Radford Bulletin Term 2, Week 4 – 17 May 2017

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal: 17 May

16 May 2017

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

Cross Country Carnival, Masterplan update, JS Leadership.

Last Friday the whole of the College came together for what is arguably the most communal day of the year. The Cross Country Carnival is really the only day on the College calendar where students from both the Junior School and Secondary School spend a considerable amount of time together.

Girls start   Boys start 

Cross Country CupOver the course of the day, I was delighted to not only watch the students involve themselves competitively in the cross country run, but also work collaboratively on the field games. The day was topped off by some highly talented musicians who entertained the crowd with their rock bands and a constant sausage sizzle and paella cook up, to feed the hungry masses.

Congratulations to Karri House who won the Secondary School Cup and to Boronia House who this year won both the Junior School Cup and was named the overall winning House.

Masterplan Update

Last Thursday evening the Board held both its May and Annual General meetings. The audited financial reports for 2016 year were tabled and accepted and, as has been the case for a number of years, the College made a modest recurrent surplus. This money will be used to repay debt and plan for future capital works projects.

At the Board Meeting, approval was given to release the latest version of the Masterplan, which has been developed over the past eight months in consultation with many stakeholder groups. Mr Marcus Graham, Project Director from Stewart Architecture, has led this developmental process and spent countless hours over this period consulting with staff, students, parents, Board members, traffic engineers, surveyors, emergency services, engineers, cost planners, landscape architects and a myriad of other experts and consultants. I am grateful to Marcus, not only for the inordinate amount of time he has spent on this project, but his willingness to keep refining and amending the plan as requests and recommendations were made.

The Masterplan is expected to be launched to the community in early June through a brochure that is currently being developed. While the brochure will detail the major projects and the expected timings for their development, it is important that people understand that this will be an organic document that may be altered as situations or economic circumstances change, as was the case with last week’s funding announcement.

Final approval was also given at the Board Meeting for the first major project of the Masterplan. This project arose as a consequence of the College’s plan to double the intake in Pre-Kindergarten through to Year 2, from two to four classes. In that announcement, I said, ‘The increase in student numbers in 2018 and 2019 will require additional classrooms and facilities,’ and the first part of the Masterplan ‘includes a tastefully-designed series of modular classrooms, including teacher facilities and a large break out space for one of the year levels, which will be located up the hill behind the Blue and Red Classrooms’.

Since that announcement was made, Stewart Architecture have continued to work with the modular company to determine and approve the final design. The building will be comprised of four classrooms, each 80 m2 in size and an equal-sized Inquiry Space, which will be located in the middle of the four classrooms, with a raised and pitched roof (in the same style as the other Junior School Inquiry Spaces) and the north-easterly aspect protruding out from the other classrooms. Running along the length of the west side of the building will be a wide enclosed corridor linking all spaces and one end of the building will have space for a teacher work area. The walls between the adjacent classrooms are retractable, which will allow for the configuration of two larger spaces on either side of the Inquiry Space.

Artist's impression of the modular buildings

ABove: Artist's impression of the modular buildings, prepared by Stewart Architecture


Using a modular construct style for this building will not in any way detract from its quality or permanency. In fact, following completion of the ancillary work, including the addition of the Radford red brick around the base and sides of the building, landscaping and pavements, I have been told it will be almost impossible to tell that it was not constructed in the usual style. The 16 modules that make up the building will be constructed off site and bought onto the campus at a time of our choosing.

The timing for the construction of a building so close to other classrooms will be critical and is the rationale behind out selction of a modular style of building. During the mid-year break, the excavation and preparation of the site, including the footings will be completed. During the September/October vacation, the modules will be bought in and, some time after that (hopefully during the summer holiday period) the other ancillary work will be completed.

The total cost of the project, including fit-out of classrooms and other necessary infra-structure is expected to be $2.4 million, which includes a reasonable contingency figure.

In 2018, the Year 4 cohort will use this modular building as their classroom block. From the beginning of 2019, a new facility will become available which will become the years 3 and 4 area and this modular building will become a dedicated specialist classroom building. Specialist classes expected to use this facility include Music, Art, Languages and STEAM, with the latter potentially including Robotics laboratories.

Further information about the inclusions, location, timing of works and cost of the new years 3 and 4 building will be available in the coming weeks.

Junior School Leadership Roles

As detailed in Paul Southwell’s article last week, Assistant Head of Junior School Ms Belinda Reitstatter has resigned from Radford College, effective from the end of Term 2.

