Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 8 – 12 September 2018

Staff Insights

Louise Wallace-Richards - Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning

From the Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning

11 September 2018

Louise Wallace-Richards

Evaluating learning environments in the Secondary School

In last week’s Bulletin article, our Principal Fiona Godfrey wrote about the new learning spaces currently being built in the College, and the work that is being done to ensure that the furniture purchased for the new spaces is fit for purpose. Informing current discussions about what furniture will be suitable for the Secondary School Learning Commons building are the findings from the College’s involvement in the University of Melbourne’s Plans to Pedagogy project. Lisa Plenty, our Director of Digital Learning and Innovation, is leading our engagement with this research project, while Sue Hassall and Rachael Weeks, Secondary School teachers, are our key staff working with Lisa to collect data based on the primary research question: to what extent can teachers use space differently to affect student learning? Additional areas of focus of this project include:

1. To what extent do different classroom configurations affect student learning? 
2. To what extent do teacher pedagogical practices affect student learning?

In next week’s Bulletin, Lisa will provide insights into the research data collected to date.

Radford’s engagement in research projects such as Plans to Pedagogy demonstrates the College’s commitment to:

ensure that our planning for future learning spaces is going to best facilitate the desired pedagogical practice and encourage flexible approaches to learning.

Aims of Plans to Pedagogy, Lisa Plenty, 2018.

The main source of data for the 2018 Phase One of the research project is our prototype rooms, namely rooms 31, 32, 33 and 34. These rooms, and others in the Secondary School this year, have undergone refurbishment, including improvements to the lighting, heating and cooling, acoustics and, most importantly for the research project, the furniture in the rooms. Tables and chairs in the rooms are on wheels, soft furniture such as ottomans and lounge-like chairs have been provided, and students and teachers are being encouraged to use the furniture to facilitate innovative pedagogy including flexible approaches to learning.

I have visited many schools over my career and have typically seen classrooms set up in ‘traditional’ styles with tables facing a board at the front of the room, tending to encourage a didactic style of teaching only, with the teacher being at the centre of the learning. Where possible, with the introduction of new digital screens since 2017 in our Secondary School classrooms, we have sought to mirror the style of classroom set up in the Mackinnon Senior School building, that is, ensuring there is no front to the room per se, with the digital screen at one end of the classroom and the whiteboard at the opposite end. This simple set up assists in encouraging a student-centred classroom approach, and in our refurbished classrooms, through the furniture provided, we are also promoting the opportunity for students to learn in clusters of tables, which facilitates student-centred learning typified by group work, informal interchanges with teachers and other students, and frequent self-directed learning. (Plans to Pedagogy, Lisa Plenty, 2018).

Innovative classroom furniture and layouts

Furniture that is not set up in rows, facing only the front of a room, also enables teachers to more effectively move around the class to assist students with their learning and keep a close eye on their progress, including their use of ICT in the lesson.

The new Learning Commons building will provide opportunities for the second time in Radford College’s Secondary School history for teachers to have indoor breakout spaces, and the opportunity to en masse be able to engage in team-teaching and co-teaching. I say “the second time”, because our Mackinnnon Senior School building allows for walls to be opened between classrooms, and for teachers to use the breakout spaces of the commons for student-centred learning approaches. Our new building, with its ten classrooms and large breakout areas, will provide much needed spaces to support pedagogical innovation in the Secondary School. We are seeking to achieve what Imms, Cleveland and Fisher advocate in Evaluating Learning Environments Snapshots of Emerging Issues, Methods and Knowledge (University of Melbourne, Australia, Sense Publishers, 2016):

[to] enable students to increasingly take responsibility for their own learning and encouraging teachers to become the curators of learning experiences, that range from whole class didactic encounters, through collaborative peer-peer active learning to reflective one-on-one consultations with students – often within a single lesson.

Professional learning will be provided for Secondary School teachers in Term Four to learn more about how to use our new spaces and classroom furniture effectively to enhance learning experiences for students. One of our Leadership Community of Practice groups will also be devising a paper before the conclusion of the year, informed by the Plans to Pedagogy project, to assist teachers to make the most of our new spaces in 2019. I encourage you to read Lisa Plenty’s article in next week’s Bulletin for more details about the Plans to Pedagogy project.

Louise Wallace-Richards
Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning


Chaplain Fr Richard Browning

The wrong map, Satan!

11 September 2018

Fr Richard reflects on the Sunday readings

Brief Thoughts on Maps

by Miroslav Holub, published in the Times Literary Supplement, February 16, 1977.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, who knew a lot about maps
according to which life is on its way somewhere or other,
told us this story from the war
due to which history is on its way somewhere or other:

The young lieutenant of a small Hungarian detachment in the Alps
sent a reconnaissance unit out into the icy wasteland.
It began to snow
immediately, snowed for two days and the unit
did not return. The lieutenant suffered: he had dispatched
his own people to death.

But the third day the unit came back. 

Where had they been? How had they made their way?
Yes, they said, we considered ourselves
lost and waited for the end. And then one of us
found a map in his pocket. That calmed us down.
We pitched camp, lasted out the snowstorm and then with the map
we discovered our bearings.
And here we are.

The lieutenant borrowed this remarkable map
and had a good look at it. It was not a map of the Alps
but of the Pyrenees.

Goodbye now. 

Read an analysis of the story’s subsequent transformation, interpretation and use

This story suggests the enormous power of maps. I am not saying any map will do. I am saying we all have mental pictures of reality, and sometimes they correlate with things as they are, but often they don’t:

Topographic map of Pyrenees* Picture the young person who frets over the negative mindset others have of him when actually he is well-liked.

