Oli - looking into OST

Oli Shafto previous OST volunteer with Calthorpe Park School talks to us about what he is doing at the moment

Naomi Booth :: Friday 23rd March 2018 :: This Story


Oli is currently doing a 3 year Film production course at the Uni of Winchester.

He is in currently in the second year of a 3 year course. Oli has been interested in filming since the age of 14.

"I bought a camera before I went to Sri Lanka in 2014 with my school. I like to tell a story. I have creative control over something I love to do. I always focus on filming when I go to the cinema."

"I am now doing a Volunteering Module which requires students with a Registered Charity for promotional purposes. For me it is about learning aspects employability and life skills in the community."

Oli filming for Ocean Stars Charity


"I chose OST for this Module because I have personal interest in Ocean Stars.

I have been to Sri Lanka and I have seen firsthand the impact their work has on the children in SL. I have to make a film 5/10 minutes focusing on the impact the charity is making in Sri Lanka and in the UK. 

I have visited the office, been to fund raising events, attended Team meetings, interviewed past volunteers, interviewed Trustees and office helpers."

Oli says that he just did not realise the depth and scale of work involved in running a charity from behind the scenes. The endless meetings, presentations, preparations for meetings, preparations for trips, phone calls to Sri Lanka.

"I just did not realise there was so much work involved."

Preparation time

Teaching up to 600 students during their time in Sri Lanka

Naomi Booth :: Friday 23rd March 2018 :: This Story

Calthorpe park Students meeting to prepare for their trip to Sri Lanka.

The students meet every month to prepare what they are going to be doing with the students when they are working out in schools in Sri Lanka. The UK students have to take all their resources with them for teaching up to 600 students during their time in Sri Lanka.

Callthorpe School Students preparing to visit Sri Lanka Callthorpe School Students new t-shirts Callthorpe School Students Callthorpe School Students talking to Oli Shafto Callthorpe School Students prepatations Picture: /files/latest-news/295/w288/img-0037.jpg Craft kits Making Stars Making elephants

Congratulations Oli!

Running the Winchester 10k for OST.

Naomi Booth :: Wednesday 7th March 2018 :: This Story

Oli Shafto a Calthorpe Park Ocean Stars student from 2014 trip to Sri Lanka ran the Winchester 10k recently and is raising money for OST.

He came 171st out of 1300 runners in a time of 44 minutes - what a fantastic achievement, well done Oli!

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Loving the Milo!

You can buy a box of Milo for £20!

Naomi Booth :: Tuesday 20th February 2018 :: This Story

An OST pre school child enjoying a drink of Milo.

You can buy a box of Milo for £20 from our gift catalogue and provide a drink of milk for 42 children in Sri Lanka.

See what else you can buy from our gift catalogue here - http://oceanstars.org.uk/shop

Buy Milo


New cohort

Pre-school in 2018

Naomi Booth :: Tuesday 20th February 2018 :: This Story

37 children have registered at the Vellaimanal pre school for 2018 and here they are in their new Ocean Stars uniforms!

Thank you to everyone who is helping support their education.

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Ready for school?

Uniforms and bags ready for Sri Lanka

Naomi Booth :: Monday 19th February 2018 :: This Story

700 school uniforms and school bags are ready to go!

700 school bags and uniforms ready to be sent out to Ocean Stars pre schools for the start of the school year.

If you would like to support our work you can by donating or buying items for the children in our shop.

Buy Bags & Uniform

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Quiz Night

With Mike Gardner

Naomi Booth :: Thursday 1st February 2018 :: This Story

Picture: /files/events/288/w288/ocean-stars-quiz-pm-poster.jpgOCEAN STARS QUIZ EVENING WITH MIKE GARDNER
WHEN: Saturday 24TH February 2018
WHERE: Church Crookham Community Centre, Naishes Lane, Church Crookham, Fleet GU52 8AQ
WHAT'S ON OFFER; Quiz and Domino's pizza
COST: £10 per person

Please bring your own alcohol and a glass. Soft drinks will be provided.

BOOK: Please contact Ruth Hughes on 01252 614150 to book a table. ruthhughes@btinternet.com

Christmas Floral event

Christmas Wreath and Table Decoration fund raising evening...

Chris Booth :: Thursday 14th December 2017 :: This Story


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Trustee Jo Barton was one of 20 people who attended our first ever Christmas Wreath and Table Decoration fund raising evening.

Chrismas Cracker arrangement

What a lovely fundraising evening. On a dark & gloomy December evening, a Hall in Church Crookham was filled with the smells & spirit of Christmas.
After watching a very professional demonstration by Christine & Ruth, we let our creative ideas flow as we came up with different ways to use fresh flowers, greenery, Christmas crackers, ribbons etc to create festive table decorations.

Chrismas arrangements

making Christmas arrangements

The Hall was filled with chat & laughter (& the delicious smell of fruit punch) & by the end of the evening the tables were covered with original & imaginative decorations worthy of adding Christmas colour to any home.

Chrismas Cracker arrangement

The event was such a success we are planning an Easter Floral event. Details to follow!!

Chrismas arrangements

Merry Christmas

...to everyone from all Ocean Stars trustees.

Chris Booth :: Thursday 14th December 2017 :: This Story

.Picture: /files/latest-news/286/w288/merry-christmas.jpg..to everyone from all Ocean Stars trustees. As we celebrate the joy and hope of this season, we want to thank you for your encouragement and support. It is your help which enables us to continue to work towards our goal of empowering children through education in Sri Lanka.

Coffee & Bring & Buy

Please come along and bring a friend.

Chris Booth :: Friday 8th December 2017 :: This Story

Picture: /files/events/284/w288/coffee-am-poster-2.jpgCOFFEE, CAKE AND BRING AND BUY DAY

TIME: 10.00- 1.00 PM

Please come along and bring a friend.