Radford Bulletin Term 4, Week 1 – 17 October 2018

Staff Insights

Chaplain Erin Tuineau

Reflection: the intersection of resilience and suffering

16 October 2018

Rev. Erin Tuineau, Chaplain

Why taking time to recover should not be seen as a failure of resilience

By Rev. Erin Tuineau, Chaplain

'Resilience' - this is a topical word in our society at the moment, in the education realm, business circles, and even in the Church. I know within the school context, the primary objective is to create programs and experiences that help young people to become more resilient. In the business world, the focus seems to be more about how leaders of companies can ‘bounce back’ after difficult financial times. And across Australia at the moment, many faith communities are encouraged to remain positive, even though interest in religion has been declining over the past 50 years. 

The Oxford Dictionary defines resilience as being when: “(a person or animal) is able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.” 

It is the word ‘quickly’ that does not sit comfortably with me. Why does someone need to recover ‘quickly’ from a difficult situation in order to be seen as ‘resilient’? In reality, when someone faces difficult times, such as losing a loved one, or recovering from an illness, it can take years, sometimes decades, to cope with the pain that comes with these hardships. Sometimes a situation like losing a job or being bullied can also take a long time to overcome. The covert message that we often send to people if they do not recover ‘quickly’ from a tough situation is that they are weak. That something is wrong with them. That they are inadequate in some way. There seems to be a sense that simply surviving a difficult situation is not admirable in itself, and that one needs to show signs of being ‘happy’ soon after they face adversity if they are to have the respect of those around them. Ironically, I often wonder if it is this attitude towards those facing difficult times that hinders the ability to recover in a spritely fashion in the first place.

During the school holidays I had an opportunity to go through some of the boxes I still have not unpacked since returning to Canberra last year. In one of those boxes was a book of notes that I had taken when I completed the training for ‘Season for Growth’. For those of you who do not know, this program is designed for school students who have experienced any form of loss in their life, such as losing a family member, dealing with divorce, or moving house. The main point that caught my attention in these training notes was that if we were to lead a ‘Season for Growth’ group effectively, we had to be become very aware of how we cope with grief ourselves, as our attitude towards suffering would automatically influence how our students would approach it as well. This dispels the myth that resilience is about an individual’s ability to overcome their own troubles with their own inner strength. Resilience will only come about in our young people if our society as a whole lets go of its discomfort with suffering. This might be difficult, though, when our western culture prides itself on being ‘optimistic’ all the time.

The last concern I have with regard to how resilience is defined in our society, is that there seems to be an understanding that being resilient means not being vulnerable. As a person of the Christian faith, I am constantly drawn to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, and this means becoming more vulnerable. I am often preaching about this to students in Chapel, but I think, in hindsight, I have possibly failed to realise how much this message jars with the expectation on them to be invincible and stoic at all times - the expectation for them to be emotionally strong, to be resilient. However, if we were to rearrange our thinking around this topical concept, we might be open to the possibility that the only way to be resilient is to be vulnerable. Deep down, I believe that we all know the only way to overcome any difficult situation in our lives is feel the pain of it, and then somehow find healing. I say ‘somehow’ because healing is a mysterious thing that we do not understand, but that we know is possible. This, of course, means that we need to become far more familiar with suffering, both our own and others’, and realise that it is not the big scary monster that our western culture makes it out to be. When we enter into suffering, we do not stay in it forever, it is part of our journey, and if we follow in the footsteps of Christ, we will find ourselves rising again in good time, and alongside others. We will find that being resilient is more about letting ourselves simply be, rather than pushing ourselves to become something we are not.

“Problems lead to creative solutions” - the steady hand of Jason Golding has guided 10 senior drama productions.

H for History # 30: A Golding Decade of Theatre

12 October 2018

Ten years of classic theatre from Jason Golding, Head of English

Senior Drama: The Burial at Thebes (promo video)
October 18, 19 and 20, TB Millar Hall, 7pm
Tickets online, or at the door ($15/$10).

