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June 2024   FoES set us a 'Climb the Mountain' challenge (Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons) and 44 adults and children and 4 dogs rose to this sponsored challenge, raising just over £6180 for the extension fund.   Such fun was had by all who joined in.   

June 2024 - Gorge Scrambling for Year 6 students

 

‘This is the funnest thing I’ve ever done!’ and ‘an awesome day’ were what two Year 6 pupils said about our gorge scrambling trip to the Brecon Beacons last Friday.  Not sure what gorge scrambling is … ?

 

‘We jumped into a river and drifted along. We did lots of jumps and climbed up waterfalls. We also did some very high jumps. We climbed up rocks which were very slippery. And, it was very cold!’ (Felicity)

 

It was a special day and we had many things to be thankful to God for including safety, in travel and during the activity, and clearing rain to leave some sunshine for the activity. Naturally some of the children were more reluctant than others. Whilst it was great to see some throw themselves in (literally) it was also lovely to see others challenging themselves and going outside of their comfort zones.

March 2024   Our Year 5 and 6's had a fantastic time staying at Mill on the Brue Outdoor Activity Centre. 

March 2024   Our Year 9's were pleased to receive their Crest certificates.   Crest is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers.    They worked in pairs to solve a STEM challenge, with minimal teacher intervention.   The challenge helped them develop team work and hands-on investigative skills and they were very proud of the finished result.   

March 2024  The students were treated to a visit of two lambs from Chloe's Mobile Farm.   Everyone enjoyed feeding and cuddling them, and we think they enjoyed exploring our little playground!

March 2024

Michelle Donelan, our local MP, visited the school.   Our senior students asked some very thoughtful and thought-provoking questions.    

December 2023

The whole school collected provisions for the Storehouse/Foodbank charity as a 'reverse advent' during the Christmas season.   Two large boxes full of groceries were delivered to the collection store by our School Council pupils.

December 2023

The whole school enjoyed a special end of term treat, subsidised by FoES, our parent body.   Class 1 enjoyed a trip to see the Christmas lights at Whitehall Garden Centre, Class 2, 3 and 4 enjoyed a climbing adventure at The Arc and Class 5 skated at the outdoor rink in Bath.   Much fun was had by all!  

October 2023

Despite heavy rain, our students from Years 3-10 enjoyed a sports tournament on the field with Immanuel and Maranatha Schools.   We won two games out of five!  We were so grateful to our parent body, FoES, for laying on bacon rolls and cake after the tournament.  

July 2023 - Scheherazade production

Our choir and drama group presented the production of 'Scheherazade' to their delighted parents.   Classic stories from 'Tales of the Arabian Nights' were interwoven into the very colourful show featuring Princess Scheherazade.   

June 2023 - Football tournament with Immanuel and Maranatha schools

Years 3-10 enjoyed an afternoon football tournament with teams joining from Immanuel School in Yate and Maranatha School in Swindon.   This is what two pupils in Class 2 had to say: 

"The football tournament was really fun, especially because there was lots of good sportsmanship.  I also found it really fun because each school won one game each.  It was also nice because there was some food and drink after, and because loads of people were talking to each other from different schools"

"It was fun playing against Immanuel and Maranatha.  The football tournament was good because all the teams won something"

 

June 2023 - Duke of Edinburgh Silver Expedition

It must have been the hottest days of the summer, but it did not stop our Year 9 and 10s walking from West Kennett, camping overnight at Wilcot Camp, and then onto Everleigh near Marlborough.   Our big thanks go to WOLT and our leaders and parents who made this expedition possible.   Students have nearly finished their volunteering and skills sections in order to qualify for their Silver award.   

May 2023 - The Coronation of King Charles III

We celebrated the Coronation weekend by having a game of cricket on the field, parents vs pupils (the parents won!), followed by an English Cream Tea.   All the students dressed in shades of red, white and blue, and some as princesses.  The parent body, FoES, kindly gave all the pupils a little bag of coronation themed gifts and sweets, together with a leaflet about the coronation ceremony.  

April 2023

Classes 1 and 2 had assembly in the woods this week. We were thinking about Psalm 1 and how we should choose our friends carefully. The children love being outside for assembly as being in nature helps us to connect with God. 

March 2023

The weather forecast was not good, but the only casualty of this year's physical challenge was the 30 mile bike ride. We walked 5, 10 or 15 miles to raise money for the Turkish Earthquake Fund and our own Extension Fund. 

March 2023

Ex-pupil, Leading Hand John Wiltshire, visited Class 2 to talk about his adventures in the Royal Navy as part of their PSHE topic on the Armed Forces. 

Friday 16th December - Class 5 End of Autumn Term Ice Skating

Our Class 5 enjoyed a trip to 'Bath On Ice' on the last day of the autumn term.  

Advent service - Monday 5th December 2022

We were very pleased to hold our annual advent service for the first time in two years, at St Katharines church in Holt.   Classes 1-3 sang Christmas carols and songs, the choir sang, and senior pupils did readings and led prayers.  We also presented our previous year 11s with their GCSE certificates, along with some Duke of Edinburgh silver awards.  A retiring collection was made for the Peace Primary School and Kindergarten in Kadugli, Sudan.  

Christmas Fair - Friday 2nd December 2022

FoES (Friends of Emmaus School) organised a fantastic Christmas Fair, with many stalls both inside and outside of the school building.   The weather was suitably cold, and the BBQ sold out very quickly, along with fruit punch and hot chocolate.  Pupils contributed to the fundraising by organising their own stalls with homemade wares to sell, along with festive games and Christmas present stalls.  We have raised over £1000, with this money going to our Extension Fund.  

