Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 1 – 19 July 2017

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal

19 July 2017

Feedback from reports, Year 12 Revue, `Beyond the Classroom', changes in the sports department, Uniform Shop update.

I would like to extend a very warm welcome back to the start of Term 3 to all parents, students and staff of Radford College. I would particularly like to welcome the handful of new or returning students and some staff new to the College.

Feedback from Reports
I hope the mid-year break gave all students an opportunity to reflect on their progress over the first half of the year and examine the feedback given by their teachers through the reports. The advice given in the reports should give students avenues for improvement and this advice is particularly pertinent to our Year 12 students as they enter their final weeks of schooling. I strongly encourage them to make most of the opportunities that will be presented to them over the semester, enjoying the celebrations and events that traditionally take place, but also remaining focused on the task at hand and making the most of teacher assistance as required.

Year 12 Revue
One of Year 12’s major events of the year takes place this week, with the aptly named 12Revue17 being staged on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. After rehearsing for the majority of the holiday period, the Year 12s are ready to fulfil the tradition of staging a comical Revue, which this year promises to deliver plenty of laughs through cleverly scripted jokes and satirical situations. I encourage all students, parents and staff to support the work of the Year 12s by attending one of the three nights.

Beyond the Classroom
Over each holiday period throughout the course of the year, Radford College students are routinely involved in a range of tours and camps, and the mid-year break is no exception. These holidays Year 11 and 12 students were involved in service learning opportunities through the Gamilaraay G-Trip and Timor-Leste tour, in a Drama Tour of Europe, a SoSE trip to the United States and, a little closer to home, in the Snowsports camp.

Over the coming weeks we will have full descriptions of the tours and camps through Bulletin articles but the initial feedback indicates that all of the tours were highly successful and were great learning opportunities for the students involved. 

Images from Drama Tour of Europe

We tend to describe these experiences as ‘Life Beyond the Classroom’ because, although they involve travel, new experiences and fun activities, there is always a strong educational element that is clearly evident in the itineraries and associated programs. Each of these experiences is tailored to students’ interests and talents but carefully designed to minimise risk, whilst maximising enjoyment. At the heart of these ‘Beyond the Classroom’ experiences is the desire to broaden our students' understanding of other people and places, to hone their skills and to gain greater independence. On each of the recent tours, it appears that our objectives have clearly been met.

I would like to acknowledge the time and effort of the staff who organised and chaperoned the students on each of these activities. They are always a huge amount of work for the staff, the majority of which was completed during their holidays.

Changes in the Sports Department
In September last year, I wrote in the Bulletin about planned changes in the Sports Department. Over the course of this year, those changes have gradually been implemented.

To support our coaches better in delivering a higher standard during training and games, and to improve the student sports experience across the College, we are in the process of appointing Technical Directors (TD) in basketball, cricket, football / futsal, netball, rowing, rugby / oztag, snowsports and tennis. Following the appointment of Ms Vicky Spencer - TD Rowing, I am delighted to announce Mr Tom Crossley - TD Football / Futsal and Mr Jonathan Mandl - TD Snowsports. I expect to soon announce the TDs Rugby / Oztag, Basketball, Cricket, Netball and Tennis. These Technical Directors are responsible for:

  • developing curriculum in their sport
  • establishing a scope and sequence of skills for players from novice to expert level
  • developing age-level coaching curriculum to be instituted by Radford coaches and ensuring this is evident in all training sessions
  • leading holiday skills programs for Radford students, from novice to expert level, leading up to and during the season
  • overseeing coaching sessions and assisting team coaches, as well as conducting small group skill development sessions.

As a result of this restructure, there has been a reorganisation of sports administration roles. Mr Peter Wallensky has now left the College after 15 years of loyal service. We thank him for his contribution, and wish him well in his future endeavours. Ms Bernie Leger will become Senior Sports Administrator, supporting the Head of Sport, Mr Brent Larkham. She will be assisted by part-time staff.  

