Radford Bulletin Term 2, Week 3 – 10 May 2017

Staff Insights

Louise Wallace-Richards, Director of Teaching and Learning

From the Director of Teaching and Learning

9 May 2017

Louise Wallace-Richards

Parent and Education and Well-Being Forums Combine for 2017

By Louise Wallace-Richards, Director of Teaching and Learning

In previous years, the Education and Well-Being forums have provided opportunities for parents and Radford Board members to learn about key educational initiatives being implemented in the College. In 2016, parent open forums were also held to provide opportunities for our community to learn from Senior Executive staff about College activities. This year, the Chair of the Education and Well-Being Committee, Malcolm Lamb, and the Senior Executive of the College, have decided to combine the open parent forums with the Education and Well-Being Committee schedule. The first of these will be held on 25 May in the Heath Lecture Theatre, Mackinnon Senior School (previously known as the Senior School Lecture Theatre) from 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm.

The featured topic for this forum will be STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education with presentations by Rebecca Cashmere, Secondary School STEM Coordinator, and Belinda Reitstatter, Assistant Head of Junior School. It will be followed by the opportunity for all attendees to seek more knowledge and understanding of the College’s STEM education approaches or any other College initiatives. All members of the College’s Senior Executive team will be present at the forum.

STEM education is a term used to refer collectively to the teaching of the disciplines within its umbrella – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – and also to a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching that increases student interest in STEM- related fields and improves students' problem solving ... Dec 11, 2015 National STEM School Education Strategy - Education Council

The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians in 2008, identified literacy and numeracy as key areas for the schooling of Australians. They also stated that cross-disciplinary, critical and creative thinking, problem solving and digital technologies, essential in all 21st century occupations, need to be part of our children’s education. STEM, is one way schools can help students to see the links between the subjects they learn at school and how these disciplines are intertwined in jobs in our 21st century society.Australian Curriculum Capabilities

The National STEM School Education Strategy, A Comprehensive Plan for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education in Australia was endorsed by Australian Education Ministers on 11 December 2015. It provides some clear insights into why all Australian schools need to devise ways to engage students in STEM-related learning:

Over the next five years, employment is predicted to increase in professional, scientific and technical services by 14 per cent and in health care by almost 20 per cent. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has estimated that some STEM-related jobs, such as ICT professionals and engineers, have grown at about 1.5 times the rate of other jobs in recent years.


A renewed national focus on STEM in school education is critical to ensuring that all young Australians are equipped with the necessary STEM skills and knowledge that they will need to succeed.

(Click on image to visit Australian Curriculum page, Australian Curriculum General Capabilities)

In 2016, in response to The National STEM School Education Strategy, the College STEM committee was created, chaired by Rebecca Cashmere, Assistant Head of Science and attended by Bill Weigall, Director of Assessment, Reporting and Curriculum, myself, Belinda Reitstatter and Secondary School teachers including Cathleen Jackson, Jennie Hitchen, Andrew Barber, Glenn Demery and Tom Wragg. Committee members were involved in planning for the Semester Two, Year 7 Wicked Problems STEM unit and in attending professional learning activities to assist the College in planning ways we can integrate STEM learning into the curriculum.

This year the Secondary School College has formalised its focus on STEM education with the appointment of Rebecca Cashmere as our STEM Coordinator. Rebecca and other secondary staff including Suzanne Goddard and Lisa Plenty, are currently writing the STEM Year 7 unit. We have also introduced the Australian Curriculum courses of Digital Technologies into our Year 7 and 8 academic programs and continued the offering of STEM co-curricular activities such as the STEM Cell, Robotics Club and Coding Club. At the forum on 25 May, Rebecca will speak about her role and the various initiatives the Secondary School is currently pursuing or planning to implement in the future. Belinda will provide insights into STEM education in the Junior School.

If you are interested in STEM education and / or have some insights to share yourself through your personal involvement in STEM with the College community, please come along on the 25 May to the first of our Education and Well-Being Open Forums for 2017.

College crest

From the Principal - update on College funding

9 May 2017

An update on changes to Federal funding.

Dear Members of the Radford College Community, 

As you are no doubt aware, the Federal Government last week announced proposed changes to the way schools will be funded over the next 10 years. I write to outline the likely impact of the changes to Radford. 

