Volunteers and Governors' Meal Monday 19th March
The GCSE Food Technology and Nutrition students planned, prepared and served a fanastic meal for all the school's volunteers and Governors on Monday 19th March. The menu included various entrees followed by a hot buffet of creamy mushroom risotto, feta and sundried tomato stuffed salmon, bacon wrapped chicken and mixed vegetables and new potatoes, all followed by a choice of either lemon and lime cheesecake or chocolate roulade. A very enjoyable evening was had by all those able to attend.
Easter Eggstravaganza Friday 16th March
Thank you to everyone who made this an enjoyable event and for helping the school to raise £287 for the building extension fund. Tea and cakes were served and sock bunnies, knitted Easter chicks, scented candles, handmade soaps and beautiful drawstring bags were some of the items made by our talented parents/friends to sell. Mrs Wiltshire's simnel cake was won by Lilly Class 1. Well done and thank you everyone.
Class 3 Visit to Mill on the Brue Outdoor Activity Centre
Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st February
Straight after the February half term holiday, Years 5 and 6 enjoyed a two night residential visit to Mill on the Brue Outdoor Activity Centre in Bruton, Somerset. The activities included an assault course, crate stacking, climbing wall and canoeing. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were a credit to the school with their behaviour and enthusiasm. Memories were created that will last a lifetime!
Class 2 Trip to Slimbridge Wetland Centre Thursday 22nd February
Class 2 enjoyed a recent visit to Slimbridge Wetland Centre. The otters were a great favourite and learning about how birds are designed to live in a wetland habitat suddenly become engaging when pupils were allowed to handle real bird body parts! Cannot recommend Slimbridge highly enough for a trip!
Year 10/11 Trip to France February 2018 (Written by Joshua Lucas Year 11)
This trip to France was pretty much the first time I had ever been abroad. Admittedly, it was not as different as I thought it would be, but there were some things that immediately caught my attention. I thought the roads were extremely well maintained and much, much better than what we have in the UK. The second thing was that everybody was driving on the wrong side of the road and everybody was literally driving either a Peugeot, Citroen or Renault.
The family I stayed with were very nice and the pupil in the family was Gael and for nearly all of the time I spent there, we were outside in the snow. The snow was
very thick and we had plenty of snowball fights as well as building a small snow fort. The school itself (Mathurin Cordier School, West of Paris) is part of a church, and lessons were held in porta cabins outside. It is very much like Emmaus as they have a very small facility, although there are fewer pupils. I attended a few lessons;
English I admit was more French than I expected, but we are probably the same over here, and Maths I find hard enough in English, let alone French, so I was glad when that was over! We played handball for a PE lesson, and they are extremely good at it.
Paris was a very nice place, and it was great to look around all the different shops. There were a lot of pigeons that flew on top of me. The food there was very well made and presented, both in cafés and at the house. It is very different to
English meals as it seems so much more formal.
I learnt many useful French words that I can now use, from single words to small phrases. I really enjoyed the trip and I would be happy to go back anytime.
Healthy Eating Week 29th January to 2nd February
Led by the Year 10 Food Preparation and Nutrition students, the whole school took part in Healthy Eating Week. Students were able to sample different food options, being encouraged to choose healthy snack alternatives, and designed posters to help their understanding of diet and nutrition.
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.