Radford Bulletin Term 1, Week 10 – 5 April 2017

Staff Insights

Principal Fiona Godfrey with senior students

From the Principal

4 April 2017

Easter Services, concluding the term, recognising the contributions of former staff, the Education and Wellbeing Sub-Committee of the Board and the Senior Girls rowing finale.


Start of Term 2: Wednesday 26 April
Term 2 Week 1 Bulletin: Thursday 27 April (back to Wednesdays from Week 2)


Easter Services

2017 Secondary School Easter ServiceThe Secondary and Junior Schools both held Easter Services today.

Easter is the most important event in the Christian calendar and it was fitting that our students and staff gathered for a beautiful series of prayers, readings and music.

It was especially pleasing to see students take a leading role in the services.

Easter is a time for us all to reflect on the importance of sacrifice, forgiveness and renewal in our daily lives and to be mindful of the opportunities to explore these within our community.

Concluding the term

On reflection, the term has been incredibly busy but also highly successful and rewarding for many of our students. I'm sure all of them are looking forward to a relaxing break.

Over the course of the term, our students and staff have been involved in myriad events, many of which are major activities on the College calendar. We began the year with the Rowing Camp, the Year 12 Leadership workshop and the Year 11 Retreat, and then after a series of Parent Information Evenings in the Secondary School and the Hopes and Dreams sessions in the Junior School, the Music Camp, the Drama Camp and the highly successful P&F Welcome Picnic and Movie Night were staged.

In Week 2, the Year 7s headed off on their five-day camp; a critical element in the transition from primary to secondary school for all students. The Swimming Carnivals, held in Week 4, were also a highlight of the term, where we enjoyed near-perfect weather conditions for both the Junior and Secondary Carnivals.

The term continues to be busy right up to the last day this Friday. Last week our Year 10s headed on their nine-day camp to Gippsland in Victoria, and will return tomorrow evening. On Thursday night (tomorrow), the annual Foundation Day Concert will be held in the College Chapel and then the term will conclude with the Foundation Day service and activities the following day.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who has helped make the term so successful. This gratitude extends not only to students and staff, but to all the parents who make such an enormous contribution to our wonderful community.

Foundation Day

As detailed above, the whole College will come together to celebrate Foundation Day this Friday morning. The service, which gives a narrative to our foundations through the story of resurrection and new birth, is a precursor to a day of fun and celebration. Through storytelling, music and dance, the service provides a starting point for the day, and affords one of the few opportunities throughout the year where we come together as a whole College in the one venue. Following the service, students then break off into House and school groups to participate in a range of activities as part of the Foundation Day celebrations.

In conjunction with Foundation Day, the College traditionally holds its RAS Charity Fundraiser. As detailed in the letter emailed to all families, the RAS Charity Fundraiser is the one event of the year where we work as a whole College to raise funds to support community work. We seek the generous support of students, parents and their network of relationships, to give and support work beyond our borders. A full list of the charities being supported in 2017 was included in the Bulletin last week and can now be found at on the TryBooking donation site.

Raising as much as we can for these worthy charities is an expression of how we seek to live in truth, rise in compassion, and walk in wisdom.

Recognising the contributions of former staff

As has been the tradition at Radford, the College will recognise the contribution of former staff members by conducting a naming ceremony, due to take place after the Foundation Service. At the ceremony, three former members of staff will have facilities named in their honour, recognising the great contribution they have made to Radford over the years.

Former staff being honouredThe Pavilion will be named in honour of Mr Vic Gibbons, who worked as our Facilities Manager and, later, Bursar from 1993 through to 2006. During Vic?s time at Radford, the College expanded in both student numbers and in the construction of facilities. Vic worked closely with the College Board and Executive, and with Cox Architecture, in the design and management of infrastructure projects, which included the G Wigg Sports Centre, the LJ Willett Performing Arts Centre, the Radford Chapel, the Browning Early Learning Centre and the Pavilion. It is fitting that Vic?s devotion and dedication to Radford is recognised in the naming of the Gibbons Pavilion in his honour.

