Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 7 – 30 August 2017

Staff Insights

Louise Wallace-Richards, Director of Teaching and Learning

Philosophy for Children: An Inquiry Approach to Learning

30 August 2017

Staff learn about teaching children how to think, not what to think

The aim of a thinking skills program such as P4C is not to turn children into philosophers or decision-makers, but to help them become more thoughtful, more reflective, more considerate and more reasonable individuals.

-Matthew Lipman [i]

During March and August of this year, 13 teaching staff members of Radford College have had the opportunity to learn about Philosophy for Children (P4C) from Society of Philosophy for the Young (SOPHY) members Catherine Geraghty – Slavica, Michael Walsh (former Radford teacher and Head of History, now lecturer and PhD candidate at University of Canberra) and Dr. Winifred Wing Han Lamb (teacher of Philosophy at Narrabundah College). P4C was coined by Matthew Lipman in the 1970s to describe using the discipline of philosophy as a resource to help children become more intellectually energetic, curious, critical, creative and reasonable.[ii]

Staff on Philosophy courseDuring two Saturdays to date, teachers Roslyn Barlow, Janine Crookes, Ellie Ellis, Nick Ewbank, Sonia Geddes, Jenna Goggin, Alan Liversidge, Tara Mitchell, Antonella Sassu, Andrew Sullivan, Bill Weigall, Gemma Wilson and myself, have learned that the P4C movement is an internationally-renowned educational program teaching children how to think, not what to think, and how to understand their thinking.[iii] We have also learned how to conduct a P4C style inquiry community, the rudiments of Philosophy as a discipline, the sequence for teaching inquiry skills and the contents of the 11 and 12 International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge (ToK) course.

Though we are teachers from different areas of the College, we have come to appreciate that the skills and character traits P4C can help to develop in our students are as important for our four-year-old preschoolers as our 17 and 18-year-old Year 12s!

Some of the reasons we all can see the benefits of P4C for Radford students are firstly, that it aligns very nicely with many of Radford College’s Junior School International Baccalaureate Learner Profile traits and the Radford College Secondary School Learner:

 

Philosophy for Children:

Junior School IB Learner Traits:

Secondary School Radford Learner Traits:

Prepares children to be effective thinkers across the whole curriculum through the development of problem-solving and reasoning skills.

Thinkers, Reflective and Inquirers

 

Thinkers

 

Provides opportunities for students to present a point of view, challenge ideas, and develop respect for and an openness to the opinions of others.

Open-minded, Communicators, Risk Takers, Principled,

Open-minded, Principled, Communicators, Self Regulated and Resilient

Has proven to be an ideal program for Values Education, helping students to strengthen their own capacity to appraise and respond to alternatives; to self-correct their habits of thought, feeling and action through sustained ethical inquiry.

Principled, Caring and Open minded

 

Principled and Open minded

 

Secondly, all teachers at Radford College are teachersAustralian Curriculum General Capability of Literacy of literacy and there is empirical data that P4C improves the literacy skills of students since it requires them through class discusions to express their ideas clearly, listen to the views of others and then respond respectfully, linking directly to the Australian Curriculum General Capability of Literacy’s [iv] focus on composing and comprehending through speaking:

Thirdly, P4C teaches students inquiry skills that improves their problem solving skills. It is often argued that there is a gulf in the teaching and learning styles between primary and secondary education that is to the detriment of student learning. The inquiry skills P4C develops in students could provide for us at Radford with a pedagogical bridge between our Junior and Secondary schools to the benefit of our students. The sequence for the teaching of inquiry skills is outlined below:

Teaching Sequence for Inquiry Skills:

Kindergarten:

  • listening
  • reasons
  • questions/statements

 

Year One:

  • building on ideas of others
  • giving examples
  • summarising
  • reflection

Year Two:

  • grouping questions
  • open and closed questions
  • seeking and giving clarification
  • making connections in the discussion
  • explanations

Year Three:

  • different points of view
  • different types of question
  • listing criteria
  • definitions
  • metaphors
  • counter-examples

Year Four:

  • alternative possibilities
  • distinctions
  • analogies
  • similarities and differences

Year Five:

  • assumptions
  • identifying faulty reasoning
  • testing analogies
  • relevance

Year Six:

  • hypotheses
  • evaluating progress of discussion
  • inferences

Year Seven:

  • plausibility of evidence
  • forms and applies generalisations

It is expected that all these skills will be explicitly and comprehensively taught at the year level indicated.

