College History

Emmaus Christian College was founded as Bethesda Christian School in 1979. The first Year 12 class graduated in 1984. A shared campus arrangement with Vermont High from 1982 allowed access to a range of specialist facilities. Academic achievements flourished and co-curricular activities expanded.

In 1988 Vermont High closed and Tabor Adelaide, a Christian tertiary institution, purchased the school building and surrounding grounds. Bethesda shared facilities with Tabor Adelaide as both institutions grew and consolidated.

A major capital grant in 1996 allowed the school to purchase the property and Tabor Adelaide relocated to Millswood.

Each year, with the assistance of grants and support from the Parents and Friends group, the College has carried out an ongoing program of upgrading and refurbishment in order to provide students with access to high quality facilities and technology.

A change of governance in 2002 saw oversight of Bethesda transfer to Tabor Adelaide. Eventually, the name of the school changed to Tabor Christian College.

In 2010, the school became Emmaus Christian College as the school's long-standing Board of Management assumed full responsibility for governance.

The name "Emmaus" is from the Bible account of one of the events following Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection recorded in Luke Chapter 24. The account records how two of Jesus' followers had an encounter with the risen Lord Jesus Christ on the road to Emmaus, where "their eyes were opened" and they realised and understood that Jesus had risen.

In the same way, our goal is that our students have an encounter with Jesus that is profound, positive and life-changing, resulting in a strong Christian impact on their lives and the lives of others. 'Jesus Christ is Lord' has been our motto since the College's foundation. It is this insight that we want our students to take with them as they leave the College.