March 2015

Digital Photo Competition

Take a digital photograph of our wonderful Andrews Memorial Hall & email to the school (at the address below).

Your picture can be of any part of the outside of the building - you may even want to include your family or friends.  Or even yourself!

The competition is open to all children in P4 - P7 and we look forward to judging some genuinely creative photographic talent!

The closing date for entry is Sunday 19 April 2015.

There will be House prizes and the winning picture will be printed, framed and hung in the Andrews Hall as part of our celebration of its 100th birthday.

Email entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Remember to include your name, class and house in your email.

Good luck!


Welcome to March and the last month of our second term.

We're beginning this month's news with a reminder of last month's big event - our fabulous production of 'The Boat Factory' by Dan Gordon.  Unlike our first production of his play in 2012, Dan wasn't able to join us, but he was with us via twitter - very 21st century!

Once again, Mrs Barry produced a fabulous version of the play and this time she really embraced the concept of bringing the performance to the audience.  Much of the action took place on the floor of the hall, surrounded by the audience.  This created a wonderfully dynamic performance with lots of action and sound in lots of places.  Here are some photos of the children in action...

Our thanks to Mrs Barry for her direction, Mrs Moorhead for the costumes, Mrs Hanafin for the lighting and sound, all the staff for their support and cooperation and, of course, our wonderful children and parents for making this yet another memorable and enjoyable Andrews Memorial production.

More sports news now...

Our boys' and girls' cross-country teams were in action this month at Parkway in Comber, in their regional heats of the SEELB's schools' competition.  Organised and run by Ards Borough Council, the event attracted a big field, the runners having to race around a challenging circuit over grass and gravel.  The children performed admirably, but the boys deserve special praise as they finished first!  Well done to all - we had two runners in the top 10 (Matthew Lusty and Harvey Kane), with Matthew finishing a brilliant 2nd overall and Harvey 5th.

Our Mini Rugby squad also took to the field for the first time this year, playing practice matches against Campbell College Junior School.  It was a tough challenge, but everyone participated enthusiastically.  We look forward to our next outing,very possibly a return match!

Always exciting in March is the Big Pedal, our annual cycling race around the UK - oh, and not forgetting scooting!  As ever, we did ourselves proud and, despite the ridiculously inconsistent weather, many of us supported our Bike Buses and Bike It Breakfast on the final day.  Thankfully, the last day saw an upturn in the weather, too!



February 2015

As we approach half-term, we have two important documents for you to read.  Both can be accessed by clicking the links below.  The Policy Guide is one we send out every year - it is a reminder of the range of policies we have as well as some information about dealing with queries/concerns.  The Keele survey summary has been produced as part of our school development planning process and summarises the findings of the surveys sent out in November 2014.  The results are very encouraging and we can all be very proud of our efforts - pupils, parents and staff.  We have highlighted some issues, of course, and are dealing with them, but it is worth noting the high degreee of satisfaction refelcted in the feedback.  Of particular note, is the fact that 71% of our parents responded - a hugely impressive proportion and one that means we can have real confidence in claiming to know the opinions of our parents.  Thanks to everyone for that!  We should also mention our Parents' Focus Group, whose feedback has also been included in the summary.  This was a new idea and we are very happy with the level of interest and the feedback we received.

The full school development plan will be published this month, too.  It will be published on the About Us page of the website.

Safeguarding Policy Guide

Keele Surveys - executive summary

Given the very busy end to this half-term, we will publish pictures of the school's production of The Boat Factory next month.


January 2015

Happy New Year!

We hope that your 2015 will be a peaceful and fulfilling one; we have many exciting things to look forward to in school, but we're keeping those close to our chest for the moment...

As a reminder for all in our school community, please click on the link below to access the Board of Governors' notice to ban all unauthorised traffic from the school grounds.  This is a critically important document that comes into effect this month and which - we can only hope - will be supported by everyone who wishes to place the safety of our children first.

Traffic in the school grounds

This month sees the enrolment period for entry into September's Primary 1 year group reach its conclusion.  If you know of anyone who is interested in sending their child to our school, please remind them that the closing date for applications is Wednesday 14 January 2015, at noon.  All pupils must be enrolled via the official form, including those whose sisters or brothers are already here.  The school still has some forms, but you can download them from the SEELB website, too.  Our Admissions Criteria can be accessed from our Home page, although please remember that these don't apply until the school becomes over-subscribed with applications.

This link will take you to the relevant section of the SEELB website, where you can find information on the schools as well as download the aplication form:

SEELB Primary 1 information

Following consultation with staff and parents, we are pleased to publish our reviewed Policy on Bullying (accessed from the About Us page).  We will now be working with the pupils to help them understand the definition of bullying and how they can prevent it and manage the feelings associated with bullying-type behaviour. 

PRIMARY 7, to find out your costume details just click on The Boat Factory.

As the excitment builds towards our production of the Boat Factory, we do have other news for this month...

Firstly, a word of congratulations to both P7 hockey teams that once again played brilliantly in their league matches at Comber Leisure Centre.  The boys drew one and won the rest; the girls lost one and won the rest.  Keep it up, folks!


The 5-a-side football squad competed in the annual tournament at Ards Leisure Centre and, while playing well in patches, narowly missed out on escaping the group stages...  We're confident that more is come from this group, though.

An intrepid bunch of runners have been representing the school at Cross-Country league fixtures during the last few months (proper cross-country conditions included).  The final round took place at a beautifully bright and sunny, but very 'fresh', Donard Park in Newcastle.  It was a genuinely tough course and, with the cold air, a real challenge to keep going.  Once again, the children did us proud, but special mention should be made of Matthew Lusty who finished an amazing 4th place overall and qualified for the N. Ireland Finals.  Keep  going, Matthew!


On 29 January we celebrated a very important, very big birthday...

Our beloved Andrews Memorial Hall was 100 years old - an amazing building with an amazing history and a legacy that we're truly proud to be part of.  A continuing part of.


We marked the occasion with a whole school assembly from Rev Mackay and then a specially commissoned photograph by the Newtownards Chronicle.  This picture will be enlarged and displayed in school and the Hall, as well as published in the paper to promote our Andrews Hall Festival Weekend in April 2015 (24-26).  Of that, more news soon, but the photo here will give you a a taste of how the big picture will look.