Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 2 – 1 August 2018

Staff Insights

Dr Adrian Johnson, Head of Secondary School

From the Head of Secondary School – 1 Aug 2018

30 July 2018

Two events highlight the Radford spirit

Year 12 Revue 2018There was no shortage of opportunities in Week 1 to help me gain a sense of what Radford College was like, but two events were standouts for me.

Our first Secondary School Assembly of the new term was significant on a number of levels. Agenda items ranged from an exhilarating performance by the Cross Rhythm Percussion Group, to very amusing verbal and video reports about recent overseas tours, to hearing from our guests from Stanford Lake College in South Africa.

Year 12 Revue 2018

I was also impressed with the manner in which students acknowledged the achievements of other students: whether it was our Sports Prefects, Jem George and Rose Williams, recognising outstanding athletes at the national and international level, or the audience’s warm and respectful applause in response. This culture of mutual respect was a pleasure to witness.

And then there was the Year 12 Revue: Radladdin; an event for which I am not sure any amount of briefing could have fully prepared me! The plot included all the essential ingredients of a modern story: a nasty character who, ultimately, found redemption through adversity, a ‘bromance’ which was tested to breaking point, a Communist sub-plot and, my favourite scene, the ‘dance-off’!

Year 12 Revue 2018

There was also a goodly number of subtle jibes related to those school staples: canteen food, uniforms and school rules! They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and so it follows Mrs Rentsch, Mrs Woods and Father Richard are clearly held in high esteem by the Class of 2018! However, I am left to wonder: what really did happen to my predecessor? Did Mr O’Regan really succumb to the ‘Dark Side’?? What a wonderful production: the likes of which I have only really seen before in university residential colleges.

Congratulations to Year 12 and especially the student Directors: Oli Golding, Fi Wang and Annie Ioannou!

Thank you to students, staff and parents for making me feel so welcome this week. I feel blessed to be part of the Radford College community.

Year 12 Revue 2018

Image credit: 'Agnus Dei', Francisco de Zurbarán, 1635-40, Museo del Prado

The prophetic voice, part II

30 July 2018

Nathan, the prophet, dares to confront the wrongdoing of King David.

It’s a confronting story in 2 Samuel 11. David had everything. He was king. He already had many wives and many more concubines. But Uriah’s wife was captivating, her beauty cast a spell and David had to have her. So, he contrived a way, as only kings can, to make Bathsheba a widow and have what he lusted after. He organised the battles, directed the soldiers and orchestrated the death of Uriah. And as Jeff Buckley wrote and Leonard Coen sang, Bathsheba drew from David ‘the hallelujah’. 

In David’s day, Nathan was the prophet and he stood face-to-face with the emboldened king and beguiled him with a story 2 Samuel 12. It was a simple allegory, which we can paraphrase like this:

In the town there was rich and powerful man, and a poor man who had nothing but a single ewe lamb, which he raised.  it grew up with him and his children, it even drank from his cup. When a guest came, instead of one of his own flock, the rich man stole the ewe and served her up for dinner. 

David heard Nathan’s story and snapped. He saw the gross inequality, he felt the sufferings of the vulnerable, and saw the vulgar injustice of the powerful. He slapped the table and declared that the man who had done this wrong must be brought to justice! 

Nathan stared down David: “You are the man!” 

There are many transformative insights in this story: 

  • Injustice (misogyny, deceit, murder, theft) can never be left unchallenged, no matter the power imbalance.
  • Betrayers of kingdom values can be out the front as its flag-bearers (David), while the poor or outsider can often model its core virtues best (Uriah the Hittite), and 
  • Grace:  even when we mess it up and get it horribly wrong, God’s action will not be thwarted. In short, nothing is big enough to obstruct God’s gracious working among us and in the world. That is a short summary of the historical biblical narrative by the way: human beings falter and God acts graciously. 

Lots of questions emerge, but a perennial might be: how do you draw the attention of the powerful to their immorality, deceit, or wickedness? Following Jesus means standing with the poor, the oppressed, the vulnerable. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr, the church is ‘neither the master nor the servant of the state’, but rather its ‘conscience’. He continues: the church must be the state’s ‘guide and critic’, ‘never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority’. 

The psalm that accompanies the story of Nathan in the order of service for this week is penitential, Psalm 51. Verse 6 is as follows: 'You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart'. 

O God, bring truth to our hearts. Put within us a new and right spirit. Let this take root in our homes and then in our nation. Let restoration, reconciliation, generosity and grace be the outpourings of our identity as a people; let us work to restore and repair what justice demands. Amen

Fr Richard

Over 200 Chunions were made daily for recess

H for History #21: The Chunion

31 July 2018

A canteen classic from the beginning of Radford Time

By George Huitker, Director of Service Learning

This H for History article is dedicated with respect to all the Canteen staff who have quite literally served the Radford Community over the decades. 

