This beautiful piece of scripture has been used at Emmaus as the basis for a great deal of our conversations since our beginnings. Inevitably there will be times when children hurt one another either physically or emotionally. However, in acknowledging this reality it is crucial that when these instances occur, that children are taught a pathway to reconciliation.
At the start of this school year, and on a regular basis since, we have invited our children to express how it is they wish to be treated and in turn how they need to treat others. These expectations are known as our ‘norms.’ We haven’t imposed a list of ‘rules’ on the children because in reality they have set their own direction. As a result the overall level of “Wellbeing” at Emmaus is palpable.
A variety of processes and procedures are in place to deal with issues that may arise at Emmaus. The key to dealing with any such issues for us has always and will always be centred in open, honest and transparent communication.
On the Emmaus staff team is a School Counsellor who supports the wellbeing of students and families three days a week.