Radford Bulletin Term 2, Week 5 – 24 May 2017

Staff Insights

Bill Weigall - Director of Assessment, Reporting & Curriculum

From NAPLAN to STEM: All in the course of a week at Radford

23 May 2017

Bill Weigall, Director of Assessment, Reporting & Curriculum

Standardised testing, methods and benefits

by Bill Weigall, Director of Assessment, Reporting & Curriculum

At the end of last week, staff in my office were diligently finalising the NAPLAN arrangements and running catch-up sessions of the Allwell (Academic Assessment Services - AAS), tests for Year 10 students. At the same time, others were sending out reminders for the Education and Wellbeing Committee (EWC) forum on Thursday 25 May (5.30–7 pm, Heath Lecture Theatre), where we will be discussing current science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives and considering the future.

NAPLAN and Allwell are both necessary in my view, if used as intended. It is reassuring to see that Radford is producing results ahead of the curve, despite our strict observance of academically non-selective entry. More importantly though, it is useful to be able to interrogate the data in search of information that will inform the delivery of the curriculum to meet the identified needs of students.

When the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) ran the 'School Improvement' ruler over Radford three years ago, they advocated further standardised testing in the non-NAPLAN years, and heralded the arrival of the Allwell. AAS now return digital data to Radford within a couple of weeks and, when it does ultimately go online, NAPLAN will do the same, thereby increasing the relevance of the data. Our staff are working on making best use of the combined data to target their teaching. To be clear, I mean that they seek to enhance the literacy and numeracy skills of our students and not to simply drill students and improve the test scores.

For those of you who may be interested, a relatively balanced discussion of the merits of standardised testing can be found here. The article has input from the Australian Primary Principal's Association and academics from Charles Sturt and Melbourne universities.

For another highly informed and engaging view of the debate, I recommend the website of Yong Zhao, a Chinese-born professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. His focus is on the preservation and extension of creative and critical thinking, which he believes is stifled in Western education. Since he wrote World Class Learners in 2012, Dr Zhao, like many of us, has broadened his focus to include a multi-faceted attempt to foster 'the multiplicity of skills necessary for success in the 21st century'. World Class LearnersHis website has information on the best methods to achieve this. Dr Zhao is a compelling speaker; I was engrossed, despite hearing him recently on the final day of an exhausting three-day conference. The one point of advocacy that I could not entirely endorse was his suggestion that we encourage students to identify what they are good at and help them to specialise, avoiding subjects at which they are not as adept. I think we need to find a balance.

In short, balance and excellence in a range of fields are our targets. In seeking to achieve this for our students, Radford will need to explore and employ the results of standardised testing and the more exciting opportunities afforded by a focus on STEM or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics). I look forward to seeing some of you at the EWC meeting on Thursday evening and hearing your thoughts on how we can best achieve this balance.

Philosophy has been introduced this year as a Year 10 elective. It will be offered to Year 9 and Year 11 students for 2018. Several staff have recently undertaken Society of Philosophy for the Young (SOPHY) training to strengthen our ability to scaffold students’ development of creative and critical thinking. Some of you may be interested in the concept of ‘philosothons’ and ‘ethics olympiads’; please contact me if you would like to know more – I’d be delighted to discuss these opportunities with members of our community.

I commend to you Senior Studies Coordinator Lindy Braithwaite's article in this Bulletin on the merits of the International Baccalaureate as a tool in the same quest.


Lindy Braithwaite, Senior Studies Coordinator

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

23 May 2017

Lindy Braithwaite, Senior Studies Coordinator

Why the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme will offer a real alternative to ACT Senior Students

By Lindy Braithwaite, Senior Studies Coordinator

Radford is fortunate to have access to the world-class education system run by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies. As history shows, universities and employers regard our students favourably. That said, in a changing world, the ability to be able to offer another world-class program in the form of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme would further empower our students to shape their futures.