Uniform Shop
As a result of feedback from parents, I am pleased to announce that the College Uniform Shop opening hours have now been extended on Wednesdays. The Uniform Shop will be also open on the following four Saturdays in Semester II, from 9am - 12 noon only.

  • 12 August
  • 9 September
  • 14 October
  • 11 November.


Timor 2017, Mass

Chaplain's Reflection

19 July 2017

Fr Richard calls us to 'undergo' what we experience.

A post-holiday blessing:

May what you did in the holidays restore you.
May that restorative work not be swept away but continue across the days ahead.
May you undergo that restoration for weeks to come.

'To undergo' is a favourite expression of Dr Sarah Bachelard. She talks of Jesus undergoing crucifixion and, at Easter, his undergoing of resurrection. Something similar took place with the disciples.

The disciples encountered the resurrected Jesus a few times. Then, shortly after, they returned to fishing! Can you believe it, they went fishing??!! They went back to what they knew – that deep rut of the known and the familiar – the way that things had always been. Bachelard rightly suggests that the disciples needed to undergo resurrection.

Adelino and Antonio, coffee farmers from Lissa Dilla regionResurrection's out-workings took time; its implications were neither imaginable nor immediate; its radical revisioning not directly accessible. The disciples underwent resurrection, its dawning came over them with time.

So, when a student in Timor was utterly overwhelmed with that nation's story of violence, poverty, struggle, dignity and resilience, I found the notion of 'undergoing' very helpful. 'What do I do? Now? How am I supposed to respond to all of this?' were the fitful, teary questions.

This is what I shared: Do not be under pressure to act out fully now on your experiences. Undergo this experience for days and weeks and months. Why not spend years becoming? Let this experience shape you over time. Go gently with yourself and undergo compassion, undergo healing and become more caring, loving, intelligent, passionate – more human. (Image: Adelino and Antonio, coffee farmers from Lissa Dilla region).

Here, in this place, may your restorative break be to you a continued undergoing. To those who return from things that shape you, from trips away to being at home with those who love us: allow yourself to undergo them still.

Do this alongside the great undergoing: God's love is bigger than we can ever imagine or know, Jesus' grace more real than food. Allow yourself to continually undergo the grace and love of God – and become ever more compassionate, more human. Amen.




Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 19 July 2017

19 July 2017

Cold mornings, building works, Apple Distinguished Schools status.

Tues 18 July Yr 5 Excursion to Australian Electoral Commission
Thurs 20 July 6JC & 6HB Excursion to Geoscience Australia
Fri 21 July Yr 3 Excursion to Canberra Theatre

A sincere and 'warm' welcome back to Term 3, a time where the days begin to stretch and warmer days sit on the horizon. That's how I move from the minus mornings.

I do, however, sincerely hope that you managed to find some time together as a family over the holidays. Dean O'Brien is hoping this time was spent on Science Challenges!

As a result of our building works, I will be sending out some parking and pick-up reminders and protocols this week.

During the last week of the break I was delighted and awed to attend our first Apple Distinguished Schools Summit, where we were acknowledged as the first Canberra school to attain this status. With 400 schools in 29 countries worldwide, and 54 in Australia, it was a rewarding few days, spent sharing and workshopping with representatives of schools from Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Matt Heinrich, Lisa Plenty and Paul Southwell, with an Apple representative, at the Apple Distinguished Schools Summit in Melbourne

Apple Distinguished Schools are seen as innovative schools:

  • that have the ability to learn, unlearn and relearn
  • where leadership doesn't sit with one person, or even one small group
  • where technology is used to support a culture of collaboration, creativity and thinking
  • where engagement and skill development come together
  • where lessons flow and curiosity is promoted.

We will remain a designated Apple Distinguished School until 2019 when we can reapply for the acknowledgement. During this time we will be able to have teachers, our Director of Digital Learning and Innovation, and Technology Coaches sharing what we are doing with other teams and schools, building greater capacity for our students.

As an Apple Distinguished School we will build upon:

  • evidence and information about learning needs
  • our innovative PYP Teaching and Learning Framework
  • visionary leadership from us all
  • our commitment to ongoing professional learning
  • the best use of our spaces and learning places.

