Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 9 – 13 September 2017

Staff Insights

Phil O'Regan, Head of Secondary School

From the Head of Secondary School

13 September 2017

Supporting learning from home, international experiences, Radford Celebrates Music and 10th anniversary of L'Arche Disco

How parents can support learning from home

As we come to the parent teacher evenings, a question I am often asked is how parents can support their children in their learning at home.

My views are relatively simple here:

  • take the time to schedule time to be together
  • take a genuine interest in your child’s interests
  • foster their love of learning beyond the class, homework and assessments
  • extend the experience in real life settings
  • outwardly express love and care every day
  • set limits, be firm and patient
  • let your child know you believe in and love them every day.

Study Skills HandbookTo extend this further into the practical domain, a series of tools and strategies can assist.

Two providers, Dr Prue Salter and Andrew Fuller, take different approaches to assisting parents in supporting their children in learning and life. The College provides students and parents with access to a wonderful resource to assist with home study and organisation. The study skills handbook created and curated by Dr Prue Salter provides a range of strategies and suggestions for use in the school and home setting. Often as parents we are unsure as to where to start in assisting in the home study context; organisation, time management, managing the workload, procrastination, motivation, managing stress, as well as skills in summarising, active study and preparing for exams. For these, and so many more aspects of study, the site provides suggested approaches and helpful hints. I encourage you to explore the site.

  • Username: RadfordCollege
  • Password: 95success

The other space I am often asked about is how to assist young people managing their health. For an introduction to ideas supporting the individual and family health, I commend the thinking and work of Andrew Fuller, a clinical psychologist and Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne. Andrew offers insights for students and parents, offering practical approaches to apply in response to the challenges posed during pre-adolescence and adolescence. The key fields explore: self care, developing and maintaining friendships, fostering individual and family resilience and mental health boosters. There are also a series of texts which offer an opportunity to delve further into the unlocking your child’s talents, creating a great relationship with your teenager and promoting positive mental health in young people.

Our challenge as teachers and parents is to unlock and channel the motivation of the young people in our care and enable them to see and believe in the purpose of what they are doing. Without purpose, motivation wanes, persistence recedes and lethargy flourishes. The challenge is posing the challenges that sing to the interests of all, not the same challenge, rather a range of boosters and motivators, applied across a breadth of areas exciting the interests of students. This has been an ongoing focus across the campus this year, seeing staff designing meaningful and engaging learning experiences within and beyond the classroom that challenge, excite and extend the students.

International experiences

In recent times a team of staff have been investigating additional opportunities for students to extend their learning beyond the classroom. A focus has been offering opportunities to students to experience life beyond Canberra, travelling nationally and internationally on student exchanges. We are offering more than 65 national and international experiences for students from Years 6 to 11 and are seeing an international flavour to the Radford classrooms, welcoming students from Peru, Denmark, South Africa, Canada, China, Japan and France. We are also sending delegations of students on Round Square conferences to Mongolia, South Africa, Malaysia and China. The most recent reflection comes from Michael Shillington, a Year 10 student currently at Herlufsholm Skole in Denmark, which was founded in 1595.

“My first two weeks here have been amazing, I've met so many nice people, the classes are good and the campus is unbelievable. Denmark is amazing and pretty different to any place in Australia”

Radford Celebrates MusicRadford Celebrates Music and L’Arche Disco

There have been two recent events which again remind me of how fortunate I am to be me a member of the Radford community. Over four hours last Friday evening, I witnessed the coming together of a year of learning in Radford Celebrates Music at Llewellyn Hall. Music students performed their pieces across a  full range of styles. The buzz backstage, the cross-year level mentoring and the synergy of individuals within their groups was breathtaking and inspiring.

Saturday evening saw Year 11 students host members from the community with a disability at the 10th Anniversary L’Arche Disco. The evening is unlike anything I have seen in my time in teaching. More than 130 of our 16 and 17-year-olds, on a Saturday evening, dancing their hearts out and putting on a memorable evening for guests from the community in a transformed Radford hall. It is truly a blessing to be amongst so many wonderfully joyous, selfless and inspirational young people.

