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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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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Year 6 Students Demonstrate Leadership and Service

What a wonderful example of how young children can make a difference to others in our community. The Year 6 students held a Cake Stall, outside the auditorium, at the recent State election. With much help from their parents – the bakers of the many different treats on offer- they were able to raise the significant amount of $1850 for the Childhood Cancer Association.

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Year 1 & 2 Number Sense Parent Workshop

How exciting to see so many parents engaged and having fun with Maths!  Developing a strong sense of number is a crucial part of children’s mathematical development. We explored how everyday situations, our own ‘Maths Mindset’ and playing various games can be used to support the ‘maths journey’ of our budding, young mathematicians.



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Narnu Farm – We loved it!

In Term 1 students headed down to Narnu Farm for 2 fun-filled days of camp. They enjoyed numerous activities over the 2 days including animal feeding, hand ploughing, butter making, table tennis, fort play and of course horse riding. Also popular was the Wilderness Survival activity in which the students had to work in groups to design and build a shelter to protect people from the weather. It was great to see the students engaging positively in the activities and trying new things. We are sure that they will remember their time at Narnu Farm for years to come. Well done on a great camp experience, Year 4’s.

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Rapid Wins Senior Primary Swim Carnival

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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Maggie’s Magic

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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