May 2017

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the Summer term.

We begin this month with important school meals' news.  There is a new menu in operation now - available from the beginning of May.  Please click on the link below to access it. If you want a hard copy, please request it through your child's class teacher.

Summer Term 2017

Our after-school programme begins the week of 1 May - if you want to check dates, times etc, click on the link below.  Please note that the teachers' clubs/teams are not included, as they will tell the children themselves, as this term tends to have lots on and irregular sessions.

After-School programme, Term 3

What a beautiful month weather-wise so far!  Our P1s are so taken with this outdoor life that they've ordered a new kitchen - for outside!  Their brilliant 'mud kitchen' arrived and was installed in glorious sunshine, but they're just as excited at the thought of making wet and muddy mud pies.  And cakes.  And biscuits.  And tea...

This month sees the climax of the school sports' seasons, with teams competing in various tournaments/festivals.  We will post pictures as they become available, so please come back and visit...

First up for Andrews was our Mini Rugby squad, who, after playing in their local East Down Blitz, travelled to Ulster HQ at Ravenhill for a very special day out!  As always, the boys put 100% effort into their matches and came away with many happy memories.

Taking a little break from sport, we must report on a very successful Environmental Youth Speak event that we hosted in the Andrews Hall on behalf of the Ards & North Down Borough Council.  The school has a very proud record of participation and success in this event and this year saw our very own Trashy G put in a wonderful performance to finish runner-up.  The topic on which each competitor had to make a 3 minute presentation was 'A day in the life of a Waste Sorting Super Hero' - and what talent there was on show!  Local schools represented were Andrews Memorial PS, Ballyholme PS, Ballymagee PS, Bangor Central IPS, Carrowdore PS, Glencraig IPS, St Finian's PS, St Patrick's PS, Ballygalget and Victoria PS - well done to everyone and thanks to our own P6 and P7 pupils for their enthusiasm as an audience!

Our big PTA fundraiser this term saw us celebrate fitness with Fitness Freddy and his Superhero dance moves - a great day for everyone!  Staff and pupils entered into the spirit fully and there were some impressive 'moves' on show...  Thanks to everyone for their generosity - the PTA will be letting you know how much the event raised very soon.  There are more photos on the twitter feed, too.

April 2017

As we near the end of term, we have some lovely news to share.  We hope that you will also visit our Year Group pages to find out a little more.

Our Easter Service took place in school on Wednesday 5 April, with the children in P1-3 all singing and reading beautifully.  Thanks to Mrs Lowry for leading the service and to Mrs Knaggs and Mrs Ambrose for their direction of the music.  We must also recognise the support of all the staff in these year groups and, of course, the P3 parents for coming to take part.  Our guest speaker, Pastor Glenn Johnston, was fantastic, too!

Further excitement was waiting for the P2 year group on the same day, when a local farmer came to visit to tell the children all about the vegetables he grows.  The children created this fabulous pic collage with their iPads as a memory of the visit.  They can tell you lots about how vegetables grow, how they start life and what they look like when ready for eating.  Mr Hamilton very kindly left some behind as a healthy gift for the staff!

This last week of term has been busy throughout the school, but more so in P6 and P7, as the annual Andrews Memorial school play finally made it to the stage!  Peter Pan was a rip-roaring yarn and a rip-roaring success - a huge team effort from staff and pupils alike.  We were also privileged to host two sell-out performances in the Andrews Hall.  Under the overall production skills of Miss Henderson, supported by the musical direction of Mrs Ambrose and Mrs Knaggs, with amazing new costumes by Mrs Moorhead and Mrs Lutton, and presented in glorious light and sound by Miss Hall, the audiences were treated to fantastic talents front stage and back.  Well done to everyone - and what a fantastic group of children in P7 who stepped up to the mark, over it and way beyond it in their effort and commitment to the production.

Turning our attention back to sport, we were privileged to welcome three past-pupils back to assembly with a very special trophy.  Timothy, Matthew and Joshua, alongside their captain, Stuart, all played in Grosvenor Grammar's winning football Schools' Cup side this year - and last year.  They were joined To play in a schools' final on St Patrick's Day is a dream come true, to win is something special, but to successfully defend the title is a mark of some brilliance.  Pictured here with a few of our own hopefuls - remembering that just a few years ago these young men were in the same position as our P7s!

We must also recognise four of our past-pupils who represented Regent House in the Schools' Bowl Final in rugby.  Unfortunately they weren't on the winning side on this occasion, but nevertheless deserve congratulations.  So, to Kyle, Robbie, Iain and Aaron, well done!

And lastly, as we sign-ff for the term, a beautiful (and very tasty) Easter cake from our P1 bakers - have a wonderful Easter everyone!

 

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...