Jesus Christ is Lord: Our Foundation

Our heritage began in 1979, with the motto, “Jesus Christ is Lord”. Our mission and purpose is rooted in this declaration and submission to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Our distinctive purpose is a response to the person, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is the foundation of our College.

Our Vision: Inspiring hearts, inspiring minds.

Our Mission: To inspire young people by providing excellence in education within a caring Christian community.

Our Values:
Faith: Nurturing a Christ-centred faith and lifestyle.
Learning: Cultivating a lifelong love of authentic learning.
Community: Fostering authentic Godly relationships.
Service: Encouraging acts of service at school and in the wider community.

Our College Purpose

We desire for our students to:

  • Know they are loved by God.
  • Know they are not a chance creation, but a unique individual deliberately created.
  • Know that God’s love towards each of us was demonstrated in Jesus.
  • Know that they are worthy and valued.
  • Become mature Christian adults.
  • Pursue excellence.
  • Learn to develop the unique set of abilities God has given them.
  • Have a positive, Godly influence on the world.

We centre on God's Word in all we do. As a College community we will seek to constantly grow in our understanding of God and His call on our lives both individually and corporately.

We offer a nurturing environment where respect for both ourselves and others is to be a characteristic. This speaks of a community where the diversity of gifts and abilities are fostered and celebrated, where empathy and compassion are evident and serving others is an aspect of worship.

We are committed to be responsive to the needs of the world that our students will inhabit in the future and the opportunities that will be available for Christians to have an impact in that world for the glory of God.

We aim to:

  • Ensure our school structures are focused on the needs of students.
  • Maintain strong school/home communication.
  • Design a timetable that caters for a broad range of student needs.
  • Offer school curricula to meet the needs of all students.
  • Ensure our facilities (infrastructure – buildings, grounds, resources) cater for the learning experiences of all students.
  • Provide a balanced curriculum that addresses academic and spiritual needs, as well as physical and mental/emotional wellbeing in a way that is in harmony with Biblical truths is paramount

Our Education Goals

Through providing excellence in education, our aim is that young people will Belong, Flourish, Think and Respond.

Belong: To know others and be known.

We desire for our young people to know they belong and to flourish within community. We prioritise positive relationships; between students, teachers, parents, and the wider community. We want our students to love others and to be loved. A sense of belonging comes from our positive interactions with others, but also by learning about what has come before us. At Emmaus, we want students to know the history of humanity, how cultures have been formed and that we are an integral part of God’s Big Story.

Flourish: Discover and grow into who they are in Christ

We believe “it’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for” Ephesians 1:11 (MSG).
We want our students to discover their personal identity and image. This is best rooted in the idea of “Jesus Christ is Lord”. The Emmaus community empowers students to find their individual strengths, talents and interests. We believe that God has gifted us with these attributes for the purpose of serving the wider community, and as such, cannot be disconnected from our sense of belonging. We desire our students to increasingly become independent, so they can stand on their own two feet, thinking and acting autonomously. However, this is not for an individualistic cause. It is our desire that students know they have been designed to work interdependently with the Triune God, and others, to fulfil the plans He has for them.

Think: Build their knowledge, apply their skills and discern the truth

We specifically want our students to learn how to think. We believe that an effective way to teach young people how to use their God-given minds is to start by sparking their curiosity. We want students to build a broad knowledge about the world and how it works; how to understand and use language; how to skillfully move their bodies; and about the Arts and Technologies.
A deep knowledge of the disciplines provides the most effective foundation for our students to think critically and creatively in all spheres of life. Despite the importance of knowledge, we know that this alone, is not enough. Wisdom is applied knowledge. When students learn about the world and its history through a Biblical lens, young people can discern the truth when confronted with alternative perspectives.

Respond: Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God

At the heart of the education we provide at Emmaus Christian College, is our desire for young people to respond to God’s call on their life.
Ultimately, regardless of their future careers and occupations, we pray that our students take the knowledge and skills they learned at Emmaus, to serve the communities they join in the future. It brings us great joy to envision our students taking the sense of belonging they felt while studying at Emmaus, and using this to reach out into the world and let others know they are loved also. Both in and outside of our school gates, our hope is for the Emmaus Christian College community to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with their God (Micah 6:8).

Our Philosophy

Christian schooling is an extension of the education which Christian parents provide for their children in the home. While recognising that the home has the primary responsibility for the education of children, we see that the influence of Christian teachers, peers and curricula is significant in helping children develop as committed Christians and responsible, effective members of society.

We believe that the Bible is the written Word of God and is the standard by which all ideologies, philosophies and theologies are to be evaluated. Therefore, education should be Christ-centred, in accord with Biblical truths and principles, academically sound, and effective in helping individuals to serve God and others.