Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 3 – 2 August 2017

Master Plan presentation to parents

Monday, 7 August, 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm, Heath Lecture Theatre, Stewart Architecture presenting

Winter Concert

2017 Winter Concert

Staff Insights

Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

Empowering entrepreneurial thinking

2 August 2017

From the Director of Student Development - preparing students for "Thriving in the New Work Order"

Over the past week, members of the Senior Executive have been meeting with Year 10 students to discuss moving into the senior school, subjects, packages and potential future careers.

One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is watching young people grow up, and I never cease to be amazed by the considered approach that many students take when thinking about their future. In the course of my interviews with them, students expressed interest in a broad and interesting range of careers – many will go on to further study; some will go into apprenticeships; and others will take a gap year, get a job or travel.

What I increasingly notice is a growing spirit of 'entrepreneurial' thinking. For example, one student wants to write a children's book and is already using Wattpad to publish stories (she knew about lead magnets and funnels; I had to look them up). She had already investigated the best copy to write when trying to get published on Amazon. She had researched ebooks and audiobooks. She hopes that any funds she earns will help pay for her to live on campus at the interstate university she will attend. In actively seeking answers to her questions, she knows the options available to her. The days of simply sending a manuscript to a publishing house are clearly over!

The New Work SmartsThe Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) has just released The New Work Smarts: Thriving in the New Work Order. The report predicts that, over the next two decades, almost every job will be directly or indirectly changed by automation. FYA suggests that workers in 2030 will spend 30 per cent more time learning on the job than they do now. Desirable skills will include excellent interpersonal skills, strategic and creative thinking and written and verbal communication skills. It is predicted that there will be fewer managers, so workers will have to manage and supervise themselves. As a consequence, the ability to adopt an entrepreneurial approach – such as the one shown by the student mentioned above – will be highly advantageous.

Radford intentionally aims to encourage this entrepreneurial thinking in our students by working to develop their emotional and cognitive skills. While we have focused on emotional intelligence for some time, it is equally important to emphasise relational intelligence, which is the ability to get along with others, to foster cultural understandings and to 'read the room'. These skills are the ability to listen (to know one's audience) and to empathise (to feel what they feel and experience what they experience). Collaboration in a broader sense – not just being able to work in a group but also being able to bring specialist parties together – is one of the key outcomes of relational intelligence.

'Owning' the learning process is based on students having the ability to be self-directed, to self-teach, to show initiative and adapt. The ability to handle rejection and listen to constructive criticism will be key for life and learning. As educators, we need to ensure that we empower students to develop these sought-after skills.

So, even if our young people aren't planning on becoming entrepreneurs, they can be empowered to think like entrepreneurs in their personal and professional problem-solving and will, thereby, be ready to grasp the opportunities available to them.

The full FYA report can be downloaded here.

Chaplain Father Richard Browning

How mindsets shape our world

31 July 2017

Chaplain’s Reflection - Christ's paradigm: the absence of the desire to rule another

Apart from the gospel readings over the previous weeks, the article 'Male headship' by George Browning, former Anglican Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn, (after whom the Radford Browning Early Learning Centre is named), was most helpful in preparing this reflection.

I borrow the title of this article from one of our Dirrum Dirrum 2017 speakers, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, to try to shine some light on recent media coverage of male headship and domestic violence. 

Together we are beautiful: https://groupf8blog.wordpress.com/brian-rogers/There is a small action in a wedding ceremony that often goes unnoticed. One takes the hands of the other and says 'I take you ... to have and to hold from this day forward ...'. Then the hands are released and the reverse takes place: 'I take you ... to have and to hold ...'. This simple action is the hallmark of a Christian wedding: there is a mutual giving and taking and, with vows of unique fidelity, the blessing of God is called down. How is this related to domestic violence?

Is there anything more horrific than the terror of threat and violence in one's own home? There has been much press lately regarding the Church's role in domestic violence, particularly relating to the notion of male headship – a mindset that can create a climate in which domestic abuse takes root. Julia Baird's research and reporting of this is timely and welcomed. Paradigms and the language that expresses them have a profound effect on shaping our realities. Explicit or even implicit teaching of one person's authority over another because of their maleness is anathema to the Lord Christ, whose sovereignty is practised in surrendering to a cross. The overriding paradigm of any who follow Jesus is the absolute absence of the desire to rule another. The prevailing inclination is service. It is in this that we imitate Christ, the servant of all.

It is this Jesus who has captured my heart, my life, my soul.

