No.19 Fortnightly - 8 August 2021

From our Staff

Lyndell McNevin

Preschool & After School Care Director

This semester our Preschool team have started learning about the Phoenix Cups Framework and to apply the thinking in our classrooms. https://www.phoenixcups.com.au/

The Phoenix Cups philosophical framework was developed by Sandi and Chris Phoenix in Australia and draws on research and knowledge from a variety of approaches including: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Glasser’s Choice Theory, Porter’s Model of Human Needs, and Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi’s Positive Psychology Theories and Approaches.

The Phoenix Cups Framework encompasses five ‘cups’ that represent five areas of need in our lives with these being: Mastery, Safety, Freedom, Connection and Fun. Each person has different sized cups for these areas. For example, one person may have a really big Connection Cup whereas the next person might have a really big Mastery Cup. The thinking around these cups is that when a person’s cup is empty, a person behaves in a way that seeks to have their particular cup filled back up again.

Every child has one of each of the cups and each cup is a different size based on their needs profile; the key being to help children learn how to fill their own cups up. The Phoenix Cups philosophical framework considers that each behaviour that a child displays is an act to attempt to try and fill their cup (meet their needs). When the child’s cups are full, they have a strong sense of wellbeing and when their cups are emptying, they feel unease and have a drive to meet their needs (fill their cups).

The Fun Cup seeks: excitement, laughter, celebration, play, learning.

The Mastery Cup seeks: efficacy, challenge, control, empowerment, achievement, success.

The Freedom Cup seeks: creativity, choice, self-expression, discovery and liberty.

The Safety Cup seeks: food, water, sleep, rest, trust, order, exercise, wellness.

The Connection Cup seeks: Inclusion, acceptance, community, participation, loyalty.

I’m sure as you read through the list of Phoenix Cups you are thinking of what traits your own children may have as being high on their list of priorities and needs. You may also be thinking of what other authors have written similar perspectives on personality or the 5 love languages.

When looking at this Phoenix Cup Framework and thinking about individual children, it’s easy to reflect on the children who regularly seek connection with a hug, or being close, or children who ask you to play with them or to watch them do something. Perhaps it’s the children who seek safety through predictable routines or prompts that play will finish in 5 minutes, or the children who seek fun and stimulation and make their way around every activity on offer. Maybe it’s the children who seek freedom through autonomy to do things with independence and creativity, or the children who seek mastery who value being the fastest, or have the biggest and strongest dog, or show great concentration in things that interest them.

Having different perspectives and ways of viewing children helps us to understand them, their behaviours, and their underlying drives. This in turn helps us as educators to respond to children’s needs and presents opportunities for us to progressively teach resilience in situations where they may be driven to meet a need. For example, if a child with a big safety cup is tired on the walk back from an excursion, they can become resilient in keeping on going until we finish the walk back to school and then have their need met; knowing they will get through this and can have what they need once they have achieved the goal.

As I read through the materials I recall verses from the Bible such as: God created each child uniquely, each fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:13-14), children are a heritage from the Lord (Psalm 127:3), Children are made in His image (Genesis 1:27), Jesus took the children in his arms, placed his hands on the an blessed them (Mark 10:16). Jesus was interested in filling cups so to speak.  Not only do safety, mastery and fun reflect some of Emmaus’ cultural strengths, the Phoenix Cups Framework leave a huge amount of room for teaching gospel values such as truth, care, concern, involvement, empathy, sacrifice, humility, restraint, discipline, patience, hope, confidence, joy, forgiveness, mercy, compassion, etc.  In other words, we see the framework as one that also opens the flood gates to true Christ-centred teaching and learning.



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.





Spelling Bee

* 17 Aug 2021



9 Aug

Secondary North

Netball Girls Gala

* 20 Aug 2021



18 Aug

Y3 Camp

Warrambui NSW


3A / 3BTBA

Secondary North

Boys Netball Gala Day

* 27 Aug 2021



17 Aug

U12 Primary Nth Regional

Track & Field Carnival


* 27 Aug 2021



20 Aug

ACT Schools 

Mountain Bike


* 27 Aug 2021



28 July

13&O Sec Nth Regional

Track & Field Carnival


* 1 Sept 2021



13 Aug

Sydney Trip      


* 1 to 2 Sept 2021

Yr 1024 June

Kingdom Builders

CRU Fit 

* 10 Sept 2021

Y 5 & 6


27 Aug

Year 5 Camp


* 11-13 Oct 2021

Y56 Sept

Secondary Boys

Oztag Gala Day

* 15 Sept 2021



25 Aug

Secondary Girls

Oztag Gala Day

* 16 Sept 2021

25 Aug

Emmaus School Calendar

To view all updated calendar events please go to the  School Calendar Link

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
ThursdayFrench ClassesAll
FridayPlay Dance Classes @ lunchY1 to Y6

