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Growth requires opportunities and Emmanuel College provides many pathways for students to accelerate their learning and personal growth through a system we call PACE.

Students with a talent in a particular area of study have the opportunity to work at an elevated level within their classrooms at their own pace. Acceleration or advancement is not limited to subjects traditionally described as academic. If you wish to work at a higher level you can do this in any subject, whether it is in Science or working with wood or textiles in Design Technology or creating high-quality films in Media. Every student can choose to take their passion and learning to a higher level.

We believe it is important for students to grow within their social infrastructure rather than being isolated from their peers in separate acceleration streams. Acceleration within the classroom is not only a viable and successful option but an accurate reflection of the society we live in and the workplaces students will go into in their lives beyond school. When excellence is modelled peer-to-peer it can help to raise the achievements of all.

For the second year in a row Emmanuel had three of its year 12 students receiving ATARs above 99 which is an extraordinary feat for any school, particularly a regional school.

Along with extension within the classroom, there are many opportunities for students seeking enrichment challenges and initiatives ranging from coaching in public speaking to joining a team in designing and building a complex machine for a University of Melbourne Engineering competition or attending the Exploration Space to work on individual or group technology projects, or commencing university level Maths while studying in the senior school.

Co-curricular activities provide each student with additional opportunities to experience a year of growth every year through creatively exploring their interests with like-minded people.

Participation in co-curricular activities is an important part of any good educational program. Students who take part in activities and programs outside the boundaries of a typical classroom tend to have higher academic results and greater enjoyment of school life.

Emmanuel College provides an extensive range of ever-changing activities, events and clubs and projects with something to suit every interest, skill and ability.

  • Southern Sounds Music recording project
  • Eisteddfod – Music and Drama sections
  • Senior Concert Band
  • Junior Concert Band
  • Emmanuel Singers Choir
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Stage Band
  • Clarinet-Saxophone Ensemble
  • Flute Ensemble
  • College Musical production
  • Evening of Inspiration
  • Voice Choir (choral speaking)
  • Rostrum Voice of Youth
  • Lions Youth of the Year
  • Frayne Speech Festival
  • Legacy Public Speaking Competition
  • Eisteddfod - Public Speaking and debating sections
  • Emmanuel College Public Speaking Competition – Junior
  • Emmanuel College Public Speaking Competition – Senior
  • Debating
  • Big Science Competition
  • Exploration Space
  • Big Day In
  • Girls in STEM
  • Space Design Competition Australia
  • In2Science Program
  • Emerging Science Victoria
  • National Youth Science Forum
  • Science and Engineering Challenge (University of Newcastle)
  • Education Interactive - A Case of Conspiracy (Forensic Science Incursion)
  • Science Week
  • Exploration Space
  • Everybody Dance (NAO Robot Programming Comp)
  • National Computer Science School Competition
  • Web Challenge
  • Coding Challenge
  • Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition
  • Robocup Challenge
  • Big Day in Excursion
  • Film Festival
  • VCE Language Camps
  • Language and Culture Study Tours to France and Japan
  • Overseas Student Exchange
  • Speaking Tutorials
  • World Challenge - destinations change each time
  • Alternative Schoolies - Timor Leste
  • See also Languages
  • Lunchtime activities
  • Inter school competitions
  • Student Book Club
  • Premier’s Reading Challenge
  • Melbourne Writer’s Festival
  • Book Week Activities
  • YABBA Awards
  • Library and Information Week Activities
  • World Read Aloud Day
  • National Simultaneous Storytime
  • Study Hall
  • Games
  • Studying
  • Writing Competitions
  • Longest Literary Lunch
  • Campion Books book buying excursion
  • Journal Club
  • Lego Masters
  • Library Lovers' Day
  • Australia Reads
  • International School Library Month Activities
  • Art Club
  • Arts Hall of Fame
  • Creative Year 12 exhibition
  • Ongoing Arts Exhibitions in the gallery space
  • Evening of Inspiration exhibition
  • School Production Exhibition
  • Lunch time Arts Activities / Group
  • Integrated Arts / Sport Activities
  • School Murals
  • Planner Design Competition
  • ATOM Short Film competition
  • Photo Club
  • Young Vinnies
  • Special minister training
  • Mercy Place visits
  • Community Soup Kitchen
  • Mercy Pilgrimage
  • Seeds of Justice
  • Parish Masses
  • St Vincent de Paul Homework Help
  • Melbourne Street Retreats
  • Australian Maths Competition
  • Maths Challenge for Young Australians (Challenge and Enrichment competitions)
  • MAV lectures
  • Melbourne University School Mathematics Competition
  • Victorian Maths Talent Quest

There are many sports that you can participate in at Emmanuel, either as part of the PE curriculum or as co-curricular options. All of the activities and events in this area are too numerous to list, but the following is a sample:

  • A huge range of inter-school sports comps
  • Clay Target Shooting Club - Inter School Competitions and weekly practice
  • High Performance Training Program (before and after school)
  • Emmanuel Equestrian Team
  • Equestrian inter-school competitions
  • Sports Academy Camps
  • VCE PE fitness testing laboratory
  • Year 10 Health excursion
  • Premier League Football Competition
  • "Surf a Wave" program (7.00am - 8.30am before school)
  • Surf League (Surf Life Saving)
  • Surf League Lifesaving - Cosy Corner, Torquay
  • Warrnambool Kayak Club
  • Warrnambool Surf Lifesaving Club
  • RUOK activities
  • Fit4Life Activities
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Taming the Butterflies
  • MnM's
  • International Women's Day
  • Idahobit Day
  • Diversity Month
  • Rebel Girls
  • The Respect Effect
  • Repair Cafe
  • Evening of Inspiration Fashion parade
  • Spotlight Student Design Awards
  • The Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize (A competition for Year 9 and 10 Humanities students)
  • National Geography Competition
  • Lunchtime Activities
  • Year 10 Social
  • Open Evening volunteering
  • ANZAC Day services in the community
  • RSL Legacy appeal
  • Year 12 Winter Ball
Leadership within the Mercy tradition promotes the ideal of service. Each Emmanuel student is called to: lead by example, to serve and act with compassion and justice and to go into the community ready to make a contribution that is equal to their capabilities.

Students of all year levels are given encouragement and opportunities to serve their local, national and international communities. The College has developed strong connections to local organisations including Mercy Place, Lyndoch and Vinnies along with the Ruben Centre in Nairobi, and the community of Atauro Island in Timor Leste. Helping others is a two-way learning experience. When students lend a hand they receive the gift of knowledge and understanding.

For those whose endeavours see them joining the student leadership team at Emmanuel, structured training training and creative exploration prepares them for their role as young leaders.

Emmanuel graduates are community-minded individuals who are ready to make positive contributions to their community. Our Inspiring Alumni program attests to the extraordinary impacts Emmanuel graduates are having locally and across the world.

The Emmanuel College Award is a merit-based system affirming students who strive to achieve personal excellence. The presentation of Merit Awards provides a regular opportunity to recognise a range of student endeavours and positive behaviours that we celebrate as a community. Students receive points for achievements in: Academic Achievement, Community Service and Social Justice, Leadership and Positive Role Modelling, the Arts and Cultural Experiences and Sports. The Award is a four-tiered system and, depending on the number of points achieved, students can be awarded the Year Level Merit Award (Red badge), The School Level Merit Award (Blue badge), the Principal Level Merit Award (Gold badge) or the Platinum Award.