News Archive

March 2013

Primary 7, to find out your costume details just click on OLIVER!  Parents, all we want you to do is contact the office and buy your tickets...  The show will be performed on Tuesday and Wednesday 16 and 17 April 2013, beginning at 7.30pm in the Andrews Hall.  Everyone is welcome to stay for refreshments after the show - and to mix with the stars of the future!

Here are a few of the more serious members of the school community...  You can work out what they're celebrating from the clues in the picture...

Before adding our news, we would like to thank all our parents for their attendance and cooperation at the recent Parent-Teacher Consultations.  These are essential in support of the children's learning and offer everyone an opportunity to engage in a discussion to this end.

The big news for this month has been the success of the Big Pedal - and all things Bike It.  We were very proud to receive our Bronze Award in recognition of our commitment to the scheme and to the broader concept of promoting a healthy lifestyle among our whole school community.  In fact we are the first school in this region of the SEELB to receive the Bronze Award - thanks to everyone!  Once again, our parents and pupils have been incredibly supportive - be it encouraging each other to cycle / scoot to school, attending the Bike It Breakfast, or take part in our new 'Bike It Bus'.  Overall, the school finished a brilliant 6th place in Northern Ireland and 212th nationally (out of around 600 schools).  Considering our location on an A road in a town with no cycling lanes, that is no mean feat!  Keep an eye out for more cycling stuff next term.

Members of our Bike Crew with our Bronze Award presented by 'Captain Matt' of T13 in Belfast's Titanic Quarter

Thinking about healthy outdoor pursuits, we had a boys' and girls' team competing in the regional heats of the SEELB Cross-Country Challenge at Parkway.  In true cross-country fashion, it was FREEZING.  So to put a kit on and embark on an 1800m run deserves praise from us all.  Well done to the children - and thanks to Miss Rodgers for all her commitment to practices over the last, extremely cold, weeks.  Our girls narrowly missed out on getting through to the next stage, despite having athletes in 4th and 2nd place.  Congratulations to Nicole and Eve respectively.  Many of these children, and a few others, will be taking part in the Fun Run part of the Belfast Marathon in May, so we wish them well in that, this time over a distance of 3 miles...

To finish this month's news, we'll return to more academic pursuits.  Several of our pupils in the P4-7 year groups took part in a story writing competition hosted by BBC Radio 2.  They were also asked to submit their stories to Mr Magee, as he required some entertaining reading...  They succeeded and he decided that the children deserved certificates plus an Easter egg for their efforts.  Well done to everyone for taking the time to create, compose and draft their story.  Here they are, attempting to hold onto both their certificates and eggs in a 'lively breeze'...

Finally, from us all here at Andrews, have a wonderful Easter holiday; let's hope this wether clears very soon.  We look forward to welcoming you all back for the Summer term.  Where does the time go?