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2017-2018

Victoria College Magazine 2017-2018


2017-2018

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CONTENTS

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FOREWORD

HEADMASTER’S REVIEW 2017-2018

FOUNDERS WEEK

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HOUSE REPORTS

EVENTS

ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY

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DRAMA

MUSIC

COMBINED CADET FORCE

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TRIPS AND OUTINGS

SPORT

HONOURS AND PRIZES

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STAFF DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS

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FOREWORD

During my second year as Chair of Governors of Victoria College and Preparatory school we have put our pupils at the centre of our plans and are focussing on delivering continuous improvement for both schools. Caring for others has become a major theme in school life because we know our boys need to feel safe and happy to excel in their learning. To achieve this we have introduced a range of new wellbeing initiatives designed to support our students and help them support each other. It has been a year of outstanding performance - but not just in academic and sporting achievement. Delivering the future Our Five Year Strategic Plan is at the heart of our drive for continuous improvement and, following consultation, we have now started the implementation phase. An important element of this has been closer collaboration between the Prep and senior schools to provide a much smoother transition for boys between Years 6 and 7. We have revised our admissions policy and removed the entrance examination for most boys from the Preparatory School and introduced a Buddy Mentor scheme involving Year Ten boys working with boys from Year 6. In the year ahead, the schools will continue their excellent work of making safeguarding and well-being as strong as they can possibly be. Year Twelve Peer Educators have already been teaching mental health and wellbeing to Year Seven students using a curriculum devised by the National Mental Health Foundation. Other initiatives include an eight-week course, Making Friends with Yourself, designed to help young people cope more effectively with the ongoing challenges of their day-to-day lives. Victoria College was the first school

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in Jersey to run this. Our excellent Peer Mentor scheme is thriving and we recently trained another 50 sixth form students to advise and guide younger students in the school. In September 2018 we launch a new resilience programme, with 36 Year Ten and Year Twelve boys, 15 staff and 60 parents booked in for training. This is a unique project and is our first involving boys, staff and parents. It will be fascinating to see the impact this training has on the school community. In January the school will be supporting the boys as they cascade the information to their tutor groups and others. All the boys involved will receive a Resilient Leadership qualification. Tackling mental health issues and bullying is high on our agenda. In June, 22 of our boys joined other secondary schools at a training conference to become Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. They will roll out their ideas across Victoria College in the year ahead. In 2019 we will also be running a second island-wide mental health conference building on our ground-breaking ‘Promoting Healthy Young Minds’ event with Mind Jersey two years ago. Working together The three-way partnership involving the school, our parents and our students is essential to our success and we recognise that it must be built on careful listening. Our students are to have a stronger voice about the future, through the School Council, and we plan to introduce a programme of annual surveys, followed up by focus groups, to set benchmarks and receive genuine feedback from parents, staff and students. We will also be working in closer collaboration with other schools. Our initial focus will be with Jersey College for Girls,


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Governor changes In March this year, we celebrated the extraordinary 29 years of service as a Governor by Philip Le Brocq and expressed our sincere thanks for his dedicated support of Victoria College and for his many and valuable contributions This term, Gary Burton has retired as a Staff Governor. Soon also to retire from the Board of Governors are Sam Watts and Wanda Adams, who have done so much to support the development of the Strategic Plan and to chair the Marketing and Governance, Leadership and Management Sub-Committees. We wish them sincere thanks and good fortune, either in retirement or their new ventures.

Brian Watt Chairman, Board of Governors

During the 2017 Autumn Term, Yenni Kusumo was elected as a new Parent Governor for the Preparatory School and she brings strong marketing skills and experience to the Board. Action is in hand to recruit two new Governors to ensure we maintain a balanced and excellent skill set for the challenges that lie ahead.

to identify further opportunities for us to share expertise work more closely together. The aim, as always, is to improve the learning and the school experience for our students. We already work together to provide a broad A-level curriculum, a joint orchestra and a very successful joint learning conference for staff. We are actively exploring other ways to share best practice and resources. As fee-paying States Schools, Victoria College and Preparatory School we continue to offer excellent value for money to our customers – Jersey’s young men and their families – but also to the island community as a whole. Nevertheless, an important part of our plan is to make the schools more accessible through a Scholarship scheme, which would recognise boys of high academic and/or sporting potential, who would not otherwise be able to benefit from the Victoria College experience and opportunities. We are exploring options for delivering a scheme with the Victoria College Foundation and I hope to be able to announce details next year. The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection During a particularly busy year, both our schools underwent a rigorous and very successful inspection by ISI in November. The full report is available on the website but I can confirm that the recommendations have already been incorporated in our plans and change is underway, including the appointment of the new Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Mrs Priestley, and the strengthening of that department. There is also a renewed focus on providing greater differentiation of teaching and learning to support the varied needs of our students.

Building on success Both schools have made excellent progress in academic areas, with Victoria College boys achieving the best A-level results for six years. There have also been some tremendous sporting successes, exemplified by Victoria College Preparatory School winning the UK Primary Schools Football Championship for the second year running. Our boys have also been successful in business competitions and the arts, with some outstanding results. The first phase of the Francis Field development is nearly complete and, once funding is secured, it will provide additional sports pitches to relieve the pressures on College Field and Heathfield. We are also exploring how best to provide four additional classrooms and a new drama studio, as well as introducing more areas of intellectual and artistic competition for students who are less inclined towards physical sports. The Board of Governors is confident that the Strategic Plan offers a strong and credible platform for our journey of continuous improvement and we will continue to build on the growing strengths of Victoria College and Victoria College Preparatory School. We will now update our plan annually and will be looking towards the longer-term infrastructure needs of both schools to ensure our students have the brightest possible future. Floreat Collegium. Brian A Watt July 2018

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HEADMASTER’S REVIEW

Last year, I wrote in The Victorian that we were looking forward to our first Independent School Inspection of Victoria College and Victoria College Preparatory School. Indeed, this took place in November and we were delighted with the outcome and the final report which can be found on the school’s website. In particular, the overall judgement at the College was ‘Good’ for the quality of our pupils’ learning and achievement and ‘Excellent’ for the quality of our pupils’ personal development. We are also very pleased that all 8 standards in the Compliance inspection were met, which cannot be said for all independent schools in the UK that are inspected by ISI. In August, we received excellent news regarding our GCSE and A Level results. At GCSE, nearly 70% of all grades were awarded A* - B with over a quarter of all our students achieving a grade 8 or 9 (equivalent to an A*) in the new English and Maths exams. At A Level, our results were even more impressive with 42% of all grades obtained at an A or A* grade, with 72% at A* - B. This represented our best results for over 6 years and we were, of course, delighted that the majority of our students got into their first choice university. In October, our Combined Cadet Force received its Biennial Inspection, with the Reviewing Officer Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty commenting that she was mightily impressed with the Victoria College Contingent and commending the College to the Ministry of Defence as a fine example of what can be achieved with good leadership, appropriate resources and well-motivated cadets.

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Our 1st XI footballers went through their entire season unbeaten, winning both the Channel Islands and Jersey titles for the second successive year. They also defeated highly prestigious independent schools including Eton College, Charterhouse and St Albans on their annual UK tour. Our 1st XI hockey team finished third in the Jersey Men’s Hockey League and returned from Barcelona with 2 wins from 2, with the 2nd XI crowned as Division Two champions. Our 1st XI cricketers have had an outstanding season, finishing 2nd in the Jersey Men’s League and beating the Old Victorians and Elizabeth College (twice) in a really successful season. Our U15 team returned having won 4 out of 5 of their fixtures on their tour to Barbados. Our U16 Rugby Team retained the Lord Jersey Cup. Adam Gower was selected for the England U16 hockey squad and many boys represented Jersey in various Inter-Insulars. Jack Scambler represented Great Britain in the U19 shooting team that competed in South Africa in March and Tom GarfieldBennett is the latest Victoria College marksman to be chosen by the prestigious GB Athelings team that tour Canada in the summer. Our shooting team won the highly acclaimed Staniforth Cup that attracts schools from all over the UK; a competition that is so fiercely contested that we last won this cup in 1955.


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Alun Watkins Headmaster

There have been many highlights, once again, in House competition not least Dunlop House winning the 35th House Music Competition and also the House Drama Competition with their chilling production of ‘The Woman in Black’. Congratulations, then, to Dunlop House who won the Landick Trophy. Congratulations to Harrison Caldeira who was successful in winning the Jersey Symphony Orchestra Award at the Jersey Young Musician of the Year competition.

And finally, working closely with the Governing Body and the Education Department, I now look forward to the implementation of our Five Year Strategic Plan.

Victoria College also celebrated much success in the annual Student Business Challenge Awards held at the Hotel de France. Victoria College were winners in a number of categories – Best Display on the Evening, Most Profit Award and the Best Marketing Award. They also won the two main awards of the evening: the Community Award went to ‘Grow Your Own Grub’ and ‘Donuts Delight’ were the overall winners. They sold 3, 465 doughnuts and made a net profit of £2,342 of which £600 went to Autism Jersey.

Please remember that the majority of these articles have been written by our students.

Once again, I thank Mr Gorman and his team of student editors who have delivered another excellent Victorian, highlighting the many successes and achievements in another very busy year at VCJ.

Floreat Collegium. Alun Watkins, Headmaster

We said goodbye to a number of valued staff including Mr Burton, Head of ICT after 17 years at the College; Mrs Taylor (recently Assistant Head, Academic) after 21 years at the College; and Mr Wright (Deputy Head), who will take up his new role as Headmaster of Altrincham Grammar School for Boys in September. We wish all of our departing staff the very best of luck in the next stage of their careers.

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FOUNDERS’ ASSEMBLY The assembly held on the main lawn on Founders’ Day is one of the few occasions when the whole of Victoria College and Victoria College Preparatory School are all gathered together as a single group. In late summer sun, the Headmaster of the College welcomed students and staff and reminded us of the importance of celebrating Founders’ Day. After an opening speech he introduced the heads of houses to come and tell the stories of the brave men and families the Houses are deservedly named after. For a Year Thirteen Head of House it also represents a unique change to address the whole of the House.

Pierre Sangan (Head of Diarmid House), appeared in CCF best dress to honour the anniversary of Allastair McReadyDiarmid which tied with the evening events depicting the dramatic presentation of Diarmid’s life in order to pay tribute to his bravery. Now a firm tradition, this key part of the founders’ makes us all remember how lucky we are to have such a rich history surrounding the school.

“It is always an honour to be asked to speak in front of an assembly, I really enjoyed having the opportunity to be part of such an important celebration.” Stephen Arthur, Head of Dunlop House

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FOUNDERS’ WALK 2017 Taking place on the last day of Founders’ Week, the Founders’ Day Walk is an annual event enjoyed by the entire school from the youngest in year Seven to the oldest in Year Thirteen, where they were asked to walk from the Freedom Tree on the Waterfront all the way to La Braye and back. While the majority of the school decided to walk, a number of individuals chose to run the 16 mile journey. The route was filled with steep, rocky hills, pouring rain and the occasional rogue cyclist tearing up the tracks. However, luckily for the lads, the route was also filled with various cakes and baked goods at the checkpoints scattered along the route, kindly supplied by the PTA.

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Before the walk, all the students were asked to find sponsors for the event, so they could raise money for the Bursary Fund, an important fund that helps underprivileged students be able to receive an education at Victoria College. While challenging, the event was encompassed by the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment the boys undoubtedly felt after completion, and at the very least, they were able to skip Maths.


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KNIGHT SHIELD For the first time in this event’s 30-year history, the Victoria College staff managed to secure a win against the boys in this year’s Knight’s Shield competition. Despite stunning performances from students such as Isaac Du Val (3:30.46) and Pierre Sangan (3-37.28) to name a few, the Staff team, equipped with talents such as Samuel Coe and David Romeril, (who set a school record with 3 minutes 24 seconds), managed to edge victory over the boys this year. David McNally, a member of the victorious staff team told students how proud he was to have run the event every year he has worked at College. “What is so important about this event is that it allows students from across all year groups to compete as a team, it is what makes events like this such an important part of the House system here at College.“ Another stellar performance from Diarmid ensured that their winning streak was not broken, setting a blistering time of 27-38.59.

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Bruce House Captain Lawrence Corbel said, ‘’my motivation to my troops, the Bruce house, in this kind of race, its minutes of pain and hours of glory. Gotta dig deep, bite hard and victory will prevail.” The Knight Shield has always been and will always been a staple event of Victoria college, renowned for bringing together students from many year groups, to run one single race.

Results 1st

Diarmid

27:38.59

2nd

Sartorius

28:37.21

3rd

Bruce

29:44.78

4th

Braithwaite

30:09.87

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Dunlop

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FOUNDERS’ DAY STALLS 2017 Every year, a wide variety of stalls are sprawled throughout the quad. From cake sales, to sponge throwing, there are activities for every year group to enjoy. With the money raised from the stalls going to a good cause, the Victoria College Bursary Programme, the boys have good motivation to create and run such entertaining games for the whole school to be involved with. Having Mr Cox on the Diarmid arm wrestling table and Mr Smith willingly being battered with soapy sponges for Braithwaite’s stall allows the teachers to

get involved whilst also making the hour an enjoyable, light hearted event. Other stalls included Bruce’s Coconut Shy stall, and Sartorius’ buzzing wire stall where the players could win sweets, all whilst donating money to charity. Dunlop’s stall had the boys guessing how many balloons were inside of a car, with the correct answer being awarded an entire cake. The overall atmosphere of the event was lively, sociable and well received by everyone (students and teachers alike) with the money raised going to an important fund.


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FOUNDERS’ DAY CEREMONY EVENING On the last day of Founders week, the Victoria College Foundation organised an evening of performances, festivities and ceremony to mark and commemorate the inception of Victoria College. The evening was kicked off in formal but spectacular fashion with a GCSE drama group’s reenactment of the final moments of Captain McReady-Diarmid’s life, in which his actions, amazingly played by the students, awarded him the Victoria Cross. In the final moments of

the piece, Captain McReady-Diarmid’s ceremonial sword, rediscovered and given back to the college recently, was handed over to Diarmid’s head of house, Pierre Sangan, to justly commemorate and pay respect to Captain McReadyDiarmid’s service. The night was finished off with a ceremonial assembly in the Great Hall, followed by the school choir singing ‘Founder’s Day Anthem’ to end the service on a high note.

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TUG OF WAR Winner: Sartorius Students from all houses turned out in large numbers for what is always a very much anticipated Founders’ Week event. This year’s pull, as Bruce painfully discovered, displayed that the technique is just as important as the weight. Evidently a two horse race between Diarmid and Sartorius, however, all the Houses showed up and gave it their all. The opening pull pitted Diarmid against Sartorius, an explosive way to start the event. The first leg demonstrated the deadlock between the two teams but with Sartorius taking the win in the end. The several hundred students who were gathered were very vocal in their support as they witnessed the extents of brute force in action. A few of the many highlights included the sportsmanship of Braithwaite’s Matt Donaldson donning the house mascot crocodile outfit and the various expressions shown in these photographs that many of the participants will never truly live down. Stephen Arthur 13Di.

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DIARMID HOUSE REPORT 2017-18 Another banner year for Diarmid has come to an end as this year saw a change in leadership from the aging (yet wise and experienced) Mr. Picot to the youthful (yet inexperienced) Mr. Cox. Indeed Mr. Cox has returned to his purple roots after his brief stint as a temporary Housemaster of Bruce (boo… hiss) towards the end of last year. I was very pleased to return as the Housemaster of this magnificent House but had big shoes to fill as Mr. Picot had successfully won the Blomfield for the first time ever the previous year. I was up for the challenge, but inexperienced as I was, I knew that I would be heavily relying on the great leadership of the Head of House Pierre Sangan and his excellent band of prefects if we ever stood a chance at retaining the trophy. I am pleased to say that at the time of writing this report Diarmid House are currently sitting in close second just behind Red Dragons and we are ready to close the gap in the final days of the competition. With just sports day remaining the Purple Sharks are in a good spot to take a bite out of the dragons and retain the Blomfield once again. The House room, which opened last year, is still a key location for the boys of Diarmid House to unwind, relax, kick their feet up (not literally of course because they should not be putting their feet up on the seats!) and socialise. The table football machine has been a popular addition last year as well and the Year 7’s especially seem to have gravitated towards it. Many year groups can be seen eating their packed lunches and enjoying the freedom of their phones and gaming consoles in the comfort of the granite walls. Peer mentors have also become an integral part of the school community over the last year. Many older boys have completed training to provide them with the skills to meet and talk with younger students

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about a range of issues common to students. The team of Diarmid mentors have been very successful this year and I would like to extend my thanks to all the peer mentors who have helped out their fellow Diarmid housemates this year, they really are a tribute to our motto: Stamos Unito (United we stand). Diarmid’s House Drama was a tense war piece about the pain and suffering of war and post-traumatic stress called Pink Mist by Owen Sheers. It was wonderfully directed by Owen Davies (following in the footsteps of his elder brother Alex Davis (OV)) and led by a strong performance by Mac Galvin who maintained focus and kept the ambitious piece moving along. He was supported by a stellar cast of Diarmid’s finest actors: Charlie Bloor, Scott Douglas, Laiith Fairnie and Louis Van Der Niet. A few missed lines along the way unfortunately meant that we finished in 4th place just ahead of Sartorious. A special mention should go to Ben Philp in Year 9 as he won the Judges special award for Technical Contribution. In fact, Ben Philp has lent a knowledgeable hand to many events and contributed a lot of time ensuring the technical “thingys” run smoothly and showing people like me how to turn the computers/speakers/projectors/lights on. House Music was another brilliant night on the calendar and saw the Diarmid boys really shining. The acts on stage, as well as the acts in the seats, were both enjoyable and entertaining to witness. There were many fantastic individual performances as well as the group ensemble and choir. Highlights included our Junior Instrumental soloist Laurence Millns who finished first place for his stylish jazz playing. Although it was not performed on the night Tom Godfrey placed 3rd for his original performance. Aidan Carroll, Leon Gouzinis and Ben Philp all


2017-2018 contributed solo efforts throughout the two nights as well. Viraj Kotedia finished 3rd place for the senior instrumental soloist and should also be commended for his hard work at organising the choir. Unfortunately, we finished in 4th place overall as we realised that the Landick trophy was slipping out of grasp and firmly into the hands of the Dunlopian Lions once again. House Art showed some brilliant pieces of work from many Diarmid students including some stunning images of cars by Jack Lutz who won the best piece in Diarmid award for his extremely detailed drawing of a car engine. Harrison Matthews also contributed some stellar pieces including a very large and impressive self-portrait. Many Year 8s manged to get their pieces up on the walls including some very nice work by William Wheatley and Charlie Hart. Overall Diarmid finished in 1st place for House art!! Congratulations to all our very talented artists. As previous winners of the Blomfield the Purple sharks had a lot riding on their shoulders this year. Expectations were high but the boys have not disappointed yet. A new group of Year 7s (led by Mr. McNally) arrived and dominated nearly every event throughout the year winning 44/45 points available for the Blomfield (a new record!). There are too many individual performances to name but the whole group did themselves proud and manged an impressive inclusiveness rarely seen. The teams - captained by the names in brackets - won the following events Football (Raoul Le Sech), Hockey (Sam Watling), Rugby (Nathan Bolingbroke), Swimming (Casper Whitewood), Cross-Country (Ed Jeffries) and most recently Tennis (Jermy Harcourt). Other highlights included winning the Knights Shield with a brilliant group performance as well as some incredible individual efforts. Casper Whitewood ended up with the

17 fastest Year 7 lap, Isaac Dodds had the fastest Year 9 lap, Andy Roxburgh was the fastest Year 12, and Pierre Sangan had the fastest Year 13 lap and fastest time overall! The stellar victory also included some great laps by Sam Moore, Charlie Hart and Antoine Chesnay… no wonder we won!!! Other than the Year 7s we haven’t won too many events, however Diarmid have always been fighting for top spots. The Colts Rugby team finished 2nd overall, the senior football team finished joint 2nd. The Colts badminton team also finished 2nd this year as did the senior cross country and colts cross country teams with brilliant individual performances by Isaac Dodds (2nd) and Sam Moore (6th). The colts also helped Diarmid move closer to retaining the Blomfield by winning colts Tennis as well. The Year 8s also finished 2nd place in House tennis this year. Shooting is a long time past-time in the College and the Diarmid boys really showed that their hours of playing Fortnite have paid off! Overall we finished second place in the interhouse competition with Tom Mulholland scoring a perfect 100! The best shooters (Tom Mulholland, George Yates, Liam O’Connell and Will Mulholland) were then selected to compete in the Restal Cup which we won for the first time in a long time. Several events took place throughout the year in order to raise money for charity. Diarmid’s charity this year, as chosen by the students, was Cancer Research UK Jersey and the boys did not fall short to impress with their effort and commitment to the cause. The first event of the year was the BIG MATCH where teachers at VCJ and DLS took to centre stage at Springfield to display their diminishing “skills”. As in previous years this massive event was extremely well attended by students and parents and raised a huge amount of money (£1641.07) split between

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18 the two schools. This year was made even better by the fact that VCJ (finally) managed to beat DLS with a score of 4-2. The annual Christmas charity meal took place at Pizza Express this year and was a very popular event attended by nearly every boy in the house. We packed the upstairs full and made every other person in the restaurant regret choosing that evening for a quiet romantic meal for 2! The boys were very well behaved and the raffle raised quite a lot of money for our charity this year. Another massive event took place towards the end of the year organised by one of our own Diarmid students in Year 10. Sammy Cooil and his fellow Year 10 class, supported by Ms. Adams, organised a very successful school wide charity day to support Motor Neurone Disease. The boys were encouraged to dress down and write the names of people who they were in debt to (“Debtin” day) or who inspired them on their shirts. Many stalls were organised at lunchtime including a raffle, guess the balloons in the car, a few games of skill and the arm wrestling booth where students get gamble their pride against me! Thankfully for my arm most of the Year 11s and 13s had already left for study leave but 3 boys managed to best me this year: Ethan Hilton, Tyler Griffiths and Max Tennant (eventually). The event was hugely successful and Sammy and his team managed to raise over £2100 for MND!! Congratulations Sammy and Year 10 Diarmid!

2017-2018 Awards: Achievement Points Germain Cup (Highest Year Seven Achievement Points)

Swindel Cup (Highest Year Eight Achievement Points)

McCready Cup (Highest Year Nine Achievement Points)

Picot Cup (Highest Year Ten/Eleven Achievement Points)

Junior Colours

Our long journey this year has seen many ups and downs along the way and I have been proud of the boys in this House for the way most of them have conducted themselves in and out of the classroom. The individual efforts combined with the fantastic group achievements have really made Diarmid stand out as a brilliant House to be a part of. It is my hope that every boy will find a niche they can feel comfortable in and thrive under the purple banner and really make the most of their time here at Victoria College. Stamos Unito. David Cox Diarmid Housemaster

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Laurence Millns (45) Sam Nisbet (48) Sammy Cooil (38)

Nathan Bolingbroke Oscar Dodds Jermy Harcourt Edward Jeffries Kelly Louis Raoul Le Sech Simba Mutete

Diarmid has also introduced four new trophies this year, the Germain Cup, the Swindel Cup, the McCready Cup and the Picot Cup. The trophies will be awarded to the individual in Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Years 10-11 with the highest number of Achievement Points accumulated in any given academic year. The trophies have been named in honour of previous Diarmid Housemasters. This year the Germain Cup was awarded to Sam Watling, the Swindel Cup to Laurence Millns, the McCready Cup to Sam Nisbet and the Picot Cup to Sammy Cooil. Congratulations boys, keep up the good work! The Michael Johnson Diarmid House Trophy is awarded to the student who makes largest contribution to the House and this year it is awarded to Sammy Cooil (10Di) for his consistent contribution to many House events, as well as his brilliant organisation of the Debtin Day charity event. I would also like to extend a massive thank you to my dedicated team of tutors; Olivia Varney (13), Gary Burton & Martyn Tailor (12), Nicole Edgecombe (11), Marianne Adams (10), Gareth Bloor (9), Sam Habin (8) and David McNally (7). They have worked extremely hard this year to ensure the boys are organised, getting involved and making the most of the year and I couldn’t have done it without them.

Sam Watling (85)

Joseph Stoten Sam Watling Matthew Webb James Willetts Martins Ciritis Laiithe Fairnie Charlie Hart Ted Jowitt Laurence Millns Sam Teppenden Colts Colours

Izaac Camacho Isaac Dodds Anushan Elanco Chalrie Bloor Antoine Chesnay Sammy Cooil Dylan Kotedia Isaac McIntosh Ben Purkiss Chris Thomas Jamie Watling


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Senior Colours

Aidan Carroll

Head of House

Pierre Sangan

Prefects

Viraj Kotedia (s)

Andy Roxburgh Harrison Clarke Pierre Sangan

Owen Davies (s) Harrison Clarke

Michael Johnson Diarmid Cup: (contribution to the House)

Huw Davies (s)

Nathan Corrigan Sammy Cooil

Tom Godfrey Myles Holmes Will Le Hueze Joe McComb Will Packman Nick Pearce

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BRAITHWAITE HOUSE REPORT 2017-18

A new academic year brings with it a new team of House Prefects. Led by the renowned thespian and acclaimed sportsman, David Bourne (House Captain), the 2017-2018 cohort were brimming with confidence. With the enthusiasm and commitment of both Calvin de Louche (Deputy Head Boy) and Nathan Le Blancq (13 Bw), the sporting prowess of Jonny Heward (Sports Captain) and Matthew Donaldson (13 Bw) and the driving force that is Reiss Khawaja (13 Bw), they were raring to get going.

victory in the House Hockey competition. The Seniors took 3rd in the Cross Country with impressive times from Adam Gower (11 Bw), Myles Byron (11 Bw), Charlie Thompson (12 Bw) and Finlay Laing (13 Bw) who all came in the first 15. Special mention to Jonny Haywood (13 Bw) who handed over his Chief Marshall high visibility vest and walkie-talkie and stepped in at the very last second to run for Braithwaite. This left our seniors in a relatively secure 2nd place in the Ferguson Cup going into Sports Day.

With some unfortunately timed absences, our All-Star Senior Cricket team had some challenging games which resulted in us coming a very disappointing 4th. Special mention should go to Jonny Heward (13 Bw) who knocked up a massive 68 runs in our victory against Diarmid (60 more than he got in the remaining 3 games)! The Seniors fared much better in the Open Squash tournament coming joint first with Diarmid and Sartorius, special mention to an undefeated Matthew Donaldson (13 Bw) who beat a very strong Pierre Sangan (13 Di) to snatch a crucial victory in the match against Diarmid. Our Singles Badminton players had a very difficult time of it losing all but 2 of their games leaving us in 5th position. However, our doubles were on fire with David Bourne (13 Bw) and Adam Gower (11 Bw) winning all of their games and securing us 3rd place overall! Quite a turnaround! Braithwaite also fared incredibly well in the Senior Football surprising the crowds by forcing draws against Diarmid and Bruce and beating Dunlop to come joint 2nd. Special mention to Tom Andrews (12 Bw) as Captain and Finlay Laing (13 Bw) who scored a cracking goal in our win over Dunlop. Finlay was also a driving force in House Rugby who, alongside Fergus Ludlam (12 Bw) and Angus Hay (12 Bw), helped us achieve 2nd place. Despite missing our House Captain, one of our key players, Adam Gower (11 Bw) assisted by strong performances from Henry Mallet (12 Bw) and Jonny Heward (13 Bw) led us to

The Colts did not fare as well in their Sports fixtures throughout the year although there have still been some very notable performances. Our Year Nine’s won the Swimming Gala with Sam Martin-Davis (9 Bw), Pharrell Taylor (9 Bw), Lucas Blampied (9 Bw) and Andrew Gatehouse (9 Bw) all winning their individual events. Devin Moore-Root (9 Bw) and Andrew Gatehouse (9 Bw) scored impressive goals during their win over Dunlop in the Football. Stepping in at the last moment Ethan Khawaja (10 Bw) played well in the Hockey and both Will Michel (10 Bw) and Max Tennent (9 Bw) dominated on the Rugby pitch. Hugo Stone (10 Bw) came an impressive 5th place in the Cross Country with Josh Brown (10 Bw) and Will Michel (10 Bw) also coming in the top 20 leading us to 3rd place on the day. Ethan Toudic (9 Bw), Robbie Mossop (9 Bw) and Reece Sarre (10 Bw) also need a mention for representing the House in a huge number of events whatever the weather.

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We have some strong junior sportsmen who have had a promising year. Our Year Seven’s came 3rd in Football with some notable performances from Lewis Ham-Howes (7 Bw), who came out of goal and scored in the game against Di, and Archie McKeon (7 Bw), who scored two goals in four minutes to lead the team to a 7-2 victory against Bruce. Jack Stevens (7 Bw), Will Dengate (7 Bw) and Finley Rentsch (7 Bw) all performed well in the Hockey securing 3rd place.


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Despite losing some incredibly strong players due to weight restrictions the Year Seven’s also came 3rd in Rugby with special mention to Daniel Bryon (7 Bw) and Will Dengate (7 Bw) who both displayed excellent ball skills and put in some fearless tackles. We came 2nd in the Year Seven Badminton with Finlay Rentsch (7 Bw) winning all of his games and the doubles pair of Charlie Brennan (7 Bw) and Lewis Ham-Howes (7 Bw) winning all but one of theirs. The Cross Country saw strong performances from Jamie Parslow (7 Bw), Charlie Brennan (7 Bw) and Harry McCarthy (7 Bw) who all came in the first 15 helping us take 2nd place overall. The cricket was also very successful with Charlie Brennan (7 Bw) knocking up a huge number of runs whilst Harry McCarthy (7 Bw) took wickets (only just missing out on a hatrick in their game against Bruce). Our Year Eight’s have had another very successful year. They came 2nd in the Football with Ru Orpin (8 Bw) fiercely defending whilst George Richardson (8 Bw) snuck in a plethora of goals. Logan McCulloch (8 Bw) scored a pivotal goal in the game against Dunlop and another in the 5-0 win over Sartorius. Our Squash team was led by Todd Watkins (8 Bw) and with some impressive games from Will Howarth (8 Bw) managed to get some valuable points for the Blomfield. Matthew Brown (8 Bw) performed well in the Badminton and the doubles pair of George Richardson (8 Bw) and Michael Horsfall (8 Bw) won all but one of their games securing 2nd place overall. The Cricket was a good event for Braithwaite with Will Perchard (8 Bw) managing to achieve a maximum of 90 not out in the three games he was able to participate in, Casper Messery-Evans (8 Bw) taking 4 wickets in his first ever game of Cricket and George Richardson (8 Bw) taking a hatrick in their game against Dunlop. Special mention should also go to James Lewis (8 Bw) whose stellar performance on the Rugby pitch alongside strong performances from Harvey Mason (8 Bw) and Tom McInnes (8 Bw) resulted in us coming joint 2nd. Sports Day and Blomfield Results The House Drama competition was a huge success! The Prefects chose “Grandfathers” by Rory Mallarkey, an emotional and thought provoking insight into the lives of a group of young men as they prepare for, and finally go into, war. With a huge number of students auditioning, the Prefects found it easy to assemble a cast with some impressive acting ability. Produced by Nathan Le Blancq (13 Bw) the play was

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utterly stunning in its direction and choreography with some brilliantly staged episodic sequences making an excellent use of the space and the set. We had some notable performances from Jakub Wharton (11 Bw), Tom Andrews (12 Bw) and Leo Olssen (10 Bw). Braithwaite took 2nd place overall and picked up the award for Best Set. David Bourne (13 Bw) and Nathan le Blancq (13 Bw) also received a Judges special award for creative direction and choreography. Upon returning from the Christmas break the Prefects quickly assembled a choir and, via some hotly contested auditions, chose the individuals to represent the House at the House Music competition. Once again the evening was one of the highlights of the school year for both the students and guests. The first night started with Charlie Cadin (11 Bw) playing “Ocean” by the “John Butler Trio”. He took 2nd place by displaying some sophisticated techniques and creating a great atmosphere. Next up was John Cushen (8 Bw) playing Beethoven’s “1st Movement from Sonata in F Minor”. John took 2nd place with a very well prepared performance that displayed an excellent command of technique, a natural fluency and a delicate touch. Our Senior Vocalist was Matthew Donaldson (13 Bw) who sang one of his own compositions, “She Said”. Matthew’s performance was outstanding but with some very strong competition only managed 3rd place. We finished the first night with the House Choir taking 1st place with their rendition of Outkast’s “Hay Ya” arranged and conducted by Calvin de Louche (Deputy Head Boy). We started the second night in first place overall but with just 3 points separating us from Dunlop we had all to play for. We started with Josh Brown (10 Bw) playing Chopin’s “Nocturne in C# Minor”. It was a demanding piece but Josh nailed it on the night giving us an excellent performance and taking 1st place. Matthew Donaldson’s own composition and Jamie Parslow’s version of “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur then took 2nd place. With the Ensemble also taking 2nd place with “Valerie” anyone would think we would have the competition in the bag. However, with Dunlop taking 1st place in all but the Colts Instrumental they snatched the House Music Competition from under our noses by just 2 points. A frustrating end to the night but we left with our heads held high having performed with gusto and skill across both nights. This left us with House Art to close the gap on Dunlop in the Landick. Despite Nathan Le Blancq’s (13 Bw) best efforts we came 4th in competition with Charlie Cadin (11 Bw) taking

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Best Piece for his mixed media drawing of a fish mongers sorting scallops. This placed us in 2nd place in the Landick for a second year in a row. With regards to House Charity, Braithwaite gathered at Café Restaurante Italia for our annual Easter meal. The food was delicious and the raffle raucous. The event, along with a number of cake sales and other small charity fundraisers throughout the year left us with just over £1500. Special mention should go to Michael Horsfall (8 Bw) who led the efforts with these mini fundraisers. A number of boys gave assemblies on various charities in order for us to decide where this money should go. Nathan Le Blanq (13 Bw) put forward the Red Cross whilst Calvin de Louche (13 Bw) opted for Meningitis Research UK. Other presentations included Jack Stevens (7 Bw) with Cancer Research UK, Harry Baines (12 Bw) and Hamish Barnes (12 Bw) with Jersey Guide Dogs For the Blind, Will Dengate (7 Bw), Daniel Wiseman (7 Bw) and Lewis Ham-Howes with the Antoine Trust and Nick Barbosa Kawala (7 Bw), Jamie Parslow (7 Bw) and Peter Langlois (13 Bw) with Kidney Research UK. After all the presentations had been made we had a vote and the House decided to share the money between Cancer Reach UK and Jersey Guide Dogs for the Blind. Despite a significant decrease in size for the Braithwaite House Room the space has continued to be a welcoming and homely atmosphere regularly enjoyed by a large number of boys at break and lunch. We have added more art work completed by students including an amazing view of the Science Block by Rueben Le Sueur (OV). Using sponsorship from our professional partner, Webreality, we are also in the process of purchasing some more musical instruments for the Houseroom. With an additional guitar and a ukulele I am hoping the boys will be able to get practicing for next year’s House Music competition. I would like thank Devin MooreRoot (9 Bw), Ben Bryon (9 Bw) and Ethan Toudic (9 Bw) for keeping the space tidy as part of the volunteering aspect of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Falle-McCabe Cup which is awarded for unrecognised contribution to the House goes to Finlay Laing (13 Bw) this year. Despite not being a Prefect he has thrown himself into all of the House events this year always willing to step in when needed. Congratulations! The Stein Cup which goes to the student with the most House Points across all seven years was awarded to Matthew

