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.
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!