Learning & Teaching

It’s all about learning

At Emmaus we foster teaching and learning which meets the needs of students giving them the best preparation for modern life in the 21st century, encouraging independent thinking, learning and decision-making. Emmaus is committed to providing unique and enriching experiences for all students. Provision is made for students with special needs through our learning support team. The college also caters for students who have gifts and talents by providing a wide range of enrichment programs.

Emmaus fosters a cooperative environment of challenge, discovery and innovation. We encourage both our staff and students to view learning as a continuous process, with improvement always possible.

The quest for quality education motivates everything that our staff and students strive to achieve. At Emmaus Catholic College, learning is our driving force.

Learning at Emmaus
  • Learning at Emmaus
    • Celebrating the individual

      Every student is capable of achieving great things. It is our mission to help each individual discover a personal path to success.

      Emmaus offers a broad curriculum designed to cater for the needs of all students. Subjects studied include:

      • Religious Education
      • Design and Technology
      • Industrial Technology - Timber
      • Industrial Technology - Multimedia
      • iSTEM
      • Visual Arts and Photography
      • Languages (Korean & Italian)
      • English
      • Maths
      • Science – Biology, Physics and Chemistry
      • Geography
      • Music
      • History – Modern and Ancient
      • PE/Health
      • Commerce and Business Studies

      Teaching staff are required to tailor learning programs to cater for the diverse range of learning styles and abilities of their students. Emmaus has over 70 highly qualified teaching staff, all of whom benefit from the college's focus on professional learning and development.

    • Religious Education

      Following a rich spiritual path

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      The name ‘Emmaus’ and the school’s motto – ‘we walk with Jesus’ – comes from the Gospel account of two travellers journeying to Emmaus who met the risen Christ and through this encounter were able to recognise truth and to grow in self-understanding and respect for others (Luke 24:13-35). So too are our students encouraged to welcome Jesus as the centre of their lives. 

      Emmaus supports the parishes of Holy Spirit, St Clair and Our Lady of the Rosary, St Marys and the college has built strong relationships with both parishes. Parish priests visit the school regularly for liturgy and to participate in class activities, and are active on the college council. 

      Students at Emmaus will experience the Catholic faith as part of their everyday school lives through:

      • daily prayer
      • school liturgies
      • personal use of a dedicated sacred space

      Residential retreats for senior students and reflection days for junior students also contribute to the spiritual development of our students.

      Religious Education forms a critical part of the curriculum and is based on the diocesan Sharing our Story program. Senior students are also offered the choice of Catholic Studies or Studies of Religion for the Higher School Certificate.

      Catholic values form the basis of our college culture. Students are expected to display compassion, forgiveness, generosity and inclusiveness in their school relationships.

    • Emmaus Catholic College Library

      Emmaus College Library and Information Service is an active learning resource centre. Students have access to print and electronic resources to assist their studies and to enrich their leisure reading.

      The College Library and Information Services staff are professional and qualified to assist students with their research and literacy needs.

      All students have a borrower's card, which must be presented when booking out resources (see Borrowing below).

      The Emmaus Library, itself, is a caring, nurturing environment in which students consider the rights of other users.

      Many resources are available online through the Internet in classrooms as well as the library.

      Access: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm including lunch (open at recess for seniors only)
      Resources:               
      Books (fiction and non-fiction), magazines and journals, newspapers, information files, literary criticisms, audio-visual media.
      Facilities and Services Available: Study areas, photocopier, computer network, reading areas, laminating, book covering.


      Library Staff at Emmaus

      • Mrs Marsh - Library Assistant
      • Mrs Ellery - Teacher Librarian

      Borrowing

      In general, the loan period for each item is two weeks. Extensions can be negotiated. Year 7 students may borrow up to 2 fiction and 3 non-fiction at any one time, with senior students being able to borrow 2 fiction and 5 non-fiction books.

    • Sport & Activities
      Sport & Activities

      Activities at Emmaus have been brought into the curriculum to allow students to achieve in a greater variety of ways, through the broadening of experiences, and the learning of new skills.

      Emphasis and preference will be given to providing as many students as possible with viable interest endeavours.  Non-sporting activities and enrichment opportunities are also offered.

