Thursday, 15 December 2016

Spreading Joy at Christmas

Children in our juniors have been helping the elderly in the local community to get into the Christmas spirit by performing carol concerts at two local nursing homes.

Our first stop was Abney Court Care Home in Cheadle where children in Years 5 and 6 treated residents to a range of songs from Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer to traditional carols. The residents had a lovely time listening and chatting to the children.
Years 5 & 6 singing at Abney Court in Cheadle
Next stop was closer to home; all of our juniors went to Priestnall Court Care Home in Heaton Mersey. The children sang a lovely selection of songs and the residents joined in too!

The Juniors performing at Priestnall Court

Music teacher Jane Shaw commented: "The children work very hard to learn the words to a range of Christmas songs so they can give an amazing performance. It's so delightful to watch the joy on the faces of the residents; in fact a few of them were so moved they shed tears of joy. We teach the children that Christmas is about sharing and caring, not just receiving, and these concerts are an excellent way to demonstrate this."

Friday, 9 December 2016

Show and Tell

We were treated to an entertaining show and tell session in our assembly. First up was Nursery and Reception who were awarded certificates for achieving their target of independently getting dressed for PE and changed back into their uniform again. They then recited a comical poem that they have managed to learn in just one week!
Nursery and Reception with their certificates

Next it was the turn of Year 1 who shared some lovely language work they have done relating to their class reading book Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present. We also got to see an amazing snow globe that the children have been making in class.
Pupils from Year 1

Year 1/2 shared some fascinating facts about the solar system and sang us their amazing numbers song.
Our Year1/2 space experts!

Last up was a pupil from Year 4 who had written an amazing piece of creative writing which she read to us. What a bunch of talented pupils we have!

A captivating tale from Year 4
 
 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Panto fun for all!

Pupils and staff had a fantastic time watching Chaplins production of Dick Whittington. Elvis the cat was a big hit as were the comic antics of "Idle Jack".

We were joined by children from local nurseries too who enjoyed an afternoon of fun.

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "It is great to be able to team up with local nurseries to enjoy an entertaining pantomime at Christmas. We're very fortunate to be situated next door to the Community Centre which allows for a stage production. Children from nursery all the way up to Year 6 were captivated by the show and it proved a great start to the festive season!" 



Thursday, 17 November 2016

Step into Christmas!

We put our singing voices to good use this week; children in Year 1 and Year 2 were singing on stage at the Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre Christmas Lights Switch On and our Juniors performed at the Lights Switch On at Merseyway in Stockport. Both events were organised by South Manchester and Cheshire radio station Imagine FM.

Pupils were in fine voice and had plenty of smiles for their audiences! All this singing has made us feel very Christmassy!

Junior school children performing at Merseyway Lights Switch On

Children in Year 1 and Year 2 performing at Parrs Wood Lights Switch On

Friday, 11 November 2016

Supporting Operation Christmas Child

Staff, parents and pupils have supported the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child Appeal by filling shoe boxes with lovely donations to send to less fortunate children across the World. 

Year 1 Teacher, Miss Maiden, explained to all pupils at a recent assembly just how much of a difference receiving a box of gifts can make. Miss Maiden, prior to joining Stella Maris, spent time delivering Samaritan's Purse boxes to children in Kosovo and she told us lovely stories of seeing children's faces light up when they received their gifts.

Our Music Teacher, Mrs Shaw, knitted some fantastic hats (in record time) and our pupils in Years 3 and 4 wrote lovely messages and drew pictures to include in the boxes.

The boxes we have filled will now start their journey to be delivered for Christmas.

Pupils in Year 1 holding our donations for Operation Christmas Child


Messages written by pupils in Years 3 & 4

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Making Sense of Money


Children in Years 5 and 6 had an interesting morning working with representatives from The Royal Bank of Scotland as part of the bank’s MoneySense challenge.

The interactive workshop saw the pupils split into teams to work together on a unique challenge. Each team was allocated an imaginary budget of £150 and they had to use this to plan a party using a fictional persona.

The teams then had to present back explaining their party concept, how they had allocated their budget and how they worked together as a team.

Year 5 teacher Mrs Margaret Hesketh commented “The workshop was really helpful in teaching the children the basics about budgeting. Some of the pupils were surprised by how much things cost; I am sure they will be thinking twice when planning their next birthday party! The children took practical skills away from the workshop which should help them have more awareness about money.”

The RBS MoneySense website is packed full of useful resources for teachers, parents and pupils to help children and young people have a sensible attitude towards money. For further information, see www.mymoneysense.com.

Great teamwork on display in our MoneySense workshop

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Open Day - Saturday 8th October

Our Open Days provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about life at Stella Maris. You will be toured around school by existing pupils and there will be an opportunity to speak to staff and parents too.

Our next Open Days take place on Saturday 8th October 10am - noon and Saturday 25th March 2017 10am - noon.

There is no need to book, please just turn up on the day. You are welcome to browse our prospectus in advance of your visit.

A Focus on IT and E-Safety


We will be holding an e-safety week from 14th November to 18th November. The focus for the week will be on promoting e-safety across the whole school.

The theme for the week is ‘exploring the internet safely’ which offers the opportunity to focus on both the creative and positive things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role that we all play in helping to create a better internet.

Pupils will take part in various workshops throughout the week focusing on how to stay safe online which will include preventing infection, keeping passwords safe and learning about our online world. There will be a session for parents during the week where we will discuss how to keep your child safe online and offer guidance about what different age groups should be doing online.

We will also be getting involved with Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 7th February 2017; a national day where we will be able to access tips and advice on the latest internet safety guidance.

