Radford Bulletin Term 2, Week 7 – 7 June 2017

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal

7 June 2017

Increased enrolments, release of the Master Plan, and launch of the Radford College Development Foundation.

Increased enrolments and College Master Plan

I am delighted to update you further about increased enrolments and to announce the release of the new Radford College Master Plan.

I announced earlier this year that, from 2018, the College would increase enrolments from two to four classes in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten from 2018 and Year 1 and Year 2 from 2019. This will increase our current capacity in these year groups from 44 to 88 students. This announcement was well received, particularly by those families who would have previously missed out on an offer of a place for their child in those year levels.

To accommodate this increase, a new facility will be built over the next six to eight months. This will initially house Year 4 classrooms, while a new Year 3 and 4 building is constructed and will then be used for specialist classrooms. Further plans for capital works projects in both the Junior and Secondary School are detailed in the Master Plan, and initially include a new Secondary School building, incorporating classrooms, break-out spaces and staff accommodation, the refurbishment of existing Secondary School classrooms, as well as the aforementioned Year 3 and 4 building and the specialist building in the Junior School.

Master Plan brochure

Radford Master Plan map June 2017

Prior to the Master Planning process, the College carefully considered the optimal size of the student population. This issue was clearly articulated in the current strategic plan, A Vision for the Future 2016–2020, which made a commitment to Investigating the optimal size of the College to ensure better learning outcomes whilst maintaining a strong College ethos and spirit’. The issue of optimal student numbers has been reviewed with reference to: curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students, size of the campus, facilities, staffing, traffic management and the College’s strong community engagement. 

With the release of the Master Plan, I am now pleased to announce that Radford College will be further increasing its enrolments over the next four years with an additional class at each year level from Year 3 to Year 12. From the start of the 2021 academic year, Radford College will have four streams from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2, five streams from Year 3 to Year 6 and eight streams from Year 7 through to Year 12, taking the total school population to just over 2,000 students. 

The rationale for this decision is based on extensive Board and Executive deliberations on the best long-term interests of the College. First and foremost, the College is in a strong position in terms of enrolments and waiting lists and, unlike most other independent schools around the country, we can determine the College’s maximum capacity without significant investment in advertising and recruitment.  

Moving from seven to eight streams in the Secondary School will result in a number of timetabling efficiencies and potential enhancements to our pastoral care model. 

In the Junior School, the introduction of an extra class at Year 3 allows those students who are enrolled in early childhood schools (PK–Y2) to move over to Radford at the completion of Year 2. 

From a whole-of-school perspective, opening up enrolments will allow the College to offer greater diversity of both curricular and co-curricular programs. Economies of scale mean it is feasible for us to maintain lower classes sizes whilst maintaining a good revenue stream, particularly as we move into an era of lower funding per student. And, finally, additional students allow for greater diversity in the school population, thereby generating new ideas, experiences, and cultural diversity in our community.

We are fortunate that we have a campus of sufficient size to accommodate additional students and, as a result of the ongoing support of parents through the Building Fund, we are able to build the necessary facilities. At this stage in the history of the College, our emphasis is on fully developing this Bruce site.

Like me, I am sure you are excited by the release of our Master Plan. Please feel free to provide feedback through the usual channels should you wish to do so.


Radford College Development Foundation Launch

Last night an enthusiastic crowd celebrated the launch of the Radford College Development Foundation.  Guests included people from across the Radford community: Collegians, former staff, parents of former students, Board members, current parents and current staff.  Foundation Chair Jocelyn Martin introduced the Foundation Directors and outlined the objectives of the Foundation. 

Jocelyn Martin, Dr Stephen Parker AO, Fiona Godfrey

Guest of honour was distinguished educator Dr Stephen Parker AO, who is also a former Radford parent.  In his address, he spoke about the importance of ensuring that all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential, and the role of educational foundations in helping to achieve this.  He shared some personal reflections from his daughter of how Radford transformed her educational experience, and expressed his appreciation and support with a substantial donation to the Foundation from himself.

