November 2017

Notes for Parents & Carers:

8 November 2017

15 November 2017

November, at least the start of it, is all about our big new project and how we hope you can help us create the Andrews Community Digital Hub.  The PTA has already started campaigning in earnest, through its Facebook page, and a grant application for an Aviva Community Award has already been shortlisted for a £10000 award.  However, that's just the first stage.  Now we need our whole school community to register and vote to get us across the line!

The link to the project voting page is below - please take a few moments to register and vote.  You can also access the link via our twitter feed.

Vote here

You will hear lots more about our plans in the weeks to follow - as the hub is just the start of it!  Whether we get the grant or not, we are still aiming to create the hub alongside our new library as part of our drive to maintain and improve our ICT and literacy provision for all our pupils, as well as to open up access to the wider community.

Our PTA came into school to make a video to help with the promotion of the voting challenge - we'll upload that just as soon as we can, but we are 'in role'...

And then here's the Director working hard, too!

And here's the finished product - one week to go, everyone, so let's get on our case!

Our wee video 

 

October 2017

We're back to what we hope is normal service after the hurricane...

First up this month is some Eco news - the harvesting of our very own apples!  Our Eco Club remains a vibrant and extremely popular part of our provision, so here's hoping for another bumper year.  The juice was delicious, by the way!

Our first sporting news this year comes from the cross-country squad, who are competing in three local league events sponsored by Flahavan's porridge - a bowl of which would have been very welcome at the finish line!

We hope many of you have been following us on twitter, as it provides an immediate and current news feed on what's going on.  Annual October highlights are the PTA Family Fun Night, with amazing pumpkins, fancy dress, discos and fireworks, as well as the P6 residential trip to Killyleagh Outdoor Education Centre, otherwise known as Seaboard - another big part of our provision at Andrews.  Unfortunately, the Education Authority have recommended that the centre closes for residential trips like ours so this may be the last one in a long history - over 30 years!  We had a wonderful week, with the children a credit to everyone and the weather being very kind.  Pictures will follow shortly - but just as a taster and a reminder for those of you that have been, here's a typical and typically beautiful Seaboard sunrise...

Here are a few pics from each class trip - firstly, Mrs Van Giesen's class, then Mr Skimin's class...

 

What about these for amazing pumpkin designs?  Wow!

September 2017

Hello again, everyone, and welcome back!

The school term dates and holidays are now on the Calendar page of the website; as the weeks progress, we'll be updating the Calendar with events, too.

Please click below to view the school dinner menu for this term.  Dinners cost £2.60 each and can be ordered on a Monday morning.  We really appreciate you sending in the exact amount of money for the week and details of the day(s) your child requires a dinner.

School dinner menu for Term 1

The children's Christmas Dinner will be on Wednesday 6 December 2017.  Please make a note of this as further flyers won't be sent out.

Our extensive after-school programme will be starting soon.  For your reference, please click on the link below to see what's coming up this term - we hope you'll find something you like.  We very proud of the programme, especially the fact that our staff are so involved in its delivery.  For those activities that cost, please appreciate that our school receives no extra funding to cover such activities, so we have to pass on the costs to our parents.

After-School Programme, Term 1

September is always a mixture of excitement, challenge and busyness - for families getting back into routine as well as for school.  Thanks to everyone for making our job run smoothly and, for all our new families, we hope that your first month has been happy and successful.

While we have been tweeting regularly - more followers always welcome - the website provides an important platform for highlighting school news and creating a valuable archive of what we are about, so we hope you enjoy the first monthly news of the new year.

It is traditional, and rightly so, to start our monthly news articles with pictures from P1.  Here are the children engaged in a variety of outdoor and indoor activities - the latter sees them making - and tasting - fresh apple crumble from our very own harvest!

Every September we are treated to a visit from Don Scott, our 'Owl Man', as he comes to visit the P4 children to not just tell them about Owls, but show them some members of his own collection.  They are truly beautiful birds and always make a huge impression on the pupils - especially those that get a chance to hold one!  Making topic work, quite literally in this case, come alive, is so much more interesting than just searching on google...

We tweeted quite a few pictures from our P6 Comber Trail during the month - where the children follow a local history trail around the key historical sites in the town.  This always proves to be enjoyable for the children and the staff - we all learn and revise lots!  We are indebted to Rev and Mrs Gilpin and Canon Barry for their reception and presentations at the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church and St Mary's respectively.  Here's Mrs Gilpin telling the children about the Andrews' family connection to the church.

 

Just a wee reminder about checking the class Newsheets (by half-term), Calendar page and Twitter for more news - you really are very very welcome!