Our School
Vision and Educational Philosophy

Emmaus College’s vision is deeply grounded in Luke’s Gospel (24: 13-35).

Emmaus, as a Christ-centred Community, has fundamentally at the heart of its spirituality, the person of Jesus Christ. The story of the Walk to Emmaus in the Gospel of Luke, and from which the College is named, nourishes our spirituality. It is a relationship with God that can enable a person to make sense of life and live it fully. Furthermore it is through journeying with, and in relationship with Christ, that deepens and enriches the relationship with God.

Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?  Luke 24: 32

Our relationship with God through Jesus is not a lone journey but one that is nourished and deepened through belonging to the community of faith, the Catholic Church.

The four Houses: Chavoin, Colin, More and Rice supplement the spiritualty of the College. These Houses call to mind the charisms of their namesakes, encouraging the members of the House to explore how they too can live their Christian calling.

The School encourages students to live by the key core values of faith, knowledge and service, to assist them in achieving their best academically.

Emmaus College is proud to be a co-educational Catholic school, and we strongly believe that co-education has clear benefits for the vast majority of students. For the contemporary society in which we live, it makes perfect sense for young people to be together in a co-educational environment during their formative teenage to young adult years. We believe that this then best prepares students for their post-school life.

Emmaus College aims to ensure that students are able to acquire the skills necessary for 21st Century learning, especially the four C’s: Critical Thinking Skills, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity. These skills will enable students to be flexible in their problem solving methodology, have enhanced thinking abilities and a collaborative attitude to communication skills. Students need to develop these skills alongside the foundations of literacy and numeracy.

Well-being is the total climate of pastoral care arising out of the action taken by the College to promote and enhance student well-being of a personal, social, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual nature. Key elements of student wellbeing are positive self-regard, respect for others, positive relationships, responsible behaviours, personal resilience and engagement with learning

Our mission as a Christ-centred community provides a caring and supportive environment that enables students to develop their full potential in all areas of life.

As part of the Australian Catholic School Vision, Emmaus College has a commitment to:

  • Elected government;
  • The Rule of the Law;
  • Equal rights for all before the Law;
  • Freedom of religion;
  • Freedom of speech and association; and
  • The values of openness and tolerance.

While these aspects are intrinsic to the operations of the school, they are best manifested through day to day activities such as:

  • The flying of the National flag at both campuses;
  • Posters at both campuses depicting Australian values;
  • Singing of the National Anthem at formal school events;
  • Recognition of important national days such as ANZAC Day and Rembrance Day;
  • The annual Year 8 trip to Canberra;
  • Community service programs students participate in, particularly at Y9@E;
  • Visits to the school of Federal, State and Local Government elected representatives; and
  • Curriculum offering in the areas of Humanities, particularly Civics and History classes.


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