JS News, 20 May 20

Andy Gordon – Deputy Principal and Head of Junior School

Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

Preparing students for the future
We are preparing young people for the future the way it ought to be, not as it is. 

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There is so much in the Mission Statement of the International Baccalaureate that it is important to revisit, to signpost and to use as our measure, as both educators and adults. 

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. 

(International Baccalaureate Organisation)


I will never tire of using the words ‘better and more peaceful world’. What a fantastic mission! You are investing in an education that is preparing your child to be an impact for the world the way it ought to be, not in response to what it is now. We need this. The Radford College experience, with conviction and purpose is reaching toward transformational learning that honours the dimensions of the human experience, spiritually, emotionally and thoughtfully, in Truth, Compassion and Wisdom. 

I would have heard the following dialogue from my father a thousand times, if not more.

Dad: “How are you?”
Responder: “Good, thanks.”
Dad: “I’m not asking about your morals, I’m asking how you are.”
Responder: “Well.”
Dad: “That’s more like it!” 

I often think about this when we talk about human behaviour using the moral language of good and bad. Surely the judgement about a person’s behaviour choice is different, depending on the perspective the behaviour is being viewed from. I prefer and use the language of ‘helpful’ and ‘unhelpful’ here at school.  Helpful to self, helpful to the group, to the tribe… or unhelpful. The one thing that I know is that behaviour always meets a need. Our purpose, as the grown-ups, is to lead our young people to engage in helpful behaviours. Helpful to self and helpful to others, so that we create world the way it ought to be… better and more peaceful. 

Safe arrivals and departures
Thank you for the helpful driving behaviours, as we adapt the way we pick up and drop off children at school. The bump-in and out times dramatically improved from Monday to Friday. Everybody doing their small part makes a huge difference.

We need you to have the name displayed on the visor. It is not safe to be leaning over or looking down to pick it up as you are driving near lots of small people in motion. Not having the name displayed slows down the process for everyone. We also need you to think of everyone and stop as far forward as you can possibly go in the long drop off/pick up zone.  It is very helpful when you do this. 

We are so proud of your children and we are so thankful to be back at school. Schools are made to have children in them, flourishing and growing.

Andy Gordon
Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

Image credit: Radford College illustration group

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