While the details of the new funding arrangements are not fully known at this time, we have received figures from the Department of Education and Training that give us a reasonably clear idea of how College finances will be affected in the future. 

Currently, Federal and ACT government funds contribute approximately 29% of the College’s annual revenue stream, with our parents contributing the other 71%. The Federal funding is currently $4,904 per student and the ACT Government funding is $1,693 per student. These funds are dedicated solely to the day-to-day costs of running the school. 

As a result of the ‘over funding’ proposition, which has influenced the educational debate for a number of years, we have been informed that there will be a decrease in the College’s income over the next 10 years. In 2018, the Commonwealth grant per student will drop to $4,841 and, by 2027, this rate will have decreased to $3,638 per student. This decrease in funding accumulates to nearly $10 million over the 10-year period. 

These funding cuts are going to have a significant impact on the College’s finances. However, with ongoing sound financial stewardship under the guidance of the Finance Committee and the College Board, the College believes that the full reduction in funding per student will not necessarily be directly passed onto our community via an equal increase in fees. There will be a detailed review of all of the College’s costs and sources of income. The reduction in funding will take a number of years to reach its full impact and, therefore, we will have a number of years to reposition ourselves. 

With the imminent release of the College Master Plan, the timing of the projects detailed in the plan will need to be carefully examined and prudently managed. Your non-compulsory Building and Maintenance Fund donation will now, more than ever, be essential to the Master Plan coming to fruition, and for ongoing renovation works. 

While a loss of revenue for any organisation is disappointing, the College believes that the needs-based adjustment is fair and equitable. Radford was founded in the 1980s with limited resources, and is now well established. The changes means schools which have a limited resource base will have a greater financial capacity, regardless of their geographical location or the system to which they belong. 

Further details regarding this issue will be provided as they come to hand. Fee levels for 2018 will be released in Term 4 in the usual manner. 

Yours sincerely, 

Fiona Godfrey

Released: 9 May 2017

Rev. Erin Tuineau, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Reflection: Being Anglican

10 May 2017

Rev. Erin Tuineau - Chaplain

The four pillars of Anglicanism.

By Rev. Erin Tuineau, Chaplain 

In last week’s Bulletin, there was an invitation for students’ in Years 6–12 to consider being baptised and confirmed at Radford College this term. With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful to give you a bit of a snapshot as to what being ‘Anglican’ is all about. The best description I have heard of Anglicanism is that it is based around the four ‘pillars’ of scripture, tradition, reason and experience. I have heard that these pillars were first established when the Anglican Church was trying to distinguish itself from the Catholic Church, after the Reformation.

Pillar 1: Scripture

First and foremost, the Anglican Church relies on the books of the Bible and, in particular, the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) to reveal to them who God is in the person of Jesus Christ. Anglican church services are typically based around three or more readings from the Bible, one of which is always a Gospel reading. While within Anglicanism there is a diversity of interpretation of the Bible, this remains the sacred text used by Anglicans to build their faith. One of the great things about being Anglican is that we can all have different views of the Scriptures and are not forced to adopt a single interpretation of them. This freedom is essential for the health of the Church and its members, and the wider community.

Pillar 2: Tradition

In terms of knowing how to best interpret and use the Scriptures as a basis on which to build our faith, Anglicans will usually be guided by Christian leaders of the past. One of the most significant traditions that is still lived out in the Anglican Church worldwide, is the celebration of the Eucharist, or Holy Communion. We carry out this tradition as a powerful way of remembering and experiencing the risen Christ in our midst. For those of you that do not know, the reason we have Holy Communion is because of what Jesus did at the Last Supper, as recounted in the Gospel of Luke 22: 19-20. On a slightly different note, there are other ways in which Anglicans have drawn on Christian leaders from the past to help shape their faith. One of my favourite spiritual writers is Julian of Norwich (1342-c.1416) who wrote moving insights about her experiences of God’s divine love in the person of Christ. And, while many think meditation is a new phenomenon, it is another part of the Christian tradition that has been practiced for many centuries, and that Anglicans are now rediscovering with much vigour.

