JS News, 7 Aug 2019

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Dates for your diary

  • Book Week parade - Friday 23 August
  • Father’s Day breakfast - Friday 6 September
  • P&F Trivia Night – Friday 20 September

Incoming Head of Junior School

Incoming Head of Junior School, Andy GordonWe unofficially welcomed Mr Andrew Gordon to the College last Friday, 2 August. During his brief visit, Andy met with the College leadership teams and connected with many of our staff. A highlight of his visit was attending the Year 5 & 6 Chapel Service. 

Mr Gordon’s initial impressions of the school and our community were very encouraging and prompted him to make very favourable comments regarding the genuine warmth and energy displayed by our staff and students. 

Mr Gordon will return to Canberra at the beginning of September, when he will join the community at the Father’s Day breakfast. He has advised that he is very much looking forward to becoming an active and valuable member of staff and belonging to our school community.

Professional learning

On Monday afternoon teachers from the ACT PYP network were very fortunate to listen to keynote speaker Pak Tee Ng in an address ‘Teach less, learn more’. 

Pak Tee works in the Singapore education system.  He led discussions exploring the joy in learning, making learning meaningful to students. He identified elements of success that include:

  • Every school needs to be a good school
  • Every student - an engaged learner
  • Every teacher - a caring teacher
  • Every parent - a supportive partner in educating their child.

We are grateful to each of you in entrusting us with the future education of your children. It’s a duty and a privilege we never take for granted. 

ACT Primary School Rostrum

We delighted to advise that our Year 5 student, Keren Zhang, made it through to the ACT Primary School Rostrum Grand Final. Congratulations, Keren!

Character Strength Spotlight

The Junior School character strength spotlight this week is PERSEVERANCE.

With so many Radford sporting teams currently competing or preparing for end of season competitions, there are always plenty of stories of sustained effort, resilience and perseverance against the odds to share. 

Last week, Alex Couldrick represented ACT at the National Swimming Championships. Alex achieved a personal best time in the 50-metre butterfly event, he was also recognised by being awarded the Sportsmanship Award, a worthy achievement.

AFL Girls Year 5/6 team

The Year 5/6 girls travelled to Sydney to compete in the Paul Kelly Cup. As dawn broke, the Year 5/6 girls AFL team were already on the road heading for Sydney to represent Radford (and the ACT) in the Paul Kelly Cup at the Giants Stadium, Olympic park. We were one of 8 teams across NSW and the ACT who had won their area competition and were now playing in the state finals. 

AFL at Sydney Stadium Paul Kelly Cup Team 2019

Faced with tough opposition, we played to the best of our abilities despite injury and exhaustion, we gave it our all. Whilst we didn’t record a win on the day, the experience of playing within a professional stadium on such a beautiful day in Sydney was amazing. The competition was fast and tough, but our girls performed with resilience and tenacity. Though tired, the team remained positive and full of energy all the way home. 

One of the highlights of the day was a ‘half time’ sprint between the team’s nominated fastest players. Amelia Sutherland represented our team and took out first place against the other 7 team representatives!   

Well done girls! Congratulations on all you achieved and for a wonderful competition. Your attitude and support of each other was amazing and you were impressive representatives of Radford.  

Year 5/6 AFL Girls team:
Bonnie Hardy, Jessi Palframan, Ellie Dawe, Grace Aulich, Cynara Yates, Amber Smith Gibson, Amelia Sutherland, Makayla Paton, Katherine Maundrell, Mary Palfreman, Laura McNamara, Coco Guenther, Madi Scholfield, Lussia Parker

Coach – Jon Craddock
Assistant Coach – Di Wilson
Manager – Kirstie Hardy

Junior School Sport

Term 3 Sport commenced last week. Throughout the term, students will have the opportunity to participate in a 5 Week program, developing skills in a variety of Sports. This Term, the Kindy - Year 6 students will be coached by ACT AFL, Basketball, Tennis, Yoga, Dance and a range of multi-sports and fundamentals movement skills by Active Attitudes.

Students were beaming with excitement and embraced the opportunity to learn new skills.

JS Term 3 sports JS Term 3 sports


See main Sports Report in this Bulletin for details of the Jamie Pearlman Cup.


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