Copies of the Foundation Prospectus are now available from Main Reception and electronically on the College website, and enquiries about the Foundation should be directed to Foundation Secretary, Simon Wallace at foundation@radford.act.edu.au

Chaplain Erin Tuineau

Chaplain's Reflection: we are all spiritual beings

5 June 2017

Rev Erin Tuineau, Chaplain

Connecting with our spirituality

By Rev Erin Tuineau

I have just finished marking the assessments of my Year 8 RaVE (Religious and Values Education) students. I am one of those strange people who likes to mark assignments as it gives me such an insight into how our young people think. One of the questions I asked the students to reflect on was, ‘During your time in RaVE class, what have you learned about the spiritual nature of life?’. What I found most interesting in their responses to this question was that many of them had for the first time realised that they did not have to be ‘religious’ in order to be ‘spiritual’. It was as if they had experienced a ‘light-bulb’ moment and suddenly discovered that that we are all spiritual beings, no matter our beliefs about God or gods. This confirmed for me the importance of subjects like RaVE in simply raising awareness amongst our young people that there is more to life than meets the eye, and that there is so much for them to discover about the meaning of life, no matter what their background is.

We often avoid having conversations with teenagers about spirituality because we think that it is too complicated to talk about. But this does not have to be the case. Some of the questions that I asked my Year 8 RaVE students about spirituality were:

What gives your life meaning?

Where do you feel most connected to others and God?

Where do you go to find peace?

What and/or who do you go to get advice about life?

What questions do you have about life?

Most of the students answered these questions instinctively and, for those who could not, a little prodding helped them to understand that their ‘answers’ were to be found in their daily lives. The key point is that we need our young people to come to see their spiritual life as deeply entwined with their everyday experiences. There is no separation between the two: we need to ‘de-spiritualise’ spirituality (if that makes any sense!). For a few of my Year 8 students, it was during their RaVE classes that they also realised that spirituality is not just about what happens to humans after they die (I was thankful they had at least grasped that concept!) It is essential that we help the young people in our lives discover that their spirituality is not an ‘airy-fairy’ concept. It is real. And it effects their wellbeing.

I continue to assert that we need to have more conversations with our young people about spirituality and meaning in their lives. While they may initially struggle to find words to express their ideas, with time and encouragement they will be able to identify and articulate some of the most profound ideas about life, without being aware that they are doing so. I know that, for many parents and caregivers, the prospect of discussing spiritual topics with their kids is daunting because they may not have explored such topics for themselves. If this is the case, perhaps some of the questions above could be a starting point. I know adults can be anxious about giving the young people in their lives the ‘wrong’ answers about religion and spirituality, as it is not their field of expertise. It is at this point we need to journey with our young people and discover the world of religion and faith together. I am aware that my knowledge of religions outside of Christianity is limited, and so I often find I have to humble myself and explore unknown territory with my students. This can be uncomfortable, but also very exciting as there is nothing more important than expanding the minds of young people and enabling them to see the myriad of ways that they can view life. When we do take the risk and decide to dive into the unknown waters of spirituality and religion with young people, we are not seeking to convert them to a particular belief system, rather, we are giving them the courage and the opportunity to discover what it means to be human.

Rev Erin 




Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 7 June 2017

7 June 2017

Success comes from liking what you do

Dates to Remember
Wednesday 7 June Years 1–4 Strings Concert
Thursday 8 June ACT Primary Open Chess Event; Year 6 excursion to Commonwealth Gardens
Monday 12 June Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
Tuesday 13 June Year 5/6 Drama production technical rehearsal
Wednesday 14 June Year 5/6 Drama production dress rehearsal

As we complete Week 7 of Term 2, the winter chill of Canberra begins to resonate and the daylight hours diminish. As it becomes harder to rise early from bed, our teachers continue to prepare semester reports. It would be easy at such times to slow down.

We are educators of 'the whole child', however, and these times can be used, in the words of Emily Hoyler, as 'opportunities for our staff and students to transfer their understanding from one situation or place, and apply it in other settings'.

