Serving those in need in the Glenelg Area

During October and November, students collected toiletries and food items to support those in need in our community and we thank our Year 6 leaders for coordinating this. Members from St Paul Church Glenelg came to collect the items, so they can be distributed to those in need before Christmas. On behalf of St Paul Glenelg, we would like to thank all of our Immanuel families for your generosity. Your kindness and servant hearts will bless many families in our local community who are in need.

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Music Making at its Best

The very first Orchestral and Instrumental Evening was held on Monday November 20 at 7.30 pm in the Auditorium. Showcasing their talents were Soh Sharp Orchestra, Junior Band, Yr 6 Cello Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Senior Strings and Woodwind, Fah Out Jazz Band, and Soloists. The warm appreciative audience were able to see the coming together of all the hours of practise 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 practise and their development of skills as musicians.

Whilst I was backstage and front of stage, 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 learning with each other and their audience. It is a great joy to witness and be part of music making here at Immanuel!

Mrs Cathy Travaglione – Performing Arts Teacher

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Visit from Elliot the dog from the Childhood Cancer Association

We were excited to welcome Elliot the Dog and Kate from the Childhood Cancer Association (CCA) to our Assembly. They were so thrilled to hear about our fundraising efforts for CCA, that Elliot the Dog gave Mr Hoff a big hug. 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. We can’t wait to hear how much we raised for CCA! An amazing organisation who supports families with children fighting cancer.
Special thanks and acknowledgement to Maritime Constructions Pty Ltd whose employees donated $183.55 to support work of CCA.

Jodie Fraser – Wellbeing Coordinator

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Developing Strong Relationships with Students from Kami City, Japan

What a wonderful time our 10 visiting students and 3 staff from Kami City had who were here for a 6 day study tour.

Our very special thanks to the five families who volunteered to be our Host families during their stay. How blessed these students were to have loving, caring families who looked after them like their own.

After a very long journey they arrived Wednesday afternoon of last week. Host families met their visitors at a welcome barbecue that evening before they headed to their new home for a much needed sleep. Thursday was spent in the classrooms and Friday after worship they headed to the city for some souvenir shopping. The weekend was spent with their host families where a number visited Cleland Wildlife Park for that obligatory ‘cuddle a koala’ time. No sooner had they arrived and it was time to leave. Farewells were made late Monday afternoon before they headed back to the airport.

This is what the Japanese students enjoyed ~

  • communicating and playing with our students
  • experiencing kindness from everyone
  • getting motivation to study English
  • cultural exchange
  • hospitality from our school community
  • going to lots of different places everyday
  • kindness and hospitality from our Host Families

Immanuel students enjoyed ~

  • communicating with Japanese students using Japanese and English
  • using non-verbal communication ie smile, gesture
  • observing their nature and mannerisms i.e. politeness
  • reading books together using Google Translate
  • watching Japanese students reactions to different foods, sport, traffic lights
  • getting to know them
  • finding out similarities and difference, likes and dislikes
  • experiencing Japanese culture i.e. food, origami

Our students were delighted to meet and communicate with ‘real’ Japanese children in our school.

We look forward to our ongoing partnership in 2018.

Shoko McInerney     Japanese Teacher
Margie Whitbread    Assistant Principal

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Family Fun Day & Monster Garage Sale an Awesome Day!

The Family Fun Day and Monster Garage Sale was brilliant!  What a wonderful day for the large number of families in our school community who attended.  It was also fantastic to see many people from the wider community enjoying the event too. There was something for everyone.  For those who wanted a bargain, the Monster Garage Sale delivered.  For those who wanted something delicious to eat, there was food a plenty.  For those that wanted home made treats or something for the garden, they were spoilt for choice.  The children were entertained by games, animals, fire engines and even a ‘Ninja Run’.  It really was a fabulous day. Thank you to the many, many parents, staff and students who volunteered their time on the day and thank you to the many volunteers who helped out in the lead up to the event.

A fabulous event where our community came together to have fun and enjoy each other’s company, with the added bonus of raising much needed funds for the school.  We are thrilled to announce that the Family Fun Day and Monster Garage Sale raised a tremendous  $25,000, which will go towards the redeveloped Year 1/2 Primary Playspace.
Immanuel has an amazing community spirit and the Family Fun Day and Monster Garage Sale was a perfect example of this.

