About us


Emmanuel Anglican College is situated on approximately 6ha of land in Ballina. Architecturally designed in keeping with the style and climate of northern New South Wales, learning takes place in an outstanding physical environment with open, contemporary and innovative learning facilities. A wide variety of co-curricular activities are offered and the College has exceptional facilities to support these activities as well.

Building commenced on the site in Horizon Drive in 1999 and the College has continued to add to its infrastructure as the College community grows and develops:

In 2004, a large 2-storey Science and Technology Centre was constructed, allowing the College to enhance delivery of these key learning areas. The specialist facilities included two science laboratories, a preparation room, two computer rooms and seven classrooms.

In 2010, the College undertook construction of the 2-storey resource centre facility which was named the Joan Pickup Library, in honour of the College's first teacher.

In 2013, the College officially opened a purpose built hospitality Trade Training Centre. The facility - named The Ezzy Centre after the former Rector of St Mary’s Anglican Church Ballina and long term member of College Council, Rev Greg Ezzy - features a commercial training kitchen, two function rooms and College canteen facilities. The establishment of the centre supported the introduction of the Vocational Education and Training Course, Hospitality.

In 2016, the College opened the Discovery Centre and the Emmanuel Administration Building. The Discovery Centre represented stage one of a two stage development to construct a new Primary school that reflects the latest in innovative design to support the twenty first century teaching and learning.

In 2019, the College opened the second stage of the Primary School Development Project, the Innovation Centre.  The new facility included six classroom spaces, a large shared learning space, art space, a large covered outdoor area, covered walkways, a new parent pick up zone and a new car park.

2019 - other significant capital developments included the installation of an additional two classrooms, creating the Primary Hub with six learning spaces; development of a recreation space for senior students adjacent to the Joan Pickup Library; the refurbishment of the Gunundi building; and the design, approval and appointment of a successful tender for construction of the Multi Purpose Centre.

Through this time, many additions have also been made to the play and recreational spaces used by the students.

The College facilities include three all-purpose courts that accommodate five sports, and a grassed sports field forms part of our grounds.

Within the classroom students will find an extremely well resourced learning environment with access to the latest in learning technology.

In 2020, construction of a 1000 seat Multi Purpose Centre commenced.  The Centre will provide a space large enough to house the whole College community and include sports courts, strength and conditioning room and amenities.  There will also be a performance stage, worship space, servery, administration office and some 50 additional car parking spaces.

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St Mary's Anglican Parish provides the church for use on formal chapel occasions.

With such a large site, the College Council has developed a College Master Plan that provides for our continuing long-term growth.