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 20/5/24

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May the blessings of the Holy Ghost be with you and your loved ones this Pentecost! We give thanks to God for the power of the Holy Ghost which is at work in Stella Maris School. Just as the Holy Ghost appeared in the forms of tongues of fire on the heads of the Apostles, the Holy Ghost is at work bringing His fire into the lives of the students and community members of Stella Maris School. The heat of the love of the Holy Ghost has been stoked in the hearts of our students, and the light of the Holy Ghost is filling their minds! Come, Holy Ghost!

This week we will give you a sneak preview of the press release from our recent sign unveiling with Councillor Emmett O’ Brien! Articles about the unveiling will be released in Limerick newspapers and national media outlets over the coming week! Keep a watchful eye out!

Please see the press release below:

Stella Maris School, a new independent primary school in Limerick City, had the official unveiling of their new school sign on Tuesday 14th May by Limerick Councillor, Emmett O’ Brien. Students, parents, teachers, and members of the school community all gathered together to celebrate the wonderful occasion at Stella Maris School, Windmill Street, Limerick City.

Stella Maris School began in September 2022, for the purpose of providing authentic classical Catholic education to the children of Limerick and the surrounding counties. The School Principal, Richard Casey, has stated that his school provides a learning environment that ensures standards of excellence throughout the school, based on classical education principles, and which is ultimately centred on the person of Jesus Christ.

The event began with Headmaster of Stella Maris School, Richard Casey, speaking about the vital importance of receiving a quality education. Mr Casey is also a doctoral student in Mary Immaculate College, where he is studying the educational philosophy of Saint John Henry Newman. He stated that a Catholic and classical education (which Newman strongly advocates for) is the best type of education which can be provided for children.

Mr Casey asserted, “We believe that we are providing the best possible education in Stella Maris School, and are so thankful to our students, parents, teachers, volunteers and benefactors for making this dream into a reality for our students. Our next goal is to provide this education for an increasing number of students over the coming years.”.

The students of Stella Maris School then exhibited some of their learning by beautifully reciting a poem about the Eucharist, before proudly singing the Marian hymn, ‘Star of the Sea’. The standard of the children’s performance was of a very high quality, this being in part due to the large emphasis placed on memorisation of inspiring poems and songs as part of traditional classical education.  

Next, Councillor O’ Brien spoke about how important education is in forming the future generations. The formation that one receives as a child stays with them for their entire lives, said Mr O’ Brien. He reminisced on the quality education he received from his primary school principal and spoke highly of the admirable vision of Stella Maris School, and of the great results achieved so far by Richard Casey. Mr O’ Brien praised the inspiring performance of the children, saying that it brought a tear to his eye when the children so beautifully sang for Our Lady.

There was a wonderful community spirit to be found amongst those in attendance throughout the day. Even the bad weather could not dampen the high spirits of those who were in attendance, although it did lead to a last-minute change of schedule with the performances and speeches taking place inside rather than outside. Overall, this important landmark in Stella Maris School’s history signifies their hopes to become a high-quality alternative to public schooling and home-schooling.

Enrolment for Stella Maris School is currently taking place. All those who are interested in finding out more about the school, or who wish to enrol their children, should contact the school headmaster, Richard Casey, at info@stellamarisprimaryschool.com

Stella Maris School is an independent school, meaning it receives no governmental financial support. The school depends greatly upon donations from the public for its income. If you wish to help provide the gift of authentic Catholic education for children in Ireland, which will help to glorify God and save souls, then you can find donate via Paypal or Go Fund Me at Stella Maris School’s website: www.stellamarisprimaryschool.com. “We are in great need of monthly benefactors in order to continue to provide this essential and priceless education to Ireland’s youth”, stated Mr Casey.

The unveiling of the new school sign in Stella Maris School could well be a sign of things to come for Catholic education in Limerick and in Ireland, as the country becomes increasingly secularised and divestment attempts remain at a very slow pace. The future of Irish education and the role of the Catholic Church in Ireland is certainly unclear; however, there are undoubtedly new signs of hope.

