No.17 Fortnightly - 16 July 2021

From the Principal

Welcome Back to Term 3!

By the time you read this, you would have received Parent Memorandum 3/2021. If not, please check your inbox for this parent only communique.

Please be aware that at this stage, the only return to Covid restrictions at school, will be that parents won’t be able to enter the campus for the first two weeks.

Our apologies for this inconvenience. We will keep you up to date if anything changes.

As we embark of the second semester of 2021, we are looking forward to our students settling into their daily learning routines quicky. Please continue to pray for a safe and meaningful school term.

As a school that seeks to glorify God and a community that trusts in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, I was recently reminded again what a great God we are serving and the hope that He provides us with in all circumstances. The Bible Society Australia provides great resources for daily readings, devotions and prayer and I wanted to share a simple but profound reminder by artist and author Sarah Raiter as she wrote yesterday:

“Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.” (Isaiah 40:15-17)

Pooof! He blows on the nations; they wither and disappear into the wind.

In a similar vein are the following two verses:

“He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.” (Isaiah 40:23-24)

Pooof! We’ve heard that before (vs6-8). The author likes this picture. I do too. Inspired by this idea I created a huge (60x120cm) spider’s web out of gold thread. You can’t imagine how long it took. But what are the labours of life, compared to God? Tedious spiders’ webs? Pooof! COVID affairs? Poooof! The stock market? Pooof!

What are other nation’s aggressive plans, compared to God’s plans? Nations are specks of dust. Pooof!

We worship Almighty God, dynamic in history.

In what way does this perspective change our outlook today?

With five classes moving into brand-new classrooms on Monday, our hearts are full of gratitude for what God is doing in and through Emmaus. Let us therefore give thanks and praise to him, our almighty and sovereign God. He gave us the gift of faith, through Jesus Christ sets us free from the bondage of sin and empowers us daily by his Holy Spirit to continue on if faith, trust and hope.

Erik Hofsink


From our Staff

Eugene Roodt, Secondary Coordinator

Welcome back to school at the start of Term 3. I hope that you had a restful and enjoyable holiday and that students are fully refreshed and ready to tackle Semester 2. It is now a good opportunity to contact you child’s teacher and discuss with them any concerns you have about your child’s progress in Semester 1. This might include areas for improvement through to strategies to help your child approach and complete assessment tasks more effectively.

We find that time management and understanding how to approach homework is usually a concern for students that are in the higher years. It is important to help students to develop good study habits in order for them to maximise learning. There are a few things that parents can do to help develop these skills:

  • Routine: Help your child to establish an effective routine where they learn how to sit down and attempt tasks. Remember that your child will not know how to do this by themselves so your guidance will be essential for them in this area.
  • Short and sharp: Students benefit from shorter and more focused sessions. Part of this is only focusing on one subject and taking a break after no more than thirty minutes.
  • Planning: Planning goes with routine. Usually, students will have at least two weeks to do an assessment task. As parents help your child to start their tasks ahead of time and not the night before the due date. Print their calendar on Google classrooms so that they can have a visual aid to see when tasks are due.
  • Practice: Many subjects require practice and not merely reading over the work again and again. Ask your child’s teacher for resources/questions that your child can do to enhance understanding. Get your child into the habit of addressing difficult work first and asking for help where needed.
  • Reading: Have your child read for half an hour every day. This will increase reading speed, vocabulary, comprehension and general knowledge.

If you have any questions about time management feel free to contact me. I am looking forward to a term where we can support your child in developing their skills and becoming confident in their own learning.

Eugene Roodt


Summary of Emailed Permission Notes

Full upcoming events are on Skoolbag & the Website Calendars.

The following notes have been emailed home to the relevant Groups.




Y3 Camp

Warrambui NSW


3A / 3BTBA


Deep Space



*27 July 2021

Yr 519 July



* 30 July 2021

Yr 316 July

ACT Schools 

Mountain Bike


* 27 Aug 2021



28 July

Sydney Trip

* 1 to 2 Sept 2021

Yr 1024 June

ANU Kambri

Precinct Cinema

Big Day In

* 7 Sept 2021

Yr 95 Aug

Upcoming Events

Date: Friday, 30th July 2021

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Emmaus Christian School, Primary Building Foyer

This is a fundraising night for the preschool, tickets will be $20. Price  includes a predetermined amount of purchasing tokens AND a glass of wine/non-alcoholic beverage!

