News Archive

May 2009

A mega month!

May saw a series of huge events in school, very much the culmination of work from the whole school community - staff, pupils and parents.

First stop, Aladdin - the annual school production, featuring all the children in Primary 7, together with their Primary 6 compatriots in the choir.  As always, the play was a massive team effort - from all classes producing artwork for the Andrews Hall, to the cast and choir working really hard with their teachers through the hours of rehearsals.  And what an outstanding success it was!  We had three 'sell-out' performances, with increasingly lively and supportive audiences - the roof really was shaken with the applause!  Our sincere thanks must go to everyone who played a part - we just hope the schools receiving our children in September realise what outstanding talent they are getting.

We will be uploading lots more pictures soon - keep an eye on the Gallery.

 

Writing of talent, our mini rugby team was also in action during May.  The team, made up from boys in primary 5, 6 and 7, played superbly in their East Down Tournament, losing only once in the final, to Strandtown.  As runners-up, they went on to represent the area at Ravenhill, along with all the other runners-up from around the Province.  The boys enjoyed a superb day out, drawing one match and winning two in their group, before winning really impressively in the semi final, to set up a second encounter with Dromore Central.  Dromore proved just too big and strong in the final, but we'll be back!  Just how impressive the team's efforts were in qualifying, however, were confirmed by Strandtown's romp to victory in their Ravenhill final, which included all the winning teams from around the Province.

 

The first May bank holiday has for many years now been home to the Belfast City Marathon - an event which has made a real success out of involving all levels of participants.  The marathon has always proved popular with relay teams, with runners completing stages of between three and seven miles.  It has also provided opportunities for walkers.  Our school managed to provide walkers and three relay teams, as well as several participants in the 'fun run'.  Our sponsorship was aimed at adding to the PTA's drive to purchase new Interactive Whiteboards.  We made huge strides towards our goal with over £1000 being raised by the marathon - a superb effort!

Here are most of the participants, after enjoying some well-deserved refreshments later that day...

 

 

On Friday 15 May, the PTA's inaugural May Ball took place at La Mon House Hotel.  What a fantastic night!  Over one hundred friends of the school attended and along with the superb meal, enjoyed a ballot and auction.  With prizes donated from over fifty sponsors, the evening really did celebrate true comunity support for the school.  A full list of sponsors can be found by clicking here - our sincere thanks to both them and the PTA volunteers who invested so much of their time and energy into making the evening such a success.  And the total raised?  A staggering £4000 - simply amazing!

The fund raising from the marathon and the Ball will allow the PTA to purchase two new whiteboards.  This will take the total purchased this year to eight - four from the school budget and four from the PTA.  Next year will hopefully see the complete resourcing of all year groups - four more boards to go!

Our sincere thanks to everyone for making this fund raising so enjoyable and successful.

The month was rounded off by the Primary 7 residential trip to Paris, from Sunday 24 to Thursday 28 May.  Fifty intrepid children, along with six equally intrepid staff took to the air with easyjet, arriving in Paris late on Sunday evening.  Monday saw beautiful sunshine and many miles of walking in surely one of the world's most beautiful cities.  As the week progressed, the children were treated to many of Paris' most famous sights, as well as its own uniquely French 'Park Asterix' theme park.  The itinerary included the Louvre (Mona Lisa), Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysees, a river cruise on the Seine (very breezy), the Eiffel Tower (all the way to the top), the Conciergerie (Marie Antoinette's cell), Sacre Couer and Mont Martre.  The Tour Leader, Mr Alan Ferguson, also treated the party to his amazing in-depth knowledge of Paris, its landmarks and its forty-ish bridges, Pont Neuf and Alexander III particulalry to the fore.  But his favourite, and certainly the monument seen most from the bus, was undoubtedly the golden-domed Hotel des Invalides, resting place of Napoleon.  How could anyone ever forget...?

The children were a real credit to themselves, the school and their parents.  Anyone commenting on them did so with genuine warmth and admiration - a fact always appreciated by the staff.  Children take different things from trips like this, but what can never be in doubt is their lifelong memory of being away from home with their pals and enjoying some independence before they break free from Primary school at the end of June.

Here are just a few of the many hundreds of photos taken.  Again, more on the Gallery page later.

So, where is she?

The majestic Eiffel Tower

Hands up who's ready for lunch...

Notre Dame acquires a few more modern gargolyles?

What a view!  And who, remind me, is buried under golden dome?

Give me a hand P7...

Look who we met at Park Asterix!

Here we all are - on stage again!