Dear Emmaus families and friends,
Today marks the first day of term for our F-12 students, however for Emmaus staff members, the term commenced on Monday in a spiritually powerful way; with the aligning our collective hearts in worship and the study of God’s word. Our Christian culture is essential for our students to thrive so we are intentional and deliberate in preserving and nurturing our fertile Christian community within our staff team.
Monday saw our entire Emmaus staff join together with approximately 1400 of our fellow South Australian CSA (Christian Schools Australia) school staff at Futures Church (formerly Influencers Church Paradise) to engage in a program titled A place to grow: The formation of practice / the practice of formation. The goal was to explore how the 'Christian story' resonates with the Australian 21st century landscape, through the lens of our Christian schools. We were blessed to be guided through the various dimensions of this theme through some outstanding Christian leaders including:
On Tuesday, our Emmaus staff members all joined together at our Brooklyn Park campus for a time of praise and worship at Adelaide West Uniting Church, followed by a session on diving deeper into God’s word by Dr Matthew James Gray, Head of Postgraduate Studies and Lecturer at Tabor College. Staff members have also benefited from a diverse range of targeted professional development programs, precisely designed to equip them in ministering wholeheartedly to your children throughout Term 3.
As we move into the second half of the year, we will experience more examples of Emmaus’ commitment to providing excellent facilities for our students to thrive.
At our Brooklyn Park campus, students will begin to be blessed by the array of new, purpose-built learning spaces, including the expansive new Library, Art / Science Room, Wellbeing and Counselling Centre, Learning Support Centre and Music Room complete with acoustically insulated Instrumental tutor rooms!
I'm also excited to share plans for the installation of a magnificent architecturally designed, weather-proof canopy over the Brooklyn Park hardcourts. This will provide more Physical Education and recreation time for students to enjoy, regardless of the weather.
Also, we look forward to using this sheltered space for outdoor community events. We plan to have concrete footings installed during the next holiday and then completion by Term 1 2024.
Before the end of the year, it is our intention to ‘turn soil’ on the first stage of a multi-stage Master Plan at South Plympton campus.
This comprehensive building development program will modernise and enhance the entire campus, offering students and teachers with cutting-edge, contemporary facilities to not only meet but exceed the educational needs for the season ahead.
This South Plympton Master Plan is the single most significant development of student facilities in the history of our College. Ongoing considerable plans have been made to ensure students’ high quality education remains during this season of refurbishment.
We will share many more specifics in due course however I will attempt to summarise the many highlights for you:
We look forward to sharing the many more features of this exciting development with our community.