News Archive

April 2012

As you can imagine, April has been a hectic month and we have lots of news!  The year group News Sheets will also add to our coverage now, so do check them out on the right-hand-side of this page.

We'll begin with May...  Coming up on 19 May 2012 is a very special occasion - our Centenary Ball.  This event has proved to be the main fund-raiser for our PTA over the last three years and we're sure you'll understand why this year's ball is a particularly special occasion and one we very much hope will be really well attended.  Click here to view the poster and please try your best to come along.  We can promise a great night out!

For all the news of the Titanic Centenary, please click on the tab at the top of this page.  There's a lot to read about and much for the school and Comber to be extremely proud of.

The welcome back to school for the start of a new term is always exciting, full of hope and aspiration...  Yes it is!

So we marked the beginning of this new term with something even more appealing - a new sign and a new mural!  Some busy parents and children got together under the direction of Mrs Nikki Rebbeck, another mum, who designed the murals.  The principal design theme was inspired by Kandinsky prints, used in the Foundation Stage, and depicting geometrical shapes in primary colours.  And how wonderful they look!  Our sincere thanks to everyone involved:

Alistair & Karen Walker, Anne Johnston, Nikki & Andy Rebbeck, Richard Allen, Rosie and Con Russell, Avelyne Gabbie, Colin Stevenson, Graham Campbell, Jeni McConnell and their children, along with ten P7 pupils...

 

Hopefully, these mark another important step in the development of our school grounds and an appreciation of 'the world around us'...  Also erected at the school entrance is a series of ship designs, completed by last year's Primary 7 pupils - each one depicting an element of the Titanic story or the school's links to the same.

These projects have been funded through proceeds from the sale of our book.  The labour was free, however, as were some of the resources used. Thanks to Ceramica and all the staff for their generosity and advise and to George Madden from Regan Tiles.

Other school news for April begins with a suitably 'spring-related' topic - that of daffodils...

The Primary 1 children grow different varieties of daffodil at this time of year.  This year, they also entered a competition which was part of the Belfast Spring Festival at Malone House.  and guess what?  They won 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize!  Mrs Moorhead, Mrs Connolly and Mrs Knaggs were overjoyed - to say the least!

Spring is a busy time for all gardeners and those in Andrews Memorial are no different.  You may remember the amazing success we enjoyed with our raised 'Titanic' vegetable bed last year, so the pressure is on!  The 'official' unveiling has taken place, the seeds are now being planted, so watch this space!

The school also took part in the 'Big Spring Clean 2012', on 24 April 2012.  Children from Primaries 5 and 7 ventured forth, to clean up the school grounds and the area around the 'Comber' river which runs past the rear of the school - an area we hope to learn more from in the future.

This time of year sees the climax of the various sporting seasons - for us, that means we're very busy indeed!  Please click here for a review of the football season.  Our thanks to all the children for their commitment and hard work, to their parents for all the support and lifts to and from matches, and to Mr Skimin, especially.  Mr Ferguson's boots were hard to fill; Mr Skimin managed the task successfully and in his own style.  Congratulations to him and everyone involved!  Here are a few action shots from the season, along with one highlighting the lonely position of the coach.  But where is Mr Skimin??

 

For other sports' news, please click here - Miss Rodgers has much to report!  Busy coaches rarely carry a camera, so we do apologise for the lack of photos - not sure what that says about the mini rugby coach, though...

The mini rugby squad has had a busy time on and off the pitch this year.  They took part in a Blitz organised by Edenderry PS, Portadown, followed by the IRFU-organised Ashbourne Festival in Co. Meath and their own East Down Blitz art Ards RFC towards the end of April.  Added to those playing commitments, they were invited to Ravenhill to meet the Ulster team and take part in a grand draw - in which they won a coaching session with the Ulster Squad!  You can imagine the excitement at meeting their playing heroes, especially at this very successful time for Ulster rugby.  The school also collected enough Belfast Telegraph tokens to receive a new playing kit, so we look forward to modelling that, too!

The pictures below show members of the squad at Ravenhill, as well as at Ashbourne, where they joined forces with Stranmillis PS, Belfast, to represent Ulster schools at the Festival.

 

Next month sees our production of Dan Gordon's 'The Boat Factory', at 7.00pm on Wednesday and Thursday, 30 and 31 May 2012.  If you would like to buy tickets for the show, please contact school - prices are £6 adult £3 concession.

If you are a P7 cast member, click here to see your costume requirements.