Radford Bulletin Term 4, Week 1 – 11 October 2017

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal 11 October

11 October 2017

Term 4 dates to remember, Senior Drama, Fete volunteers needed, uniform committee, Director of Digital Learning and Innovation

Welcome back

I would like to extend a warm welcome back for the start of Term 4 to all members of the Radford community. I trust you had an opportunity to spend some relaxing time with family and friends over the holidays and are now ready to face what is arguably the busiest term of the year.

I am pleased to report that all the international tours that were conducted over the holiday period have safely returned home. Our language tours to France, Japan and China were fabulous learning experiences, with all students reporting a much greater understanding of the language they are studying and a greater appreciation of the culture, particularly through their home stay experience. The Round Square tours, to Mongolia and South Africa, were also highly successful. The students developed some firm friendships with students from other Round Square schools, which hopefully will endure over time. And finally, the Textiles tour of New Zealand was also described as being very successful, with the participants able to enjoy some amazing sights and experiences over the duration of the trip.

Dates to Remember

Over the next eight weeks an enormous amount of activity will happen both inside and outside the classroom. Between now and the last of the major functions for the year, there will be a great deal of pressure on staff and students to complete all the required curriculum, there will be opportunities to be involved in the many co-curricular happenings, and there will be a number of special events where we reflect on the achievements and successes of our students over the course of 2017.

These important occasions include the following:

I would ask all parents to make a note of these important occasions and ensure there are not any conflicting events.

Year 12 Graduation

Monday November 20

Year 12 Formal

Wednesday November 22

Year 6 Graduation

Thursday November 30

Year 10 End of Year Celebration

Friday December 1

Junior School Awards Afternoon

Wednesday December 6

Secondary School Awards Night

Wednesday December 6

Don’t miss An Inspector Calls

The first of the major co-curricular events for Term 4, the Senior Drama Production, takes place at the end of this week. The choice of play this year is An Inspector Calls, which is one of JB Priestley's best-known works for the stage, and is one of the classics of mid-20th century English theatre. According to the play’s director, Mr Jason Golding, it is a “thrilling murder mystery with a social conscience, which asks the audience to consider the roles they play in other people’s lives. It is a lovely mix of comedy and drama”. Tickets are available online for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night’s shows.

Fete volunteers urgently required

During the week, a request was sent out by the P&F organising committee for both volunteers and donations for the upcoming Fete. As people would be aware, the Twilight Fete is on Saturday, 4 November, 3pm-7pm and with just four weeks to go, the Committee’s focus this week is on encouraging people to volunteer, even for just a few hours, to help out on the day. A total of about 500 volunteers are required and to date, they have a total of only 149 volunteer positions filled. To find yourself a stall and a time slot, please follow this link: http://signup.com/go/LdhsVfX­ Each volunteer spot is generally only 1 – 1 ½ hours long, everything you need will be provided and there will be plenty of hands to make light work.

Feel free to volunteer on any stall you wish (or perhaps two!). If you’re not sure where you can help out, the following list will help:

Fete Stalls 2017

Uniform Committee

Parents are reminded that for some time now, the College has had a Uniform Committee made up of students, staff, parents and a representative from Perm-A-Pleat. The committee meets routinely to discuss any ideas, concerns or suggestions bought to their attention. Director of Student Development, Ms Claire Melloy chairs the committee and Ms Lisa Baker, Receptionist, is the College’s liaison officer with Perm-A-Pleat. Any agenda items for committee meetings can be channelled through either of these people.

Director of Digital Learning and Innovation 

Congratulations to Ms Lisa Plenty who was recently named as the College’s new Director of Digital Learning and Innovation. Ms Plenty, who replaces Mr Matthew Heinrich, has been working as one of our Tech Coaches for the past 18 months, and during that time she has shown enormous expertise and innovation in the use of technology as a learning tool. We have every confidence that Ms Plenty will creatively lead and develop the use of technology over the coming years.