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 29/4/24

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It is almost the month of May! We pray that Our Lady will bless us in this month and during the rest of Eastertide. Did you know that the Angelus is traditionally replaced by the Regina Caeli during Easter? Our boys and girls have learned this beautiful hymn and sing it daily in class at 12 p.m.

The boys and girls can be seen below enjoying our measuring lesson in Maths this week. It is always great fun to take part in active learning sessions like estimating and measuring objects. The students really enjoyed the challenge of guessing what each object would weigh and then checking to see how far off their answers were. It can be a tricky guessing game, even for teachers, but it is very enjoyable!

In our history curriculum, this week, we will explore the importance of studying important world and national events in the true light of the Catholic faith. As mentioned previously, we have sourced high quality resources for teaching history, however, because some events are of such importance, and even very good books can portray events in a somewhat hazy light, it is very important to research these key historical moments well so as teach about them clearly and unambiguously. We will use an example to exemplify our point. We were blessed to have a French visitor in the school last week, who was teaching the children about the French Revolution. This revolution is lauded in our modern world as a great and momentous occasion, however, as Catholics we know that rebelling against God and His Church, making a secular government, and murdering innocent people are most grievous sins. Our students benefitted hugely from this great lesson, and from other smaller similar lessons throughout the year, which have helped to clarify important historical moments in light of the truth.

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 22/4/24

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May the peace of the Risen Christ be with you and all that you love; may He pour down His abundant graces upon you to grow in faith, hope and love during this blessed season!

The boys and girls are pictured below with some of the magnetic fish that the 1st-3rd class made last week. Learning by rote is a very important part of our pedagogy in Stella Maris School, but everything must be done in moderation. Numerous teaching methodologies must be employed to ensure the highest standard of teaching possible on a day-to-day basis. Active learning, including learning through play, is a vital teaching methodology in our school also. The boys and girls had great fun learning about magnets by creating and engaging in a fun game!

We will continue our exploration of our history curriculum this week. Having already touched upon the essential teaching of salvation history, which is taught in religion class, we will begin to examine the teaching of our history curriculum to our senior members. History is one of the three subjects which has a large impact upon the formation of the moral character of our pupils, along English literature and catechesis. This is because there is a lot of reading involved in these subjects, which explicitly or implicitly promote ideas, morals and attitudes. For this reason, we were delighted that we were able to source a quality textbook from a very kind educator in Dublin, who republished an old Irish primary school textbook, which is of a greater quality and simplicity of style than many modern textbooks. History is prone to revisionism, and true facts can be distorted by lies or biased interpretations. This is why a very high standard in history textbooks is required to form our children in truth and goodness. We will continue investigating our history curriculum 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

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Newsletter 15/4/24

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Christ is Risen! Alleluia! We hope that you have had a blessed Easter, and that you continue to have a blessed Season! This morning, in Catechism class, one of the Dominican Sisters was explaining to the children about the length of the Easter Season. Lent, lasting 40 days, can seem like a long time, however, Easter is even longer. Easter is 50 days long; thus, the time of celebration is longer than the time of penance. This reminds us that although our time on earth may involve much suffering and penance, the celebration in heaven will be much longer, infinitely longer! This is great news, and brings great hope and joy to our hearts.

You will be glad to hear that the boys and girls are very happy to be back after their break and are commenting on how quickly the year is going. The year flies when you are happy in school!