L'Arche Disco

Chaplain Father Richard Browning

Chaplain's reflection: Forgiveness is easy?

12 September 2017

Remember, parables do NOT give you the answer. They invite the hearer’s wondering.

“Richard, be more direct. Why do you keep hiding the message within a story? Can’t you just tell it like it is?”

You see, when I grow up, I want to be a really good story teller. My model is Jesus. I practice as often as I can. When asked by Peter ‘how many times should we forgive another?’, Jesus joked, ‘when you can’t count any more, you should still be forgiving’. (What else does seventy times seven mean?)

He then tells a story. Remember, parables do NOT give you the answer. They invite the hearer’s wondering. They require an openness, in this living moment, to the Spirit of God to work with one’s intelligence and reasoning. The story here is Nathan Nettleton’s translation of the parable. It offers more questions than answers.

My favourite question from the story is this. If your character is rife with graceless self-interest, the ‘God’ you will encounter will be the same. Yet this would be the antithesis of who God is! Gracelessness distorts reality and creates a mirror to receive back itself. Imagine cussing violently in a mobile phone-rage triggered by a failed network service, oblivious to the fact that you, without your knowledge, trashed your own SIM card. Richard Rohr says it beautifully: we are punished by our sins, not for them. God does not hurt and harm and whip and beat and scourge and torment and punish and torture anyone for anything. (This kind of a ‘god’ would not warrant worship!)

So the act of forgiving changes our awareness of God as God is. It turns out that forgiving becomes a gift to ourselves. This is not an insight to gleefully hand anyone, especially those who have experienced great harm at the hands of another. It is a story to receive, that like a friend, would accompany us for a while, and nourish us into towards greater generosity and graciousness.


Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 13 September

13 September 2017

Reflecting on recent community events

Dates to Remember

Thursday 14 Sept                    Yr 7 2018 Orientation day

                                               JS Disco

Friday 15 Sept                         JS Talent Quest

Tuesday 19 Sept                     U12 ACT Track and field

Over the past two weeks I have briefly spoken at three very different, yet equally important, community events.

I have spoken at our Father’s Day Breakfast, where we had over 150 dads and father figures in attendance. I talked briefly during our Year 6 Exhibition to a hall of over 200 family figures sharing the culmination of their PYP Journey. Last week I also had the opportunity to speak on Mrs Godfrey's behalf, at the Radford Celebrates Music evening where 12 of the College's 14 years were represented (students from Years 1 to 12).

At each of these special community events, I talked about the wonderful impact of bringing our students, staff and community together.

As many readers of this message know I talk "a little" about the importance of mindsets and determination, of how we may grow our mindsets, and the potential this has for "the whole child" development.

On each of the three occasions mentioned above, I talked about my Dad, and rugby!

My father attended virtually every rugby game I played (as one of four children, it wasn't just me as well). He made sure I trained, he altered his diet to help me (a hard task for him, and he didn't agree with it but went along anyway). He drove us everywhere. He even drove me to Sydney to sign to play another code, and managed to talk me out of it on the way. He was always there. He didn't push or pull me, he was there with a positive word no matter what, not once was he critical.

I remember as a teenager telling him I didn't want him to watch me play. Deep down however I did, and I always looked for him in the crowd. 

Now looking back, I am so happy he kept quietly supporting me. He kept me going, kept me upbeat, and understood the hurdles and hard times.

The three occasions mentioned above were all different but also had one thing in common.

All three were occasions to share and celebrate how we at Radford College, we students, we staff and we parents can do wonderful things together. Together we can grow, struggle and support each other.

It doesn't have to be big occasions, it can be:

  • Home Learning 
  • Learning Journeys
  • Co-curricular
  • Focusing on the good things, the positives
  • Maths and spelling questions on the run, as a game
  • Asking "What went well?" 

The three events were celebrations of hard work, that we can achieve together.

Keep being in the crowd.

From the Library’s Janine Hudson

Make a date with a book for Australian Reading Hour.  Reading doesn’t only improve the mind. It also improves lives and makes better societies by increasing happiness, reducing stress, and improving health.www.australianreadinghour.org.au

Read for an hour by yourself, with a friend or family member. Take a photo and share it with us.