  • * Picture the person who feels worthless, and moves around oblivious to the love and respect of family and a few treasured friends.

  • * Picture the person who boasts about their abilities in the workplace when others commonly pick up their messes and compensate for their many and varied deficiencies. 

Aligning one’s map to reality takes courage, and usually a caring family or community. In Mark 8:27-36, Jesus gives his beloved disciple Peter a sharp reminder about where the map for his followers should be leading them. In Jesus’ case, he knows that the map of his human body leads to suffering and death, but the spiritual map points to the things of heaven. 

Mark 8:27-36

27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.”[h] 30 And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. 31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” 34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel,[i] will save it. 36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 

God is wild and free. Bigger than our fears, bigger than our notions of what God is like, bigger than our ideas or even experience of how God works in the world. And how God works NEVER gets easier to grasp: God disabuses power and violence by identifying with the vulnerable and weak and eventually becoming the victim himself. This is both the reality of the lived life and its topographical map. So, get across it, Peter (and everyone else). 

O God, speak into our imagination, destroy our comfortable boxes in which we attempt to host and guard you. Speak into our imagination and lead us into the open where we can ride with your wildness and breathe in your extravagant love, where your confronting solidarity with the weak can realign our own values with yours, and we can copy your counterintuitive logic of transforming others through the vulnerable full-bodied presence of the self. Amen.





Bridget Chivers-Keneally with her display of stories by people seeking refuge on the Greek island of Lesvos.

H for History #27: Bridget Chivers-Keneally

10 September 2018

“It was amazing to witness daily, the resilience of the human spirit. That is something I will never forget.”

After walking the historic Christian pilgrimage Camino de Santiago in Spain, Bridget Chivers-Keneally discovered a way to follow her heart while serving the dispossessed.

“As challenging as it was, it was amazing to witness daily, the resilience of the human spirit. That is something I will never forget.”

After leaving Radford College in 2009, Bridget Chivers-Keneally travelled through Europe and South-East Asia, completing a Bachelor of Nursing in 2013 through the University of Canberra and La Trobe University. This was followed by her working in a Royal Melbourne Hospital ward for two years, with placements in reconstructive plastics and trauma nursing. The latter was to have a profound effect on her life trajectory.

Ever the adventurer and often filled with a desire to leave comfort zones, Bridget took to travel once more and bought a one-way ticket to Europe, where among other things, she found herself walking the Camino in Spain.

“After some events in my personal life, I bit the bullet, bought a one-way ticket, resigned from work and gave myself time to work through what I really wanted to,” explains Bridget. “So that’s how I ended up walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. It’s an 800km walk across the north of Spain. Nothing better than walking that distance to clear your mind. I just loved the simplicity of just having one purpose and that was to get up and walk each morning. I also loved that you had no idea where you would end up each night and had to trust it would all work out. And, it always did.”

“The Camino really taught me to live in the now and trust things will work out. It also pushed me out of my comfort zone and I was forced to trust myself and my decisions.”

This new mind-set saw her travelling around Europe and Southern Africa for eight months before she landed on the Greek island of Lesvos in mid-2017. The island has in recent times become a temporary European refuge for thousands of displaced people from wars and crises in the Middle East and Northern Africa, many having endured dangerous sea travel from nearby countries such as Turkey.

Bridget Chivers-Keneally

It was on Lesvos, that Bridget discovered and began volunteering for the One Happy Family Community Centre. As Bridget explains, “OHF works to give some dignity and self-determination back to those trapped in transit … Together with people from different nations, volunteers, asylum seekers and refugees; it has become a community. In this place, there is no race, no borders. Religion and nationality does not matter here.”

Echoing the service philosophy shared by many Radford students from her RAS days, Bridget points put that “The community centre is not built and run for the people, but with them. The people from the camps often live in total dependency on governmental or NGO aid. Most of them do not wish this. They want to help themselves. They want to be self-determined not determined by others.”

“The majority of volunteers are refugees themselves, with only a handful of 'European' volunteers,” she continues to explain. “There is a kitchen that serves 800 people per day, a cafe, a small shop, a barber salon, library, tailor, garden, gym, playground, a safe women's space, and a school. I had a few roles within OHF. My main one was of health promotion within the centre. This included increasing accessibility for refugees and asylum seekers to receive the correct medical-legal information. This eventuated into how I specifically got into nursing with Médecins Sans Frontières in Greece.”

At Médecins Sans Frontières, Bridget delivered medical and mental health care to victims of torture and sexual violence. “My role specifically was a mental health nurse, and I worked in the most incredible multi-disciplinary team. As challenging as it was, it was amazing to witness daily, the resilience of the human spirit. That is something I will never forget.” Coming full circle, Bridget once more found herself working as a trauma nurse, but in a way that she did not initially expect.

Bridget spoke at the recent 2018 Dirrum Festival and brought with her a small display containing portraits and testimonies of the many people at Lesvos who have been part of OHF since its opening. Her aim was to “raise awareness of the atrocious situation on Lesvos, and the wider issue of migration around the world.” Her display contained the refugees’ messages, reminding us that “Every single human that walks in there has a story, has a past, has dreams for their future, has skills.” Bridget’s intention “to put faces to real stories, to humanise and share as closely as possible my experience on Lesvos” was emphatically realised.