For me, the chunion was a beacon of light in a cold and dreary winter’s day. My mouth would start watering in Period 1 and I was always anxious that I might miss out because they never made enough. That first bite into the soft cheesy, oniony, tomatoey goodness was a heaven I continue to long for. Jane Leyshon, Class of 1998 

Chunion: Contraction of Cheese and Onion? I remember they were served on greaseproof paper that would stick to the cheese side. Leaving a rather satisfying oil stain. You know it’s good!  They were on a wholemeal bread roll too. Nick Brightman, Class of 2001. 

The chunion is a heavenly creation. Rachel Brightman, Class of 2003.  

There have been a lot of food items at the Radford College canteen vying for the illustrious title of 'Most Popular Snack of the Last 35 Years'. Many lay controversial claim to the throne: the omnipresent banana bread served in the decade since Foundation; microwaved chickadees between a cheesy bun; scrumptious summer rolls that even made stringy mung bean sprouts delicious; hash-brown burgers; spinach triangles that tasted even better than those you got at the shops; or even the infamously crispy yet strangely soft cinnamon donuts – extinct since 2006. Yet recent research, surveying, formal discussion and booming Facebook posts from students past have revealed that the all-time winner in the hearts, minds and taste buds of our collegian body is (insert sound file of Beethoven’s 5th here) … The Chunion.  

Rachel Roberts (Class of 1995), 'Chunions were the best! OMG – making me hungry just thinking of them!' Yes, even the name is enough to conjure up memories of cold winters when the teenage mind was often too frozen to kickstart any serious journey into the hills of academia. The only solution? Somehow to survive until recess in that hope that your Period 2 teacher has let you out early enough for you to precariously sprint down the stairs near the library to the canteen, from which you may well be one of the first to get a whiff of that heavenly aroma of melted cheese mixing with tomato sauce and garlic, while enveloping some unsuspecting morsels of bacon – or tinned ham – there is apparently controversy surrounding this. 

Helen Taylor and Lyn Meyers ran the canteen To settle things once and for all, I did some tricky forensic research into the deep, dark, unfathomable caverns of time (i.e., the 1980s) with the aid of the ever-reliable Collegians Facebook page. It was there that I discovered a vital link in the chun-lutionary chain through a comment posted by Peter Keay (Class of 1990) informing us that his 'favourite tuck shop lady', his mother, Madeleine, may be responsible. As all mothers are avid Facebook observers, she promptly replied, 'Yes, Peter – the "Chunion" was introduced to us at the Richmond Primary School Tuck Shop (Western Australia) where it was very popular. I suggested it to Mrs Lyn Meyers at Radford College Canteen, when I was a helper there all those years ago. I think it would have been 1988 …. It proved to be very popular there also.'

From there I contacted Lyn via her son Duncan (Class of 1990), and she put the recipe and pricing controversy firmly to rest: 

1 sliced hot dog bun, spread with tomato sauce, finely chopped onion and ham, topped with grated cheese and placed in an oven until the cheese was melted and browned. (Sometimes the kids could not wait for that to happen!) It sold for 40 cents and we made 200 each day. Thank heavens for our volunteer Mums!

In the early days of the college, the pie ovens worked in overdrive, and eventually microwaves were utilised to appease the demand and teenage impatience. The school would have made significant profit due to students like Adam Van Apeldoorn (Class of 1999), who informs us that 'It was not uncommon for me to order 4 at recess'. Kirsti St Welling Shaw (Class of 1998) concurs: 'I would have 4 back then and it didn’t impact me. Ohhhhh how I wish I still had that metabolism.'

Suzanne Goddard makes Croquembouche attempting to oust chunionsThe chunion’s impact, like its aroma, lasted beyond digestion and was in fact far-reaching. Radford mum Kathy Cameron could not stop making them after her stint in the canteen. Reveals her son Ewen (Class of 1999), 'She has been known to wheel them out'. Teacher Suzanne Goddard apparently also had her early Year 7 Food Science classes practising the fine art of chunionisation. Her own extensive and recent research on the internet into the chunion, led her to the following perhaps irreverent and alternate definition: 'A form of armpit odour that resembles a combination of cheese and onion. Usually experienced after hard work or a hot day.' Regardless of Suzanne’s expert tuition, most collegians have found that the item’s scrumptious quality may well be unique when concocted within the Radford environs. As Jill Dixon Carter (Class of 2006) attests, 'I’ve attempted to make these at home, but they’re never quite the same'. 

Controversy still rages about which half of the chunion is the best. As Peter Shaw (Class of 1991) opines, 'It was a good day when you received a chunion made from the bottom half of the bread roll, rather than the top'. But Warren Adair (Class of 1990) tersely disagrees, 'I preferred the top'. Regardless of preference, Kirstie Hardy (Class of 1996) wonders 'Why and when did they ever stop serving these? Tragedy. They were the best. Bring back the chunion'. This view was reinforced by Rebecca Sealy (Class of 1998) who requests 'Bring back the chunion … my son would love these!!!!' 