International Baccaluareate World SchoolThe IB DP, which turns 40 in 2018, is offered in 3,100 schools across 147 countries. Of those, 68 are Australian and include government, Catholic and Independent schools. The growth of the program sits at nearly 40 per cent over the last five years, with Japan alone aiming to have 200 schools offering the program before 2018. This extraordinary growth is, perhaps, a reflection of globalisation, which sees benefit in a student’s essay, submitted in Australia and containing local context, being marked in Ecuador, and a subsequent exam undergoing assessment in the United States using universally agreed standards and ethos. Either way, higher education bodies value it.

The Group of 8 (Go8) universities in Australia state on their recruitment website, ‘the International Baccalaureate Diploma is a comprehensive and challenging program. The program’s international flavour, academic rigour and emphasis on inquiry based learning means that IB Diploma students enter university with a global outlook, an excellent work ethic and the critical thinking skills to ensure they achieve great results’.

The IB DP is unique in that, as well as requiring a broad education (see the six groups of subjects), it explicitly incorporates key skills and experiences that empower students to achieve beyond secondary school. These include Theory of Knowledge (critical thinking skills), the Extended Essay (an independent, self-directed research essay) and Creativity, Activity and Service. There is vast research both worldwide and within Australia that consistently reveals the longitudinal benefits of such a program; for example, in increased university engagement and completion of qualifications.

Universities – including Canberra’s own ANU – already recognise that the ATAR is only one measure of secondary school achievement, and they are increasingly looking for alternative or additional attributes. The IB DP takes what many Radford students are already doing beyond the classroom through the College’s extensive co-curricular and service program, and adds not only worldwide recognition but expands their skills in this area with individual and group projects. Significantly more universities are valuing not only the preparation of the IB DP curriculum but are also offering graduates of the program credit in a variety of degrees.

Perhaps you are wondering why – given Radford already offers an excellent education that is internationally minded and enjoys significant academic success – we are adding the IB DP? There is no desire to replace the BSSS Senior Secondary Certificate. The IB DP is not for everyone, however, it provides another option for our students.

On a personal note, I sent my children to Radford College as I valued the inclusive community, pastoral support and, most of all, developing of the whole child in an atmosphere of truth, compassion and wisdom. Beyond school they have taken different pathways but have maintained community service as an important aspect of their life.

Similarly, each year, Radford supports students who are enrolled in Australian School-Based Apprenticeships (ASBA), those that will pursue vocational training and those who move into a range of tertiary studies. We are a non-selective school, and all students are valued in the Radford community.

The benefits of the IB DP, however, will be felt across our community – this has been repeated to me anecdotally by every diploma coordinator that I have met, and a recent article in the Australian Financial Review presents the same perspective. Teaching staff will receive professional development and be supported by a worldwide network. Having taught in five jurisdictions, I have been energised by the common language, extensive resources and general enthusiasm of IB teachers. The IB approaches to learning are likely to ripple through the school and it is my desire to offer parallel programs for non-IB DP students.

We aim to have the IB DP available for delivery in 2019 and are currently in the process of developing policies and training our staff in subject-specific areas. We hope to provide a preliminary information session for current years 8 and 9 parents and students soon, so we can establish your needs and unpack a little more about the IB DP. Watch this space!

Chaplain Erin Tuineau

Chaplain's Reflection: Can God ever be an ‘optional extra’?

22 May 2017

Rev Erin Tuineau, Chaplain

We need God, in the person of Christ, to live an abundant life

For many people in our Western society, God has become an 'optional extra'. By this I mean that we live in such an affluent society that it has become easy to dismiss God as Someone we do not need in order to live a 'good life'. When we have enough money to have a roof over our heads, a car to drive, food to eat and the option of going away on holidays, it becomes very easy to feel and believe that God is not a necessity. We live with the illusion that we can buy everything we need in this life and God is an optional extra.

What is interesting, though, is that other countries and cultures, which lack Western affluence and where people struggle just to survive, God is not an 'optional extra' for such individuals. A priest from Papua New Guinea told me that the people in his family and village pray to God for everything they need: food, shelter, education and transport. These things are not at their fingertips. He went on to say that God does provide them with all that they need, and so the people in these communities express gratitude to God for looking after them. It is as if they know, deep within themselves, that they cannot survive, let alone live life to the full, without God in their lives.

