Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 5 – 22 August 2018

Staff Insights

Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

Junior School IB PYP evaluation

21 August 2018

The process comprises external evaluation and a rigorous self-study

I write this message on the eve of our Junior School’s second International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme evaluation. Much of our focus over the past 12 months has been on our response to this three-day visit.

The IB evaluation is a 'deeper' look at us than the local registration visits. During the three-day visit, there will be two evaluators visiting every classroom, and speaking to almost all our staff. The evaluators seek evidence to support our self-study, undertaken through our staff sessions. The self-study is our response and written/ visual evidence of our ranking against all 70 Standards and Practices of the PYP Framework. Times such as this provide opportunities to reflect. Our self-study reads well, very well. It reassures me and stops the middle-of-the-night wakeups!

There has been significant change since our last evaluation in 2013. Some of these challenges are external: changes in society; workplace changes; technology and research development; the growing understanding of the importance of social/emotional development and teaching; the growing need to include thinking routines, questioning and listening into our teaching and learning; an Australian Curriculum; as well as the continued importance of reading, writing and arithmetic. Internally, we have experienced staff changes, growth and the further development of our PYP understanding, particularly surrounding variability within our setting, a challenge John Hattie (Visible Learning) sees for all our schools. We live in a time of Basics and New Basics teaching and learning. 

As I read our submission I am extremely thankful for the staff we have, for the Framework we use to deliver our Australian Curriculum, and the exciting challenge to continue to develop that lies ahead.

We are dedicated to improving, to teacher growth, to provide them with challenges that raise their professional standards each day as we educate 'the whole person', both student and staff.

In delivering Basics and New Basics for all our students, we are building our newer teachers PYP development, growing our own understanding of a new Framework and seeking to ensure we engage and not simply entertain.

We seek to focus upon 'in task learning' over 'on task working'. To this end we have: 

  • Focused on how we develop our teaching and learning teams to better deliver our curriculum. In doing so, we are also better able to limit variation.
  • Challenged ourselves to deliver lessons in three phases:
    'Igniting Curiosity'
    delivering explicit teaching, establishing goals and success criteria within a short time framework
    'Student Exploration'
    coaching groups, formative assessing development
    reflecting, questioning and looking at next steps. 
  • Set team goals to embed the above. 

  • Stepped toward greater understanding of coaching as questioning.

The focus is, and will remain, on improving our delivery, as new staff and students grow and 'familiar staff and students' refine. It’s exciting, we are good, but seek to be better, to challenge ourselves further as educators, and our students as leaders of tomorrow.

I must thank all our Junior School staff for their efforts and support of this process over the past 12 months. Particular congratulations, and strong acknowledgement of the outstanding effort by our Assistant Head of Junior School, Janine Crookes, who has worked tirelessly, and with great vision, in bringing us to this moment.

Chaplain Fr Richard Browning

Dirrum Festival: for the common good

20 August 2018

An extraordinary event, about 'truth-telling and power’ and ‘shared sustainable prosperity’

My concluding remarks on the Dirrum Festival ‘on the common good’ are extracted below. To have students lead an event around ‘truth-telling and power’ and ‘shared sustainable prosperity’ as well as they did is truly remarkable. There is no real way to thank them, and in their own words, the satisfaction inherent in the event itself is why you do what you do. They are right. But it is not actually an event. It is more a way of being in the world. 

Oh, my goodness. What an extraordinary day. And the measure of its success, ladies and gentlemen, is not so much what you have heard and seen, but what you do with what you have heard. These questions might now be our most urgent:

  • Who are we and how are we to live?
  • And more broadly, what might we write in this book of life?

The following few words might sound religious and if they do, it is because the sacred is not confined to, or possessed by, religion. Thank God. 

Martin Luther King Jr is often referred to as an activist for justice. But that is not how he described himself. He was just a pastor, a minister of the good news of Jesus. The work that is described as activism is nothing other than the outpouring of a heart filled with God’s love. A love that compels a movement outwards, towards the other, in compassion, for justice. 