The Senior School Lecture Theatre will, from now on, be known as the Heath Lecture Theatre, recognising the legacy of previous Principal Mr Phillip Heath, who led the College from mid-2009 until the end of 2013. During that time, Phillip was a well-respected leader who initiated a number of programs and events, many of which are now a hallmark of a Radford education. Given that Phillip was a very good wordsmith and public speaker, and the fact that he was the driving force in the construction of the Senior School building, it is fitting that the Senior School lecture theatre is named in his honour.

At Awards Night 1990, the JA Mackinnon Oval was named in honour of Foundation Principal Jock Mackinnon, AM. The current Board has now taken the decision that Jock and his wife Elizabeth?s impact on the school is so significant that a major building should be dedicated to them to recognise their contribution, not only in the years Jock served as Principal, but in the years leading up to his death last year. The Senior School building will now be known as the Mackinnon Senior School, highlighting Jock?s courage in committing himself to a new school venture, to the underlying principles of the school he established, and to the enthusiasm he displayed in Radford?s early existence.

Education and Wellbeing Sub-Committee of the Board

Longstanding parents of the College would know that the school has had for many years a sub-committee of the Board which examines Education and Wellbeing (EWC) issues. This committee has routinely had four open sessions each year, to which parents were warmly welcomed, and another two which only involved members of the sub-committee.

Unfortunately, despite presenters spending many hours of preparation on content delivery, we have had very few parents who have taken the opportunity to attend these sessions. On most occasions, there have been less than a handful of parents in attendance.

In recent months, the decision has been made to change the nature and reduce the frequency of these EWC meetings. From 2017, the EWC will have two open and two closed meetings per year, with the open meetings concentrating on broader issues affecting staff, students and schools. For example, the open forums set down for 2017 include a presentation on STEM (Sceince Technology Engineering Mathematics) and transdisciplinary themes (25 May) and another one later in the year (9 November) on social and emotional trends. Each of these will include an opportunity for parents to ask questions on the EWC topic for that night but also give parents an opportunity to ask any questions they have in relation to program offerings, curriculum delivery, assessment and reporting, co-curricular opportunities or anything else they wish to raise.

I strongly encourage all parents to put these dates in your diary even though further information will be forthcoming closer to the date. It would be great to see a large number of parents at our first (re-vamped) EWC open meeting of the year, on Thursday, 25 May, 5:30pm - 6:30pm, Senior School Lecture Theatre (soon to be the Heath Lecture Theatre).

Senior Girls rowing finale The Senior Girls Quad won Bronze in the School Girls Coxed Quad at the National Rowing Regatta.

The Senior Girls Quad capped off a fantastic season of rowing in 2017 by taking out the bronze medal in the School Girls Coxed Quad at the National Rowing Regatta on the weekend.

After easily winning the gold medal in the NSW/ACT Head of the River regatta last weekend, the rowers ? Lisa Seberry, Emma Harper, Nicole Greenland and Annie Creer and coxed by Ethan Toscan ? backed up in the ?Nationals? this week to take out third place in the School Girl Coxed Quad. The crew were beaten by St Peter?s Lutheran School from Queensland but it was neck and neck the whole way down the course between Radford, Kinross Wolaroi (Orange) and Ruyton Girls School (Melbourne). Our girls held on for third but it could have easily been a silver. Ruyton, the reigning national champions, were placed in fourth.

Congratulations to everyone associated with the crew this year, especially their coach, Vicky Spencer, and our Director of Rowing, Mr Phillip Winkworth.

The Senior Girls Quad won Bronze in the School Girls Coxed Quad at the National Rowing Regatta.

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Chaplain's reflection: A personal testimony

4 April 2017

Easter is the resurrection of the innocent Victim.

When I left school, I couldn't really say what I wanted to be or do. Nobody asked me the one question I knew the answer to: what do you NOT want to be? That was easy. I knew for certain I did not want to be a priest. I knew this because Dad was one ? this was despite the fact that I was the only son of three who re-enacted my old man using jatz and orange cordial as the elements of Holy Communion at age six. For years after my ordination I answered any who asked 'What do you do?' with: 'Physio. I am working as a priest at the moment, but I am a physiotherapist'. There was never any embarrassment about God or Jesus. It was always really about the church. I struggled with being identified alongside what I saw as a bunch of cardigan-wearing, ageing, anxious, introverted males with incomplete beards and soft handshakes. An unkind stereotype I know.

