June 2017

It's June at last - where did the year go?

And the sun, at the time of writing...

Please remember to check our tweets, by the way - a lot of news is now reported 'at the time' using our twitter feed, and you can see all the tweets in the window on this page.

We'll start with sports news.  Our girls' football team participated in their area tournament at Ards Leisure Centre, playing well throughout against some very talented girls.  A few scores and a 'clean sheet' kept the smile on everyone's face!

We are proud of our association with all our Post Primary schools, but we always make a special effort to take part in the Lesley Scates Memorial Trophy at Nendrum College as a mark of respect to Lesley's memory and her contribution to sport at Nendrum.  And after losing out to our local rivals last year, we are delighted to have regained the trophy this year!  Well done to all our ambassadors - a great morning's sport.  Thanks also to the staff and pupils of Nendrum who invited us, hosted us and organised the event for all the local Primary schools in Comber.

Outdoor learning, as any visitor to our website will know, is an important and integral part of our curriculum.  Building the foundations are our wonderful P1s - pupils and staff!  Here we see a fresh crop of strawberries to get us in the mood for summer, along with more exciting work in our new mud kitchen!

Now to our Eco Club, which continues to inspire and motivate our pupils on a weekly basis - along with Mrs Moorhead!  The children work tirelessly to support the whole school's efforts to keep our grounds both beautiful and resourceful.  Here's some doing just that, just beyond the fence in our real frontier 'forest'...

Back to sport and pour girls' hockey team.  We would have a picture of the boys, too, but the weather beat everyone on their day!  Thanks to Newtownards Model PS for organising a tournament for local schools - much needed in the absence of a local league this year.  And even better for our girls, as they were runners-up - by only goal difference to the might of Abbey PS!  Lots of promise for next year, too, with P6s on the team - well done!

There are many 'big' events in June, but none more than the P7 residential to Holland.  Our children and staff all enjoyed a great trip again this year, seeing the sights and having lots of fun.  Our sincere thanks must go to Mrs Hanafin for her work in organising and leading the trip - brilliant job!  There will be more photos posted on the gallery, but here's a taster...

 

We have been looking at ways to develop 'our pupil voice' this year and have been working with the School Council and Bike Crew, in particular.  Both groups of pupils have been really helpful throughout the year and we decided to have a week in June that they could organise themselves.  The Bike Crew organised a Healthy Week (19-23 June) and the Council organised a charity collection on behalf of Reading for Refugees - a charity supported by the C2k Newsdesk (and one of our former teachers, Mr Huntley).  The results are summarised below - well done to all the children, and supporters, for their efforts!

Healthiest Class: P3 Miss Savage

Most healthy breaks: P5, Miss Fisher/Miss Cowan

Most walks to school: P6, Mrs Van Giesen

Most cycles to school: P5, Miss Fisher/Miss Cowan

Most scoots to school: P1, Mrs Ambrose & Mrs Knaggs, P6, Mr Skimin

Our efforts on behalf of Reading for Refugees yielded £500 and at least 500 books - all headed for refugee camps in Syria.

Sports Days in the sun, they're what we want and need - and this year we got them!  Two great days, with lots of support from our parents too - thanks for your support!  Enjoy some action shots now - first, from P4-7, then from P1-3.

Our Intergenerational Programme hosted a range of events to bring our P7 pupils and members of the community together during the year.  The climax - after the Tea Dance, of course - was our Yarn Bombing project with Comber Library's Knit and Natter group.  Learning needlework skills from experts was a real pleasure for both the children and the adults - and look at the amazing results!  Our sincere thanks to Linking Generations NI for funding the project and Nora Greer for being our fabulous 'artist in residence'.

 

As we bring the year to a close, please take a few minutes to look through the results of the Keele University surveys completed by parents and pupils earlier this term.  These results will inform our new School Development Plan 2017-20 - more about that in September.  We hope you'll agree that the results are extremely encouraging.  We're especially proud that the high standards of the 2014-15 surveys have actually improved!  Thanks to everyone for their contributions.  As always, a hard copy will be made available on request.

Keele University Surveys - summary of parents' and pupils' results

Have a wonderful summer and come back and visit soon!

May 2017

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the Summer term.

We begin this month with important school meals' news.  There is a new menu in operation now - available from the beginning of May.  Please click on the link below to access it. If you want a hard copy, please request it through your child's class teacher.

