Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Super Speech Results!

Pupils across Stella Maris are celebrating after receiving fantastic exam results.

Children who participate in the school's Speech Club recently took part in exams organised by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). The exams focus on communication and performance, starting at the introductory stage and progressing through to advanced awards.

Twenty three pupils took part in the exams and they all passed with merit and distinction. 

Headteacher, Norah Johnson, commented "These fantastic results are testament to the hard work that the children and our speech teacher, Holley Brown, have put in to their lessons throughout the year. It is great to see so many of our pupils take exams and to see them achieve such outstanding results."

Pupils receiving their LAMDA certificates

Monday, 9 July 2018

Pupils Learn Life Saving Skills

All pupils in Year 1 to Year 6 take part in the school's Heartstart Training Programme where the children learn vital, life saving skills. The Programme is supported by the British Heart Foundation and was established in school by parent, Dr Khan.

Since the Programme was established by the school in 2012, a number of staff and pupils have been trained in a range of skills from the basics of learning how to contact the emergency services right through to how to deal with a conscious and an unconscious casualty. 

Pupils are presented with certificates when they complete each stage of the Programme. This week children in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 received certificates for completing Stage 1 and pupils in Years 5 and 6 received certificates for completing the entire Programme. 

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "The Heartstart Programme which is affiliated to the British Heart Foundation, provides children with vital skills. The Programme ensures children are aware of what to do in an emergency and, by giving the children knowledge of how to act, it hopefully helps the children cope better if they are required to take action. 

We start our Programme with our younger children by teaching them simple skills such as how to dial 999 and to ensure that they know their address if required. Once children reach the juniors we teach them skills such as dealing with somebody who is choking or a serious bleed. Children in Years 5 and 6 move onto CPR. We have regular refresher sessions as we understand that skills that are not being used can be easily forgotten. The Programme has been really well received by pupils, families and staff."

Friday, 29 June 2018

Songs from the Musicals

Our whole school Summer Show saw boys and girls singing songs from the musicals this year. Songs from Oliver!, Annie, Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang and lots more were confidently performed by our pupils. We also had some excellent instrumental solo performances from some of our Year 6 pupils. 

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "It is tremendous to see children as young as three years old take to the stage in front of an audience of nearly 150 people and happily sing and dance. The children all did a fantastic job of learning the words and actions to the songs and their hard work and commitment resulted in a brilliant performance."

We've put together a short video so you can see the children in action. There are plenty of photos on our Facebook page too.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Fun in the Sun at Heaton Park

Pupils in Pre-Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 enjoyed a fun-filled day at Heaton Park in Prestwich.

The day started with an interesting, guided nature walk where the boys and girls got to walk through woodlands and grasslands and learn about native species of plants and mini beasts. They saw some beautiful dragonflies and damselflies around the pond. They saw horses and climbed stiles along the way.

After lunch it was time for the playground where the children (and teachers) had a fantastic time on the giant slide, swings and other equipment.

There was just enough time to enjoy an ice cream before heading back to school for a rest!

Here are some lovely photos for you to enjoy. We have uploaded an album of photos to our Facebook page.


Monday, 18 June 2018

Memories Made at Waddow Hall

Pupils in Years 5 and 6 had a fantastic time on their residential trip to Waddow Hall in June.

The three day residential saw them take part in lots of fun, challenging activities from climbing to descending at speed on a zip wire! They also had fun doing a crate challenge and grass sledging.

They enjoyed gathering around the camp fire and toasting marshmallows and starbursts!

Friday, 25 May 2018

Making a Viking Longboat

The Vikings has been the topic for our Year 2 pupils this half term. They have been looking at who they were, what Viking Britain was like, what they did, how they lived and the amazing longboats that they constructed.

Pupils had a go at 'constructing' a life sized longboat to get a sense of how it would have been to travel. They had great fun 'rowing' it!

They then designed and constructed model boats using everyday items. They mixed paints to achieve the right colour. We think they look splendid!


Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Stella Maris has got Talent!

Pupils across the school wowed us with their talented acts at our annual talent show. From singing and instrumental performances to acting and comedy; there were lots of confident performances to entertain us. We've packed some highlights into our video montage for you to enjoy!