Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 8 – 6 September 2017

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal 6 Sept 2017

6 September 2017

Winter sports conclude, Y9 campers return, second-hand uniform sales

It was very heartening to welcome some spring-like weather last weekend, even though the respite was short-lived and we are now well and truly back into the depth of winter. However, with longer days and blossom on the trees, we are reminded that the warmer weather is not too far away.

1st XV semi-final gameWinter Sports  - end of season events
At school, the start of September means the winter sports season is drawing to an end, colloquially often referred to as ‘the business end of the season’. Two weekends ago, our Under 16 and First XV Rugby teams played in their semi-final matches but unfortunately both were unsuccessful. The Under 16s were defeated by the Young, while our First XV team went down to St Edmund’s in a very tight and competitive game.

Semi-finals of netball were played last weekend, with Radford Dolphins and Purple progressing straight through to the Grand Final, while Radford While and Silver will play in the preliminary final this weekend. We wish all those teams well.

This weekend will be the final round of Football (Soccer) fixtures, as there are no finals played in this competition. We enter the round with seven teams guaranteed of finishing either champions or runners-up in their age group. The girls Under 12 Div 2, and the boys Under 16 Div 2 will definitely be champions, while girls Under 16 Div 2A, girls Under 18 Div 1, girls Under 18 Div 3, boys Under 12 Div 2 and boys Under 18 Div 1 are all guaranteed to finish runners-up or take out the championship.

Basketball also starts finals this weekend with a large number of Radford teams playing off in semi-finals. We are confident that are large proportion of those teams should be fighting it out in grand finals.

Year 9 Campers return
Last Friday our Year 9 students returned from their week-long camp, tired but extremely positive about the experience. Over the weekend, I spoke with a number of parents whose children had been involved in the camp and without exception, the students had all spoken glowingly about the things they had learnt, the friendships made, and the challenges they had overcome.

Y9 campsiteThis is the first year we have run the sequential camping program from Years 7 – 10, and this is also our first year of working with our outdoor education providers, OEG (Outdoor Education Group). In a small window of opportunity last Monday, I drove up to the camp, located in the Kangaroo Valley, to observe OEG in action first-hand. On this camp, the OEG team was made up of 15 staff, in 7 vehicles, transporting a large amount of food and equipment across a large area of land. They led 14 Radford staff and approximately 170 students in an array of physically challenging activities including hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, caving and abseiling. All of this combined, creates a logistical jigsaw which needs to be carefully managed and strategically designed, where risk is mitigated but adventure is maximised. I am very pleased to report, that from my observations, the OEG team were highly professional and incredibly organised.

Y9 camp canoeingThe benefits of a well-run outdoor education program are well documented. We know it provides students with a range of activities outside their usual environment, so that they learn to face challenges in an atmosphere which requires self-reliance and independence. As students work in small groups they also further develop their co-operative group skills and tolerance. The activities undertaken encourage them to use their initiative and to take responsibility for their own and the group's actions.

In addition to the pastoral benefits, an outdoor education program allows students to integrate the outdoors with what they learn in the classroom. Students have opportunities to undertake scientific research, they can put map-reading skills into practice (which the Year 9s were required to do last week) and the natural environment can provide a stimulus for creative writing and artworks.

Y9 camp cyclingThrough an outdoor education program, students learn first-hand about the environment. Familiarity with our natural world often leads young people to a commitment to protect and enhance the wilderness, leading to a lifetime passion for environmental sustainability. And finally, outdoor education programs provide young people with the opportunity to perform sustained physical activity, engage in healthy eating and have a break from technology.

I would like to thank all the Radford staff who were involved with the Year 9 camp, in particular Ms Kath Notley, who put in countless hours of organisation prior to the group leaving. It is a very big undertaking for staff to be on duty 24 hours a day, in physically demanding conditions, and away from their own families and loved ones. However, they voluntarily get involved because they know there are great benefits for their students and appreciate the relationships that are established in environments of these sorts.

Early morning on Y9 Camp

Changes to Second-Hand Uniform Sales
For some time now, the College has been in discussions with the P&F regarding the sale of second- hand uniforms. We have been looking at ways to increase the level of stock and simplify the process of buying and selling uniform.
As part of these negotiations, we have also been speaking with other schools about what they do in relation to second-hand uniform. Through these investigations, it has become very apparent that universally, the purchase and sale of second-hand uniform is problematic for schools. Some schools have in recent times, completely stopped selling second-hand uniform, expecting parents to purchase online, through sites such as Gumtree.

We have now come up with a solution we hope will address parent concerns. From the start of next year (exact date is yet to be determined), the P&F will take over the selling of second-hand uniform. They will employ a part-time employee to open a separate second-hand uniform shop, located adjacent to the Perm-A-Pleat shop.

