Radford Bulletin Term 2, Week 1 – 2 May 2018

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal

2 May 2018

Remembering Jonquil Mackey, a full calendar, Secondary School Senior Executive Roles

This has been a tough week for our community. The sudden and shocking news of Ms Jonquil Mackey’s death last Saturday following a freak accident has rocked us all. As is often the case in times of adversity, we have rallied together, and I have been buoyed by the support that staff and students have given each other.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Alan Lee, Jonquil’s partner and fellow teacher, who escaped major injury in the accident; and Jonquil’s family. Words cannot possibly describe their sorrow. In a statement to the Canberra Times yesterday, they said, ‘She gave endlessly to the people around her ... Jonquil was an incredibly loving mother, partner, sister, daughter, artist, teacher and friend’.

The staff and students of the College loved Jonquil for her gentle and compassionate nature. Her passion for the art of photography imbued her teaching and she inspired the same passion in her students: ‘Ms Mackey showed us how to love photography … the countless hours we spent in the photography lab with her, allowed her passion to rub off on us.’

The College has been inundated with offers of support and condolences from former colleagues, Collegians, principals of other schools, educational leaders, and parents of the College – one of whom reflected that ‘It is a cause for celebration that Jonquil’s legacy should exist not only in her art works, including in the book from their exhibition which I shall now treasure all the more, but in the joy and inspiration she has engendered in students life at Radford, though surely also a tragedy that her communion with others has been cut so cruelly short’.

We honour her memory and cherish what she gave us as a community and as individuals.

A full calendar of events

The post-holiday lull is quickly over with two major events, the Year 9–10 Drama Production and the House Cross Country Carnival, being staged in the first two weeks of term. The calendar remains full in the following weeks with NAPLAN testing for students in Years 3, 5 7 and 9; the Australian National Eisteddfod; the P&F Art Show; Year 8 Camp; Chinese exchange students’ visit; the Year 9 Worn Soles program; the IB DP authorisation visit; examinations for our senior students; and preparations for four major trips at the end of term, including the Gamilaraay 20 Trip, Timor Leste tour, Year 7 & 8 Central Australian trip and USA Tour. Interspersed throughout the term will be the usual array of academic assessments, field trips and excursions, music recitals and the winter sports program.

Senior Executive Roles in the Secondary School During Term 2

The recruitment process to select a new Deputy Principal and Head of Secondary School concluded during the holidays. I am pleased that we will shortly announce the successful candidate, who will assume the role at the beginning of Term 3.

As a result, the Deputy Principal and Head of Secondary School duties over the course of Term 2 will be shared primarily by Ms Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development, and me. Many of the administrative duties will be coordinated by Ms Nerida Dyne.

Ms Louise Wallace-Richards, Director of Teaching and Learning, will take long-service leave from the College from Week 3 for the remainder of the term. In her absence, the role of Director of Teaching and Learning will be undertaken by Mr Bill Weigall, Director of Assessment, Reporting and Curriculum. Ms Cathy Jackson, currently Head of Design and Technology, will assist Bill as Acting Director of Teaching and Learning/Assessment Reporting and Curriculum. Cathy’s teaching load will be reduced to enable her to take on these additional duties.

Chaplain Erin Tuineau

Chaplain’s Reflection: Spiritual fulfilment cannot be bought

2 May 2018

Erin Tuineau, Chaplain

It is something we must seek to discover, not achieve.

There is an article I tore out of the Sunday Life magazine a few months ago titled, 'Self-Help Overload'.

As the title suggests, the writer of this piece had become exhausted trying to become enlightened through a variety of mind, body and soul exercises. The irony in this is that attending to our spiritual selves is meant to be life-giving, but it seems that in today's modern world seeking spiritual fulfilment has become yet another thing to add to our 'to do list'.

It has become something to achieve, rather than something to discover. It has become the opposite of what it is meant to be. I would even go as far as saying that seeking enlightenment has become a narcissistic endeavor as people seem to be getting more caught up and entangled in themselves, rather than having their eyes opened to something bigger and beyond who they are.

It is the illusion that people have to work out their spiritual lives by themselves that seems to be at the heart of the problem. Spiritual fulfilment is not something we can buy, download, eat or drink. This idea, of course, grates against the consumerist culture in which we live, and that leads us to think that everything we need in this life can be purchased. Personally, I think being spiritually whole is when we know that who we are is loved unconditionally and when we share this love with others. To make it more complicated than this is when things seem to start going wrong.

