News Archive

November 2011

As we 'kick-off' this next half-term, we're now ready to introduce our new Healthy Lifestyle Policy.  Please take a few minutes to read it and, should you have any queries, get in touch.  It is important that any policies are adopted only after an appropriate level of consultation.

Should there be no queries / alterations, we will adopt the policy in January 2012.

Following on from this policy, is our drive towards attaining Eco-Schools' status later this year.  Mr Skimin has provided some information about progress so far.  Please click here to find out about what we hope will be very exciting and valuable learning opportunities for all the children.  The school has also prepared an Action Plan, which outlines how we aim to attain the award.

If you have any ideas, or are keen to become involved, there will be opportunities, but please feel free to contact us at any time.  Further information on the Eco-Schools' programme can be found on its own website.

As we begin our Christmas preparations - yes, it does come early in Primary schools - school has taken on a very busy atmosphere. As ever, we have lots of news, so check out the year group news-sheets on this page if you get a chance.  More up-to-date football news can also be found, by clicking hereHallowe'en Disco photos can be found under the special events section of our gallery page - see who you can recognise!

The school is in the process of producing a commemorative book on the history of the Andrews Memorial Hall as part of our Titanic Centenary celebrations.  This book will form the core 'learning legacy' of the year and the children and staff have been working really hard on material during November.  You will hear lots more about this exciting project as it progresses, so keep an eye on the website news, or the Titanic Centenary section of the website.  Last year, we asked for information, such as pictures and personal memories, from members of the local community - and did get a great response.  If, however, you have any memories or pictures you would like us to have a look at, please get in touch with Mr Magee or Ms Graham.  We are particularly interested in memories of the hall from past pupils, such as school play performances, which we know have always been special to the children.  After all, every P7 play is the 'best play ever'...

As part of the 'getting into the mood for Titanic', the P6 and P7 children welcomed an old friend of the school, Terry Madill, to talk about life in the shipyard and the sorts of jobs and skills the workers had when building these amazing 'Olympic-class' liners.  You can read about Terry's visit on the P7 news-sheet, but suffice to say that the children had a great time, especially as Terry allows and encourages them to get into character!

We have mentioned previously the school's status this year as a 'Bike It' school.  This month saw 26 intrepid P6 children undertaking 'on-the-road' training under the instruction of Sustrans officers.  They practised skills in the playground before taking to the roads at the back of the school.  Our congratulations to all the children who took part, and persevered through fairly cold conditions!

Christmas preparations just wouldn't be complete in Comber without the Fair in the Square.  This year, a selection of our P6 pupils took part in the now tradtional lantern parade, and our P7 choir entertained the crowds - just in time, as the rain and the wind put paid to many of the stalls rather earlier than many would have hoped!  At least the lights came on as planned this year!

A further selection of our P5 and P6 children took part in another lantern parade, this time at North Down Cricket Club, but more of that another time...

For prospective parents, remember our Open Mornings on 1 and 2 December 2011, as well as our school Open Evening on 11 January 2012 (see the Calendar page for more details).-class' liners.