CRU Group - Plugged In (Y6-10)

Christian Group @ lunch

Y6 to Y10

CRU Group - Kingdom Builders (Y3-5)

Christian Group @ lunch

Y3 to Y5

NRL After School Program

Upcoming Events

Secondary Science Fair - Physics

Parents & Friends of Emmaus are Invited

Thursday, 19th August 2021

Time 9:10am

Dear Parent/Carer,

Parents and friends of Emmaus are invited to come to the Emmaus Secondary Science Fair to see the students present their group projects.

This will be happening on Thursday the 19th of August. If you are free, please come and visit any time between 9.10 and 10.40am. All students from years six to ten will be setting up their projects to show you what they have been working on over the past term.

Students will be explaining their research and you will be free to wander around the classes at your leisure, viewing their displays and asking questions. The theme this year is Physics and projects have included testing bridge design, parachutes, water turbines and pendulums. Students in each year group will be competing to have the most academically rigorous display as well as the most engaging to their primary audience. Students have worked throughout last term to prepare and will be ready to explain their research to you.

All parents and friends are welcome. Due to COVID restrictions, please do not come onto the campus if you are sick or if you have been to a COVID hotspot.  All visitors need to sign in at the front office, as well as signing in via the Check In CBR app.

Kind regards,

Peter Willis

Secondary Science Teacher

Book Week Dress Up Parade (K-10)

Date: Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Time: 9:00am

Book Week is approaching and we are very excited about this opportunity to celebrate reading with the children. It will take place in Week 6 and the theme this year is "Old worlds, new worlds, other worlds". Now is the time to start discussing with your children their favourite book characters and what costume they will choose to wear on our dress up day.  Pictured below are some costume ideas. Shortlisted titles for the book of the year competition are now on display in the Library for students to read and choose which ones they think should win. 

Mrs Richards

Dress Up Ideas - Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds

Grandparents and Special Friends Day Invitation

Emmaus Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Date: Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Time: 9am - 11:30am

Venue: Emmaus Christian School

We would be very excited to have you join us at the 2021 

Grandparents & Special Friends Day


9.00am – 9.30am:  Book Week Costume Parade – Grandparents/friends are invited to watch our Book Week parade in the Secondary courtyard.  There will also be a performance from the choir and the dance group.

9.30am – 10:45am:  Classroom Visit - Grandparents/friends will be welcomed into our Primary classrooms to observe reading, writing, other regular class activities and classroom displays, after which a morning tea will be provided.

10:45 – 11:30am:  Morning Tea for our guests will be served in the Primary courtyard.

11:30pm:   Grandparents depart and classes as usual.

Register your Attendance on the Trybooking link by Monday 23rd Aug 2021:


We would love to have all of our grandparents with us, but we have to take some precautions for COVID-safety.  If you’re sick, or if you’ve been in a COVID hotspot, please do not come to school.  All visitors need to sign in with the front office staff, as well as signing in via the Check in CBR app. 

We understand that for some of you it may be very difficult to be here, especially if you don’t live locally. If you aren’t able to make it on the day, it would be great if you would consider sending a greeting or message to your grandchild / special friend via email or card.  (See contact details below)

email: emmaus@emmaus.act.edu.au  



Emmaus Christian School Canberra

Attn: (Child's Name & Year)

73 Davenport Street

Dickson ACT 2602

Preschool Father's Day Breakfasts

Tuesday, 31st August 2021

Tuesday P3/P4 Group Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BTNDX

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

Venue: Emmaus Christian School Preschool, Outdoor Space

RSVP by: Friday, 27 August 2021


Friday, 3rd September 2021

Friday P3/P4 Group Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/BTNEB

Times: 8:30am - 9:30am 

Venue: Emmaus Christian School Preschool, Outdoor Space

RSVP by: Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Preschool parents are invited to join us for our Preschool Father's Day Breakfast.

So that we can cater appropriately, please follow the Try Booking links above to register your attendance.

