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Living out God's Mission

Living out God's Mission at Stella Maris

"Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as the noon." Isaiah 58:10

Fundraising for the Ukraine

 

Each year, our Lenten fundraising goes to a charity of our choice - this year, we have been touched by the efforts made from the dedicated group of volunteers at Kent Help for Ukraine and have been pleased that we can support this initiative with volunteering hours, aid donations and cash. Each class at Stella Maris have undertaken a fundraising initiative in their classrooms - this has ranged from sponsored walks/runs, cake sales, sunflower painting art etc.    

 

In addition to the class fundraising, many children in our school have had their own independent ideas for fundraising outside of the school. We are proud of the entire school community - not least these individuals, for living out God's mission.

 

To date, we have received over £5,300 in cash - this is an incredible amount and we cannot recall a time where we have raised so much for one charity. We would like to pass on the sincere thanks from everyone at both Kent Help for Ukraine and Stella Maris for your overwhelming generosity.     

 

Each teacher nominated a child to come along today to pass on our cash donation to Help for Ukraine c/o Big Jigs Toys Donation Hub Folkestone. They were delighted with this huge donation; each lorry costs between £3000 and £4000 to get directly into Ukraine to distribute the aid to those most in need. 

We have committed to continue to help support this group of volunteers in whatever capacity we can.  Thank you once again for your lasting help.

 

 

 

Helping the people in Ukraine

 

Whole School 

Staff and children at Stella Maris were really keen to support the people of Ukraine and so lots of fundraising has been taking place.

The whole School community came together to contribute much needed items to a local centre who were collecting for essential items to be sent to Ukraine. A large bin was placed before and after school, in the playground for our School community to make any donations and we were overwhelmed with the kindness. The bin was full on day one! If you would like to make a donation, keep checking the Latest News Tab as this will be updated regularly with a list of items that are required. Thank you for your continued kindness and support. 

Imps Class

The Imps painted some beautiful sunflower pictures which were then framed and sold to parents for a donation. The Imps made £180 and were so proud of themselves! We were so thankful to our School community for supporting the Imps with such love. 

Pixies Class

The Pixies made some gorgeous sunflower tea light holders as well as some paper sunflowers which they sold to the School community. The Pixies made £95, such a wonderful amount to add to the Ukraine appeal fund. Well done Pixies. 

Griffins Class

The Griffins took part in some sponsored assault courses over a week during Lent. The Griffins raised over £700 by completing these courses, this is such an achievement....great job Griffins!

Unicorns Class

The Unicorns did a 10,000 steps sponsored walk ; they have raised an amazing amount .... £1514.50. Super proud of Unicorns.  See the pictures below of the landmarks they walked past in Folkestone.

Film Event

On 18th March, a film night was organised at school to raise money for the Ukraine.   This event was incredibly well supported with over 170 children coming along to the hall to watch Encanto.   We are thankful to all the staff who gave their time to help with this event - special thanks to Mrs Godden for the initiative, planning, preparation and overall organisation of this wonderful event.

 

As of 30th March 2022, the fundraising break down is as follows:-

 

Year Group

 

Activity

Amount Raised so far…

Year R Imps

Painted sunflowers and sold to the school community

£170

Year 1 Pixies

Made Sunflower Candle Holders

 

Independent Child initiative

£95

 

 

£3

Year 2 Elves

Held a cake sale after school

£107.93

Year 3 Hobbits

Competition time with guess the name of the bear, sweets in the bowl etc.

£84.50

Year 4 Dragons

Sponsored Assault course

 

 

 

 

Independent Child Initiative

 £1,946

 

 

£13

Year 5 Griffins

Sponsored Circuits

 

Independent Child initiative

£749.50

 

£5

Year 6 Unicorns

Sponsored 10,000 step walk

£1514.50

Whole School

Film Event  &

Lenten Breakfast (£214 of donation given to CAFOD).