You will see a link to our Youtube Channel at the end of this paragraph. This will show many of the wonderful performances of poems, songs, dancing, tin whistle playing, and prayers of the children at our St Patrick’s Day Concert. Please like the videos, and share the videos with anyone you think would appreciate the great work being done by the boys and girls of Stella Maris School. https://www.youtube.com/@stellamarisprimaryschool1678

The boys and girls are pictured below with their Easter surprises after their return to school! It is very heartening to see boys and girls being so grateful for the treats given them to celebrate the victory of Christ over sin, suffering and death! There are further pictures of the children with a wonderful new set of children’s classics, encyclopaedias, and other beautiful books donated by a very kind benefactor from Dublin. Thank you very much for these great gifts to our students! Thank you again also to all our benefactors; thank you to all who are supporting us materially and spiritually, this school would not exist were it not for your generosity of spirit!

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 20/3/24

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We have great news for you! A fantastic St Patrick’s Day Concert was celebrated on Saturday 16th March, in St Joseph’s Hall, by the students of Stella Maris School! We are thrilled to share this wonderful event with you in this newsletter. St Patrick, pray for us!

This terrific celebration of our Catholic faith and our Irish culture could not have happened without the support of our wonderful parents and benefactors, thank you very much to all that helped us in so many ways! We also wish to thank Alchemist Earth, Delaney’s Opticians, Lotus Restaurant, and some of our other parents and benefactors who donated hundreds of euros worth of prizes. Go raibh mile maith agaibh!

The day began with former principal and master musician, Risteárd Ó Cathasaigh, playing the piano accordion. The children then mounted the stage to dazzle the crowd with their beautiful recitation of poetry as Gaeilge. The beautiful St Patrick’s Breastplate was then recounted, before the traditional Irish musical instrument, the tin whistle, was played in a most measured and melodious manner. We must also pay great tribute to our Irish dancing teacher, Mrs Burke, who had the boys and girls prepared so well to perform their Irish dancing for the audience. Following this, the boys and girls wowed the audience with six songs, four as Gaeilge and two as Béarla (in English), as well as accompanying Jack Collins in the performance of ‘Mo Ghille Mear’. A powerful drama about St Patrick was showcased next, before a decade of the rosary was recited as Gaeilge. Finally, Amhráin na bhFiann was sung with the audience before delicious treats and teas and coffees were served. The feedback from parents and audience members couldn’t have been better. The great standard of the performances, the excellent behaviour of the children, their polite manners, as well as the fun and jovial atmosphere of the concert were all mentioned by the onlookers. Thank God for the education being provided for the children of Stella Maris School, who are being so blessed academically, humanly and spiritually. The stars of the show on Saturday will be some of the saints of the future to help bring the faith back to Ireland! St Patrick, pray for us!

We shall return to our usual newsletter after our Easter break! In the meantime, enjoy the wonderful photos of the children below as they performed so well in our concert!

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 11/3/24

 

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Having celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday, we ask Our Blessed Mother to bless you and your loved ones at this half way point of Lent! As we approach Holy Week shortly, we will focus our children on their Lenten resolutions so that we do not become slack in our resolve before this most important part of the Church year.

Please see a picture below of our French and Art teacher, Mrs Boucher, looking and responding to the children’s artistic representations of their favourite things about the Knock School pilgrimage. The boys and girls were able to relive their favourite parts of the pilgrimage through the medium of the visual arts.

Please don’t forget about our upcoming fundraising draw for Stella Maris School, which will take place at our St Patrick’s Day concert on 16th March. You can read more about this vital fundraiser below.

You are cordially invited to our St Patrick’s Day concert, too. Everyone who comes to our concert will be entered in the draw for our prizes worth hundreds of euros. Don’t miss out on live Irish music, songs, recitation, drama, dancing and a decade of the rosary as Gaeilge! Bring your family and friends, too, to both support these boys and girls, as well as to enjoy what will be a fantastic event!

Fundraiser Draw for Stella Maris with Prizes Worth Hundreds of Euros

We are glad to inform you that Stella Maris School is bearing great fruit, with increasing numbers of students joining our school, coupled with the spiritual and academic flourishing of our present students! Our Lady and St Patrick are certainly blessing us with their intercession, and are pouring down God’s benevolent gifts upon us.