They would then be revisited each successive year and built upon in Years 8 – 12.

Finally, the formal approach to enabling class discussions of P4C increases student participation and student-led learning through reducing teacher talk. In the Secondary School, P4C can enable surface, deep and transfer levels of learning, as well as the consolidation of learning. If you can express verbally your understanding, there is a good chance you really do understand what you have learned.

More opportunities for Radford teachers to learn about P4C will be offered in 2018. Thanks to Dean O’Brien and Kirsty Mack for their efforts in organising P4C learning for staff to date. 



[i] Philosophy_for_Children_spotlight.pdf

 

[ii] Philosophy_for_Children_spotlight.pdf

 

Chaplain Fr Richard Browning

Chaplain's Reflection: be yourself, be seen, belong.

29 August 2017

Made in the image and likeness of God.

[This reflection is based on Father Richard's recent address to a Secondary School Assembly]

Everything is an idea. And this is one of the most radical: humankind, made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 2), human beings, equal, and bearing the imprint of God the Creator.

So under this banner of God’s blessing is a simple message: you are loved, you are here on purpose, so:

Be yourself; be your name (child of God)
Be seen.
Belong (together).[1]

Yassmin Abdel-Magied recently spoke at the Dirrum Festival. She is viewed by some as opinionated, loud and abrasive. But this is not why she is despised, even hated by some. She is also black, female and Muslim. Yassmin has become political just by being herself. Her message at the Festival could be summarised: be yourself, be seen, belong. That who she is confronts others is not her fault – however it has become her problem. Whilst she might be able to change being Muslim, what about being black or female? And because she won’t or can’t, the message is clear, Yassmin is meant to be quiet and unseen.

Sitting here in the assembly today are people who are gay and lesbian and trans. To you I say clearly: be yourself, be visible, belong. As if there are any alternatives?[2]) As you well know, your presence may make others uncomfortable. To the uncomfortable I say, what is it about your own identity that is made vulnerable by the identity of another?

Picture some, a group, so offended by the identity of another that they march, by flaming torchlight to a statue (erected in 1923) that honours a man who led and fought (brilliantly) for a fatally flawed idea – the supremacy of whites with a right to enslave those with different melanin levels – and shout and chant ‘You … will not … replace us! You … will not … replace us!’.

I do not mock white supremacists. I simply describe what recently happened in Charlottesville. How is it possible that the being of another, their proximity and their being themselves is so threatening? How is being black or female or Muslim or Jewish or gay or trans and being visible so threatening? How can the visibility and belonging of this ‘other’ make another group feel so threatened? And of all things, about to be replaced? Unless all are not actually equal and some actually do have entitlement to rule, it is as absurd as it is pathetic.

Be yourself.
Be visible.
Belong.

A casual glance across creation would suggest that the Creator God is clearly very comfortable with wild, radical diversity across the human family. In the face and witness of Jesus, we see God inhabiting the human condition; we see Jesus at odds with the dominant culture because of the people he kept, and he is judged to be sinner / offender / failure / transgressor by both high priest and Roman Empire and “redeems the world” not despite this but through it! There is no anxiety or fear or violence in Jesus as he encounters threat or abuse or death.

Belong to God and this Jesus? The mark of belonging is loving action towards our neighbours, a love directly proportional to a love for yourself (it is a command). So under the banner of our Creator’s love, inheriting the blessing the God freely bestows and reclaims in Jesus:

Be yourself (child of God)
Be visible.
Belong. Belong to the earth that God has made and loves.

Loving God, in the face of dangerous and failed ideas like prejudice and racism, let this idea be the mark of Radford community living and being at large: fearless love of neighbour.

Amen.

 


[1] Looking forward to the new Brene Brown book: Braving the wilderness. A phrase used to promote it: “Be you. Be seen. Belong.”