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Donaldson (13 Bw) with an impressive total of 254 points! This total is the highest total achieved since the award was first introduced three years ago. Interestingly, second place was David Bourne (13 Bw) who also managed to exceed the previous winning totals by a considerable margin accumulating just one less than Matthew with 253. Well done to both! In collaboration with our professional partners, Webreality, we have introduced four new Braithwaite trophies this year, the Simpson Cup, the Stockton Cup, the Hamel Cup and the Montgomery Cup. The trophies will be awarded to the individual in Year Seven, Year Eight, Year Nine and Years TenEleven with the highest number of Reward Points accumulated in any given academic year. The trophies have been named in honour of previous Braithwaite Housemasters and one of the longest standing members of Braithwaite House, Denise Montgomery. This year the Simpson Cup was awarded to Jack Stevens (7 Bw), the Stockton Cup to Charles Maloney (8 Bw), the Hamel Cup to Joshua Le Maistre (9 Bw) and the Montgomery Cup to Josh Brown (10 Bw). Congratulations boys, keep up the good work! I would like to finish by thanking my dedicated team of tutors; Lisa de Gruchy (13 Bw), Denise Montgomery (12 Bw), Julie Spencer (11 Bw), Andy Royle (10 Bw). Aaron O’Hare (9 Bw), Becky Moon (8 Bw) and Gabrielle Armstrong (7 Bw). They have worked tirelessly this year to ensure the boys are organised and motivated with both their academic work and their extracurricular activities, I couldn’t have done it without them. Concilio et Labore Tom Smith Braithwaite Housemaster


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House Prefects 2017/2018 David Bourne (House Captain) Calvin de Louch (Deputy Head Boy) Jonny Heward (Sports Prefect) Matthew Donaldson (13 Bw) Nathan Le Blanq (13 Bw) Reiss Khawaja (13 Bw) 2018/2019 Tom Andrews (House Captain) Angus Hay (Deputy Head Boy) Fergus Ludlam (Sports Captain) Harry Baines (12 Bw) Hamish Barnes (12 Bw) Peter Langlois (12 Bw) Henry Mallett (12 Bw) Charlie Thompson (12 Bw) Braithwaite Rewards Stein Cup (For Greatest Contribution to Braithwaite House Events) Matthew Donaldson (13 Bw) Falle-McCabe Cup (For Unrecognised Commitment to the House) Finlay Laing (13 Bw) Simpson Cup (For Greastest Number of House Points in Year Seven) Jack Stevens (7 Bw) Stockton Cup (For Greatest Number of House Points in Year Eight) Charles Maloney (8 Bw)

Senior Colours Tom Andrews (12 Bw), Harry Baines (12 Bw), David Bourne, (13 Bw), Calvin de Louche (13 Bw), Matthew Donaldson (13 Bw), Jonny Heward (13 Bw), Reiss Khawaja (13 Bw), Finlay Laing (13 Bw), Nathan Le Blanq (13 Bw), Fergus Ludlam (12 Bw) Peer Mentors 2016-2018 Calvin de Louche (13 Bw), Atticus Mawby (13 Bw), David Bourne (13 Bw), Jonny Heward (13 Bw), 2017-2019 Hamish Barnes (12 Bw), Fergus Ludlam (12 Bw), Morgan Barnes (12 Bw), Peter Langlois (12 Bw), Charlie Thompson (12 Bw), Henry Mallet (12 Bw), Tom Adnrews (12 Bw) 2019-2020 Robert Swain (11 Bw), Jordan Khawaja (11 Bw), Matthew Mourant (11 Bw), Jakub Wharton (11 Bw), Charlie Cadin (11 Bw), Thomas Cottilard (11 Bw), Myles Bryon (11 Bw), Pippin Mawby (11 Bw), Conor Walters (11 Bw) Transition Buddies 2018-2019 Leo Olsen (10 Bw), Elian Church (10 Bw), Jacob Rabet (10 Bw), Josh Brown (10 Bw), Harvey Godel (10 Bw) Anti-Bullying Ambassadors 2018-2019 Will Dengate (7 Bw), Austin Godel (8 Bw), Elliot Holmes (9 Bw), Robbie Mossop (9 Bw)

Hamel Cup (For Greatest Number of House Points in Year Nine) Joshua Le Maistre (9 Bw) Montgomery Cup (For Greatest Number of House Points in Year Ten-Eleven) Josh Brown (10 Bw) Junior Colours Matthew Brown (8 Bw), John Cushen (8 Bw), Austin Godel (8 Bw), Will Howarth (8 Bw), James Lewis (8 Bw), Charles Maloney (8 Bw), Harvey Mason (8 Bw), Tom McInnes (8 Bw), Logan McMulloch (8 Bw), Ru Orpin (8 Bw), Ben Paland (8 Bw), Will Perchard (8 Bw), George Richardson (8 Bw), Jack Stevens (7 Bw) Colts Colours Josh Brown (10 Bw), Seb Cudlipp (10 Bw), Harvey Godel (10 Bw), Will Michel (10 Bw), Leo Olsen (10 Bw), Reece Sarre (10 Bw)

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As another academic year comes to a close at Victoria College, reflections can be positive for the Bruce contingent. Once again we provided the school with the Head Prefect, Oscar Barette, and Laurie Corbel led the House with enthusiasm and determination. In the Blomfield Trophy competition we have had mixed results. The Colts have done very well this year, leading the way in the Goulding Trophy with just two events to go having won the football, hockey, and badminton, and also the water – polo competition. A good Sports Day will see them win the Trophy. Tom Harben, Henry Dawson, Nial O’Niel and Aidan Boyle have all contributed hugely to events over year, all earning their Colts Colours. The Bruce Juniors have struggled sadly, their best results being 1st and 2nd in the Year Eight and Year Seven hockey competition. However, there is still cricket, athletics and tennis to go so the opportunity still remains to claw back some vital points – just 3 points separate 3 Houses. At the time of writing Nick Lawrenson has earnt his Junior Colours, with one or two other boys just a few points off. The Seniors managed to win the badminton, wining a fantastic 14 matches out of 16. They also performed very well in the Shooting competition, winning that as well. Elsewhere, there have been a collection of third and fourth place finishes which has resulted in Bruce currently sitting in the all too familiar position of third overall in the Blomfield Trophy.

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House Drama was an excellent competition this year. Laurie Corbel, Charles Blackwell and Oscar Barette took the responsibility of organising things this year. After some considerable deliberations a novel idea was decided upon and the boys produced a very entertaining performance, getting a large number of the House involved to good effect. I think the play may have been ahead of its time as the winning prize went elsewhere. House Music is always a fantastic competition and this year was no exception. Jack Scambler, Laurie Corbel and Oscar Barette worked hard to whip the choir into shape and they performed very well, finishing third in the end. Charlie Blackwell gave a great performance to win the Senior Vocal category with his version of “don’t cry out loud”. This year we held another very successful Christmas dinner at the Ambassedeur Hotel. A great turn out ensured a good night and lots of money raised for our charities – Jersey Hospice and Cancer Research UK. The annual Run for Helen will also take place, hopefully taking our total amount of money raised this year to over £2000. Laurie Corbel founded and hosted the First Annual Bruce House Quiz this year which was hugely enjoyable. Thanks to Mr Widdop for devising the questions, and congratulations to the winning team which was expertly led by Mr Barette by all accounts, with the teacher’s team finishing a close second.

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Head of House

Laurie Corbel

Colours Awarded Senior

Prefects

Oscar Le Seelleur

Oscar Barette

Will Wycherley

Rohit Karajgikar

Oscar Barette

Luke Rumbold

Charlie Blackwell Ben Blampied

Jack Scambler

Laurie Corbel Charlie Livingston Jack Scambler. Colts

Aidan Boyle Henry Dawson Tom Harben Nial O’Neil

Juniors

Felix Culnane Oliver Elvidge Oakley Furness Matt Geddes Nick Lawrenson Alfie Le Cornu Eden Powell Henry de Carteret

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DUNLOP HOUSE REPORT 2017-18

The Dunlop Tutor team this year consisted of: Year Seven Year Eight Year Nine Year Ten Year Eleven Year Twelve Year Thirteen

Mr T Fallon Mr M Smith Miss A Robinson Mr K Baker Mrs J Roussel Mr M Widdop Mr J Randles

Once again Dunlop has had an incredibly successful year claiming half of the major silverware and raising over £1500 for Autism Jersey, the House’s chosen charity. None of this would have been possible without the help of the enthusiastic tutor team listed above. Their continual support of the boys within Dunlop House has been excellent and they once again have my thanks for all they have done. Head of House

Stephen Arthur

School prefects

Daniel Hayden, Charlie Flynn, Tom De La Cour, Harry Cadby

House prefect

Alexander Merren

Although Dunlop’s Year Thirteen was low on numbers both the House and School Prefects managed to work exceptionally hard, and managed to carry the House to yet another Landick victory, whilst also managing to uphold the ethos of Dunlop and act as excellent role models for the younger members off the House. Many thanks must be given to Stephen and

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his team for the work they have done and their upbeat “give it our best shot” attitude will be sorely missed. Intro The academic year of 2017-18 has sadly once again left the Blomfield trophy well out of reach. Whilst as a House the effort has been present on the sports field, it has sadly not been enough to upset the other houses this year and Dunlop have ended up in 5th place. However, although our sporting prowess has not yet been realised, our artistic flare has shone through with outright victories in the arts resulting in the retention of the Landick trophy. Seniors As mentioned earlier the senior boys have been depleted on numbers, particularly at the Year Thirteen level. This has sadly resulted in lower scores across the board but there have still been some upsets to the predicted results and some fun memories made along the way. The main victory for the seniors came in the form of 2nd in House Cricket. Here the boys managed to snatch some surprise wins against the other Houses and set the year off to a strong start. This was not to continue sadly and what followed throughout the year was a series of 4th and 5th place finishes. On an individual level some of the boys manage to excel and special mention must be given to Will Atkinson and Thorston Lane who managed to finish 2nd and 8th in the school Cross Country. The shooting team also performed admirably and managed to achieve 3rd place under the leadership of Tom De La Cour.


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Away from the sports field the seniors have once again been exceptional ambassadors for the House and have shown a great level of support to the younger boys whether through the Peer mentor scheme, or simply being a presence in the House Room during break times. One special mention must be to Myles Dryland who has carried out his lunch time duties without fail and has handled himself in this role with exceptional maturity.

in the Music competition sealed the Landick firmly in Dunlop’s grasp for yet another year.

Colts The Colts have had a mixed year and have ranged from 1st to 5th across the different events. In rugby the sheer size of the Year Ten’s dominated as they managed to claim 1st place in the tournament with Joe Harrington being an unstoppable battering ram. This combined with Josh Stuart’s ability to create plays and find gaps in defences made for some entertaining viewing. The Year Ten swimmers were able to claim a hard fought 2nd place and the Colts cricketers came in 3rd. The first Colt in for the Cross Country was Jem Gurner with a very respectable 9th place.

The Alistair Vines trophy was presented to Charlie Flynn (Year Thirteen) for his constant commitment to House Drama throughout his time at Victoria College.

Juniors The Juniors consist of Years Seven and Eight and have also had a mixed year with their results on the sports field. The Year Seven’s managed to take 2nd place in the House Football and Seb Kirkby took 6th place in the Cross Country whilst Year Eight claimed 2nd in Hockey and 3rd in the Cross Country with George McAllister and Freddie Lucas placing 4th and 5th. These two year groups do house some talented sportsmen and as they progress through the school and grow in size and maturity they should be able to convert a few more 4th and 5th finishes into victories. House Drama This Year’s House Drama performance was the Woman in Black and was directed by Charlie Flynn. This production used excellent sound and lighting effects to create and eerie and chilling mood throughout. Harry Cadby’s award winning performance was supported by Thomas De La Cour who claimed the best supporting role award. The casting was perfect and the use of 2 women in black kept the audience on the edge of their seats at all points. Charlie’s vision for the play was supported with the outstanding publicity and poster and it was no surprise to see the boys in Yellow take the top prize and win the House Drama competition. The road to the Landick was off to the perfect start. House Music The House Choir was under the direction of Daniel Hayden again this year where they performed Africa by Toto. Both evenings housed an excited atmosphere with nerves and comradery being obvious from the very start. The choir managed to perform exceptionally well and took 2nd position (although from a biased point of view if felt we should have won). Combining this 2nd place with the 1st place for the original composition, Jasper Clarke’s 1st for senior instrumental, Harry Cadby’s 2nd for Senior Vocal Solo, Harrison Caldeira’s 2nd for Colts instrumental solo, Harvey Pallent’s 1st for Junior Vocal Solo and the Ensemble’s 1st place gave Dunlop a 2 point win over Braithwaite. A credit to the men in green, it came right down to the wire. The victory

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Awards Dunlop has 2 trophies to award to the boys each year. These are the Louis Seigne (award for excellence in hard work and sport) and the Alistair Vines (award for outstanding contribution to performing arts) trophies.

The Louis Seigne trophy was presented to Stephen Arthur (Year Thirteen) for his overall commitment to the House Sports and ethos of the House, always taking part and refusing to give up. Other awards which were presented this year were the house colours. These were presented to the following boys for their continuing hard work and achievements of excellence for Dunlop House. Senior Colours awarded for 2017-18 - Stephen Arthur - Charlie Flynn - Tom De La Cour - Harry Cadby - Daniel Hayden (won in 2017 after house music) Junior and Colts Colours awarded for 2017-18 - Louis Hedges - Erin McCarthy - Isaac Tarrant - Oliver Vibert - Oliver Drieu - Josh Roberts - Harvey Pallent - Wojtek Wiecek - Temour Abid - Toby Baillon - Christopher De La Haye - Umar Hamid Summary This year has been a successful one with regards to growth as a House. The House Room continues to be a focal point for the younger boys and provides a space which more and more of them have been using. Dunlop House’s identity is still as strong as ever with boys turning up to take part in events for their friends, whether they actually want to or not. The support shown throughout the year between the boys has also been exceptional and is still one of the key characteristic of which Dunlopians can be proud. Mr S Coe


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SARTORIUS HOUSE REPORT 2017-18

Another year has flown by and the 2017-2018 season is nearly over. The biggest competition will be decided by the end of next week; no not the world cup, far more important than that; the Blomfield. On both occasions that Sartorius have allowed the shield to slip our grasp under my control we have gifted the departing Housemaster the win. With all four of the other Houses remaining unchanged in leadership I am hopeful I will be celebrating our second victory very soon. The year has been far more than sporting success (more of this to follow). We have had great results in a number of the competitions especially House Art, and Sartorius as always has remained strongly competitive on all fronts. The Landick The Landick trophy has eluded us for several years and whilst we often have great performances and are by in large “the peoples favourite” the word “robbed” seems to be required in a lot of the reviews. This year is no different. House Art After a disappointing result last year I was thrilled to see another amazing collection of artwork be recognised for its high standards. Standout work from James Spackman who took best in show, Ben Stewart who took best in House and Julian Hart who won the photography category. Other noteworthy pieces included Oscar Nimmo’s incredible image of a violinist (you may have seen this displayed at the entrance of the great hall) and the Year Seven finger painting. An overall second place left us robbed of the victory we deserved, even an undisclosed art teacher agreed (thanks Ms R). What was clear however was that we have an incredibly talented group of

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young men within our ranks and winners or not, the standard of work produced this year is some of the best I have ever seen. Thanks to the students who helped set up all of the displays- the time and effort you made is much appreciated. House Music House Music was once again a great two nights filled with excellent performances from individual musicians, vocalists and group performances. Results are often seen as the all-important factor but the great House spirit to me is the important aspect of these nights. Our senior boys did a great job of organising the performers and an especially big thank you to Arthur Carey (Year Twelve) who took on the role of running the House Choir. He was accompanied by Adam Baluchi and other seniors in organising a highly excitable set of lower school boys into an well-oiled machine. James Spackman was in charge of organising the ensemble and did a good job of making sure everyone knew their job. Mark Boarer and Charlie Breese were perhaps not your go to front men however “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) was belted out to a cheering and swaying crowd! Thanks to the following performers who gave it their all: James Spackman- Senior Instrumental Jonty Butler- Junior Instrumental Fabien Carter- Colts Instrumental Samuel Hugo- Junior Vocal A big thank you to all the boys who performed in the choir (too many to mention) but most of all well done to Arthur Carey who lead the House fantastically.


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House Drama House Drama certainly lived up to its name, these was drama from the offset. Cast members disappearing, script changes, play changes, interventions by Housemasters! But as always the show went on (not for very long mind!). House Drama this year was unfortunately victim of some poor planning and after a hasty “what are we going to do about it” meeting it was quickly decided to go with what you know. Not many nativity plays are held early October, however is it ever too early to begin thinking about Christmas? The Cast was made up of a good selection of lower and upper school boys who filled the roles of sheep, Mary, Gabriel and the gang. Why the entire play was narrated by Elvis and just what Mary rode through Bethlehem are perhaps best left as “you had to be there” moments. The Cast over the two weeks of rehearsal time that we had built a great bond and fun was had by all. George Falla takes the credit (blame?) for the production and lead the House in being the only member of the cast who could not remember a single line/que/hint. Hilarity ensued. Thank you to the following students for their involvement: Director/ Joseph George Falla Mary Arthur Carey Donkey/ baby Jesus Ollie Dodds Gabriel Robbie Forest Narrators Mark Boarer and Charlie Breese Shepherds Ben Rabet, James Spackman and Adam Baluchi Kings Assistant Thomas Du Feu Wise men Willoughby Gleeson, Lachlan Muir and Sam Hunter Inn keeper Jonathan Marett - won award for “best use of a door” King Sam Oldridge - Best Newcomer House Sport Achievement Points This year has seen the introduction of the new Achievement Points system, brought into place after discussion with the School Council it seeks to recognise student’s for high levels of Academic work, Effort, Citizenship and other areas. The boys receive points which are then converted into bistro vouchers that they can use in school. It has been a really successful introduction and has seen students across both Key stage 3 and 4 receive a huge number of rewards. A special mention to the following boys who were the top earners this year: Year Seven: Willoughby Gleeson, Lachlan Muir and Eben Buesnel Year Eight: Charlie Yates, Joshua Manti, Thomas Du Feu and Oscar Wynn Year Nine: Dylan Stocks, Charlie Courtness, Ollie Flemmer Year Ten: Davey Savery, Ben Wiseman, Oliver Williams Year Eleven: Lewis Bagot, Sam Morris, Tom Matthews Student Wellbeing is now a major focus with School, students who are happy and feel safe in their School environment will allow them to achieve their potential there are a number of initiatives in place and the Sartorius boys have been getting themselves involved:

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Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Sam Oldridge, William Heynes, George Daniels and Grant McDonald along with other boys from across the school all attended a daylong conference on bullying and how to help support and stop it from happening within schools. The boys even fed back to staff in an all staff training event and spoke with great confidence. Peer Mentor The peer mentor scheme is now well established, offering our younger boys an older peer to talk to, the older boys are trained by the school councillor and the LSU department and provide a friendly and understanding ear to the younger boys. They offer them advice from their own experiences of school from across a whole range of areas- homework, friendship issues, Fortnight? And other areas of school life. A huge well done to the following who have just qualified as Peer Mentors: Tommy Boarer, Isaac Sanders, Thomas Eva, Thomas Matthews, Cameron Polak, Ben Stewart, Fred Filliuel and Tom Bowden As well as the Peer mentor system there are also “Buddies” Year Eleven boys who will visit the Prep school to support and work with Year Six boys. Allowing them to get to know older boys pre transfer in a lead up to having a friendly face they will know on arrival to Victoria College. They will be doing this during their own lunch and tutor periods. A big well done to the following boys: Toby Jones, Patrick Gouge, Oliver Cawley and Ben Hart Prefects The departing prefect body have done a great job leading the House in all areas from Sports to Music and Drama as well as ensuring the boys are looked after and safe during break and lunchtimes. They have been led by William Cawley who has worked really hard to balance what has been an incredibly demanding academic year as well as his role of Sartorius House leader. His success has been down to his relationship with his peers and the support they have given him. Charlie Noel must take a special mention for his efforts, stepping in when Will has been away and ensuring that the duty positions are filled and that the House is running smoothly. A big thanks must also go to Mark Boarer and Charlie Breese. The two boys took on the role of Key stage 3 and 4 sports coordinators and spent their tutor times running round ensuring the lower school boys knew when their fixtures were, what kit to have and providing them with tactical support. The loss of the Blomfiled can often come down to a few points, so having these guys do the leg work and make sure we have had full squads for all the events is the main reason we are in top spot (at the time of writing). Charlie and Mark have been everywhere for Sartorius- they have represented the House in almost all sporting and music events and even made their drama debut this year to help support George and the cast. They have been so much fun to work with, two truly charismatic, charming and cheeky chaps who I am sure will both go on to do great things. Thank you boys.

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Each of the prefects took on a role and have completed it with great effort. George Falla held it together for House Drama; William Holden presented the Movember Assemblies and James Spackman lead House Music. Julian Hart helped with House Art and ensured any missed duty was covered. He was also one of our best Peer mentors. A big thank you to all of the Prefects for their support of the House, either in their specific roles, or just as positive role models for the lower school boys. It has been great fun working with you and I would like to offer my best wishes to each and every one of you for the future. House Prefects for 2017-2018 were: William Cawley- House Captain Charlie Noel- School Prefect Mark Boarer- School Prefect Charlie Breese- School Prefect Jack Leerson Sam James James Spackman Julian Hart George Falla Charity This year once again saw the Sartorius boys do a great deal for those less fortunate than themselves. The importance of Charity work is understood by the boys as not only an opportunity to bond and build our own team spirit but to help support organisations both locally and internationally. This year thanks to the Apple Picking event and Hamptonne and the House Meal (arranged by Ms Videt) we raised £2000 for out chosen charity Sightsavers. An incredible achievement that will go a long way in their work supporting those in developing nations with eye conditions such as cataract. The House Meal as always was a great success and Ms Videt puts a lot of effort into ensuring the boys have a fun filled and enjoyable evening. With no Mr Hickling the comedy show was sadly left out of the evenings proceedings but everyone still had a great night. House Sport Year Seven A great Year for our newest member of the House- a strong sporting contingent has seen our boys succeed on a number of fronts. Special mentions include: Swimming- 1st place, Rugby 2nd place, cross country 2nd

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place. Some strong results backed up with a lot of other good finished across the sporting fixtures. A big well done to Sam Reynolds who finished 3rd in the Cross country and to Sam Hunter who was our in house second place top finisher with an overall 10th position. Year Eight Made up of a group of great sportsmen Year Eight were always expected to dominate their competitions and they certainly did that. First place finished in: Football, Rugby, Badminton, swimming and cross country! Special mentions to Charlie Webster who has been an instrumental part of almost all squads. Well done to Charlie Yates, Sol Silvester and Jonty Butler who all had top 10 finishes in the cross country(2nd, 3rd and 8th respectively). There are a number of boys who have been key in almost all of the squads- a big well done to each of you. Year Nine Now competing in some events against the Year above, the Year Nine group have done very well. They have made up what has been a dominating Colts squad- something we haven’t had for a few years. Results include: Joint second in House football, Overall winners in Cross country and second in House Hockey. Top sportsmen Ollie Rothwell, George Daniels and James Cannard have all been instrumental in supporting the Year Ten’s in a number of the Colts events. Dylan Stocks, George Daniels also were selected to fly out to the Caribbean Cricket to represent the School and this is also worthy of a mention! Ollie Rothwell achieved an amazing top 7 finish in cross country running against boys a year his senior and James Cannard was not far behind finishing in 13th spot. Year Ten The Year Ten’s have had a good year in sports, in the mixed colts events they have had a good Year Nine cohort to bulk their ranks and some key performers within their own Year has seen them get some great results, these include: second place in hockey, joint 3rd badminton, cross country and cricket winners. Special mentions must go to Sean Adkin, who as well as winning the Cross country event by a long distance has also had an incredible year in running competitions both in the UK and locally. Well done Sean. Other players of note include Patrick Gouge Robbie Forrest and Henry Harrison all played key roles and were also lucky enough to go over to the Caribbean. Out of school but certainly a noteworthy achievement is Jack Cramsie’s recent victory on the Golf course. Taking an Island competition


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ahead of players several years his senior- one to watch! Well done Jack. Seniors With the likes of Mark Boarer, Charlie Breese, Jack Leerson and Sam James in our ranks in the upper sixth, supported with Kieran Rabet, Ollie Dodds and Arthur Carey in Year Twelve our Year Eleven’s may have not got much of a look in this year. However the likes of Tommy Bowden, Tommy Boarer Tommy Eva and a few others got regular positions in our squads. Another great year with results including: First place in; football, rugby, cross country and cricket. Second place finishes in; Hockey and Badminton. The seniors are more than 10 points clear of all other Houses. Well done gents. And an early thanks for booking all those Euro rail adventures after sports day!

red gown and he has a strong team around him. I look forward to working with you all next Year. Well done to: Kieran Rabet (Head of House) Ollie De Sousa – school prefect Arthur Carey Fin Knight Adam Baluchi Ben Rabet Ollie Dodds

Sports Day Once again sports day was a great event, overall third position meant that Sartorius regained the Blomfield! Individual performances that are noteworthy would include Sean Adkins 1500m run and the excellent overall first for the Year Eight team. The atmosphere track side was great and good fun was had by all.

Closing Comments So another year has passed more success on the field, stage and classrooms and I now sit here reflecting on what we have achieved. I am asked to write my House report before the closing competition of Sports Day so I will confidently congratulate the boys on their Blomfiled win! (note- we did win!) A well-deserved victory thanks to Support, it was in my first assembly of the Year where I talked of the importance of supporting one another and through great leadership from the senior boys and the House spirit of Sartorius I feel that we have achieved just that. Congratulations Sartorius on another great year. Good Luck to Will and all of our departing senior boys I wish you all the very best.

The New Leaders The new Prefects have now been announced and have started their roles. Head of House Kieran Rabet looks the part in the

Ymdrech a llwyddfa. Kieran Akers Housemaster

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THE DIANA AWARD FOR ANTI BULLYING AMBASSADORS On June 15th 22 Year Seven, Eight and Nine boys spent a day at Highlands participating in the Diana Award Conference. One boy from each tutor group were trained to act as AntiBullying Ambassador. The Diana Award was set up in 1999 to continue Princess Diana’s Legacy of love, compassion, service to others and above all her belief that young people can change the world. The Diana Award offers three main programmes; Awards, Mentoring and Anti-Bullying. The programme is built around the idea that everyone has the power to make someone feel good about themselves, look after others and speak out about issues that matter to them. The Anti-Bullying programme exists to help young people and adults in schools tackle and prevent bullying! Why We Wanted Victoria College to be Involved? • To have a team of anti-bullying ambassadors to represent the school and to support those in need of our help. • To allow students to participate in helping the school resolve bullying problems. • Students would feel more comfortable going to their peers for support rather than a teacher, as they feel that they might not be judged. • It would be easier for them to open up about their personal problems. Our thoughts on the day ‘During the anti-bullying ambassador day I learnt many ways and techniques to help prevent bullying in our schools. The course was very helpful to me because it gave me confidence that if someone approached me to say they were being bullied, or knew someone who was being bullied, I would know how to support them and hopefully stop the bullying.’ Nic Lawrenson Year Eight Bruce

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“I really enjoyed the day I spent at Highlands doing anti bullying training. The activities were very engaging and fun while still educating all of us who were there about different forms of bullying, how to help someone who is being bullied and much more. I also learned a lot about cyber bullying, the consequences of posting things online and how it could be used against you, which taught us to be a lot more careful online. I will be happy to discuss what we did and how me and the other ABAs can apply our new knowledge to helping the school. In general I found the day very useful and I hope we will be able to do more things like this in the future.” William Heynes Year Eight Sartorius ‘During the course of the day we covered all aspects of bullying. Physical, verbal and online. We learnt how to recognise the different aspects of bullying, how to report it and what to do if someone approached us with this concern. Together we discussed how we can bring this training into our school environment and came up with ideas that we could do to help our school for example, to have the students who attended the course inform the teachers of what we learnt to help them understand it. I enjoyed the day, found it interesting and hope that I can perhaps use this training to help someone in the future now that I have the skills to do so.’ George Daniels Year Nine Sartorius “On the course I learnt how to deal with bullies and how it effects a victims life. The course meant a lot to me as now I can identify and attempt to stop bullying in the future” Mackenzie Carter Year Seven Diarmid


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HUELIN PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION Thursday 24th April saw the Huelin Public Speaking Competition take place once more. A competition which was first held in 1936. We had a five entrants and the standard of the arguments put forward was high. It’s always possible to sit back as a critic and see how things could have been said more clearer, but to say something in the space where nothing exists, is what takes courage. These five were under no pressure to enter, but are of course, under the very real pressure of examination preparation, keen to make good on their university offers and fulfil their sixth form prefect duties and yet with typical resilience and sense of making an occasion, they put their heads above the parapet and spoke to their fellow sixth formers in an eloquent, poised and intelligent fashion, without exception. Charlie Flynn (13 Du) spoke on the subject of artificial intelligence; he mused disturbingly on the subject, using the rise and fall of his intonation to ask whether A.I. might as well spell the end to our meaningful existence, if we are indeed destined to become lazy automatons when our work is no longer needed. Thomas De La Cour (13 Du) argued that historical statues are far from hollow symbols and said that to rip them down in belated anger, would be to try and forget history and that nothing could be more dangerous to society than that. He

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argued that our strongest duty was both to celebrate and take warnings from these totems of past eras in all their complex modern meanings. Atticus Mawby (13 Bw) took on the dual challenge of philosophy and social media. His speech, which won the main prize, was both amusing and erudite, sharply meaningful and poignantly meaningless by turns, keeping his audience in the palm of his hand at all times. He moved across the highs and lows of culture with ease and managed to be assertive and selfeffacing at the same time. This was a well deserved victory! Stephen Arthur (13 Du) took a wry look at the symbolism of historical statues within our communities and with nonchalant sarcasm decided that not just statues, but history itself had nothing to teach us and he would opt for ‘googling it’ every time! Ultimately, he made a serious point about this complex topic in a light and humorous manner. Finally, Lawrie Corbel (13 Bu) took to the stage to consider whether the #Metoo campaign marked a serious cultural shift. With sheer rhetorical dexterity, Lawrie won the second prize for a lively, engaging and thoughtful speech.


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THE SCHOOL COUNCIL The school council exists within Victoria College as a facility for students of all ages to voice their opinion and make suggestions towards the improvement of the school. The school council consists of approximately 35 members, one representative of each form, from every year group in the school. The School Council meets every half term, a subgroup exists within the school council, whose purpose is to initiate the process of making changes and suggestions, with relevant staff members. The overall objective of the School Council is to create a more suitable environment for the students and making sure that their views are heard clearly by the school.

competitions. Probably one of the most important projects of the year was writing a new Anti-Bullying Code, which is now displayed in all classrooms. In the coming year the School Council is aiming to take on a larger role, supporting staff in the curriculum review and acting to influence changes within the school. It will also be discussing subjects brought up by our students themselves.

The School Council is chaired and organised by student coordinator Finn Knight and the school prefect body is the backbone of the group. However, the voice of younger students is just as important in the council, in order for the school council to be representative of the whole school. This year, the School Council has discussed the food and service in the Bistro, rewards and sanctions, the ShowMyHomwork software, activities and competitions, the role and value of assemblies and new activities and

MFL YEAR SEVEN HAIKUS Year Seven Bruce and Sartorius have been writing haikus on their favourite season at the end of the Michaelmas term. I knew they were good at remembering poems or learning verbs through songs for example but I was impressed at how quickly they understood how haikus worked and how readily they wrote their own poems. Here are some examples. Julie Spencer En hiver C’est blanc et il neige Mon manteaux est chaud (par Oscar Dodds) L’été Quand le ciel est bleu J’adore la plage normalement Je joue au cricket (par Jack Stevens)

J’aime le sable chaud Le sable d’or, le ciel rouge J’adore la plage (anonyme) Sorbet à la fraise Mon parfum préféré Souvenir d’été (anonyme) Les gouttes de pluie chutent Eclaboussant mon visage C’est de la neige fondue (anonyme).

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PEER MENTORS 2018 What a successful year it has been for our peer mentors! Last year we told you that we had trained up 36 Year Eleven’s to take on roles as peer mentors in Year Twelve. They have been put to task this year and have done a great job. We decided to pair them up together with boys from Year Seven which was arranged in the summer holidays so that the new Year Seven’s coming in in September knew that they would have a Year Twelve boy to look after them when they arrived. All of the Year Seven’s have really appreciated this as it helped them to settle in to life at Victoria College a little easier. The boys have not just been meeting with their mentees one to one; they have also been in to the Year Seven tutor groups and were key supports for the year Seven tutors. In November the following boys took part in the States of Jersey debate which this year had its focus on Mental Health in Jersey. Oscar Le Seelleur, Tom Andrews, James Le Conte and Andrew Roxburgh worked really well together and performed a debate where the speech was entitled ‘Boys don’t Cry’ which summarised why it is so important for boys to be able to talk about their feelings. The boys were supported and prepared with the help of Conor Burger an ex Victoria College student who now works for the BBC. We are delighted to see all of the new Year Thirteen School Prefects were successful Peer Mentors and in particular both the Head Boy and the Deputy Head were outstanding role models for the younger boys. Our current Year Thirteen peer mentors also did a fantastic job pairing up with any boys in Year Eight or Nine who needed a little extra support and in the Peer mentoring training

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provided excellent guidance and support for the newly trained Peer mentors. One of the school prefects this year Jack Scambler became the lead for the Peer mentors and worked closely with the staff in The Study Centre. This June we held another Peer Mentor training day where the Year Eleven’s (who are technically on their summer holidays) came in for a full day’s training. We had a record number of pupils this year with 50 boys being trained and another three coming in to join the Buddy training in July. This year the boys had a presentation from Matthew Donoghue about the importance of self-esteem and how we react to certain situations (such as, the fight or flight mode) and how the brain works. He also talked to the boys about autism and how important it is to be empathetic. Mrs Watkins and Miss Bryan then discussed the roles of the peer mentor, Safeguarding and the boys were actively involved in a series of role play scenarios. To embed their role as Anti Bullying Ambassadors as well as Peer Mentors they were trained by the newly trained Key Stage 3 students. Here are a couple of comments from the boys who took part in the training day: Now that the boys have completed their training, we will have them working as soon as they get back in September where they will meet the new Year Seven students on a one to one capacity, will work as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and will be going in to the tutor groups to support with PSHE. We are so pleased with the students and how hard they have worked. The role they play in the school cannot be understated. The Study Centre Team.


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MATHEMATICS This year students in years nine, ten took part in the UKMT Intermediate Mathematics Challenge and students in years seven and eight took part in the UKMT Junior Mathematics Challenge, these are one hour papers designed to test mathematical thinking and logic as well as knowledge with lateral applications.

the main events - the chance to prove themselves in the Team Mathematics Challenge events. Congratulations go to: Charles Maloney, Laurence Milns, Alex O’Connell & Will Perchard, the VCJ Year Eight Team, who not only won the UKMT Jersey Team Maths Challenge for their age group but also beat all the Year Nine teams too, to finish 1st overall.

Our students competing in the Intermediate Mathematics Challenge earned 6 Gold certificates and 4 Silver certificates. Particular congratulations should go to Oliver Wilderspin in Dunlop and Oliver Rothwell in Sartorius for achieving the highest results in years ten and nine respectively, with Oliver Rothwell taking the prize for Best in School.

