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.

Why Emmaus

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WMr Paul Marshall - Principalelcome to our school, thank you for taking the time to find the best school for your child. We invite you to explore our website to find out more about Emmaus Chrisitian School. Children, parents and staff  love it here at Emmaus and we look forward to the possibility that you will become a part of what God is doing here too.

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Mr Paul Marshall – Principal

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1Why Emmaus

At Emmaus, we believe preschool, primary and secondary education are supports to parents in their role of raising children. The view the NCCEA takes, which is based on the Bible verse in Deuteronomy 6:7, is that it is the privilege and responsibility of parents to raise their children. Parents may choose to pay a school to assist with the education of their children, in particular with the development of academic skills. The school is therefore in a two-way partnership with parents in the education of their children and endeavours to support, complement and enhance the efforts of parents and their relationship with their child/ren.

We believe that honest rational thinking, a consistent epistemology and worldview, equitable and reliable values, right human relations, successfully enduring human society, and environmental balance, are only possible with the assumption of an intelligent Creator. We therefore teach an excellent education within a Christian worldview.

Distinctive qualities of Emmaus

A close, supportive Christian community that focuses on the needs of each student.
Firm, caring discipline with an award winning social skills program called ‘Brave Talk’.
Student welfare, we attend to student concerns—arguments and disputes, feelings of injustice, friendship issues and so on.
Our Secondary School focus on building confidence as well as success.
Emmaus Christian School has a strong focus on building a community where parents and teachers work together to develop the whole child.
Strong parent involvement. We recognize the distinction between a school and a church, and do not seek to be a church. Staff and Board members come from a variety of Christian traditions, which we honour.
A strong sense and a reality of belonging by the members of school community (eg. people’s names are known). A small school automatically mean a more intimate feel and approach.
Our committed and qualified Christian classroom teachers and specialists are of the highest calibre and are well liked by their students.
Our leadership programmes gives Year 6 and Secondary students experiences of servant leadership.
Co-educational from Preschool ( 3 & 4 year olds) to Year 10 all at one Campus with Easy access for all Northern Canberra suburbs.

1-Values Logo SmallCore Values

As teachers we know that God is a good and loving God. He loves children and, because of this, we love kids too. We love the enthusiasm, curiosity and creativity they bring to school as Preschoolers and Kindergarteners and we work very hard to ensure these attitudes are continually nurtured throughout their school years. We believe that we can do this by:

Making them feel they belong and are cared for,
Ensuring they feel successful at school academically, emotionally, socially and physically,
Giving them opportunities to choose and make decisions,
Filling up their “emotional tanks” with lots of fun.

Academic Results

NAPLAN is the national government testing programme in which all Australian schools take part. This snapshot of our academic results is positive on a national scale as we are well above average in most areas. All our staff are trained in the most effective literacy and numeracy teaching methods – and our students’ work reflects it!

Yet, the true measure of a school is how well it takes students from where they sit academically in one year, and improves their results so they are higher against the average on the continuum the following year. Any average performance school can enrol above average students and keep them at an above average level over their educational years. Taking a below average student and making them an average student takes more skill! Our goal at Emmaus is for all students to be achieving at their God-given full potential.

The development of strong and positive Christian values & character, effective social skills, and generous community service attitudes are also key tasks at which Emmaus excels, but which are not measured by any national test.


Q: Do you have to be a Christian to send your child to Emmaus?q A

No, but you have to be happy to let your child be taught from a Christian worldview perspective, and to be exposed to and join in with a variety of Christian-related activities including singing and worship, prayer, celebrations (inc Christmas and Easter).

Our Christian worldview perspective begins with our Vision, Mission & Statement of Faith, and we aim to have a majority of children from church-attending Christian families in order to maintain our culture of faith, hope and love.

We can achieve far more as a community when there is common unity – and this is what a faithful walk in Christ produces in each person.

Q: What denomination/church is the school associated with?

We are not associated with one denomination or church. Our teaching staff comes from a range of churches including Baptist, Pentacostal, Catholic, Anglican, and Presbyterian.

In matters of faith, we focus only on the basic Christian Gospel – as outlined in our Statement of Faith. Any matters that may see variations between the churches are referred back to Mum and Dad for further discussion at home and church.

Q: Christian content?

Each class holds devotions in the morning before commencing class work. There are no formal chapel or religious education periods at Emmaus. Instead, the approach taken is one of example from staff, and a Christian world-view is integrated into thewhole curriculum.

Q: Why Christian Schools?

If you have questions about the role of Christian Schools and Christian Education go to www.whychristianschools.com.au or check out their videos on YouTube.

Q: What age can a child start school?

Children start Preschool at age 3 (part-time), and start full-time school (our Kindergarten in the ACT) at age 5. As a general rule, we require children to have turned 5 by the 31 December before their Kindergarten year.

