Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 10 – 26 September 2018

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal 26 September

26 September 2018

The effects of sport on the five 'C’s' – competence, confidence, connections, character, and caring

Last Saturday afternoon, I experienced one of my proudest moments as Principal of Radford College. Along with a large contingent of supporters, I headed to the Belconnen Basketball Centre to cheer on one of the eight teams we had playing off in grand finals. The team I specifically went to support was the U19 Division 1 Boys, who were playing their final game together, after many years of College representation.

Played against Marist, the closely fought game was of a very high standard. Radford rallied early in the second half and took a commanding lead of 10 points into the final 10 minutes of play. As is often the case in highly skilled competitions, Marist came back in the dying minutes of the game, but our boys steadied themselves to hang on for a two-point victory, 47–49.

Although it was a stirring victory and I was incredibly proud of both the skill level and sportsmanship displayed by the boys in the team, it was the level of support shown by the very large group of Radford students in attendance that gave me the greatest thrill. Every time Radford scored a point, the roar of the crowd was deafening and if felt as though the roof of the stadium was about to be lifted! It was quite literally a sea of Radford red and blue throughout the stadium and I am sure the boys playing must have been buoyed the level of support given to them.

The camaraderie, pride and passion displayed at the game last Saturday is one of the reasons why I am such a big advocate for sport. I am sure that each and every one of the boys playing in that team and all of the students supporting them will remember that game, and that day, for a very long time. They will look back with fondness at the opportunities that school sport gave to them in their final year/s of schooling. Likewise, the Year 10 & 11 girls, who played in Radford White’s winning netball grand final on the weekend, and the members of the other four basketball teams who also won their grand final on Saturday will also remember their victories for a long time to come.

The benefits of playing sport are well documented and ongoing research supports these social, emotional, physical and academic benefits for children of all ages. There is a growing amount of research from around the world that shows involvement by youth in sport plays a positive role in their development including improved academic achievement, higher self-esteem, fewer behavioural problems and better emotional intelligence. According to the US Anti Doping Authority (USADA)–sponsored website, Truesport, 'Many studies focus on the effects of sport on the five “C’s” – competence, confidence, connections, character, and caring – which are considered critical components of positive youth development. It has long been thought that the many facets of playing sport – the discipline of training, learning teamwork, following the leadership of coaches and captains, learning to lose – provide lifelong skills for athletes.'

Participation in regular sport and physical activity has been linked to improvements in academic performance in many studies (Daley et al, 2000; Dwyer et al, 2001; and Field et al, 2002, to name just a few). A review by Shepard (1997) suggests that physical activity’s influence on academic performance is via the acceleration of psychomotor development, which may accelerate the learning of academic skills. Research now suggests that we need to teach our children to have ‘physical literacy’ alongside literacy and numeracy skills. Within the current knowledge economy, much emphasis is placed on the ability to become a lifelong learner. As such, it may be possible to facilitate learning throughout life by promoting levels of activity amongst the young and old alike.

We know that the habits an individual develops in childhood are often mirrored in their adult life. Students who are exposed to a fun and fulfilling sports program at school are far more likely to continue in competitive sport or be involved in physical activity on a regular basis once they leave school. We also know that these habits set them up for a far healthier lifestyle. Repeated studies demonstrate that exercise is one the most important factors, along with diet and good sleeping habits, to prevent an array of diseases and illnesses including cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart problems and osteoporosis.

In addition to the physical benefits that regular exercise brings, it is also recognised that there is a strong correlation between exercise and psychological health. Physical activity reduces stress, produces a feeling of wellness and promotes a sensible approach to weight management. People who exercise on a regular basis during childhood and adolescence are more keen to exercise during adulthood, generally living a longer, healthier and happier life.

There are many reasons why we need a comprehensive Physical Education course as part of our curriculum, as well as a wide-ranging co-curricular sports program. We are indeed very fortunate to be able provide our students at Radford with a wide range of physical activities supported by good facilities and excellent equipment. I encourage all of our students to be involved with the sporting programme because playing sport and being physically active is vital for our health, social development and academic progress.

For all of the reasons detailed above, Radford is now considering making it compulsory for all students to play a sport during the winter season. Whilst we would obviously give an exemption to those students who are playing a sport outside of Radford that we don’t currently offer (e.g., AFL and hockey), or where students are playing at a level beyond what we offer, we do passionately believe it is important that all students are actively engaged in some form of sport or physical activity. As part of this move, we will be looking to add to our current range of offerings. This type of requirement is not unusual in independent schools and in fact, most schools similar to Radford, have sport participation as a compulsory part of a student’s school enrolment. I welcome parent feedback in relation to this matter.