This Jesus is the face and presence of the invisible God. I worship this God in whom there is no darkness, no hint of violence, anger or vengeance. Jesus reveals this and, in so doing, exposes the root of violence as residing in human inclination. The 'paradigm' of an angry God who casts out and punishes with fire is not consistent with the witness of Christ. But this mindset can give root to a practice where we, too, might do the same. If there is any violence within God, then it is a short step to find reason to be violent ourselves (unless of course we are more compassionate that God!). The resounding testimony of Jesus, in word and action, is plain: God carries no anger nor retribution, but harbours only love and mercy. There is no heart in God for bringing down vengeance on the heads of anyone, only a heart for showering all, no matter our condition, with love, grace and forgiveness.

Jesus is not interested in upholding our culture, he is interested in supplanting it with what is called the kingdom of God. This culture is perfect freedom, yet it is strangely unpalatable. Whilst we, and those like us, can receive God's mercy, we are pushed beyond comfort to accept the shocking news that those who we, too easily, define as 'other' – our outsiders and even our enemies – have equal access to God's love.

And here rests the grace of God, which is so utterly compelling and confronting yet, ultimately, healing and transformative.






Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 2 August 2017

2 August 2017

Assessment reporting, age-appropriate apps, building works, playground, Science, Outdoor Ed, Staffing

Wednesday 2 August Yr 5 Parent Camp Information Morning
Thursday 3 August     Yr 4 Planetarium Incursion
Friday 4 August          Yr 5 Excursion to Parliament House

Assessment and Reporting
Each term and semester brings opportunities for us to share student growth and development. Throughout the year we seek to provide a broad range of formative and summative assessment and reporting models. We seek to share each child's development in as broad a range of areas as possible.

The models for this include:

  • Parent, student and teacher contact: Hopes and Dreams / Parent–Teacher interviews / Learning Journeys; as well as contact when teachers or parents request a meeting.
  • Formative reporting: Throughout the year, families receive five Unit of Inquiry Feedback Reports consisting of unit books and teacher comments as well as a three-point assessment-scale report and student action statement on the unit outcomes. This formative assessment includes all disciplines that are covered within our units.
  • Summative reporting: Our semester reports act as a summative assessment of each student's development against the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards. The recent mid-year report tells us where students sit against this end-of-year standard, and is dependent upon which sections of the end-of-year standard have been covered. Other summative reports include NAPLAN and Allwell assessments.

This term, our eyes are upon PK – Year 5 Learning Journeys and our Year 6 Exhibition, which is a culminating PYP celebration.

We regard this face-to-face reporting as an opportunity to share student understanding, development and depth with parents. Exhibition even provides us with opportunities to view the challenge firsthand.

Apps and ages
A reminder to all our families to check apps and usage on your child's iPad. Apps carry age recommendations, which can be checked. Note that most social media apps carry age restrictions that are above primary school age. While students cannot access such apps during school, we also seek your support in implementing the 'iPad as a learning tool' approach.

Updates and thank you
Building development is continuing at a great pace (I noticed the builders were working late into the evening last Saturday). I thank everyone who runs the drop and go mission each day. We have added extra staff to help each afternoon, and appreciate your support in making sure all our girls and boys are safe. The peak period during pick-up has shortened as well!

To continue to support a 'whole child' approach to each day, we have been focusing on play and playgrounds. In preparation for Kindergarten moving to the top site, Karen Mahar, Chris Martin and a team of staff are investigating playground development that is in line with our approach. We are working within the Master Plan to seek better use of our green spaces, as well as our current surrounds (Gossan Hill and JA Mackinnon Oval) and opportunities for Year 6 leadership of additional play equipment). Additionally, we will further develop some of our more passive areas for Lego and other construction activities.

I thank Dean O'Brien and Jo Keogh for their exciting leadership of the Radford Science Challenge. We had over 30 responses from families across the Junior School. A great way to spend the break!

Outdoor Education Programs
Term 3 heralds the beginning of our Outdoor Education program with Year 5 heading off on camp followed by Year 3 next term.

Outdoor Education programs seek to develop personal growth, social awareness and life skills. In so many ways they provide avenues for teaching the PYP Attitudes (Cooperation, Respect, Tolerance, Confidence, Independence, Curiosity, Creativity, Commitment, Enthusiasm, Appreciation, Empathy and Integrity –I know you already know these words!) as well as the IB Learner Profile.

Rather than these being activity camps, we insist that they be outdoor education and leadership programs.

2018 staff structure
We are moving towards the time of year when we call for potential staff to support our student growth. We have been extremely pleased with the responses to date. At the same time, we continue to support a personal understanding of our girls and boys. We hold to a sense of belonging and community.

I look forward to the term ahead.

