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."

Friday, 26 May 2017

Stella Maris has got talent!

Our annual Talent Show gave pupils the opportunity to display their skills. From perfect pianists to singing sensations and everything in between we were treated to a wonderful variety show! It was amazing to see so many of our pupils from Nursery to Year 6 take to the stage and confidently perform to a packed hall.

We've uploaded the highlights to our Facebook page.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


We have been learning about the environment and what it means to be part of a community this Term. As part of our learning, pupils have been taking turns to clean up our neighbourhood. Armed with litter picking devices that have been kindly loaned to us by Stockport Council we have been out and about in Heaton Mersey.

Pupils in Years 3 and 4 cleaned up the pavements around the front of our School and the Community Centre.

Eco-warriors in action!

Next it was the turn of pupils in Years 1 and 2 who headed to nearby Heaton Mersey Park. They were delighted to find that there wasn't too much litter as this left them with a little time to test out the play equipment!

Year 2 teacher Miss Davies commented "The litter picking initiative has helped with our focus in Science on materials as it has enabled us to study what can be re-used and recycled and what needs to be thrown away. We've also spent time thinking about what it means to have pride in our surroundings and how easy it is for us to 'do our bit'."

Heaton Mersey Park

Testing the play equipment

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

A visit to Manchester

The John Rylands Library was the destination for Years 5 and 6 as part of their focus on the Victorians. The Deansgate based Grade I Listed building provided a stunning setting for our pupils to take part in a workshop focused on maps from the Victorian era. Maps of tramways, waterworks, infectious diseases and drinking were explored by pupils. We then toured the exhibitions in the library and the children were very impressed with the Reading Room.

Pupils exploring the Reading Room at The John Rylands Library
 In the afternoon there was time for a whistle stop sightseeing tour of Manchester including St Ann's Church, St Mary's The Hidden Gem Church, Lincoln Square, Albert Square and St Peter's Square! Pupils were surprised to learn just how many historic buildings and monuments Manchester houses.

The statue of Lincoln Memorial

The Albert Memorial

St Peter's Square


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Springtime concert at Abney Court Care Home

Pupils in Year 6 at Heaton Mersey based independent school Stella Maris, wowed residents and staff at CareUK’s Abney Court Residential Home with a Spring music and dance concert.

The pupils designed and planned the showcase themselves. At the forefront of their mind was variety to ensure there was something for everyone. The concert encompassed tap, poetry, readings, singing and instrument playing.

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented “The children get such joy out of planning, rehearsing and performing for the residents. It is lovely to see the happiness it brings to the people who live at the home. At Stella Maris, we teach our children traditional values based around caring and sharing. Respecting others and having time for people are important qualities that the children can put into practice when at Abney Court. In addition, with dementia becoming more prevalent in society it is important that we educate the young that those living with dementia still enjoy many of the things that they have always enjoyed. Our link up with Abney Court has allowed us to share something different with our community and I think the pupils get as much out of it as the audience do.”

Tracy Mitchell, the home manager of Abney Court agrees “Many of our residents receive regular visitors but it is always particularly special when young people visit. At Abney Court, we offer a wide range of activities to suit all tastes but the Stella Maris performances have proved popular with all!”.


Friday, 21 April 2017

The Iron Man

Pupils in Years 3 and 4 have been busy constructing 'The Iron Man' as part of their class project focusing on the famous Ted Hughes book.

They have used cardboard and other household items to build a life size model of the Iron Man, complete with lighting up eyes!

Class teacher Mr Brown commented "The children really enjoy studying this book and have enjoyed reading it aloud in class. After completing some lovely chalk drawings of the Iron Man we decided to get a little more ambitious and have a go at building him! The children are delighted with the end result."

The Iron Man

Building the Iron Man

Everyday items were used including cardboard boxes and bottle tops