Pillar 3: Reason

I have been known to say to people, ‘God gave us a brain to use, so we need to use it, and in particular we need to use it to make sense of our faith in Christ’. While believing in God does involve our heart, it also involves our head. Anglicans value the importance of rigorous theological study by its priests, and its lay people (i.e., those who are not priests, but are still active members of the church). I have to admit that I absolutely love a good theological debate. What comes into play during such debates is the ability to ‘reason’ with someone else why we believe what we believe. This sort of intellectual dialogue is essential if we, as Christians, are to be held accountable for the way we live out our faith, which is always based on our beliefs about God. And these beliefs need to be ‘tested’ or ‘evaluated’ throughout our faith journey so that we can grow in our faith and do not fall into the trap of mistreating others, or groups of people, based on an ‘unreasonable’ set of beliefs.

Pillar 4: Experience

Bishop Graeme Rutherford (of whom I spoke in last week’s reflection) remarked that ‘It has been said that dinosaurs, dodos, Tasmanian tigers and emotional Anglicans all have one thing in common – they are extinct species!’. When I read this out to a congregation during one of my sermons, they did not know whether to laugh or to be horrified. The reason I love this quote though is that it touches on the reality that Anglican’s are not always open about how they personally experience God. I like to think of Anglican’s as people for whom ‘still waters run deep’, meaning, we might not always wear our heart on our sleeve but we do in fact have deep experiences of God in our everyday lives. I hope that we can come to find more safe spaces to share these experiences with others on a regular basis without judgement or interpretation. In sharing our experiences of God, we are able to make sense of our faith on a more personal and meaningful level. 

If this overview of being Anglican involves raises any questions for you, do not hesitate to contact me. As I say, I love a discussion of the meaning and theology of our faith! 

Rev Erin


Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News: 10 May 2017

10 May 2017

Staff leadership in the Junior School.

Dates to Remember

Friday 12 May             Mother’s Day Breakfast
                                  Whole College Cross Country
                                  Co-curricular Bushwalking Camp

Tuesday 16 May          Year 6 excursion to Questacon
                                   Kindergarten travel excursion
                                   Rostrum school final

Wednesday 17 May    JS Athletics Carnival 

As staff of the Junior School, we approached 2017 as a year to refine and revisit our goals for the future. We have spent considerable time interrogating data, setting team goals, and pursuing ongoing professional learning. Our PYP leader, Belinda Reitstatter, has championed a move towards a more distributed leadership approach within a school of strong professionals. The move to a distributed model, where our teaching teams are increasingly leading their development, has been timely, and reflects other professions in how we develop as researchers.

Belinda ReitstatterI am thrilled that this has occurred, as today, with mixed feelings, I announce to our community that Belinda has been offered and has accepted a promotional position within the ACT Schools Directorate.

Belinda started at Radford College in 2009 as a classroom teacher, having previously worked within the ACT Education Department. Belinda taught Years 5 and 6 during her four-and-a-half years as a class teacher, before being appointed PYP Coordinator P–2 in 2014. While revelling in this leadership and educational challenge, at the same time, Belinda has worked towards completion of her Master’s degree in leadership.

Belinda has not only led our early years PYP development, but has been the force behind our Snowsports Co-curricular development.

While Belinda is reluctant to leave a setting that she has enjoyed and, indeed, thrived in, she is looking forward to taking this next step. We will farewell her in due course, but congratulate her on this promotion.

Belinda’s move mirrors that of Tanya Stevenson (six years as at Radford as ELC Assistant Head, now in a Director of Primary role), James Barnett (five years at Radford as a Year Coordinator, now a primary school principal), Nick Martin (4 and a half years here as Deputy Head Junior School, now Head of a Junior School), Peter Macdonald (five years here as Teacher and PYP Coordinator, now Director of a Junior School).

Our Junior School is increasingly making a mark as a leadership builder. We have adopted a constructive leadership approach, developing our roles as inquirers, seeking to know more, to help more, and learn more, from each and every individual in our College. At a time when many are shying away from leadership in schools, we are redefining this and looking to build leaders who share and grow. In a short ten years since our establishment, we are known as a place to learn on so many levels. 

Our position helps us as we pursue a replacement for Belinda. An advertisement will be placed nationally and internationally on this coming weekend.

This week (can we get any busier?): 

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: NAPLAN testing for years 3 and 5
  • Friday morning: Mother’s Day Breakfast
  • Later on Friday: P–12 (Hot) Cross Country.

Finally, congratulations to our many sporting teams who took to the field/court last weekend, when most of our Winter program came into play. A wonderful sight and timely reminder of our depth and capacity.