Surely these poignant and sometimes desperate stories should be heard by the wider Radford community, if not beyond? As Mahmud from Syria reminds us, “Few people know what it means to be a refugee? Actually, it does not really mean anything, it just names a person who is in the situation that he had to leave a place. Maybe you will be a refugee one day; anyone who has to leave his home involuntarily and is forced to go somewhere else - even within his own country - is called a refugee. Get to know us, in your country or here. Come here, talk to us, do not believe everything in the media because we are not dangerous. We are human beings.”

Bridget hopes to continue working with Médecins Sans Frontières in an international nursing position, “meaning they can send me anywhere in the world to nurse. I’m super excited about that! I’ll also have some down time in the next few months, catching up with friends and family and improving my French and Arabic.”

I suspect Bridget would prefer for Mahmud to have the final word in this article, as her story and those of the people she has so closely worked with over recent times, have seemed to powerfully and poignantly merge. “I wish that one day we could all live together,” he profoundly wishes. “Without any distinctions in terms of what we believe or what our religion is. Each of us has two hands, one head, two eyes, one heart - so tell me a difference that is worth getting into trouble over.”

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


Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News, 12 Sept 18

12 September 2018

Science fair, Exhibition, ACT Athletics, Learning Journeys, Mr Ferrington's award

Dates to Remember

Thurs 13 Sept              6TW and 6TH Questacon Maker Space Excursion, 
                                   Year 3 Learning Journey

Fri 14 Sept                   6JF and 6HB Questacon Maker Space Excursion

Mon 17 Sept                Year 3 2019 Introduction day
                                  Winter Sports Presentation           

Tues 18 Sept                JS Oratory Afternoon


The arrival of Spring gives our many tired students and staff a lift, and hay fever, late flu!
With Term 3 fast disappearing, we have had some opportunities to celebrate over the past week or so:

Science Fair
I wish to acknowledge the large number of our students who entered the recent ACT Science Fair competition.  It was heartening to see the large number of girls and boys who took on the additional challenge. In particular I wish to acknowledge the following students and Cocurricular team for their successes in the competition: 

Imogen Wallace - What causes the moon to change shape? – 3RB
Annica Losanno – Replicate a star burning out and the potential black hole – 3PC
Gracie Brown & Olivia Elliott- Erosion Experiment – 4OM
Green Team – Soil Suckers – Measuring the absorption levels of soil in different locations – K–6
Euan Greig – Euan’s Aerodynamic Test – 6TW

Maths Star
Congratulations must go to Mr Bruce Ferrington for his exciting achievement in being awarded the teaching excellence award for the ACT at this year's Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute awards in Melbourne last week. We knew him before he was famous!

ACT Athletics
Congratulations to the following students who were placed in the Belconnen Zone Athletics and will now represent the zone at the upcoming ACT carnival.


Xavier Adams
Oscar Bush
Chelsea Hately
Matisse Lardner
Lachlan Lloyd
Oliver Luppi
Isla Murphy
Jessi Palframan
Poppy Smith

Lara Southwell
Matilda Sullings
Amelia Sutherland
Owen Toyne
Cleo Tsiros
Emily Watson
Amber Smith Gibson
Jacinta Henderson
Joe Whithear

Learning Journeys
This time in Term 3 allows us the opportunity to present and assess our term’s work through our Learning Journeys. Whilst some are to be completed, I have been most impressed by the standard of work on show, as well as the competence of all our students as presenters. 

Our Year 6 Exhibition has commenced for 2018. I was thrilled by the opening Exhibition Conference, as speakers presented and workshops were held throughout last Thursday. Our Principal set the tone as our first presenter, followed by our School Captain Lydia Murray, who shared her Exhibition folder which she has kept. Late that afternoon, after a day of workshopping, I thanked everyone for a positive start to the great challenge ahead.

Personal Home Learning Inquiry
Parents of students in Years 4–6 will receive information about our student Personal Home Learning Inquiry. The focus of this inquiry is how we may persevere, grapple, and build a growth mindset as our students identify an area of literacy or numeracy where they feel they need more growth. The challenge will continue till year’s end.

Outside Play Areas
Our cubbies on the K–4 site continue to grow. I am looking forward to the next phase, when year levels will use a small budget to plan, purchase and deliver/paint etc. their designated cubby.

Visitors to the K–4 site will also have noted the synthetic grass that has been placed in the Undercroft Quad. This will support our class PE program, as well as our recess and lunchtime fun.


PKMQ - Amruth Arun


PKMQ - Livinia Losanno

Communicator (Library)

PKAM - Lachlan Lunsford


PKAM - Emma Treloar


PKAM - Yongmin Yin


PKJH -  Estelle Troni


PKJH - Scarlett Ligeros


PKDM – William Hughes-Brown

Openminded (Library)

PKDM– Daniel Zhang


PKDM– Darren Bo


KAS – Emily Thomas

Independence and Judgement

KSG – Zoe Brown

Enthusiasm and zest

KCH – Sean Gibbons


KNS – Sophie Todd

Commitment and perseverance

1MH – Sebastian Costanzo

Self-regulation and independence

1AT – Elijah Nicol

Inquirer and showing curiosity

2JG – Hamilton Ryan

Commitment and perseverance

2BF – Alex Fillingham

Caring and tolerance

3DO – Tanish Patel

Love of learning and commitment

3PC – Liam Judd

Thinker and love of learning

3RB – Jessica Colussi

Risk Taker and commitment

3EC – Miles Greig

Thinker and perseverance

4KP – Charlie Lee

Commitment and Self-regulation

4CD – Max Dimond

Courage and humour

4OM – Aanya Te Moananui

Caring and principled

5TMi – Anna Charlton

Principled and creative

5JC – Thomas Derix

Knowledgeable and love of learning

5SD – Rowan Harris

Inquirer and curiosity

5TeM – Maxwell Beever-Robinson

Knowledgeable and creativity

6TW – Kiera Daley

Commitment and love of learning

6JF – Emily Warren

Commitment and leadership

6HB – Lara Parsons

Creativity and commitment

6TH – Pranav Vallurupalli

Risk Taker and curiosity

Specialist Teacher classes:


