JS News, 31 Mar 21
From Karen Mahar, Assistant Principal, Deputy Head of Junior School
Thursday 1 April
Mon 19 April
First day of Term 2
With the first anniversary of the restrictions associated with the outbreak of COVID-19, it seems timely to reflect on lessons learnt as members of Radford and as part of larger communities, including local, national and international.
In a quote often attributed to Charles Darwin, it has been said that “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”
Communities throughout the world have been affected in different ways. Thankfully, for our community, it would seem things have been as good as they could have been.
What has been apparent over the past twelve months is the significance of human connection, kindness and empathy towards one another, both for mental and physical health. While we promote the importance of self-belief, self-esteem and self-interest, a bigger picture on life reveals the greater value of collaboration with others in achieving common goals and objectives, and the value of participation in building self-worth as a consequence.
For many of us, it seems hard to believe we’re nearing the end of Term 1 of 2021, until we consider the events celebrated, and the considerable achievements and progress made since starting the new year.
Some highlights of Term 1 for the Junior School have included:
- Swimming Carnival
- School Photos
- Reading Challenge Festival
- Author visits
- Boatshed experiences
- Excursions and incursions including:
- Recycling centre
- Ngunnawal Elder guided walk on Gossan Hill
- Beach and Boardies
- Grandparents Day
- Parent workshops – iPads and Bullying, Kindergarten Reading, Judith Locke
- AFL, netball, gala days
- Harmony Day
- Parent Community Gatherings for PK, Year 3, 5 & 6
- Year 5 Camp
- Parent Teacher interviews
- A new playground.
Topping things off, Term 1 saw many students participating in enriching cocurricular activities.
A sincere message of thanks to all staff and students engaging in these events and activities, in addition to the other teaching and learning opportunities during this term. We continue to appreciate these contributions to our school culture.
This is a significant day each year at Radford College. On this day, our community celebrates our College mission statement: living in truth, rising in compassion and walking in wisdom.
To commence the day, all students will attend “The Telling” at a whole College service. Along with the annual mass bulb planting, our Junior School students will participate in team activities and House spirit chants, competing for the Bishop’s Cup.
Happy end of term
We hope that everyone is able to find some time to pause and relax after a busy start to the 2021 school year. Autumn holidays present an opportunity to enjoy cool evenings and warm sunny days with family and significant people in our lives.
Rest well and stay safe.