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A glorious morning greeted our Year 4 – 6 students as they entered Unley Swim Centre for our Immanuel Swim Carnival this year. The water looked enticing and the colours of red, yellow, blue, and green filled the grounds as well as enthusiastic cheers and uproarious war-cries.
The novelty races were a chance for our teams to build some House camaraderie in a more relaxed and competitively fun environment. The boat races were a highlight, not just for the competitors, but the spectators as well, with boats capsizing, going sideways, backwards, and sometimes nowhere at all. Regardless, it was a joy to see everyone compete in these races with glowing smiles on their faces, win, lose or fall!
However, amongst all the fun and laughter, the number crunchers were fervently tallying the points to see who would take home the coveted Swim Carnival Trophy. Despite Pirie’s charge from fourth, Rapid’s domination of the placings in finals and their exceptional effort in the relays the Red Army fired again for an unprecedented 4 wins in a row and sending the team into raptures….again!
Finally, to our magnificent Year 4 -6 students. The enthusiasm and joy you displayed, coupled with your positive attitude and willingness to be risk-takers to give events a go, and the way you never gave up despite how far behind you may have been, is a testament to the characteristics of the Primary Years Program. Well done on being involved in a fabulous Swim Carnival for another year!
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It was wonderful to see a large group of parents and staff at the seminar, ‘The Importance of Silence, Calmness and Stillness in Children’s Lives’ led by parenting educator Maggie Dent on Wednesday 28th February. All who attended found the evening enjoyable, informative and thought provoking. With so many tips and strategies to take away, everyone was so very thankful to spend an evening with Maggie Dent. Many thanks to Immanuel’s Parents and Friends Committee for hosting Maggie Dent and providing parents with the opportunity to hear from a well researched and dynamic speaker.
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After many months of patient waiting, the Year 1 and 2 students were excited to be part of the official opening of their play space on Wednesday 14th February. A lot of time and planning was put into this play space, with an emphasis on nature and natural materials. It is a diverse space which allows for lots of creativity and fun. We know our students will have many years of enjoyment in their new play space and we especially thank the P & F Committee for their fundraising efforts to help fund this project. Thank you to Joe Snobl (President of the P & F Committee), who officially opened the play space today.
Guests in attendance were: Joe Snobl – President of the P & F Committee, Anita White – Past Committee Member, Wax Designs – Amanda Balmer and Elton Landscapes – Martin Elton.
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.
After the Year 6 Leadership Day held in Week 2 students were invited to nominate for many leadership roles within the school. Students wrote letters applying for these roles.
Members of the Student Leadership Team 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. We acknowledge that all our 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 2018 student leaders.
On Monday 5th March, we were very excited to be visited by the Camp Quality Puppets, Kylie, Dean and Melissa. The Camp Quality Puppets raised awareness about cancer through a puppet performance. They dispelled common myths and taught the students how to be supportive and understanding of kids impacted by cancer.
We were also visited by Elliot the Dog from the Childhood Cancer Association. Elliot, along with Ben Mead on behalf of the Childhood Cancer Association, accepted a cheque for $11,502.30 which was raised through our Small Change Tins and Pyjama Day in 2017.
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Over 400 Parents, Friends and Staff of the school gathered for a night celebrating the school’s sense of belonging and sense of service as a reminder of one of the school’s key values.
The school’s Principal, Robert Hoff, and his wife Sandra were recognised for their many years of commendable service to the school through the sharing of a special video.
Mr Hoff responded noting how blessed he has been with a supportive leadership staff and the trust of School Council Chairs and members.
Guests at the evening included
Board Member from the Childhood Cancer Association, Stuart Brown, who commended the IPS community on its outstanding support of the CCA,
Troy Klemm (parent of the school) and sponsor of this event who talked about his great journey through the school not only for himself and his brother but now his sons,
Joe Snobl (P&F President) who reminded us of the excellent effort in raising over $50,000 last year. All of these funds were used for the development of the new Year 1 & 2 Playspace. Joe also introduced the P & F Committee for 2018 and gave highlights of the 2018 program.
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’.
(A very pleased and proud Principal of the 2017 Year 6 students)
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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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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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