Walking Challenge - June 2019
It was the perfect day for our 10 and 5 mile walking challenges, which the pupils really enjoyed. Some of them are asking to do a longer walk next time!
Duke of Edinburgh :
Pupils recently successfully completed their assessed expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Awardl.
As explained by Josie Barber :
Day 1 was the most difficult day because the route we had planned was extremely overgrown. It was about 12 km long and it was also quite hot, but we soldiered through and after about 6 hours we arrived at the campsite without getting lost. We put up our tents, cooked our food and played lots of interesting games. When Mrs Wiltshire arrived we encountered a slight problem, she didn't have a tent. After a while of calling around, we finally managed to get one. However, by this time it was quite dark and Mr Gulliford and Mrs Wiltshire thought it would be funny to watch us put the tent up. The challenge became much harder when we realised the tent was one of those old fashioned ones, but we managed it in the end with the help of some instructions. On day 2, the walking was much easier. We travelled about the same distance, but it only took us about 4 hours as the route was fairly flat and it wasn't overgrown. However we took a wrong turn at one point but we found our way back. Overall the DofE expedition was a great experience and we learnt a lot of new skills. It was also really fun and it allowed us to work together as a team.
Athletics competition at Kingdown School – Monday 24th June 2019
We took a trip over to Kingdown School to take part in an athletics competition. The children competed in a sprint, long distance, relay, standing long jump, speed bounce and vortex howler throw.
We came 4th place and were 2 points off coming 3rd! The children should be very proud of how well they did and it was lovely to see them all supporting and congratulating each other.
It was a great end to the term and we look forward to many more fixtures next year!
Class 2 has had a student from The Netherlands who is studying to be a Teaching Assistant. She has been teaching the children about life in the Netherlands and organised a fun session of typical Dutch games for the class.
Appleford v Emmaus – Thursday 20th June 2019
We recently played a game of cricket and rounders against Appleford school. We had so much fun that the scores got forgotten about but they were both very close games!
The children worked really hard, showing great sportsmanship and they should all be proud of themselves, especially as this was the first ever cricket game for many of them.
Visit from a traffic police officer - Monday 10th June 2019
On the 10th June Class 1, 2 and 3 had a surprise visit from a local traffic police officer. He brought his very fast BMW car with him and set off all his sirens. The children learnt all about the equipment he has to carry on him and one very brave pupil found out what it was like to be handcuffed!
School trip to 'We The Curious' Bristol on Wednesday 8th May 2019
On Wednesday 8th May the whole school enjoyed a trip to 'We the Curious' in Bristol. The younger children had great fun exploring the practical activities, putting into practice the work they had done on energy, forces, magnetism and electricity. The senior children engaged in science experiments in the laboratory, consolidating their learning so far this year. Great fun was had by all, and it was fantastic that the museum was not too busy, meaning that there was plenty of time and space to explore fully the interactive experiences.
On Tuesday 30th April, Year 6 were thankful to God for the lovely weather we had for Bikeability. Firstly, we cycled round the playground, stopping, starting and signalling. We also learnt how to do an emergency stop. Before we went on to Stage 2, we had a break and our instructor taught us what to check on our bike before going on the roads. She said we must always check our handles, brakes, pedals and if the bike’s tyres are flat.
For Stage 2, we went on the roads and our instructor showed us how to and then watched us as we did U-turns, cycled in and out of a T-junction and past parked cars. To finish off, we went for a 25 minute cycle round the estate. When we were back at school, our instructor did some Highway Code flashcards with us. We then found out that we had all passed Stage 1 and 2. Overall Year 6 had an amazing time and learnt a lot.
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.
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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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.
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