Radford Bulletin Term 2, Week 6 – 31 May 2017

Staff Insights

Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

The sound of ‘laughter bouncing around’: creating connections as a cornerstone of wellbeing

31 May 2017

A sense of belonging is built on active engagement with community

By Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

Whenever my husband picks me up after work, he is constantly amazed that every evening the car park is full, as families either wait to collect their children from, or come in to attend one of the numerous and varied activities running well after the traditional work and school day has finished.

Having a sense of belonging and feeling connected to a group, which is what being involved in one of these activities (either inside or outside of the college) means, is one of the most protective factors for a young person’s mental health and wellbeing.

As an example, a recent week in the life of Radford saw not only the regular meetings of co-curricular teams and groups, but also the Year 11 2018 Information Evening, Year 9 Music Recital, Years 7 and 8 Drama production, the Art Show and a staff presentation to the Education and Wellbeing Committee on STEM and the use of technology in the classroom. Each of these activities directly or indirectly builds connections for our young people and develops a range of social and emotional skills in them.

Involvement in activities such as music recitals and drama productions often requires persistence and commitment in practice and rehearsal and a sense of responsibility to others. In return, these activities provide students with a sense of belonging and achievement. They also teach students that, sometimes, individual wants must be compromised for the benefit of the whole. The skills of compromise and negotiation can form the basis of expanded friendship groups with like-minded people. Within these groups, young people experience and benefit from mutual support, trust and respect. Co-curricular activities are a means of relaxation, but they are also simply great fun and often provide lifelong memories.

 The untold benefits of engaging with the community

The focus of the Year 11 Information Evening was to remind students that they are not defined by their ATAR score. A key message was that Years 11 and 12 offer academic options, pathways and support and a number of opportunities for seniors to get involved and stay connected in order to ensure that they have balance in their life. Students in these years need to find their own balance in order to: get plenty of uninterrupted sleep, eat well, get some exercise, stay socially connected and moderate their IT use for entertainment.

STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities are often problem-based and such problems often don’t have simple solutions. As a result, frustrations are inevitable and success may not come after the first, second or even the third try. These activities require skills of collaboration, communication, listening and negotiation, which also help build meaningful connections.

We know that some activities can be more challenging for those students who are more introverted. For those who don’t play an instrument or team sport, however, there are other options. One that also develops empathy and inclusivity, builds community and a sense of belonging and connectedness is service to others. Service does not necessarily mean changing the world, travelling overseas or to other places. Service at Radford also means serving in the Café at the Art Show or standing up for a friend or against an injustice. Apart from community-building, being involved in service also teaches new skills and training (such as waiting on tables in the Café), it enhances interpersonal skills and provides opportunities to meet new people with common interests and goals. A church community is another place to establish rich and meaningful connections with others.

Danish professor of psychology Svend Brinkman’s best-selling 2017 book Stand Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze, argues that ‘our social interactions have become increasingly self-serving and opportunistic’.

There is an abundance of recent research linking this trend with an increase in, and the negative impact of, loneliness on mental health and wellbeing of children, adolescents and adults. Clearly the most protective factor countering this trend is connection and a sense of real belonging to something bigger than the self.

Being active, together

Isn’t this what a worthwhile education is? Growing human beings who are connected, build community and look after each other. Involvement in school activities encourages and nurtures students as they develop imagination, creativity, curiosity and analytical thinking in order to solve their own problems and work collaboratively, kindly and productively with others.

Waiting in the carpark in the evening you will hear ‘laughter bouncing around’ (a phrase used by one of my Year 10 English students). You will see students being picked up, jumping on bikes to ride home and students sitting alone contemplating their day. It is also important to remember that some will be going home disappointed and some will be going home sad.

And that is all normal and that is all OK. 

PS: ‘If you are ever sad, just remember the world is 4.543 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie.’  Dean Podesta Jan 10 2016.

PSS: If you are ever really concerned about your child, please contact me at school at any time.

