School News

Cygnet Victorious in Senior Primary Sports Carnival

On March 21st, on a most splendid and glorious morning for competition, the immaculately looking College Oval was a sea of Yellow York, Cygnet Green, Pirie Blue and Rapid Red in preparation for our 2019 Senior Primary Sports Day. Credit to our Year 6 House Captains who led the House Chants as each group pushed hard to outdo the other. Team spirit and enthusiasm was on a high as the heats of the 100 and 200 metre races got underway, with many happy to ‘give it a go’ in order to gain valuable points for their House.

On a perfect afternoon for field events, students made their way to Meier Oval to compete in High Jump, Long Jump, Discus and Shot Put. It was here where the true sporting nature of Immanuel students shone. Not only were they supportive and encouraging of their own House-mates but showed genuine excitement when anyone else jumped higher or threw further. This created a wonderful atmosphere and a positive feeling in the air.

When the scores were indeed counted, it was with great excitement that Mrs Clements (Principal)  announced Cygnet as the 2019 Senior Primary Sports Day Champions.

Final Scores

Cygnet 1907

Rapid 1505

Pirie 1500

York 1487

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A Significant Ceremony for our Year 6 Students

A very special ceremony evening to celebrate the End of Primary Schooling for our 84 Year 6 students. It was an evening of special significance. A night where we took time to stop, reflect, celebrate and  farewell.

An emotional yet uplifting ceremony as we shared the learning journey of these remarkable students over the past 8 years. Many of these students were the inaugural students of the Early Learning Centre that opened in 2011. No one else will ever hold this honour. A beautiful pictorial video shared so much of what our students had achieved celebrating each student’s talents.

Their teachers Mr Nathan Berry, Mrs Holly Fouyaxis and Mrs Kristy Williams (and Mrs Emma Brooks Term 4) also shared how much they have enjoyed working with and getting to know each student and the manner in which they embraced school life.

We congratulate our leaving Year 6 students who have shown themselves to be exemplary leaders, wonderful and caring role models to their buddies and younger students, passionate advocates for many causes close to their hearts and students with a genuine servant heart. We will certainly miss their unique personalities and they way they have demonstrated the school values of Respect, Flourish and Serve.

During the evening our students thanked their parents for all their support and encouragement over their years at Immanuel with a personal letter, for it is this partnership between home and school that enable our students to thrive.

In their personal reflections they wrote about how much being a student at Immanuel meant to them and how much they will miss their friends, the staff and this community.

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.

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’.

Margie Whitbread – Assistant Principal

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Carols under the Stars

Friday 7th December night brought Christmas joy into our hearts as we saw many singers and dancers brilliantly perform at the Christmas Under the Stars Concert. We were so blessed in having a team led by Performing Arts Coordinator Mr Peter Habib and Mrs Cathy Travaglione supported so well by Kathryn Altmann (Decibelles Conductor ), Matt Kelly (Sound & Lighting), Naomi Berry ( Dance Choreographer), Brett Humphreys (Compere), Margie Whitbread (Assistant Principal – Administration) and the talented Staff Worship band.


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Small Change Tins Make a Huge Difference

We were very excited to welcome a team from the Childhood Cancer Association (CCA) to our Assembly at the end of Term 4. In attendance was Kath O’Loughlin (CEO), Ed Sach (Young Ambassador for CCA) and everyone’s favourite dog Elliot. The students enjoyed hearing about how CCA had supported Ed and his family during his fight against cancer. The CCA team were extremely grateful and thrilled to hear about our fundraising efforts for CCA. 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. CCA is an amazing organisation who supports families with children fighting cancer. Your efforts raised $8,500!

Bec Clements – Principal

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Double Delight for York

On Friday 23rd November saw our Yr 2 and 3 swimmers gather in the Immanuel Swim Centre for the Junior Primary Swim Carnival. A culmination of 2 weeks of swim lessons where our students grew more confident in the water, developed their strokes, and improved their skills under the tutelage of the iSwim staff.