‪The VCJ Year Nine Team ‬(who were the overall winners last year as Year Eights’s) won the Year Nine competition and finished second overall, only a couple of points behind Year Eight. Congratulations to: Jem Gurner, Aditya Vanjare, Rusden Merritt & Wojtek Wiecek, and although these stellar Dunlop boys were selected to make up the successful team on merit, we could also have taken another team of: Tom Healey, Isaac Dodds, Darius Kayley & Matthew Pierce, who showed the same great enthusiasm in attending all the 1pm mathlete practices over the weeks ahead of the competition and would have also undoubtedly produced an equally creditable performance.

Nine students from year nine scored highly enough to qualify for the Intermediate Mathematical Grey Kangaroo, which is only open by invitation to year nine students, with all students earning Certificates of Participation. Isaac Dodds, of Diarmid, achieved the best score in the school for this following competition. Our students competing in the UKMT Junior Mathematics Challenge earned 16 Gold certificates, 22 Silver certificates and 22 Bronze certificates. Particular congratulations should go to Isaac Tarrant in Dunlop and Charles Maloney in Braithwaite for achieving the highest results in years seven and eight respectively. Eleven students from years seven and eight also scored highly enough to qualify for the Junior Mathematical Kangaroo earning a further Certificate of Qualification with Daniel Franklin earning a Certificate of Merit. Charles Maloney in year eight qualified for the more selective Junior Mathematics Olympiad, earning a Certificate of Merit. The individual events, however, were only the warm-ups for

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Congratulations also to the Year Seven Team of: Jack Stevens, Joe Wagg, Tom Waller & Sunny Khan, who finished 2nd in their age group and earned valuable experience for next year. These co-curricular opportunities should be embraced as enthusiastically as these four stars by more in their year group next year! Finally, Thank You to all the other students, staff and new organisers from the numerous schools for making the event a success again at its new venue of Jersey College for Girls and to the UKMT for providing all the resources. After 5 years of organising these competitions across the Channel Islands and growing the number of participants to record levels, I’m glad now to hand over the responsibility to such capable volunteers. Mr David McNally


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PHYSICS/STEM LAB: SUPERCONDUCTOR PROJECT The introduction of the STEM lab to the college gave students the opportunity to work on their own science related projects outside of the normal curriculum. Students have the opportunity to work on these projects during their study periods and Friday afternoon activities. Ideas for what these projects could be come from either the students or staff with an insight into what can be done within the STEM lab, this means that a large variety of projects can be done by students spanning all scientific disciplines. Giles and I decided to undertake a project proposed by Dr Cooke involving producing superconductors. These are materials which, below a certain critical temperature no longer have any electrical resistance. They also expel magnetic fields when transitioning to a superconducting phase, this is known as the Meissner effect. This effect results in their ability to levitate magnets below this critical temperature. They are used in facilities where strong electromagnetic fields are required, such as CERN LHC and MRI scanners. Our goal was to perfect the method of producing superconductors in the STEM lab as well as find a ratio of the three elements (Yttrium, Barium and Copper) that would

produce a eutectic; a ratio which would melt at lower than usual temperatures which we could then use to produce superconductors in a process know as melt texturing. Each ratio we predicted had to go through an initial firing, involving taking the furnace up to around 800°C for a few hours and allowing it to cool; this produced an initial molecule which we could then melt into another, producing a final know superconductor whose ratio of elements is 1:2:3. The ceramic produced from this process superconducts at around -180°C, meaning we can use liquid nitrogen to test its properties (as its boiling point is -196°C). As seen below we were able to produce superconductors capable of levitating small neodymium magnets about 4mm above the surface of the ceramic. The experience of designing, testing and evaluating our own experiments was a valuable one and is sure to help our future endeavours in scientific fields. We would like to thank Dr Cooke, Mr Widdop and the Lab Technicians for their help with our project. Giles Wankling and Rohit Karajgikar

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YEAR EIGHT CAREERS SPEED DATING Once again Victoria College Great Hall became a hub of activity on Wednesday 25th April as Year Eight students took part in a ‘Speed Dating’ Careers event. The event gave students a chance to meet local employers and receive first-hand advice about careers in a broad range of employment opportunities on the island.

• Stock trader and part time wrestling referee • Full time wrestler… quote “I can curl 10kg..!” • Astronaut…when said maybe physics and maths would be good to study, the reply was “nah…I’m just going to wing it!” J • Astrophysicist – very genuine from a highly focused individual

The speed-dating format allowed students to spend 8 minutes at each table in small groups probing employers about what they do, what skills they look for, what qualifications are needed and whether they enjoyed their career.

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Feedback from the students was extremely positive with a key point being made by all that you should follow a career you enjoy and not choose something just for the money! Requests for guests to return to provide more information were made by the students and this will be built into the Careers programme for the students in Year Nine.

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12 guests attended the event, including a few of our own OV’s Cameron Spencer & Euan McArthur from Intertrust, Philip Satchell from Godels Architect, Matthew Neal from PWC, Rory Forrest and Alex Skudder from Mourant Ozanne and James Le Feuvre from Mind Jersey. In addition two of our Business Partners attended Richard Hardy from Web Reality and Tim Ford from Rathbones. Some key advice given to students for future employment was to show examples of being proactive, gain part time employment, build a good CV and take up as many opportunities that are available to them. Some of the jobs the students mentioned they would be keen to follow after A levels were as follows:

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• Cricket commentator • Politician in the UK for Conservative party, hoping to become Secretary of Defence • Dr os Cardiologist • Accountant • Architect • Footballer • Policeman Victoria College would like to extend a huge thank you to all the guests that attended and gave up their time. The other attendees were: Stacey Kernan – Waitrose Karen Rankin - ITV Margaret Gibbon – Mind Jersey Jeremy Field – Careers Jersey Chris Ray – Jersey Police Jason Lewis & his team – Lloyds Bank Aimee Barker - Rathbones


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THE DOFE AWARD IS A REAL ADVENTURE... The DofE Award is a real adventure. It doesn’t matter your interests; you just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and up for a challenge… The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, bringing together practical experiences and life skills to equip young people for life. The Award is voluntary, non-competitive, enjoyable and balanced, and requires effort over time. There are three levels to the Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Young people design their own Award programme, set their own goals and record their own progress. This year seen over 65 Year Nine boys take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The boys were introduced to the scheme back in October 2017 and since January; the boys started to take part in an array of activities. The Community… Pupils have been helping around the Jersey community. They have partaken in a range of activities, including being young leaders at Beavers/Cubs, helping train juniors football and hockey as well as volunteering at local charity shops. One assessor commented that the help offered was “extremely useful, and the commitment shown highlighted a real passion for Hockey and helping the community.” Other boys helping out in other young initiatives and charity shops were praised on their level of professionalism and how eagerly they patriated in activities. Physical… For the physical activity, boys need to choose any sport or fitness activity – in short, anything that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity. One of our pupils is a

keen triathlete and decided to challenge himself by trying to set a new PB over a 3 month period. His assessor stated “Joe is a very conscientious and diligent member of the junior tri club and has completed the 2017/2018 duathlon series with a marked improvement in performance. To improve his times Joe also attended the February half term academy training for both the cycle and run as well attending the Sunday morning training where he always acts as a role model to the younger athletes.”- well done on your efforts! Skills… By choosing to develop a particular skill you are not only developing a new talent but you will also boost your selfesteem, develop practical and social skills and learn how to set and rise to a challenge. Boys have accepted the challenge of developing their skills. They have taken part in an array of activities including clay pigeon shooting and chess. Jem Gurner has ensured he reached his highest level in chess. On the lead up to a recent tournament, he practiced from Monday to Friday 2 hours a day as well as receiving 4 hours of coaching on Saturday. This shows the level of personal development that boys commit to when taking part in the award. I offer my congratulations to Jem on his dedication and achievements. An award ceremony will take place in October 2018. This will provide the boys with a chance to receive their Bronze DofE awards and be credited for their efforts. Silver and Gold (Year Twelve’s) award schemes will be starting next year with the hope that many participants will want to take their successes further. Boys will be challenged in terrain over in the U.K. which will prove navigationally more difficult. Watch this space. Mr O’Hare

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THE LIBRARY A library should be a place of study and learning, but not all study needs books and not all learning need be dry and academic. The days of just the “ssh” are gone. Although there is of course, a place for books, quiet study areas, and the associated traditional role of a library, it’s also a space that should be capable of entertaining whilst educating and provide a welcoming atmosphere and place to relax. That is my belief and the core to the changes already instigated in my first 6 months. I aim to make both The De Quetteville Library & Learning Resources Centre into multi use spaces, capable of holding classes, presentations , exhibitions , competitions and extra curricular activities.It also should hold attractions for all ages (staff included – yes you can borrow books!) , whilst retaining and enhancing the unique history of the “hub of the school”. The rearrangement of the LRC, as well as allowing for two new office spaces, has provided

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My main aim for the first part of the year was to take stock (of the stock) and increase the Graphic Novels /DVD’s and range of Adult authors (Stephen King proving resurgently popular amongst the older students). Since Easter and with the help of the History Department , we have been promoting the schools online subscription to Britannica (for Schools) – and this has been a remarkable success – website hits going from 146 in April to 11375 in May! Some may have already noticed my “fondness” (ahem) for gadgets and gizmos (none bought from school funds!) and for the most part they’ve survived at the hands of the curious. Boys will be boys! However I consider curiousity to be key to learning – hence my “Object of the week” , riddles and Quotations ( amongst other things this term the students have been educated about Toilet Roll, Marmite and The Hand of Fatima – invaluable !) My aim is that you leave the Library knowing something you didn’t when you came in – even if you haven’t realised it.


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STUDENT BUSINESS CHALLENGE – A CLEAN SWEEP FOR VCJ! The Channel Islands Student Business Challenge involved teams of students working with mentors from corporate partners at Barclays, EY, Ogier and Sure to create and run a business over a ten-week period. Each team was given a loan of £100 to start their business. Forty teams from Grainville, Haute Vallee, Jersey College for Girls and Victoria College took part in this year’s Challenge together with a further thirty teams from Guernsey Grammar, La Mare de Carteret and St Sampson’s in Guernsey. The seventy teams from Jersey and Guernsey collectively generated revenues of nearly £40,000 and have donated £8,500 of their profits to charities including local charities such as the Autism Jersey, Mind Guernsey, GSPCA, JSPCA, Cheshire Homes, Les Bourgs and Jersey Hospice.

This year Victoria College were winners in a number of categories. Best Display on the evening went to Sweet Image; the Most Profit award went to Out of the Wood; and the Marketing Award went to PurePawz.

This challenge provides pupils with the opportunity to enhance their communication and entrepreneurial skills, as well as develop in confidence and work closely as a team. Continuing on from 2 successful years, Victoria College produced 10 teams, who showed real imagination in creating innovative products such as pet bandana’s, homemade chopping boards, as well as picture displays made from recycled sea glass. This coupled with hard work and dedication meant that all 10 VCJ teams did extremely well within the competition. Boys also showed their generosity when it came to donating almost £3000 to charities from around the island. It is such a pleasure to see pupils offering their hard-earned money to a list of great charities.

A huge congratulations to all teams who participated. The corporate judges were blown away by the level of professionalism that all 10 VCJ teams had shown throughout the competition. Well done to them all on their success and I hope another group of excellent teams step up to the challenge next year!

The two overall awards for the evening also went to VCJ. The Community Award went to Grow Your Own Grub, who outsourced seeds from Garden Centres, in the hope that they would promote growing food and helping bee populations with wild flowers around Jersey. The Overall Winner was Donuts Delight (left). Donuts Delight sold 3,465 doughnuts making a net profit of £2,342.66 of which £600 went to Autism Jersey. They showed dedication and the strength of teamwork throughout the competition.

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YEAR TEN BUDDIES 2018 This year we have an exciting new initiative; we have just completed the training of 30 Year Ten boys who will become Buddies for boys in year 6 who plan to join Victoria College when they are in Year Seven. The Year Ten boys have taken part in a two hour training day with Mr O’Hare and Mrs Watkins where they have been trained to go in to classes and support the younger boys. In September these students will go down to Prep school to support Year 6 in various lessons. This scheme will ensure when the boys join Victoria College in September 2019 they will already know some of the older boys in Year Eleven who will then go on to be trained to be Peer Mentors in Years Twelve and Thirteen. This is a fantastic new opportunity for greater bonds to be made between Victoria College and Victoria Prep School and we are very excited about what will develop; it provides an excellent opportunity for the older boys to become role models to the younger boys.

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Here is what the recently trained Buddies thought after their training: “I personally found it difficult to progress from primary to secondary school and would have liked a buddy to help me with that transition” “I want to improve my communication and listening skills and to have a positive influence on other’s lives.” “I want to be helpful and use my skills to help others” “I want to help and reassure the year 6’s as moving up to a bigger school can be quite daunting”


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MY ERASMUS YEAR ABROAD Thomas Harris VCJ 1995-2009

When I chose to study Law with French at Sussex University, I knew that there was a possibility of a Study Abroad Year but I didn’t know that it was a mandatory part of the course. It wasn’t until my second year that it became clear I had to start preparing to go away. It is safe to say that I was quite apprehensive and if not, at times, completely dreading the idea of once again leaving the comfort of friends and family. I was given three choices of destination, Brussels, Strasbourg and Toulouse. I chose Brussels simply because I had never been to Belgium and the talk of all the beer was quite appealing. Most people started making serious preparations up to three months before leaving; going to visit their destination and even putting deposits down on their accommodation. My preparation involved packing my suitcase and going over a week before the start of the term - I probably wouldn’t recommend such a lax approach but it didn’t cause any practical issues. Within the week I arrived, I found a very nice room in shared accommodation (for 360 euros a month) and started making friends with some of the nine other people I lived with (I did hear some horror stories of people who spent months trying to find a place but I didn’t understand how that was possible). Within the space of three weeks I went from being in Jersey and absolutely terrified of what was to come to being settled in Brussels with a great group of friends. The year that followed was without doubt the most fun I’ve had my whole life and the friends I made remain among my best and I return at least once a year to Brussels or I start to get withdrawal symptoms. In terms of studying, that was a bit more of a shock to the system. The university I studied at that year has tuition fees of 300 euros a year and it shows. I’ve learnt that continental universities are quite different from the UK, without much of

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the mollycoddling. In Europe, they will give you the information and then it’s strictly up to you to do the work, no one is going to chase you up - and it was in French. Although this may sound daunting, it’s not. Since half of that year’s grading was based on my dissertation, I only had to take half the classes, giving me a lot of free time. Also, my dissertation tutor at Sussex was very helpful and filled in where the Belgian uni was lacking. In the end, I didn’t find the year any more challenging than the rest of the degree. Of course I would recommend that anyone should do a year abroad simply for the fact that it will be the most fun you have (EVERYONE says it) and that you’ll make great new friends. But that’s not all, it has since opened up many new opportunities I would never have considered otherwise or been eligible for. If it were not for the year abroad, I would not have been introduced to the possibility of pursuing human rights law, now my passion in life. Having completed my degree I then went on to complete a 3 month course in International Development (all paid for by the Belgian government, including food and accommodation) on the recommendation of one of my friends. I have found potential employers to be surprisingly interested in this (very short) course. Thanks to the people I met on that course I started considering and eventually went on to complete a masters degree in International Human Rights Law at the University of Maastricht (in the Netherlands), something which had never been an option for me before. Although I have had fairly average results throughout my uni studies, when it came to the master’s dissertation, as I was left to write about a subject I was very interested in (the law of armed conflict), I finished with the best result of my academic career. Luckily,


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there happened to be an essay competition open at the same time and so I entered my dissertation for the sake of it (without any idea that I could possibly win). It turned out that mine came second, I got a $2,500 prize and the article has been published in a law journal. Since then, I have done an unpaid internship with a human rights NGO in Geneva for six months. Although it was unpaid (far from uncommon) it has yet again been an invaluable experience. My days were spent at the UN following and reporting on the Human Rights Council or other various committees and helping in the preparation of seminars hosted by our organisation and attended by significant diplomats and human rights experts. I remain a member of the organisation and go over to Geneva to attend events on issues I have been involved in (in particular the issue of West Papua for which I helped draft an emergency appeal to the Committee on Racial Discrimination). I am currently back in Jersey working as a legal assistant in commercial litigation. Although it is clearly not human rights, it is very interesting (I was heavily involved in the Crociani case) and it has been the easiest way of gaining the minimum required 2 years professional experience I need before getting a paid job in human rights. Needless to say, I cannot begin to do justice to the benefits of studying a foreign language and choosing a uni course with a Study Abroad Year (most courses will, at some universities, have that option). There’s nothing that sets two people with similar academic records apart more than a studying abroad and it gives you a lot to talk about at interview. On top of all that, you’ll be left with a network of friends all over the world (which makes for very cheap holidays with your own personal guide!).

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MFL EISTEDDFOD Congratulations to all 55 students who participated in the French and Spanish sections of the Jersey Eisteddfod this year. The boys worked hard from September to practise poems and prepare readings with several boys entering more than one section. Mrs Edgecombe worked with two drama groups from Years Seven and Eight. They wrote their own scripts and produced two extremely entertaining short plays. We also had some dynamic duos in the duologue section with entries from Year Seven to Year Thirteen. The boys managed an impressive tally of 10 Platinum certificates, 22 Gold certificates, 20 Silver certificates and 3 Bronze certificates. This would not have happened without the help of Mrs Harris, Miss Herrera and Mrs Edgecombe who spent many hours helping the boys perfect their performances. Special congratulations to: Winner of the Trophée Maison de Normandie – James Willets (Gold)

Joint Winners of the Judy Marie Laffolley Trophy for French duologues – Isaac Tarrant and Louis Hedges, Atticus Mawby and Benedict Ward (Platinum) Winners of the E M Le Feuvre Perpetual Trophy for French Drama - Muir Lachlan, Cameron Newton, Philip Neal and Sunny Kahn (Platinum) Winner of the Trophée de la Commission Amicale – Matthew Pierce (Gold) Winner of the Madrid Cup – Sam Nisbet (Gold) In January, the MFL Department held a ‘Fête des Rois’ celebration for all participants in the French and Spanish Eisteddfod. Mrs Harris, our French language assistant, and Mrs Spencer had baked the traditional ‘Galettes des Rois’. As you can see in the photos, the youngest student hides under the table and decides who gets each piece of the Galette. The lucky student who finds the ‘fève’ becomes the ‘Roi’ of the party.


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MFL SPEED-DATING Rencontres pour Year Eleven In November, two Year Eleven French classes hosted two classes from JCG for a speed-dating session. The aim was to give the students the opportunity to practise speaking on themes we have studied in preparation for the GCSE speaking examination. Despite some nerves at the beginning, all the students participated with enthusiasm. There was a real buzz in the room and, as well as finding it very entertaining, the students commented on how much it had helped with their confidence. Rencontres pour Year Ten In May, the MFL department hosted a visit from the Collège Etenclin. The Collège is a small school with around 250 students aged 11 – 15 and is situated in La Haye-du-Puits in Normandy. The students spent 45 minutes participating in a structured speed-dating activity in French and English with our Year Ten students. Some of our students were not very keen on the idea at the beginning but were pleasantly

surprised to find out that they could actually communicate with French students of their own age and were amazed at how much they have in common. Rencontres pour Year Nine On 17th May, we had the visit from a Year Ten class of 23 pupils from the Collège Fernand Lechanteur in Caen, Normandy. The students spent 45 minutes in groups answering questions in French and in English from a quiz testing their knowledge on Jersey and on French culture. During the rest of the lesson, French pupils and pupils from Victoria College asked each other questions to get to know their personal interests. We even had time for a debate about French and British music culture and a chess competition! The idea was to exchange and understand the difference between the two different education systems (which is one of the topic at GCSE). It proved to be an eye opener for both groups and a very successful lesson.

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GEOGRAPHY – FIELDWORK FOCUS This has been a busy year for the Geography department in terms of fieldwork. Fieldwork is not only a compulsory part of the GCSE and A Level curriculum, but also provides an opportunity to get out of the classroom and explore geography in action. Year Eight Coasts Fieldwork to Bouley Bay The boys explored processes taking place on the shingle beach at Bouley Bay. Measuring pebble size and shape, beach profiles and wave frequency they were able to investigate processes of erosion and learn valuable fieldwork skills such as sampling strategies, risk assessment and data presentation and analysis. GCSE Fieldwork to St Catherine’s Woods and St Aubin In Year Ten and Eleven Fieldwork is designed to enable boys to answer examination questions based upon their practical fieldwork experiences. Our Physical Geography day took us to St Catherine’s woods where we considered now the stream’s fluvial characteristics matched Bradshaw’s model. This enabled the students to critique the model learned about in the classroom and appreciate how physical processes do not operate in isolation, but are shaped by human actions. The second day will be conducted in St Aubin where we will explore the impacts of tourism and learn some Human Geography fieldwork techniques.

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A Level Residential Fieldtrip to Slapton, Devon This year we have introduced a residential fieldtrip for Year Twelve to explore fieldwork techniques and collect data for their Independent Investigation. Staying at the FSC Centre in Slapton, Devon, the students really were immersed in Geography for four full days, collecting data, evaluating techniques, formulating their own investigation title and exploring possible statistical and qualitative analysis tools. We were treated to a cooked breakfast every morning before a classroom based session with our tutor, followed by data collection along the coast and around Plymouth. The students worked very hard each day, and well into the evening, in high temperatures. This has placed them in a very strong position to approach this crucial element of their A level course. Future Fieldwork Next year the Year Seven’s will also be undertaking fieldwork in the Autumn Term. Along with some Sixth Form volunteers, we have also developed links with VCP and other primary schools to increase fieldwork provision in Key Stage 2, something that we will continue to build upon next year. KAP


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ART Year Seven Paintings Year Seven have worked hard on numerous painting and drawing projects throughout the year. They have learned the basics form how to hold a paint brush to experimenting with colour, tones and tints. Throughout they have learned how to build a painting from imagination and then from photographic images of the sea. More recently the students have risen to the challenge of painting parrots and cats and have completed some excellent work. Year Eight Paintings The students have completed some very sophisticated mixedmedia work. They have collaged paintings and drawings of fish and prints of seaweed on a watercolour wash background. Many of the students achieved a Gold for their work in the Jersey Eisteddfod.

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Year Ten Oil Paintings Year Ten have been concentrating their research and studies around the theme of landscape and have completed a series of oil paintings. The students have taken their own photos from around the island to work form. A consideration of light has led to experimentation of warm and cool colours – these also give a sense of depth in a painting. Each student has worked hard to achieve a very successful outcome.

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Year Twelve Oil Paintings The students have been studying natural form and enjoyed completing large oil paintings on canvas of the wonderful elephant skulls we have. They have taken side views or close up sections to create interesting composition. These paintings lent themselves to using more muted tones and

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THE 2017 HOUSE DRAMA PRODUCTION DELIVERED ANOTHER STUNNING COLLECTION OF REALLY DIVERSE PRODUCTIONS FROM OUR FIVE HOUSES THIS YEAR. The event began with Bruce House’s riotous frolic through a collection of show tunes in a Lip Sync Battle of epic proportions! The structural guise was that of 3 seniors, Laurie Corbel, Charlie Blackwell and Oscar Barrette, agonising, with hours to spare, over what to do for House Drama and coming up with increasingly grandiose plans to stage this, that or the other musical. At every suggestion we were treated to an hilarious dream sequence of what that might look like, involving members of the house flooding the stage to deliver an unexpectedly brilliantly choreographed spoof big ticket numbers from a variety of stage and screen musicals. We were taken on a journey to the Austrian mountains with singing nuns, to the great plains of Africa where it seemed the entire House invaded the stage in various animal masks and with superb physicality, while a fabulous little lion cub Joe Wagg was held aloft, then along to a 1950s American high school community where the T Birds and Pink Ladies cross cut their way through some incredibly polished dance routines, and on to Polynesia (via Pizza Hut) where Jack Scambler as Maui (which was the best piece of casting since Paul O’Grady played Miss Hannigan in the West End’s “Annie”) sashayed his way through the hit “Thank You” from “Moana”, and eventually crash-landing us, breathless from laughing, in revolutionary Paris for a Bruce House swimming towel waving surge of jingoistic emotion in Les Mis’s “One Day

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More”. Stunning, original, hilarious, cheeky, warm-hearted (even in its jibes at Sartorius) and a stonking way to get the competition underway. Judges special awards were aptly given to the writers of this piece. The tone changed significantly for the second half of the night with Diarmid’s sombre, tense War Drama “Pink Mist” by Owen Sheers which tells of the after effects of the Afghanistan conflict where the protagonist has lost his legs in an IED detonation. The piece was tightly held together by a crisp and controlled lead actor, Mac Galvin, who never once lost his focus and concentration through this really challenging piece. A supporting cast of Charlie Bloor, Scott Douglas, Laiith Fairnie and Louis Van der Niet showed tremendous sensitivity and maturity through the play, and the choral ensemble behind them supported the tension and solemnity of the concepts of post-traumatic stress disorder and of relationships torn apart by the soldiers’ battles with depression and anxiety. We really felt sad for the actors when the lines went awry, as it meant that some of the choral section, which looked so very effective in rehearsal, got skipped – but this is the peril of live theatre. To their absolute credit, not a single boy on stage threw up his hands, but sustained their concentration and conviction throughout this delicate and meaningful piece.


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encountered the ghost of Jennet Humphrey, The Woman in Black, meaning that a curse will surely follow. Jerome composes himself and apologises, but has not revealed the full extent of the matter leaving Kipps to travel across the marshes at low tide in a horse and trap (again, simply created with a desk and whip) with the disconcertingly monotone Keckwick, brilliantly underplayed by Stephen Arthur. At Eel Marsh house, strange things begin to happen and it was here that Dunlop’s superb production concepts really took hold. Doors slowly swoop open and slam again on their own and the sounds of a rhythmic bump create such blood tingling tension that the audience were moved out of their seats at the sight of an empty rocking chair frantically swinging and at the deafening scream that followed. The candle light, tech supremacy and stunningly timed first person past tense narrative of a truly captivating Cadby had the audience completely spellbound and disturbed, winning him the Best Actor prize for this year and delivering a best supporting actor gong to Tom de la Cour for his sensitive and effective portrayal of Sam Daly. The rollercoaster and pitch perfect creation of tension in this production and the avoidance of accidental torching the HDT made it the worthy hands down toast (no pun intended) of the competition – Surely we had now seen the winning play?…. Or had we?! The final night welcomed last year’s victors, Braithwaite, to the stage with “The Grandfathers” by Rory Mallarkey. Another sharp preset welcomed the audience with 9 conscripted soldiers stood on a chevron of platforms with their officers set behind. This stillness is immediately and shockingly shattered by a sudden, emotive and harrowing flash forward to a battle sequence in which one of the recruits has been fatally wounded. David Bourne is cradled, screaming and alternately losing his grip on reality and confronting his imminent death by a terrified and traumatised Jakob Wharton who is desperately pleading for medical back up whilst the rest of the section are pinned down by heavy fire. It was convincing, gripping and deeply affecting. We then chicane back to their training and are led on a journey of humour, warmth, pathos and tragedy as we see soldiers made of boys through a brutal training regime. Harrowing Lord of the Flies style scenes of the egging-on of a hesitant fighter and the brutal stomping on of an injured baby bird are carefully offset by comic turns of slightly unhinged and ‘not-quite–the-full-ticket’ characters,

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and it was fantastic to see so many non-dramatists take to the stage with such success –including a most notable performance from Tom Andrews who really ought to do more of this kind of thing! This piece was utterly stunning in its direction and choreography with some brilliantly staged episodic sequences making an excellent use of the space and the set. The producer, Nathan le Blanc even went to the lengths of hand painting sand to make it red before scattering it on the ground, the ink imprinting itself onto the hands of the conscripts so that their final salute revealed blood on the hands of these previously reluctant warriors. As we left the auditorium and without wishing to labour another pun, the field was indeed blown wide open. The judges, Ria Hill and Jenny McCarthy, both experienced actors, directors and drama facilitators spent 3 nights with the casts and crews of our House Drama competition and were genuinely so very impressed by the professionalism and confidence of our boys both off stage and on. For my part too, I want to whole heatedly thank everyone who contributed in any way to the competition. It is always SO much more than the sum of its parts and the value of leaving boys to choose, cast, direct, produce, rehearse and perform and promote a piece of competitive drama for an audience is immeasurable. I guess it’s why the Arts in Education matters so much and needs to be protected and given the space and freedom to breathe and do its thing. We are very lucky at Victoria College to have it when so many other schools in the UK are forced by an education policy that knows the price of everything and the worth of nothing to axe such subjects. I want to thank the housemasters and tutors for supporting their boys and also the boys themselves, particularly the crew who work so hard on behalf of all the houses, not just their own to ensure that the tech is the best it can be – even when your lighting desk dies a matter of hours before you go live and you have to do a week’s reprogramming in 3 hours – this is the stuff you can’t get in any other subject and it’s certainly what I come to school for!

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The music department offers a wide range of extracurricular activities directed by specialist tutors from Jersey Academy of Music. This year, the department has welcomed a collaboration with two specialist Music Schools; Wells Cathedral and Lilla Akademien. Both schools have worked with our string and wind players to learn and perform music of an extremely high standard. The Founders’ Day Ceremony was led by the Combined Choir of Victoria College Preparatory and Victoria College who performed the “Founders’ Day Anthem” composed by OV Toby Huelin. We also enjoyed a solo performance from Joshua Brown on the piano, as well as a spirited performance outside the main College building ahead of the form time assembly given by The Big Band Theory. Cambiata and Voce Victoria performed a moving rendition of “We Will Remember Them” by Elgar for the Armistice Day Assembly, whilst Lee Vallois, Jonathan Cushen and Sam Oldridge poignantly performed The Last Post and Reveille. The Music Department opened its doors to the public in October for the Open Evening, and welcomed visitors with a rock band downstairs before relaxing them upstairs in the Music Library with a classical piano recital from Charlie Bloor. Visitors had the opportunity to sample a free drum or guitar lesson given by our rock school tutors Sam Willcocks and Phil Vibert.

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35th House Music Competition 2018 The 35th House Music Competition did not disappoint this year, with the level of musicianship as high as the previous year offering a real display of team spirit throughout both evenings. The Great Hall provided a magnificent backdrop for the banners, mascots and chanting that decorated the tribal entrance of each House. It was clear to see how much effort had gone into the competition, with Music Captains having worked around the clock to organise, prepare and rehearse their musicians ahead of the deadline. They had to choose appropriate repertoire befitting of vocal and instrumental abilities, organise and rehearse challenging accompaniments, as well as submitting an original composition. On top of all of this, they also had to continue to study for their A Levels, attend university interviews, enter themselves into the Jersey Young Musician of the Year Heats, prepare for mock examinations, fulfil demanding prefect duties, and perform in the various sports fixtures. This year has represented one of the most accomplished displays of independence from the boys, with very little assistance required from the Director of Music to either chivvy or intervene at any point. It is testament to the level of preparation and maturity shown by the Music Captains to be organised enough to succeed without hesitation or lack of confidence. Our adjudicators this year were Jane Silvester from De La Salle, and Maj Donoghue from Beaulieu Convent School. Both have an extensive knowledge of Music and performance skills and were there to assess performances on Technical Control/ accuracy/fluency and overall performance skills. This year’s

competition saw Dunlop House take first place with 81 points led by Daniel Hayden, followed closely by Braithwaite House with 79 points, led by Calvin De Louche. In third place was Bruce House with 58 points led by Jack Scambler. In fourth place was Diarmid House with 47 points led by Viraj Kotedia, and in fifth place was Sartorius House with 16 points, led by James Spackman. The House Music Competition is also an opportunity to raise some much needed funds for the charity Barnardos, which does wonderful work to support disadvantaged children. This year we hope to have beaten the sum of £422.12 we raised last year through donations. Thank you to all who have helped support this fantastic competition and enabled both nights to have been such a wonderful success. Particular thanks goes to our technical crew consisting of Ben Philp, Nathan Le Blancq, Charles Blackwell, George Yates, Finn MacFirbhisigh, Hugo Van Zeggeran, Elliot Atherly and Delta for the support and assistance with the technical set up of the stage and sound desk. The Robinson Cup for greatest contributor over both nights this year went to Daniel Hayden. The Derrick Cup for Best Choir this year went to Braithwaite for a very spirited and cleverly arranged performance of “Hey Ya“ by Outkast.

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Also during the Spring term two of our Year Ten Students gave up their time to support the Prep Production entitled “The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents”. Alex Robinson provided his skills on the drum kit whilst Leo Olsson performed on the flute under the direction of Anna Cavey. We were immensely proud of their performances over the three nights. At the end of the term we hosted our Spring Concert to a packed Hall. It featuredThe Combined Orchestras of Jersey College for Girls and Victoria Collegewhich really set the scene for the rest of the evening. The audience was treated to an array of beautiful solos by Calvin de Louche, Charlie Blackwell, Jonathan Cushen, Joshua Brown, Matthew Donaldson, Zaki McGarragle, and Harrison Caldeira. Kiss my Brass entertained the audience with their spritely rendition of “Tijuana Taxi” by Bud Coleman, whilst Victoria College Prep and the KS3 Vocal Project did their best to hang on until the end of the concert to perform the “Lion King Medley” and “Orinoco Flow” by Enya. The String Orchestra performed “Hornpipe in D” by G. F. Handel and demonstrated how far they have come in a short space of time. In particular it was really good to see students stepping up and leading their desk with more confidence. Sinfonia Orchestra has also hugely improved since starting two years ago under the Direction

of Chris George. Students have enjoyed learning the diverse repertoire selected and arranged by Jersey Academy of Music, and all of the performance opportunities that have arisen as a result of this partnership. The highlight of the evening was Voce Victoria who performed their signature piece; “Bring him Home” from Les Miserables. The Summer Term has been significantly quieter due to examinations, but it has been a hugely successful one for our theory students who have all raced through their grades under the excellent tutelage of Claire Harvey and Andrew Harvey. Congratulations goes to: Eden Powell Grade 4 Nic Lawrenson Grade 4 Joseph Beddoe Grade 4 Leo Olssen Grade 3 Harvey Godel Grade 2 Adam Gavey Grade 3 Miss Stephanie Humphries Director of Music

Results Senior instrumental solo Dunlop

Junior instrumental solo

Senior vocal solo

Choir

1st

Diarmid

1st

Bruce

1st

Braithwaite

1st

2nd

Braithwaite

=2nd

Braithwaite

2nd

Dunlop

2nd

Dunlop

3rd

Diarmid

=2nd

Bruce

3rd

Braithwaite

3rd

Bruce

4th

Bruce

4th

Dunlop

4th

Diarmid

4th

Diarmid

5th

Sartorius

5th

Sartorius

DSQ

5th

Sartorius

Colt instrumental solo

Original composition

1st

Braithwaite

1st

Dunlop

1st

Dunlop

1st

2nd

Dunlop

2nd

Braithwaite

2nd

Braithwaite

2nd

Braithwaite

3rd

Bruce

3rd

Diarmid

3rd

Diarmid

3rd

4th

Diarmid

4th

Bruce

4th

Bruce

4th

Diarmid

5th

DSQ

Sartorius

5th

Sartorius

5th

Sartorius

Junior vocal solo

Sartorius

Ensemble Dunlop Bruce Sartorius

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2018 EASTER CONCERT The concert to round off a fabulous year of musical success, this year’s Spring concert saw the Great Hall packed to the gunnels with a crowd of people listening to some of Victoria College’s finest musical talent. With an eclectic range of musical skill from all years, including talent from the JCG orchestra, Victoria college prep choir and extra-curricular staff all coming together to play for the school, this night certainly not one to forget. Highlights of the night included Charles Blackwell’s rendition of Peter Allen’s Don’t Cry Out Loud, notably performed in the musical The Boy From Oz, in which his stellar performance once again cemented the reason why he managed to secure first place in this year’s House Music Senior Vocal Solo. Violinist Zaki McGarragle gave a stunning performance on the violin, the 2 brass bands, Kiss my Mass and The Big Band Theory, despite being understaffed, gave a performance that more than made up for absences.