When I think about what love is, I find myself always drawn to the great Christian spiritual writer Henri J. Nouwen, who wrote about the reality of there being a 'first' and a 'second' love. He wrote about this in his book Home Tonight: Further Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son:

'I slowly became aware, but only in my head, of something about "the first love" and "the second love." Let me explain. I became more and more intellectually clear that the first love comes from the ultimate life force we call God, who has loved me unconditionally before others knew or loved me. "I have loved you with an everlasting love." And I saw that the second love, the love of parents, family, and friends, was only a modified expression of the first love. I reasoned that the source of my suffering was the fact that I expected from the second love what only the first love could give. When I hoped for total self-giving and unconditional love from another human being who was imperfect and limited in ability to love, I was asking for the impossible.'

There seems to be so much truth in these thoughts expressed by Nouwen. It reminds us that our deepest longing is to be loved with a 'perfect love' and that anything less than this will leave us unsatisfied. This state of dissatisfaction seems to be the root of all the restlessness in our western society and could explain our current obsession with 'happiness' and 'self-help' resources, that, as suggested above, seem to lead to more emptiness.

From a Christian perspective we know that Jesus said to us,

'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.' (Matthew 11:28-30).

In light of this gospel passage we can know that seeking spiritual fulfilment requires us to turn to the Other, and receive light, life and love as a gift. This is in contrast to our current culture that says we need to rely on ourselves to find satisfaction in life. It is true that we need to look deep within ourselves to find what we have been searching for, but it is not simply our self that we discover there, it is the One who created this innermost being that lies at the heart of who we are. A friend of mine once said that she does not like the idea of 'God' as she finds it disempowering to think that there is a higher power than us as humans. My only response to this could be that when we want to be the highest power in our own lives we will only end up exhausted, and essentially disempowered. And this is no way to live. So, maybe the reality of there being a God is not such a bad thing after all.

Saturday SunsetSaturday Sunset

Saturday, 5 May, 5.30-6.28pm

Church at Radford Chapel 

Worship, play and growing; together. 

Including Holy Communion, prayer spaces, good music and preaching with food to follow.   

Theme: Tuned in to love.

Preacher: Fr Richard.

A community of families practising being faithful. 


Saturday Sunset 2018 dates

May 5

June 2

August 18

Sept 22

October 27

 

More than just a basketball game, for some, the opportunity to participate at RAID on a Wednesday is 'a dream come true’.

H for History #11 – RAID Basketball

2 May 2018

Everyone involved with this Wednesday-night activity is a winner, regardless of points scored.

By George Huitker, Director of Service Learning

In the past, I’ve often written how on any Wednesday you can witness some life-affirming stuff if you visit the G Wigg Sports Centre between 6.30 and 8.30pm. This is when RAID (Recreational Activity for people with an Intellectual Disability) Basketball is run through a special 13-year relationship between YMCA and Radford College. In recent years we have seen some unique fraternal moments occur in the quite literal sense of the word.

In 2012, Ryan Herbert (Class of 2013) was encouraged to do some community service and I suggested he try out RAID Basketball. He had not heard of this activity and realised he was not the only person in his family who might benefit from the experience. As his mother, Tracey, points out, ‘As soon as George Huitker realised Ryan had a younger brother who had an intellectual disability, he immediately encouraged us to send him along too’. That was six years ago and Ryan’s younger brother Joel has barely missed a Wednesday-night session since. In Joel’s own words, ‘I like going to RAID every week because I like sports, especially basketball. I love the friends I’ve made at RAID and the two L’Arche discos we go to every year!’

Ryan continued to visit RAID periodically in his final year and since leaving the college. It inspired involvement in other service opportunities, such as the Gamilaraay trips, where he became a popular and returning visitor to Minimbah Aboriginal School in Armidale. He has also, in turn, inspired another younger brother, Liam, (who left the college in 2016) to participate in RAID. Liam is equally proud of his brother Joel’s increasing confidence in both basketball skills and making friends: ‘Because of his intellectual disability, he struggles to make friends and RAID has been a great support to him every week. I feel proud of my brother when I see him shooting goals, having fun and learning new skills’. He goes on to explain that ‘watching his achievements at RAID every week has a positive impact on all our family and we love the passion he shows on the basketball court’. Tracey adds, ‘RAID provides Joel with a great cardiovascular workout every week, has introduced him to a group of people of a similar age, who have a variety of disabilities, whom he would not have met otherwise. It is a uniquely inclusive activity with a format that, to the best of my knowledge, does not exist anywhere else in the ACT!’