Belinda Reitstatter

Belinda has been offered and accepted a promotional position in the Education Directorate. We are absolutely thrilled for Belinda that she has been successful in obtaining this highly sought after position, but we are sad to be losing such a dedicated, experienced and talented educator, whose energy and enthusiasm is unlimited and often infectious.

Last weekend we started a national recruitment process to not only find a replacement for Belinda’s Assistant Head of Junior School – PYP Coordinator role, for the start of Term 3, but to also find someone to take on our newly created Assistant Head of Junior School – Operations and Staffing role, which will begin in the College at the start of the 2018 academic year. This new role has been created following our recent announcement that the Junior School is expanding student numbers. The third Assistant Head of Junior School role is the Pastoral Care position, which is held by Ms Emily Begbie. Ms Karen Mahar is currently acting in this role while Emily is on sick leave.

Although Belinda’s departure will leave big shoes to fill, I am confident that Radford’s excellent reputation, both locally and nationally, will see a large number of highly credentialed applicants applying for these positions.


Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

From the Director of Student Development

17 May 2017

Information for Parents on recent and upcoming presentations.

By Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

Drugs and Alcohol

Paul Dillon, Director of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA), presented to our Year 10, 11 and 12 students last week and then gave an informative presentation to parents that evening.

 Paul Dillon presenting to College Seniors

Paul consistently rates as the speaker most likely to change students’ behaviour when it comes to drug and alcohol use. His presentation is available to download here.

Another of Paul’s presentations, ‘Adolescents and “risk taking”: Why do teens do the things they do and what can you do about it?’ also provides helpful information for parents. It is available to download here.

Advice regarding online pornography

The e-Safety Commissioner has advised of an update to information on its website addressing explicit imagery.

This site also includes information for parents on:

  • what to do when someone shows your child pornography
  • six strategies for when your child accidently finds online pornography
  • how to talk to your children about pornography (under 8s, 8­–12s and teens)
  • conversations aids
  • video content, including respectful relationships

Radford Institute presents an evening with Maree Crabbe, Project Coordinator from It's Time We Talked, on Wednesday 14 June at 6pm in the Heath Lecture Theatre. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Chaplain Erin Tuineau

Chaplain's Reflection: In God's image

16 May 2017

Rev. Erin Tuineau, Chaplain

God not only loves us, but likes us, too.

At the Secondary School Assembly this week I told the students and staff the following story: 

‘Last term in the Junior School, I explained to one of the classes that, when I give them a blessing, it is a way of reminding them that God is going to look after them. One student quickly put up his hand and said, ‘but how can God look after us if he lives in the clouds up there?’. To which I said, ‘God does live up there, in the clouds, but God lives in our hearts too’. When the students heard this, they got very excited about receiving God’s blessing because it was as if they suddenly realised that God was much, much closer to them than they had ever thought was possible’. 

This interaction made me reflect that it is so often our ‘images’ of God that prevent us from wanting to explore religion and/or spirituality in the Church or in any context. Unfortunately, the Church has a historical reputation of presenting God as a strict and grumpy old man, living up in the clouds and glaring down on humanity with a disappointed look on His face. The strange thing is, though, I don’t know where this image of God came from. Jesus, the full revelation of God’s Self, is nothing like this. Biblical stories of Jesus speak of a gentle, passionate, intelligent, honest, humble, empathetic and forgiving person who came to save the world, not condemn it (John 3: 17). There is, therefore, no real foundation on which to argue that God is a strict, judgmental, cruel or distant Being who does not like humans or creation. 

The revelation that God not only loves us, but likes us, too, is something worth considering. Some people focus on the sinful nature of humanity, forgetting that we are all made in the image of God and, even in God’s eyes, we are quite likeable. This brings to mind the words of New Zealand poet Joy Cowley: 

Dear God,
I need to see myself
as you see me.
My own vision is fragmented.
I try to divide up myself
and reject those parts of me
I consider to be weak.
I waste time and energy
in the battle of self against self.
And Lord, I always end up the loser.

These few lines from Cowley’s poem Seeing are a reminder that it is not God who tries to undermine us, we do that to ourselves. God is the one who restores our sense of self and makes us whole again. We must remember that God is in the business of healing, not violence. This is not to say that God does not challenge us; God is very good at bringing to our attention the areas of our life that need changing and that are causing harm to ourselves and others. If we listen as God does this, however, we do not feel worthless. Rather, we come to know that God cares enough about us to call us to put a stop to our self-destruction. This is the God that I have come to know in my lifetime. 