However, as we are still just a new school, we need generous financial help from benefactors in order to continue to provide for the excellent education that we are providing for our young students.

We need your help to provide this authentic Catholic education, which will not be possible without God working through gracious benefactors, like you.

For this reason, we are holding a St Patrick’s day concert at which we will hold a raffle with prizes worth hundreds of euro. There are hampers worth €200 and €180, amongst other superb prizes like a very generous voucher, another hamper and jewellery! Everyone who comes to the concert, or who donates money to this cause will be entered in the raffle for the prizes. Winners from the Go Fund Me campaign will be contacted via email if they have won.

Thank you very much to our very generous benefactors who supplied the prizes, amongst whom is Alchemist Earth and Delaney’s Opticians!

Please support this vital fundraising campaign and share it with your family and friends. By supporting our school, you will be glorifying God, honouring Our Lady and helping to save many souls through our excellent classical Catholic education. As well as this, you could win a very valuable prize for yourself or one of your loved ones!

Please donate here! https://gofund.me/cb354bd3

We shall continue our history curriculum exploration after Our St Patrick’s Day Fundraiser and concert. As this is our main focus at the moment!

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 4/3/24

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We hope you are having a fruitful Lent and that your resolutions are being strengthened by God’s grace. Our boys and girls are studying the ‘Lives of the Saints’ at the moment, and thus are being nourished with virtuous examples of men and women who loved God throughout history. This is helping to strengthen them during this time of Lenten conversion.

Please see some more of our pictures below of our pilgrimage to Knock. We were so blessed to have this pilgrimage to Our Lady during Lent. It was a way of thanking Our Lady for her abundant help to make this school a reality. Praying the stations of the Cross at Knock, during this Lenten period, was also an unforgettable experience. Thank you to everyone who made this possible!

Please don’t forget about our upcoming fundraising draw for Stella Maris School, which will take place at our St Patrick’s Day concert on 16th March. You can read more about this vital fundraiser below.

You are cordially invited to our St Patrick’s Day concert, too. Everyone who comes to our concert will be entered in the draw for our prizes worth hundreds of euros. Don’t miss out on live Irish music, songs, recitation, drama, dancing and a decade of the rosary as Gaeilge! Bring your family and friends, too, to both support these boys and girls, as well as to enjoy what will be a fantastic event!

Fundraiser Draw for Stella Maris with Prizes Worth Hundreds of Euros

We are glad to inform you that Stella Maris School is bearing great fruit, with increasing numbers of students joining our school, coupled with the spiritual and academic flourishing of our present students! Our Lady and St Patrick are certainly blessing us with their intercession, and are pouring down God’s benevolent gifts upon us.

However, as we are still just a new school, we need generous financial help from benefactors in order to continue to provide for the excellent education that we are providing for our young students.

We need your help to provide this authentic Catholic education, which will not be possible without God working through gracious benefactors, like you.

For this reason, we are holding a St Patrick’s day concert at which we will hold a raffle with prizes worth hundreds of euro. There are hampers worth €200 and €180, amongst other superb prizes like a very generous voucher, another hamper and jewellery! Everyone who comes to the concert, or who donates money to this cause will be entered in the raffle for the prizes. Winners from the Go Fund Me campaign will be contacted via email if they have won.

Thank you very much to our very generous benefactors who supplied the prizes, amongst whom is Alchemist Earth!

Please support this vital fundraising campaign and share it with your family and friends. By supporting our school, you will be glorifying God, honouring Our Lady and helping to save many souls through our excellent classical Catholic education. As well as this, you could win a very valuable prize for yourself or one of your loved ones!

Please donate here! https://gofund.me/cb354bd3

We shall continue our history curriculum exploration after Our St Patrick’s Day Fundraiser and concert. As this is our main focus at the moment!

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 28/2/24

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Our Lady of Knock, pray for us!