What does all this mean? Is it only the poor who need God? Does God suddenly become an 'optional extra' in the lives of the rich? Well, no, not really. When we have the opportunity to be independent of God, or at least think we can be, we tend to take it. This seems to be the case for individuals from both religious and non-religious backgrounds. It is simply in our human nature to want to be self-sufficient – it's a good feeling. And we ride on this feeling for as long as we can. In my experience, however, and in observing the society around me, we don't get far in life without God before things start to crumble around us. I say this because, while on the surface our Australian society is cruising along at comfortable pace with God as an 'optional extra', any news report reveals that life is really not as 'good' in our country as it might first seem. It is no secret that depression, anxiety and suicide are on the rise. As is drug use, in all of its forms. And relationship breakdowns are becoming much more common in our society, as is indicated by the number of reality TV programs based around such issues. Reflecting on this, I often wonder what is happening to our people? There seems so much dissatisfaction with life, despite our access to all things material. Could it be that God is not an 'optional extra' after all?

In the Christian faith we believe that 'we do not live by bread alone', which means that to live a deeply satisfying life, we need much more than just material things. We need God, in the person of Christ, to live an abundant life. I see enough evidence in our society that to live life without acknowledging our spirituality leads inevitably to an inner emptiness that we cannot fill or ignore. It would surely help if we, as Australians, dive into the deep and meaningful side of life a bit more often than our laid-back culture allows. We might be surprised by the 'results' of such a dive.

Rev Erin


Foundation crest

Invitation to attend Foundation launch

31 May 2017

Jocelyn Martin, Foundation Chair

Guest of Honour will be Dr Stephen Parker, AO.

The Radford College Development Foundation is an important initiative which arose from within the broader Radford community.  During consultation for the Radford College Strategic Plan, many people suggested that the College:

Initiate a foundation which supports the educational program, property and facilities of the College through pledges, donations and bequests from its community. 

The Radford Foundation will support the long-term advancement and development of the College’s educational programs and facilities, which are available to all students and which will help them reach their true potential.Development Foundation logo

You are invited to attend a cocktail function to celebrate the official launch of the Foundation:

Date: Tuesday 6 June 2017
Time: 5:30 pm
Venue: Rooms 49/50, Mackinnon Senior School, Radford College
Dress: Smart casual
RSVP: foundation@radford.act.edu.au by Wednesday 31 May 2017
Please confirm your attendance for catering purposes.

Dr Stephen Parker, AOGuest of Honour at this event will be Dr Stephen Parker, AO.  Dr Parker is currrently the National Sector Leader, Education at KPMG Australia.  He has held a number of high-profile roles in the Australian education sector including the Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Canberra, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Monash University and most recently, Director of Global, Development and Strategy at The Conversation.  

In 2014, Dr Parker received the Order of Australia for “distinguished services to tertiary education through administrative, academic and representational roles, and as a leader in the growth and development of the University of Canberra”.

We hope that you can join us for this historic event. 

Jocelyn Martin
Radford College Development Foundation Chair

Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 24 May 2017

24 May 2017

Character and grit in and out of the classroom

Dates to Remember

Friday 26 May         Radford Art Show Gala Opening
Tuesday 30 May      ICAS Science Test
                                Sousa Concert Band participation in the Australian National Eisteddfod
Friday 2 June          Year 5/6 DaVinci Decathlon
Wednesday 7 June Years 1–4 Strings Music Recital

The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.

– Zig Zigler

Under the direction of our PYP Coordinator, the Junior School’s major focus for 2017 centres around:
• team data identification
• team goals
• innovative team teaching and learning to support goal achievement
• ongoing professional learning to support teams.

In typical fashion, our teaching teams have taken this in their stride, striving to improve outcomes in basic literacy, numeracy and across the trans-disciplinary themes.

Last week alone I managed to pop in upon:

• a Dr Diagnosis research session supporting our Year 3 ‘Who We Are’ unit
• Kindergarten Maths patterns and grouping and coding robots
• Year 4 protest writing following a brilliant and provocative challenge from their teachers and our other year levels
• Year 5 unit around perseverance and grit at 7.30 am
• Years 1/2 students involved in spatial mathematics to improve mathematical understanding
• Year 6 students coding/designing a shape with multiple angles that they translated, reflected and rotated to investigate the patterns they create. Once finished, they took a screenshot of their shape to upload to the class Padlet for feedback!