Finally, I hope all Radford families have a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday period and I look forward to seeing everyone back for the start of Term 4 on Monday, 15 October.

Image for article: H for History # 29 Year 9 Camp

H for History # 29 Year 9 Camp

24 September 2018

Remembering a rite of passage

If you gather a gaggle of collegians together, it is pretty likely that the conversation will eventually turn to Year 9 Camp. Senior School exit surveys from the first two decades would similarly attest the activity has had a huge impact on the students who attended. And when interviewing and asking collegians about salient memories, I just sit back and wait to hear the blitz of stories of bivvies, blizzards, bombies, bush romance, cooking disasters, crammed packs, geographical embarrassment, lighting fires in the rain, poor aim, powdered milk, high-rise ropes courses, scroggan snacks, singing songs, sleeping on top of spiders, ‘tasty’ TVP (textured vegetable protein), underwater caves, upturned rafts, many days  of walking, witchetty grubs, wilderness wonder and near misses with snakes, snowballs and stinging nettles.Year 9 Camp - Helping Hand

Readers may be surprised to learn that the first Year 9 Camp in 1985 was held in and around the Jindabyne Recreation Centre and Sawpit Creek and included archery, ballroom dancing, canoeing, golf, windsurfing, orienteering and even sailing. Yasmin Swifte, who was in 9RB at the time, recalls how “we managed to devour countless quantities of rice bubbles; to survive (almost) sleepless nights filled with action-packed sultana fights, apple-pie sleeping bags and bad jokes; to learn the Pride of Erin and Strip the Willow, along with Midnight Oil and a great ghetto blaster; to trying our hands at archery, golf and a variety of other sports. The more daring of us also survived a midnight swim.” (The writer is pleased that Midnight Oil was part of the camp program well before his arrival.)

In 1986 things began in earnest when Outward Bound took over organisation of the camp at Richard Wardman’s suggestion. Richard had been an instructor with OB since he was 16 years of age. As he recalls, “After doing a standard OB course at the end of school in 1973, I started instructing on adult OB courses, school courses and holiday courses. This was during my uni vacations. I stopped instructing in 1978 when I started teaching at Cranbrook School. A year later I took over coordination of their expansive program of camps in Years 7 to 10. This continued until I moved to Radford.” Richard notes that at this time future Radford staff members Sue and James Hassall were working for OB. “They helped to develop both the routes but also the tempo and pace of the activities.”

So it was that Radford College, in partnership with OB, introduced all future participants to their outdoor education philosophies inspired by Kurt Hahn and a motto, adapted from Tennyson, that encouraged all “To Strive, To Serve and Not to Yield.” According to former instructor James Neill, Hahn had a passion “to create schools and youth movements which sought to address the failings of youth in modern society. It was also the passion which Hahn brought to Lawrence Holt’s problem with poor survival rates of young merchant navy seamen of the Blue Funnel Shipping Line when cast into the sea in lifeboats.” This notion that modern youth would similarly flail and struggle when thrown into the whirlpools of modern life, saw Outward Bound create controlled challenges for them to learn to overcome in safe, outdoor settings, all in order to give them a better chance when “lost at sea” as older teens and adults.

Year 9 Camp - Keep Going

As Outdoor Educationalist Bloomfield prophetically protested around this pre-risk assessment time, “This is an age when it is possible to live a long, safe and uneventful life by avoiding risks, where a multitude of government handouts and restrictions cast a lacklustre soporific blanket of mediocrity over the youth of today as they sit glued to the telly in their suburban torpor.” So, with cap – or more accurately wide-brimmed hats and/or balaclavas - in hand, Radford students set out to the Snowy Mountains/Tantangara region to cast off our soporific blankets of mediocrity, replacing them with a sheet of plastic and sleeping bags tough enough to warm bodies and souls in alpine conditions.

In October 1986, 169 students and nine staff headed out for the first of exactly thirty Year 9 Camps with the Outward Bound organisation. The trip had many highlights. As “Magpie”, a participating student eloquently relayed, one of them was caving: “The entrance to Cooleman Cave involved a long, flat traverse. This was followed by a sequence of fairyland chambers, with brilliant stalactites and glistening crystal pools. I could not believe where our instructor had disappeared at one stage. I followed, after a bit of squeezing, and found myself in the intricate maze of the Wombatery. A chink of daylight appeared ahead and we soon found ourselves out in warm sunshine. Some 'thoughtful' person had positioned Cave Creek right near the cave exit, because we all tumbled longingly into the water to wash off the mud which covered us.”

