JS News: 16 May 2018
Date to Remember
- Tuesday 5 June – JS Athletics Carnival (Please note change of date)
Busy times like these provide us with a great opportunity to measure how we are building the academic and wellbeing attitudes and mastery we seek. In saying that, I write to acknowledge just a handful of school happenings over the last fortnight.
- Held for the first time in our new undercroft, the annual Mother's Day breakfast (pictured, below) was well attended by families across our eight year levels. I thank the staff volunteers who arrived a little after 6 am to set up, the senior students who put together some wonderful breakfast treats, and our Songsters choir who performed so well.
- Our Years 3 and 4 staff and students took a Friday Dance program to a whole new level.
- Our Year 6 cohort and teachers presented a strong and challenging unit on puberty last Friday. I know I was challenged as a panel member during the Q&A.
- Members of our leadership team do all their paperwork in the evenings as they seek to be on task during the day, every day.
- Our teaching teams continue to challenge themselves to present a personalised program incorporating basics and new basics.
- Members of our counselling team run full parent sessions, stay late to accommodate families' needs, and often spend non-rostered days following up to better assist us all. Julie and Emily provide wonderful support for us all, and for our Student Support team in particular.
- This week we have been challenged by our first online NAPLAN assessment. Our Year 3 cohort (50 per cent of whom are new to Radford this year) in particular, deserve acknowledgement for their approach to this.
- Rostrum speeches have resonated across the Junior School.
- Thirty-four Years 5 and 6 students have nominated to challenge themselves in the Australian Maths Trust competition.
- We announced our Years 5 and 6 Da Vinci Decathlon academic challenge teams.
- Winter sports are in full swing.
- We have held Orientation Evenings for prospective families.
- A small group of teachers have been observing student engagement throughout our first term, with data out this week.
It certainly is a busy time, and I am proud to make note of all this engaging and challenging work from our students and from the people who want the best for them.