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

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Autumn Open Event

Our Autumn Open Event will take place on Saturday 7 October from 12 to 2pm. It is a drop in session and there is no need to pre-book.

The Open Event provides a great opportunity for you to come along and see how we deliver affordable, independent education for girls and boys aged 3-11 years old. You can learn more about our excellent class sizes and how we are able to treat every pupil as an individual.

If you would like more information in advance of the Open Event please get in touch with Lindsey on 0161 432 0532 or email

You can find information regarding our admissions process and answers to frequently asked questions on our website.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Positions of Responsibility

Pupils in Year 6 were delighted to be appointed to various positions of responsibility. From Playground Prefects to Head Boy and Head Girl, pupils at the top of the school were excited to be trusted to take on key roles.

Staff and pupils in Years 5 and 6 voted for the positions of Head Boy and Head Girl. It was a very close contest as there were so many worthy candidates.

Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "At Stella Maris we are focused on developing the whole person and that involves ensuring pupils have the necessary life skills to succeed as well excellent academic abilities. Part of preparing our pupils to move on to secondary school is appointing them to positions that require them to be organised and responsible. Our Year 6 pupils carry out their duties with enthusiasm and especially love helping our youngest pupils settle into school life."

Year 6 pupils proudly display their badges showing their different roles

Monday, 25 September 2017

Wearing our Denim to Help Change Lives

Staff and pupils went into denim overload on Friday 22 September to raise money for national charity Genetic Disorders UK. The charity hosts an annual one day fundraising event, Jeans for Genes, where they ask people to 'don their denim' in exchange for a donation. The funds are used to raise the profile and promote understanding of genetic disorders among the general public.

Pupils were more than willing to dig out their denim to support the charity, some even managing double and triple denim combinations! We managed to raise over £80.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Looking After our Teeth

We welcomed Sarah and Lynn from Heaton Moor Dental into school to talk to pupils in Year 1 and Year 2 about looking after our teeth. The session was fun and informative and the children were delighted with their goody bags containing some dental care essentials.

Sarah left us with some essential key messages to help us care for our teeth:
  • Always brush twice a day; the most important time is at bedtime.
  • Make sure you are using a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste (from age 6 upwards children need to use an adult toothpaste).
  • DON'T rinse after brushing. It's fine to spit the excess toothpaste but don't rinse your mouth at the end of brushing.
  • Each meal is classed as an "attack" on our teeth. Therefore consume sugary puddings and sweets immediately after meals - even leaving half an hour in between means you are exposing teeth to an additional "attack" and our teeth can really only take FOUR "attacks" per day.
  • Visit the dentist every six months.
Sarah and Lynn will be back in school soon to speak to junior school pupils about dental care and to check on the progress of Year 1 and Year 2.