Q: How many students are at Emmaus?

Our student numbers are approximately 330 in total, with around 175 in Primary, 120 in Secondary, and 40 in Preschool/PreKinder.

Q: Do you partner with Homeschooling families?

Yes. This requires a strong partnership between the school and parents, so is handled on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Are the tuition fees means tested?

No. Our fee schedule is available on the Enrolments & Fees page.

Q: Are uniforms compulsory?

Yes, for more details see our Uniforms area.

Q: Are there plans to go to Years 11 and 12?

Not at this stage. Our graduationg Year 10 students go to a range of Colleges.

Q: Are there any plans to grow the school?


  • As part of the Board’s strategy to ensure the health and best outcomes of our secondary school, we are allowing our Year 5 and 6 classes to grow. Year 5 currently has 29 students, with an allowance of time from a Learning Assistant to ensure students receive any individual assistance required. Year 6 currently caters to 35 students with two teachers, with the possibility of splitting into two classes should the need arise.

This will ensure that, after the usual loss of a couple of Year 6 students out of Emmaus, we are still left with a healthy number of Emmaus primary students transitioning into our secondary school at the end of each year. Year 7 will be double streamed from 2014.

With the increases to these classes, we will aim to keep our student to adult ratio low by allocating extra Teacher or Learning Assistant personnel, as part of our plan to ensure that our standards of classwork, teacher comfort and personal instruction for each student remain excellent.

Q: What is the school’s bullying policy?

We don’t tolerate it. We take student complaints very seriously and each incident is followed through, whether it is a case of a student trying to exclude another from a game, to ridiculing another student, to verbal or physical abuse. Students are trained to handle conflict and disagreement in a positive manner.

Q: How are talented students catered for in a small school situation?

A small school is a perfect place for particularly gifted students, because we are able to flexibly create new groupings and activities as needed.

We currently have extension groups for students from Yr 2 to Yr 10, for example. Fro example we have had a gifted mathematician in Yr 6 who was doing Advanced Yr 9 level work.

Q: Is after school care available for working families?

Yes, follow this link for more information Emmaus After School Care.

Q: What is PIP (Parent Involvement Plan)?

Emmaus encourages parents to be involved with their child’s education and school life generally, as this benefits the student as well as the school. We are a small school and need our parents to help us keep our running costs at a reasonable level.

This involvement is formalised through our Parent Involvement Programme(PIP). PIP is designed to encourage all parents to offer practical assistance to the school in a variety of areas. See PIP – Parent Involvement Programme for more details.

Overview of School Facilities Upgrades

Our new Administration Area has been officially opened. The old administration area is in the process of being turned into a designated area for Learning Assistance classes and activities.


Recent Facilities Updates:mosaic

  • New Art Room
  • New Administration Area
  • Canteen
  • Cooling Upgrade
  • Drama/ Music Room
  • Edmodo
  • Food Technology Room
  • Gymnasium/Indoor Sports Centre (Available for Hire)
  • Landscaping and Shade structure for Secondary Courtyard
  • Library
  • Multi Purpose Courts
  • Mobile Computer Lab – Mac laptops and Ipads
  • New PE store for Primary
  • Rain water tank installation
  • Security fencing
  • Science Laboratory
  • Shaded Play Equipment Primary
  • Solar Panels
  • Sports Oval
  • Woodwork Room

Solar Power System

soloar panelsOur school’s Solar Power System is now switched on!

What’s more, we can all view its performance from the web whenever we like – although we might not see much happening after dark…

If you would like to see what contribution your school is making to reducing our energy demands, you can do so by going to: www.sunnyportal.com. There, you will be asked for your Username, which is our school’s special solar email address: emmaussolar@gmail.com and Password, which is: hubozofu. From there you can explore the menu items. The Visualisation section is an easy way to see exactly what is happening. Both the Plant Overview and Energy and Power pages are very interesting.

As I type, we are on track to reduce our electricity bill this year by hundreds of dollars, which is excellent! So we thank the Lord for providing the money – using a government grant to do so – to reduce the amount of electricity we are needing from the normal electricity grid, which primarily comes from burning coal. God wants us to care for His creation the way a gardener cares for his garden – reaping the fruits, but respecting the way it is put together so that future generations can also enjoy its beauty and bounty, giving thanks to God for the wonderful way everything has been put together. PM


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In 2010 we completed the installation on evaporative cooling to core class rooms. Now Preschool, Primary and Secondary can enjoy a cooler environment during the hot summer months.



Edmodo is our online learning environment to connect students with their classes via the internet. Students are given class codes from their teacher to enrol in each class they need. Contact the individual teachers if you have any questions. It is important that each student joins the class promptly as the enrolment codes will expire.