This faith is inescapably public, and inherently dangerous. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer makes plain, 'we are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself'. Here is the force to transform reality. It is a firm, but nonviolent hand, given to the costly work of mercy and justice.

The festival was sold out well before the event

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. 

There is common ground, and it points us towards each other and a life beyond the smallness of self-interest. Or rather, the wellbeing of each other is in our self-interest:

  • Acting in the world with mercy and justice is soul work.
  • Receptivity and vulnerability to love from beyond the self brings healing and wholeness.
  • Seeking truth liberates: the self and the other. But it costs.
  • There is no intergenerational prosperity disconnected from the wellbeing of the earth.
  • Our identity is first to humanity, before any affiliation to nation or tribe.
  • And our greatest security? It is kindness towards each other. 

We are here to practise these things together, religious or not, Australian or not, insider or outsider, this or the other. 

Market elements were part of this year's festival

Ladies and gentlemen, where your soul is, where your heart beats quickly, wherever your skills, passion, faith and longings live, may they also find expression alongside a need within the community. Dwell here: write in the book of life here. This is what our young leaders are exploring, and what an invigorating, enlivening experience this is to be led by them, to be woken by their clarity of purpose, their enthusiasm and intelligence, their outrageous competence and bigness of heart. 

All this is actually inspiring. If I sound surprised, I am not. I am just delighted. This work is not about being good or important, or even effective. It is fundamentally about being human, and this together. And being human is what Jesus invested his all into bringing into fullness of life. 

So then, the blessing of the radiant sun be upon you,
The ground which we share hold us together,
The peace of the falling rain, be upon you;
The source of Blessing and the Good, grant you peace this day,
that we who are blessed, become the blessing.


Year 12 student leaders:
Lydia Murray, Annie Creer, Isla Baird, Hugo Webster, Niamh Martin, Claudine Page-Allen, Oli Golding, Teresa Pelle, Alice Plummer, Nikki Rossendell, Campbell Miller, Annie Liao, Bella Zardo, Steph Trinh. 

Year 11 students assisting:
Nikita Chandekar, Emilie MacCallum, Amy Theakston, Anastassia Levics, Danielle Zhang, Jazmine Chua, Elise Northcote, Alison Barclay, Olivia Young, Lauren Nicholson, Sophie Genn, Riley Kelly, William Goodchild, Ethan Nguyen, Katy Kosa, Stephanie Ni, Ruby Soboslay Moore, Ainsleigh Brown, Mandy Wang. 

Dirrum staff:
Fr Richard, Susannah Morrison, Alison Steven, Ailsa Mackerras, Jane Lilley, Jeanette Clayton, Angela Rando, Tracey Markovic, George Huitker. 

With thanks also to Nick Akhurst, Tim Minehan, Susan Davenport, Carl Flanagan and the amazing Facilities Staff. 

The time capsule plaque

H for History #24: Time Capsules

21 August 2018

Five years ago, next month, three Radford time capsules became part of the "new" Senior School

You believed me
And our love is in a time capsule
Let’s dig it up

Matthew Sweet, 'Time Capsule', 1993

There’s a future in my life I can’t foresee
One Direction, “Ready to Run”, 2014


Is it possible that a boy band is linked to our college history? Or, perhaps more accurately, a possible future? Read on … 

When archivist Katie Taylor suggested that creating time capsules should be in her job description, she could not have been more elated when the concept was approved. “I was asked by our last principal, Phillip Heath, to come up with ideas for celebrating our 30th anniversary,” she explains, “and the question came up as to whether we had a time capsule. When it turned out we didn’t, I was given the job of organising one.” 

As items were being collected, with enthusiastic student participation, the size of the task became apparent. 'It was a big job,” explains Katie, “not least because one capsule eventually became three, but it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the challenge.” 

To ensure safe preservation, Katie was also charged with taking the capsules to the ANU and have them filled with argon gas. This proved to be a great decision, as the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution have apparently been saved from degradation through being preserved in argon-filled containers since 2002. 