My hope is that you may reflect on the images that you hold of God, and consider whether they are helpful and true. 

Rev Erin


Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 17 May 2017

17 May 2017

'Mindsets' and 'flow'.

Dates to Remember 

Thurs 18 May Junior School Radford Tribal Council Collection of Earth Hour Prize
Wed 24 May Yr 3 excursion to the National Gallery of Australia
Thurs 25 May Year 5/6 Boys AFL
Thurs 26 May Ride2School Day

As many readers of the Bulletin know, over the past few years I have spoken about ‘mindsets’ and their importance. In recent times, Emily Begbie, Marina Malcolm and I have also discussed the importance of ‘flow’, which we define as a time when learners are able to be totally focused and involved and operating in a dynamic state that balances anxiety with the desire to face harder challenges. Such periods, whether in schools or workplaces, are voluntary and intrinsically motivating, requiring skill and challenge to manage and responding well to clear goals and feedback.

When learners are supported during those times where they can truly learn, times where they are vulnerable, times where challenge is enjoyable and sought, a ‘climate’ of learning is created.

The past weekend gave time to reflect upon the activities of our previous week and consider how motivation and flow were manifest:

• Junior School teaching staff met with teachers from eight other Canberra PYP schools for a Teach Meet workshop afternoon to share what they are doing in their classrooms
• on Saturday, staff and students from our Round Square, Tribal Council and Green Team planted trees at Mulligans Flat
• Years 3 and 5 students participated in NAPLAN testing, which is an opportunity for challenge, to grow and gather data of a differing sought. My straw poll of one student, however, revealed a far greater interest in the current Year Three Unit of Inquiry. I suspect I’m not the only parent of students in this year level who is gaining an increased understanding of our body systems and how they work
• the Junior School came together to honour and support Connie Johnston’s Big Heart Project in a brilliant display of quiet action
• Kindergarten classes were immersed in coding during Friday Maths
• the dyslexia workshop run by Alison Hatcher and organised by our Student Support and Enrichment Coordinator, Mary Willett (in between her NAPLAN organisation) was attended by 27 Junior School staff
• a huge turnout of mums, grand-mums, staff, students and past students to celebrate Mother’s Day on a foggy Friday morning, with some staff arriving at 6.30am to set up
• later on Friday, we celebrated our P-12 Cross Country Carnival with athletes aged from four to 18. Not all are built for long-distance running, but nothing beats the look on the faces of girls and boys challenging themselves to reach that finish line. It was my pleasure to watch our older groups and staff tackle Newcombe Ball and Basketball and then to watch as our Year 4 staff supported their year levels throughout the day.
• that evening, five Junior School staff joined our bushwalking group to camp on-site overnight.
• finally, we experienced all the challenges of our weekend sport.

We can talk about mindsets, about flow, and then you can see it lived. This transfers from sporting fields, camps, running, NAPLAN, workshops and more into the classroom and into the way in which we approach challenge in our lives.

What a brilliant and exhausting week, I can’t wait for the next one!

Guest speaker Maree Crabb

Radford Institute presents 'It's Time We Talked'

17 May 2017

Maree Crabb discusses pornography, young people and sexuality today

Save the date for the next Radford Institute seminar.

Presenter: Maree Crabbe, Project Coordinator from It's Time We Talked
Date: Wednesday 14 June
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: Heath Lecture Theatre, in the Mackinnon Senior School
RSVP to institute@radford.act.edu.au  

Over the past decade or so, pornography has become mainstream. For young people growing up in this era of ever-new and accessible technology it is almost impossible to avoid exposure to pornography. Consumption – particularly for young men – has become normalised.

But porn is no longer the centrefold it used to be. Porn’s move from a brown paper bag onto smart phones and personal laptop computers has been accompanied by a shift towards more aggressive content.

While many young people express some awareness that porn is fantasy, they also commonly convey the ways their sexual understandings and experiences are being influenced by what they – or their partners or peers – observe in porn. Porn’s influence has serious implications for young people’s capacity to develop a sexuality that is respectful, safe, freely consenting and mutually pleasurable.

This session, led by Maree Crabbe, Coordinator of the community education project Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality, will explore:
• What do parents need to understand about pornography and its influence on young people’s sexual understandings and expectations?
• How can parents support their children’s healthy social and sexual development in an age of pornography?

