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PYP

Location Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Website http://www.radford.act.edu.au
Email reception@radford.act.edu.au
Phone +61 (0)2 6162 6200
Fax +61 (0)2 6162 6263

Spanning Pre-kindergarten to Year 12, Radford College offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) in its Junior School (Pre-kindergarten to Year 6) and is in the process of applying to become a candidate school for the IB Diploma Programme. The College is a thriving independent school dedicated to educating and supporting students to become compassionate, adaptable and internationally minded. The school is a progressive Anglican co-educational day school that recognises that each student has unique potential. We help them fulfil their potential by offering a world-class education, contemporary pedagogy and opportunities to learn beyond the traditional classroom through co-curricular and community service programs. The College currently has over 1,600 students enrolled across the Junior and Secondary Schools, with an equal number of boys and girls. We employ a non-selective enrolments process and consistently rank highly in the ACT academic rankings. We believe this is because of our innovative teaching and our fundamental understanding that students are most successful when engaged. Relationships between staff and students are based on mutual respect. Teachers get to know their students quickly in order to understand their motivations, their capabilities and the way that they learn. They understand that each student has different abilities and cater equally for the students who need a challenge and students who require additional support. It is important for children to have positive relationships with other children and adults at school and we provide a nurturing environment where this is possible. Our parents are important partners in the effective support of our students and open and regular communication is vital. At Radford College Junior School, parents are informed and involved in the initial phases of any pastoral concern and it is through this proactive approach that we are able to manage issues effectively. A safe and supportive physical environment is also crucial. Our playground has been specifically designed to provide a range of spaces for students to play. Children are always supervised and inappropriate behaviour is managed in a positive and consistent manner. The College provides a range of support which gives students the best chance to reach their potential, including learning support staff, counsellors, occupational therapists and speech pathologists. Mindfulness and wellbeing are taught explicitly and students participate in Chapel services on a weekly basis, allowing them to explore personal beliefs and developing an awareness of spirituality. The Christian faith is presented as a meaningful and relevant way of life.


Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The Radford College Junior School spans Pre-kindergarten to Year 6 and is an authorised IB World School. Using the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile and Primary Years Programme (PYP) attitudes and skills as a solid foundation, the Radford College Junior School establishes a framework within which responsibility, initiative and rewarding relationships can flourish. The Junior School is a vibrant part of the College, with modern classroom spaces that support flexible learning and dynamic student investigation. Our philosophy and practice is based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, where nurturing the development of the whole child is the key focus. Learning experiences in the Junior School are personalised to meet the needs of all learners and are designed to invite children to think critically, communicate effectively and to collaborate with their peers. Literacy and numeracy are at the centre of our teaching and learning program and are reinforced through diverse guided units of inquiry that allow students to actively engage with their learning and to construct deep and enduring understandings. Our Pre-kindergarten to Year 6 Programme of Inquiry provides a balanced and rigorous education that fosters the ongoing academic achievement of each child as an individual. Under the six transdisciplinary themes of the Primary Years Programme, our students build the knowledge, skills, understandings and attitudes required to become active global citizens and engaged lifelong learners. Classroom teachers work in collaboration with specialist Art, Music, Language (Spanish), and PE and Wellbeing teachers to design experiences that encourage students to consider analytically and connect with ideas of both local and global significance. The College values the growth of the individual and works to pave a path for them that is unique, meaningful and will support them to become the best version of themselves. Our teachers take pride in developing positive relationships with each student as a unique person. They recognise the importance of motivating children to become the best version of themselves, socially, academically and creatively. The Junior School firmly believes that success is achieved when students are supported and encouraged to persevere and to embrace challenge as an integral part of learning. Students are openly encouraged to develop a sense of self-worth, respect and tolerance for others in an environment where they feel safe, secure and respected. This is not something that can exist in isolation and it is present in all aspects of school life. It is used to enable pupils to achieve their full potential.

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