March 2017

Student Leadership

Becoming a student leader is a role that our students look forward to when they reach Year 6 especially as they have been learning and practising these leadership skills throughout their years at Immanuel- in their classrooms, on the sports fields, in the playgrounds and in their homes.

It is during Year 6 that our students are given special opportunities to further develop these skills through their involvement as buddies to Reception students, helping at Games club, Library and Art room, as assistants in the Canteen, leading in worship, singing and assemblies, as sound and computer technicians, as Road Crossing monitors, House Captains and Student Representative Committee members.

After the Year 6 Leadership Day held in Week 2 students were invited to nominate for leadership positions on the Student Representative Committee, as leaders of their House teams or other school based leadership roles. Students wrote letters to various staff members applying for these roles. Speeches were prepared and delivered to their peers and voting took place for SRC and House Captains. These positions were ratified by staff. Staff responded to students who had applied for other roles.

Members of the SRC meet fortnightly with Mrs Whitbread to be a voice for the student body as they share ideas and opinions on matters which affect them and the school community. Issues raised by students through their class meetings are forwarded to the SRC for discussion and consideration.

Term I is a busy term for House Captains as they assist  Mr Fouyaxis and the PE Department in leading their teams during our major sports events of Swim Carnival – last Friday – and Sports Day in Week 8. Although there are some specific leadership roles, we acknowledge  that all of the Year 6 students are leaders within our school and look forward to their contributions to school life at Immanuel.

As a school community we congratulate and encourage our 2017 Student Leaders.

Margie Whitbread

Assistant Principal

 ‘Leadership is not just about what you do but what you can inspire, encourage and empower others to do.’ 

Jon Gordon

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Red Army marches on!

A wonderfully mild summer’s morning greeted the Year 4-6 students as they filed into Unley Swimming Centre last Friday. The water was warm, and the excitement was building, as our four Houses, lead by their enthusiastic Captains, set the atmospheric tone by belting out their catchy War Cries. The competition began with a record number of swimmers entering freestyle events all through the four age groups, an excellent indication of the confidence our students are receiving from their swimming lessons earlier in the term.

The lead changed a number of times over the morning, with York, at one stage, looking like breaking their four year Carnival duck. Novelty events, including rings, tubes, boogie boards, and the ever popular boat race gave all students a chance to get into the water, regardless of skill level. Before we entered the 50 metre finals, Pirie were hot on the heels of Rapid, and keen to capture their first ever Swimming Carnival trophy. Not to be outdone however, the Red Army produced the goods in the water and won 2 of the relays to clinch the trophy by the barest of margins, and go back-to-back-to-back!

We would not be able to put on such a successful, and smoothly-run Carnival without the assistance and support of the plethora of parent helpers, from the time-keepers, to the in-water helpers who braved the chilly conditions. Thanks to all the teachers and staff who carried out their roles with precision and prepared their students for the day. Well done to our House Captains, and Yr 6 leaders, who carried out their duties with confidence and a sense of pride.

Last but not least, I’ve often spoken to colleagues in other schools who tell me that their swimming carnivals are only for the advanced swimmers and many students don’t participate. I always walk away from Unley with a sense of pride that every single Immanuel student who walked through the doors that morning got in the water and when they did, gave it their all. And even when they weren’t in the water, they cheered, supported, encouraged, and were wonderful sports throughout the entire day.

Congratulations to Kelly O’Leary (6W Pirie) and Lachlan Washington (5H Pirie) for being named Male and Female Swimmers of the Meet. The swimmers of the meet are based on individual points achieved throughout the day, with bonus points given for Immanuel records broken.

We now look forward to Sports Day later this term, where we go from the water to the land, as the competition for House honours goes up a notch.


Rapid    1103

Pirie      1015

York        876

Cygnet    799  


Michael Fouyaxis –  PE Coordinator

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Our Chaplain shares a Bible story with the ELC

Mr Larcombe (IPS Chaplain) visited the ELC to share in their Worship time. He shared the story of ‘Daniel and the Lions Den’. Mr Larcombe explained that Daniel believed and listen to God even when other people told him not to. God cared for Daniel and stopped the Lions from eating him up. Mr Larcombe played his guitar and the ELC children sang ‘My God is so Big’.

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