Away from the classrooms I was thrilled with:

• Years 5/6 Matt Giteau Rugby tournament teams. In an all-boy competition, we fielded two mixed teams. One of our teams reached the A-grade semifinal, being shadowed out by the eventual champions. Our teams displayed the character and grit that we talk of and which we can transfer to our classrooms
• the responses from students and staff throughout our Athletics Carnival, showing the same traits that we speak of and motivated by intrinsic qualities: falling during races, to then stand and run to complete the challenge; putting themselves into events; staff involvement from 7 am till dark, just to make the day enjoyable. In particular the focus and competitive nature of our athletes, tempered by an understanding that we win some challenges, we grow from others.
• The resilience of our student body when adjusting their thinking to our approach to issuing of ribbons. The importance of acknowledging the fastest 3 girls and boys from each age group for events demonstrating fairness. "Give your kids the tools they require for self-respect and genuine achievement." Matthew L Jacobson.

A wonderful Junior School.

As Charles Swindoll said ‘Life is 10 per cent what happens to me and 90 per cent how I react to it.’

From the Music Department

Years 1-4 Strings Music Recital – 5.30–6.30pm, 7 June, RA Young Hall
For years 1–4 students who play a string instrument and undertake lessons within or outside of the College's individual lessons program. 
Please note: Year 3 strings program students are not expected to perform at this recital.

An application form is required to arrange participation and is due by Friday, 26 May.

Sousa Concert Band participation in the Australian National Eisteddfod, Thursday 30 May
Radford String Orchestras, Concert Bands, Jazz Bands and Rock Ensembles will be representing Radford College in their performances at the Australian National Orchestra and Bands Eisteddfod. Some of our Junior School musicians will be performing on Thursday 30 May with the Sousa Concert Band.

Ticket purchases: Australian Eisteddfod

Join in Saturday afternoon worship at Radford College

Saturday Sunset Worship

23 May 2017

A worshipping community at Radford College Chapel

By Father Richard Browning, Chaplain

Finding a community to belong to and practise being Christian can be hard, especially with a young family. 

Six years ago we ended what had been a wonderful couple of years of Saturday Sunset. It is time to start it up again. Beginning with just one a term, it will be a chance to form some relationships and encourage each other to be faithful. Once a term is not enough, but it will be a good way to belong to the story, the love of God, the light of Christ. 

Christian worship is not about directing thoughts away from the world;

but tuning in to the One who has entered the world (adapted from Leslie Newbiggin).

God so loved this world (cosmos is the actual word in Greek) that the Word entered it as the child of Mary. With Jesus we are asked how we too might love this world. We gather together to worship and respond to this question, how are we to love this world? Let it begin with where we live.  

There is wonderful resource for families to use at home created by Stephen Harrison at http://faithful-families.blogspot.com.au/

Join Radford Chaplains Rev Erin, Fr Richard and some faithful members of your local Anglican Church, Holy Covenant: good music, people and all in worship, including Holy Communion.


June 3, 5.30pm – 6.28pm, Pentecost
Radford College Chapel
Theme: We are not alone
Preacher: Fr Richard

Everyone is welcome.

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.

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



Snowy Mountains Interschools Equestrian Competition 2017

22 May 2017

By Lara Christoffelsz, Year 7

Equestrian success at Jindabyne

By Lara Christoffelsz, Year 7

The Snowy Mountains Interschools Equestrian Competition (SMIEC) was held in Jindabyne at The Station resort over four days from 27–30 April. Radford was represented at the competition by five students: Lara Christoffelsz, Amy Anderson-Bowell, Tori Doak, Eri Niisato and Kayla Hogg.

This competition caters for a number of disciplines including eventing, show-jumping, hacking, combined training, sporting, team-penning, jumping and non-jumping interschool challenges. SMIEC is one of the biggest equestrian events in New South Wales, with students coming from all over the ACT and NSW.


