From the Principal

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

This has been a tough week for our community. The sudden and shocking news of Ms Jonquil Mackey’s death last Saturday following a freak accident has rocked us all. As is often the case in times of adversity, we have rallied together, and I have been buoyed by the support that staff and students have given each other.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Alan Lee, Jonquil’s partner and fellow teacher, who escaped major injury in the accident; and Jonquil’s family. Words cannot possibly describe their sorrow. In a statement to the Canberra Times yesterday, they said, ‘She gave endlessly to the people around her ... Jonquil was an incredibly loving mother, partner, sister, daughter, artist, teacher and friend’.

The staff and students of the College loved Jonquil for her gentle and compassionate nature. Her passion for the art of photography imbued her teaching and she inspired the same passion in her students: ‘Ms Mackey showed us how to love photography … the countless hours we spent in the photography lab with her, allowed her passion to rub off on us.’

The College has been inundated with offers of support and condolences from former colleagues, Collegians, principals of other schools, educational leaders, and parents of the College – one of whom reflected that ‘It is a cause for celebration that Jonquil’s legacy should exist not only in her art works, including in the book from their exhibition which I shall now treasure all the more, but in the joy and inspiration she has engendered in students life at Radford, though surely also a tragedy that her communion with others has been cut so cruelly short’.

We honour her memory and cherish what she gave us as a community and as individuals.

A full calendar of events

The post-holiday lull is quickly over with two major events, the Year 9–10 Drama Production and the House Cross Country Carnival, being staged in the first two weeks of term. The calendar remains full in the following weeks with NAPLAN testing for students in Years 3, 5 7 and 9; the Australian National Eisteddfod; the P&F Art Show; Year 8 Camp; Chinese exchange students’ visit; the Year 9 Worn Soles program; the IB DP authorisation visit; examinations for our senior students; and preparations for four major trips at the end of term, including the Gamilaraay 20 Trip, Timor Leste tour, Year 7 & 8 Central Australian trip and USA Tour. Interspersed throughout the term will be the usual array of academic assessments, field trips and excursions, music recitals and the winter sports program.

Senior Executive Roles in the Secondary School During Term 2

The recruitment process to select a new Deputy Principal and Head of Secondary School concluded during the holidays. I am pleased that we will shortly announce the successful candidate, who will assume the role at the beginning of Term 3.

As a result, the Deputy Principal and Head of Secondary School duties over the course of Term 2 will be shared primarily by Ms Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development, and me. Many of the administrative duties will be coordinated by Ms Nerida Dyne.

Ms Louise Wallace-Richards, Director of Teaching and Learning, will take long-service leave from the College from Week 3 for the remainder of the term. In her absence, the role of Director of Teaching and Learning will be undertaken by Mr Bill Weigall, Director of Assessment, Reporting and Curriculum. Ms Cathy Jackson, currently Head of Design and Technology, will assist Bill as Acting Director of Teaching and Learning/Assessment Reporting and Curriculum. Cathy’s teaching load will be reduced to enable her to take on these additional duties.

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