As you may be aware the Liberties Recycling Training and Development charity will be collecting clothes bags from Our Lady’s this Friday (27th November). For each full (8kg) bag they will donate €4 to the school. Collection Bags and a note have been sent home with each student. Bags can be dropped to the school hall from Thursday (26th Nov). Please return any unused bags, unopened to the school.
LRTD is a charity set up has a rehabilitation project to provide practical work experience, training and support services to people affected by drugs. One of their main activities is recycling of used textiles and LRTD provide employment for nearly 60 people. For more information check their website here.
Maths for Fun is taking place in Mr. Ó hÉanacháin’s class this term on Thursday mornings. The children are really enjoying the experience and learning maths through play. Many thanks to the parent volunteers who are giving so generously of their time.
Stratford College will be holding its annual Curriculum Evening on Thursday 19th November at 7pm in the school hall. Annette Honan of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) will be speaking about Assessment for Learning and members of staff will be presenting on Junior Cycle English, Literacy, Numeracy, Well Being, Learning Support and Testing.
Assessment for Learning (AfL) arose out of the consultations around the Junior Cycle review. While expertise in preparing the students for state examinations is a recognised strength of our education system, one of the challenges is to apply this expertise, together with new understandings of how students learn, to everyday assessment practice in classrooms and in schools. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and conclude with refreshments.
The evening should provide you with the new insights into approaches to assessment as well as offering an update on the development of the curriculum. To register your interest in attending please e-mail on/or before Wednesday, 18th November 2015 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All parents are invited and encouraged to attend.
(from a letter written by Ms Patricia Gordon, Principal, Stratford College)
The Parent Association are holding a coffee morning and cake sale this Friday the 13th Nov. at 9.15. We are hoping to raise funds to buy new blinds for the classrooms, we are also fundraising for Windy Arbour Village Association (WAVA) who are hoping to erect 10 heritage maps in the area showing important places in the history of Dundrum, Milltown, Clonskeagh and Windy Arbour.
WAVA have been instrumental in a number of Neighbourhood initiatives including the new playground near the school.
People can support the coffee morning and cake sale by donating cakes, attending and buying a nice Friday treat or if you can’t attend but would like to donate we can accept financial donations sent in with the children. For parents who would like to make a direct donation and would like receipts we will have a receipt book available.
WAVA proposed Heritage Map
Some more information on the WAVA Heritage Map
The Map will stretch from Milltown to Dundrum, showing historic and scenic locations like the packhorse bridge along the Dodder and up to Goatstown. It will explain how sites like Casino on Bird Avenue and Roebuck House in Clonskeagh are connected with historic figures like Maud Gonne, Sean MacBride, Robert Emmet and our 1916 hero Patrick Doyle.
Back in 2012 some of the students at Our Lady’s were invited to take part in the official launch of the 25th anniversary MS READaTHON at the National Wax Museum in Dublin. You may recognise some old faces in our gallery of the event. The kids had a great time getting to meet some ‘celebs’ and pose for photos with some gruesome creatures. The MS READaTHON is as popular as ever in Our Lady’s. If you are looking for inspiration on what gift to get this Christmas there is a recommended reading list on the the MS READaTHON site: http://ms-society.ie/pages/readathon/kids/recommendation-lists
The 2015’s MS READaTHON finished on (9th November 2015) and sponsorship cards are due back at the school this week. We hope the children have had a thoroughly enjoyable month reading books and expanding their imaginations and learning about all kinds of new things. Fostering a love of reading is a gift for lift and the MS READaTHON has proved over the past 25+ years to be a great way to promote the joy of reading in young children while at the same time raising funds for people right here in our own community living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). To find out more about how the READaTHON helps MS suffers you can visit: http://www.msreadathon.ie/pages/readathon/home