December 2017

Farewell to Year 6 Students

On Monday the 11th of December we farewelled 84 Year 6 students at a most meaningful celebration.

It was a great pleasure for me to have been a part of their journey many of them since 2011. I have watched with considerable pleasure their engaged learning using the outstanding framework of the IB’s Primary Years Program. You only have to have attended the IPS Exhibition in early November to get a glimpse of the rich deep and meaningful learning .

Their teachers also wrote how many of them show care through empathy and compassionate actions especially with the buddies in Reception.

It is respect towards the needs and feeling of others that is so important – acting to make a positive difference to the lives of others starting in your own homes, then your school mates and the wider community.

Reading through their reflections it was very clear to me that this group of Year 6’s clearly understand why they are here on earth – to serve others. They understand the meaning and purpose of life.

So on behalf of the school community I want to thank each of them for their contribution to life at IPS.  So many brought positive attitudes to school with a bright and happy smile each day.

Their enthusiasm, pride in the school, participation in so many service activities, care of buddies and their committment to making the world a better place is admired.

I am abundantly aware of the considerable nurturing these children have received along the way from passionate and motivated staff, who work in partnership with parents, having prepared them for the next step in life. Thank you for keeping the spirit of Immanuel so bright and strong.

God has great plans for you and your life.  You can go forward next year into Year 7 with great confidence.  You have the foundations for life and the promise and assurance from God when he says ‘I am with you.  Do not be afraid.  I have plans for you to give you a future and hope’.

Robert Hoff
(A very pleased and proud Principal of the 2017 Year 6 students)

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Christmas Blessings

On the last day of the term we were delighted in having our Year 1 students lead the final worship for the year with the most memorable and joyful telling of the birth of Jesus.  For years now we have left the school year behind having listened to their joyful young voices singing Christmas carols so beautifully. This worship is on my annual bucket list of joyous Christmas events. Long may it remain. It is my fervant prayer that every family at IPS is able to slow down for a day or three over Christmas to reflect on a year of blessings and enjoy some significant family time together.

Robert Hoff – Principal

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Serving those in need in the Glenelg Area

During October and November, students collected toiletries and food items to support those in need in our community and we thank our Year 6 leaders for coordinating this. Members from St Paul Church Glenelg came to collect the items, so they can be distributed to those in need before Christmas. On behalf of St Paul Glenelg, we would like to thank all of our Immanuel families for your generosity. Your kindness and servant hearts will bless many families in our local community who are in need.

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Music Making at its Best

The very first Orchestral and Instrumental Evening was held on Monday November 20 at 7.30 pm in the Auditorium. Showcasing their talents were Soh Sharp Orchestra, Junior Band, Yr 6 Cello Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Senior Strings and Woodwind, Fah Out Jazz Band, and Soloists. The warm appreciative audience were able to see the coming together of all the hours of practise that goes into learning an instrument and rehearsing together.

Many parents and friends were impressed by the dedication, and musicality that was demonstrated in all ensembles.  All soloists entertained and demonstrated their commitment to practise and their development of skills as musicians.

Whilst I was backstage and front of stage, it was wonderful to see so many students displaying the attitudes of respect, creativity, co-operation, confidence, commitment and appreciation.

It is wonderful to be part of Performing Arts at Immanuel Primary School and to work with so many happy, excited students, sharing their learning with each other and their audience. It is a great joy to witness and be part of music making here at Immanuel!

Mrs Cathy Travaglione – Performing Arts Teacher

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Visit from Elliot the dog from the Childhood Cancer Association

We were excited to welcome Elliot the Dog and Kate from the Childhood Cancer Association (CCA) to our Assembly. They were so thrilled to hear about our fundraising efforts for CCA, that Elliot the Dog gave Mr Hoff a big hug. A huge thank you to every Immanuel family for contributing to this charity by putting small change in the CCA tins in your homes this year. We can’t wait to hear how much we raised for CCA! An amazing organisation who supports families with children fighting cancer.
Special thanks and acknowledgement to Maritime Constructions Pty Ltd whose employees donated $183.55 to support work of CCA.

Jodie Fraser – Wellbeing Coordinator

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Barefoot to Boots

For the past year Immanuel students have been collecting old soccer and footy boots for the Barefoot to Boots Foundation. This is a foundation that assists refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp by providing boys, girls and young adults with boots to use in their organised matches, rather than their bare feet. The matches provide these people with an opportunity to experience being part of a team, gives them something positive to look forward to, and improves their wellbeing. We are proud, as an Immanuel community, to be able to provide a huge amount of boots for Kakuma Refugee Camp. We thank all those who have donated their boots, and a special thank you to one of our Year 4 students for the passion she has, and the initiative she showed, in raising awareness for the Barefoot to Boots Foundation throughout the school.

Michael Fouyaxis – Sports Coordinator

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