Staff member Helen Rasmussen still has endearing (and possibly enduring) memories of “just how wonderful her kids were” on Year 9 Camp, especially how thoughtful they were in saving her when she was “swept away in the river” and proceeded downstream without the aid of a flotation device. She praises to this day some of the boys in 9HR who may well have struggled in the classroom but did not in any way when their tutor teacher needed help post ordeal: “They carried my pack. They were just gorgeous. And they benefitted so much from that camp because they were the ones who proved so useful in the eyes of kids who looked down on them. That was very interesting. They thrived in the outdoors.”

Year 9 Camp - Basin Creek Falls

Principal Jock Mackinnon made it clear that he considered attendance on camp an integral part of being at Radford College. In his 1987 Principal’s Report he remarked: “This camp was important in the lives of the students involved (and it will be an important part of the Year 9 students' programme in the future). This is because the aims and the outcomes are in line with the overall aims of our total educational programme - that is to bring out in students more than they realise they have in them, until they are challenged and encouraged to stretch their powers. One of the joys of many of the students (and perhaps staff too?) was to realise that they had survived - but our aim as educators was to be concerned that students should not merely survive the challenges they were impelled to experience, but that they should emerge strengthened in every way - intellectually, physically, morally and spiritually.”

Past Year 9 Camp Coordinator Peter Dodd reinforces the claim that staff were similarly extended and inspired by attending the camps. When I informed him that I was writing this article he replied, “You should include the life changes that the camp brought about for some staff.” He highlights a bushwalking group of intrepid female staff of the 90s, who became avid bushwalkers and adventurous as a result. “It was really the camp that got many into the extensive trips that they eventually took on.”

Over the ensuing three decades, Year 9 Camp mythology grew. It was as if everybody who attended had a tall story about their own experience in the mountains, reservoirs, rivers and soggy plains near Kosciuszko. Then in 2009, Year 9 Camp moved from the Snowy Mountains region to Snowy River National Park near Buchan in East Gippsland, Victoria. While the experience became a little milder and less extreme, this did not stop amazing and spirited adventures, hands-on learning, unlikely camaraderie, terrific teamwork and massive personal growth from occurring while bushwalking and rafting down the Snowy River across nine days.

Another major reboot occurred in 2017, with the Outdoor Education Group taking over the abseiling ropes and re-pointing the canoes. Year 9 now found themselves on a four-night camp in the Morton National Park in the Kangaroo Valley (with another longer experience awaiting them a year later when in Year 10 Camp). “It was a back-to-basics journey to build character and truly connect with the real world,” explained Lizzy Pugh from OEG. “Days were spent bushwalking, cycling, abseiling and canoeing, with students camping in tents and carrying all their gear in backpacks.”Year 9 Camp - Mt Arapiles

2018 saw a new batch of Year 9s build on this experience. As current Year 9 and 10 Outdoor Education Coordinator, Sam Lonsdale explains, “Outdoor Education at Radford has changed and grown a lot in the last 30 years. This has included changes to expedition locations, sequencing of programs and duration of time spent away. The five-day Year 9 program in the Kangaroo Valley is now a step in the sequence toward the final adventure for Year 10 students.” In 2018, Year 10 students were asked to choose an eight-day expedition which could include kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing and bushwalking in National Parks in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

I asked Sam how the modern student is coping without screens when canoeing across the glistening surfaces of rivers. “Our young people are connected to their device and each other for a significant part of the daily cycle. To walk away from this for an extended period of time and be ‘disconnected’ is a very valuable experience.”  After my supportive cheering died down she added, “This contributes towards developing the resilience of individuals through real and immediate feedback provided when living and travelling in the bush with others. Interestingly this notion of disconnect is often commented on by students throughout their Outdoor Education expedition as they realise how well they cope without their device.”

Whatever the stories, myths and legends that are weaved around the “Year 9 Camp” experience, the common thread appears to be a greater self-awareness and an enhanced understanding of the need to work as a small community. From the many days without washing that occur, the mind and heart can be truly cleansed while in the great outdoors, and many parents have commented to me over the decades about how their children have returned with a real appreciation for many things they had been taking for granted: their families, friends, homes, education, electricity and lifestyle, to name a few, as well as mundane things such as a tap, a flushing toilet and a fully-stocked pantry.

As Sam Lonsdale attests, “Nowadays so many of us can reflect back on our own camp experiences at school and we want our own children to have these same challenging experiences and build shared memories with their peers. We recognise that whilst it is not always easy or comfortable, the learning from these experiences and the highlights from activities, mountain tops or activities always shines through.”