[2] Being gay is not a choice. I do not choose my sexuality nor my handedness. I cannot but be left hand dominant.

News

Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 30 August

30 August 2017

Dates to remember, learning journeys and Book Week Dress up Day

DATES TO REMEMBER

Thurs 31 Aug

Friday 1 Sept

Yr 1 Learning Journey

Father’s Day Breakfast

Tues 5 Sept

PK Learning Journey 

Wed 6 Sept

Yr 1 Farm Excursion
Yr 6 Exhibition
Yr 5 Excursion to National Museum 

Thurs 7 Sept

Visiting author, Michael Steven King
Yr 4 Excursion to Australian War Memorial
Yr 5OM and 5ML Excursion to National Museum 

Fri 8 Sept

Radford Celebrates Music, at LLewellyn Hall, ANU 


Our ongoing goal as an authorised Primary Years Programme School of the International Baccalaureate is to seek to better personalise each student’s journey with us. We are known for truly educating the whole child and for all of us feeling a sense of belonging.

As we continue to battle outbreaks of flu across all year levels, I am always so very impressed by the capacity of staff and students to continue to step toward our stated goals.

Last week I enjoyed:

  • Matt Heinrich's presentation to Year 4 parents about our 1-to-1 iPad program, which they are soon to embark upon. The program has continued to develop so very well under Matt's vision.
  • Julianne Hay, who has recently been appointed as a PYP Workshop Leader, has volunteered to run an internal fortnightly workshop on inquiry and sharing. Our first session focused upon Inquiry Spelling, as well as the importance of questioning in deepening inquiry. Julianne backed up the next evening hosting the Australian Literacy Educators Association ACT branch meeting in her classroom.
  • Our Learning Journeys, which continue to provide our families with a picture of our day-to-day journey. Last week’s sessions, all very different, were great examples. Year 5 produced a wonderful pre-Exhibition learning journey where students created a new United Nations, while Year 2 shared their whole child experiences across traditional disciplines. This week started with an exciting and engaging Year 4 Learning Journey across the Years 1-4 site.
  • Years 1-4 piano students played to a packed Performing Arts Centre.
  • The most impressive event however, had to be our annual Book Parade held in TB Millar Hall. Responding to the theme "Escape to Everywhere" our boys and girls from PK to Year 6 all rose to the occasion. It was a warm and positive celebration of books and reading. In particular I must acknowledge two sectors. Our Year 6 students showed their combined leadership as they chose to lead by example, dressing well, and supporting the younger year levels. I cannot finish this piece without also acknowledging our crazy staff. The response from teachers goes so far in explaining why we are a different Junior School. Well doneBook Week 2017!

 

Bookings on PTO open next week

Secondary School parent teacher interviews

23 August 2017

Book early to get your preferred time!

Secondary School parent teacher interview bookings open at 7 am on Thursday 31 August

Click here to book.

The Secondary School parent teacher evenings will be held in the TB Millar Hall on:
Tuesday 12 September 3.00pm – 8.00pm
• Monday 18 September 3.00pm – 8.00pm

NB: Bookings close at 10 pm the night before each of these dates. You are encouraged to book early to avoid inconvenience or disappointment.

Booking information

Bookings for Secondary School parent teacher interviews are made online at PTO.

The interview time with each teacher will be five minutes.

Your PTO Login is your Surname.

Your PTO PIN:

• is different for each parent
• can be retrieved from the PTO login page or is printed on the top of your child’s 2017 Commencement Letter.

If you have any problems booking your interview on the PTO system, please contact Main Reception on 6162 6200 or reception@radford.act.edu.au

Timing on the interview days

  • Students in Years 7-12 will be dismissed from class at 2.35pm on both Tuesday 12 September and Monday 18 September as interviews commence at 3.00pm

  • Students in Years 7-10 not travelling directly home at 2.35pm will need to go to the Secondary School Library where supervision will be available

  • Students in Years 11 and 12 will be dismissed at 2.35pm and are free to leave the College at that time

  • Unless advised otherwise, co-curricular activities will operate as usual

  • School buses will run as per the normal schedule from 3.30pm.


