It's June at last - where did the year go?
And the sun, at the time of writing...
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We'll start with sports news. Our girls' football team participated in their area tournament at Ards Leisure Centre, playing well throughout against some very talented girls. A few scores and a 'clean sheet' kept the smile on everyone's face!
We are proud of our association with all our Post Primary schools, but we always make a special effort to take part in the Lesley Scates Memorial Trophy at Nendrum College as a mark of respect to Lesley's memory and her contribution to sport at Nendrum. And after losing out to our local rivals last year, we are delighted to have regained the trophy this year! Well done to all our ambassadors - a great morning's sport. Thanks also to the staff and pupils of Nendrum who invited us, hosted us and organised the event for all the local Primary schools in Comber.
Outdoor learning, as any visitor to our website will know, is an important and integral part of our curriculum. Building the foundations are our wonderful P1s - pupils and staff! Here we see a fresh crop of strawberries to get us in the mood for summer, along with more exciting work in our new mud kitchen!
Now to our Eco Club, which continues to inspire and motivate our pupils on a weekly basis - along with Mrs Moorhead! The children work tirelessly to support the whole school's efforts to keep our grounds both beautiful and resourceful. Here's some doing just that, just beyond the fence in our real frontier 'forest'...
Back to sport and pour girls' hockey team. We would have a picture of the boys, too, but the weather beat everyone on their day! Thanks to Newtownards Model PS for organising a tournament for local schools - much needed in the absence of a local league this year. And even better for our girls, as they were runners-up - by only goal difference to the might of Abbey PS! Lots of promise for next year, too, with P6s on the team - well done!
There are many 'big' events in June, but none more than the P7 residential to Holland. Our children and staff all enjoyed a great trip again this year, seeing the sights and having lots of fun. Our sincere thanks must go to Mrs Hanafin for her work in organising and leading the trip - brilliant job! There will be more photos posted on the gallery, but here's a taster...
We have been looking at ways to develop 'our pupil voice' this year and have been working with the School Council and Bike Crew, in particular. Both groups of pupils have been really helpful throughout the year and we decided to have a week in June that they could organise themselves. The Bike Crew organised a Healthy Week (19-23 June) and the Council organised a charity collection on behalf of Reading for Refugees - a charity supported by the C2k Newsdesk (and one of our former teachers, Mr Huntley). The results are summarised below - well done to all the children, and supporters, for their efforts!
Healthiest Class: P3 Miss Savage
Most healthy breaks: P5, Miss Fisher/Miss Cowan
Most walks to school: P6, Mrs Van Giesen
Most cycles to school: P5, Miss Fisher/Miss Cowan
Most scoots to school: P1, Mrs Ambrose & Mrs Knaggs, P6, Mr Skimin
Our efforts on behalf of Reading for Refugees yielded £500 and at least 500 books - all headed for refugee camps in Syria.
Sports Days in the sun, they're what we want and need - and this year we got them! Two great days, with lots of support from our parents too - thanks for your support! Enjoy some action shots now - first, from P4-7, then from P1-3.
Our Intergenerational Programme hosted a range of events to bring our P7 pupils and members of the community together during the year. The climax - after the Tea Dance, of course - was our Yarn Bombing project with Comber Library's Knit and Natter group. Learning needlework skills from experts was a real pleasure for both the children and the adults - and look at the amazing results! Our sincere thanks to Linking Generations NI for funding the project and Nora Greer for being our fabulous 'artist in residence'.
As we bring the year to a close, please take a few minutes to look through the results of the Keele University surveys completed by parents and pupils earlier this term. These results will inform our new School Development Plan 2017-20 - more about that in September. We hope you'll agree that the results are extremely encouraging. We're especially proud that the high standards of the 2014-15 surveys have actually improved! Thanks to everyone for their contributions. As always, a hard copy will be made available on request.
Keele University Surveys - summary of parents' and pupils' results
Have a wonderful summer and come back and visit soon!