So when students ask why am I a professional Christian, the answer is not 'because I couldn't get any other job'. The answer is layered. How deep do you want to go, my curious fellow students?

  • God. God is the simple answer.
  • Because in Jesus I have encountered the means by which I can be truly myself and truly human, in sync with a reality that is fundamentally relational.
  • Because in Jesus I discover who God is and has always been. And it is the same as the universe itself. I discover that self-giving is at the heart of reality. Called love, this is who God is and how the universe works.

Just last Tuesday, a Year 5 girl came out of chapel responding to a question ? can there be peace without sacrifice? Her answer was astonishingly sophisticated. 'Well kind of. The only way for the large group to find peace is by making a small group to become the outsiders, beat on them and make them the sacrifice. This is the only way the large group will be united and make peace.'

Here, a young girl has intuited and ruminated her way to what Rene Girard took a lifetime to investigate and become his magnum opus.

She is right. She describes 'religion' across the ages ? the system that creates the necessary outsiders for the majority to be at peace.* And fundamentally this is why I am Christian ? because God is not violent or angry, because God does not draw any harsh lines between in and out, male or female, us or them, worthy or unworthy. Because God does not require blood. These are all the systems we create for our own identity, complete when we make up a god to protect the edifice of our own making. I am Christian because Jesus is the scapegoat, the one who exposes our myth-making practice of hating upon our preferred outsider with brief but brutal fury for the sake of our anxious identity. Easter is not the story of how Jesus rescues people by taking up the mantle of a violent god's anger. Easter reveals reality and who God has been from the very beginning: self-donating, out-pouring and gracious. Easter is the resurrection of the innocent Victim, killed on Friday, dead on Saturday and risen, bringing peace free of any revenge or retribution on any and every other day. This is good news. This is what I wish to be judged against. This is the Jesus I serve.

So I am a priest. I am the richest man in the world. I serve the gospel of Jesus Christ and stand in direct affinity with the outcast, the vulnerable, the victim, the alien, because this is where Christ compels us and where resurrection is most freely welcomed.

This is the reality marked in the Easter services this Wednesday at school. This is the story behind the Telling, performed on Friday on Foundation Day. This lies at the heart of Radford's values, each a dangerously bold name for God: Wisdom, Truth, Compassion. (This is the heart behind the RAS charity fundraiser, a solidarity with a wide and common good.)

Peace to you and your loved ones this Easter and holy season.

Note: your generous contribution of any size is extremely valuable to the work of Radford through the RAS charity fundraiser.

* John Chapter 9 is such a brilliant narrative about for whom the light has come. It is the blind. But if one thinks they can already see, well, disaster is at hand.

Things to look out for in Term 2

  • A worshipping community at Radford, starting off twice a term, Saturday Sunset, 5.30-6.30pm
  • Baptism and confirmation classes for students in Year 6 and above.


Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News: 5 April 2017

5 April 2017

Dates to remember, Term 1 achievements and a uniform reminder for Term 2.

Dates to Remember

  • Friday, 7 April ? Foundation Day
  • Friday, 7 April ? Last Day of Term 1
  • Wednesday, 26 April ? Term 2 starts
  • Wednesday, 26 April ? Anzac Service

I write this final message for the term having just returned from a basketball grand final and a netball grading game.

The weather is a little like our Junior School; a little tired but hanging in there. When I look back on our term I'm reminded of the many, many things we manage to achieve in such a small amount of time.

In the past nine weeks:

  • We have introduced over 100 new students, in a positive and warm reflection of how we are as a Junior School.
  • We have welcomed ? or welcomed back ? seven staff in our classrooms, reception, support and relief areas.
  • We have all done the above while talking about the 'Learner Profile'.
  • We have come together as a group to share in and celebrate the importance of reading (and ensuring someone slept on the oval).
  • Our teaching staff have targeted literacy and numeracy skill development, interrogating data, setting goals and ongoing development.
  • We have completed the following Units of Inquiry across our eight year levels:


Who we are ? Communication helps us build relationships


Who we are ? We seek to belong

Year 1

Where we are in place and time ? Perceptions influence connections to places over time

Year 2

Who we are ? Birth, growth and death are part of the natural cycle of life

Year 3

How we organise ourselves ? The culture of organisations is built on communication

Year 4

How we express ourselves ? Exploring creativity enables an individual to flourish

Year 5

Who we are ? Recognising and valuing different beliefs fosters global citizenship

Year 6

Where we are in place and time ? Identity is a consequence of circumstance

  • Our co-curricular program has provided enrichment and growth opportunities for so many of our students and families.
  • Our Year 3 classes have embraced cellos, violins, violas and double basses in their classrooms and homes.
  • Our P?4 Library section has been revamped.
  • And, in our spare time, we have enjoyed things like Harmony Day, Earth Hour, the Easter Service, Junior School Swimming Carnival and so much more.

