News Archive

December 2011

As part of our ongoing review and updating of policies, we have made some amendments to our policy on the Promotion of Positive Behaviour.  As is customary and appropriate, we are now inviting parents to take part on a consultation exercise on the policy.  We aim to 'formally' publish the amended version at the end of January 2012, so if you would like to make a comment on any aspect of the policy, please contact the Principal before then.  The policy will then be added to the About Us page of the website.

Click on here to access the updated document.

We begin this month's news with a brilliantly exciting announcement...  Remember our Titanic Raised Vegetable Bed - see October's news?  Well, having already built, planted and harvested the crop, having already won a prize at the Belfast Flower Show, we received news on Wednesday 14 December that we won the inaugural 'Grow Your Own' competition!  Isn't that just fantastic?

Personally sponsored by Sam Gardiner MLA, we received a cheque for £1000 at a reception at Stormont, no less.  We are so, so proud - this is the first time that the competition has taken place, which makes our achievement even more special.  The school can't thank enough all the P1 and P2 children, their parents and families, and the staff for getting together to make this project such a success.  Keep an eye on the Belfast Telegraph next week and find out more...

December began with two very busy and successful Open Mornings; please remember our Open Evening, too, on Wednesday 11 January 2012.  We look forward to seeing both prospective and current parents and families in school.

Christmas in Primary schools is a very special time and, as you know, the staff and children put a huge amount of effort into celebrating it!  Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without Nativity plays and Carol Services.  Once again, we are indebted to everyone at Andrews for staging wonderful performances.  Thanks to all involved - and thanks to those who came to the services for their generosity towards the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (£339) and the Comber Coal Coal Fund (£371).

The school scored another important victory this month in the N. Ireland Primary Schools' Cup.  In front of a packed stand at Comber Rec, with Andrews' supporters making all the noise, we defeated Fairview PS, Ballyclare, 1-0 in a really hard-fought victory.  Jared Magee scored the winner, taking his chance with a touch of class - just as well we brought his boots in time for the second half!  We're drawn away to Downshire PS, Hillsborough, in the next round, so here's hoping...  Who do you think wins this ball...?

Finally, thanks to all our parents who returned their School Development Plan questionnaires.  We'll publish the results early next term.

Have a wonderful, peaceful and relaxing Christmas - from all at Andrews Memorial.