News Archive

February 2013

As promised, news and pictures from Seaboard 2013...

What a week of weather we had - four seasons a day stuff, a real challenge, but at least we got to climb and shoot arrows inside, even if that does sound rather back-to-front!  Outside, we braved the rain and scaled great heights - literally - where only a few sheep and sparse patches of snow witnessed our efforts - oh, and vast expanses of incredibly slippy, mud...  However, the ice-cream was especially welcome afterwards!

The children were brilliant - they really 'stepped up to the plate' and approached the challenges with vigour.  And that included eating!  Well done to everyone, and our special thanks to the staff of Seaboard, and our own teachers, for helping organise and deliver what is always one of the great weeks of the school year.

It's been a while since we reported on our green / Eco activities - but we've been as busy as ever!

This area of learning has become more and more embedded in our practice and genuinely provides enjoyment and challenge for the children.  We now have every year group in school with their own crop, whether in the vegetable garden or the polytunnel.  Most recently, we have acquired a trout hatchery, with a planned release date into our own river on 11 April.  This is a project we're carrying out with Ards Borough Council and the P7 pupils in Comber PS - pictures and reports to follow.

As our senior Eco teacher, pupils in Mr Skimin's class are used to discussing Eco issues, but two brave souls took their enthusasim and commitment to a higher level by taking part in the Environmental Youth Speak 2013 Heat.  The event was organised by Ards Borough Council and held in the Londonderry Room of Newtownards Town Hall. The pupils gave a 5 minute talk on the title ‘Our Waste’s Got Talent’.  Their waste may well have, but the children certainly have - bucket loads of it!

Intergenerational Learning projects have made a huge difference to our school's relationships with the local community over the past three years.  This year's project got off to a great start with a return to an old favourite, the Beetle Drive.  Do you remember?  As ever, both generations got on really well and had plenty of fun competing against each other.  Our thanks, as ever, to Ms Graham for her commitment and enthusiasm in planning and hosting the events.  Keep an eye on the website to see more pictures soon!

And last but not least, please come back soon to see pictures of our efforts in the Big Pedal 2013...