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Goodness, it's been a busy start to December and Christmas hasn't quite arrived just yet. That said, there'll be lots and lots of children (and parents) counting the sleeps...
Our sporting teams have begun their various campaigns and,as always, we'll seek to keep you up to date as the year progresses. This month saw the hardy cross-country runners participate in their league meeting on the top of the Castlereagh Hills - with a tough course made tougher by the biting wind! Well done to all!
This month sees the busy enrolment period for prospective P1 pupils. You'll have read this already, but it was a privilege to welcome all our visitors to Open Day - all three sessions were really well attended, so thanks to everyone for taking the time to visit our wonderful school! Thanks, especially, to our P7 ambassadors for providing the guided tours and our musicians for the musical entertainment at various locations around the school. Here's hoping for lots of excited new pupils coming to join us in September.
Mr Sandford, our eminent Vice Principal and (seriously) expert science teacher, hosted two important events this month. First, there was a family STEM evening, at which Mr Sandford challenged family groups to think about maths and science in a fun-packed and educational evening - with lots of music and two technology challenges thrown in! The latter saw intrepid designers attempt to make a fresh (smiley-faced) egg get from the balcony to the floor of the Andrews Hall in a capsule that provided comfort and safety (from the egg's perspective). Essentially, the challenge was to avoid breaking the egg! Some of our guests went home with an egg; others left a semi-made omelette on the floor. The other aimed at launching a rocket the furthest distance from the stage - dangerous to those of us in the body of the hall!
Mr Sandford also organised his annual Chemistry at Work Day, where groups of P6 pupils were entertained and enthused about chemistry by visitors from Queen's University, Big Ted's American Cookies, Mr Sandford himself, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Nendrum College. Very significantly, this was a cross-community event, with P6 pupils joining our own from Alexander Dickson PS, Ballygowan, Comber PS and St Mary's PS, Comber. This event has become a fixture in our calendar and, we hope, those of the other schools. It is a fantastic way to sow the seeds for future science learning among pupils who will be to 'big school' quite soon. STEM means Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths - here at Andrews, we know we're covering all the bases really well. Our own Science Week runs alongside both these events, with all classes in school engaged in a number of science-related activities. We really do feel that the children get a meaningful and enthusiastic introduction to this important area of the curriculum. Thanks to all the staff and pupils at all the schools and, of course, to the great presenters from the various organisations that we rely on so much to make the event happen.
And finally, let's finish the term's news with some wonderful Christmas memories. From top to bottom - the P4/5 Christmas Service, the P6/7 Christmas Service and the P1-3 Nativity, the Little Angel.
From all of us here, have a wonderful happy and peaceful Christmas. See you all again in 2017!