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Lastly, Voce Victoria, the senior choir, performed their rendition of Les Miserables’ Bring him home. Made more emotional by the fact it was their last year, this emotional and passionate performance brought many to tears; a fitting tribute to the work and dedication of Head of Music, Miss Humphries. The night was perfectly rounded off with a memorable and heartfelt speech, performed by none other than the flamboyant elegance of Nathan Le Blancq; who, in his passionate and animated speech, added a personal touch to an otherwise traditionally ceremonial night.


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CONTINGENT COMMANDER’S REPORT As I write this the Contingent have just paraded through the streets of St. Helier for Liberation Day. This is the only time during the year when the CCF comes together as a whole in public to celebrate this special occasion in the Jersey calendar. The Cadets marched from the Royal Square, like they have done for many years, to Liberation Square, members of the public clapping alongside. It was an immensely proud moment for myself as Contingent Commander. The Victoria College CCF has been entrusted by the Bailiff to perform Halberdier Guard duties for civic occasions since the Second World War. We are now so woven into the fabric of the Island that I often receive complimentary remarks from dignitaries as well as members of the public about how smart the Cadets look and how proudly they represent the College. The CCF really is a special organisation, it is 115 years old this year and I am honoured to lead it along with my Officers and volunteers. In my report for this academic year I would like to focus on the quite spectacular results we have achieved in shooting. Through the hard work of our Master in Charge of Shooting, Richard Benest, Mary Norman and Warrant Officer Fidrmuc along with the exceptional commitment of the Cadets, we have broken all records and my thanks go to all those involved. For the first time since 1955 we managed to win the Staniforth Challenge Cup with a score of 770 out of 800. We then received news that our team who had participated in the Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting - Cadet Forces .22 Competition had also won! In addition, Cadet Staff Sgt Jack Scambler (a 2017 Atheling) was selected to represent Great Britain in the Under 19 Shooting Team that toured South Africa in Spring ’18. This Summer, Royal Navy Section Able Cadet Tom GarfieldBennett will travel to Canada to represent the UK as an Atheling. His selection brings the number of Athelings, who have been Victoria College Cadets, to 15 since 2010. A quite incredible feat in itself and well done.

The success of the CCF was also reflected in the report submitted by Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, Commandant Air Cadets who conducted our Biennial Inspection in Autumn ’17. The Inspecting Officer was invited to a mess dinner at the Royal Yacht hotel before she commenced a busy day of inspecting the Cadets and seeing various activities both at the College and around the Island. In her report she closed by remarking “The Contingent is fortunate to benefit from great facilities, a strong staff team, and a long tradition of CCF delivery that continues to provide effective and valuable training to its students. It was a genuine pleasure to see how well the Contingent was performing and I commend the College to the MoD as a fine example of what can be achieved with good leadership, appropriate resourcing, and well-motivated cadets’. Praise indeed and my thanks go to the hard work and dedication of our School Staff Instructor, WO Fidrmuc and all the adult volunteers who give their time to the CCF to make it such a success. This year we have made two changes to the administration of the Contingent, firstly we are most grateful to Father Nick Barry, Vicar of St. Luke’s Church who has agreed to become our Chaplain. Fr Barry is a retired Royal Air Force Chaplain who led the Armistice Assembly in November ’17 and has also delivered sessions to the Cadets on ‘Beliefs and Values’. Having watched one of the sessions myself, it provoked thought and contemplation in those involved. Secondly, the CCF is now affiliated to the Jersey Field Squadron, Royal Engineers rather than the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment. This change was led by the desire to develop a closer link, on Island, to the Squadron who could provide better levels of support than a UK mainland regiment. We look forward to working more closely with them to expand the Cadet experience. Squadron Leader Simon Blackmore OV Contingent Commander

Contingent Senior Cadet Appointments 2017-2018 Contingent Senior Cadet

Regimental Sergeant Major Harrison Clarke

Shooting Captain

Chief Petty Officer Thomas De La Cour

Senior Cadet (Royal Navy)

Warrant Officer Nathan Le Blancq

Senior Cadet (Army)

Company Sergeant Major Thomas Godfrey

Senior Cadet (Royal Air Force) Warrant Officer Charles Blackwell

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ARMY SECTION REPORT 2017 - 2018 Army Camp Summer 2017 St Martins Plain Camp Activities week for the Army Section of the Victoria College CCF found the boys and staff heading to St Martins Plain Camp near Folkestone. The trip itself there was an adventure with the all the hold ups on route to the camp, but we made it eventually. The aim of this camp was to give the Cadets an opportunity to experience a series of shooting challenges which would eventually end in a military level shooting competition at the end of the week. This would test all the similar disciplines used by the British Army today. As some of the Cadets had not fired live ammunition before the camp it was always going to be a steep learning curve. Day one was an intro to the weapons system and educating the boys on the rifle. This was predominantly to make sure all boys were able to use the cadet rifle safely and so that they

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would be able to deal with any stoppages should they arise. Luckily some of the staff were taken to the ranges we would be using throughout the week and trained up on the exercises which would be taking place. This resulted in the firing of quite a few rounds down a high tech range and demonstrated some of the kit the boys would get to experience. Day two started the boys’ progression and zeroing of the rifle. Most of the cadets managed to succeed with this and this would then be the rifle they would use for the entirety of the camp. We had a few wobbles but eventually every cadet was sorted and ready to commence with the next day of shooting. By day three the cadets had all settled into camp life and were prepared for the days challenges. It started with the completion of the obstacle course. Although from the side lines obstacle courses always look easy, they are not. The boys flung themselves through the challenges and for some of them the obstacles which were high up posed additional difficulties. Every cadet got through as a team and managed to impress the instructors. The next step for the day was the


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competition shoot. Here the boys would complete a military style shoot on a pop up range with digital tracking. They fired from the prone, the kneeling, the crouched and the standing positions in order to gain an accurate understanding of their shooting ability. Henry Shorrock and James Sweetenham both shot well and obtained incredibly high scores with Henry getting the best shot for our contingent. Day four was our allocated day doing adventure training. This consisted of Kayaking, Canoeing, Climbing and Archery. From a kayak and canoe background I took part in the water sport side of the day. The activities provided by the instructors were excellent and were challenging yet fun and rewarding. Canoeing involved some fun moments such as trying to rein act the upturned boat scene from the first Pirates of Caribbean film. As the wind picked up after lunch the afternoon session was switched to lifesaving and casting a line to save someone who was adrift. This turned out to be a highly entertaining exercise and provided some much needed insight into how to save a life in the water.

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Day five was competition day. This day consisted of memory exercises, problem solving challenges, archery, a shoot, a military hardware stand and finally a live fire exercise put on by the British Army to demonstrate the effectiveness of their weaponry in their arsenal. The demonstration was incredibly powerful and involved getting the youngest cadets to call out targets for the soldiers to locate and fire upon. Across the board the Victoria College CCF scored highly during the competition stands and when there results came in at the end of the day the Vic boys had managed to claim the top overall prize. This was a different camp to the ones we have been used to, and the lack of an overnight exercise and field craft day was noticeable, but it provided an exceptional level of focus and emphasis on the Range Day package and the development of shooting skills. As an occasional option for a camp this was very effective and will be one we aim to attend again in the future.

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ROYAL NAVY SECTION REPORT 2017-2018 For those of you who retain you copy of The Victorian in your Wardroom a sense of deja vu may become apparent within this report. My intension to leave Victoria College in the summer of 2017 was superseded by new orders and I find myself in exactly the same place on the same computer again on a Saturday morning recalling the events of another successful year of naval activities with Victoria College CCF. Early in this report I feel I must extend my grateful thanks to the team who supported me throughout the year. I stated in my last report that my intension was to get out of the classroom environment and enable to cadets to gain as much practical water based experience as possible. The facilities and opportunities we have within the Island must be the envy of many CCF establishments and to have built links with Le Mourier Swim School with their highly qualified team of instructors namely Malcolm Parris, Joe Mourant, Max Demby and Allan Boudains, all of whom are OV’s and ex CCF Navy Section, has enabled every cadet to take nationally recognised qualifications through to the next stage of their education or workplace careers. Our practical successes this year include all: Year Thirteen All cadets gaining Power Boat Advanced and First Aid qualifications. Year Twelve All cadets gaining Power Boat Intermediate and Sea Survival qualifications. Year Eleven All cadets gaining Power Boat 2 and VHF qualifications Year Ten All cadets gaining Power Boat 1 and First Aid qualifications. All the courses above have been heavily subsidised by the MoD and our grateful thanks must again be extended. All cadets have studied Navigation, Navel Traditions and Ship recognition and the new addition of Field Craft. Fourteen of our Cadets have also had the exciting opportunity to attend a very tiring four day trip to England. The trip was the original concept of our Navy Area Instructor PO. Carol Strong. Even now I find myself recalling events from this trip and the access to establishments rarely seen by civilians. To recall in details this trip would lead to an article beyond the word count I am allowed but the synopsis below I hope gives you an idea of events.

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Day 1. Travel by overnight ferry to UK Day 2. Arrive 06:00 Portsmouth and immediate start at HMS Excellent with cadets completing Ship firefighting training in the morning and full simulation training of a sinking ship in the Royal Navy Damage Repair training simulator. (a very cold and wet experience). Overnight accommodation was on HMS Bristol. Day 3. Another early start and long journey took us to Dartmouth and an experience rarely seen by cadets including lunch at Britannia Royal Navel College, Low rope team building exercise and ship simulator followed by a guided tour of the college and practical interactive lecture on Naval Architecture. More travel late into the evening took us to excellent accommodation at HMS Raleigh. Day 4. A full morning of experiences on HMS Courageous (a submarine that saw service in the Falkland’s) and boat trip around the harbour. The afternoon and evening saw us returning to Portsmouth with overnight accommodation. Day 5. Return to Jersey by ferry. It is easy for me to sit and write an account of the year but I feel the best testament to our achievement should come from the cadets themselves. A number of our Senor Cadets have also taken advantage of national courses and in their own words I hope the following short reports give a flavour of the experiences they received. As for the future: I hereby have to state that this will be my last report as OiC Navy Victoria College as by the time you read this I will have stood down from my commission and CCF Activities (please see next year’s report) Next year will see the addition of a Bridge Simulator to the CCF HQ Simulator Suite which with the gaming skill evident by some cadets should lead to some interesting Naval battles as well as simulations of weather, tide and command structure on ship. The section has grown in strength and it if very pleasing to see that the current Year Nine group is very strong and actively seeking advice and opportunities from our seniors. The return of SLt Palfreman to the contingent will hopefully take some of the load from Acting Lt O’Hare who I know will build the section further. Lt Martyn Taylor.


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Reflection on the Year

My Year in the Royal Navy Section

To say it’s been a busy year for the Navy section would be an understatement. As I’m Sure Lt Taylor will detail in his report, we’ve achieved all our major goals for the year. Our increased time on the water as opposed to classroom based theoretical education has paired well with the now fully implemented Royal Naval Cadet Proficiency Program. In its second year of running the program is now running smooth, with most of the kinks Ironed out. Field exercises have been carried successfully, with a full afternoon’s survival training at Crabbe, and the huge success of the RN Section’s first ever Section Specific Exercise “Shrewd Dolphin”.

As Shooting Captain for the school team I have had a more peculiar experience of the Royal Navy Section as some would come to expect. When imagining what I would be doing when joining the section back in Year Ten I envisioned visiting various warships and bases as well as spending time out around the Islands coasts sailing and power boating. Instead, I found myself spending most of my time lying down in a field with a gun in my hands.

We’ve seen dramatic increases in Cadet Numbers, with the section now offering a two Watch strength of 40 Cadets, Led by our first ever Coxswain Warrant Officer, and Boatswain Chief Petty Officer. Our commissioned personnel now number three to reflect this Cadet boost, and we have a record number of 4 Naval Civilian Instructors, all of whom are OV’S. Our retention has increased, along with our pool of Year Twelves achieving JNCO Promotion and now seeking senior roles. It gives me an immense sense of pride as the VC CCF RN Coxswain for 2017-18. As we well and truly begin the handover process, I am left looking back and appreciating just how much I owe to my Command Team of Petty and Chief Petty Officers, the Contingent staff, The RN Commissioned officers, and my fellow Section Heads. It has been an extraordinary year of milestones, broken records and firsts for the unit, and as myself, my excellent command team and Indeed current OC Lt Taylor hand over the reins to our capable successors, I am leaving thankful for everything that the remarkable team has done for me and the section this year. Nathan Le Blancq

Personally shooting has been the best part of my time in the Contingent and over this last year leading the team has been a particular privilege. Over the summer I was selected as Vice Captain of the British Cadet Rifle Team to compete against the national Canadian cadet teams as well as their under 25 squad in Connaught just outside of Ottawa. Which was a fantastic experience and certainly one of the more far flung areas that the cadet Royal Navy badge found itself. This year in the small bore range we have had a string of great success’. Starting in November the contingent’s team managed a convincing victory over the Islands other cadet organisations in the Le Brun Shield in a competition that has been won every year but one by Victoria College CCF. Although the highlight of the small bore season has been the team’s success in the Staniforth competition a National postal match between Contingents from across the country. This is only the second time that Victoria College has won, the last time being in 1955! After this win going into the Spring term the team took another national title winning the ELEY ‘Country Life’ competition which is contested by CCF and Open units nationally, this a competition that Victoria College until now has never won. With the Full bore season well underway, with encouraging performances from many younger members of the team I am certainly looking forward to Bisley this year as schools meet to compete for the coveted Ashburton shield. As the fourth consecutive Captain of Shooting from the Royal Navy Section this year, it is quite remarkable at the ability of Royal Navy marksman in the contingent. Being able to shoot is a skill I would never have developed without the support of the Cadet organisations and dedicated coaches and staff who have helped to develop numerous current and past students into excellent marksmen. As a more alternative route to a ‘classic’ Royal Naval cadet journey, the Contingent has certainly given me a richer experience of my time at Victoria College. Chief Petty Officer Thomas De La Cour

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RAF SECTION REPORT 2017 - 2018 2017 has been yet another busy year for the RAF Section, full of challenges and excitement. In May 2018 we bid farewell to our Senior Cadet, Cadet Warrant Officer Charles Blackwell, who had amicably led the Section for the academic year. Cadet Warrant Officer Charles Blackwell was ably assisted throughout the year by his 2 IC Cadet Sergeant James Le Cuirot who was appointed as a Lieutenant-Governor Cadet by His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor of Jersey, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton. Summer Camp 2017 Summer Camp took place at RAF Boulmer in Northumberland home to the Air Surveillance and Control System (ASACS). As the Air Force shrinks the opportunity to visit flying stations has reduced unfortunately, though RAF Boulmer is a critical component of the RAF Battlespace Management Force, and is where the Quick Reaction Alert Typhoons at RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby can be scrambled to intercept unidentified aircraft. The week away comprised the usual visits to a number of station units, use of the live firing range as well as plenty of time for the sports and evening activities, including a night exercise with the local ATC. The week was very enjoyable and demanding for the Officers and Cadets!

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Biennial Inspection 2017 This year we were fortunate to be inspected by Air Commodore McCafferty who was appointed Commandant Air Cadets in 2012. During the day Air Commodore McCafferty inspected the RAF section and was impressed with the smart appearance of the section and how polite and motivated the cadets were within the section. The Air Commodore took part in a number of comprehensive and enjoyable activities and noticed there was a palpable sense of enjoyment emanating from the cadets. Flying Scholarships We were incredibly fortunate to receive two places for Cadets on the Air Cadet Flying Scholarship course at Tayside Aviation, Dundee. Both places were kindly sponsored by the local branch of the Royal Air Forces Association. Over the autumn period, Cadet Sergeant Wankling and Cadet Corporal Samuel Pigeon travelled to Scotland to attend the course. Over the past year we have continued our close association with the local Air Training Corps unit by undertaking a number of joint Cadet NCO training days together along with exercises designed to test their leadership skills. It is fantastic to see Cadets from the two units working together. My thanks go to our SSI, Warrant Officer Fidrmuc for maintaining this invaluable link between the CCF and the ATC.


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Flight Simulator Opening The Royal Air Forces Association generously funded a training flight simulator, which has been extensively used by the RAF section to provide valuable training and skills to prepare the cadets for air experience flying. The simulator suite was dedicated to Wing Commander Rotherham RAFVR(T) for his dedicated service to the CCF. Changes to the Air Cadet Organisation From December 2017 the Air Cadet Organisation comprises the CCF (RAF) and Air Training Corps has now been renamed as RAF Air Cadets. This will mean very little for the Cadets themselves however staff will now be commissioned into the RAF Air Cadets rather than the Volunteer Reserve Training branch. This new military commission, approved by HM The Queen has been designed specifically to cater for Cadet Force Adult Volunteers. So in summary it has been another very busy 12 months! I am indebted to the help and support I receive from Squadron Leader Blackmore, Flying Officer McNally and particularly our SSI, Warrant Officer Fidrmuc. Thank you all. Per Ardua Ad Astra. Flight Lieutenant Nick Faria RAFAC Officer Commanding RAF Section

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VC v JRA v RAF The following weekend the RAF made their annual visit to compete against the Jersey Rifle Association (JRA) and VC. 3 VC boys were selected to shoot for the JRA , Tom De La Cour, Jack Scambler and Toby Jones. The JRA won the match, the RAF placed 2nd and VC were only a few points behind. In the individual competition, Dom Neal was top VC shot with 102.9.

WINTER TERM 2017 The shooting range behind the pavilion is always very busy at the beginning of September as the new crop of Year Nine’s pour in to see what the shooting world is all about. 24 newcomers turned up on the first day.

VC v St Albans This visit in September has become a fixture in our calendar. Since leaving VC and moving to St Albans, David Russell has revived the shooting team there and built up a very good team. Over the weekend, VC won the senior and junior small-bore match by 18 and 26 points respectively. The full-bore match at Crabbe was won by a greater margin however St Albans fielded some new shooters who had not shot a full-bore rifle before. Despite this, they acquitted themselves extremely well and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

STANIFORTH CHALLENGE CUP This is the most prestigious small-bore competition for schools. In Round 1 VC scored 747 and were extremely fortunate to qualify for the final. The school won this competition in 1955; Doug Genders who recently visited the school and is a great supporter of VC shooting was a member of that winning team. Another member of that winning 1955 team was Denys Le Vesconte who recently died. He also took a great interest in shooting at school and regularly visited to encourage the youngsters. It was fitting that only a few days after Denys’ funeral, the team exceeded expectations by achieving an excellent score in the final and won. BANGALORE TROPHY This is the Old Boys House match, however a match against the school VIII is fired concurrently. This year the school shot very well to score 794 ex 800; 8 points ahead of the Old Boys who fielded a very strong team. The Old Boys House match revived all the old rivalries and was enjoyed by all. The Old Boys ages ranged from early 20s to 80s. VC V EC This year’s postal small-bore match resulted in a win for VC in the senior and junior sections. BRITISH SCHOOLS SMALLBORE RIFLE ASSOCIATION (BSSRA) LEAGUES VC A in Section 1 Division 3 placed 5th. This was somewhat disappointing as one team member didn’t shoot one of their cards. Jack Scambler was top score. VC B in Section 2 Division 2 placed 2nd, Toby Baillon was top score dropping only 5 points in 5 rounds. VC C in Section 2 Division 6 was also 2nd. George Yates was top score dropping 7 points.

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SPRING TERM 2018 SKILL AT ARMS COMPETITION (INTER UNITS) Phase 1 is the Weapon Handling Test (WHT) Phase 2 is shooting the L98-A2 at 100 yards. The Air Training Corps (ATC) with an excellent all round performance. Tom De La Cour VC Capt’ achieved the highest gun score in Phase 2. BSSRA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Will & Tom Mulholland and Toby Baillon qualified for the final in which Toby Baillon was 6=, Tom 9= & Will 11=. BSSRA SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Jack Scambler was our only qualifier for the final, in which he finished 12th. HOUSE MATCHES STAGE 1 (TEAMS OF 8) Bruce 1st Diarmid 2nd Dunlop 3rd Sartorius 4th Braithwaite 5th

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MALET DE CARTERET (INDIVIDUAL .22) All shoot and the top 8 plus ties shoot in the final. This year the cut score was 97, of which there were 4 and there were 11 in the final. Tom De La Cour, the only Year Thirteen shooter, won with the only 100. BSSRA SCHOOLS NATIONAL MATCH (POSTAL) This year VC had 5 representatives in the A team and 4 in the B team. Both teams were 3rd behind England and Scotland. COUNTRY LIFE Jersey had a good year. VC won the schools section and the local ATC won the section for Single Service Teams. This was particularly impressive as both teams used the recently issued CSBTR, the replacement for the long serving No 8. All other schools used LPWs.

BSSRA LEAGUES VC A won Section 1 Division 5. Tom De La Cour was top score. VC C in Section 2 Division 3 were 3rd. James Allan was top score. VC D won Section 2 Division 7. Joe Beddoe had the highest average in the division. NRA BASIC SKILLS COURSE This was held at the beginning of March for the Cadets making the transition to full-bore shooting having been chosen to attempt to be selected for the team to compete at Bisley in July. Because of the uncharacteristically cold, wet and windy conditions this year, virtually no full-bore shooting occurred this term. SUMMER TERM 2017 SMALLBORE Senior teams are not entered in the British Schools Smallbore Rifle Association (BSSRA) leagues because the boys have important examinations to concentrate on. However they are expected to shoot at least once a week in the range to keep their skill levels up. Junior teams are entered, they had mixed results however they gained valuable experience of competing in competition.

FULLBORE Those who demonstrated the necessary skills in the range at school and in the local clubs, were invited to attend the Basic Skills course at Crabbe on Saturday 27 February, with the prospect of joining the school rifle team that has competed at Bisley since 1905. The team practiced at Crabbe most Thursday’s after school using the MOD issued L81A2 Cadet Target Rifle (CTR). They also shot on Sunday mornings with the Jersey Rifle Association (JRA) using the civilian target rifles used in the Imperial Meeting immediately following the Schools meeting. The annual match against the Old Boys was held on Sunday 18 June, in which the boys performed very well against a very strong Old Boys team which fielded several who had shot in the Commonwealth Games. Though the winning margin in favour of the Old Boys was large, the performance of the schoolboys was very encouraging.

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BISLEY 2017 Saturday 8 July The team traveled to Portsmouth on the overnight boat. Sunday 9 July After docking at Portsmouth at 06.30, the team in the minibus and trailer drove up the A3 to arrive at Bisley just before the NRA offices opened at 09.00. The day was spent putting the rifles in the armoury, which seems to have a different procedure each year, collecting paperwork from the NRA, checking in at Brunswick camp, the Cadet section of Pirbright camp, preparing all the equipment and showing the new members of the team around the Bisley camp and ranges. Monday 10 July Reveille at 06.00, breakfast, minibus to the armoury, draw rifles, drive to Century range, unload kit at the 300 yard firing point and prepare for Message 1 at 08.30. Everyone then shot, coached or register kept during the morning Periods A & B, with a 30 minute break between. Jack Scambler achieved the highest score of 34.1. Bag ration lunchs were eaten on the range after moving back to 500 yards. Period C, the first session of the afternoon. Cameron Pirouet shot a 32.1 to be highest. The final session of the day, Period D, was shot at 600 yards, Jack Scambler scored highest with 34.0 to give him the best aggregate for the day of 98.1. The rifles had to be cleaned quickly and returned to the armoury before returning to Brunswick to eat dinner. However this proved problematic as the minibus refused to start. Llandovery College took pity on us and after taking their cadets to dinner returned to pick us up, much to our relief. We were scheduled to shoot clays in the evening after eating, however that proved impossible without transport. Tuesday 11 July Llandovery again stepped into the breach by making a second journey to take us to the ranges. Period A was fired at 300 where Jack Scambler and Dom Neal scored 34.5. The second session of the morning, Period B and the first session of the afternoon, Period C was fired at 500, Tom Mulholland, Year Nine, headed the list with 33.3. At the last session of the day, Period D at 600, Jack Scambler was highest with 34.0 giving him the highest daily aggregate for the second day running having scored 101.7. Llandovery provided us with transport again.

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Wednesday 12 July Top score in Period A at 300 was Cameron Pirouet with 34.3. Top score in Period B at 500 was Tom De La Cour with 33.3. Both Periods C & D were fired at 600 where Jack Scambler scored 33.1 which gave him the highest daily aggregate for the 3rd day running having scored 97.4. In the morning Periods A & B, Dom Neal and Jack Scambler shot for the Athelings v the Canadian Cadets in the first stage of the Rex Goddard match. They scored 64.5 and 64.3 respectively. Llandovery College were stood down as our transport providers as the VC minibus was brought back into action enabling our cadets to get to the clay range after dinner where Toby Jones proceeded to hit 15 consecutive clays much to his surprise. This magnificent effort gained him 3rd place and a NRA bronze medal. Thursday 13 July The last and most important day of the Schools Meeting. All schools compete for the prestigious Ashburton Shield, presented in 1861 by the third Baron Ashburton. Victoria College won the magnificent shield in 1961 but have not been able to reproduce a winning team. This year’s effort was rather mixed. Our scores ranged from 98.5 to 84.3 giving a team total of 721.33 to gain 10th place. This was disappointing as we expect to be in the top 5. Elizabeth College scored 749.38 for 2nd place to retain the Haines Shield, a magnificent effort. Wellington College won with a very impressive score of 772.53; 23 points ahead of Elizabeth. Interestingly, Wellington whilst delighted to win, underperformed. They were expecting to achieve 800 which equates to an average of 100 per firer. Whilst Wellington College can practice at Bisley every week as the school is only a few minutes drive away; VC is a similar distance from Crabbe. The Cadet Pair, the Mulholland twins were 9th, the Cadet Four, the twins plus Baillon and O’Connell were 8th and the Reserve Yates came 8th. We unfortunately did not have time attend the prize giving as the team had to set up camp on the Inns of Court campsite, shower, make themselves presentable and get to the combined dinner with Elizabeth College at the London & Middlesex club house. As in previous years the dinning room was filled with the Elizabeth College cadets, lots of Old Elizabethians who had shot in several teams in the Veterans match; Victoria College cadets and a few Old Victorians. Speeches were short however they quite correctly praised Elizabeth College excellent performance.


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Team Ashburton Badcock Cadet Four Cadet Pair Cheltenham Devon Epsom Trophy Kinder Green Howards Victoria College Trophy Regimental Challenge Trophies (RSM Milsom Cup) Army District Challenge Trophies (The Eastern Wessex Cup) Rutland

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Individual Cadet 300 yard agg Cameron Pirouet 10th Jack Scambler 16th Dom Neal 33rd Tom Garfield-Bennett 53rd Cadet 500 yard agg (The Elizabethan) Dom Neal 97nd Cadet 600 yard agg (The Old Elizabethan Can) Jack Scambler 6th Tom De La Cour 38th Cameron Pirouet 54th Dom Neal 56th Cadet Monday Agg Jack Scambler 7th Cameron Pirouet 29th Jamie Robinson 50th Dom Neal 52nd Tom De La Cour 88th Tom Garfield-Bennett 96th Cadet Tuesday Agg Jack Scambler 7th Cameron Pirouet 20th Dom Neal 34th Tom Mulholland 72nd

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Cadet Wednesday Agg Jack Scambler Tom De La Cour Dom Neal Cameron Pirouet Cadet Rifle Agg Jack Scambler Cameron Pirouet Dom Neal Cadet Grand Agg Dom Neal Cameron Pirouet Jack Scambler Schools Hundred Jack Scambler Cameron Pirouet Dom Neal Tom De La Cour Fox Quaich Dom Neal Cameron Pirouet Jack Scambler Iveagh Tom De La Cour Tom Mulholland Silenta Dom Neal Tom Garfield-Bennett Sam Pigeon Toby Jones Wellington Dom Neal Jack Scambler Cameron Pirouet Toby Jones Tom Garfield-Bennett Victoria Tankard Jack Scambler Cameron Pirouet Tom De La Cour Spencer Mellish Dom Neal Reserve George Yates Reserve Aggregate George Yates Schools Staff W.O. J-P Fidrmuc

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VICTORIA COLLEGE TROPHIES Abadie Cup (1st day) Joste Cup (2nd day) Marett Trophy (2nd day & 1st Bisley) Murdoch Trophy (3rd day) Mustow Trophy (3rd day & under 16) Barker Cup (300 yard agg) Germain Cup (500 yard agg) Collas Cup (Highest score in Ashburton)

Le Breton Salver (Captain) Athelings Trophy (Top score in Cadet International) Malet de Carteret (Most improved) Pitcher Salver (Traveling Athelings) Douglas Genders Trophy (Imperial Meeting Agg) OV Bowl (Agg of VC Cup, 1st, 2nd, 3rd days & Ashburton)

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Jack Scambler Jack Scambler Tom Mulholland Jack Scmbler Toby Baillon Jack Scambler Tom De La Cour Dom Neal Cameron Pirouet Jack Scambler Tom Garfield-Bennett

Tom De La Cour Dom Neal Jack Scambler Dom Neal Jack Scambler

In 2016 there were over 40 schools, and between 400 & 500 Cadets competing. The Old Victorians team of 5 scored 247.28 in the Veterans match which was fired immediately after the Ashburton. For the Lucas Trophy (Ashburton and Veterans) VC/OVs were 7th (721.33 + 247.28 = 968.61) The VC Captain, Cameron Pirouet presented the Haines Shield to EC’s captain Ollie Hudson at the dinner in the evening.

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NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION’S 148TH IMPERIAL MEETING Friday 14 July At 08.00 the Cadet International match commences. VC combine with EC to form a Channel Islands team to compete against England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Canada over a Queens 1 course of fire. Last year England beat us by 1 point having won for the preceding 3 years. This year the team consisted of 4 VC & 4 EC boys. David Le Quesne coached with Richard Benest plotting the VC target, while Michael Creber coached with Pippa Reed plotting the EC target. The team performed well to win in convincing fashion. Cadet International Match Channel Islands England Scotland RCAC NRT Wales*

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and were only 1 point behind the British Army this year. The Cadets had more V bulls and were carrying an outer to count at 600 yards, which cost the match.

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The trophy was presented on the range immediately after the announcement of the scores and the traditional 3 cheers. Unfortunately the NRA had forgotten the medals and misplaced the trophy base. They subsequently were found later in the day and given to us. The individual competitions begin straight after the International match. There are 3 pre Grand Aggregate competitions held on the Friday and Saturday morning. The Grand Aggregate consists of 11 competitions starting with the Daily Telegraph and ending with the Prince of Wales the following Thursday. Distances range between 300 and 1000 yards. Individual Her Majesty the Queen’s Prize Jack Scambler scored 104.9 in the first stage to progress to Stage 2 in which he scored 137.11 in difficult conditions, which was not enough to reach the final. St George In stage 1 Jack Scambler scored 74.9 and Tom De La Cour 74.5 to qualify to shoot in stage 2. In stage 2 Jack scored 70.6 for a total of 144.15, and Tom scored 72.6 for a total of 146.11. Unfortunately despite shooting well it wasn’t quite enough to shoot in the final on Saturday morning. Grand Overall Aggregate place Jack Scambler 672.54 327th Tom De La Cour 659.48 474th Toby Jones 657.54 486th Dominic Neal 652.53 533rd Tom Garfield-Bennett 636.45 608th Jamie Robinson 636.41 609th Will Mulholland 635.41 611th Toby Baillon 624.30 632nd Sam Pigeon 612.30 646th Tom Mulholland 609.32 651th George Yates 606.33 656th Liam O’Connell 564.26 694th

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A.G. Bell This is the annual match where the British Cadets shoot against the Canadian Cadet team. This year Jack Scambler was the only VC Cadet selected and he achieved a score of 101.13. The British Cadets won by a comfortable margin. Overseas Jack Scambler and Tom De La Cour were selected to shoot for Jersey in a team of 12 against all the visiting teams from around the world. They scored 101.13 and 95.6 respectively. Kolapore This is the most important short range international match, where Jersey and lots of other countries from around the world shoot against Great Britain. Jersey has won this match on a couple of occasions in the past. Jack Scambler was selected to shoot for Jersey, he scored 144.10. Mackinnon 3 VC Cadets were selected to shoot for Jersey in this long range international match. Tom De La Cour scored 93.6, Jack Scambler scored 91.6 and Dom Neal scored 89.5. Jersey Rifle Association’s Annual Prize Meeting 23-27 August 2017 The Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting (CCRS) send a UK Cadet rifle team to Jersey every year to compete in this meeting. On the last day they compete against a Channel Islands Cadet team for the Cheshire Cup, which was presented by Sir John Cheshire, a past Lt/Governor for Jersey and President of the Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting (CCRS). Richard Benest Master i/c shooting

Team matches Inter-Services Long Range For the second year running, there were no VC Cadets selected for this UK Cadet team. Inter-Services Short Range There were no VC cadets chosen to shoot. Jack Scambler was selected as 1st reserve and was not required to shoot. Tom De La Cour was appointed Adjutant and carried his duties diligently. The UK Cadet team had won this match last year

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GUERLÉDAN 2017 The beginning of the trip is always chaotic down at the Elizabeth Terminal and July 2017 lived up to expectations. 4 schools, hundreds of excited students and staff looking harrassed as they collect in passports and medication, check inhalers and luggage tags. The Guerlédan group achieved a hat trick – the last to check in, the last to embark and the last to disembark. The two hour coach trip passed without a hitch and we were met by Denis and Stefan, the two instructors who have put up with us patiently every year. The five days flew by with the boys enjoying a wide range of activities. There was kayaking, canoeing, abseiling, rock climbing, mountain biking, archery and orienteering. Some of the highlights included a chance to scale an olympic size climbing wall, seeing how many boys could balance on the top of an upturned canoe as well as seeing how many boys could fit into a canoe before it sank.

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We were staying in the Pavillon Lorans which meant that we had a big house to ourselves with most boys enjoying en suite rooms. The boys learned how to survive without Wifi and enjoyed football and frisbee in the evenings. There were three course meals for lunch and dinner as well as a ‘goûter’ every afternoon. I have to say that the apple turnovers were more popular than the apples. As on any trip away, there were a few ‘interesting’ moments including the water bottle that found its way onto a roof and had to be rescued with a ladder and a rope, the mystery of the missing trainers and, of course, Mr Carolan deciding to go for a swim whilst on the kayaking expedition.


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BRITTANY GOLF TRIP After a brief journey from Jersey to St Malo and placing all the clubs of 22 Victoria College boys on the Coach we made our way to Les Ormes and our first 18 holes. It was a rush but we managed to complete 18 holes with numerous stories of good and bad shots. Les Ormes is a wonderful and challenging tree lined course but not so difficult as to provide too tough a test for your first round. After the first round we retired to our hotel the boys checked into their rooms and descended to the restaurant for a late but very enjoyable meal. The boys still seemed full of energy but Mr Royle and myself were tiring by this stage. The boys were reminded to be in their rooms by 10pm and lights out by 11pm the emphasis placed on getting a good night sleep in preparation for a great round of golf the next day. The next day we played St Cast Golf Course by the sea, with some great views. Unfortunately play was interrupted by thunder and lightning and we were all forced to retire to the Club House for food and drinks. Fortunately the weather cleared and we were able to finish the round much to the pleasure of the boys.