Chaplain Erin Tuineau

Chaplain's Reflection: clear our uneasy minds, leave it behind

29 May 2017

Rev Erin Tuineau, Chaplain

Rev Erin asks what lies behind our need to be busy

Chaplain's Reflection Week 6
Rev Erin Tuineau

I had a conversation with a friend the other day about our culture's obsession with being busy all of the time. It is as though our sense of worth is based on how many things we can get done in one day. I would even say that many people feel the only way they can earn respect from their family and peers is to work long, hard hours. Much of our conversation these days revolves around how busy we are, and often we might hesitate to share with someone if our week has been a bit 'lighter' than usual, as they might think we are not working 'hard enough'. The main problem is that we think this busyness is normal, and that there is no other way to live life, which is just not true. There are other countries and cultures in which people value rest and have it daily (for example, in southern Europe, siestas are still commonly part of the daily routine). And when I say rest, I don't just mean sleeping, I also refer to the way that individuals in these cultures are not too busy just to sit and have conversations with others without having to rush off to their next job. People have time for each other – their relationships with family and friends are their first priority, not an afterthought. As Australians, we have a lot to learn from this way of life. I know, for many, the idea of taking life slowly seems 'lazy', a word that none of us want to have attached to us. Some may even think that taking life more slowly is only for those who are retired or not physically well. One way or another, the idea of being less busy is not socially acceptable in our Australian society. And this concerns me.

So, what does our culture's obsession with being busy have to do with religion? Well, to begin with, I know many people of the Christian faith believe that they need to be busy in an effort to get God's work done in the world ¬– forgetting the key point that it is God's work, not ours. In fact, people of faith can be so busy these days that there is even a readership for books giving advice on how to 'fit' prayer into our daily life. This makes me wonder whether we, as both religious and non-religious people, immerse ourselves in busyness to run away from something. Are we running away from God? Each other? Ourselves? What are we afraid will happen if we stop? Pray? Breathe? Will we have to face things we don't want to face? Buried wounds? Broken relationships? Our own pride? I have to admit, I am a runner. I keep myself busy to avoid all sorts of things about myself and my life. But, as it says in the song 'No more Blues', by the a capella group The Idea of North:
Up 'till now I have tried to escape life
Jump on a plane and take off far from problems and strife
But it didn't work, 'cause problems have this habit of
chasing you around, not letting go
No matter where you try to run away to
They will follow you and force you to look them right in the face
So you can run to a place if you think you'll find a space
And you can race until you're red in the face
But I can tell you from experience that you must embrace
those problems as your own
Before you find the inner peace that you've been looking for
Return with nothing to fear then you can
Clear your uneasy mind, leave it behind,
rewind and then you'll find
That your happiness, if it's from inside you've nothing to lose
That's when you'll have no more blues

It is the lyrics of this song that I think reveal to us what is driving our extreme busyness. We don't want to listen to what is inside of us. Our inner voice. God. Our soul. Our spirit. But we need to listen to what is going on inside of us because, if we don't, our lives will be anything but peaceful.

Rev Erin



Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 31 May 2017

31 May 2017

Professional learning in a PYP school

Dates to Remember

Friday 2 June Year 5/6 DaVinci Decathlon; PK Excursion to Smoking Ceremony
Monday 5 – Friday 9 June Jon Madin Workshops
Wednesday 7 June Years 1–4 Strings Concert

This year's stated targets for the Junior School were for all our year level teams to:

  • interrogate our cohort data
  • use this data to establish a specific goal for the team/cohort
  • ensure that an inquiry approach is implemented
  • use and access our learning spaces
  • engage in ongoing professional learning

In considering considering the final goal of engaging in ongoing professional learning, it is interesting that teachers and, in fact, many other professions, have seen professional development as a one hit cure. We go away, are 'inserviced', return with great ideas but struggle to maintain our momentum, implement our knowledge and inspire understanding in our colleagues.

As a PYP school in which staff development and challenge is a daily priority, I am thrilled that we are taking up the challenge of ongoing professional learning. This learning can certainly come from workshops but, equally and most importantly in a collaborative school, it can come from critical friends within and outside teaching, from other staff, our team and our imagination.

In recent days and weeks we have:

  • introduced three staff meeting sessions at which teams come together to share their steps toward achieving and sharing their identified goals
  • provided time for teaching staff to observe each other in class, learn from and share with each other
  • rediscovered the enjoyment of sharing our classroom with each other via tweets
  • hosted our first critical friend in Tessa Daffern
  • approached how we may present the Junior School Art Program to our community within the Radford College Art Show. How wonderful to see Charlotte O'Regan sharing our Junior School's artwork (including the work of our three Art teachers) to a wider community via slides
  • enjoyed the presentation on 'Transdisciplinary Themes as STEM' provided by our PYP Coordinator Belinda Reitstatter and College Tech Coach Lisa Plenty. 

