JS News, 25 Sept 2019

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Dates for your diary

Friday 27 Sept

Todd Woodbridge Regional Tennis Gala Day
Last Day of Term 3

Monday 14 Oct

First Day of Term 4

As the end of term 3 approaches, it seems an opportune time to reflect on our achievements for the term – both shared and individual – and be grateful for what we have learned, enjoyed and gained. In doing so, we can reinforce and remember the important lessons learned and also consider what experiences we can build on.

Talent quest

Talent Quest

A fine example of our students feeling a sense of security and a willingness to take risks associated with performing in front of the school community was beautifully demonstrated last Friday when many members of the Junior School participated in the annual Radford Tribal Council (RTC) Talent Quest.Talent Quest - dancer


Students performed with passion and conviction in front of the crowd and a sense of acceptance and celebration for each and every act proved to be a wonderful endorsement of our community. 



Learning Journey

Studies have shown that students learn more when taking part in classrooms that employ active learning strategies. Throughout Term 3, each year level has undertaken Learning Journeys.

Learning journey Learning journey 2

In Pre K, our students are encouraged to learn through curiosity, imagination, creativity, cooperation, persistence and enthusiasm.

The Pre K Learning Journey exemplified student agency. It was a joy to watch our youngest students proudly demonstrate their sense of agency. Alongside their parents and caregivers, they proudly engaged, made decisions and expertly navigated purposeful play learning experiences.

Happy end of term

With the increased daylight hours available, warmer temperatures (excluding those after the snow last Tuesday) and the multitude of colours everywhere we look, the Spring holidays are an ideal time for us to prepare for final term and display a positive mindset.

It is my hope we all take time with the significant people in our lives and do whatever helps us to rejuvenate, live in the moment and make the most of the break. Returning refreshed, relaxed and energised for Term 4 is a goal within the reach of each of us.

Shout outs

Beyond being dedicated and committed to our students, being the architects behind the teaching and learning that takes place in the learning spaces, many Staff have generously given their time and energy to go above and beyond.

Although they don’t do it for the accolades or recognition, I wish to acknowledge their efforts. Thank you!



Shout outs 

KCH – Bailey Dunn - showing confidence and zest. 

KSG - Naomi Wang - being principled and trying her best at all times. 

KLP - Seth Karunathilake - showing confidence in his writing. 

KAS - Estelle Troni - being a committed and enthusiastic learner. 

Year 1 

1MH - Ryan Szigetvari - showing forgiveness & empathy towards others 

1RJ – Shivani Sundar - sharing her knowledge and showing bravery when faced with a challenge. 

1AT- Victoria Baldwin - going out of her way to help others in their learning. 

1AJ- Zac Howarth - continuing to develop his leadership skills as an RTC member.  

Year 2 

2KH – Arnan Ezaz - being a risk taker by accepting all challenges given to him. 

2SD -  Aanya Chaturvedi - being principled and trying her best at all times. 

2DG -  Ethan McIntyre - always taking the time to make sure his classmates are ok when they appear sad or hurt. 

2LM – Joshua Twigg - showing perseverance and dedication to taking his learning further 

Year 3 

3MK -  Savannah Jalayer – demonstrating perseverance and commitment to learning.

3JC -  Rohan Steven – for being principled and showing leadership.

3RS -  Ava Muscat – for being principled and always trying her best.

3HO - Archie Boorer - displaying an improved and commited attitude towards all areas of learning.  

3RB – Isla Baran - being a principled member of our class, demonstrating gratitude and kindness to teachers and friends. 

Year 4 

4NK – Heidi Phan - demonstrating bravery and leadership through her actions. 

4JC - Yash Thrishul - being principled and showing commitment to his learning  

4KP - Luca D'Ambrosio - demonstrating perseverance and commitment to his learning 

4BF – Sathvik Muppavarapu - commitment to learning and being a careful listener 

4TM – Avy Sudharsan - consistent commitment and enthusiasm to learning. 

Year 5 

5TM – Julia Zhu - always demonstrating kindness and empathy. 

5RR – Eva Graham - consistent commitment and enthusiasm to learning. 

5BL – Will Bott - demonstrating enthusiasm and attention to the specific details in learning tasks. 

5SW - Patrick Mai - being a principled and committed learner. 

Year 6 

6TW – Priyanka Ramkumar - using great self-management, thinking and research skills in her Exhibition work. 

6DM – Owen Toyne - his gold-medal winning performance, earning him the title of Australian Road Walking Champion in his age group.

Sascha Hiew - consistently striving to be more knowledgeable and confident in mathematics. 

6HB – Alex Couldrick – demonstrating curiosity when carrying out his inquiries and showing leadership when helping others. 

6TH – Liliane Alblas - demonstrating outstanding kindness and resilience and approaching her exhibition learning with curiosity.  



Library – Constance Clough 5BL - her thoughtful and considered reflections of the shortlisted picture books. (Mrs PW) 

Library – Lucy Sincock (3RB) - the self-regulation she demonstrates during Library lessons. (Mrs Hind) 

Music - Cody Sullivan for being caring and showing empathy to a classmate in Music 

PE – Ciara Milthorpe – displaying outstanding leadership and group work during PE (Mr Cox) 

PE – Sophie Wilson – persevering with her group dance and showing leadership (Mr Cox) 

PE – Alexander Stockbridge – outstanding leadership and team work during dance. (Mrs Phelps) 

PE – Lara Southwell – showing enthusiasm in preparation for her dance routine. (Mr M) 

PE – Poppy Steven – taking initiative and showing good teamwork skills during her dance routine (Mr M) 

Spanish – Gigi Hickey – quiet dedication and motivation in Spanish

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