Three time capsules - sealed


I asked Katie if she was permitted to reveal any of the contents to our readers and she replied in the affirmative. “Let’s face it. By the time it is opened, the people who have read your article will have moved on anyway.” (Details of some of the content are below.) Included in the capsule is a letter from then newly appointed Principal, Fiona Godfrey, which outlined her hopes and dreams for the school. 

And as to the capsules’ whereabouts? “One of our very own architects came by the archives and took measurements,” reveals Katie, “and then designed a brick enclosure for the capsules, which was then built underneath the Senior School decking, where they currently lie.” 

The unveiling of the plaque recording the event occurred on a blustery day on 26 September 2013, to coincide with the official opening of the Mackinnon Senior School. Said Katie, 'It was extremely windy that day, and not a lot of people were outside at the time. I was incredibly touched that they put my name on the plaque – I really hope I’ll be there when the capsules are finally revealed!' 

Ella Hemmings, now in Year 12, contributed a ‘letter to self’ when in Year 7 (in Mr Joel Copeland’s appropriately titled 'Future Connections' class), and the overall concept of the capsules meets with her approval six years on. 'I was very interested in soccer back then, but not so much now,' she recalls. Yet other memories are somewhat hazy. 'It will be cool to see how much we’ve changed since Year 7 - and we’ll have changed even more by the time it comes out! It’ll be interesting to see what we were interested in back then.' 


ELC memorabilia from 2006 was in one capsule

I asked her if she would like to be in attendance when the capsule is eventually opened, but Ella indicated she was never told when the capsule would exactly be opened. 'We actually don’t have a set date for that', admits Katie. 'Originally, I proposed the 50th anniversary, but the plaque does not state when it will be opened. Basically, the capsules will be opened when we have a principal who decides that it’s time, or when we’ve got another significant anniversary coming.' 

I asked other senior students how they felt about the contents, particularly the One Direction poster, which was included for posterity. 'I’m not disturbed by its inclusion,' exclaims Claire Graham, 'as it’s a symbol of pop culture at that time. Like having a movie poster or Beatles poster.' (Debate about the merits of One Direction members’ solo careers ensued and the offer of including a chicken curry in future capsules.) Claire remembers a Year 7 peer’s response more clearly than her own: 'She was very wise as a Year 7. Although some people put pressure on their future selves to marry a One Direction person, she just wanted her future self to be happy. She just wanted the best for life.' 

Katie Taylor shared some archival photographs of some of the contents prior to their sealing and immurement (Editor’s note – for the pedants: technically, the capsules are 'immured'; i.e. are shut up within walls, not 'buried'). I teased her about the One Direction poster and she replied, 'who knows what mutant horror will crawl out of there! I just wanted to represent what was popular at the time.' 

I also noted one poignant photo revealing the top of a pile of 'Letters to Self' by a Year 7 class. And there was Ella’s contribution, with a timeless footnote in clear, confident and neat hand-written print at the bottom of the page. 

It was a delightful, innocent and poignant reminder by her 'mini-me' to her future self. Yet perhaps also to all of our future selves. It simply read: 

'Don’t grow up too fast.'

Radford's 30th anniversary time capsule contents include …

  • a letter from Archivist Katie Taylor explaining how the time capsule came into being, as well as her novel The Shadowed Throne, published that year
  • The Canberra Times newspaper from the day of the sealing, and an opinion piece about Julia Gillard’s appointment as Prime Minister
  • a bottle of 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from long-time Deputy Principal John Leyshon’s winery, Mallaluka
  • photographs from the original ELC time capsule (2006)
  • a copy of the 2012 Radfordian, the 2013 Radford Report, 2013 Homework Diary and a video on a thumb drive of the 2013 Foundation Day
  • program for the 2013 musical, Back to the 80s
  • commemorative 2013 coins
  • letters and short blurbs written by and about students and staff
  • a jar of Cheesybite and Vegemite
  • an empty Vanilla Coke and Zero Coke bottle
  • a copy of the current canteen menu
  • catalogues from EB Games, JB Hi Fi, Target and Good Guys
  • lists of popular movies, children’s books, slang terms and hit songs of 2013
  • a combination lock for a school locker
  • subject choice lists for senior, junior and middle school students
  • Phillip Heath’s staff badge (at this stage, he had already accepted a position as Headmaster of Barker College) and badges given to school and house captains, prefects etc.
  • a copy of a letter announcing the appointment of the next Principal, Fiona Godfrey, as well as a letter written by her
  • the school master key
  • uniform samples and a blazer pocket with embroidered crest
  • a computer mouse, a mobile phone and a remote control for a data projector
  • A One Direction poster

