GREAT NEWS: We have recently been granted planning permission for a stylish and cleverly designed extension which will solve the current shortage of space and vastly improve the school’s facilities. Watch our film below and visit the 'Extension Project' page for more information.
Emmaus School is founded on Christian principles to educate children from 5-16 years in a caring, stable family atmosphere of love and respect.
Ad cognoscendum illum - to know God more clearly, love Him more dearly and follow Him more nearly.
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.
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.
Grace, one of our Year 3 students, had her hair cut for The Little Princess Trust who make wigs for children who have had cancer. As well as donating her hair, she raised £220 for the Emmaus School building project. Well done Grace!
What is love? Is it a feeling in your heart? The Bible says Love is much more: it is patient and kind, never bears a grudge, doesn't demand its own way, always wants the best for someone else, never puts itself first, never gets jealous, isn't proud, doesn't boast, isn't rude, always hopes, never stops. Who can love like that? Only one. He left his father and his throne and came to live with us. And showed us what love was really like. Because Love isn't mostly a list. It's a Person.
'For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son.' John 3:16
Thoughts to make your heart sing, Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Christmas Market. It was a great event and we raised £466 towards our building extension fund. Well done too, to our Great Emmaus Gingerbread Competition winners, Sam Young in Primary and Miriam Lucas in Secondary.
To mark Remembrance Day 2016, every child made and painted a clay poppy as a contribution to our poppy wreaths. They make a stunning display in the entrance porch. Our Remembrance assembly, with appropriate hymns, Bible and poetry readings, was led by 3 pupils who were smartly dressed in their Air Cadets uniforms. With one ex-pupil currently serving in the armed forces and one pupil with aspirations to join the Marines or the Royal Navy, the occasion was all the more poignant.
With proud thanksgiving,
a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.