Stella Maris
Primary School

Stella Maris
Primary School

Welcome

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Welcome to the website of Stella Maris School! As an independent, classical primary school, devoted to providing an excellent and authentic Catholic education, we aim at helping children to grow into virtuous and wise people who serve God, their families and their communities. It is through knowing, loving and serving God that children flourish and experience fulfillment in their lives. An education centred on Christ, who is Truth and Goodness incarnate, enables children to grow in a natural, happy and purposeful environment. Thank you for visiting our website and please keep Stella Maris School in your prayers. God bless you! 

 

Newsletter 19/2/24

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We pray that this time of Lent will be a time of growing closer to Jesus for you, as we pray it will be for all of our students. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving can help us to repent of our sins, and to grow in virtue during this penitential season.

Our students are back to school today after their mid-term break. They are well rested and ready to learn many important and interesting things again this next half-term! As you know, we have a broad curriculum in Stella Maris School, with 13 subjects on offer to our pupils. One subject we offer is science. Please see a picture of the children below having great fun taking part in a science experiment, as we investigated the impact of intense exercise upon our heartrate. There were some very breathless children after the experiment was completed!

We have a very exciting trip to Knock coming up next week! We will visit Knock with some local priests. The trip will comprise of Mass, rosary, visitation of the apparition site, exploration of the grounds of Knock, as well as some recreation time. This time in the place where Our Blessed Mother appeared will be a great time of grace for our children. In order to make this possible, we need to hire a bus for our students and volunteers to travel to Knock for this beautiful pilgrimage. Most of the cost is covered but we still need some kind benefactor to help with the last 250 euro needed to cover the costs of the pilgrimage. If you are in a position to help make this pilgrimage possible, then we would be very grateful to you and you will be in our prayers at Knock! Please donate here! https://gofund.me/6aee1285

We shall continue our discussion of the Stella Maris School curriculum this week by exploring our History curriculum. In our modern world, many people do not know that the Bible is the account of salvation history. Of course, there are many varying genres in the Bible, like proverbs, psalms, and apocalyptic accounts, yet the history of the mankind and the world is still contained in the Bible in the form of its historical narratives. There are different senses of scripture also, of course, the literal, allegorical, analogical and moral. However, all other senses are dependent upon the literal - upon the meaning that the author intended. Having a good teacher to help guide students along the narrative path of the Bible is essential to prevent children falling into misinterpretation and in order to open their eyes to truths which they may otherwise miss. But how can a teacher ensure that they are interpreting scripture correctly? Ask the Church! Knowledgeable priests, or authentic Catholic websites that are faithful to tradition will help guide us in light of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church. Scripture is already fascinating in many of its historical accounts, but having the strong and wise interpretation of a text by the Church helps to shed light upon its beauty in new ways for us. Next week we will apply this learning to some of the Biblical texts, such as Judges and the Gospels!

We wish you all a blessed week. Please keep us in your prayers, and know that we keep all our benefactors in our daily morning prayers, too.

God bless you,

Richard Casey

Headmaster of Stella Maris School

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Newsletter 7/2/24

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We hope you had a great St Brigid’s Day. The boys and girls had great fun making St Brigid’s crosses in school. The St Brigid’s cross is a powerful symbol of Our Lord’s sacrifice of love for us, to save us from our sins. Let us use display our crosses proudly and let them remind us to bless ourselves and ask for Our Lord’s protection and help through St Brigid!

We have only a brief newsletter this week, as a result of the bank holiday. Therefore, our students have a short school week, before the mid-term break next week. This rest is well deserved as our students are working very hard. Diligent application followed by timely rest and recreation is the ideal way for students to flourish. Our usual newsletter with our curriculum exploration will return the week of the 19th February.

We wish you all a blessed week. Please keep us in your prayers, and know that we keep all our benefactors in our daily morning prayers, too.

God bless you,

Richard Casey

Headmaster of Stella Maris School

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Newsletter 29/1/24

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We wish you a blessed week ahead! With the days getting longer, we pray to St Brigid for a blessed Spring time, full of light, spiritually as well as in the natural world. Please see a picture of the children below with the first signs of spring in the park!

Thank you very much to everyone who made the school Open Day such a wonderful celebration of the work taking place in Stella Maris School. Well done to all the boys and girls for their great performances. We are looking forward to many more children joining our growing school community in the coming year!

We shall continue our discussion of the Stella Maris School curriculum this week by exploring our History curriculum. History plays a very important role in life. It tells us where we have come from, it reveals human nature to us, it demonstrates where evil and error lead humanity, as well as where goodness and truth can lead us. In our modern world there is a strong scepticism regarding God's role in history. God is often rejected as an actor in the world. In Stella Maris School we reject this erroneous scepticism, and embrace the sacred truths revealed to us by God. We will discuss more about these vital historical sacred truths next week.We wish you all a blessed week. Please keep us in your prayers, and know that we keep all our benefactors in our daily morning prayers, too.