Year 9 Camp played a hugely unforgettable part in so many Radford lives. As Steph Morison (Class of 2006) recently shared with me, “The age we were at when we were on Year 9 Camp was ideal. Spending time, making decisions, cooking, being physically challenged and having fun with 20 people not necessarily in your tutor or house group gave us a sense of achievement in the end. Certain people came back with a new confidence, myself included.”

And in the parting words of Steph Trinh and Niamh Martin, who attended the last Outward Bound Camp in 2015 (with Sam Lonsdale as their accompanying teacher): “We could never have imagined the mountains we would climb, the rapids we would three-sixty and the incredible memories we would make. We will never forget the jokes we made, the people who picked us up after we fell, the amazing team spirit. This camp was a mix of unforgettable experiences and we will always remember our team, our leaders and our time spent around the Snowy River.”

Past Year 9 Camp Coordinators have included: Sally Cameron, Sasha Campbell, Rebecca Cashmere, Patrick Craddock, Peter Dodd, George Huitker, Sam Lonsdale, Dylan Mordike, Kim Stonham, Richard Wardman.

Chaplain Fr Richard Browning

On wisdom and the cross

25 September 2018

In His wisdom, Jesus teaches us how to be in the world

By Fr Richard Browning, Chaplain

Jesus’ teachings sit firmly within a tradition of wisdom. He repeatedly made plain that the Saviour will save by becoming the victim, honour will be won through the shame of crucifixion, greatness and power will be expressed through service, having will be secured by giving and life will we gained by dying. Wisdom is never easily defined, and even in its most imminent, it is hidden within the mystery of a person, Jesus. Yet, ‘the life-giving power of unconditional love through sacrifice is wisdom in its most confronting’. Jesus consistently frames his mission (the wisdom of God active in the world) around his own death. God’s wisdom turns logic on its head.

In Sunday’s reading, Jesus embraces a child and points to God’s wisdom. In first century Roman culture, the child had no status and could be killed or sold into slavery at any time. Whilst children were deeply valued in Hebrew culture and viewed as a blessing, the child’s status depended solely on the adult (male) to whom he or she belonged until passage into adulthood. So, when Jesus finds his companions bickering over who is the first among them, Jesus embraces a child to make his wisdom shockingly apparent. If you want to be great, then serve. If you want status, then embrace the child because, when you do, you embrace Him and God who sent Him.


He sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be least of all and the servant of all.’ Jesus reached for a little child, placed him among the Twelve, and embraced him. Then he said, ‘Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me isn’t actually welcoming me but rather the one who sent me.’ (Mark 9:35–37)

With Jesus as our wisdom, this is how we are to be in the world.

With every blessing


Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News, 26 Sept 2018

26 September 2018

Time for rest and relaxation

Dates to Remember

Wed 26 Sept Year 4 2019

iPad Information Evening

Thurs 27 Sept

ELC attends Josephine wants to Dance

Fri 28 Sept

Year 1 attends Josephine wants to Dance


PK and K Disco


Year 5 campers return


Last day of Term 3

Mon 15 Oct

First day of Term 4

Just as the weather changes we all seem to fall ill! Over the past two weeks in our Junior School we have simply not had enough time to do this.

I spent last weekend reading literacy or numeracy lesson protocols and reflections by classroom teachers as well reflections by our specialist staff. I know it is just a glimpse, but it was heartening to ‘hear’ professionals reflecting upon their craft. We continue to do this as we develop our strive for consistency through individuality.

Our winter sports teams played in several finals, some with success and others will hold their ambitions over until ‘next time’.

We have held our JS Disco evening, P&F Mufti Day and our K–6 Talent Quest. Some interesting acts but also a significant number of entries ­– which is encouraging in terms of confidence-building.

The planning of our cubby village is ramping up amongst Kindergarten and Year 1, Year 5 is on camp, Year 6 continues working on Exhibition, and PK progresses along its Learning Journey.

Our classes continue to work hard until the end of term – a benefit of having to cover six Units of Inquiry, but also tiring as we put in an additional 200 minutes per week compared to many other settings.

A break is needed and I wish you all a happy and restful time. I finish the term with a highlight: the celebration of students (see below) who were acknowledged at our last assembly. 