It would further inspire the Herberts to know that they are not the only family getting involved in the RAID joy. In 2018, Year Connor shares time with his brother, Jack11 student Connor Blackmore decided to bring his younger brother, Jack, along on a Wednesday night. Explains Connor, ‘At first I wasn’t sure if it would be good for him. I didn’t know how volunteers would react to him, but once I saw the setup, I felt reassured that it was a great place for him and now I feel like he would want to go there for years to come’. While it has been great for his peers to get to know Jack better – some of whom have visited him through the college’s voluntary program with Cranleigh School – it would appear the brothers’ relationship has also been positively enhanced by the experience: ‘From our first days of playing outside, he always loved basketball. It was one of the few sports he understood and could play. He would go to my games and try to join in and I always hoped I could take him to a real court’. Connor believes the opportunity to participate at RAID on a Wednesday ‘was a dream come true’, and he applauds having ‘a safe place we could go to be real brothers and not worry about being disruptive or “being proper”.’

I asked if winning matters in this context. Connor replied, ‘it doesn’t matter if the participants can’t get the ball in the hoop; they’ll still have that feeling of being a part of something. They don’t need much to have enjoyment in their lives. Sometimes just you having fun with them is enough’.

To me, that quite plainly means everyone involved is a winner.

 

Liam with Joel, Ryan with Joel

News

Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News: 2 May 2018

2 May 2018

In a time of global change we educators need to teach both ‘basics and new basics’.

Dates to Remember

  • Friday 11 May: Mothers’ Day Breakfast
  • Friday 11 May: Whole College Cross Country Carnival

I send a warm welcome and welcome back to all our students, staff and families. While I truly hope you had an opportunity to spend family time together during the holidays, I can only say that having us all back together this week as a community has been heartening – the reason we enter this profession.

I often say that we find ourselves in a time of global change. Technology change, societal change, cultural shifts, workplace trends, and economic interdependence create a need for our profession to teach both ‘basics and new basics’.

The world our children will inherit will be different from that which we experience now, and vastly different to what we knew when we were at school!

Traditionally, education has been somewhat immune to change. Geoffrey Canada, an American educator, social activist and author, states ‘Education is the only business I know where we can change anything you want, as long as you change nothing’. 

School educational success amounts to more than tools, more than programs, data and frameworks. As important as these are, what successful schools require is the people implementing change to be on board, to be engaged, to be truly valued. To personalise education we need collaboration between staff, students and families. We need teaching teams working together to support each individual student being genuinely engaged, building concept competence and mastery in both basics and new basics.

As an IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) Junior School, we know first hand that team collaboration isn't easy. Genuine engagement isn’t easy. Concept competence and mastery isn’t easy. In the PYP we move from working alone to working as a team. Over recent years we have slowly stepped our way, building relationships and collaboration. To this end, in our ‘inquiry’ based setting, we have sought to know HOW we best build relationships, understanding and collaboration between ourselves – a protocol, so to speak. As we know this will, in turn, lead to such development amongst our students and community.

We seek rigor or, as educational author Jay McTighe notes, ‘the ability to apply one’s learning to increasingly complex, authentic tasks and projects’.


Parent-teacher interviews this week
There is a small change to the timing of our parent-teacher interviews. Rather than talk at the end of our term, we will instead focus upon what we can achieve in this term. We look forward to speaking with you.


Junior School performers
I congratulate the 11 Junior School students involved in our Year 9/10 Drama production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream later this week.


New shade sails 
Families of K–4 students can expect new shade sails to arrive in coming weeks as we continue to develop our new teaching, learning and playing areas. I will alert families as we continue to expand this project over our year.


Winter uniforms 
The first week of Term 2 means the arrival of our winter uniforms. While the two-week changeover period is extremely helpful in the continued warmish days, it’s always a pleasure to see the Year 5 students move to the blazer, formal uniform and that tie!

It's great to be back.

Some of the artwork for the P&F’s 2018 Art Show, 18–20 May

Art show volunteers needed

8 May 2018

Please consider signing up for this popular community event.

By Sarah Jennett, P&F President

The P&F’s 2018 Art Show on the weekend of 18–20 May promises to once again be one of the most popular events for the year.

We are currently seeking parent volunteers for two-hour shifts to assist with the running of the event from Thursday through to Sunday.

Volunteer roles include:

  • Assistance with hanging of art works
  • Processing of payments
  • Café supervision
  • Art Show pack down. 