Mrs Phelps – Ella Southwell (6JF)


Senora Stevens – Rohan Jain (KNS)


Ms Halford – Dale Button (3PC)

Commitment and perseverance

Ms Ross – Jeexin Lu

Bravery and commitment

Ms Wilson – Georgia O’Leary

Inquirer and curiosity



As our Winter Sports reach their finale, I have enjoyed the teamwork, competitive approach and respect for our opponents that has been displayed. I thank all our players, and in particular our coaches and parents who make it happen!




Bruce Ferrington with Ryder Brede (left), Joanna Ky and Chloe Maglasis (photo credit: Lawrence Atkin)

Bruce Ferrington: award-winning Maths teacher

12 September 2018

Canberra Times article link

Bruce has won the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute's teaching excellence award for the ACT.

We heartily congratulate Bruce Ferrington on receiving the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute's teaching excellence award for the ACT. The awards honour teachers who innovate, mentor students and support colleagues. 

As reported in the Canberra Times article by Sherryn Groch, Bruce’s Authentic Inquiry Maths blog is read by teachers from more than 170 countries. This year, he was also awarded a $5,000 grant from the ACT Government to design a series of maths programs for early childhood educators to take outdoors. The project will be available to all Canberra pre-schools by the end of 2018. 

"Set the expectation that everyone will find their own solution, all kids are on their own journeys," he says. 

Read the full article

Photo credits: Lawrence Atkin, for Canberra Times

Junior School Maths teacher Bruce Ferrington

Andrew Ray presents a workshop on Law and Space to Legal Studies students

Outer Space & Law - a challenging combination

12 September 2018

Collegian Andrew Ray helps students explore the challenges

By Karen Gregory, Legal Studies Teacher 

In the Year 12 Legal Studies course this semester, students have been exploring an international relations unit, with a focus on specific aspects of international law, namely the Law of Sea, Law of the Air and the Law of Space. 

Last week, under the superb guidance of teacher–librarian Tracy Kelly, students enjoyed a virtual reality tour of space, including a tour of the international space station and a flight through space. Few students had experienced virtual reality and all were impressed and intrigued by what it has to offer. A big ‘thank you’ to Mrs Kelly in mission control! 

Virtual reality, thanks to the Library

Then, last Friday, Collegian Andrew Ray presented a two-hour workshop for both Legal Studies classes on the controversial issue of mining on the moon and other celestial bodies. Andrew is currently in his fourth year at ANU, studying a combined degree in Law and Science. He explained to the students that the “New Space Race,” is a race of corporations, rather than nations, to mine the moon and the thousands of asteroids orbiting the Sun between Earth and Mars. The attraction of mining on these asteroids is not only for water as a fuel source, but for rare and valuable metals, particularly platinum. 

As well as a workshop on the development of customary international law, the Outer Space Treaty and the Moon Treaty, students were asked to grapple with controversial legal and economic issues and calculations, as well as the difficult moral and ethical questions facing mankind, particularly in relation to the mining of asteroids. For instance, with the value of platinum extracted from one asteroid estimated to be worth A$7 trillion on Earth, assuming it can be safely “crashed” back to Earth (the middle of the Australian continent being a prime location), students debated whether such power and wealth should be entrusted to corporations, or the wider world for the benefit of all mankind. 

From solar kites to the building of a space elevator, to President Trump creating a new US Space Force as the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces, intended to have control over military operations in outer space, the “New Space Race” is on for young and old. And with all new frontiers, the law is struggling to keep pace. For instance, will the Law of Space adopt the doctrines and principles already established under international law, firstly in the development of the Law of the Sea and subsequently applied to the Law of the Air? Or will private commercial exploitation be the order of the day. It is ultimately up to nation states to debate the moral, ethical and economic issues surrounding space exploration and mining, and it will be interesting to watch as the law is forced to evolve to address new and controversial issues. 

Educating students about these issues has new-found relevance as Australia develops its presence in space with the creation of the Australian Space Agency in July this year. The workshop was a wonderful opportunity for students to ask Andrew questions, brainstorm with one another and ponder what the future of law may hold. 

Space lawyers – coming to the heavens near you!

Radford College crest

Y7–Y12 Parent–Teacher Interviews

3 September 2018

Adrian Johnstone, Head of Secondary School

Bookings now open for interviews 18 & 24 September

Bookings for Parent–Teacher Interviews are now open

Semester 2 Secondary School Parent–Teacher Interviews will be held in the TB Millar Hall on:
• Tuesday 18 September, 3–8 pm
• Monday 24 September, 3–8 pm

Booking Information
Interviews can be booked at five-minute intervals.

Bookings opened on Radford Online on Monday 3 September at 7 am and close midnight the night before each interview day. Book early to reserve a suitable time.