A few highlights of this competition were:
Kayla competed her new pony, Cy, to come home with a well-deserved 3rd in the 1.10–1.15 class – this was particularly impressive as she was the youngest in this class. Kayla also competed in the senior six bar against tough competition and achieved a height of 1.30 metres. Kayla and I came second in the rescue relay.

Tori competed two horses at this event and was very successful throughout the whole competition, placing in the top four in every class she entered bar one. Some of her placings were: champion novice dressage; winning four out of four of her show-jumping classes to be awarded overall show-jumping champion; Year 12 reserve champion; first place in the senior six bar (clearing 1.40 metres); and the Dreverman Family Trophy for sportsmanship.

Amy had very good show with great results, winning the non-jumping interschool's challenge and overall hacking champion!

Eri was also successful with her fairly new horse, Patch, competing in many show-jumping rounds. She competed in the senior six bar and jumped up to 1.20 metres, which is a huge effort! Eri and Patch are a very good combination and they showed courage in every class.

I competed three horses, coming first in both my preliminary tests, first in the 90 centimetre and the jumping interschool's challenge, second in the rescue relay with Kayla and sixth in the one-day event.

All the competitors would like to say thank you to the parents and other competitors for their support. This would not be possible without them. Next up is Trinity Catholic Interschool Equestrian followed by the New South Wales Interschools Championships. If you have any queries about these or future events, email the Equestrian Captain Tori Doak.

Yr9 Myall Creek Competition Submission

Visual Arts Thoughts and Dreams

22 May 2017

Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Art, Design and Technology

Year 9 students reflect on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' connection to Country

Year 9 Visual Art students recently entered the Friends of Myall Creek 2017 Memorial Student Art, Writing and Song Competition with the theme of, Thoughts and Dreams, This land is mine. This land owns me. The final submission was a collaborative digital work based on drawing with charcoal and graphite on paper, including clay and transparent film.

Year 9 Visual Arts Collaboration

Reflection by Sam Sharma, Year 9 Visual Arts

The artwork created by our class is a representation of our class's understanding of the event that occurred at Myall Creek station and the theme of 'the land is mine, this land owns me'.

Year 9 Visual Art Sketching
Our use of charcoal to depict the natural world, such as the trees, grasses and animals is an ode to our appreciation of the way nature provides for us and the importance of Country. Our Visual Art class ventured out of the classroom to draw the local bushland behind the College on Gossan Hill, and used some of the burnt charcoal from a recent 'burn off', commercial charcoal and other materials. We embarked on this excursion after hearing about the horrific historical event at Myall Creek and seeing images online, listening to music and watching film clips. The bush was tranquil and allowed for quiet reflection and observational drawing. We wanted the media we drew with to connect with and convey meaning about the story of Myall Creek and the immediacy of the land. We realise that this work is our interpretation of the themes and the historical event we have just learnt about, so we have included self-portraits, copied onto transparent paper, and overlaid these portraits on the montage of bushland drawings and quotes from the plaques at Myall Creek. The clay figures, in the foreground, represent all people who respect and connect to the land.

Year 9 Visual Art Gossan Hill

We have produced this final artwork in digital format to allow the distribution of the artwork and our message and hope that this raises awareness and conveys our respect of the land and history, which recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' relationship to Country, in an act of reconciliation.

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.

Rostrum winner, Mia Witheford

Junior School Rostrum Competition

22 May 2017

By Emily Campbell, Junior School Teacher

Exceptional junior orators deserve to be commended

By Emily Campbell, JS Oratory Coordinator 

This term, all Year 4, 5 and 6 students have been preparing and presenting speeches to their classes for the Australian Rostrum Primary Schools Public Speaking Competition. Students spoke about a diverse range of topics and all deserve to be commended on their wonderful public speaking efforts! From these year groups, seven finalists were chosen to speak in our school final as well as two finalists from our Junior School Oratory Program. A huge congratulations goes to the following speakers for being selected as our school finalists:


Year 4 Finalists:

• Audrey Potter
• Amber Smith Gibson
• Lachlan Lloyd

Year 5 Finalists:

• Genevieve Nguyen
• Sophie Espeland

Year 6 Finalists:

• Mia Witheford
• Eloise Flynn

Oratory Program Finalists:

• Sacha Zerger
• Kaiya Barsby


Our school final was held on Tuesday 16 May and, on the evening, our nine finalists spoke with wonderful skill and confidence. The high standard of their speeches was impressive! Mia Witheford was chosen as our winner and Amber Smith Gibson as our reserve. An outstanding effort by both of these talented public speakers! Mia will be speaking in the Rostrum Quarter Final held at Mount Rogers Primary School, Melba, on Thursday 22 June at 7 pm.

A special thank you to my fellow JS Oratory Coordinator, Janine Crookes, guest adjudicator, Communications Manager Mick Bunworth; our Chairperson, Josephine Truswell (Year 6); and our Timekeeper, Kaitlin Barsby (Year 6).

Earth Hour 2017 schools competition: Second Prize

JS success in Earth Hour schools program

22 May 2017

By Angelina Fei and Kaitlin Barsby (Yr 6 RTC students)

Earth Warriors Turn Off the Power

By Angelina Fei and Kaitlin Barsby (Yr 6 RTC students)

Earth Hour was a competition between schools – not an academic or sports one, but rather one to save power and, in doing so, save the environment. 

We are proud that Radford Junior School participated in these Earth Hour activities. Our activities included turning off the air conditioners, fans, desktops and everything else that required power. Some classes went on a bushwalk to Gossan Hill, picking up rubbish as they went. Others had their teachers and fellow students take pictures of their activities using battery-powered cameras and iPads. When this day had finished, we overheard a lot of kids' conversations about having really enjoyed the whole day and that they knew a little more about our Earth and how simply flicking a switch can help our environment just that little bit more. That made us pretty happy about what we'd done and helped do.

Many other schools held their own Earth Hour activities, some similar, some different to ours. We were thrilled when we found out that Radford was one of the winners of the competition! 

A couple of days later, we went to accept the award, and found out that we had placed second out of the secondary schools, rather than being entered in the primary school section. We were a little surprised, but were happy and proud of our achievements, and look forward to taking part in other activities in the future.

Receiving the Earth Hour 2017 schools program award

We were all nice and early at 11.00 am when we went through the sliding doors and through the security check but the doors of the hall weren't open yet. Were we late or early? A few minutes went past and a kind gentleman told us that they were getting the Hall ready for all the award winners. After the delicious morning tea of brownies we all took our seats and a few minutes later it started with a gentleman introducing everyone and how we had all done a very good job and how the minister would be handing out all the prizes and, guess what, Redford College came second in the high school category!

– Rishabh Bahl

Radford Jazz muscians travel to Mt Gambier for the Generations in Jazz festival

Generations in Jazz

22 May 2017

By Claire Waddell-Wood and Rosie Goggs, Year 12

A gathering of jazz greats inspires College students

By Claire Waddell-Wood and Rosie Goggs, Year 12

Early on a Friday morning, 18 Radford jazz musicians met at Canberra Airport, ready to take part in the College’s (and the ACT’s) inaugural trip to Generations in Jazz. After a short flight to Melbourne, and a not-so-short bus ride to Mount Gambier, just past the South Australian border, we were more than ready to blast out the pieces we have been rehearsing since the start of the year.

Generations in Jazz is Mount Gambier’s annual music festival that hosts a competition for school jazz bands from all around the country. Renowned Australian jazz musician James Morrison coordinates the festival, inviting internationally acclaimed guest artists to perform at concerts and run workshops for the students. This year we were lucky to have some of our favourite jazz musicians in residence, including Wycliffe Gordon, Gordon Goodwin and Marian Petruscu. Some of us even got to meet them!

After being amazed by the opening concert on Friday night, our two jazz bands felt ready for the competition the following day. In the morning we had the opportunity to watch some of the other bands that were competing, before we grouped together to watch our first band, the Diz Jazz Ensemble, perform their set. We were proud to watch our band mates play some wonderful music! Soon after, Radford’s Mount Gambier Big Band got ready for their performance. This band is made up of members from both the Little Big Band and the Big Band. The performance went amazingly well and we were all proud of the effort we made to perform.