The first two weeks of Term 2 is a transition period for student uniform. Students may choose to wear either summer or winter uniform depending on weather. Students may not wear a combination of the two.

If students in Years 5/6 choose to wear winter uniform, please note they must wear their blazer when required.

Enjoy the break!

Don't miss the 2017 P&F Art Show

Save dates in May for P&F Art Show

5 April 2017

Gala opening on Friday 26 May, show continues Saturday 27 May and Sunday 28 May.

The popular Radford P&F Art Show is on again in May. This event has been running for more than 30 years and draws strong crowds from the Radford and Canberra district communities.

Gala opening on Friday 26 May, show continues Saturday 27 May and Sunday 28 May.

Online registration and the Terms and Conditions of entry are now available for artists. Registrations will close on Monday 8 May.

Artists are asked to lodge or update their contact details at artshow@radford.act.edu.au and let other artists or art groups know registrations are open.

The P&F will be offering prizes for Best Artwork and People?s Choice and would love to hear from any businesses wanting to explore sponsorship opportunities.

In coming weeks, the P&F will also call for people wanting to get involved as volunteers to assist over the Art Show weekend.

For all enquiries, contact: artshow@radford.act.edu.au

Radford Year 10 students assisted with the smooth running of the Dream Cricket Gala Day.

Dream Cricket Gala Day a success

31 March 2017

This special service day was opened by the Governor-General.

By George Huitker, Director of Service Learning/Right-handed Batsman & Bowler

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove opened the event.On Thursday, 23 March, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, opened the ACT Dream Cricket Gala Day at Kingston Oval.

The original aim of Dream Cricket is to provide primary school students with special needs an opportunity to play cricket activities on the Bradman Oval in Bowral.

The program has since grown to encompass schools and children throughout Australia and internationally.

Local high school students, carers and friends, alongside Rotarians, have been briefed to assist with a series of fun, modified cricket activities to suit the needs of each and every participant.

Radford College provided 32 enthusiastic, patient and caring Year 10 students to help with the smooth running of the day.

These students won many admirers from the students participating and their accompanying staff and families. As Jonathan Lyall from the Sunrise Rotary Group explained, ?the input of your students is absolutely fundamental to the success of the event and Radford?s students are never less than superb. I lost track of how many people came up to me today to comment on what an exceptional group they are, to which I could only agree 100%. The future of humankind looks very promising with these students as the next generation of leaders.?

From my vantage point behind the wickets, I could only strongly concur.

Year 10 students assisted with the smooth running of the Dream Cricket Gala Day.

Digital Technology helps students to problem solve, develop creative solutions, work collaboratively and think analytically.

New courses in Digital Technology

3 April 2017

Lisa Plenty, Technology Coach and Year 7 Digital Technology teacher

Years 7 and 8 students have made an enthusiastic start to their new Digital Technology classes.

By Lisa Plenty, Technology Coach and Year 7 Digital Technology teacher

Commencing this term, students will now study Digital Technology for a term in both Year 7 and Year 8 and our students have made an enthusiastic start.

Studying Digital Technology does not just prepare students to be the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but is also exceptional for learning to problem solve, develop creative solutions, work collaboratively and think analytically.

Students have enthusiastically programmed Lego EV3 robots and learnt the basics of coding through Scratch, HTML and Python through Grok Learning.

It has been fantastic to see our students? problem-solving skills develop and enjoy the wonderful ?aha? moments when a challenge is resolved.

Some quotes from Year 7 students

- It was nice to be able to get out of your comfort zone and learn new things.? ? Alina

- I have really liked Digital Technology. I especially liked Scratch because I liked making games. It was really fun working with people outside of my tutor group.? ? Harper

- Digital Tech is fun ? you can learn a lot and it will help you a lot in life.? ? Nikhil

Digital Technology helps students to problem solve, develop creative solutions, work collaboratively and think analytically.