Karen Williams, Canteen Manager with George Huitker and Canteen staff member Lisa Williams (Class of 1989).Well Kirstie and Rebecca, I went down to the Radford Canteen – now fashionably re-named and lower-cased as 'radfood' – and asked manager, Karen Robinson if there was any chance of the chunion’s second coming, as they were last seen around 2006.

'We do follow the national nutritional guidelines', she explains. 'And with that huge amount of cheese, even if we use light cheese …' (I have a feeling the reporter started to pout and get a little teary at this point.) 'But', Karen continued, 'we could definitely put them on as a special, like the 2018 State of Origin donuts.'

I asked Karen how often items could appear on special and she replied, 'We could do them a couple of times a term if the kids are going to buy them'. So, dear current crop of canteen connoisseurs, that culinary treat described by many as a 'heavenly creation' may well be coming your way soon. While it may be prudent to not sample in lots of four, it would be novel indeed to reconnect with the students of the past using your taste buds. 

Could any former staff or collegians wishing to input to the new school history and/or claim their profile on the Collegians page, please contact him at: George.Huitker@Radford.act.edu.au or fill out the form at https://radfordcollegians.com.au/help-h/. All past “H for History” articles are housed at: https://radfordcollegians.com.au/h-for-history.


Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 1 Aug 2018

1 August 2018

The term begins with staff and student achievements

Dates to Remember 

Wed 8 Aug

Year 1–4 Piano recital


Thurs 9 Aug

Year 5/6 Health Workshop for parents

Engaging students is an important step in student learning, as opposed to student work. Engaging students in today’s world is a little harder than in the past. Today we face far more external challenges.

We really enjoy this challenge, as it reminds us each day of why we became teachers. To engage students, we too must be engaged. To engage students, we need to reach a point where we are all 'in task' and not 'on task', a point where we are learning and not just working.

As we grow, we are focusing more and more upon the art of teaching, in our case the art of teaching in an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme setting. To better engage and empower both the teacher and student, we are seeking to break our teaching and learning into three phases.

Firstly, to 'ignite curiosity' – short, explicit teaching time, with a focus upon what we intend to learn. We then move to 'student exploration', where we group or individualise learning inquiry, thinking routines, and lastly, 'final sharing' where we come back together to reflect and formatively review.

This protocol enhances the teaching for our staff as it continuously challenges us. Most importantly, it enhances the student learning. Our classrooms, our learning hubs, are living and learning spaces. To sustain this, we must work as a team, a team that shares and reflects.  

Following Week 1, we are well and truly on our way.

Shout Outs
Congratulations to the girls and boys (PreK to 6) who received shout outs at our recent celebrations.   

Congratulations also to the students who participated in the 2018 Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians and the ICAS Science competition

And in the spirit of celebrating all our learners: congratulations to Ms Jessica Ford (6JF) for her Maths award, a ‘Matific Prize’ from the Western Sydney University, for leading Maths in Primary Schools. Jess was awarded her prize last week in a ceremony at the University. 

Celebration Shout Outs 

KAS – Ethan Yang

KSG – Eva Guo

KCH – Lexi Ritchie

1MH – Michael Woods

1AT – Austin Saunderson

2JG – Jacob Hately

2BF – William Miller

3DO – Carys Hodgkinson

3PC – Owen Scowcroft

3RB – Oliver Williams

4OM – Ellie Chapman

4JO – Lucas Allen

4KP – Louis Thai

4CD – Abigail Lenson

6TW – Jacinta Henderson

6JF – Liam Norton

6HB – Oscar Watt

6TH – Kalea Ford

Ms Goggin – Madison Lenson (5TMi)

Señora Stevens – Joshua Twigg (1MH)

Ms Halford – Laura Baker (3EC)

Knowledgeable and independent 

Creativity and love of learning

Independence and perseverance

Commitment and love of learning

Love of learning and enthusiasm

Self-regulation and principled

Self-regulation and responsibility

Principled and respectful


Fairness and integrity

Enthusiasm and zest

Honesty and communicator

Enthusiasm and love of learning

Humour and confidence

Self-regulation and self-management

Empathy and social intelligence

Integrity and kindness

Inquirer and love of learning



Confidence and curiosity

Note: There were no Year 5 Shout Outs this week as they were away on an excursion and did not attend Celebration. 

Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians
Congratulations to the following students for their achievements in the 2018 Mathematics Challenge. 

