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.
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.
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...