      Students are able to supplement their physical education by participating in:

      • athletics
      • swimming
      • walkathons
      • cross country
      • all football codes
      • netball
      • baseball
      • cricket
      • softball
      • basketball

      Years 7 - 10 are involved in a sport program and students have the opportunity to participate at school, diocesan and state levels in many of these sports and the spacious grounds at the college allow for more than ample training areas. Away from school activities and ‘at school’ activities are also offered.

    • Vocational Education

      A pathways program offers a more diverse range of options for senior students, with Emmaus and Loyola Senior High School working together to provide school-based vocational education and training (VET) courses including:

      • Hospitality Operations
      • Construction
      • Business Services
      • Retail Operations
      • Information Technology
      • Entertainment

      TAFE delivered VET courses are also available in areas such as:

      • Accounting
      • Beauty Therapy
      • Visual Design
      • Marketing
      • Aged Care

    • Careers

      There are so many options now for students to explore and develop their career. For students who would prefer a change from full-time study there is a range of excellent pathways available including an Australian Apprenticeship, voluntary work or starting your own business. These are just some of the ways you can learn and develop valuable skills.

      Sometimes you have no idea where to begin and which career path is the most appropriate for you. Researching your career takes time and patience.

      As a student finishing Year 12 you may have a career path in mind but may be unsure of which direction you want to take or how to achieve you goal. Whichever option you choose the Careers Advisor at Emmaus Catholic College will help you find the information you need to start this new stage of your life.

      As you explore your choices, it is a good idea to talk with your career adviser, VET co-ordinator, teachers, parents or friends about what you are interested in doing with your life.


      Further Information

      To stay abreast of important careers information and opportunities check for regular updates on our Latest News and Calendar of Events pages.

      Students looking for careers advice should see Mrs Scarfone.


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    • Supporting Learning

      All learning programs at Emmaus are complemented by the dedicated learning support team.

      Each year group has a learning support team member devoted to their needs. The learning support team co-ordinates transition, individual and special education programs for students with specific learning needs.

      A whole school approach to learning programs and assessments has been implemented at the college to create consistency across all stages of a student’s education. Program evaluation days take place regularly to evaluate teaching plans in relation to student outcomes to ensure we are meeting our goals and the individual learning needs of our students.

    • Co-Curricular Activities

      Nurturing all talents

      An Emmaus education allows students to discover their own talents and provides opportunities to fully explore these.

      Emmaus encourages its students to learn more than just the fundamentals, engaging them in a wide array of co-curricular activities including:

      • mock trial
      • musicals
      • drama
      • debating
      • music tuition (e.g. drums, keyboard etc by outside tutors)

      For those students who show great academic aptitude Emmaus offers further challenges to assist them in maximising their potential.

    • Step Up Into Teaching Program

      Selected Year 12 students participate in the Australian Catholic University (ACU) ‘Step up into Teaching’ program that gives them one unit towards their HSC and two courses to their undergraduate education degree program at ACU.

    • Student Awards

      The student award scheme recognises student participation, initiative and achievement both within and beyond the classroom. The student award scheme is:

      • a three tier scheme that incorporates elements of in class, college community and wider community activities
      • progressive, with the level of difficulty increasing with each level of award
      • student-initiated, with specific goals negotiated between the student and the year coordinator
      • based on merit and key learning area certificates which lead to a bronze, silver or gold certificate

      Student Award Scheme

    • Transition Program

      Emmaus also provides a transition program for students from Year 6 to 7, giving our new Year 7 students two days with their teachers in their new environment and time for our Year 7 students to work with Year 10 peer support leaders.

Learning & Teaching

  • It’s all about learning

    At Emmaus we foster teaching and learning which meets the needs of students giving them the best preparation for modern life in the 21st century, encouraging independent thinking, learning and decision-making. Emmaus is committed to providing unique and enriching experiences for all students. Provision is made for students with special needs through our learning support team. The college also caters for students who have gifts and talents by providing a wide range of enrichment programs.

    Emmaus fosters a cooperative environment of challenge, discovery and innovation. We encourage both our staff and students to view learning as a continuous process, with improvement always possible.

    The quest for quality education motivates everything that our staff and students strive to achieve. At Emmaus Catholic College, learning is our driving force.

    Learning at Emmaus
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