JS News, 15 May 2019

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Important dates:

Mother’s Day Breakfast

It seems the glorious sunrise Friday morning was a sign of things to come! Our Mother’s Day Breakfast was a lovely gathering on a crisp clear morning, brightened by the warm smiles from those who attended. The gentle voices of the Songsters choir adding to the flavour of the occasion where pastries, fruit, juice and coffee were also on offer, in abundance.

We are grateful for the efforts of many people, in particular Ms Markovic and Mrs Maggs. We acknowledge and appreciate the support of the Year 9 students involved.

Such events provide the opportunity to achieve a lovely sense of community and belonging, as we come together to celebrate significant people in our lives.


Like other schools across Australia this week, our students in Years 3 and 5 are participating in NAPLAN. Students are assessed in reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy. NAPLAN is one form of data collected to inform of student progress and achievement. It gives us the opportunity to measure results against data we already have. We are pleased to advise the assessment process went well.

Girls AFL Gala Day

Fourteen Year 5 and 6 girls, coached by Mr Jon Craddock, showed great sportsmanship and played with skill and determination to make it through five games to win the Grand Final for the ACT region. As a result, our team will represent the ACT at the next level, playing on the hallowed grounds of the SCG. Well done Team! We wish you great and much deserved success in the future.

Da Vinci Decathlon

A team of Year 5 students and a team of Year 6 students both attended the Da Vinci Decathlon at Canberra Grammar School last Wednesday. There were 50 teams competing from approximately 25 schools in the Canberra and NSW region. 

Both teams competed in a range of disciplines: Creative Producers, Science, Ideation, English, Engineering, Mathematics, Cartography, General Knowledge, Code Breaking and Art and Poetry.

The students enjoyed a challenging and fun day and were pushed to the limits in both their knowledge and understandings. We are grateful to Mrs Willett, Dr Geeves and Mrs Crane who worked with the teams through lunchtimes, to practise many of the disciplines. 


Thank you to everyone for your continued support for our “drop off” and “pick up” arrangements.  The morning arrival and afternoon departure procedures have improved considerably and we are grateful for your assistance in making this challenging situation work.

Your cooperation is appreciated in ensuring drivers do not park, or leave, their vehicle in the ‘Drop and go/collect zone’ adjacent to the ELC before 8.45am.

Displaying family collection signs each afternoon is also very helpful for arranging children.

Winter uniform

School protocol requires students to wear the winter uniform in Terms 2 and 3. There has been some discussion about sleeves on polo shirts. To clarify, the uniform policy states students are able to wear long or short sleeve polo shirts.

Families are reminded that students in Years P-4 should wear black sport style shoes, without logos or white soles. 

It has come to our attention that some uniform sizes are in very short supply at the Uniform Shop. If you have concerns please forward them to the uniform Committee on lisa.baker@radford.act.edu.au

Please ensure uniform items are labelled before your children wear them to school.

Valued partnership

We believe an essential ingredient to any success is the collaboration between families and the school staff. We are grateful to each of you for entrusting us with the future education of your children. It is a duty and a privilege we never take for granted, and hope will continue to flourish as we work together in this endeavour. 

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