Thursday, 30 March 2017


Pupils in Years 1 to 6 have had a great time participating in the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge over the last seven weeks.

The first stage of the challenge is played in school and pupils have won fantastic prizes each week as they have accumulated points. They have also developed their skills and confidence in playing chess.

Five pupils have qualified to represent Stella Maris at the North West Mega-final to be held in May.

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "We have a long tradition of running a chess league in school at Stella Maris but this is the first time we have taken part in a national competition, so it is really pleasing that five of our pupils have qualified to go on to the next stage.

It's been great to see how enthusiastic pupils have been with children as young as six years old giving up their lunch hour to learn and play the game. In fact demand has been so high that we have now launched a beginners club for children who are keen to learn the game; they are aiming to get their skills up so they can participate in the Delancey Challenge next year!"

Pupils receive their certificates and awards for taking part in the chess challenge

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The St Joseph's Penny Appeal

Throughout Lent staff and pupils from Stella Maris are supporting Caritas Diocese of Salford's St Joseph Penny Appeal by saving up their coins.

St Joseph's Penny Appeal has been in existence for 113 years and helps people who are in need who live within the Salford Diocese. Every penny raised is used to help people feel loved and safe, just like the Appeal's namesake did for Jesus. In previous years the money has been used to support young mums, to assist families to purchase gifts for Christmas and birthdays, to help temporarily house homeless people and help them become financially independent and to generally support children and adults in the Diocese.

Every pupil has taken home a penny box to fill with spare coins. Lots of boxes have been returned already and we had a fun counting session where we managed to count over £60 in 1ps and 2ps!

Children counting the penny donations

Penny pattern fun

We've also used the coins to play some great penny games during before school club including creating penny towers and shove penny. So far we have raised nearly £100 for the Appeal. 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Year 6 pupils celebrate exam success

Year 6 pupils are jumping for joy following outstanding results and offers of places at grammar schools within the region.  We were delighted to maintain our on-going record of every Year 6 pupil receiving offers of grammar school places.  This is a great achievement for the school.

Pupils were offered places at some of the region’s top schools, including Withington Girls School, Stockport Grammar School, Alderley Edge School for Girls, Cheadle Hulme School and St. Bede’s College and passed exams for many of the Trafford grammar schools as well.  Some children were offered academic scholarships due to exceptional performance in the exams.

Headteacher and Year 6 teacher, Mrs Norah Johnson was delighted with the results and commented: “These pupils have worked extremely hard and fully deserve the results and offers they have received.  Competition for places has been particularly intense this year with large numbers of children from across the region sitting these exams.  I am very proud of our children and their level of success and the way in which the parents and children have handled the whole process.”
Year 6 pupils and Mrs Johnson give a big thumbs up to their success

Monday, 13 March 2017

Spring Open Morning - 25th March

Our next Open Morning will take place on Saturday 25th March at 10am - 12noon. If you are considering your nursery and primary school options then our Open Morning provides an excellent opportunity to have a look around our school, talk to teachers, parents and pupils and learn more about life at Stella Maris.

Pre-booking is not required, please just pop along on the day. For more information please contact Lindsey Farrelly on 0161 432 0532 or email

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Youth Speaks!

Pupils in Year 6 recently took part in the Rotary Club of Stockport Lamplighter's Youth Speaks competition. It was the first year that Stella Maris has taken part in this annual tournament which aims to encourage youngsters to enhance their speaking and presentation skills.

The pupils chose to present on the topic "retaining traditional values in teaching", talking about the advantages of small class sizes, a mixed curriculum and focus on reading, writing and numeracy. The event provided a great opportunity for pupils to compete against other schools and to prepare and present.

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "This was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to enhance their presentation and speaking skills and also enabled the children to work together as a team. This was our first year of taking part so we were interested to see how the tournament worked. We're looking forward to getting involved again next year. It is great to see the Rotary Club is so active in promoting events that are aimed at developing the skills of young people in our community."

The Year 6 team in action

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Learning Life Saving Skills

Pupils in Years 1 - 6 are learning about Heart Start. Our British Heart Foundation Heart Start programme is run by Dr Khan and Miss MacCarron. Children learn a range of life saving actions from how to call for help in an emergency through to learning CPR. Our current Year 6 class is the third class to have completed the full training programme and were presented with their certificates in a recent assembly (photo below).

Miss MacCarron commented "The Heart Start Programme equips the children with essential skills. They learn the basics from how to dial the emergency services right up to to how to deal with instances of choking and cardiac arrest. The pupils are eager to learn and really enjoy the practical sessions where they get to try out CPR on the "Anne" CPR training manikin."