During the rest of the festival we watched concerts, including by James Morrison and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and attended instrument-specific workshops given by the guest artists. Thanks so much to Mr Marston, Mrs Bartasek and Mrs Fitzgerald for providing us with this amazing opportunity and taking great care of us! We all hope that this trip can continue to happen for years to come.

Year 5/6 Drama production "Believe" is a prequel to "Peter Pan"

Y5/6 Drama Production - 'Believe'

31 May 2017

Nick Akhurst, Head oc Co-curricular Drama

A prequel to "Peter Pan"

Event: Y5/6 Drama Production - Believe

Dates: Thursday, 15 June and Friday 16 June

Time: 6pm

Venue: RA Young Hall 

Tickets: on sale online from Wednesday, 7 June


The Junior School Drama production, Believe, is a prequel to Peter Pan, as Wicked is to the Wizard of Oz.  Created by Radford teacher, Craig Donaldson, it is a vibrant and energetic production presented by Year 5 and 6 students.

U15 Boys defeated Brindabella 7-2

Sports Report 24 May

23 May 2017

Sports Department

Basketball and football reports

Basketball: Bernadette Leger

The 14 Div. 2 boys knew they had a challenge in front of them in round 3, facing a strong Marist side that had won both summer encounters.  With several players away, other boys stepped in to fill different roles, and attacked hard from the outset.  A low-scoring first half suited Radford, and it was 9-all at the main break.  The effort levels were off the charts and when Marist pulled ahead 22-19, it looked like Radford might have reached their limit.  Sebastian Phommaseisy closed the gap by converting a three point play that was the start of an 11-0 run, as Radford showed vastly superior physical and mental toughness to come away with the 30-22 win.  Well done to Mel Steele-Hick, coach of the Radford Blazers and also to her team.



U18/1 Boys - defeated Woden 5-2
U18/1 BoysThe rain stayed away and at last we were playing for points after two friendly rounds.  Injuries and illness depleted the squad to just 12, but any concerns about two scoreless outings so far were soon banished with Jay Allen scoring in the 8th minute and Paul Rando doubling the lead at 20 minutes.  A cohesive effort from the whole team was stopping Woden getting into the match, until late in the first half when a couple of mistakes led to Woden equalising by the break. 

Radford opened the second half the way it opened the first, and two quick goals through Andy McColl and Paul Rando again, had Radford up 4-2 inside ten minutes of the break.  Radford never let the opposition back into it, and piled pressure on with strong possession, and a dominant midfield allowing forward runs from the wide backs.  Another goal to Jay Allen in the final minute iced the cake, and we had all three points in a great start to the competition. 

Other front runners, Marist and Grammar shared the points at Marist, giving Radford an early advantage heading into a bye in the next round. 


U18/2 Boys Ravens 1 - defeated by Weston Molonglo 4

The Ravens travelled to Waramanga for their round three clash with Weston Molonglo. From the outset it was evident that the Ravens were in for a tough match. The play swung from one end of the field to the other with neither side able to find the net. At half time the game was locked up at nil all.

In the second half, as players on both teams started to tire, the game opened up with some gaps in defence appearing. In one hectic five-minute period, Weston Molonglo slotted in three goals. This spurred the Ravens into action as they attacked the opposing goal. Nathan Luu and Xavier Ellingham were particularly energetic as they moved the ball into the attacking zone. The team was finally rewarded with an accurate shot from Tai Zhang. The Ravens continued to attack pushing for a second goal. With a few minutes to play Weston Molonglo scored on the counter attack, to make the final score 4 goals to 1.

U15/2 Boys Raiders - defeated Brindabella 7-2

Radford started the game with no subs due to various injuries and illnesses. We started the game well, getting 2 goals early on. Unfortunately we conceded a goal and a red card soon afterwards. With ten men against a team of 15 we powered on, the first half ending 3-2.