Wonderful to see how it's lived, not just laminated.

These are exciting times for our staff and students.

Congratulations to:

  • our AFL boys team, who lost several of their 'big guns' prior to the School Sports ACT competition and struck the eventual champions in the first round. Despite this early set back, they won all their remaining games.
  • our Year 5 team for a fantastic 7.30 am provocation
  • our Rostrum speakers for a truly entertaining evening
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.

Yound students enjoying gardening activities at Radford

Bookings open for holiday programs

21 June 2017

OSHC team and Sports Department are both offering holiday programs.

By Rachelle Hayward, Director OSHC

The Out of School Hours Care team is once again offering ELC and Junior School holiday programs.

The  schedule for the two weeks includes fun trips to Questacon, Corin Forest, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Deep Space Tracking Station, Flip Out and, of course, the movies.

Full details and a registration form are available below.

ELC Holiday Program

Junior School Holiday Program


By Brent Larkham, Head of Sport

Flyer for program

Sport holiday program June July

Following the success of the sports programs run last school holidays, Radford College is once again hosting a variety of programs during the June/July school holidays.

The programs are open to all ages and abilities between Year 3 – Year 9, focused on skill development and game play. Students have the option to attend mornings, afternoons or a full day, as supervision will be provided over the lunch period.

Soccer and Futsal are being run by Radford’s Technical Director of Football – Mr Tom Crossley and assistant Dianne Wilson. Tom is one of the ACT’s top coaches having worked for Capital Football, Coerver and run his own Football Academy and he will ensure an appropriate program for all age/skill levels. 

Basketball is being run by our Technical Director Mr Ian Ellis and Year 5 Teacher and Basketball guru Mr Orhan Memedovski. Ian is the only Level 3 Basketball coach in Canberra and has also played for the Canberra Cannons. 

Cricket by Mr Darryle Macdonald, former Canberra Comets player and ACT Junior Rep Coach and former Radford student Blake Maconald. Blake currently pursuing a professional cricket career and playing first grade for Western Districts. 

Charges will be billed to students accounts. 

Comments from parents about previous programs:

“It was a terrific camp for the basketball and we loved the half day format”

“It was a great camp and I think it helped building/maintaining fitness over the break”

“He did both soccer and basketball and was worn out at the end of the day (a good thing!)”

“The kids really liked it, it was a great program” 




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

Guest of Honour Angus Trumble, with major sponsor Andrew Herring

Another fabulous P&F Art Show

31 May 2017

Celia Lindsay, Communications Officer

The 33rd P&F Art Show was a stylish and enjoyable event

By Celia Lindsay, Communications Officer


This year marked Radford’s 33rd P&F Art Show, and as always, it attracted an excellent standard of art and an enthusiastic crowd of art lovers, keen to invest in their favourite pieces. 

The Guest of Honour at the Gala Opening on Friday night was Angus Trumble, Director of the National Portrait Gallery.  Mr Trumble was also given the challenging task of judging the prizes.  In his entertaining and informative speech, he reminded the audience that although it was a big responsibility to be the judge, it is very much part of a gallery director’s role to assess the relative merit of art for acquisition by the gallery, or for inclusion in specific exhibitions. 

Paris Lome, Emerging Artist AwardThe Aarwun Gallery Emerging Artist Award was won by young artist Paris Lomé, for her watercolour Australian National War Memorial.  The Highly Commended Award, sponsored by the Radford Collegians Association was won by Amanda Poland, for her untitled photograph of a collection of old metal jugs.  The major prize, sponsored by Herring & Associates Lawyers, was won by Jill Clingan, for her delicate and intriguing oil pastel Tea On A Terrace. 

Visitors were asked to vote for the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Redback Consulting, and at the end of the show this was declared to have been won by Sarah Welsford’s large and striking acrylic on canvas Chief Standing Bear. 

