The Carol Service was wonderful, the Gigantic Star was superb, the choir are currently 'on tour' and the excitement is building. Santa is on his way and then we can all go home and enjoy Christmas!
As we approach this most special of seasons, the whole school is buzzing. We enjoyed super open mornings at the start of the month and are looking forward to our open evening on 13 January 2011 (6.30pm - 8.30pm). While this evening is designed primarily for prospective parents, everyone is welcome. We'll be extending an open invitation to all our pupils, of course. This is an evening for showcasing our school, with pupils and staff being available to talk to visitors, and we hope our visitors will see as much of the school in action as possible.
Remember that applications for September 2011 P1 entry are due by noon on Wednesday 19 January 2011.
Along with our new promotional flier (see November's news), we are pleased to announce our Titanic Centenary plans. You can view the information by clicking on the links below. We also have our business plan available for consultation, should anyone wish to become involved through sponsorship or support of any of the events. Contact with the Planning Committee can be made through the Principal.
Titanic Centenary event calendar; background information.
Before we share some Christmas news, there are two important events to report on. The first is the Santa Cycle, in aid of Bowel Cancer UK. Last year, in its first season, the cycle attracted some 200 participants, cylcing from Titanic Quarter in Belfast along the Comber Greenway, and finishing at the Andrews Hall. We are delighted to be supporting this event again this year and proud that we can be of help to a very brave woman in her fund-raising efforts. Rosi, seen in the photo below, along with Andrews' pupils and girls from Ashfield Girls High School, is a true testamant to the power of positive thinking and belief. Roll on the 28th for this year's cycle - and achieving the aim of a new world record of 500 cycling Santas!
Our other big pre-Christmas event was the beginning of our Intergenerational Learning Project, in preparation for the Titanic Centenary year. We already have a list of parents / grandparents willing to share their stories of the Andrews Hall next year; this event was the second attempt at getting to know some of the local people who are willing to help us. We had a great afternoon of chat - our P7 children were a delight and a real credit to the school. The children helped the adults make a Christmas card and the PTA provided refreshments. We're all looking forward to the next session - and the sound of music...
And now to Christmas news...
You'll also find more information and pictures in the year group newsheets (to the right on this page) and in the Gallery. Please take a few minutes to take a look!
While our Carol Service and Nativity are the focal points in the school's Christmas celebrations, a selection of children from the choir and orchestra were also invited to entertain the community in and around Comber. The Fair in the Square started the 'tour' followed by the Old Post Office, Lisbane. We were also due to sing and play at Mount Alexander and the Four Seasons, but the snow put paid to those plans!
Hopefully, the pictures below (come back tomorrow to see) will give you a good impression of these events. For many of the Primary 1 children, especially, these pictures will provide lifelong memories of their first 'stage performance'. What a wonderful building to make their debuts in - may there be many, many more!
The first six pictures are from the P1-3 Nativity play, the Gigantic Star; the set of four are from the Old Post Office 'gig' and the single picture is from the P4-7 Carol Service.
From all at Andrews, have a wonderful, peaceful and happy Christmas. See you again on Wednesday 5 January 2011.