Coordinates : 49°11′08″N 2°05′48″W / 49.1856°N 2.0966°W / 49.1856; -2.0966
MOTTO Amat Victoria Curam (Victory favours those who take pains)
TYPE Selective, Fee-Paying State School
Alun Watkins B.Ed. (Hons ),
CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNORS Mr Brian Watt color:; border:1px solid #000000; text-align:center;"> and gold
FORMER PUPILS Old Victorians
VISITOR Reigning Monarch (Queen Elizabeth II )
VICTORIA COLLEGE (French : Collège Victoria) is a selective, fee
States of Jersey
* 1 History
* 1.1 Headmasters at Victoria College
* 1.1.1 The First Headmaster * 1.1.2 George Stanley Farnell * 1.1.3 List Of Headmasters
* 2 Tradition
* 2.1 Houses
* 2.1.1 House Flags
* 2.2 Uniform
* 2.3 The College Carmen
* 2.5 The Prefect Body
* 2.5.1 Head Prefects
* 3 Notable former pupils
* 4 See also * 5 References * 6 Bibliography * 7 External links
Following the visit of Queen Victoria to
The foundation stone of the new college was laid with great ceremony
on Victoria's birthday 24 May 1850. Most shops in
The college was opened on 29 September 1852 with 98 students
enrolled, rising to 125 on 1 October 1852. The opening ceremony once
again involved a military parade. The Lieutenant-Governor and the
States of Jersey
Although French was still the sole official language in Jersey, and indeed speeches at the inaugural ceremonies had been in French, the new college was consciously patterned after the English public schools . The medium of instruction was English from the beginning and was therefore one of the causes for the decline of French as the élite sent their sons to the new college. Inside the Great Hall as presently laid out
In the 1860s, the ancient grammar schools of Saint-Mannelier and Saint Anastase (fr) closed and their endowments were later used to fund scholarships at Victoria College.
The college was controlled by the Assembly of Governor, Bailiff and Jurats until 1921 when the States took over the assets of that Assembly (including the college) along with most of its powers. The Governing body now consists of a board of Governors, some States appointed, others taken from parents of current pupils.
The main building of 1852 was supplemented with a new quadrangle to provide extra classrooms (architect: Edmund Berteau, States Engineer – 1911).
The WWI memorial, a statue of Sir
In 1935, the Howard Hall, built with the benefactions of T.B. Davis
to commemorate his son, Howard Davis, who died during World War I, was
opened by the Prince of Wales . Davis had set up the Howard Leopold
Davis scholarship trust in Jersey. One of this educational trust's
provisions was that it should benefit boys who, like he, had attended
an elementary school. The majority of boys benefiting from this trust
went to Victoria College and a number went up to Cambridge or Oxford.
In 1934 Davis decided he wanted his old friend, John
College House, a boarding house attached to Victoria College
(architect: Edmund Berteau, States Engineer – 1901), was used by the
occupying German army for the Feldkommandantur as military
headquarters during World War II. It was subsequently incorporated
into the new
The College's 125th anniversary was commemorated by
In the late 1990s, the school was engulfed in a scandal as a teacher, A.J. Dykes, was accused and sentenced for six counts of indecent assault and one count of possession of an indecent photograph of a child. The headmaster, J. Hydes, resigned as a result of the handling of issue. The Sharp Report, completed as a result of the issue reviewing the case noted that "The handling of the complaint was "more consistent with protecting a member of staff and the college's reputation in the short-term than safeguarding the best interests of the pupil." As a result, firmer guidelines on child protection were implemented under the new headmaster, R. G. Cook.
HEADMASTERS AT VICTORIA COLLEGE
Although Victoria College is a state-owned school, the headmaster is a member of the Headmasters\' and Headmistresses\' Conference (HMC) which is one of the traditional definitions of a public school.
The First Headmaster
William Henderson, the First Headmaster of Victoria College (1852–1862). ( Walter William Ouless )
William Henderson was born in 1819, the eldest son of Admiral George
Henderson. He was a Demy (Scholar) at
Magdalen College, Oxford
Academically, Henderson seems to have been distinctly 'above
average', being awarded the Chancellor's
After one session as Principal of Hatfield Hall, Henderson went as Headmaster to Victoria College and remained there for ten years. This employment was followed by 22 years as Headmaster of Leeds Grammar School whence he was translated to the Deanery of Carlisle. There he remained for a further 21 years, until his death in 1905.