Note: Primary siblings are unable to attend and should be dropped off to school first. Younger siblings are welcome. Please be reminded that Primary and Secondary students will need to proceed directly to school and cannot enter the Preschool Building. 

PIP Opportunities are available for this event. We require assistance with the setup and pack down on each of these days. If you are able to assist and have a WWVP card please contact Lyndell McNevin lyndell@emmaus.act.edu.au or phone 02 6247 7151. 

Covid Notice: If you are sick or if you have been to a COVID hotspot within the last 2-3 weeks we request that you do not come onto the school campus. 

All visitors need to sign in at the front office, as well as signing in via the Check In CBR app. 


Digital Safety Night - Term 3

Date: Wednesday, 8th September 2021

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

As a school we want to partner with parents so that students develop healthy device use and realise the benefits of digital learning.

On Wednesday evening, 8th September (Week 8) from 7pm - 8:30pm, Emmaus will be hosting a Digital Safety Night (pending gathering restrictions) where we will talk through practical options to help manage your child’s device use. We will have a panel of parents and staff presenting their experiences and answering technical questions. If you would like to attend this evening please register on the Trybooking link: https://www.trybooking.com/BTFVE 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss digital device management further please also feel free to get in touch with me directly at Lukew@emmaus.act.edu.au.

New Parent Induction Course - Term 3

Date: Saturday, 11 September 2021

Time: 9am – 12noon

Venue: Emmaus Christian School

Registration: You must register via the Trybooking link  https://www.trybooking.com/BTJQT 

If you are a new parent to the school, who has partnered with Emmaus Christian School in recent years and have yet to attend and complete the Emmaus New Parent Induction Course, the school is offering an opportunity to participate in the Term 3 New Parent Induction Course.

Please note that parents only have to attend one of these and PIP hours apply, please log your PIP hours for this event through your PIP link. 

Please contact abbi@emmaus.act.edu.au if you have any questions. 

Please note we are unable to cater for children at this event.


Responding to the Dynamic World of Teenagers

Parent Night

POSTPONED EVENT: Graham Hyman's Youth Seminar for Parents

"Understanding Your Teenager"

Due to the growing Covid restrictions, we have rescheduled our guest speaker Graham Hyman to the tentative new date of Monday, 8 November 2021 (TO BE CONFIRMED closer to this time).

Our sincere apologies for the short notice but we are very keen to have Graham do the student, staff and parent seminars with us and hope that the rescheduling will come at a better time for travelling to and from the ACT.

Please note that all current registrations on Trybooking have been transferred across to the new date. If you wish to cancel your registration/s please email leonie@emmaus.act.edu.au.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

The Administration Team

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

PIP Catering Opportunity

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Request for Catering Contributions for Morning Tea & Assistance

Wednesday, 25 August 2021 

PIP opportunity for Parent help with morning tea contributions is available on Wednesday, 25 August 2021. Please email Leonie Penton leonie@emmaus.act.edu.au by Monday 23 August 2021 (eg plates of food, or setup / pack up). PIP applies.

Please bring all catering contributions to the Front Office on the day of the event by 9am.

Please note if you are volunteering to assist on the day a current WWVP Card is essential.

Parents Who Pray

Each Friday of the School Term @ 2:00pm

Are you looking for an opportunity to praise and thank God for our wonderful school? Are you looking to connect with other parents to pray for the needs of our staff, board members, parents and students?  If so, please come along to pray together on Friday at 2:00pm before school pick up. As parents who pray together, we can support each other and our whole community. We gather near the front office and proceed to an available area/room to pray. The added bonus is your time at prayer group can be recorded as PIP!  If you are new to the Emmaus community, you are especially welcome, it would be wonderful to have as many people involved as possible.

We're a Fresh Tastes School

Around the Campus

Year 9/10 Visual Arts

Year 9/10 Visual Arts Sculpture class experimented with how to twist, fold, scrunch, roll and curl to create a relief sculpture. Here are there results.

Year 8 Portraits

Primary School Gymnastics

Prekinder Excursion: Light Rail and Gungahlin Library

Primary Mini Olympics

This week we held a Mini Olympics Opening Ceremony in Primary School. Students where split into countries. They coloured in flags and learnt the national anthem for their country. They also came up with a secret action and discussed some country facts.

Countries represented: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Madagascar, Nicaragua,

Year 7 Food Technology

Johny Cakes (Damper)

Primary Assembly



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Phone: 02 6247 7151

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

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

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