Dodgeball Event in Aid of BHF - Thursday 4th April 2019
Raising money for the British Heart Foundation, the whole school participated in a fundraising game of Dodgeball on Thursday 4th April. This is a charity close to the heart of at least one family at the school, with their daughter having recently undergone her second open heart surgery due to being born with a congenital heart condition. Fun and frolics were had by all (indeed, Class 1 pupils were heard saying that it had been the best day of their lives!) and this despite the weather going against plans to host the event outside. The money is still being counted, but the school raised a significant amount for the British Heart Foundation which, with the 20% ‘cash back’ to the school, means that the school's building fund will also benefit.
Class 1 Led Assembly - Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Class 1 led assembly, talking about the lovely things we can enjoy at Easter time, but explaining that the most precious thing is Jesus and his saving work on the cross. The class finished by beautifully singing three choruses. Well done to the little ones!
Singing at North Bradley Baptist Church - Wednesday 27th March 2019
The school choir and Classes 2 and 3 visited 'Together' a group that meets every Wednesday at North Bradley Baptist Church. The choir performed some Easter themed pieces, and we shared some of the songs we do in morning worship. Members of 'Together' were a great audience, and joined in with the actions. It was lovely to see young and old worshipping together.
Classes 2 and 3 also sang at Staverton Care Home on Tuesday 2nd April, sharing Bible readings with the elderly residents as well as singing some favourite Easter hymns.
5-a-Side Football Friendly at Clarendon Academy - Thursday 28th March
Emmaus School travelled across town to join Clarendon Academy in a friendly 5-a-side football match. The boys played well, showing great sportsmanship and came away winning two of the four games played.
Trip to France, Monday 18th to Friday 22nd March
A small group of Year 10 and 11 students visited France to help them with their language studies. The students stayed with host families of pupils who attend Mathurin Cordier School, a small Christian school on the outskirts of Paris. During the week, the students enjoyed a trip to Mantes la Jolie Cathedral (including unprecedented access to the first floor after a worker who was renovating the roof had left the staircase door open by mistake!) and patisseries from a local boulangerie. The students also visited Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadéro and the Champs Élysées (although a lot of damage has been caused by the recent riots in which the yellow jackets were involved).
Pupils spent time at school, participating in Maths, English and Spanish lessons as well as enjoying handball. Most of our pupils were unfamiliar with the sport, but they all enjoyed it. Despite being pushed out of their comfort zone, all the pupils spoke as much as possible in French and Mr Ramond, our teacher of French at Emmaus School, said he was proud of their achievements.
Emmaus School verses Appleford School Sports Matches - Thursday 14th February
Emmaus School enjoyed competing in two fixtures on Thursday 14th February, netball and football matches with Appleford School (based in Shrewton near Salisbury). Appleford won the netball game scoring 14 goals to 11. Emmaus School won the football game with a score of 2-1. It was a lovely, bright afternoon and everyone enjoyed the competitive yet friendly matches.
The total raised for the Gift Match Scheme was £4,115 which will be matched by our donor to give a total of £8,230. Again, thank you to everybody for your kind donations towards our building extension project.
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