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)