Thursday, 28 April 2016

Cooking up a tasty treat!

Children attending our cooking club had great fun this week preparing a tasty vegetable crumble. The club, run by Nikki Geddes of Kiddy Cook, teaches children about healthy eating and enables them to prepare tasty recipes that they can take home and share with their family. The verdict from the children was that vegetable crumble should have a big thumbs up!

Monday, 18 April 2016

Supporting the Heatons Dementia Cafe

The children at Heaton Mersey based independent school, Stella Maris, were delighted to present the Heatons Dementia Café with a £50 donation following a recent own clothes day.

Beryl Whitehead, who set up the café, explained to the children at a school assembly, all about the work of the café and the fun and friendly environment that it provides for people in the Heatons who have dementia and their carers. Beryl entertained the children with details of entertainment that they have had at the café including a tea drinking meerkat! She explained that the donation will be used to help fund some musical entertainment for a future session at the café.

The school is actively involved in fundraising for local and national charities. This academic year parents, staff and pupils have raised money for South Manchester General Hospital’s Neonatal Unit, The Alex Hulme Foundation, The Wellspring, Francis House, and the charities supported by The Rotary Club of Stockport Lamplighter as well as national charities Children in Need, The Brain Tumour Charity and Sport Relief.

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented “Our children, parents and staff have a strong sense of community and enjoy being able to help local and national charities. Our fundraising activities this year have included a sponsored welly walk, a swimathon, bake offs and own clothes days. We’re always looking at ways to combine fundraising, fun and learning!”.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Combining maths and charity – a lesson with a difference

Years 1 and 2 pupils from Stella Maris School in Heaton Mersey enjoyed a maths lesson with a difference. They used funds raised from a recent own clothes day to purchase produce at the local Co-Operative Shop on Didsbury Road to donate to Stockport charity, The Wellspring.

The lesson allowed them to put their maths skills to good use as they worked out offers and total spend to ensure they didn’t go over budget.

The Co-Operative Group was generous too, adding an additional donation to the pot enabling the children to purchase more food donations.

Stella Maris teacher Miss Zarkesh commented “This was certainly a maths lesson with a difference and one that the children thoroughly enjoyed. Learning about the cost of everyday items and how to budget are important life lessons and it was great that the children were able to practise these skills and benefit a very worthwhile charity.”

The items were collected from school by Wellspring Project Manager Jonathan Billings.