Music by Art of JazzWhile opening night visitors enjoyed their drinks and nibbles as well as the art, staff members Allan Pennicook on drums and Alan Lee on bass, with Mike Parker on guitar and Ross Clarke on piano, entertained the crowd with their polished renditions of many well-loved classics, performing as The Art of Jazz. 

Special mention was made by Mr Trumble, and also P&F President Sarah Jennett, of the contribution made by artist and Radford parent, Angharad Dean, who curated the exhibition with such skillful discernment, so that the hundreds of pieces were displayed to best advantage.  

Sarah also expressed her thanks to the P&F Committee, the Art Show Committee, led by Kristen Foster, the P&F Administrator Angie Walters, the volunteers, and to print sponsor QOTE. 

Principal Fiona Godfrey thanked the P&F Committee and also the College staff who assisted with the show.

Major prize winner - by Jill Clingan

Highly Commended - by Amanda Poland

Still life Book Cover

Still life book published and launched

29 May 2017

Amanda Andlee Poland, Visual Arts Teacher

Still life book by Year 8 Visual Art students now available for purchase

By Amanda Andlee Poland, Visual Arts Teacher

A hardback art book of lino prints, poems and photographs, Still life: everyday objects and lino printing by Year 8 Visual Arts students, has been published and was launched at the School Assembly on Monday 24 May.     

Books are now available to be ordered, for delivery by the end of Term 2 (Friday 23 June 2017): Order form

A book in the Still life series will be published each term to create a set of four books by the end of the year. These volumes will include work by eachYear 8 Visual Arts student and their Visual Arts teachers, Ms Dimity Kidston and Ms Amanda Andlee Poland.

To create work for inclusion in Book 1, students researched the work of Margaret Preston, one of the most innovative and prolific Australian printmakers who produced etchings, monotypes, screen prints and stencil prints, as well as various types of relief prints, including linocuts.

Year 8 Visual Art students were informed by Preston’s use of domestic and natural objects, composition and printing technique to create their own linocut still life prints, arranging everyday objects to create meaning.

Still Life Spread

The linocut is a popular art medium in schools. The technique uses ordinary sheets of linoleum, a material that was created in the eraly 1800s and has been used as a floor-covering since the late 19th century. It has been used as a medium for art making since the early 1900s. The choice of subject matter and medium responds to the question explored by students ‘How do artists use everyday objects to create meaning?’

We hope that you consider purchasing the first book in this series, to share with friends and family and encourage the Visual Arts students in their inaugural creative publishing endeavour.

Earth and Environmental Science studies right in the heart of Canberra

Earth and Environmental Science fieldwork

24 May 2017

Alex Wanjura, Year 12

EES students undertake important fieldwork in Canberra and the surrounding region

By Alex Wanjura, Year 12 

State Circle rock strataThis semester in Senior Earth and Environmental Science (EES) we have been looking at how all of the Earth’s spheres (atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere) formed and are connected. During class time, we have examined the structure of the Earth and the formations that can be observed in rocks and how they reveal information about past landscapes and environments. During double periods, we have been venturing out into the field to look at these fascinating formations which give us a better understanding and real hands-on examples to complement what we learn from our textbooks. We have also visited and spoken with Scientists at Geoscience Australia and even held some of the oldest rock on Earth! One beauty of EES is that you actually get to go out a see and feel and interact with the environment you’re studying - great for “hands on” types of people.

Fieldwork at Wee Jasper


In April we spent the day visiting the local town of Wee Jasper to look at some of the amazing geological structures that exist there.  A particular highlight from that excursion was exploring Carey’s Caves in which we learnt about not just stalagmites and stalactites, but the huge variety of cave formations present. More recently we visited the National Dinosaur Museum to learn about the history of life on Earth. 

Dinosaur museum at Gold Creek

The reason I love EES isn’t just the people who share a passion for understanding how our planet works, but the excitement of doing and discovering it for ourselves. Being able to dig around and find new fossils never seen by anyone ever in history. Working through time, forward and backwards to find out what had happened, or applying our knowledge and predicting what could now happen. In the future, I’m looking into studying some kind of forestry science, which I’m very excited to pursue. The EES class builds toward a common understanding of this planet we live on - and this planet needs us all to be informed Earth Scientists!