Chaplain Erin Tuineau

Chaplain's Reflection: Mental Health Week

10 October 2017

Rev Erin Tuineau

Awareness of the prevalence of depression and anxiety can help us deal with these issues

 By Rev. Erin Tuineau, Chaplain

From October 8-14 (this week), it is Mental Health Week in Australia. The issue of mental health in our society is an ever-growing one as we become more and more aware of just how many individuals are living with a mental illness. I have read on more than one occasion that most people will actually experience anxiety and/or depression at some point during their lifetime. And then there are the rising statistics of our young people facing mental health issues. Australia as a society has come a long way in understanding what mental health is, particularly when it comes to acknowledging that people living with a mental health condition need as much medical assistance and social support as someone living with a physical illness. Having a mental health condition is something that requires a diagnosis and treatment, and until this is fully understood by all, then people with a mental illness will continue to be misunderstood and stigmatized as being ‘crazy’ and ‘weak’ amongst other things. The expectation of Australians to be ‘stoic’ and at the same time ‘laid back’ certainly presents some challenges for our society in developing compassion for those who struggle with a mental illness, but I think our younger generation will lead the way in helping us to have a bigger heart for such individuals.

Visit the Mental Health Australia website

World Mental Health Day 10 October


At the end of last term, I had a discussion with one of my Year 8 RaVE classes about the ‘R U OK?’ Day. I have to say, I was so impressed with how perceptive the students were about issues relating to mental health and suicide prevention. They brought up topics in the discussion about who they think they can talk to about their concerns - some felt they could talk to their friends, while others thought it would be better to seek out a ‘neutral party’ to share their problems with (e.g. a teacher or counsellor). One student raised the important point that many people their age often feel like they can’t share their struggles with others, possibly because they are afraid that they will be laughed at, or that others might ‘make light’ of their problems. As adults, we certainly need to be careful not to treat the problems of young people as insignificant. We need to remember that for a young person, any struggles they are facing whether they be social, academic or otherwise are very real for them and we need to treat them in this way. Such acknowledgement can have a huge impact on a teenager’s ability to find way forward out of their problems. One key thing that was very apparent to me after the class discussion was that that these young people feel really strongly about mental health issues and would benefit from having more open and safe conversations about these issues at school and at home. On the whole, these Year 8 students showed deep compassion for those who struggle with a mental illness, which had me wondering if they should be the ones educating older generations about this issue, not the other way around.


The last thing I will say on this issue is that I have personally lived with anxiety since my late teens. During my twenties it got worse, but I did not know I should or could seek professional help with it as I thought it was just a ‘personality trait’ that I had the responsibility to fix up by myself. By the time I was 30, I was not in a good place, but I was becoming more aware from ads on TV and the like that maybe I needed help with my anxiety from a medical professional. After much thought and prayer, I booked myself in to see my GP and asked for a referral to see a psychologist and it was the best decision I ever made. My anxiety did not magically disappear at this point but I am very thankful that it no longer continued to control my life. It still flares up at very stressful times in my life but I now know that if things get unbearable, I can and need to seek professional help with it. I now think of my anxiety as being something that is external to who I am, rather than part of who I am, which I hope makes sense. I am not just an anxious person. I am someone who lives with anxiety. It does not define me, but it has had a huge impact on my life and I have learned so much about what it means to be human, and how deeply I need God just to live every day of my life.



Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 11 Oct 17

11 October 2017

Staffing matters, construction updates, celebrations and congratulations

Dates to Remember

Thurs 12 Oct

Year 5 Exc to Aus War Memorial

Tues 17 Oct

Yr 4 Exc to National Museum of Aus

Wed 18 Oct

Year 2 Bike riding
Waste free Wednesday 

Thurs-Fri 19/20 Oct

Year 3 Camp


Day One of Term 4, the weather is a little warmer, and standing at the Year 1-4 site entrance, I am able to welcome some bright and bubbly students following a much-needed two week break.

I hope that our families managed some time together. I was able to spend time bike riding with a certain Year 3 student* (Ed: his daughter), prior to camp in Week 2.

Staffing Updates
I am extremely pleased to share the news that over the break Ms Nicole Coombe (3NC) became engaged. Lovely news for a wonderful teacher.

On a sadder note, Dr Judy Geeves will miss this term as she continues her treatment. We wish her well, and are indeed fortunate to be able to have Ms Alex Taylor to complete the year for our 2JG class.

