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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York wins Year 2/3 Swim Carnival

 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.

York            645
Cygnet        635
Pirie            575
Rapid          525


Michael Fouyaxis – PE Coordinator 

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‘Year 6 Students use their creative powers to fight for change’

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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Courageous, Confident, Collaborative and pretty Cool!

These are some words that describe this year’s Year 6 musical ‘The Amazing Adventures of SuperStan’. What a wonderful week it was last week when the Year 6 students presented their musical to the school community. As one Year 5 student remarked, ‘This was the best musical they had watched.’

After 8 weeks of rehearsing lines, practicing the choreographed dance routines and learning to sing and move at the same time the students were ready to hit the stage. Under the direction of Mr Peter Habib, Performing Arts Coordinator, and the tremendous teamwork and support of Year 6 class teachers, Alison Strauss, Kristy Williams and Nathan Berry the students were

  • courageous in being risk takers as they chose to sing a solo (there were 25 vocal solos),
  • confident in communicating their lines and acting as their particular character (every student had at least 2 speaking roles),
  • collaborative as a team as they supported each other during their performances (this was especially evident during the many costume changes backstage)
  • and as they demonstrated their enjoyment while they performed this Cool musical.

‘The 3 performances were very successful because everyone had practiced well. I really enjoyed performing.’ Sienna

‘We engaged our audience by performing and expressing our ideas through our body language, facial expressions, expression, enthusiasm, physical movements and appropriate eye contact.’ Jessica 

‘We used a lot of props, lights, sound effects to make the show come to life. There was a lot of cool stuff happening throughout the musical.’ Alex 

How blessed these 84 Year 6 students were as they had the opportunity to learn new skills and demonstrate unearthed talents.

Productions such as these also require an enormous amount of assistance from others, so we thank all backstage staff, costume designers and creators, prop creators, set builders and sound and lighting specialists.

We hope you enjoyed the Show!

Margie Whitbread – Assistant Principal

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Learning about History and Democracy in Canberra

Alarms were set and bags were packed in anticipation of an early start for our Year 6 students, teachers and parents. Monday, May 22nd was the date for our long anticipated venture across borders to our nation’s capital.

Adelaide airport at 5.15am was a hive of activity. There were navy blue sweaters as far as the eye could see, as parents dropped students off into the care of Immanuel teachers and parent helpers. Our preparation was complete and thanks to our ever supportive parents, by 5.30am, all students coming on the trip were accounted for.

The flights in both directions gave the students an opportunity to debrief and journal their thoughts and feelings. They were well behaved and polite which was extremely pleasing, in fact Mr Steve Rudolph (Lutheran Education Australia Executive Director) was on our flight over to Canberra and he was most impressed with how the students represented themselves and the school.

To say that the trip was busy would be an understatement. Our days began at 6am with a wake up and concluded with the students lights out at around 9pm. The days were full of learning opportunities, well planned and skilfully executed.

One of the many highlights of the trip was our visit to the War Memorial. The students were introduced to many of the conflicts that Australians have served in. The memorial is a world class facility and engaged the students from the moment we entered, until we departed many hours later. We concluded our afternoon with a Last Post Ceremony watched on by tourists and serving members of the defence force. It was a special time that will be a lasting memory for the Year 6 students.

Another highlight was spending time in Parliament House. We were visited by sitting members and previous sitting members of the House. We saw portraits and heard stories about Prime Ministers of days gone by, and we walked through the hallways catching glimpses of politicians faces as they moved around the building going about their work.

Science came alive for the students at both Questacon and the GeoScience Education Centre. Democracy was championed at the Museum of Australian Democracy and the Australian Electoral Education Centre. We took in the sights from Mt Ainslie and understood the vision of Walter Burley Griffin thanks to the National Capital Exhibition. Lake Burley Griffin was cruised and the AIS was explored, and so the list goes…..

My hope is that the students realise how fortunate they are; to live in a country that values freedom and democracy, to go to a school that values rich educational experiences and finally, to have parents who are willing to make the financial sacrifices to provide their children these memories for a lifetime.

Nathan Berry – Year 6 Teacher

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Red Army marches on!

A wonderfully mild summer’s morning greeted the Year 4-6 students as they filed into Unley Swimming Centre last Friday. The water was warm, and the excitement was building, as our four Houses, lead by their enthusiastic Captains, set the atmospheric tone by belting out their catchy War Cries. The competition began with a record number of swimmers entering freestyle events all through the four age groups, an excellent indication of the confidence our students are receiving from their swimming lessons earlier in the term.

The lead changed a number of times over the morning, with York, at one stage, looking like breaking their four year Carnival duck. Novelty events, including rings, tubes, boogie boards, and the ever popular boat race gave all students a chance to get into the water, regardless of skill level. Before we entered the 50 metre finals, Pirie were hot on the heels of Rapid, and keen to capture their first ever Swimming Carnival trophy. Not to be outdone however, the Red Army produced the goods in the water and won 2 of the relays to clinch the trophy by the barest of margins, and go back-to-back-to-back!

We would not be able to put on such a successful, and smoothly-run Carnival without the assistance and support of the plethora of parent helpers, from the time-keepers, to the in-water helpers who braved the chilly conditions. Thanks to all the teachers and staff who carried out their roles with precision and prepared their students for the day. Well done to our House Captains, and Yr 6 leaders, who carried out their duties with confidence and a sense of pride.

Last but not least, I’ve often spoken to colleagues in other schools who tell me that their swimming carnivals are only for the advanced swimmers and many students don’t participate. I always walk away from Unley with a sense of pride that every single Immanuel student who walked through the doors that morning got in the water and when they did, gave it their all. And even when they weren’t in the water, they cheered, supported, encouraged, and were wonderful sports throughout the entire day.

Congratulations to Kelly O’Leary (6W Pirie) and Lachlan Washington (5H Pirie) for being named Male and Female Swimmers of the Meet. The swimmers of the meet are based on individual points achieved throughout the day, with bonus points given for Immanuel records broken.

We now look forward to Sports Day later this term, where we go from the water to the land, as the competition for House honours goes up a notch.


Rapid    1103

Pirie      1015

York        876

Cygnet    799  


Michael Fouyaxis –  PE Coordinator

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