To book your interview, click on the ‘Secondary School Parent–Teacher Interviews’ tile on Radford Online dashboard (disable Ad Blocker for this site to enable your logon page to appear. If you are using Safari on a Mac, the popup blocker is found in the settings section. Most other browsers have an icon that appears at the far right of the address bar. Click on it and ‘allow for this site’).

If you encounter problems booking your interview, please contact Main Reception on 6162 6200 or reception@radford.act.edu.au

Student class finishing time on interview days
Students in Years 7–12 will be dismissed from class at 2.35 pm on Tuesday 18 September and Monday 24 September, to allow interviews to begin promptly at 3 pm. 

  • Students in Years 7–10 who are not travelling directly home at 2.35 pm will need to go to the Secondary School Library, where supervision will be available.
  • Students in Years 11 and 12 will be dismissed at 2.35 pm and are free to leave the College at that time.
  • Unless advised otherwise, cocurricular activities will operate as usual.
  • School buses will run from 3.30 pm as per the normal schedule.

Parking for parents is available in the carpark 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 Mackinnon Senior School. Please do not park in the ELC or Junior School parking areas until after 3.45 pm.

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

To discuss your child’s overall progress further, you are welcome to arrange a time to speak to their Tutor or Head of Year.

In addition to booked interviews with your child’s teachers, the Principal Fiona Godfrey and Head of Secondary School Dr Adrian Johnson will be available for informal discussions with parents (no bookings are required).

Young or old, train your brain to function better!

Train your brain

11 September 2018

Jane Smith, Head of Student Support and Enrichment

Learning tips for parents and students alike

By Jane Smith, Head of Student Support and Enrichment 

Sometimes learning can be perceived as a mysterious process, but advancements in neuroscience offer educators science-based strategies to improve student learning and build their brain power.  

The six tips developed by the Brain Institute at the University of Queensland reinforce the importance of using a variety of methods to reinforce learning including using quizzes, intermixing steps when problem solving, and using various modes when presenting new material to students.  These strategies can also be used at home.  

Of particular relevance to parents is the importance of minimising distractions and the benefits of spaced practice vs cramming learning at the last minute before an exam.  Dare I say it, adults would also benefit from some of these practices to promote agile minds and improve their skills in completing the Sunday crossword.


Click here to view the poster so you can enlarge it to read the detail :-)

Tips from the University of Queensland Brain Institute







Image for article: Visual Art for All

Visual Art for All

12 September 2018

Year 7 Visual Art students explore the National Gallery of Australia Collection

by Olivia Steenbeek, Year 7 

While some of us in Year 7 Visual Art had been to the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) before, many hadn’t and what better time to see the Gallery, than for an Art excursion! On Tuesday 4 September, two Year 7 Visual Art classes set off for the NGA. 

Why were we going to the NGA, you might ask? Well, in Semester 2, Year 7 Visual Art we are “appropriating” Australian artworks. What is appropriating? Appropriation is deliberately taking elements and styles of one artwork and using it in another. We went to see what the original artworks looked like, which was very interesting. Here are some of the things we learnt about the Gallery and our artworks:

  • Audrey learnt that most of the artworks were smaller than they looked in the photographs. 
  • Callan discovered that the artworks must be kept at a certain temperature.
  • Maddie and Olivia W now know that the Gallery has more than 160,000 different artworks. 
  • Nessa was surprised that the artwork by Tony Albert wasn’t painted but the different objects were stuck onto the wall.

We all agreed that that the artworks looked different from the online images. 

Some questions that our class still has include:

  • What have been some of the long-term impacts on society because of the works in the NGA?
  • How much did the paintings we are appropriating cost?
  • And, what year did the Gallery open and what is the oldest painting?

One thing that the class all want to see again is James Turrell’s “Skyspace” Within Without in the gardens, as well as the rest of the Gallery. This excursion to the National Gallery of Australia was a mind-opening experience which enabled us to look closely at the artworks we are all appropriating this term. 

Thank you to Ms Poland and Ms Kidston for organising this excursion.

Image below: from the NGA websiteJames Turrell’s  “Skyspace” Within Without

James Turrell's Within Without, at the National Gallery of Australia

2017 Winter Sports Presentation Evening

2018 Winter Sports Presentation

31 August 2018

Daniela Gray, Senior Sports Administration Manager

A new format for an annual event

by Daniela Gray, Senior Sports Administration Manager

The 2018 Winter Sports Presentation will take place over two sessions on Monday 17 September. Awards will be presented in Basketball, Football (Soccer), Netball, Snowsports and Orienteering.

Students in Years 2–4 are invited to attend a special after-school presentation in the G Wigg Sports Centre from 3.45 to 4.30 pm. Students will be collected from the Junior School and walked to the gym, where they will each receive a certificate of participation.

Students in Years 5–12 are invited to attend the second presentation from 6.30 to 8.00 pm (approx). Students will sit with their teams and presentations will be made by the Technical Directors for each sport. ICE (improvement, contribution, excellence) awards will also be presented during the evening.

A sausage sizzle and food vans will be onsite from 4.30 pm. Students and their families are invited to purchase food and enjoy catching up with friends.

Check out the menus for
Boss Burgers:  https://m.facebook.com/bossburgers135/
Mr Papa https://www.mrpapa.com.au/menu.php

We look forward to seeing you all there to support your fellow teammates, sports and the College.

APFACTS Seminar presenter Dr Kristy Goodwin

APFACTS Seminar for Parents

5 September 2018


“Raising your Child in a Digital World” - 24 September

APFACTS is proud to present Dr Kristy Goodwin with “Raising your Child in a Digital World” on September 24th at 7.30pm, full details below. 