Marcus Graham from Stewart Architecture will lead the Master Plan presentation

Master Plan presentation - Monday 7 August

2 August 2017

Celia Lindsay, Communications Officer

Marcus Graham from Stewart Architecture will lead the presentation

By Celia Lindsay, Communications Officer

Master Plan Presentation and Senior Executive Q&A session
Presenters: Marcus Graham, Practice Principal, Stewart Architecture and all members of the College Senior Executive
Date: Monday 7 August
Time: 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm
Venue: Heath Lecture Theatre, Mackinnon Senior School

The College Master Plan has been developed by Stewart Architecture, following a rigorous process of consultation with the community members, the College Board and Senior Executive.  

We are delighted that Marcus Graham, Practice Principal of Stewart Architecture, will be providing a detailed presentation of the plan to parents and friends. There will also be an opportunity for parents and caregivers to ask Marcus and members of the Senior Executive any questions they may have.

First projects from the Master Plan will be:

• New Junior School specialist classrooms (modular building) – already commenced, and scheduled for completion around the end of 2017

• New Year 3 and Year 4 classrooms – completed end 2018

• New Secondary School commons building and outdoor gathering space – completed end 2018

• Refurbishment of Secondary School classrooms – 2017 to 2019.

Don't miss this opportunity for an exciting preview of the future shape of Radford College, and how the new and improved spaces will meet the teaching and learning needs of our community, as well as addressing practical issues such as traffic management and parking on campus.

Master Plan Map

Dirrum Dirrum 2017

Dirrum Dirrum Festival 2017

2 August 2017

Enacting Change: Recognise. Inspire. Lead

Dirrum Dirrum Festival 2017: Saturday 5 August, 2–7 pm: Tickets

With the Dirrum Dirrum Festival only days away, Team17 could not be more excited! After many months of planning, contacting speakers, designing, dreaming and thinking, it's finally here. Below is the line up of speakers and their talk titles, as well as what you can expect from the Festival itself, which kicks off at 2 pm this Saturday, 5 August. Limited tickets are still available, so grab yours here.

It's going to be a cracking event and we encourage everyone to come and be inspired to enact real change.


  • Sam Bailey – 'You Don't Need Wings to Fly'
  • Holly Ransom – 'With Who? And How?: Towards a Common Purpose'
  • Yassmin Abdel-Magied – 'How Mindsets Shape our World'
  • Mark Tedeschi – 'War Crimes on Australian Soil – The Legacy of the Colonial Period'

BREAK – Come and join us to chat with the speakers and for workshops around fresh new projects


  • Holly Ransom – Q&A Session
  • Sarah Bachelard – 'A Unified Field Theory'
  • Toby Gunn – 'Nauru; The Illegal Truth'
  • Richard Stirzaker – 'Small-Scale African Farmers making Big Decisions'
  • Michael Sheldrick – 'From Local Action to Global Impact: Nurturing Global Citizenship in Your Own Backyard'

FESTIVAL – The night doesn't end when the speakers do! Chats with speakers, food, drink and the Illumination are scheduled for after the speaker sessions conclude.

The Festival also features the FINAL PERFORMANCE of our beloved band "George Huitker & Junk Sculpture" – something not to be missed.

Our social media tags will be active throughout the Festival, share your experience with us #dirrum, we can't wait to see what you think!

Dirrum Dirrum speakers

Seniors alpine group

ACT Southern NSW Snowsports Championship

1 August 2017

Jennifer Kerr, Snowsports Captain

A strong Radford cohort attended this major Snowsports event

By Jennifer Kerr, Snowsports Captain

Last week, the Radford Snowsports Team competed at the ACT Southern NSW Snowsports Championships held at Perisher.

Represented by 45 athletes ranging from Year 2 to Year 12, Team Radford headed into the event with enormous enthusiasm and excitement. The event attracted over 1,800 entries with Radford competing alongside over 100 schools from the South Coast, Snowy Mountains and Western NSW regions.

Snowboarders and skiers competed in various races at the meet including:

  • Alpine/Snowboard GS: a timed race on a modified giant slalom course going from flag to flag.
  • Skier/Boarder Cross: is a race that includes bumps and high-banked turns, similar to a snow-covered BMX track.
  • Moguls: skiers are scored on a bumps/jumps course.

