School News

Our Grandparents and Special Friends made the children’s smiles shine bright all day!

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is always a memorable day for our students and their visitors. For many of our students it is the highlight of the year. It is beautiful witnessing the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren. Last Friday, Week 6, Term 3, was filled with laughter, appreciation, respect and pure joy. The bringing together of people who care so much for each other.

Our visitors began the day with a special welcome and concert held in the Immanuel College Chapel. Year 6 Student Leaders with the support of our Reception students (via video) shared ways that they were building the new IPS foundations of respect, flourish and serve. This was followed with our orchestra and choirs entertaining the large audience and showcasing their outstanding talents. Thank you to Peter Habib and Cathy Travaglione for your ongoing development of our music students.

Special time was then spent in the classrooms with lots of excitement as students shared their learning with loved ones.

Your generous contributions from Year 5 Cake Stall and the Raffle has enabled the school to forward $1500.00 to support the work of ALWS and will assist our farmers in need.

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Quiz Night or Dance Party?

The P & F Rockit Quiz Night was both a quiz night and a dance party. What a fun night of entertainment for all who took part. Table groups went all out to dress for the occasion with the auditorium looking a bit like a ‘KISS Convention’.

We were challenged by our host for the night Robbie B, who played music hits from all eras, to name that tune or theartist. His sidekick added to the fun handing out prizes of vegemite, tissues and cheezels.

Half time activities enabled parents and friends to test their skills or just catch up with each other for a chat.

The evening concluded with Robbie B as DJ playing tunes that got everyone up on the floor dancing. A fantastic fun night that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

Margie Whitbread – Assistant Principal

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Principal receives ACEL SA Leadership Medal

Our Principal,  Robert Hoff received an Australian Council of Educational Leadership Award, from the Minister for SA Education, John Gardner, (pictured) at a special ceremony held at the Sanctuary Adelaide Zoo.
The Leadership Medal honours those who have shown excellent leadership in education in a school, system or sector.
It acknowledges those who have demonstrated a commitment beyond their current role.
Capabilities include high educational outcomes for self and others and the ability to inspire, influence and implement change in an innovative manner.
Leadership medallists are acknowledged by their colleagues, students and community for their outstanding leadership and achievement for a school sector or system.

The Citation
“Robert Hoff has been a primary principal for 45 years.  He joined IPSHA (Independent Primary Schools Association) in 1985 as the Principal of Trinity Lutheran Primary School on the Gold Coast having already been the Principal of St Paul’s Lutheran School in Adelaide for 10 years.  He was appointed as the Principal of Immanuel Primary School at Novar Gardens where he has led the school with distinction for the last 21 years.  Robert has played a prominent role in IPSHA, APPA (Australian Primary Principals Association) and Lutheran Education at both a state and national level.  In addition he has been an active member of numerous Boards and Councils, fulfilling a diverse range of roles.
Robert has organised numerous National and State conferences that have supported the ongoing development of Leaders.”All of this service has been completed in a voluntary capacity.

This recognition is amongst the latest of many received in recent years for his contribution to Education in a long and illustrious career.

We congratulate Robert on receiving this award.

Bec Clements – Assistant Principal

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New Footy Guernseys

What a wonderful start to the IPS Football Season with wins to all 3 teams who played. We have awesome new jumpers kindly sponsored by Troy Klemm of
‘Klemm Homes’. The boys and our school community appreciate your generosity and aim to honour
the new “Doves” jumper!

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Check Mate – Chess Club

It has been fabulous to see so many enthusiastic young chess players at IPS!

Research has proven many benefits to playing chess, including the development of critical thinking, logic and problem solving skills.

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Artwork brightens school environment

As part of our art inquiry into Sharing the Planet last year the Year 1 students began making a fish sculpture and art work to be displayed around the school. We used recycled timber for the fish shapes. We then used house paint and Posca pens to decorate the fish. We chose fish because fish swim together in a school and at school we work together to learn and grow. Fish were also an important food source for the Kaurna people who are the first custodians of the land Immanuel is built on. Our work is inspired by Aboriginal artist/illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft.

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Redevelopment Commences

Builders (CookBuild) have commenced the next stage of our facilities redevelopment.   The architect Geof Nairn together with the builders have redeveloped a creative way of reconfiguring the current shell to achieve improved learning spaces.

  • Year 5/6 learning spaces which allow for improved collaboration and agility
  • New location for the Multipurpose Hall and parent gathering spaces, Before & After School Care
  • Extended space for the Visual Arts program
  • Different locations for the Learning Support Program
  • Enhanced storage space
  • A nature garden between Year 5 and 6 learning areas
  • Complete upgrade for the Japanese Learning Centre
  • New furniture throughout
  • Expanded Canteen

Robert Hoff – Principal

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Immanuel String Recital

Congratulations to all students who performed on Wednesday April 11 at Immanuel Strings Recital 2018, in the Immanuel College Chapel. A warm audience of family and friends attended the College Chapel.

String students from IPS in Years 2 – 6 performed in this delightful setting where musicianship, stage presence and behaviour were all of a very high calibre. It was wonderful to see and hear our students performing in such an accomplished musical style. Congratulations to the IPS Junior Strings and Senior String Ensembles.

Violinist – Eve Hooper Year 6, performed technically challenging left hand pizzicato, double stops with mature musicianship for her very first violin solo. Eve performed the ‘The Boy Paganini’ a grade four piece, with her accompanist, Miss Janice Purdie. A very musical performance, well done Eve!

Cathy Travaglione – Strings Coordinator


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