Photo frames will be available from class teachers.

Image for article: Year 6 Exhibition 2017

Year 6 Exhibition 2017

13 September 2017

Central Idea: Human progress has complex and far-reaching impacts.

By Janine Crookes, Assistant Head of Junior School (PYP Curriculum)

Every year in Term 3 we celebrate the success of our Year 6 students with the annual PYP Exhibition. The exhibition is a culmination of the Primary Years Programme, requiring them to demonstrate five essential elements; knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action.  For 2017, the students chose to use the transdisciplinary theme How the World Works to shape their exhibition and the overarching concept of Impact was selected.

This may seem relatively straight-forward and simple, but the PYP exhibition is a challenging feat – even for many of our Year 6s who have essentially been preparing for this project since Pre Kindergarten. They were required to take responsibility for identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems in the context of their local and global communities. They worked collaboratively to solve problems and came up with creative ideas and also built independence by completing tasks without constant supervision or assistance.

Despite challenges along the way, we have all been astounded by the ongoing commitment and perseverance displayed and the high quality of print, multimedia, dramatic and interactive work produced by the students. A highlight of the exhibition was observing our Year 6 students effectively adjust their presentations to suit their audience; ranging from our 4 and 5-year-old Pre Kindergarten students, to parents and grandparents.

Working on ExhibitionThis exhibition could not have been possible without the dedication, energy and care provided by our classroom teachers: Jessica Ford, Helen Blanch, Craig Donaldson, Rebecca Ryan and Darren Roberts. Their commitment to guiding students through the long and often challenging process was unwavering, ensuring that the true value of the PYP Exhibition was realised as a process of learning, collaboration and self-motivated inquiry.

The wonderful opening to our exhibition – the moving breathing periodic table of elements  –was the result of the collaborative efforts of our wonderful, imaginative, risk-taking specialist teachers: Charlotte O'Regan, Andrew Sullivan, Sonia Geddes, and Rowena Stevens. We are so very grateful that you thought outside the box to create this celebration with the students. We also thank our specialist teachers for supporting the students and class teachers in the completion of their collaborative inquiries.

We thank the many other members of the Radford Community who contributed to and supported the Year 6 exhibition:

  • Group mentors and workshop presenters who came from all areas of the College
  •  Library, IT and other support staff who assisted classroom teachers daily
  •  Parents, collegians and other community members supported students by offering guidance, expertise and also stepping back where necessary
  • The many Junior School staff members who have supported and guided this cohort from their first PYP and Radford experiences as the Pre Kindergarten class of 2010, the Year 3 intake of 2014 through to our Year 6 class of 2017.

Most importantly we thank and congratulate our wonderful Year 6 students. We have enjoyed watching and playing a small part in your journey and have immense pride and admiration for all you have achieved. Congratulations.

Radford Rowing News

Rowing News

12 September 2017

Everything you need to know for the coming rowing season

By Director of Rowing Vicky Spencer

Dates for your Diary – Term 4

  • 16 September                    Boatshed Briefing 10:30am–12:30pm
  • 14 October                        Blessing of the Fleet & FoRR AGM, Radford Boatshed
  • 26October                         Friends of Radford Rowing Fundraising evening
  • 28 October                        RACT Regatta #1, Lake Burley Griffin
  • 5 November                      Australian Indoor Rowing Championships, Radford College
  • 11 November                    RACT Regatta #2, Lake Burley Griffin
  • 19 November                    Independent Rowing Schools Association Regatta, Penrith NSW
  • 25 November                    Tuggeranong Regatta
  • 2 December                       RACT Regatta #3, Lake Burley Griffin

Winning Radford crewTerm 1 Important Dates:

  • 25 February NSW Schoolboy Head of the River
  • 3 March NSW Schoolgirl Head of the River
  • 10 March ACT Schools Head of the Lake

Please see calendar published on Radford Online for all dates for the 2017–18 season including camps.