Learn about Digital Parenting with Martine Oglethorpe of The Modern Parent website.

'Digital Parenting' session by Martine Oglethorpe

4 April 2017

Discover why parents are the key to safe and smart digital young people in this informative presentation.

All parents and caregivers are invited to a session on Digital Parenting by highly regarded presenter Martine Oglethorpe of The Modern Parent website.

  • 6pm?7pm
  • Thursday, 27 April 2017
  • Senior School Lecture Theatre

A teacher, counsellor and mother of five, Martine is passionate about helping families and young people make the best decisions around the use of technology, gaming and devices.

As our families become immersed in technology and the digital world, it is imperative we arm parents with the necessary information, skills, strategies and perspective, to help steer both themselves and their children through the myriad of information, that often threatens to overwhelm.

Our greatest challenge is ensuring our children are getting the very best that technology has to offer, whilst minimising the risk of harm to their personal safety and wellbeing.

There is no need to RSVP for this event ? please just turn up.

This presentation will cover a range of topics, including:

  • How are young people using technology?
  • What apps are young people using? Are they safe?
  • Coping with inappropriate content.
  • Your child loves video games? How to keep it under control.
  • Avoiding tech tantrums.
  • Privacy, predators and reputation.
  • Why parents are the key to safe and smart digital young people.
  • How to enforce boundaries, limits and keep the balance.
  • Strategies to teach young people the skills they need to make the best decisions online.
Basketball and football programs are available for boys and girls

Sport Holiday Programs

29 March 2017

Brent Larkham, Head of Sport

Details of Radford holiday programs in Basketball and Football.

Radford College will be running two sports holiday programs for Basketball and Football (Soccer) during the first week of the April school holidays. Both programs are open to boys and girls, all ages and abilities from Year 3 to Year 9, focusing on skill development and game play. Students have the option to attend one or both programs.

Radford Basketball Program ? Conducted by Brad Luhrs
Brad Luhrs was the former director of Basketball at Radford College and has been a long time coach of state and junior National programs.

Tuesday 11 April 2017 - 9am till 12pm
Wednesday 12 April 2017 - 9am till 12pm
Thursday 13 April 2017 - 9am till 12pm
Venue: G Wigg Sports Centre

Radford Football (Soccer) Program ? Conducted by Tom Crossley
Tom Crossley is the new Technical Director of Football (Soccer) at Radford College, who is an AFC accredited coach.

Tuesday 11 April 2017 - 2pm ? 5pm
Wednesday 12 April 2017 - 2pm ? 5pm
Thursday 13 April 2017 - 2pm ? 5pm
Venue: G Wigg Sports Centre

The cost of each 3-day program will be $150. If your child wishes to attend both the basketball and soccer programs, there is a discounted total price of $250. Students participating in both programs will be supervised in the break between 12-2pm each day in the G Wigg Sports Centre.

Contacts for both programs:
Brent Larkham, phone 61801090, e-mail brent.larkham@radford.act.edu.au or
Erin Healy, phone 6180 3083, e-mail Erin.Healy@radford.act.edu.au

PK students are excited to invite their parents to join them on the first Community Bushwalk on 26 May.

Pre Kindergarten adventure in the bush

4 April 2017

Emily Perriman and Melinda Quade, Pre Kindergarten Teachers

Pre Kindergarten?s Sharing the Planet Unit of Inquiry takes students into the bushland on Gossan Hill.

By Emily Perriman and Melinda Quade, Pre Kindergarten Teachers

Every Friday the Pre Kindergarten cohort set off on an adventure into the wilderness of Gossan Hill. Our year-long Unit of Inquiry, Sharing the Planet, leads us to see and we wonder as we walk.

'Why are the trees all black?' ? WaniyaPK students are excited to invite their parents to join them on the first Community Bushwalk on 26 May.

'I think it was bushfires. The firemen all came in on their helicopters and their trucks and they put billions and millions of water on.' ? Mali

We become risk takers as we walk down steep descents. It's tricky but we are getting much better. We are caring to one other as we help friends after they have had a tumble. We are inquirers as we constantly ask questions about our surroundings.

