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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Gifted and Talented

Students who excel in their academic subjects are catered for in extension classes for mathematics, writing, reading, philosophy and drama. 

Students who are performing highly in certain subjects are invited to participate in University of NSW competitions, Griffith University Science Trivia Competitions and other opportunities which arise throughout the year.

All Gifted and Talent programs are co-ordinated by by the Director of Teaching and Learning P-6 and Gifted & Talented Co-ordinator:

Mrs Helen Boyes

Emmanuel College offers a variety of opportunities for students with exceptional abilities:

ECcelerate at Emmanuel 

ECcelerate Maths is designed for students in Years 3 and 4 who excel at mathematics.

Each year level has two mathematics periods per week which are scheduled at the same time. Advanced mathematicians engage in the ECcelerate Maths program where they are taught in-depth mathematics skills and problem solving, including a variety of tasks such as mathematics projects, problem solving skills and strategies and games. The aim of this program is to ensure that each student is challenged and given the opportunity to perform at their highest ability.

This program is also available for Year 2 students from Semester 2 each year. Students in Years 5 and 6 are streamed for mathematics and students in the extension group are given these same opportunities on a daily basis.


ECcelerate Writing is for students in Years 3-6 and is taught by Mrs Viviana Zappacosta.

Lessons are held before school and teach students in-depth writing skills and assist in developing their creativity, flair and love for writing. The work produced over the course of the year is collated and published in our annual ECcelerate Writers Book.


ECcelerate Philosophy is for students in Year 6 and is facilitated by Mr Jason Hewitt through Semester 2. 

The lessons are held before school and teach in-depth thinking skills through a variety of current and historical topics.

ECcelerate Film & TV is for students in Year 6 and is led by Mr Mark Savery. Lessons are held after school and teach the skills of presenting, filming and editing.


The above courses are available to students who reach high levels of achievement. Invitations to participate are extended during the first few weeks of each school year and must be approved by the student’s class teacher. 

ECcelerate Reading is for all students in Years 3-6 and is co-ordinated by Mrs Viviana Zappacosta through library lessons.

Students will be challenged to read the ‘Literary Canon’ for their year level and participate in activities for the purpose of being named the “Literary Giant” of their year level at the end of year Presentation Evening.

ECcelerate Drama is for students in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 and is facilitated by members of the Drama Department. The lessons are held before school and provide opportunities for students to explore the joys of all things dramatic.  The program is open to all interested students in Year 3 with limited numbers available and by invitation for students in years 4, 5 and 6.