About EMC

Elisabeth Murdoch College (EMC) is a coeducational secondary college (years 7-12) located in the south eastern suburb of Langwarrin with an average student population of 1800. The College is positioned as the first choice for local families. An enrolment zone is in place.  We care about developing each of our students as a whole child.  We build relationships and offer opportunities that position students for their pathway to success.

Our key priority areas are Literacy, Student Engagement in Learning, and Community Engagement. The College has an instructional model that guides teaching and learning for staff and students. The model provides flexibility to incorporate current department initiatives.

The College adopts evidence-based strategies to support student’s social and emotional learning. We offer a learning environment where all students can achieve their best and be positioned for a positive pathway.  REACH – Respect, Empowerment, Aspiration, Courage, and Honesty are the core values that guide our work.  We set high expectations for all students in all aspects of school life.

EMC implements initiatives and strategies to support the wellbeing of students, staff and the wider community.  EMC is a lead school for the Department of Education Respectful Relationships initiative.  We also have a newly established Inclusive Education team supporting students with additional needs including the new Tier 2 disability inclusion approach and Disability Inclusion Profiles (formerly Program for Students with Disabilities).  EMC drives reconciliation in education, and celebrates and supports our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through our endorsed Reconciliation Action Plan.  We are proud to work in partnership with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to support students building strength in cultural identity in engagement activities across the College.

EMC, Langwarrin Primary School, Langwarrin Park Primary School, and Woodlands Primary School have partnered to create the THRIVE positive education network. Together we are using best practice teaching and the science of positive psychology to help every member of our school community to THRIVE.

EMC is proud to offer a diverse set of pathways to cater to every aspiration. We strive to meet the learning needs and passions of every student, while also creating a supportive environment with opportunities for students to develop an individual sense of self and belonging to the community. 

Our four Middle School Specialist Programs provide an insight into our unique approach to support students to transform their interests and passions into learning and career pathways in preparation for senior school.  These programs are: 

  • Leaders in Sport – Strong leadership within the community
  • The Murdoch Program – Providing strong academic pathways 
  • The Performing Arts Collective – Inspiring success through a passion to perform 
  • Aspirant Leaders – Empowering students to become change makers 

These four Specialist Programs extend our regular curriculum, creating an environment where students can challenge each other, take risks and develop the behaviours and leadership skills that will support their continued learning well beyond secondary school.

We also provide a vast curriculum that caters for the interests and abilities of a diverse range of learning styles and pathways including: 

  • Extensive VCE and VET offerings 
  • School Based Apprenticeships with an extensive vocational program 
  • Many additional opportunities to be involved in further educational experiences, i.e. sport, academic, performing arts and community partnerships 
  • Strong community links with the iCAN challenge and the Royal Children’s Hospital, The Salvation Army, Monash University, Lifeblood and Cruden Farm.