For a comprehensive list, you may need to take a Mallaluka Cabernet Sauvignon from John Leyshon to the Archivist. In any case, a special greeting out to those reading this article 300 years in the future, who are possibly revisiting these words with slight bewilderment on the eve of the time capsule’s opening 300 years later in 2313. Let me try to explain that boy-band poster one more time …

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 George Huitker  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.



L to R: Nick Ewbank - Head of  History, Christina Gao, Fiona Godfrey - Principal

Australian History Competition success

20 August 2018

Nick Ewbank, Head of History

Outstanding results in the Australian History competition – again!

By Nick Ewbank, Head of History

The Australian History Competition, completed in May, is a test of students’ knowledge and skills in History. The students have 45 minutes to read stimulus material and respond to 50 questions. 

All 15 Year 9 and 10 Radford students who chose to enter the competition achieved a Credit grade or better. 

Christina Gao, Year 10, has outperformed all other Year 10 students across the country, completing the Australian History Competition with a perfect score of 50/50. Andrew Kerr missed only one question, scoring 49/50 – so was just pipped by Christina.

This was a case of history repeating itself, as two years ago Christina also achieved 100 per cent, that time in the Year 8 Division of the competition. 

Year 9



Isobel Sambridge, Isabelle Morrison


Stephen Pantazetzis



Year 10


Carol Ge


Jiani Yang, Sarah Gan and Elisabeth Gregory

High Distinction
(top 10% nationally)

Ageesh Singh, Claire Huang, Sam Sharma, Vince Guo,
Doug Toyne, Michael Troy and Andrew Kerr



Perfect score

Christina Gao

These are phenomenal results, and the students should be very proud of their achievements.

Lauren Robards, extreme right, representing Australia at the World Junior Track Cycling Championships

Lauren Robards, Australian cycling representative

21 August 2018

2018 Junior World Championships U19

As reported in the Bulletin earlier in the year, Lauren Robards (Year 12) was selected in February as a member of Australia’s Track Endurance Cycling Team to compete at the Junior World Championships (Under 19), held last week in Switzerland.  

In training camps in May and July, Lauren emerged as a pivotal member of the Women’s Pursuit Team, impressing coaches with her ability to generate speed from the start gate, setting the pace in this gruelling 4,000-metre, four-rider event. Only a select few riders are suited to the start rider role, which involves getting the team up to race pace smoothly, whilst remaining 'in the wind'.  

In the qualifying round of the Junior World Championships Team Pursuit last week, Lauren led the Aussie team from the start gate, and they set the second fastest qualifying time, behind Italy. On Thursday, the girls rode against New Zealand for a spot in the gold medal ride. The Kiwis were too strong on the day, but with the fourth-fastest time, the Australians still had a shot at the bronze medal against Great Britain. Though beaten for bronze by Great Britain, in another extremely tight contest, in all three races, the team set new national records, with an average speed of just under 53 kilometres per hour.  

Over the weekend, Lauren again pulled on the Australian skinsuit, this time competing in the 2000-metre Individual Pursuit. She is the current Australian champion in this event. In a field of 33 of the best pursuit riders from over 20 nations, Lauren produced a superb ride, shaving a second from her best time (set when winning the national championship), to finish in a most creditable 7th place. Given that she is a year younger than most of the other riders, this is indeed a remarkable achievement.  

On her return from Switzerland, Lauren will next turn her attention to the Oceania Track Championships in Adelaide in October, before completing her Year 12 studies, and looking to have another successful summer of racing as a 'second year' Under 19.  

Congratulations, Lauren, and best of luck for the coming months.