Take care,

Paul Southwell


PKAM – Alessandra Cornish


PKAM – Allison Huang


PKAM – Ashton Osborne


PKAM – Han Zhang


PKMQ – Jacinta Huang


PKMQ – Dylan Do


PKMQ – William Titley


PKJH – Evan Guo


PKJH – Alexandra Ewin


PKDM – Georgia Kristiansen


PKDM – Emmee-Kathryn Rock


Mrs Lander (Music) – Amaira Kashyap (PKMQ)


Mrs Lander (Music) – Ashton Brede (PKDM)


KAS – Emerson Ryan

Confidence and bravery

KSG – Joseph Boorer

Inquirer and zest

KCH – Xavier Lam


KNS – William Xia

Independence and bravery

1MH – Elsie Osborne

Kindness and Caring

1AT – Venya Vikramadithyan

Enthusiasm and love of learning

2JG – Lincoln Lee

Enthusiasm and teamwork

2BF – Isla Baran

Bravery and risk taker

3DO – Samai Arravelly

Principles and resilience

3PC - Jasper Barker


3RB – Zoe Curll

Kindness and thinker

3EC – Josiah Zhang

Kindness and creativity

4JO – Connor Kruger


4KP – Poppy Steven

Independence and love of learning

4CD – Manoj Gutta

Curiosity and enthusiasm

4OM – Steven Maglasis

Zest and commitment

5TMi – Anya Arora

Love of learning and caring

5JC – Liliane Alblas

Risk taker and bravery

5SD – Sarah Bull

Principled and leadership

5TeM – Cynara Yates

Perspective and independence

6TW – Cleo Tsiros

Social intelligence and commitment

6JF – Emily Warren

Inquirer and love of learning

6HB – Finley Rosengren

Social intelligence and caring

6TH – Max Phelan

Tolerance and thinker

Mrs Phelps, Ms Ryan, Ms Suthers – Will Pak Poy (6JF)

Leadership and commitment

Ms Goggin – Sophie Wilson (5JC)

Commitment and perseverance

Ms Halford –  Freja Moran (3DO)

Appreciation of beauty and principled

Ms Evans – Lucinda Harrison (2JG)

Kindness and principled

Ms Wilson – Sari Travers (3RB)

Kindness and principled

Radford IT Services sending all parents and caregivers an email re: Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR) on Thursday 27 Sept

Self-Service Password Reset Coming Soon

26 September 2018

Opt out by Friday, 26 October.

Radford IT Services is pleased to announce that Radford parents and caregivers will soon be able to reset their passwords for Radford Online.

This will be done using Microsoft’s Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR), which allows passwords to be reset using a security code sent via SMS to mobile phones.

Parents and caregivers will receive an email from Radford IT Services tomorrow morning with the subject “Self Service Password Reset Coming Soon.”

Those who do not wish to have their mobile phone number used for this purpose are asked to use the link in the email to opt out by Friday, 26 October.

The email will contain a Radford Parent ID and the last three digits of the mobile number associated with that ID on the College database.

If the mobile number is not correct, parents and caregivers are asked to please update their personal details using the "Update Family & Medical Records/Access to Financial Information" Tile in Radford Online. See instructions below.

Further information on how to use the SSPR system will follow in coming weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Radford IT Helpdesk

Telephone: +61 2 6162 6249

Email: help@radford.act.edu.au


Update details using "Update Family & Medical Records/Access to Financial Information" Tile in Radford Online:

1. You will be taken to https://community.radford.act.edu.au 

2. Login with Radford ID and password

3. Select “My Details”.

4. Review your details to check the College has the correct contact information.

*Please note there are mobile phone numbers recorded in both “Personal” and “Occupation” sections in the left side menu.

The National Roman Museum is one of the proposed stops on the tour

Ancient history tour of Europe Jan 2020

26 September 2018

Expressions of interest sought

Radford history teacher Brad Greer is planning an Ancient History Tour of Turkey, Greece and Rome in January 2020.

The proposed itinerary is available here.

Please email Brad to register your interest in going on this tour, which is open to all staff, families and students.

Brad's email is Bradley.Greer@radford.act.edu.au

Chinese Language Assistant Jennifer Yang has been an enthusiastic language and cultural resource for Radford students

Radford College Language Assistant Program

24 September 2018

Michele Sharp, Head of Languages

Chinese Language Assistant Jennifer Yang's first month at Radford

by Michele Sharp, Head of Languages and Chinese Language Assistant Jennifer Yang

Currently we are hosting three language assistants for each of the language programs in the Secondary School. Assistants are a fabulous resource for the Language Department as they contextualise learning for the students and support teachers in developing authentic language teaching materials. Assistants live with Radford families during their stay, which gives them the opportunity to improve their English language skills and learn about everyday life in Australia. If you are interested in hosting an assistant in the future, please express your interest on the Host Family Expression of Interest form.

