News Archive

September 2012

Welcome back to a new and, hopefully, exciting new school year!

The summer weather is here, having not bothered with us much in July or August, but sure better late than never...

We are re-launching our School Development Plan Summary at the start of this year.  This will provide you with what we hope will be a useful summary of what the future holds for Andrews Memorial between now and June 2014.  If you would like a hard copy, please contact the school.

As the children settle in, we'll update this news page.  For the main term calendar dates, please visit the Calendar page of the website.

And now for this month's news...

As ever, the start of a new school year brings excitement for both parents and pupils.  'Back to routine' is the mantra often heard as the bags get packed, the packed lunches are made, the uniforms are bought or found at the back of wardrobes - and the traffic returns!  However, it is exciting, especially if you're a new Primary 1 pupil starting this great journey...

We always like to add some pictures from P1 to this month's news page.  The children are now in for their full school day and coping brilliantly.  Our Foundation Stage team really take great pride in welcoming all the children, helping them through those first days of a new routine and getting them used to the classroom and all that's in it.  Then, of course, there is the playground and that's another whole new exciting world!

Here's a wee reminder of what's it's like in P1.  Please check the Primary 1 News Sheet for more pictures.

Another 'traditional' September picture is of our P4 children with the 'Owl Man', alias Don Scott.  Don comes to visit every year at this time and the children genuinely love to see him, his birds - and his hedgehogs!

This next bit could, maybe should, be written in ECO green...  We have been 'fully' Eco since last year, our Green Flag is proudly displayed in school (and we're waiting for the pole...) and we're fully embarked on our new Eco-related activities.  Hopefully, you have all seen the new polytunnel - well now it has a suite of raised beds and a big bench to work on.  We have also enlisted our very first Eco Club, under the very able direction of Mrs Moorhead.  Here the children are, just before getting busy on their first day...

You may remember that last year, we enlisted our youngest and eldest pupils to plant an apple tree seedling in the school grounds.  Even to Mrs Moorhead's amazement, we had a crop of three glorious apples when we returned to school.  However, certain insects clearly agreed and had got seriously stuck into two of the apples!  The third was removed immediately and found a home in the Principal's tummy shortly thereafter...

Last year, our Eco drive got off to a great start at the Belfast Autumn Flower Show at Botanic Gardens.  This year, we entered again - and won again!  Well done to all our young gardeners, harvesters and staff in producing yet another bumper crop from the Titanic Raised Bed.  The P3 children even made their own vegetable soup and the P2s made potato bread - fantastic and delicious!