Certificate of Distinction

Ryan Pham

Jordan Scholfield

Pranav Vallurupalli

Certificate of Proficiency

Anya Arora

William Squires

William Yang

Jack Dimond

Will Howarth

Aditi Jakilet

Max Johnson 

Certificate of Credit

Maxwell Beever-Robinson

Aayush Bhatia

Alexander Couldrick

Anvi Gupta

Simon Mai

Priyanka Ramkumar

Sophia Ji

Eliza Lilley

Ramon Luo

Sebastian Leigh

Henry Johnson

Certificate of Participation

Catherine Mai


ICAS Science Competition 

High Distinction

Rishhi Elango 3DO

Joshua Alex 4JO

Aayush Bhatia 5TMi

Jakson Kang 5TEM



Charles Kendall 3DO

Nadia Yao 4JO

Carlo Ghirardello 5SD

Daniel Flynn 5SD

Ernest Hodgkinson 5JC

Priyanka Ramkumar 5TEM

Amber Smith Gibson 5JC

William Squires 5TMI

Sophia Ji 6HB

Pranav Vallurupalli 6TH 

Lindy Braithwaite, Dean of Senior Studies, Years 11–12

Subject selection does not set pathway in stone

1 August 2018

Key skills and dispositions central to learning

By Lindy Braithwaite, Dean of Senior Studies, Years 11–12

The last week or so for families in the secondary school has no doubt been tumultuous as students decide their electives for 2019. As a professional now guiding students making these decisions, I am often reminded of the tears and angst I subjected my parents to when I was in that position. The choices seem overwhelming and it is easy to conceive that these decisions will dictate all things for the future. When I was deciding my electives, I chose an eclectic mix of subjects I found interesting, and Chemistry, with which I had a bit of a love–hate relationship. Fast forward two years and the decision around what pathway I would take beyond high school loomed for me. Maths was my strength, so family members guided me towards Accounting. I began university and immediately fell in love with my Economics and Law subjects. By mid-first year at university I had changed my direction.

For students in high school today we know that their career outlook is likely to look different to ours. Data from the Department of Employment in their Household, Income, and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) report suggests that they will have as many as 17 different employers and 5 separate careers (Department of Employment, 2013). The type of work and the careers they will enter may also not exist today. It is therefore vital that key skills and dispositions are central to their learning. The most recent Australian Jobs Snapshot (Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018) , produced by the Department of Jobs and Small Business, lists: digital literacy, critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, adaptability and resilience, as important.

At Radford, whether a student chooses to study Art, Exercise Science, Japanese or Legal Studies and so on, they will be developing Radford Learner Traits. This was never more evident than at the recent Year 12 Revue, Radladdin. Students pooled their talents in areas such as creative writing, digital media, business and finance, music, dance, sound and light engineering, woodwork, art, costume design and more. But what was most rewarding to witness was the initiative, teamwork, problem solving, resilience and communication skills demonstrated by the 100-plus students involved. It was a resounding success and gave comfort to know that now, only a few months out from graduation, they are ready to take on the world.

Never have so many pathways to careers been available through all manner of apprenticeships, traineeships and higher educational institutions. Bridging courses, transferring qualifications, recognition of prior learning and so on, mean that few careers are out of the question due to subject choices at high school. I am confident that in your family you will have examples that demonstrate this also.

Our message to students, and the evidence supporting this advice, remains consistent.

  • Choose subjects that you like and success will follow.
  • If you have yet to find that spark, then be prepared to try.
  • Whatever choices you make, invest in them, don’t bail out at the first hurdle.

We hope that the subject selection process has gone smoothly for your child. As they progress towards the senior school, encourage them to try work experience and please share with them what lead you to your vocation. Our timetable will be built in the next few months bringing together the thousands of preferences in a highly complex jigsaw puzzle that will determine staffing, line structure and resources allocation. As a result, the ability to cater for changes of mind will diminish but, nonetheless, please discuss this with the appropriate person if your child does have a change of heart and we will do our best.


Mr Bill Weigall, Assistant Principal – Curriculum Assessment and Reporting, Years 7–10

Mrs Lindy Braithwaite, Dean of Senior Studies, Years 11–12 

Department of Employment 2013, Household, Income, and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA), Melbourne, accessed 31 July 2018, <https://melbourneinstitute.unimelb.edu.au/>.

Department of Jobs and Small Business 2018, Australian jobs snapshot, Canberra, accessed 31 July 2018, <https://docs.jobs.gov.au/documents/australian-jobs-snapshot>.

Fell, A 2015, Job mobility in Australia, McCrindle, accessed 31 July 2018, <https://mccrindle.com.au/insights/blog/job-mobility-australia/>

Radford Institute and 2018 Dirrum Festival present Rev Tim Costello AM

Rev Tim Costello AO on the power of education

19 July 2018

Tim Costello’s talk at Radford will be an inspirational introduction to the 2018 Dirrum Festival.

Dirrum Festival 2018 and The Radford Institute are pleased to present ‘Education: Our powerful weapon to change the world’, a talk by Rev Tim Costello AO.

