Thursday, 25 January 2018

Pre-Prep Scientists

Our Pre-Prep pupils got to grips with their first Science experiment.

They carefully mixed together bicarbonate of soda and vinegar in their dishes and then they used pipettes to add food colouring to the mixture. They loved observing the fizz it made and enjoyed mixing the different colours.

Pre-Prep teacher Mrs Jones commented "Hands on experiments are fantastic fun! The children really enjoyed using the equipment and the pipettes were great for helping perfect their pincer grip, an essential skill for learning to write".

House Spelling Bee Creates a Buzz

Pupils across the school represented our two Houses, Matthew and Mark, in our first House Spelling Bee Competition.

Over 10 rounds teams of 3 or 4 pupils were asked to spell out some tricky words including 'necessary', 'restaurant' 'knowledge' and 'privilege'.

Years 3 and 4 teacher, Mr Brown, organised the competition and was very impressed by the teamwork on display. He commented "It was great to see pupils coming together across year groups to work in teams. The pupils loved the competitive element. For some it was their first time writing on the interactive board and to have the confidence to do that in front of the whole school is brilliant."

Over the 10 rounds Matthew just edged it with 10 correct spellings to Mark's eight.

Pupils are now looking forward to the next House competition which will be part of the World Book Day celebrations.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Resolutions for the New Year.

Pupils in Year 5 hosted an assembly reflecting on the resolutions they have made for 2018. From being nice to siblings to performing random acts of kindness, our boys and girls have resolved to make some small changes for the new year.

We were impressed with how confidently they shared their promises with us, especially as many of them had family members in the audience who were quickly taking note to make sure they are held to their promises!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Creating a Winter Wonderland Masterpiece

Pupils and staff in Pre-Prep have been working with our Art Teacher, Mrs Baldwin, to produce a Winter Wonderland mural. Each week they are developing their art skills and adding to the Winter scene.

In the first week they practised their painting skills and painted the blue sky and snowy background. They had to work hard to ensure their brushstrokes were all going in the same direction to produce a nice smooth sky.

Our little artists are ready for action!

In the second week they used stamping techniques with corks and cotton buds. They busily dipped their 'stampers' into white and silver paint to create snowflakes of varying sizes and patterns to the Winter sky. The next step was great fun - sprinkling glitter to make the snowflakes sparkle!

Trees will be added next week to finish the Winter Wonderland - we can't wait to see the finished mural hanging on the wall!

Open Events

We are hosting two Open Events during our Spring Term. The first event will take place on Thursday 18 January at 6pm until 7pm. The second will take place on Saturday 17 March from 10am until 12noon.

Our Open Events provide an ideal opportunity for families to learn more about life at Stella Maris. Teachers, pupils and parents will be on hand to explain how pupils benefit from our small class sizes, strong academic curriculum and excellent pastoral care.

The Open Events work on a drop in basis; there is no need to book in advance. We also provide school day tours for families to see the school in action during the school day. To book a school day tour please contact our Admissions Officer, Lindsey Farrelly on 0161 432 0532 or email

Friday, 12 January 2018

Pets and Vets

Pre-Prep pupils are focusing on pets as their topic for the Spring Term. They have turned the home corner into a 'vets surgery' and they are learning all about what a vet does.

They have brought in their soft toy pets from home and discussed how to look after the real life version of these pets. They have also made cages and written stories about looking after their pets.

This week they were lucky enough to receive a visit from one of our pupil's real life pet budgies! The pupils were surprised at how noisy they were!

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Why are polar bears good swimmers?

Pupils in Years 3 and 4 have been finding the answer to this question and other polar bear facts as part of their topic work. They have been researching online the key characteristics of polar bears and using this information to write informative reports.

They have discovered that polar bears have longer heads than other bears and ears that fold in and these characteristics make them excellent swimmers.

Pupils then used their art and design skills to produce a 3D polar bear head so they could demonstrate these characteristics.