Rosie feed a Sun Bear his breakfast

Year 12 Biology Zoo Excursion

24 May 2017

Claire Waddell-Wood and Jennifer Kerr, Year 12

Year 12 Biology visit to the National Zoo and Aquarium

By Claire Waddell-Wood and Jennifer Kerr


On Monday 15 May, Year 12 Biology visited the National Zoo and Aquarium. This was part of our study of evolution in our semester unit ‘Heredity and Continuity of Life’. The opportunity to learn about evolution in such an engaging, exciting and hands-on manner was a valuable experience that we all enjoyed very much.


Emu and students surveying each otherThe morning began with a guided tour around the zoo. One group began in the aquarium, where two very friendly snakes greeted them. To our surprise students were able to hold them, run our fingers along their scales and learn about some of their vestigial structures. The other group discussed the adaptations and evolution of the emu, all whilst feeding it. We visited many others enclosures, including some of our favourites – the tree kangaroo, the meerkats and the penguins. The handy booklets that the teachers provided us with made sure we kept on task taking notes and asking questions. To top it all off, we all got the chance to come up close with and feed either a tiger or a sun bear their breakfast.


After the tour the students had time to complete the question booklet and explore. We compared different species of monkey to determine which species evolved first, studied a wallaby’s physical traits in relation to the tree kangaroo and an extinct species of kangaroo and learned about many evolutionary aspects to the animals we saw.


Zoo keeper provides informationWe all emerged from the excursion with greater knowledge about adaptions that assist animals in surviving in their environment, evolutionary relationships between species and the conservation of species. Thank you to Mrs Cashmere, Mr Lee and Mrs Weeks for providing us with this excellent opportunity and to the lovely and incredibly knowledgeable zoo staff for teaching us many interesting facts.

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.

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.

Top ten debaters, Judy Tan and Oscar Zerger

Semester 1 Debating 7-12

24 May 2017

Nick Ewbank, Director of Oratory

All teams showed good engagement and clear progress across the semester.

By Nick Ewbank, Director of Oratory

Debating has wrapped up for Semester 1 for Years 7-12, with all teams showing good engagement and clear progress across the semester.

Two of our Junior teams made it through to quarter finals, but were knocked out at that stage.

Two speakers – Judy Tan and Oscar Zerger – from the Junior Division made it into the top 10 speakers in their division – well done.

Thanks to all team members and particularly the coaches, Max, Marni and Anna as well as Mr Lamson, Ms Vassallo and Ms Browning for their efforts.

There will be opportunities for Debating and Oratory in Semester 2 – keep your eyes peeled for announcements.

Year 5 Incursion

Year 5 incursion tests students’ resolve

30 May 2017

Orhan Memedovski, Year 5 Teacher

A unit of inquiry on ‘How we Express Ourselves’

By Orhan Memedovski, Year 5 Teacher

I thought that it would be some senior officials (such as Malcolm Turnbull) turning up and showing us some things ...

No prime minister, no hot air balloons, no worries. On Tuesday 23 May, Year 5 students were treated to a series of challenges as a provocation to further explore the themes of their 'How we Express Ourselves' unit of inquiry. With a 7.30 am start, students stepped out of their comfort zone and embraced an early start to the school day. The forecast for a foggy 4° Canberra morning set up a wonderful opportunity for the students to embark on an unusual quest. Similar to the reality TV show The Amazing Race, teams of students were pushed physically and mentally to complete set tasks and solve logic puzzles. As Matilda Sullings (5ML) said 'I faced challenges by working with people I haven't worked with before'.

The central idea for our 'How we Express Ourselves' unit is that 'passion and perseverance have power to motivate'. Throughout the unit, students will be learning about extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, the power of the brain and self-transformation.

According to Jack Dimond (5OM), the provocation was so fun '... there wouldn't be any word in the dictionary to describe it'. Students in 5TM said 'It was fun, it was cold and it was very early'.

Cooperation and support from one another was evident on the day. Sophia Ji (5LS) said 'I enjoyed it because it was fun helping each other and working as a team'; and Holly Hatton (5LS) agreed: 'I enjoyed that people were getting along and that it was fun but also hard'.