 

Teddy Tombola

£375

£246.57 

 

 

£40

Other Local Community

St Mary’s Church of England Café, Dover

£150

Grand Total

Although money still coming in

£4884.11

Mothering Sunday Mass - Sunday 27th March 2022

On Mothering Sunday, Stella Maris usually prepare daffodils to hand out to the mothers within the church.  This year, we had two wonderful helpers at 9.00 a.m. Mass to distribute these flowers - bringing joy to many.  Thank you girls for your gentleness and kindness to the parishioners at Our Lady Help of Christians.

 

Stella Maris Staff support the Rotary Club

Staff from Stella Maris helped support the Rotary club this year with their annual fundraising. The staff spent their evenings walking around Folkestone, alongside the Christmas float, collecting for the charity. The Rotary club helps to support the local community in many different ways and it was wonderful to be able to help. It was also so lovely to see so many of our school community out and about! 

Christmas Hampers for Local Families 

The staff at Stella Maris collected lots of goodies throughout December and donated lots of items, to make up some beautiful Christmas hampers for our local families. The hampers were put together and wrapped one evening after school, ready to be delivered before the end of term. 

Such Kindness - December 2021

Our theme for reflection this week was joy. On Friday, Casey brought in some Christmas gifts for the children and adults in Hobbits. We spoke lots about how Casey was spreading joy to his peers. His goodie bags made everyone feel so special and loved and they were incredibly grateful for Casey’s kindness. We would like to say a huge thank you to Casey and his family for bringing smiles to all of our faces, at this special time of year!

Stella Maris Advent Breakfast

On Wednesday 8th December we celebrated Advent at Stella Maris with a very special Advent Breakfast. All the children were invited to come in early to school and have breakfast together. The children and staff shared an Advent Reflection together and then enjoyed a wonderful breakfast. The children were asked to make a small donation for their breakfast and all of the money raised would help our chosen charity. 

Toby in the Imps Class said  "We are having a picnic for Jesus' birthday and it is great!" 

The Salvation Army Present Appeal

During Advent we asked our families to help with the Salvation Army Present Appeal. The sunshine Team asked families to donate new toys for the Salvation Army to wrap and deliver to children all over Folkestone. At Stella Maris we managed to collect over eighty toys which was so heart warming.

Sheila from the the Salvation Army wrote to us and said

"Thank you so much for collecting all of those toys for us, what amazing families you have at Stella Maris. The donations will make such a difference and enable us to help so many families."

 

Stella Maris Harvest Celebration

Throughout the month of October we ask our families to send in any donations they could for the local Foodbank. Each day (before and after school) our orange bins were places in the playground and everyone was invited to place their donations in there. We collected lots of items for the Foodbank. The Rainbow Centre wrote to us: "I thank you, pupils and parents at your school for your huge harvest donations to our food bank. We could not possibly run a cost-effective Foodbank without the donations you so generously give us to meet the food needs of hundreds of families in our district."

We also all celebrated this time of thanksgiving by working together to share a harvest reflection. The video can be found in the resource centre. All classes took part which was wonderful. 

 

 

Living out God's Mission in Sprites...random acts of kindness and compliment pots. 

Stella Maris Lenten Breakfast

We invited all of the children in on Thursday 1st April to share a Lenten Breakfast with their class. The children shared hot cross buns, croissants etc and donated £1 to our Lenten fundraiser for Cafod. During the Lenten breakfast, the children shared a reflection and a prayer. Candles were lit and daffodils were put on the tables. It was such a lovely way to end the term and in total we managed to raise over £400!!!!! Thank you to everyone that came along and supported our chosen charity.

 

Marshall from the Imps "I love this breakfast...it is amazing!"

Read your way through Lent! Spring 2021

Throughout Lent and to celebrate World Book Day/Week, we asked the children to read their way through Lent. The children were provided with a sponsor form in which they could ask family and friends to sponsor them to read throughout Lent. The children wrote all the books they read during Lent and gave each book a score. Together, the children managed to raise over £400 for out Lenten charity, Cafod. Amazing job guys!!!

