Welcome to Emmaus
Emmaus Christian School is located in the established, leafy, northern suburb of Dickson, Canberra, ACT. We provide quality Christian Education in a caring environment from Pre-School through to Year 10.
Our school was established in 1997 and Emmaus Christian School has a strong focus on building a community where parents and teachers work together to develop the whole child.
Emmaus Christian School is a Registered CRICOS Provider # 03310F and also a member of the CEN (Christian Education National www.cen.edu.au.) network, to find out more about Emmaus visit the Potential Families area, we also have our own web channel Emmaus TV.
Register now to attend our
Preschool to Year 10 OPEN DAY
Thursday 8th May 2014, 9.30 to 11.30am
- ARTICLES - Principal Matters
Play Should Include Risk at Times. Some level of risk is good for the mental health of our children (and us).
We are currently finalising the design and installation of a ‘Natural Play Area’ in the Primary Courtyard. This area will be in the shade and include larger rocks, branches, smaller rocks, sand, twigs, old tyres and anything else we think will be good and be bordered by some sleepers. We plan for it to replace the use of the sandpit on the oval – especially with nearby soccer balls being an unnecessary distraction and potential danger – too much risk!
Apart from pure fun, the rationale of ‘natural play’ is that by playing – experimenting, examining, trying out different strategies – with natural objects and other things they might bring from home for the day, children learn to play in a creative manner. The best computer or X-Box game cannot extend a person’s physical abilities in the same way. It might assist with eye-finger coordination, but it won’t help their gross motor skills, or teach them how to interact with a physical environment. A natural play area also helps develop a very important skill for a child – knowing their own limitations. If they are not careful, they will hurt themselves!
For example, you may already have seen the roller-logs near the playground equipment. These have proved an instant hit. Again, children learn how to approach the logs – they so want to stand on top of them! They try different methods, the log moves and they fall off. Retry. Re-fail. They keep trying until they can do it. Once they achieve this goal, they can try to make it move. Friends stand around to assist and the whole process builds teamwork too. We have already had one boy who can ‘walk’ his log 20-30m!
Yes, play like this will produce some bruises and cuts, but what great learning is achieved. Encourage your child to take physical risks today. Their body and their mind needs them. PM
Paul Marshall - Principal
- ALL: Canteen Special Wk 6 - Chicken Rice $3
- ALL: PARENT MEETING Wed 12 March 6.30pm in Gym
- ALL: Journey towards Easter
- ALL: Compassion Fun Day Report
- PRIMARY: 80's Themed Disco 28th Mar UPDATED, bookings NOW open
- NEW Emmaus Families: Afternoon Tea, Fri 21st March 3-4pm
- SECONDARY: Assessment Calendar available
- ALL: University of NSW Competitions 2014 due date 26 March
- ALL: Lost Property
- ALL: Working with Vulnerable People Cards (WWVP)
- ALL: Icy Poles $1 every Wed
- ALL: Parents' Monday Afternoon Coffee
- ALL: Parents' Morning Tea each Friday
- ALL: Parking at Emmaus