Thursday, 17 November 2016

Step into Christmas!

We put our singing voices to good use this week; children in Year 1 and Year 2 were singing on stage at the Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre Christmas Lights Switch On and our Juniors performed at the Lights Switch On at Merseyway in Stockport. Both events were organised by South Manchester and Cheshire radio station Imagine FM.

Pupils were in fine voice and had plenty of smiles for their audiences! All this singing has made us feel very Christmassy!

Junior school children performing at Merseyway Lights Switch On

Children in Year 1 and Year 2 performing at Parrs Wood Lights Switch On

Friday, 11 November 2016

Supporting Operation Christmas Child

Staff, parents and pupils have supported the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child Appeal by filling shoe boxes with lovely donations to send to less fortunate children across the World. 

Year 1 Teacher, Miss Maiden, explained to all pupils at a recent assembly just how much of a difference receiving a box of gifts can make. Miss Maiden, prior to joining Stella Maris, spent time delivering Samaritan's Purse boxes to children in Kosovo and she told us lovely stories of seeing children's faces light up when they received their gifts.

Our Music Teacher, Mrs Shaw, knitted some fantastic hats (in record time) and our pupils in Years 3 and 4 wrote lovely messages and drew pictures to include in the boxes.

The boxes we have filled will now start their journey to be delivered for Christmas.

Pupils in Year 1 holding our donations for Operation Christmas Child


Messages written by pupils in Years 3 & 4

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Making Sense of Money


Children in Years 5 and 6 had an interesting morning working with representatives from The Royal Bank of Scotland as part of the bank’s MoneySense challenge.

The interactive workshop saw the pupils split into teams to work together on a unique challenge. Each team was allocated an imaginary budget of £150 and they had to use this to plan a party using a fictional persona.

The teams then had to present back explaining their party concept, how they had allocated their budget and how they worked together as a team.

Year 5 teacher Mrs Margaret Hesketh commented “The workshop was really helpful in teaching the children the basics about budgeting. Some of the pupils were surprised by how much things cost; I am sure they will be thinking twice when planning their next birthday party! The children took practical skills away from the workshop which should help them have more awareness about money.”

The RBS MoneySense website is packed full of useful resources for teachers, parents and pupils to help children and young people have a sensible attitude towards money. For further information, see www.mymoneysense.com.

Great teamwork on display in our MoneySense workshop

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Open Day - Saturday 8th October

Our Open Days provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about life at Stella Maris. You will be toured around school by existing pupils and there will be an opportunity to speak to staff and parents too.

Our next Open Days take place on Saturday 8th October 10am - noon and Saturday 25th March 2017 10am - noon.

There is no need to book, please just turn up on the day. You are welcome to browse our prospectus in advance of your visit.

A Focus on IT and E-Safety


We will be holding an e-safety week from 14th November to 18th November. The focus for the week will be on promoting e-safety across the whole school.

The theme for the week is ‘exploring the internet safely’ which offers the opportunity to focus on both the creative and positive things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role that we all play in helping to create a better internet.

Pupils will take part in various workshops throughout the week focusing on how to stay safe online which will include preventing infection, keeping passwords safe and learning about our online world. There will be a session for parents during the week where we will discuss how to keep your child safe online and offer guidance about what different age groups should be doing online.

We will also be getting involved with Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 7th February 2017; a national day where we will be able to access tips and advice on the latest internet safety guidance.

Head of IT Mr Brown commented: “There are now so many ways to access the internet with smart phones and tablets that it is more essential than ever that pupils and parents know how to stay safe online. Our e-safety week will provide an opportunity to share tips and advice as well as to discuss specific situations that people have encountered.”

As well as our focus on safety we have also launched an after school IT club. Initially for pupils in years 5 and 6 but it will be rolled out to younger pupils later in the year. The club will look at a range of topics from the basics of coding to Microsoft Office suite and complements the IT lessons that take place as part of the school curriculum.


Pupils in Years 5 and 6 get to grips with coding
 

Monday, 26 September 2016

Vacancy – Year 1/2 Teacher


We seek to appoint a Year 1/2 teacher to start in January 2017. The successful candidate must be an experienced teacher, preferably KS1 with a broad range of skills. The successful candidate needs to be flexible, enthusiastic, show initiative and have excellent interpersonal skills.

To register your interest in this position or to request more information please contact the Headteacher Mrs N. Johnson at norah.johnson@stellamarisschool.co.uk

Friday, 23 September 2016

A 'Belting' Start to the Day

We had a very special assembly on Friday 23rd September when we were visited by Tina and Claire from singing group Little Belters who hosted an interactive singing session. In just one assembly our pupils managed to learn a whole song and had a fantastic time singing it and adding some actions!