JS News, 27 Nov 2019

Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

 Dates to Remember 

Thurs 28 Nov

Year 5 Kite Day

Mon 2 Dec

Kinder Nativity KAS and KLP

Wed 4 Dec

Father Richard Farewell

Thurs 5 Dec

Year 6 Chapel, Graduation, Dinner and Disco

Fri 6 Dec

Kinder Nativity KCH and KSG
Year 6 Lake Day

Mon 9 Dec

Junior School Celebration

Tues 10 Dec

JS Christmas Chapel
Last Day of Term 4

Mon 3 Feb

Parent/Teacher Conversations

Tues 4 Feb

First Day of Term 1, 2020 for all students

Celebration
It is with excitement that we prepare for the upcoming Celebration with our learners and teachers, at AIS Arena. Please check the attached documents for details, and be aware that there are changes, from previous years. Junior School , Secondary School

2020 Class Placements
2020 Classes will be released in mid-January.  We know you will respect and appreciate knowing the timing of the announcement. 

Father Richard's Farewell and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood” 
The Junior School Farewell Assembly for Father Richard will be a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge and thank Father Richard for his inspiring energy and gracious love for the Radford Community. In the short time I have worked with Father Richard, and in the knowledge of his legend and legacy, I can't help but draw parallels with one of this planet's incredible child communicators, Reverend Fred Rogers

I've been following with interest the production of the movie, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood", starring Tom Hanks. It is an honouring acknowledgement of the life and work of Mr Rogers, exploring both the man and his mission. It traverses his skills, flaws, faith and calling, so grounded in his convictions, that his impact still resonates with relevance and challenge today. 

Here are a few of his own thoughts on love, community and being a neighbour. I encourage you to be present and pause in between reading each one. (Quotes source

On Community

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” 

—Spoken in 1994, quoted in his obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

 

On Loving Our Neighbours

“You know, I think everybody longs to be loved, and longs to know that he or she is lovable. And, consequently, the greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of loving.”  

—America’s Favorite Neighbor (television documentary), 2003.

 

On Gratitude

“I believe that appreciation is a holy thing, that when we look for what’s best in the person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does; so in appreciating our neighbour, we’re participating in something truly sacred.”  

—Commencement Address at Middlebury College May, 2001

 

On Greed

“What do you think it is that drives people to want far more than they could ever use or need? I frankly think it’s insecurity. How do we let the world know that the trappings of this life are not the things that are ultimately important for being accepted?”  

From The World According to Mister Rogers:

 

On Pain

“There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.”

 

On Love

“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”

 

On the Value of Life

“As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has–or ever will have–something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.”

 

On Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can sometimes be easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love. Like all of life’s important coping skills, the ability to forgive and the capacity to let go of resentments most likely take root very early in our lives.”

 

On Blessings

“The real issue in life is not how many blessings we have, but what we do with our blessings. Some people have many blessings and hoard them. Some have few and give everything away.”

 

On Meeting People

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

 

On Truth

“Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort.”

 

I love each of the quotes above and the one on 'Gratitude' propels me to action. To practise appreciation as a thought, attitude, action and habit. I wonder which one might have resonated with you and what action might you practise? 

I am thankful, as I am sure you are too, for those in life that we encounter with the courage to risk reputation and privilege to embody an otherworldly understanding of greatness, with no other purpose or motive than to bring out the beauty in other people. We are fortunate to farewell Father Richard, for it means we have had the opportunity to journey with him in the quest towards truth, compassion, wisdom, redemption and love. 

Andy Gordon
Deputy Principal Head of Junior School 

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