New addition at Stratford Elementary School officially opens

Premier King and Stratford Elementary students cut the ribbon to officially open the new 14 classroom addition at the school

A new 14 classroom addition at Stratford Elementary eases overcrowding at Glen Stewart Primary and Stratford Elementary and provides more opportunity for learning and future growth.

Students, staff, officials and community members gathered today at Stratford Elementary to officially open the new addition. The two-storey space opened to students and staff in September. It includes 14 classrooms, an auxiliary gym, breakout rooms, spaces to provide individualized supports and teacher planning centres. 

“This is a very exciting day for the children of Stratford and all those who worked so hard to make the expansion happen. Schools are at the heart of our communities and we are very pleased to join with the community to celebrate the opening of this much needed space.”

-  Premier Dennis King

Grade 3 students at Glen Stewart Primary have moved to the elementary school, making Glen Stewart a K-2 school while Stratford Elementary now serves grades 3 to 6 students.

“The new wing is adding greatly to the student experience at both Glen Stewart and Primary Elementary,” said Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Brad Trivers. “This is a much healthier space for students and one that allows teachers to deliver today’s curriculum in a modern and spacious learning environment.”

Construction of the new addition began in the summer of 2018. Since then, parents and community members have been fundraising for a new natural playground that will support both schools and the Stratford community.

Home and School President Jodi Zver said the first phase of the playground construction is nearing completion. “We are very appreciative of the local business community and the many parents who stepped up to help,” she said. “Through this terrific community effort, we were able to raise more than $250,000 for this natural playground which was designed based on the children’s input using local natural products.”

Stratford Elementary opened in 2010. It is a dual track school which offers English and French Immersion programs to approximately 640 students. It offers arts, music and athletics to enrich the student experience.

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