Emmanuel College (Victoria)

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Emmanuel College
Emmanuel College Emblem.jpg
Altona North & Point Cook, Victoria
Coordinates 37°49′56″S 144°50′30″E / 37.8321°S 144.8416°E / -37.8321; 144.8416Coordinates: 37°49′56″S 144°50′30″E / 37.8321°S 144.8416°E / -37.8321; 144.8416
Type Independent, Co-educational
Motto Life To The Full
Denomination Roman Catholic (Marianists)
Established 1965
Principal Christopher Stock
Years 7-12
Enrolment 1,745
Colour(s) Red and Sky Blue          

Emmanuel College (formerly St. Paul's College) is a Roman Catholic, co-educational secondary day school, occupying campuses in Altona North and Point Cook, in the south-western suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


Emblem for St. Paul's Campus prior to becoming Emmanuel College


St. Paul's Campus was originally established as 'St. Paul's College' in 1965, under the auspices of the American Order of the Society of Marianists. The order had been invited to establish this Catholic Secondary Boys' College by the then Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Daniel Mannix. The college's colours were then red, white and blue and its motto was Ecce Mater Tua (Latin:"Behold Thy Mother").

In 2008, the school opened a second campus at Point Cook called Notre Dame.

Building construction[edit]

St Pauls campus[edit]

In the early 1960s, the local parish priests purchased a large, 9 hectare, undeveloped block in Altona North. Through the labour of the parents of the school's initial students, the austere block was transformed into an attractive property. The College's primary edifice, the three-storey building called the "Jubilee Building", was completed in 1969. Following to be completed were:

  • The Chaminade Library in 1971.
  • The generous Art/Craft/Science Lab and the senior classrooms known as the "Winters Building" in 1979.
  • The administrative complex and gymnasium in 1982.

The Jubilee Building was extensively renovated in 1998. In 2004, with the assistance of a Commonwealth Government grant, work commenced on enlarging the library complex and the building of two new computer labs. These developments were completed in 2005. In 2009-2010 three more developments were in place. These were the expansion of the Technology Building, construction of a new canteen, gym, changing rooms and toilet and the new McMahon Language Centre. These projects were funded by the National Building Stimulus Grant.[1]

Notre Dame campus[edit]

Construction of the Notre Dame Campus commenced in Mid 2007, with campus opening in 2008. The initial intake was restricted to year seven students, with construction continuing as further year levels commenced. The first group of year twelve students graduated from the Notre Dame campus in 2013.

Transition to Emmanuel College[edit]

In 2006, the plans for the transition to Emmanuel College and the future of the school were commenced. 2008 saw the full transition from 'St. Paul's College' to 'Emmanuel College' with the acquisition of a second co-educational campus. The school eventually incorporated a new emblem and changed its motto to Life To The Full, which comes from the Gospel according to John: "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full" (John 10:10).[2]

Headmaster and current staff[edit]

Since 1997, the incumbent principal has been Mr Christopher Stock (BSc DipEd MEd B.Theol) at the St. Paul's Campus. In 2008 when the transition to Emmanuel College was complete, he became the principal of Emmanuel College, and thus being the principal of two schools; the St. Paul's Campus and the Notre Dame Campus.

House and homeroom system[edit]

The Emmanuel College house system consists of 5 houses:

  • McCoy (Navy)
  • Cassidy (Red)
  • McCluskey (Gold)
  • Winters (Green)
  • Chaminade (Sky blue)

These houses are named after the Marianists that initially helped serve and found the school, and Father John Cassidy of St Mary's Parish, Williamstown, who was involved in the establishment of the college. The exception is Chaminade, which is named after William Chaminade, the founder of The Marianist order. Both the St Paul's and Notre Dame campuses feature homerooms with about 25–30 students, ranging from years 7–12.

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)[edit]

Emmanuel College has offered the VCE program at the St. Paul's Campus since its implementation in 1990.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Emmanuel College Diary
  2. ^ Emmanuel College Website

External links[edit]