Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 4 – 15 August 2018

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal 15 August

14 August 2018

Traffic trial, student exchanges, building projects update

Last Friday, our Year 10s departed for their camps at various locations around the country. We wish them well and I am sure that they will return home with wonderful memories and loads of stories.

This week, I need to draw your attention to an issue that may appear to be remote from what happens in the classroom but is nevertheless important to the effective running of the College.

Traffic analysis and trial of some recommendations
In April of this year Radford engaged engineering company Cardno to carry out a traffic assessment, with a view to easing traffic congestion and safety on and around the campus. The scope of works included traffic counts in eight locations across the campus, traffic modelling, parking analysis, analysis of remedial options, and reporting back to management.

Cardno presented its findings at a recent meeting of the Building and Grounds Committee (a sub-committee of the Board), and detailed a range of options for the College to consider. Cardnos presented similar key observations for the morning and afternoon peak periods. Unsurprisingly, these included the fact that many cars use the back road to get from one side of the campus to the other, queues form at the entry to the Junior School car park due to cars waiting to enter the drop-off zone, cars queue to enter the Haydon Dr entrance and, most notably, the College St drop off is under-utilised.

I recently witnessed a stark example of the under-utilisation of the College St drop off when I arrived at the College at approximately 8.20 am and attempted to enter throught the Haydon Dr entrance, where cars were queued up the hill and out along Haydon Dr. I drove on to the College St entrance and noted that there was only one car in that drop-off area – it was deserted! I implore parents to start using the College St drop-off. Many students can walk to their classrooms more quickly from that side of the campus than from the Secondary School drop-off area near the gymnasium. Additionally, it is often more efficient for city-bound parents to continue down College Street, turn left into Eastern Valley Way and left again into Belconnen Way rather than trying to get out of the campus via the Haydon Dr entrance.

Changed traffic imageAs a result of the analysis presented, the Building and Grounds Committee has decided to trial Cardno’s Option 1 (image right) from Monday 27 August. This involves:

  • Prohibiting traffic coming from the College St entrance from driving through the Junior School roundabout and up the hill. Traffic will instead keep to the left-hand side of the Junior School roundabout, proceed around the main turning circle, drive through the Chapel carpark in a westerly direction, and turn left to proceed up the hill.
  • Moving the pedestrian crossing on the southern side of the Junior School roundabout, closer to the roundabout. Blocking one lane will facilitate this. 
  • Investigating the cost of an additional approach lane through the Junior School roundabout.
  • Increasing the length of the Junior School drop-off zone at peak periods. This would limit parking periods outside of the ELC and cars would have to be moved by 3.15 pm.

A reminder that this trial of new traffic flow will commence from the week beginning Monday 27 August.

During the trial period, the Building and Grounds Committee will assess the benefits of this change and will, in due course, consider the other options detailed in the report.

Student exchanges
The arrival this term of 17 students from other countries has given the College a strong international feeling.

The largest group is 11 students from Stanford Lake College in South Africa, a fellow Round Square school. They arrived on the last weekend of the holidays and will remain in Canberra until 23 August. Radford Year 9 students, who will make the return journey to Stanford Lake, are hosting the visitors. Our student group of 15 leave for South Africa with their Stanford Lake friends and will be away for approximately five weeks.

The Stanford Lake students have settled in well to the school and greatly appreciate the many and varied activities they have been involved with to date. On their first weekend they travelled with their hosts to Sydney for an adventurous Race Around Sydney. In the second week they took part in the first of three day trips that have been organised for them. This trip involved a visit to several significant sites in Canberra, including Government House where they met the Governor-General. Last weekend they spent a day at Perisher (many of the students have never seen snow), and the final trip will be a visit to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

While at Radford, the exchange students and their hosts have been participating in a cultural program entitled Global Studies. The aim of the program is to allow the students to gain a deeper understanding of our Australian democracy, including Indigenous issues and activities, such as typical sports. The students will be guided towards an investigation and then present to a younger audience.

When the Radford group travels to South Africa, in addition to spending time on the magnificent Stanford Lake College campus, they will visit Johannesburg, Kruger National Park and have a week-long adventure camp. They will also undertake a cultural study course similar to that offered at Radford.

In addition to the South African students, we also have a number of exchange students from other Round Square schools. Two students join us from the King’s Academy school in Madaba-Manja, Jordan; two students from St Phillip’s College, Alice Springs; one student from MLC in Sydney; and three students from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School in Gelorup, Western Australia.

As well as these Round Square exchanges, we are also hosting three students from France and one student from Japan as part of our language exchanges. We will enjoy their company for approximately six weeks.