In some ways, we follow the words of the famous baseball manager Whitey Herzog, who declared of his team, 'we don't tighten up under stress', instead:

  • we hold to being on time
  • we work hard, we engage
  • we work smarter across all disciplines
  • we have some laughs

At this time, we continue to celebrate the differences we all bring to our community in the week past and the weeks to come.

  • Our Year 6 Digital Leaders group (selected via an application process) received an overwhelming reception from staff of the Canberra Centre's Apple store when they visited there as representatives of the first Canberra Apple Distinguished School.
  • At the ACT Da Vinci Decathlon for Years 5 and 6, a competition involving 30 schools completing 10 different challenges, our Year Five team finished in second place and our Year Six team were outright winners.
  • Our girls AFL team won their way to represent the ACT in Sydney.
  • Week 7 will see all our year levels access the brilliance of Jon Madin and his challenging music innovation.
  • Year 6 honed their Exhibition muscles.
  • Our Year 5/6 Drama production, a prequel to the classic tale of Peter Pan, draws closer.

That's why we acknowledge the words of Maya Angelou 'success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it'.

Enjoy a long weekend.

New Art, STEM and Drama activities

Exciting new co-curricular offerings

7 June 2017

Radford's range of co-curricular activities continues to expand

By Dylan Mordike, Head of Co-Curricular


Full details of all activities, new and existing, are available on the Co-Curricular Registration page on Radford Online

Some exciting new co-curricular activities will be offered in Semester II, 2017 for both Junior and Secondary students. Have a look at the sample of new activities below:

New co-curricular offerings in Semester II



Radford bands and orchestras performed to acclaim at the Australian National Eisteddfod

Australian National Eisteddfod Experience

7 June 2017

Sam Tonkin, Music Administrator

Radford bands, orchestras and rock bands enjoyed the Australian National Eisteddfod

By Sam Tonkin, Music Administrator

From 31 May-1 June, Radford Co-curricular music groups performed at the Australian National Eisteddfod for Bands and Orchestras. This year was the first time that the Radford Pop/Rock bands performed in the eisteddfod and their inclusion was a true celebration of the musical diversity of the eisteddfod and the Radford Co-curricular music program.

The eisteddfod is a fantastic opportunity for ensembles to showcase their repertoire in a professional environment. All of our groups played extremely well in their divisions in both competitive and non-competitive streams.

Vivaldi String Orchestra and Holst Concert Bands entered as non-competitive performers in their division and are to be congratulated for their excellent performances.

Results of competitive divisions are as follows:


Jazz bands
Little Big Band – Gold
Big Band – Silver

Concert bands
Bernstein Concert Band – Silver
Gershwin Concert Band – Silver
Sousa Concert Band – Silver


Corelli Chamber String Orchestra – Gold
Corelli/Elgar Combined Orchestra – 2nd in the Open Strings Division

Rock bands

Haematology – Silver (performing two original songs)
Airborne Shadow – Silver (performing three original songs)

Radford students performed with aplomb at the annual Canberra String Festival

Canberra String Festival

6 June 2017

Kirsten Knight, Director of Strings

Well-prepared students performing with confidence

By Kirsten Knight, Director of Strings

The annual Canberra String Festival was held on the weekend of 3–4 June at the Wesley Music Centre. Radford was well represented with 24 of our students performing in non-competitive sections and six in competitive sections. The student all performed with confidence based on their excellent preparation for the event.

Special mention needs to be made of the achievements of two Year 9 students in their highly competitive sections. Monahan Hazlehurst was thoroughly deserving of his award of second place in the AMEB Grade 5 section for the musicality of his performance of Jules Massenet's Meditation from Thaïs. Bernice Chua gave a delightfully controlled and expressive performance of the Second Movement from the Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major and was awarded second place in the AMEB Grade 8 section.

The other students who performed in the festival were: Beth Armstrong, Monica Cao, Brian Chen, Yosef Chua, Jack Dimond, Max Dimond, Om Garg, Jake Smith Gibson, Siena Graham, Sascha Hiew, Jakson Kang, Molly Lilley, Thomas Lin, Laura McNamara, Stirling Musgrove, Aimee Newton, Elliott Newton, Priyanka Ramkumar, Jemima Sayers, Olivia Steenbeek, Matilda Sullings, Daniel Tran, Pranav Vallurupalli, Anneke van der Vyver, Sam Wilson and Nadia Yao. Well done

Japanese language students chat with their peers in Japan via Skype.