George Stanley Farnell
In November 1893 headmaster
George Stanley Farnell was arrested and
charged with assault following an incident in which he beat, by means
of a cane, a 17-year-old student. On 5 December 1893 the magistrate
heard evidence from the prosecuting
On 4 November 1895 Farnell went out for a coastal walk in the west of Jersey, it being half-term holiday at the College. The alarm was raised when he had not returned home by midnight, and at 7 a.m. the next morning search parties were sent out, including boys from the College. Farnell's disfigured body, showing signs of having been in the water for a length of time, was discovered in Saint Ouen below Plémont by late morning. The body was discovered by two Victoria College students, Charles Organ and Reginald Beale. The inquest returned a verdict of accidental death.
List Of Headmasters
Headmaster 2000–2010, Mr. Robert G. Cook The then Headmaster, Mr. Martyn Devenport, with the Prefects of 1979 Brian Vibert, Headmaster 1991–1992 (as President of Le Don Balleine at launch of the Dictionnaithe Jèrriais -Angliais, 2008)
From To Duration Headmaster
1852 1862 11 Rev Dr WG Henderson , MA, DCL
1862 1863 2 CJ Wood, MA
1863 1881 19 Rev WO Cleave, MA, LLD
1881 1892 12 Rev RH Chambers, MA
1892 1895 4 GS Farnell, MA
1896 1911 16 LV Lester-Garland, MA, FLS
1911 1933 23 AH Worral, TD, MA
1933 1940 8 JH Grummit, MA
1940 1945 6 PA Tatam (acting headmaster)
1946 1967 22 R Postill, TD, MA
1967 1991 25 MH Devenport, MA
1991 1992 2 BH Vibert (acting headmaster)
1992 1999 8
1999 2000 2 P Stevenson (acting headmaster)
2000 2010 10 RG Cook, B.Ed (Hons), FRSA
AD Watkins, B.Ed. (Hons), M.Ed
On the front of the main school building, Below the battlements, the heads of former headmasters can be seen in the form of gargoyles overlooking the college lawn. As there were not enough headmasters for all the gargoyles, the headmasters are accompanied by fictional, gurning faces.
In the style of the English public school system, the school operates on a house system .
The house system was first introduced in 1904. Houses were based on the geographical provenance of the boys:
* Country * School House * North Town * South Town
The sizes of the houses were very unequal, with School House (the boarders) being much smaller than the others. In 1912 the boundaries of the catchment areas for the town and country houses were adjusted, but the geographical system was replaced in 1919 by a new house system based on numerical parity.
* Braithwaite (
Mentioned in Dispatches
Each house bears its own colour in order to distinguish it from other houses. These have led to the development of house mascots, often in the form of costumes. Braithwaite House Choir (2007)
HOUSE COLOUR MASCOT
Braithwaite Green Crocodile
Bruce Blue Goose
Diarmid Purple Shark
Dunlop Yellow Lion
Sartorious Red Dragon
Houses have each developed songs for chanting at Sports events and the annual "House Music Competition". At the same event, each student dresses up according to his house colour in order to show his support.
Traditionally, if a student has a paternal lineage at the college, he will join the house of his ancestry on becoming part of the school. Otherwise, house assignment is typically random.
Robert G. Cook, Head Master from 2000–10, introduced a new house flag system. At the beginning of each month, a flag on the turrets of Victoria College is changed according to the successes of houses at certain events. The flag bears the colour of the house. The Sartorious House Flag Flying
MONTH SUCCESS CELEBRATED
January House with most credits (as at December)
February Leader in the Blomfield Cup (as at 31 January)
March Winner of House Music
April Winner of House Art
May Overall winner of the Cross Country
June Winner of the Landick Cup
July Newly appointed Head Boy's House
August Winner of Sports Day
September Winner of the Blomfield
October Winner of Knight's Shield
November Winner of House Drama
December Most money raised for Charity in previous academic year.
The initial uniform consisted of jacket, waistcoat and trousers in black or dark green, and a cap of the same colour.
Early students wore a mortarboard or trencher, although this had been
discontinued by 1871. In 1876, a straw boater with ribbon of broad
diagonal stripes of black and white was introduced. The black and
white stripes led to the boys being nicknamed magpies. A metal cap
badge was being worn by 1883, and it was around this time that the
black and gold colours were first associated with the college. Under
the headmastership of R.H. Chambers (1881–1892) the chocolate and
white colour scheme was introduced, along with differences in uniform
between the junior and senior schools. Juniors wore a
chocolate-coloured pillbox hat with a white Maltese cross on the
front; seniors wore a chocolate-coloured cap with the coat of arms of
Throughout these changes, the Preparatory school retained black and gold. Until 1940 the black cap had radiating spokes of gold on the top only, with a black on gold badge of the coat of arms of Jersey. From 1945 to 1952 the gold spokes were replaced by a circle of the respective house colour. In 1952 the previous colour scheme returned. Later, the cap badge represented the respective house colour.