Dr Kristy Goodwin, a digital parenting educator, author and researcher (and mum who also deals with her kids’ techno-tantrums), delivers research-based information to parents about the overwhelming and confusing task of raising young kids and adolescents in a digital world. 

Dr Kristy arms parents with simple strategies to manage screen-time at home, without tears and tantrums, and without having to constantly fret about their online safety. Kristy empowers parents with simple ideas and strategies to help them be the pilot of the digital plane. 

Ticket are from $35 + booking fee, available from https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/raising-kids-teens-in-a-screen-world-tickets-48904838689


 Seminar details

2019 Musical - Little Shop of Horrors

Musical 2019 – Little Shop of Horrors

4 September 2018

Sign up online NOW for auditions!

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

The 2019 Radford Musical will be Little Shop of Horrors.

We need singers, actors and dancers. Please complete the linked online form to audition/express interest.

Visit ROL Co-curricular page: Musical 

Queries: Nick Akhurst

Musical 2019

Terms 3 & 4 are P&F highlights

Fete News and Trivia Night reminder

12 September 2018


Catch up on the Fete News, and don't forget to book for Trivia Night


Catch up on the latest fete news from Fete Convenor, Monique.

Want all the latest P&F news and updates? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and stay in the know.


Be sure to book your tickets for the fabulous Trivia Night, NEXT WEEK!

Snowsports Australian Interschools Championships wsa held at Perisher, NSW

Snowsports Report, 12 Sept 2018

12 September 2018

Jonathan Mandl, Snowsports Director

Teams finish on a high at Australian Interschools Championships

 By Jonathan Mandl, Technical Director of Snowsports 

With a record 14 teams and 27 athletes competing in ski and snowboard events over five days of competition at Perisher, Radford students achieved the College’s highest ever final result in the national co-ed school standings with a ranking of 5th from a field of 24.

Not since 2013 when Radford College was ranked the 6th best performing Co-ed school in Australia has the team’s total combined results over many events across the mountain been so strong as to distinguish the team among the best of QLD, Vic, NSW, ACT and SA schools at the highest competitive level.

As expected, in all events and all age divisions, the standard of athletic performance, skill and speed was extremely high. Our parents, volunteering as course officials and spectating at events agreed it was inspirational to witness the talent on display. Weather at 2000m above sea level can be variable with some days bringing rain, sleet and low cloud reducing visibility to near zero, however the sun and blue sky did make regular appearances to lift everyone’s spirits.

Snowsports Captains Sarah Brake and Liam McIntyre led their teams in great spirit and sportsmanship, marking their final appearances in action for Radford College after many years of participation in the Snowsports Program, and representation at interschool competition from their youngest school years. We thank Sarah and Liam wholeheartedly, and look forward to seeing them in future years on the mountain, enjoying snowsports in their adult lives.

Challenging conditions on the slopes

Team highlights of the championship included:

4th – Division 2 Girls SnowboardX team: Maggie Potter and Emma Brennan

5th – Division 1 Girls GS team: Rosie Joshua, Lara Franks, Sarah Brake and Mia Rajak

8th – Division 2 Girls Snowboard GS team: Maggie Potter and Emma Brennan

9th – Division 1 Boys Moguls team: Oscar Gordon and Liam McIntyre

10th – Division 3 Boys GS team: Jake Smith, Tom Ewer, Lachlan Herring and Finlay Barlow

10th – Division 3 Boys SnowboardX team: Ritchie Johns and Robbie Potter

11th – Division 2 Boys GS team: Andrew Kerr, Jackson Hippit, Ethan Kruger and Orlando Jeffery

11th – Division 4 Girls SkierX team: Amber Smith and Audrey Potter

12th Division 2 Boys SkierX team: Andrew Kerr, Jackson Hippit and Orlando Jeffery

12th Division 3 Boys SkierX team: Jake Smith, Tom Ewer and Mitchell Riepon

12th – Division 1 Boys SkierX team: Oscar Gordon and Liam McIntyre


Exceptional individual highlights included:

Andrew Kerr – 13th in both Div 2 SkierX and GS
Amber Smith 15th in Div 4 SkierX
Rosie Joshua 16th in Div 1 GS
Maggie Potter, 19th in Div 2 SnowboardX.

Congratulations to our youngest competitors, Amber Smith, Audrey Potter and Darcy Barlow, who showed tremendous speed and skill in their events, indicating the bright future of the team in years to come.

Thank you to all our super-supportive families who brought their athletes to compete, and those who made the events possible by volunteering as course officials – we couldn’t have done it all without you!

The team would especially like to thank the outstanding support from Mrs Stocks, as Snowsports Coordinator, and Mr Larkham, as Head of Sport, throughout a stellar season on snow in 2018.

Jonathan Mandl
Radford Snowsports


Junior School walkathon for water

Radford Tribal Council

12 September 2018

Melinda Hamilton & Tiia Wright, RTC Teachers

The RTC is supporting the Junior School to take action

by Melinda Hamilton & Tiia Wright, RTC Teachers

Radford Tribal Council (RTC) supports the Junior School to take action in response to knowledge gained from our Units of Inquiry and issues in our community. In recent weeks, the RTC has been busy taking action on projects suggested by our community.