Parking

Additional parking for parents is available in the car parks at the front of the TB Millar Hall, behind the Performing Arts Centre, along the road towards the back of the College and in the carparks by the G. Wigg Sports Centre and Senior School. Please do not park in the ELC and Junior School parking areas until after 3.45pm.

Interviews

Radford College teachers are looking forward to discussing the progress of your child this term. In preparing for the interviews, each of the teachers have been asked to consider your child’s engagement with learning, application in class, achievements to date, individual needs and ways for improvement.

If you would like to discuss your child’s overall progress further after the interview I would encourage you to either speak to their Tutor or Head of Year.

In addition to booked parent interviews with your child’s teachers, the Principal, Mrs Fiona Godfrey, and the Head of Secondary School, Mr Phillip O’Regan will be available for informal discussions with parents. No bookings are required to speak to Mrs Godfrey or Mr O’Regan at the parent teacher evenings.

Ride2School Day promotes fitness and fun. Photo by Jackson Black.

Get ready for the next Ride2School Day

30 August 2017

Details of fun event for Years 3-12 students

By Ride2School Day organiser Jane Lilley

Our next Ride2School Day is on Friday 8 September when we will once again welcome all Years 3-12 students to join other Radford students and staff to ride their bikes to school.  Should your child be interested and able to ride a bike to school on this day, they are more than welcome to take part.  Our RAS team will be cooking pancakes at the Gibbons Pavilion for riders who have worked up an appetite.  We have arranged for teachers to meet capable bike riders at a variety of meeting points.  Please read the conditions and expectations below and go through them with your children before Friday 8 September. 

  • A fitted helmet and well-maintained bike with properly-inflated tyres are essential
  • Please arrive at departure point 10 mins before departure
  • It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that their child arrives at the meeting place punctually. Should the group depart before you arrive, it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their child arrives safely at school
  • All students will be expected to stay with the group and follow the road rules and instructions provided by Radford staff
  • Due to various co-curricular commitments, the return ride will not be accompanied by staff and it is the responsibility of each family to arrange their child’s return ride home
  • If your child is in PK-Yr 2 they are welcome to ride accompanied by a parent/adult carer. The same applies for less confident Year 3-6 riders
  • Asthmatics must carry their own puffer with them in their bag.
  • In the case of wet weather, drizzle, rain or lightning the ride will be cancelled and a notification will be added to the Announcements page of Radford Online
 

Fluorescent reflective ankle straps and/or vests can make your child more visible to road traffic and they may choose to wear these as additional safety measures.

Below are the departure locations and times:

  • ARANDA: Meet at the underpass on Bandjalong Street for a 7.50am departure
  • HAWKER: Meet Carpark at KFC for a 7.30am departure
  • COOK: Meet on the bicycle path on Redfern Street (nearest intersection is Allman Street) for a 7.40am departure
  • KALEEN: Meet at the cycle path on the corner of Alberga Street and Cataract Street for a 7.50am departure
  • GIRALANG: Meet on the bicycle path on Chuculba Crescent (parallel to Baldwin Drive) for a 7.40am departure
  • O'CONNOR: Meet on the cycle path on Dryandra Street at the bottom of O'Connor Ridge (near the driveway of old Canberra Motor Inn) for a 7.45am departure
  • BRUCE: Meet on the footpath out the front of Cafe Momo for an 8am departure.

Any further queries about this day should be forwarded to Jane Lilley

Image for article: Radford Celebrates Music - from Mozart to Rock 'n' Roll

Radford Celebrates Music - from Mozart to Rock 'n' Roll

6 September 2017

Radford ensembles take showcase to Canberra School of Music

By Sam Tonkin, Music Administrator

Radford Celebrates Music will showcase the diverse nature and talents of students within the College's co-curricular music program. Over 40 music ensembles will converge on the Canberra School of Music on Friday, 8 September for this musical extravaganza.

We encourage Radford Community and Friends to join us at this exciting, non-stop, four session musical event. You will be welcomed with music upon arrival, on the auditorium stage and over dinner time while you enjoy a refreshment at the Biginelli Cafe or a Friday night sausage sizzle at the stand set up especially for Radford guests on the evening.   

