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Welcome to the Emmaus Christian School website
Emmaus was established in 1997 and has since sustained a focus on building strong community through engaging partnerships between home and school.
By providing a Christian education, the school enters into partnerships with parents who desire their children to be equipped with a biblical world view – a set of presuppositions that views the world through Biblical truths. (Romans 12:2 and 2 Corinthians 10:5). Being a gospel-shaped community, Christian education at Emmaus is manifested through the delivery of a Christ-centered curriculum and a teaching and learning program delivered by staff who submits all of life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Located in the established, leafy, northern suburb of Dickson, it provides a high quality education and committed to providing a balanced program of spiritual, emotional, physical and academic nurturing to all its students.
Emmaus Christian School is a Pre-school to Year 10 School and a member of CEN (Christian Education National www.cen.edu.au).
We hope you will enjoy exploring our website to find out more about our school. We have passionate teachers, caring administrative staff, enthusiastic students, and a fantastic parent community who all work together to make this a wonderful place. If you would like to find out more, or are interested in enrolling your child, please contact our Enrolments Officer who can answer questions and make a time for you to come visit either Preschool, Primary or Secondary school coordinators. We look forward to meeting you!
- Why Emmaus
- About Us
- Q & A
- Theme for 2016
- Tours & Enrolments
- Strategic Plan
- Annual Reports
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 focuses 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.
Our core school values of Care, Success and Service underpin our expectations of the ways in which students will interact with each other while at school.
“Care” is expressed when students treat each other with respect and compassion.
“Success” at academic learning is dependent on, amongst other things, students feeling that they are in a safe environment at school (Tomlinson and Kalbfleisch, 1998).
A Biblical view of “Service” includes thinking of others more highly than ourselves (Philippians 2:3), and we take seriously the injunction of Scripture that we are to love our neighbour as ourselves (Mark 12:31).
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.
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The Bible in Luke 24 speaks of two men travelling along the road to Emmaus after the death of Jesus. They could have walked and talked for days and never gotten rid of their disappointment.
‘As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them.’ (Luke 24.15)
As Jesus spoke, their hearts burned as they heard Him teach the Scriptures. The transformation was complete. The mourners became teachers and shared the good news with others. Emmaus aims to share this same life changing news of relationship with Jesus to its students.
Our school was established in 1997 by an enthusiastic group of parents who were keen for educational options in North Canberra. They started the North Canberra Christian Education Association in mid 1996. Emmaus Christian School commenced in January 1997 with 88 pupils. The opportunity to use this site was a catalyst in attracting more families to the school. Prior to that, this site was a Catholic school for boys (Daramalan Junior School) for many years and before that it was the St Brigid’s Primary School run by the Brigidine nuns from the 1960′s. We grew to 125 pupils in 1998, each year committed to a class size of as close to 25 as we could feasibly manage. This remains one of the Board’s central goals. In 1999 we grew to 175 pupils – the maximum we plan to have on our current site in primary school. A small school like Emmaus, is a place where all the children and teachers know each other. Despite our small size we are financially viable. In 2002, we purchased the school site from the Catholic Church, St Brigid’s Parish and in that year we had a ‘Celebration Ceremony’ to commemorate the acquisition of the site. We have enjoyed an excellent cooperative relationship with the Parish, who were very happy to have our school continue on the site. Also during 2002, our Secondary School was established with a Year 7/8 class. In 2003, we added a Year 9 class and in 2004, a Year 10 class giving us our full compliment of Year levels for our Secondary School. To commence the 2004 school year, we moved into our newly constructed Secondary building, which is housed on the Wilshire Street side of the school grounds. We continue to seek the best possible teachers, curriculum and facilities for our students as we partner with parents to give an excellent education and mentoring within a Christian worldview school and community.
Our Vision & Mission
Our desire is to assist parents in the nurture of their children, providing a Christ-centred, biblically grounded, culturally engaging and academically rigorous education which equips children to live for God’s glory.
1. To provide a quality, affordable Christian education in a small, nurturing Christian school community. 2. To partner with like-minded Christian parents in their God-given duty and right to educate and train their children. Our school is not restricted to practicing Christians, but all must respect our Christian ethos. Emmaus takes opportunities to educate parents in parenting skills and Christian Education methods.
3. We strive to honour God by operating our school to teach within a Christian worldview. Our educational philosophy is 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 (‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’ – Proverbs 1:7)
4. To pray, read the Bible, worship, and speak about Christian Faith as a regular and natural part of life.
5. Our Statement of Christian faith declares: The Lord God is one; that God made all people in His own image and in our sin we have fallen short of His glory; that Jesus died as a substitutionary sacrifice; that the Holy Spirit leads people to God; the Bible was written by people inspired by God; the Church is His body on earth, our commission is to spread the news of God’s plan and to love God with all our heart and to love others.
