Stella Maris
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Primary School

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Newsletter 15/4/24

Dia duit a chara,

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

Dia duit a chara,

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

 

Dia duit a chara,

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

Dia duit a chara,

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

Dia duit a chara,

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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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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