Shifts are usually for two hours duration but we’d be happy to hear from those that can give more time. We are looking for a total of 50 volunteers across our community.

There are some spots during the school days on Thursday and Friday, so why not gather together with some of your fellow parents and have some fun.

Signing up is easy, just click HERE to pick your preferred role and shift time

Please email me sarah.jennett@bigpond.com with any queries.

Don’t forget the Gala Opening is on Friday 18 May from 7:30 pm with guest speaker and judge, Justine van Mourik, Director of the Parliament House Art Collection. The entry fee of $20 includes a champagne supper, with under 12s tickets only $10. You can now buy your tickets online.

We are looking forward to catching up with everyone over what promises to be a wonderful weekend.

Artwork: Myuran Sukumaran, Untitled (Double Self- Portrait Embracing), 2015.

Radford students respond to challenging exhibition

30 April 2018

Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts

English and visual arts students detail their interpretations of artworks featured in 'Another Day in Paradise'.

By Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Year 9 English students and Years 11 and 12 visual arts students have written detailed responses to the Another Day in Paradise exhibition held at Tuggeranong Arts Centre during March and April. 

Curated by Ben Quilty and Michael Dagostino, this major exhibition by Myuran Sukumaran also featured work by fellow Australian artists Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Megan Cope, Jagath Dheerasekara, Khaled Sabsabi and Matthew Sleeth. 

Artworks addressed various themes, including the death penalty and human rights. 

According to Tuggeranong Arts Centre, ‘Another Day in Paradise provokes questions and conversations that are central to student investigations in a range of subjects, including; Visual Art, English, History, Values Education and Religious Studies. Ethical understanding underpins the challenging and confronting conversations that emerge from the works and the associated story’.

Challenging paintings by Myuran Sukumaran and commissioned artworks dealing with issues of humanity demand considered viewing, analysis and interpretation, and students responded with maturity and creativity.  

Selected student responses have been published online and are available to read now. Work from Campbell Miller, Chloe Rogers, Daniel Majchrzak, Ellis Brown, Milie MacCallum, Ananya Aggarwal, Emily Gilding, Oliver Johnstone, Lily Kelly-Ebbeck and Hannah Vardy is featured.

Audiences are sure to appreciate the students’ perspective, particularly those in the education sector both here in ACT and in Victoria as the exhibition also travels to Bendigo Art Gallery in July.

This has been a very worthwhile project, and we thank Tuggeranong Arts Centre for its support and collaboration in publishing our students’ work. 

Another Day in Paradise was developed by Campbelltown Arts Centre and first presented as part of the Sydney Festival.

Tohoku students Shono Murayama and Tasuku Megaro explaining where they are from to students in a senior Japanese class.

Making memories through the Tohoku Program

2 April 2018

Michele Sharp, Head of Languages

Students reflect on the language skills and friendships developed while hosting exchange students from Japan.

By Michele Sharp, Head of Languages

In March we welcomed four students on exchange from Japan’s Tohoku region as part the Tohoku Program, a joint program between Radford College and the Australia Japan Foundation. 

The Tohoku exchange students were directly affected, through the loss of a parent, by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Tohoku region in 2011. 

I would like to thank the Radford families who hosted the students, as well as Dianne Fitzpatrick in the Languages Department for coordinating this program. 

Some of the Radford host students reflect on this experience, below.

‘Hosting some of the Tohoku students was a pleasant and educational experience. Although sometimes there were language barriers, we always overcame them and even made jokes with each other. Both of the girls fitted in well at school and seemed to enjoy every activity, even shopping in the supermarket! At the end of this wonderful experience, both of us felt we had improved our languages. My Japanese definitely improved and I think their English improved. Hopefully we will stay in contact and I will not forget too quickly our friendship and the fun we had together.’ — Alexandra Jarratt, Year 10

‘Having two Japanese exchange students for a week was a great experience. Many connections and long-lasting memories Students from Year 10 Japanese enjoying activities with the Tohoku Exchange students. were made during the week. Though at the start everybody was pretty reserved, throughout the week they opened up. We had fun surfing down at the coast and playing games of cards after dinner. Overall, having two Japanese exchange students was a great experience and I recommend it to anybody who has this opportunity in the future.’— Finn Maguire, Year 10