Novelty events, such as the Boogie Board, Noodle, and Rings race were a great way for our students to have a little fun while also working together as a team. The Beachball race was new to our program and provided much laughter from our competitors. Completing the afternoon with the infamous boat race is always great to watch as we see these inflatable devices go sideways, backwards, and sometimes tip over as our swimmers soon learn that teamwork provides the essence of a successful boating trip! Well done to many students who stepped in and swum events when others were unable to.

It was a joy to watch our students swim freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke in their races with stroke technique a highlight from all individuals. In the pool Kyle Chalmers developed as the world’s fastest male swimmer, we may have seen the next Kyle or Campbell sister as our Yr 2 and 3’s motored down the pool in record time. Exceptional swimming from all!

In a hotly contested finish, it was the mighty York who defended their 2017 JP Swimming Carnival triumph and collected the trophy yet again sending the already loud crowd into a deafening chorus of cheers and ecstasy.

Well done to our Yr 2/3 students who flourished throughout the last 2 weeks in the pool and were able to bring what they’d learnt to the Carnival, committing themselves to their team, and having the courage and confidence to give an event a go and earn valuable points for their team.

Michael Fouyaxis – PE Coordinator

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So Impressed by their Dedication

The Orchestral and Instrumental Evening was held in Term 4 in the Auditorium. Showcasing their efforts were Soh Sharp Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Junior Strings, Cello Ensemble, Flute Duo, Fah Out Jazz Band, and Soloists. The warm appreciative audience were able to see the coming together of all the hours of practice 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 practice and their development of skills as musicians.

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 love of learning with each other and their audience.

Mrs Cathy Travaglione – Performing Arts Team

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Hearts of Gold, Generous Spirits

The theme of ‘Generous Spirits and Hearts of Gold’ was most certainly evident at the 2018 Gala Ball with many parents, staff and the wider community showing support of the school through their attendance, generous donations and ongoing service.

Mark Bickley entertained the lively crowd as our MC for the evening and past parent Paul McGrath led a spirited Major Auction with the support of Michael Fouyaxis. Past student Simela Petridis one of Adelaide’s prominent entertainers provided a great band, which encouraged all to get onto the dance floor. The extended dance time was enjoyed by all.

Tributes were presented to the late Robert Foord, who over many years had been a very generous supporter of the school, and retired Principal, Mr Robert Hoff and his wife Mrs Sandra Hoff, acknowledging their contribution to Immanuel.

I join with many others in congratulating the ambitious P & F Association for providing us with such a memorable and fun night. Parents both new to the event and those who have attended for years commented on the stunning room with a view and the professional organisation and the enthusiastic team of Parents and Friends members. Thank you for working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the event was a success.

Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way for your generous spirits and hearts of gold. We look forward to putting the money towards providing resources for all students to enhance their learning in the new Arts and Design Studio.

How blessed the school is to have such generosity.

A phenomenal effort!

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Year 6 Students use their Voices to Campaign, Innovate and Invent

The Central Idea for the IPS Exhibition was, “People use their passion and expertise to make a positive difference.”

For 7 weeks in Term 3 & 4, the students have been inquiring into the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. They spent time really thinking about what they were passionate about and then selected a Goal to inquire deeply into. Students worked in collaborative teams and drove their own inquiries. Throughout their inquiry students demonstrated many skills including communication, time management, questioning and reflecting.

The culmination of this process was the sharing of their learning at exhibits in November. Our Year 6 students were quite simply outstanding as they advocated and shared their new understandings and passion for change with students, staff, families and the wider community. Visitors to the exhibits commented on how knowledgeable, articulate and passionate the students were about their inquiries. We are very proud of each and every student and hope that they continue to push for what they believe in.

A big thank you to everyone who supported the students throughout this process.

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Raising money for our Farmers in need – Casual Clothes Day

On Thursday, 6th September, we had a Casual Clothes Day for the drought effected farmers. We asked each family to donate with all money raised going to help people in our farming communities.
Some people dressed up as farmers, cows, sheep or other farm animals. Some students and teachers came dressed in casual clothes. All together we raised $4300. We are so proud of what was achieved.
We had a fun day and hope the farmers appreciate the money. Thank you for being involved and being so generous.

Amy, Sutton, Raf and Aimee (Year 2)


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