It was indeed an honour for us to attain this status and we look forward to continuing this journey.

2017 Festival

Dirrum Dirrum Festival 2017

19 July 2017

Hear world-class advocates speak about their passions and projects

Don't miss the chance to be inspired by the world-class advocates speaking about their passions and projects at the Dirrum Dirrum Festival 2017.


Date: Saturday 5 August 2017
Bookings: Online
Website: Dirrum Dirrum

Heath Lecture Theatre
Mackinnon Senior School
Radford College
1 College St

Click on the speaker names in the session listings to see profile details.  


2–4 pm


5–7 pm


Dirrum Dirrum 2017 speaker

Astrophysicist Dr Katie Mack contemplates the universe

Dispatches from a Dark Universe

18 July 2017


There’s more to the Universe than we can ever see.

Students in Years 7-12 are invited to this special presentation.

Presenter: Astrophysicist Dr Katie Mack, 2017 Women in Physics Lecturer
Date: Friday 28 July
Time: 12:55–1:40pm (lunchtime)
Venue: Heath Lecture Theatre (Mackinnon Senior School)

Australian Institute of Physics

(Presented by the Australian Institute of Physics)

Students in Years 7–12 are invited to hear Dr Katie Mack, internationally acclaimed physicist and the 2017 Women in Physics Lecturer, present her lecture ‘Dispatches from a Dark Universe’:

There’s more to the Universe than we can see – even more than we can ever see. I’ll give a tour of the edges of our knowledge of the cosmos, including where the frontiers are, and what might remain unknowable forever. Come for the Big Bang, stay for the possibility of the ultimate destruction of all of reality.

Dr Mack will lecture on topics including dark matter, dark energy and recent research on Higgs vacuum decay.

Dr Katherine (Katie) Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist. Her work focuses on finding new ways to learn about the early universe and fundamental physics using astronomical observations, probing the building blocks of nature by examining the cosmos on the largest scales. Throughout her career as a researcher at Caltech, Princeton, Cambridge, and now Melbourne University, she has studied dark matter, black holes, cosmic strings, and the formation of the first galaxies in the Universe. Katie is also an active science communicator and is passionate about science outreach. As a science writer, she has been published by Slate, Sky & Telescope, Time.com, and other popular publications, and has been a columnist for Cosmos Magazine.

Further information about Dr Mack can be found at: http://www.astrokatie.com/

L: "Interior in Yellow" by Grace Cossington-Smith, R: "For a Little Girl" by Margaret Preston

Art tells stories

11 July 2017

Sarah Chant and Alina Reardon, Year 7

Year 7 Visual Arts students appropriate images from the National Gallery.

By Sarah Chant and Alina Reardon, Year 7

On 13 June, two Year 7 Visual Art classes headed to the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) with their teachers Ms Poland and Ms Kidston and preservice teacher, Ms Blyton. We went to explore paintings that we have been appropriating in class. We have learnt about appropriating, which means ‘the intentional borrowing, copying, and alteration of pre-existing images and objects’. We have collaboratively created large paintings, based on our chosen works in the NGA collection, to tell different stories and to develop painting skills, including colour mixing. 

On our excursion, we broke up into groups for the guided tour. The first painting our group looked at was Grace Cossington-Smith’s, Interior in Yellow. A group of four students have been appropriating this and changed many elements such as the colours and have taken away objects and changed the size of the canvas. 

We also looked at Antibes Bay of Nice by John Russell. Students said ‘the main features of this artwork are the horizon, the distant snowy mountains and the choppy blue water’. 

Students at the NGA

We also saw some other paintings, For a Little Girl by Margaret Preston, The River Barwon by John Skinner, Bramah Forrest by Lin Onus, The Skaters by Ethel Spowers, The Child with the Yellow Bird by Joy Hester, Mrs Reardon at Glen Rowan by Sidney Nolan, Face of Man by Brett Whitely, Latin American Grand Final by John Brack and The Ghost Gum by Albert Namatjira.