Second-hand uniformAll second-hand uniform, except blazers, will be donated to the P&F shop, and accordingly, these items will be sold at a reduced rate. However, because blazers are a more expensive item to purchase initially, a portion of the sale price of second-hand blazers will go back to the family providing it for sale. Profits from the sale of items will go towards to the second-hand uniform shop employee’s salary and any additional profits will flow directly to the P&F.

Second-hand uniform will continue to be sold from the Perm-A-Pleat shop for the remainder of the current year and parents are encouraged to continue to bring items of clothing into the store for sale. Transitional arrangements for second-hand clothing held by Perm-A-Pleat will be communicated to parents closer to the time of the changeover. Additionally, the P&F will be operating a second-hand uniform stall at the Fete this year. Again, items being sold will have been donated by parents. Further details of drop-off times and places will be provided by the P&F closer to the Fete.

As is always the case, any second-hand uniform that is donated for sale through the P&F, must be clean, folded and if necessary, dry cleaned. Ripped or stained clothing should not be presented for sale.

The gift of attention

Chaplain's reflection: loving our neighbour

4 September 2017

To what might we pay attention? Ourselves, our neighbour.

Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. Simone Weil

To what might we pay attention? Of many possibilities, here are two: ourselves, our neighbour.

Wherever we go, there we are – how can we not be? And yet, so often we are far from our authentic self, even, and sometimes especially, at ‘home’. To attend to the self would be a radical act of generosity, and lead to a knowledge, an empathy that precedes transformation.

Observe three short, wildly honest phrases from students in Year 6 (when anonymity is assured, frankness emerges). Their task was to complete the statement: I seem ______ but really I am __________.

  • I seem like I know it all but really I am still learning.
  • I seem confident, but really I am anxious.
  • I seem cool, but really I am scared.

The discord between the outer and inner, the ‘seeming’ over against the ‘being’, is real. And not just for a young person! Attending to one’s self might first be experienced as threat and something to avoid, rather than an act of generosity and something to embrace. But without such attention how might one’s authentic self flourish? Or as Thomas Merton puts it, is there a greater joy on earth than to ‘escape from the prison of our own false self’? Paying attention to the journey out of falsehood, ironically, is an act of generosity.

To Weil’s aphorism about attention, I add another. Paul Tillich, existential philosopher and theologian said: (love’s) first task is to listen. The context for his phrase is an essay on the interrelationship of justice and love in personal encounters. Love, the greatest act of generosity, and the pathway to justice share a common root: careful, non-judgmental, purposeful attention.

So if we are serious about the command to love, if we are honest about the call to justice, we must listen.

Clinton Prior arrived in Canberra this week having walked nearly 6000km from Perth. He brings people’s stories and seeks justice. Why did he do this? So Malcolm (Turnbull) and other politicians might simply ‘sit down and actually listen’.

The early steps to justice? Know people’s names, hear their stories, attend to their dreams and hopes and longings; reject anything that dehumanises, masks identity, numbers rather than names. So sit down and listen. This first act of love binds us to justice. It will bring us nearer to our authentic self. We will face our privilege but rather than be immobilised by guilt, we have before us the pathway to generosity.

May God, who gives his entire, undivided attention to each and to all; and Christ, who is the ground from whom our identity is formed, bestow upon you, the reader, the grace to act with generosity.

O Lord and giver of life, as we freely give over our attention, draw us ever deeper into loving our neighbour as ourselves. Amen

Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

Parties and Alcohol

6 September 2017

Tips and resources for parents about parties and alcohol

By Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

Paul Dillon is the Director and founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA ). Paul has made a number of visits to Radford for wellbeing presentations to parents, students and other community members. Paul advises that:

“Parents and carers can play a significant role in preventing, or at the very least delaying adolescent alcohol and other drug use. Factors that have been shown to have a positive impact on protecting children from alcohol harm include:

• an authoritative parenting style that combines strictness and warmth
• appropriate parental monitoring of a child’s activities.”

Key messages from Paul, and others, are that parents should:

• promote positive norms: the majority of 15 year olds classify themselves as non-drinkers
• challenge misconceptions: “not everyone does it”, alcohol is a drug and it is possible to celebrate without it
• tell your child your views on teen drinking: make your values absolutely clear and your reasons for this stand. 

Be a parent not a friend, Image credit: New Rochelle FocusWith regard to parties, my advice to parents is that they should: 

• Call the host of a party and ensure that there will be a high level of adult supervision.

• Pick your child up from a party. A sleepover is not a good idea.

• No matter how much you believe that your child is the exception, it is not a good idea to go away and leave a teenager with a ‘free house’.

• If you choose to host a party, ensure active supervision and be aware of your moral and legal responsibilities.  