Lunchtime Skype with Japanese students

5 June 2017

Hannah Depta, Year 8

Sharing language and culture via Skype

By Hannah Depta, Year 8 

During lunchtime on Friday, myself and some other Year 8 students got the chance to have a 10-minute Skype call with high school students in Japan. Throughout the call, we took turns asking and answering questions that we had for each other. They would ask me a question in English and I would answer in Japanese. This way we all got to practice the language we were studying. We also learnt about each other and some of the cultural differences between us. For example, what we ate for breakfast and what our hobby was. All in all, this was a great experience and I’m glad I did it.

Japanese language students chatwith their peers in Japan via Skype


Daniel Ferri displays his technique at the wheel

Professional potter focuses on teaching

7 June 2017

Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Visual Arts students explore three-dimensional clay forms

By Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts
Year 9 Visual Art students invited Radford College English and Drama teacher Daniel Ferri into the Visual Arts clay room to demonstrate his expert wheel throwing and trimming of functional pots. Students were impressed by the focus needed when working on the potter's wheel.

Daniel Ferri was a professional potter in Chicago, United States, for 15 years before turning to teaching. He says that, while he enjoyed being part of the potting community, he is glad to have become a teacher as he has always felt teaching is really worth doing and that not everyone can be a good teacher.

Daniel Ferri demonstrates his technique at the wheel

Some observations made by students on watching Daniel Ferri's technique included:

You always need to make sure the clay is centred.
– Thomas
To make the form more appealing it is good to thicken the rim.
– Liam
I was surprised how long you had to wait to trim a piece or pot, waiting until it was leather hard.
– Maxine
That you need a board (on the wheel head) to support the pot when trimming a large plate.
– Tilly
It is important to use the correct hand movements and positioning to form the pot. The correct part of the hand is precise, especially the way you use the heel of your hand. Interesting that every little movement made a difference to the form.
– Laura

In the next several weeks, Year 9 Visual Art students will practise their skills on the wheel and also model a bas-relief clay sculpture, responding to the question of how to represent values and identity in three-dimensional functional and non-functional clay forms. Students will shape their responses through research into the work of other visual artists practicing these art forms.


Year 9 students gained valuable insights at the yLead Altitude Day

yLead Altitude Day, Canberra 2017

7 June 2017

Christina Gao and Vincent Guo, Year 9 students

Year 9 students gained valuable insight into the life experiences of several inspirational guest speakers

By Christina Gao and Vincent Guo, Year 9 students

On 2 June, 10 enthusiastic Year 9 students visited the Australian National University to take part in the annual yLead Altitude Day conference. We gladly participated in many interactive activities that 'broke the ice' between schools and listened to inspirational guest speakers who gave us an insight into the future and the different things we could do to achieve our best. We were also provided with a number of different keys and tips to success.

We began the day with energising group activities that allowed us to interact with Year 9 students from different schools. The activities also led us to consider different strategies to help us deal with issues that we could possibly face during our life. The yLead presenter talked about the keys to success and the methods that we should follow in order to be our best, such as finding mentors to tell us about their experience.

yLead provided us with many inspirational speeches to hype up the nervous atmosphere. We were able to understand how the leaders of many successful industries overcame their issues, or how they recovered after drawbacks. This got all the teenagers thinking about their future and their career development. A common characteristic of all the speeches was that the speakers told us many lived experiences and situations they had to encounter to get to the stage they are at today.

A notable guest speaker was Matt Kershaw, who is the current CEO of yLead. He taught us many life lessons and experiences that benefited us greatly. We found his speech extremely inspirational and amusing. He spoke about many aspects of life that he faced and that we might face also, as well as the different methods he used to conquer these drawbacks. He also told us many techniques and shortcuts to achieve personal goals, and tips for being positive when challenges are faced. He also talked about the paths he took to get to the position that he is at now, and the different issues or doubts he had. His speech was very engaging and informed us about many different situations.