U17 Australian Boys Netball team, Josh Rochow back row

Sports Report 10 May 2017

10 May 2017

Sports Department

Reports on football, netball, and rugby.

Student Achievements
Josh RochowCongratulations to Josh Rochow who has been selected in the Australian U17 Boys Netball Team. This is the first year that Josh has played Netball and he is clearly making his mark. Well done Josh. 

Belconnen Region AFL Team

  • Joey Slater
  • Liam Norton
  • Curtis Garrett 

Belconnen Region Touch Football Team

  • Jacob Miller

Cross Country – Brent Larkham
The combined Junior School and Secondary School Cross Country carnival will be held on Friday 12 May - on the Radford ovals for junior school students and on Gossan Hill for secondary school students. 

See the separate Bulletin announcement for Canteen arrangements on the day – including the free paella and sausage sizzle!   

Junior School Athletics CarnivalBernadette Leger
The annual Junior School Athletics Carnival will be held on Wednesday 17 May on the Radford ovals. Any parents and/or caregivers who would be interested in helping out, please email Bernie Leger at: Bernadette.Leger@radford.act.edu.au

Secondary School Rugby 7s Final – Bernadette Leger
Congratulations to the Senior School 7s boys and girls teams that competed in the 7s Rugby finals on Wednesday 3 May at Southwell Park. The boys won the cup and the girls narrowly missed out on a bronze medal, going down 29/­28. The day was a great success for both teams and their coaching staff - Richard Browning and Arthur Mills. Well done to the boys’ team of Ruben Amosa, Lachlan Baker, Matthew Browning, Angus Christoffelsz, Miguel Fernandez, Guinness Downey, Patrick Morrison, Ryan Sanderson, Dominic Stirzaker and Trent Vivian; and the girls’ team, Laura Cameron, Alice Feakes, Ashley Fernandez, Holly George, Sofia Le Lievre, Charlotte McCarthy, Lauren Nguyen, Lauren Nicholson, Isabella Lo Re and Lily Simpson.


Student reflection - Lauren Nguyen, Rugby 7s Girls
On 3 May, the Radford Senior School Girls 7s Rugby team played together for the second time. Each girl played with a focused and committed mindset that showed in a big improvement in their skills.

When we arrived, each girl was eager, but nervous, about playing. As soon as the games began, however, adrenaline kicked in and everyone played amazingly! The day started out with a win against Jindabyne High School, followed by a loss to Eden Marine High School. Our team finished second in our pool, with our next match against St Clare’s. This was a very close match that came down to the final minute but, unfortunately, we lost. St Clare’s went on to win the competition. In our next match, again playing Eden Marine High School, both sides played with much intensity and aggression, which made for an outstanding game to watch, but we still lost. Radford ended the competition in fourth place. All of the girls played with persistence and made a big contribution to the team. We are so proud of each other and our efforts!

There were many laughs, and lots of good memories made throughout the day. Congratulations to our boys’ team who won their competition! Thank you to Father Richard and Mr Mills for coaching us throughout the day and for the support they have given to us.  

Girls Rugby 7s

Student reflection - Guinness Downey, Rugby 7s Boys
On Wednesday 3 May, Year 9 and 10 boys’ and girls’ teams were selected to play in an ACT and surrounding NSW-area Rugby 7s competition. Radford had a great day with the boys coming first in their competition.

The boys played a nerve-wracking grand final, winning by only one try. On behalf of all the players, thank you to Mr Mills and Father Richard for taking time out of their busy schedules to come out and run training drills, warm-ups and for coaching the two teams to a successful and enjoyable day.



U18 Div 1 Boys - nil all draw with Canberra Grammar
While there were no points on the line, a first-round match-up with traditional rivals, Canberra Grammar School, was always going to be a good opportunity to check where the team is at after a long pre-season build up.  

Both teams opened brightly with the game flowing end to end and defences put to early tests. Grammar was content to put the ball over the top to run down, and FC Radford’s defence ran down whatever GK Hugo Lorimer didn't clean up himself. 

FC Radford’s midfield showed its productive potential once the game settled, and sent several balls into the Grammar box, only to be repelled with resolute defence. 

With no score at the break, the battle started to turn FC Radford's way in the second period as the midfield continued to climb on top, and showed patches of sustained clean possession courtesy of good shape and taking the simple options.  

