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27 February 2020

Community is at the heart of Emmaus.

  • From the Head of Junior School

It was a special and memorable moment on Monday morning at 9.15am when our students at Brooklyn Park joined the family at South Plympton for the very first time. What a delight to have our F-6 teachers and students from both campuses in the same space at the same time! Our joint worship time together was led by visiting performer Sean W Smith who shared that God loves everyone. We do not need to fear or be scared of anything because Jesus’ love lights our way and we can hold onto Him in all circumstances. We choose to hold onto what Jesus says about us, not what others may say. God loves us just the way we are; we were all made in an extra-ordinary way. We are unconditionally loved by God. Choose to believe God’s love for you!

The previous Friday morning our 3 and 4 year old students in the ELC joined our F-2 students at Brooklyn Park for Assembly. All dressed in their new Emmaus uniforms, you could not tell them apart as the ELC to Year 2 students sat together as one group for the very first time. The Foundation students welcomed the ELC students with a ‘God is Love’ card, so they had something to take back with them to the ELC. Building community and relationships across the ages, with opportunity for seamless transition is a priority for us at Emmaus. Building relationships now with our two Junior Schools, will bring a familiarity when they both come together as one cohort in Year 7. It all starts now…

Building relationships across the year levels is also one of the reasons we value Buddy Classes. This year Mrs Van der Merwe’s Year 3/4 class at South Plympton and Mrs Giles and Mrs Houston’s F-2 classes at Brooklyn Park are joining as buddies. These classes took the opportunity to introduce each other face to face during the visit on Monday.

Monday morning was also the perfect time to announce the 2020 Junior School Musical for both campuses! With great enthusiasm, Mrs Meinel and Mrs Butler were delighted to announce we will be performing Aladdin Trouble. A similar, yet different theme to the Disney version, the musical ‘A-Lad-In-Trouble’ has fantastic music and song that will be a delight to see! Mark your diaries for Week 3 of Term 3.

The Lord encourages us to meet with each other and build community. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11. We will continue to be intentional in building relationships and are excited about the ongoing development between both campuses. Community is at the heart of Emmaus.


Helen Vonow
Head of Junior School

Sean W Smith visiting Emmaus on 24 February 2020