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Wednesday for me was the highlight of the week, when we played Val Andre Golf Course with challenging holes and spectacular views. The boys rose to the challenge and there were some great performances. In the evening we returned to the hotel to rest and refuel for the next day. On Thursday, we played Cisse Blossac which, not being by the coast and being more woodland in nature presented a range of different challenges. Many of us found the trees a great frustration! The last day at Les Ormes saw a Ryder Cup style competition with boys being placed into either Europe or America according to their handicaps. After another successful round at Les Ormes, Mr Royle awarded various prizes such as the Longest Drive. We then made our way back to St Malo via the coach and once back in Jersey the summer holidays commenced! Overall, it was a great week and the boys were a credit to the school with a range of boys from Year Seven to Year Ten. It should be noted that myself and Mr Royle quickly recognised the limitations of our golfing abilities compared to the boys!


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DISNEYLAND PARIS There were multiple choices for off island trips this year for Activities Week and one of those was the Paris and Disneyland trip. This trip was full of fun and had a lot of variety. One day you’re in Disneyland having a blast on the rides and another you are on the river Seine admiring the beautiful landmarks of Paris. There was also a great choice of food. Every morning we ate a delicious breakfast at the hotel. For lunch and dinner we ate in a variety of places. For example, on the first day we ate at a creperie and had a three course meal at Disneyland where we watched the Wild West show.

The quality of everything was great from the hotel rooms to the organisation of every event and even to the journey on our coach. To conclude, I recommend the French trip to anyone who is looking for an experience filled with a variety of different and fun activities and to anyone who hasn’t yet experienced the joys of Disneyland and the beauty of the French capital; Paris. Wojtek Wiecek

One of the best parts of the trip was the freedom that we were given. More specifically, in places like Disneyland, the mall or the France Miniature where we got to roam around freely and do whatever you want really.

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HISTORICAL POLAND TRIP While perhaps not promising the thrill of many of the other excursions available during activities week, the historical Poland trip was nonetheless the most moving and most memorable trip many had ever been on. On the first day we arrived in the Polish capital city of Warsaw. Warsaw had a slightly surreal quality to it. The streets were quiet, without the usual hustle and bustle one would expect from a major city. The buildings themselves had a strangely clinical quality too them, they were too pristine and too trim. We later discovered that almost every building in Warsaw was less than a century old, as almost every building which we passed had to be reconstructed after the town was destroyed in the Second World War. That being said, Warsaw was a beautiful city, especially as we walked around the medieval district. However, as we began to learn its history we found that the city was tinged with sadness, unable to separate itself from its traumatic past. The historic town of Krakow was miles apart. This Medieval city was far more vibrant than Warsaw, with the war perhaps not scarring the city quite as badly. The town was stunning to look and with cobbled streets, towering cathedrals and quaint archaic buildings littering the city. Wandering the square filled with street performers and vendors selling of all kinds of memorabilia were one of the most enjoyable moments of the trip. Whilst in Warsaw we visited the serene Jewish cemetery, a quiet, walled away patch of land, overgrown and unkempt with rows upon rows of graves from across the centuries. We learned the tragic story of the Warsaw uprising from a hugely passionate tour guide in the uprising museum. She illustrated the suffering of the Polish people in such a way that made every one of us feel the injustice personally. Afterwards, we were taken through the history of the Jewish people in Poland at the museum of Jewish history, from their arrival, their flourishment as a culture, to their near extermination at the hands of Adolf Hitler. All this built up to what everyone had signed up for on the trip, partly out of sheer morbid curiosity and partly out of a sense of duty that many of us felt we had to visit the sight of one of the greatest atrocities in human history. When we approached Auschwitz concentration camp on the bus, we all fell silent. In the first area of the camp we entered a room filled with human hair from wall to wall, a room filled with shoes, a room filled with cases and a wall filled with pots and pans. To see these things in the flesh, relics of a crime we had heard so much about, was indescribable. We had all heard the figure, 6 million people, but that never really meant anything to us until we saw these things. When we walked down a long corridor plastered with the faces of victims, we felt the same feeling. We felt the same when we walked through the infamous gates along the railway and saw rows upon rows of wooden huts, stretching endlessly. As we left

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Auschwitz, nobody could say a word. There was nothing to say. When we discussed it later, we decided that everyone should visit Auschwitz. The emotions we all felt and the new understanding of atrocity and hatred that it gave us all is something every human being should experience. However, the trip had its light moments along the way. Whilst in Warsaw we visited the Copernicus Science Centre. This interactive museum boasted hundreds of educational exhibits and displays with thousands of pushable buttons and pullable levers. A particular highlight was the sinking ship simulator that had you navigate a corridor of a “sinking� cruise liner as the incline became sharper and sharper, with much of the 6th form spending a healthy proportion of the visit on this one exhibit. On the last night of the trip, we all experienced something unforgettable. After struggling through a traditional Polish meal, we were graced with a performance by a traditional Polish folk band. However, it was not the dry, dull experience many of us were admittedly dreading. As they played, members of the group got pulled up to join in with the dance. Even the teachers could not escape. By the end, everyone in the restaurant had joined in a Conga line. It was for many the highlight of the trip and even those who would have scoffed at the idea of such a spectacle left with a smile on their face. The Poland trip was a uniquely special trip. Both deeply saddening and an overall laugh, it is a trip that I will never forget and one that I am sincerely grateful that I was able to go on. Although it may be tempting to go for the easier options of water sports in Greece or Golf in France, the Poland trip was more than a holiday but an intense and vital cultural experience.


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STEM TRIP The STEM trip was the highlight of last year for me. It offered a variety of activities, some of which gave an insight of manufacturing processes of both every-day and high-end products. It was great experience, parts of which would not be possible on a normal family holiday. We left Jersey on the evening of the last day of term, travelling on the overnight ferry to Portsmouth. After a good sleep in comfortable cabins, we arrived the next morning (Saturday) and travelled to Oxford, where we were to be based. On the way, we stopped off at the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust, where we got to see a plethora of aeroplanes and helicopters. We learnt about both commercial and military aircraft, and were taught about Samuel Franklin Cody, the first person to fly an aeroplane in the UK. Later that day, we arrived at the YHA Oxford Youth Hostel. We had great, well-equipped rooms, which were perfect for what we needed. The next day, we got up early and travelled to the Silverstone racing circuit, for the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. We were in perfectly located seats on Copse Corner. This afforded easy access to the exhibits and refreshments between races. After enjoying a Formula 2 race and a Porsche race, we watched the deafeningly loud F1 race, which ended in a win for Lewis Hamilton. The exhilarating race and the outstanding arena created a day we will never forget. The next day we went to the Coca-Cola factory in Milton Keynes. We were met by the Education Officer who taught us about the Coca-Cola company and their manufacturing process in the UK and around the world. We then got to see the production line, which at that time was producing a batch of Monster energy drinks. After that, we went to the Making of Harry Potter Studios tour, in which we saw and experienced the production process behind the Harry Potter blockbusters.

On the Tuesday, we went to a Jaguar manufacturing site, where we saw the large-scale production line producing specially ordered Jaguar cars. Like the Coca-Cola factory, this gave us a sense of just how much work goes into producing objects we just take for granted. After that we visited the British Motor Museum, where we saw hundreds of cars spanning the entirety of British Motor history. We spent the whole of the following day in the incredible Thorpe park, where we experienced the many amazing rides they had and considered the engineering behind them. On the Thursday, we went to the National Computing Museum, where their Education Officer showed us in an interactive way the history of computing. We then went to Bletchley Park, where we learnt about the computing geniuses and machines that helped win the Second World War. It was very interesting to witness their replica machines designed for code-breaking in operation. On the Friday, we returned to Jersey with a lot of memories after an incredible week. I would highly recommend this trip for anyone. Oliver Wilderspin 10Du

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GREECE 2017 The Greece trip set off once again on the Saturday prior to activities week with an excited group of students ready to have some fun in the sun. The group dynamic this year was quite different to previous trips, with a strong cohort from years 7 and 10 and not much else (except Hamish Barnes and Alex cotton who always seem to be on the trip…) We flew from Jersey out to Gatwick and quickly checked into the Premier Inn hotel across from the North Terminal. The boys split themselves up, got freshened up and quickly made their way down for our first “group meal”. Typically the younger ones stayed together as did the Year Ten’s, with our two regulars choosing to chat with the staff. Meals eaten, it was off to bed as the wake up time, once again, was a horrific 2.30am.

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By 3.30am the following day we were all sat, a little blurry eyed, in the Gatwick terminal, hot chocolates, croissants and coffee in hand, the ever enthusiastic Alex Cotton seeming to be the only one with any energy. By the time we were all on the flight (packed lunch in hand) most of the boys slept. As did Mr Smith, I know this not because I was sat anywhere near him but because the entire plane seemed to rattle with the sound of his snores! Once in Greece we collected our belongings and boarded the Ocean Elements coaches and headed through the beautiful Island of Lefkada to the southern end of the island past ocean lakes and beautiful fishing villages to the town of Vasiliki, one of Europe’s top Windsurfing Destinations.


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There were some impressed faces as we rolled into our hotel, and everyone, apart from Sam Moore, seemed to be happy with their roommates (he had landed with Daan and knew the dangers this brought with it). Of course I had to share with “snoring Smith” so he wasn’t the only one to suffer. The hotel is set on the shores of the beautiful white pebble bay that is Vasiliki. Surrounded on both sides by imposing mountains that run out toward the horizon and with a recently built promenade that leads you on a pleasant walk past the other resorts to the town just 15 minutes away, it was described on more than one occasion as “the best hotel ever” by the boys. We had a briefing with the staff, with the boys being shown how they can get drinks and snacks using their bar tabs as well as the safety briefing for water sports. As it was the first day and we were all a little frazzled from the early get up (not Alex, there’s just no off button with that one…) we strolled into the town for an early dinner heading to the Vass Bar, a firm favourite with anyone who has been on the trip (Yanni, the owner knows us by sight now and always gives the boys a great deal). We awoke on Monday ready to go! The boys were excited, the Year Seven’s visibly so, the Year Ten’s played things cool, but it was clear to see Wills Baker was very keen to impress our water sports instructor, even if he was wearing sliders. Poor footwear choices aside, the guys quickly got onto the water and began their lessons, the light winds and warm waters making it an ideal place to learn. The older, sportier boys

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The first day set the tone for the week, 6 days of windsurfing in the morning followed by mountain biking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, sailing on lasers, catamarans and picot’s followed by pool games, cards and great food. The sailing lessons and races proved to be one of the most popular activities with boys being allowed to take the boats out in pairs and set off out into the large protected area of the bay. The SUP’s and kayaks became transport to and from the pontoon where all of the acrobatics were performed. Several of the senior boys really took to the windsurfing and even had a go at heading out in some of the stronger winds, doing really well and starting to gain some speed. Notable events included Jonty Stratford’s cat like balance, able to run across 5 SUP boards without falling. The numerous backflips, dives and jumps by Hamish, Oscar and Wills, the Year Ten Poker Club, Freddie Whalley pottering about on a kayak and popping up here there and everywhere with a big smile on his face and the incident involving Daan and an Egg (don’t ask!). The Pizza Night ran once again with boys all lounging around on the deck chairs watching a huge 8x8 foot projector screen outside on the beach.

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By the end of the trip on the last meal of the holiday the boys sat as a group around the pool, with 7’s and 10’s mixing and chatting all age difference completely ignored. We sat with our instructors Simon and Abbey along with several other staff member who came over to join us before the boys all collected their level 1 RYA windsurf certificates. The drive and flights home were quiet and it was clear everyone had just about maxed out on fun in the sun and were all ready to slip into the summer holidays. We had our last meal at Gatwick airport, got back to Jersey and bid farewell to a great bunch of boys. A big thanks to all the staff at Ocean Elements for looking after us so well. See you again in 2019! K. Akers


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WORLD CHALLENGE 2017 – TANZANIA At the end of the last academic year, the College teamed up with World Challenge to offer a four week trip to the African country of Tanzania. Nine intrepid boys from the College signed up for a combination of trekking, community work, safari and a bit of R & R. It was fair to say that none of the boys concerned had a really good idea of what to expect, despite the detailed itinerary. They would be totally self-sufficient for the 28 days they were in country which meant they had to organise all their own food, transport and accommodation. Just packing their bags for 4 weeks away from home was a challenge and there were some very nervous looking faces at Jersey airport as the start of the trip finally arrived. We arrived in Africa on Wednesday 5th July, for what ended up being an unforgettable month in a beautiful country. The first couple of days were spent at a camp site in Dar El Salam as we started by buying all the cooking equipment and supplies we would need for the trip. It was a chance to acclimatise to African weather and settle into life working as a group to solve the many tasks and challenges that lay ahead. The boys were clearly very unsure of how they would cope in a tent for 4 weeks and cooking their own food. World Challenge had appointed a leader to act as a guide while in country and Ali was outstanding at ensuring the boys were as prepared as they possibly could be, although he was keen to ensure that the boys took the lead on all the important decision-making. After the initial acclimatisation phase we started our first trek,

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which was 4 days through the Uluguru Mountains south of Dar. We walked through local villages where all the people we met showed us their friendly nature and desire to meet new people. The scenery was breath-taking as we wound up the mountainside to a campsite called Morningside. The camp site was an old German military outpost with views across the whole mountain range and back across the whole of the north of Tanzania. At night it seemed like the whole of the country was illuminated in front of our eyes. On the third day we trekked to the summit through a rainforest and saw the monkeys in the trees on our way. Throughout the trip we cooked on a fire with the local produce that we could buy from the villagers. The boys started to feel more comfortable with their surroundings and were much quicker up the mountain than the other World Challenge groups that had been to Tanzania during the summer. This news clearly gave them a boost and boys started to chip in where needed and cook food for the group each night. After the trek up Uluguru, we drove south west for 8 hours to Iringa to reach our community project which was in a Primary school. Tanzanian roads are not quite like the roads we were used to and it was certainly bumpy to say the least. We were at another camp site called Mumbuso, which was on the site of a coffee plantation. Each morning for a week, we would start the 50 minute walk to the local village where ‘Wangama’ primary school was based. The day started with


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a zip-wire over a local river. The project was amazing and the boys really got stuck into all the tasks. We were building accommodation for teachers, as one of the problems in Tanzania for the education system is the vast distances people have to travel to get to school. By providing accommodation for teachers, the school could get teachers to live on site and work at the school to teach the local community. There were 300 pupils and just 6 staff, so classes were large. The boys were also able to paint the classrooms and do a bit of teaching, but the big football match against the school team ended in a 3-1 defeat, made all the worse by the fact that the majority of the opposition played bare foot and in their school uniform. The pitch was not quite as flat as College Field, but the opposition seemed to deal with that without any difficulty. Some of our boys impressed with their artwork, decorating the classroom walls with the alphabet or pictures of local animals. Each day the staff provided us with a local lunch which was normally Ugali and spinach, a local speciality. On our last day, the whole school stood and sang songs to thank us for our work and we were able to hand over new books, chalk and pens for the teachers to use in their lessons. Throughout the week we were all struck by how friendly and happy all the local children were. They had very little in the way of wealth but seemed to find brilliant ways of entertaining themselves and looking after each other. Each day on our walk to the village we saw the local children running to catch a glimpse of us and wave in our direction. I can honestly say that the project made a huge impact on the 9 boys and left them with so many happy memories to take from the trip. Helping to make a difference to the villager’s life was probably the highlight of the month away.

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Next we travelled further south west to the town of Meyba where we got ready for our trek up the Rungwe mountains. This was a week long trek split into different stages so that we could enjoy the stunning scenery, none more so than the incredible lake that we witnessed at the top of the first day’s trek where a dormant volcano crater had become one of the most picturesque sites you could imagine. Up and up we went over the next 4 days until we eventually summited Rungwe, the highest peak in Southern Tanzania and the 3rd highest peak in Tanzania. Huge credit to all the boys for achieving this in hot and dry conditions and with much to carry on our way. Each day we had to set up our tented camp and make all our own food. By this stage all the boys were fully involved and helping out in a great example of teamwork. The last stage was the rest and relaxation phase, which at this point was greatly needed. We started with a 2 day safari in the Ruaha National Park which is often called ‘Tanzania’s best kept secret’. Not only did we have a bed for the first time in over three weeks, but our safari lodge had a watering hole that attracted elephants, impala and kudu. When we slept lions actually walked through the camp, roaring as they did so. On the second day we saw so much wildlife it was unreal, including well over 10 lions, who were all lying in the shade avoiding the midday sun or feeding on a dead hippopotamus. From here we travelled back to Dar, which was an 11 hour coach journey, and then onto Zanzibar for the last couple of days. Zanzibar was very different to Tanzania, due to its history of being ruled by Oman and Iran. While Tanzania is predominantly Christian, Zanzibar is predominantly Muslim and the buildings and architecture reflected its history.

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We stayed on the east coast at a beach hut with access to the sea and relaxed for the last couple of days and visited the seaweed factory which grew its seaweed in the seas by our accommodation. On our final day we visited the Slave Museum which detailed Zanzibar’s history with the slave trade and the export of slaves around the world via the slave market in Stonetown. With that it was time to return home, but without question we all returned home richer for an incredible experience. The 9 boys really did mature greatly and achieved things they would never have thought possible before they left home. World Challenge lived up to its name and ensured the boys were out of their comfort zone, while always being safe and cared for. It was clear when we met other World Challenge groups along the way how well our boys had done. They handled their money brilliantly and managed to do all the parts of the itinerary that was set. Ali was very complimentary about

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them all and even said that if the College went on another trip of this nature he would be delighted to work with Victoria College again. High praise indeed from someone who has spent his life running this type of trip for school kids. We saw a few other groups who had run out of money or lost things of importance along the way and there was definitely not the same harmony and team spirit that existed in the Victoria College camp. I couldn’t have been more impressed with the way they went about the trip and even though I was away from home for 30 days, I genuinely loved every minute and really enjoyed every aspect of the trip. They did themselves all very proud. Trip Leaders: Mr M Smith & Mr A O’Hare Pupils: Jordan Ramsey, Matthew Bowen, Ed McLachlan, James O’Brien, Leo Waddington, Wilf Waddington, George Jones, Isaac Lockyer & Harry Brownbridge.

PYRENEES & BARCELONA ACTIVITIES WEEK 2017 The Pyrenees and Barcelona trip in Activities Week 2017 was a week-long trip taking in both outdoor adventure activities in the mountains and the cultural sites of the Catalan capital. After two flights, a Nando’s lunch and a 3-hour coach ride, we finally made it up to our first destination in the remote town of Esterri d’Aneu, Lleida where we would make camp for the next 5 nights. Each morning we were woken up by Juanjo’s (our camp owners) calming music playing around the camp and soothing voice summoning us to breakfast. Each day, after a hearty Spanish breakfast, we would set off on our activity for the day. In only five days the boys managed to fit in a wide range of activities from rafting, canoeing, rock-climbing and abseiling to canoeing, archery, tree-top assault course and hiking.

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The highlights from this first leg of the trip were hiking up to Refugi Mataró 2400m above sea level, racing down the Llavosí river in rafts and the canoeing in Sant Maurici lake. In the afternoons, the boys had just about enough energy to play football with the locals and swim in the camp grounds. In the evening, we would gather back at camp to swap stories from the day over dinner and then the camp reps would organise games. On the final night, Juanjo turned DJ and put on a disco for us to say goodbye! Next it was onto Barcelona city for the remaining 2 nights. First stop: Camp Nou, Barcelona’s world-famous football ground for a stadium tour, next into down-town Barcelona to see the historic Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. Finally, after a activity packed 6 days the boys spend the last day at Puertaventura waterpark. All in all a great trip!


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YEAR EIGHT ST MALO TRIP In June a group of 18 Year Eight pupils have travelled to St Malo. The idea behind the trip was to organise a visit to the French school who has been exchanging penpal letters with pupils in Year Eight from Victoria College for 9 years.

Highlights were definitely the food at the restaurants. I was impressed how non-fussy the boys were and they were almost all willing to try and taste new things such as see-food platter or pork cheeks.

On the first day, pupils had to go through a variety of activities such as a treasure hunt, photo challenge and survey (in French) of passers-by.

I do hope this trip carries on taking place.

The following day we finally had the opportunity to visit the “college St Stanislas in Plouer Sur Rance, a small village 20 minutes from St Malo. We were welcomed with a “goûter” and the boys played games mostly to get to know their penpals better. They also observed lessons from a variety of subjects. It was a good experience and interesting for all to note the differences between the two educational systems. On the last day we visited the Aquarium and had a bit of spare time to do some shopping in St Malo.

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SPORTS REPORT 17/18

SO ANOTHER YEAR COMES TO AN END AND IT’S BEEN ANOTHER YEAR TO CELEBRATE WITH SO MANY SPORTING FIXTURES, TOURNAMENTS AND COMPETITIONS TO ENJOY. WE REMAIN RIGHTLY PROUD OF THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE ARE ABLE TO AFFORD OUR BOYS AND ULTIMATELY VERY PROUD OF THEM FOR THE EFFORT AND COMMITMENT TO THE CAUSE THAT THEY SHOW IN RETURN. Back in September a new year started and a new football season. The 1st XI were outstanding, ending unbeaten and having won the Channel Island and Jersey titles along the way. They enjoyed winning three games out of three on their UK tour also, while spending a day at Tottenham Hotspurs training academy and taking in the OV London meal. In the lower school though there were not so many trophies to enjoy as the level of football across the island schools continues to be evenly spread ensuring a competitive fixture list for each year group. The Year Seven and Nine B teams were both crowed Jersey champions though. In hockey its always difficult to assess the boys progress with our 1st XI, 2nd XI and Colts teams all playing against adult teams in the Jersey Hockey league. However, the 2nd XI won the league after a string of fine performances and the 1st XI finished third in both the Division 1 league and the Senior cup competition. The Colts found things a little tougher at the start of the year but got up to speed well and finished the season with an excellent 4 – 1 win over Elizabeth College. The 1st XI toured Barcelona winning both their matches they played along the way. In rugby there was plenty to celebrate with the Year Nine team winning a really competitive JSSSA trophy at the end of a season where they enjoyed many good fixtures against the local schools. The U16 team retained the Lord Jersey Trophy with a last minute try in the final against Les Quennevais and our

Year Seven team were also unbeaten throughout their season winning the JSSSA trophy to boot. The cricket season was blessed with glorious sunshine ensuring plenty of fixtures. The 1st XI had a stellar season, finishing 2nd in the 40 over Jersey Premier League after winning 3 out of their 4 games. This included a first ever win against the OV 1st XI in the Premier League. The boys also defeated Elizabeth College home and away, completing the first double for a few years. Our U15 squad toured Barbados in May, winning 4 out of 5 games and playing some excellent cricket. Josh Lawrenson and Dylan Kotedia had excellent tours with both bat and ball, while Patrick Gouge scored a 50 against Alleyn School and Robbie Forrest took a hat-trick against the same opposition. Throughout the 10 days the boys were a real pleasure to take away, drawing many compliments from other hotel guests about their exceptional behaviour. In the junior ages, Year Seven Charlie Brennan and Year Eight boys Will Perchard and Charley Webster showed some really promising signs for the future and College cricket in general looks to be in really good health. Our relationship with the OV’s has grown in strength this year with our Development Squad competing as the OV 3rd XI IN Jersey Division 2. This has ensured competitive cricket for a number of our younger talented cricketers. Our athletics teams retained both the Junior and Colts Boys Schools Cup beating all local opposition in the annual competition at FB Fields. There was however disappointment for the senior athletes as we lost our grip on the Hutchence Cup for the first time in a while. Credit to Elizabeth though who were worthy winners with a number of fine athletes on display. We will be looking to get our hands back on the trophy next year as indeed we will be looking to get back golf’s Boomer Trophy which Elizabeth took home in September.

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We lose some fantastic Year Thirteen boys at the end of the year and while we will them all well in whatever their next step will be, it would be wrong of me not to pay some heartfelt thanks to a few of our sportsmen. Jonny Heward has been a quite brilliant Sports Prefect in his final year and has captained the 1st XI cricket team to a successful season. Mark Boarer has achieved the incredible feet of representing the College 1st teams in Football, Hockey, Rugby and Cricket and will once again be a very deserving winning of the Mossop Cup for best all round sportsman. It’s is difficult to put a figure on the number of hours Mark will have given up to represent the College over the last seven years, but he has always been so proud to play for the school and has represented it with distinction on many different fields. David Bourne has been an outstanding servant for the 1st XI hockey and cricket teams over the last 3 years and has once again been our leading run scorer this summer.

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Charlie Breese has captained the Football team as well as representing the school at golf and cricket. Matthew Donaldson has played 1st XI football, cricket and hockey in his final year and his contributions to the 1st XI have stretch back over the last 4 years. They have been an exceptional year group from a sporting perspective and I thank them all for the many hours of time given back to the school and hope that the sporting opportunities they have been able to enjoy during their time at the school will form some of their best memories of their Victoria College years. My last word will go to Mr Dixon, who we wish well in his new role at Warminster School. He has only been with us for 2 years, but he has made a big impact especially with the 1st XI cricket squad and I thank him for him time and great professionalism within the department since 2016. Mr M Smith, Director of Sport


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THE LORD JERSEY RUGBY TOURNAMENT Wednesday 21st March saw the Victoria College U16 Rugby team aim to defend their 2016 Lord Jersey title. Confidence was high after a decent season which saw the team beat Hautlieu in early January and follow that up with back to back wins over Les Quennevais, who from a Jersey perspective have always been our closest rivals. However, the 1st XI hockey tour to Barcelona clashed with this years tournament meaning that two of out strongest players, Tommy Boarer and Xavier Baratte, were unavailable. We had been draw in the main competition against a combined schools team from Guernsey and Les Quennevais who we had already had so many close games with over the past 5 seasons. The teams finishing 1st and 2nd in the pool would qualify for the final with the other 4 teams competing for a place in the 3rd and 4th place play off. The first match was against the combined Guernsey schools team which is always a dangerous match as you are never too sure what the opposition are going to be like. Despite an interception try from Ben Hamilton in the first minute, College trailed 12-7 at half time after a big Guernsey side had dominated the breakdown. However, the second half saw the team improve dramatically, especially at the breadown and as Jonty Bailey started to pull the strings when in possession College took control of matters. Hamilton completed his hattrick with 2 more well taken opportunities to ensure a 19-12 win. A tough start to the competition, but signs immediately that the team was starting to gel and to cope with the loss of Boarer and Baratte.

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When Les Quennevais played the Guernsey side they beat them convincingly meaning that the Guernsey side would play in the 3rd and 4th play off with Hautlieu and College would play Les Quennevais in the final regardless of the result between the two side in the group stage. With this in mind a decision was made to make the last group game the final to avoid a meaningless match between the team sides. After the lengthy spell of possession at the start of the game, Les Quennevais scored the first try to lead 5-0. However, some intelligent Rugby from Victoria, most notably Jonty Bailey, saw an immediate response. Bailey himself scored 2 tries and kicking superbly as the College moved into a 19-5 lead. Our defense was being put to the test, but a number of impressive performances from Ethan Rault, Will Michel and Rob Thomas continued to repel Les Quennevais when they had the ball. College were in control as half-time approached, only for Les Quennevais to move the ball wide off the last play and score a good try in the corner. It was 19-10 at the break meaning that the first score of the second half was going to be vital. Both sides made changes as fatigue took its toll, confirming that the decision to play just once was the correct one for all concerned. Les Quennevais started the second half with a powerful move which strung together several phases before they eventually crossed the line and reduced the deficit to 19-15, setting up a grandstand finish. College the took control again, camping in Les Quennevais territory for some time, but missing a golden chance to score when the final pass


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only needed to find hands for a certain try. Then, with Les Quennevais under pressure, College conceded a needless penalty which allowed Les Quennevais to eventually clear their lines and a few minutes later after working the ball down the pitch Les Quennevais looked to have won the match with a try and only 3 minutes remaining. The conversion meant Les Quennevais led 22-19 with the clock running out. What followed left the game in the balance to the very last second. College won a penalty in midfield and Bailey kicked for touch on the Les Quennevais 22. From the line out the ball was passed across the length of the pitch to the left wing where Henry Dawson found space and drove for the line. He was tackled as he dived and attempted to ground the ball for what would have been a match-winning try. Both sides thought they had won the game as the touch judge and referee consulted. The debate was focused on whether the ball had been grounded and whether Henry’s foot had been

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in touch before hand. After a lengthy discussion the referee awarded the try and Victoria College took victory from the jaws of defeat, with the final score ending 24-22. A triumphant moment for College, but tough on Les Quennevais who played so well throughout and showed admirable sportsmanship at the final whistle. All that meant that the College won the Lord Jersey Cup for the third successive year and Jonty Bailey was named as man of the match by former South African captain Jean de Villiers who had been watching throughout. Squad Rob Thomas (Capt), Wills Baker Jonty Bailey, Jordan Khawaja, Myles Byron, Ethan Rault, Ryan Gowens, Liam Guille, Ben Hamilton, Sam Moore, Henry Dawson, Will Michel, Josh Stuart, Antoine Chesney, Tyler Griffiths, Joe Harrington, Olli Cawley, Aidan Stride, Ben Purkiss, Toby Bailon and Temor Abid.

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YEAR NINE RUGBY The Year Nine Rugby team had to endure some frustrating times along the way in 2018 with some of the schools in the Island not able to field teams and the winter weather doing its worst when games were finally scheduled to be played. Despite this, attendance at training was always enthusiastic and it was good to have well over 20 boys in the squad for the season. Our first match was against Les Quennevais in what turned out to be the most atrocious conditions on College Field. Heavy rain and high winds turned the pitch into a mudbath before kick off and the conditions did not improve once the match had begun. Despite this, the boys acquitted themselves well, running in 5 tries with just a late consolation conceded. George Daniels had his kicking boots on, converting twice from the touchline to record a final score of 31-7 in our favour. Our next two games against De La Salle and Le Rocquier both fell victim to the weather, the later falling on the first ‘snow day’ for the jersey schools in 5 years. We eventually got back onto the pitch for a match with Haute Vallee, which ended up being a fantastic contest. Haute Vallee started quickly scoring three tires to lead 19-0 before we started to get a foothold in the game. In truth, Haute Vallee’s tries came from individual opportunism rather than from team pressure and we were consistently in control of the set-piece and the breakdown. We scored just before half time after good work from the forwards set up good field position and we continued in the same vain at the start of the second half with a try from George Le Quene reducing the deficit to 19-12. At this point we were well in command, but Haute Vallee retained the threat of pace when they turned over the ball and two further tries from their own 22 left us with a mountain to climb. To their credit the boys regrouped well and tries from Charlie Reid and George Daniels meant the score was 29-25 with a couple of minutes to go. However, Haute Vallee deservedly closed the match out to inflict our first defeat of the year. At the end it was important to remember how badly we had started and how Haute Vallee had scored their tries as there was the chance to meet them again in the JSSSA Tournament at the end of the season that would decide the Island champions.

Despite our attempts to do so we were unable to reschedule the cancelled games as more bad weather blighted the season and with Grainville unable to field a team we struggled to play matches. At the JSSSA Tournament however, there were 5 teams and we had to play our 4 matches in a row without a break, meaning we needed to be absolutely focused as one bad performance and our hopes of being Island champions would be gone. We started with a comfortable 20 – 0 win over Le Rocquier and followed it up with a 25 – 10 win over De La Salle. George Daniels was playing well at fly-half and conducting the backs with good decision-making. George le Quene was running with power and James Cannard was a constant threat from scrum-half. Up front Jenson Holmes had an excellent tournament, running well and working hard at the break-down and Max Tennant also broke the gain line with some strong running. Games three saw us beat Les Quennevais 10 – 0 and so we had a 100% record going into the final match against Haute Vallee, a game which in effect became a cup final with the winners taking the crown. We knew we had to be better than earlier in the season and we knew we had to make sure we stopped their strong runners. From the start of the game we were on the front foot with James Cushing looking especially good going forward. Charlie Reid had a couple of chances to use his pace as we stepped up the pressure, but Haute Vallee’s defence held us at bay until half-time. The second half was similar with us on the front foot, but always knowing that one moment could change the game in Haute Valle’s favour. Eventually our pressure told and after the forwards won a penalty close to the try line, James Cannard’s quick tap and go was too quick for the Haute Vallee defence and he crossed the line for the crucial score. We were able to see out the remaining few minutes without a scare and finish the tournament with a 100% record and the trophy to boot. Squad - George Daniels (capt), Max Tennant, Wilf Kembery, Elliot Holmes, Hendrick Wright, Jenson Holmes, Sam Le Boutilier, James Cushing, James Cannard, George Le Quene, Anashan Elanco, Dylan Stocks, Charlie Reid, Tom Healy, Billy Malzard, Theo Dubberley, Charlie Courtness, Mac Galvin, Noah Carey

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HOCKEY The 1XI hockey team has had a successful season. True to fashion for a Victoria College team, our start to the season was considerably worse than the end but the improvements throughout the year meant we finished the season playing some really good hockey. Due to the majority of our games being played at Les Quennevais this season, the team benefited from the faster and bouncier pitch which suited our style of hockey. After coming 3rd in the first half of the season, it was a good base to work and improve upon going into the second half. The league was won by a very dominant OV side who went unbeaten. The second half of the season was much better and we seemed to improve with every match. Winning our last 4 games was a great way to end the season and showed how far some of the players had come since the start of the year. Some of our most notable scores were beating JHC Leopards 3-2 and JHC Tigers 6-0. Our last game at Claremont saw the side play Elizabeth College, the game was close and both sides fought hard all the way to the final whistle. I think it’s fair to say that our side was the most dominant throughout the game, but the Elizabeth College short corner routines were challenging to defend against and the final score finished at 3-2 to E.C. We showed great determination to come back from 0-2 down with goals from Pierre and Nick however were beaten by a goal coming from a penalty stroke right at the end of the match. This year’s tour was a trip to Atletic Teressa Hockey Club in Barcelona. The trip consisted of 2 games against local sides, various training sessions with Atletic Teressa first team players, a trip to the Nou Camp stadium and time to shop in Barcelona. The training sessions helped dramatically to our team and really helped us to have a strong finish to the season. Our first game was against the Atletic Teressa U16 team, the side won the game comfortably 7-2. Despite conceding an early goal we quickly adapted to the Spanish team’s style of play and started scoring quickly with goals

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from Adam Gower, Henry Dowling, Nick Pearce, Mark Boarer and a hat-trick from Tom Bolton. We knew our second game would be more of a challenge against the U18 team but the side stepped up to the challenge and played some fantastic hockey and won the game 5-1 a special mention goes to Mark Boarer who scored all 5 goals. This was a great result against one of the best teams in Spain, playing regularly in the EHL. The player of the tour was Adam Gower who had a brilliant few games and kept a high intensity in all the training sessions. The tourist of the tour was Tom Boarer who always seemed to be happy on his first tour. Every team member had a great season and improved dramatically throughout however there are some special mentions of boys who particularly shone in the season. Mark Boarer, our top goal scorer for the season, always managed to get in the right place at the right time and his finishing skills rarely let him down. Xavier Barette was nominated as the best newcomer; his progression throughout the year was topped off by a fantastic tour, becoming one of our most valuable defenders. Adam Gower had an outstanding season; his talent for hockey goes far beyond his age. Unfortunately Adam is leaving to go to boarding school to play more hockey so we wish him luck is he continues to develop. Also Samuel James played his last 1XI game in 4 years. An incredible feat for someone to be picked for the 1XI in Year Ten. He has remained a vital part of the team playing in a number of positions throughout the season with his passing and tackling skills contributing to numerous assists during his time playing for the school. 1st XI Squad Pierre Sangan (Cpt), Samuel James, Oscar Barette, Mark Boarer, David Bourne, Charlie Noel, Jonny Heward, Daniel Hayden, Nick Pearce, Matt Donaldson, Henry Dowling, Tom Bolton, Toby Treharne, Adam Gower, Tom Boarer, Tom Heelis Xavier Barette


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Colts The number of hockey matches for the Colts age group is always so important for the development of the boys and the hockey players are fortunate that access to league matches via the jersey Hockey Association gives them a rich fixture list to enjoy throughout the season. The team played 18 matches against the other league team on the Island and a 19th match to end the season in the traditional match with Elizabeth College. In comparison to rugby and cricket in particular the opportunities afforded our hockey boys are greatly appreciated. That said, its never easy for the U15 boys of the school to play against adult teams with a great deal more experience and traditionally the Colts team find positive results hard to come by. The season was split into an initial league where the 7 teams play each other twice and then a Minor Cup competition where everyone plays each other one more time with the teams finishing in 1st and 2nd contesting the cup final.