The provocation proved to be a great starting point for our new unit. Both staff and students are excited about the wonderful learning opportunities ahead. When asked to reflect on her initial thoughts about the provocation, Lara Parsons (5OM) said 'I was interested, intrigued and full of wonder'.

The Year 5 teaching team would like to wholeheartedly thank the students, parent volunteers and fellow colleagues for their assistance and enthusiasm on the day.

Recognise this sport?  It's Orienteering!

Sports Report 31 May 2017

31 May 2017

Sports Department

Orienteering, Football, Basketball and Rugby reports

By Toni Brown (parent)

The Radford Orienteering Squad has just completed Round 4 of the ACT Junior Metro League. Saturday’s event provided a tricky set of courses on Bruce Ridge – a map that is not always easy to read in light of the many mountain bike tracks, the regrowth vegetation after controlled burn-offs, and the various subtle contour details that the course setters always make the most of.

Still, the Radford Orienteering Squad, under the careful guidance of its Coach and former Radford student, Paul de Jongh, performed outstandingly. With a significant number of squad members stepping up a level in difficulty, the results show that the coaching is making a difference.

Two of the squad’s newest members, Elise Northcote and James Dixon, took substantial steps forward this week – Elise tackling an Orange level course and James taking second place in the Green level course.
Two of our junior squad members, Lincoln Batt and Toby Lang, were determined in tackling Orange 1, the longest course of the day. Toby has settled into the longer and more demanding courses, taking 6th place behind his senior rival Noah Poland. Lincoln is finding his feet on this level course which requires substantial fitness and concentration.

Other performances of note were Justine Hobson, 2nd Women Junior O2, and Ben Hobson 2nd Men Junior – in competitive fields.

Thanks to Orienteering Captain Rosie Goggs for facilitating Radford’s involvement with World Orienteering Day last Wednesday. Those Radford students that completed an orienteering course on school grounds contributed to the event along with over 800 other participants across the ACT.

Thank you to Tom for the photos.

Radford Orienteers



U18/2 Ravens Boys 3 defeated Grammar 1
On a beautiful warm autumn day, Radford and Grammar played out an entertaining game of football. Two goals by Will Davies and one by Pat Bradley set the tone for the day. A great display of goalkeeping by Sampath De Silva kept the Grammar strikers at bay.

U15/2 Raiders Boys 4 defeated Belsouth 3
With many injured or ill players, Radford Raiders began with only 10 players against Belsouth’s team of 11 plus substitutes. Belsouth scored two early goals and Radford was slightly under pressure. Keeper Gus Murray made countless saves to keep us in the game. Coach Steve Mayer gave good coaching advice during the break so we played better in the second half. Our midfielders and defenders held their ground against superior numbers. Radford attacked and earned a penalty that was scored by Milo Coghlan-Smith. The counterattack was on! But Belsouth did not gave up and there was a robust exchange of goals and tackles between both teams. We were denied a penalty when Blake Riley was fouled by the goalkeeper. Then, Ben Hobson scored the decisive goal. Hard work and persistence overcame our numeric disadvantage!

U14/2B Boys Gold 0 defeated by Tuggeranong United 3
By Joseph Wilson, Year 8
Radford showed great teamwork during the match against Tuggeranong United. Radford’s defence held up well until two goals were scored in quick succession in the middle of the first half. The score at half time was 0–2 to Tuggeranong.

The referee awarded Tuggeranong a penalty shot for a dangerous tackle, which generated a lot of discussion among the spectators on the sideline.

During the second half there was a standout performance by Radford’s goalie, Will, who made many great saves. A high level of skill and energy was displayed by the Radford midfielders including Hayden Clements and Visharken Gounder. Despite the score, the game was evenly matched and Radford put in a great effort.

U13/2 Boys defeated by Gungahlin
By Andrew Wiseman

Radford and Gungahlin exchanged opportunities for most of the first half with both teams’ defences holding until Gungahlin broke through to score a controversial goal in the 26th minute. Tayte Wildie and Pat Shelton Agar defended well, and Saxon Moore and Darcy Franks offered strong attacking play from the midfield while several of the Radford team had opportunities to play in new positions. Despite several attempts at goal, Radford was one –nil down at half time.