    Congratulations to the following students for their individual and team podium finishes:
  • Bethany Richter: 3rd Snowboard GS Division 2
  • Emma Brennan & Maggie Potter:  3rd Boarder Cross Division 3
  • David Reitstatter, William Brake, Tom Ewer & Lachlan Herring: 3rd Alpine Division 3
  • Jennifer Kerr, Lara Franks, Sarah Brake & Rosie Joshua: 2nd Alpine Division 1

Division 1 Girls - 2nd place  Snowboard medallists


Individual invitations to Nationals at Mt Buller in September were received by 16 students: Darcy Barlow, Sarah Brake, William Brake, Emma Brennan, Tom Ewer, Lara Franks, Rosie Joshua, Andrew Kerr, Jennifer Kerr, Audrey Potter, Maggie Potter, David Reitstatter, Bethany Richter, Ewan Richter, Amber Smith Gibson and Jake Smith Gibson. 

Day 2 team11 teams were also invited to Mt Buller, including a further 8 students. This reflects the strength and depth of our team across many school years and disciplines. We wish the selected athletes all the very best at Nationals. 

Thank you to all the parent volunteers and teachers who have made this meet a success.  A special "thank you" to our Technical Director, Mr Jonathan Mandl, for his dedication and countless hours spent assisting us.

2017 Winter Concert

2017 Winter Concert

2 August 2017

Music for a winter's evening

Please come and enjoy a selection of different Radford music groups at the Winter Concert in TB Millar Hall on the evening of Thursday 3 August at 5.30 pm.

There will be a variety of choirs, orchestras, bands and small ensembles performing the music they have been working working on throughout Term 2.

Junior School Music news:

The Junior School Music recitals will be held as follows:

Yrs 5 & 6 Recital – Term 3, Week 4, 9 August. FORM DUE 28 July (end Week 2). FORM ON ROL
Yrs 1–4 Piano Rectial – Term 3, Week 6, 23 August. FORM DUE 18 August (end Week 5). FORM ON ROL

Bob Graham

Bob Graham: a veteran story-teller and illustrator

31 July 2017

Gemma Wilson, Teacher Librarian

Everyone has a story inside them

By Gemma Wilson, Teacher Librarian

Year Two were fortunate to meet well-known Australian author and illustrator Bob Graham. Bob has been writing and illustrating children's books for over 30 years and has won many awards for his books.

Bob GrahamBob talked about how he gets his ideas for stories from everything happening around him. It could be a baby taking its first step, or a bird sitting on a branch, or a child wearing a funny hat. He carries a notebook with him and sketches things that interest him. He showed us his sketchbook and we recognised many of the drawings that have been used in his books.

Bob loves his dogs and they are the motivation for many books. His dog, Maggie, appears in lots of books, but often with another name.

He told us the story of Silver Buttons, which started with a drawing done by his granddaughter. Bob explained how he added to this drawing and kept expanding the storyline, the setting and adding more characters.

Bob believes that stories come from anywhere and challenged the students to think about the stories in their lives. He believes that they all have a story inside.

Bob GrahamWe watched Bob draw Julia, a character from The Red Woollen Blanket. He showed his colouring technique using pastel crayons & cotton buds. We all agreed that it was much more effective than colouring in!

Year Two were lucky to get a sneak peek at Bob's latest book, The Poesy Ring, which will be published in November. No-one else has seen it, so we feel very privileged!

Our thanks to Belle Alderman, the director of the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature, for the invitation to hear and meet Bob.

Radford is competing in the Law Society Mock Trial competition

Legal Oratory - Mock Trial achievements

2 August 2017

Taylor Colvin, Mock Trial team member

Radford team scales new heights

By Taylor Colvin and Mock Trial Team 

Debate, argue, guilty, summoning witnesses, pleading a case…Once more Radford College has been competing in the NSW Mock Trial Competition run by the NSW Law Society. Due to the commitment and hard work the team have achieved exceptionally well, going further than any other Radford team before them. 

Proudly representing our team is eight Year 11 Legal Studies students, Jacinta Quee, Hannah Lilley, Chloe Marks, Taylor Colvin, Claudine Page-Allen, Angus Gibson, Bella Zardo and Annie Creer.  We are supported by our amazing mentor, Mrs. Hunter, and most importantly our unbelievable coach, ANU law student Collegian Andrew Ray. 

After four difficult but enjoyable rounds of arguing both civil and criminal cases we have placed in the top twenty-five of 150 schools right around NSW, being the only ACT school to make it through to the elimination rounds. The next test will have us versing the top 60 NSW schools in a fierce competition to reach the semi and grand finals. 

The NSW Mock Trials have been an incredible experience so far, we have come together as more than a team but a group of friends, enjoyed every nail biting moment, and eaten way too much McDonalds. We have pushed our boundaries, showing grit and determination beyond our expectations and, as a result, have developed our critical understanding of the law. This has been an incredible experience and one that we will never forget. 