We thought that yLead was a very entertaining and beneficial day to us all. We were able to pick up important life skills and lessons that would help us throughout life, as well as being able to improve and further utilise our current skills, such as communication. We connected with students from schools all around Canberra, and we were also fortunate enough to be able to connect with successful people who live in Canberra.

U18/1 Girls won a tough match against a strong Canberra Girls' Grammar team

Sports Report - 7 June 2017

7 June 2017

Sports Department

Basketball, Football and Cross Country reports

By James Wanjura coach of the Titans team

The under 16s boys Titans were down just about the whole game. Southern Cross had the upper hand, pushing through their defensive lines with ease. A reasonable scoring effort from the Titans wasn’t quite enough to compete with Southern Cross’ seemingly superior play. At 3/4 time, the score was 12-20. Their dashing and clever coach huddled the Titans in and delivers to them an inspiring pep talk, trying in desperation to push the team towards victory. “All you need is 9 points,” he said, silently realising that this was a tall order, considering they had only just surpassed this in a majority of the game. The Titans walked on to the court and, miraculously, began to turn the tide on Southern Cross. Due to the magic of the home court, a shot of adrenaline, a prime example of good teamwork or just good luck, the Titans were playing with more effort than they had all game. They defended terrifically, they scored skillfully and they rebounded spectacularly. When the buzzer sounded and the game was over, not only had the Titans more than doubled their score, they had beaten Southern Cross by one point, 27-26. When the challenge arose, the boys played as a team, played their best and had a good time doing it, making the spectating parents and their coach especially proud. 

Congratulations to all of the runners who have progressed through to the combined ACT Cross Country carnival to be held on Wednesday 14 June at Stromlo Forest Park.  Well done & good luck to all runners. 

U18/1 Boys

Radford 4 defeated St Edmund’s 0 

Hosting St Edmund’s at home in perfect conditions on match day 4, while league leader Marist sat out with a bye, gave Radford First XI a great opportunity to leap to top of the ladder and keep the pressure on.

From the kick off it was evident that St Edmund’s were keen to put some disappointing results behind them and take the match to the home side.  They gave our players very little time on the ball, and our play broke down under the pressure, with a sometimes scrappy first 15 minutes that see-sawed either side of the half way line.

Our quality started to show through as Radford found a way to break out of the mid-field trench warfare, getting the ball to open spaces in front of our wide attacking players, who produced several chances before Barclay put two past the keep in quick succession, one with each foot.  2-0 at the break was a fair reflection on the opening half, with Radford having the better of possession and attacking endeavour. 

At half-time, Radford pushed the accelerator, and moved the ball with more speed to beat the visitor's spoiling game, and it soon produced results with more goals on and just after the hour, with Barclay completing the season's first hat trick and Jay adding our fourth. 

At the other end of the park, our back four restored their AAA rating with a clean sheet, and comfortable handling of the St Edmund’s counter attacks.  

The mid-field worked hard all day, hunting together to win the ball and turn defence into attack, that proved too hot for St Edmund’s to handle, with the final score 4-0, and the top of the ladder heading into next week's away game to Monaro.


U18/2 Ravens
Radford 3 defeated Belwest 1

Buoyed by three wins this season, the boys were hungry for another victory. Radford dominated possession and play in the first half with several good shots that missed the mark, or were saved by a capable Belwest defense. With only minutes left in the half, Belwest scored against the run of play. At halftime: Belwest 1, Radford 0. 

Will scored an early goal in the second half, called offside by Belwest’s sideline ref, but quickly overruled by the on-field referee. Not long after, Pat gave Radford the lead with a penalty kick. Belwest’s fate was sealed with a Tairon’s goal (and early contender for goal of the season), kicked outside the box and sailing into the top left corner off the crossbar. 

