Friday, 27 October 2017

An Autumn Themed Day

Pupils in Pre-Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 enjoyed an Autumn themed day. They worked in mixed age groups across three classrooms on three different Autumn themed activities.

The Pre-Prep classroom was transformed into 'Granny's kitchen' for a spot of pumpkin soup making. Year 1 became the base for hedgehog collage making using lovely Autumn treasures. Year 2 was the messy room where pupils got busy mixing Autumn colours and using their hands and fingers to produce Autumnal trees.

The pupils enjoyed working together and working with different teachers on each activity.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

A Lovely Autumnal Walk

Across the school pupils have been focusing on Autumn, looking at the different aspects of the Season from the weather to the wildlife.

Pupils in the Pre-Prep and Infants enjoyed a lovely nature walk through Heaton Mersey to spot signs of Autumn and collect Autumnal treasure! They observed the trees, especially the array of colours, they collected conkers and acorns and they paused to listen to the sounds of Autumn.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Harvest Celebration

We celebrated Harvest time with a wonderful assembly. Pupils have been working hard to learn some lovely Harvest songs and one of our Year 6 pupils shared a beautiful Harvest prayer.

Our families have been donating produce for Stockport based charity, The Wellspring as part of our Harvest Festival. At the assembly, Headteacher Norah Johnson explained to the children why we donate food and toiletries to the charity and how families across Stockport will benefit from our generosity.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Taking Care of our Minds

As part of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, we welcomed Jill Elston from Christians in Schools Trust  to our assembly to talk to staff and pupils about looking after their minds.

Jill talked about how people often place lots of emphasis on keeping their bodies healthy but often overlook caring for their minds. She discussed the concept of creating a 'mind apple' where people could list their 5-a-day for the mind to plan how to keep it healthy.

Jill provided some great ideas for 'mind apples' including watching the clouds, reading, physical activity, sleep, spending time with friends and enjoying some quiet time alone. Pupils then put some of the ideas to the test with Year 5 spending a few minutes in the playground to look at the clouds and the trees and to listen to the birds. Other pupils spent time dancing and listening to music.

Headteacher, Mrs Johnson, then worked with Jill to prepare her own 'mind apple' so pupils could see how easy it was to do. Pupils were keen to produce their own 'mind apples' and had some great ideas of how to ensure they cared for their minds as well as their bodies.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Young Pupil Donates Pocket Money to Charity

Five year old Stella Maris pupil, Ayla Jidran, saved her pocket money for a year to donate to children’s charities.

Kind-hearted Ayla, who has just moved into Year 1, wanted to do something to help local children. She decided to save her weekly pocket money for a whole year so she could use the money to help others.

Headteacher Norah Johnson reflects: “When Ayla’s father explained that Ayla had been saving her spends so she could help local children and asked for our assistance in choosing local worthy causes, I expected him to produce a few pounds. In fact, Ayla had saved almost £70 by putting her allowance away each week! It was such a thoughtful thing to do, especially for somebody so young.”

After discussions with Ayla it was decided that the money should be split between local Didsbury based charity Francis House and the local Rotary Club, Stockport Lamplighters who were fundraising for a charity in Offerton that provides care for disabled children.

Nan Ironside from the Rotary Club attended a recent school assembly to receive the donation and to present Ayla with a certificate. Nan explained that the donation would be used to buy some games and toys for the charity.

A spokesperson for Francis House commented “Ayla has shown great kindness in wanting to help children that she has never met and whose lives are affected by serious illness and disability. Francis House Children’s Hospice is a place of fun and friendship and Ayla’s pocket money donation will help towards providing the one to one care that every child experiences when they come here. We’d like to thank Ayla and Stella Maris School for thinking of Francis House and the children and families we support”.

Nan Ironside from Stockport Rotary presents Ayla with a certificate