School Newsletter

 

STEWARTS SCHOOL UPDATE May 2019

School Events: It’s been a busy year with many celebrations including Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

The school Sports Day takes place on Tuesday next May 28th from 10.00am to 12.00noon beside the Junior School in Palmerstown. Please come along and join us. BBQ will be up and running from 10.30am onwards.

New School Update: Our new school building is nearing completion and the builders are working hard on the internal finishes. The building is due to be completed during the summer. It is hoped that we will move into our new school building later in the year. As soon as we have a ‘moving in’ date we will let you know but students will be initially returning to the 3 school buildings in September. At the start of the next school year, we will put in place a transition programme for our students and arrange visits to the new building. There will be opportunity for parents to visit the new building in advance of moving in.

Fundraising: We would like to say a sincere ‘Thank You’ to all students, parents/guardians, staff and extended family and friends who have organised and taken part in the fundraising events for the New School Playground Equipment. From the bag-packers, carol-singers, table-quizzers, video-makers, exercise fanatics and much more, we appreciate all the time and effort that has gone into raising these much needed funds. The fundraising events have brought together students, families and staff and created a real sense of school community, which is so important for us. It has also raised the wider community’s awareness of Stewarts School, the students and the work of the school as a whole.

We are absolutely delighted to let you know that we have reached our target with the fundraising efforts! This is great news, and means that all the playground equipment (both outdoor and indoor) that the children need for the new school will be provided. This could not have been achieved without all the hard work and dedication that each and every one of you have given. A big thank you also must go to the efforts of the Fundraising Committee and the Parents Association for driving the various events.

We are also very grateful to our donor who wishes to remain anonymous and to Irish Life staff, who voted Stewarts School as one of their two Charities of the Year 2019.

As our fundraising events are winding down for now but we will fundraise some more soon again to raise monies for a school bus and other much needed equipment. In the meantime we will accept all donations for the benefit of the students in the school and will support any fundraising ideas you may have.

Parent Teacher Meetings are currently taking place. Your child’s End of Year Report and IEP Progress Report will be sent home before the end of June. If you have any queries please contact your child’s class teacher.

Summer Trips: Classes are making arrangements for a variety of trips within the local and wider community. Your child’s class teacher will be in touch in the coming weeks.

Food Dudes Programme: Food Dudes is a Healthy Eating Programme which aims to encourage children to taste and eat a healthy amount of fresh fruit and vegetables. The first phase of the programme ran over the last three weeks in the senior school.  The students had great fun exploring and tasting a range of fruit and vegetables including peppers, baby sweetcorn, oranges and grapes. We look forward to the middle of June when we will receive deliveries of summer fruit and vegetables which will include blueberries and melon.

School Graduation: Five students are graduating from Stewarts School in June 2019 – Dylan, Andrew, Niall, Mathea and Turab. This year the Graduation Evening will take place in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel on the Naas Road on Thursday June 20th. We are looking forward to a great evening of celebration!

Parent Association: As we approach the end of this school year we would like to thank the school Parent Association for their support throughout the year. In particular, we want to thank their Chairperson, Dorothy O’Brien for her wonderful contribution to all aspects of our school over the years. Dorothy’s son will be graduating in June and she will no longer be part of the Parent Association. Dorothy took on fundraising for the school playground and was successful in getting Irish Life to nominate Stewarts School as one of their charity partners for 2019. Thanks for everything Dorothy and best wishes for the future.

School Website: We have revamped the school’s new website, please check us out on www.stewartsschool.ie. Keep an eye out for news, dates, pictures and videos of school activities and classwork.

Social Media: Parent/Guardian ‘WhatsApp’ groups and other social media sites have become increasingly popular. We remind parents/guardians that photos/information about children or staff should not be shared on any social media. We also remind parents that if they have a concern to please contact the school directly. Thanks to your co-operation we don’t have any issues in relation to social media use at the moment.

 

STEWARTS SCHOOL UPDATE April 2019

New School Update: It is exciting to see how far the building has progressed this year and the building is beginning to look like a school. The building is due to be finished this summer. It is hoped that we will move into our new school building by the end of 2019. We will put in place a transition programme for our students prior to moving into the new school. There will be opportunity for parents to visit the new school building in advance of moving in.

School Office: The school secretary’s office is open daily from 8.00am to 4.00pm. Allison is on her lunch break from 12.45 to 1.15pm daily and the office is closed for that 30 minutes. If collecting your child from the school for any reason in the middle of the day please do so at either before or after these times as there is no one in the office between 12.45am and 1.15pm.

Absences from School: The school is obliged to keep a record of any student absence from school and the reason for the absence. Please let the bus escort/class teacher know of the reason why your child is not attending school. You can send in a note the next day if that suits best. Otherwise, the class teacher will send a reminder note home for you to fill in and return to the school. Thanks for your co-operation in this matter.