Emmanuel Anglican College opened in 1998 with a student population of 16. It was located at Gunundi, an Anglican Conference Centre at East Ballina. It moved to its present location in West Ballina in 2000 and has continued to grow, with a current enrolment of over 600 students ranging from Pre-school to Year 12.
Emmanuel Anglican College is highly regarded as a centre for academic and pastoral excellence in the Northern Rivers. This is reinforced by the outstanding results achieved in external competitions, tests and examinations each year. These results are a reflection of the personalised care and culture of learning that are part of the fabric of EAC. Students feel valued, are engaged in their learning and enjoy their days at school. The size of the College community enables teachers to build genuine relationships with each student and to get to know them as learners. Each student is valued for their unique personality and gifts and the broad nature of our curricular and extra-curricular program allows students to explore areas of interest in new and exciting ways. It is in this context that they are given the best opportunities to grow, develop and achieve. The emphasis of all that happens at EAC is on the student; their wellbeing and their learning. It is only natural that when this is at the heart of what we do, student achievement will follow.
As an Anglican College, our Christian ethos underpins all that we do and is evident in the prayer and worship life of the College, our Religious and Values Education program, our strong pastoral care practices and opportunities to serve the wider community. We pride ourselves on our excellent staff who are approachable, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and dedicated. Our teachers are highly qualified and innovative in their classroom practices. Teachers design lessons that are interesting, challenging and enjoyable for our students and our College’s goal is for every student to enjoy their learning and to experience success in all that they do.
Learning takes place in an outstanding physical environment with open, modern and fresh learning facilities. A wide variety of co-curricular activities are offered and the College has exceptional facilities to support these activities.
An outstanding feature of our College is our student body. Our students take real pride in their College and embrace the learning opportunities afforded them. As our students progress from Pre-school to graduation we encourage them to be confident, articulate, resilient, independent and life-long learners. We support them as they take on various responsibilities within the College and recognise that each student is unique with varying gifts and talents that need to be nurtured and developed.
As education is a partnership between the College and the family, we encourage parent involvement in College activities. EAC’s parent body is a great strength of the College and parents are very welcoming of new families in to our College community. The College’s parent organisation is known as the ‘Friends of EAC’ and this association works tirelessly to support the goals of the College.