News Archive

November 2013

We have lots of news for you this month - we always do - but first of all, here is a reminder of the school's open day information for prospective parents.  Please remember that the Open Evening is as much for current parents as it is for those thinking about sending their children to Andrews.  It's always a good night out!

Open Morning - Friday 6 December 2013

Visiting times at 9.30am & 11.15am

 

Open Evening - Wednesday 8 January 2014

From 7.00pm (to approximately 8.30pm)

We hope you'll all get behind the school and support these important events.  If you know someone with a child due to start school in September 2013, or perhaps a year later, then please remind them about visiting Andrews.  The application information will be available in school from 28 November 2013.  You can download our 'flier' by clicking here - we look forward to making lots of new friends soon!

Those of you who know Andrews, know how committed we are to sport.  So far this term our football, hockey and mini rugby squads have been in action.  This year sees a welcome return to league hockey for both boys and girls and the children acquitted themselves very well in the first league session at Comber Leisure Centre.  This is the time of year when rugby is more about participation and training, in preparation for the festivals later in the year.  We decided, however, to take a squad of P5 and P6 pupils for a practice match session at Campbell College Junior School recently - to give the younger children a taste of a more competitive environment.  The team played extremely well; some talents were re-affirmed and some were definitely discovered!

It is to our football team that we must pay most attention just now, though.  What a start to the season they have had.  Last year, as P6 boys, the players gained valuable match experience; this year, as P7s, they are shining!  The statistics tell an interesting tale...  Matches won, 7 (from 7); goals scored, 47; goals conceded, 2; top of the league, the only team with a 100% record and flying high.  Here's hoping for great things in the new year, too.

This is the third year that the school has participated in the Sustrans Bike It Scheme.  The scheme has broadened this year to include the promotion of any alternative means of transport to school (than the car), with - for us - a particular emphasis on walking to school.  So, in promoting that, as well as attempting to raise funds for Cancer Support NI, we arranged for two 'Walking Buses' to 'bring' the children to school.  We had 184 pupils, from P1-P7, taking part; we had more than 100 adults accompanying them; and a few prams / buggies and dogs came along for the ride, too!  We were so busy walking that we forgot to take any photos, so here are some pictures of the children after their arrival...

 

Along with the fantastic support we received, we are delighted to announce that we raised £500 for Cancer Support NI.  This means that children whose families are directly affected by cancer will receive much-valued help.  Thanks and congratulations to everyone who took part!