Monster Garage Sale and Family Fun Day

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Year 1/2 playspace has commenced

The renovations to the Year 1/2 play space have commenced and it is already looking fabulous.  The play space is taking on more of a natural feel with lots of opportunities for the children to be creative in their play.  The space outside the classrooms is almost complete and features three different zones for the children to explore at play time.  As the classrooms have large sliding doors out to the playground, this play space can also be used as an extension of the classroom during learning times.
Thank you to the P & F Committee for your outstanding fund raising efforts towards this play space.
Only a few more weeks to wait!  Here is a sneak peak at the progress so far.


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Grandparents and Special Friends Day 2017

Grandparents and Special Friends Day was a beautiful day where grandparents and special friends were blessed by beautiful Spring weather. The sun was shining and so were the smiles.  Grandparents and Special Friends Day is our favourite event because it is all about bringing people together who support and love and care for each other.

Our visitors began the day with a special welcome and concert held in the Immanuel College Chapel. The Orchestra and Choirs entertained the large crowd and showcased their talents. Thank you to Peter Habib and Cathy Travaglione for preparing the students.

Students were particularly excited to have their visitors in their classrooms and introduce them to their teacher. Year 6 students proudly showed their visitors around their school and classroom before enjoying Morning and Afternoon Tea with them. A wonderful privilege that they have been looking forward to for many years.

Thank you to our visitors who purchased a ticket for the Classroom Art Raffle and the Treats for Adults Raffle. Your generous contributions has enabled the school to forward $3451.50 to Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) who will use this money to support families in developing countries. We hope you enjoy the new art work for your home. Thank you to Sharon Lynch for facilitating the creation of these masterpieces.

A very, very big thank you to our P & F Convenors, Naomi Jenkin, Anita White, Natalie Daou and Natalie Anderson and the many, many parent helpers who helped set up Thursday afternoon and also served Friday morning and afternoon. Your commitment to our school community is a blessing to us all. There were so many visitors who commented on how welcome they were made to feel and how lovely it was to end the day with a scone (provided through Baker’s Delight) and a cuppa.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is always a highlight and a most memorable day for all involved. Our students are truly blessed by your presence in their lives.


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Reception Parents join for a Celebration

A Friday night in June, our Reception parents gathered together for a special dinner at the Glenelg Golf Club. During the evening Sarah Nash spoke about how the Primary Years Program helps to equip our children with the skills to be successful in the future.  Jodie Fraser shared a little about Wellbeing and how we strive to enable our children to flourish in all aspects of their lives. Finally, Robert Hoff concluded the evening by challenging the parents to consider how they will contribute to the life of the school and what legacy will they leave as they journey through Immanuel Primary.

The evening really was a great opportunity for the parents to connect and also learn a little more about the exciting learning journey their children have ahead of them.

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Student Leadership

Becoming a student leader is a role that our students look forward to when they reach Year 6 especially as they have been learning and practising these leadership skills throughout their years at Immanuel- in their classrooms, on the sports fields, in the playgrounds and in their homes.

It is during Year 6 that our students are given special opportunities to further develop these skills through their involvement as buddies to Reception students, helping at Games club, Library and Art room, as assistants in the Canteen, leading in worship, singing and assemblies, as sound and computer technicians, as Road Crossing monitors, House Captains and Student Representative Committee members.

After the Year 6 Leadership Day held in Week 2 students were invited to nominate for leadership positions on the Student Representative Committee, as leaders of their House teams or other school based leadership roles. Students wrote letters to various staff members applying for these roles. Speeches were prepared and delivered to their peers and voting took place for SRC and House Captains. These positions were ratified by staff. Staff responded to students who had applied for other roles.

Members of the SRC meet fortnightly with Mrs Whitbread to be a voice for the student body as they share ideas and opinions on matters which affect them and the school community. Issues raised by students through their class meetings are forwarded to the SRC for discussion and consideration.

Term I is a busy term for House Captains as they assist  Mr Fouyaxis and the PE Department in leading their teams during our major sports events of Swim Carnival – last Friday – and Sports Day in Week 8. Although there are some specific leadership roles, we acknowledge  that all of the Year 6 students are leaders within our school and look forward to their contributions to school life at Immanuel.

As a school community we congratulate and encourage our 2017 Student Leaders.

Margie Whitbread

Assistant Principal

 ‘Leadership is not just about what you do but what you can inspire, encourage and empower others to do.’ 

Jon Gordon

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