November 2017

Developing Strong Relationships with Students from Kami City, Japan

What a wonderful time our 10 visiting students and 3 staff from Kami City had who were here for a 6 day study tour.

Our very special thanks to the five families who volunteered to be our Host families during their stay. How blessed these students were to have loving, caring families who looked after them like their own.

After a very long journey they arrived Wednesday afternoon of last week. Host families met their visitors at a welcome barbecue that evening before they headed to their new home for a much needed sleep. Thursday was spent in the classrooms and Friday after worship they headed to the city for some souvenir shopping. The weekend was spent with their host families where a number visited Cleland Wildlife Park for that obligatory ‘cuddle a koala’ time. No sooner had they arrived and it was time to leave. Farewells were made late Monday afternoon before they headed back to the airport.

This is what the Japanese students enjoyed ~

  • communicating and playing with our students
  • experiencing kindness from everyone
  • getting motivation to study English
  • cultural exchange
  • hospitality from our school community
  • going to lots of different places everyday
  • kindness and hospitality from our Host Families

Immanuel students enjoyed ~

  • communicating with Japanese students using Japanese and English
  • using non-verbal communication ie smile, gesture
  • observing their nature and mannerisms i.e. politeness
  • reading books together using Google Translate
  • watching Japanese students reactions to different foods, sport, traffic lights
  • getting to know them
  • finding out similarities and difference, likes and dislikes
  • experiencing Japanese culture i.e. food, origami

Our students were delighted to meet and communicate with ‘real’ Japanese children in our school.

We look forward to our ongoing partnership in 2018.

Shoko McInerney     Japanese Teacher
Margie Whitbread    Assistant Principal

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York wins Year 2/3 Swim Carnival

 Two weeks of swimming lessons culminated in the Junior Primary Swimming Carnival in Term 4. Year 2 and 3 students were able to nominate for individual events, with some choosing to be risk-takers and swimming strokes for the first time, thanks to the confidence they gained from their iSwim instructors.

The competition got off to a fun start with our first novelty race giving most students a chance to ‘test the water’ before the seriousness of individual competition. Rapid had the early lead and were looking to win a remarkable 6th Swimming Carnival in a row, but Pirie were keen to clean sweep the Sports Day trophies after their win on Athletics Day.

It was wonderful watching the faces of our swimmers as they exited the water. Wide smiles, and a sense of joy littered the pool deck while many of our competitors experienced pool-racing for the very first time, and were shocked at how well they performed, or were just simply full of pride that they had found their way to the finishing wall, regardless of where they came!

With only a few races to go the announcement came that there was just 10 points separating ALL 4 Houses. Never had the competition been so close, and this sent the young fans into a frenzy as the freestyle races were hotly contested. But nothing can match the scenes that took place in the Boat races, where some nearly capsized, a few went backwards, others went sideways, a few went nowhere as arms and legs struggled to reach the water, and some found a 4 cylinder, 200 horse-power outboard motor to mow down their opposition. And when it was all said and done, the Australian gold of the boys and girls from York defeated the Green Machines of Cygnet by a mere 10 points to claim their first Junior Primary Swimming Carnival victory.

York            645
Cygnet        635
Pirie            575
Rapid          525


Michael Fouyaxis – PE Coordinator 

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‘Year 6 Students use their creative powers to fight for change’

A huge congratulations to our Year 6 students who demonstrated their passion, understanding and a proactive approach to making a positive difference through their exhibits in Term 4. The PYP Exhibition was a culmination of 7 weeks of rigorous learning, where the Year 6 students have had the opportunity to inquire deeply into an area of their passion and choice connected to the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. An evening where students were able to demonstrate part of the knowledge, skills and attitudes they have been developing throughout their time in PYP.
The staff and community were incredibly impressed with the collaborative group work, the depth of the inquiry and the evidence of critical, creative and reflective thinking that was displayed as part of the exhibits. The audience was in awe of the way the Year 6 students could articulate their learning with such confidence, skill and enthusiasm. There is no doubt that the Year 6 students have learnt so much from this experience and we are all so very proud of them.
Congratulations to the Immanuel staff and community who assisted in many different ways. This was an outstanding collaborative effort!

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