June 2015

You can access our School Develpment Plan summary for the 2014-15 school year by clicking on the link below.  Hard copies will be made available in Spetember 2015 & the Principal will outline key targets at the Curriculum evenings during the same month.

SDP June Summary 2015

After what was an incredibly busy May sports-wise, we begin this month's news with a reminder of our wonderful Andrews Hall Centenary Festival.  The whole event - series of events - was very special, indeed, and we have reported on it in April's News page.  This month, sees us adding to the website the selection of children's photos of the hall - all of which are going to be reproduced on a special 'commemorative banner' that we can use for school promotional events.

Our website policy stops us naming the children alongside their pictures, but we're sure you'll agree that they did themselves proud.  We will give them all full credit, of course, on the banner itself.  The pictures will all be uploaded very soon.

Here's hoping for great weather for our Sports Days this week:

P1-3 Wednesday 10 June, 11am-12pm - pictures below

 

P4-7 Friday 12 June, 1.30-3pm - pictures below

The banner was designed by one of our pupils, Ruby Rebbeck, so thanks to her for that.  Her prize was the banner production itself, as well as some sports equipment for the school.

 

From all of us, have a wonderful summer holiday - see you at the end of August!

 

May 2015

Our May news carries on in the same vein as the April news finished.  With more sporting achievements...

Firstly, our congratulations to our netball squad who competed in a 31 team tournament at the Aurora in Bangor recently.  One team finished a very creditable 3rd.  Thanks to all the girls for their commitment throughout the year, and to Miss Savage, for her dedicated work after school on Tuesdays - throughout the winter!

Both our P7 boys' and girls' hockey teams have enjoyed much success in their local league this year.  The girls narrowly missed out on qualifications for the N. Ireland finals at Lisnagarvey, but the boys made it through to this prestigious tournament - with the top 24 schools in Ulster competing.  We are delighted to report that the team finished Runners-Up in the Plate competition - a fitting climax to a great year.  Our sincere thanks to all the boys, and girls, of course, for their enthusiasm and commitment.  Mr Skimin and Mr Magee accompanied the children to their local league competitions, but would both wish to thank and acknowledge the invaluable help from Andrew McKibbin, a former pupil, for his coaching prowess and support.  Andrew definitely had the boys playing to their potential!

As is traditional at Andrews, we enter a team of P7 runners in the Fun Run of the Belfast Marathon - their aim to raise funds for a chosen project for the school.  In other words, to add to their own legacy...  In the past the children have purchased window boxes, a balance beam for the playground and a pond (to be established this June).  This year, they are still looking toward developing the outdoor classroom - more news when we have it!  Thanks to everyone, and the accompanying (and running) parents and teachers, for their efforts.  Our first boys home actually broke the tape on the finishing line, they were so fast.  Allegedly...

However, this year also saw the rekindling of an older tradition, that of the parents' relay team.  Once more, very ably organised by Kerri McCracken, the team also did their bit to raise funds for our school.  Alongside Kerri, the team members were Claire Childs, Anne-Marie Hutchinson, Julia Moore and Nikki Rebbeck.  Well done to all!  What about some dads next year??

Now for news you've all been waiting for...   Next year's holidays.  We'll add these to the website calendar soon, but so as not to confuse with this year's dates, please click on the link below.

Term Dates & Holidays 2015-16

Our boys' football team narrowly missed out on the League and Cup double, after losing a tight game against Dundonald PS on a very wet evening at Ards Rangers.  Our thanks and congratulations go to Dundonald who played really well on the night, especially in defence, where they broke down successive Andrews' attacks very effectively.

The girls brought more smiles to the football squad, however, by finishing 3rd in their area tournament.  Well done to them!

Our last piece of sports news for this very busy May, concerns a special visit to school that hopefully inspired a great team performance...