Below is a reflection by Jennifer Yang, who recently arrived from China to begin her role as Language Assistant. Welcome Jennifer!

Hi, everyone! I’m the Chinese assistant from Radford College’s sister school – The High School Affiliated to Beijing International Studies University (EWFZ). It’s my pleasure to be here. Since the beginning of this month, I have learnt many things from both teachers and students.

Most students in the Chinese classes have the curiosity to learn about: what Chinese schools are like? Therefore, this article maybe helpful.

In Beijing, we don't allow students to use their mobile phones or laptops. This is a really big difference between Radford College and my school. We think using electronic devices will distract the students’ attention. But I think students can do lots of things by using their laptops. For instance, playing Kahoot, it’s a good website to review what they have learnt and students like it.

It’s a good opportunity for all the students to be able to learn three languages in Year 7, because they can know which language they are interested in. In China, we start to learn English when we are in Year 1 and we have English classes every day. Most students in China are good at reading. For the English college entrance examination, students have to learn up to 3,500 words.

The students here are really creative. For example, we made lanterns in the class because the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is coming soon. They did well and I could see their imagination and creativity.

In China, most students are shy when they are asked to perform in the class. But here, students want to share their thoughts and express themselves confidently, that’s the thing Chinese students should learn.

It’s really a good opportunity to work at Radford College. I hope I will have a beautiful experience with the students and teachers during my stay here.

Jennifer Yang

Action on the Netball court

Sports Report, 26 Sept 2018

24 September 2018

Equestrian, Netball, Basketball, Football, Futsal

Equestrian, by Lee Hogg
Kayla Hogg at the Royal Adelaide ShowAfter qualifying for the Royal Adelaide Show (her first) Kayla Hogg rode in the 12–18 years junior class. Together with her pony Alcheringa Tradition, aka Cynan, they placed in four of their five rounds, winning the Grand Prix and tying for highest point score. We are proud of this fantastic effort.

Winners are grinners! Radford White had a fantastic win over BAS Zoom in the Cadets Division 3 grand final on Saturday. The match was close until half time with the final margin blowing out to a whopping 14 goals. Congratulations to coach Brooke Smith and the players, who showed tenacity and skill to end up with this great victory!

Under 12 PenguinsEight teams participated in grand finals over the weekend. The U12 Girls Division 4 Penguins played early on Saturday morning and spent most of the game in the lead but ultimately went down by one point. The cheering in the stadium was so loud that we didn’t even hear the final buzzer!

Our top boys team, the U19 Boys Division 1 Heat, won their grand final against Marist by two points. The bleachers were a sea of Radford Year 12 jumpers, creating an electric atmosphere – thank you to all the students and staff who came out to support the boys.

The U19 Girls Division 3 Breakers had a comfortable win over an undefeated Belconnen Ramblers in their grand final on Saturday evening.

Runners Up
U12 Girls Division 4 Penguins, def. 18­–17
U14 Boys Division 5 Pacers, def. 35–32
U14 Girls Division 3 Rave def. 26–23
U19 Boys Division 5 Giants def. 33–27

U19 Boys Division 1 Heat, win 49–47
U16 Girls Division 4 Comets, win 13–10
U12 Boys Division 3 Bears, win 34–23
U19 Girls Division 3 Breakers, win 38–23

The victorious U19 Division 1 Boys basketball team

Winter Sports Presentation Wrap-up
Please see the attached for the list of award winners.

We are looking for another Year 5 boy for our U11 Division 2 Open team. The team will train on Fridays after school until 5.00 pm and play on Sunday afternoons at Radford in Term 4, 2018 and Term 1, 2019. New and experienced players are welcome. If your son is interested in joining the team, or for further information, please contact Dianne.Wilson@radford.act.edu.au.

Mia De Bortoli and Sophie Genn received awards for their achievements in Chinese language aquisition

Chinese language achievement awards

25 September 2018

Mia De Bortoli, Year 12

Two Radford students recognised for their language ability

By Mia De Bortoli, Year 12

The Australia China Friendship Society is a voluntary non-profit organisation that aims to promote friendship and understanding between the peoples of Australia and China. The Society has been in existence in the ACT for over 40 years. The Society also encourages an awareness of China in schools, presenting two awards to secondary schools and colleges that teach Mandarin. I was honoured to receive the 2018 Achievement Award along with Sophie Genn, who received the Best Student Award of Mandarin at Radford College.

Together with other award recipients, parents, teachers and friends, we were invited to The Cultural Office of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in O’Malley for the presentation. We received our certificates and book awards from Mr Yang Zhi, the Minister Counsellor for Culture. We were then treated to traditional stories, poems, Chinese opera singing and a shadow dance video along with a delicious Chinese lunch. As it is the Mid-Autumn Festival we were also offered exquisite traditional mooncakes.

