June 2017

Reception Parents join for a Celebration

A Friday night in June, our Reception parents gathered together for a special dinner at the Glenelg Golf Club. During the evening Sarah Nash spoke about how the Primary Years Program helps to equip our children with the skills to be successful in the future.  Jodie Fraser shared a little about Wellbeing and how we strive to enable our children to flourish in all aspects of their lives. Finally, Robert Hoff concluded the evening by challenging the parents to consider how they will contribute to the life of the school and what legacy will they leave as they journey through Immanuel Primary.

The evening really was a great opportunity for the parents to connect and also learn a little more about the exciting learning journey their children have ahead of them.

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Courageous, Confident, Collaborative and pretty Cool!

These are some words that describe this year’s Year 6 musical ‘The Amazing Adventures of SuperStan’. What a wonderful week it was last week when the Year 6 students presented their musical to the school community. As one Year 5 student remarked, ‘This was the best musical they had watched.’

After 8 weeks of rehearsing lines, practicing the choreographed dance routines and learning to sing and move at the same time the students were ready to hit the stage. Under the direction of Mr Peter Habib, Performing Arts Coordinator, and the tremendous teamwork and support of Year 6 class teachers, Alison Strauss, Kristy Williams and Nathan Berry the students were

  • courageous in being risk takers as they chose to sing a solo (there were 25 vocal solos),
  • confident in communicating their lines and acting as their particular character (every student had at least 2 speaking roles),
  • collaborative as a team as they supported each other during their performances (this was especially evident during the many costume changes backstage)
  • and as they demonstrated their enjoyment while they performed this Cool musical.

‘The 3 performances were very successful because everyone had practiced well. I really enjoyed performing.’ Sienna

‘We engaged our audience by performing and expressing our ideas through our body language, facial expressions, expression, enthusiasm, physical movements and appropriate eye contact.’ Jessica 

‘We used a lot of props, lights, sound effects to make the show come to life. There was a lot of cool stuff happening throughout the musical.’ Alex 

How blessed these 84 Year 6 students were as they had the opportunity to learn new skills and demonstrate unearthed talents.

Productions such as these also require an enormous amount of assistance from others, so we thank all backstage staff, costume designers and creators, prop creators, set builders and sound and lighting specialists.

We hope you enjoyed the Show!

Margie Whitbread – Assistant Principal

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‘Let’s take the next steps’

National Reconciliation Week is about Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians talking, walking and working together to overcome the reasons why there is division and inequality between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.

Reconciliation means restoring a relationship and bringing people back together. It involves acknowledging fault and taking responsibility for wrong actions and saying sorry for these things.

50 years ago something really important happened for Aboriginal people. Nearly all Australians voted to include Aboriginal people as citizens and part of the population of Australia, bringing us together as one.

Since then, the path towards reconciliation has seen both progress and setbacks. The Reconciliation Movement continues today with progress on both a national and state level.

The basis of reconciliation is understanding and sharing stories, listening to one another and working together for mutual respect, goodwill and equity.

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Learning about History and Democracy in Canberra

Alarms were set and bags were packed in anticipation of an early start for our Year 6 students, teachers and parents. Monday, May 22nd was the date for our long anticipated venture across borders to our nation’s capital.

Adelaide airport at 5.15am was a hive of activity. There were navy blue sweaters as far as the eye could see, as parents dropped students off into the care of Immanuel teachers and parent helpers. Our preparation was complete and thanks to our ever supportive parents, by 5.30am, all students coming on the trip were accounted for.

The flights in both directions gave the students an opportunity to debrief and journal their thoughts and feelings. They were well behaved and polite which was extremely pleasing, in fact Mr Steve Rudolph (Lutheran Education Australia Executive Director) was on our flight over to Canberra and he was most impressed with how the students represented themselves and the school.

To say that the trip was busy would be an understatement. Our days began at 6am with a wake up and concluded with the students lights out at around 9pm. The days were full of learning opportunities, well planned and skilfully executed.

One of the many highlights of the trip was our visit to the War Memorial. The students were introduced to many of the conflicts that Australians have served in. The memorial is a world class facility and engaged the students from the moment we entered, until we departed many hours later. We concluded our afternoon with a Last Post Ceremony watched on by tourists and serving members of the defence force. It was a special time that will be a lasting memory for the Year 6 students.

Another highlight was spending time in Parliament House. We were visited by sitting members and previous sitting members of the House. We saw portraits and heard stories about Prime Ministers of days gone by, and we walked through the hallways catching glimpses of politicians faces as they moved around the building going about their work.

Science came alive for the students at both Questacon and the GeoScience Education Centre. Democracy was championed at the Museum of Australian Democracy and the Australian Electoral Education Centre. We took in the sights from Mt Ainslie and understood the vision of Walter Burley Griffin thanks to the National Capital Exhibition. Lake Burley Griffin was cruised and the AIS was explored, and so the list goes…..

My hope is that the students realise how fortunate they are; to live in a country that values freedom and democracy, to go to a school that values rich educational experiences and finally, to have parents who are willing to make the financial sacrifices to provide their children these memories for a lifetime.

Nathan Berry – Year 6 Teacher

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