Please forgive us for this lengthy newsletter, but we have big news to share with you from Stella Maris School!

We are delighted to report that we have been praying for our benefactors, and all our school community at Knock! What a beautiful day, both in terms of weather and in terms of spiritual graces it was! With Mass being celebrated in a nearby chapel, the stations of the cross being prayed and the Knock apparition site being explored under the expert guidance of Fr Frank Downes OP, it has truly been an unforgettable experience! We thank God and Our Lady for the blessing of this pilgrimage.

You will certainly enjoy seeing our pupils devoutly celebrating Mass, praying the stations of the cross and exploring Knock with a tour from Fr Frank Downes OP, in the photos which are below!

Thank you very much to our benefactors who helped to make this pilgrimage possible! We will be including your names in our upcoming St Patrick’s Day Fundraising Raffle, which shall be explained below.

Fundraiser Raffle for Stella Maris with Prizes Worth Hundreds of Euros

We are glad to inform you that Stella Maris School is bearing great fruit, with increasing numbers of students joining our school, coupled with the spiritual and academic flourishing of our present students! Our Lady and St Patrick are certainly blessing us with their intercession, and are pouring down God’s benevolent gifts upon us.

However, as we are still just a new school, we need generous financial help from benefactors in order to continue to provide for the excellent education that we are providing for our young students.

We need your help to provide this authentic Catholic education, which will not be possible without God working through gracious benefactors, like you.

For this reason, we are holding a St Patrick’s day concert at which we will hold a raffle with prizes worth hundreds of euro. There are hampers worth €200 and €180, amongst other superb prizes like a very generous voucher, another hamper and jewellery! Everyone who comes to the concert, or who donates money to this cause will be entered in the raffle for the prizes. Winners from the Go Fund Me campaign will be contacted via email if they have won.

Thank you very much to our very generous benefactors who supplied the prizes, amongst whom is Alchemist Earth!

Please support this vital fundraising campaign and share it with your family and friends. By supporting our school, you will be glorifying God, honouring Our Lady and helping to save many souls through our excellent classical Catholic education. As well as this, you could win a very valuable prize for yourself or one of your loved ones!

Please donate here! https://gofund.me/cb354bd3

Also, please see details of our very exciting St Patrick's Day concert below! Our students would love to see you there on the day! We will have Irish poetry, singing, dancing and music, as well as recitation of a decade of the rosary as Gaeilge and a short drama! It is a concert not to be missed!
We shall continue our discussion of the Stella Maris School curriculum this week by exploring our History curriculum. As we mentioned last week, in our exploration of salvation history, all the other senses of scripture are based upon the literal sense - the meaning intended by the author itself. Therefore, if we are not clear about the meaning of scripture we need to know the literal meaning of the text. Last week I mentioned two examples of scripture which we can think about when understanding the importance of the literal sense, any book of the Bible must be understand firstly in its literal sense, but have taken Judges and the Gospels as our two examples to focus upon.

Firstly, we will begin with the Old Testament and book of Judges. We will examine the story of Samson. As a result of having many supernatural events in it, Judges is deemed just to be a fictional story with a spiritual or allegorical meaning by some modern sceptical Biblical critics. However, Church tradition, and the Church Fathers, teach us that the literal sense of the text is to always be believed firstly, before another sense of scripture is to be added to it. It is likewise, with the New Testament, specifically the Gospels. The Gospels recount 35 miracles of Christ, apart from His resurrection. These are rejected by some modern scripture critics because they start from the false assumption that supernatural events cannot occur. However, God, being all powerful, and benevolently caring for His creatures, can intervene in history by suspending the laws of nature that He has designed. Thus, we believe what the author intended when recounting the stories of the Judges and the Gospels. The Bible, which is salvation history, takes on new life and instils awe and wonder in the reader and listener when listened to with the eyes and ears of faith, taking the literal sense of the scripture as it was intended to be understood!

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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