September 2015

Hello again, everyone, and welcome to the new school year!

We hope that for each and every one of you, parents and pupils, this year will be enjoyable and fulfilling; challenging, too, in a positive way!

The website calendar will be populated as the term begins to unfold; the holiday details are already there.  Please keep an eye on the website for school news and information.  If you can't find something, please let us know!

Following our wonderful Andrews Hall centenary celebrations last year, we hope that our hall will continue to be a focus for community events, and we are delighted to start the year with a celebration of young musical talent.  Please click on the link below for further details - and please try and support both the school and these young musicians with your attendance.

An Evening Recital - 10 September 2015, 7.30pm

What a wonderful evening it was, too!  A very appreciative audience was treated to the amazing talent of these young musicians, most ably accompanied by Tom's father, Gary, one our long-standing music tutors.  The school shared the proceeds of this concert with Comber Rotary Club's nominated charity, Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust, and we very much hope that our wonderful Andrews Hall will host similar events in the future.

And so to our own pupils and the very special group that are starting their journey with us, the new P1s...  We always try and bring you a selection of pictures as they start their year, so we hope you enjoy these.  Play-based learning is an integral and critically important part of the P1 day; in our school, the children's active learning is further enhanced by their harvesting of the produce from our raised vegetable bed.  You can see the children proudly displaying their pea harvest - just before they made a rather wonderful pea risotto, as well as showing off the new apples in our orchard.

Finally for this month, we wanted to share some sporting success stories of our past pupils.  Many of our pupils go on to achieve success in a number of fields.  Our local schools are sprinkled with prefects and Head Girls/Boys who are former Andrews' pupils; similarly their teams contain many children who started their competitive sporting interests here.  Some, however, go on to even greater things and represent their province/country.  We thought it only appropriate to recognise three this month.  Kyle Van Giesen, currently of Regent House School, is a member of the Ulster U-18 schools' side that recently competed in the schools' Inter-provincial series.  He is still a prop, as he was here, but he's a lot bigger and stronger!  George Tipton, of Nendrum College, is following in the footsteps of his dad, Matthew, and beginning to make his mark as a talented footballer.  George is currently playing for N. Ireland's U-14 team.  Natasha Morton, now at Bloomfield Collegiate, gained Irish representative honours in 2015 at U-17 and U-19 level in ladies' cricket.  Peter McKibbin, also of Regent House School, has represented and captained Ulster and Ireland at U-16 and U-18 level.  He has also represented both at U-21 level.

We wish all of them every success in their chosen sporting arenas - and hope that they have fond memories of their sporting lives with us, as all made telling contributions to our teams' success when they were here!

 

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!