JS News, 5 Dec 2018
By Acting Head of Junior School Karen Mahar
Dates to remember
Thurs 6 Dec
Awards Afternoon Rehearsal
Fri 7 Dec
Year 6 End of Year Activity
Tues 11 Dec
Last Day of Term (2.00 pm)
Awards Afternoon (3.50 pm)
There is much to acknowledge and celebrate this week including:
- Australian Schools’ (Chess) Teams Championships (ASTC) – four Junior School students travelled to Adelaide on the weekend to compete.
- Kite day – Year 5 students designed, created and enjoyed flying their kites.
- Kindergarten nativity service – a glorious and memorable time for our Kindergarten students to explore the story of Christmas and the birth of Jesus.
- Time Up – an opportunity for students to chat with teachers in the year level into which they will transition in 2019.
On the weekend, Radford JS Chess Team, Ramon Luo and Arnav Jain (Year 6), and Keren Zhang and Eshaan Extross (Year 4) represented ACT at the 2018 Australian Schools’ (Chess) Teams Championships (ASTC) held at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide. They won six points against top teams from all Australia states, which was a great achievement. Points are awarded for a match win and each team member scored at least one point. Radford JS team thanks Mawson Medical Centre, Chinese Treatment Centre in Turner and Bridge IT for their generous sponsorship of this Adelaide trip.
The JS Reading Challenge encourages students and their families to read daily and connect over books during the Summer break. In the process, students continue to enjoy reading while maintaining and improving their reading confidence. More details will be provided in the coming week.
Staffing updates for 2019
We wish Jo and Dean O’Brien every success and many fun times whilst on a teacher exchange to Woodstock, Canada. We offer a warm welcome to Meg and Nathan King and their family, who are exchanging with the O’Briens to join us at Radford.
We wish to advise that Mrs Pauline Carr and Ms Emily Campbell will be taking up positions at other schools in the Canberra district.
Mrs Anna Mason will be joining her husband in Auckland who has moved there for work.
Ms Julianne Hay has taken up an offer to teach in an IB PYP School in Singapore.
Mr Orhan Memodovski will be moving from the classroom into the specialist role of teaching PE, as a complement to his role as Director of Basketball.
Mrs Jessica Ford is relocating to Sydney to take up a leadership role at Trinity Grammar, in Strathfield.
Semester 2 Reports will be accessible through Radford Online from Monday 17 December.
Semester grades can be removed from reports, or be supplied on a separate sheet of paper. Parents wishing to request this are asked to email Ms Tracey Markovic firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 7 December.
This is a much-anticipated opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the 2018 school year. A reminder to all families of the College’s expectation that all students in Years K–6 attend the Awards Ceremony.
Non-wrapped gifts and donations for all ages are welcome to be left at JS Reception until the end of term. The gifts will be delivered to Belconnen Community Service, and the grocery items will go to St John’s Care Pantry Appeal (Anglicare).
Classes placements for 2019
In preparing 2019 class compositions, teachers go to great lengths to ensure that the learning needs and wellbeing of students, as individuals and as part of a group, are reflected in the final class make-up. Care is taken to ensure that your child is placed in the best situation to enhance their learning and social development.
We are grateful for the many helpers and volunteers who have contributed at sporting carnivals, special days, excursions, in classrooms and cocurricular activities. Your efforts, both large and small, have been invaluable and are greatly appreciated.
The Kindergarten Nativity service reminds us that Christmas is about love.
Love is born. Love is always born.
And God’s love is born within our midst, here, now, right where we are.
We are asked to welcome this love, give this love, share this love.
Shout-outs from Celebrations
KAS – Ethan Yang
Confidence and bravery
KSG – Cole Judd
Integrity and bravery
KCH – Hailey Campbell
Commitment and perseverance
KNS – Siobhan Tan
Co-operation and teamwork
1MH – Grace Wang
Commitment and a love of learning
1AT – Dhriya Garg
Commitment and judgment
2JG – James Todd
Love of learning and persistence
3DO – Lexi Stellios
Leadership and thinking
3PC – Olivia Christian
3RB – Audrey Hu
Love of learning and commitment
3EC – Saffron-Lilly Posch
Creativity and kindness
4KP – Mennah Hassan
Zest and enthusiasm
4CD – Austin Brown
Creativity, courage and love of learning
4OM – Matthew Larkham
Commitment and principles
5TMi – Edward Bromley
Humour and open-minded
5JC – Bonnie Hardy
Leadership, fairness and knowledge
5SD – Cadell Foster
Risk-taker and perseverance
5TeM – Lydia Wallace-Richards
Self-regulation and commitment
6TW – Finlay Robinson
Enthusiasm and love of learning
6HB – Max Johnson
Curiosity and kindness
6TH – Ryan Pham
Commitment and thinker
Special shout-out from Y2 teachers and students to Genevieve Nguyen in 6JF
Knowledgeable and great communicator during her Power Rangers speech and Q&A session.
Señora Stevens - Alexander Tailby, 3RB
Mrs Halford - Luca D’Ambrosio, 3RB
Balanced attitude and love of learning
Mrs Evans - Nakia Zhao, Wombats
Kindness and caring
Mrs Wilson – Thomas Georgalis, 3RB
Thinker and independent in his research.