JS News: 16 May 2018

Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

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.

Mothers and children at the JS Mother's Day breakfast

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