ACT Parks & Conservation Service Rangers at work

World Ranger Day at Radford

2 August 2017

Actions, big and small, have an impact on the world around us

World Ranger Day is a celebration of the tireless work undertaken by professional rangers globally to conserve the natural environment that surrounds us. A visit to Year 6 students by James Overall, Ranger in Charge with ACT Parks and Conservation Service and collegian (Class of 2001), gave students an insight into the unique aspects of a ranger’s job. James regards it as his great privilege to oversee the ACT Government’s management of northern Namadgi National Park, the Lower Cotter Catchment and Murrumbidgee River Corridor. And the slides he showed confirmed how special his workplace is, situated in beautiful and diverse landscapes and home to some of Australia’s most precious and vulnerable flora and fauna.

James described how a ranger’s duties include a variety of tasks that change seasonally. The focus at certain times might be on clearing trees and debris from fire trails to ensure they are clear for firefighters. Other periods are taken up with planting vegetation to control erosion and monitoring and spraying weed infestations. With 75 per cent of the ACT managed by ACT Parks and Conservation, there is little time to stop and pick the blackberries (an invasive introduced weed causing untold damage to native plants and animals). Some of the equipment used by the rangers to access the remoter areas of the territory include kayaks, mountain bikes, helicopters and, thrillingly, a high-tech drone.

Ranger James Overall responding to Year 6 questionersJames won the hearts of his audience early with tales of Radford of old (Go Acacia!) and finished his presentation with a series of slides showing the development of the area on which the College sits from the 1830s through to 2015. In response to the many questions asked by his attentive listeners, James stressed the importance of us understanding our environmental ‘impact’ through actions big and small. We can make positive contributions to conservation by simple acts, such as keeping to trails while bushwalking or taking our rubbish with us when we leave a park or reserve. Equally, we can impact negatively through other, seemingly small, acts, like taking fallen logs out of the forest that may be used as shelter or for food by small animals and insects.

According to James, we all have a role to play in protecting and preserving our natural environment. As a result of his guidance, this Year 6 group has a solid basis from which to make a start.

James is a collegian. You can read more about him in collegians news, read James' profile and claim your profile.

Students with ANU law lecturer Ryan Lewis at the ACT Schools Constitutional Convention

ACT Schools Constitutional Convention

1 August 2017

Narasimha Rangachari, Year 11

An educational, entertaining and enlightening constitutional extravaganza

By Narasimha Rangachari, Year 11

The two-day extravaganza that was Constitutional Convention 2017 on 28 and 29 July can only be described as: educational, entertaining and enlightening. Our experience kicked off at the National Archives of Australia, where we received our ‘pocket constitutions’ (a book that we treasured throughout the two days of the convention). We also heard a lecture on constitutional law, how the constitution was formed, how it works and, if necessary, how to change it. We learnt about how politicians in the past have utilised clauses and edicts to enable federal legislation. We paid close attention to the Franklin Dam Case of 1983, and even went as far as recreating the parliamentary speeches made that day in the old Parliament House. This case paved the way for our activity on day two, when we were stationed in the ACT Legislative Assembly to discuss if the Federal Government should have control over the environmental decisions of the nation, an issue that resulted in us having to study and attempt to change the Constitution.

Students with collegian Alistair Coe MLA at the ACT Schools Constitutional Convention

Significant debate resulted in the decision not to modify the Constitution, with 24 voting for the Bill and 36 voting against. These two days enabled a variety of Radford and other students from across the territory to engage in debate, study our national constitution and steered us in a direction that inspires change and leadership. It was an experience I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend it to any and all students who are eligible to attend. 

Noah Poland, continuing the family tradition of success in orienteering

Sports Report 2 Aug 17

2 August 2017

Dianne Wilson, Sports Administrator

Orienteering and football news

By Toni Brown

Orienteering coach, Collegian Paul de JonghRadford Orienteering Squad member Noah Poland, Year 11, was overall winner at last Saturday Metro League #10. Noah took 36 minutes to run a 5.1km course which included technical navigation and a climb across Red Hill (more than one). Noah’s field was 66 metro competitors overall which included 20 strong Junior League competitors.

Other strong Squad performances were Ben Hobson and Brendan Wilson 8th and 9th respectively in Junior Men.

New Radford Squad members continue to tackle increasingly technical courses. Under coach Paul de Jongh’s careful guidance all girls in the Radford Squad are now completing Orange level courses – well done to you all!