Stella Maris Mum and Pupil help out in our community during lockdown - Spring 2021

Many families in our community were helped during lockdown with food parcels and hot meals. One of our wonderful mums decided to help those who were struggling during this time. It all started on January 15th when Jo and Logan (from the Elves Class) made up packed lunches in order to help families ensure they had at least one meal during the day. This soon then became an emergency food bank, with many people donating food and money to help, the generosity was outstanding! To date, over eighty parcels have been made up. Thank you so much Jo! How amazing it is to see the love and kindness of our community heart 

Spreading Christmas Cheer!!!! Staff contributed items and their time to help make up eleven hampers for families in our community - Winter 2021

World Mental Health Day - Autumn 2021

 

On Friday 10th October we celebrated Mental Health Day at Stella Maris. We invited the children to wear something yellow and donate £1. As a school we raised £157 which was sent to the mental health charity called 'Young Minds.' 

In response to our help they wrote to us saying "thank you so much for your kind donation to Young Minds, this will make an incredible difference to our work supporting children and families affected by mental health problems. Without your help, we would not be able to make an impact to the lives of children, young people and their families affected by mental health issues across the UK."

 

Thank you everyone!

Stella Maris Harvest Collection - Autumn 2021

​​​​​Throughout the month of October we asked our Stella Maris families to send in any food contributions that they were able to make. So many families helped and we managed to send a car full of food off to our local Foodbank! Thank you everyone, we really appreciated your kindness and support. 

Pixies Fundraising - Summer 2020

During lockdown, the Pixies Class decided to walk 500 miles in four weeks in order to raise money for a chosen charity. They wanted to have a purpose during this challenging time whilst trying to help others. 

 

They thought so much about who they should fund raise the money for. Before we all had to go home in March, the Catholic Children's Society sent Stella Maris over £1000 to help families who were really struggling to get food. The Pixies team thought it would be nice to send them some money back so they can help other families in other schools who may need it.    

 

The Pixies did such a wonderful job and over the four weeks and managed to walk 588 miles altogether and raised a massive £1600!!!!!

We are so proud of them all. Originally they wanted to raise one hundred pounds and were so amazed at everyones support, they still can't quite believe how much they raised. 

 

 
 

 

 
                                                                         

Fundraising for the Foodbank and NHS - Summer 2020

We wanted to share with you all the good work that Phoebe in Hobbits has done this week with vital fundraising for the local foodbank and the NHS. Phoebe wanted to do something to help, so with the support of her mum, dad and little sister Esme (Imps), she prepared a cake sale for her neighbours.

 

As of last night, she had raised a huge £80 to help these two vital services.   We are very proud of Phoebe and want to say a huge congratulations. She has asked for the left over cakes to be taken into school today for the children of key workers.   

 

Let us know if you have done anything similar - we need to share with our Stella family.   

 

Lent Fundraising - Spring 2020

Lent is all about Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving - this year our Almsgiving efforts are focused on raising money for CAFOD's 'What's your Goal?' project.

 

More than one football pitch of rainforest in the Amazon is being lost every minute.  CAFOD is raising money to help stop this by supporting communities in the Amazon, to defend their land and save their homes.

Advent Fundraising - Winter 2019

Our Advent Fundraising effort in December 2019 was in aid of the homeless. Contributions collected via the Advent Breakfast, Christmas Jumper Day and collections after the Christmas Play and the Carol Concert amounted to a fantastic £639. Thanks to everyone in the community, children, staff, parents and others, who helped us with our fundraising.

 

In addition, a huge thank you for all the Tesco bags that were donated for the Helping the Homeless and Vulnerable (Salvation Army). The Sunshine Team handed over 75 bags generously given from the Stella Maris community.

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