News Archive

October 2009

The first half-term break follows a busy and successful start to the year.

The children are all settling well and we have yet to be significantly disrupted by Swine Flu. However, please refer to the guidance available throughout the community; in schools, hygiene is the key to minimizing the spread of infection.  We all have to be especially careful as the weather turns colder and wetter.  You can still use the link from September's news page to access the SEELB guidance, too.


Thank you to all the families and friends who supported our Harvest Services on 14 October.  The Andrews Hall was full for both services and the children were a credit to themselves and all the hard work of the staff in preparation for these first 'public' services of the school year.  We were pleased to welcome Laura Magee from 'The Net' - Youth for Christ's 'drop-in' centre in Comber - as our speaker.  While The Net received financial support from our ever-generous congregations, we were also able to donate the fresh fruit and vegetables to local elderly residents.


The services also saw the unveiling of our new 'baby' grand piano, donated to the school by Down High, Downpatrick.  The SEELB, in recognition of the fantastic musical and performing tradition of Andrews Memorial, were keen to offer the piano to the school.  Mrs Knaggs, in particular, was even keener to welcome it with open arms and itching fingers...


We are delighted with the success of our first three PTA events.  The pub quiz at McBride's saw a really encouraging turn-out of parents and friends, particularly among new parents (a team of which carried off the huge 1st prize).


The Hallowe'en Night was as spectacualry successful as last year, with the skies of Comber suitably lit up in celebration, watched by an equally glittering array of witches, monsters and ghoulish characters...


Further success followed with the 'Bags 2 Schools' collection of unwanted clothes and shoes. A full lorry load was removed from the Andrews Hall, which guarantees a significant financial return.  Watch out for the second collection in 2010.

Thank you to all our parents who attended the Parent-Teacher Consultations at the end of October.  As always, we rely on parents attending these meetings, so that we can inform you of your children's progress.  This year, the consultations for children in P4 - 7 included written feedback on InCAS diagnostic assessments, carried out as part of the now statutory assessment cycle in Primary schools.  Hopefully the information provided at the consultation, as well as that presented at the parents' evening meeting in October, was informative.  Remember that we value all your feedback on such issues, as we're in the early stages of implementing the Revised Curriculum at the moment.


November will see the first sitting of 'entrance tests' for Grammar schools, in light of there being no 'regulated' transfer procedure in place.  We know that all our Primary 7 pupils have been working hard throughout September and October, as they settle into their last year of Primary school.  Many have also had the added pressure of preparing for these tests.  We wish all the children - and their parents - a smooth process, and ultimately a successful one.  Let's hope that the half-term break provides an opportunity for some genuine 'r and r' for all concerned.

The latest Board of Governors' Annual Report (for the school year 2008-09) is now published on the website.  You can access the report by either clicking here or from the link on the 'About Us' page.  Hard copies are also available from school on request.