U13 Division 2 Open – Radford 2 defeated by Weston Molonglo Zebras 4
By Tim O’Halloran

This week’s game was a non-competitive fixture. Although you wouldn’t have known from the way the two teams played. In a fairly free flowing game the Zebras kicked two early goals, one which came off the post, before Will Gregory scored after a strong run through defence. The boys showed good defensive work as Weston Molonglo push forward several times with our defenders all helping to clear it out and our reliable goalie James Knight (JK) there if it got past them.
A free to Radford in the first half saw a great kick by Darcy Franks that got past the wall only to be saved by their goalkeeper. A corner kick by Darcy again, saw the opposition’s defence tested with a couple of our players almost getting a foot to the ball, but they managed to clear the ball out.

The second half started with another quick goal to Weston Molonglo, but our boys bounced back and really kept up with the Zebras, with great defence and our midfield doing some great running to really push the opposition. Weston Molonglo scored again before Will got our second goal a couple of minutes later from a great through ball by Campbell Kruger. The opposition got a few more tries on goal late in the second half only to be saved by JK again and again. Another corner by Darcy saw Will trying to head the ball into goal but narrowly missed. It was one of the best games from our boys so far, showing their improvement and coming together as a team over the course of the season.

U18 Division 1 Open – Radford 1 defeated by Woden 2
By Jamie Clout

Gorgeous weather greeted Radford First XI to Woden soccer club’s home ground at Mawson.

An interesting matchup with second on the table meeting fifth. Again a slow start by Radford was capitalised on and an early goal was scored by Woden through a cracking strike from outside the box in a scramble. Radford settled and dominated proceedings until half time. Creating several front third entries but to no avail. The second half started with a bang. Some end to end football was played but Radford settled and dictated play left to right, back to front and had several corners. A break away counter attack saw Woden go 2-0 up. Credit to Radford they pushed and again dictated play and got back to 2-1 through some quality football. However it was not enough with Woden hanging on for an epic win.

Radford student Hugo Webster, featured at RAW Canberra

Raw memories

2 August 2017

Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Creative Arts student Hugo Webster (Year 11) shares his photographs locally and globally

By Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Year 11 student Hugo Webster is to have his photographic work showcased in RAW, an exhibition of work by upcoming artists. Hugo's work was noticed on Instagram by Canberra RAW artists group and it will be included in a physical exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre with other upcoming artists who work across different media. You have to be quick to see the exhibition as it opens and closes on 3 August, starting at 6.30 pm.

They play, Hugo Webster

Hugo studies both Photography and Media and his still photographs in the exhibition will include one taken at Bungendore. Hugo said 'I was with my grandparents, we stopped the car, crossed the fence to access the train line and then, by chance, my grandfather turned around and I captured the moment'. Hugo reassured me that the train only runs once a day!

Hugo posts images on Instagram 'partly as a business objective and to publish just for people to see'. Hugo states that he has been posting his images online since 2015, when he went to Japan.

Hugo struggles to be definitive about which is his favourite photograph. American photographer Imogen Cunningham once said 'Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow'.

Timor panorama, Hugo Webster

Hugo said 'At the moment, the photograph of the sunrise is my favourite. Sunrise over the ocean from the pier in Dili, with the sheer beautiful aesthetic of the light, looks like a photograph of a photograph rather than real life. However, I also am really pleased with the photograph of the kids playing in Timor Leste. I was on the College trip and I jumped out of the car Father Richard was driving, asked the adults with the children for permission to photograph, and took the photograph'.

Hugo is obviously passionate about photography and capturing the moment: 'I love photography as it is so satisfying. What I really like is how memories are held within the photographs.' This view aligns with another American photographer, Linda McCartney, who explained 'If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment'.

Don't miss the moment to see Hugo's work at Belconnen Arts Centre (tickets required) or linger longer online.

RAW Canberra

Year 9 Japanese class celebrates the Star Festival

A festival of wishes

28 July 2017

Alexandra Jarratt, Year 9

Year 9 Japanese recently celebrated a unique festival celebrating love

By Alexandra Jarratt, Year 9

Tanabata (七夕), also known as the Star Festival, is a Japanese festival based on a story in which two heavenly lovers are separated by the Milky Way and only get to see each other once a year. To celebrate this reunion, people in Japan like to write their wishes on colourful paper and hang them from bamboo branches. Our Year 9 Japanese class was lucky enough to experience this tradition, and our wishes ranged from becoming better at Japanese to eating more Tim Tams. We thoroughly enjoyed this experience and love bringing Japanese culture into our classes.