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Welcome to the new Library. In 2010 our Library moved into its lovely new home, the bright larger area of the new Library allows several class to use the space at one time. A whole class (28) can be seated in the research area, and part of the upgrade has included
Come and visit Mrs Morris (our librarian) on Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes or as part your scheduled class visit. the addition of two small retreat / learning assistance rooms. We also love our ‘reading nooks’ and after hours return chute.

Students may borrow 3 books at a time for a loan period of 1 week. Primary students have library cards, while secondary students use their Student ID cards.


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2010 Our amazing indoor sports centre has just been complete, incorporating timber flooring, heating & cooling, kitchen, toilets and shower, climbing frames and bleachers. This centre is a great blessing to our school and was made possible as part of the Building Ed
ucation Revolution scheme.

Available For Hire:

Emmaus Sports Centre is available for hire. Our state of the art facility is available at reasonable rates for community groups to hire. The Centre is currently used by numerous sporting groups and if you are interested, you are welcome to discuss rates and availability with the school office on 6247 7151. Please note that availability is subject to school functions and the current hiring schedule.


Sports Oval

Oval smOur Sports oval is located within the school grounds and is kept green using our automated irrigation system with rainwater. The field includes a cricket pitch, practice nets, long jump pit and new goal posts have been installed this year 2010.


Multi Purpose Courts

Our fully fenced multi purpose courts are located in the Secondary school but is used by all students on a roster system.

The courts can be used for a large variety of sports including soccer, netball, basketball, tennis and volleyball.


IMG_9103Playground Equipment

Located on the edge of the oval, our large play equipment is very popular with students. At recess and lunch Primary has exclusive use of the equipment which is protected by a large shade structure and has soft fall beneath.


Landscaping and Shade for the Secondary Courtyard

IMG_9116The Secondary coutyard has under gone a major facelift, some of the improvements include:

  • large shade structure and shade sails,
  • landscaping with sandstone feature walls,
  • paving
  • turfing and
  • planting of shade trees

This provides a relaxing space for Secondary students to enjoy there lunch breaks.


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Our wood work room has under a major upgrade and now includes a separate machine shop with fume extraction. An extension has been completed to the store area allowing easy delivery of goods and much needed storage space. Woodwork is offered as a subject from Year 5 onwards.


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Our Secondary school has a purpose built Science laboratory and chemical prep room. Our wonderful science teachers are assisted by our part time lab technician. Our lab is equiped with 6 workstations for carrying out experiments and an overhead mirror for better viewing of teacher demonstations.


Food Technology

430_albumPart of the Secondary school expansion included the addition of our Food Tech room. This room is equiped with six cooking bays for students, this room equipped to commercial standards.



3Drama and Music Room

Our former Library has now become the Drama/ Music room for Secondary. This area is set up with class set of keyboards and guitars and is also home to our bands. There is plenty of floor space to use during drama sessions. This room is also used for private intrument tuition after school




Lunch orders are available on Fridays on a prepaid order basis, with orders being due in by Thursday mornings at 9.00am.

Canteen Menu Lists are available from the Front Office and here Canteen. The Lunch Order Box is in the hallway outside the Front Office window.

The Canteen is open on Fridays at both breaks for over-the-counter sales of drinks, iceblocks and snacks. Canteen Special Lunch Items are offered regularly – advertised by on the school website each week and with signs on the Canteen door and Office window.

Parent volunteers are welcome each week. A roster on which parents may indicate their availability is kept in the Front Office.


Rainwater Tanks installationWater tanks 2010

In 2009 a series of rainwater tanks were installed, this provides water for toilets and for oval and garden irrigation systems.


Security Fencing

In 2009 our security fencing was installed, the gates afencere unlocked by staff each morning at 8.30am.


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School Tours

The best way to discover what makes us different is to come on a school tour. Prospective families are welcome to contact our Enrolments Registrar to make an appointment for a tour of our School and an interview. For information about current places available at Emmaus, please contact the school directly.

Enrolments & Fee

As we offer a closely linked & integrated education program from Preschool to Year 10, and because we value Christian Education from an early age, children attending Emmaus Preschool have priority of access into the Primary school (as do our Year 6 students entering into our Secondary School).

Prospective families are welcome to contact our Enrolments Registrar to make an appointment for a tour of our School and an interview. To register for Preschool, Primary or Secondary School, simply fill in and return to our School Office the Registration Form (find attached), along with the appropriate registration fee. For information about current places available at Emmaus, please contact the school directly.

We continue to strive for high quality Christian based education, on a low as practicable fee basis. Emmaus is still able to offer excellent value for money and have the lowest fees of any independent (non-Catholic) school in Canberra. Please note the following fees are for Australian residents only. International students should view the ‘International Students’ page.

We trust you find the best school for your child. We pray it will be here at Emmaus.


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