DARTA has developed a range of resource materials for parents, including:

Teens, parties and alcohol: A practical guide to keeping your child safe (.pdf)
Years 7, 8 and 9 parents: Why the 'alcohol and parties' discussion is important now! (.pdf)
Parenting style and its impact on alcohol and other drug use (.pdf)
Parental monitoring and its impact on alcohol and other drug use (.pdf

 Image credit: New Rochelle Focus


Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 6 September

6 September 2017

Momentum gathers for Y6 Exhibition!

Dates to Remember

Thurs 7 Sept

K-5 visiting author

5OM/5ML Excursion to National Museum

Yr 4 Excursion to Australian War Memorial

Fri 8 Sept

Radford Celebrates Music

Tues 12 Sept

Yr 3 2018  Introduction Day

Week 8
This term belongs to our Year 6 team - students, families and our staff. Year 6 Exhibition provides our final Learning Journey reporting opportunity. Exhibition is the culmination of our PYP, or for some of our families this is the Junior School culmination of a journey commencing in 2010.

The cohort has risen to the challenge of collapsed timetables, creating Central Ideas and Lines of Inquiry, researching, questioning, listening and in particular collaborating. I would like to acknowledge the wonderful support provided to our students by our families and our teaching staff, in particular Ms Janine Crookes (our Acting PYP Assistant Head of Junior School). More news to follow!

I would like to acknowledge the students who following their performances at the recent Belconnen Athletics Carnival, have been selected to represent Belconnen Zone in the ACT Carnival on Tuesday 19 September, a strong presence.

Congratulations to the following athletes placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd:

Xavier Adams – Boys 9 years 1st in 70m and 100m
Sophia Doumos – Girls 12 years 1st in 100m, 200m and 800m, and 3rd in the Discus
Chelsea Hately – Girls 9 years 2nd in 70m
Oscar Watt – Boys 8-10 years 3rd in Long Jump and 2nd in 100m
Lara Southwell – Girls 8 years 2nd in 70m.
Maddie Wheeldon – Girls 11 years 3rd in Shot Put
Amelia Sutherland – Girls 8-10 years 2nd Long Jump
Oliver Luppi – Boys 10 years 1st in 100m.

See the full report on the Belconnen Zone Athletics elsewhere in the Bulletin.

Tweets from classrooms
I congratulate the Junior School teachers who are sharing their Maths lessons across our year levels as they occur. Growing skills together.

Book Week Parade and Talent Quest?
How may these two be connected you ask? At the end of our Book Week Parade I spent a few minutes congratulating our Year 6 students for their genuine participation in the day. At that age, it can become very easy to simply see the day as a dress cool opportunity. Instead our Year 6 students dressed as book characters, enjoyed being kids, and sent a lovely message to our Pre-Kindergarten students and their younger buddies. When we talk about being a "safe" school, we also mean that students are safe to embrace opportunities as young students, as leading students, and as students having fun. I am looking forward to this again being on show for our talent quest. A school where it’s safe to take risks!

Dads’ Day
I can only share the wording of a card I received:

"Dad, you are made up of 4% patience, 9% spider removal, 9% bad jokes, 14% snoring, 2% fixing things (fairly accurate) but I did enjoy the final wording….62% awesomeness, which may not make up for some of the other deficiencies!


Hartley Lifecare acknowledges 11 years of  service by Radford, Leonie Mayberry with George Huitker

Hartley Hall Markets celebrates 30 years

5 September 2017

Radford students have supported this activity since 2006

By George Huitker, Director of Service Learning

On the first Sunday of every month, Hartley Lifecare hosts the Hall Markets, with proceeds going to a range of programs which support the needs of adults with a disability in the Canberra region. Radford’s Year 10 students have also periodically been given the opportunity to visit the Hartley residences of these amazing people and their carers. This has enhanced their understanding of how such programs operate, where funding may be needed or allocated, and how exactly the residents actually benefit from the time Radford students spend at the sausage sizzle stall, selling raffle tickets, dressing up as Minions and Scooby Doo, and assisting with the set-up and take down on market day.

Hartley Hall markets

For last weekend’s September Markets, a healthy and happy number of mostly Year 9 and Year 10 students helped out for what was to be the 30th Anniversary of this community-building event. It was an honour to not only be there for the formalities and festivities, but to also receive, on behalf of the college, a framed award of thanks from Hartley for the school’s ongoing involvement at the Hall Markets since 2006. It was humbling and heartwarming to be approached by so many members of the public, Hartley residents and long-standing volunteers/carers, expressing their gratitude  for the enthusiastic and unwavering student participation in this time. 

Radford students join the celebrationCooking up a storm at Hartley Hall marketsScooby Doo, is that you?

