Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Some opportunities, like the Junior School FRIENDS program are woven into the curriculum whilst others like the Year 8 Compass, the Year 9 Response, the Year 10 Journey and the Year 11 Mentoring programs are voluntary. They are all, if I’m honest, quite remarkable. These programs are an integral part of the education on offer here, and I would encourage you to talk to your children about joining in.

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Emmanuel Senior School Athletics team claims APS Title!

Emmanuel Senior School Athletics team claims APS Title!

Aug 13 - Our Emmanuel Athletics team has done it again, winning our 3rd APS title in the last 4 years, with a superb team performance at Griffith Uni today.

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Our Philosphy

“Little e’s…Caring and Connecting”

Understanding children and their learning in a rich environment where children are viewed as God’s creation.

To understand a child and their learning requires a holistic and collaborative approach:

  • It means we respect, highly value and desire to support every child who shares our learning environment, irrespective of their life circumstances and abilities. (Christian Ethos, NQF)
  • It means taking time to listen, to observe and to connect in order to co-construct learning. (EYLF, QKLG, Reggio Emilia, Howard Gardiner)
  • It requires the sharing of information with families and relevant others regarding children’s interests, abilities and knowledge to more effectively support each child to learn in the most natural way – there are 100 languages for a child. (Reggio Emilia, NQF)
  • It requires the documenting, assessing and reflecting on learning and practice. (EYLF, QKLG, Reggio Emilia, Lev Vygotsky, NQF)
  • It requires attention to all aspects of the learning space and the important role that a well-planned environment plays. (Reggio Emilia)
  • It requires connections with – staff, children, families, our local places, our community, our nation and our world.  This helps to ensure that children can understand what it is to be a citizen; with knowledge of culture, heritage and global themes such as sustainability and respect. (QKLG, EYLF, Reggio Emilia, Uri Bronfenbrenner)
  • It requires commitment to continual improvement, through professional development, research and critical assessment. (QKLG, EYLF)
  • It requires the commitment of educators who have a clearly defined personal philosophy and who work together as a strong team with a shared image of child. Our image of the child seems them as: Creative, Unique, Capable, Powerful and full of Potential. (Reggio Emilia)
  • It requires acknowledgement and advocacy for the important role of play. (Friedrich Froebel, EYLF, QKLG, NQF)
  • It requires that each child is heard. (QKLG, EYLF, NQF, Convention on Rights of the Child )

NQF – National Quality Framework
QKLG – Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines
EYLF – Early Years Learning Framework