Into the last 15 minutes, either team could have won, as players began to tire and substitutes came thick and fast. Both teams had late chances, with the a few long-range shots forcing saves from the Grammar keeper and two close-range efforts from corners just missing the target.  

The final score was nil all, but a decent first-up effort from the new combination. 



Radford U18 Div 2 Boys Ravens 10 def Tuggeranong Gold 1
By Maura Pierlot, parent
Radford’s first face-off this season took place under clear skies at Wanniassa. An early goal by Will set the tone, but Tuggeranong replied quickly, scoring their first and last goal of the match off a corner. Radford attacked at every opportunity and their persistence paid dividends with the team leading 5–1 at halftime. 

In the second half, Radford again dominated play. Liam’s intercept kick, following a goalkeeper error just outside the box, hit the mark for an unexpected goal. Will set the bar high, clocking up five goals for the match, with Patrick Bradley, Tairon Zhang and Nathan Luu scoring, as well.

Goalkeeper Justin excelled in the role, assisted by a strong defensive line comprising Hugh Morrison, Hugh Grieves, Rhys Nash and Tairon Zhang. 

The lack of subs didn’t deter the boys, who displayed excellent skill and spirit, showing coach Borys what they’re made of. Well done to the Ravens for an impressive start to the season. 

Radford U16 Div 2 Boys 5 def Belsouth 1 It was a wonderful start to the season with a 5–1 win against Belsouth. The team went into the game with no reserves, due to injuries. All eleven boys, Josh, Chris, Ben, Patrick, James, Michael, Will, Lucas, Isaac, Daniel, and David, played the full 90 minutes. Both sides played excellent football, but Radford had the upper hand – they ran hard, defended the goal strongly, passed the ball well, and kicked five impressive goals starting with the first goal two minutes into the match and finishing with the fifth a few minutes before the end of the game. The last two goals, a long shot and a first-touch close shot, after the boys had played over 65 and 80 minutes, were very exciting. The boys were really fired up.


Radford U15 Div 2 Raiders 6 def Marist 1
By William Moth – U15 Radford Raiders

Hugo McNeil led the team onto the field. The start was disappointing, with Marist slipping the ball past the keeper in the first few minutes. Radford then got their game faces on with a combo of Blake Riley and Ben Hobson seeing Radford level. Radford’s play continued to improve with Radford going on to score six goals to Marist’s one. The scorers were Ben Hobson, two; Adrian Dwight, two; Milo Coghlan-Smith one; and William Moth, one. The game couldn’t have been won without Hugo in goal, with two impressive saves and a defence line holding strong throughout the game to deny them more than their one goal.


Radford U13 Div 2 Boys 3 def by Weston Molonglo 11
Radford U13 Div 2 met a stronger Weston Molonglo Zebras at home in a high-scoring game. Although the visitors were up by five goals to one, the Radford side came back with a hat-trick from Alex Schofield by early in the second half. Alex used his speed to burst past the defenders, scoring each of his goals one on one against the keeper. Ultimately, the visitors were simply too strong.


Radford U11 Div 1 Boys 2 def by Belsouth 3
The rain cleared and the sun emerged just in time for the first game of the Radford U11 Div 1 team. We played against a very competitive Belsouth. The final score was 3/­2 in Belsouth’s favour but, as their coach said at the end, it was incredibly close with the score see-sawing throughout the game. Our attack was particularly strong with some outstanding performances from the forwards, particularly Luke and Sacha. The backs and midfield did a great job keeping the ball up in Belsouth territory. Congratulations to all the players, it was a great start to the season – we just need the goal posts to move an inch on each side so all those attempts at goal can get to the back of the net!


Radford U12 Div 2 Girls 11 def Gungahlin Storm 0
By Charlotte 6JC

U12 Div 2 played their first game of the season as a friendly match against Gungahlin Storm. The team has a good mix of old and new players from Years 6 and 5. The team has only had two training sessions, but is playing very well together already, as demonstrated by good trapping, passing, intercepting and shooting skills. Great coaching and teamwork were obvious in the final score: 11-0 in Radford’s favour.  (Goal scorers included Josephine, Eliza, Charlotte, Rihanna and Wynter.)