That said, the students involved would be quick to state that the rewards come from simply being a contributor to an event which does so much to increase awareness, care, funds and community spirit for such a worthwhile cause. In turn, I would like extend my gratitude to all the past and present students, staff and collegians who have given time on a Sunday over many years; and Leonie Mayberry at Hartley for always making us feel so welcome to join in.



Image for article: History: alive and well at Radford

History: alive and well at Radford

4 September 2017

Radford students show their flair for history

By Nick Ewbank, Head of History, Philosophy and RaVE

In May, a number of Year 8 and Year 10 students volunteered to take part in the Australian History Competition.

The Competition takes the form of a 40 minute, 50 multiple choice question test, structured around historical stimulus and tests students’ thinking and critical analysis skills.

The seven Year 10 students who completed the Competition did particularly well, with three High Distinctions - Elise Northcote, Patrick Knight and William Goodchild - and two Distinctions, meaning that 71% were in the top 20% nationally!

Of particular note was the performance of Will Goodchild. With a score of 96%, Will was recently announced as the highest scoring student in the whole of the ACT. At a recent whole school Assembly, Mrs Godfrey recently presented Will with his medallion to commemorate this notable achievement.

Congratulations to all students who participated!

Radford Camerata performing at Llewellyn Hall

Radford choirs enjoy Eisteddfod success

4 September 2017

Choir Captains

Chorale and Camerata choirs performed with distinction

On 18 and 19 August Radford’s Camerata and Chorale Choirs performed at the Australian National Choirs Eisteddfod.

By Emily Knight, Choir Captain

Chorale wins platinum at the National Choirs EisteddfodAlongside four other choirs from across ACT, Radford Chorale competed in the High School College-Age Choirs section of the Australian National Eisteddfod. This section was held at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Manuka, on Friday 18 August.

Chorale is Radford’s biggest non-auditioned choir. Comprising over 80 students from Years 8 to 12, it is conducted by world-renowned, Australian, choral conductor and composer, Stephen Leek. Chorale performed two pieces: Soli Deo Gloria arranged by Kevin R Boesinger and Blessing arranged by Katie Moran Bart.

Chorale received a Gold award and was presented with a Platinum Award for the second year in a row. This award is only given out at the judge’s discretion to ensembles of an exceptionally high standard.

By Alyce Lonsdale, Choir Captain

On Saturday 19 August the Camerata Choir competed in the Australian National Eisteddfod at Llewellyn Hall. Choirs from ACT, Qld, Vic and NSW compete annually in this event in various sections, performing a variety of choral repertoire to showcase their musical talents.

In the championship section, Radford Camerata Choir, conducted by Mrs Leanne McKean, performed She moved through the fair, unaccompanied, and an Australian piece commissioned for Radford College, Horizon, composed by Paul Jarman. Camerata was one of five choirs to perform in this section. In the Under 20s ACT Section, we performed Wade in the Water, a spiritual piece originating from the southern states of America before slavery was abolished, and Agnus Dei by Gabriel Fauré, a romantic piece. Camerata received the Gold Award in this section, which pleased everyone, especially after being rewarded with cupcakes.

In reflection, listening to the other choirs and how they expressed their choral music will certainly help us to improve our tone and technique for next year!

Dance is a key part of the annual Performing Arts night

Radford Performing Arts Night 2017

4 September 2017

RadPAN grows more exciting and diverse each year

By Nick Akhurst, Head of Department, Cocurricular Drama/Dance/Oratory

Originally the Performing Arts Nights began as Dance Night, as a way to give dancers a chance to display their skills, and to give groups a chance to show the Radford Community the performances they created for The Dance Festival at Canberra Theatre.

RadPAN 2017 - group performance RadPAN technical support

In recent years the event has expanded and become a chance for students to create their own works and present them to an audience.

This year, we had a wide variety of acts from the Dance Festival groups, the Radford Dance Academy, Year 12 Revue and singers from Year 7 to Year 12 performing songs in a wide range of styles from The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy to Xs and Os by Ellie King.

This show continues to demonstrate the wide range of talents our students have across the performing arts.

If you were unable to make this year’s performance, I would encourage you to look forward to the 2018 RadPAN, as it is only getting bigger and better from here.

Many thanks to Susan Davenport, as the Director, Tim Minehan and his media crew for their support, and the technical crew, as always.

Flag of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

ASEAN Youth Forum ACT

4 September 2017

Taylor Colvin, Global Studies Captain

Students examined issues from the perspective of Thailand

By Taylor Colvin, Global Studies Captain

Six students from Year 11 Global Studies recently attended the ASEAN Youth Forum hosted by the Asia Education Foundation and Canberra Grammar.