Entry to the concert is free and programs will be available on the night for a donation of $5.

We wish to thank the ANU School of Music for its support of Radford Music and our student musicians at this event.

 

 

The First XV in action against St Edmund’s College

Sports Report 30 August

30 August 2017

Last chance for summer sport rego. Plus news from Radford football, basketball, rugby and netball

By Sports Administrator Bernie Leger

Last chance to register for summer sports – FINAL DATE FRIDAY 1 SEPTEMBER

Registrations have now closed for the 2017-18 summer sports season. If you have forgotten to register your child to be a part of one of Radford's teams for the sports below, you must email: sport@radford.act.edu.au by no later than this Friday 1 September.

• Basketball
• Cricket
• Futsal
• OzTag
• Rowing

Football

U18 Division 1 Girls – Radford 2 drew with Canberra Girls Grammar 2

In a competition of just three teams, this was our fourth time playing Canberra Girls Grammar, having won the previous three encounters. The first goal of the game was scored by Radford’s Angie Shillington, a top corner strike with the assistance of the wind. Several one-on-one chances with Grammar’s keeper saw the ball go wide. Another goal scored by Radford in the second half was quickly answered by two goals from Grammar. A fair effort from the girls playing with no subs and several already sore bodies.

Jamie Pearlman Cup teamBasketball

Jamie Pearlman Cup Year 5/6

Radford sent two very strong teams to the Year 5/6 Northside Jamie Pearlman Cup. Both teams played well and were competitive throughout the day.  Radford Maroon was coached by Steve Shaw and unfortunately narrowly missed out on progressing through to the semi-finals.  Radford Blue was coached by Orhan Memedovski, the Blue team progressed through to the Grand Final but unfortunately went down to Kaleen Blue 24-19.

ASC Boys Basketball Carnival

The Radford Years 7/8 team was coached by Bernie Leger.  The boys played their first game against Burgmann College, a tough game which resulted in a draw.  Next, the boys played Trinity College, and won that tough encounter as well as their remaining round games against St Mary MacKillop College & Canberra Grammar School. They progressed to the semi-finals where they met Marist College and unfortunately went down by eight points.  To the boys’ credit, they played and contested in all games and should be very proud of their efforts.ASC Boys basketballers

The Radford Year 10 team was coached by Ian Ellis.  After losing their first game in a close contest to Canberra Grammar School, they went on to defeat Trinity College, Goulburn, and St Edmund’s College.  This placed the team in second position in Pool B and matched them with the first team from Pool A, Marist College, in the semi-final play-off.    Marist was too good in this game and following their semi-final success, went on to win the grand final. 

The Radford Years 11/12 team was coached by Mitch Kingham-Edwards.  The boys had a successful day going through undefeated and winning their division. Well done to the senior boys and Mitch.

ASC Girls Basketball reminder:

ASC girls Basketball is on Monday 4 September at Tuggeranong Basketball stadium.  All players are to meet Bernadette Leger in the sports centre carpark at 7:00am for a 7:15am departure.

Sue Geh Basketball reminder:

The year 5/6 girls selected to play in the Sue Geh Basketball carnival on Monday 4 September at Belconnen Basketball stadium are to meet at the Radford College turning circle at 7:45am for an 8:00am departure.

 

Rugby

Radford teams compete well in finals

Our U16 boys & First XV teams played in their respective semi-final games at St Edmunds over the weekend.  The U16 boy’s team was coached by Matt Heckenberg throughout the season, with Brodie Lieber working with the boys on Thursday afternoons. The boys took to the field against the side from Young, NSW, and both teams were only able to field 14 players due to injuries.  Unfortunately the Young team were too strong for our Radford boys winning the game 56-17.  To the boys credit they never gave up and played till the final hooter.  Up next our First XV took to the field against St Edmund’s College, the boys were coached by Fr Richard Browning, assisted by Geoff Cox and managed by Peter Williams. The boys played extremely well but unfortunately fell short of the win going down to St Edmunds 24 – 18.  A big thank you to the parents, staff and spectators who came out on Saturday to support the two Radford rugby teams.