Maree’s work on pornography, together with her colleague, David Corlett, includes conducting over 140 interviews with young people, academics, professionals who work with young people, and performers, producers, directors, executives and agents from the pornography industry in Hungary and the US.

Maree is Co-Producer and Co-Director of the documentary films Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography, broadcast on SBS in Australia and in six other countries, and The Porn Factor, recently broadcast on SBS. She is also author of In The Picture – a whole school resource to assist secondary schools to address the influence of explicit sexual imagery.

Maree has worked with young people – and on issues affecting young people – for over 20 years. She has developed and delivered programs focusing on sexual violence prevention, sexual diversity, pornography and the prevention of sexually transmissible infections.

Maree has been interviewed on television and radio, and her articles on young people, sexuality and pornography have been published in online and print media.

Y7-Y8 Drama production

"Tales from The Arabian Nights", Y7-Y8 Drama

17 May 2017

Nick Akhurst, Head of Co-curricular Drama/Dance/Oratory

Mystery, intrigue and tales as old as time.

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

Dates: 26 and 27 May
Time: 6pm
Venue: RA Young Hall
Tickets: online or at the door, $10.

Welcome to the 2017 Year 7–8 Drama Production Tales from The Arabian Nights, by Donna Abela: the King has beheaded his Queen. The desperate outsiders that she hid in his kingdom have been locked up, and he has vowed to execute them, one by one, each dawn.

But, disguised as the next outsider due to die, Shahrazad tells stories to the King. Strange and amazing stories about merchants and fishermen, Ali Baba and bandits, kings and professors, calligraphers and demons. This production demonstrates the power of storytelling and the relationship between the story, the teller and the audience. 

Come joins us in the RA Young Hall on 26 and 27 May for a night of mystery, intrigue and tales as old as time performed in a new and exciting way by energetic young performers.

The show starts at 6pm. Tickets are available online or at the door for $10.00

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 

 QOTE logo


Radford Ride2School day

Ride2School Day, 26 May 2017

15 May 2017

By Belinda Reitstatter & Jane Lilley

Combine exercise and travel to school, Friday 26 May

Ride2School Day, Term 2

By Belinda Reitstatter Junior School PYP Coordinator & Jane Lilley, Tutor, SOSE

Our next Ride2School Day is on Friday 26 May and we once again welcome all year 3–12 students to join one another and Radford staff to ride their bikes to school. We encourage all children who are able to ride a bike to school to take part. Our RAS team will be cooking pancakes at the Pavillion for the riders, who will surely have worked up an appetite by the time they arrive. We have arranged for teachers to meet capable bike riders at different meeting points. Please read the following conditions and expectations and go through them with your child/children before the day:

  • a fitted helmet and well-maintained bike with pumped tyres are essential for participation
  • please arrive at your selected meeting point 10 minutes before departure
  • it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their child/children arrive punctually at the meeting place. Should the group depart before you arrive, parents are responsible for ensuring that their child/children arrive safely at school
  • all students will be expected to stay with the group and follow the road rules and instructions provided by Radford staff
  • due to various co-curricular commitments, the return ride will not be accompanied by staff. Parents are responsible for making arrangements for their child/children's return journey
  • in the case of wet weather, drizzle, rain or lightning, the ride will be cancelled and a notification will be added to the Announcements page of Radford Online
  • Children in PK–Yr 2 may participate in the ride if they are accompanied by a parent/adult carer. The same applies for less confident riders in years 3–6
  • asthmatics must carry their puffer with them in their bag

Fluorescent reflective ankle straps and/or vests can make your child more visible to road traffic and you may choose to wear these should you wish to provide additional safety measures.


Below are the departure locations and times:
ARANDA: Meet at the underpass on Bandjalong Cresence for a 7.50 am departure
HAWKER: Meet at the carpark at KFC for a 7.30 am departure
COOK: Meet on the bicycle path on Redfern Street (nearest intersection is Allman Street) for a 7.40 am departure
KALEEN: Meet at the cycle path on the corner of Alberga and Cataract streets for a 7.50 am departure
GIRALANG: Meet on the bicycle path on Chuculba Crescent (parallel to Baldwin Drive) for a 7.40 am departure
O'CONNOR: Meet on the cycle path on Dryandra Street at the bottom of O'Connor Ridge (near the driveway of the old Canberra Motor Inn) for a 7.45 am departure
BRUCE: Meet on the footpath out the front of Cafe Momo for an 8 am departure

Any further queries about this day should be forwarded to Jane Lilley for students from years 7–12 or Belinda Reitstatter for students from PK–Yr 6.

