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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From the Principal


Welcome to Emmanuel College, an exceptional school determined to help every student to excel and a school determined to see every child thrive.

As you will see as you explore the pages of our website, we believe in enabling all our students to aspire to be the very best in everything they do - not only in academics, sport and performing and visual arts, but also in outdoor and service learning, leadership development, in the learning of pastoral skills, and in the development of character.  

By encouraging ambition and commitment in so many areas, we believe every student can find their talents, and discover their own pathway to genuine, meaningful, life-long success.  

The desire to fully equip our students to live meaningful lives beyond school springs directly from our unique multi-denominational Christian heritage - a heritage which means that tolerance and diversity is part of our DNA, as is the desire to make a positive difference to our world.  

It means that we intentionally weave important, future skills into our teaching programs - skills such as problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration and conflict resolution; as well as those skills associated with our motto “knowing, loving, serving” such as empathy, compassion, concern for justice, and servant-leadership.

All this is driven by our very simple philosophy for teaching, learning and pastoral care.

We believe that the four corner-stones of success are happiness, security, self-worth and fulfilment.  We value these four traits as highly as effort or academic rigour as, when these four corner-stones are in place, students achieve, often spectacularly, and achievement breeds even greater happiness, security, self-worth and fulfilment and the pattern continues. So our teaching and pastoral care centre on those things that ensure the growth of these four corner-stones; on collaboration and mutual support, on helping every student develop the desire to have-a-go, on the students' well-being, and most importantly, on seeing the value in every individual student.  

The result is that Emmanuel College students often don't even realise how much progress they are actually making and, as our results show, they do make exceptional progress. They find school enjoyable - as one student recently told a reporter when asked about NAPLAN-week stress "it's not stressful at all, it's just good fun".

And judging by our alumni (amongst whom we can count individuals leading research into eradicating Malaria, others setting up and running children's hospices, and others representing Australia in sports ranging from swimming to soccer to wake-boarding) this exceptional achievement continues into adult life.  However, we are as proud of our current students, our Year 12s in the Queensland's Youth Parliament, and our Year 7 running his own cancer-research fund-raiser, as we are of our world-leading alumni.  

So welcome to Emmanuel College - a happy, secure, exceptional, and (to quote our NAPLAN student again) fun school.

Patrick Innes-Hill