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!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Stella Maris shortlisted for Greater Manchester Schools Award

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Active Community Award at this year's Greater Manchester Schools Awards. Over the last year we have raised funds for ten charities in a variety of different ways from a sponsored swim to selling artwork. We have also taken part in lots of community events from the Stockport Lights Switch On to singing carols at a local nursing home.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 8th July at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester. One lucky junior school pupil will attend the ceremony alongside our headteacher, Mrs Johnson.

Mrs Johnson commented "Staff, children and parents put in a great deal of effort to support our local community and it is fantastic that our efforts have been recognised.".

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Fun in the sun at Tatton Park

We enjoyed a whole school trip to Tatton Park on 7th June. The weather was kind to us so we spent all our time outdoors exploring the gardens and the playground! We loved the Roald Dahl exhibition, especially "Danny's Adventure course" and the Twits washing line!

We enjoyed a yummy picnic and treated ourselves to lovely ice creams too. After a good run around in the playground we returned to school exhausted and happy! The trip was funded out of PTA funds so a big thank you to all for supporting PTA events to help raise funds. Here's a handful of photos to enjoy; there are plenty more on our Facebook page.