March 2017

Hello again, everyone - and welcome to spring!  The daffodils are clearly very resilient in these parts, as the shoots are sprouting healthily despite the cold - and all the rest!

There are two important pieces of news this month, before we share some pictures.  First, if you click on the link below, you can view the school's draft policy on E-safety.  You can also request a 'hard' copy from the office.  We will be inviting your comments through this website consultation and then at parent information sessions, the first of which is on 15 March 2017 (a letter has already been sent home regarding this meeting for P3 & P4 parents).  Following a period of consultation among parents, pupils and staff, we hope to publish this policy on the website formally after the Easter break.

Draft Policy on E-safety

Secondly, we can now confirm next year's school holidays and term details.  Feel free to book those well-deserved holidays, but please avoid term time as the school cannot endorse unauthorised absence unless in exceptional circumstances.  Again, if you click on the link below, you can view the details - we will also send home a hard copy of these.

Term dates & holidays 2017-18

Please come back soon to see more of what's going on in school as the term progresses - and keep an eye on the Calendar, too.

First-up is a new sport for Andrews Memorial - table tennis.  Miss Hall started a lunchtime club last year and this year decided to enter a team in a N. Ireland-wide tournament.  The children had to travel to Banbridge to compete, but what a worthwhile journey it was!  The mixed team finished third and the boys' team came second, which means that they go through to the regional final.  We're very proud of the children's efforts - practising hard at lunchtimes - and of Miss Hall for recognising and realising the potential for the sport to be included in an already busy schedule.

Both girls' and boys' hockey teams have been in action this month - in area tournaments at Ards Leisure Centre.  Everyone enjoyed their matches, with the (mostly) P6 girls' team earning a particularly honourable draw with the might of Abbey PS, and the boys getting through to the semi-final stage, only to be beaten in a penalty shoot-out by Abbey!  Thanks to Miss Hall for all her coaching efforts throughout the year.  There are reports filtering through of chips being used in the team preparation - we're not so sure about that!

Our families are well-known for their generosity towards a number of charities and each year sees us making significant contributions towards both local and national organisations.  Recent retiring collections from services in the Andrews Hall saw us make donations to Comber Coal Fund (as for every year), as well as a new recipient, the Neonatal Ward at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.  We were pleased to welcome Joanne Megrath from the unit into assembly, where she told us that the money would be used to help furnish a sitting area for patients' families.  Thank you to everyone for their contributions - the children will be in touch soon about our next charity project.


Taking a quick break before the next sports news, here are some P2 children celebrating our patron Saint - we hope yours was a great day, too!

March also saw the football League Finals' Day, with both our P4/5 and P6/7 teams competing at Londonderry Park.  The boys played really well, the P6/7 team achieving 3rd place in their section and the P4/5s coming out on top!  So all good for the future!  The P4/5s played a great final against Brooklands PS and won a really competitive game 3-2, with both teams scoring fantastic goals.  Here are a few reminders from a great afternoon's football...

February 2017

With Spring just around the corner - we hope - and the brighter mornings, we turn our thoughts to getting active with our travel to school again.  We were delighted to host our by now familiar and popular Bike Buses along with a healthy breakfast - no better way to start a Friday!  Thanks to all the children, parents and staff for their unswerving support - it wasn't much of a day weather-wise, but we all had fun.  We even had on of next year's P1 children joining us - she's very keen!  The Big Pedal approaches, so keep an eye out for more news on our annual virtual bike race...

Valentine's Day comes just before we break up for half-term, so what better present for the one you love than...

A fresh sausage roll from P2, that's what!

Delicious, warm, just the right size to allow space for another; the perfect gift...

Still, we have to work out in what order to use the ingredients...

See the twitter feed for more conclusive evidence as to the quality of these yummy snacks...

And finally for this half-term, some more pictures, first of P4 pupils grappling with dinosaurs - not actually grappling with them as such, but with their size, hence the need for coats, the playground and big measuring sticks!  We follow that with appropriately Valentines's Day themed shortbread from P1 - delicious and so much better than a card, certainly to eat at least!

We wonder who you'd give yours to?

Attention Primary 7 -  click on Peter Pan for costume details.

Happy holiday from all of us - see you next Thursday!

January 2017

Welcome back and a Happy New Year to all our readers!

Isn't this just a lovely picture to get us all started?

For those wishing to check on our after-school programme, there is a full timetable available on the Calendar page (at January 2017).

The new year sports' programme for our school teams kicked off with the annual 5-a-side competition at Ards Leisure Centre.  The boys played really well in securing 2 winds and a draw, but on the day this wasn't quite good enough to progress to the finals.  Our best wishes to those that did make it - and we'll be back soon!

Our friends and neighbours at Comber PS are hosting a programme for parents and carers of children aged between 3 and 6 called 'The Incredible Years'.  If you wish to find out more, including how to attend, please click on the links below:

The Incredible Years

School Readiness information

We always have to remember that the core work of the school takes place in and around the classrooms, as well as on various sports fields, so here are some pictures of P4s working on their Procedural Writing - sounds very formal, but, as you can see, doesn't have to be!  Writing instructions for making buns or sandwiches means so much more if you actually do it.  And eat them!

Among our regular visitors to Andrews is Rita, who comes twice a year to make 'The World Around Us' topics related to 'early man' and 'the Vikings' come alive.  She is always welcomed by the children and staff, whatever her guise, as she unleashes the creative empathy of the pupils through various practical activities.  Rita was a Viking most recently, as were many of our pupils; some more formidable than others, but then not all Vikings were marauding and violent raiders.  We wonder what do you think of these particular examples?