Radford represented ThailandWe worked closely with students from five other Canberra schools, and throughout the day we were guided by professionals from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian National University, who offered much insight. The forum required each school to represent country from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Radford was Thailand. We had to represent Thailand on regional issues of trade, refugees and climate change, and promote Thailand’s interests with other countries. We put forward and debated clauses on current issues and voted on them at the end of the day. It was challenging to put aside our own opinions to really appreciate Thailand’s perspective on issues.

We learnt a lot during the day. Particularly, the importance of Australians learning Asian languages, and the economic and business opportunities the ASEAN countries offer Australia. We are excited by the many internships available for us to study and or work in Asia. We know have a much greater understanding of the role of ASEAN in our region and the complications, and benefits, of ten extremely diverse countries working together for common goals.

A huge “shout out” to Ms Lilley (SOSE Teacher) who organized this valuable experience for us. She was most supportive, both during the day, and preparing us for the forum in class.


Fun at Drama Club

Junior School Drama Club

4 September 2017

Year 3-6 students hone their dramatic skills

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

On 21 August in the RA Young Hall, two Junior School Drama Club classes presented the performances they have been developing this year.

Drama Club presentation Drama Club


Under the excellent guidance of Pip Buining and Kate Bettison, the two classes created interpretations of Aesop’s Fables and The Princess and the Wizard by Julia Donaldson.

These Year 3-6 students have been working to build their performance skills in their weekly lessons. It was a night filled with passionate performances and a good look at the future of drama at Radford. It was pleasing to see how their confidence has improved and how they have begun to develop as characters on stage.

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.



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

Intense concentration at the ACT Primary Chess Championships

ACT Primary Chess Championship

5 September 2017

Claire Taylor, Teacher

Excellent results in the Junior Chess league

By Claire Taylor, Teacher

Twenty-nine teams from across the ACT competed in this team event, to determine the ACT Primary Chess Champions. The top 4 ranking teams qualify for the play-offs, which determines who will represent the ACT at the National Chess Finals to be held in Sydney later this year.

Radford qualified with two teams competing:

Radford 1 - Ramon Luo (captain), Thomas Lin, Arnav Jain and Kenan Zhang.
Radford 2 - Brian Chen (captain), Keren Zhang, Jakson Kang and Chrysanthe Karkazis.

Radford 2 placed 6th overall, with a score of 16.5 out of a possible 28 points. The Radford 1 team placed 2nd overall, with an impressive 21.5 points, missing out on 1st place to Canberra Grammar School, by just 1 point.

Kenan Zhang achieved a perfect score, winning all of 7 games played throughout the day.

Congratulations Radford Chess Team: we look forward to the hotly anticipated results of the play-offs!


An amateur production by arrangement with Origin Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd

Senior Drama - "An Inspector Calls"

5 September 2017

This week, book now!

Watch the trailer on Radford Online 

The Radford Senior Drama production this year is An Inspector Calls by JB Priestly. [An amateur production by arrangement with Origin Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd.]

This thrilling, mysterious production will keep you on the edge of you seat.

When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful a dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences.

Date: 12-14 October
Time: 7:15pm for 7:30pm start
Venue: TB Millar Hall
Tickets: Through Trybooking, $15.00 adult ,$10 students.


ASC Girls Basketball team 2017

Sports Report 6 Sept 2017

6 September 2017

Bernadette Leger Senior Sports Administrator

Busy times with carnivals, finals and presentation events

Sue Geh Cup Year 5/6 Basketball – Girls
Radford sent two strong teams to the Year 5/6 Northside Sue Geh Cup carnival. Both teams played well and competed throughout the day.

Radford Maroon was coached by Ms Mitchell. The girls played extremely well throughout their round games, going through undefeated. They played Neville Bonner in the semi-final and were victorious to progress to the grand-final where they came up against Burgmann College, unfortunately going down 22-11.

Radford Blue was coached by Di Wilson. The Blue team won 2 of their 5 round games. Very tough competition for the Blue team, with only 6 players in this team, however, the girls played each game and competed from beginning to the final whistle of each game.

Ms Mitchell and Di were very pleased with the girl’s efforts throughout the day. Thank you to Sterling Notley and Archie Phillips from Radford College who officiated at Sue Geh, well done boys.

ASC Girls Basketball Carnival
The Radford Year 7/8 team was coached by Deb Cook. The girls went through undefeated in Pool A and crossed over to play second in Pool B. They met with John Paul College in the semi-final where they unfortunately went down in overtime. Deb was very pleased with the girl’s efforts throughout the course of the day.

The Radford Year 9/10 team was coached by Mitch Kingham-Edwards. The team started the day with an easy “win” over Trinity College, as due to a punctured tyre Trinity were not able to make their game. The team then played Burgmann College but unfortunately lost after a well-fought game. Afterwards the girls played John Paul College and won the game convincingly through good fundamental basketball. The 9/10s, with two wins under their belt secured a place in the semi-finals against Girls Grammar. The game was exciting to watch due to great teamwork and outstanding defence, but unfortunately Radford went down to Canberra Girls Grammar.