We would like to thank our Chinese teacher Ms Jie Li for this lovely experience and for attending the ceremony with us.

The recent Collegians' reunion gathering and tour brought the past and the present together

College reunions

26 September 2018

By Claire Osborne, Collegian (1999)

A reunion of graduates from 30, 20 and 10 years ago marked the College’s coming of age

By Claire Osborne, Collegian (1999)

In September, the Radford Collegians’ Association and Radford College hosted the first reunion of graduates from the College from 30 years ago. In our biggest welcome-back function to date, we hosted over 200 students and teachers from the classes of 1988, 1998 and 2008.

Fiona Godfrey addresses collegians from the classes of 1988, 1998 and 2008

The TB Millar Hall was the scene for rowdy chatter, squeals of excitement and expressions of genuine delight to be back at Radford. Collegians and their families enjoyed catching up with old friends and being introduced to newly arrived family members.

The drinks (with thanks to the Leyshon family of Mallaluka Wines) and nibbles flowed as guests were entertained by a jazz band that included two current Year 12 students – Adam Davidson and Matthew Trigge – and enjoyed viewing displays of photos from their era. Principal Fiona Godfrey’s welcome to the collegians was an opportunity for guests to hear more about the current and future directions of the College.

Collegians viewed photos from their era at the recent reunion

The night’s highlight was the prefect-led tours of the school. As collegians wandered the corridors, reminiscing about their time at Radford, they stopped to look at the honour boards and pictures around the place, and posed for photos along the way.

Reunion tours were popular with guests

Collegians were impressed by the well-resourced ‘new’ (for them!) Mackinnon Senior School and reminisced about the luxuries of the old common room with ‘a jaffle iron, boiling water and coke machine’. The current vending machine left collegians less-than-impressed, however, with the contents being assessed as ‘way too healthy’.

The Collegians’ Association appointed year group ambassadors to organise after parties for each cohort. Thank you to ambassadors Genevieve Quilty (1988); Yersheena O’Donoghue (1998); and Kelsey Davis, Matt Vincent and Amy Kominek (2008) for their efforts to make the night a success.

Many guests reported that the evening went by too quickly, and collegians are already pledging to catch up more regularly:

‘I loved seeing everyone – it was the best night!!’ – Felicity Ford
‘Such a fun night! So many laughs and so great to catch up.’ – Laura Gaskell
‘What a great night! Bunch of legends’ – Jane Leyshon
‘Was a lovely evening. Not long enough.’ – Genevieve Lai 
‘It was great to see everyone, am very glad I came.’ – Anne-Louise Rentell

Reunion tours

Facebook groups were alive with posts from those unable to attend ‘wishing they were here’. Some graduates hosted a ‘mini reunion, a few thousand million miles from Canberra with dinner in Switzerland’.

An affirming email sent to the Collegians’ Association and the College stated that ‘at our after event there was much talk of the impact of the event, hospitality and the impressiveness of the leaders of the College tours … these events are significant for many who attend – there were quite a few in the Class of 88 who had not set foot on the campus since they left – some 30 years ago! They felt very welcome’.

Radford’s collegians network is special in the way that it brings graduates together and continues the Radford story. The Collegians’ Association, through its website, is that network in action. To read Collegian stories, keep up to date with the latest news and view photos from events, go to radfordcollegians.com.au

Junior School athletes were enthusiastic participants at the recent championships

ACT 12 & Under Athletics Championships

25 September 2018

Andrew Sullivan, Athletics Manager

PBs tumble as JS athletes compete with confidence

By Andrew Sullivan, Athletics Manager

The excellent weather on Tuesday 18 September set the conditions for a fast, dynamic and competitive ACT finals day.

To be competitive, mind and body need to work together in fluid motion, not accepting anything less than their best. Mental preparation to establish a composed, confident state, achieves personal bests.

The bar was raised high this year. Many athletes from a number of schools displayed good technique in the sprints, middle distance and throws, with some inconsistency in the jumps (the little white board is a tricky target!).

Showing promise, many of our athletes achieved a ranking of between 4th to 12th place in the overall standings.

With confidence and determination, Oliver Luppi finished 5th in the 100 metres and 4th in the 200 metres.

After racing competitively in the 70 metres, Isla Murphy concentrated her competitive spirit to place 3rd in the 100 metres.

Xavier Adams achieved a personal best of 14.94 seconds in the 100 metres.

