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Emmaus Catholic Schools’ Partnership
Launched on 27th November 2019, the Emmaus Catholic Schools’ Partnership is a ground-breaking initiative from four of West London’s premier Catholic schools: The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, St Augustine’s Priory, St Benedict’s School and the Sacred Heart High School.
Collaborative working with these three schools will enable us to utilise a wide range of resources to establish an annual programme of events and enrichment opportunities for students across all four schools together with a series of training and development opportunities for staff.
This unique partnership articulates the gospel values which underpins the ethos of all four schools. This will include setting ambitious goals for personal growth and development of both staff and students and promoting innovative approaches to learning whilst recognising the dignity of the human person – especially those who are disadvantaged and marginalised.
Our Sixth Form students created the website for the Emmaus Catholic Schools’ partnership.
The Priory Farm
The Priory Farm, a major initiative, comprises allotments, where a variety of crops are grown, tended by the girls under the guidance of parent volunteers, and livestock: three micro-pigs, several breeds of chickens, ducks and a small flock of Soay-Ouessant-cross sheep, with 2019 seeing our first lambing season.
A total of 540 children from St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School and and St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School between the ages of 3 – 10 have visited the Priory Farm for tours since May 2018.
Our groundsman, Mr Raffray guides groups of visiting school children to the Priory Farm. The Priory Farm is a source of knowledge and expertise for other schools who wish to take advantage of the facility which our farm provides, rare for a London school.
“Our intake at St Raphael’s is comprised of a myriad of differing ethnic backgrounds and household incomes, which can mean that some of our children have very little life experience outside of their locality. In Northolt, there are limited opportunities in order to go and experience something like a farm and this is such a valuable experience for children of all ages. From understanding how life cycles work and the effort that goes into producing the meat and dairy they eat every day, there was not one child who did not take some new learning from the farm.”