Radford U18 Div 1 Girls 4 def by Woden Valley 6
The Radford Women’s First XI took to the field looking fabulous, sporting their new strips and taking on their biggest challengers from last season, Woden Valley. This non-competitive match was the perfect opportunity for the new members of the team to find their feet and synchronise themselves with the returning players from last year. 

Senior girls' football

Although Woden came out strongly and took the first half of the match with a 3–2 score against us, Radford regrouped and came together more strongly in the second half. Mia Garland and Georgia Kennedy respectively volunteered to stand in goals and, although this is not their favoured positions, they did well. Radford attack came on strongly in the second half with Esperance Anderson leading the field with two goals scored and several strong attempts. Captain Angie Shillington showed by her strength and speed that she is a force to be reckoned with. Reading her opponent well, Andrea Edmondson commanded defence to get the ball quickly out of our zone. Newcomer, Erin Pierlot, showed great promise, mastering control of the ball in midfield with precise delivery to fast movers up front, Neve Brissenden and Zara Horley. Whilst the score showed Woden with the win of 6­–4, Radford showed themselves to be a strong side. 

Sophie and Nii discuss his Dirrum challenge.

Dirrum Dirrum - personal challenges

10 May 2017

Dirrum Dirrum Team

Personal challenges are part of the Dirrum Dirrum process.

Q&A with Sophie McGready and Nii Adjei

Sophie: So we’re here today with Nii, who is currently undertaking a Dirrum challenge. Could you tell please tell us what your Dirrum challenge is?

Nii: Well, it’s a little different, as my Dirrum challenge came from another one.  

Sophie: So, tell us about your original one first.

Nii: Originally, my Dirrum challenge was centred around the definition of the word ‘feminism’. I had noticed that there was a common misconception around the word, and people began to associate it with misandry (hating men). So what I set out to do, was to change the minds of my peers by highlighting the actual definition of the word, and what it actually means to be a feminist. This proved to be very difficult because it takes more than a definition to change someone’s mind.  

Sophie: What is your second one focused on? 

Nii: From what I had learnt from my previous challenge, I adapted the challenge to one that was more of a personally orientated one. I meant to educate myself on why people have a misconception about the word feminism. I was inspired by another student last year, Elyse Williams, and her approach to a similar issue (You can find Elyse’s interview on the Dirrum Youtube channel.) So this would involve me looking at the different waves of feminism throughout history, and trying to find at what point people started to misconceive the word. I’m not finished researching yet, but so far it appears that people started misconceiving the word as misandry during the fourth wave, which is the wave we are currently in. It is particularly prominent in online culture, where feminists often call out sexism in forms of media like television, film, social media, etc.  

Sophie: Why feminism? 

Nii: I know what it feels like to be discriminated against because of my skin colour, and I grew up around my two sisters and mother, and I just don’t like the idea of people being discriminated against because of something that they can’t change, and also I don’t understand it. Like I’ve never understood why people choose to be/are sexist. I decided to take action in the form of research because I think the best way for me personally to make a difference to this issue is by becoming well informed and educated. Once I understand why people feel the way they do about feminism, I will be better prepared to be able to change their perceptions of the word.

Students learn about AFP forensic technique

Legal Studies Excursion

10 May 2017

Annabelle Creer, Captain of Legal Studies

Insights into the practicalities of the criminal justice system.

By Annabelle Creer, Captain of Legal Studies 

On Monday 3 April, the Year 11 Legal Studies students were fortunate to take part in a full-day excursion as a part of our current unit of study on ‘Crime’. The excursion aimed to enhance our knowledge of the criminal justice system in a practical manner. We were given access to a number of facilities, some of which are off-limits to the general public. 

The day kicked off with a visit to the police canines, where we met the officers who train the dogs to work in the force. We were shown obstacle tracks, where the dogs are taught agility, in preparation for the situations they encounter, and we visited rooms set up to mimic the real-life situations where raids and drug busts might occur. These situations included an airport baggage carousel, a warehouse and rooms within a house. 

At the conclusion of the visit to the canines, we went to the police training facility, AFP Majura Training Centre, on the other side of the campus. We visited the gun range and defensive tactics training rooms and students were able to handle the officer’s protection vests, handcuffs and mock guns. This was an exceptional insight into how the officers are trained to both maintain and enforce the law. 

