“If only we’d known about you before now!”
This recent comment from the parents of a prospective student brings both tears and smiles to us here at Emmaus School. We are passionate about what we do and why we do it, and want to share that passion for Christian education with our local community.
Emmaus is a Christian Independent School, small enough to care, big enough to equip students with the knowledge and experience needed for today’s world. All we do is grounded in the gospel of Christ. This strong biblical foundation provides our students with the moral, spiritual, personal and academic skills needed to ensure that they have the very best start in life and go on to serve in whatever sphere God leads them.
Our success in the classroom, however, means that we desperately need to extend our premises to enable us to continue to provide the very best education. Recent events have been a huge encouragement to us.
Since just before Christmas, donations, large and small, have been coming in and we are all amazed and very thankful. Together with pledges of money once building actually starts, the Extension Fund now stands at around £190,000! Given that the Governors have agreed to step out in faith once 60% of the estimated cost has been raised, this puts us much closer to putting that first spade in the ground than we were a few weeks ago.
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.
Ad cognoscendum illum
To know God more clearly, love Him more dearly and follow Him more nearly.
This year our Year 11 School Leavers enjoyed a meal at The Lock Inn in Bradford on Avon. We will miss you all!
Despite the wet weather, a good time was had by all the children at Brokerswood on Monday 15th May. Shelter building, archery and the 'Tarzan Trail' were just a few of the activities enjoyed.
Six students from Mathurin Cordier School (on the outskirsts of Paris) spent a week with students at Emmaus from 5th May and enjoyed visiting sites in and around Bath as well as spending time in school. Both Mathurin Cordier and Emmaus students gained confidence in their language skills.
Our cake sale and Easter egg colouring competition raised £238 for the school building extension fund. Many thanks.