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
Staff supporting the Parish Summer School - August 2023
During the summer holidays, staff volunteered to help out at the parish summer school for the children of the parish. The staff helped to lead a variety of lessons, including art, gardening and Bible stories. It was lovely to meet lots of new children from the parish, as well as other adults too.
Sunshine Team Cake Sale - May 2023
On Tuesday the 16th May the Sunshine Team held a cake sale that they had organised together in their weekly meetings. The cake sale was a huge success and raised £170!! All of the money raised is going to be used to buy some new Bibles. It was so wonderful that the Sunshine Team had so many donations of cakes from our school community. Thank you to everyone that helped.
Helping others! - April 2023
Last Saturday Gus and Elsie took part in a 24 hour hockey match with their hockey club to raise money for Pilgrim's Hospice. They started the match off by playing an hour from 12noon on Saturday and different teams then took turns to play all through the night until 12noon on Sunday. We are really proud of Gus and Elsie, and their hockey club raised an amazing £5000 for a really important charity.
Helping Others during Lent - March 2023
During Lent, each class decided to do their own fundraising for Cafod. Each class completed a different task and the money raised, was used to purchase world gifts from Cafod.
The Imps Class raised £440 and purchased: a greenhouse, trees for life, a queen bee, worms, chirpy chickens, a school starter pack, a shelter tent, a goat, a cow, emergency water, teach a child to read and a vegetable garden.
The Pixies Class raised £137 and purchased: a keep clean kit, a terrific toilet, a school starter pack, teach a child to read and a vegetable garden.
The Elves Class raised £80 and purchased: a queen bee, chirpy chickens, a fruit tree, water for a vegetable garden, a soup kitchen and a vegetable garden.
The Hobbits Class raised £38.37 and purchased: a tree for life, emergency water, a keep clean kit, teach a child to read, a queen bee and a vegetable garden.
The Dragons Class raised £146.60 and purchased: a safe place to call home and trees for life.
The Griffins Class raised £62.40 and purchased: trees for life and a safe place to call home.
The Unicorns Class raised £467 and purchased: emergency shelter, chirpy chickens, trees for life, emergency water, teach someone to read, a greenhouse and a medical outreach team.
Thank you to our community who made all of this possible...we managed to buy so many wonderful world gifts that will really make a difference. In addition to this, we also raised £203 from other events taking place at school and some of this money was sent to the Red Cross Turkey and Syria Earthquake appeal and some was used to restock our school food pantry.
The total raised during Lent at school was £1524.37!!!
Kye helping in Lent - March 2023
Kys decided that wanted to help raise money for the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Appeal. He painted this beautiful picture of a daffodil and asked Mrs Phelps to help him make some copies of the painting. He then sold copies of the paintings to staff members. How wonderful!
Helping others during Advent - Throughout December 2022
Throughout Advent, the children and staff at Stella Maris have been busy trying to help others by donating items and making up Christmas hampers. Mis Godden also ran a Christmas disco which raised over £500, with all of the money raised going towards goodies for the hampers.
Lots of other events took place throughout Advent in order to raise ,only for our chosen charity, 'South Kent Mind' (chosen by the Sunshine Team).
Our Advent breakfast for children and parents raised £113.
Christmas jumper day raised £77.50
Donations from Christmas Nativity and Carols raised £257.72
The Sunshine Team Christmas Treat shop raised £226.81
Making a grand total for 'Mind' of £675.03!!
We are extremely proud of everyone for helping those in our community, by following in the footsteps of Christ and loving our neighbours.
Sunshine Team Food Pantry - Monday 5th December 2022
On Monday 5th December the Sunshine Team launched our very own food pantry at Stella Maris! The pantry is onsite and is open during school hours for anyone that needs some support during these difficult times. The pantry is well stocked with lots of wonderful goodies and the Sunshine Team are looking forward to being able to support our families.
The Sunshine Team motto is "Give what you can and take what you need."
Staff help the Rotary Club - December 2022
Throughout December, staff at Stella Maris have been helping the Rotary Club. The Rotary Club collect money for charity as Father Christmas is out on his sleigh, covering many areas in Folkestone and Hythe. All of the money raised helps many local families during the Christmas time, as well as throughout the year. It is so important to support one another in the community.
This year the rotary Club raised £7,229.22 and managed to distribute 130 parcels around Folkestone!!
Sunshine Team Member Sophie makes her own hamper to raffle - November/December 2022
Sophie made her very own hamper, donating all of the goodies inside, after being inspired by our Christmas fundraising. The Sunshine Team will be selling raffle tickets, alongside the chocolate hamper in order to raise money for 'Mind' this advent. We are really proud of Sophie and her kindness.
