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."




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

Eco-warriors!

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