Update on the building projects
The two building projects currently under construction are taking shape, with the majority of the work now focusing on the upper storeys. We are confident that they will both be ready for occupation at the beginning of the 2019 school year, however, recent delays with the procurement of the pre-cast concrete blocks, which feature in both buildings, may affect this timeline.

It is likely that the roofs will be on and the projects will at ‘lock-up’ stage by the end of September, after which the builders will be working full steam ahead on the internal fitout.

Dr Adrian Johnson, Mr Paul Southwell and Mr Simon Wallace joined me recently to inspect the Years 3 and 4 Building. We were all mesmerised by the north-facing views from the second storeys of the building. I have no doubt that our younger students and their teachers will appreciate the wonderful vistas from their classrooms and enquiry spaces.

Fiona Godfrey, Simon Wallace, Paul Southwell & Adrian Johnstone

Chaplain Fr Richard Browning

Valuing and caring for one another

13 August 2018

When the love of God lives within, the human heart mirrors Jesus’ heart

There are plenty of outstanding Aboriginal leaders. Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann AO is one of them. She was asked to share a message with the recent Anglican Schools conference in Sydney. Marnie O’Bryan brought the message from Mirriam-Rose to the conference. She expected it to be about dadirri, an ancient practice of deep listening, of which Mirriam-Rose is a master. Instead, Mirriam-Rose’s message to Anglican School leaders was this: ‘Please don’t see our kids as individuals. See our kids as a collective.’ Marnie went on to describe the deep interwoven reality of Indigenous identity. 

At first this sounds utterly foreign to us – surely people are first an individual and empathy moves us towards others? The ascendency of the individual, however, is a relatively new phenomenon. Western Christianity has a heavy hand in its rise and Martin Luther would be one of its earliest and greatest movers. Interestingly, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 bucked this trajectory, and starts with human identity grounded within the relational and collective, not personal and individual. Article 1 states that:  

All human beings … are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood

2018 marks seventy years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The primacy of the individual is a long way away from the faith we inherit from Jesus. When asked ‘teach us how to pray’, Jesus uses only the plural: Our Father in Heaven, give us today our daily bread, for give us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us ...’ 

When speaking of judgement, Jesus makes it plain. We will not be judged as individuals but collectives. To make this even more confronting, the criteria is not how ‘I’, the individual, has responded to the person of Jesus, but how WE have responded to the person of Jesus in the poor. Have a look at Matthew 25:31-46, the parable of the sheep and the goats, a passage also called the Judgment of the Nations. 

Valuing and caring for one another is our greatest security, within our neighbourhoods as much as with God. 

There is an insight to Christian faithfulness that people outside church are frequently best placed to offer. It’s pretty simple: love of neighbour. That is, ‘Say what you like, Christian, it is your love of neighbour that weighs the most!’ This pub test comes with two contexts – you don’t get to choose your neighbours, and the ultimate test of neighbour love is love for one’s enemy. 

When the love of God lives within, the human heart mirrors Jesus’. This heart wells up and outpours with a love and grace that brings life to any and all, even enemies. 

With every blessing 


Dirrum 2017 speaker Sam Bailey, a C6/C7 quadriplegic who flies

H for History #23: For the Common Good

14 August 2018

Dirrum through the years

From the Dirrum Treasury of sayingsFrom the Dirrum Treasury of sayings

There are very few places on the planet you would find something quite like the Dirrum Festival: a student-led conference, now in its sixth year, featuring some inspirational and often high-profile speakers, gathering from places as near as the Radford quadrangle to as far as a Southern Somalian prison. As 2018 Committee member, Annie Creer, acknowledges: “Not only are we lucky enough to learn from what people have done on a national scale, but what people are doing to make a positive impact from inside these walls.” She points to her Year 12 peer, Oliver Golding, who “at the age of 17, has created his own brand, Ur.Sain, combining not only fashion, design, but also ethics. His story is one of the many involving students who are taking action for the common good.” 

Paper boats, referencing refugeesPast speakers have included activists, adventurers, aid workers, artists, authors, Young Australians of the Year, bishops, capoeristas, CEOs, collegians, commissioners, crown prosecutors, dads, dancers, environmentalists, ethicists, farmers, First Ladies, hostages, journalists, mums, musicians, quadriplegic pilots (see main photo, Sam Bailey), refugees, scientists, theologians, tram drivers, TV personalities, Wallaby captains, whistle-blowers, and youth workers, to name but a few. Surrounding the festivals have been art installations, book releases (including a Treasury of Sayings and a picture book for Timor-Leste, that has been adopted into their curriculum by their Ministry of Education), flaming giants, food and fashion stalls, formal and informal gatherings in corners, leadership training, raves, rock concerts, workshops and literally thousands of paper boats decorating Lake Ginninderra to make a powerful visual statement about community building and reaching beyond borders.