We have links with many Post Primary schools, and were delighted when RBAI (Belfast Inst) asked us if they could bring the Medallion Shield and Schools Cup into school.  RBAI won both of these trophies this year, which is a remarkable and very rare feat.  We were delighted to host the winning coach, Mr Soper, along with the 1st XV captain, Lewis McNamara.  Our mini rugby squad then turned out at Campbell College's festival that same afternoon and performed brilliantly, so maybe the sight of the trophies helped inspire their confidence.  We also found out that Mr Soper had heard one of our players, Sam, giving a 'shout out' to his team mates that same morning on Citybeat!  Well done Sam - and thanks!

April 2015

It's our big birthday month...

 

We will be celebrating the 100th birthday of our wonderful Andrews Memorial Hall during a special Centenary Festival.  We very much hope that you will be able to come along and share in this very special occasion - and hope that the programme below offers something for the whole  family...

 

If you'd like to know a little more about the hall, perhaps our Commemorative Booklet will help.  Just click on the link below:

 

Centenary Commemorative Booklet

 

Wednesday 22nd - film shows (the hall was Comber's first ciinema)

2pm - children's show (tickets £1)

6.30pm - adult's show (tickets £2)

 

Thursday 23rd - PTA Fashion Show

7pm - tickets £10

 

Friday 24th - school exhibition celebrating the life and role of the hall

6.30pm - free

 

Saturday 25th - Family Fun Day

11am-4pm - free admission (voluntary donations)

Tea Dance, 2pm (tickets £5)

Face-painting, playground games, Cadet Force archery & marching band, PSNI car, fire engine, vintage vehicles

 

 

Sunday 26th - Service of Thanksgiving

3pm - invited guests & restricted number of visitors

There will be a special Commemorative Centenary Booklet produced for the occasion, available from next weekend.  It reproduces some previously unseen material relating to the hall's construction.  We hope that will add to the school's 'learning legacy' and will be an important addition to our  book, A Titanic Memorial - the Andrews Memorial Hall, which we published in 2012.  Here are two pictures from that book, as a reminder of how the hall's interior looked in the 1940s (note the gas lamps) and in the eyes of the architect, Young & Mackenzie, before it was built.  Can you see any differences in the drawing from the building that is here today?

If you would like a copy of the booklet, please contact the school.

 

We had a fabulous festival - our sincere thanks to all our pupils, parents, staff and friends for their support!

The Andrews Hall Centenary Festival will live long in our memories; most appropriately, it was a fitting tribute to our amazing building, the man whose name appears over the door, and the wonderful legacy it has provided for our school and the community of Comber - and beyond.

And for those children who entered our photo competition, keep an eye on the May news page...

 

In other news...

Our wildflower garden has been rotavated and prepared for this season's planting - the last steps of which were, quite literally, lots of steps in very quick succession by the children in our Eco Club.  We're all looking forward to another season of beautiful blooms.

The various sporting seasons we are involved in are coming to their climax over the next few weeks.  Hopefully, we'll bring you news of successes; we'll certainly be bringing you news of enjoyment and fun!

We're starting with the football team, who had an impressive Quarter Final win over Comber PS in the 9-a-side cup.  The photo below with the ball in mid-air hasn't captured the shooter, simply because he's too far away...  it was one of THOSE goals!

 

Moving swiftly on, this squad is now the newly crowned League Champions!  Congratulations to Mr Skimin and the team, some of whom are only in P5.  We look forward to receiving the trophy in school from none other than Mr Denis Nash, the doyenne of local soccer and a long-time supported and friend to the Newtownards & District Primary Schools' Football Association.  See you soon, Denis!

Our Mini Rugby squad was privileged to be part of the Maxol Primary Schools Rugby Festival at Ravenhill.  The thrill of playing at the headquarters of Ulster Rugby is incredible and it certainly brings out the best in the players.  We had a fantastic afternoon and enjoyed three really competitive matches against Riverdale PS, Ebrington PS and Fullerton House Prep.  Thanks to all the players and supporters, too - from all the schools present.  

We were lucky, also, to meet one of Ulster's stars this season, Franc van der Merwe, who posed for a photograph and then signed programmes, a sweatshirt and scrum cap.  A few 'selfies' were also taken!