The second half was brilliant, with 4 more goals scored by Radford, and none by Brindabella. We were the dominant team for all of the half, with Brindabella barely reaching our defensive third. In terms of scoring, Ben Hobson and Milo Coghlan-Smith got a brace each. It was unfortunate that we got a red card, but it didn’t stop us. Everybody played well, winning fairly easily by 5 goals. Our defence did well to stop Brindabella’s attackers from scoring, especially Blake Mayer our keeper for the game, who was injured but still put his hand up to play in goal.

U13/2 Boys - defeated by Belsouth

After an evenly matched start to the game, Belsouth scored two quick goals just after the 10 minute mark. Radford came back with great corner kick from Darcy Franks that found the net despite the oppositions best efforts. Belsouth then went on to score two more goals. The game went to half time with the score being 4-1.  Although the game was fairly evenly matched, Belsouth were able to make the most of any opportunities through some great passing and scored five more goals in the second half. The Radford team did not give up with Josh Kluth scoring in the dying minutes of the second half making the final score 9-2. Belsouth were certainly the better team on the day though the final scoreline did not reflect how competitive the Radford boys remained throughout the match.


U13/1 Boys – draw 2-2 with Belnorth

A highly entertaining last couple of weeks from this side. Striker Ryan Fernando scored a last minute penalty to secure a 4-4 draw against Majura and his own hat-trick for the afternoon. It was end-to-end stuff (and at times lacked organisation) but certainly not desperation, effort and passion from the boys and it was a well-earned draw. This Saturday’s game was also a cracker. Having lost in a pre-season friendly 11-2 against this side, the boys knew it might be a long afternoon against Belnorth. In easily the best display of soccer for their season so far, the team found themselves 2-0 up, despite being under serious pressure for most of the match. A mad scramble at both ends saw the game end 2-2 which was a fair result. Ryan Fernando added two more goals to his season tally. Special mention also to the quality of the defending by our two centre backs Alex Gordon and Ben Ni. Can’t wait for next week’s match.


U13/2 Boys – defeated Canberra FC

The U13/2s met a spirited Canberra FC side at their home ground at Yarralumla.  Trailing for much of the game, despite two goals from an injured Alex Schofield, the Radford side came back strongly late in the second half with 3 goals in the last 5 minutes.  Supported by strong defensive play from the Radford backs, James Knight in goals kept the home side scoreless from the 42nd minute challenging each advance.  Darcy Franks managed to bend a corner kick into the far top corner to equalise 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.


U12/2 Boys – 3-3 draw

The boys had a great game on the weekend against the team currently running top of the table.  After being down 3-2, the team fought back with 5 minutes to go to end up with a hard fought draw 3-3.  The team showed a lot of determination and grit to not give up and to hang in there right to the very end. 


U12/2 Girls  - defeated 11-0 by Belnorth

Belnorth came out hard, scored quickly and continued to dominate for the first half. Radford found it difficult to pass through the midfield and into attack, and were down by 9 goals at half time.

Instructions from the coach at half time led to a much better second half, with a better attacking game, and some valiant attempts on goal, although none made it through. Radford conceded a further 2 goals late in the second half.


U12/2 Girls  - defeated 6-1 by Western Molonglo Div 1
I think the game was really fun and exciting even though we lost (6-1). Our teamwork and passing was amazing. I also think that Rhianna did an amazing shot (our only goal) and covered the goals really well in the first half. Other standout performances were Wynter (Winnie) who ran all day in the middle and Amber who covered lots of ground on the wing. Better luck this week!!



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.

P&F Entertainment Books

Support the P&F through Entertainment Books purchase

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

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

Student achievement - Drama

Congratulations to Jett Aplin, Erin Pierlot and Anna Wilford

Congratulations to Jett Aplin, Erin Pierlot and Anna Wilford, who have been cast in the Canberra Youth Theatre production, Versions of Us, a new work developed by the cast, directors and award-winning playwright, Emily Sheehan, to be performed in October at the Ralph Wilson Theatre.

School Sports ACT

SSACT - Newsletter 17 May

Read the latest newsletter from School Sports ACT.

APFACTS - School Funding Presentation

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.