GCSE Results 2018
Once again we are delighted for our Year 11 pupils who have worked hard to achieve another fine set of GCSE Results. As a non-selective school, we have a range of abilities, and the pupils have made us proud.
We are also delighted for the teachers who have had to cope with new specifications and, in many subjects, a new grading system. On results day they are often as nervous as the students themselves!
Here are some of the headlines:
Subjects which performed especially well were:
End of Term Activity Fun Day Friday 13th July
All students participated in team sports on the last day of term, competing for the prestigious house cup. Senior pupils visited the Christie Miller Sports Centre in Melksham for bowling, hand-rounders and football. Primary pupils enjoyed a lunch-time BBQ followed by various games and 'funfair' activities include hook-a-duck and tin-can-alley. The house cup winners were Muller and the sports day trophy went to Whitefield. Well done everyone for participating so enthusiastically, and happy holidays!
Class 1-Led Assembly Wednesday 11th July
Our youngest pupils led the whole school assembly on Wednesday 11th July which was on the theme of trust. Each child read a sentence about one of the great men or women of the Old Testament who trusted in God, often despite numerous challenges, and the children merrily sang 'Trust and Obey'.
Football-Themed Cake Sale Friday 6th July
With tensions running high with England getting though to the last 8 in the 2018 World Cup, Emmaus School joined in the fun hosting a football-themed cake sale. In aid of the building extension fund, there were competitions and items for sale as well as cakes, including 'Name the Gnome', and 'Spot the Ball Competition' and hand-drawn pictures, homemade bracelets and facepainting. Well done to Mrs Richardson for naming the gnome Les Ferdignome, and to Julie (Milo's Nan) for winning 'Spot the Ball'. Together we raised £159.80.
CARE Week Monday 25th to Friday 29th June
The whole school goes off timetable during CARE Week to explore and study various topics including finance, first aid and well-being. Trips this year included a visit to Bath Cats and Dogs Home and Trowbridge Foodbank and visiting speakers included Dr Lucas of Wiltshire Air Ambulance and a local vet. The week concluded with a healthy breakfast.
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.
To know God more clearly, love Him more dearly and follow Him more nearly.