Portrait of Inga, Harper Coghlan-Smith

Young artist initiatives

1 August 2017

Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Students are enthusiastically seeking opportunities to display their art and communicate their ideas

By Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts

A number of Radford students have embraced the value of sharing their work and ideas, creativity, skill and hard work with an audience beyond the College's Creative Arts studios.

Visual Art students Isla Baird, Campbell Miller and Oli Golding (all Y11), and Harper Coghlan-Smith (Y7), as well Hugo Webster (Y11, see 'Raw memories' in this issue of the Bulletin) are actively exploring opportunities to share their work with new audiences.

Campbell Miller initiated his involvement in Random 2017, an exhibition that was held from 5–22 July 2017. Random was a celebration of art that was open to all friends of the art community to exhibit at the ANU School of Art and Design Foyer Gallery.

Lino print, Campbell MillerCampbell said 'It is good to build your reputation and start small, and to follow up opportunities.' Campbell says he experimented with media and submitted a lino print of a hand to the exhibition. While he hadn't done any lino printing since Year 8 Visual Art, Campbell likes the fact that he can reproduce the image and there are lots of copies and says 'I look at my hand a lot when I draw and was inspired by other artists. I am left handed so the final print, which is reversed when printed, looks like a right hand. It was a long-term project and I began the idea towards end of Term 2 and worked on it over the holidays'.

Campbell draws regularly and the work builds on the skills that he has developed throughout secondary school. He is expert in his use of line with a graphic quality.

Oli and Isla in the Visual Arts room with their work in progressIsla Baird, Campbell Miller and Oli Golding are creating a large triptych of three simple and symbolic images. The work is based on the distinctive Chinese craft of paper cutting, which originated in the 6th century. In this case, the symbols of birds, heart and rose are cut into 1.5 x 2.5 metre white fabric panels rather than paper. The images are effectively illuminated with backlighting and the panels will hang on the windows of the Mackinnon Senior School during the Dirrum Dirrum Festival.

Harper Coghlan-Smith has taken up the opportunity presented to her in her Visual Arts class to apply to be part of the community-based Traces II exhibition to be held at Belconnen Arts Centre. Harper painted an A5-sized portrait during the holidays that she has submitted to be part of a mass display of works by many artists, young and old – there is no age limit for entrants. Hundreds of entries are expected to be submitted from across Australia and Harper hopes that her work will be selected for inclusion in the exhibition.

Harper explained: 'The portrait I have created and submitted for selection in Traces II at Belconnen Arts Centre is a painting of a friend, Inga, who I went to primary school with last year. I do not see her as much as I did last year. I was drawing people in the holidays and the person I drew looked like Inga, so I worked on the features to make it more like her. Inga said it was cool and nice that I painted her.

I paint and draw at home for fun, mainly draw, it is a good way to express yourself and the works look really pleasing ... I have never been in a public exhibition before so I thought I would give it a try.'

While Harper is not confident that her portrait will be selected for exhibition, she is pleased to have tried and will go to the view the exhibition, even if her work is not included. Her advice for other young artists is 'just give it a go'.

Harper's favourite artist is Margaret Preston: 'I think the influences from Preston on my work include the recurring colours and simple style. My art teacher, mum and friends are very encouraging.'

We can ALL play a role in supporting these young and emerging artists.


  • Dirrum Dirrum Festival: Saturday 5 August 2017 at Radford
  • Traces II: 22 September – 15 October 2017, Belconnen Arts Centre
OEG Youth Adventure Challenge

Youth Adventure Challenge with OEG

21 July 2017

Lizzy Pugh, Head of Outdoor Education

Four teammates. Three days. One outstanding event

By Lizzy Pugh, Head of Outdoor Education

Youth Adventure Challenge (YAC) is an exhilarating team adventure race that aims to bring out the best in you and your teammates.

Work together to solve problems, climb high, ride hard and run like you're Forrest Gump.

All you need is yourself and three teammates, a willingness to learn, an adventurous spirit and a thirst for victory.

YAC is open to students in Year 9–11. The adventure takes place in Rubicon Valley, Victoria on 6–8 October and Radford will compete against teams from across New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. Teams will need to do some creative fundraising to get there.

The Youth Adventure Challenge offers $$ and prizes for the winning team … and some serious glory for yourself and Radford. Participation also satisfies the sporting component of The Duke of Edinburgh Award.


Contact Lizzy Pugh if you are interested.


A play about what happens when you don't think before you post...

Year 9-10 drama "Behind the Drums"

2 August 2017

Nick Akhurst, Head of Department, Co-curricular Drama/Dance/Oratory

Our responsibility to think before we post or link

By Nick Akhurst, Head of Co-Curricular Drama, Dance and Oratory

Behind the Drums
 is the 2017 Year 9–10 Drama Production.  