Lara Southwell achieved a personal best in the 70 metres as a result of her positive and determined attitude to compete with confidence in a sprint race.

Isabella Canham threw with strength in the discus and achieved an excellent distance of 19.45 metres. Similarly, Matilda Sullings’ throw of 18.60 metre was a very good result.

Matisse Lardner sprinted with good speed and a natural spring in the long jump while Chelsea Hately responded positively to the competition and worked hard to lift her performance.

Emily Watson, Amber Smith Gibson and Joe Whithear showed excellent endurance and competitive spirit to achieve pleasing results in the 800 and 1500 metres races. Joe won both the 800 and 1500 metres and has applied for selection into the ACT team for Nationals later in the year. Emily achieved 4th place in the 1500 metres and 11th place in the 800 metres while Amber was rewarded with 4th place in the 1500 metres and 5th place in the 800 metres.

Athletics continues to develop in the Junior School and the students’ commitment to their training promises to one day deliver very good results.


Guests at the P&F Trivia Night excelled in trivia wizardry and costume innovation

P&F News, 26 Sept 2018

26 September 2018

by Monique Glavonic, P&F Publicity Coordinator

Latest Fete news, trivia night report and Save the Date for the Radford Ball

Trivia Night
Thank you to the P&F Trivia Committee who organised and hosted a fantastic trivia evening on Friday 21 September. TB Millar Hall was filled with trivia masters wearing an array of costumes and seated at themed tables loaded with food and drink. The challenging questions and wonderful raffle prizes made for a thrilling night. Congratulations to our winners! 

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Radford Ball 2019

Radford Ball - Save the Date

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Places are still available in the Spring Holiday Sports Program

Sports School Holiday Program

26 September 2018

Places available! Book now!

Sports Spring Holiday Programs: Basketball, Cricket, Multi-sport and Rowing
Sports school holiday programs will run in the spring school holidays for students in Years 2 to 8. The Basketball, Cricket and Multi-sport program runs across both weeks of the holidays while the Y6–8 Learn to Row program will run during Week 1 only. 

Book in now and feel free to bring siblings or friends from another school! 

Week 1: Tuesday 2 – Friday 5 October: 

  • PE Games & Multi-sport: 9 am – 5 pm.

Cost: $70 per day / $250 per week; charged to student account.

  • Cricket with Darryle Macdonald: 9 am – 5 pm (Tuesday–Thursday only)

Cost: $70 per day; charged to student account. 

Week 1: Tuesday 2 – Friday 5 October: 

  • Y6-8 Learn to Row program: 8 am – 12 pm.

Cost: Cost added to Splash Squad members' term fees / $200 for all other beginners; charged to student account. Additional $20/day to be bussed back to Radford to join the PE Games & Multi-sport or Cricket programs (participants to be collected at 5 pm from the G Wigg Sports Centre).

Week 2: Monday 8 – Friday 12 October: 

  • PE Games & Multi-sport: 9 am – 5 pm (with option to join Basketball in the afternoon)
  • Basketball with Orhan Memedovski: 1–5 pm  

Cost (charged to student account): 
Full day (9 am – 5 pm) $70 per day / $325 per week 
Half day (Basketball afternoon program only, 1–5 pm) $50 per day / $225 per week 

Bookings and enquiries: Dianne.Wilson@radford.act.edu.au 

Senior Drama presents a reimagined "Antigone"

The Burial at Thebes - Senior Drama

18 September 2018

Nick Akhurst

Be challenged by this timeless story

The Burial at Thebes is Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's adaptation of Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone. Antigone is one of the most famous and compelling figures in Western drama. 

Burial at Thebes; Senior Drama

This play explores the aftermath of a civil war where family fought family and the question is asked: “Where do our loyalties lie? With our family or the State?”  

Antigone has lost both her brothers to war as they fought for opposing ideals. Creon, her uncle and the new king of Thebes, buries one as a hero and refuses to bury the other, as he is considered a traitor. Creon proclaims that anyone that buries the traitor will be executed. This sets the scene for the clash between what is right and what is the law! Whose view point is right?  

Burial at Thebes; Senior Drama

This is the 10th year in which Jason Golding has directed the Senior Drama Production at Radford College. He has chosen to revisit the story of Antigone in the present, not in the past, to see if the lessons previously learned can help shape our future.  

Burial at Thebes; Senior Drama

We invite you to be challenged by this timeless story, presented by our talented Senior Drama acting and technical students. 

Dates: 18–20 October
Time: 7pm
Venue: TB Millar Hall
Tickets: online https://www.trybooking.com/YGIX






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