Gillian Triggs was among the many outstanding speakers at Dirrum 2018

Dirrum: a personal reflection by Isla Baird

20 August 2018

Isla Baird,Dirrum Organising Committee

Isla was the communications coordinator and event/stage manager

After just over a year of planning and coordination, we are done. We have accomplished everything on every 'to do' list and stopped snoozing every reminder. In the six hours it ran for, Dirrum Festival went perfectly to plan and I’m so proud of everyone who has written their part in this year’s Dirrum story. Each individual hand that contributed help was valuable and influenced the success of the final product. 

The day ran very successfully. The speakers were some of the most beautiful people I have ever met. Being backstage, as the last person these people saw before they walked out to present to 250+ people, I feel like I saw the raw, open side of each of them. 

Gillian Triggs was an incredibly kind soul, who was eager to hear the stories of others, as well as to be part of the event as a whole. Emma and Kirsty are the most real humans, with the most incredible stories. Emma and her 16 push-ups to get the blood flowing before she went on, and Kirsty sharing that she too leaves everything until the last minute, were big highlights for me. I feel so privileged to have met and worked with Ellen and Bridget: as they are real people with the most incredible stories and backgrounds, but they are still so authentic. Steph has a heart of gold. Matt’s talk and his vast scientific knowledge shake down to an oddly unscientific end: the desire and will of people. Peter and Denis had the calmest, most comforting personalities I’ve ever been around. 

Tonight, I was asked many times if I was okay, and if I was stressed, and I can honestly say about Dirrum ‘NO’, because I trust the people around me, and feel the love and utmost respect from the speakers, and I know that those final hours we were just bringing a year’s worth of work and planning together. 

Dirrum for me has been so much more than those six hours. It’s been a big journey, one of both learning and teaching. It’s been something that I feel my 13 years of schooling has prepared me for. I have used skills I never thought would apply to the outside world. It has helped me realise not only my strengths and weaknesses, but it helped me discover more of who I am as a person. 

Dirrum decorations Be the change you want to see

I have the utmost respect for all those who make Dirrum possible every year. Our job was made easy by the leadership of years past. To this year’s core group  Annie, Lydia, Niamh and Hugo, thank you. Thank you for not only the amazing skills and knowledge that each of you have put in, but for the love and passion that makes the work roll. There is a fabulous wider group of wonderful peers who all worked amazingly to pull this off. Many invested huge numbers of hours of thought and work. 

I would really like to thank Father Richard for his ongoing support and guidance, and for being the soul of Dirrum. 

In the end though, it is not just six hours one Saturday. It’s more a movement than an event. As Fr Richard said in closing: the measure of the Festival’s success is ‘not so much what you have heard and seen, but what you do with what you have heard. It is about how we all live for a good that is bigger than our own.’ 

Finally, just a massive thank you to everyone who touched the event in any way. Along with our incredible team, I cannot wait to pass down knowledge and passion to next year’s organising committee.

Radford chess players: Ricky Luo (foreground) and Helen Tong (background)

Chess Report 22 Aug 2018

20 August 2018

By Tim Ling, Chess Co-Captain, Year 12

Radford through to finals

By Tim Ling, Chess Co-Captain, Year 12

On Thursday 16 August, Radford College chess club participated in the 2018 ACT Secondary Schools Chess Teams North Canberra tournament, hosted by Melba Copland College.

After a long day of non-stop board analysis, a Radford team placed fourth  enough to qualify for the finals! The ACT Finals will be held on 26 September at Canberra Grammar School, and the team will consist of Ricky Luo, Helen Tong, Tim Ling, Rohan Wilson and James Dixon.

Great job Radford!

Brendan Clarke, one of Australia's leading jazz bassists

Jazz Café 2018

17 August 2018

Sam Tonkin, Music Administrator

Riffing with icons

By Sam Tonkin, Music Administrator

The annual Radford College Jazz Café is fast approaching and, as always, it promises to be a fantastic evening. The evening will feature our four jazz ensembles: Diz Jazz Ensemble, Bird Jazz Ensemble, Little Big Band and Big Band.

Our guest artist this year is one of Australia's leading jazz bassists, Brendan Clarke!