Join us for this free event on Wednesday 8 August at 6.30 pm in the Heath Lecture Theatre. RSVP here.

Chief Advocate for World Vision Australia and social justice campaigner, Tim Costello is a passionate advocate for the transformative effects of education.

As an introduction to the 2018 Dirrum Festival, which takes place on Saturday 18 August, Tim’s talk will be an inspiring foreshadowing of the Festival’s themes 'Truth-telling and Power' and 'Shared Sustainable Prosperity’. More details about the Festival, including speakers and associated events, are available on the Dirrum website

Winter Concert 2018

Music to warm up winter

20 July 2018

Kirsten Knight, Director of Strings

The Winter Concert returns

by Kirsten Knight, Director of Strings, Acting Head of Cocurricular Music

Our 2018 Winter Concert will take place in the TB Millar Hall on Thursday 2 August. The concert begins at 5.30 pm and entry is free. This concert showcases a variety of groups including string orchestras, choirs, concerts bands and ensembles. It will also feature two of our Year 12 solo musicians, Matthew Trigge on trumpet, and Anoushka Liyanage on flute.

Register now for Summer Sports!

Summer Sports Rego Closes 8 August

1 August 2018

Register now for Summer Sports

Registrations for Summer Sport (Term 4 – 2018, Term 1 – 2019) opened last week.

Please note, registrations close on Wednesday 8 August

Register here: Co-Curricular Registrations


For more information, click here.


Maths champions, Ryan Stocks, Emily Li, Stone Sima and Brianna Wiseman

World champs in mathematics modelling

30 July 2018

Judged 'outstanding’ from 55 teams from 30 countries

Four Radford students have topped the world in an international real-life maths challenge.

Year 12 students Ryan Stocks, Emily Li, Stone Sima and Brianna Wiseman were one of only two teams to qualify to represent Australia in the International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IM2C).

It was announced during the school holidays that the Radford team's entry was the only one to receive the ‘outstanding’ designation among the 55 team entries from 30 countries and regions around the world.

IM2C is a mathematical modelling competition in which teams visualise, understand and apply mathematics to develop an original mathematical model that solves a common problem.

Teams this year were asked to develop a decision-making model to help solve a problem that students might face in their daily lives: deciding which hospital would be the best choice for non-emergency treatment.

Ryan, Emily, Stone, Brianna and team advisor and maths teacher Kym Palfreman will fly to Melbourne for a series of events, with an award presentation ceremony on 18 August.

They will be joined by the four teams whose reports were designated ‘meritorious’ in the final judging. Those teams come from schools in Shanghai (China), Dobbs Ferry (United States), Taipei (Taiwan) and Bandung (Indonesia).

Radford Rowing

Rowing Information Presentation

19 July 2018

Vicky Spencer, Director of Rowing

Want to try rowing? It’s never too late to join Radford Rowing

by Vicky Spencer, Director of Rowing

Students in Year 6­–12 who are interested in trying Rowing this summer are invited to hear from the team at our information evening on Tuesday 7 August at 6 pm. You can take up rowing at any age or stage. It is never too late to get in a boat! If you’re in Year 6 and enjoy splashing around in the water; in Year 7 or 8 and ready for some competition; or in Year 9, 10 and 11 and want to train to get fit and strong, come along and find out more.

When: Tuesday 7 August at 6 pm
Where: Heath Lecture Theatre
Contact: Vicky Spencer

Nikki Rossendell (fifth from left) and her friends are urging everyone to get their Dirrum tickets before they sell out.

2018 Dirrum Festival set to sell out!

1 August 2018

Dare to agree, dare to disagree

By Year 12 student Nikki Rossendell

You should get your ticket to Dirrum Dirrum, before its too late!

Last year's festival sold out and the 2018 event, which runs from 1–9 pm on SATURDAY 18 AUGUST 2018, looks set to do the same.

Buy your tickets online now to avoid disappointment.

In addition to an impressive list of guest speakers, Dirrum boasts a true festival atmosphere and a mini-market of local business – Base Soaps (handmade soap), The Biltong Company (beef jerky), The Hungry Brown Cow (brownie sandwiches) and Tusk Books (local author) – will operate stalls in the one-hour lunch break between speaker sessions.

There will also be fashion stalls selling products made with ethically-sourced materials (OceanZen, HoMie and Ur Sain); live music and dancing by local artists; hot food and Timor coffee.

As I said in my address to last week's assembly:

In a nutshell, Dirrum is an event held at Radford that provides a platform where a whole bunch of different people, with a whole bunch of different backgrounds, from a whole bunch of different places from around the world, are brought into our very own Heath Lecture theatre, and they talk about a whole bunch of different ideas for about 20 minutes each. Kind of like speed dating but with ideas instead of potential life partners.

This year the theme for Dirrum is truth-telling, and I will be honest with you.

