Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Eco-warriors!

We have been learning about the environment and what it means to be part of a community this Term. As part of our learning, pupils have been taking turns to clean up our neighbourhood. Armed with litter picking devices that have been kindly loaned to us by Stockport Council we have been out and about in Heaton Mersey.

Pupils in Years 3 and 4 cleaned up the pavements around the front of our School and the Community Centre.

Eco-warriors in action!

Next it was the turn of pupils in Years 1 and 2 who headed to nearby Heaton Mersey Park. They were delighted to find that there wasn't too much litter as this left them with a little time to test out the play equipment!

Year 2 teacher Miss Davies commented "The litter picking initiative has helped with our focus in Science on materials as it has enabled us to study what can be re-used and recycled and what needs to be thrown away. We've also spent time thinking about what it means to have pride in our surroundings and how easy it is for us to 'do our bit'."

Heaton Mersey Park

Testing the play equipment



Wednesday, 10 May 2017

A visit to Manchester

The John Rylands Library was the destination for Years 5 and 6 as part of their focus on the Victorians. The Deansgate based Grade I Listed building provided a stunning setting for our pupils to take part in a workshop focused on maps from the Victorian era. Maps of tramways, waterworks, infectious diseases and drinking were explored by pupils. We then toured the exhibitions in the library and the children were very impressed with the Reading Room.


Pupils exploring the Reading Room at The John Rylands Library
 
 In the afternoon there was time for a whistle stop sightseeing tour of Manchester including St Ann's Church, St Mary's The Hidden Gem Church, Lincoln Square, Albert Square and St Peter's Square! Pupils were surprised to learn just how many historic buildings and monuments Manchester houses.

The statue of Lincoln Memorial

The Albert Memorial

St Peter's Square


 

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Springtime concert at Abney Court Care Home


Pupils in Year 6 at Heaton Mersey based independent school Stella Maris, wowed residents and staff at CareUK’s Abney Court Residential Home with a Spring music and dance concert.

The pupils designed and planned the showcase themselves. At the forefront of their mind was variety to ensure there was something for everyone. The concert encompassed tap, poetry, readings, singing and instrument playing.

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented “The children get such joy out of planning, rehearsing and performing for the residents. It is lovely to see the happiness it brings to the people who live at the home. At Stella Maris, we teach our children traditional values based around caring and sharing. Respecting others and having time for people are important qualities that the children can put into practice when at Abney Court. In addition, with dementia becoming more prevalent in society it is important that we educate the young that those living with dementia still enjoy many of the things that they have always enjoyed. Our link up with Abney Court has allowed us to share something different with our community and I think the pupils get as much out of it as the audience do.”

Tracy Mitchell, the home manager of Abney Court agrees “Many of our residents receive regular visitors but it is always particularly special when young people visit. At Abney Court, we offer a wide range of activities to suit all tastes but the Stella Maris performances have proved popular with all!”.
 

 

Friday, 21 April 2017

The Iron Man

Pupils in Years 3 and 4 have been busy constructing 'The Iron Man' as part of their class project focusing on the famous Ted Hughes book.

They have used cardboard and other household items to build a life size model of the Iron Man, complete with lighting up eyes!

Class teacher Mr Brown commented "The children really enjoy studying this book and have enjoyed reading it aloud in class. After completing some lovely chalk drawings of the Iron Man we decided to get a little more ambitious and have a go at building him! The children are delighted with the end result."

The Iron Man

Building the Iron Man

Everyday items were used including cardboard boxes and bottle tops

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Checkmate!

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