New squad names

We are introducing squad names to make identification of each year group easier, especially as Summer sport stretches across two academic years (Term 4 and Term 1). The new squad names are:

  • Paddlers                              Year 6/7s & 7/8s
  • Juniors                                Year 8/9s
  • Intermediates                    Year 9/10s
  • Seniors                                Year 10/11 & 11/12

Coxless quad scullBoatshed briefing 16 September 10:30am–12.30pm

There is a boatshed briefing for all rowers signed up for the 2017-18 Rowing Season. Parents and rowers are invited to attend to find out more about the upcoming rowing season and join us for a sausage sizzle. Activities will include:

-        Talk for new rowers about what is expected from a Radford rower

-        Talk for new parents from one of our rowing parent community; what to expect, how you can get involved & contribute

-        Information session from the Rowing Technical Director for both new and existing rowing parents

-        Guest Speaker - TBC

-        Information on how to order the new rowing uniform & sample sizes available to try

-        100m indoor rowing challenge!

-        Teach your mum/dad to row - Have a go in a ‘tubby’ rowing boat

New uniform

A new rowing uniform is being introduced as part of the Radford Uniform redesign. The rowing uniform is being supplied by a rowing specific supplier and is made of high quality, durable fabrics. It will be available to order online directly from the supplier (The Regatta Shop).  Further details will be sent out shortly when the website is live, along with the dates of a ‘free shipping’ window. The new rowing uniform consists of:

-        Racing suit—a requirement for all rowers

-        Training suit—a requirement for rowers in the Junior squad (Year 8) upwards. Note the old style ‘racing suit’ can still be used as a training suit. There is a stock of these in the uniform shop which will be sold at a discounted price for this purpose

-        Long or short-sleeve UV top—a requirement for all rowers in the Junior squad upwards

-        Tights—an optional item for those who feel the cold, train at colder times of the day or year

Note: The Paddler squad do not need a training suit and can wear the school PE polo shirt in lieu of a UV top.

Sun Smart

Rowing is an outdoor activity where participants are exposed to UV both from the sun and its reflection off the water. To ensure your son/daughter is sun safe, it will be compulsory to wear a UV top on the water from this season forward. The school PE polo shirt is UV rated, however rowers tend to find this hot and uncomfortable to wear under their zootie. The UV top provided as part of the rowing uniform is feather light and has a UPF50. The school PE polo shirt will suffice for the Paddler squad, where the focus is more on skill acquisition and sessions are shorter.

All rowers will be required to wear a hat, UV top and carry a water bottle when out on the water. Sunscreen is provided in the boatshed and we encourage all rowers to wear UV rated sunglasses, especially the Senior rowers training in the mornings.

Gap students – Host family needed September – December 2017

We are excited to welcome two GAP students from the UK and USA to assist with the Rowing program this season. Maddy is 21 years old, from Ohio in the USA and Charlotte is 18 years old, from Chester in the UK. We are still looking for accommodation for Charlotte from the end of September to December (We have a host family organised from December onwards). When you host a Gap student you will receive $150 a week towards food, electricity etc. The Gap student will also receive an allowance from the school and will be expected to travel during the school holidays. We are looking for a location that is preferably within cycling distance to the boatshed if possible, or with a family of a rower who may be attending rowing training or lives close to another rowing family (this will help with lifts).  Alternatively, both students can drive if access to a car is available. Please contact vicky.spencer@radford.act.edu.au if you can help.

September Rowing Camps

26–29 September, Radford Boatshed:

  • Learn to row camp - open to beginners from all year groups and those who wish to try rowing as a holiday camp activity. 8am to 12 noon. All beginner rowers are encouraged to attend so that they can begin rowing with a crew in Term 4. Cost is $200
  • Optional camp - open to all experienced rowers in Yrs 79. 7:30am11:30am $180
  • Senior pre-season camp 7am12 noon. All senior rowers to attend

Whilst places on the learn to row camp are filling up fast, there is still some availability on the Yrs 7-9 camp.