Our next stop was at the new forensics facility, where a forensic scientist described the ways in which forensics are used to analyse objects from crime scenes to better understand the criminal cases involved. 

We also visited the Alexander Maconochie Centre, which is attached to the prison facility, where we met a current inmate. I found this to be the most powerful aspect of the day. The detainee spoke of his previous job in the public service, which ended when he began associating with the crowd, was convicted of a crime and was sentenced to four years in prison. He is currently in the halfway house, where detainees have more freedom than in the cells within the facility. He confided his regret over his actions, and made the point that a few bad decisions can alter the course of your life. We learnt of the struggles he will face due to his sentence in finding a job and connecting with his family and friends. 

Our final and most memorable element of the day was a captivating presentation by AFP Detective Superintendent Cartwright, who described his investigation of a crime that led to the successful prosecution of two people for murder and manslaughter. 

Overall, the day was a huge success during which we experienced many elements involved in the processes of crime beyond the classroom. Thank you to Mrs Braithwaite for organising the day; it could not have happened without you. Thank you also to Ms Alison Steven, for accompanying and assisting students on the day. 




Image for article: Radford Girls Regional AFL Success

Radford Girls Regional AFL Success

8 May 2017

Dean O'Brien

Year 6 girls show their AFL mettle

By Dean O'Brien, JS Teacher

Congratulations to the Radford girls on winning the AFL girls ACT regional trophy. The Year 5/6 girls had a fantastic day competing in what was a new sport for many of them. The girls won against teams from around Canberra and now have the chance to play in Sydney against the best AFL girl teams from New South Wales. The girls are to be commended on their spirited representation of Radford College. They picked up the rules with ease and displayed excellent sportsmanship throughout the day and were humble in their winning. Thanks to the parents who came and supported their children; I'm sure they were proud of how they played. We look forward to the next level of competition in Sydney.

On Tuesday 2 May, 16 Year 6 Radford girls participated in the AFL Girls Cup in Canberra. We caught the bus from Radford at 8.45 am and Mr O'Brien drove us to the Reid ovals where the AFL tournament was held. Even though some of us didn't know how to play AFL, we learnt quickly and with good communication and teamwork, we won all our games. I had a super fun day with all my friends. To top it off, my favourite part is that we all get to go to Sydney later in the year for another AFL tournament.

On behalf of our team, we would like to say thank you to Mr O for being our super coach.

Zimi Lyras
Year 6

Gum by the Creek, by Peter Sterns

Art Show - opens Friday 26 May

10 May 2017

Celia Lindsay, Communications Officer

Art Show opens on Friday 26 May.

By Celia Lindsay, Communications Officer


Waratah by Eva HenryOpening night: Friday 26 May, from 7pm
Show continues: Saturday 27 May and Sunday 28 May 10am - 4pm
Venue: TB Millar Hall
Book tickets for opening:  https://www.trybooking.com/PXJJ
Volunteer to assist: artshow@radford.act.edu.au


The popular Radford P&F Art Show has been running for more than 30 years and draws strong crowds from the Radford and Canberra district communities.

This year's Guest of Honour at the opening, and judge for prizes, is Angus Trumble, Director of the National Portrait Gallery.  

Volunteers are needed to assist with the show on opening night and throughout the weekend. If you are able to assist, please e-mail artshow@radford.act.edu.au.


Art Show sponsors

We would like to thank our prize sponsors:
 Herring Lawyers

Herring & Associates, Lawyers

Redback Consulting

Redback Consulting

Aarwun Gallery

Aarwun Gallery

and our print sponsor:

QOTE! Print and design managers 

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Jazz Cafe poster

Jazz Cafe

10 May 2017

Celia Lindsay, Communications Officer

Book now for Radford's fabulous Jazz Cafe.

Date: 2 June 2017
Time: 7pm
Venue: PAC
Tickets: $20 each, ot $140 for table of 8
Bookings essential: www.trybooking.com/QBDN

One of the highlights of the Radford music program is the fabulous Jazz Cafe event.  Each year the PAC becomes a cabaret and the audience experiences a night of sensational hot and cool jazz. 

Featured Year 12 students this year are Alyce Lonsdale, Claire Waddell-Wood and Alex Wanjura.  In addition to performances by Radford Jazz bands, special guest artists James Greening and his quartet will be performing. 

Bring your own snacks and drinks, and prepare to have a wonderful night.