Strong Radford defence in the second half resulted in a corner against Radford that Gungahlin converted into their second goal 10 minutes into the second half. Josh Kluth then made a solo length of the field run, narrowly missing his shot on goal, which went wide. Will O’Rourke played a strong game, using his size advantage to dominate in defence. An intercepted Radford throw-in resulted in Gungahlin’s third goal 15 minutes into the second half.

Radford made several strong attempts late in the second half, however, Gungahlin won the game. Despite the score line the teams were closely matched, which made for an entertaining and fast-moving game with Radford dominating possession in the second half. A special congratulations to James Knight (JK to his mates) for a superb effort in goal, stopping many goals and showing great improvement in this challenging position after only a few games. Well done to all the boys!

U12/2 Boys drew 3 all with Belnorth 3
The boys had a very tough game this week against Belnorth. Starting with only 10 players, they did very well to keep the score at 1–1 for the first half. Two quick goals against them early in the second half took the score to 3–1. With extra players bringing some fresh legs, the boys were able to grab two fantastic goals late in the game to bring the score to three all. A fantastic save from the opposition goalie prevented the boys taking a win in the dying minutes. A fantastic effort by all the boys, as they had to draw on every ounce of energy to stay in the match. Some great passing and an all-round team effort this week for the team.

U11/1 Open 2 defeated Belnorth Strikers 1
In a sombre but competitive game – for which the players on both teams wore black armbands to acknowledge the recent death of a Belnorth player’s sibling ¬– Radford managed to record our second win of the season. Byron and Ramon were stand out players this week. Byron scored a wonderful goal that equalised us with Belnorth, and was unlucky not to score another couple. Ramon played a beautiful defensive game, keeping the ball out of Radford’s danger zone and passing quickly to his team mates so that the game was played mainly in Belnorth’s half. It was great to see the children on both sides do what they do best, play their hearts out and treat each other with great respect. Thanks to Maurice, Belnorth’s coach, for including us in a very special game.

U12 Div 2 Girls 2 defeated Majura Thunderbolts 1
The girls played really well as a team this week. They improved their positioning and focused on getting to the ball first. In a close and competitive match, the girls edged out the opposition for a well-deserved win.

U14 Div 2 Girls 4 defeated Woden Valley 2
Radford Red Lightning played Woden Valley Spurs at Mawson. It was a beautiful autumn day with a light breeze blowing. The mums and dads had a nice chat while the girls got to work. It was a well-matched game but our defence proved too strong for the Spurs in the first half and we were ahead by 1–0 at half time. After some well-earned oranges the girls went out strong and scored early on in the second half. But the Spurs did not give up and quickly closed in with two goals of their own. It was tense for a while but Amulya and Danni brought home another two goals with some fast sprints past the Spurs defence line. Our first win for the season, with a final result of 4–2. Well done team!

By Sophie McGready

Radford vs Norths
The girls started off well in the first quarter, running hard on defence, which lead to lots of stops. Despite leading possession, an unfortunate last two minutes meant a 6–12 score with Norths in the lead at quarter time.

The girls looked much better in the second quarter with the score ending at 26–23 to Norths. The excellent defensive effort and offensive teamwork were not, however, reflected on the scoreboard.

In the third quarter Radford finally gained the lead they deserved within a minute of the first quarter with two non-selfish passes to open players. A good run ensured an eight-point lead going into the final quarter.

In the fourth, Norths strategy was to double team Radford players, however, the depth of the team and the team spirit of passing the ball around quickly defeated this tactic, resulting in a 53–61 win for Radford.

Radford basketballers

U10 Kookaburras
Last Sunday, the U10 Kookaburras kicked off their fourth game of the season and, for some girls, their fourth game ever, with a match against the Gungahlin Flames. The Flames maintained possession in the first quarter, however, after a mental reset at quarter time, the girls started dribbling out of gaps and closing out on defensive shooters, making it a much closer match. This upward slope continued throughout the rest of the game, gradually building up momentum and moving into space, leading to a solid last quarter. Despite both teams only having five players, the effort from Radford was immense.


Rugby 10s Competition
By Bernadette Leger

There are 13 Radford girls registered to compete in the high school year 9/10 girls Rugby competition. The competition will be played at Southwell Park on Wednesday 7 June. Thank you to Arthur Mills, who has offered to coach, and to Brent Larkham, who will manage the team. Good luck to the girls.