The Radford Year 11/12 team was coached by Ian Ellis. The girls had a successful day winning 5 out of their 6 round games. The girls progressed through to the semi-final to play Mary Mackillop in the semi-final and won the game fairly convincingly. They then progressed to the grand-final to play Canberra Girls Grammar, unfortunately going down 31 to 20.
Thank you to Izaak Rankin and Oscar Wright from Radford College who officiated at the ASC girls Basketball carnival. Well done boys.

Sue Geh Cup Referees Sterling Notley and Archie Phillips ASC Referees Izaak Rankin and Oscar Wright

Radford Basketball semi-final and play-off games commence this weekend
Well done to the 34 Basketball teams who competed in the Winter Basketball season. A huge “thank you” to all coaches who gave up their time each week to train the Radford teams and then coach them at their games over the weekend. Last, but not least, thank you to the parents and caregivers who come along each week to support not only their child but the team. Good luck to all of the teams playing this weekend in either semi-final games or play-off games.

Radford Netball
Congratulations and well done to all the coaches and players on their performance over the weekend. Some outstanding performances from all of the Radford teams.

  • Radford Dolphins, coached by Michaela Vaughan won their 1 v 2 semi-final game to MTS Taipans. This now gives them the week off and has secured them a spot in the grand final, Saturday 16 September well done Dolphins. 
  • Radford Purple, coached by Katherine Pajuczok won their 1 v 2 semi-final game to JPC Stars. This now gives them the week off and has secured them a spot in the grand final, Saturday 16 September well done Purple. 
  • Radford Green, coached by Caitlin Reid unfortunately went down their 3 v 4 play-off game to SGRNC Rosellas. 
  • Radford White, coached by Lisa Singleton won their 3 v 4 semi-final game to INNC Tigers which means the White team play in a preliminary final this Saturday 12:30pm at Lyneham Netball courts. 
  • Radford Maroon, coached by fill-in coach Daniela Gray unfortunately went down in their 3 v 4 play-off game to EGNC Purple. Thank you to Daniela Gray who stepped in at last minute to coach the Maroon team. 
  • Radford Silver, coached by Lisa Singleton unfortunately went down in the 1 v 2 semi-final game to GNC Gems.They get a second chance and play in a preliminary final this Saturday, 3:15pm at Lyneham Netball courts.

Netball Presentation Night
To congratulate and recognise our netballers, coaches and umpires for their efforts over the season, the Netball presentation night will be held on Wednesday 13 September in the senior lecture theatre 2. The presentation will commence at 3:45pm for the Set and Junior teams, followed by light refreshments in the senior common area and the finish off with the Intermediates, cadets and senior teams, presentations commencing at 5:00pm. All parents and caregivers are welcome to come along. Players are reminded to wear full winter uniform to presentation night.

Radford Football
This Saturday 9 September is the final round of Football for the Radford teams. The teams listed below are guaranteed Champions or runners-up, and will be invited to a presentation held by Capital Football to collect their medallions/ trophy.

U12 div. 2 – guaranteed Champions
U16 div. 2a – guaranteed Runners up
U18 div. 1 – guaranteed Runners up with the potential to finish Champions after a double point’s game to be played on Thursday evening, 6pm kick off at Hawker Synthetic or their final game on Saturday.
U18 div. 3 – guaranteed Runners up

Not a bad effort for our girl’s program with 4 out of 6 teams finishing as champions or runners up.

U12 div. 2 – guaranteed runners up
U16 div. 2 – guaranteed champions
U18 div. 1 – guaranteed runners up

ACT U18 Schoolgirls Football Team
Congratulations to Lily Dawson (Year 10), Ella Hemmings and Sienna Farrar (Year 11) on being selected for the ACT U18 Schoolgirls Football Team to play at the 10th Pacific School Games in Adelaide from 2 to 10 December.

ACT Athletics 13 Years and over
Just a reminder to all students who have been selected to represent Radford College at the ACT Athletics carnival on Thursday 14 September at Woden Athletics track. If you have any questions in relation to this day please contact Brent Larkham, Head of Sport 6180 1090 or Brent.Larkham@radford.act.edu.au

ACT Athletics 12 Years and under
Congratulations to the following 16 students who have been selected to represent Radford College & the Belconnen Region at the ACT 12 years and Under Athletics carnival on Tuesday 19 September at the AIS Athletics track, Bruce.

