Friday, 30 November 2018

Celebrating St Andrew

Pupils in Years 3 & 4 performed an entertaining assembly on St Andrew's Day to help us learn more about the patron saint of Scotland.

They explained how he came to be the patron saint, St Andrew's cross and how this relates to the flag of Scotland. They performed an Autumn inspired poem and treated us to a Scottish song. Click the link below to see them in action.

Christmas Fair - Saturday 1 December 1pm - 3pm

We are looking forward to welcoming people to our Christmas Fair.

We have lots of games to keep everybody occupied with knock the elf off the shelf, poke the Christmas tree, bottle and chocolate tombolas, name the bear and lots more! We also have seasonal refreshments and lots of great shopping opportunities.

Santa will be in his magical grotto waiting to hear what's on your Christmas list and to give out an early present.

Kick start your countdown to Christmas by visiting our Christmas Fair!

Christmas hot chocolate cones

Name the bear

Yummy Christmas treats

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Celebrating Universal Children's Day

Jill Elston from Christians in Schools Trust recently visited our assembly to talk to the pupils about Universal Children's Day. She discussed children's rights and in particular the right to play, the right to an education and the right to healthcare as well as what it meant to be a child.

To demonstrate the right to play, Jill organised a quick game of charades with our two House Captains in the hot seat!

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "We are very lucky to have regular visits from Jill and the team at CiST. They provide amazing, thought provoking assemblies and workshops to all age groups across the school. The children and staff look forward to Jill's visits."

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Fundraising Fun for Once Upon a Smile

Pupils, staff and families from Stella Maris School have been busy raising money for Manchester based charity, Once Upon a Smile with two fundraising events.

Once Upon a Smile was established in 2011 to provide emotional and practical support for bereaved families after it became apparent that there was a lack of support for families after the death of a loved one. It has become increasingly involved in supporting children following the death of a parent or sibling.

The charity came to the attention of the school when it supported one of its pupils following the sudden death of a parent. The family commented "The counselling and emotional support offered by Once Upon a Smile was fantastic and helped us all through the grieving process. We were so lucky to find this amazing charity and we were very keen to help raise funds to enable it to continue its vital work."

The school organised a two-days of fundraising with a silly socks day and a sponsored welly walk. The events have raised in excess of £250 and donations are still coming in. If you would like to donate you can do so online at

Head Teacher Norah Johnson commented "We tend to focus our fundraising on local charities where we feel our efforts can have a real impact on the local community. Once Upon a Smile is very dear to us having provided vital support to one of our families recently, and we were delighted to be able to help them by organising these fundraising events. The children had lots of fun taking part; they also enjoyed seeing staff in their silly socks too!". 

Silly socks day

A sponsored welly walk across Heaton Mersey Common

Friday, 16 November 2018

Step into Christmas!

It may be November but Christmas celebrations kicked off this week at Stella Maris as pupils in Years 1 to 6 performed at TWO Christmas Lights Switch On events.

First stop was Parrs Wood where pupils in Years 1 and 2 took to the stage to sing a selection of traditional Christmas carols. They wowed the audience with their sensational singing and fantastic festive head wear!

It was then on to Merseyway for our Juniors who opened the show with eight Christmas songs from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer to Silent Night.

The events, organised by local radio station, Imagine Radio, saw a host of acts perform across the two evenings.

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "The Christmas Lights Switch On events provide our pupils with a great opportunity to perform for their local community. The boys and girls love taking to the stage and it really does mark the start of the Christmas period for them!"


Parrs Wood

Monday, 12 November 2018

Remembrance Assembly

Pupils in Year 6 have been learning all about World War I and they shared their newfound knowledge with the rest of the school at a poignant Remembrance Assembly. They explained the importance of remembrance and the significance of the poppy.

They shared stories of fallen soldiers from Stockport and invited staff and pupils to share a moment to reflect on the significance of freedom and our heritage.

The pupils displayed some lovely artwork which they had produced for the assembly and some wartime memorabilia that had been kindly loaned to school.

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "The pupils put together a very moving assembly. They were keen to involve some real life stories to help their audience focus on the sacrifices made by local soldiers. The entire school took part in a period of reflection where all pupils sat peacefully; we were very impressed at how well the children observed the silence."

You can watch a video of the assembly by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

Remembrance artwork

Friday, 9 November 2018

House Spelling Bee

Our first House competition of the academic year took place this week with our two Houses, Matthew and Mark, competing in our House Spelling Bee.

Pupils across the school, from Pre-Prep right up to Year 6, took part.

All of the teams proved to be excellent at spelling and there was just one point in it with Matthew pipping Mark to the coveted bee trophy.

Teacher Ken Brown commented "It was great to see how eager the children were to take part and how confident they were to spell words in front of the whole school! We focus a lot on reading at Stella Maris and that helps to ensure that pupils are not only good at spelling but that they have a wide vocabulary and are able to use words in the correct context."