“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.
Emmaus School choir visited Staverton House Care Home on Tuesday 28th March. A mixture of modern worship songs and traditional hymns were sung to the elderly residents with a short talk on the meaning of Easter.
A delightful meal was cooked and served by our GCSE Food Technology students on Monday 27th March to say 'thank you' to all our volunteers and governors for their hard work and dedication to the school.
It may have been a damp, blustery and gloomy evening, but Emmaus School brought a ray of brightness to Staverton at the Creative Arts Event on Wednesday 1st March. The students, from Reception to Year 11, had studied the theme of 'fire' through creative writing, dance, song, science, languages, cookery and art, and the event showcased the excellent range of work they had produced. The sun may yet to shine this Spring, but things are certainly bright here at Emmaus!
Monday 30th January saw the team from Groundscan digging bore holes for scanning and testing the small playground in order to ascertain the suitability of the foundations. A small, but major task in the commencement of the building extension! The children were fascinated by all that took place, and both staff and students are excited about the prospect of the new premises. Please keep praying for the project and read the Extension Project Tab above for further details.
Four Year 11 students spent five days in the outskirts of Paris as part of an exchange trip with Ecole Mathurin Cordier, a small Christian school like Emmaus. Besides visiting the Palace of Versailles and exploring the Montmartre area in Paris, the pupils attended various lessons and even taught English to some Year 7, 8 and 9 French pupils. Everyone made considerable progress in their understanding and speaking of the language. We look forward to welcoming Mathurin Cordier pupils to Emmaus in May.