New OST intern 2017!

Welcom to Hannah who will join us in September

Chris Booth :: Wednesday 9th August 2017 :: This Story

Hannah our intern for 2017Ocean Stars Trust has just appointed HANNAH SHAUGHNESSY as their intern who will start work with the charity from September 2017

"Hi I'm Hannah, and I am looking forward to joining the Ocean Stars trust as an intern in September.

I have recently graduated from University with a degree in International Development, with a key interest in education, and having first heard about Ocean Stars at school,

I thought I would get in touch to learn more about their work. I've previously volunteered for charities for periods of time in Sub-Saharan Africa, I hope I can adapt the knowledge and experiences gained during these trips to help Ocean Stars further there support for communities in Sri Lanka."

Lovely Afternoon Tea

There was a delicious array of sandwiches, scrumptious scones and cream and jam and a mouth watering selection of cakes.

Chris Booth :: Saturday 5th August 2017 :: This Story

24 people attended the Ocean Stars Afternoon Tea at Stockton House Fleet. There was a delicious array of sandwiches, scrumptious scones and cream and jam and a mouth watering selection of cakes. This was followed by games of boules and croquet in the garden. A wonderful afternoon was had by all.

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Dan's Walk

Fund raising walk from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace

Chris Booth :: Monday 24th July 2017 :: This Story

 

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This October I am going to Sri Lanka as part of the Ocean Stars volunteer team and as a fundraiser I decided to do a walk...

On Saturday 22nd July I set off from Windsor Castle on a walk along the river Thames towards central London with my final destination being Buckingham Palace.  

The first half of the day was very enjoyable as I walked 22 miles passing through picturesque regions of old Windsor and runneymede reaching Hampton Court Palace at 1pm.

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Unfortunately in the afternoon the heavens opened and my waterproof jacket was put to good use. I found the 12 mile stretch between Teddington and Putney particularly difficult as the paths were littered with puddles as the rained poured and poured!

Nonetheless I reached Putney where I was greeted by my sister Amali who brought along water, sugary snacks and some much needed encouragement to keep me going.

Thankfully I found some much needed energy and strength and ploughed onto Battersea bridge where I was greeted by the rest of my family and OST trustee Jen.

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Just 2 miles to go!

As we neared the finish the clouds cleared and the sun broke through. Passing through Chelsea and Victoria station, Buckingham palace still seemed ages away.

And then 14 hours 32 minutes 6 seconds and 42.64 miles later we arrived at Buckingham Palace where I touched the famous front gates to officially end the walk. What relief!

It was a truly gruelling experience but ultimately worth the effort. Having volunteered in Sri Lanka before for OST, I know how important their work is for granting access to education for young people in Sri Lanka.

I would like to thank everyone who donated and encouraged me along way. To my friend Jonny, fellow volunteers James, Jen, Chris and Aidan for walking with me en route and to my family for their support in the final stage.

October will come along very soon and I can't wait to go back to Sri Lanka and work with fellow volunteers on OST's various educational projects.

You can still donate via: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/danwalksroyal

Donate

 

Car boot fundraiser

Tamzin Nicholas from Calthorpe Park School raises £61.30 for Ocean Stars

Chris Booth :: Monday 10th July 2017 :: This Story

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...by doing a car boot sale on a very hot July Sunday. Well done Tamzin.

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Upcoming Trip

With 120 sleeps to go before their Sri Lanka adventure Calthorpe Park students reflect on their trip

Chris Booth :: Tuesday 27th June 2017 :: This Story

Ben Tolmie

I am looking forward to experiencing the people and culture of Sri Lanka. I am not sure how I am going to cope with the heat.

Chris Sutton

I am looking forward to all the amazing activities that we are doing and I am happy and impressed that we broke the £5000 barrier with our fund raising.

Nina Skingley

The £5000 total so far is amazing. I am starting to get really excited about the difference we will be able to make to the lives o the children we will see. As the trip creeps closer our lesson plans are beginning to take shape and I feels like we are going to be ready to arrive in Sri Lanka and get to work.

Yasmin Bascal

I am getting more excited ahead of our trip. I am happy with our fund raising total so far and I am currently planning to do more to help reach our targets including doing Henna and making cards.

Patrick Hogan

I am very excited because it is only 120 days to go until we leave and I am very happy because we broke the £5000 fund raising barrier so we are getting close to our total.

Emma Walker

I feel excited and happy that so far we have managed to reach a total of £5000 for the trip as there isn't that long to go.

Grace Penny

I am very excited for the trip and I am less worried about reaching the final total with our recent progress.

Alicia

I am really excited about the trip and also excited to see the children's faces when they get the resources we are taking.

Ben Tyler

I think the trip will be great as it will increase my knowledge of different cultures and also be a chance to socialise with people unknown to me.

Lauren Lucas

I am anxious about the length of time away still and cannot imagine being there!! However I am proud of the fund raising I have done so far.

Samantha Griffiths

I am really nervous and I feel like I have a lot left to do in preparation for the trip. I can't imagine being there in 120 days and I can't wait to experience the different cultures. I might be able to bring emotional support to the group.

Sam Usherwood

I am nervous about being away from my friends and the heat in Sri Lanka. Ilay Digreggorio: I am feeling excited for the trip and I am proud of the group for raising £5000.

Anya Thurlow

I am excited for the trip even more now because it is getting close and our lessons have to be fully planned soon.

Glasgow University students head for Sri Lanka

They will be undertaking a marine expedition in Sri Lanka for the first time and helping Ocean Stars too...