Six years ago, Fr Richard Browning had been working on shaping the College’s values and was seeking an activity to intentionally, perhaps profoundly, give expression to them. Reflects Richard, “The values which we so easily name now – Truth, Compassion and Wisdom - were more passive when I arrived at Radford. They seemed to be more like a motto than guiding values.” Wanting his community to respond to an inherent call to action implied in these values, the yet-to-be-named Dirrum concept was born. Fr Richard’s vision was characteristically large scale: “From David Mulford’s time, I pushed for some kind of public theology centre. When Phillip Heath came, he asked me to lead what he called The Centre for Values, Ethics and Compassion. This is where it began.” 

Tetum book project "Miracle of the Fishes"
"The name had to reflect Radford’s values,” explains Fr Richard. “It had to be from the land and language upon which Radford is built. So it had to be Ngunnawal. I spent time with a Ngunnawal elder from Yass, the remarkable Eric Bell. We had to have permission to bring the word to life, rather than take it over and colonise it. But finding the word was hard. The word had to point beyond particularity to the universal, and a deeper truth. ‘Dirrum Dirrum’ is the sound of red in Ngunnawal. It is the colour of the earth - the bottom half of the Aboriginal flag - and is also the colour of the blood that flows beneath the skins of every colour.” Interestingly, in researching Lewis Bostock Radford, after whom our school is named, I came to uncover the etymology of his name in his biography*: The ‘Rad’ part “has its (Midlands) origins to mark the place where the crossing over the River Trent is red … The “-ford” part is derived from the Anglo-Saxon “faren” : to travel, and appears from early times to have had the meaning ‘crossing’.” Given Radford’s predilection for maroon and Dirrum’s aim to cross borders, this was all serendipitous, to say the least. [* Paul Radford, A Scholar in a New Land: Lewis Bostock Radford, 1979.]

Dirrum speakers 2017The central activity to have emerged from the early dreamings of the ‘centre’ is what has now become known as the Dirrum Festival. “This was the quickest, most effective way of initiating something that was real, meaningful and likely to lever a greater momentum,” says Fr Richard. “The Dirrum Festivals address all three elements of leadership, ideas and action. If the enterprise was fair dinkum, then it had to include students from the beginning, not just in the end.” And it has certainly done so with gusto, with close to 70 leaders having been involved in the Festival’s coordination since inception. 

As for the format of the Festival, Fr Richard elaborates that “we used to run events in parallel, a speaker ‘conference’ and in the evening a more informal student speaker session. We learnt very quickly that a three-minute student voice could stand alongside a twenty-minute world class speaker and be transformative.” Perhaps unfairly, I ask him which speakers have been a highlight to him over the years. “Every year there is gold,” he responds. “It will differ according to the hearer...” 

“Personally, I find myself repeating different portions of speaker’s talks from across the years, from Paul Porteous to Valerie Browning to David Pocock to Akram Azimi. It is like I have eaten what has been said and portions have actually become me. I can repeat many of the speaker’s aphoristic gems. But what is more compelling is the life they have lived. The point of the festival is not a smorgasbord of sweet do-gooder sugar. It is a greater authenticity in being and acting with generosity and power. Oddly, it is sometimes the ‘lesser luminary’ speaker who really cuts through.” 

So, of the students who have spoken, who did he think cleanly hit the mark? “I think Henry Miller’s short talk (text below)  on crossing the divide that exists between mainstream and indigenous education was pretty memorable. For a lad that had not previously used a lot of words, it was remarkable!”

I share Richard’s enthusiasm for Henry’s speech, which came hot on the heels of Matt Pye’s challenging address in 2014 about the Crossing The Divide program which he founded, an initiative designed to give rural youth – many of whom were Indigenous and struggling with traditional education pathways - a second chance at education and life in general. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRWfFgk6dqY

 “But pick any student who has spoken about their Dirrum Challenge,” continues Fr Richard, “and the work of being who they are in response to a need within the community. This is always impressive.”

Annie Creer’s Dirrum memories are similarly enthusiastic. “Four years ago, I first went to Dirrum. Immediately, I was captivated by the power, the sincerity and the honesty in the words of people I had never met. Four years ago, I saw what it was like for people to put their values and their stories into action. In just 20 minutes, I was given an insight into a world I had never seen or known before.” 

