JS News, 21 Aug 19

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School


Dates for your diary

Wed 21 August            K-4 Instrumental/Vocal Recital

Thurs 22 August          Year 5 Learning Journey

Friday 23 August         JS Character Parade

Wed 28 August            6TW and 6DM Exc to Questacon

                                    Year 3 Learning Journey

Thurs 29 August          Year 4 Learning Journey



In the final year of the PYP, Year 6 students are expected to carry out a collaborative project known as the PYP Exhibition. Our Year 6 team are currently making final preparations and plans to commence the 2019 Year 6 Exhibition.  

This year, our students are encouraged to work collaboratively to conduct an inquiry into real life issues and problems, and the students will use “Pushing the Limits” as a provocation.  

The learning intention of this project is that students collectively synthesise all of the essential elements of the PYP in ways that can be shared with the entire school community.

This unit of inquiry provides teachers with a powerful and authentic process for assessing student understanding. It also enables schools and their students a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the transition of learners to the next phase of their education. Last Wednesday evening, Year 6 parents participated in a workshop that gave insight into the exhibition process.

Parents at the PYP workshop 

For learners who pass through the Junior School, we expect one of those fond moments which they will reminisce upon in the years to come will likely be their educational journey taken and their participation in the PYP Exhibition.



On the weekend, it was encouraging to witness some of our Year 11 and 12 students building on this idea and taking the exhibition process to another level, as they participated in the Dirrum Dirrum Festival. The aim was to achieve engagement. Young leaders spoke alongside inspirational guest speakers from around the world. It was uplifting to see our senior students speak so articulately and intelligently about their commitment and desire to make a difference in the world. 

At events such as Dirrum Dirrum, we are reminded that “It takes a village to raise a child.” Everyone in attendance demonstrated the value of being human alongside each other, inviting possibilities, rather than proposing solutions. I am so proud and grateful that we are each part of the Radford Village.


2019 Book Week

Books by Nicole GodwinWe welcomed Canberra author, Nicole Godwin to the Junior School on Monday as she spoke with students in PreK – Year 4, as part of Book Week celebrations. 

Our students were captivated as Nicole spoke passionately about conservation issues. She shared some of her experiences and described the process of writing a book.   

Nicole’s next book, due for release early in 2020, is a picture book titled “Jelly-boy” about a jellyfish who falls in love with a plastic bag. 

We look forward with great anticipation to the annual Junior School Book Week Parade on Friday.

Apple Distinguished School Book

Radford "Apple" BookFollowing on from our successful reapplication as an Apple Distinguished School we would like to share with our community our most recent book, available on the Apple book store; please click here to access. We are very proud of the efforts of our teaching staff, capably coached by Ms Lisa Plenty and Mr Eric Jensen. We encourage you to take a look at the book!

You are encouraged to take a look at the Radford College Junior School book click here.




Student voice

It is no secret that kids say the funniest things. While inquiring into How We Express Ourselves, one of our Kindergarten teachers said to the group: “I am wondering what landscape artwork is…?” 

Student response: “It is when the land escapes from the picture.”

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