U14/2B Gold
Marist 8 defeated Radford 3

The first half was extremely close, with Radford scoring the first two goals, through Matt Jenkin and Jackson Hippit. The Radford mid-fielders were getting lots of the ball, with Nathan Blake using his speed to win many possessions. The second half of the match was not as good for Radford, with the Marist team making some breaks with the ball in the middle and scoring several quick goals. A fantastic run down the side line by Matt Jenkin saw him score an end to end goal.  An accidental hand ball near the goal led to a penalty kick by Marist which was saved incredibly by the goalkeeper Will Noud. Unfortunately, Radford lost the game in the end, with both sides playing very well. 

U13/2 Boys
Radford 1 defeated Cooma Tigers 0

This weekend saw the closest game that the boys have had so far this year, and it was great to see them come away with the win.  The score at full time was 1-0. The closeness of the score is a good reflection of the physical effort put in by both teams. 

The first half saw Cooma have a number of attempts at goal, but all were unsuccessful due to James Knight’s (JK) great efforts as goalie. Radford also had a number of attempts, but these were equally matched by Cooma’s defence. What a great first half – there was nothing in it. 

The half time break saw Coach Jonno rally the boys and highlight opportunities to take advantage in the second half.  The boys ran onto the field to start the second half re-energised and ready to put the coach’s plan into action. Both teams had running opportunities and shots at goal but to no avail.   It was not until very late in the second half when Darcy Franks had a number of repeated corner attempts, the final one drawing a penalty due to a hand ball by a Cooma defender.  A solid penalty kick by Darcy Franks saw the Radford boys up by 1-0 with about 5 minutes to go. Cooma hit back hard in the dying minutes but great mid-field defence, as they had all game by Saxon Moore, Will O’Rourke and Will Seddon, saw the boys hold on to a well-deserved win. 

U12/2 Boys
3-3 draw against Bayern Majura 

Against the team currently sitting top of the table, the boys overcame a slightly slow start and gradually kicked into gear displaying their usual grit and determination.  The opposition put away two early goals in the first 5 minutes but the boys brought it back to 2-1 at the end of the first half. 

With the ladder-leaders breaking away to 3-1 in the second half, the boys fought back for the second week in a row, to salvage a strong 3-3 result, with 2 goals by the Radford boys in the last 5 minutes.  

Another fantastic demonstration of fighting to the end and not giving up. 

U11/1 Boys
Radford 2 defeated Brindabella Blues 1

After a bit of a scrappy first quarter, Radford were one down against a highly skilled opponent, Brindabella Blues.  Eventually the team settled and was able to equalise the score by half-time.  Brindabella played a relentless attacking game. Josh, our goalie, played with courage and focus to prevent any more goals from our opponents. The game could have gone either way, and a draw would have been a fair reflection of the skills of both teams.  But in the end a beautiful mid-field pass from Byron to Jack, who collected the ball and calmly tapped it into the corner of the goal, secured another win for our team.  Grit and determination won the game. It would have been easy at many points in the game for our team to have stepped back given the skills of our opponents - but Radford dug deep, kept up the pressure and came away with another win. 

Radford U18/1 Girls
Radford 5 defeated Canberra Girls Grammar 3

Any thoughts that this would be a re-run of the previous encounter with Grammar were quickly dispelled.  This was not the same team that the Radford girls had faced on the genteel Grammar school fields a few weeks earlier.  This week, Grammar came to Radford with some strong defenders and a gun forward line – particularly number 38 who made her presence felt every time she put foot to the ball. 

Still, just two minutes in to the game Esperance scored with a dynamic strike and Radford were 1 up.  Not long after that, number 38, the powerhouse right forward for Grammar, made a blistering side-line run and hammered the ball into the net to equal the score.

Esperance again put one away off a corner and Radford seemed to have the better of the opposition.  But the Radford girls’ dominance of the early stages of the match seemed to falter after another good personal performance from a Grammar player – this time number 36.  The score now level at 2 all. Bec then scored close to the whistle and Radford went to the break 1 up at 3 – 2.

The first period of play in the second half was tight, as both sides fought hard for possession and defended well.  Radford had a few good chances early in this half but failed to strike strongly enough after some good passages of play.  The score remained locked at 3-2 until a strong corner kick from the Grammar star number 38 was cleverly put into the net by number 33.