Dirrum themes 2015, 2016, 2017While the themes have subtly morphed over the years, 2018’s “For the Common Good” seems to be the one that the Festival has been shaping towards for over half a decade, and which encapsulates the spirit of what goes on when the doors literally and figuratively fly open. While many older attendees at Dirrum have had their eyes opened, thoughts challenged and spirits lifted, it is surely the young, tomorrow’s movers and shakers towards a better future, who have the most to gain from what Dirrum humbly and genuinely offers. As Annie Creer reminds us: “Dirrum is not a lecture, a sermon or a monologue, but a way in which you can learn and be inspired by the values and actions of others. So, come and be overwhelmed. Come and be challenged. Come and learn that the world is much bigger than you thought.” 

“Young people need to be witnessed caring and acting,” concludes Father Richard. “Young people need to be believed in and trusted. Young people need to know that shouting at the darkness or just sitting down in a corner is easy, and that lighting a match is sometimes the most difficult and radical thing to do.”

Fr Richard: “Whilst the theme remains ‘for the common good’, two elements help give flesh to this. They are ‘truth-telling and power’ and ‘shared sustainable prosperity’. This has given the organising students of 2018 a terrific focus to build around.”

Matt Pye, speaking on Crossing the DivideDirrum Themes and Speakers Over the Years

2013: Beyond good intentions
Akram Azimi, Alesha Brown,Valerie Browning, Rev Dr Scott Cowdell, Jackie Lauf, Sharyn Munro, Francis Owusu, Duncan Smith 

2014: Be the change
Sarah Bachelard, Tim Boston, Dave Burnet, Marcus Dawe, Molly Harriss Olson, George Huitker & Junk Sculpture, Maria Neves, Paul Porteus, Matt Pye, Michael Sheldrick and Franki Sparke 

2015: Living into our names
Tim Boston, Nigel Brennan, George Browning, Abel Guterres, Kerryn Higgs, Juliao dos Santos, Emma Macdonald, Karen Middleton, Francis Owusu, Emma Pocock, Micaela Sahhar, Takao Sakae, Jordy Silverstein and Richard Stirzaker 

2016: Igniting action
Akram Azimi, Fr Frank Brennan, Ryan Carters, Kirsty Sword Gusmão, Megan Mitchell, Shea Spiering, Joseph Shifra, Rachael Stevens, Jessica Watson and Nipuni Wijewickrema 

2017: For the common good
Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Sam Bailey, Sarah Bachelard, Toby Gunn, Holly Ransom, Michael Sheldrick, Richard Stirzaker and Mark Tedeschi 

2018: For the common good: truth-telling and power; shared sustainable prosperity
Emma Adams, Denis Ginnivan, Eileen Deemal-Hall, Steph Gabriel, Peter Greste, Ellen Jacobsen, Matt Stocks, Gillian Triggs and Kirsty Windeyer. 


Henry Miller (Radford student, participant in Gamilaraay trips 7 & G10) (<.pdf> attached)

There exists a divide in this country - a divide that leaves hundreds of thousands of people of our generation, facing the world with no hope for a better future - a divide that has become increasingly impossible to cross. 

Behind this divide, there exist immensely complex problems that we cannot pretend to fully understand. Not understanding is no excuse for not trying.  I dream of a straightforward fix. Unfortunately, it is far too late to be so simple.   

It is easy for us, in our position of relative privilege and good fortune, to turn a blind eye and plead ignorant to the injustice which does not directly affect us. It is easy for us to judge others, when we have no concept of the harsh realities that dictate their lives. I dream of a world where we do not. 

Most importantly I dream of a future where opportunity and choice in the life you lead are not governed by your place in society which you had no say over. 

I dream that in the future, programs that provide a way across this ever-growing divide for those who have been left behind, will have their place cemented in our education system. A future within our lifetime, where everyone is at least given the chance, to cross the divide.



Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 15 August 2018

15 August 2018

Celebrating staff and student achievement

Dates to Remember

Mon 20 – Wed 22 Aug

IB PYP Evaluation

Mon 20 – Fri 24 Aug         

Book Week

Wed 22 Aug      

Yr 1–4 Strings Concert

Thurs 23 Aug                     

Book Week Parade and Book Fair

Thurs 23 Aug     

Apple iPad Workshop


 Mr Southwell learns French Knitting

Mr Southwell’s inquiry into French Knitting, ably taught by Year 1 Students, Sophie Schulha and Ashley Ward. 