Brendan is truly an Australian jazz icon, being the first bass player to be awarded the prestigious National Jazz Award at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in 2001. In 2005, he was awarded an arts council grant to study in New York with Curtis Lundy and Rufus Reid and he has been twice nominated for the Freedman Fellowship. He will be performing with his trio featuring Mark Sutton on drums and Paul Dal Broi on piano.

When: 7–9.30 pm, Friday 31 August ,
Where: Radford Performing Arts Centre
BYO food and beverage and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere!
Tickets essential: https://www.trybooking.com/XRKP

Ryoka Tsuda and Oscar Wilson, participants in Radford's Japanese Language exchange program

Learning language and culture through exchanges

17 August 2018

Michele Sharp, Head of Languages, Highly Accomplished Teacher

Building intercultural understanding and student connections through exchanges

by Michele Sharp, Head of Languages

We recently welcomed Ryoka Tsuda back to Radford College. She was a participant in our Language Department student exchange program last year and was keen to visit the College again. A unique feature of our language exchange and study tour programs is that they provide students the opportunity to contextualise their learning of language and culture by spending time in a sister school and homestay environment.

The Language Department regularly calls on the support of our community to host exchange students and young adults in our Language Assistant program. If you are interested in becoming a host family, please complete the expression of interest at the following link: http://bit.ly/2DX1Dbc It is only through the kind support of families that we are able to offer these enriching learning experiences.

Hello, I’m Ryoka Tsuda. I came from Konko Gakuen High School in Okayama Prefecture. Radford’s sister school in Japan.
The purpose of my visit was to improve my English conversation as in the future I wish to become an interpreter.
In Radford I participated in classes and helped in Japanese classes with Mrs Fitzpatrick. I helped with Year 7 and Year 11 classes. Now, I understand how very difficult teaching is.
On the weekend I went to play and go out to eat with my host brother Oscar Wilson and several of his friends. I made a lot of new friends and made many memories.
I’m glad I could come to Radford College for 2 weeks, which turned out to be a short while. I had a great time. Thank you very much!

-- Ryoka Tsuda

From the 29th of July to the 13th of August I hosted Ryoka Tsuda from Radford’s Japanese sister school Konko Gakuen. I had hosted her last year as part of the Year 10 Japanese exchange program. She is from our sister school, Konko Gakuen. It was great to have her come back to Radford. She was able to participate in classes during the day, and after school and on weekends we were able to do fun activities like bowling and ice-skating. It was much easier to have her stay this time as we already built a relationship from her previous stay. I would suggest to all present and future Year 10’s to host your exchanges again if given the opportunity as it is a great chance to reconnect and build your language skills further.

-- Oscar Wilson Year 11

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.


Danielle Ewer, competing in the ACT Citizens' Race at Guthega

Sports Report 22 Aug 2018

20 August 2018

Sports Department

Athletics, Snowsports, Cross Country, Basketball and Rugby

Snowsports Team takes on an all-ACT challenge 
By Jonathan Mandl

On Sunday 5 August, 31 members of the Radford team enjoyed competing in the annual ACT Citizens Race, coordinated by Snowsports ACT, and open to anyone living within the ACT. Parents are encouraged to join in, and this year four did. Both ski and snowboard giant slalom events are offered, set on the fun but challenging 'Mother-in-Law' course at Guthega, where some of our team will be competing in the upcoming Australian Interschools Championships in early September.

Congratulations to William Brake, 3rd in the Men’s GS ski event, and Danielle Ewer, 5th in the Women's.

Congratulations in the Snowboard event to Emma Brennan, 2nd in the Women's, with Bonnie and Hannah Hardy also in the top ten. Jonty Harris claimed 4th and Robbie Potter joined him in the Men's top ten.

Next challenge for the team will be the ACT Schools Cup on Sat 2 September!


Notice of external specialist athletics 13&O event:

High Noon 2 Sept 2018  3 km and 5 km Walk, Sprint Hurdles, 3 km Run
High Noon 16 Sept 2018 – Steeplechase, Pole Vault, Hammer Throw, Long Hurdles

School Sports ACT has an arrangement with Athletics ACT for students who compete in ‘specialist’ events and wish to be considered for the ACT team to go to the All Australian Championships, an Athletics Australia event. 

