This week 5th and 6th class visited DreamSpace at the Microsoft Ireland offices. We had a great time discussing how technology intersects with our lives and how it will affect jobs in the future. We had a tour of the Microsoft building and discussed its architecture and how people work there. We also learned how to code 'Sphero' robots and engaged in challenges in pairs. It was a fantastic day!
5th Class/6th Class
We would like to congratulate Nathan Keye on his win at the World ISKA Muay Thai Kickboxing Championships in the 10-12years <33kg category. He won by unanimous decision in Cork on Friday,18 October 2019.
We had a lovely whole school celebration to honour the wonderful 6th class pupils who are graduating from Stratford N.S. The parents and families of the 6th class pupils joined us in the hall and enjoyed music and poetry performed by all the pupils from 1st- 5th class. 6th class read out their memories and messages of thanks and were awarded certificates. It was a great send off for the the children and we wish them the best of luck in secondary school next year!
Bank of Ireland came in to 5th and 6th class to do a 'Dragons Den' style workshop with the class. In groups, the children had to create a business, draw up a business plan, do market research and create a marketing capaign for their product. The children created businesses selling healthy smoothies, solar powered cars, a recycled amusement park and a pet shop that was also a charity which rehibilitated abadoned pets. They then pitched their ideas to the 'Dragons' and all receive an investment of 'Bizbucks'.
It was an extremely enjoyable workshop and thank you to Mark Ryan and Bank of Ireland for facilitating it.
Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class had a fabulous trip to Causy Farm, on Thursday 13th June. Although the sun didn't come out for us, we made the most of it! The children had the opportunity to see and pet a wide variety of farm animals. After a tour of the farm, we piled into the back of a trailer and sang songs, as it transported us to the nearby bog. Our wonderful guide Andy told us about how the bog had formed and how it was vital to the survival of Irish people for many generations, as they depended on it the turf from it to heat their homes and cook their food for many years.
The children had a great time jumping into the bog. It was certainly messy, but a lot of fun!