Shout outs this week go to:

PKJH – Fraser Treloar

Risk Taker

PKMQ - Faye Sun


PKMQ - Jessie Zhang


PKMQ - Griff Steven


PKDM - Tahlia Smith


PKAM - Scarlett Munns


PKAM - Conor O’Brien


KAS – Frankie Moss

Appreciation and love

KSG – Waniya Mahtab

Bravery and risk-taker

KCH – Anushka Pilla

Independence and perseverance

1MH – Celine Do

Creativity and confidence

1AT – Cody Sullivan

Commitment and perseverance

2JG – Shanika Mamoon

Teamwork and cooperation

2BF – Jake Bott

Leadership and commitment

3DO – Ben Kopras

Caring and principled

3PC – Claire Mazanov


3RB – Sarah Alex

Commitment and perseverance

3EC – Xavi Canadell

Leadership and integrity

4JO – Lucy Mihaljevic

Leadership and enthusiasm

4KP – Eliza Muscat

Leadership and cooperation

4CD – Mia Ikeda

Zest and creativity

4OM – Annabelle Moloney

Confidence and perseverance

5TMi – Zander Lubiejewski

Teamwork and caring

5JC – Luke Davis

Love of learning and inquirer

5SD – Paige Le Lievre

Risk-taker and perseverance

5TeM – Lucy Keogh

Bravery and balanced

6TW – Finn Robinson


6JF – Gianna Ghirardello

Curiosity and zest

6HB – Finley Rosengren

Self-regulation and respect

6TH – Anna Berge

Confidence and perseverance

Ms Phelps – Siyara Malhinge (1MH)

Zest and enthusiasm

Senora Stevens – Charles Kendall (3DO)


Ms Halford – Phoebe Fox

Enthusiasm and love of learning

Ms Evans – Lulu Cornish (1AT)

Leadership and principled

Ms Ross – Olivia Treloar

Love of learning and commitment

Ms Wilson – Archie Boorer (2BF)

Risk-taker and good judgement

Other congratulations go to:

  • Will Pak Poy of 6JF who has been awarded the Speaker’s Civics and Citizenship Award from our ACT Government. Will is a very worthy winner as he is a humble leader who assists in so many areas across our Junior School, including College Drama Tech Crew and Sport Equipment sharing for our younger students. Will is one of the finest 'technology uptakers and developers' that I have seen. He epitomises the culture we continue to build.
  • Congratulations also go to Mr Bruce Ferrington who is one of 10 National Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute Award winners for 2018.
  • Will Alexander in Year 6, who quietly moved to sit with his 'younger class buddy' during Celebrations to help him focus on the ceremony.
  • Nadia Yao in Year 4 who was unable to play for her netball team due to injury but turned up at 8.30 am for the game, in full uniform, a lovely example of school culture.
  • Players from some of our sport teams who also helped other teams last weekend.
  • The above students have taken our 'Say hi to each other' concept to a whole other level. For all of us, let’s start with a hi to each other when we pass, look after each other, during school and outside of school.

 A culture of inquiry?

Saying 'Hi' helps us to feel that we belong, and also assists in building a Culture of Inquiry: the learning doesn't happen if we don’t question.

I often talk at parent sessions that Pre-Kindergarten students start their journey asking hundreds of questions. The things that parents love! Research shows that, by the end of primary school, this can drop to a handful of questions. Without questions, how do we know? Without questions, where do we go?

We can all work together to continue to create places where questions start the learning.

Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts - Eric Jensen (L) and Lisa Plenty (R)

Our Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts

13 August 2018

Celia Lindsay, Communications Officer

Eric Jensen joins Lisa Plenty in the elite group of MIE Experts

By Celia Lindsay, Communications Officer

MIEE CertificateEducators have an annual opportunity to apply for the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) certification program. The MIEE application requires nominees to demonstrate their dedication to developing innovative and creative programs using Microsoft tools for learning. Successful applicants will also demonstrate an ongoing commitment to sharing ideas regarding pedagogy and technology skills with other educators, both in one’s school and in the broader education community.

Radford congratulates our Technology Coach, Eric Jensen, who has recently achieved this exclusive and significant certification. With Lisa Plenty (Director of Digital Learning and Innovation) also attaining this certification in 2017, Radford is currently the only ACT school represented in the MIEE program. 