God bless you,

Richard Casey

Headmaster of Stella Maris School

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Newsletter 22/1/24

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We wish you a blessed week ahead! It will not be long until the beginning of Spring! Given all of our difficult weather recently, let us pray to St Brigid to bring the Spring this year, and for much good weather to accompany it!

It was a wonderful blessing to have many of our volunteer teachers back to school last week and to be linking in with our local religious organisations. The boys and girls are so thankful to have so many experienced and gifted teachers sharing their talents, knowledge and skills with them each week. The boys and girls began the week with the Dominican sisters teaching them catechesis. Mrs Burke taught the junior classes on Tuesday and Thursday, as well as teaching all classes Irish dancing on Tuesday afternoon. Canon Henry taught Catechesis, Gregorian Chant and Latin on Wednesday. To finish up the week, Mrs Costelloe taught the senior classes on Friday morning. Mrs Boucher will be back today to teach the children their Art and French lessons. As well as this, Fr Bernardino of the Franciscan Friars returned to our school two weeks ago, and he will continue teaching the children about how to pray with the Word of God each week. Thank God for the great grace of our committed, faith-filled teachers! We sadly said goodbye recently to our wonderful tin whistle teacher, Mrs Hogan. Thank you for all your help Mrs Hogan! If you have any time and talents that you would like to share with the students of Stella Maris School, we would be delighted to hear from you, and the boys and girls would be very grateful to you. Please contact Master Casey at info@stellamarisprimaryschool.com

You will see a picture below of the children enjoying their Irish dancing with Mrs Burke, last week. The children have really improved since last year, and are having great fun practising with Mrs Burke! This is a wonderful way to promote Irish culture!

 We have our Open Day coming up shortly! Mark your diaries and spread the word to families interested in authentic Catholic classical education! Talks on the importance of a classical Catholic education will be given by members of the Board of Management and by Headmaster, Richard Casey. This will be followed by a students’ performance, a beautiful classical music exhibition, children's entertainment, and refreshments for all! Don’t miss this great opportunity to find out more about our priceless gift of authentic Catholic classical education!

We will continue our curriculum exploration with a brief introduction to our history curriculum. History is a vital component of a quality education. Religion, history and literature have a huge capacity to shape our view of the world. History tells about where we have come from, and reveals God’s providential plan for mankind. It reveals the brokenness of our human nature since The Fall, as well as how, with God’s grace, man can do great, noble and heroic deeds.

We wish you all a blessed week. Please keep us in your prayers, and know that we keep all our benefactors in our daily morning prayers, too.

God bless you,

Richard Casey

Headmaster of Stella Maris School

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Newsletter 15/1/23

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We hope you have received many graces and blessings from God during Christmas and Epiphanytide, and that you have had a great start to the new year!

Our students were delighted to return to school last week. It is great to have a break from school to rest our minds and bodies, but it is very exciting and joyful to return to school, also. The children were delighted to return to meet their friends and their teachers, to return to the fun activities that we have in school, and to continue learning new things to develop their intellects. Please see a picture of the children below having great fun in their French and Art lesson last week.

You will also see a picture below of the children enjoying the gift of Cleeve’s toffee. A priest from an Irish monastery has been corresponding with our school for a number of months, encouraging us and sending us useful religious documents to guide us. This priest sent a gift to the school so that the children could enjoy some of the famous Limerick Cleeve’s toffee, just as he did when he was a boy in Limerick long ago. It is wonderful to contemplate this young Limerick boy, growing up to become a priest, and then sending encouraging messages and gifts to our students in Stella Maris School in Limerick, generations later. The passing on of the faith, with kindness, from generation to generation is a great gift! Thank you, Father!

 We have our Open Day coming up shortly! Mark your diaries and spread the word to families interested in authentic Catholic classical education! Talks on the importance of a classical Catholic education will be given by members of the Board of Management and by Headmaster, Richard Casey. This will be followed by a students’ performance, a beautiful classical music exhibition, children's entertainment, and refreshments for all! Don’t miss this great opportunity to find our more about our priceless gift of authentic Catholic classical education!

We will continue our curriculum exploration next week, with a discussion of our history curriculum.

We wish you all a blessed week. Please keep us in your prayers, and know that we keep all our benefactors in our daily morning prayers, too.

God bless you,

Richard Casey

Headmaster of Stella Maris School

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Newsletter 16/12/23

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Veni, Veni, Emmanuel! May Our Lord, through the intercession of John the Baptist, grant us the grace of repentance of our sins this advent, so that we may live a more holy, fulfilling and happy life. St John the Baptist, pray for us!

Radio Maria will air a Christmas special on Sunday 24th at 8.30 a.m. The boys and girls of Stella Maris School will feature a number of times in the show. Their beautiful renditions of carols and poems, as well as their favourite thing about Christmas will be shared. Please tune in to this very edifying episode on Radio Maria, hosted by Eileen O’ Driscoll!