Headmaster Ronald Postill re-introduced the wearing of boater hats in the summer to formal events in the 1950s. This practice was discontinued under Headmaster Martyn Devenport, but later revived under Headmaster Robert Cook.
THE COLLEGE CARMEN
Victoria College has its own school song , traditionally sung in
assemblies in the Great Hall or at functions such as Prize giving or
Leavers Day. The Carmen was composed in 1918 by the then Headmaster,
Arthur Hardy Worrall. The
The English translation is as follows: Long ago an ancient King Endowed this College Many years afterwards The kindness of a Queen Placed it where it stands May the College of Queen Victoria flourish In letters it educates us Who lack learning It instructs us as we languish With innate habits And strength of body May the College of Queen Victoria flourish Never may there be lacking A supply from this seat of learning Who will serve God And their country diligently With God’s help May the College of Queen Victoria flourish
The motto over the entrance
The school motto is the
THE PREFECT BODY
Each year, Victoria College chooses between approximately 15–25 students to become Prefects. The Prefect Body are senior students of the College, typically chosen for their dedication, commitment and ability to contribute positively to life at Victoria College. The Prefect Body comprises: the Head Boy, the Deputy Head Boy, the House Captains, the Sports Captain and the remaining Prefects.
Each of the Prefects wear an academic gown or robe. The Head Prefect's status is signified by the college crest on the back of his gown whilst both the Head and Deputy Head Prefect's gowns bear a white and chocolate striping. The House Captains each have the colour of their house on the edges of their gowns. The Sports Prefect's gown bears the traditional sports colours of the college, brown and yellow. The remaining Prefects wear plain black robes.
The head boy acts as a vehicle of communication between staff and students, whilst often representing the College at public functions. In recent years, the school eagerly anticipates the Head Prefect's final speech on Leavers' Day. The event is often humorous and occasionally controversial.
- ! Year ! Head Boy - 1967–1968 J.E.C. Arthur - 1968–1969 P. de Ste. Croix - 1969–1970 E.J.R. Boston - 1970–1971 P.N. Hartle - 1971–1972 P.J. Le Feuvre - 1972–1973 K.G. Podger - 1973–1974 N.J.M. Bell - 1974–1975 R. Gasston - 1975–1976 S.P. Ringsdore - 1976–1977 T.J. Herbert - 1977–1978 D.S.A. Campbell - 1978–1979 C. Scholefield - 1979–1980 S.R.G. Howard - 1980–1981 J.W. Rothwell - 1981–1982 A.C. Lavery - 1982–1983 W. Jenner - 1983–1984 P.L. Lalor - 1984–1985 A.E. Staite - 1985–1986 B.J. Murray - 1986–1987 D.L. Hedditch - 1987–1988 A.N. de la Haye - 1988–1989 M.K. Hedditch - 1989–1990 D.K. Bower - 1990–1991 J.M. Weaver - 2002–2003 T. Le Feuvre - 2005–2006 T. Wherry - 2006–2007 T. Rees-Davies - 2007–2008 T. Falle - 2008–2009 C. Gillies - 2009–2010 T. de la Haye - 2010–2011 W. Southall - 2011–2012 B.Cochrane - 2012-2013 Ben Le Rougetel - 2013–2014 Robbie Powell (debated, some evidence points to Thomas Spackman) - 2014–2015 Max Corbridge - 2015–2016 Josh Le Cornu - 2016–2017 James Dempsey - 2017–2018 Oscar Barette
NOTABLE FORMER PUPILS
See also: Category:People educated at Victoria College,
Past students of Victoria College,
VICTORIA CROSS HOLDERS
Five Old Victorians have been awarded the
The Sartorius brothers are noted for being one of only five pairs of brothers to have won the Victoria Cross.
* ^ "Education (Provided Schools) (Jersey) Regulations 2005".
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* ^ "Loi (1860) au sujet du Collège Victoria". Jerseylegalinfo.je.
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* ^ La Chronique de Jersey, 25 May 1850
* ^ A B La Chronique de Jersey, 29 September 1852
* ^ A B C La Chronique de Jersey, 2 October 1852
* ^ Balleine's History of Jersey, Marguerite Syvret and Joan
Stevens (1998) ISBN 1-86077-065-7
* ^ "Postage stamps".
* Buildings in the Town and Parish of Saint Helier, CEB Brett, 1977 * Victoria College, Jersey, 1852–1972, Cottrill, D.J., Phillimore ">VICTORIA COLLEGE, JERSEY (category)
* Official website * A Short History 1852–1928 by E.C. Cooper * College Activities 1852–1928 by E.C. Cooper * A Short History 1929–1956 by J.S. Rowley * A Short History of Victoria College: 1972–1979 by A