Colts Division 2 Results

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VCJ 4 - 2 JHC Lions

VCJ 0 - 7 OV Victoriana

VCJ 3 - 0 OV Victoriana

VCJ 0 - 8 JHC Vintage

VCJ 2 - 9 VC 2nd XI

VCJ 4 - 1 JHC Ladies

VCJ 3 - 7 JHC Vintage

VCJ 1 - 2 Hunters

VCJ 1 - 5 JHC Ladies

VCJ 0 - 2 JHC Lions

VCJ 1 - 2 Hunters

VCJ 1 - 7 VC 2nd XI

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VCJ 0 - 6 VC 2nd XI VCJ 3 - 3 JHC Ladies VCJ 0 - 4 JHC Vintage VCJ 3 - 7 OV Victoriana VCJ 2 - 3 JHC Lions Performances were normally a lot better than the final results suggested. Goalkeeper Henry Dawson continued to grow in confidence and made a number of fine stops when the team was under pressure. Defensively, Josh Lawrenson and Robbie Forrest formed a strong central defensive partnership and they were ably assisted by Patrick Gouge and one of the most improved players in the season, Ned Crosby. One of the best performances of the year was in the very first game with an excellent 4-2 win over JHC Lions with Jamie Watling and Chris Thomas outstanding in central midfield. These two players were consistently our best performers showing excellent skill and a very good range of passing. They were at the heart of most of the attacking moves we put together, although as the season wore on Aidan Boyle also started to be a serious threat with some excellent stick skills and a growing sense of confidence. There were some heavy defeats at first but an excellent 2-1 win over Hunters stopped the rot with the winning goal being a finely struck reverse stick shot from Nial O’Neill who developed into a very useful striker as the

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season progressed. We led the Ladies 3-0 before conceding 3 late goals to end with a draw, which was probably the most frustrating afternoon of the year and showed an inability to manage a game when ahead. Other players who continued to adapt and find their feet at this level were Ethan Khawaja and Dylan Kotedia, both developing their sticks skills along the way and proving creative with the ball. Oliver Cawley and Ethan Toudic showed outstanding work rates each week and slowly the team became more and more competitive, although lack of experience and an element of naivety often saw the final result of games go against us. We finished the league season with 3 wins and 1 draw and were 6th in the table. In the cup competition games were normally closer, showing that we were progressing and becoming more competitive. An excellent 4-1 win over the Ladies should have been followed up by another win over Hunters, only for us the lose our discipline in the last 10 minutes and eventually lose 2-1. A week later we were 0 – 0 with 10 minutes left against JHC Lions and again failed to finish well conceding 2 late goals. It often felt like a case of 2 steps forward and one step back, but it’s always so hard to measure progress when you don’t get to play regularly against other school teams. So the final game of the season was the most important one and the one that would really show how we had developed throughout the season. The match with Elizabeth College is the only match against another school team and it’s often easy to forget that the boys do have to play against adults in all their other matches. We started really well and Chris Thomas almost gave us a deserved lead with a reverse stick shot hat whistled just over the bar. After that Elizabeth came into the game and created 2 really good chances after good play down the right, both of which they squandered. It was 0 – 0 at half-time and very evenly balanced. The second half started well and eventually the hard working Nial O’Neill finally got a chance, which he gleefully dispatched into the Elizabeth goal. Almost immediately, O’Neil made it 2-0 finishing neatly with a reverse stick shot. Although Elizabeth came back into the game an excellent individual effort fro Jamie Watling restored the 2-goal advantage before O’Neill completed his hat trick and a really satisfying 4-1 win. It was definitely the best hockey we had played in the season and it was good to see us control the game with such confidence in the closing stages. Perhaps a sign of increasing maturity and an indication that in fact the boys had come a long way through the course of the year. A number of this team can look forward to playing 1st XI hockey next season, while those in Year Nine will gain hugely from the experiences of this season and have another year to grow into league hockey. Squad Henry Dawson, Patrick Gouge, Josh Lawrenson, Robbie Forrest, Oliver Cawley, Dylan Kotedia, Ned Crosby, Rusden Merett, Aidan Boyle, Jamie Watling, Chris Thomas, Oliver Willams, Ethan Toudic, Ethan Khawaja, Nial O’Neil, Archie Corbett, Josh Le Maistre, Jake Thomas.


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VICTORIA COLLEGE VERSUS ELIZABETH COLLEGE GOLF MATCH This year’s match was played at The Royal Guernsey Golf Club in wet and windy conditions. The singles match play competition always had the potential to go either way, as the Elizabeth College team in particular had a wide range of handicaps. Charlie Breese and Tom Chamberlain went out in the first group and had tough matches against two in form players from EC. Charlie was playing EC’s young prodigy, who went out in fantastic form and ended up carding his best round to date. Tom was giving 11 shots to his opponent which proved too much in the end as he ended up winning comfortably, carding another personal best score for the EC team. Pierre Sangan and Fraser Wilkinson went out next and had two contrasting matches. Fraser was taking on EC’s best player, Isaac Bates. Isaac was in fine form on his home course and although Fraser played to his admirable handicap of 2, Isaac was too strong and won rather comfortably in the end. Pierre was giving his opponent a shot per hole and the match was close throughout. After a long battle Pierre was unlucky to lip out on the 17th, handing his opponent the match.

Tom Eva and James Le Cuirot went out next with both VC players giving several shots to their opponents. Both matches were close all the way round the course with both teams leading at some point. As the weather closed in and the course was getting wetter and wetter James ended up losing on the 18th and Tom held on to finish all square for half a point. Last out were Jack Harben and Reid Collier–Burns. Again both VC players were giving several shots to their opponents but the VC pair played very well right from the start and were able to record excellent victories, Jack winning 5 and 3 and Reid winning 7 and 5. Sadly Elizabeth College took home the Boomer Trophy for the first time since 2013 winning 5 ½ to 2 ½ . Next year’s match at La Moye Golf Club will hopefully see a home win and the return of the trophy! Victoria College Golf Team 2017: Charlie Breese, James Le Cuirot, Pierre Sangan, Fraser Wilkinson, Tom Eva, Jack Harben, Reid Collier-Burns, Tom Chamberlain.

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CRICKET The 2018 cricket season for the College was one which saw good weather and some equally good performances. It’s true to say that the number of school fixtures that our sides play, especially in the younger years, has receded in the last few years, but along with the help of the Jersey Cricket Board we are seeing a number of very good young cricketers being produced and performing well on a cricketing front. The 1st XI had an exceptional season, arguable the best from a team in last 20 years, which included finishing second in the Premier League of Jersey cricket and winning the annua Castles Festival. We played the 4 Premier League teams in a 40 over white ball match, beating Walkovers, St Ouen Springfield and for the first time in a premier league match the Old Victorians. We didn’t know it at the time, but our match with Farmers CC was to prove to be the league decider and having got a modest total of 157 batting first, thanks mainly to a good 57 from David Bourne, we had Farmers at 80-6 and in real trouble. Credit to Farmers for seeing things home from that position, eventually winning by 4 wickets and with Farmers winning all four of their Premier Leagues matches that defeat was to be the only blemish on an otherwise excellent league campaign. Last year we competed in Division 1 of the Jersey League, so to rejoin the Premier League and perform that well over the four games was a really impressive effort. Jersey Premier League 40 over Table 1. Farmers CC 4 4 2. VC 1st XI 4 3 3. Old Victorians CC 4 2 4. St Ouen Springfield CC 4 1 5. Walkovers CC 4 0

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Outside of the league there were wins over Cricketer Magazine and Reigate Priory to enjoy in April. These two wins, coming as they did in April, seemed to get the players into a bit of form and raise confidence. We then played Elizabeth College in the first of our two matches against them. Playing at home we really tore Elizabeth to bits, scoring 236 off our 45 overs before Ed Giles reduced Elizabeth to 15-4 at the start of their reply. Elizabeth labored throughout and were eventually dismissed for 74 for a huge margin of victory and

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Giles returned at the end to complete an impressive 5 wicket haul. In the return fixture in Guernsey it was much tougher and Elizabeth were clearly very motivated to show their true ability level. Elizabeth won the toss and batted first. We were not at our best in the field and Elizabeth scored 239 in their 50 overs with Ben Le Gallais taking 5 wickets. The reply looked to be going badly at 134-5, despite 63 from David Bourne, but Ed Giles turned the game on its head. He blasted 50 off just 27 balls and with Josh Lawrenson skillfully rotating the strike at the other end the pair got us in sight of victory. Despite Giles departing for 59, Lawrenson batted through for 57 not out and we completed the home and away double with a win by 3 wickets. Our annual match with the MCC is always an occasion to look forward to but with the U15 team away in Barbados we were a little short of personnel. That said we bowled well first up and when the MCC declared surprisingly early on 170 there was a genuine chance of a second win in 3 years. Bourne and Heward got going but got out at the crucial time and on this occasion the tail didn’t wag as we went down by 25 runs. That led us to our annual tour of the UK with matches against Reeds School and Tiffin prior to the Castles Festival, this year hosted by Monmouth School. We had been joint winners of the Festival in that last two years and on both occasions came away disappointed that we had not been the outright winners. The games against Reeds and Tiffin would be good warm-up matches before arriving in Monmouth. First up was Reeds, a side that we have been able to beat for several years. We performed magnificently on a tremendous batting track, first reducing Reeds to 30-5 and despite an excellent 95 from their captain which eventually got Reeds to 216, we were composed in the run chase. First Bourne with 42 and then Lawrenson with unbeaten 51 and Heelis with a good 37 laid the foundations that meant Giles was able to swing freely scoring 30 of just 8 balls. We won by 3 wickets with plenty of time to spare. The next day we crushed Tiffin as Mark Boarer (52), Hellis (50) and Tommy Boarer (46) got us to 190 – 4 before Xavier Barette’s 5 wickets. We left for Wales in confident mood.


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Three games in three days and the heat was on, quite literally, as the temperatures got up to 33 degrees. We dominated the festival from ball one. First Kimbolton were dismissed for 109 as Lawrenson took 4-28 and despite a wobble with the bat, Gouge’s 47 saw us to an opening victory by 5 wickets. Monmouth were up next and the skipper Jonny Heward led from the front with an excellent 88 in our total of 245 in 50 overs. The wickets were then shared around before Monmouth fell 94 runs short of their target. So we went into the last game in the same position as 12 months earlier when we blew it against Kimbolton. It was not going to end up like that this time. Lawrenson returned with incredible figures of 7-14 as New Hall were bowled out for 64 and David Bourne’s unbeaten 49 ensured we completed the job. Mission accomplished and undoubtedly a very very well deserved Castles Festival Trophy. The other schools were quick to praise a team that had been comfortably the best throughout and commented on the incredible togetherness of the squad. With 13 wins from 15 games, it was the best 1st XI season that I have seen in my 16 years at the College. Castles Festival Table 1. Victoria College 2. Monmouth 3. Kimbolton 4. New Hall

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Our U15 side toured Barbados with great success and a more detailed report of that tour can be found in these pages. Prior to the tour however, there were a couple of excellent wins to enjoy. Jamie Watling scored an mature 47 as we beat Elizabeth College in Guernsey and then Will Mulholland took 5 wickets as we beat the College 2nd XI on College Field. Our links with the Old Victorians were further cemented with the Old Victorians running an OV 3rd XI who competed in Division 2 of the Jersey league. The team, which was in effect a Victoria College Development Squad, had a difficult start, but as they gained experience they started to win games and there were some great individual performances from the likes of Charley Webster, George Daniels, Fraser Crow, Charlie Reid and Toby Clark. The Development Squad has a number of boys with great potential who will undoubtedly play cricket at a high level in the future and it was great to see, with the support of the OVs, so many boys getting the chance to play competitive league cricket. A huge thank you to Mr McNally for the time he put into their fixtures and to

Elliot Powell from the OV’s who was instrumental in making the whole thing work. At Year Eight level we were lucky to have a number of schools visit jersey on tour and the boys performed admirably throughout the season. We had back to back wins over De La Salle as well as beating Bilton Grange, Guernsey Grammar, Reigate Grammar and Elizabeth College. The win over Elizabeth meant that we had a 100% win record over them in all age groups throughout the season. Will Perchard had an excellent season with bat and ball and his 72 against Reigate was a classy one. Charley Webster also excelled with Webster even making an appearance for the 1st XI at just 13 years old. Their futures, like many others in this age group, look bright. Our Year Seven’s had a limited fixture list but still showed some encouraging signs. Will Hodgson showed his potential in a win over St Michaels and the Year Seven team were also able to grab the bragging rights in a win over the College Year Eight team, a match in which Charlie Brennan starred with both bat and ball. Our Year Seven B team won one and lost one against the visiting Bilton Grange and also beat Les Quennevais late on in the year. Another initiative in 2018 saw the Old Victorians agree a ground share with the College to use College Field for some of its fixtures. The agreement saw predominantly the 2nd XI playing their Sunday matches at ‘home’ but there were also some Channel Island and Jersey T20 fixtures for the 1st and we look forward to continue working with the OV’s and indeed sponsors Rathbones for the benefits of both the College and the club in the future. My last word goes to Mr Dixon, who after 2 year as Master in Charge of cricket at the College is leaving us to take up a new position at Warminster School. Mr Dixon has worked with many of our young cricketers, but as been predominantly responsible for the 1st XI who, under his guidance, have gone from strength to strength. His knowledge and experience have really helped the boys to develop as players and it’s no coincidence that the 1st XI have thrived this season in a positive and well managed environment. We will be sorry to see him go, but we recognise the ambition and potential that burns within him and we wish him all the very best for the next chapter in his professional life.

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U15 BARBADOS CRICKET TOUR The U15 cricket team enjoyed a fantastic tour of Barbados in May, winning four and losing just one of the five games they played. 15 boys from Year Nine and Ten took part in the tour, training for 6 months in advance of what has become a biannual trip for the College. The first day was spent training at the Franklyn Stevenson Academy and we were delighted that Franklyn Stevenson himself ‘popped’ in to say hello. The former professional who played for Barbados, Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire, Orange Free State, Sussex and Tasmania is widely considered to have been the best all-rounder to never play test match cricket. He spoke with the boys about his academy and wished them well for their matches in Barbados. The boys spent a couple of hours batting, bowling and fielding and trying to get used to playing cricket in 30 degrees of Bajan heat.¬¬ Day 2 was our first match against UWI Blackbirds. The venue was the impressive University of the West Indies cricket ground, which is used for first class cricket matches in Barbados. Captain Josh Lawrenson lost the toss and the Blackbirds elected to bat first in a 35 over game. That looked like a good decision as the Blackbirds moved to 40-1 with Dylan Kotedia taking the wicket. However, the introduction of spin changed things quickly as Will Mulholland took 3 wickets for 12 runs in his seven overs and Josh Lawrenson also picked up two wickets. Kotedia returned at the end to finish off the innings off as the Blackbirds were dismissed for 94. In reply Patrick Gouge looked in good touch before being caught behind for 24 and his partner, Jamie Watling, followed a couple of balls later for 16. However, Kotedia and Lawrenson calmly built a third wicket partnership and we got to our victory target with plenty of overs to spare and 8 wickets still in tact. Kotedia finished unbeaten on 27 in what was a very pleasing start to the tour. Day three was match day 2 and we were off the Alleyn School on the Eastern side of the Island. Lawrenson again lost the toss and we were asked to bowl first in really hot conditions.

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Another tidy bowling performance followed and Robbie Forrest took a hat-trick as Alleyn were bowled out for 109 in the last of their 35 overs. Our reply got off to a tough start as we lost George Daniels and Dylan Stocks early, but Gouge was again in fine form, cutting and pulling his way to an excellent 50. Aidan Johnstone looked in good touch also, safely moving to 18, before he was run out and a flurry of wickets left us 7 down with 9 runs still needed for victory. A couple of overs later though the panic was over as Kotedia calmly saw us over the finish line for a win by 3 wickets. Match 3 was a Tape Ball game against Boscobelle Juniors. Tape ball cricket is a fun version of normal cricket where a tennis ball is taped up and used instead of a cricket ball. Boscobelle however, were quite a young side and were easily swept aside despite our lack of experience with the Tape Ball. Runs and wickets were evenly shared around the team and Toby Clark enjoyed the winning moment by bowling Mr Habin, who had strapped on the pads to bat for the opposition in a vane attempt to save the game. Moving on, we faced a much tougher challenge the next day against club side Isolation Cavaliers. Again the temperatures soared to 30 degrees and having to play a forth match in 4 days was always going to be a big ask of the boys. Everyone was hoping that we could win the toss for the first time and bat first, but Lawrenson kept his 100% record of losing and we were once again asked to bowl first. Isolation Cavaliers looked a very good batting unit and their openers got off to a quick start, but once again College were able to dig deep and turn things around in the middle overs. 57-2 become 85 all out with Lawrenson and Crow both taking 4 wickets and hardly conceding a run while doing so. What looked like being a big total to chase suddenly become a lot more straight-forward, or so we thought. Gouge and Watling moved the score to 15-0 without lost before all hell broke out. 4 wickets for 1 run left us 16-4 and facing defeat for the first time. Fortunately, the ever dependable Gouge was back in the middle and looking confident. Together with Dylan Kotedia the pair were able to


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see off the good opening bowlers and then score freely as the runs were ticked off. Kotedia moved to 33 and Gouge to 29 by the time the victory target was reached and the panic was over. 4 wins from 4. The next day was a very well deserved rest day and the boys spent a couple of hours on the beach before relaxing around the hotel in the afternoon. We were in the position of having a chance to be the first College side to win 5 out of 5 if we could beat Alexandra School in our final match. So the final match was expected to be our toughest test against a school with a reputation for producing good cricket teams and a few former pupils who have gone on to represent the West Indies. Surely we would win the toss and finally bat first. No – Lawrenson finished the tour with his 100% losing record in tact and we were again in the field first. Against a very good side we had a couple of early chances which we didn’t take as Alexandra’s openers built a good partnership and were able to attack in the last few overs as a result. We started to pick up some wickets when Anushan Elanco got the breakthrough, but Alexandra finished on 234 – 4 to set by some way our biggest chase of the tour. That said, confidence was high on a good wicket and a very fast outfield. Despite losing Robbie Forrest early, Watling and Gouge moved us to 36-1 off just 4 overs with Gouge hitting a huge 6 over the pavilion, our first 6 of the tour. There then followed the key over though as Parris removed Watling with one that kept low and then the very next ball cleaned up Lawrenson. Despite good contributions from George Daniels and Henry Harrison we were bowled out for 134 to lose by exactly 100 runs. Beaten by a better side, but still incredibly proud of our efforts against a side that contained the captain of the Barbados U15 team.

So, a defeat in the last game and not quite the ending we had in mind, but still a fantastic effort to win 4 games. The final day was spent on a Catamaran Cruise of the West coast where the boys were able to swim with turtle and brightly coloured fish. A well deserved treat after 10 days of near perfect behavior. The boys were a genuine pleasure to take away and received so many compliments from people about how well behaved and how polite they all were. It’s great to play well and win matches, but it’s also very important to conduct yourselves well and the boys certainly did that. Dylan Kotedia was named as player of the tour for his all-round efforts with bat and ball, although he was closely followed by Gouge, Lawrenson and Crow, who all had tours to remember. Squad - Josh Lawrenson, Patrick Gouge, Dylan Kotedia, Jamie Watling, Will Mulholland, Toby Clark, Henry Harrison, Aidan Johnstone, George Daniels, Fraser Crow, Dylan Stocks, Anushan Elanco, Charlie Reid, Freddie Pollard Staff - Mr M Smith, Mr M Dixon, Mr S Habin Matt Dixon

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YEAR EIGHT CRICKET

This year of cricket has been one of the best that I have ever been involved in or captained. We won all but one game throughout the whole summer term and we had many outstanding performances from the likes of Nic Lawrenson, Charley Webster, George Richardson, myself and many other valuable contributions. The first game of the year could not have gone better. We were playing our rivals De Le Salle and we were unfortunately missing a few of our best players. However we still managed to post a score above one hundred thanks to a good start and a good finish. However, we needed to take early wickets to defend this, and Matthew Brown, who many of us did not know he really played cricket bowled the Jersey u13 captain out in his first over. This most definitely won us the game. Our team has made Victoria College a difficult place to come and play cricket as we did not lose one of our four games against touring sides. The first side was Elizabeth College, our rivals from Guernsey. Myself and Nic got us off to a quick start, but then we both fell under 30. We could have been in trouble, but Charley Webster hit a solid half century to take us above 200. We then bowled them out for a low total thanks to one of our leading wicket takers, Jon Cushen, who was at one point on a hat-trick. We also played Bilton Grange and Guernsey Grammar, when we produced some great performances to take us to comfortable victories. These include a 100 partnership between myself and Nic, but he unfortunately fell for 45, just 5 short of his first ever half century but we still made a massive total and won the game.

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Our final game of the season was against Reigate Grammar, and this was a real test for us. They batted first and some wild bowling and very good batting got them going at 8 an over. This was a nightmare as I could not set a field. However, a bit of rain came in the air, the ball started to move and I got the wicket of one of their openers. The other opener soon passed fifty but then we got him out nearly straight after that. Then we had a bit of comedy. George Richardson was bowling in superb areas but he couldn’t get his foot behind the line. Therefore, he got one batsman out at least five times on a no-ball before he finally managed to get him out. They ended up with 216. We needed to bat well, and we did. Myself and Nic, once again started well, with a partnership of 97 and I passed my half century in the eighth over. However, I got out for 72 and we had to rebuild as two new batsman were in. They did this well and Charlie Brennan (playing up a year) smashed three sixes in a row and we got home relatively comfortably, even after a mini collapse at the end, to win by two wickets. This was a great achievement as they had a few county players who play for Surrey. So, the year of cricket went brilliantly well and we showed other schools our skills, and we learnt many new things about the game and how to play it. But the main thing is that we all thoroughly enjoyed the year and tried our best. Will Perchard


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FOOTBALL First XI Before the season started I was hesitant about our chances of retaining the Channel Island trophy. We had lost a number of key players last year who in the previous season had been the spine of the team. We traded well in the summer transfer window and 2 pupils who were previously at Milfield returned to College. Jake Syvret and William Watts were a great addition as they filled roles where previously we had looked a bit thin. Luckily we had a lot of cover at centre midfield as two early season injuries to Charlie Thompson and Thomas House who were both out for the season meant we needed these players. Tommy Boarer who beforehand was not expected to play that much of a role this season came in and offered superb cover. Captain’s Match Summaries: De La Salle: 5-2 win. As it was the first game of the season we started off slowly in the first half but still managed to have a 2-1 lead. However in the 2nd half we started to move the ball better and ran away into a 4-1 lead to close the game out early in the 2nd half. Highlands: 7-1 win. Another slow start to the game against a weak Highlands side which held us for the majority of the 1st half, but eventually we got the break through goal which gave us the confidence to put in a dominant performance in the second half scoring 5 goals. Guernsey Grammar: 4-0 win. Finally a good start to a game although not taking our chances in front of goal caused us frustration. However MOTM Andy Roxburgh finished early in the 2nd half to break the deadlock and went on to score another 2 and earn a well-deserved second half hat-trick. This finished off a solid first game against the Guernsey side. Elizabeth College: 3-0 win. We started this game the best we had all season, playing some great football in the middle of the park especially during the first half. We were deservedly 2-0 up at half time. In the second half we again pressed high

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into the Elizabeth half and struggled to finish our chances which would have put the game out of reach very early in the second half. However MOTM Jake Syvret, who caused chaos down the right hand side all game, eventually earned a goal towards the end of the second half to close the game for us 3-0. De la Salle: 5-0 win. Got off to a good start and began to play some good football in the 1st half, this lead to us being 2-0 up at half time and cruising to a strong victory. More good play in the second half created another 3 goals to round up a well-earned victory against our local rivals. Guernsey Grammar: 7-2 win. We knew this team had a few good players who could damage us, so we marked them out of the game in the first half which led to us getting 3 quick goals. However, some slack defending allowed them to score 2 goals to get them back into the game at 4-2, but then some great play from James Carr and Jake Syvret on both wings allowed us to get another 3 goals to run out 7-2 winners. Hautlieu: 2-2. With most of the Hautlieu team in the u18 and u17 Jersey teams, we knew that this was going to be the toughest fixture of the season. This came to fruition as we gave them far too much respect and they raced into a 2-0 before half time. An inspirational team talk from Mr. Habin, motivated us to come out in the 2nd half and grind out a result. A quick goal early in the 2nd half from Andy Roxburgh was crucial in us earning a second goal which eventually came from Packman again due to some fantastic play down the right hand side from both Mark and Syvret. This victory meant that we won the Jersey league for the second season in a row. Elizabeth College: 6-0 win. On a very wet Saturday morning on College Field, allowed for a scrappy game, perfect conditions for a game against the old foe, Elizabeth College. Winning this game also meant that we would win the Channel Island league. We needed no extra motivation! We started very well winning everything both in the air and on the deck, this produced 4 goals in the first half from us dominating the midfield through


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Packman, Tommy Boarer and Kieran Rabet. Elizabeth had virtually given up in the 2nd half which allowed us to score another 2 goals and finished 6-0 victors and winning both the Jersey and Channel Island leagues. Hautlieu: 3-1 win. Our final game of the season was away at Hautlieu, with our unbeaten season at stake against our toughest opponents. An early goal in the first 20 minutes saw us go 1-0 up through Andy Roxburgh and long range bobbler from Mark Boarer got us to 2-0, however a brilliant free kick from the Hautlieu striker meant we went into half time at 2-1. With only 45 minutes left of our possibly unbeaten season we had to defend very well to keep out the strong Hautlieu front line. With some excellent battling in the centre of the park from middle 3 again we eventually got a third and managed to seal up the victory and end the league season unbeaten for the first time in many years.

First XI Tour Then came our annual 1st XI tour to London. Here we had three games against Eton, Charterhouse and St. Albans. In addition to this we spent the third day training at Tottenham Hotspur’s world class training facility called Hotspur Way. This was a fantastic experience and for me what tour is all about, giving our students experiences they do not have access to and will hopefully never forget. We then attended the Old Victorian’s dinner which was this year held in the prestigious Lords Cricket Ground. We had an excellent tour of the grounds before sitting down for a three course dinner. On our last full day of the Tour the boys got in some Christmas shopping on Oxford Street followed by watching Tottenham Hotspurs play West Brom at Wembley. Captain’s Match Summaries: Charterhouse: 5-1 win. Our first game on tour came against Charterhouse on one of the best pitches any of us had played on before. We dominated the game from the outset and raced to a 3-0 lead into half time. Another goal quickly after the second half meant we were 4-0 up, however a back pass to our keeper lead to him miscuing his kick and scoring an own goal that questioned Newton’s Laws. Eton: 1-0 win. Our annual fixture against Eton saw many Old Victorians come and support us. A pretty standard game for the majority allowed us to nullify their dangerous midfield. We had countless attacks but never really looked like scoring. However an own goal in the second half from their defender

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broke the deadlock and allowed us to close out a victory. St. Albans: 5-1 win. With our final game of the season against an unknown team and our unbeaten season still intact, we had to get a result. We started off very poorly and went down going into half time for only the second time in the season. A few changes of position and substitutions meant we were able to play our normal creative football again and we scored 3 goals in quick succession and we carried on attacking from here, allowing us to win our final game 5-1. As we look back over our season the players can be extremely proud of their results and performances. Our initial expectation was just to try and challenge for the league, however we far exceeded that and ended the whole season unbeaten. We ended up winning the Jersey and Channel Island League comfortably. This is a credit to the boys who were a cohesive team that was willing to work for each other on and off the pitch. There were some notable individual performances that were key to our success. This is the first year I have had the pleasure of choosing from two outstanding goal keepers in Charlie Livingston and Matthew Donaldson with the former just pipping the other to be the regular starter come the end of the season. Jake Syvret and James Carr were constant threats down both wings. Between them they scored 13 goals and added countless assists to this throughout the season. Jake’s trickery and quick feet were fundamental to many of our goals. Another formidable partnership was that of Captain Charlie Breese and William Watts their contrasting styles complemented each other’s play, with one attacking the ball and the other able to cover round and play more of a sweeping role. What was nice to see is that both players were more comfortable on the ball then any of their counterparts we played all season. They demonstrated their versatility through being able to step into holding midfield positions when called upon. As well as this both full backs offered us additional width and attacking prowess, with Mark Boarer putting in a string of offensively impressive performances to finish as our second top goal scorer on 8 goals. Our top goal scorer was Andy Roxburgh who in his first full season in the 1st XI racked up an impressive 15 goals. His great movement and tenacity was crucial to his success. None of our attacks would have had nearly as much fluidity if it were not for the protection that our midfield three gave us, through the trio of William Packman, Kieran Rabet and Oscar Le Seelluer. William and Keiran would often be dominant in the holding roles while Oscar regularly helped bolster the attack when the opportunity arose. Of course no team is ever really successful without a Captain that leads by example, this season Charlie Breese has been just that. His talking on the pitch, organisation and enthusiasm off it has been integral to ensuring each game was as important as the last. He has successfully captained the team to an unbeaten season the first time in nearly ten years. The squad: Charlie Livingston, Matt Donaldson, Mark Boarer, William Watts, Adam Baluchi, Kieran Rabet, William Packman, Oscar Le Seelluer, Jake Syvret, James Carr, Andy Roxburgh, Tommy Boarer, Thomas Andrews, Max Corbet, Ben Smith, Jonny Heward, Edward Giles, Charlie Thompson, Thomas House & Ben Hamilton.

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had been this year. A disappointing end to the season and a missed chance to play in a show piece final at Springfield but certainly a clear indication of the importance of defending set pieces in the older age groups. Squad Jake Lysiack, Toby Trigg, Toby Treharne, Ben Hamilton, Sam Charlton, Rhys Thomas, Tommy Boarer, James Carr, Liam Guille, Myles Byron, Isaac Sanders, Jacob Bell, Will Hodgson, Tom Ingram, Tom Heelis

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Year Eleven Football The Year Eleven side started the season as the Island champions but where fully aware of the fact that there were a number of challengers to that title in 2017. With a number of the squad playing for the 1st XI the majority of the games were played without those players which gave a number of opportunities to others ahead of the Cup competition. The first match of the season was on a hot September afternoon against Grainville and early goals from Tom Heelis and Isaac Sanders set us on the way to a comfortable 5-2 victory. A week later a similarly comfortable win was secured over Haute Vallee with Captain Ben Hamilton and Toby Treharne proving to be a strong central defensive partnership against a pacy attack. However, there was a reality check against De La Salle in the shape of a 2-1 defeat in a game that we were in total control of in the first half. A couple of individual errors led to a De La Salle goal and in truth De La Salle worked tirelessly to close out the result despite our best efforts. With that we started our cup defence against the Grainville side we had already beaten earlier in the year. It was a similar story, although Grainville made it difficult, but we eventually closed out a 3-0 win, with Rhys Thomas being our stand out player, to book a place in the semi-finals against Le Rocquier. This was always going to be a tough game, not helped by the fading light in November meaning the game was shortened to just 25 minutes a half, which seemed unfair for such as important game. A fast start was always going to be important and unfortunately it was provided by Le Rocquier scoring inside the first minute from a set piece. Victoria’s defenders failing to attack a cross and Le Rocquier capitalising. From then on the first half was all Victoria College with James Carr’s trickery creating a great deal down the left wing. Eventually a Carr cross was turned in by Tommy Boarer for the equaliser ensuring parity at the half-time break. The second half was similar with College on the front foot, but a couple of missed chances increased frustration levels and then we were undone by another set piece with Le Rocquier again winning the header to make it 2-1. With time limited we threw everything forward in search of an equaliser and got caught on the break late on to concede and third and bow out of the cup. Le Rocquier went on to lose in the final to Les Quennevais to show what a wide open competition it

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Year Nine A The Year Nine football team had a mixed season in 2017 despite the obvious ability to become Island champions and there was also the added frustration of games getting cancelled by opposition teams for a multitude of reasons. There were some really good team performances, but the occasional bad result showing the need for greater consistency in the future. The first match of the season was against a strong De La Salle team and a combination of missed chances and some sloppy individual errors led to a 5-4 defeat. While frustrating, in many ways it focused a few minds and reminded the boys that they could not take anything for granted. As the season progressed, James Murphy and Fraser Crow started to build an excellent central defensive partnership and up front there was pace aplenty from Finlay Lowes and Andrew Gatehouse ensuring goals scored were rarely a problem. Game 2 ended in a comfortable 9-0 win over Grainville with Lowes scoring 5 times and we continued that momentum into games 3 with a 6-3 win over Les Quennevais with midfielders Archie Timana and Freddie Pollard putting in excellent display. Unfortunate Haute Vallee had to cancel due to a staffing problem and our next match with Le Rocquier was also unfortunately cancelled as a number of their players had other commitments. With no St Michaels or Hautlieu at this age group a couple of cancellations really do have a big negative impact on your season. The JSSSA tournament should have been a good day for us, but it can be a lottery and it’s so important to start games well as they are shortened versions. We didn’t do that with a 0-0 draw against Les Quennevais and we never got the momentum going, eventually finishing third and losing the title to Les Quennevais who we had beaten so well just a couple of weeks earlier. It was a tough lesson and the boys were rightly disappointed as they knew the tournament was there for the winning and they just didn’t perform well enough when the opportunity was there. We had one game left of the season to make up for the disappointment of the JSSSA tournament and it was against Elizabeth College. At least we had the chance to finish on a high and we had a long chat before kick-off about what we wanted to do and how we wanted to play. It clearly worked as the next 70 minutes were probably our best of the season with the eventual 5-0 victory being richly deserved against a bright and well organised Elizabeth team. Oliver Rothwell had an excellent game in central midfield, scoring the opening


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goal and creating a number of other chances. Daryl Mvalo led the line to great effect and there was an outstanding save from keeper George Daniels while the score line was still much closer. Squad George Daniels, Fraser Crow, James Murphy, Callum Gilmour, George Le Quene, Archie Timana, Fin Lowes, Daryl Mvalo, Andrew Gatehouse, Ollie Rothwell, Isaac Camacho, Freddie Pollard, Archie Corbett. Year Nine B The Year Nine B team had a great season, winning all their friendly matches with Island schools and then returning as champions from the JSSSA tournament. Scoring goals was no problem, with the boys hitting the back of the net 24 times in wins over Grainville, De La Salle and Les Quennevais. At the end of year tournament the team who 5 matches out of 5 to be crowned undisputedly the best team in the Island Squad Ben Phipps, Ben Godel, Jenson Holmes, James Cushion, Moses Sappe, Billy Malzard, Pharrel Taylor, Elliot Holmes, Dylan Stocks, James Cannard, Dylan Dunphy, Charlie Reid, Isaac Dodds, Tom Healy, Jake Thomas, Devin Root-Moore

Year Eight Football The Year Eight A team played really well this season, scoring lots of goals and conceding very few. Goals were contributed from all over, particularly from the forward line of Charlie Yates, Leon Pierre, Jonty Butler and Matthew Brown. We narrowly missed out on the JSSA tournament trophy, losing 2-1 to Les Quennevais in the final. Everybody in the team has worked incredibly hard and there has been great improvement over the course of the season. There have been some especially consistent performances from Alfie Le Cornu, Martins Ciritis, Ben Palland and Charley Webster. Throughout the season there have been some really nice passages of play, passing sharply from one player to the next and tiring the opposition with our movement. The defence has also been excellent all season, thanks to the skills of George Richardson, Charley Webster, Tom McInnes, Oliver Drieu and Oakley Furness. Also a special mention must go to goalkeeper Jonathan Cushen for some great saves. Hopefully we can build on this and go onto win the JSSA next year. By Laiith Fairnie

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STAFF VS PREFECTS This year’s sporting teacher-prefect rivalry kicked off with the annual football game between the two sides. Organised by Sports Prefect Jonathan Heward, the game attracted a large crowd, of all ages, from team manager Dr. Roberts, all the way down the Mr Lau’s children. Money was raised from the game through programme sales, and a sideline cake sale, which was donated to the Sundeep Watts Memorial Fund. The Foundation was established in September 2008 by Sundeep’s family in his name with the aim of improving education and welfare in some of the poorest regions of Africa. The Prefect side started off well, with Mark Boarer slotting one from 30 yards out past Mr. Gosling at a full stretch. Boarer’s form continued, supplemented by a header from the Head boy himself, taking advantage of a defensive error by the teacher side and leaving the staff disheartened, 3-0 down, but even more driven for a victory in the second half. Starting off the second half, the substitutions’ impact on the

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game was clear on both sides. The teacher team subbed out Mr Gosling for Mr McNally, and the Prefect team re-shuffled their backline. The teachers’ form from the first half was forgotten, and they hit back with 2 quick goals. The pressure continued, and the partnership of Mr. Romeril and Mr. Dixon, proved too much for the Prefects’ defense, and the teachers soon took the lead. In a last ditch attempt, the Prefects sent their goalkeeper, Matthew Donaldson, forward for a corner, to no avail; with the teachers scoring again on the counter. Daniel Hayden was able to score another goal for the Prefects, in a desperate goal-line scramble. However, it was too little too late, and the teachers won the game 5-4. The game was a resounding success, with the programme sales raising £150, and the cake sale raising £110, all proceeds going to the Sundeep Watts Memorial Fund.