Mr Martin has helped us collect lots of grass to use as paintbrushes back in the Early Learning Centre. The Dingos and the Zebras collaboratively made a large painting which now hangs in the piazza.

Ms Hayward came along on one of our bushwalks and shared her knowledge about nature. She told us about ant trails, the difference between currawongs and magpies and took us through the scrub to discover new and different landscapes.

We are so excited to invite Pre Kindergarten parents on the first Community Bushwalk we are hosting on Friday, 26 May 2017.

The fun starts at 9am at your child's classroom. If you are interested on coming along, please RSVP by Friday, 19 May to Trish Smith.

Year 7 students enjoyed their visit to the NGA and wished they could have stayed longer.

Art and about

3 April 2017

Matt, Lachlan and Miranda, Year 7 students

Year 7 Visual Arts students visit the National Gallery of Australia (NGA)

By Matt, Lachlan and Miranda, Year 7 students

On Tuesday, 21 March, 7AAP and 7DKI went to the National Gallery of Australia for a Visual Arts excursion. We went there because we wanted to examine and research original works of Australian Art.

Our first impression of the gallery was that it was a peaceful, well organised, large and modern space with lots of different artworks that need the care of lots of people.

In class, we had been appropriating historical and contemporary Australian Art and learning about their stories, styles and techniques. We noticed the similarities and differences to our appropriated paintings. However, we also saw other artworks that we weren?t examining in class.

Some of the most memorable paintings were in the Indigenous Galleries. One of them was the Cyclone Tracy 1991 by Rover Thomas (Joolama) and was painted using different coloured ochres on canvas.

Another sculptural artwork, Dispersed 2008 by Fiona Foley, included bullets in the letter ?D?. The bullets were a representation of contact history when the European settlers killed Aboriginal people. It was a whole story in one metal and mirrored word ? DISPERSED.

One student learnt that images can be stronger than words and if you look closely and deeply you see the stories. Each story seemed to have a backstory.

We also learnt that we love the NGA and wanted to stay longer!

Year 7 students enjoyed their visit to the NGA and wished they could have stayed longer.

'Song Contest', Radford College Musical.

Get ready for Song Contest

26 April 2017

Nick Akhurst, Head of Department, Co‑curricular Drama/Dance/Oratory

The 2017 Musical will be a musical experience like no other.

By Nick Akhurst, Head of Department, Co?curricular Drama/Dance/Oratory

The 2017 Musical is a musical experience like no other. It is Song Contest ? The Almost Eurovision Experience.

It is a glamorous and colourful tribute to the Eurovision Song Contest, with 11 countries competing in the final with authentic potential for you to decide on the winner with voting on the night.

We invite you to get as close as you can to the Eurovision experience and come see Song Contest and support the country of your choice.

There will be three performances:

  • Thursday, 27 April
  • Friday, 28 April
  • Saturday, 29 April.

Tickets are on sale in the quad as well as online.

Visit https://www.trybooking.com/PJMV or https://www.trybooking.com/270057 to book your seats.

Students participating in the Foundation Day Service in 2016

Foundation Day 2017

21 March 2017

Brent Larkham, Head of Sport, and Tiia Wright-Baker and Melinda Hamilton, Junior School Teachers

On Friday, 7 April, the whole College will gather to celebrate its foundation.

By Brent Larkham, Head of Sport, and Tiia Wright-Baker and Melinda Hamilton, Junior School Teachers

Friday, 7 April, the last day of Term 1, is Foundation Day. It is a day when the whole College gathers to celebrate its foundation.

The day begins with a service in the G Wigg Sports Centre to celebrate the College and its achievements, and reflect on our role within the wider society.

Secondary School

Following this gathering, Secondary School students will travel to places all over Canberra to play games and socialise together. While House Points are awarded, the day is more about sharing and community than competition.

The Secondary School will then re-gather in TB Millar Hall in the afternoon to watch some dance performances choreographed on the day and for the awarding of the Bishop?s Cup.

Students should wear their House shirt/sports uniform to school and bring their own food for the day. Activities will conclude in time for normal buses home.

Junior School

At the Foundation Day service, Junior School students will participate in 'The Telling? by acting out the storm using homemade percussion instruments and body percussion.