Chris Booth :: Tuesday 27th June 2017 :: This Story

They plan to work with our Ocean Stars Projects in Vellaimanal, Trincomalee

This year 8 students from the university, half of which have previously taken part in the Egypt expedition, will be undertaking a marine expedition to the understudied island of Sri Lanka for the first time. The expedition will be based in the harbour town of Trincomalee. Efforts will be concentrated on the coral reefs and their associated fish, invertebrate and planktonic assemblages fringing the area of Trincomalee and Pigeon Island, a marine protected area.

The expedition will be based 2km north of Trincomalee town, in the small coastal village of Uppuveli. Along the coast line of Trincomalee there are coral reefs and sea grass meadows (Dharmaretnam, 2004). The area is known for its naturally deep water port that is accompanied by a coastal multiple canyon system (Young, 2014). The presence of large marine mammals in the area should also be noted and there is a large tourism industry as a result of their presence.

There are regular sightings of Balaenoptera musculus (Blue whales) and Stenella longirostris (spinner dolphins) (Alling, 1991). However, this has also raised issues of ship strikes around the Sri Lankan coastline (Priyadarshana, 2015; de Vos, 3013). Pigeon Island and its associated entry fee generate a considerable amount of revenue for the local wildlife and conservation authorities.

When not working with the expedition the students will be visiting Ocean Stars preschools and nurseries and sharing their love of science by teaching through fun and interactive learning. They will also talk to older students about studying science at University and encouraging them to pursue further studies in science.

Students planning marine expedition to Sri Lanka working with OST

Curry Evening

Oceans Stars are holding our annual curry evening in Fleet Methodist Church on Saturday 13th May

OceanStars :: Wednesday 19th April 2017 :: This Story

OCEAN STARS TRUST CURRY EVENING

WHEN:  Saturday 13th May 2017

WHERE: Fleet Methodist Church

WHAT TIME: 7.15 PM FOR 7.30PM START

WHAT'S ON OFFER: Rice and curry meal, Dessert and Drink.

 

COST:

£10.00 per person

£25.00 Family Ticket

 

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Money raised on the evening will go towards the work of the Ocean Stars Trust in Sri Lanka. Ocean Stars now supports over 600 children in preschool education as well as child sponsorship programmes. Thanks to your support we are able to carry on with the work we do. So please come along and support this event and invite a friend along too. Please contact Dilanee on 01252 692248 or dilanee@ntlworld.com or Ruth Hughes on   01252 614150 or ruthhughes@btopenworld.com   for tickets.

Do your bit while you shop at Waitrose!

To all our supporters in Fleet...

OceanStars :: Monday 27th February 2017 :: This Story

To all our Ocean Stars Fleet Supporters.

Waitrose has chosen Ocean Stars Trust as one of their Community Matters charities for March 2017!

So please make sure you shop everyday at Waitrose in Fleet in March and put your token in the Ocean Stars slot!!

Thank you so much.

Ocean Stars Team

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CPS team 2017 second student meeting Monday 9th January

Student comments on fund-raising ideas and feelings about their trip

OceanStars :: Wednesday 15th February 2017 :: This Story

Olivia: I feel confident that we have a large bank of ideas. We now need to come up with a list of resources we need for these activities.

Lyssie: Today we focused more on planning. I think our plans have progressed rapidly as we managed to come up with new ideas.

Tamzin: Getting the activities ready makes it so much more exciting because now are thinking specifically of the children not just the trip itself. I am saving all my old clothes for a car boot sale and I am making cakes for a cake sale.

Nina: I am very excited about planning the lessons for the children and seeing how they unfold. I am also feeling more confident about the lessons having done some planning and brainstorming.

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Yasmin: I am really excited about planning our activities. The more we talk the more ideas we think of. I just hope we make sure all of our resources are ready. I am also ready and excited about fund raising and I have some events coming up.

Anya:  I am really excited about teaching lessons because we have brainstormed lots of ideas and should be able to complete the preparations in time.

Emma: I am looking forward to doing all the activities and games with the children. I am also looking forward to seeing their reactions to the activities we do with them. 

Alicia: I am really excited to start planning the activities for the children and teaching them. I have already started fund raising and I have made £50 so far. I have only sold half of the sweets.

Sam: I am feeling a lot better about the fund raising. I need to look into the materials needed for fund raising.

Samantha: I think we have some good activities and ideas that the kids will love!! The fund raising is slow but we have some thoughts about what we can do and have made plans with people to do cake sales and e-mailing companies to ask for donations.

Lauren: I think we have a lot of good ideas and achievable activities for the schools. As far as fund raising goes I am just beginning. I have got some sponsorship for the walk.

Patrick: I did a car boot sale with my mum but we only made £14. I have also sold some of my old things like Lego sets; comics etc and I have now made over £150. Also I am decorating my Auntie's new flat for £50. It is looking good!

Jess: I am really excited to teach the lessons and meet the children but I am a bit worried that we won't have enough resources or they won't enjoy the activities but I think they will.

Grace: I am very excited and feel a lot more confident with what activities I want to with the children. I also have more ideas for fund raising.

Katie: I am excited to teach the children new games and I am feeling a lot more confident about teaching and being in charge.

Ilay: I am really excited for the trip because we have already thought of the activities that we can do and if we plan them properly we could feel up the whole time.

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Dan Visiting Sri Lanka

Ocean Stars Trustee Revd. Dan Haylett is in Sri Lanka for 10 days

OceanStars :: Monday 6th February 2017 :: This Story

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On his first day he met members of the Ocean Stars Lanka Committee who support our the work of Diana, Kiruthika, Pooja and Jeraleen.

On Sunday 5th February 2017 Revd. Dan attended a church service at Urani Methodist Church where he spoke about the link that Fleet Methodist Church has set up with Mandur Methodist Church.

During the week Dan will be visiting preschools and collecting data and meeting our new students. 

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