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General School News
On the 18th February, the staff and pupils of Stratford College organised a friendship day for the pupils of Stratford National School. Each class went over the secondary school hall, where the children played games, had their faces painted, made artwork and played a guessing game of 'How Many Sweets are in the Jar'.
We would like to thank Stratford College for extending the hand of friendship to us all in Stratford NS by planning this great morning for us!
We held a special fundraising book sale for the Childhood Cancer Foundation this week. All the different classes got the chance to donate and buy books for this worthy cause. Well done and a big thank you to Rachel, Aleksandra, Lily, Christine, Aoife, Elsa, Claudia, & Gali in 5th and 6th class who organised the fundraiser with such thoughtfulness, care and efficiency.
We celebrated our first Kindness Week at Stratford National School this year. We participated in lots of fun and friendly activities. We learned a lovely song about kindness and had a special assembly to sing it together. We had a no uniform day and raised €320 for Focus Ireland. We all created lovely pictures depicting kindness, and made a link chain for a whole school display, to show that we are all connected together and kindness makes the world a more beautiful place.
We also did lots of random acts of kindness amongst our different classes, such as the senior classes inviting the junior classes to go to the park, and the junior classes asking whether the senior classes could have a night off homework or some extra yard time. Some classes sang songs for other classes and kindly gave stickers to each other. Some classes kept kindness diaries. We also got to 'walk a mile with a smile' with partners from different classes.
We were all very happy to focus on kindness throughout this special week, and to continue celebrating kindness each and every day at our lovely Stratford National School.
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!
We are delighted to welcome two new members of staff:
New Special Needs Assistant (SNA): We are delighted to announce that an additional part-time SNA) has been allocated to our school. Mr. Niall Kelly is now working with Ms. Lucy Mitchell to provide additional support for Stratford NS children since Monday, 13th May.
Morning Supervisor – Ms. Naomi Taylor has taken over from Ms. Deirdre O’Byrne as our new morning supervisor on Friday 10th May.
We wish them every success in their new posts in Stratford National School!
Retirement of our Morning Supervisor on 10th May:
Deirdre O’Byrne retired from her position as Morning Supervisor after 23 years of service to Stratford National School on Friday 10 May 2019. The children provided a lovely entertainment programme
5th and 6th Class played chopsticks and ‘We Appreciate You’ on the Tin Whistles.
3rd and 4th Class played ‘Hot Cross Buns’ ‘Pease Pudding’ and ‘Eudoxia’ on the Recorders.
All pupils recited a special poem they composed especially for Deirdre. The celebration finished with a rendition of ‘We appreciate You’ from all the children.
We thank Deirdre for her 23 years of service to Stratford National School. We wish Deirdre every success and happiness in her new adventure.
Wednesday, 29th May: School photos: class, individual photos in Lunch Hall 10am -3pm.
Thursday, 30th May: Stratford NS Sports Day (weather permitting) Parents very welcome to attend from 1.00pm.
Thursday, 6th June: Junior School Tour (Infants -2nd Class) – Go Kids Go, Blanchardstown.
Thursday, 13th June: Senior School Tour (Third – Sixth Class) – Causey Farm, Co. Meath.
Monday, 24th June: 6th Class Graduation Ceremony in Stratford NS School Hall 2 – 3pm
Friday, 28th June: School Holidays – school closing at 12.30pm
Wild Flower Boxes
The infants and First and Second Classes sowed wild flower seeds in the new plant boxes.
Thanks to Jack Slattery for the donation of lovely, reconstructed wooden boxes, seeds and a lovely rosebush for our school.
Friday, 17th May: Pupil Pyjama/Non-Uniform Day
Stratford National School Green Schools Committee raised € for a new water fountain during the recent Pupil Pyjama/Non-Uniform Day. Well done to all!
Anti-bullying Talk- Tuesday, 14th May
Thank you to the Parents Association for organising the Anti-bullying Talk on Tues May 14 in Stratford National School Lunch Hall. The presentation was well-attended and offered helpful information on the topic.
New School Entrance Door - Mon April 29th 2019
Thank you to all parents and pupils for your cooperation in using the new school entrance door in the mornings. This change was made to meet the recent mandatory Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment in accordance with the Children First Act 2015.
World Book Day, Thurs March 7th 2019
Thank you to all the children for dressing up in their favourite character from a book or a story on the recent World Book Day, Thurs March 7 2019! The children collected €140 and donated the proceeds to Barnardos. Well done to all!
A big ‘Thank you’ to our Parents Association for funding six I-Pads for our school. These will be a wonderful educational aid for all classes.
We operate a ‘Think before you Print’ when using our new photocopier in line with our Green School’s paper conservation aims.
Parents - We would sincerely like to thank all the members of the Board of Management and the Parents’ Association who have volunteered their time and work so hard to ensure that Stratford NS runs smoothly. We really appreciate this work!