These paintings and their stories were very interesting to explore and learn about and we would highly recommend you going to the National Gallery of Australia to see them.

Student collaborative transformationsDiscussing images with the students

PS: Term 2 Visual Arts students will be displaying their 12 artworks, with artists’ statements, across the College campus in Term 3. 

Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

Parent webinars on student wellbeing

18 July 2017

The ISDCN runs a webinar program for parents.

From: Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

Independent Schools Digital Collaboration Network (ISDCN)  www.isdcn.edu.au is a joint initiative of Independent Schools Queensland and the Association of Independent Schools (NSW) for all Australian independent schools. 

10/08/2017 at 7:45pm AESDT, Parent Webinar 11 - Student mental health and technology

Webinar providerParents face a myriad of challenges in raising happy and healthy children. Some of these issues have not changed over time, such as dealing with moody adolescents during puberty or helping kids be the best they can be. Others, like keeping children safe online, are new.

Through the ISDCN Parent Webinar Program, parents can access a wealth of information to help them understand and respond to the complex range of issues associated with raising children, as well as experts ready to help arm them with well-researched strategies and considered advice.

Live sessions are scheduled to start at 7:45pm AESDT for the convenience of busy households.

Webinars are free and no registration is required. Parents simply click on a provided link at the advertised time. Participants will see the computer screen and video of the presenter, hear their audio and can interact by asking formal questions with the Q&A tool or have informal discussion on a chat channel. These interactions can be the most valuable part of the session.

Parents can also access recordings of previous webinars. ISDCN webinar program.

Amber Smith-Gibson - off to the  Australian All Schools Cross Country Championship

ACT Cross Country Carnival

11 July 2017

Sports Department

Congratulations to Radford’s 12 years and under cross country runners

By Tamara Phelps, PE Teacher

On Wednesday 14 June, 18 of Radford’s 12 years and under students competed in the ACT Cross Country Carnival. Congratulations to the following students who came in the top 20: 

9 yrs: Joe Whithear (11th place)
11 yrs: Max Smith-Saarinen (17th place)
12 yrs: Jacob Miller (8th place)
12 yrs: Heath Sutherland (20th place) 

A special mention to Amber Smith Gibson, for coming 3rd in the 10 years age group. Amber has now qualified to compete at the Australian All Schools Cross Country Championship, which will be held in Tasmania in August. Well done Amber!



Gold Award winners and Judges' Choice prize

Radford Dance Academy news

17 July 2017

Danielle White, Director of Movement

All the colours of the rainbow.

By Danielle White, Director of Movement 

On Saturday 17 June, Radford Dance Academy's Junior Performance Group competed at the Rainbow National Dance Competition, held at Erindale Theatre. This was the first time that the group performed together and they did a wonderful job scoring a High Gold award and a special judges’ choice award for the most sassy group. Well done to our first performance group for representing the school so well. 

This is the first of three competitions the RDA dance teams will be taking part in this year. The group is also preparing for our annual showcase, to be held in Week 3 of Term 4. You can still register for Semester II dance co-curricular classes via Radford Online and have the opportunity to perform at our showcase and audition for 2018 performance groups.

Tae Kwon Do proves popular at Radford

Radford Tae Kwon Do

11 July 2017

Danielle White, Director of Movement

Grading patterns of movement.

By Danielle White, Director of Movement

Tae Kwon Do On Sunday 18 June, Radford’s Tae Kwon Do students had the opportunity to take their first grading at Nim Taekwondo centre in Mitchell. Students from Kindergarten through to the Secondary School carefully demonstrated their form and patterns learned over Semester I to a judging panel. All students were successful and promoted to their yellow stripe or yellow belt. Congratulations to all who took part.

Tae Kwon Do students will have the opportunity to be graded again towards the end of Semester II.

Registrations for students wishing to participate in Tae Kwon Do in Semester II are still open.

Radford Girls Netball v Takapuna Grammar

Sports Report 19 July 2017

18 July 2017

News about Basketball and Football.