After the service, students in Years 1?6 will participate in a number of experiences here at the College following a theme of ?Belonging?.

These experiences will run between recess and lunchtime.

ELC students will attend class as usual.

Foundation Day is one of the best days of the year as assessment is over for the term and the holidays beckon. We hope this year is as much fun as ever.

Mrs Godfrey and some Junior School students looking fantastic in their Harmony Day costumes.

Harmony Day celebrations

4 April 2017

Colourful costumes are a symbol of diversity.

Junior School students enjoyed dressing up to celebrate National Harmony Day last week.

Australia is a nation of diverse cultural backgrounds and this annual event promotes inclusiveness, respect, national pride and a sense of belonging for all.

Many students chose to wear the national costume of another country with which their family enjoys a connection.

Others chose outfits which celebrated a specific cultural aspect, such as literature or sport.

It was all part of promoting Harmony Day?s message ?everyone belongs,? a message that will continue to resonate through to next year?s celebrations.

An exciting end to the summer Basketball season

Sports Report: 5 April 2017

4 April 2017

Bernadette Leger, Sports Administrator

A thrilling end to the summer basketball season and rowing and swimming news.

By James Martin and Sophie McGready, Basketball Captains

It was a very successful summer season for Radford, with a number of teams from across the College competing week in and week out.

Coming to the tail end of the season, the College ended up with five teams good enough to make the grand finals in their division and age group.

The first game featured the U12 Girls Kookaburras. Coming into the finals off an undefeated streak, the Kookaburras were definitely the favourites for this game. A few fast-break lay-ups at the start gave the girls a 21?6 lead over the Tuggeranong Vikings at half time. Consistently good decision making, especially in two on one situations, and strong driving in the second half pushed up the Vikings? foul count. This provided many opportunities for bonus foul shots, with an outstanding percentage of them made. Radford maintained their lead, finishing off an already great season with a 45?15 victory. Well done, girls!

Congratulations to all Radford players on a terrific basketball season.The U12 Girls Cardinals were next to play. From the outset, it was clear Radford and Norths were evenly matched, making for a tense 40 minutes. The Cardinals trailed on the scoreboard until the end of the second half when they finally found their tempo, and led at 10?8 at half time. The second half was just as close as the first, with the girls trading baskets for the third quarter. At the start of the fourth it looked like Norths were set to pull away with a 4-point lead. However, a lay-up and two foul shots put our girls back in the game at 16?all. With under two minutes left, Radford made two foul shots, and just needed to hold onto their lead for the win. However, one minute later a foul gave Norths two foul shots and the potential to claw back into the game! Luckily only one was made and our girls won 18?17 after a very tense last quarter. Good job, Cardinals!

The final girls? game of the weekend was the U19 Girls Cougars vs Daramalan. With one especially good Daramalan player, it looked like it was going to be a tough game for the Cougars to win. In the first half, the girls ran hard to get back on defence and jumped on as many loose balls as possible. Their shots, however, were just not dropping and they trailed at the end of the first half. It looked more hopeful in the second half, with a few lay-ups and foul shots starting to go in. Great aggression on offence forced the star Daramalan player to five fouls midway through the fourth quarter, where Radford started to lessen the gap. However, there wasn?t enough time left, and after a hard-fought game, Radford went down 15?27.

The U19 Boys Jets were next, and they took on a tough Marist side. The Jets took the lead early and never looked back. Even when Marist got on a scoring run it was quickly stopped by the Jets? incredible defence. The boys did an outstanding job moving the ball with their inside-out game, which led to a lot of open shots for the guards on the perimeter. Year 12 forward Jacob Slattery had an outstanding game, dominating on both ends and ripping down every rebound. The Jets finished with a 33?22 win in a stellar effort.

The final game of the weekend saw the U19 Boys Giants play their final game of the season. The Giants faced an incredibly tough opponent in Burgmann, who were a well drilled and highly disciplined with the ball. Burgmann jumped to an early lead in the first quarter and kept it. The Giants did not give up hope, however, and played their hearts out from siren to siren. The scoreboard did not reflect the competitiveness and effort in the game. The boys ended up losing 45?27, but they should be very happy with their performance as they put on an incredible game of basketball for all those watching.

