News Archive

April 2011

Welcome to April's news.  Our first item concerns next year's holidays - perhaps a little unusual, but very important all the same!  To access the dates, just click here.

Please remember that the day we have chosen to take as a holiday in recognition of the Royal Wedding, is Monday 16 May 2011 - have a great weekend!

Friday 1 April may bring surprises to some people, but our P7 children had a real treat when Colin Bateman, the best-selling author of their class novel, Reservoir Pups, called into school!

We had a second inportant visitor the following week, when one of the oldest rugby trophies in the world came to school...  We invited two of our past pupils, Seb O'Brien and , Glenn Baillie, players on Campbell College's winning Schools Cup team, to come and show this wonderful old trophy to the children.  The boys gave an excellent presentation and were very flattering in their comments about their time at Andrews.  A few of our rugby players, already showing genuine talent, will hopefully have been inspired!



Indeed, April saw the boys being given the opportunity of showing just how much they may have been inspired, when they took part in the East Down Mini Rugby Blitz at Strandtown PS in Belfast.  They played four fantastic games, only confirming the real quality of our squad.  IRFU rules mean that scores aren't recorded, but we can tell you that we came second only once, and by just one score...  Let's hope the boys play as well at Ravenhill when they visit in May.

Our girls' netball team enjoyed a great tournament at West Winds PS, coming out overall winners among Newtownards and Comber schools.  This was especially pleasing for the girls, as they were really unlucky with results in their last outing.  Well done, girls - this is a fantastic reward for all your hard work and practice every week!  It's great to have success to share with the boys, too, of course...



One sport where the boys and girls enjoyed have mutual success - and as part of a mixed team - is cross-country.  Last month saw brilliant runing from the children to get the school into the SEELB Finals at the Billy Neill complex, Dundonald.  No medals this time, just real hard, committed running - and a few tired faces at the end. Well done to you all!



For the past two years the PTA has hosted a brilliantly successful May Ball.  This year's organising team decided to raise the tempo of the preparations by hosting a Fashion Show in school, sponsored by Absolute Glamour in Bangor.  The models were all parents and children; the MC for the evening was our very own Karen Graham.  And don't they all look wonderful?  You may have seen the picture in the Chronicle, but here's a few more for the record.  The funds raised will be added to those from the Ball itself - at La Mon on 6 May 2011.  More pictures to follow...



Yet more special visitor news...  The Old Post Office at Lisbane has a certain Postman Pat 'look-a-like standing outside.  He has a few letters for us, too, or so we're told, but the coffee must be good, as he's yet to make his way to Comber...  He is a product of our P1 & 2 children's efforts, along  with those of the always willing and very capable hands of Carol Moorhead, our P1 assistant.  He'll get here soon, so do drop in and say hello if you can...

 


The P1 children also made their annual visit to Castle Espie.  As always, the girls and boys had a great day out, feeding the ducks and learning about nature.  You can find out more from their P1 Newsheet.


As the centenary of the launch of the Titanic comes ever closer, the school has been involved in several very relevant 'curtain-raisers'.  We hosted two talks on the great ship and her story from the Belfast Titanic Society's Una Reilly and Stephen Cameron this month.  What Una and Stephen don't know about Titanic isn't worth knowing and the boys and girls were treated to two super talks. They, of course, made the events even more valuable with their very perceptive questions.

The anniversary of the sinking, on 15 April, saw our P4 children visiting the ship's dry dock in Belfast, following on from their very successful first visit last year.  This year they had the added attraction of a replica hull construction to see, as well, of course, as the obligatory tug-of-war with a ship's rope...

Our P6 children hope to make a similar visit in May, so keep an eye out for that, as well as important and exciting news on our first public events in celebration of Titanic's launch on 31 May...




Attention all P7 children, also now known as actors, performers, singers, dancers, and any other arty job you can think of...

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