Dirrum Dirrum 2017 Speaker

Dirrum Dirrum – Speakers

16 May 2017

By Georgie Sayers, College Captain

Working for the eradication of polio

Michael Sheldrick, global citizen on a mission

By Georgie Sayers, College Captain

I first heard Michael Sheldrick speak at a previous Dirrum Dirrum and again, in 2015, when he visited the school to talk about his journey or 'path', as he described it. Michael is the Global Director of Policy and Advocacy at Global Citizen, a New York-based social-action platform. More specifically, Michael has done tremendous work on the campaign to eradicate polio. In 2015 and 2016, I attended the World Polio Day events at Parliament House. The morning sessions were run by Global Citizen and, on both occasions, I was intrigued by Michael's role in that organisation and, in particular, his work towards the eradication of polio – a disease about which I then knew very little.

This year, in my role as a member of the Dirrum Dirrum team, Michael came to mind as a suitable speaker for the event. His stories of plane flights with Rhianna and meetings with Beyoncé are, of course, great conversation starters. But it is his commitment to being a global citizen that convinced us Michael should share our Dirrum Dirrum weekend.

I contacted Michael and, eventually, Father Richard, Holly Daniels and I attended a meeting with him and representatives of Global Citizen in Australia. Our meeting confirmed the benefits that Dirrum Dirrum and Global Citizen will derive from our collaboration. We share common values and we both aim to promote the ignition of action and, as Dirrum puts it, 'working towards the Common Good'.

Since our meeting, Father Richard and I had another opportunity to witness Michael powerfully representing the case for polio eradication during a panel discussion at the Australian National University. Michael moderated a discussion between four speakers involved in Polio eradication, including Reza Hossaini, Director of Polio Eradication for UNICEF. The event was organised by Global Citizen and the panel related extraordinary stories of the activities of polio workers and campaigners in the field, and made strong arguments as to what needs to happen next.

When Michael attends Dirrum Dirrum, we hope to use our growing platform to help Global Citizen's campaign to eradicate polio. Click here to learn more about the Global Citizen campaign, and take action with them.

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.

Students enjoy using Skype technology

Skype with Radford’s sister school

16 May 2017

Good opportunity to improve language skills.

By Dianne Fitzpatrick, Head of LOTE Department

On Monday 8 May, Radford students of Japanese language began a series of Skype sessions with our sister school, Kure National College of Technology, in Hiroshima. Our Year 10 language students chatted with the Japanese English Language students at Kure NCT and both groups will benefit from the opportunity to practice their language skills. While the session runs for only 30 minutes, it is a lot of fun for all. If you look closely at the photo and on the Kure NCT website, you can also see Michael Gould in Radford uniform (Class of 2016), who is currently on a short-term exchange at the school.


A showcase of musicality

Autumn Concert 2017

17 May 2017

A showcase of Radford musicality.

By Jacob Jaksa, Year 12

Radford’s Performing Arts Centre was abuzz as young musicians scrambled about, dashing to their unpacking rooms where they tuned up (only instrumentalists would understand) and eagerly waited to play. There was a constant build-up of tension within the hall as waves of parents entered, excited to see what Radford’s musicians have been up to. Not long after, the tension was released as a loud boom from the Precision Percussion Ensemble kicked off the night.

This year’s Autumn Concert brought together all ages and instruments under one roof to celebrate music and show off how practice can lead to good results. Mozart String Orchestra, conducted by Kirsten Knight, displayed the youngest performers of the night with some musicians being as young as seven. There is no doubt that these young musicians have the potential to become thriving performers and they will hopefully continue to play all throughout their schooling. The concert didn’t only showcase big bands, orchestras and choirs, but also small ensembles such as Up Above Christian Ensemble, who played a beautiful arrangement of ‘This I Believe’ by Matt Croker and Ben Fielding. The ensemble consisted of piano, violin and voice and was an inspiring example of how a small group of friends can come together and create beautiful music. Overall, the 2017 Autumn Concert gave parents an insight into the Music Program and students the opportunity to share and enjoy each other’s music. Thanks to all the conductors, managers and parents for giving up their time to make this year’s Autumn Concert a blast! We all hope to see you at the Winter Concert later in the year.

