Emmanuel College (Queensland)

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Emmanuel College Gold Coast
Emmanuel College logo.png
Gold Coast
Type Independent School
Motto Knowing, Loving, Serving
Established 1984
Opened 1985
Principal Mr Patrick Innes-Hill
Enrolment Junior School – 635
Senior School – 865
Total – 1500[1]Emmanuel College Annual Government Report 2014
(1 November 2014)
Colour(s) Light blue, dark blue and yellow.

Emmanuel College is an independent, co-educational, multi-denominational Christian school in the suburb of Carrara on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The College caters to students from Preparatory through to Year 12 and there is also an affiliated on-campus kindergarten, Little e's.[2] Emmanuel College is privately owned and operated and is registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission as a not-for-profit corporation.[3]

History and Campus Development[edit]

Emmanuel College was officially opened on 30 January 1984.[4] Initially, the College catered only for high school students in Years 8 and 9, with higher years added in subsequent years. In January 1989 a primary school opened with more than 150 students. In the early years, staff and students were housed in mobile structures, but a construction program in the following decade replaced all the temporary structures with permanent ones.[5]

Major projects included the completion of the administration building,[6] the library, information technology centres and an aquatic centre featuring a 25-metre swimming pool. Later structures included a Performing Arts centre, a sports building featuring a gymnasium,[7] a multi-purpose basketball and tennis court complex, an Early Years (Prep – Year 3) building with play area,[8] and an extension and renovation of the hospitality building.[9] In 2007 a new science block was built comprising laboratories, offices and general classrooms.[10] The previous science block was transformed into business classrooms as well as a Film and TV centre featuring the latest equipment and IT requirements. All the school's rooms are air-conditioned and most of the classrooms have interactive whiteboards.[11] Some classrooms have already had the interactive whiteboards upgraded to commboxes.[12]

In recent years, the College library has been extended, a Year 7 centre with a specialist music room has been built and the central courtyard of the College, Chapel Court, was developed.[13] In 2012, The Emmanuel Theatre was opened. This modern, tiered, 450-seat facility has an operable orchestra lift, a full fly tower and tuition rooms.[14][15] The Junior School play areas developed in 2013 include a tunnel, a maze, elevated walkways, a citrus grove and other creative play spaces that are adjacent to 'The Shed', a covered outdoor learning area.[16] A heated indoor learn-to-swim pool was opened in 2014 and a state-of-the-art Junior School Design and Technology, Art and Administration building with modern new ablution facilities for Junior School students was opened on 7 February 2015. A student-led help and technical services facility within the Library, the Tech Bar, was opened in 2015. Emmanuel College now serves almost 1500 students and they compete internally in various inter-house activities as members of one of the four houses, namely, Wycliffe, Wesley, Luther and Taylor.

The Emmanuel College Chapel[edit]

The Emmanuel College Chapel was built in 1939-1940 and it was the last building approved in Surfers Paradise before the outbreak of World War II. It was the Clifford Street Uniting Church until the building was moved to the Emmanuel College campus and dedicated as the Emmanuel College Chapel on 7 July 1991. The Chapel features a series of beautiful stained glass windows.

The Journey Program[edit]

The Emmanuel Journey Program provides specific and intentional opportunities for students to learn and practice values and virtues that form part of the College ethos. The program exposes students to the cumulative effect of years of practice of the virtues, namely, Faith, Hope, Compassion, Justice, Self-Control, Courage, Integrity and Wisdom.[17] The Program is aligned to the College's Student Leadership Development Program for all students.

Academic achievement[edit]

Emmanuel College is renowned for high level academic achievement. In 2013, Emmanuel College achieved an incredible feat by being one of only three Queensland schools, with more than fifty Year 12 OP-eligible students, to have had all of those pupils achieve an OP1 to 15. This was the first time ever that this has occurred since OP (Overall Position) results were released in 2006.[18] The College is very proud of the results achieved by students each year in the National Assessment Program (NAPLAN). In 2014, Emmanuel College students' results were 9.67% above the Queensland mean and 8.07% above the Australian mean.[19]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Academic extracurricular activities include the gifted and talented programs, participation in Mathematics, English, Science, Writing, Computing and Spelling competitions, Olympiads, 'Day of Excellence', Writers Cup, one-on-one tuition and academic support programs. Drama, Dance and Music students enjoy excursions, incursions, festivals, competitions, clubs, extension activities, eisteddfods, examinations, concerts, workshops and other performance opportunities. Visual Art students visit exhibitions, enjoy artist-in-residence opportunities and they exhibit their own excellent works. Emmanuel College is a member of the APS group of schools. APS Sporting competition includes swimming, athletics, cross-country, rugby union, netball, volleyball, soccer, hockey, softball, cricket, AFL (Australian Rules Football) and touch football. In 2015, 110 students attended Queensland carnivals as members of regional teams, twenty seven Emmanuel College students were either Queensland or Australian representatives and three students are Australian champions. Two Emmanuel alumni represented Australia at the 2012 London Olympics i.e. Cameron McEvoy in swimming and Jenny-Lyn Anderson[20] in synchronized swimming. In 2014, Cameron won two Gold and three Silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow[21] and he won the Gold medal in the Men's 100m Freestyle final at the Pan Pacific Championships ahead of the Olympic Champion, Nathan Adrian, as well as James Magnussen (3rd) and Michael Phelps (4th).[22]

In 2015, Emmanuel College's piano trio students were awarded best overall group for Trios and Duets and the Senior Wind Symphony were awarded Best Band for the Senior Bands/Ensembles section in the Gold Coast Eisteddfod, a student won the State Shakefest and three students were finalists in the Creative Generations Award exhibited at Griffith University. An Emmanuel College student was selected as a Creative Generations Award Winner and her work will be on display at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in Brisbane in 2016. Emmanuel College Year 10 IPT students were placed second to a South Korean team in the Google Creative Technologies Challenge at Griffith University with a design for an autonomous landmine detector that has won them sponsorship to fly to Korea to represent Australia at the International Robotics Olympiad and they have been invited to showcase their work at NICTA to a number of R&D organisations.

Queensland and international connections[edit]

The service and connections programs of Emmanuel College see students visiting Effective Aid International[23] programs in Thailand annually and the College actively supports Mission Educate[24] in Mozambique. The service program also offers student community service trips to a number of southern Queensland towns including St George, Chinchilla, Thallon, Bollon, Dirranbandi, Nindigully and Goondiwindi.


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Coordinates: 28°00′50″S 153°22′08″E / 28.014°S 153.369°E / -28.014; 153.369