Interested students must enter into the Athletics ACT High Noon events through the AACT website, see attached. Entry is free.

IMPORTANT: Please do not send queries to Radford Sports Department for these events  go straight to Athletics ACT.

Cross Country

Good luck to Junior School students Joe Whithear, Amber Smith Gibson and Emily Watson, who are competing at the 2018 Australian School Sports Cross Country Running Championships in Queensland from 2427 August.

Congratulations to Rena Cao and Alys Robertson, silver medalists at the Australian School Sports 12 & Under Basketball Championships in Darwin last week. Congratulations also to Max Forbutt, who played in the Boys ACT team.

Results across the weekend for Radford Rugby were impressive!

U18 First XV Division 2, Radford v St Edmund's 2419
U16 Girls Division 1, Radford v Vikings 435

"Forest Sprites", by Eadon Brown

An assured winning photograph

20 August 2018

Amanda Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Eadon Brown's work, ‘Forest Sprites’, wins Radford students' light-painting competition

By Amanda Poland, Head of Creative Arts, Visual Arts and Photography

The winner of the inaugural Peter Solness Light Painting competition for senior Radford College students was Eadon Brown, with a compelling work titled Forest Sprites. 

Students were fortunate to have Peter Solness at Radford College running workshops for Senior Creative Arts students and the community and judging a light-painting photography competition.

Creative Arts staff accompanied Peter Solness, artist and photographer, on Thursday night to check out the specific locations on Gossan Hill, behind the College, in preparation for the Friday night community light-painting event in the bush. A number of 30-second exposure photographs were taken from exactly the same position, with various lighting applications and tools. With an extreme weather event on late Friday afternoon, however, it was obvious that we would not be able to gather on Gossan Hill and the evening was moved to TB Millar Hall.

After viewing the the photographs taken on Gossan Hill on Thursday night, the students mooted a competition to judge their images, create in the style of Peter Solness light-painting photographs. Peter agreed to judge the competition and select the best image created by a student that used at least three layers of photographs from Thursday night. Students were also able to include other sourced images. The competition was an optional extension to reinforce creative thinking, extend technical digital manipulation skills and build on the notion of collaboration in contemporary art-making.

Eadon Brown’s Forest Sprites was selected as the most compelling image. 

Judge’s comments from Peter Solness:

The exciting part of judging this competition was the way each student took the images available and made interpretations that were outside of my own imagination. The results were unexpected and intriguing. 

Each student applied a sentiment to the digital files that felt authentic. Each final image, although sourced from the same pool of images, was unique. 

This exercise was a reminder that not only is there creativity in the capturing of interesting images, but there is another dimension available to us, in the way digital files can be reconfigured. 

I also really enjoyed the written notes about how each student reflected on their thought process. Their ideas and concepts were impressive. Congratulations to each of you. 

It was very hard to pick the final winner but I chose Eadon Brown’s Forest Sprites as the most compelling photograph in the selection. 

Compositionally, Eadon’s image filled the frame with energy. The light-trails draw the eye back to the human subject, who seems anchored and complete. This gives the image a strong definition. It is an assured photograph that has utiliaed the available elements in a skillful way. 

Artist statement by Eadon Brown

Year 12 Photography, Forest Sprites (or, Dressed to Impress) 2018
297 x 420mm, collection of the artist 

The image is made up of a number of photographs; three taken by Amanda Andlee Poland and Peter Solness, one by Sarah Depta, and another by me. When looking over the original photographs by Ms Poland I was drawn to one in particular in which a tree was surrounded by some ‘floating’ light trails. These reminded me of the mythical ‘will-o’-wisp’; ghost-like lights seen by travellers at night. This formed the inspiration for the whole image. The unnatural lighting and ethereal figure aid in creating the mystical essence of the image, allowing the imagination to wander and call into question about what may happen in the bush at night. 

We thank Peter for his generosity in judging this competition and for the invaluable experience he provided during his visit to Radford.