Summer Term 2017

Our after-school programme begins the week of 1 May - if you want to check dates, times etc, click on the link below.  Please note that the teachers' clubs/teams are not included, as they will tell the children themselves, as this term tends to have lots on and irregular sessions.

After-School programme, Term 3

What a beautiful month weather-wise so far!  Our P1s are so taken with this outdoor life that they've ordered a new kitchen - for outside!  Their brilliant 'mud kitchen' arrived and was installed in glorious sunshine, but they're just as excited at the thought of making wet and muddy mud pies.  And cakes.  And biscuits.  And tea...

This month sees the climax of the school sports' seasons, with teams competing in various tournaments/festivals.  We will post pictures as they become available, so please come back and visit...

First up for Andrews was our Mini Rugby squad, who, after playing in their local East Down Blitz, travelled to Ulster HQ at Ravenhill for a very special day out!  As always, the boys put 100% effort into their matches and came away with many happy memories.

Taking a little break from sport, we must report on a very successful Environmental Youth Speak event that we hosted in the Andrews Hall on behalf of the Ards & North Down Borough Council.  The school has a very proud record of participation and success in this event and this year saw our very own Trashy G put in a wonderful performance to finish runner-up.  The topic on which each competitor had to make a 3 minute presentation was 'A day in the life of a Waste Sorting Super Hero' - and what talent there was on show!  Local schools represented were Andrews Memorial PS, Ballyholme PS, Ballymagee PS, Bangor Central IPS, Carrowdore PS, Glencraig IPS, St Finian's PS, St Patrick's PS, Ballygalget and Victoria PS - well done to everyone and thanks to our own P6 and P7 pupils for their enthusiasm as an audience!

Our big PTA fundraiser this term saw us celebrate fitness with Fitness Freddy and his Superhero dance moves - a great day for everyone!  Staff and pupils entered into the spirit fully and there were some impressive 'moves' on show...  Thanks to everyone for their generosity - the PTA will be letting you know how much the event raised very soon.  There are more photos on the twitter feed, too.

April 2017

As we near the end of term, we have some lovely news to share.  We hope that you will also visit our Year Group pages to find out a little more.

Our Easter Service took place in school on Wednesday 5 April, with the children in P1-3 all singing and reading beautifully.  Thanks to Mrs Lowry for leading the service and to Mrs Knaggs and Mrs Ambrose for their direction of the music.  We must also recognise the support of all the staff in these year groups and, of course, the P3 parents for coming to take part.  Our guest speaker, Pastor Glenn Johnston, was fantastic, too!

Further excitement was waiting for the P2 year group on the same day, when a local farmer came to visit to tell the children all about the vegetables he grows.  The children created this fabulous pic collage with their iPads as a memory of the visit.  They can tell you lots about how vegetables grow, how they start life and what they look like when ready for eating.  Mr Hamilton very kindly left some behind as a healthy gift for the staff!

This last week of term has been busy throughout the school, but more so in P6 and P7, as the annual Andrews Memorial school play finally made it to the stage!  Peter Pan was a rip-roaring yarn and a rip-roaring success - a huge team effort from staff and pupils alike.  We were also privileged to host two sell-out performances in the Andrews Hall.  Under the overall production skills of Miss Henderson, supported by the musical direction of Mrs Ambrose and Mrs Knaggs, with amazing new costumes by Mrs Moorhead and Mrs Lutton, and presented in glorious light and sound by Miss Hall, the audiences were treated to fantastic talents front stage and back.  Well done to everyone - and what a fantastic group of children in P7 who stepped up to the mark, over it and way beyond it in their effort and commitment to the production.

Turning our attention back to sport, we were privileged to welcome three past-pupils back to assembly with a very special trophy.  Timothy, Matthew and Joshua, alongside their captain, Stuart, all played in Grosvenor Grammar's winning football Schools' Cup side this year - and last year.  They were joined To play in a schools' final on St Patrick's Day is a dream come true, to win is something special, but to successfully defend the title is a mark of some brilliance.  Pictured here with a few of our own hopefuls - remembering that just a few years ago these young men were in the same position as our P7s!

We must also recognise four of our past-pupils who represented Regent House in the Schools' Bowl Final in rugby.  Unfortunately they weren't on the winning side on this occasion, but nevertheless deserve congratulations.  So, to Kyle, Robbie, Iain and Aaron, well done!

And lastly, as we sign-ff for the term, a beautiful (and very tasty) Easter cake from our P1 bakers - have a wonderful Easter everyone!