Autumn Concert

Tranquillity II, by Amy Basnett , acrylic and enamel paint on stretched canvas.

Culture in the local community

17 May 2017

Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Culture Club's studio visit and outdoor photography session.

By Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts 

Culture Club, a co-curricular club, meets on Wednesday after school, from 3.30–5.30pm. Students negotiate how they spend the time creatively, imaginatively and socially. 

Most recently, students chose to spend the remainder of Term 2 drawing and painting. In thinking about different styles and approaches to painting, the students initiated an excursion to local artist Amy Basnett’s home and studio. Amy has a passion for water quality and the way in which a watercourse flows through a catchment, carving out its own path, which is evident in the works we saw in progress in her home studio.

Students at Belconnen Arts Centre‘Seeing Amy’s different styles and approaches to different subjects was really fascinating.’ Phoebe

‘Seeing her work inspired me to do more of our own art work.’ Anastasia

‘I was excited by all the different methods used by Amy, with the use of salt, pouring water, application of paint with the palette knife and drawing in paint with her fingers and use of sprays. It was such a good experience seeing her finished works and works in progress.’ Ashlyn

‘We all enjoyed the fun out of the classroom with other people and looking at and creating art.’ Phoebe

‘After the studio visit we explored the environment around Belconnen Arts Centre with cameras. We photographed at the lake at sunset, images of ourselves and the reflections on the buildings and explored ways to photograph what was ordinary to look more extraordinary. We took photos from so many different perspectives around Belconnen Arts Centre.’ Sonja

It will be interesting to see to what extent the experience informs the students’ own work. 

Please contact Amanda Poland, Culture Club/Head of Creative Arts, if you are interested in joining Culture Club. 

Year 3 students learn about the importance of a healthy breakfast

Year 3 Healthy Breakfast

17 May 2017

Karen Baker, College Nurse & Andrew Sullivan, Junior School PE Teacher

Y3 learns about the benefits of a healthy breakfast and a nutritious diet.

By Karen Baker, College Nurse & Andrew Sullivan, Junior School PE Teacher

As part of the Year 3 inquiry into Who We Are, Radford College school nurse Karen Baker spoke to the Year 3 cohort on Monday 8 May about the benefits of a healthy breakfast and a nutritious diet. 

Research shows that a healthy breakfast can help children perform better at school.

Breakfast eaters also tend to:

  • have better school attendance than those who regularly skip breakfast
  • demonstrate positive wellbeing more than non-breakfast eaters
  • be less likely to snack on sugary or fatty foods, which helps them stay at a healthy weight


Reflecting on class discussions from the previous week, children brought a variety of healthy food to share, with cereals, oats and toast being popular. Lots of fruits and even vegies featured, as did eggs and dairy. Children were encouraged to eat a healthy breakfast and drink 1.5–2 litres of water each day, especially in a week with NAPLAN and the Cross Country Carnival on their agenda.

At the healthy breakfast I brought a banana smoothie and cereal with fruit. I learnt that you can be a lot more healthy than you think with your breakfast choices. I was surprised that most people ate cereal and other healthy foods. Olivia 

I had weetbix with egg and fruit to eat. I had water to drink. Mrs Baker told us that water is much healthier than juice. It was fun to come and have breakfast at school with all my friends. Nadia 

U16 Rugby victorious in a tough match against Daramalan

Sports Report 17 May 17

17 May 2017

Sports Department

Reports on Orienteering, Rugby and Football.

By Paul de Jongh

On World Orienteering Day, Wednesday 24 May, courses will be available on the School grounds. This event is open to all and everyone is welcome to come and be a part of this international activity.   

Orienteering is still taking registrations for the 2017 winter Metro series, for more information please contact Paul de Jongh at: Pauldj@internode.on.net or Toni Brown at: totoni@iinet.net.au


By Bernadette Leger

Well done to the U16 Boys Rugby team which came up against Daramalan College on Saturday. This was always going to be a tough encounter for the boys, who played an outstanding game trading goals against their opposition. The boys came away victorious winning the game 40–39. Well done to Matt Heckenberg, coach and also to the boys. Thank you to the parents, spectators and staff who came out and supported the team.


