Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Super Swimmers Raise Money for Charity

A team of four made up of former and current pupils at Stella Maris took part in the Rotary Club Stockport Lamplighter annual swimathon. The team managed to swim 191 lengths in just 55 minutes!

The swimathon event raises money for various charities supported by Rotary. This year Stella Maris swimmers were raising money for Manchester based Alex Hulme Foundation. You can add your donation by visiting  https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/stellamaris.

The Stella Maris swimathon team

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Creating a Bug Hotel

Staff and pupils in Pre-Prep worked with specialist furniture make Ben of Ancoats Industrial Furniture, to create a bug hotel as part of their topic on British wildlife.

The children researched and designed their hotel and then got busy with tools and soil to build it! They worked hard to find some occupants in their garden box.

Class teacher Mrs Jones commented "I love taking lessons outdoors! The children learn practical skills as well as enhancing their fine motor skills by digging and using tools. We had great fun building the bug hotel but we also learnt a great deal about bugs, their importance in the world and what we can do to protect them."

Friday, 15 March 2019

What a Wonderful World!

Pupils in Years 1 and 2 have been learning all about the World this term. From the continents to the seas, they have looked at different aspects of the World including food and dress!

Their hard word culminated in an amazing musical spectacular where they showed off their knowledge to an audience of pupils, staff and parents.

We've captured the highlights for you to enjoy!

Friday, 8 March 2019

A celebration of books

Our pupils love books so when there is a whole day dedicated to celebrating the joys of reading they are jumping for joy! World Book Day 2019 was greeted with excitement across the school.

Headteacher Norah Johnson explains "We're not big fans of fancy dress as this can sometimes mean that the children focus on TV and film characters instead of book characters. Instead we invite children to bring in their favourite books and to share stories with their peers. We hold a house book quiz where pupils from our two houses, Matthew and Mark, answer book related questions to see who will be crowned 'the biggest bookworms'!"

Reading is a big part of the school's curriculum with children reading everyday to their teacher once they are ready. Each year group visits the local library each year where they learn about what a library is, the difference between fact and fiction books, the Dewey Decimal system, the different tools to use when choosing a book and how to write a good book review.

Pupils are encouraged to take part in reading challenges such as Achievement for All's 200 Million Minutes Challenge and the library Summer Reading Challenge

Mrs Johnson concludes "Reading is so important for many reasons and we really encourage our children to take time out to read for pleasure - in this technically focused world it's very refreshing to get lost in a book! Pupils leave Stella Maris with a reading age three or four years above their actual age and with a great passion for reading."

Tense moments in the House Book Quiz

Pre-Prep enjoying their favourite stories

Years 5 and 6 enjoying a quick speed-read between lessons!

Pupils sharing stories together

Using stories to inspire our written work

Friday, 1 March 2019

Exam Success for Year 6 Scholars

Year 6 pupils are celebrating outstanding results and offers of places at the top schools across the region. The school maintained its on-going record of every Year 6 pupil receiving offers from grammar schools. 

Pupils were offered places at Manchester Grammar School, Withington Girls School, Stockport Grammar School, Alderley Edge School for Girls and St. Bede’s College, as well as Trafford Grammars.  

Headteacher and Year 6 teacher, Mrs Norah Johnson commented: “This has been another exceptional year and we are delighted to have maintained our record of every child receiving offers from grammar schools. Our families now have difficult decisions to make about which schools to turn down! I am very proud of our children and their level of success and the way in which the children and parents have handled the whole process. We’ve continued to have lots of fun at school throughout the exam and interview period. Our children move to secondary schools across the region as happy, confident individuals and enjoy a seamless transition.”

Year 6