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In the opening of Jean Anouilh’s re-imagining of Antigone, the Chorus declares that “From the moment the curtain went up, she began to feel that inhuman forces were whirling her out of this world.” It could be argued that for the past decade, Head of English Jason Golding has been doing just this to his audiences, taking them out of their comfort zones and their immediate reality and into often stormy, tempestuous settings.

Ancient Greece; an uninhabited tropical island in the Pacific; a dimly-lit courtroom in 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts; the seemingly stately, but somewhat spooky, Burlings’ Brumley abode at the turn of last century – all are settings painstakingly recreated through the artistic vision of Jason and his cast and crew. Audience members have arrived each year, knowing they will experience a challenging, polished and largely unforgettable senior drama production, especially with Jason Golding in the Director’s chair.

 Clockwise from top left - Antigone, Lord of the Flies, The Crucible, Dead White Males

“Always!” is the immediate response, when I ask Mr Golding how long he has loved the theatre. Having performed and directed in amateur theatre companies during his teens, it must be quite a nostalgic journey for him as he now directs young people, year in and year out, as they make a powerful dramatic statement in the T.B. Millar Hall each October. (Cast and crew have traditionally sacrificed a significant chunk of their Term 3 holidays to get the show off the ground.). “I started directing and then completed a Major in Theatre Studies as part of my BA at UNSW,” recalls Mr Golding. “I then studied Drama Teaching as one of my teaching methods in my DipEd. I taught Drama in Australia and the UK.”

But what has sustained him to produce classic theatre in this manner for 10 years? This is surely a huge co-curricular commitment, even for the most ardent of theatre lovers? “The challenge and the creative process,” he replied. “Working with talented young people on the verge of adulthood and helping them realise what powerful things they can achieve. By the time I finish a production, I have just decided what will be next.” As Tom Stoppard, Arthur Miller and Harold Pinter are amongst Mr Golding’s favourite playwrights, could we perhaps expect some of the latter’s sinister scenarios and idiosyncratic/infamous pauses on the Radford stage in 2019 - especially given that Pinter is the only name of that list yet to be given the Golding treatment?

Perhaps unfairly, I asked Mr Golding if he had a favourite performer from the past decade - or a production that he felt was closest to how he wished it to be? “I’ve worked with some amazing performers. A few that floored me with their versatility were Nicola Grear, Aram Geleris and Lainie and Abbey Morgan. Some talented Tech Crew have certainly made my vision more attainable too. People like Rodney Quiggin, Sorrel Fuller and Ryan Stocks.” As for the play? “Many people still talk about The Crucible and how powerful it was. That was a special production because I was forced to view it from the inside when I had to take on a role myself at the last minute. That certainly made the experience rich.”

I asked some of the students he’s mentioned, what working with Mr Golding was really like. Actor Aram Geleris replied, “Working with Mr Golding in the Senior Drama productions of 2011 and 2012 was my first time performing in theatre that was something approaching professional theatre. It was these experiences that caused me to experiment more with theatre in university, and almost certainly played a part in my decision to turn my passion of performing into my profession. Working with a director as exciting, patient, and kind as Mr Golding has set a high standard for the other directors I have and will work with in the industry.”

Techie Rodney Quiggin adds, “I worked with Mr Golding on his first Senior Drama Production, Antigone, in 2008. Throughout the planning and rehearsal period, Mr Golding put in 120%. I worked closely with Mr Golding in the design of the production and experienced first-hand his kind and enthusiastic style of mentoring. Antigone is one of my fondest and proudest memories of my college years at Radford, and it wouldn’t have been the same without Mr Golding. I am delighted to see that he’s continued to support and mentor students in the senior drama productions for the 10 years since and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store.”

And so that brings us to 2018 and The Burial At Thebes, appropriately, a modern version of Sophocles’ Antigone – the play which was in fact Mr Golding’s first cab off the rank back in 2009 – and which was translated by Seamus Heaney, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature. But for those who may fear Mr Golding is looking to repeat his former glory, they need not be overly concerned. “It’s a reprise of the first senior drama I directed, Antigone, but a modern translation that I have also brought forward into the 21st Century to a war-torn Middle East.”

