Young Ambassadors - Tuesday 15th January 2019
Two of our Year 6 students, Esther and Osian, took part in West Wiltshire School's Young Ambassadors Conference on Tuesday 15th January. Recognised as already being good role models for their peers, the two took part in various games and workshops to help them promote PE and sport and positive values in school. Esther and Osian enjoyed the course very much and gained further leadership skills and are pictured holding their certificates of achievement.
Advent Service 2018
Our Advent Service, on Monday 3rd December, was held at St Katharine's Church, Holt. With carefully selected Bible readings, carols and Christmas songs, our very youngest pupils to the eldest participated in this event which always heralds in the coming Christmas season. The service concluded with the presentation of certificates to last year's GCSE pupils. Emmaus School is most grateful to St Katharine's for allowing us to host the service at the church this year.
Christmas Market 2018
With a fabulous selection of homemade cards, decorations, sweet treats, soaps, crafts and produce, along with stalls run by Calne Christian Bookshop plus Neal's Yard Remedies and Flamingo Cards representatives, Emmaus School hosted its fundraising Christmas Market on Friday 30th November in aid of the building extension project. The choir was in attendance, there was face painting and hair styling, and along with refreshments, it was a most enjoyable event and enabled a lot of early Christmas present shopping to take place. Most importantly, the school raised over £600!
Samaritan's Purse Christmas Shoebox Appeal
Emmaus School has been able to send 31 boxes to the Samaritan's Purse Christmas Shoebox Appeal thanks to the hard work of the School Council. Pupils had been asked to donate various gifts and a team of busy packers spend a couple of hours sorting, filling and wrapping the boxes. Thank you to everyone who helped.
Trip to the Houses of Parliament
The Year 9,10 and 11 pupils had an insightful visit to the Houses of Parliament on Thursday 8th November arranged, with much thanks, with the help of local MP Michelle Donelan. The visit was a precursor to UK Parliament Week (12th to 18th November) and the whole school very much look forword to Ms Donelan MP coming into School soon to talk about Government, democracy and citizenship.
Emmaus School verses Immanuel School Netball Match
Immanuel School, Yate, travelled to Emmaus on Tuesday 23rd October to take part in a Netball Tournament. Pupils from Years 1 to Years 6 participated and all enjoyed the experience of taking part in a 'real' game. Regrettably, Emmaus School lost by 2 games to 1.
Class 3 led our Harvest Assembly on Wednesday 17th October. Entitled 'Taking Things for Granted', six necessary steps for breakfast cereal production were given and it was explained that if one was missing, there would be no cereal. Then six truths from the Bible were shared and again it was explained that if one of them were missing, there would be no Gospel. Everyone was encouraged to think about whether they had responded to the Gospel by repenting of their sins and believing in Jesus Christ. The Class then sang Harvest Samba which they had been learning in their music lessons.
The whole school had also been challenged to donate money to Feed the Hungry from their own pocket money and piggy banks and together raised £147.79 (including a late donation!), enabling 36 children to be fed for a whole month. Thank you and well done.
'You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.' Psalm 145:16, NIV
Class 2 and Class 3 Art Trip to Stonehenge
The pupils enjoyed a trip to Stonehenge on Thursday 11th October despite the weather! This term, the classes are studying buildings and architecture in art, and this visit gave the pupils plenty of opportunity to sketch and draw as well as find out a little bit about the history of Stonehenge.
When visitors first enter our school, they invariably comment on the atmosphere. Described in infinitely different ways, the essence of a visitor's immediate impression is happy, motivated pupils working purposefully, quietly and independently in a calm learning environment of small classes, which are skilfully managed by dedicated, caring teachers who are passionate about their job.
The pupils themselves describe it as a loving family, where everyone is known and valued - a safe haven, where children can be themselves and find acceptance. Pupils thrive here – spiritually, socially, emotionally and academically.
'What is our secret?' is a question I often ask myself. In a fast-paced, constantly changing world of education, I believe that our success is because everything we do is underpinned by timeless and enduring values -attentiveness, faithfulness, creativity, diligence, patience, contentment, obedience, wisdom, tender-heartedness, thankfulness, honesty, joyfulness, love, forgiveness, responsibility and self-control. Values which are rooted in the Christian faith.
If you have never visited this very special place, I would love to welcome you and show you round so that you can see for yourself.
To know God more clearly, love Him more dearly and follow Him more nearly.