Ocean Stars October 2019 visit

Plans for Ocean Stars October 2019 visit are well under way.

Naomi Booth :: Tuesday 1st October 2019 :: This Story

15 volunteers will be travelling to Sri Lanka at the end of October to visit Ocean Stars projects and take resources out to 20 preschools.2019 Trip volunteers

If you would like to find out more about our work or how to volunteer please visit the different pages on this website.

Frundraising despite no trip!

Calthorpe Park School students continue to fund raise for Ocean stars trust in spite of their trip being cancelled.

Naomi Booth :: Sunday 29th September 2019 :: This Story

 The October Calthorpe Park School Trip to Sri-Lanka was cancelled earlier this year due to the Easter Sunday bombings. Students have so far raised £8000 for the Ocean Stars children of Sri Lanka. Their efforts were reported in the school magazine .

 Calthorpe Park School still supporting Ocean Stars Trust with amazing fundraising

Students visit Ocean Stars Lanka

3 students from University of East Anglia who have just completed a Masters in International Development spent 4 days with Ocean Stars Lanka...

OceanStars :: Saturday 7th September 2019 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/355/w288/shining-stars.jpgThey visited to understand how the charity operates on the ground in Sri Lanka.

They spent the morning at Shining Stars preschool to see how OST manages their preschool operation. One of the students commented

" I am very impressed with the work of Ocean Stars UK and Lanka. The preschools are regularly visited and monitored by OSL staff and the children are happy and the teacher feels supported by Ocean Stars."

"Your work in SL is amazing and inspiring." 

Teacher Training Workshop

A 3 day Teacher Training Workshop for 70 pre-school leaders

OceanStars :: Wednesday 24th July 2019 :: This Story

Ocean Stars is organising a teacher training seminar for 3 days for 70 preschool teachers some of whom travelled over 10 hours to attend.

The opening ceremony was reported in the Batti news on Friday 19 July. The project was organised by Ocean Stars UK and funded by Fonthill UK and Sunny-sid3 up.

The teachers are delighted to be able to be together and learn from each other as well as attend workshops.

Read about the preschool training and see more photos from the event.

Event details

Zeddy presenting awardDan presenting awardDilanee presenting award

Mrs Kalavelly led the preschool training on all the admin required by the preschool bureau. These included registers for attendance, minutes of parents meetings , teachers attendance , special needs records, resources inventory.

Admin requirementsWorkshop attendees

 

Alfie fund raising for 2020!

Alfie who is planning to volunteer with Ocean Stars in 2020 has already started fund raising.

OceanStars :: Wednesday 10th July 2019 :: This Story

Alfie's fund-raisingHe held an afternoon tea with a photo quiz and balloon modelling competition and raised over £500 in the process !

Well done Alfie.

If you would like to volunteer with Ocean Stars in 2020 October then please get in touch with us: oceanstarstrust@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Balloon modelling workshopFood!Balloon modelling workshop results

Visiting Sri Lanka High Commission, London

Ocean Stars is hoping to take a group of students from Calthorpe Park school in Fleet to the High Commission in the autumn.

OceanStars :: Tuesday 9th July 2019 :: This Story

Dilanee with Mr Abdul Haleen and Mr Sam CoorayDilanee OST Founder spent the day at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London and met Mr Abdul Haleem Counsellor for Political and Public Affairs and Mr Sam Cooray Third Secretary for Education.

Dilanee at the Sri Lanka High CommissionThe High Commission supported Ocean Stars UK with their application to register Ocean Stars Lanka as a Government NGO in Sri Lanka. Mr Sam Cooray is also very supportive of the work Ocean Stars does with UK preschools, primary and secondary schools promoting cultural understanding between young people. Ocean Stars is hoping to take a group of students from Calthorpe Park school in Fleet to the High Commission in the autumn.

Ocean Stars is delighted to have the support of the SL HC in our work empowering children through education in Sri Lanka.

Ruby's Movie Night

At Fleet Methodist Church. £5 meal deal includes pizza or hotdog, popcorn, ice-lolly and a drink

Naomi Booth :: Monday 8th July 2019 :: This Story

Picture: /files/events/349/w288/ost-movie-night.jpgCome and watch Minions!

To book your seat and pre-order your meal deal email families@fleetmethodist.org.uk

All proceeds from refreshments to Ocean Stars!

 

Jo and Janine's bike ride

This is how it went...

OceanStars :: Tuesday 2nd July 2019 :: This Story

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Newsletter June 2019

Welcome to our latest edition of news from the Ocean Stars Trust. There have been many significant developments to report in the six months since our last publication, and I hope you will find all our news in the following pages of interest.

Naomi Booth :: Friday 28th June 2019 :: This Story

We have been blessed this year so far by the partnership of two UK charitable trusts - Glasgow's Sunny-Sid3up, and the Fonthill Foundation from Sussex, whose generous donations have enabled us both to complete several long-awaited capital building projects, and to hit our target in developing teaching and learning in our 21 OST-sponsored preschools.

In addition, with committed new staff in our OSL team in Batticaloa, we feel we have good capacity on the ground to oversee these important developments. I was able to observe for myself some of the progress made in these projects when I visited Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Yatiyanthota with Dilanee in April, and I was very impressed by what had been achieved, what with, for example, one school in Mandoor now no longer having to struggle with a leaking roof and lack of kitchen area, another with a good gate which now prevents animals from invading their premises.

The advances that teachers had been making in recording children's progress we saw at one of the pilot schools was quite remarkable as the Child Development Project had only begun in the new year. We returned on Good Friday to the UK, thoroughly unprepared forthe shocking news of the Easter Sunday massacres in western SriLankan hotels and churches, and at the Zion Church in Batticaloa. OST launched the UK OST Easter Sunday Appeal. We have been able to make a real difference to the victims in Batticaloa thanks to the generous response to our appeal. Our OSL team has shown amazing initiative and compassion in supporting victims at the hospital in Batticaloa, using monies we have sent from our recent Appeal to carry on the work of OST inspite of such atrocities, and we have been in constant touch. With this in mind, I thank you, dear readers and supporters, for your continuing support for all our work. I have seen for myself the consummate gratitude from our target Sri Lankan Communities forthis, and it is awe-inspiring.

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OST AGM

Ocean Stars Trust had their AGM on Thursday 27 June

OceanStars :: Friday 28th June 2019 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/352/w288/ost-agm%20%281%29.jpgSeveral Friends of Ocean Stars attended and talked about their role in the charity.

We are very grateful to everyone who give so generously if their time in our vision of creating a Sri Lanka where children have equal opportunities.

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of OST please contact us!