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VCJ PREFECTS VS JCG PREFECTS - NETBALL The VCJ Prefects took on the JCG prefects at a game of netball in front of a packed audience in Langford. Furthering their fundraising efforts from the Prefect-Teacher football game, the boys hoped not only to win, but to raise some money for the Sundeep-Watts foundation. The atmosphere before the game was difficult to read for the VCJ prefects. Several training sessions had revealed some serious weaknesses in their team and there was a worry that victory may not come as easily as they had thought. There was a loud atmosphere in the building during the countdown to tip off, as both JCG and VCJ students serenaded their teams in the warm-up.

After the halftime break VCJ reshuffled their positions and returned to the court. The boys managed to open up a slight lead of 2 points heading into the fourth. The JCG prefects made a strong comeback, tying things up with just minutes to go. It was at this stage, where Matt Donaldson coolly slotted, 3 consecutive shots, creating a lead which would remain unassailed to the end, with the game finishing 10-7 in favour of VCJ. The supports at the event was excellent, and the money raised, which included a cake sale totalled just over ÂŁ400 all of which adding to the funds raised in the Prefect-Teacher football game to go to the Sundeep-Watts foundation.

As the game started, it was clear that the boys’ lack of understanding of all the rules was going to play a big part. A number of travelling violations early in the game resulted in a number of turnovers for VCJ, and the scoring was back and forth throughout the first half.

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HUTCHENCE CUP

Stunning conditions at Footes Lane in Guernsey for our annual athletics meet against Elizabeth College, first contested in 1924; making it one of the oldest athletics competitions in the world. Elizabeth set their stall out early on with some impressive performances on the track leaving a young Victoria College team a lot of work to do and, while Victoria College did have good success in the field, it was not enough to catch the eventual victors who continued to turn the screw on the track – breaking two long standing records in the process.

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Charlie Livingston (discus and triple jump), Charlie Rive (long jump) and Harry Bannister (shot) all impressed in particular with their individual victories. A special mention must also go to Andrew Gatehouse who put in some very respectable times on the track against opposition four years his senior. Elizabeth extend their overall lead 50-36, with the cup remaining in Jersey on two other occasions due to a tie.


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TENNIS The Victoria College Jersey U-13 Tennis Team regained the Morgan Trophy from St Michael’s Preparatory School this year, winning over the two legs 27-3.‬ VCJ have now won the trophy in 6 of the last 7 years, to lead the series 7-5. After last year’s disappointing defeat this was a fantastic achievement for the 15 boys involved: Laurence Milns (c), Jonty Stratford, Michael Horsfall, Laiith Fairnie, Alfie Le Cornu & Donovan Tindall from Year Eight and: Joe Valerkou, Joe Gower, Theo Pirouet, Will Gleeson, Matt Webb, Jeremy Harcourt, Oliver Laisney & Ethan Carroll from Year Seven. After playing in the team in all four matches over the last two years at such a high level, including beating St. Michaels’ outstanding 1st seed this year - Laurence Milns is only the 8th boy in the last 6 years to have been awarded his Tennis Colours. Thank You goes once again to St Michael’s Preparatory School for playing the match in such good spirits throughout and Miss Jehan for her help during the two matches.‬‬‬ Mr David McNally

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CROSS-COUNTRY 2018

The 2018 cross country was blessed with glorious spring weather, the day before what would be the warmest ever London Marathon. As ever, the Year Seven boys were brimming with enthusiasm at taking part in what is a new event for them, while the Year Thirteen students were running it for the last time. The event was extremely well supported by parents, many of whom stayed to watch all four races. Pierre Sangan from 13Di had won his race every year except Year Nine, and was determined to finish his time at College with another victory. Pierre’s collapse in the final section of the final lap was frightening to witness but also a sign of just how hard he was willing to push himself to overcome the pace of Isaac Du Val. Isaac proved too quick for anyone

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and won the race comfortably ahead of Will Atkinson. Mark Boarer maintained bragging rights in the Boarer household, finishing just ahead of his 4th placed younger brother Tommy. Caspar Whitewood impressed in the Year Seven race, finishing a considerable distance ahead of second placed Ed Jefferies. Matt Geddes claimed the Year Eight race and Sean Adkin beat Isaac Dodds and Patrick Gouge to the finish line to win the Colts race. On points, Diarmid convincingly won the Year Seven race, but Sartorius dominated all the other races and took the overall victory on the day, setting up another close finish for this year’s Blomfield trophy.


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Year Seven

Year Eight

Colts

Seniors

Overall

Sartorius

1st

Sartorius

1st

Sartorius

Braithwaite 2nd

Diarmid

2nd

Diarmid

2nd

Diarmid

3rd

Dunlop

3rd

Braithwaite 3rd

Braithwaite 3rd

Braithwaite

4th

Braithwaite 4th

Diarmid

4th

Bruce

4th

Bruce

4th

Bruce

5th

Bruce

Bruce

5th

Dunlop

5th

Dunlop

5th

Dunlop

1st

Diarmid

1st

Sartorius

2nd

Sartorius

2nd

3rd

Dunlop

5th

1st

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SPORTS DAY

As ever the last sporting event of the year was Sports Day. After a fantastic summer we were lucky to end the year with yet more sun and there were a number of fine performances to saviour. The Blomfield was close, although Sartorius had a lead that would need them to have a pretty poor day if they were not to regain the title they last won in 2015. Casper Whitewood smashed the Year Seven 1500m record by an astonishing 7 seconds and Abhishek Ajith flew to a 100m & 200m double. In the Year Eight competition Jonty Butler had a fine day winning the 100m, 200m and the Long Jump, although he was to be denied a clean sweep when his

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Sartorius 4 x 100m relay team were beaten by the impressive Braithwaite team. In the Colts competition Antoine Chesnay was crowned 200m, 300m and Long Jump champion while Callum Gillmore did the double in the High Jump and Triple Jump. Finally the star of the Senior match was Bruce’s Charlie Livingston who equalled the school record in winning the 200m and was a part of the Bruce 4 x 100m relay team that broke the school record. Charlie also cruised to the 400m title along the way while his Bruce chum Robert Thomas won the 100m and Long Jump titles. Bruce were the overall winners picking up an impressive 27/30 points on offer.


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Full Results Year Seven 1st

Diarmid 165

2nd

Dunlop 136

3rd

Bruce 130

4th

Sartorius

5th

Braithwaite 97

105

Year Eight 1st

Sartorius

162.5

2nd

Bruce 129.5

3rd

Dunlop 123

4th

Braithwaite 113

5th

Diarmid 106

Colts 1st

Bruce 178.5

2nd

Diarmid 168.5

3rd

Sartorius

4th

Dunlop 130

5th

Braithwaite 96

149

Seniors 1st

Bruce 169

2nd

Braithwaite 155

3rd

Diarmid 154

4th

Sartorius

5th

Dunlop 110

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Overall 1st

Bruce

27

2nd

Diarmid 20

3rd

Sartorius

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Dunlop 13

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Alternative Sports Day It seems to be an annual occurrence that we are fortunate to have fabulous weather when it’s time to enjoy and compete in our Alternative Sports Day. We like to run as many team challenges outside as possible and yet again this year everyone’s favourite challenge involved splashing water about whilst completing a blindfolded leaky pipes task! Silent tent erection on College Lawn proved to me that twenty minutes is more than sufficient if you work as a team. In my teaching career I’ve helped out on many an outdoor activity and Duke of Edinburgh Award trip and clearly we have been doing it all wrong – competitive timed teamwork is clearly the only way forward – take note Mr O’Hare! Intense communication skills and a good visual memory were required in our Meccano Build Challenge, logic and mathematical skill were in demand for Aristotle’s Challenge and the Nine Cone

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Challenge (we won’t mention who got his calculator out to add up to 38!) A twist on Charades with being show random objects brought out some great expressive performance and provided a few laughs as did the smashed eggs on the zip wire. ​A very enjoyable day for all the pupils, teaching and support staff who did a fabulous job preparing and running activities some of which were perhaps not what would usually do but all was done with good grace and humour! Miss Mawdsley worked especially hard as the water bearer for the Leaky pipes looking very much like a wild west milk maid and I do hope Mrs Ryan captured a few shots of her! At the end of the day we gathered together to applaud Dunlop House who were awarded the trophy for winning the most challenges – well done Dunlop! Gabrielle Armstrong


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HONOURS & PRIZES 2018 Award

Winner

Queen's Gold Medal for Mathematics

Harry Phillips

Queen's Gold Medal for Modern Languages

Daniel Du Val

Queen's Gold Medal for Science

William Cook

Queen's History Prize - Senior

Tom Carey

Queen's History Prize - Junior

Peter Langlois

State's Medal for French - Senior

Stanley Keites

State's Medal for French - Junior

Maxime Bouten

French Consul's Prize

Stephen Arthur

Girard de Quetteville Medal (Head Boy)

Oscar Barette

Touzel Cup (Deputy Head Boy)

Calvin De Louche

The Head Master's Prize (most outstanding contribution to College)

Daniel Hayden

Jersey Financial Services Commission Trophy for Excellence in the 6th Form

Laurie Corbel

William Richmond-Pickering Award for Service to the College.

Nathan Le Blancq

The BWCI Prize for Best Single Mathematics Result in the Lower 6th

Stephen Arthur

The Rathbone Prize for Perseverance & Commitment to Mathematics

William Flemmer

Herbert & Edward Major Science Prize - Senior

Jack Leerson

Herbert & Edward Major Science Prize - Junior

Harry Shrimpton

Perry Prize for the Best Biologist

Calvin De Louche

Le Quesne Pharmacies Award for Chemistry

William Holden

Martyn Devenport Memorial Prize for Physics

Giles Wankling

Farnell Prize for English Literature

Charlie Flynn

E.W. Martindell Prize (for work on English Literature & Language)

Thomas De La Cour

The Falle Prize for Shakespeare Studies

Huw Davies

The Falle Prize for Dramatic Performance of Shakespeare

Aidan Carroll

Kenneth More Prize for Drama

David Bourne

Youngs Prize for Acting

Harry Cadby

Carey Olsen Trophy for Public Speaking

Nathan Le Blancq

Heulin Public Speaking Awards

Atticus Mawby and Laurie Corbel

BeaufilsFrench Essay Prize

Harrison Matthews

Cadin Cup for Spanish

Atticus Mawby

Vibert Prize for Spanish

Philip Romeril

Halliwell Cup for Economics

Oscar Barette

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The Amy Business Studies Trophy

Laurie Corbel

The Wherry Award for Psychology

Alexander Payne

Hudson Prize for Philosophy (Senior School)

Charlie Flynn

Hamon Tankard for Divinity (Junior School)

Seth Ruelle

Carson Cup for Geography

Thomas De La Cour

Berry Trophy Progress in Year Nine

Andrew Gatehouse

Winchester University Trophy for Best Media Production

Matthew Eaton

Nicole Cup for Design

Jack Lutz

Alan Baker Memorial Trophy for Technology

James Spackman

Nott Award for Technological Innovation

Charles Cadin

Prosperity Prize for Computing

No Nomination

William Richardson Memorial Award for Promise in Computing Technology

No Nomination

Bruce Cup for Art

Oscar Nimmo

Barreau Prize for Art

James Spackman

Roberts Art Cup for the most Outstanding Piece

James Spackman

Randell Stevens Cup for Music

Jonathan Cushen

Richard Hutt Prize for Music

Harrison Caldeira

The Ernie Mallett Award for Music

Joshua Brown

Baxter Cup for Academic Achievement & Sporting Excellence in the Junior School

George Richardson

Agathangelou Cup for Sporting & Academic Achievement

Jonathan Heward

The Ray Osmont Trophy (most promising cricketer)

Joshua Lawrenson

Jonny Lee Trophy (Sports Prefect)

Jonathan Heward

Austin-Vautier Cup (for Sportsmanship)

Isaac Du Val

The Minty Trophy (most contribution to College sport)

Charles Breese

Mossop Cup (best Senior sportsman)

Mark Boarer

Le Gallais Cup (best Colts sportsman)

Jamie Watling

Restall Cup for Interhouse Shooting

Diarmid - Thomas Mulholland

OV Bowl for Shooting

Jack Scambler

Nathan Rogers Memorial Prize for C.C.F. (best Year Ten cadet)

Charles Baird

Col. Blashford-Snell Award (best Year Eleven cadet)

James Swetenham

ACM Alcock Award (best Year Twelve cadet)

Mark Battersby

Brigadier Troy Trophy for C.C.F. (best Year Thirteen cadet)

Nathan Le Blancq

Landick Cup (House Arts competition)

Dunlop

Blomfield Trophy (House Sport competition)

TBC​

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NEW AND DEPARTING STAFF DEPARTING STAFF Charlotte Goble

Lee Vallois

Miss Charlotte Goble joined Victoria College in September 2017 as a full time teacher of Biology having successfully completed the Jersey Graduate Teacher Training Scheme. Miss Goble will leave us as a newly qualified teacher and we send our best wishes for a very successful career in her next post at Haute Vallee school.

Mr Lee Vallois has been our Site Manager for the past 4 years. Mr Vallois has been a truly outstanding Site Manager, responsible for the effective, efficient and safe use of the College site, buildings, non-teaching equipment and its resources. Mr Vallois has undertaken many excellent projects, has managed carefully the caretaking staff of the College, been involved in our Risk Management and has been a central figure in our Health and Safety and Safeguarding procedures. Mr Vallois will be sorely missed and we wish him the very best of luck in the next stage of his career.

Laura Dautun Miss Laura Dautun joined Victoria College in September 2017 to teach History as part of the Graduate Teacher Training Programme. We are delighted that she leaves us having passed and we send our best wishes for a successful career as she embarks on a full-time post at Hautlieu.

Matthew Dixon Mr Matthew Dixon joined the PE and Sports Department in September 2016. In that time, he has become a very popular member of staff and has been a highly successful 1st XI cricket coach and indeed this year, our 1st XI have been on a hot winning streak, including a formidable victory over the Old Victorians and Elizabeth College (home and away). We thank Mr Dixon for all the work that he has done in his 2 years at the College and wish him all success in his new role as Head of Academic PE at Warminster School.

Lisa de Gruchy Mrs Lisa de Gruchy joined the school in September 2017 as maternity cover for Mrs Dee Twomey. Mrs de Gruchy has proved to be exceptionally popular with her Business Studies students and her Sixth Form tutor group and highly efficient in her administration and organisation of our Year Eleven Trident Programme. We thank Mrs de Gruchy for all that she has done at Victoria College and we wish her much success for her future.

Julie Spencer Mrs Julie Spencer joined the Modern Foreign Languages department in September 2016 as a direct replacement for Mrs Perestrelo who took a 2-year career break. We thank Mrs Spencer for her attention to detail and her linguistic support of all of our students at Victoria College and we wish her much success in her next post at Notting Hill and Ealing High School.

STAFF DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS

Andrew Lau Mr Andrew Lau joined the Mathematics department in September 2012. Recently he has taken on the role of Key Stage 5 Mathematics Co-ordinator and more significantly has been responsible for creating the timetable. Mr Lau has been hugely respected by his students and by his colleagues and we wish him and his family much success as they embark on a new life in Hong Kong. Mr Lau will be teaching Mathematics at Kellett School in Hong Kong.

Stephanie Humphries Miss Stephanie Humphries joined Victoria College in September 2006. Ten years after she joined the College, Miss Humphries was appointed Director of Music with responsibility for the leadership and administration of music throughout the school. Miss Humphries has always maintained very high standards and approached her work in a meticulous and professional manner. Many young musicians that have passed through the College have grown in stature, very largely due to Miss Humphries’ input and the care that she has shown them as they have moved through the different stages in our school. We send our very best wishes to Miss Humphries as she looks forward to her marriage this summer – and of course we thank her for the 12 years that she has invested in music at Victoria College.


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NEW STAFF Gary Burton

Lee Batchford

Mr Gary Burton joined Victoria College as a part-time teacher of Mathematics, ICT and PSE in January 2001. After various short term contracts, he was then appointed Senior Tutor and Standards Group Member in 2005 and Assistant Director of Pastoral Care in 2006. He was appointed Head of Computing and ICT and Editor of Staff and Parent Handbooks in 2015. More recently, he took on the role of President of the Staff Common Room and, associated with this position, member of the Health & Safety Committee. He also served as the elected VCJ Staff Governor on the Board of Governors until his retirement earlier this year.

I joined the school to teach Design and Technology in September, having moved over from Guernsey where I taught for 3 years. Prior to that, I taught at 2 schools in Nottinghamshire for a total of 8 years having re-trained following a lengthy career in the Engineering Industry, where I worked for Rolls Royce aerospace. I studied Design and Technology education with QTS at Sheffield Hallam University and achieved a First Class Honours degree. In January, I accepted the post as Head of PSHE which is a role I intend to develop to a stage where all boys who attend the school receive an outstanding provision in this crucial subject area.

Moira Taylor Mrs Moira Taylor joined the Chemistry Department at Victoria College in March 1997. Mrs Taylor has held a number of different roles at Victoria College including Trident Coordinator, Head of Chemistry, Senior Tutor of Year Ten, Director of Sciences and Staff Development Co-ordinator, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, Assistant Headteacher (Evaluation), Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning) and, more recently, Assistant Head (Academic). It is fair to say that Mrs Taylor’s commitment to Victoria College has been absolutely immense and she has done so much to ensure that the academic profile of the school is at a very high level. We send our very best wishes to Mrs Taylor as she embarks on a part-time Chemistry post at Beaulieu from September and we thank her for her tremendous support and loyalty throughout the 21 years that she has dedicated to Victoria College.

Graeme Wright Mr Graeme Wright joined Victoria College in September 2016 as the first Deputy Head in my tenure as Headmaster. It is, perhaps, not surprising that after a brief period as a Deputy, Mr Wright has now secured a wonderful opportunity as Headmaster of Altrincham Grammar School for Boys. Over the past 2 years, Mr Wright’s presence, efficiency and seniority in the school have been an unquestionable success and he has garnered tremendous respect from colleagues, Governors, parents and perhaps, more significantly, from our students. We owe Mr Wright a huge debt of gratitude for his organisation of our first ISI Inspection and our undoubted success is due in large part to his dedication and commitment in preparing us thoroughly in all aspects of school life. I know that I speak on behalf of the entire Victoria College community in sending our very best wishes to Mr Wright for a very successful and enjoyable Headship in Altrincham.

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HEADMASTER’S INTRODUCTION It has been another full and wonderful year at VCP with outstanding achievements in sporting, creative and academic endeavours. It is this breadth of opportunity that makes Prep such a very special place and allows our boys to explore and expand their talents and interests under the guidance of our wonderful staff. In the autumn term Prep and the College were visited by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. A team of current head teachers and deputies were welcomed into Prep to inspect our safeguarding, pastoral care, curriculum, and the teaching and management of the school. It was a full week that involved a lot of preparation to ensure that we showed the inspectors exactly what Prep offers. I was delighted that the outcomes for Achievement and for Pupils’ personal development were graded as Excellent. The boys were, as ever, a credit to the school. Sport is always a strength of the school and the boys have excelled again this year. At Prep it is not just the winning and the elite sportsmen that take priority; the fact that we need to run twelve football teams, the consistent level of participation in after-school activities and level of participation in house competitions shows that our aim to make sport enjoyable and inclusive is working.

It has been a wonderfully musical year too. In addition to the expanding range of extra-curricular opportunities on offer, there have been some notable highlights such as the Christmas Service, the house music events and the summer concert. In the following pages you will see many examples of our core values: aspiring to do your very best and being respectful, resourceful and resilient. We re-iterate these values throughout the boys’ time at Prep, they are increasingly apparent throughout the school and are fundamental in providing our boys with the skills and attitudes that they will need to succeed in their further education and beyond. At this time it’s appropriate to thank the consistent efforts of the boys, the parents and the staff who together comprise the Prep family. All their combined efforts make the school what it is and enable it to flourish and develop. Dan Pateman Headteacher

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HOUSE REPORTS BRUCE House Captain: Sports Captain: School Prefects: House Teachers:

Fin Perrée Rory Claxton Harrison Leggett Kai Surcouf Mr Waymouth Mrs Bull Mrs Mason

The opening sport event this year was the Knight Shield. We had Conor O’Keeffe, Morgan Surcouf, Jenson Sangan and Zane Simpson to run. We came 2nd place with a tight finish between Leyton Collier (Year Six Braithwaite) and Conor O’Keefe (our Year Six runner). Second was a good result but it was the first time we didn’t win. The next sporting event was the School Cross Country. We came 4th which wasn’t the greatest of results. Congratulations to Conor O’Keeffe (Year Six) for coming 1st, Riley JohnstoneScott (Year Five) with 8th, Morgan Surcouf with 4th (Year Four) and Freddie Harben with 1st (Year Three). After that, House Football. We came 2nd overall with 1st from Year Six with a star performance from the A and B Team (winning each league), Year Three and Four came 2nd with star performance from Freddie Harben (Year Three). We came 5th in Year Five but that didn’t matter as we came second place earning us 60 house points. Next, we had House Dodgeball (a Year Five and Six exclusive event) and came 4th. Our last sporting event of the year was the Swimming Gala. This was competed in by all year groups. It wasn’t the best of results and we came 5th.

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We did well in sports this year and can look forward to next year where I’m sure we will work even harder to succeed. House photography was enjoyed by all. Bruce had a really good number of entries. In Year Three, Bruce pupil, Peter Strachan came in second place with a striking photo of his tortoise “It was a great competition and I can’t wait for Year Four,” Peter told us. Lots of others came close to getting a place on the podium, but a well-deserved win for Diarmid. Our greatest success this year was in the poetry competition. When James Austin, from Year Three, read his poem about the colour green, we knew we were off to a good start. He talked about a grasshopper called Stanley and a sour lime as sour as toxic tongue twisting sweets. Toby Stott’s delivery of his poem about the Iron Man rampaging through the countryside brought his writing to life. His confidence and expression, whilst standing in front of the school, was impressive. Noah Morel beat off all the other year 5 Bruce boys with his poem about a storm. The emotions he brought out from his carefully chosen words had the audience captured. Rory Claxton read his poem about fear. He drew us in to the life of a boy struggling to cope with bullying, leaving the school thinking. When all was done there was a definite feeling of pride coming from the Bruce teachers. AND THE JUDGES AGREED. Mr. Waymouth couldn’t remember a Bruce win even in the time of Miss Kelly! Farewell to Mr. Waymouth (Head of Bruce in VCP) for a good 27 years of teaching at VCP. He has motivated Bruce to many successes over the years.


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Daniel Gomes Leyton Collier Hugo Chappell-Jenkins Mrs Pateman Mr Jones Mr Job Mrs Ecobichon

The first whole school house event was the Knight Shield where Braithwaite came 1st. The runners were: Year Three James Wiseman, Year Four Riley Brennan, Year Five was Luke Fleming and in Year Six Leyton Collier. Cross country was next and we did brilliantly. In the Year Three race we came (2nd) with special mention to: James Wiseman (3rd) and Owen Carter (7th). In the Year Four race we came 2nd with special mention to Riley Brennan (3rd). In Year Five we came 1st with special mention to Aiden Le Saint (4th) and Luke Fleming (5th). In Year Six we came 1st again with special mention to Leyton Collier (2nd), Jack Nayar (3rd) and Luca Picotto (6th). These results meant that overall we came 1st in this event. We did brilliantly in the next event, house football,l coming 1st overall. In Year Three we came 1st by a very long way with the same result in Year Four. In Year Five we still did well but came 3rd and in Year Six we came 2nd. Honourable mentions to Riley Brennan (Year Four), Aiden Le Saint (Year Five), Leyton Collier (Year Six), Luca Picotto (Year Six) and Jack Nayar (Year Six). Dodgeball was next, just for Year Five’s and Year Six’s but unfortunately we came in last place overall. There was a lot of encouragement in the Year Six team to attempt to at least come 4th but it just wasn’t enough. Well done to Diarmid for coming 1st overall. During the spring term the House Music competition took place and with Dunlop right on our tail we couldn’t afford to lose this event. This event was again only available to Years Five and Six but we did amazingly well coming second, with Diarmid only a little bit ahead. With Dunlop in fifth place in this event, we kept the cup for a little longer. There was an amazing performance from Charlie Rentsch (Year Five) coming

third in the piano solo. Well done also to Luke Fleming (Year Five) and Ethan Rankin (Year Five) coming joint second in the singing solo. There was a really good performance from Eddie Slater (Year Five) and his band, coming first in the Year Five boy band section. George Le Sueur (Year Five) gave an outstanding performance, coming first in the instrumental solos along with Benedict Passmore (Year Six) and his band who came first in the Year Six boy band and Leyton Collier’s group who came 2nd. Jack Nayar did well coming 3rd in the solos. In House Photography was open to all year groups but we came 4th as we simply didn’t get enough entries in. At the end of the February half-term we were tied with Diarmid and Dunlop for first place. House hockey was next and we placed 4th but it was very close between us and Dunlop which made Dunlop even closer to snatching the Hopewell cup from us. This event really made everyone from Braithwaite try their hardest. Congratulations to all our hockey players who played their best. Next was the swimming gala. Like always, Braithwaite come out on top. With loads of swimmers entering the finals and winning them, Braithwaite now had a big chance to win this year’s Hopewell Cup. Well done to Oliver Hotton (Year Six) for getting into the front crawl final and coming first in his final helping us secure the win in the swimming gala. Thank you Mr Silva for organising all these sporting events. As I write, Braithwaite are currently in second place with Diarmid in first due to their amazing musicians and Dunlop right behind us. It remains to be seen whether Braithwaite can come out on top in the sports days and need house points to regain first place and win the Hopewell cup this year. This year I have massively enjoyed the role of being a house captain. Working with amazing pupils will make this a time I will never forget. Hopefully Braithwaite will come first this year and for the years to come! Thank You, By Daniel Gomes (House Captain) and Leyton Collier (Sports Captain).

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DIARMID House Captain: Sports Captain: School prefects:

House Teachers:

Theo Pullman Josh Douglas Lukundo Sikapizye Mihin Sugeeswaran Jacob Slack Ollie Bloor Albert Jeffries Logan Copp-Neill Mrs Hart Miss Hampton Mrs Brooke Mrs Du Feu

It is our great honour to be writing this house report. This has been a memorable last year at VCP, and we can definitely say, all the other Year Six members share equally fond memories of their time spent representing and being an active and enthusiastic member of Diarmid. The Hopewell Cup is still in our grasp and we are striving to gain the Thomas Harris Trophy too. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Hart and all the House teachers for helping Diarmid to achieve greatness this year. The year opened with the annual Knight Shield relay with one representative from each year group running a loop of the grounds. Diarmid showed super support for the runners but try as they might, they finished fifth. Representatives were: Jacob Watson, Alexander Lincoln, Arthur Burton and Theo Pullman. Shortly after, the hugely exciting cross-country race took place in St Ouen’s Bay where all Diarmid representatives participated in the extremely challenging 1200 metre race. Diarmid cheered, supported and encouraged their fellow runners brilliantly throughout each of the different year group races. A special mention goes to the following Diarmid members who came first for their house this year: Year Three – Oliver Vacher (6th), Year Four – Florian Therese (7th), Year Five – Arthur Burton (10th), Year Six – Harry Mc Kenzie (4th). All the Diarmid runners showed amazing stamina, determination and perseverance to complete the race to the best of their ability. However, the other houses were equally strong resulting in a 5th place. The following month saw the House Football kick off; an event that sees the A team and the B team scores being combined in each year group. Each year group battled hard and as the tournament went on the team work improved producing some great goals and some strong defensive play. Years Three and Six came 3rd and Years Four and Five came 4th in their year groups resulting in 4th overall. The next event was upon us quickly with the hugely popular House Dodgeball event. For this event, the house decided how they wanted the teams to be split. Diarmid did really well showing a good ability to not only throw the ball with force and accuracy but also in their ability to dodge the opponent’s balls. Their tactics on team selection worked with boys deciding on how to split their players between the two teams with Diarmid coming first overall!

With so many talented musicians, Diarmid were really looking forward to the House Music Competition which saw the vast majority of members entering at least one category for their house. The Year Five winners were: Cameron Duff (Piano Solo), Arthur Burton (Recorder), Chris Haskin (Boy Bands), Alex Reczynski and Eddie Slater (Boy Band). Runner up was Sam Patidar (Boy Bands). The Year Six’s only winner was: Harry McKenzie (Duets). Second places were: Lukundo Sikapizye and Albert Jeffries (Duet), Luc Edgecombe (Singing Solo) and a third place went to Theo Pullman (Boy Bands). Due to mass participation Diarmid gained a fabulous first! During the holidays, all the boys had to take photographs of their assigned topics: Year Three – Black and White or Colour, Year Four: Coastlines, Year Five: War Bunkers and Year Six: Buildings. Luc Edgecombe won the Year Six category with Connor Kelland coming second in Year Five. Furthermore, Oliver Vacher, Leo Chester and Albert Jeffries all got special mentions in their year groups. Once again, with so many entrants, we won the competition! The next event was House Hockey for Year Five and Year Six. We were lucky to have a depth of good outfield players with good technique, skill and fitness in Year Five which resulted Year Five coming 2nd. Unfortunately, Year Six found the other houses were very strong coming 4th. House Poetry is an event that historically Diarmid do well in. Due to the depth of talented writers, it took a long time for the House teachers helped by the House Captain to select which boy would represent the year group. In the end, four great pieces were chosen for Diarmid: Year Three – Oliver Vacher, Year Four – Ethan Rollo, Year Five – Max Katamba,Year Six – Logan Copp-Neill. After the boys confidently stood up and shared their fine poems with the school, the judges revealed the much awaited results…we came a solid 4th position only four points off the winners. Judge’s Choice also went to Logan Copp-Neill. Diarmid’s achievements were celebrated with a splash at the Swimming Gala. The boys pushed themselves to the limits with the majority of boys competing across all the year groups. Years Three and Four showed their abilities in the pool by winning their year groups and Year Five and Six coming 4th. The other houses managed to pick up our top team-work tips with the woggle relays resulting with us coming 3rd overall. We are also very excited for Sports Day. The athletes competed in track and field events as well as the house team water challenge and tug of war. We won the water challenges showing how we have really worked well with our team work and it was the first year we were not knocked out of the Tug of War in the first round. We supported well and came 4th overall. Diarmid have worked really well this year winning the Thomas Harris Trophy at the end of two half terms for the most house points achieved in a half term. We have our fingers crossed that we continue to close the gap on the leading house this last half term to be able to lift the much desired Hopewell Cup for the first time in many years. Thank You Diarmid!

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DUNLOP House captain: Sports captain: Deputy head boy: House Prefects: House Teachers:

Tristan Geissmar Alex Wood John Le Fondre Thomas Atkey Smith Louis Baker Neil Sontakke Oliver Winch Mrs Le Feuvre Mr Romeril Mrs Gowans Mrs Bannister

The year was a mix of highs and lows, successes and defeats, challenges and endeavours. We were most successful in the classroom and around the school and whilst we did not win many competitions we certainly tried our hardest. The Knight Shield was held at the end of September and we acquired a good finish of third overall. Our team of dedicated, talented and proficient runners were; Year Six runner: Alex Wood, Year Five runner: Beau Gurner, Year Four runner: Jack Vowden and Year Three runner: Floris Fopma. In the cross country we came 2nd place. In Year Three our 1st place runner was Blue Zonta, 2nd place: Floris Fopma. In Year Four 1st place was Jack Vowden, and in second place Danny Wood. In Year Five our 1st place was Beau Gurner and in 2nd place was Daniel Kirkby. In Year Six our 1st place was Alex Wood, 2nd place was Louis Baker. Jack Vowden won the Year Four race overall. In house football there were agonising defeats, we came 3rd overall because of our composure in front of goal. We are very proud of everyone no matter what position they played.