The score was now 3 all and only 10 minutes of play to go.  At this point the Radford team really rallied and put on a fine display of clever footwork, strong defence and deft passing.  Another goal from Bec and a strong finish from Angie that sent the ball screaming into the back of the net resulted in a strong win for Radford with a final score of 5 – 3.

This was a tight game.  Both teams played well.  There were some brilliant individual efforts on both sides but overall the Radford girls played a better team game and deserved to walk off the field the winners.

U12/2 Girls
Radford 2 defeated Woden Valley 0
Report by Lucy
We won two nil against Woden Valley Spurs and I thought that we did well, but we need to do better with our positioning. Currently the midfield is going up in attack or back in defence, but we need to do both, not one or the other. With practice and experience we will get better. Thanks Gerri for coaching us.

Strong games from Radford Junior teams also this week

Outdoor Education Camps and Activities

Outdoor Education Camps and Activities

21 June 2017

Lizzie Pugh, The Outdoor Education Group

Why not consider an outdoor education adventure camp these holidays?

By Lizzie Pugh, Head of Outdoor Education

Looking for an adventure in the school holidays? Want to make it memorable?

The Outdoor Education Group is excited to offer this challenging and fun-filled three-day camp for students in Years 5–8. I will be running the camp from 10–12 July with other OEG specialist instructors at Wombaroo, the OEG property in the NSW Southern Highlands.

Students will participate in archery, high ropes, vertical challenge, fire-building/cooking, bushwalking, canoe skills and maybe even abseiling. This is a fantastic opportunity to push personal limits, learn some new skills and make some new friends. Students will stay in dormitory-type accommodation, eating most meals in the Wombaroo dining hall, with an offsite lunch following a hike on the last day.

The cost of the camp is $90 per day and includes food, accommodation and activities, not to mention your top-notch OEG instructors!

Are you up for the challenge? Ready for the fun? Please contact Lizzy Pugh if you are interested.


Southern Highlands: 10–11 June
There are still spaces left for this adventure! Come learn from the experts and experience some real rock climbing. Total beginners to avid thrill seekers, and anywhere in between, are all are welcome! Why not get a squad together?

All gear and food will be provided, including tents, harnesses, helmets, chalk and shoes.

You never know, you may be on the next cover of Rock and Ice magazine! Contact Lizzy Pugh if this is the adventure for you!

Radford's JS Cross Country team on its way to Mt Stromlo

Belconnen Zone Cross Country Carnival

5 June 2017

Tamara Phelps, PE Teacher

Radford Junior School runs at Stromlo

By Tamara Phelps, PE Teacher

A big school presence from Radford College saw 47 students compete at the Belconnen Zone Cross Country Carnival at Mt Stromlo Park.

Radford students progressing to the ACT School Cross Country Carnival

Congratulations to the following students who have progressed through to the ACT School Cross Country Carnival, which will be held on Wednesday 14 June at Mt Stromlo.

Joe Whithear

9 yrs


Amber Smith Gibson 

10 yrs


Max Smith-Saarinen

11 yrs


Emily Watson

11 yrs


Gianna Ghirardello  

11 yrs


Heath Sutherland  

12 yrs


Stuart Street 

12 yrs




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.


P&F Entertainment Books & Committee meeting

Trivia Night 2017

Last chance to book Tickets - Friday 15th September from 6:30pm. NB: venue now TB Millar Hall.

P&F Committee Meeting - all welcome

Date: 15 June; Time: 7pm; Venue: College Boardroom. All members are welcome to attend. 

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

School Sports ACT

SSACT - Newsletter 31 May

School Sport ACT Newletter 31 May

Maths Competition Registration

Maths competition

Y7-12 students wishing to compete in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) or for ICAS Mathematics competition must register before 21 June. 





Parking on Campus

Parking on campus

Parents have reported persistent problems with cars double-parked, especially in the PAC carpark, which is used for loading of instruments. Please be considerate in traffic matters on the College campus.