Building Update

The building of Year 4 classrooms and undercroft for 2018 (later becoming our Specialist Centre) has come a long way in two weeks. We now get a much better picture of the classrooms and size of the undercroft. With the roof about to be put in place we will see a quick commencement of the brick exterior and less potential weather impact. The size of the undercroft will be a great help in 2018 when we can access this for PE, morning tea and lunch play, lunch eating and Outside Hours Care. A wonderful addition in a Canberra weather sense.

Students inspect the construction plans

Term 4 will see our Kindergarten and Early Years playground take shape, our learning centres receive a facelift and move as we work toward having a free-standing Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten Centre for the first time.

While some play areas have been impacted by our building, we have also increased our access to JA Mackinnon Oval, increased our access to sport equipment, and we are looking to reintroduce bushwalking during lunch breaks. I like the mix of opportunities for all girls and boys regarding quiet or very active break-time spaces.

During Term 4 we are looking to increase our recognition of all the wonderful things your sons and daughters achieve on any given day. Keep an eye on this article for more celebrating successes.

Congratulations - Chess
The ACT Primary School Open Chess playoff was held over the weekend of 16 and 17 September at Campbell High.  It was a very competitive event between the four teams, with a number of matches hinging on a single game (and even single moves). After 6 matches, Radford College qualified for the Australian Schools Teams Championship, scoring 19/24. 

Congratulations to Ramon Luo, Thomas Lin, Kenan Zhang and Arnav Jain!  They will represent ACT at the Australian Schools Team Championships Primary Open in December this year in Sydney. We wish them all the best as they compete at the national level competition.


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


Image for article: Dance auditions and showcase

Dance auditions and showcase

19 September 2017

Auditions on 20 October, Showcase on 28 October

By Danielle White, Director of Movement

RDA auditions on Friday 20 October

Radford Dance Academy is looking for fresh talent to represent the school in 2018. Auditions will be held for RDA Performance Groups and Hip Hop Crews for 2018. All students in Year 4 (2018) and above are welcome to audition for the junior and senior Jazz/Lyrical performance groups and Hip Hop crews.


3.30pm—4.15pm: Junior Performance Group (Jazz/Lyrical) Years 4-6

4.15pm—5.00pm: Junior Hip Hop Crew Years 4-6

5.00pm—5.45pm: Senior Performance Group (Jazz/Lyrical) Years 7-12

5.45pm—6.30pm: Senior Hip Hop Crew Years 7-12

Auditions will be held in the Dance Studio (Room 13). To register, please sign up for a spot on the sign-up sheets outside the dance studios, or email danielle.white@radford.act.edu.au

No preparation is necessary, the auditions will be run like a normal class.

Dance Academy registrations for 2018 are now open.

RDA Showcase

28 October
Llewellyn Hall, ANU

Download the poster

Entry is free, there is no requirement to book.

Come and be amazed at the talent and variety of RDA’s second annual showcase evening ‘Dreams’. All RDA students from PK to Year 12 have been working very hard on their routines and are very excited to perform at Llewellyn Hall.


Experiencing Kangaroo Island's sustainable tourism

Geography "Big Week Out"

11 October 2017

By Hannah Coppell, Year 11

Studying sustainable tourism on Kangaroo Island

By Hannah Coppell, Year 11

Note from Alison Steven, Head of SOSE
This year Hannah achieved a High Distinction in the Australian Geography Competition and was chosen to attend the annual ‘Geography’s Big Week Out’, a six-day event focussing on fieldwork, spatial technologies and analytical skills.

Meeting a Sooty Owl

After participating in the Australian Geography Competition, I was lucky enough to win an all-expenses paid trip to Kangaroo Island. Two students from each state and territory around Australia were chosen. After arriving in Adelaide, we took a one hour ferry over to Kangaroo Island, where we saw two different species of dolphin swimming alongside the boat. We stayed in a farmstead in the west side of the island, where there was little or no phone reception, however, the vast green hills, paddocks, sunsets and sunrises, and view of the ocean were more than enough to keep us entertained.

The main idea that we explored throughout the trip was eco-tourism, and if tourism could be sustainable and not negatively affect the biosphere. Throughout the trip we conducted surveys, did quadrat testing and listened to speakers, such as Kangaroo Island’s Mayor. While we did focus on answering our hypotheses, we also did some touristy activities, such as going to raptor domain where I got to hold a sooty owl! We also visited a bee farm, where the last remaining pure stock of bees are found in the world. The Ligurian Bee honey flavoured ice cream was amazing.

