Well, here we are, June has arrived again! But what a great start with the weather, so here's hoping!
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We begin this month with wonderful news about two of our pupils who made it through to the N. Ireland finals of the Rotary Club's Young Musician of the Year. We are so proud of both girls and know that they contribute so much to the musical life of the school as well as to their respective groups and instruments outside Andrews.
Any regular visitor to our website will be familiar with all our work in support of Active Travel and we were rewarded in two lovely ways for our commitment recently. First, the incoming Chief Executive of Sustrans UK, along with a delegation of his staff from Belfast, brought him all the way along the Greenway to Comber - and to our school! Thanks to Xavier and his team for all their support and interest. And to Tom, our own link officer, a special thanks for organising the visit. Tom also presented the school with a brand new bicycle for us to present to a lucky girl/boy before the end of the year. For news on how to have a chance of receiving the bike, you'll have to keep an eye on the website - and the twitter window!
Remember that certain events in school are now being tweeted and can be accessed from the window on the left side of the website screen. You don't need to have a twitter account to see our tweets either - but we'd lie lots of followers, so feel free to join up!
Our P7s are about to embark on their annual residential trip to Holland, staying in Noordwijk on the North Sea coast and visiting lots of lovely places, in Amsterdam and beyond. This year we are experimenting with twitter and hoping to use it to let everyone know what we're up to throughout the trip, so it's another request to access that all-important wee window... Please have a check on the Calendar page for the forthcoming end of year events - they're always great fun and special occasions to mark the end of another great year in Andrews!
This month sees us welcome our new P1 pupils into school to spend some time with their new classmates and teachers. Parents also have the chance to share a cuppa - and, we hope, begin to feel at home in our school family.
We also welcomed the children who are coming to Andrews from Jiminy Cricket's Pre-School Club to our P1 playground. They had lots of fun and the staff from school and Jiminy's were able to share important information regarding the children as they prepare for their transition to school. Perhaps even more importantly, the P1s were able to share important school information with the Jiminy's children!
We welcome children from a large number of pre-school providers, remember, but if one group shares part of our site, they do have an added advantage in getting to know the grounds at least! We're also delighted that in their recent inspection, they received an excellent report - keeps us all on our toes!
Now, for those of you following us on Twitter (the window is on the left of the screen), you will hopefully be aware of how to enter 'the draw' for the bike shown in the picture below - a bike built by us with the help of Tom, our Sustrans officer. It's great - and a lovely colour, too - and it's been tested!
You can also be entered for the draw by emailing the school from this website - see the Contact tab for the address. Our Facebook master will be creating an 'event', too, so there are plenty of ways to enter - just as long as it's done without paper!
Hot off the press... We've just retained our Green Flag in recognition of all our wonderful Eco work - fabulous work from everyone, as it really is everyone who contributes. Of course, when it comes to the BIG VISIT, the Eco Council take the lead in the tour and in answering the assessor's questions. This year was no exception in terms of our pupils' brilliant contributions. Paul Moore, from Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful was very impressed! We must also recognise the hard work and dedication of Mr Skimin and Mrs Moorhead, who coordinate the children's learning and make sure all the boxes are ticked. The best thing about attaining Green Flag status is the fact that the children MUST be involve at all levels of the learning, including the planning and coordinating. It is also the children who the assessor spends the most time with on the day. This is our third Green Flag - long may this work be at the centre of our school's ethos.
As we move into the last week of the school year, we still have some great news for you...
Mr Sandford - the very, very brave Mr Sandford - our Vice Principal, successfully completed his parachute jump in support of Marie Curie at the start of the month. We can now report that the Andrews Memorial family - as it always does with charity - supported him generously. To date, he has raised £620. More will come in this month and we'll organise a presentation for him in the Autumn, so if you feel like adding anything to the collection, you can still do so.
Well done, Mr Sandford and thanks to everyone for their support!
Finally, as we bring the year to a close, here is a small selection from the end of year events. All were fantastic and brilliantly supported - thank you!
P1-3 Sports Day
P4-7 Sports Day
P7 trip to Amsterdam
Aladdin - our P7 production