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Uniting our College as a single-campus school

Emmanuel College is about to undergo one of the most significant changes in the school’s history, having made the decision to consolidate its operations onto a single campus - the McAuley Campus in Botanic Road. This decision follows an extensive review of the College Masterplan and a feasibility study to identify the option with the greatest long-term benefit for the College and the most positive impact upon student learning and safety.

The consolidation of year levels at the McAuley Campus will be one of the most significant and exciting projects undertaken in the school’s history. The move will be transformative with the construction of a new and innovative Year Nine Learning Centre to complement the dedicated junior and senior schools that begin operating next year and all students will be housed on the one site, removing the need for anyone to travel between two campuses for lessons.

Collectively, these changes will enable Emmanuel College to become the leading dynamic educational provider within the region that it aspires to be. The consolidation of facilities on one site enables the College to deliver an exciting, first-class learning experience that will best meet the future needs of all students throughout their secondary school journey.

The College is confident the project will be delivered with minimal disruption to staff and students. The goal is to complete the relocation and consolidation of all school operations on to one campus by the end of 2024, subject to the finalisation of budgets, design concepts and planning approvals. It is hoped the relocation of all students to the McAuley Campus will occur as the 2025 school year commences.

The commitment to proceed with this project has been carefully considered and planned over an extensive period of time, and follows a comprehensive feasibility study undertaken by an independent architect as well as close consultation with the Parish, which has owned the site since 1914.

The Parish has enjoyed a close and active relationship with Emmanuel College and, given the importance of the decision, there has been extensive discussion and analysis of the options by both the School and Parish. The result, a commitment to consolidate the College onto one campus, is a shared decision between the College and the Parish. Both parties agree the decision will deliver exceptional educational and stewardship benefits to both the School and the wider Catholic communities.

As we embark upon this exciting journey, we will engage with the School community to answer questions and we will provide regular updated information about the project.

Early in 2022, we will be holding an information session where concepts and plans for the new year nine centre will be unveiled. Similarly, information about the consolidation and the new centre will be available at our Open Evening in March 2022.

The consolidation of year levels at the McAuley Campus will be one of the most significant and exciting projects undertaken in the school’s history. The move will be transformative with the construction of a new and innovative Year Nine Learning Centre to complement the dedicated junior and senior schools that begin operating next year and all students will be housed on the one site, removing the need for anyone to travel between two campuses for lessons.
Peter Morgan - Principal

In 2022, the year in which we celebrate 150 years of education on the site now known as Emmanuel College, the College is also bringing in changes to the College structure designed to have a positive impact on student learning:

  • Year 9 students will begin a new and engaging course, [email protected], which has been specially developed to meet the unique needs of Year 9 students. Teachers have long recognised Year 9 is an absolutely critical year for students and that Year 9 students have distinct learning needs. Entirely traditional ways of teaching do not always successfully engage the majority of Year 9 students or meet their needs. an acronym for: Resilience, Innovation, Community and Exploration. The aim is to provide an engaging and holistic program where students are motivated to drive their own education and pursue areas that interest them in an in-depth way.

  • Year 10 students will join with Years 11 and 12 to form the Senior School in vertical, House-based groups. Students from these year levels may access classes and will join Mentor Groups together, rather than being locked into traditional horizontal year levels. With the distinction between year levels removed, Homeroom Teachers are replaced with House Mentors who provide stability and support for students on their three-year journey until they complete their Emmanuel College education.

  • Year 7 students joining the Emmanuel College community from 2022 will have the transition to secondary education made even easier. The Goold Centre, located on the Hopetoun Road side of the McAuley Campus, is a learning centre for Years 7 and 8 only. Although Emmanuel is a large school with all of the choices that a large school brings, with a dedicated junior learning centre it is possible to maintain that small school feel that eases the transition from a small primary school to a larger learning environment. Year 7 and 8 students have their own place within our community and their own specific outdoor play areas, with: handball courts, outdoor table tennis tables, a range of super-sized outdoor games, basketball courts and a Challenger Course planned.

The new learning structure to commence in 2022 has been supported by the redesign and expansion of the McAuley Campus Library, which was officially opened in May and the building of a new Science precinct this year. Work is almost complete on developing and expanding the Science precinct, with six laboratories, four classrooms and multiple, flexible learning and gathering spaces. The area below the Science Centre has also been expanded to provide a gathering space with tiered seating, cafe seating and study booths for those who prefer to study or collaborate in a less quiet environment than the Library.