I’m working on it, but I have very little life experience, and I am most definitely naïve to a lot of things about the world but… I do know is that exposing yourself to new ideas and different ways of thinking, ideas you agree with and, equally important, ideas that you find that you disagree with, provides you with a much broader bank of values to draw on to inform your own opinions. So that you can pretend you know what you are doing until, like me, you actually have more time to get some of that life experience everyone talks about.

Being better informed will give you the confidence to align what you truly think to the decisions you make.


So that is why you should come on Saturday the 18th of the 8th 2018… I dare you to agree, I dare you to disagree. Challenge the speakers ideas, challenge your ideas. Come because you think you’ll love it, come even if you think you are going to hate it. Come to be inspired, don’t come to listen to people speak but come to hear what they have to say. Come to Dirrum.

Speakers for the festival include:

Peter Greste
Gillian Triggs
Emma Adams
Kirsty Windeyer
Matthew Stocks
Ellen Jacobsen
Steph Gabriel

Don't forget the preliminary event when Dirrum Dirrum, in conjunction with the Radford Institute, presents Tim Costello on 'Education: Our powerful weapon to change the world' at 6.30 pm on WEDNESDAY 8 AUGUST.

 L-R: Delegates Lauren Nicholson, Nikita Chandekar, and Elise Northcote

Students participate in ACT Constitutional Convention

30 July 2018

By Lauren Nicholson, Y11

Radford students engaged with the challenges of the Constitution

By Lauren Nicholson, Year 11 

Year 11 students Nikita Chandekar, Lauren Nicholson and Elise Northcote attended the ACT Constitutional Convention on 26–27 July 2018. 

The 2018 ACT Constitutional Convention was an enlightening two days, packed with provoking speakers, constant back-and-forth debates, and free pocket Constitutions (always on hand and ready to fire). The overarching theme of the convention was whether or not the Commonwealth Parliament of Australia should have specific powers to legislate for the environment. Over the two days of the convention we considered a broad range of arguments both for and against the question, and conducted our own research to help come to final verdicts. 

The first day of the convention was held at the National Archives (conveniently based at Old Parliament House, due to repairs). Here we listened to key speakers on the function of the Constitution, its role in Australian democracy, and how to go about changing it, if need be. We paid particular attention to the significant Franklin Dam Case of 1983 and the High Court battle that unfolded as a result. The unclear constitutional powers defined in Section 51 of the Australian Constitution make little reference to the environment, and we heard a first-hand account from a ‘no dam’ protester from the Franklin Dam case and her opinion on the matter.

The second day of the convention was held at the ACT Legislative Assembly. Here we split into groups and debated whether or not a constitutional change was necessary, and the harms and benefits of each side. We all came together in different states and territories for a final vote in a mock referendum as to whether or not the change should be adopted. The referendum resulted in a heavy no vote, with NSW and the ACT the only two jurisdictions to support the change.

The two days enabled us to meet with like-minded students from around the Territory and challenge difficult issues of relevance with an open mind, testing our own opinions and forcing us to come together to brainstorm alternative options. Overall the convention was a great experience which I urge other students to attend.

Ruby was made to feel 'at home' by her Singapore friends and family

Round Square Singapore Reflection

31 July 2018

Ruby Archer, student

Ruby Archer shares her exchange experience

At the end of Semester 1, Ruby Archer completed a two-week Year 8 Regional Round Square Exchange at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore. Ruby was hosted by the family of Caitlyn Lee, after Caitlyn had been on exchange to Radford, earlier in Term 2. This is the first time that we have sent a Year 8 student to Singapore on the Regional Exchange and based on Ruby’s reflection, it has certainly had a successful outcome.

By Ruby Archer

I love new experiences – new taste, sights and sounds. Bearing this in mind, it will come as no surprise that I think the best part of my exchange was being constantly surrounded by an unfamiliar environment and culture. Everywhere I went, everything I did was new and exciting. Even things that I routinely do in Australia, like catching the bus to school or going out for dinner resulted in sensory overload with some much to see, catch and do.

My host family made sure I was totally immersed in everything that is Singapore. They were generous with time and experiences. My time with the Lee family let me experience much more about Singapore than any tourist could experience on their own. Being with a Singaporean family showed me a new and unique perspective and one that allowed me to see the world’s interconnectedness.  

Ruby loved the new food experiencesMy favourite place on the exchange was the local market that served a variety of regional dishes, including crab. The crab was served whole, drizzled with salted egg which was then eaten by pulling it apart. It was a wonderful place to go – the tastes, culture, and vibe of Singapore.

The most rewarding aspect of the experience was attending UWCSEA school every day with Caitlyn. I was constantly making comparisons between UWCSEA and Radford College. I could clearly see differences, but more importantly, similarities – in the people, the curriculum and cultures. The school campus was astonishing: 6-storey buildings, a 50-metre Olympic swimming pool, and maybe the most impressive thing of all, a variety of cheap and delicious cuisines located in many canteens around the school. I had thought Radford was quite a large school (and it was, based on my early education experience) but it looked small in comparison with UWCSEA.

