Please remember that we are having our Parent-Teacher Consultations next week, 7-11 March 2016. School closes at 1.55pm every day for all pupils. After-school clubs run by staff will not take place, but all those run by external providers will go ahead as normal. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation with these consultations. They really are an essential link between home and school.
This time of year traditionally sees our school sports teams in action, as seasons come to a close. There will be lots of excitement ahead, so please come and visit the website to find out how we get on.
We begin this month's sports pictures with our Tag Rugby team, who took part in a Tag festival at Londonderry Park, Newtownards. There were around 20 schools in action, on a fairly awful day weather-wise, so well done to all the children, coaches, referees and supporters for braving it out! Our team was fortunate to have their new hoodies to keep out the cold, on and off the pitch!
On to netball now, and the annual tournament at Strathearn School. Please click on the clink below for a full report on another successful outing for our girls. Well done to all and thanks to Miss Hall and Miss Savage for their hard work and commitment to coaching the girls throughout the year.
The football season closes somewhat more slowly, with a number of events. First up, was the league finals' day, where teams finishing close together in the season-long league compete in a series of mini four team leagues. Andrews Memorial finished a very creditable 4th in the league overall, so came up against the top three teams in their group of four. The boys played with real heart, but couldn't quite match the opposition on the day. Once again, click on the link below for pictures and a full report. And, by the way, the ball in the photo below only stopped when it hit the back of the net - the opposition's!
The mini rugby reason is just getting started, although we have been training throughout the year. On Saturday 6 March, we took part in the first Ulster Provincial Mini Rugby Festival sponsored by Aviva and run by the IRFU at Ballyclare RFC. This was a great occasion and one the boys can be very proud to have participated in. With a depleted squad, we still played really well and with great spirit against two strong teams in Campbell College Junior School and Greenisland PS. We were waiting patiently for our team photo and now that it's arrived, we're wondering why we look so bemused... Anyway, here we all are...
And now for some hockey... Report to follow, but here's a taster from the girls' and boys' tournaments at Ards Leisure Centre. The girls had the better of the weather and, in the end, the results, but you'll have to come back for more news soon...
Before we break up for the Easter holidays, we must report on a well-deserved celebration evening for two former colleagues, Miss Liz Rodgers and Mrs Jennifer Connolly. Together, Liz and Jennifer served our school with commitment, professionalism, hard work, passion and caring for over 70 years! Pictured with both at their retirement dinner at La Mon recently, are Mrs Gillian Barry, Mr Derek Henderson, former Principal, and Mr Ralph Magee, current Principal. Gillian retired at the end of last year and, when her her tally of years' service is added to Liz's and Jennifer's the total is over 90 years! Through Liz's PE expertise, Jennifer's championing of play-based-learning and Gillian's brilliant drama productions, the school has lost a huge amount of talent, experience and expertise. However, we know the roles must be filled and our mission to provide in these areas remains undiminished! We wish all three many years' happy retirement - from all accounts, they're all still very busy, but not driven by the school bell! We also asked Liz and Jennifer into school to say thank you to the children and parents for their wonderful generosity towards their presentation.
And finally for this month, congratulations to everyone involved with 'Shamrock & Thistle', a concert we hosted to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Staged in the Andrews Hall, the audience were treated to a wide selection of Scottish and Irish music, with our own choir opening the concert with some aplomb! Other performers were Lord Londonderry's Own CLB Flute Band, Downshire Youth Brass, Johnston Highland Dancers, Louise McAllister and Matthew Shaw & Glenn Baxter (drummer and piper). We really hope to welcome these performers and many more in the future - the Andrews Hall is a venue that deserves to be used by the whole community, remember. It's our mission!