Netball

Radford teams commence semi-finals on Saturday

Congratulations to all coaches, players & umpires for a fantastic season of netball.  This Saturday our teams will play in their respective semi-final games at Lyneham Netball Centre, Southwell Park.  The teams who have progressed through to the semi-finals are:

Radford Dolphins, coached by Michaela Vaughan play at 10:30am on CT. 2 (1 v 2)

Radford Purple, coached by Katherine Pajuczok play 11:30am on CT. 6 (1 v 2)

Radford Green, coached by Caitlin Reid play at 11:30am on CT. 12 (3 v 4)

Radford White, coached by Lisa Singleton play at 12:30pm on CT. 5 (3 v 4)

Radford Maroon, coached by Georgia Vickery play at 1:40pm on CT. 8 (3 v 4)

Radford Silver, coached by Lisa Singleton play at 3:15pm on CT. 8 (1 v 2)

Good luck to all coaches & players playing this Saturday.

Image for article: Book Week Dress Up Day

Book Week Dress Up Day

30 August 2017

Characters come alive for annual parade

By Junior School Teacher Librarian Gemma Wilson

This year’s Book Week Character Dress Up Day, on Friday 25 August, lived up to all expectations.

The Junior School was invaded by all types of book characters, including many Chip the Seagulls, Dr Seuss characters, lots of Harry Potter and friends, dinosaurs, Captain Underpants, princesses and sports stars.

Costumes were so creative, with amazing face paint, borrowed clothes, aluminum foil, broomsticks, balls of all shapes, colourful wigs, feather boas and headwear, including 10 apples balancing on a head and beautiful display of peacock feathers.

The judging of the CBCA Book Week shortlisted books always attracts attention and discussion, with the judges’ decision and the Radford students’ decisions often differing. This year was no different. In the Early Childhood category, the judges awarded the best book to Go Home, Cheeky Animals by Johanna Bell and Dion Beasley; while the students voted for Chip by Kylie Howarth.

Book Week Dress Up Day

George Orwell's 1984: https://headlong.co.uk/productions/1984/

Year 12s attend stage adaptation of Orwell’s 1984

25 August 2017

Philippa Conlon, Year 12

Play asks confronting questions of a contemporary audience

By Philippa Conlon, Year 12 

On 27 July, three Year 12 English classes went to the Canberra Theatre to see Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's stage adaption of George Orwell's novel 1984 (1949). There had been reports of people fainting and vomiting due to the gore in the play, which filled some of us with dread and others with excitement. From the get-go, the play was intense, with extreme strobing and deafening sound effects, which made it extremely engaging. Members of the audience who weren't familiar with the original novel were thrown in the deep end. The play didn't follow a linear path, as it jumped between current events and memories.

I was personally disappointed when the level of gore wasn't as high as promised, but it was still confronting. The use of technology in the play evoked some social commentary on our own lives, as we live in such technologically dominated age. There was hidden camera footage and broadcasts of government arrests which seem to hit home, and make us reflect on the way we use technology.

Audience interaction was an extremely effective performance tool, but I also found it confronting. During one particular torture scene, the house lights suddenly turned on, revealing a wide-eyed audience. The main character Winston pleaded with us, which was uncomfortable, but it did pose a question to later reflect on: in a world where media coverage means we see much of the injustice that is occurring all around the world, what is our role as witnesses? Are we simply an audience for the world stage? Or is it our responsibility to do something?

In the end, the play deserved the seemingly endless applause and standing ovation.

Radford College Crest

Important information about unwell students

23 August 2017

Karen Baker, College Nurse

Details of College procedures and guidelines

From the College Nurse, Karen Baker

Unwell students are not permitted to attend school if the student shows any signs of illness, or is unable to participate in the normal routine and the regular school day.

Unwell students, or students who have returned to school before full recovery, will expose other students and staff members to viral and contagious illnesses which can spread easily and be disruptive to the wider school community.  Parent and student cooperation on this issue is important.