Radford Rave U14 Div 2 Girls 8 defeated by Tuggeranong Southern Cross 30, 18 June
By Mark Slater

Radford Girls Basketball v Tuggeranong
In a hard-fought but slightly scrappy and stop-start game, Radford Rave went down to Tuggeranong Southern Cross 30–8. The girls started uncertainly and gave up a few early 50–50 fouls, which seemed to inhibit their confidence and, although the quarter time score was only 0–7, the girls seemed to be playing against the tide as Tuggeranong grew in confidence.
Half time saw the score blow out to 3–19 but, to the girls' credit, they battled away in the second half and evened up the general play (and the foul count!). Even though a win was well out of reach, the girls showed admirable fight, conceding the half 11–5. Charlie Notley's stubborn and stoic defence was a standout feature of the game. More is learnt from defeat than victory and the girls will undoubtedly take a few valuable lessons away from the game in preparation for the remainder of the season. The team remains fourth on the ladder.

Football & Netball
Visit from Takapuna Grammar (New Zealand)
By Dianne Wilson

Radford Girls Football v Takapuna Grammar
On Friday 14 July the U16 Girls Football team and the Gold and Silver Netball teams were treated to some Trans-Tasman friendlies from touring Takapuna Grammar School.

Whilst outplayed in both football and netball, our football team showed some great passing skills and our Gold Netball team went down by only four goals in their final game.

It was great to see the girls mingle with our new friends from across the ditch over some well-earned pizza after the games. A huge "thank you" to the girls and their parents for giving up time in their school holidays to play.

2017 Y12REVIEW

2017 Year 12 Review

13 June 2017

Buckle up and hold on to your hats, the 2017 Year 12 Review is nearly here!

This year's Year 12 revue is the definition of the perfect performance. Years of preparation and planning are leading up to what is going to be Radford’s most spectacular communist revolution to date. If you are a fan of Star Wars, Borat, Game of Thrones or any other generic popular culture reference, then 12REVUE17 is the perfect high ground to be at from the 20–22 July. Fun for the whole family or with your friends! Yes, even you ‘Too Kool 4 School’ Year 9s. So buckle up your seat belts, hold on to your hats and tighten your belts because 12REVUE17 is coming … 

2017 Y12REVIEW

Where: TB Millar Hall

When: 7.00 pm, Thursday 20, Friday 21 and Saturday 22 July.

Tickets: $15, purchase online via trybooking or at the door.


Information Evening: Year 9 2018

Information Evening: Year 9 2018

A reminder that current Year 8 parents and students are invited to attend a Year 9 Information Evening on Monday 24 July 2017 at 6.00 pm in the TB Millar Hall. The session will include a general overview of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and the opportunity to learn more about Year 9 elective subjects.  

Parents are encouraged to attend to obtain the requisite information about the program of studies, factors involved in choosing courses for Year 9, and an understanding of the possible implications of these choices for Years 10, 11 and 12.

Sports Announcements - Rowing & Basketball

Summer Basketball Trials

Click for 2017-18 Season Trial Dates

All students interested in playing Basketball will need to attend trials, or email Dianne.Wilson@radford.act.edu.au if they are unable to attend. Failure to do so may jeopardise your spot in a team. 

Rowing Information Meetings

Cox Information Meeting: lunchtime, Friday 21 July, Room 71. Find out about coxing and talk to an experienced, top level cox. We are looking for smart, switched-on students who want to be a part of a team sport to come and sign up. We welcome coxes who have no rowing experience or may have rowed or coxed in the past.

Rowing Information Night: Wednesday 26 July, 6–7 pm, Heath Lecture Theatre. Find out more about the rowing program and ask questions before the coming season.

P&F Association

Trivia Night 2017

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

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 Sport ACT

SSACT Bulletin 28 June 2017

School Sport ACT (SSACT) is the peak body for School Sport delivery in the ACT.

SSACT actively promotes school sport for all ACT students through the support of regional, state and national representative opportunities and pathways.

View the latest SSACT Bulletin.