JS News - 21 Feb 18

Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

Dates to Remember

Thursday 22 Feb

JS Reading Challenge outcome

Wednesday 6 March

Year 3-6 Swim Carnival

Friday 9 March

Grandfriends Day


Parents of students in Years 3 and 5 will be aware that this year is camp year for their children. Whilst costs are billed to your annual fees and therefore paid across the year to assist families, I simply wanted to remind our Year 3 and 5 families that Year 3 camp is Thursday 25 to Friday 26 October, and Year 5 Camp is Tuesday 25 to Friday 28 September, which the final week of Term 3.  As camp is a compulsory part of our program, please don’t plan early holidays during the term period.

Reading Challenge and Colour Run
I am looking forward to celebrating another challenge loss through a colour run, and sharing the run with staff and students. Towels and raincoats may be best practice for Thursday’s trip home, so that your cars are not coloured. I am worried that I can no longer run as fast as may be needed. In saying that, I thank you all for your support.

Before School
I thank everyone for your support to date in how we start our day. We have teachers on duty from 8.15 am (earlier than most schools) and a new Before School program also. Please remember to wait for our teachers to arrive at 8.15 am before leaving your children, as this is when our legal duty of care commences.

Parent Liaison
I write seeking interest for our class parent liaisons 2018.   

In the words of a former parent liaison the ROLE is:

  • to facilitate interaction between parents to develop and foster a sense of community around the class and school.
  • to support parent-teacher interactions through discussion about, and reminders of, future class activities and events.

The role is truly important in linking our families which each other and fostering a sense of community around the class. If you are up for ‘friend raising’, connections and positives about us, please indicate this to Beth Maggs (beth.maggs@radford.act.edu.au) by Tuesday 27 February. We will then meet to discuss the role together.

Each year our parent liaisons seek to build our community better through a number of year level or whole school events. For example, the idea of the 35th Anniversary Ball, to be held in April, grew from our liaison group.

Important: our parent liaisons will be given a list of email addresses for their class.  If you would prefer that we DO NOT release your email address to the Parent Liaison Representative, please email beth.maggs@radford.act.edu.au by Monday 26 February. 

Requesting Leave
A component of our Registration is that we must be able to show that students who are absent for more than two days for non-medical concerns have sought leave prior to the absence. A simple e-mail request to the Head of School is all that is required, and we will get back to you.

Great to see so many Junior School families at our P& F welcome evening last Friday. The kangaroos were a little quieter than our previous year. The Colour Run shapes as a tougher challenge for me.

Take care


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