The Sunshine Team Christmas Treat Shop - November/December 2022
Every Wednesday throughout November and December, the Sunshine Team decided to run a Christmas Treat shop as well as a raffle. All of the money raised will be going to the charity 'Mind.' The Sunshine Team chose Mind because they said that Christmas time is a happy time but for some it can be a very sad and lonely time and we must not forgot those people. We will update you with the final amount once the last Christmas shop has been done.
Unicorn Class celebrating Remembrance Day - November 2022
Year 6 wanted to do something special for Remembrance day as it is such an important time.The children created beautiful pieces of artwork and then used these in their Remembrance service. The children invited the whole to the service as well as parents, governors and our Parish Church. During the service, candles were lit, prayers were read and poems were shared. The Unicorn class raised £334.44 for the British Legion and this was given to the Chair of our governing Committee to pass on. It was a a very wonderful and reflective service.
Collecting for the Local Foodbank during Harvest - October 2022
Throughout October the children were invited to bring in donations of food, shower gels, soap etc and all of the donations were collected for the local foodbank who help so many families. The children took their food donations to the collection point outside the hall and added to the wonderful amount that was collected.
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. " Matthew 25:35
Running the London Marathon - October 2022
On the 2nd October, Mrs Felicetti and Mrs Fletcher from our Governing Committee took part in the London marathon. We are so proud of the ladies, not only for running the marathon but for raising just over £2400 for the Catholic Children's Society. What an amazing achievement.
Raising Money for the Catholic Children's Society - September 2022
On Saturday 17th September Mrs Felicetti and Mrs Fletcher held a quiz right for the whole school community, in order to raise money for the Catholic Children's Society. Both ladies will also be running in the London Marathon to raise even more money for this wonderful charity. The quiz night raised over £1000 and was great success in not only raising money but in bringing the community together.
Sunshine Team Afternoon Tea for the volunteers from the Ukraine drop off Centre - July 2022
On Wednesday the 13th July the Sunshine Team welcomed some of the volunteers from the local Ukraine drop off point, for an afternoon tea. Having been allowed to visit the centre and help with the bags of love and the loading of the lorries, the Sunshine Team wanted to thank all of the wonderful volunteers for the amazing work they have been doing. The visitors were welcomed into the school community and the afternoon celebration began with a candlelight reflection, followed by afternoon tea. The staff at Stella Maris kindly made cakes for us to share and enjoy. During the afternoon tea the children and visitors smiled, laughed and chatted about everything! Then Phil and Denise told us all about their trip to Ukraine to deliver the bags of love. The Sunshine Team asked some thoughtful questions and we were so proud of how they represented the school. The Sunshine Team also presented the visitors with some flower bouquets created by our lovely Mrs Green. It was a very humbling afternoon, enjoyed by all.
Comments from our visitors:
''That was truly the most beautiful afternoon and so unexpected. What a wonderful school filled with caring and loving teachers and children. It was a real delight to answer their very thoughtful questions."
"We really want to reiterate we are nothing without the kindness, generosity and humanity of folk exactly like those we have met at Stella Maris. I don't think I have felt that level of emotion for a long while. I have always believed that the foundation we provide for our young people helps to create a better future for all - the young people of Stella Maris epitomise all those positive characteristics."
"Such a warm and positive community."
Mrs Truett's Sunflowers - June 2022
Mrs Truett sold her home grown sunflowers to the staff at stella Maris during the month of June and all of the money raised was added to our Ukraine appeal.
Fundraising for the Ukraine - March/April 2022
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 - March/April 2022
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:-
Amount Raised so far…
Year R Imps
Painted sunflowers and sold to the school community
Year 1 Pixies
Made Sunflower Candle Holders
Independent Child initiative
Year 2 Elves
Held a cake sale after school
Year 3 Hobbits
Competition time with guess the name of the bear, sweets in the bowl etc.
Year 4 Dragons
Sponsored Assault course
Independent Child Initiative
Year 5 Griffins
Independent Child initiative
Year 6 Unicorns
Sponsored 10,000 step walk
Film Event &
Lenten Breakfast (£214 of donation given to CAFOD).
Other Local Community
St Mary’s Church of England Café, Dover
Although money still coming in
Mothering Sunday Mass - 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 - December 2021
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 - December 2021
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 - December 2021
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 - November 2021
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 - October 2021
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
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.
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.