“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.
Donations, large and small, have been coming in; monies raised from various fundraising activities have been good; and, most exciting of all, the first of our trust applications was successful and we recently received a cheque for £5,500 from Allchurches Trust. Together with pledges of money once building actually starts, the Extension Fund now stands at over £210,000! 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 months 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.
Our next Open Day is Saturday 7th October 2017 between 10am & 1pm.
Each year, pupils from Years 1 to 9 are tested in reading and spelling using tests supplied by GL Assessment – The Suffolk Reading Test and The Nelson Single Word Spelling Test. These standardised tests indicate how our pupils are doing compared with the national average. In reading, 73% of children were above average, and in spelling 76% of children were above average. Overall, 94% of children were average or above average in reading, and in spelling 91% of children were average or above average.
Thank you to everyone who joined in our Flip Flop Friday fundraiser for the School building project. Students and staff sported some very colourful footwear and along with a cake and ice lolly sale, the day raised £128.95 for the School extension.
Congratulations to Amy Van Haver, Thomas Woodger, Daniel Horwood, Freddie Skinner, Isobella Cooper, Adrianna Hurley, Joshua Arnold and Timothy Salkeld for passing the Assessed Expedition of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. The students completed their assessed expedition on 3rd and 4th July. Well done!
Congratulations to Emmaus students who took part in this year's UKMT Junior Maths Challenge. Over 250,000 pupils from across the UK sat the Challenge with roughly the top 6% receiving a gold certificate, 13% silver and 21% bronze. Well done to Stephanie Saunders for achieving Gold, Zac Jones for achieving Silver and Heather Young for achieving Bronze.