‘This March I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Tohoku program. Being a host for two students from North Honshu was a great opportunity. It was a chance to build a relationship I think both the students and I will cherish forever. It was my first time hosting as a part of the Tohoku program, and also my first time witnessing the impact the program has on the students. Being able to come to Australia and just experience school life had a profound impact on both of the boys. I found both my friends and I formed a really special friendship with Tasuku and Shono. I think even with the great distance between us, we'll always be able to support each other through future hardships. I now know that this program is so greatly influential for those who take part in it. I would advise others to take the opportunity to host students of the Tohoku program as it has such a profound impact on everybody involved. I'd also like to thank all the volunteers of the Australia Japan Society who make this program possible. They do some amazing work!’— Oscar Wilson, Year 11

The Radford Cross Country Carnival is a great day, filled with effort, energy, entertainment and delicious food.

Sports Report, 2nd May 2018

2 May 2018

Dianne Wilson, Sports Administration Assistant

Preparing for next week's Cross Country Carnival, winter sport kicks off again and a starring role for one of our orienteers.

By Dianne Wilson, Sports Administration Assistant

Everyone does their best at the Cross Country Carnival.Whole College Cross Country Carnival – Friday, 11 May

The combined Radford Junior School and Secondary School Cross Country Carnival will be held on the College grounds on Friday, 11 May.

Students will have normal classes in Periods 1 and 2, followed by races, novelty events and games, musical entertainment, a free sausage sizzle and a paella special from the canteen. 

Students are to come to school in their sports uniform and House shirt. 

Canteen access: Please note the canteen will be open for lunch orders only for Junior School students.

There will be no lunch orders available for Secondary School students, but the canteen will be open for drinks purchases. 

A program of race times and distances, and a map of the course will be available on the Cross Country page on Radford Online


Winter sport to begin this weekend

We’d like to remind everyone that basketball, football, netball, orienteering and rugby all begin again this weekend. 

Details and draws have been sent via coaches and managers, but if you have any queries please contact sport@radford.act.edu.au.  

 

Girls Make Your Move – orienteering

Justine Hobson is a ‘Sporty Sista’ in the Girls Make Your Move campaign.

Radford student Justine Hobson (pictured, right) features as a ‘Sporty Sista’ in the Australian Government’s Girls Make Your Move campaign, showing her passion for orienteering. 

Congratulations Justine!

View her video now.

Check out the Girls Make Your Move campaign.

 

ASC Athletics

A reminder the ASC Athletics Carnival will be held this Thursday, 3 May.

Selected students will have been notified. 

 

Y9-Y10 Drama - "A Midsummer Night's Dream" reimagined

Year 9-10 Drama - Feuds, fantasy and fairies in the Australian bush

2 May 2018

Nick Akhurst

Get tickets now for this week's production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Dates: 3, 4, 5 May
Time: 7 pm
Venue: TB Millar Hall
Tickets: buy online or at the door 

This week, our Years 9–10 Drama students present A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by Sally Stenning.

This production is a vibrant reimaging of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, set in the Australian bush. 

Audiences can expect original music composed by Year 11 music students, dance performances by the Junior Performance group of students from Years 4–6, and technical elements designed and implemented by the Senior Drama technical students. 

We also welcome back collegian Alexander Wanjura as our guest percussionist conductor. 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a wonderful combination of the curriculum and co-curricular activities of the performing arts.

The Royal Shakespeare Company provides this synopsis of Shakespeare’s beloved tale:

On a midsummer’s night, four young lovers find themselves wrapped in the dream-like arms of an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule. While a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war, their paths are crossed by Bottom, Quince and their friends presenting a play within a play. Chief mischief-maker Puck is on-hand to ensure that the course of true love is anything but smooth, and games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeare’s most beguiling comedy.




Announcements

Snowsports equipment swap and sale

Snowsports equipment swap and sale

The Radford Snowsports equipment swap and sale will be held on Saturday, 5 May, from 8:30am in the G Wigg Sports Centre. 

Please contact Jonathan Mandl on 0411 243 067 for details and a seller’s registration form. 

Canteen changes

Special Canteen service for Cross Country Carnival, Tuesday, 15 May

Canteen services will change on Tuesday, 15 May for the Cross Country Carnival. 

  • Junior School Years 1–4 – canteen open as normal for lunch orders.
  • Junior School Years 5–6 – lunch orders as normal. Canteen open only for service of drinks.
  • Secondary School – no lunch orders available. Canteen open only for service of drinks.

The canteen is offering a special ‘Paella Day’ during the carnival, and the sports department is providing a sausage sizzle. These will both be free to students.