Register attendance at the September camps by emailing vicky.spencer@radford.act.edu.au

Volunteers Needed

FoRR (Friends of Radford Rowing) are looking for volunteers to help with preparation & delivery of the Malaysian Dumping & Fried Rice Stall at the Radford Fete. Volunteer for as little as one hour! Please contact Susan O’Neil, Mobile: 0424 174901

An exciting tour planned for 2018

Last chance to book USA Science Tour

13 September 2017

Places need to be filled, with deposits received, by 18 September

By Tim Robards, Head of Science

Hurry, time is fast running out to secure a place one the US Science Tour June-July 2018: From Microchip to Spaceship 

Radford is delighted to be offering students in Year 10-12 (in 2018) the opportunity to travel to the USA in June-July, 2018 on an exciting trip titled “From Microchip to Spaceship” (see attached flyer).

Places need to be filled, with deposits received, by 18 September to secure our booking at Space Camp in Alabama that forms part of the trip.

Image for article: "Galaxy Born" Finalist in the Canberra Short Film Festival

"Galaxy Born" Finalist in the Canberra Short Film Festival

13 September 2017

Student's short film to screen tomorrow at the Belconnen Community Centre

By Jonquil Mackey, photography and media teacher

Lara Franks’ short film Galaxy Born has been shortlisted for the Canberra Short Film Festival.

The film is a part of the two-minute experimental film category and features animation and graphic effects.

It was chosen from a few hundred submissions and was one of three that Lara submitted.

Galaxy Born will be shown this Thursday 14 September at the Belconnen Community Centre.

The girls U12 Div 2 team are 2017 Premiers in their competition

Sports Report

13 September 2017

The latest news from the Radford Sports Department

Radford Netball

Good luck to the three Radford netball teams and coaches who are competing in their respective grand final matches on Saturday 17 September at Lyneham Netball courts, Lyneham.

  • Radford Dolphins, coached by Michaela Vaughan, 10:30am against MTS Taipans on Court 3
  • Radford Purple, coached by Katherine Pajuczok, 11:30am against Dara McMahon on Court 1
  • Radford Silver, coached by Lisa Singleton, 3:15pm against GNC Gems on Court 5

Radford Football

Congratulations to the football teams and Coaches who won premierships for 2017. They were:


U12 Div 2 coached by Gerri Shillington

U18 Div 1 coached by Dianne Wilson


U16 Div 2 coached by Kieran Angel

ACT Athletics 12 years & under:

Congratulations to the following 16 students who have been selected to represent Radford College and the Belconnen Region at the ACT 12 years & under Athletics carnival on Tuesday 19 September at the AIS Athletics Track, Bruce.  The students are: 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 and Sam Worthaisong.  Well done to these students and good luck on the day.  If you have any questions in relation to this day please contact Bernadette Leger, Senior Administration Manager - Sport: Ph. 6180 3082 or e: Bernadette.Leger@radford.act.edu.au


Well done to all the young cricketers who made the ACT Emerging Comets & ACT Emerging Meteors teams for their respective age groups for 2017.  They are:

Oscar Watt – 11s

Jake Smith-Gibson – 12s

Gen Casarotto – 12s (starting at Radford in 2018)

Clancy Probyn – 12s (starting at Radford in 2018)

Lachlan Reid – 14s

Maddie Wheeldon – 13s

Amber Smith Gibson – 13s  

ACT Hockey

Congratulations to Jye Rajen & Mathew Young who have been selected in the ACT U13 Boys Hockey team to compete at the National Championships, Perth in September.


Saturday 2 September Highlights

Orange 1 (Long) - Men Junior Toby Lang 5th

Orange 2 (Medium) – Men Junior Michael Guthrie 3nd

Orange 2 (Medium) – Women Junior Justine Hobson 1st

Orange 2 (Medium) – Women Junior Elise Northcote 3rd

National League Highlights Saturday 26 August

Ultra-long Men’s 20E – Noah Poland 2nd

Men 14A – Toby Lang 1st, Patrick Shelton-Agar 2nd, Lincoln Batt 4th

Women 14A – Justine Hobson 3rd

 Special Highlight

Examples of post-race excuses:

  • “I was saving myself for my soccer game later”
  • “I hurt my [foot/leg/arm] at [netball/soccer/other sport] earlier [today/this week]”.
  • “I forgot to bring my jacket and got too cold”
  • “I wore my jacket while running and got too warm”
  • “there were kangaroos in the way of the control”
  • “I ran slowly because I didn’t want my shoes to get muddy”
  • “My parents distracted me”
  • “I shouldn’t have eaten cake before my run”
  • “I fell over on the way to the first control breaking my arm, smashing my compass, and putting a big tear through the map”*. This excuse is not acceptable. It has been demonstrated that it is still possible to set the fastest time on your course despite such inconveniences.