Tickets for the Event can be purchased via TryBooking link



Donations of good quality clothes, shoes and accessories can be dropped off at the front office.

We will need volunteers to help sort clothes during the weeks before and assist on the night with set up and pack away.  If you are keen to be a part of this event please email Beth Weatherstone: bweatherstone@emmaus.act.edu.au

Facebook Event: Search ‘Emmaus clothes swap fundraiser’ 

Responding to the Dynamic World of Teenagers

Parent Night

Event: Graham Hyman's Youth Seminar for Parents

"Understanding Your Teenager"

Date: Monday, 2nd August 2021

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Venue: Emmaus Christian School, Primary Building Foyer

Cost: FREE to attend (This is an adults only event)

Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BSFMP

Teenagers are difficult, but not impossible!

What is it with these kids? Why do they seem like they’re from another planet? Why do all those other teens get involved in such dangerous behaviour, and how can I make sure my kid will be safe?

The Understanding Your Teenager Seminar by Graham Hyman will answer all these questions and more.

Judging by the reputation Graham has for his work with students, staff and parents in schools nationally we know the seminar will give you:

INFORMATION that will be enormously helpful.

IDEAS that really work.

ENLIGHTENTMENT about what makes teens tick and what to expect in the future.

AFFIRMATION of all the things you are doing right.

ENTERTAINMENT – as you pull in all the great information you’ll have one of the funniest, most entertaining evenings of the year!

Graham Hyman's insightful, practical and hilarious seminars have been hosted by schools and community groups across Australia, New Zealand and South Africa since 1993. In that time over 200,000 parents have benefited from the wisdom, received hope and encouragement and been surprised by the two hours of entertainment they have enjoyed.

His seminars encourage parents and help them empathise with the enormous pressures which are on young people today. They point ways to simple, and yet profound, procedures that can make life happier and the chances of success in parenting a teenager more real. They are not formal parent training but are rather ‘Family Aid’ packages wrapped in affirmation and encouragement and filled with practical ideas that work.

Parents will leave the seminars with sore stomachs from laughing, damp eyes from crying, warm hearts from reassurance and heads buzzing with new ideas.

After/In School Activities

Full details and registration details for After & In School Activities are listed under the After/In School Activities Group on Skoolbag, please join this group for details about how to register your child.

Overview of Term 3 Offerings  (please note some may be full)

MondaySecondary Homework ClubY6 to Y10
MondayKids Who CodeK to Y5
TuesdayTaekwondo – Martial ArtsAll
TuesdaySecondary Girls Bible StudySecondary
WednesdayPlay Dance Classes @ lunchY1 to Y6
ThursdayFrench ClassesAll

CRU Group - Plugged In (Y6-10)

Christian Group @ lunch

Y6 to Y10

CRU Group - Kingdom Builders (Y3-5)

Christian Group @ lunch

Y3 to Y5

Term 3 Timetable Changes

Please find above the link to an updated school bus pack which details timing adjustments on route 30 in the PM.  This will take effect from Monday 12th of July.

From the SRC

Sausage Rolls $4

SRC Term 3 Fundraiser (K - 10) 

Commencing in Term 3 Week 2

  • Sausage Rolls $4, pay when collecting
  • Served Thursday Lunchtime
  • K-2 will have orders delivered to their classrooms
  • Y3-10 orders to be collected from Secondary Food Tech
  • Please place your order via the Skoolbag App link.
  • Orders close on Wednesday’s at 1pm.
  • Sorry no late orders can be accepted.

Hot Chocolate $2 and Tim Tams .50c

SRC Term 3 Fundraiser (Yr 4 - 10)

Commencing in Term 3 Week 2

  • Fridays Weekly during Term 3
  • Between 8:30am - 8:45am 
  • From Secondary Food Tech room
  • Hot Chocolate -  $2.00
  • Tim Tams -  50c each
  • No ordering is necessary - cash purchase on the day.

PIP Opportunities

Athletics Carnival Catering - PIP Opportunity

If you are able to provide a plate or two of food to help and sustain our Teachers and Volunteers throughout the Athletics Carnival on Friday, 30th July 2021, could you please email leonie@emmaus.act.edu.au and advise of your contribution.

