Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Stella Maris Gets Active

Pupils can now take part in cooking and drama clubs during school time as part of an all-new extended programme of optional extra-curricular activities offered at Stella Maris.

Calling upon the expertise of highly skilled and Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ drama teacher Kate Lambert, the school’s optional new ‘Drama Shed’ club takes place each Wednesday lunchtime. Through performing mime, improvisation, and physical theatre the club reinforces pupils’ self-confidence and helps develop their acting skills ahead of the school’s annual summer and Christmas concerts.

For those pupils with a taste for finer foods than cupcakes, Kiddy Cook’s Nikki Geddes presents the pupils with healthy recipes during the Thursday lunchtime Cooking Club. During Chinese New Year pupils prepared vegetable spring rolls to be cooked at home and for Australia Day damper bread was on the menu with the pupils learning what makes the dough rise.

With the assistance of PTA funding to make the new activities affordable for parents, our plan is to roll out more extra-curricular clubs on a termly basis. Commenting upon the school’s new activities, headteacher Mrs Johnson said: “we want to encourage pupils to try out new things whilst they’re in school so they may discover their forte whatever that might be.”

With well over half Stella Maris pupils taking part in the activities offered (which also includes music, speech, dance and sports), our enviable level of success when it comes to pupils applying for local grammar school places is not surprising; the year 6 leavers are able to demonstrate themselves as well-rounded and active individuals.

To find out more about life at Stella Maris simply book a visit or request a prospectus by calling 0161 432 0532, or emailing

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Open House

We'll be having an Open House event on Tuesday 4th March 2014 for families considering an independent/private school for their child(ren) in the Heatons.

Between 1pm-3pm, families may come and have a look around the classrooms to see Stella Maris in action during a regular working afternoon. Visitors will also have the opportunity to pick up a prospectus and ask any questions they may have.

We currently have places available in our nursery and reception class beginning September 2014 or earlier, as well as limited places across Years 1 to Year 6.

No appointment necessary, simply drop in on the day.