News Archive

October 2011

We pride ourselves in updating our website news every month and very much hope that our parents and friends log on to the website regularly to check out what's going on in school.  However, the Board of Governors are also responsible for producing an Annual Report, which summarises the whole school year.  The most recent report, for the 2010-11 school year, can be accessed via the About Us page of the website.  Please take a few minutes to read the report, or at least the parts of most interest to you.  Last year was one of many, many achievements for the school - all of which made us very proud.

The Harvest season is very much to the fore this month, with two very significant news items.  The first item concerns the harvesting of our very own crop - from our fantastic Titanic Raised Vegetable Bed.  We have shared some news of this before, when the P1 & 2 children and staff got together to raise funds for its construction at the end of the last school year.  Sponsored by their friends and families, they raised a truly magnificant sum of over £1000 to develop what has very quickly become an incredibly valuable learning resource for the Foundation Stage pupils.  Not only was the harvest a fabulously rich one, but we won a joint first prize for our display at the Belfast Flower Show in September.  We have also entered another competion called 'Grow Your Own', sponsored by a local MLA.

To round-off our first season, we were really proud to be able to provide some of our own produce for the display at our Harvest Services this month.  With clear links to our promoting of a Healthy Lifestyle and the development of our school grounds for outdoor learning, the vegetable bed's future looks secure.  Below, you can find a series of pictures showing the development of the bed.  Here's hoping for a similarly successful second year!

 

 

And here's how we presented our success at the Belfast Flower Show...

 

 

And at our Harvest Services, accompanied by the readers from P1-3...

As is customary, the school donates all the harvest produce to local elderly residents.

This year, our retiring collection from the services went towards Habitat for Humanity, a charity that aims to provide resources, including volunteers, to build homes in impoverished parts of the world.  Joanne represented the charity at our services and gave an excellent summary of its work and why it is so important.  By building a better home, the health of the people improves and their ability to generate their own income improves.  We are delighted that the ever-present generosity of the Andrews Memorial school community raised over £394 to help Habitat for Humanity continue its work.

We will contiue to post details of our School Development Plan and its focus on the World Around Us part of the curriculum throughout the year.  However, by now we hope that all our parents, not to mention the children, know that Tuesdays and Thursdays are our 'healthy break' days.  Our School Council were set the task of designing posters to promote the idea, two of which you can see below.  These are now posted around the school and we are delighted that the children are really joining in with what is an important, simple to do, healthy lifestyle practice.  We also took part in a Walk to School day this month and hope that it helped show both children and adults an alternative and healthy way of starting the day.  Keep and eye on the website for more on this issue and, in particular, our progress as a Bike It school...

Finally, for this month, we'd like to thank all the parents who took the time to attend the Parent-Teacher Consultations at the end of the month.  These are always important opportunities for teachers and parents to share information about the children's progress, as well as to discuss issues or raise questions about school in general.

Our Hallowe'en half-term break has begun for the last three years with many bangs and flashes...  Watch this space to find out if this year did, too...