Monday, 11 September 2017

Music Teacher Vacancy

The Trustees of Stella Maris School are looking to appoint an enthusiastic music teacher to start in January 2018. Full details of the role can be viewed here including details of how to apply.

Friday, 11 August 2017

LAMDA Success

In May 25 of our pupils took part in exams organised by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). The LAMDA exams are part of the school's Speech Club which is run by Speech and Drama specialist Holley Brown.

Children from Year 1 up to Year 6 took a variety of exams including Introductory Exams which saw them recite and discuss poems with the examiner and Communication Exams where pupils had to perform two verse selections and discuss their meaning with the examiner. All of the exams required pupils to memorise poems and verses and recite them aloud.

All of the pupils worked extremely hard and were rewarded with a fantastic set of results with 11 pupils passing with merit and 14 pupils passing with distinction.

Holley commented "I was absolutely delighted with the outstanding results achieved by the hardworking pupils. The LAMDA qualifications are fantastic for all pupils to gain confidence in public speaking and an appreciation of how to engage an audience with speech. Parents tell me that the experience assists children greatly with interviews for Grammar Schools, performing in school plays and generally helps to give them confidence when presenting."

Pupils receiving their certificates at a recent assembly

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Pop Art at Stella Maris!

Pupils in Years 5 and 6 had a super time in the Summer Term creating their very own Romero Britto inspired 'pop art' mural. They took some convincing that drawing on the wall outside the Head Teacher's office was okay, but once they were comfortable with this they let their imaginations run wild! The project was the brainchild of art teacher Lindsey Baldwin.
Lindsey commented "I love Romero Britto's work with it's bright colours and eye catching designs. The children have managed to use this theme to do a school inspired mural, detailing all of the different things they love about school!".

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

A Visit from the Fire Brigade

During the Summer Term, pupils in Year 2 have been learning about the Great Fire of London. As part of their project they got in touch with the local fire station to see if the fire fighters would be able to visit and answer some questions about fire fighting in modern times.

The fire fighters were able to oblige and took time out of their busy schedules to visit school. After a great Q&A session with the pupils the fire fighters then donned their full kit to show pupils just how much equipment they wore when dealing with emergencies.

The visit was then paused while the fire fighters dashed off to answer an emergency call! Luckily it was a false alarm and they soon re-joined pupils and provided a tour of the fire engine. Pupils then had a go at using the hose! The pupils and staff were extremely grateful for the visit and enjoyed learning about these real life heroes.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

PTA Sponsored Walk

In May parents, pupils and staff came together for the annual PTA sponsored walk to raise money for three fantastic, local charities: Alex Hulme Foundation, Stockport CP and Signpost for Carers.

Families took to Heaton Mersey Common to walk a mile around the popular nature reserve. Luckily the rain stayed away and a lovely walk was had by all!

The event raised £190 which was split between the three charities.

Mrs Clara Dolce, Project Officer at Stockport CP commented "We are very grateful to receive donations of this type which are invaluable in helping towards funding the Society's valuable services that support over 900 children and adults across the local area".

Nicola Hulme from the Alex Hulme Foundation commented "Thank you so much for the fantastic support you give to Alex's legacy. It is lovely to see so many smiling faces too. Well done everyone". 

The PTA has supported several charities throughout the year raising over £500 through cake sales, selling Easter chicks and holding a Teddy Bears' Picnic event.

Friday, 16 June 2017

A Day Trip to Quarry Bank

We had a super whole school trip to Quarry Bank.
Our Nursery and Reception pupils had fun looking around the Mill and watching a demonstration on weaving. They then sampled the worst children's jobs in history - from being a chimney sweep to cleaning out the looms, they tried it all! After lunch they headed to the playground, fed the ducks, enjoyed an ice cream and finished off in the natural playground! Then it was time to head home and one or two treated themselves to a quick nap on the coach!
Children in Years 1 - 6 had a tour of the Mill with some fantastic National Trust guides who shared their extensive knowledge on Quarry Bank. It was then off to the Apprentice House where the children were met by a 'Victorian maid' who told them all about the diet, conditions and medical treatment that the child apprentices would have experienced in the 19th Century. The children were particularly fascinated by the leeches and what they were used for!
Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful, National Trust owned places to visit in the North West. Our History curriculum has focused on the Victorians so a visit to Quarry Bank with the cotton mill, village, apprentice house and extensive gardens provided the pupils with a real sense of what it was like to be around in the 19th Century."    


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Teddy Bears' Picnic puts the 'FUN' in Fundraising!

Our annual Teddy Bears' Picnic, organised by staff and the PTA, proved a great way for pupils to combine having fun with raising money for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

The event saw pupils bring their teddy bears to school to take part in a teddy bear obstacle course and lots of other teddy bear inspired games. There were teddy bear crafts, face painting, a teddy bear hospital and a lovely picnic tea for pupils to share with their bears!

All of the funds raised at the event were this year donated to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund instead of PTA Funds.

Miss Davies, a teacher, commented "It was lovely to see the children having fun with their teddy bears. I was particularly impressed by the range (and size) of bears on display! The PTA were keen for the funds raised to be donated to support families affected by the recent incident in Manchester which was a fantastic and generous idea."