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A Short History of Victoria College: 1990-1999
Compiled by A.M. Bellows
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1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
New teachers beginning this year at Victoria College were
Jean Crosby (English and General Studies), Bernadette Doyle (Biology
and Chemistry), Miriam Fekete (head of history) and Stephen Van Neste
(Biology and Geography).
There was also a new Gardien and Head Porter. Terry Roberts
took over the post vacated by Reg Poingdestre.
Danny Lloyd won the first "under 25 prize" in the J.J. Fox
Painting Exhibition at the Arts Centre; Michael Ritzema also had work
selected for the Exhibition. However, the most notable prize was won
by a teacher. Art master Robert Tilling won a major prize from 3,000
entries at the International Drawing Biennale.
Victorians were again making their mark in diverse ways.
Pupils Lee Mullin and Chris Kembe were in the Jersey Team for the
European Surfing Championships in Portugal. James Hargrove won a
place in the West of England Cricket Team.
After last years successes in shooting, it was a
disappointment when Elizabeth College won the Ashburton Shield Match
at Bisley, beating Victoria College.
It was bad news also in cricket, where the Dorey Cup was
lost to Elizabeth College by 7 games to 2.
A new activity introduced by Mr Martland was Desk Top
Publishing; this used the Archimedes computers and also the Acorns
with a DTP package.
In May, a science expedition of twenty-four boys went to
stay at St Aubinís Fort from the 11th to the 13th. Projects included
astronomy, making a tide table graph, completing a weather report,
exploring the surrounding rock pools, and writing up about specimens
The School Play, "Hotel Paradiso", was directed by Mike
Talibard, and starred Dominic McDonald (Benedict), Jane Delmer
(Angelique) and Dave Bryon (Martin).
The arts also saw a London Theatre trip, were pupils saw a
number of plays - "A Midsummer Nights Dream" at the Barbican (RSC
production), "Return to the Forbidden Planet" at the Cambridge
Theatre, "Peer Gynt" at the Olivier Theatre (National), "A Clockwork
Orange" (RSC) and "The Cherry Orchard".
The schoolís annual General Knowledge Quiz was won by
Dominic McDonald (year 6) and Marc Read (year 7) with scores of 132
of a possible 150. Perhaps because of the boning up on matters of
general knowledge to take part in this, Victoria College won the
Inter-School quiz for the 11 to 14 age group organised by the Jersey
Junior Chamber of Commerce, with a winning team of Christopher
Shelton, Daniel Bunting, Jonathan Nobes and Simon Boyden.
Dominic McDonalds also travelled to the USA with fellow
pupil Ian Dallain to visit colleges there and study settlement
The exchange teacher from the USA at College, Dan Zoeller,
supervised his 7th year tutor group in an environmental project,
collecting aluminium cans for recycling. 1,000 cans had been
collected this year.
The summer term saw the departure of a number of teachers -
Frank Norwood, Stephen Van Neste, Dan Zoeller and Eve Allen. Mr
Zoeller had enjoyed his year as an exchange teacher from the USA, and
was sad to leave the Island so soon.
In September, John Le Breton relinquished his role as Head
of Mathematics to A.J. Dykes. Mr Le Breton took up his new
appointment as 2nd Vice Principal.
The Victoria College Trust Fund published its first Annual
report. Since its foundation, it had raised £16,485, and spent
£3,200. Monies spent had been on dinghies and equipment for the
College Sailing Club, colour printers for the Prep. Computers, and a
dimmer lighting system for Prep.
It was a good year for funding as the Midland Bank Trust
Corporation donated £4,000 towards enhancing the computer
provision in the Science Department. This was used to buy three BBC
computers with trolleys (bringing the total to eight), and four
VELAs, bringing the total to five. The VELA or VErsatile Laboratory
Apparatus was a most useful piece of multi-purpose equipment for
scientific work, combining a timer, frequency meter, long or short
period data collected, radiation counter, and several other devices.
Throughout the year, work continued on
the repair and restoration of the College buildings; in
particular, the granite stonework was being treated with a
hydrochloric mix and hosing down (to clean it), then repointing was
taking place, and downpipes replaced; soft stone was being replaced
as it was becoming porous, and windows replaced with leaded-lights
windows; various aspects of this work was carried out on the main
building, Howard Davis building, Science Block and the New Building.
It was hoped that the contractors, the aptly named Cathedral Works,
would complete the stonework repairs by Christmas.
Addition building work included improvements to the
Pavilion, begun in Autumn 1990, a new heating system for the main
school building, and the refurbishment of "Tatam" as a main school
office. The year also saw the finalisation of plans for an extension
to the New De Cartaret block.
News of Old Victorians continued, with Philip Ozouf now
studying management at the European Business School in London.
Another Old Victorian, the Reverend Stephen Mourant, was appointed
vicar at Harlow in Essex, having previously been priest-in-charge at
the same parish. The poet Jeremy Reed published a novel and a book of
poems. And Jolyon Baker, actor, won a part in the West End production
of Les Miserables.
Locally, Old Victorian the Rev. Michael St John Nicole took
over the editorship of the Jersey Anglican Church magazine "The
Pilot". Another Old Victorian, Rev. Terry Hampton helped some East
Germans in their escape from West Germany while on holiday with his
family. And artist Ian Rolls had his first exhibition of paintings in
water colours at Studio 18 for ten years; this included a painting of
Sadly, the year saw the death of Old Victorian Peter Gorton
Baker from cancer. Born in 1920, this distinguished Jerseyman had
been St Helier Connetable for the period 1973 to 1983, and Jurat of
the Royal Court from 1983 onwards.
There was also news of former teachers at College. Geoff
Powell was appointed chaplain to the Oxford pastorate, and lay pastor
at St Algates, Oxford. M.C. Green retired from his Open University