First Aid Emergency Training from Wiltshire Air Ambulance - Monday 3rd October 2022

We enjoyed practical sessions with Chris Mead from Wiltshire Air Ambulance, learning vital first aid skills which we can use in emergency situations.  

Geography field trip - September 2022

Our GCSE students had an after school field trip to the River Biss in Trowbridge, measuring the width/depth of the river, the speed of the water and the size of the bedrock.  

Alice - 14th July 2022

The afterschool drama club performed a great production of Alice to the whole school and also to their parents.  Big thanks go to Katie Portsmouth, our Year 10 student, who took the leading part as well as choreographing all the dances and teaching them to the students as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Skills assessment.  Much fun was had by all the students, and the delighted and proud parents who came to view the production.

Bristol Aerospace - 12th July 2022

We had a whole school trip to Bristol Aerospace Museum.  Key Stage 1 children enjoyed their 'Journey Into Space' workshop, whilst those in Key Stage 2 and 3 enjoyed 'Blast Off Rockets'.  Everyone enjoyed seeing Concorde and we were very appreciative of the knowledge imparted by Professor Stuart Burgess, a close friend of the school, who led us round the museum. 

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition – 24th/25th June 2022

“8 of our Year 10/11 pupils completed their DofE expedition on 24th /25th June, walking from Bradford on Avon to Brokerswood on the Friday, camping there that night, then walking from Brokerswood to Westbury White Horse on the Saturday.  They now have to get signed off on their Volunteering, Skills and Physical sections to complete their full Bronze DofE award, most have done the hours on this and just need final sign-off. We are delighted to be able to offer this wonderful opportunity as a small school, and all students will have the opportunity to follow in their footsteps when they get to Year 9 or Year 10” Mrs Jones – Expedition Manager

 

“On the expedition we started off at Bradford on Avon train station and were on a mission heading to Roundwood campsite. We went through some very pretty places such as Iford, Farleigh Hungerford and Westwood. I think I can speak for everyone here we have never been so happy to see a teacher outside of school. Once we finally got to the campsite of around 5 hours of walking, we all set up our tents and hung out with each other for a while until we had food. By this point it didn’t feel like we were doing this for school or a qualification but doing this for ourselves and it was just like hanging out with friends. After a fun game of hide and seek in the woods we all went to sleep. 

On the second day we walked through Dilton Marsh, Upton Scudamore and then proceeded to make our way up the White Horse. Day two was much more enjoyable because we had less food to carry and we knew what we were getting ourselves into. 

My DofE experience was something so great and fun, it was filled with laughs, tears, and perseverance. We talked about old memories and made new ones. I would really encourage the following year 10s and year 9s to do DofE because it was one of the best experiences in my life”  

Katie Portsmouth, Year 10

Year 7-10 visit to Park Row Synagogue, Bristol – Monday 9th May 2022

“We visited Park Row Synagogue in Bristol at the beginning of May. One of the members of the synagogue community showed us a Torah scroll and talked us through different parts of the building like why there are stars, why it faces East and why there are no pictures of people. He explained about Kosher food, some major festivals, Bar Mitzvahs and what it means to be Jewish. The students asked some good questions! Very helpful for those doing their Religious Studies GCSE and those who will be starting it soon!”

Year 4-6 Tag Rugby at Appleford School - 4th May 2022

This week we went to Appleford School near Salisbury for a game of tag rugby with a team of year 4-6 pupils.  When we arrived we had a little warm up and then got started with the game.  The first half went well and the team worked together making lots of tags and kept their line. At half time it was 6-2 to Appleford. The second half we came back stronger and defended very well. The game ended 9-4 to Appleford, all the children played amazingly well and showed good sportsmanship, skill and ability. J and J were awarded Star of the Match nominated by the other team.  Appleford had kindly arranged some tea for after the game so the children were able to enjoy some sandwiches, cake and drinks together before heading home. Well done to all who played.

Sponsored Walk/Cycle – Tuesday 5th April 2022

The whole school went on a sponsored walk/cycle to raise funds for our new extension.  Pupils had the choice of walking 5, 10 or 15 miles or cycling 15 or 30 miles along the canal towpath.  The Headteacher decided to give herself a personal challenge and carried on walking for 26 miles.   A fantastic sponsorship amount of over £7400 has been collected, and the pupils, teachers and parents had a lot of fun.

Class 3 at Mill on the Brue – Wednesday 16th March to Friday 18th March 2022

“We had an amazing time at Mill on the Brue last week. When we arrived the weather was wet but it dried up for our first activity which was the assault course. Having been wet it was rather muddy but I guess that will be no surprise to you now that you've seen the clothes that were brought home! On Thursday and Friday we were blessed with lovely spring days. The children had a busy time going from crate stacking on the high ropes, to air rifle shooting, to the climbing wall and canoeing on Thursday. They even went on a walk behind the centre across the beautiful rolling hills of Somerset looking out towards Glastonbury Tor. On Friday we began with Quick Flight which was a bit like a mini bungey jump at the start. That was a bit of a challenge for us all, staff included! It was good to finish our stay with what many would consider a bit of a favourite - the zip wire! The food was good and included the nice treat of some pain au chocolat for breakfast on Friday. The children were great throughout and settled down at night quickly and sensibly, which was greatly appreciated!”

Tag Rugby Festival at Trowbridge Rugby Club, Year 4-6 – 23rd March 2022

“The children started off playing some rugby related games in a group with another school, they then had a break and the last hour played a couple of games of tag rugby. The children all got a certificate at the end and I was asked to pick three children that I was most impressed with, it was a difficult decision as they all did so well but EB, FY and IG were the ones that stood out the most and they each received a key ring. Well done to all the children who attended”

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