Limerick 95 FM are also due to play recordings of the children during the run-up to Christmas. Listen out for our wonderful students performing brilliantly on air, and make sure to text in your support for the children to the radio show afterwards!

This will be our final newsletter of 2023. We wish to thank you for all of your support throughout the year, and for your great interest in Stella Maris School. We pray that this may be a holy and happy Christmas for you and your loved ones.

This newsletter will contain many photos of our recent art work, which we prepared in anticipation of the school concert, as well as many photos from the concert. The feedback from the concert was hugely encouraging. The boys and girls performed excellently, showcasing their great talents to glorify God. The recitation, singing, and dramatic performances of the children were excellent. The audience were rightly enthusiastic in their applause after each piece, as the children deserved to have their great practise and performance greatly praised. The show was such a success that a bigger venue is being sought for our next concert, which may be sooner rather than later! Keep reading our newsletter carefully in order to find out when the next concert will be!

Many thanks to Mrs Burke, Mrs Costelloe and Mrs Boucher for all your great help with the concert, as well as all the parents who helped out in so many ways. A special thank you must be given to Alison and Katie Lowe for supplying beautiful Christmas hats, bottles and goodie bags to the children. It was a Christmas concert never to be forgotten, thanks to you all!

We wish you all a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year!

God bless you,

Richard Casey

Headmaster of Stella Maris School

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Newsletter 11/12/23

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“As it is written in Isaias the prophet: Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare the way before thee. A voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths” (MK 1:2-3). The boys and girls of Stella Maris School are preparing well for the coming of Our Lord at Christmas with small sacrifices and extra good deeds. Let us give them good example by preparing well for Our Lord’s coming, too!

Please see some pictures below of our new classroom. We are very thankful to everyone who volunteered their time, money and effort to make this beautiful new classroom a reality. The boys and girls are so happy in their new classroom and are praying for all the benefactors who have helped us. Thank you very much again!

As you know, we had some frosty weather recently. The boys and girls had a great (but careful!) time in the park when they recently went down at breaktime! It is wonderful to be able experience the beautiful park and playground in the different seasons throughout the year! Please see a picture of the children in the frosty surroundings, below.

Don’t forget our Christmas concert is on Friday 15th! Come along with a friend to see a beautiful nativity play and enjoy creams, coffee and carols!

Our wonderful students recently spoke and preformed on Radio  Maria, the podcast of the show can be found here: https://www.radiomaria.ie/category/podcast-title-ie/rm-childrens-show/

This week, in our curriculum exploration, we will continue discussing our religious education. As we mentioned last week, the three pillars of our school catechetical programme are: ‘The Catechism’, ‘The Bible’ and ‘The Lives of the Saints’. This week we will discuss the catechism. At the beginning of our school year in 2022, we were blessed by a benefactor who gave us 50 old Irish green catechisms that used to be used in Irish primary schools. This question-and-answer format is very clear and unambiguous. The older children learn the important doctrines off-by-heart, with some drama and discussion taking place in some of the lessons. The younger children learn some of the fundamental doctrines, and they also learn their most important prayers. Memorising these truths and prayers greatly develops the children’s academic and spiritual capacities.

We wish you all a blessed week. Please keep us in your prayers, and know that we keep all our benefactors in our daily morning prayers, too.

God bless you,

Richard Casey

Headmaster of Stella Maris School

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Newsletter 4/12/23

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We hope that you and all your loved ones have a blessed and fruitful Advent. This time of preparation can help us to prepare the crib of our heart for Christ to come to us at Christmas. If we have beautifully prepared our souls, then Christ will undoubtedly come to us with many graces at Christmas time.

After participating in the celebration of Mass on Thursday, we happened to meet a local Limerick Canon. This Canon had some time to spare and so he accompanied us on a walk to the local park, before bringing us on a trip to a local café. Please find below some pictures of our school trip to this café. This café is run by a French Catholic man. Supporting Catholic businesses is important for us as Catholics, as we seek to bring Christ back into the public and economic forums. Michel, the baker, very kindly sponsored some lovely treats for the children! The children had a really wonderful time at the café and in the park, thank you, Canon and Michel!

This week, in our curriculum exploration, we will continue discussing our religious education. Apart from the religious orders who teach our children about the truths of the faith and about how to pray, Master Casey also teaches catechesis to the children. The three pillars upon which Master Casey’s catechesis rest are ‘The Catechism’, ‘The Bible’ and ‘The Lives of the Saints’. Over the last academic year, the children read the whole of the children’s Bible. Over the course of 2 years, the senior members are learning their entire catechism. The Lives of the Saints are explored for just over half a year, as a way of inspiring our pupils to live holy and happy lives. All these three ways of teaching the faith are complementary and contribute towards a comprehensive and beautiful knowledge of the faith.

We wish you all a blessed week. Please keep us in your prayers, and know that we keep all our benefactors in our daily morning prayers, too.

God bless you,

Richard Casey

Headmaster of Stella Maris School

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