The youngest in the school walked 5 miles from Semington to Emmaus along the Kennet and Avon Canal and showed everyone that they could really have walked far further. The main group, led by Mrs Wiltshire walked along the canal from Devizes to Emmaus School, a distance of 10 miles. The most intrepid group, 17 in all camped out at Emmaus, before heading to just outside Marlborough, starting at 5 in the morning. They walked to Avebury and then followed the Ridgeway to Devizes and on to Staverton, a distance of 25 miles! The different walks raised no less than £5,000 towards the school building fund.
You can either click on the pictures below, or watch them as a slideshow - most have captions to go with them.
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.