In 2009, Emmanuel College embraced a new and exciting initiative, The Journey program. Since then, we have seen its powerful impact on our students in terms of character development and thinking about what it means to be a human being and a graduate of Emmanuel. We are confident that this program will have long term positive impacts on our school.
The program offers opportunities for our students to learn and practise virtues that emerge from strongly-held values. Our staff are committed to embedding essential character traits across the curriculum, in our co-curricular programs, especially sport and music, and in our academic (including Christian Education) programs. We intend for our students both to be directly aware of, and also subject to the cumulative effect of years of practice of these character traits.
The logo below represents the essential character traits. The logo is based on the image of a compass since the purpose of building character is to help students find the best direction for their lives.
The logo is in the form of a compass face, and it has eight directional positions on the face. These are outlined below with just a short description:
Faith: Faith is our North Point. The North Star is the one star that does not move in the night sky. To have confidence in any journey, we need to have some firm reference point, from which we can begin to navigate. Faith in God is our unchanging reference point. Recall Alice's encounter in the book, Alice in Wonderland:
"Cheshire Puss, ...would you tell me, please, which way I ought to walk from here?" Hope:
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where" - said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you walk," said the Cat.
As the sun rises in the east, we have placed Hope in the East quarter of our moral compass. In this school, we are convinced that we have good historical and intellectual basis and reason to believe that through Jesus we can live lives of meaning and joy, even including death.
Because of God's love, because of our belief in the sacredness of life, we live our lives in genuine expressions of love for others. Compassion is founded in the love that Jesus demonstrated in the New Testament. It is this compassion that makes the difference between whether you invade a nation or build a hospital or an orphanage in it. Compassion makes the difference between whether you just fight against social ills or whether you also work to support those caught in the injustice of that situation.
This sits between Faith and Compassion. Justice without Compassion is harsh and legalistic (think about the effects of mandatory sentencing); Justice without Christian Faith is totally arbitrary, resting on popular opinion or totalitarian edict (think about the Gulags or Sharia law at its most impersonal). Students need to learn at school age the desperate need for justice to be seen to be established in the world, and how they can work to assist it. This is the heart of the work of the Kingdom of Heaven.
This character quality is opposite Integrity which is impossible without Self-Control, and between Justice and Courage, which are its parents. It ought to be evident to anyone who watches TV footage of out-of-control teenage drinking and drug-taking, or thoughtless social media usage, that Self-Control is an essential quality in a child's or a teenager's life.
Courage is found opposite Justice; we need Courage to fight for Justice. Hope and Wisdom are its immediate neighbours as both support Courage. It is Courage that drove the likes of William Wilberforce to devote his life to the defeat of slavery; or Archbishop Tutu to establish the Commission for Truth and Reconciliation; or Rosa Clark to refuse to give up her seat in a bus to a white man that ultimately led to the election of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the USA.
: A person with Integrity will always do the right thing; they will stand up for truth; and not be afraid to admit it when they are wrong. Integrity is what you are when no-one is watching. We have heard over and over again in the media about the very disappointing lack of integrity in Wall Street or in the banking or investment industry.
This is our strong South point, opposite Faith. Recognition of the Truth of God is the beginning of wisdom. It is both the basis and the outcome of all the others. If we can graduate young people with the grounding of Wisdom on which they can construct their lives, we will have done something worth doing to change the world. We believe this is worth doing!
If you join the vibrant Emmanuel College community, your children will share in this journey of becoming an Emmanuel graduate. We have given a great deal of thought to how we want your child to be, both as a graduate and as an adult. This definition, this planned and desired outcome, guides our thinking at all levels:
The Emmanuel Graduate ought to be: A compassionate human being, unafraid to be, competent and willing to navigate life using their moral compass to make wise and just choices; a strategic participant in a global setting, a person of faith and integrity, aware of an eternal destiny.