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

Great teamwork on display in our MoneySense workshop