During the exchange I was sometimes challenged. For example, I had to perform a song that I had learned an hour ago, to an entire class of people I had meet a few hours earlier. Or perhaps the time when I flew across a 450-metre-long flying fox, 75 metres above the ground on Sentosa Island.

Familiar faces, even in another countryI would absolutely recommend the exchange experience to anyone who could do it. I can’t think of a single excuse for not embracing such an incredible opportunity if it comes along. Participation in an exchange program helps you develop a deeper understanding of yourself and your own identity. It helps you learn and challenge your boundaries. It also shows you how the world works, in a way that textbooks could never. You learn about not only your host country, but also about your home. The most amazing thing is the bond and friendship you develop with your host family – friends for life, I suspect. They became my second family, people that I could share worries and jokes with. People that welcomed me in to their home and let me be part of their own family.

My experience taught me how to be brave and helped me gain the confidence and management I needed to be independent. To use a well-known slogan, if you get the chance 'Just Do It'.

SchoolTV: Body Image

This month on SchoolTV: body image

27 July 2018

Claire Melloy, Assistant Principal Student Development

Why are kids today so obsessed with their body image?

By Claire Melloy, Assistant Principal Student Development

Last night’s presentation at Radford by the Butterfly Foundation gave parents access to a range of tools to use in supporting their children and teens to develop and maintain body confidence. A further resource for parents is contained in this month’s issue of SchoolTV, which focuses on the contemporary obsession on body image, its impact on young people and how parents can act positively to limit negative feelings, beliefs and behaviours. The issue presents interviews with experts in the field, including Christine Morgan, CEO of the Butterfly Foundation; and Melinda Tankard Reist, social commentator and advocate for women and girls.

Kids today are more obsessed with their body image than those in past generations. This is partially influenced by the media and their social connectivity. Encouraging kids to have a healthy body image in childhood, can lay the foundations for good physical and mental health later in life.

A recent study highlighted that body image is one of the top three concerns for Australian youth. Over half of girls in high schools have tried to lose weight. One-third of teenage boys wanted to be thinner and another third wanted to be larger. Children need to understand that their body shape and size is not a reflection of their health or success. Parents and schools need to work together to help kids understand that everyone is born with their own ‘body-suit’.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn how to encourage their child to have a positive body image and why it is so important to their mental health. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and we always welcome your feedback.

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information.

Here is the link to this month’s edition http://radford.act.schooltv.me/newsletter/body-image

Rosie Waddell-Wood taking on the challenges of Orienteering

Sports Report 1 Aug 2018

1 August 2018

Sports Department

Golf, Snowsports, Orienteering and Football reports

Orienteering – Saturday Metro Series
by Toni Brown
Going into the second half of the series, Radford Orienteering Squad students are tracking strongly.

By Round 7, the following students are in contention for series placings. Watch this space for performance tracking across the final 7 seven races.

Final results are based on best 10 of 14 events. Minimum of six events required to qualify for final scoring.


Rosie Waddell-Wood

2nd of 14


Mia Witheford

2nd of 10 (first year in squad)


David Stocks

1st of 15


Toby Lang

2nd of 15


Michael Guthrie

4th of 15


Patrick Shelton Agar

5th of 20


Charlie Seddon

4th of 25 (first year in squad)

Following the ACT School Sport Golf Championships in May this year, Henry Kanis and Matilda Sullings have been selected in the ACT School Sport U12 boys and U12 girls representative golf teams. Henry and Matilda will compete in the National Golf Championships in Victoria in November.  

Radford Snowsports teams taste victory at Regional Championships
by Jonathan Mandl (Technical Director) 

Over three days of competition, 25–27 July, 50 of our athletes from Years 3–12 represented Radford College at the ACT & Southern NSW Interschools championships at Perisher. They competed in five events: Alpine Giant Slalom, Moguls, Ski Cross, Snowboard Giant Slalom and Snowboard Cross

Our team distinguished itself with six team podium positions and three 4th placings, indicating how committed our teams were to backing each other up in the hunt for the podium.

Radford Snowsports team July 2018

With everyone’s focus firmly on achieving a personal best, and backing up their teammates in high spirits, many stories of success were written on each day of competition. We celebrated strong individual improvement over last year’s results and recorded more than 13 individual top-10 performances racing the clock. Special mention goes to eight new members of our team – either new to Radford or new to Snowsports – in their first representative races. They all made impressive debuts and ‘earned their stripes’ – well done!

