‘”Let there be light” said God in his might.
And light was created, so simply complicated’.
This was just part of a poem, written and performed by an Emmaus School pupil, at Staverton, Wiltshire, for the creative event, ‘Let There Be Light’, devised by art teacher Mrs Hannah Pittman.
The event allowed the pupils to express their creative talents and explore aspects of light in Scripture across the curriculum.
Visitors were treated to poetry readings; artwork; photography; projects from science, ICT and geography on how light works; Scripture readings in English, Spanish and French; and even a live dissection of an eye by year eight pupils.
Classrooms were decked out with candles and ultraviolet light, illuminating artwork ranging from fluorescent paintings to stained glass. Visitors watched films of poems, songs, drama and Scripture readings, all produced by the pupils.
It was a great success and desire was expressed for more next year. So perhaps ‘Let There be Fire’ next time!
All of this reflects the unique Christian education which is provided at Emmaus. But, what is a Christian education? It seems to be a subject that causes as much controversy within the Christian community as in the secular world, and perhaps partly because it is misunderstood.
A Christian education is concerned with a child’s relationship to God, other people and the world in which we live. It is the best possible preparation for the real world and gives the child the opportunity to develop a sense of identity, value and purpose.
Subjects are taught from a biblical perspective and the whole of school life is affected by the influence of Christ’s teaching. In order to fulfil the school’s aim to ‘produce people who are independent thinkers’, pupils are encouraged to examine different interpretations of what they learn.
Emmaus School begins with the understanding that we are all made in the image of God, which gives all human life dignity and value. The teachers strive to establish an atmosphere of mutual respect, recognising that, although adults and children alike are imperfect, a perfect example has been given for us in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Some may argue that children are being shielded from the ‘real world’ by being educated in this environment. It is quite the contrary: by providing the children with a safe environment, where they can learn to compare the Christian worldview with other worldviews, most pupils become increasingly able to articulate what they believe.