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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