PS. This is exactly what happened to Radford Squad Coach Paul de Jongh. Paul had a stunning victory at Bungendore in Men 21A ahead of his closest rival by 13 minutes. On Sunday Paul was victorious again by nearly four minutes, nursing a broken arm from control 1.


Radford U13 boys division 2

The match on Saturday was very tough for the boys, with one less player on the field and no subs. In the first half, they had the wind against them but they played as hard as they could, Cooma scored 3 goals against us in the first half and Radford got 1 goal in before the half-time whistle went off. With the wind advantage in the second half we managed to score 2 goals.  Sam had a great match on Saturday, always out running their forwards, tackling them and getting the ball away from Radford’s defending goal which made the goal keeper’s job much easier. Well done Sam. It was a good match but unfortunately Cooma scored 2 more goals against us making the final score 5–3.  We all had fun playing together even though it was our last game, a special thanks to Jonno and Conrad for being our coach and manager, and making everything happen.  Good luck in the future to everyone!

Radford U18 boys division 1

The final round for 2017 saw first-placed Marist host second-placed Radford.  With the championship and second place already decided, both teams were out to make strong statements, and the match did not disappoint a large and boisterous crowd. The game was evenly poised throughout, with both sides attacking and asking the questions of resolute defences at both ends.  An early goal to Marist relieved pressure on the home side, and spurred Radford into action, playing attractive and penetrating football.  After the break the game intensified and could have swung either way until Marist put the result to rest with a second goal close to full time.  The season was a success for the First X1 with 9 wins and 4 losses putting them clear second on the ladder.  The majority of the squad will be available in 2018, so look for even better things to come with the 2017 experience under their belt.  Thanks to coach Tom Crossley for his expert guidance all year.   

Student Achievement in cycling

Cycling Australia scholarship holder (track endurance: emerging category), Lauren Robards (Year 11), recently competed at the Junior Road National Championships in Tasmania in the Junior Women’s Under 17 category. She placed 2nd in the Time Trial and was a creditable 9th in the Road Race on courses much more suited to smaller “climbing style” riders than a track cyclist. Sadly, due to 75kmh cross winds, the flat criterium event scheduled for the Sunday was cancelled so her most promising event was not to be. Congratulations, Lauren.

Basketball Grand Finals

Congratulations to all teams who completed in the semi-finals over the weekend and have now progressed through to the Grand Finals to be held on Saturday 16 September at Belconnen Basketball stadium.

Teams are:

U19 boys Div 4 Radford Jets, coached by Hayden Trill

U19 boys Div 5 Radford Sharks, coached by Raymond Wang

U19 girls Div 4 Radford Cougars, coached by Sam Wilson

U19 girls Div 3 Radford Fire, coached by Sam Wilson

U12 boys Div 2 Radford Tigers, coached by Bernadette Leger

Good luck to all teams and coaches.  Thank you to all of the parents who have supported and continue to support the Radford Basketball Program each season.

Spring OSHC Holiday Programs - now open!

OSHC Holiday Programs

7 September 2017


Book now for ELC and Junior School holiday programs


Dates: Tuesday 26th September – Friday 29th September 2017
Hours of Operation: 8:00am–6:00pm
Venue: Gold Room
Contact Number: 6162 5376 – OSHC Office / 0448 928 801 ELC Mobile
Bookings Close: Friday 15th September 2017 (late bookings may be accepted after this date if places are still available).

*Please contact Rachelle Hayward directly for bookings after this date afters@radford.act.edu.au


Junior School SPRING HOLIDAY PROGRAM (Years 1 – 6)

Dates: Tuesday 26th September – Friday 29th September 2017
Hours of Operation: 8:00am–6:00pm
Venue: Green Room
Contact Number: 6162 5376 – OSHC Office / 0407 117 430 – Junior School Mobile
Bookings Close: Friday 15th September 2017 (late bookings may be accepted after this date if places are still available).

