May 2017

Foundational Values

When parents choose Immanuel as a nurturing environment for their young children they do so because their own values align with the schools.

Immanuel’s values have their foundation in the basic beliefs of the Lutheran Church. Many of them indeed come straight out of the mouth of Jesus and are recorded clearly in the New Testament part of the Bible. When Immanuel Primary chose the IB Primary Years Curriculum famework as a foundation for the educational program, we made sure that the IB values aligned with our Lutheran values. Indeed there is an outstanding alignment.

During the next few weeks it is planned to share some of the core values with you. We want to affirm them, because it is quite easy in the pace of school life to assume that we know what they are. They need to be communicated appropriately. So I hope you will not only read them but reflect on them and then think about what you do in your family to teach and model them. We are definitely in a partnership with you in passing on these values. Indeed, you are the senior partner when it comes to this foundational work.

Bless you in considering how you commit to passing on these values to your children.

EMPATHY / COMPASSION

Understanding how other people think and feel.

Probably one of the key values for life. Actually teaching children to think before they pass comment. This clearly relates to their growth – in maturity because I sometimes hear very young children blurt out what they are thinking without having the social maturity to know how that might affect others around them. Teaching and modeling this value takes time and thought.

APPRECIATION

This is being thankful for the world and its people.

This value is somewhat easier to teach because it can have a more practical approach. Counting our daily blessings of shelter, food and health is a good start. Pointing out God’s creation to them at a sunset or in the bush – teaching appreciation. And no doubt you can ask them to actually name people they are thankful for and why.

There is nothing like family discussions around these values to get the message across – and of course them hearing you give genuine thanks and appreciation for the many great things in your life.

Robert Hoff – Principal

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Helping create a better and more Peaceful World

As a school of the IB world we aim to develop inspiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

How blessed we were to have a guest speaker from Australian Lutheran World Service give the students such a clear picture of the service we are all involved with through our close partnership with their worthy work in Cambodia. Not only did Mrs Julie Krause’s presentation clearly show how our dollars are helping to create a much better living place for the villagers in Phnum Pran Pi but helped our staff and children in their understandings about being in a different culture.

When IPS chose the IB’s Primary Years framework as a foundation for its education program, we made sure that the IB’s values aligned with our Lutheran values. Indeed there is an outstanding alignment.

We support ALWS (and have done so for many years) because that agency has chosen to work in partnership with exceptionally deprived people in some of the most economically challenging places in the world. Children (indeed families of IPS) over the past 15 years or more have come to see how our partnership with ALWS has made a significant difference to villages in Cambodia. Indeed our partnership has meant the building of 2 schools, providing two larger dams to give water all year round and we have created better pathways for ease of movement from one area to another. ALWS works carefully with the local community in terms of partnership, listening, supporting, training and encouragement.

The Village Councils actually choose the projects and complete them using the community’s physical resources. Our financial input certainly provides for machinery and materials.The stories we hear about the progress in terms of these development projects are quite amazing. Our partnership impact continues to grow. Your children I’m sure can tell you more. Thank you for your ongoing interest in the partnership we have with ALWS.

This year’s development project will require $7,000 for the completion of a spillway to be constructed across a stream – obviously collecting water for future use during the year.

Friday’s Casual Clothes Day raised $1,500 towards this target. Thank you for thinking and caring about others.The work in Phunum Pran Pi has commenced – and will create a better place of living for our friends in Cambodia.

Robert Hoff – Principal

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