Monday, 23 April 2018

Olympic Swimmer James Goddard Inspires Year 5!

Pupils in Year 5 enjoyed a visit to Care UK's Abney Court Care Home in Cheadle to hear an inspirational talk by Commonwealth gold medal winner James Goddard. The swimmer, who was raised in Stockport, shared his secrets of success and told pupils what it was like to be part of the Great Britain Olympics and Commonwealth Games teams.

Afterwards the pupils enjoyed wearing his medals!

Year 5 Teacher, Mrs Hesketh commented: "This was a really interesting school trip. It is great for our pupils to meet an elite athlete who has shown such commitment and determination to his sport and has had his hard work rewarded. We are very grateful to the staff at Abney Court for inviting us; we love visiting the staff and residents there  - they are so welcoming."



Friday, 20 April 2018

Young Pupil Donates Pocket Money to Charity for a Second Year Running!


Kind-hearted six year old Ayla Jidran, who is a Year 1 pupil at Stella Maris, has again saved her pocket money for a whole year to donate to charity.

This is the second year that Ayla has donated her pocket money. This year she managed to save £96!

Headteacher Norah Johnson reflects: “Ayla is such a caring, thoughtful girl. When Ayla asked us to help her find a charity that supported children who would be grateful of the donation of her pocket money for a second year running, I was happy to assist. After discussions with Ayla we decided that a charity supported by a family at school would appreciate the money, The Good Life Orphanage in Kenya.”

Mary Maguire, who founded the orphanage in 2008 alongside her husband Kevin, came along to Stella Maris to talk to the pupils about the orphanage and to receive the generous donation from Ayla. She commented “I was overwhelmed when the school got in contact with me to tell me that one of their young pupils had shown great kindness by donating all of her pocket money for a whole year. 
Our orphanage and neighbouring school is funded solely by donations, so we rely on generosity of others. Since we opened our doors 10 years ago we have seen over 100 children stay at the orphanage and we have over 300 pupils attending the school. Essential donations like this help us keep our doors open. We’d like to thank Ayla and Stella Maris School for thinking of the Good Life Orphanage and the children we support”.

Ayla with Mary Maguire from the Good Life Orphanage


Monday, 16 April 2018

St Joseph's Penny Appeal

During Lent staff and pupils have been collecting coins for the Caritas Diocese of Salford's St Joseph's Penny Appeal.

The annual appeal has been running since 1904! Families are encouraged to donate change which is then used to help disadvantaged families within the Diocese.

We had some fun and games along the way too; we built 'penny lines' across the hall to see if we had collected enough coins to stretch across the school hall and back!


We also had a 'guess the number of pennies/coins' with our older pupils guessing how many pennies were in the bag and the younger pupils guessing how many coins were in the bag. Nobody managed to guess the exact numbers but the two pupils who got closest were awarded a prize.


Luckily, we no longer have to count the pennies as the bank has a super machine that counts and sorts the coins for us. We managed to beat last year's effort; with coins and notes we raised £203.70 this year - well done!