JS News, 5 Dec 2018

The Mulford Junior School at Radford College

The Mulford Junior School at Radford College

By Acting Head of Junior School Karen Mahar

Dates to remember

Thurs 6 Dec

Awards Afternoon Rehearsal

Fri 7 Dec

Year 6 End of Year Activity

Tues 11 Dec

Kinder Picnic


Last Day of Term (2.00 pm)


Awards Afternoon (3.50 pm)

There is much to acknowledge and celebrate this week including:

  • Australian Schools’ (Chess) Teams Championships (ASTC) – four Junior School students travelled to Adelaide on the weekend to compete.
  • Kite day – Year 5 students designed, created and enjoyed flying their kites.
  • Kindergarten nativity service – a glorious and memorable time for our Kindergarten students to explore the story of Christmas and the birth of Jesus.
  • Time Up – an opportunity for students to chat with teachers in the year level into which they will transition in 2019.

Chess Championships
On the weekend, Radford JS Chess Team, Ramon Luo and Arnav Jain (Year 6), and Keren Zhang and Eshaan Extross (Year 4) represented ACT at the 2018 Australian Schools’ (Chess) Teams Championships (ASTC) held at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide. They won six points against top teams from all Australia states, which was a great achievement. Points are awarded for a match win and each team member scored at least one point. Radford JS team thanks Mawson Medical Centre, Chinese Treatment Centre in Turner and Bridge IT for their generous sponsorship of this Adelaide trip.

Radford JS Chess team

Reading Challenge
The JS Reading Challenge encourages students and their families to read daily and connect over books during the Summer break. In the process, students continue to enjoy reading while maintaining and improving their reading confidence. More details will be provided in the coming week.

Radford teachers love to read, wherever they are! 

Staffing updates for 2019
We wish Jo and Dean O’Brien every success and many fun times whilst on a teacher exchange to Woodstock, Canada. We offer a warm welcome to Meg and Nathan King and their family, who are exchanging with the O’Briens to join us at Radford.

We wish to advise that Mrs Pauline Carr and Ms Emily Campbell will be taking up positions at other schools in the Canberra district.

Mrs Anna Mason will be joining her husband in Auckland who has moved there for work.

Ms Julianne Hay has taken up an offer to teach in an IB PYP School in Singapore.

Mr Orhan Memodovski will be moving from the classroom into the specialist role of teaching PE, as a complement to his role as Director of Basketball.

Mrs Jessica Ford is relocating to Sydney to take up a leadership role at Trinity Grammar, in Strathfield.

Semester 2 Reports will be accessible through Radford Online from Monday 17 December.

Semester grades can be removed from reports, or be supplied on a separate sheet of paper. Parents wishing to request this are asked to email Ms Tracey Markovic tracey.markovic@radford.act.edu.au by Friday 7 December.

Awards Afternoon
This is a much-anticipated opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the 2018 school year. A reminder to all families of the College’s expectation that all students in Years K–6 attend the Awards Ceremony.

Giving Tree
Non-wrapped gifts and donations for all ages are welcome to be left at JS Reception until the end of term. The gifts will be delivered to Belconnen Community Service, and the grocery items will go to St John’s Care Pantry Appeal (Anglicare).

Classes placements for 2019
In preparing 2019 class compositions, teachers go to great lengths to ensure that the learning needs and wellbeing of students, as individuals and as part of a group, are reflected in the final class make-up. Care is taken to ensure that your child is placed in the best situation to enhance their learning and social development.

Thank you!
We are grateful for the many helpers and volunteers who have contributed at sporting carnivals, special days, excursions, in classrooms and cocurricular activities. Your efforts, both large and small, have been invaluable and are greatly appreciated.

The Kindergarten Nativity service reminds us that Christmas is about love.

The Kindergarten Nativity service reminds us that Christmas is about love.

Love is born. Love is always born.
And God’s love is born within our midst, here, now, right where we are.
We are asked to welcome this love, give this love, share this love.

Shout-outs from Celebrations


Sophia Buttsworth


Zara Davison


Liam Shao


Ethan Chen




Burke Porreca


Bella Voortman



Kiana Huynh


Isabella Jiang


Walter Small



Daksh Sharma


Alexa Kardaris


Angus Chan



KAS – Ethan Yang

Confidence and bravery

KSG – Cole Judd

Integrity and bravery

KCH – Hailey Campbell

Commitment and perseverance

KNS – Siobhan Tan

Co-operation and teamwork

1MH – Grace Wang

Commitment and a love of learning

1AT – Dhriya Garg

Commitment and judgment

2JG – James Todd

Love of learning and persistence

3DO – Lexi Stellios

Leadership and thinking

3PC – Olivia Christian


3RB – Audrey Hu

Love of learning and commitment

3EC – Saffron-Lilly Posch

Creativity and kindness

4KP – Mennah Hassan

Zest and enthusiasm

4CD – Austin Brown

Creativity, courage and love of learning

4OM – Matthew Larkham

Commitment and principles

5TMi – Edward Bromley

Humour and open-minded

5JC – Bonnie Hardy

Leadership, fairness and knowledge

5SD – Cadell Foster

Risk-taker and perseverance

5TeM – Lydia Wallace-Richards

Self-regulation and commitment

6TW – Finlay Robinson

Enthusiasm and love of learning

6HB – Max Johnson

Curiosity and kindness

6TH – Ryan Pham

Commitment and thinker

Special shout-out from Y2 teachers and students to Genevieve Nguyen in 6JF

Knowledgeable and great communicator during her Power Rangers speech and Q&A session.

Señora Stevens - Alexander Tailby, 3RB


Mrs Halford - Luca D’Ambrosio, 3RB

Balanced attitude and love of learning

Mrs Evans - Nakia Zhao, Wombats

Kindness and caring

Mrs Wilson – Thomas Georgalis, 3RB

Thinker and independent in his research.


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