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:
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!