Our Statement of Faith
- The Lord God is one – Father, Son & Holy Spirit. He fulfills His purposes in creation, revelation, redemption, judgment, and the coming of His Kingdom. He calls people to be united with Himself and with each other in love.
- God made all people in His own image, which gives us dignity and worth. But since the fall of man, we are born disconnected from God and in our sin we have fallen short of His glory and our estate, and are under His wrath and penalty.
- God the Father has shown his love for us by giving Jesus Christ, His Son, for us. Born of the virgin, Mary, having lived a sinless life, Jesus died as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sin. He rose victorious over every evil including sin, sickness and death. He was taken up to be with God, His Father, and will return one day in glory and judgment.
- The Holy Spirit leads people to God – to repent and turn to God, and makes the life and work of Christ real in the hearts of those who trust in Him. He illuminates the minds of Christians to understand Scripture, gives spiritual gifts freely, and produces evidence of His presence in their lives – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control – to be used in the service of God and others.
- The Bible was written by people, inspired by God and has ever since been protected by God. It is hence trustworthy as our authority for faith and life.
- The local and global networks of people who follow Christ in Christian groups and denominations comprise the Church, and the Church is His body on earth.
- Christ commissioned His followers to spread the news of God’s plan to everyone, teaching them how to find and follow Him.
- Christ commands us to love God with all our heart, mind and strength, and to love others through service, reconciliation, and the provision of liberty to all who are oppressed and broken-hearted, until Jesus comes again.
The Emmaus Board
The North Canberra Christian Education Association (NCCEA) Board governs Emmaus Christian School. At our annual 2015 AGM, the Association re-elected Christine Gorny-Lucas, and elected Adam Moore to the Board.
Our current board members are –
- Josh Thow (Chairman)
- Christine Lucas-Gorney (Deputy Chair)
- Pinghan Chua (Secretary)
- Erik Hofsink (Principal)
- Daiv Caldwell
- Adam Moore
- Martin Paul (non-board Minute-taker)
Any Emmaus parent may apply for full-voting Association membership, or join one of the committees (such as Curriculum, WHS, IT, Finance) at any time. For more details please contact the Board Secretary, Mr Pinghan Chua.
Our School Song
School Song “The Spirit of the King”Our minds can take us far The rest is in our hearts And God can use our own imaginations All people – old and young Have a road to travel on A journey led by hope and inspiration There’s nothing ordinary In the living of each day There’s a special part For all of us to play Feel the flame forever burn Teaching lessons we must learn To bring us closer to The Spirit of the King As we search for Truth and Care Climb every mountain that we dare It is the Spirit of the King That leads us on It is the Spirit of the King That leads us on. Listen to the school song tune SCHOOL SONG.mp3 (2.02 MB)
Our School Poem
School Poem “The Spirit of Emmaus”We at Emmaus…. Speak and work with purpose and honesty, hear and understand God and his people, dream big dreams, are open and receptive. Teachers who…. are full of enthusiasm and fun, watch it spill over and catch on, respect, trust and care,love children. Students who…. look positively to their future in God’s plan, are empowered to learn for life, trust God and care for one another, are lifted above the ordinary. Together with God we… set goals and develop the vision, find our goals met, encourage creativity and innovation, see results beyond our expectations.
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Q: What denomination/church is the school associated with?
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?
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: Do you have to be a Christian to send your child to Emmaus?
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: 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: How many students are at Emmaus?
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: 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. For 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.
Our theme for the year:
“Emmaus…a praying community, thankfully and joyfully serving one another…for Jesus’ sake”
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 enrolments officer Mrs Abbi Naude
Enrolments & Fees
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.