Xavier Adams
Sophia Doumos
Curtis Garrett
Chelsea Hately
Jacinta Henderson
Oliver Luppi
Jacob Miller
Ben Ni

Claire Reid
Amber Smith-Gibson
Lara Southwell
Amelia Sutherland
Owen Toyne
Oscar Watt
Maddie Wheeldon
Sam Worthaisong

Well done to these students and good luck on the day.  If you have any questions in relation to this carnival, please contact Bernadette Leger, Senior Administration Manager – Sport, 6180 3082 Bernadette.Leger@radford.act.edu.au

Radford College Crest

ACT School Sport Selections

6 September 2017

Bernadette Leger, Senior Sports Administrator

Congratulations to these students on their selection


ACT School Sport Football team U16 boys

  • Zachary Barbatano
  • Joseph Lawless
  • Murphy Shaw

 ACT School Sport Football team U18 girls

  • Lily Dawson
  • Sienna Farrar
  • Ella Hemmings

 ACT School Sport Tennis 12 & U

  • Aaron Liu

ACT School Sport Cross Country 12 & U

  • Jacob Miller
  • Amber Smith-Gibson

ACT School Sport Cross Country 19 & U

  • Laura Burns

 ACT School Sport Football 12 & U

  • James Northcote
  • David Reitstatter

ACT School Sport Basketball 12 & U

  • Benny Marr
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.


• 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.


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.


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.

Long jump at the Belconnen Zone Athletics Carnival

Belconnen Zone Athletics 2017

5 September 2017

Andrew Sulliven, JS HPE

Strong results from an enthusiastic team

Andrew Sullivan, Team Manager

On 22 August, the Radford Junior School 12 years and under Athletics team participated in the Belconnen Athletics Championship, at the AIS athletics track.

Congratulations to the students who were selected into the team:

Alexander Tallby
Xavier Adams
Roman Domazet
Zach Slattery
Max Dimond
Joe Whitear
Chelsea Hately
Bianca Nguyen
Lara Southwell
Ellie Chapman
Oliver Luppi
Owen Toyne
Amber Smith Gibson
Amelia Sutherland
Jessi Palframan
Lucy Wood

Oscar Wood
William Howarth
Max Smith-Saarinen
Health Sutherland
William Alexander
Sacha Kelleher-Cole
Jeffrey Bush
Liam Norton
Gianna Ghirardello
Emily Watson
Maisie Green
Ingrid Shelton Agar
Maddie Wheeldon
Rena Cao
Jacinta Henderson
James Woods

Sam Worthaisong
Harley Harris
Stuart Street
William Lumb
Christopher Kalogeropoulos
Luka Domazet
Daniel Thomson
Oliver Fox
Curtis Garret
Sophia Doumos
Nessa Gundry
Monica Cao
Ellie Maglasis
Claire Reid
Olivia Wang
Jaimie Hutchinson

* Some students did not compete due to illness.

The weather was ideal for good competition, with no cold westerly wind but instead a clear blue sky over ahead. This allowed the track to warm up, the muscles to slip into fast-twitch action and the senses to be alert for the day!

The 800m results set the mood and performance standard for the day. The Radford supporters in the crowd, cheered and clapped the Radford competitors, as they sprinted up to the finish line.

Gianna Ghirardello, Emily Watson, Sophia Doumos, Joe Whitear, Amber Smith Gibson finished well in their heats and deserved praise for a tremendous effort. Our other athletes were spurred on by the successes of the 800m runners.

For each event and age group over the course of the day, all the heats were ranked within each age group, and the ACT Championship qualifiers are to be selected from the final outcome.

Over the course of the day, our students organised themselves very well. Many planned their dietary requirements, checked in regularly with me for their event warm-up and report time ,and generally had a good social time in between events, resting and preparing minds to be alert and focused, when it counted.

I was particularly impressed by the number of athletes who achieved personal best results in the technical events, where movement patterns and skills are complicated. They also had to control their nerves and channel them into competitive energy to be at their best.

Part of the Radford team

No High Jump event is held at the Belconnen Championships it features at the ACT finals. We have two jumpers who have qualified: Jacinta Henderson and Owen Toyne. All the best to these competitors.

I held practices for those competitors in Years 2-6 who were available, in the weeks leading up to the Zone championship. I will also hold practices for those students who are selected to compete in the ACT Championships, set for Tuesday, September 19.

Congratulations to the following athletes placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd:

Xavier Adams – Boys 9 years 1st in 70m and 100m
Sophia Doumos – Girls 12 years 1st in 100m, 200m and 800m, and 3rd in the Discus.
Chelsea Hately – Girls 9 years 2nd in 70m
Oscar Watt – Boys 8-10 years 3rd in Long Jump  and 2nd in 100m.
Lara Southwell – Girls 8 years 2nd in 70m.
Maddie Wheeldon – Girls 11 years 3rd in Shot Put.
Amelia Sutherland – Girls 8-10 years 2nd Long Jump.
Oliver Luppi – Boys 10 year olds 100m 1st


Thanks to Bernadette Leger and Dianne Wilson for their tremendous help in the administration of organising this team and in vital communication of information to Radford families.

