Calthorpe Students Getting Ready

Read how their preparations are coming along...

Naomi Booth :: Thursday 13th September 2018 :: This Story

 

Jack Haddock
Really excited all sorted out, just need to get some sharpeners. Buying some last-minute clothes and I am really excited to go!

Oliver Rix
I am really excited and ready to go. I can not wait! 35 days!

Ella Hodges
I feel happier now that we went over the packing and flight. I'm excited even more because of this.

Thomas Aves
Can't believe it's only 35 days! Looking forward to going.

Jack Woodley
I'm very excited about the trip with just over a month away it will be amazing. The trip should hopefully live up to my expectation. Can't wait.


Student ready for Sri Lanka trip

Molly Wakley
36 days to go! I'm so so excited and I'm feeling fairly prepared so that is good. Just need to pack now!

Beattie Horan-Jennings
I'm really excited about the trip, can't wait! I'm really looking forward to spending time with everyone and experiencing the Sri Lankan culture.

Pippa Campbell
I'm super excited now it's getting so close 35 days it finally feels real I can't wait

Ella Waldron
I'm ready to go. I'll start packing soon. I need to think more about fundraising. I can't wait to eat white rice. It's going to be really fun and it feels like its still months away. 35 days to go!

Molly Fowler
Really looking forward to going to Sri Lanka and can't wait to go.

Amy Whiting
It's getting really close to leaving now! Only 35 days! We got our t-shirts and hoodies today which was very exciting! Our fundraising is going very well as we are over £10,000 now.

Charlotte Staples
I am so excited only one meeting left, today we got our hoodies and t-shirts and I am so happy with our total, I am more than ready to go now!

Imogen Scutter
I'm feeling very, very excited and it's 35 days away. We have got our tops and jumpers. We are just getting the last few bits for our activities! 35 days!

Shaheen Gurung
Now there are 35 days. Its crazy how close the trip is, I still have so much to do and I'm even more excited. I can't wait to go to the schools and to go to the hotels and go see the elephants. I also need to try to pack lightly. I'm also thinking of bringing sheet masks but I don't think I have enough for everyone...

Katie White
In today's meeting, we finalised everything. 35 days now and we have raised £11,000. We are so excited and cannot wait till we go!

Freya Innes
Whoop whoop! Yay! Let's go! Go to remember that I PACKED MY BAG and NOBODY PUT ANYTHING IN IT. Arrgh 35 days to go LET'S GO!!

Robyn Scott
35 days until we go! I have lots of last-minute fundraising to raise some money! It still seems like a lot of work with packing and stuff. I'm excited for the elephants as soon as we get into Sri Lanka! I'm also excited to get on the plane with my friends!

Luke Whiting
Now it's getting really close my constantly evolving lesson plan will have to stabilize. This is what I'm nervous about. But overall it's only excitement remaining.

Keira Etherington-Smith
We have now sorted out the packing situation and we are only 35 days away from leaving for Sri Lanka and I am getting more and more excited as the weeks go by. I am still most excited to see and feed the elephants and also to be able to fly with my friends on the plane.





New Intern for OST

Ocean Stars wishes Ailidh Watson a warm welcome as she starts her post as OST intern next week.

Naomi Booth :: Friday 7th September 2018 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/315/w288/ost-new-intern.jpgOcean Stars wishes Ailidh Watson a warm welcome as she starts her post as OST intern next week.

Ailidh has completed a degree in Politics and International Relations and would eventually like to work in the Charity sector.

She is looking forward to learning all about the work of Ocean Stars Trust.

Ocean to Ocean for Ocean Stars

Cycling from Land's End to Margate. for Ocean Stars Trust

Naomi Booth :: Wednesday 5th September 2018 :: This Story

Ocean to Ocean for Ocean StarsStephen, Phil, Barney and Liam cycle from Lands End to Margate.

Stephen and Phil will be volunteering at school projects run by Ocean Stars Trust in North and Eastern Sri Lanka in October and November 2018.  The money raised from this cycle will go directly to the charity to support their vital work running schools for children.