JS Walkathon

Walk-a-thon, by Peta Macintosh, Year 4
Year 4 recently explored Sharing the Planet and was compelled to take action after finding out about the long walk to water some communities experience. The students organised a lunchtime walk-a-thon to raise awareness. The walk-a-thon had a great turn out with so many people coming and supporting the event. People were also interested in where the money was going. A donation of $300 has been sent to an organisation called Water for South Sudan (www.waterforsouthsudan.org).

Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund for Kerala
Vihaan Vikramadithyan (4CD) brought to the attention of the RTC the recent natural disaster in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Unusually heavy rain has led to the evacuation of 3 million people due to landslides and flooding. The RTC donated $300 to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in/).

Single-use straw ban
Cara Drysdale-Burford (6HB) asked the RTC for support to lobby the Radford Canteen to ban single-use plastic straws. An online petition and survey was distributed amongst Years 5 and 6 and a persuasive letter was sent to Karen Robinson, the Canteen Manager. The RTC was excited to learn that the canteen will no longer have plastic straws available on the counter.

Fiver for a Farmer

Fiver for a FarmerAshley Ward in 1MH asked the RTC to help farmers affected by the recent drought. On Friday 7 September the RTC organised for the Junior School to participate in ‘Fiver for a Farmer’ day to raise funds to support our drought-affected farmers. Staff and students dressed up as farmers, learnt about the crisis affecting our farming community and donated over $3,300 to Buy a Bale (www.buyabale.com.au)

RadPAN 13-14 September 2018

Radford Performing Arts Night (RadPAN)

12 September 2018

Susan Davenport, RadPAN coordinator

Join us for an entertaining evening of variety acts that showcases the Performing Arts.

by Susan Davenport, RadPAN coordinator

For two nights only!

7 pm, Thursday 13 and Friday 14 September

TB Millar Hall

Entry by gold coin donation

Radford Performing Arts Night (RadPAN) promises to be an entertaining variety evening for all to enjoy, including performances by singers, dancers, singers and dancers, variety acts, and performances from Dance Festival and Radford Dance Academy.

Find more details about our performers on our page on Radford Online!

The students involved in the College's Technical Crew cocurricular group will ensure that the performances have sound, lighting and stage management to their usual high standards.

Radford Performing Arts Night is an opportunity for secondary students to participate in solos, duos or small groups, and to perform outside of the usual cocurricular groups and activities.

Contact RadPAN Coordinator Susan Davenport susan.davenport@radford.act.edu.au



A sunny day at AIS with plenty to cheer about!

Success at Belconnen Zone Athletics

12 September 2018

Andrew Sullivan, Athletics Team Manager

Radford topped the combined boys and girls tally

By Andrew Sullivan, Team Manager

The Radford team finished first overall in the combined boys and girls tally, in the School points competition at the Belconnen Zone Meet. The girls won outright, and the boys achieved an extremely close second. Excellent effort from everyone! 

Radford students arrived at the AIS track with an inner calm, that reflected a positive attitude and confidence.  I was confident that the Radford team would make a difference to the inter-school points table and be rewarded with personal bests. 

A determined effort in the 800 metres by our endurance athletes had our spectators cheering. The excitement was building, with a sunny day warming up those fast-twitch muscles for action. 

The Radford competitors and supporters enjoyed setting themselves up in the stand, near the finish line. This year it was Radford’s turn to be at the top end of the stadium. 

Competitors who participated in the Zone meeting:
Xavier Adams, Will Alexander, Arora Anya, George Barrie, Jacob Bott, Jeffrey Bush, Oscar Bush, Ayva Chaloner, Thomas Charlton, Luca Ambrosio, Vinny Do, Roman Domazet, Alexander Fillingham, Gianna Ghirodello, Chelsea Hately, Jacinta Henderson, Otis Hibbard, Carys Hodgkinson, Christopher Kent, Madeleine Klegeris, Matisse Lardner, Madison Lenson, Lachlan Lloyd, Ramon Luo, Oliver Luppi, Katherine Maundrell, Samuel McKean, Brock Miller, Josh Miller, Islay Murphy, Eliza Muscat, Jessi Palframan, Lussia Parker, Nathan Price, Poppy Smith, Amber Smith Gibson, Max Smith-Saarinen, Lara Southwell, Matilda Sullings, Sun Kobe, Amelia Sutherland, Health Sutherland, James Todd, Owen Toyne, Cleo Tsiros, Emily Watson, Madeline Wheeldon, Joe Whithear. 

Ribbon winners were:
Amelia Sutherland – 3rd in 11 years girls long jump
Jessi Palframan – 3rd in 11 years shot put
Poppy Smith – 3rd in 9 years 100 metres
Matisse Lardner – 3rd in 12 years long jump
Xavier Adams – 2nd in 10 years 100 metres
Oliver Luppi – 2nd in 11 years 100 and 200 metres and long jump 
Isla Murphy – 2nd in 8 years 100 metres
Owen Toyne – 2nd in 11 years long jump
Chelsea Hately – 1st 10 years long jump 1st.
Isla Murphy – 70m 8 years 1st.
Matilda Sullings – 12 years Discus 1st.
Health Sutherland – 13 years 800m 1st.
Owen Toyne – 11 years 800m 1st.