Part of the Radford team

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Video of athletics action

6 September 2017

Relive the recent Secondary School Athletics Carnival

Watch the video from the Secondary School Athletics carnival at the AIS.

Music: Love Me by WiDE AWAKE. See video for further details.

Radford Canteen

Canteen Position Vacant

6 September 2017

Linda Oakman, Canteen Manager

Catering Assistant position available in Canteen

Position Vacant: Casual two-three days a week (specific days to be negotiated)
Hours: 8:00am to 2:00pm
Contact: Linda Oakman on 61626255 or 0417258536 
Position is available now

A Catering Assistant position has become available in Radfood, the Radford College canteen, run by Spotless-Alliance Catering.

Duties include preparation of hot and cold menu items, working with Flexi-schools Online ordering system, cash handling and customer service with both students and staff.

An understanding of safe food handling practices would be an advantage but not essential as training will be provided.

The position is available from 8:00am to 2:00pm with days to be negotiated. The requirement would be a minimum of two days commencing immediately.

Please contact Linda Oakman on 61626255 or 0417258536 if you are interested in discussing this opportunity.

Holiday program - rowing, futsal, basketball

Sport Holiday Programs Open

6 September 2017

Brent Larkham, Head of Sport

Futsal, rowing and basketball programs will be offered

Bookings and enquiries: Brent Larkham Head of Sport
Phone 02 61801090
Email: Brent.Larkham@radford.act.edu.au

Radford College is hosting a variety of sports programs during the Sept/Oct school holidays:

• Open to all abilities, Futsal and Basketball Years 3-9, Rowing Years 6-12.
• Focused on skill development and game play.
• Morning, afternoon or a full day options with supervision provided over the lunch period.
• Fees will be charged to student accounts.

NOTE: Monday 25 September and Monday 2 October are Public Holidays in A.C.T.

WEEK 1 - Tues 26 Sept, Wed 27 Sept, Thu 28 Sept, Fri 29 Sept

Futsal (Year 3 to Year 9)
Tuesday to Friday 9am-12pm
$175 (all 4 days)

Rowing (Year 6 to Year 12)
Tuesday to Friday 8am-12pm
$200 (all 4 days)
Transport provided back to school 

Basketball (Year 3 to Year 9)
Tuesday to Friday 2pm-5pm
$175 (all 4 days)

All day – Rowing/basketball or Futsal/basketball
$300 (all 4 days) BYO Lunch


WEEK 2 - Tue 3 Oct, Wed 4 Oct, Thur 5 Oct, Fri 6 Oct
Basketball (only) (Year 3 to Year 9)
Tuesday to Friday 9am-12pm
$175 (all 4 days)


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. 


Saturday Sunset in Term 4 will be held on Saturday 11 November


16 September - Reunion Events

Collegian Reunions - 16 September 2017

4 September 2017

Collegians Association

Reunions for students from the Classes of 1997 and 2007

Collegians website: Reunion Functions

The Radford Collegians Association would like to welcome back the class of 2007 and class of 1997 for their 10 and 20 year reunions to an official function hosted by the Association and school on Saturday 16 September 2017. 

Collegians and their families are welcome to attend from 4pm – 6pm and light refreshments will be provided. Tours of the school will also be offered. 

RSVP to collegians@radford.act.edu.au


Please contact the organisers named below through the Collegians website.

Class of 1997
Sarah Collingwood is organising an event for the class of 1997 at the RUC from 6:30 pm til late so please contact her for more information.


Class of 2007
Chris Meers and Trent Clews-de Castella are organising an event for the class of 2007 at The Duxton afterwards so please get in touch with them for further details.



School bus changes 9 October

Changes to school bus services

New Transport Canberra (ACTION buses) school services routes and timetables from Monday 9 October 2017.

Check schools page to search by Route Number or School Name.  Parents have reported scheduled times are not exact - please ensure students arrive early at stops.

P&F Association

Trivia Night 2017

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

Lifeline Bookfair - this weekend!

Lifeline Bookfair Sept 2017

Lose yourself at Canberra's biggest Bookfair at EPIC

Friday 8 September 9am - 6pm
Saturday 9 September   9am - 5pm
Sunday 10 September 10am 4 pm

School Sport ACT

SSACT - website

School Sport ACT (SSACT) is the peak body for School Sport delivery in the ACT. SSACT actively promotes school sport for all ACT students through the support of regional, state and national representative opportunities and pathways.


APFACTS volunteering in schools survey

Have your say in the survey on volunteering in schools.  See flyer for more details.

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