Students learn about the artistry of combining light and photography

Embracing Light

14 August 2018

Joel Cooper and Daniel Majchrzak, Subject Captains

Illuminating experiences with Artist/Photographer Peter Solness

by Joel Cooper, Photography Subject Captain (and below, Daniel Majchrzak, Visual Arts Subject Captain)

Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. George Eastman 

Peter Solness, an artist in photography from Sydney, visited Radford College to work with Senior students in Visual Arts, Media and Photography. Peter used the quote above from George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak, in his introductory visual presentation.

The Year 11 and 12 Photography students had the pleasure of learning much from Peter, as he showed us the art of light painting. He told us about his successful career and how light painting is the style of photography that he fell in love with. I think I can speak for myself and both Photography classes that we were very impressed with his photographs and the ones we ended up with after his short time with us. 

On the night of Friday 3 August we had plans to go up on Gossan Hill and do some more light painting in the bush with Peter, but due to very unfortunate wet and windy weather, we resorted to Plan B. After a great shared dinner of pizza and fruit we headed to the TB Millar Hall armed with every light tool imaginable from tiny little torches to rainbow LED hoop and the amazing pixel stick. This Friday night community light painting event included over 30 photographers, light painters and spectators. In the Hall we experimented with the lights and upscaled a lot of the light painting we did in class. All the students who were taking the photos were, again, very amazed with the end results. Overall, the experience of Peter coming into Radford for the Visual Arts and Photography students was something I know we all appreciated, greatly, and he also inspired us to go out and do light painting ourselves.

Joel Cooper, Josh Everett, Alex Sofoulis, Jordan Pounartzis, Year 11 workshopColoured light enhancement


By Daniel Majchrzak, Visual Arts Subject Captain

The Senior Visual Arts students had the opportunity to spend a lesson with Peter Solness, photographer and general nice guy. The lesson was far above expectations, with Peter talking about his career and sharing photos with students to help us understand how he has had to change style over the years and strives for innovation in his career. The idea that he had been so prominent in the field, whilst maintaining the idea that he is a person who constantly pushes himself to find his own new best inspired those there to push themselves, in and out of the classroom. 

The lesson ended with Peter giving us a demonstration of his lighting techniques, taking several photos of a vase of flowers Ms Poland had selected, with students taking on various assistant roles. He walked us through the steps to achieve this light painting effect, as well as the importance of lighting a composition. The most interesting part, however, was how confidently Peter threw his torch-holding arms around the flowers, confidently creating the effect. In fact, in just a few seconds, and under room lighting conditions that Peter had deemed less than perfect, the students were looking at a photograph that was not only beautiful, but a joy to make together and learn about.

Thank you to Peter Solness for visiting, and we will definitely be following what you do in the future to see what kind of ideas you’ll explore next.

Photography techniques of Peter Solness



Don't miss the Y7 Y8 Drama production 23-25 August

Y7 Y8 Drama 'Stories in the Dark'

14 August 2018

The production explores the age-old power of storytelling

Stories in the Dark
by Debra Oswald

Date:23–25 August, 6 pm

Venue: TB Millar Hall
Tickets: $15 Adult, $10 Students; at the door or at www.trybooking.com/XMCO

A terrified Tomas finds himself separated from his family and in unfamiliar territory in a war-torn city. He hides in an abandoned house and finds another child. Anna is older, street smart and has a take-no-prisoner attitude to his fears. To keep him quiet as they wait out the horrors outside, she starts to tell a half-remembered story from her own childhood. 

And so, we follow them on a journey of discovery of worlds filled with ogres, princes, singing bones, foolish lads and wolf-mothers. 

Stories in the Dark explores the power of storytelling, mingling the magic and earthy wisdom of folk tales with a hard-edged story of violence, conflict and the struggle to survive. 

The cast members have worked hard, playing a wide variety of roles in both realities to create the story with equal mixes of hope, horror and humour.

We hope you will join us in watching these young performers.


Year 7 English students at the Arboretum on their Mystery Tour

Year 7 Mystery Tour

13 August 2018

By Japnur Singh, Year 7

Year 7 English students reflect on the stories of places around Canberra

By Japnur Singh, Year 7

On 2 August, all of Year 7 embarked on the Mystery Tour that we knew nothing about in advance. On the day, the whole atmosphere was enthusiastic as everyone was eager to get onto the buses. As we boarded, we were given a booklet of the places we would visit. Year 7 was split into four groups. Each group visited three of the four locations, which were Mt Stromlo Observatory, an abandoned building in Campbell, Old Weetangera Cemetery and the National Arboretum.

Our group’s first stop was on a mountain at the Arboretum. When we arrived, it didn’t look like much except a sculpture that was brown, hot on one side and cold on the other. Most of us were just climbing, thinking ‘well, that is what it is for’, but after Archimede Fusillo (Author and Radford Writer-in-Residence) explained what it meant, our thinking changed.