*Please contact Rachelle Hayward directly for bookings after this date afters@radford.act.edu.au

Image for article: STEM Sells

STEM Sells

7 September 2017

Claire Huang, Christina Gao and Carol Ge, Year 9

An interactive and engaging ten-week program for girls Years 7-9

By Claire Huang, Christina Gao and Carol Ge, Year 9

The STEM Sells program was an interactive and engaging ten-week program for girls from year 7-9, which allowed us to experiment with scientific and entrepreneurial skills. STEM is an acronym for the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The program was exciting, fun-filled and educational. We got the opportunity to participate in creative and slightly dangerous experiments such as making biomass candles, forging dichroic glass jewellery and making light up lab coats, whilst learning about the scientific explanations behind what we were doing.

We participated in interactive guest speaker sessions, where experts from different fields of science came to talk to us about their work and our possible future career paths. They also showed us some experiments and scientific procedures that we could be seen using in the future, such as biohacking, algal extraction and bioreactors to grow things like spirulina. We turned lead to "gold", grew Winograsky Columns (micro-ecology in a bottle) from mud in the ANU pond and even tasted miracle berries, which contain a compound called miraculin, turning all sour-tasting foods into sweets.

Presenting their product Infinity Necklace


The following five weeks saw the focus shift onto entrepreneurship and innovation. We were required to form small businesses, with an emphasis on creating products which used science to solve a problem. We learnt about creating a business, analyzing the market, planning our business idea, and even got the chance to create prototypes and pitch our product ideas. Whilst it was quite a lot of hard work and effort, there was also plenty of fun and laughter. We were fortunate enough to have amazing mentors from Lighthouse Innovation, as well as various experts from their respective fields to guide us through the journey.

As part of the process, we were also given the opportunity to enter our product onto the STIR platform, a not-for-profit organisation targeted at helping youth kickstart their businesses. Submitting our product to STIR was extremely beneficial as it allowed us to receive valuable feedback about public interest regarding our product.

We highly recommend this program for any girls who are interested in science, technology, engineering, or innovation. Registration for season two is now open!

More information about the program and STIR can be found here:





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)


Image for article: Stephen Michael King mesmerises

Stephen Michael King mesmerises

13 September 2017

Inspiring visit by author and illustrator

By Janine Hudson and Gemma Wilson, Junior School Teacher Librarians

The children at Radford Junior School enjoyed a free and unplanned presentation by the prolific author and illustrator Stephen Michael King. We heard some of the stories behind his books. Most interestingly, his CBCA shortlisted book Snail and Turtle are Friends is written about himself (Snail) and his wife Trish (Turtle).

You could hear a pin drop in the room as everyone was mesmerized by Stephen’s drawing. He gets into a flow when drawing and goes quiet and can’t talk once his crayon hits the paper. He told us to draw like a toddler, and to forget the rules about making things perfect. He starts by drawing large shapes, which initially didn’t resemble anything! Stephen then used other pens to outline, shade and add in the detail.

He was told by a teacher that if he could draw a circle fast and in one go he could draw anything. Stephen says that his job now is to daydream. He sits and watches clouds and trees all the times, to see how they grow and move. He is always making observations about the world around him and thinking.

The students were inspired by his ideas to paint big like Picasso and let your drawings go off the page. He told them to get your hand off the page and draw from your shoulder and draw fast.

Stephen told us that when he was at school he got a red cross when he got something wrong and a green tick when it was right, but he found creativity lies between the place between right and wrong. His mum told him to write down his ideas and he keeps lots of messy scrapbooks with ideas and scribblings.

As Stephen was to celebrate his birthday the following day on Friday 8 September, his celebrations were kicked off with resounding renditions of Radford Happy Birthday. Everyone came away very motivated about drawing and excited about having met an author. 




Elise, Shreya, Jack and Lauren

Parliamentary Debating

13 September 2017

Students exhibit excellent public speaking skills

By Lauren Nicholson, Year 10

On Friday 1 September, four Radford Year 10 students including myself, Shreya Mago, Jack Coyle and Elise Northcote, had the opportunity to represent the college in interschool parliamentary debating.