House photography was a really fun event as we got the freedom to go out to take pictures and enter them into this competition. It didn’t matter if you took the picture on a phone or a one thousand pound camera everyone could take part. In this event we came 3rd overall including the entry house points. House swimming is one of the few events where parents can come and spectate, in this event we came 4th due to most of our swimmers enjoying the sun on their early April holidays! The House poetry was a great event with Floris Fopma, Alexander Woodman, Matt Tinley and Samuel Lawrence all being chosen to represent Dunlop. The poems were excellent and brought Colour, the Iron Man, Rainforests and Emotions to life when the boys performed in front of the school. We came third overall. Whilst we may not have dominated on the sports front over the year, at the time of writing we have just won the Senior Sports Day – an amazing achievement! Despite this win, our general success has been down to the valuable credits gained in our day to day work and behaviour. We are currently in top position as we enter the final few weeks. Whatever the final results may be, we have worked hard as a house to be respectful, resourceful, aspirational and resilient. We hope the yellow banner will fly high and even if it doesn’t we can take comfort from the fact that we tried, we strived and we did our best. Alex, the prefects and I have hugely enjoyed this year and want to thank the teachers and everybody for making this year so wonderful. Thank you Dunlop! Tristan Geissmar & Alex Wood

House dodgeball is quite a hyped-up event as everybody cheers and supports when somebody gets hit and supports them in their disappointment or applaud them in their successes. This is probably one of our greatest sporting successes as we placed 2nd. House music is one of the most enjoyable events, everybody from Year Five to Year Six can take part in it even if they don’t play an instrument! In this event we came last, even though we had quite a few 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in Year Six. Next year we need a few more entries.

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SARTORIUS House Captain School Prefects Sports Captain Head Boy

Ollie Huelin Oli Walker, Alexander Le Cornu, Eddie Rothwell James Balderson Ali Webster William Read

House Teachers Ms Hossard Miss McCarthy Mrs Blackstone Mrs Daniels The year began with the Junior Knight Shield, as part of Founders’ Week. Our four runners this year were: Eddie Rothwell (Year Six), William Yates (Year Five), Edward Hodgson (Year Four) and Gabriel Riley (Year Three). We finished in third position. The next major, whole-house, sporting event – the annual House Cross Country- was down at St Ouen’s in October. Traditionally not our forté - we have only won once (in 2010) in the last twelve years, so an overall 3rd was not a bad result. Our first top-ten runners home in each year group were: Year Six Eddie Rothwell (7th); Year Five William Yates (1st); Year Four Jake Le Boutillier (7th) and Edward Hodgson (8th) and for Year Three Gabriel Riley (4th); Rory McLauchlan (5th); Theo Stratford (7th) and Lucas McAllister (9th) – easy to see how Year Three managed to come first with that great performance - well done Year Three! The other year groups managed 4th positions in Year Four and Year Six and 3rd in Year Five. Next up in the autumn term was the House Football where unfortunately, pretty poor performances across all year groups placed us firmly in last position. Luckily House Dodgeball was better as we came 3rd (by only a few points). We played as a team extremely well, supporting each other; everyone enjoyed it as it is one of those sports where all players can help in many different ways. And so to the spring term and the House Music – usually one of our best events! However, despite some brilliant performances, we had to settle for 3rd place this time. Well done to all those who participated and achieved the following positions: Ollie Huelin and Alex Le Cornu came 1st and Eddie Rothwell came 3rd in the Year Six Boy Bands. In the singing solo Corey Parker was 1st while William Read came 3rd in the Piano Solo and Ollie Huelin came 2nd in the Drum Solo. In Year Five we positioned 2nd in the Piano Solo (Noah Rawlins); 2nd in the Year Five Boy Bands and duets (Jacob Riley) plus a joint 3rd in the duets (Ranajay Ahlawat and Che Englebrecht-Kotze). Our next whole school event was the House Photography where we came 2nd! In Year Four’s topic, Coasts, we bagged both 1st (Ben Small) and 3rd (Emil McLauglin) places; for Year Five’s topic, Defences and Fortifications a special mention went to Leon Hardman’s photograph and finally for Year Six’s topic, Buildings, Alexander Le Cornu gained 2nd place.

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Our best event - in our opinion - was the House Swimming Gala at the end of the spring term, where we came 2nd overall in the whole competition thanks in no small way to the fantastic efforts of Year Six who succeeded in winning for their year group. The rest of the school managed 3rd positions throughout – but of course it’s the points that count – not just the positions! The first house event of the summer term was the House Poetry and what an exciting contest that was - losing out on first place to Bruce by only one point! Well done to our poets who wrote and performed their poems for the houses: Gabriel Riley (Year Three) with ‘What is White’; Ethan Hernandez (Year Four) with ‘The Iron Man’; Angus McLauchlan (Year Five) with ‘The Rainforest’ – Angus also received one of the Judges’ Choices awards - and Corey Parker (Year Six) who wrote and performed ‘Anger’. Although, as we write, there are still competitions to be played such as the House Cricket, we had a fantastic Senior Sports Day down at the FB Fields where, thanks to a great points boost from the ‘Best All Round Athlete’ trophy winner, James Balderson who won three different events: the long jump, 85 m and 200 m sprints, we were just pushed back into 2nd place by Dunlop by one point – the overall score being 130 to Dunlop, 129 to Sartorius. Special mentions must also be made to William Yates (Year Five) won two events (long jump and 800 m) and Eddie Rothwell who came 1st in the Year Six hurdles. The Year Six A Relay Team also came first, while a fantastic effort in the tug-of-war gained us a 3rd place for that particularly tough event. Although we currently lie in 4th position for the prestigious Hopewell Cup, the points are very close so there is still time to make up for lost ground – it’s been four years since Sartorius last won the Hopewell and we are all keeping our fingers tightly crossed! Well done to everyone in Sartorius and thank you to all the staff at VCP for providing us with these amazing opportunities to compete in such a wide range of house events. By Ollie Huelin House Captain and Eddie Rothwell Sports Captain


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House Events In the House football, Braithwaite were champions, Hockey saw Bruce emerge as winners and Dodgeball saw Diarmid victorious. In the House Cross Country, Braithwaite added to their football crown. The Swim Galas were fiercely contested with Braithwaite again crowned champions. Diarmid won the Outdoor Education event held at Creepy Valley in September in glorious sunshine. ESFA – South West Regional Final The ESFA football National Finals were held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Saturday 19th May 2018. The top 8 schools made it through from over 3000 starting schools in November and were split into two groups of 4 teams. VCP were drawn against schools from London (South East), Manchester (North) and Nottingham (Midlands). A reminder that the ESFA u11 Cup is officially the largest football tournament in the world in terms of starting number of teams. In the first match, VCP played against London champions Cranmer. This proved to be a tough physical battle against some physically imposing individuals. The Londoners were aggressive in their approach, but the islanders matched them and a wonder goal from Leyton Collier late on stole the three points. West Bridgford from Nottingham were the second opponents. This time VCP began on the front foot and scored early on through Conor O’Keeffe. Numerous chances were created by the dominant Jersey school, but they were unable to convert any of them. They were left to rue these missed opportunities as the Nottingham school scored late on to steal a point against the run of play. St.Peter’s school from Manchester were the final opponents and a win was needed to top the group and go through to the semi finals. The VCP team responded to the pressure with a high tempo performance that meant the Northern school were on the back foot throughout. Luca Picotto scored a great team goal after some excellent work from Conor O’Keeffe. This meant VCP made the National Semi Final against Windmill School from Oxfordshire. The game began with the worst possible start, with Windmill scoring a long range goal inside the first 15 seconds. However the islanders responded in the best possible manner. They were level inside a minute through Luca Picotto and only minutes later were 2-1 up through Conor O’Keeffe. He added a third goal just before the break to lead 3-1. Windmill pulled a goal back, but VCP comfortably held their lead to make the National Final for the second successive year.

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VCP met St.Peter’s school again in the final and scored early on through Conor O’Keeffe after a fine run from Luca Picotto. They played some excellent one touch football in the first half but couldn’t add the second goal. In the final period, the Manchester school threw everything at the VCP squad and Monty Cudlipp was forced to make a few fine saves to keep the scoreline at 1-0. This proved to be the final score and ensured that VCP became the first school in history to retain the National title. This really is an incredible achievement and many of the ESFA officials commented that VCP are quite justifiably the premier football school in the country following their amazing achievements in reaching the National football final 4 times since 2012 with different groups of players. It also means that a Jersey school has now won the National Football championship for three years in a row, again a phenomenal achievement for a small island! Whilst VCP weren’t at their free flowing best like in the South West regional finals, they showed tremendous character throughout and worked exceptionally hard. Monty Cudlipp in goal was a reassuring presence throughout. Eddie Rothwell and Rory Claxton were brave and strong in their tackling in every game. Jack Nayar provided the speed and tenacity that broke up the opposition play time and time again. Leyton Collier was the midfield general that kept VCP ticking with excellent passing. On the wings, Luca Picotto and Harry Mackenzie were tireless in their efforts going forward, but also prepared to defend brilliantly on occasions. Conor O’Keeffe was always a threat up front thanks to his speed and work rate.

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Trent Shield 2018 The annual final of the Trent Shield was played in glorious conditions at FB Fields on Monday 9th July between VCP and St. Michaels. VCP won the toss and elected to bat and Ally Webster and Eddie Rothwell put on 40 runs for the first wicket. St.Michael’s then took wickets at regular intervals to leave VCP in a rather precarious position of 89 for 7. Ben Heelis and Beau Gurner steadied the ship with a partnership of 23 before Will Read added a few gutsy blows at the end of the innings to leave VCP on 137 all out with 2 balls of the allocated 25 overs remaining. Peter Huggler was the pick of the St.Michaels bowling attack with his excellent left arm bowling picking up 3 wickets. In response, Henry Roberts and Will Allen were the top scorers for St.Michaels who lost early wickets which meant they were always chasing the game. The VCP bowling and fielding was excellent throughout, with Eddie Rothwell’s wonderful opening burst leaving him figures of 2 wickets for 5 runs off his 3 overs. St.Michael’s finished on 50 all out, with VCP wining by a comfortable margin. This was the final inter school sporting event of the calendar and it was fitting that VCP finished with another excellent performance to add to their incredible sporting season of success. It will live long in the memory. A wonderful year group of talented boys who are prepared to work and listen to improve, and we are hopeful that many of these boys will go on to experience great sporting success. VCP cricket squad: Ally Webster (capt), Eddie Rothwell, Theo Pullman (normally captain, but ill unfortunately!), Mihin Sugeeswaran, Josh Douglas, Henry Johnson, Sunny Reid, Will Read, Ollie Walker, Barney Aston, Ben Heelis, Beau Gurner

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SPORTS DAY 2018 Senior Sports Day results Event

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Year Five

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James Balderson Beau Gurner

200m

James Balderson Felix Taylor

800m

Conor O’Keeffe

Will Yates

Hurdles

Eddie Rothwell

Beau Gurner

High Jump

Luca Picotto

Beau Gurner

Long Jump

James Balderson Will Yates

The Price Cup for Throws – Harrison Leggett Best Year Six Athlete this season – James Balderson Best Year Five Athlete this season – Beau Gurner Most Improved Athlete – George Carney The Supporters Cup (for the best supported and behaved House) - Braithwaite

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Senior overall positions 1st

Dunlop

2nd

Sartorius

3rd

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4th

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5th

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Junior overall positions

Year Four Sprint - Jack Vowden Year Four 400m - Jack Vowden Year Three Sprint - Theo Stratford Year Three 400m - Theo Stratford

1st

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2nd

Dunlop

3rd

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Inter form results Year Four: 4W, 4F, 4R.

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5th

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HOUSE POETRY What is green?

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Life in the Rainforest

A tiny dinosaur hiding from the enormous T. Rex.

From the dead of night, Not a creature in sight, A menacing monster comes to town.

Dawn breaks in the rainforest, Light and life creeps through the seeming empty jungle. Leaves glimmer like gems as light hits them, Birds chatter in the canopy while monkeys swing from tree to tree, The rainforest is calm.

A wet frog under a dripping leaf out in the hot rain forest. A sweet, mint, choc-chip ice-cream that is as tasty as a sweet piece of cake. A prowling crocodile hunting for a human to feed it. A juicy spring onion in the pot. A dinosaur that is multi-coloured and sleeping in a big pile of leaves. A grasshopper that never wants to get off your hand and is called Stanley. A revolting piece of sea weed that was just washed up on the beach. A sour lime, as sour as toxic tonguetwisting sweets. I saw an alligator, as green as can be, Swimming by the river you can see. There was a cucumber; it was long and sturdy, It looked like a sword and swayed like a leaf in the wind. Year Three James Austin Bruce

He tramples on farmland, He bulldozes trees, He’s strong as a digger, And houses? He’s bigger! With eyes like floodlights, He’s spotted his tea, He grabs a large lorry, And munches with glee. “Well, that was a starter,” Yells his hunger pang, He wrecks mechanisms, With a CRASH and a CLANG!! And after his rampage, He notices a light, As quick as a flash, He darts out of sight. The great Iron Man yawns, And takes a long snooze, The farmers are thinking, This time - they can’t lose! At the break of day, When it’s time to play, A malicious monster is exiting town. But the clever plan works, And the Iron Man falls deeper, down and down! His eyes start to flash and, His gears start to grind, “This isn’t the ending!” That’s what’s on his mind. Still to this day, All rusted and grey, An Iron Man is buried, Waiting to return. Year Four By Toby Stott Bruce

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Suddenly there was a rumble from deep within the ground, Monkeys howled and birds screeched, As the sky turned a shade of grey. All life went into hiding as a violent storm stirred in the sky above. Trees that were once the home of a variety of wildlife Came crashing down with thunder. The wind howled as it battled its way through the tall, towering trees. The storm raged on. Hours later the wind slowed, The sky quietened and everything was back to normal. Life arose in the rainforest once again, Animals crawled out from hiding, longing to see daylight again. Birds inhabited the empty trees. Everything was perfect. Year Five Joshua Pinzari Braithwaite


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The rainforest, A harsh mistress, With trees like skyscrapers, And ants like pimples.

The envy and determination to claim more. Avarice tearing you apart, What do you want more of? Friends? Or their money? Rapacity convincing you to hurt your friends Because of something that they have… And you don’t. The determination to have what they have, Overwhelming you, You feel the need to strike now, Like a viper delivering its death-blow, You hunt. Seeing your prize gleaming like a diamond, On a pedestal that looks only worthy of a King – Only to be snatched away. You wake up wondering if it was a dream, Making you want it more than ever.

I quivered in my bedsheets, As fear’s voice echoed around me, A sledge hammer beating in my chest. I tried to sleep but NO – fear got the better of me. I could feel it drifting towards me, Closing my eyes I braced myself. I felt it pulling off my covers, saying, ‘’Hello boy.”

Fierce jaguars, Patrolling the river bank, And sycamores taking a leap of faith, Hoping to reach the bottom. Rushing, racing rivers, Dragging away anything that dares to enter its water. A moaning, mourning monkey, Pleading its mother for milk. You never know what can happen, Whether it’s a merciless storm, Or a heat wave of hot, humid air. Although she has her moments, When all is well, And there is nothing but the splash of water, The hum of crickets, And the harsh rainforest turns into … A paradise. Year Five By Angus McLauchlan Sartorius

Year Six Logan Copp-Neill Diarmid

My mouth opened to scream but nothing came out, As if an apple was shoved down my throat. Fear started to engulf me, clouding all my emotions, The air became stale, dry like a desert. Shadows crept around my room, whispering. I watched in terror as it consumed my body. There was no escape. Year Six Ian Korzuch Braithwaite

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YEAR SIX FRANCE TRIP 2018 Monday 30th April – Friday 4th May Day 1 Today is the day we go adventuring to France! We were excited and nervous about going to the PGL centre, and now we can’t wait to enjoy it. At the moment Year Six are at the harbour, but it won’t be long until we are on the ferry… We are now all officially on our way to the Chateau du Tertre! First, we stopped at a fascinating aquarium in St Malo which included turtles and sharks! At the end of the aquarium visit, there was a really cool submarine ride and then we were back on the coach, heading to the chateau. We quickly put our suitcases in our rooms before we were given a tour around the chateau. The evening activity was excellent - then we all enjoyed our free time, doing whatever we liked. The vending machine was very popular! We were having such fun, that there was no time to miss our annoying siblings and parents. We all agreed on one thing: this trip was awesome! Day 2 Today we woke up eager for the first whole day at Chateau du Tertre. After a delicious breakfast of fabulous French delicacies, we got into suitable clothes for the activities which ranged from zip wire and trapeze, to archery and climbing. Our group was starting with the sensory trail and climbing in the morning, which required old clothes. We gathered in our groups and set off, with our instructor, prepared for the adventure that awaited us. The sensory trail was really enjoyable; it consisted of going through an obstacle course without our sense of sight - we all ended up very wet and muddy! Our next activity was climbing, so we got prepared in our harnesses. Climbing was great as we learnt new skills about how to climb and belay. After a nice baguette, crisps and biscuits, we were ready for an excitement-packed afternoon, which began with archery. Archery was definitely our favourite activity because we played in teams against each other in a mini competition to get the highest score (our team won!). Next we had a problem solving activity which was quite different and involved a number of challenges that we had to complete in our group of eleven. Once we had completed all the challenges, we were rewarded with a delightful dinner. During our free time we could play basket-ball, volley-ball or football. After that we went to our rooms and enjoyed a nice night’s sleep, ready for the next day. Day 3 We woke up, excited about the day ahead, as we were going to visit an ancient chateau (castle) and the Bayeux Tapestry. But first, we had to have our breakfast - which was marvellous - and prepare for our day away from the centre. We made our baguettes for our lunch that day and then set off in our coach to the idyllic castle, called Falaise. We had an interesting guided tour around the magnificent remains and learnt about William the Conqueror. After that, we had the baguettes that we had prepared earlier; got back on the coach and headed for Bayeux and its world-renowned tapestry. The Bayeux Tapestry is 70 metres long; 50 centimetres high and consists of 74 scenes which depict the events leading up to the Norman Conquest of England and the famous Battle of

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Hastings of 1066, which took place between William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex. We were all given a handset that explained what was happening in each scene and then we went to the museum upstairs, where we could find out more about life in Normandy and England during the 11th century. Then we all got to go to the gift shop where we could spend our money on anything we wanted! Next, we were back on the coach and prepared for the long journey that awaited us. When we reached the centre, we had a late dinner and then played a fun TV show called The Cube. Finally, we settled down to watch a film (as it was raining). Day 4 We woke up realizing that it would be our last whole day at Chateau du Tertre. After another brilliant breakfast, we got prepared for the morning - we were going to the market to buy our lunch! We learnt a few important ‘fraises’ – in French – then set off in our groups to the bustling French market. Each group was given 20 euros (£17.58) to spend on whatever we wanted for our lunch. Our group decided to get a rotisserie chicken, a cucumber, some strawberries, a melon and a couple of baguettes… Then we went back to the ‘salle à manger’ (dining room) and had a competition. How good the meals looked and how healthy they were and then - at last - we were allowed to eat them before we got ready for our afternoon activities! Our first activity was the trapeze, so we put on our harnesses; climbed the torturous fifteen-foot tower and tried to jump and catch the metal bar that was suspended in the air. We all had a go at that - then the bar was moved further away, which was a lot harder! Finally, we faced the tremendous zip wire, which was really exciting as it was much longer than the zip wire that we have in Jersey. Next we went to our rooms; got ready for the disco, which was brilliant; and then we had our last night’s sleep at Chateau du Tertre. Day 5 Today is the day we leave. We are all so sad to leave the chateau, but we still enjoyed a hearty breakfast to prepare us for the day ahead. Once we had put all our bedsheets, duvets and pillowcases in the right bags, we packed our luggage and left the PGL centre. ‘En route pour l’hypermarché’, we stopped at the amazing medieval castle of Fougeres which was one of the highlights of the French trip! When we arrived at the hypermarket, we were allowed to split into groups and had an absolutely fantastic time! Finally, after a smooth crossing, we arrived in Jersey and our parents welcomed us with open arms! Overall the French trip was an amazing success and the whole of Year Six thoroughly enjoyed it. We would like to say a big thank you to all the VCP staff who were involved with the trip; we would also like to thank all the PGL staff who helped us continually throughout the trip, and finally a big thank you to the all the parents who funded the trip - without you we wouldn’t have been able to experience this thrilling opportunity! By William Read, Head Boy and John Le Fondrè, Deputy Head Boy


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BUDE 2018 Every year, Year Five go to the small Cornish town of Bude in England and stay at Adventure International, a big activity centre by the sea. When we went this year, it was an amazing trip - some of us even thought it was the best week of our lives! We did some great activities and we all had a wonderful time.

Every night they put on a different activity: from Karaoke to football there was something for everyone to do. There was a football tournament, basketball tournament, fancy dress, talent show and a karaoke night. They also had a room with a TV in, so each night they put on a different movie.

When we got there we were split into six activity groups. Each of our groups had their own instructor who did all of our activities with us. We would also do certain activities where we would pair up with another group such as in surfing and body boarding.

On the final night we all went in the marquee on the AstroTurf for the presentation evening. We all lined up behind our tutors and some of us were given awards. The awards we got were for ‘Bottle’ (the person that overcame their fears), ‘Joker’ (the person who made everyone laugh) and ‘Superstar’ (who was just overall amazing!).

Adventure International has a range of water and land-based activities, so there was always sometime exciting to do. Here are a few of the activities: Kayaking, Canoeing, Surfing, Body boarding, Mountain Boarding, Mountain Biking, Dragon Boating and more. Each of these were really fun and most were a new experience for us!

Overall, the trip to Bude was brilliant and I think everyone loved it. It was an amazing experience for all of us. We had some of the best times of our lives which we will never forget. It was also a time for us to see our friends and teachers in a different way to how we see them at school. Beau Gurner and Daniel Frost

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MUSIC FROM PREP The music department has had somewhat of a transition this year with the sad leaving of Mrs Jane Silvester who moved onto exciting new ventures after the Christmas holidays. I believe that there was a wonderful rendition of “So Long, Farewell” and many a sad tear amongst the boys at her final assembly. Clearly a main highlight of the year is the House Music Competition and I was amazed at how many boys were willing to get up and perform in front of their peers for their respected houses. We had a very exciting three days with Years Five and Six competing in the categories of Boys Band, Drumming, Instrumental Solo, Vocal Solo, Recorder Solo, Piano Solo and Duet. Drumming in particular attracted a large audience of boys and we were entertained by demonstrations from Carlos Perestrelo and Mr Adrian Dixon at the end of the session. There were 150 entries throughout the competition and the boys made everything run like clockwork, for which I was eternally grateful.

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The winners of each section were as follows:

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Boy Band

Ollie Huelin, Kai Surcouf, Benedict Passmore, Finley Perrée, Alexander Le Cornu

Alex Reczynski, Eddie Slater, Chris Haskins, Oscar Luff

Drumming Solo

Sam Lawrence

Olliver Boyle

Duets

Luca Picotto and George Le Sueur Harry Mackenzie and Max Hazzard

Vocal Solo

Corey Parker

Austin Clark

Piano Solo

Sam Lawrence

Cameron Duff

Instrumental Solo John Le Fondre George Le Sueur (Recorder) Recorder Solo

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Braithwaite

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Sartorius

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Bruce

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The next important event on the calendar for Year Six was preparation for three performances of “The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents”. Musical highlights included Kai Surcouf “The King Rat’s Song” and James Balderson singing “The Rat Disposal Squad”, as well as some truly spirited singing from the main body of the chorus. Year Four has the opportunity to learn the violin for a term. They were each given an instrument to take home to practise and they learned amongst many other tunes and exercises to play “The Can Can”. They completed the course with a demonstration concert to parents and many have since gone on with a continuation project. Much thanks goes Miss Pat Woodsford from the Jersey Instrumental Service for providing the opportunity.

Sadly this year, the school said goodbye to Ernie Mallett, an inspirational drum teacher who had been teaching at the school for many years and who was highly regarded as the “best drummer on the island”. Needless to say the school benefits hugely from the visiting instrumental teachers and a large number of boys either opt for instrumental or for vocal lessons. I would like to personally thank the boys and staff for making me feel so welcome to VCP, whilst I filled in for two terms. The Music Practice Supervisors were a lifeline to me at the beginning, in fact they ran the show until I found my feet and they have been wonderful and often hilarious company first thing on a morning. I would like to wish Mrs Silvester’s successor, Miss Robyn Lezala a very happy and fulfilling time as the new Head of Music in September and feel sure that she will feel very inspired by these talented youngsters. Anna Cavey

The School Orchestra, which has rehearsed weekly on a Tuesday afternoon has been one of my special and memorable highlights. The numbers have grown and it now has the addition of percussion and guitar to boost the rhythm section. Added to this I have had the privilege of helping to maintain the fine choral tradition in the school with the regular rehearsals of the Chamber Choir, School Choir and Junior Choir, all of which performed in the Summer Concert. I have also been indebted to Kai Surcouf in Year Six for rehearsing the ukulele club during a Monday lunchtime. There have been chamber groups rehearing around the school and the Summer Concert, held at Victoria College’s Great Hall, brought all of this together for an entertaining hour of music making. There were fine solos from Sam Lawrence, Corey Parker and John Le Fondre, contrasting with some bigger choral items and some enthusiastic instrumental playing. Well done to all who took part.

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HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY The house photography competition took place just after Christmas. Each year group had a different theme- Year Three explored Colour/ Black and White, Year Four, Coasts, Year Five, Defences and Fortifications, and Year Six, Buildings. A wonderful explosion of colour filled the hall and the standard was very high. What a wonderful range of inspirational ideas. Peter Knight - an artist, former teacher and photographer kindly came in to judge and was very complimentary of the high level of creativity and skill. The results were as follows:-

Year Three - Colour/ Black and White 1st

Braithwaite

Charlie Holden

2nd

Bruce

Peter Strachan

3rd

Braithwaite

James Wiseman

Special Mention: Oliver Vacher (Diarmid)

Year Four - Coasts 1st

Sartorius

Ben Small

2nd

Diarmid

Louie Pullman

3rd

Diarmid

Emil McLauglin

Special Mention: Leo Chester (Diarmid)

Year Five - Defences and Fortifications 1st

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Alexander Reczynski

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Diarmid

Conor Kelland

3rd

Diarmid

Cameron Duff

Special Mention: Leon Hardman (Sartorius)

Year Six - Buildings 1st

Diarmid

Luc Edgecombe

2nd

Braithwaite

Alexander Le Cornu

3rd

Dunlop

Samuel Lawrence

Special Mention: Albert Jeffries (Diarmid)

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SCOUT CENTRE Year Four have just got back from a wonderful three days spent at the Scouts Centre. All 68 boys spent one night under canvas and one night inside the Scouts Centre. For many boys it was the first time they had stayed away from home for more than one night. It was an action packed three days with a lot of walkingactivities included a trip to the Wetlands- to look at habitats and bird behaviours, bush craft with Kazz Padidar- which involved making fires, learning about plants that were healing and plants that were poisonous. The favourite was the Haribo plant and the toilet paper plant!! Other activities included a walk to Grantez, pebble stacking, beach sculptures and making theme parks including one for Mr Waymouth’s retirement! A wonderful team of parents provided invaluable help from putting away tents, to washing up, to preparing sandwiches,

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accompanying groups on trips, to staying over in tents, to clearing up, helping to prepare and serve up meals, help with the barbeque- no mean feat when dealing with 68 tired and hungry boys. The trip was no doubt enhanced by the England versus Colombia World Cup match which the boys watched on a big screen, the successful penalty shoot-out was tense and the atmosphere was electrifying. The boys and parents and staff alike were so excited and relieved when the final shot went into the Colombian goal- a memory that will last forever. The feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive and the memories and skills acquired by the boys will remain with them forever. The sunshine certainly was a bonus- a great trip and an exhausting one but most definitely a worthwhile one.


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THE AMAZING MAURICE AND HIS EDUCATED RODENTS Earlier this year we, impressed stunned our friends and family with a musical by Terry Pratchett. It was another phenomenal performance by Year Six at VCP. All Year Six pupils enjoyed the play and the great dancing choreographed by Joëlle Hutchings (and also helped by Mr Le Boutillier and Mrs Ogg). The play for most people is one of the most exciting parts of Year Six! Everyone was crowded in Mrs Hart’s room to find out who got what role; some were disappointed, others couldn’t wait! Everyone helped out in the production from putting the stage together to doing lighting, so all together no-one was missed out! The play is great as it brings the entire year group together and creates new friendships. The play made opportunities for everyone to shine, yet none of this would have happened without the help of the wonderful teachers; Mr Job, Mrs Hart, Ms Hossard and Miss McCarthy. Ron and Bill (Theo Pullman and Eddie Rothwell) did an excellent job at being the comic bad guys, never failing to make the audience and all of us laugh. In rehearsals we all worked our socks off to get it ready in time. It was tight but we made it and we all had learnt our lines by half term. It was amazing!

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The dances took several weeks to perfect, but by the end of it the result was spectacular! There was not a single mistake in any of the dances, which set the standard for the acting, which was as phenomenal as the dancing! The three main roles - Malicia (Henry Johnson), Maurice (Billy Martin-Davis) and The Kid (Mihin Suggerswaren) - really set the bar for the rest of the cast who also did an incredible job! The best thing about the play was the singing. I’m sure many people would agree. The singing was passionate and strong. We worked on our singing every music lesson with Mrs Cavey. The play was one of the best there was and I’m sure everyone will agree it was an outstanding performance! By Henry Johnson, Billy Martin-Davis and James Balderson


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FRIENDS OF PREP Having been involved with the Friends of Prep for eight years, the last five as Chairman, my time at VCP is now coming to an end and I would firstly like to thank all of the wonderful committee members I have served with during my time. It has certainly been an enjoyable and rewarding experience which I am sad to be leaving.

Whilst providing the opportunity for the boys and their families to get together, socialize and have lots of fun, FoP are very proud to have raised a total of £16,800 this year. This money pays for additional educational trips for all the boys, the Science Dome and lots of other incidentals to help give a well-rounded education for all of our boys at VCP.

What a fantastic year we have had with the Friends of Prep (FoP) at VCP. Lots of fun times at our fundraising and family friendly social events, organized by our well supported parent committee, together with our many volunteer helpers. It is the support shown at VCP that is testament to the strength of community within our school.

We have continued to update our playground with facilities that are both mentally and physically stimulating in a safe and welcoming environment. The intention is to inspire, challenge, absorb and include all of our boys. We now have a wonderful Encore performance area with our Eco musical instruments, a challenging climbing wall and locally made games tables which are adding a new dimension to our boy’s playtime. We would love to be able to replace the climbing frame with a new Intrepid Adventure Playground but still have a little way to go. If you would like to pledge your support or if this is something your company might like to get involved with, please do get in touch via the VCP office. All donations are very gratefully received.

We started our year with our well-established Friendship Walk, allowing new friendships to be formed for boys and parents alike. Two lively Bingo nights proved to be a great social occasion for all the family and our cinema nights, complete with comfy beanbags and mounds of popcorn, turned the VCP Hall into the perfect place to kick back and enjoy the movie. The boys look forward to termly House Cake Sales with great anticipation and the level of creative baking seems to rise with each one, thanks to our wonderful parent bakers. At VCP we know Christmas is just around the corner when it is time for our Christmas party, bowling and cinema trips and the Disco. Enormous fun is had by all the boys, thanks to our many parent helpers who make these events happen and ensure that everything runs smoothly. With glowsticks aplenty the disco really is a ‘highlight’ of the VCP calendar! All year round we operate our Second Hand Uniform Shop selling good quality second hand uniform, where bargains aplenty await you on a Monday from 2.50 – 3.30pm in the hut above the playground. Of course, the main highlight of the FoP calendar is the Summer Fête, which is always a great success thanks again to our army of parent volunteers who help to run the day. Although it is our main fundraiser, it is also a great chance for the boys to come up with their own stall ideas and run them with their classmates. Tremendous fun for all who come along and judging by the number of College boys who come down the hill for the BBQ we know it is one event that is looked forward to by the VCP and VCJ boys alike. Due to its popularity last year we organized another evening of Cricket which was supported by over 300 VCP family and friends. Lots of fun was had with a kwik cricket tournament followed by a BBQ supper kindly supplied by Easenmyne. Our grateful thanks to Mr and Mrs Webster who organized the cricket with such enthusiasm.

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None of these events would be possible without the time and enthusiasm provided by parents who volunteer, and all those who support FoP throughout the year. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped make this year such a success, and an extra thank you to the many FoP parents of our Year Six boys who will move up to College in September – your help over the years has been invaluable and enormously appreciated. Our new Year Three parents will be joining in September and a warm invitation is extended to you all to come and bring your enthusiasm and ideas which are always welcomed to this friendly and fun committee. With all best wishes for a successful and happy future Deborah Christie Chairperson, Friends of Prep

Special thanks Deborah Christie has led the Friends of Prep so admirably for the last five years! Deborah is an inspirational leader with relentless energy and commitment – her baking is pretty good as well! She will be greatly missed and I would like to personally thank her for her time and commitment. She has been a great support to me in my role as head teacher and I am truly thankful for her time. Dan Pateman


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EISTEDDFOD Creative Art Eisteddfod In March the Creative Art Eisteddfod was held at the RJAHS. The judges were very complimentary about the standard of work entered and particularly liked our rogues gallery of 3D pottery heads and our confident use of tehniques, colour and work in a range of medium. They commented “What a gallery of rogues! Some great characters and lively use of colour and grazing to bring these illustrative/ animated 3d heads to life” and “Lively and vibrant exhibition - well done! Bold and confident work exploring colour, texture and critical studies “ In total VCP were awarded: 2D Bronze Archie Fisher Max Hazzard Emil Mc Laughlin Samuel Hall Danny Wood Silver Callum Smith Louis Bell Eddie Rothwell Jacob Watson Ollie Bloor William Read Zachary Grandfield James Austin Petrus Maritz Gold Theo Pullman

3D Silver Louie Pullman Leon Hardman Alexander Germain Ollie Hotton Alex Le Cornu Kai Surcouf Jacob Slack Lachlan Lawrence Jack Yates GianlucaRizzuto

French Eisteddfod Over seventy pupils from Year Five and Year Six entered the French Eisteddfod which took place at the end of November at the Jersey Arts Centre. Once again the boys were a credit to themselves and to VCP. Twenty-four boys from Year Five took part in Class 306, competing for the Joan Kennedy Cup for Set Verse. Four platinum, fourteen gold, five silver and a bronze certificate were awarded. Three pupils competed in the Trophée Ecole Flam Class 353 (for French native speakers), gaining gold certificates. Forty-four Year Six pupils entered Class 311 this year, competing for the French Consul Shield for Set Verse. Nine children, six of them from VCP (Rory Claxton, Daniel Gomes, Ollie Huelin, Henry Johnson, Harrison Leggett and Gianluca Rizzuto) were called back to recite their poems for a second time. In the end, Gianluca was awarded the shield. Altogether twelve platinum, nineteen gold, six silver and three bronze certificates were presented. English, Speech and Drama Eisteddfod We had a fantastic turn out from both Year Five and Six this year for the English, Speech and Drama Eisteddfod. Thirty children from across both year groups entered into the BETTY MASSIP DE TURVILLE VOUCHER - FIRST TIME EVER category where they had to choose a poem from two set pieces. VCP did very well, with boys taking home silver and bronze certificates. Handwriting Eisteddfod Once again VCP participated in the Handwriting Section of the Festival of Creative Arts, which took place in March. Fifteen Year Six pupils had their work submitted and displayed. Six silver and nine bronze certificates were awarded. Well done to the following boys: Louis Baker, Edward Clark, Logan Copp-Neill, Cosimo DhamiHounsome, Luc Edgecombe, Ollie Huelin, Tristan Geissmar, Alexander le Cornu, Harrison Leggett, Finlay Perrée, William Read, Sunny Reid, Eddie Rothwell, Lukundo Sikapizye and Jacob Slack.

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