He said, 'This may just look like a sculpture to you, but it can become something else if you look at it carefully.' He was right. It was something else, a sculpture of the words ‘Wide Brown Land’ from the poem My Country by Dorothea Mackellar. An interesting fact is that it was designed to look like her handwriting. After that, we walked down a dirt track that looks like it was made for mountain biking.

The second stop on our list was the abandoned building in the east of the Anzac Park Triangle. When we arrived, we had recess. Then our eyes turned to the building and we wondered about it. A question that kept coming up in my mind was ‘what happened?’

Well, there was a simple answer, the building was neglected. But this didn’t stop me from thinking ‘why are the windows broken?’ And ‘why there are boards blocking the windows?’ I imagined that a bomb might have exploded or the building might have become a gang's hideout.

Our final stop was the Weetangera Cemetery. There was a feeling of sadness here. It was gloomy, and gusts of wind blew against our faces every now and then. While we were there, we read a lot of the gravestones and saw that some of the people buried there had died very young. There were old trees which looked like they had been planted when people first started burying their loved ones there.

After a time of exploration and learning, it was time to head back to Radford. On behalf of Year 7, I would like to thank all the Year 7 English teachers and other staff who contributed to the organisation of this trip.

Shanthu and Tom - runners-up from 32 teams

Sports Report 15 Aug 18

13 August 2018

Sports Department

Table tennis and netball results

Table Tennis
By Tom Overs

Radford table tennis team members had some great success in the schools tournament last week, with Shanthu and Tom topping our group of five teams, however, Flynn and Zac unfortunately went out early.

Shanthu and Tom then went on to win the next three matches in straight sets against teams from Daramalan and Mount Stromlo leading to a place in the grand final. Unfortunately we lost 3–1 to Lyneham in the final. They were the favourites to win and a tough opponent. Nonetheless, runners up against 32 teams was not a bad result.

ASC Netball
Great day at the Lyneham Netball centre on Tuesday last week. Radford took three teams – Years 7/8, Years 9/10 and Years 11/12. The wet weather meant the draw was adjusted to play 12-minute games against each team with no half-time break. Many thanks go to our umpires and to Ms Hunter and Mrs Quade for their coaching, management and enthusiasm on the day.

Radford had some great results and were competitive throughout the day. Congratulations to Mackillop for winning the 7/8 and 11/12 division and St Clare's for winning the 9/10 division.

Flying high at ASC Netball

International tour – visiting team from Leeds
Radford Seniors had the opportunity to play a netball match on Friday against a visiting team from Leeds Athletics Netball Club, England. The visitors were not a school team but selected representatives of the state/shire. Very quick and very skilled, they were unfortunately too strong for our Radford side. Great experience and we look forward to future visitors to our school.

Celebrate Book Week with special events on 23 August 2018!

Join in the Book Week 2018 celebrations

13 August 2018

Gemma Wilson, Teacher Librarian

Two special events to celebrate Book Week

Two major events are planned for Junior School students to celebrate Book Week 2018: a character parade and a book fair.

1)            CHARACTER DRESS UP PARADE – Thursday 23 August

Date: Thursday 23 August
Time: 9.10 am
Where: G Wigg Sports Centre, parking will be available on the JA Mackinnon Oval.

Pre-Kindergarten students and parents:
Please meet your teacher on the netball courts adjacent to the Sports Centre at 8.55 am.

Kindergarten – Year 6 students:
Please go to your classroom when the bell rings. You will walk over with your teacher.

Students - start thinking about your favourite book character now!

  • Come to school dressed in your costumes.
  • Bring your character’s book if possible. 
  • Costumes should be appropriate for the weather.
  • Keep it simple!

2)            BOOK FAIR – Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 August

Our Book Fair will be in RA Young Hall. New books are for sale – credit card payments are preferred.

Books available for purchase at these times: 

  • Tuesday 21 August 8– 8.30 and 3–3.45
  • Wednesday 22 August 8– 8.30 and 3–3.45
  • Thursday 23 August 8– 8.30 and after the Character Parade, until 11 am.
Mr Wardman and students on the 2016 tour of Europe

Interested in a 2019 Science Tour of Europe?

8 August 2018

Expressions of interest sought

Information night #1:
Monday 27 August, 6pm, Heath Lecture Theatre.

Expressions of interest are now sought for the tour.  Tour group limited to 20 students.