Suggestions for catering items may include: Fruit and or vegetable platters, dips and crackers, biscuits, slices, sandwiches, muffins as well as gluten free options (PIP hours apply). It would be appreciated if all contributions are brought to the Athletics Carnival on the morning of the event. Thank You!


Emmaus Baby News!

It's a Baby Boy!

Congratulations to Peter Willis (Secondary Science Teacher) and his wife Rebecca on the arrival of their third child, Josiah Asher Willis born on Monday, 6 July 2021. 

2 Kings 22:2 - (Josiah) did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.

It's a Baby Girl!

Congratulations to Andrew Miller (Year 4 Teacher) and his wife Vanessa on the arrival of their second daughter, Mollie Eloise Miller born on Thursday, 27 May 2021. 

Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


Ryan & Nicole Jennings

This winter holiday, siblings Ryan & Nicole Jennings warmed Canberians' hearts with their delightful performance at Wintervention in Civic, as part of the Stars on Ice troupe.

Both Ryan and Nicole are competitive skaters and train at least three times per week at the Phillip Ice Rink in Woden. "It was fun performing something more artistic as opposed to the very technical routines that we sometimes have to do for competitions", says Ryan (Y10) who is a Free Skate 3 skater. "Ryan was Batman, while I was Genie, skating on "Friend Like Me" by Will Smith which has a great beat and allowed me to skate really fast" Free Skate 2 skater, Nicole (Y6) chirps in. The Jennings skating pair started ice skating back in South Africa, but it has only been since moving to Australia three years ago that they took it on as a competitive sport. Their coach is former Olympian, Miriam Manzano Hammond, who believes Ryan and Nicole can truly reach for the stars if they continue to work hard and stay disciplined. "Ice skating requires precision, endurance, technical ability and artistic ability all in one, Its certainly not easy, but incredibly rewarding" their coach Miriam concludes. 

Congratulations Ryan & Nicole! We look forward to seeing and hearing more about your future ice skating endeavors.

Ethan Penton takes the Cake!

Year 7 Emmaus student Ethan Penton has received a bit of media attention during the school holidays with a focus on his Cake Decorating journey so far. To view the article in the RiotACT or watch the WIN News Canberra Report click on the links below. 

WIN News Canberra


The RiotACT - Article


Well done Ethan, we can't wait to see what you create next!

Student Success Stories

At Emmaus we love to celebrate children’s success stories.

If your child has a sporting or outstanding achievement  that we can highlight, please forward a photo/s and a short paragraph to leonie@emmaus.act.edu.au so that we can include it in the Newsletter.


Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser

Thank you to all of the amazing Emmaus volunteers that participated on Saturday, cooking and serving at the Majura Park, Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser. We raised a grand sum of $1,031.00. 

We would also like to acknowledge and thank those Emmaus families that came out and purchased a sausage sizzle and drink in support of this fundraising effort.

Around the Campus

K-2 School Social - Cartoons Theme

Catering for the School Socials

Yr 3-5 School Social: Star Wars Theme

Year 9/10 Design Technology

9/10 Silver smithing layered pendants using silver and copper or brass. Using a fine coping saw, filing and sanding and hand made rivets to create a cold join rather than soldering.

Year 6: Soft Creatures

Secondary Special Interest Week!

Crocheting with Mrs Barry and Mrs Sloan


STEM Activity


Dance and Music

Board Games

Year 6: Act of Service

Year 7: Mixed Media Art of Iconic Artworks

Year 2: Mosaic Art

It's Raining it's Pooring....

Reconciliation Week Art Work

This handmade flag was made and designed by the students of this school. Each student during reconciliation week was given a square of blank white paper and using one of three colours; black, yellow and red, they each designed their paper with a picture that represents the meaning of reconciliation week. After this was done the Year 8's used these designs to make a handmade Aboriginal Flag. This is the finished product.

Black - Symbolises Aboriginal people.

Yellow - The Sun.

Red - The red in the lower half stands for the earth and the colour of ochre, which has ceremonial significance.

Final Assembly Dance Performances

Staff Professional Learning during the School holidays.

Sneak Peek of the New Primary Building!

'We Have Hope'

Address: 73 Davenport St, Dickson ACT 2602

Phone: 02 6247 7151

General email: emmaus@emmaus.act.edu.au

Absence email: absences@emmaus.act.edu.au 

Website: www.emmaus.act.edu.au

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