Emmaus College is a co-educational secondary Catholic college in the Diocese of Rockhampton with
a student population of approximately 1350 students. Years 7, 8 and 9 attend the Yaamba Road
Middle School campus with Years 10, 11 and 12 attending the Main Street Senior School campus.
Our ‘two schools in one’ serve a student population of 1350 students and provide an educational
experience tailored to students at all stages of life’s journey.
St Stanislaus College, founded by the Christian Brothers as a boys’ school, opened in 1958 on a site in Main Street where Emmaus College now stands. The Sisters of Mercy pioneered secondary education for girls in North Rockhampton by introducing a secondary section to St Mary’s school in 1961.
In 1964, junior secondary education for girls in North Rockhampton was transferred to Marian Secondary School for Girls, a school founded by Mary MacKillop’s order – the Sisters of St Joseph. This school commenced on the current Yaamba Road site. St Stanislaus College expanded its junior secondary education to the Yaamba Road site, with its primary department continuing to operate on the Main Street site.
Emmaus (Senior) College was established on the Main Street site in 1983 as a Year 11 and 12 co-educational college. The decision to unite the two junior secondary colleges, St Stanislaus College and Marian Secondary School for Girls, was ultimately carried out in 1985. The new college, Marian/St Stanislaus College, provided co-educational junior secondary education. Both Marian/St Stanislaus College and the original Emmaus (Senior) College ceased operation in December, 1992. The current Emmaus College, a 7-12 school, was established in 1993.
Emmaus College strives to build upon the values and traditions of its predecessor college to provide quality Catholic education in Rockhampton. In 2013, Emmaus celebrated 20 years of existence.
College Vision and Mission Statements
Emmaus College Vision Statement
Emmaus College is a Catholic community of learners. The Emmaus journey seeks truth, wisdom and justice.
As a community of hope and justice we celebrate God’s love and the dignity of each person.
Walk with us and let Christ’s fire burn within us.
Reflection on the Emmaus story in Luke’s Gospel anchors our College’s practices in the teachings and way of life of Jesus. The central ideas taken from the Emmaus Story are –
|Journey||Seeing every human life as an on-going exploration and discovery.|
|Welcoming||Understanding that God might be encountered in each person whose path we cross.|
|Community||Promoting a faith based on the community’s openness to recognising God in the events of daily life.|
|Hope||Providing nurture and encouragement for those who struggle.|
|Commitment||Developing an environment where people are prepared to commit themselves to doing what God calls them to do.|
|Enthusiasm||Acting out the dictates of our hearts. Emmaus College stands for the liberation of Christ’s holy fire that burns within every disciple.|
Educational Mission Statement
The educational mission of Emmaus College is to provide holistic, relevant, Catholic secondary education to students and families who seek its values. This mission is enacted through a wide variety of learning experiences which are enriching and founded on right relationships.
Educational Mission Words: Respect, Relationships, Integrity, Empowerment
Pastoral Mission Statement
The pastoral mission of Emmaus College is to be a community of care, which gives witness to the message of Jesus. This mission is enacted through pastoral support that provides care and encourages each person to accept responsibility for their choices and to live justly.
Pastoral Mission Words: Support, Nurture, Justice, Belonging
Religious/Spiritual Mission Statement
The religious/spiritual mission of Emmaus College is to have a clear Catholic identity that is open and inclusive. As part of a wider faith tradition, this mission is enacted through the provision of opportunities for spiritual growth of the community and all its members.
Religious Spiritual Mission Words: Faith, Compassion
College Motto and Badge
Our motto – ‘Light My Way’
Our motto draws inspiration from the theme of journey that is woven into the fabric of our College’s life. The journey of discovery, enlightenment and commitment made by the disciples on the road to Emmaus can be repeated in all our lives. Our pre-eminent belief is that the person and teachings of Jesus can give direction, strength and joy to all of us in our journey of life.
Christ’s role as “light of the world” and the capacity of learning to enlighten our lives are called upon to illuminate the journey.
The influences of the mottos of Marian/St Stanislaus College, “Let Your Light Shine to the Glory of God” and Emmaus Senior College, “Way, Truth, Life” are apparent.
A cross set on intersecting roads leading towards a star rising above a mountain range.
The symbolism is:
Cross: our Christian Catholic tradition
Road: the Emmaus journey
Star: the link to Marian/St Stanislaus College, the Christian Brothers and Sisters of St Joseph
Mountain: a local touch, the Berserkers.
The badge was designed by Mr Noel Brady, a former staff member.
Special Religious Character
We acknowledge that each person is uniquely created in the image of God and we encourage each member of our community to live a life inspired by the teachings of Jesus. To be fully alive means to grow, and growth requires learning. Here at Emmaus we value lifelong learning and the development of the whole person.