Head of IT Mr Brown commented: “There are now so many ways to access the internet with smart phones and tablets that it is more essential than ever that pupils and parents know how to stay safe online. Our e-safety week will provide an opportunity to share tips and advice as well as to discuss specific situations that people have encountered.”

As well as our focus on safety we have also launched an after school IT club. Initially for pupils in years 5 and 6 but it will be rolled out to younger pupils later in the year. The club will look at a range of topics from the basics of coding to Microsoft Office suite and complements the IT lessons that take place as part of the school curriculum.


Pupils in Years 5 and 6 get to grips with coding
 

Monday, 26 September 2016

Vacancy – Year 1/2 Teacher


We seek to appoint a Year 1/2 teacher to start in January 2017. The successful candidate must be an experienced teacher, preferably KS1 with a broad range of skills. The successful candidate needs to be flexible, enthusiastic, show initiative and have excellent interpersonal skills.

To register your interest in this position or to request more information please contact the Headteacher Mrs N. Johnson at norah.johnson@stellamarisschool.co.uk

Friday, 23 September 2016

A 'Belting' Start to the Day

We had a very special assembly on Friday 23rd September when we were visited by Tina and Claire from singing group Little Belters who hosted an interactive singing session. In just one assembly our pupils managed to learn a whole song and had a fantastic time singing it and adding some actions!


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Welcome Madame Gilbart!

We are delighted to introduce our new French teacher Madame Gilbart who will be teaching French to all our pupils from Nursery up to Year 6 on a weekly basis. Madame Gilbart has previously worked in industry in a French speaking role and was head of the language department at a secondary school for many years. She has also spent a year living in Dijon in France. Her new role allows her to spend time with her young family and to focus on helping young children develop their language skills.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Speaking with confidence at Stella Maris


Pupils were celebrating fantastic results in their recent speech exams with a 100% pass rate and over 90% of the pupils passing with merit or distinction. The exams are run by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and help children improve their communication skills, increase self-confidence and develop strong social skills.

21 pupils aged from 4 to 11 years old took exams ranging from Introductory Level where children had to memorise and recite a poem to the examiner to Grade 1 Acting Level where children were required to act out a monologue.

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented “The children put a lot of effort into their speech lessons and it is fantastic that their hard work has been recognised with these outstanding results. This gives the children confidence to speak in public and is a valuable asset for life."

Friday, 2 September 2016

Open Days 2016/17

Our Open Days provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about life at Stella Maris. You will be toured around school by existing pupils and there will be an opportunity to speak to staff and parents too.

Our next Open Days take place on Saturday 8th October 10am - noon and Saturday 25th March 2017 10am - noon.

There is no need to book, please just turn up on the day. You are welcome to browse our prospectus in advance of your visit.

 

Thursday, 11 August 2016

By Royal Appointment...

A letter from a very important person has arrived for Miss Maiden's class over the Summer break. Look at the postmark on the photo below; can you guess who it's from? We can't wait until the children return on the 6th September to find out the contents!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

PTA Summer Disco

Our PTA organised a fantastic Summer Disco with dancing, loom band crafts, tattoos, and a brilliant pop up photo booth! They managed to raise almost £300 for PTA funds and gave all of our families the opportunity for a great night out before the Summer holidays!








Friday, 8 July 2016

Prize Giving Assembly

We had a lovely end of year assembly to celebrate the achievements of our pupils. We also gave our Year 6 leavers a great send off with lovely individual photo books packed full of photos from their time with us. It was time to say goodbye to Madame Seale, our French teacher who is moving on to teach GCSE and A'Level French.

We've uploaded plenty of photos to our Facebook page for you to enjoy but here are a few for you to start you off; tissues at the ready!








Monday, 4 July 2016

Pizza Party!

Our last week of term started with a fun pizza party! All our children and staff enjoyed lovely pizza and garlic bread from Heaton Mersey based takeaway Mazzo Express.

We've got lots more treats to look forward to this week including our special assembly on Friday where we say goodbye to our Year 6 pupils and award certificates and prizes across the school.



Thursday, 30 June 2016

Where does our food come from?

Children in Year 3 and 4 had an interesting school trip to Tesco's East Didsbury store on Wednesday. As part of Tesco's Eat Happy Project the children got to spend the morning in the store. They had a tour of the parts of the store they don't usually see (including the chillers and the freezers), they spent some time at the fish counter, they sampled cheese at the deli counter and they were delighted to get some tiger bread at the bakery!

Teacher Mr Brown commented "The children had a great time on the Farm to Fork trail and discovered lots about where their food comes from. They got to try lots of interesting flavours too including cheese with chilli and lime which was a surprise favourite with quite a few of them!".




Monday, 27 June 2016

Gearing up for a summer of reading

We had two special visitors to school today. First up was librarian Lynda Byrne from the Heatons Library who came to talk to all of the children about the Summer Reading Challenge.

Next up was local author Jo Welch who came to talk to junior pupils about her new book "The Einstein Code" and to discuss what makes a good story. Jo shared lots of interesting facts about her life too and answered numerous questions from our pupils.

The children are now looking forward to the summer holidays so they can start the reading challenge!



Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Buxton Residential

Our pupils in Years 5 and 6 enjoyed a fantastic residential in Buxton in June. Their two night stay at the YHA's Hartington Hall included a session entitled "Inspired by the Wild" where the children collected countryside materials and spent time studying the local environment. They had a camp fire, toasted marshmallows and did some team bonding activities.

They also did a great five mile hike up high hills and learnt techniques for coming down hills safely. It was then time for some climbing challenges and a relaxing game of chess with a giant set! The children had lots of fun, ate yummy food and really enjoyed themselves!