Seal Bay was a highlight for me, with it being of the largest sea lion colonies in the world. We also visited landforms such as Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, where we saw New Zealand Fur Seals.

When the final day arrived, the group decided Kangaroo Island’s tourism was sustainable. The hardest part of the trip by far was saying goodbye to everyone. After making friends with so many amazing people, it was difficult to leave everyone and go back to our homes all over Australia. I have been so lucky to be given this opportunity and this experience will stay with me for the rest of my life.

The winning Year 12 Mock Trial team

Year 12 Courtroom Champions

11 October 2017

Mock trial winners

By Georgina Warren, Year 12

Radford's legal orators have had another amazing year competing in the ACT Mock Trial Competition, organised once again by LOACT (Legal Oratory ACT).

The competition requires teams to compete in a mock court case, with each team writing opening and closing statements, examination-in-chief and cross examination questions, and memorising witness statements, prior to the trial and then competing against other schools.

Radford entered two teams into the competition, one Year 12 and one Year 11 team.

This year, the Year 12 team, consisting of Charlotte Ward, Sophie Elder-Harris, Maddie Perceval, Georgina Warren and Nicole Georgopoulos successfully advanced to the Grand Final.

The Grand Final was held in the Supreme Court, and judged by Richard Refshauge, a former Justice of the Supreme Court, Professor Thomas Faunce, ANU Professor of Law and Medicine and Sophie Hewitt, a LOACT representative.

Through a lot of hard work, the Radford Year 12 Team won the ACT Mock Trial Grand Final and was awarded the “Most Outstanding Team” award.

We would like to say a massive thank you to Alani Johnston, our amazing coach, who has put in an enormous amount of effort into both teams, and Mrs Hunter, for her support and organisation throughout the trials.

Radford Purple netball

Sport Report - 11 Oct 17

10 October 2017

Sports Department

New Sport email, netball championships, orienteering, student achievements

New email address for the Radford Sports Department

If you have any enquiries in relation to Basketball, Cricket, Futsal, Oz Tag, Rowing & Tennis please use the new email sport@radford.act.edu.au


Radford Netball

Congratulations to the Radford Purple team who competed in the Canberra District Premier Championship over the weekend, the girls only lost 1 game throughout the day which unfortunately was the grand final by 2 points.   Thank you to Julianne Hay for organizing and looking after the girls.


Student Achievements

Congratulations to the following Basketball students who went away and represented Canberra at the U14 boys & girls Club Championship tournament down in Dandenong, Melbourne. 

The students were: 

  • Andy Do
  • Benny Marr
  • Emily Nguyen
  • Lachlan Smith 


Well done to Chris Kalogeropoulos who represented Canberra in the U12 Boys Melbourne Classic Basketball tournament.  

Congratulations Radford Orienteers!! 

Over the holidays - 23 Sept to 1 Oct - many Radford Orienteers travelled to the gold mining area of Hill End NSW to compete in the Australia Orienteering Championships, incorporating the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships.  Around 900 people from around Australia and NZ competed. 

In the Australian Schools Championships, each state fields 16 members and up to 4 reserves. Radford students made up 8 of the 20-strong ACT state team. 

The ACT Schools team repeated its victory in the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships, with a bigger margin than last year.   The Championship competition is based on three events: a Sprint Distance race, a Long Distance race and Relays over four classes: Senior Boys, Senior Girls, Junior Boys and Junior Girls.  

Highlights from the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships (placings):



Australian Schools

Australian School

N Poland




J Hobson




A Kerr




T Lang




N Poland was part of the winning Senior Boys Relay. A Kerr, T Lang and D Stocks (all Radford) took 3rd in the Junior Boys Relay. 