Ocean Stars Trust is a charity that was set up in the wake of the 2004 tsunami by Sri Lankan-born Dilanee Bunter to provide education to children, some of whom were orphaned in the tsunami.  Often in these areas, the Ocean Stars schools are the only ones in the area and represent a way out of poverty for these children.

Stephen and Phil will be volunteering at these schools and teaching English for three weeks in October and November as part of a larger group of volunteers.

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Teaming Up

Ocean Stars Trust is delighted to announce that it has recently set up a partnership with Teach Sri Lanka

Naomi Booth :: Tuesday 4th September 2018 :: This Story

Charity Cricket MatchTeach Sri Lanka is a charity established over 5 years ago with the primary purpose of promoting education in Sri Lanka. (www.teachsrilanka.com)

The charity has been set up and is run by Dimithri and Dinesh, two young Sri Lankans who grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka, but who now live and work in the UK.

On Sunday the 19th August, Teach Sri Lanka organised a charity cricket tournament which was held at Rowlands Castle in Hampshire. Six teams took part in the tournament together with many supporters cheering on throughout the day. The event was a great success and Teach Sri Lanka managed to raise £1,284. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported this event. A fantastic day's work!!!!

Cricket TeamAs part of our partnership with Teach Sri Lanka, they have agreed to finance and support our Naripulthottam preschool in Batticaloa. The money raised from the cricket match will go a long way towards enabling the 39 children at that school to continue their education.

It's a great first step – amazing what can be achieved, when we work together.

New Pre-school building

Moving out of the old shop...

Naomi Booth :: Friday 17th August 2018 :: This Story

Building work beginningHaving spent the last 8 years in a cramped disused shop for a preschool  Ocean Stars are happy to announce that construction has begun to build a new preschool for the 50 children and 3 teachers who attend Chenkallady 1 preschool.

Thank you to our supporters for making this happen.

Keep up to date with the July trip

After months of planning, Team 2 for the Ocean Stars Trust July visit met for the first time at Colombo airport this morning...

Naomi Booth :: Thursday 19th July 2018 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/310/w288/ost-july-2018.jpgAfter months of planning, Team 2 for the Ocean Stars Trust July visit met for the first time at Colombo airport this morning, greeting Dilanee, Dan and Sandra as they arrived from the UK. Our team is not complete, with Wendy and Thomas plus the Avonbourne students (Team 1) arriving in the next few days. We will all meet in Batticaloa on Sunday. Below are some reflections from Team 2 volunteers at the beginning of trip, a busy few weeks to come!

Follow this blog for updates from both teams in the next few weeks.

July Trip Blog

Avonbourne students about to set off on their adventure to Sri Lanka

Visiting tourist sights and volunteering with Ocean Stars Trust.

Naomi Booth :: Thursday 19th July 2018 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/311/w288/osr-avonbourne.jpgThe students will be visiting their link schools and have prepared activities to do with the children over the last year.

If your school would like a trip if a life time to Sri Lanka please contact us: oceanstarstrust@gmail.com.

Group 3 on the way!

Sandra and Dilanee are off to Sri Lanka today to visit Ocean Stars projects in Sri Lanka.

Naomi Booth :: Tuesday 17th July 2018 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/309/w288/ost-dilanee-and-sandra.jpgThey are the third of five groups with a total of 25 volunteers travelling to visit Ocean Stars projects over the next 2 weeks.

The teams will be visiting Yatiyanthota Killinochchi Trincomalee Batticaloa and Colombo.

Flower Festival

Fleet Methodist Church is holding a Flower festival from 13.7.18- 15.7.18.

Naomi Booth :: Friday 13th July 2018 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/307/w288/ost-map.jpgCome along and and have a look at the beautiful displays celebrating the Milestones of life.

Ocean Stars has also got a display celebrating the work of the charity over the last 14 years.

OST AGM

Ocean Stars Trust held there AGM on Thursday 12th July

Naomi Booth :: Thursday 12th July 2018 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/308/w288/ocean-stars-agm.jpgAt the Church on the Heath , Fleet ,Hampshire.

The AGM was attended by all the Trustees and Committee Members.