November 2016

Hello and welcome to the second half of this first term.  We're going back as well as forward this month...

With the last week including the annual P6 residential at 'Seaboard', Killyleagh, and our PTA Hallowe'en Family Night, we didn't quite manage to get the pictures up before the break, but there are some great memories to share!

Hallowe'en at Andrews gets bigger and better by the year -  thanks to everyone who turned out and made it another fantastic event.  And what about the pumpkins - wow!  We tweeted the fireworks, so here are some pumpkin pics celebrating amazing creative talent among children and parents.

One of our aims this year is to begin a process of 'finding our pupil voice', or rather to develop what we do even more.  So, with Mr Magee at Seaboard, the Bike Crew were left in charge of organising the first of this year's Active Travel Bike/Walking Buses on the last day of the half-term.  Along with the new and very welcome support of 1st Comber Presbyterian Church (in allowing us to use their car park), we owe the children a big vote of thanks.  Also to all the staff who helped on the morning.  There'll be more to come on this front, of course - and keep an eye for our next Healthy Breakfast to enjoy after the journey.

Seaboard is a huge highlight of the P6 year at Andrews.  We will post a set of pictures on the website separately (on the Gallery page); for now, here are a few 'tasters'.

Now, as we near December, please remember that our Open Day takes place on Friday 2 December 2016, with school tours at 9.30am, 11.15am and 1.15pm.  Prospective parents are welcome throughout the day; our own parents are invited to attend in the afternoon.  You will have the opportunity to see the school in action, meet the children and teachers and ask any questions about enrolment, the curriculum, our policies or our school development plans.  The PTA will also be providing refreshments.  Please do try and come along - the buzz comes from the children and they will be delighted to see you! 

 

 

October 2016

Yes, we're a little early, but better that this news is at the start of a month rather than the end - nice pics, you see!

We celebrated European Day of Languages on 26 September in style - with a non-uniform day, lots of dressing up in national costume and, most impressively of all, a wonderful array of face-painted flags. Thanks to all for their support!  We also raised £284 for our school fund.  We must thank Mrs Jensen for her idea and organisation, and Miss Hall and Mrs Hamilton, our P2 team, for their brilliant dressing up!

With French and Spanish lessons for P4-7 pupils starting up next week, we think we did our bit for European unity.  And with Mandarin lessons for P5 and P6 children already in place, our international curriculum is really taking shape!

Attendance Policy

Following revised guidelines and advice from the Education Authority and the Department of Education, we have written a new Policy on Attendance.  Attendance for every child really does matter; irregular or poor attendance has a significant impact on not only a child's experience of learning, but on his/her ability to learn and attitudes towards school.  In other words, if a child is at school, they can achieve much more and enjoy much more.  As is our regular practice, we want to give parents the opportunity to look at the policy before we adopt it formally.  Please take a few minutes to read it and, if you wish to contract the school, just contact us through the normal channels.

Policy on Attendance - draft

Those of you who are frequent users of our website will know that we take great pride in reporting our pupils' sporting participation and successes.  Events are just getting started now, so do keep an eye out for more news soon.  This month our P6/7 Cross-Country league teams were in action for the first time at Downpatrick.  All credit to the girls and boys for their efforts - there were some very encouraging results.  Time for more training before the next event, too.

September 2016

Hello again everyone, and welcome to the new school year.  Isn't it great to see the sun come out as we start back??

We'll update this page as the month goes on, but a few reminders may be useful now.

This term's dinner menus can be accessed by clicking on the links below.  The 'no choice' menu is for P1 pupils, once they start taking dinners in October.  Each pupil will also receive a paper copy of the menu.

Please note the date of the children's Christmas Dinner (Wednesday 7 December 2016); we will not be sending extra reminders about this, so it will be first-come, first-served.

The kitchen do host occasional 'special menu' days, too, so keep an eye out for these dates.  The first is a Hallowe'en Special, on Thursday 27 October.

No Choice Menu, Term 1

Choice Menu, Term 1

As always, you will receive paperwork in the coming week in relation to contact details, permission for use of images and child protection.  We would really appreciate you taking the time to fill these forms in accurately and return them to school as soon as possible.

The website calendar will be updated as dates/events are finalised; please check when you can.  We will also be continuing our twitter feed - you can access it via the main website, and you can follow us on @AndrewsMPS.  Please do!

For now, let's all get settled in and enjoy the rest of the sunshine...

The beginning of the year is most exciting for our new P1 pupils and families; we are always delighted to welcome them to Andrews and see how quickly they settle into school life.  And that includes the parents!  Our P1 Curriculum Evening was really well attended, too, so here's hoping this interest and engagement will follow through the years ahead.

Here are a few pictures of the early days, including the first AMPS plum harvest!  The plum tree at the main entrance to the school has yielded a fantastic crop this year; the P1s picked them and stewed them; the staff ate them...

A regular September highlight is the visit of Don Scott, our very own 'Owl Man', as he brings along some of his hand-reared owls to meet the P4 children as they start their first topic of the year.  The hat is to signify a birthday, not for any kind of personal protection.  Aside from the normally discussed feathers, talons, eyes and feeding habits, one of Don's owls had a particularly unusual talent - the ability to bark, yes, bark.  Like a dog!  Apparently that's the sound it first heard as a chick...

as we near the end of our first month, all the various after-school activities are up and running.  This is a part of our provision that we are extremely proud of - with a large range of activities being offered by external providers as well as our own staff.  Please click on the link for staff-led activities below.  Note, too, that these are free, but not necessarily open to all children in the school.  They are worth waiting for, however!

Teacher-led after-school activities Term 1