Highlights from Australian Orienteering Championships (placings):





Australian Middle



N Poland





J Hobson





A Kerr





T Lang





D Stocks








P&F Twilight Fete

Fete Newsletter 2 - 11 Oct 17

11 October 2017

Andrew Herring, P&F Fete Convenor

Ride tickets NOW available - volunteers and donations needed



Fete Day: Sat 4 November, 3pm – 7pm
Fete Convenor: Andrew Herring fete@radford.act.edu.au
Volunteer: http://signup.com/go/LdhsVfX
Volunteer coordinator: Ed Hutchinson ed@forsnow.com.au
Donate: Container access 21, 22, 28, 29 October, 11am – 3pm
Plant potting: Wed 18 October, 7:30 am

Buy ride tickets from Main Reception, $25 all Flaherty's rides*, all day - will be $30 on Fete Day - AVAILABLE NOW
Buy $10 hands from JS Reception/turning circle in the morning - FROM NEXT WEEK

* there are also some other amusements which are not covered by the Flaherty's ride ticket


Fete Day Volunteers
The Twilight Fete is on Saturday, 4 November, 3pm-7pm and with just four weeks to go, the Committee’s focus this week is on encouraging people to volunteer, even for just a few hours, to help out on the day.

The fete needs in excess of 500 volunteers to ensure its success. To date, we have a total of 149 volunteer positions filled. So there are plenty of opportunities to help out.

To find yourself a stall and a time slot, please follow this link: http://signup.com/go/LdhsVfX

Each volunteer spot is generally only 1 – 1 ½ hours long, everything you need will be provided and there will be plenty of hands to make light work!

Feel free to volunteer on any stall you wish (or perhaps two!). If you’re not sure where you can help out, this list might help:

Fete Stalls 2017

Volunteers before the Fete

There will also be activities in the lead up to Fete day at which we will require volunteers. The first of these will be our Plant Potting Morning, to get our donated plants re-potted (if necessary), ready for sale at the Fete.

Our Plant Potting Morning will be held on Wednesday 18 October 2017 (Week 2) from 7:30 am at the ELC garden (just as you walk in to the ELC, on your left). If you can spare 10 minutes to get your hands dirty it will be greatly appreciated!

Any questions or concerns – please contact our volunteer co-ordinator Ed Hutchinson: ed@forsnow.com.au

As the Fete draws closer, we will be looking to families for donations to our various stalls and activities. Donation times and locations will vary, so keep this list handy as you start to spring clean!

Fete donations

If you have any questions about the Fete, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Andrew Herring
2017 Community Fete Convenor

Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

SchoolTV - exam jitters

10 October 2017

Tips to help students cope

From Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

Every year, more and more emphasis is placed on achieving good results in exams causing many students to feel extraordinary pressure and having unrealistic expectations. This month on SchoolTV, parents will find advice on how to help students cope with the pressure and how students can work smarter to achieve the results they desire.

SchoolTV Exam JittersExams are like a game. Once you know how to play the game, your chances of achieving great results rapidly increase. Parents can learn how to assist their kids to maintain perspective and keep their sanity intact during exam time.

Diet, exercise and sleep all play an important part in helping a student balance a busy schedule and study smarter. Keeping stress levels to a minimum and reducing anxiety can be easily achieved through careful planning and having a supportive environment.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition.

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact counselling@radford.act.edu.au or Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development for further information.

Radford Rowing

Rowing News - 11 Oct 17

11 October 2017

Vicki Spencer, Director of Rowing

Blessing of the fleet, training times, dates to remember

By Vicki Spencer, Director of Rowing


Term 4, 2017

  • 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

Term 1, 2018

  • 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.


Boat Camps
Over the holidays, the Radford Boatshed was a busy place with three boat camps being run concurrently. For the the first time Radford held a ‘Learn to Row’ camp for beginner rowers and pre-season boat camps for our returners. The camps were quite a hit with over 90 students coming down to the boatshed for a week full of hard work, educational sessions and good fun.  

Rowers from Years 6-11 learnt the importance of working together as a team, technical skills and started building their physical fitness.  Off the water, we had several visiting experts including Australian Wallaroo Louise Burrows, who worked with the Senior and Intermediate squads on their flexibility, Dietician Erica Stephens, who gave a presentation on fuelling and hydrating for training and ACTAS Head Rowing Coach Nick Garratt, who gave a presentation on rowing technique. 

It was not all hard work, other off-water activities included ergo games, tug of war, tough wall-sit competitions, and even some “apple-mallow bobbing,” which sent the Senior squads home with flour-covered faces!  Overall, this year’s camp was a huge success. Thanks to the rowers, coaches, and parents for making it a great week. 