Parent Contact
In the event of a student becoming ill at school, the parent or guardian will be contacted and requested to collect their child within a reasonable time frame. First point of contact will be by telephone, followed by SMS and email.  Parents are requested to please keep their contact details current. Contact and medical details can now be updated by parents through their Radford Online login.  Should contact not be established, the emergency contact person will be called and asked to come pick the student up. If there are repeated occasions when the student is ill and the parents are unable to be contacted, and the student is unable to be collected, the matter will be referred to the Head of Year (HOY) or Principal.

Excursions
A student who presents unwell at school prior to an excursion will not be permitted to attend the excursion, and the parent will be called to collect the student from school.

Where students become ill on excursions or school trips the parents will be contacted to collect their student from the venue as soon as possible. In the event of any inability to contact the parent or delay in collecting the student, the student will be transported back to school with the group, if practical, or an ambulance may be called. 

When students sustain an injury on an excursion an ambulance will be called. 

Assessments
Sending unwell students to school to complete assessments not only exposes other students to the illness but unrealistically expects the ill student to perform when not fully able. 

Heads of Departments, Heads of Year and subject tutors can negotiate modifications to assessments where indicated. 

Co-curricular
Students who have been away from school due to illness will not be permitted to attend co-curricular training, activities or events on a day when they were absent. 

Communicable and vaccine-preventable diseases
Students and staff who have been tested for a communicable or vaccine-preventable disease (e.g. Pertussis/Whooping cough) must be absent from school until the test results are obtained, or the person has been off for the required amount of time, or taken the required amount of medication. Failure to do so threatens the health, safety and wellbeing of other students and staff of Radford College. 

Further information can be obtained from the NSW Health Guide for Parents to help you decide whether to send your child to school or keep them home.

Junior Enrichment Day at Daramalan College

Junior Enrichment Day

29 August 2017

A stimulating day of presentations and discussions

On August 22, a group of students from Years 8 and 9 attended the Junior Enrichment Day at Daramalan College. This is a regular conference held by Academy Conferences and the topics this year included:

  • Does a snail have consciousness?
  • Is self-sacrifice ever reasonable?
  • An introduction to the science of nanotechnology
  • This house believes that science has replaced God.

The students participated in a stimulating day of presentations and discussions with many other students from schools across Canberra.

 

Saturday Sunset Service at Radford Chapel

Saturday Sunset Service - 16 Sept 17

30 August 2017

A worshipping community at Radford College Chapel

Date: Saturday September 16
Time: 5.30pm – 6.28pm
Venue: Radford College Chapel
Theme: Patience
Preacher: Rev. Erin Tuineau, Radford Chaplain
 

A worshipping community at Radford College Chapel

Finding a community to belong to and practice being Christian can be hard, especially with a young family.

Six years ago we ended what had been a wonderful couple of years of Saturday Sunset. We have started it up again with just one a term. It is a chance to form some relationships and encourage each other to be faithful. Once a term is not enough, but it is a good way to belong to the story, the love of God, the light of Christ.

Separateness is an illusion. We’re not autonomous from God or each other. R Rohr

God so loved this world (cosmos is the actual word in Greek) that the Word entered it as the child of Mary. With Jesus we are asked how we too might love this world. We gather together to worship and respond to this question, how are we to love this world? Let it begin with where we live.

There is wonderful resource for families to use at home created by Stephen Harrison at http://faithful-families.blogspot.com.au/

Join Rev Erin, Fr Richard and some faithful members of your local Anglican Church, Holy Covenant: good music, people and all in worship. Prayer Spaces* will run in parallel to the service which includes Holy Communion.

*Prayer Spaces will be running at the College on Monday 11 to Thursday 14 September in the Pavilion. Elements from this will be used in the chapel during Saturday Sunset. 

https://www.prayerspacesinschools.com/


SAVE THE DATE:
Saturday Sunset in Term 4 will be held on Saturday 11 November

 

Announcements

Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

All Education Ministers from Commonwealth, state and territory governments have endorsed the implementation of a nationally consistent collection of data on school students with disability in all Australian schools (government, independent and Catholic).  More information on this PDF

P&F Association

Trivia Night 2017

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

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