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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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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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.
Michael Fouyaxis – PE Coordinator
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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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