Rugby at Young
By Huw Smith

Over the weekend of 20 May, Radford rugby sent two teams to Young for highly anticipated clashes with the Yabbies RFC. Young has been strong in both the opens and U16 age groups recently, knocking the 1st XV out of the final series in a very tight semi last year. Their current U16 team won the U15 premiership last season.

The day began with the U16 lads braving the crisp morning air for a 7 am meeting. Despite the cold the team was in high spirits and buzzing for the clash to come. Because of this year’s restructuring of the U16 competition, the Radford boys will be playing teams who, in past years, would have been in a division above them.

The 1st XV had a much more civilised departure time and got on the road after something of a sleep in, similarly excited for the match to come. The team was keen to avenge last year’s semifinal loss to Young. The last time the two teams met was in a trial match earlier in the year, in which Radford had a resounding victory against the Yabbies.

The 1st XV arrived at Yabbie Park in time to tunnel on the U16s and watch the first half of their game. The U16s were met by a fired up Yabbies team, relishing their home-ground advantage, which they capitalised on by establishing an early lead. Come half time, the 16s were faced with an uphill battle. The boys came out with a steely resolve and played an exceptional second half both with and without the ball in hand but, sadly, they could not recoup the first-half deficit and had to conclude the match with a frustrating loss.

The 1st XV ran out on the paddock for a midday kick-off and were prepared for a game of tooth and nail tough country rugby. After a hiccup in defensive structure and discipline let in an early try to the Yabbies, the 1st XV was fired up. The response was a four-try first half. A rock solid platform established by the hardworking forward pack allowed them to show their ability at set pieces with a clinical rolling maul try to open the scoring. The pill was then flung wide and the backline was able to show their pedigree with multiple scores. Both inside and outside backs combined to create scores from broken play, and efficacious set moves. The team was not satisfied at any point throughout the game and continued to tick the scoreboard over finishing the encounter with an incredibly solid nine try to two victory.

Special thanks to all supporters from both sides of the encounter who came out to enjoy the game, team managers and coaching staff for the organisation of the trip, and to the Yabbies Rugby Club for hosting and, as always, putting on some excellent post-match hospitality for us.

Radford students showed their sportsmanship at the Matt Giteau Cup

Matt Giteau Cup – Friday 19 May

31 May 2017

Tara Mitchell, Year 5 Teacher

A fantastic day and the Radford students did not disappoint

By Tara Mitchell, Year 5 Classroom Teacher 

Huge congratulations to the two teams of Year 5 and 6 girls and boys who participated in the Matt Giteau Cup at Campese Field, Queanbeyan, last Friday 19 May.  Despite the threat of inclement weather, it was a fantastic day and the Radford students did not disappoint.  We had two teams entered, there were 20 competing in total, and were hopeful after all the lunchtime trainings in preparation.  The Radford 1 team qualified for the quarter-finals.  After four round games and a victorious and closely-fought quarter-final, they unfortunately went down in a tight semi-final to the eventual winners, St Edmund’s College.  Both Radford teams played extremely well throughout the day and displayed fantastic sportsmanship.  Some examples: 

  • checking to see if an opponent was all right both during and after the game
  • lifting/helping the other players up by their jerseys after smashing them in a tackle
  • the dedication to score a try even after an injury
  • supporting the Brumbies staff by helping to pack up the equipment and ovals and many other proud moments. 

Special thanks to Mr Terry Fox and Mr Brent Larkham for all their time, help and support with coaching the teams.  Also, thanks to the many parents who came out to cheer the teams on throughout the day.  It was a wonderful experience for the students and they should all be proud of their efforts. 

Daniel Thompson

Spencer Musgrove

Joey Slater 

Ryan Fernando

James Hyde

Oliver Fox

Fergus Parker 

Harry Ward

Tom Larkham 


James Woods 

Leo Jennett

Finn Robinson

Luke Kendall

Will Alexander

Josh McIntyre

Sacha Zerger

Allara Zardo

Lara Clements 


Sarah Quilty

Jenna Munro

Lucy Kearins

Harley Harris

Jake Smith Gibson

Amelia Meyers

Kaitlyn Quade

Kobe Sun

Curtis Garrett




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