Overview of School Facilities Upgrades
Our new Administration Area has been officially opened. The old administration area is now a designated area for Learning Assistance classes and activities. ___________________________________________________________________________________
- New Art Room
- New Administration Area
- Cooling Upgrade
- Drama/ Music Room
- Edmodo online learning
- Food Technology Room
- Gymnasium/Indoor Sports Centre (Available for Hire)
- Landscaping and Shade structure for Secondary Courtyard
- 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
Our 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 top
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. top
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. top
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. top
Gymnasium/Emmaus Sports Centre
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. top
Our 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. top
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. top
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. top
Landscaping and Shade for the Secondary Courtyard
- large shade structure and shade sails,
- landscaping with sandstone feature walls,
- turfing and
- planting of shade trees
This provides a relaxing space for Secondary students to enjoy there lunch breaks. top
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. top
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. top
Part of the Secondary school expansion included the addition of our Food Tech room. This room is equipped with six cooking bays for students, this room equipped to commercial standards. top
Drama 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 top
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. top
Rainwater Tanks installation
In 2009 a series of rainwater tanks were installed, this provides water for toilets and for oval and garden irrigation systems. top
In 2009 our security fencing was installed, the gates a
re unlocked by staff each morning at 8.30am. top
Download our Strategic Plan 2015-2018 (pdf)
Serving God and Serving Others
Background and Context
Emmaus Christian School is a P-10 independent school in the inner north of Canberra. We are a parent-controlled, independent, non-denominational Christian School founded in 1997 as a single stream Primary School. Over the 18 years of our existence, the school has grown to be a P-10 School with an enrolment of approximately 350 students. We are currently single streamed from P3- Year 5, with a double streamed Year 6. We allow for larger classes and the possibility of double streaming from Year 4, as part of our goal to double stream the Secondary School. Secondary currently has a single Year 7 class, double Year 8 and 9 classes, and a single Year 10 class.
After 18 years, the founding Principal, Mr Paul Marshall, stepped down at the end of first term, 2015. While there has been stable leadership in the Secondary School through the transition, the Primary Coordinator changed at the beginning of 2015, with Miss Caroline Orr taking over from Mrs Rachel McClure. Mrs McClure accepted the role of Interim Principal in April 2015 as the Board began the process of recruiting a new Principal. In early June 2015, Mr Eric Hofsink was appointed to the role, and will take up the job at the beginning of the 2016 school year.
After a record enrolment of 378 students in 2014, both primary and secondary schools contracted in 2015, with a June 2015 enrolment figure of 356. The school achieves well in NAPLAN tests, generally well above the ACT average for the areas tested.
In mid-2015, the School Board, along with the Executive and Teaching Staff of the school began to use the National School Improvement Tool (NSIT). This Strategic Plan comes out of our desire to build a culture of continuous, data-driven school improvement as we endeavour to provide excellence in our programs to enable our students to grow academically, socially and spiritually.
Our Core Values
At Emmaus Christian School, our aim is to provide an excellent academic education within a Christian worldview, in such a way that we prepare students for a life of serving God and serving others. We believe that students have a need to feel cared for, to experience success and develop mastery of skills, to develop independence by making choices, and to have fun while learning.
Strategic priority 1: Students demonstrate high academic achievement and progress.
- Distribution of A-E grades by subject and year level, with a goal of 90% of students achieving A-C grades.
- 90% of students reaching ‘At or above expected growth’ in NAPLAN and PIP tests.
Strategies for reaching the above outcomes:
- Full implementation of PAT testing twice a year.
- Development of a data collection program agreed to and supported by staff at all levels.
- Teachers trained to use both standardised and classroom-generated data to inform differentiated teaching programs to cater to educational needs of all students.
- Individual Learning Plans distributed to all relevant teachers, and referenced in term planning documents.
- Development of Gifted and Talented curriculum to enhance growth of more able students.
Links to NSIT: A Culture that Promotes Learning, Analysis and Discussion of Data, Differentiated Teaching and Learning
Strategic Priority 2: The school partners with parents in the education of their children.
- 95% of parents report high levels of satisfaction with school communication.
- 95% of parents report high levels of satisfaction with how their concerns are dealt with.
- Membership of the parent association rises to 60.
Strategies for reaching the above outcomes:
- Implement “Minimum communication standards for teachers” document.
- Teachers trained to report to parents with concerns early, and to respond quickly to parent communication.
- Conduct a review of current association and committee structures and functions to better reflect current parent body skills, needs and availability.
Links to NSIT: A Culture that Promotes Learning, School-Community Partnerships
Strategic Priority 3: The school stewards its resources and maintains facilities to a high standard.
- Maintenance schedules are up to date and complete.
- The carpark resurfacing is completed within the life of the plan.
- The school has an adequate number of classrooms for the number of students, with facilities to accommodate the desired single stream to Year 4, double stream 5-10 model.
Strategies for reaching the above outcomes:
- A master plan will be developed to build facilities to cater for a student body up to 450 students.
- A Grants Committee will be formed to assist the Board and the Principal as required in applying for grant money for new buildings.
- We will move to a five year budget planning cycle, facilitated by maintenance and facilities planning.
- An Operating Plan will be developed each year to facilitate aims of the Strategic Plan.
Links to NSIT: Targeted Use of School Resources, A Culture that Promotes Learning