The Junior School enrols children from Pre-kindergarten to Year 6. Pre-kindergarten is based on full-time attendance from 9.00 am–3.00 pm, five days per week. Pastoral care at Radford College revolves around the belief that all students are unique individuals, to be valued and respected for their own worth. Pastoral care underpins life at Radford, for we believe that students flourish in an environment where they feel valued, respected and safe.
Relationships between staff and students are based on mutual respect. Teachers get to know their students quickly in order to understand their motivations, their capabilities and the way that they learn. They understand that each student has different abilities and cater equally for the students who need a challenge and students who require additional support. It is important for children to have positive relationships with other children and adults at school and we provide a nurturing environment where this is possible.
Using the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile and Primary Years Programme (PYP) attitudes and skills as a solid foundation, the school establishes a framework within which responsibility, initiative and rewarding relationships can flourish. Students are openly encouraged to develop a sense of self worth, respect and tolerance for others in an environment where they feel safe, secure and respected. This is not something that can exist in isolation and it is present in all aspects of school life. It is used to enable pupils to achieve their full potential.
Our parents are important partners in the effective support of our students. Open and regular communication is vital in fostering this relationship. At Radford College Junior School, parents are informed and involved in the initial phases of any pastoral concern and it is through this proactive approach that we are able to manage issues effectively.
A safe and supportive physical environment is also crucial to the Junior School. Our playground has been specifically designed to provide a range of spaces for students to play. Children are always supervised and inappropriate behaviour is managed in a positive and consistent manner. The College provides a range of programs and support which give students the best chance to reach their potential; these include learning support staff, counsellors, occupational therapists and speech pathologists.
Mindfulness and wellbeing are taught explicitly to our students and children participate in Chapel services on a weekly basis, allowing them to explore personal beliefs and developing an awareness of spirituality. The Christian faith is presented as a meaningful and relevant way of life.