Once again, Radford College athletes achieved exceptional results of which they can all be proud, building on and applying their skillsets with confidence for the upcoming showdown with their Canberra-only peers in the ACT Schools Cup on 2 September (this event was founded by Radford Snowsports and Snowsports ACT in 2008) and, for those receiving invitations following last week’s regional event, the Australian Interschools Championships from 5–9 September.

The team thanks our wonderfully dedicated parents who supported events by volunteering as course officials over the three days, and all our parents supporting the early starts and long days getting their athletes to the resort on time each day. Special thanks to Mrs Lisa Stocks for her excellent administration and communication in the months leading up to the championships, and also to Mr and Mrs Guererro for getting our teams where they needed to be and managed final logistics during the events. Our thanks also go to Mr Brent Larkham for making it all possible.

Olympian Adam Lambert with Radford snowboarders

Major operations like this cannot be achieved without the background support of families and College staff working together. I’m delighted to report that this was once again achieved, allowing our athletes to enjoy the camaraderie, perform their best and shine in events.

Some impressive statistics from this year’s event:

Subaru ACT–Southern NSW Interschools Championships, Perisher, 25–27 July

• 112 schools competed, including 49 ACT schools

• 993 school students competed (15% increase on 2017 registrations)

• 2,067 total entries (30% increase in snowboard entries from 2017)

• Alpine GS Division 3 (school years 7 & 8) male category received the most entries of any event  

Football – U18 Girls Match Report, Saturday 30 June 
by Vivienne Hook (Manager)

It was a depleted U18 Girls squad that met top-of-the-table Woden Valley United on Saturday, with almost half our team out on school trips to Timor-Leste & Gamilaraay, holidays or injury.

A cheeky wind-assisted early goal by Woden put them on the board, and they followed up with another well-deserved score about 20 minutes into the first half. After that, though, the match became a feisty 'Battle of the Goalies'. Our own Jacinta Buckman was dogged in her defence of at least a dozen Woden attempts at goal, and the Woden goalie was under constant onslaught, with over 20 Radford shots at goal. 

A very tough match against the Woden teamRadford was the dominant team for the second half, but the Woden goalie was relentless and skilful under the constant pressure from Emily Shillington, Sophie Kennedy and Despina Spyridopoulos  actually, almost every Radford player put the ball up in the square, only for it to be snuffled up or deflected by Woden's goalie. The game was scoreless after that 1st-half second goal by Woden and even the Woden line runner commented that, had it not been their goalie's best day this year, the scoreline would be reversed. We kept Woden to their lowest winning score for the season, by a long shot, so that's something to take away from it.

Our thanks to Sophie Kennedy & Cara Martin from the U16 Girls team who subbed up for us – they were invaluable and meshed well with the team. And to Tom Kobal for stepping in as Coach while Nat Vasta was unavailable for the day. And kudos to every member of the team, who played in unfamiliar or challenging positions – they did themselves proud.

Q. Where is the Hagia Sophia?

P&F Trivia Night 2018

20 June 2018

Q. Where is the Hagia Sophia?

If you look forward to medical appointments as an opportunity to scour the pages of Who magazine, Readers Digest or National Geographic, then the 2018 P&F Trivia night is your once-a-year opportunity to shine. Bring your general knowledge of global politics, your obscure facts about anatomy, your surprising repertoire of glamour rock lyrics and show us your inner polymath. Great prizes and lots of fun.

Organise a table of 8–10 friends and get creative to win a prize for best table theme or team uniform.

Individuals are welcome to purchase tickets and be placed on a table.

When: 6.30–9.30 pm, Friday 21 September

Where: TB Millar Hall

Tickets: $10 per head. Book online at TryBooking.

A. Istanbul, Turkey

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Radford College crest

Moderation Day 9 Aug 2018

1 August 2018

Nerida Dyne, EA to HoSS

Pupil-free day for students Y7–Y11.

Moderation Day, Thursday 9 August 

Moderation Day, held twice a year, involves teachers from all ACT Secondary Colleges meeting to discuss and evaluate work samples for Year 11 and 12 students from the previous semester.

  • Please note, as per the College calendar, this is a pupil-free day for students in Years 7–11.

  • Students in Year 12 are required to attend the College on Moderation Day (Thursday 9 August) for an AST Practice test. Students have been advised of arrangements for this day.

Moderation Day does not affect Junior School students.


Bus Changes - Have Your Say!

Feedback to Transport Canberra

Have your say: Direct email TCCS.MySchoolJourney@act.gov.au ; Feedback form https://yoursay.act.gov.au/; Survey https://canberrabuses.com.au/schools/; Regional roadshow event https://canberrabuses.com.au/calendar/. Read Radford submission in this document.


SUNSMART - hats on for August!

Hats required from 1 August. After a fabulous hat-free month in chilly July, the UV levels are rising above 3 again and we will require students to wear their broad-brimmed hats for all outside activities again. Please can families ensure students have their hats at school with them again. From: College Nurse, Sophie Davis.