Football Reports – U18, U15, U14, U13, U12 and U11

U18 Boys: Division 1
By Jamie Clout, Manager

A match up away to the 2016 champions was great chance to put the new squad to a solid test in the second of our two non-competitive games. We took about 20 minutes to click into gear and get the structure and possession working. The bad news was that, in that opening period, Marist capitalised twice on our mistakes and we were already two goals down, despite desperate efforts from our GK, Hugo, including a blocked penalty. More frustration followed in the lead up to the break, with our improved possession failing to produce scoring threats, and Marist scoring two more by half time. 

We reset for the second half, determined to put on a better show and build momentum. The game swung both ways as the match sank into the traditional two-way struggle we have come to expect of this fixture. More chances came our way, with possession becoming more productive. Our defence continued to repel Marist’s counter attacks and turn defence into our own attacks with our midfield getting on the ball and playing our wider areas into the game. Several late raids produced chances, but no goals, in a scoreless second half for both teams. Numerically a big improvement on a disappointing first 45 minutes, but over all we have work to do if we are going to get points from Marist at Melrose Drive this year.  

Under 18 Boys: Division 2
By Geoff Cox, Radford parent

Radford Rapids 1 def. by Radford Ravens 2

This was the second match of the season for the Ravens in the local derby against the Radford Rapids. Both teams were coming off wins in Round 1, so under sunny skies the scene was set for a great match.

Throughout the first half, the Rapids played an attacking brand of football, constantly moving the ball into the Ravens half of the field. The starting backs, Justin Ku, Hugh Morrison, Tai Zhang and Cameron Cox, were kept very busy in defence. Goalie Sampath De Silva proved to be outstanding as the last line of defence. 

By contrast, the Ravens were dangerous on the counterattack. Thirty minutes into the game, one such counter resulted in a corner to the Ravens. A well-judged corner kick caused a scramble for the ball in front of the goal, which Will Davies pounced on to put the Ravens 1–0 up. 

The second half was evenly matched until, 25 minutes in, the Rapids scored the equaliser and, just as a draw looked likely, Tai came up with what proved to be the match winner with a cracking strike into the top corner of the net. The team then held on to their narrow advantage until the full-time whistle sounded.

U15 Boys: Division 2
By Ben Hobson

Radford Raiders 2 def. by Woden Valley 5

The game started slowly, with neither team getting many fast plays, but then Woden Valley made a break and scored the game’s first goal. We held our heads high and played on strongly for the rest of the half, as Woden led a number of attacks, which scored them another two goals. But Radford came back with a fast run down the wing and a pass into the centre, setting Gus Murray up for goal. He hit the ball straight past the keeper and the score was 3–1. 

Some wise half-time words from our Coach about a stronger midfield play, and we ran back on for the second half, ready to make up the gap and play our hardest. Some great defence kept Woden out, Kevin Wong was all over midfield and kept the ball moving, leading to some strong Radford offence play,s which set many players up for goal attacks. A few high shots sailed over, and the Woden goalie was active from left to right and saved a few and then a fast run, a hard shot and a goal went in from Blake Riley, bringing the score line to 3–2. We were back on! More well-timed runs and great passes made it seem like we would score another, but we were unlucky in all attempts. Woden regained some strength for more attacks and scored another two goals in the dying minutes to finish off the game with a three-goal advantage. We walked off the pitch, knowing we had played our hardest, and had a great time against strong opponents!

U14 Boys: Division 2
Radford Gold 7 def. St Edmund’s 2

The 7–2 win over St Eddies was a strong performance by the U14 Boys team. The first half had St Eddies pushing forward playing a tight defensive line and making it difficult for the Radford forwards to attack.

The midfielders showed flexibility by keeping the ball moving forward in attack and assisting the backs in defence. The Radford backs played a pivotal role in keeping their opponents at bay and restricting them to two goals.


In the second half, Radford’s constant pressure on the St Eddies defence allowed the Radford forwards to make more chances and dominate in attack resulting in Matt J. scoring four goals (including a hat trick) and Ethan, Stephen & Rahul each scoring a goal.


U14 Girls: Division 2
Radford 1 def. by Majura Thorns 4

U14 Div 2 girls played their second match at Dickson Playing Fields against Majura Thorns. Majura snuck in a couple of quick goals at the start, but the girls picked up their defence and held off the Thorns for most of the match. Emma Pfohl and Amulya Thumma played strong up-front making a few long and fast runs through the Majura defence line, which resulted in Amulya scoring. Caitlin Johnson was unlucky with a tense penalty shot that flew over the goals. The final score was 4­–1 in Majura’s favour, though I think next time the Thorns may not be so lucky. The girls are playing extremely well given they are largely a new team and just getting to know how each other play. It’s going to be an exciting season so watch this space.