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



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.
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 




APFACTS events for parents and caregivers

20 August 2018

Two events in the near future

"Collaboration on Inclusion" event

"Raising your child in a digital age" event

Dr Geeves needs Coles "mini-collectables" for a classroom Maths activity

JS News 22 Aug 2018

21 August 2018

JS dates, and Maths needs Coles 'mini-collectables', please!


Dates to Remember

Wed 22 Aug               


Year 14 Strings Program
Book Fair

Thurs 23 Aug  


Book Week Parade and Fair

Mon 27 Aug   


Year 4 Excursion to Questacon

Tues 28 Aug               

6TH and 6TW Excursion to Apple Store

Belconnen Zone Athletics


Wed 29 Aug               



Year 1 Learning Journey
6HB and 6JF Exc to Apple Store
PreK Dance Sessions
ACT Primary School Chess Final


Dr Geeves seeks Coles mini-collectables

Dr Geeves is asking for donations of Coles mini-collectables, to use for a classroom Maths activity with Year 2. 

Volunteer now for the fabulous Twilight Fete

P&F Fete - News 22 Aug 2018

22 August 2018


Save the date - Saturday 3 November!

The P&F Fete will be held on Saturday 3 November.  This year's Fete Convenor is Monique Glavonjic, she may be contacted by e-mail, at moniqueglavonjic@gmail.com or by mobile on 0402 074 192.

Please check the Bulletin from now till Fete day for information about stalls, volunteering and donations generally.  Today's item is about a new Fete stall, intended to benefit the parents of students who will be going on College camps.


Second-hand camping clothing and equipment, for College camps

There will be a new Fete stall this year, for quality second-hand clothing and equipment for students to use on College camps.

Donations can be left at Main Reception (8.30am-4.00pm) or at the second hand uniform shop during its open hours.


  • Camping Jackets
  • Hiking Boots
  • Raincoats
  • Waterproof Jackets
  • Jumpers
  • Hiking long pants
  • Hiking long-sleeved collared shirts
  • Thermal Tops and Bottom
  • Beanies or Balaclavas
  • Woollen socks
  • Gloves
  • Wide-brimmed sun hats
  • Long-sleeved T- shirts
  • Camping bowls and mugs
  • Hiking backpacks
  • Hiking day packs


NO sleeping bags, tents, or camp stoves, please.

If you have any questions about the stall, or suitable gear, please call Leeann on 0422219610.

Radford College crest

Chicken Pox alert

22 August 2018

College Nurse

Cases of Chicken Pox have been reported at the College


Chicken Pox (Varicella)

Over the past week we have had confirmed cases of chicken pox in Year 5 and Year 7.

Chicken pox (Varicella) is a highly contagious virus that is passed by person-to-person contact. Please do not send studentS to school if they have any of the symptoms of chicken pox. These may include mild headache, fever or feeling unwell with a rash. The initial spots look similar to mosquito bites - usually on the body, arms, face and neck. The rash progresses to fluid-filled blisters that finally crust over and dry. The incubation period is usually 14-21 days, with the students being contagious 1-2 days before the onset of the rash. Students must be excluded from school until ALL lesions are crusted over, usually 6-7 days.

Immunisation is recommended for healthy children, adolescents and adults who have not had a documented case of chickenpox,or have not been previously vaccinated. The vaccination is not 100% effective but should they get the disease, it will be milder and shorter in duration.

For more information visit the link below to the ACT Health fact sheet: http://www.health.act.gov.au/sites/default/files/ChickenpoxMay15.pdf



P&F MEETING - Thurs 30 Aug

P&F MEETING - 30 Aug

Thursday 30 August, 7 pm, in the College Boardroom (in the Accounts building).  All welcome.

QCity bus route changes - from 3 Sept 2018

QCity bus changes 3 Sept 2018

Details attached of QCity bus changes


Canteen vacancy

Casual position for catering assistant 3-5 days a week, 8am-2pm (some flexibility), term time only, Secondary School campus, Working with Vulnerable People Registration essential. Contact: Canteen Manager, Karen Robinson 61626255 or email Karen.Robinson@radford.edu.act.au