All in all, it was a great season on the basketball court for Radford College, with every team putting in a tremendous effort. We would like to congratulate all the winners over the finals weekend and also congratulate every player who competed in Radford basketball over the summer. We would like to use this opportunity to thank all the coaches, managers and parents for their efforts in assisting the players this season. We now look forward to the winter season. We wish every player the best of luck and hope they keep their skills up over the short break.

Rowing Presentation Awards Night: 2016?17 season
By Erin Healy, Sports Administrator

The Rowing Presentation Awards Night for the Summer 2016?17 season will now be held on Tuesday, 9 May, not Wednesday, 5 April, as Year 10 students are away on camp.

The presentation will be held in the Senior School Lecture Theatre.

More information regarding the presentation night will be emailed by either Brent Larkham or Erin Healy from the Sports Department.

For more rowing news see Mrs Godfrey?s article this week.

ACT Swimming Carnival
Bernadette Leger, Sports Administrator

Congratulations to the following 12 swimmers who have progressed from the Belconnen Swimming Carnival to represent Radford College and the Belconnen region at the ACT 12 Years and Under Swimming Carnival.

  • Jeffrey Bush
  • Alex Couldrick
  • Angelina Fei
  • Oliver Fox
  • Bonnie Hardy
  • Ellie Maglasis
  • Steven Maglasis
  • Catherine Mai
  • Nathan Price
  • Alys Robertson
  • Amber Smith Gibson
  • Jake Smith Gibson

The ACT Swimming Carnival will be held on Monday, 1 May at the AIS. More information will come out this week.

See final results from the Belconnen Swimming Carnival.

Basketball and Football (Soccer) Holiday Camps ? see flyer


P&F Association

Support the P&F through Entertainment Books purchase

Check out the great offers available in the Entertainment Book. $12 from each purchase goes to the P&F to support College projects. 

Contact: Radford Entertainment Books Convenor Alison Wilson
alison.radfordent@yahoo.com.au or mobile 0401 705 468

Rowing Presentation

From the canteen

Catering Assistant position available in the Radford College canteen

A Catering Assistant position has become available in Radfood, the Radford College canteen.??

Duties include preparation of hot and cold menu items, working with the Flexischools Online ordering system, cash handling and customer service with both students and staff.??

An understanding of safe food handling practices would be an advantage but not essential.

The position is available from 8:00am to 2:00pm with days to be negotiated and would commence at the start of Term 2.

Please contact Linda Oakman on 0417 258 536 if you are interested in discussing this opportunity.

No lunch orders on Foundation Day

There will be no lunch order service for Secondary School or Junior School students on Friday, 7 April 2017 due to Foundation Day.??

The canteen will be open for over-the-counter sales for students who are undertaking activities at the school.

From the HPE Department

Winter PE Uniform - Secondary School

As we head into Term 2 and the weather continues to cool down, students are expected to wear the appropriate PE uniform for??PE lessons.??

A reminder that this includes:

  • Radford PE polo shirt
  • Navy Radford PE shorts or Radford tracksuit pants
  • Radford tracksuit jacket
  • White socks
  • Cross trainers or runners
  • Hat (this is mandatory in Terms 1 and 4)
**Tights, leggings,??2XUs, and compression tights??are not acceptable.

Spray deodorants in the HPE change rooms

A reminder that students are not to use spray deodorants in the HPE change rooms.

Spray deodorants can irritate those allergic to them and significantly increase the chances of those with asthma of having an attack.

STEM Sells workshops

STEM opportunity for Girls in Years 7-9

STEM Sells is a series of fun and engaging workshops dedicated to inspiring young women to pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

We are calling all girls in Years 7, 8 & 9 to come along, roll up their sleeves and experiment!
Learn how to forge your own glass jewellery, make artificial silk, design biospheres and even grow glow-in-the-dark mushrooms!

Girls will also go home with invaluable skills around entrepreneurship, leadership and business.

The workshops will be held over a 10-week period, at the CSIRO Discovery Centre starting at the beginning of May.

Find out more.

School Sport ACT

SSACT Bulletin 28 June 2017

School Sport ACT (SSACT) is the peak body for School Sport delivery in the ACT.

SSACT actively promotes school sport for all ACT students through the support of regional, state and national representative opportunities and pathways.

View the latest SSACT Bulletin.