U13 Boys: Division 2
Radford def. Canberra FC

The U13/2s met a spirited Canberra FC side at their home ground at Yarralumla. Trailing for much of the game, despite goals from Will O’Rourke and an injured Alex Schofield, the Radford side came back strongly late in the second half with three goals in the last five minutes. Supported by strong defensive play from the Radford backs, James Knight in goals challenged each advance and kept the home side scoreless from the 42nd minute. Darcy Franks managed to bend a corner kick into the far top corner to equalize and change the tempo of the game. This was followed in quick succession by a goal to Jacob Miller and a second for Darcy from a penalty to secure the win.


U12 Boys: Division 2
Radford 15 def. Weston Molonglo 1

The U12 team had a fantastic game against Weston Molonglo on Saturday afternoon. With an abundance of goals, some great passing and with solid defence, the Radford team were victorious 15–1. Great effort by all the boys.


U11 Boys: Division 2
Radford 3 def. Marist 1

Despite an early collision taking out our goalie, Radford U11/1 played with great heart and effort and came away with a win against Marist. The final score of 3–1 was a fair reflection of the game. Both teams played an attacking game. Callum, our substitute goalie, was calm and competent under pressure. While all players did well, Jack Walker was a standout – performing like he was playing for Barcelona (his second-favourite team after Radford), including scoring a great goal that sealed our win. Luke and Oscar scored the other two goals, very ably supported by their team mates. 

5c pieces put to a very good cause

The Big Heart Project at Radford

17 May 2017

Radford students raise money as part of The Big Heart Project for Connie Johnson.

By Kaitlin Barsby & Ellie Maglasis, Year 6 Radford Tribal Council students  

‘Such a small coin, that can make a big difference.’ Sterling Notley

The Radford Tribal Council (RTC) and Round Square participated in The Big Heart Project for Connie Johnson. This involved collecting as many 5c pieces, or as Connie called them, 'pesky 5c pieces', that we could get our hands on. After about a week it came time to put together the Radford Junior School Heart. Watch the time lapse video. It was amazing to see how many coins the Junior School had collected in the end. Overall the 5c pieces weighed 126.6 kilograms and came to the total of $2,456.65.

On Wednesday 10 May the RTC represented Radford at The Big Heart Project for Connie. When we arrived, we were astonished at how many coins had been laid in the heart. This made Radford's heart look small.

Lugging around heavy bags of 5c coins was definitely tiring, but it was worth it. I was very proud of myself and Radford when I saw just how many 5c coins we'd gathered. It was very touching and I definitely do not regret going there. Angelina Fei

Throwing the tiny 5c coins into the massive heart, it seemed like such a small amount of money but, for us, it could do such big things that can help stop cancer.

Thank you to Tracey Markovic for coming up with the idea and supporting us to participate in The Big Heart Project at Radford.

#lys #loveyoursister #bigheartproject #nowisawesome


Parents are encouraged to complete the survey

Traffic survey closes Friday

17 May 2017

Have your say about traffic on campus.

Radford College is reviewing the current status of traffic at the campus during peak times each day.

To assist with the review we are seeking your feedback, and ask if you could complete a few questions in relation to traffic and modes of transport.

The survey should only take five minutes to complete. We thank you for taking the time to assist with the review. 




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.

Open Forum - STEM

Education and Wellbeing Forum - STEM

Date: Thursday 25 May 2017, Time: 5.30pm - 7.00pm, Venue: Heath Lecture Theatre (Mackinnon Senior School Building). All welcome

This forum will focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education) and presentations by Rebecca Cashmere, Secondary School STEM Coordinator, and Belinda Reitstatter, Assistant Head of Junior School.

APFACTS presentation on school funding

Presentation on school funding

Andrew Wrigley, the Executive Director of the AISACT will present to APFACTS on school funding. All welcome, bookings required.  Full details.

Register for Year 1-4 Strings Recital

Years 1–4 Strings Recital

Date: Wednesday 7 June
Time: 5.30–6.30 pm
Venue: RA Young Hall

This recital is for students in Years 1–4 who play a string instrument and undertake lessons within or outside of the College's individual lessons program. (Year 3 Strings Program students are not expected to perform at this recital.) 

To  participate, submit the application form by Friday 26 May.

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