:30.
On Friday 9 of December your child will be invited to a formal Pass Out Parade in the presence of Dr Hughes, Headteacher of VCJ, Mr Howarth, Principal of JCG, and the Contingent Commander, Squadron Leader Simon Blackmore.
Parents/Guardians are invited to attend the Parade, which will take place at 4pm in the Great Hall at Victoria College. Please be aware we have limited seating and standing space. If you require any assistance, please let us know.
In you require any more information about the Pass Out Parade, please feel free to contact Simon Blackmore at firstname.lastname@example.org
Y9-Y11, Duke of Edinburgh's Award Update, Thursday 24 November
Year 9 Bronze
Thank you to all the students and parents who have asked Mrs Blackmore for clarification. Being present at the Year 9 Option Evening helped some people to discuss what they were going to do. We have some amazing boys at VCJ and we look forward to sharing the huge range of activities that people have done to achieve their D of E Award.
At time of writing only 7 students out of 100 have logged on and recorded what they are going to do for each section. We are a little concerned as we are dealing with students in Year 10 and Year 11 who haven't filled this in until now, and we cannot pass them as it looks like they have only been doing D of E for a few days. We don't have the authority to move these dates.
Again any queries or concerns please encourage your son to drop into Mrs Blackmore's classroom and speak with her.
Year 10 and 11 Bronze
We have been going into the year 10 and 11 tutor groups to remind them that these accounts will close down over Christmas. Of course if students genuinely still need more time, Mrs Blackmore will keep these accounts open. They only need to speak with her or email her so that she can make a record. Otherwise, they will be archived. If at some point they do wish to continue, perhaps with Silver or Gold, they will already have an account.
Earlier this year, The Institute of Directors Jersey, in partnership with Skills Jersey and Jersey Business, and in collaboration with Haute Vallee School and Victoria College launched a new scheme called the IoD Accredited Internship.
This scheme seeks to encourage students from Years 11 to 13 to gain valuable work experience in Hospitality and Retail on a casual basis, primarily weekends and school holidays. While undertaking this paid employment students will also work towards receiving a certificate accredited by the IoD. For more information about this and how to sign up please follow the link below:
Here is some guidance from each department about what your mock exams will be on. Students know this already, but here it is to consult in one place. You can also find this document on Year 11 Teams and on SMHW.
Thank you and, as ever, any problems, let us know.
Dear Parents, the attached has been put on Teams and given to the tutors to share with your son in readiness for the Year 13 Mock Examinations in January. Please can you ensure he has read the expectations and submitted the form in the link:
Over the coming year lots of information on careers opportunities will be advertised in this newsletter. Students will have a whole host of opportunities to choose from, including medical workshops, work experience, careers fairs, and several 'lunch and learns' both at school and at company offices. Please do encourage your son to attend some or all that are relevant to him.
A hotly contested game against Mislata CF. But the 1st XI came out with a 2-1 win. Goals from Jonty and Sam W. A brilliant display of pressing against a very different style of football. @RathbonesGrouphttps://t.co/TLX5zTkkxU
Amazing to reconvene student leaders from across Jersey again today to discuss the challenges that they are facing in their roles and to brainstorm solutions to take back to their respective schools. Brilliant collaboration from all concerned! @vcj_headhttps://t.co/0oUoOJJjX9
Today and tomorrow the VCJ & JCG Joint Student Forum have arranged for Y7 students from both Colleges to come together for lunch and a Christmas quiz. Great organisation, teamwork and leadership by the Student Forum to make this happen and huge fun! Thank you @VCJ_Head@jcg_livehttps://t.co/Ul4xzduji4