Qualifiers for the ACT final:

Xavier Adams – 10 years 100m
Oscar Bush – 10 years shot put
Chelsea Hately – 10 years long jump
Matisse Lardner – 12 years long jump
Lachlan Lloyd – 11 years discus
Oliver Luppi – 11 years long jump, 100m, 200m
Isla Murphy – 8 years 70 and 100 metres 
Jessi Palframan – 11 years shot put
Poppy Smith – 9 years 100 metres
Lara Southwell – 9 years 70 metres
Matilda Sullings – 12 years discus and shot put
Amelia Sutherland – 11 years long jump
Owen Toyne – 11 years long jump and 800 metres
Cleo Tsiros – 11 years shot put
Emily Watson – 800 metres

Congratulation to the students selected to compete at the ACT finals. I wish you every success at the meeting. Work hard for those Personal Bests!!

Radford Navy Netball team ended their season with strong play

Sports Report, 12 Sept 2018

12 September 2018

Football, Netball and Rugby

Student achievement – Football
Congratulations to Molly Lawless, Lily Dawson, Ella Hemmings and Sienna Farrar who were selected to play with the ACT Secondary Schoolgirls Football team in Shepparton a couple of weeks ago. The team finished 4th and Molly Lawless was selected for the Australian tour of the United States to compete at the Dallas Cup in April next year. Lily Dawson and Ella Hemmings were selected as shadow players for the Australian team.

Football finals wrap-up
As a result of Capital Football’s introduction of a finals series for the U16 & U18 competitions, Radford’s U16 Division 2 Open, U18 Division 3 Open, U18 Division 1 Girls and U18 Division 1 Open teams competed in semifinals over the weekend. The U16 Division 2 Open went down in a close 4–3 battle against a team that had beaten them convincingly during the season. The U18 Girls lost their semi final 4–2 but were locked at 2–2 until the final eight minutes. The U18 Division 1 Open team played in an end-to-end contest against Canberra Grammar, unfortunately going down in a cruel penalty shootout. The U18 Division 3 Open have progressed to the grand final after beating Canberra Grammar. The team will play their grand final on Saturday, 16 September, at 1.45 pm at Mawson Playing Fields.

Junior School Friday Football Academy wrap-up
The Junior School Friday Football Academy had their final session on Friday. The season has seen the squad working on their individual skills and focusing on first touch, running with the ball, striking the ball and 1-on-1 with Technical Director Tom Crossley. Congratulations to Players of the Academy Ankith Atluri and Lucy Prime.

Players of the Academy Ankith Atluri and Lucy Prime

Last weekend was the end of the winter season for many of Radford’s netball teams. Participation by 144 players, 20 coaches and 30 umpires meant Radford had a strong representation on the courts. Two of the 16 Radford teams made it into the weekend’s semifinals. Radford Navy lost to John Paul College and is now out of finals contention. Radford White lost its semifinal but will progress to an elimination final.

Radford’s Rugby Girls team loss to Cooma 38–36 at Viking Park in the grand final was an outstanding performance in a season of highlights. In their first year as a team, they have made enormous progress. We look forward to a fabulous season next year.

Read Technical Director Jonathan Mandl’s Snowsports report here

Enrol now for spring holiday fun

Spring School Holiday Programs

12 September 2018

Hold onto your hats for some holiday hoop-la

Enrolling in the Outside School Hours Care and Sports Department spring holiday programs is a vote for fun. A bespoke program of action, adventure, arts and crafts, sports and leisure has been refined to squeeze out maximum enjoyment. Bookings are open now and we recommend you move fast, places are limited:

Outside School Hours Care Spring Holiday Programs
Places are available in Early Years (PK–Y1) and Junior School (Y2–6) programs and, as usual, they will fill fast.

Excursions (and incursions) include (hold onto your hat): visiting magician (EY), Zone 3 (JS), Floriade (JS), Reptile Man (EY), rock-climbing (JS), Wee Jasper caves (EY/JS), Funland (EY), tenpin bowling (JS), Bateman’s Bay (EY/JS), Cockington Green (EY/JS), Apple Store (JS), circus workshop (EY), Small Foot (EY/JS).

Book now!

Early Years Booking Form
Junior School Booking Form

Sports Spring Holiday Programs: Basketball, Cricket, Multi-sport and Rowing
Sports school holiday programs will run in the spring school holidays for students in Years 2 to 8. The Basketball, Cricket and Multi-sport program runs across both weeks of the holidays while the Y6–8 Learn to Row program will run during Week 1 only. 

Book in now and feel free to bring siblings or friends from another school! 

Week 1: Tuesday 2 – Friday 5 October: 

  • PE Games & Multi-sport: 9 am – 5 pm.

Cost: $70 per day / $250 per week; charged to student account.

  • Cricket with Darryle Macdonald: 9 am – 5 pm (Tuesday–Thursday only)

Cost: $70 per day; charged to student account. 

Week 1: Tuesday 2 – Friday 5 October: 

  • Y6-8 Learn to Row program: 8 am – 12 pm.

Cost: Cost added to Splash Squad members' term fees / $200 for all other beginners; charged to student account. Additional $20/day to be bussed back to Radford to join the PE Games & Multi-sport or Cricket programs (participants to be collected at 5 pm from the G Wigg Sports Centre).

Week 2: Monday 8 – Friday 12 October: 

  • PE Games & Multi-sport: 9 am – 5 pm (with option to join Basketball in the afternoon)
  • Basketball with Orhan Memedovski: 1–5 pm  

Cost (charged to student account): 
Full day (9 am – 5 pm) $70 per day / $325 per week 
Half day (Basketball afternoon program only, 1–5 pm) $50 per day / $225 per week 

Bookings and enquiries: Dianne.Wilson@radford.act.edu.au 


School holiday programs - book now!

Holiday Programs Oct 2018

Book now for Sport and OSHC holiday programs.