Autumn Concert.

The Autumn Concert

8 May 2017

Radford College Autumn Concernt

Please come and enjoy a selection of different Radford music groups at the Autumn Concert in TB Millar Hall on the evening of Thursday 11 May at 5.30 pm. There will be a variety of choirs, orchestras, bands and small ensembles performing the music on which they have been working throughout Term 1.

Farewell to the Konko students

Japanese exchange students at Radford

10 May 2017

Matthew Overton-Clarke & Alice Plummer

Reports from student on two LOTE exchange programs.

Konko Gakuen Visit
Matthew Overton-Clarke, Year 11 

At the end of Term 1, 23 students and two teachers from Konko Gakuen School, Japan, spent a week in the homes of Radford students from Years 10 to 12 and shared in their daily school and home life. During their stay, the Japanese students experienced Australia’s unique culture by participating in the many activities and excursions organised by Ms Sharp and Mrs Fitzpatrick including: Australian cooking; Indigenous Australian painting and dancing; an Australia v Japan basketball game; and excursions to Canberra’s attractions, such as Old Parliament House and Mt Ainslie. 

Japanese students experience the didgeridoo

The most interesting and valuable experience, however, was each student’s homestay, where both groups further developed their Japanese and English language skills at first hand, and where the Japanese students were able get a real insight into the nuances of the Australian culture. The strong relationship developed between Konko Gakuen School and Radford College during their time in Canberra is a testimony to the hard work and organisation of both Ms Sharp and Mrs Fitzpatrick. Radford College greatly looks forward to the continuation of this strong relationship. 

Tohoku Visit
Alice Plummer, Year 11, Japanese Language Captain 

At the end of Term 1, four Japanese students from the Tohoku region visited Radford College as a part of the Tohoku Youth Program. The Tohoku region is the area of Japan that was predominantly affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The program was established in 2012 and enables students who lost parents in those events to travel to Canberra. 

Tohuku students visited the Japanese EmbassyI hosted two girls, and Year 9 student Joel Brodersen hosted two boys. During their visit, the students experienced Australian school life with us each morning, and visited Canberra’s landmarks in the afternoon, including the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House. Over the two weeks I built a great relationship with my guests and it was an amazing experience for both us all. I really enjoyed the opportunity to share Australian culture with them and loved learning some more about Japanese culture. It was an added bonus to practise my Japanese language skills with them; I learnt so much. 

This program really makes a difference in these young students’ lives and I know that everyone who has been involved is grateful that they could be a part of it. 

25 May in the Heath Lecture Theatre from 5.30pm

Open parent forum

10 May 2017

Chance to hear STEM presentation and update on College operations

By Communications Manager Mick Bunworth

All parents and caregivers are invited to an open forum on 25 May in the Heath Lecture Theatre, Mackinnon Senior School (previously known as the Senior School Lecture Theatre) from 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm.

As detailed in this week's Staff Insight by Louise Wallace-Richards, Director of Teaching and Learning, the evening will commence with a presentation on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Following the STEM presentation, there will be an opportunity for parents to ask questions and Senior Executive staff will provide updates on College activities.


Canteen on Cross Country day

Special Canteen service for Cross Country 12 May

Cross Country special - FREE paella and/or sausage sizzle. Other Canteen services 12 May:

1. Junior School Years 1 – 4 – open as normal.
2. Junior School Years 5-6 – open recess, lunch orders as normal, drink service only at lunchtime.
3. Senior School – Open recess. No lunch orders available. Drink service only at lunchtime.

Y11 2018 Information Night - for current Y10

Y11 2018 information night

Current Year 10 student and their parents are invited to attend a Year 11, 2018 Information Evening on Tuesday 23 May 2017 at 6.00pm in the TB Millar Hall.  Representatives from all major subject areas will be in attendance to answer questions. Information packages will be distributed beforehand, via tutor groups.   

It is important that all students are presentand accompanied by a parent to obtain the essential information about the program of studies and the factors involved in choosing courses for Year 11.


APFACTS - Newsletter 10 May 2017

APFACTS is the voice of non-government school parents (Catholic and Independent) in the ACT. For more information, visit our website at apfacts.org.au or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Apfacts.  Read the latest newsletter.

School Sports ACT

School Sports ACT - 3 May newsletter

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.

3 May Newsletter