The day took place at the Legislative Assembly in the city, and representative students from more than eight schools had the opportunity to debate and propose topical issues relevant to our current day and age. These topics ranged from the impact of social media on youth self-esteem, the role schools should or should not have in policing children’s diets, driverless cars, elite sports funding and more.

The day provided a great opportunity to gain awareness and experience of the ACT Parliament and to improve our planned and impromptu public speaking skills.

Members of the Legislative Assembly adjudicated our debates throughout the day, and there was also an opportunity to ask these MLA’s any questions we had. Ultimately the day was very enjoyable, and it was great to meet and engage with the legislative process and like-minded students from schools all across Canberra.

By Mr Nick Ewbank, Director of Debating and Oratory

Similarly, Year 7 and 8 students Bridie Liu, Stephen Patazetzis, Hannah Vardy and Jett Aplin attended Parliamentary Debating on Friday 8 September. 

They also participated at the ACT Legislative Assembly, speaking and questioning on topics as diverse as food in school canteens, the roles of social media and euthanasia.

All students spoke well and had their awareness of significant social issues raised.

The documentary film Embrace will screen in the Heath Lecture Theatre next week

Free screening of body image documentary

11 October 2017

Film tackles body image issues

By Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

Embrace is a documentary that uncovers why poor body image has become a global epidemic and what we can do about it.

It explores the sexualisation and objectification of girls and women in the media and modern culture.

The film examines the role of the media, the fashion industry, educators and policy makers in changing this culture.

The inspiration for EMBRACE came about after I posted an unconventional before-and-after image on the internet in 2013 that sparked an international media frenzy. The image, which embraces body diversity, was seen by over 100 million people worldwide and led to hundreds of interviews and articles. But I soon realized how restrictive 4-minute TV interviews, 800 word articles and 140 characters on Twitter can be. This issue needed a louder voice on a bigger platform, so the idea of creating the documentary EMBRACE was born.” – Embrace Director Taryn Brumfitt

Watch the trailer

Date:              Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Times:            Screening between 6:00pm – 7:30pm
                       Q&A with Counsellors between 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Location:        Heath Lecture Theatre, Radford College


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.

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.


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.


Image for article: Year 9s have a muddy good time

Year 9s have a muddy good time

13 September 2017

Course is no obstacle to good teamwork

By Mia Koundaris and Milo-Coghlan Smith, Year 9 students

On Tuesday 15 August, Mr Davis’ Year 9 HPE class went to the BFirm Outdoor Activity Centre.

We jogged to warm up, and then we all carried a long rope together as a team whilst performing various fitness exercises. We then completed an obstacle course which involved logs, climbing over fences, running through tyres, crawling under ropes and climbing over a bridge ladder. All of these activities required us to work as a team.

We repeated the course, trying to do it as fast as we could, but the main focus was cooperation because a team is only as fast as the slowest person. This involved boosting people over the high walls, helping people through tyres and over logs to get through the course quickly.

After we finished the obstacle course (with our best time being two minutes and 50 seconds), we moved onto another obstacle course, this time with mud. We did this in pairs, with one person in each pair blindfolded. The pairs had to work as a team to make sure that both people got through. In the course, there was a hill, a mud pool, climbing under ropes, climbing over tyres, climbing under ropes in mud pools, climbing over dirt hills and swinging on ropes.

For the mud pool, one person gave the blindfolded partner directions and guided them under planks of wood through the muddy water, assisting them over and under fences.

Overall, the focus on working together and team work made it really enjoyable and worthwhile, even though it was a rather muddy experience.


P&F Association

Spring clean for P&F Fete

Spring cleaning?  Containers open for Fete donations Sat and Sun 11-3pm, behind Chapel. See Fete newsletters for details of donations needed.

Trivia Night 2017

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

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.

Changes to Bus Routes and Timetables

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.

Headspace parents course

Headspace offering course for parents and carers

Headspace is offering its popular parenting support course, Tuning Into Teens (TINT) for parents and carers, at Headspace Canberra commencing in October 2017. Read more on the flyer. Places are limited for this course.

For further information, please contact Headspace Canberra on 6201 5343 and ask to speak with Kaz or Sarah.