This piece of theatre has been influenced by the new Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program that is being delivered in tutor groups this year.

The play’s consideration of how social media influences our lives looks at our use of social media, often without thought of the consequences of our actions in the digital world and the repercussions on others in the physical world.

The Year 9 and 10 students have helped shape this performance, which was written by teacher and Radford collegian Jennifer Wright, to show that, as a society, we have a responsibility to think before we post or link. This is a challenging topic and the students have worked hard to develop the story and perform it with passion.

Behind the Drums follows Lucy, a young woman whose photo, taken at a music festival without her permission, is posted out of context and goes viral. The play uses drama, humour, music and a little dancing to show how technology and social media require us to use our humanity when engaging online.

Dates: 7 pm, 10, 11 and 12 August; TB Millar Hall
Tickets: $10.00, available at TryBooking and at the door.

Trumpeter and teacher Ben Marston

Ben Marston, jazz musician and sound artist

1 August 2017

Sam Tonkin, Music Administrator and Justine Molony, Communications Officer

A musical life built on a personal passion

By Sam Tonkin, Music Administrator and Justine Molony, Communications Officer

As Director of Bands at Radford College, Ben Marston spends his days supporting his students to refine their musical abilities. Providing inspiration, encouraging ambition and giving students across the College the opportunity to get into the groove, it's an enviable role. Unbelievably – to most of his junior acolytes at least – Ben also has a life and a musical practice outside the College, one that is a natural progression from his participation in Radford's co-curricular music program as a student here in the 1990s.

As Ben says himself, these days he also spends 'a fair amount of time playing jazz trumpet', often in the company of fellow collegian and current co-curricular guitar and ensemble tutor Lachlan Coventry.

Ben began playing the trumpet at an early age and was first introduced to the music of Miles Davis by his father, inspiring his love of jazz. After Year 12, he completed an Honours degree in performance and subsequently went on to complete a Masters of jazz composition in 2005 at the Canberra School of Music. This study led to Ben's first album in 2006, Ben Marston's 12 Tone Family, which received national radio play most notably on ABC Classic FM's premier jazz program Jazztrack.

Described as a 'sound artist', Ben has enjoyed an enriching career of performing and composition, including performing with James Morrison and completing a two-year concert series at The Street Theatre that presented original works for large and small jazz ensembles and was recorded by Jazztrack.

An upcoming concert with Lachlan and double bassist James Luke at the Street Theatre (11 August) 'Chasing Chet' re-imagines some of the great jazz standards of the twentieth century. With references to Chet Baker, Doug Raney, Niels-Henning and Ørsted Pedersen, the trio are committed to playing timeless music treated in a respectful yet contemporary way.

Chasing Chet

He continues to explore works involving electronic and digital manipulation and his most recent album in walked pris is a result of this process of exploration and reflection. Ben's use of electronics led him to travel to Norway in 2015 to study with the world pioneer of live remix, Jan Bang, and work behind the scenes at the renowned Punkt festival. It is this journey of discovery that informed much of the album.

in walked prisA collaboration with Norwegian creative Simen Lovgren, in walked pris was launched in June at the Drill Hall Gallery, where Ben enthralled guests with an aural journey into 'his places' through sounds of his cycling passion, home kitchen, tea drinking at Grandma's, travels in Africa, children playing in the backyard, and his joy in reggae and soul. This 'two sides of dark dubby jazz' was pressed as a 7" vinyl record, which is the fulfilment of a dream Ben didn't think was possible only a few years ago.

Ben's achievements over the last 20 years are unarguably impressive. But, they're born out of a love for his art and the fulfilment that comes from building a life out of a personal passion. It's an example our students are fortunate to have in their midst.

Examples of Ben's compositions and performance are available on soundcloud.

Ben and Lachlan are both collegians (Classes of 1998 and 1996). You can read more about them in collegians news, read Ben's profile and claim your profile.


Sports Notices

Cricket Pre-Season Academy - places still available!

See flyer for full details. Enquiries: e-mail Brent Larkham (Head of Sport) or phone 02 6181 1090.

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. 

Music Announcements

JS Music Recitals

Yrs 1–4 Piano Recital – Term 3, Week 6, 23 August. FORM DUE 18 August (end Week 5). FORM ON ROL

P&F Association

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

Trivia Night 2017

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

School Sports 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.


APFACTS - 31 July 2017

APFACTS is the voice of non-government school parents (Catholic and Independent) in the ACT. For more information, visit our website at apfacts.org.au or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Apfacts.  Read the latest newsletter.