JS News, 2 Dec 20

Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

Wed 2 Dec

Kinder Nativity 1

Thurs 3 Dec

Kinder Nativity 2

Year 6 End of Year Chapel/Rite of Passage/Disco

Fri 4 Dec

Year 6 Fun day

Mon 7 Dec

Christmas Chapel

Tues 8 Dec

Festival of Houses

Last Day of School


Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School 

How do you measure growth, achievement and love?
I wonder how it feels for you, to give the best of what you have, to grow personally and to contribute a richness to those around us? I wonder what feelings we experience as parents, as teachers and as learners? I wonder how we know we have grown? Is it from awards, or a report card, that we know we have achieved growth in our parenting? We enter into each new school year, excited and vulnerable, regardless of which of the above roles we have. 

How do we as adults measure achievement and get measured? I am often reminded of this song from the musical Rent.


 525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear. 525,600 minutes - how do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In 525,600 minutes - how do you measure a year in the life? 

How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love. Seasons of love.

 (Rent, first staged 1993)

We have done our job effectively for this year if we have supported our learners to be able to identify how they have grown. That is achievement. Learning and demonstrating character needn’t be a competition against others. At best, it is a competition between you and you. Have I grown and embraced new learning in the presence of challenges?  Have we fostered and nurtured their love for learning, aroused their curiosity and protected their growing spirits? 

I want to honour the partnership between the home and school. On behalf of the school staff, teachers and support staff, thank you for your trust and commitment. We journey together and we learn alongside each other. 

The end of semester report that teachers prepare is an important tool that we use for our accountability to you. We want you to read into it, feeling the moments of love, of care, of compassion and of grace. Learning is a redemptive process, founded in respect that leads to the embodiment of Truth, Compassion and Wisdom. 

Staffing changes for 2021
We will introduce new staff in our correspondence before school returns. A change in the school year brings about a change in our staffing season. We wish to advise that Miss Alex Taylor will be taking up a position at another school in the Canberra district. Alex has been a much-loved teacher at Radford for 3 years. 

Mrs Lillian Halford is relocating to the Sunshine state. Lillian, who has worked at Radford for 6 years, has been a dedicated and committed staff member, undertaking a variety of different roles in her time at the College, we wish Lillian every success. 

Senora Rowena Stevens will continue teaching Spanish at Radford, but mostly in the Secondary School.  She will be missed at the Junior School. 

Ms Victoria Price will be leaving us at the end of term to commence her maternity leave.  Best wishes to Victoria and her partner for the safe arrival of their baby in the new year. 

We would also like to acknowledge and thank the following Junior School staff for their contributions:

  • Mr Bill Chapman finishes his contract. We are grateful for his bus driving and student support roles.
  • Mr Chris Martin will be taking Long Service Leave in Semester 1.

Mrs Mary Willett, our Student Support and Enrichment Coordinator has made the decision to continue with her academic studies and has requested a return to classroom teaching. We want to sincerely thank Mary for her care, love and commitment to providing rich, inclusive and safe environments, through her leadership, while she was in this position.  Ms Georgia Solomon, currently one of our Year Two teachers, is excited to be taking on this role, working and growing alongside our students, teachers and parents. She holds two Master of Education qualifications, one in Inclusive Education and the other in English as an Additional Language. 

At Christmas, we celebrate the miracle of love embracing humanity in a very real and tangible way. Christmas is a snapshot of hope. A belief that above and within the experiences we have in life, there is a higher purpose and a greater longing being recognised and fulfilled outside of our skin and time. I can’t help but liken the love of Christmas with the love of education. To teach is to reach for the higher purpose and greater longing of preparing our learners for a meaningful and purposeful life that flourishes. To genuinely flourish means to embrace positive emotions that lead to happiness, and to understand negative emotions and how they can help us. I love the higher calling of teaching as each day we experience the miracle of love in the eyes and responses of our learners.  

Maybe that helps us hold in tension how we measure learning, parenting, teaching, growth… 

Merry everything and happy always this holiday time. Please be safe and enjoy the family time that you spend together. 

We are looking forward to 2021. We have a great teaching and support team which is committed to seeing your children continue to grow and flourish.

With Peace and love at Christmas
Andy and the Junior School Team 

JS Nativity 2020


Music Theatre International. 2017. Rent. [online] Available at: <http://www.mtishows.com/rent> [Accessed 11 May 2017].



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