Tour leader:
Mr Richard Wardman- richard.wardman@radford.act.edu - contact after 17 August, as Mr Wardman wil be on Y10 Camp.


In June-July 2019, Science teacher, Mr Richard Wardman, will be leading an exciting educational tour of four European countries.  Students who will be in Y10, Y11, Y12 in 2019 are invited to join the tour, which is limited to 20 students.

The story of science will be a major focus of the tour, including the contemporary issues of urban planning, public transport and renewable energy, as well as the history of science.  The culture and history of Europe will provide students with valuable and provocative insights into the human condition.  Radford students will, in turn, be ambassadors for our country. 

Antipodeans Abroad will provide expert assistance to the College on key tour elements including travel, accommodation, risk management, and provision of specialist guides.

2016 tour group, outside Firenze (Florence)

The 19-day tour will visit significant scientific and cultural facilities, in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Britain, such as those indicated below.


Birthplace of the Renaissance,
Art – Uffizi
Architecture – Duomo (cathedral)
Science – Museo Galileo.


CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
International organisations: UN, FAO, Red Cross,
Reformation history.


Strong science legacy. Echoes of The Cold War. Reunification. Reichstag.
History of flight - Zeppelin and Dornier.
Science Museum. BMW World. Renewable energy.


Cavendish labs, where Rutherford’s atom and DNA were revealed.
Bletchley Park
The story of Alan Turing and the codebreaking Enigma machine.
Greenwich Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum
Science & Natural History Museums
Brunel Tour.

 2016 tour - Brandenburg Gate in Berlin



Dance Boss contestant Angela Sullivan teaches Tap and Song & Dance at Radford Dance Academy

Tapping into TV's prime time

15 August 2018

RDA teacher Angela Sullivan currently appearing on Dance Boss

By Director of Movement Danielle White

Radford Dance Academy Tap and Song & Dance teacher Angela Sullivan has been loving the chance to compete on Channel 7 show Dance Boss.

Currently airing at 7.30 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and hosted by Dannii Minogue, Dance Boss has teams of highly-talented amateurs from different states and professions dancing off for a $100,000 prize.

Angela (third from the left) is a member of the four-person Canberra team, who are all public servants, and who have impressed the judges so far, surviving elimination in the first four episodes.

"It's been great working with Australia's best choreographers and so many other creative people," Angela said.

Read the Canberra Times article on Angela and her team or visit the Dance Boss website to catch up on previous episodes.

Parentline ACT

Parentline ACT

14 August 2018

Parentline ACT

You don't have to be in crisis to contact Parentline ACT

Being a parent is the hardest job we’ll ever have. 
All parents at some time experience difficulties and stress.

Parentline offers a free telephone counselling service to parents and carers. If you would like to talk with a counsellor about any issue regarding bringing up children and family relationships, please phone us on 6287 3833 between 9 am and 5 pm.

You don't have to be in crisis to contact us!

  Phone Parentline if you would you like:

  • to talk with someone about those parenting issues
  • help with some ideas on raising children
  • support in the important job you are doing
  • to know what is available for parents, teenagers and children
  • to build better relationships in your family
  • help to understand your child or teenager’s behaviour
  • make an appointment for a counselling session.

Parentline offers a respectful, caring, understanding approach to your parenting questions.

Parentline ACT – Monday to Friday (except on public holidays), 9 am to 5 pm.

Phone: 6287 3833
Website: http://www.parentlineact.org.au/

A "whole school" photo is prepared every five years

Radford 35th Anniversary Photo

15 August 2018

Nerida Dyne, EA to DP HoSS

Tue 21/Wed 22 Aug, photography for 35th Anniversary photo

As part of the College’s 35 Year Anniversary celebrations, a Whole College Photo will be taken next week.

The photo will include all students from Pre-K to Year 12 and all staff.  These photos are an important part of College memorabilia and are taken every 5 years to celebrate this important College milestone.

Producing such a large-scale photograph will be much simpler this year, as the photographers will be using green screen technology, photographing each student individually, and processing images in their studio.

Photos will be taken next Tuesday 21 August and Wednesday 22 August, and students will attend with their class at their scheduled time.

We will contact families later this term regarding arrangements to purchase the photo. 


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

Keep up with all of the P&F news on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/792423231148201/ 
or on Instagram @radfordcollegepf 




CANCELLATION: Saturday Sunset 18 August

CANCELLATION: Saturday Sunset 18 August

Due to a clash with the Dirrum Festival, the Saturday Sunset Service previously advertised for 18 August has been cancelled.  Next Saturday Sunset is 22 September.