The community of Emmaus Catholic College has a rich tradition of care.
Catholic education supports students becoming more informed about the world and their role in its future.
These matters are important to all young people and Emmaus discusses global issues with our students in a supervised school setting. Social justice initiatives empower young people to be part of a solution.
There’s no better way for students to express the principles of Catholic social teaching than to stand together with their peers and teachers at school in support of those most in need.
Our Outreach Initiatives
Throughout Term 1 the whole school participates in a Lent fundraiser to support the work of international aid agency, Caritas.
Winter Appeal for the Homeless
A whole school warm clothing and blanket drive to support the homeless on our streets and to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness.
Visits to Emmaus Village Aged Care
Once a week, Emmaus staff and students walk down to Emmaus Village where they spend time with the residents, providing friendship, enjoying conversation and playing games.
Groups of five students go out with staff on the Vinnies Van. The van goes to Mount Druitt and Parramatta, providing food and company to the homeless in the community. Training is provided to students who wish to participate in this ministry.
In Term 4, students across the college are invited to bring non-consumable items and toys to contribute to Christmas hampers. St Vincent de Paul then distributes the hampers to local families in need.
Held late in Term 2, the Emmaus School Sleepout calls on the local school community to come together in solidarity and give up one night in a warm, comfortable bed to help raise funds for homelessness and disadvantage in our own backyard.
Vinnies Doorknock Appeal
Staff and students meet at Holy Spirit Parish, St Clair to participate in the annual Vinnies Doorknock Appeal. Small groups head out into the streets around the Church and seek donations for the work of the St Vincent de Paul society.
This school-based ministry involves students in a variety of charitable works, depending on the particular activities going on at the college - e.g. assisting with wrapping Christmas hampers, folder Project Compassion boxes, making Christmas decorations for Emmaus village.
Incursions and Excursions
In addition to the Religious Education curriculum taught at Emmaus, students across all year groups participate in learning opportunities beyond the classroom. For students in Years 7 - 10, this takes the form of a Spirituality Day, while in Years 11 and 12, students participate in relevant excursions and incursions aimed at enriching students’ understanding of religious traditions, the world and our Catholic imperative to reach out to those in need.