Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Come Fly With Me!

Our Pre-Prep pupils have been busy turning our home corner into Manchester Airport! With the holiday season upon us our topic on airports is very timely.

We have been learning about the different roles at the airport, what we need to do to get ready for holidays and all about air travel. We've been wheeling our luggage around, settling our 'children' on the flight and getting ourselves ready for take off!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Pizza Making Masterclass

Pupils in Years 5 and 6 enjoyed a pizza making masterclass at Gusto in Didsbury.

As a reward for their hard work they took some time away from the books to travel to Didsbury for a fun, hands-on pizza making session.

They learnt lots about the art of Italian cooking and had fun choosing their pizza toppings. They declared the end results delicious!

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "The children enjoy taking learning away from the classroom. They were very interested to learn more about the art of pizza making and Italian cooking and they were delighted to sample their efforts! We are very grateful to Gusto for hosting such a fantastic trip."

Friday, 3 May 2019

We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

Our Pre-Prep pupils brought the classic children's book, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, to life in their assembly!

With lots of actions and props the audience were taken on a journey through a river, the woods, some mud and lots of other places in search of a bear. Pre-Prep confidently recited the story, played instruments and entertained the audience with their actions.

The whole assembly was fantastic and we couldn't edit it so we've uploaded it in its entirety for you to enjoy!

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

A visit to The Good Life

During the Summer Term pupils in Year 6 are looking at different professions. They are visiting some workplaces and will also have visits from professionals who will talk to them about their career.

This week they popped around the corner to meet Shelley Brown and her team at the recently opened shop, The Good Life, to find out about running a business and to learn more about The Good Life.

The business focuses on reducing waste. It sells produce without packaging. You can refill your plastic bottles, fill up your tubs and jars with dried goods and even buy lovely fresh, organic, locally grown fruit and vegetables!

The children were particularly impressed by the array of sweets on offer in 'Dolly's Sweet Corner' as well as the healthy lunchbox snacks.

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "Post entrance exams, we like to organise lots of trips for Year 6 as part of our enrichment programme. This year we are focusing on the world of work by looking at various professions. Our visit to The Good Life was a real eye opener for our pupils. Many of them commented on how different it was from a supermarket and they were impressed with the concept as a simple way to do their bit to help the environment. They appreciated the uniqueness of the business and how that helps to contribute to its success. We are very grateful to Shelley and her team for allowing us to visit - I think many of us will be popping in again soon!".

Friday, 26 April 2019

Learning Life Saving Skills

In 2013 we launched a British Heart Foundation Heartstart programme with the objective of teaching all pupils emergency first aid skills. Dr Khan, a parent at the school, became aware of the fantastic resources provided by the British Heart Foundation for schools to be able to deliver this training within the school curriculum. Through his hard work and determination, the Stella Maris Heartstart programme is now entering its sixth year!

Since its inception 45 pupils have been taught the full Heartstart programme.

The programme is split into three stages: The first stage is delivered when pupils are in Years 1 and 2 and deals with conscious and unconscious casualties. It focuses on calling for help, teaching children how to contact the emergency services and what information they will need to know and in Year 2 how to put patients into the recovery position. Level 2 is delivered to pupils in Years 3 and 4 and deals with specific situations such as serious bleeding, choking and a suspected heart attack. The final stage focuses on cardiac arrest and the children learn how to perform CPR and this is taught to pupils in Years 5 and 6.

Dr Khan comments "The resources provided by the British Heart Foundation are excellent and really enable the training to be accessible to primary school children. Videos and paper resources ensure that the children can understand the content and recap on what they have learnt."

The programme is taught by staff at the school with Dr Khan acting as programme director and delivering the final stage on CPR.

Pupils who are currently in Years 5 and 6 took part in their CPR training session this week. Using the resusci Anne manikins makes the lessons more hands on and enables the children to practise and demonstrate their skills.

Headteacher Norah Johnson is a great believer in teaching children life skills within the curriculum "We hope to never be in a situation where life saving skills will be required but it is great to be prepared and equipped with the knowledge should it be needed. Our pupils enjoy taking part in the Heartstart programme and parents even tell us that the children are keen to demonstrate their skills at home by putting them in the recovery position! We are very grateful to Dr Khan for establishing and overseeing our programme."

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Super Swimmers Raise Money for Charity

A team of four made up of former and current pupils at Stella Maris took part in the Rotary Club Stockport Lamplighter annual swimathon. The team managed to swim 191 lengths in just 55 minutes!

The swimathon event raises money for various charities supported by Rotary. This year Stella Maris swimmers were raising money for Manchester based Alex Hulme Foundation. You can add your donation by visiting

The Stella Maris swimathon team

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Creating a Bug Hotel

Staff and pupils in Pre-Prep worked with specialist furniture make Ben of Ancoats Industrial Furniture, to create a bug hotel as part of their topic on British wildlife.

The children researched and designed their hotel and then got busy with tools and soil to build it! They worked hard to find some occupants in their garden box.

Class teacher Mrs Jones commented "I love taking lessons outdoors! The children learn practical skills as well as enhancing their fine motor skills by digging and using tools. We had great fun building the bug hotel but we also learnt a great deal about bugs, their importance in the world and what we can do to protect them."