Tug of war Senior applebobbing

Rowing wall squats



Year 6s and 7s – Paddler Squad
Water Sessions Mondays & Wednesdays 3:45-5:45/6:00 PM
Saturday mornings practice or regatta 8:30-10:30 AM at Radford Boatshed. 

Year 8s – Junior Squad
Water sessions: Tuesday & Thursdays 3:45-5:45/6:00 PM
Saturday practice or regatta 6:30-8:30 AM
Land sessions in the school gym:

  • Girls Monday 7:00-8:15 AM 
  • Boys Wednesday 7:00-8:15 AM

Year 9s – Intermediate Squad
Water sessions Monday 3:45-6:00 PM Thursday 5:45-8:00 AM Saturday practice or regatta 8:30-10:30 AM Radford Boatshed. 

Year 9 Land sessions in the school gym:

  • Tuesday 3:45-5:00 PM 
  • Friday 7:00-8:15 AM  

Year 10 and 11 – Senior Squad
Water Sessions: Monday & Wednesday 05:45-8:00 AM
Thursday twilight row (optional) 6:00-8:00 PM
Saturday practice or regatta 6:00-10:30 AM Radford Boatshed
Senior Land sessions in the school gym:

  • Monday & Wednesday strength & conditioning (optional) 3:45-5:15 PM
  • Ergo Tuesday Girls 6:30-7:45AM in the boatshed, Boys 7-8:15AM in the school gym. 

Blessing of the fleet
On Saturday 14 October we will be holding the Blessing of the Fleet. Parents & supporters are invited to attend and asked to contribute to our ‘Bring & Share’ breakfast as follows: 

  • Paddler Girls: Fruit Platter
  •  Paddler Boys: Muffins
  • Junior & Intermediate Girls: Drinks e.g. Juice & water
  • Junior & Intermediate Boys: Pastries
  • Senior Girls: Muffins & Pastries 
  • Senior Boys: Fruit Platter

 Light refreshments will be provided from 8:00AM with the Blessing of the Fleet beginning at 8:30AM. 

Training times will therefore be slightly amended on this Saturday:

  • Senior Squads: 6AM-10:30AM as normal
  • Intermediate Squads: 8AM – 10:30AM (amended drop off time)
  • Junior Squads: 6:30-9:15AM (amended pick up time)
  • Paddler Squads: 8Am-10:30AM (amended drop off time).

FORR Annual General Meeting
Friends of Radford Rowing logoImmediately following the Blessing of the Fleet, the Friends of Radford Rowing (FORR) will be holding their Annual General Meeting at 9:00 am on Saturday, 14 October.  All parents/guardians of rowers are strongly encouraged to attend.  Radford Rowing relies on the support of this group and we are looking for new volunteers to take on some small roles as part of this committee. 

At the meeting, the Committee will provide you with an update on the 2016-17 season, including a Treasurer's report.  At this time we will also establish the new Committee for the 2017-18 season.

The Committee will comprise the Executive (Convenor/President, Secretary & Treasurer) and up to nine general members.  



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.


Radford College Crest

Japanese Assistant - host family needed

10 October 2017

Dianne Fitzpatrick, Head of LOTE

Host family needed for Term 4

By Dianne Fitzpatrick, Head of LOTE

The LOTE Department has arranged for Mr Toi Murai, aged 21, to be the Japanese Assistant at Radford for the rest of the year and into 2018. 

We urgently need accomodation for Toi for Term 4, 2017 term time only. It is not necessary that the host family has a student studying Japanese, though it would obviously benefit such students to have a native speaker in their home for a period.

Toi will need a room of his own, meals, and access to public transport.  Radford will assist with a weekly payment for his board.

Please contact Mrs Fitzpatrick as soon as possible at dianne.fitzpatrick@radford.act.edu.au if you can assist.

Radford Canteen

Canteen hours for Term 4

19 September 2017

Linda Oakman, Canteen Manager

Afternoon trading trial has now ended

By Linda Oakman, Canteen Manager

In Terms 2 and 3, the Canteen conducted a trial of extended hours trading on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  This trial has now ended, and we thank students for their patronage.

Secondary School Canteen hours in Term 4 will be:

Open: 8am (breakfast available)

Close: 1:40pm (end of  student lunch period)


Visit the Canteen page on website for menus and ordering details.




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.

School Sports 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.

Bus route and timetable changes

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.