With the Radford Collegians having invited the 2009 cast back to view this performance, the show’s run should be a special one for all concerned. But one person who will have to hold off celebrations is an original cast member, Year 12 student Oli Golding who just so happens to also be in the cast for the 2018 reboot. Having played “the boy” 10 years ago, Oli has graduated to a role with an actual name and will appear as King Creon himself. “Directing my own son?” pre-empts Jason. “Yes, that’s pretty special too.”

I asked Mr Golding if he had any final advice for aspiring directors who may be reading this article, hoping for a pearl of wisdom from a man who has lived and breathed the theatre. “Be willing to do everything you ask your actors to do,” he advises. And how best to thrive in adversity whenever there is creative tension? “Problems lead to creative solutions,” assures this wise and seasoned director. “Always be willing to back someone in every production that others don’t believe you should.”

One thing is certain, from the moment the curtain comes down on closing night, Jason Golding will surely have a good idea about what the 2019 production will be. I asked him if he was willing to continue doing this for another 10 years?

Will they let me?” he asks. Well, based on the praise above and the evidence below, the job is his.

The Golding Decade of Senior Drama

2009 Antigone (Sophocles)

2010 The Real Inspector Hound (Tom Stoppard)

2011 The Crucible (Arthur Miller)

2012 Dead White Males (David Williamson)

2013 The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Bertolt Brecht)

2014 Away (Michael Gow)

2015 An Ideal Husband (Oscar Wilde)

2016 The Lord of the Flies (William Golding)

2017 An Inspector Calls (J.B. Priestley)

2018 Burial at Thebes (Sophocles/Seamus Heaney)

2019 ???

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

 

News

Mary Shelley, by Reginald Easton (1820), cover of 1886 edition - British Library

200 Years of Monsters

16 October 2018

By Hannah Coppell, Year 12

Year 12 English students visit ANU Frankenstein Conference

By Hannah Coppell, Year 12 

On Wednesday 12 September, a group of Year 12 English students went to the National Film and Sound Archive ARC Theatre to further their learning and knowledge of the novel, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. As the building used to serve as the Institute of Anatomy, it provided the perfect setting for discussing Frankenstein.

http://hrc.cass.anu.edu.au/events/frankenstein-two-hundred-years-monstersJoined by students from five other schools, the English students listened to two brilliant speakers at the opening of the Frankenstein: Two Hundred Years of Monsters conference. Will Christie, Professor of English Literature, Head of the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University, discussed different literary interpretations of the novel, as well as how Mary Shelley’s life, and her context, influenced her writing. Difficult questions were posed, such as, was Victor Frankenstein right in destroying the opportunity for the creature to have a companion?  

Australian National University Lecturer in Literary Studies, Russell Smith, then explored the differences between artificial intelligence, and artificial life. Furthermore, he contemplated what a modern-day Frankenstein monster would be. Perhaps it will be an AI creation?

It was a fantastic opportunity to listen to these knowledgeable speakers. Thank you very much to Mr Golding and the English Department for organising this day, that hopefully will be just one of many opportunities for colleges to work with ANU.

Body text image credit: http://hrc.cass.anu.edu.au/events/frankenstein-two-hundred-years-monsters

 

Friday 19 October will be "Nude Food" Day!

Nude Food Day - Fri 19 Oct

16 October 2018

Melinda Hamilton, Junior School Teacher

Junior School is encouraging awareness of the benefits of "nude food"

By Melinda Hamilton, Junior School Teacher                          

On Friday 19 October, the Radford Tribal Council (RTC) is encouraging the Junior School to participate in Nude Food Day. This initiative is a result of many year levels inquiring how we can lessen our impact on the world around us by making environmentally friendly choices

What is Nude Food?
Nude food is simply food that is not wrapped in foil, plastic or commercial packaging. The best type of nude food consists of fresh food, which is healthy and nutritious, as well as environmentally friendly.

What is Nude Food Day?
Nude Food Day is all about spreading the Nude Food message ‘healthy body + healthy planet’ around the world.

Nude Food is important as it:

  • Saves you money by buying products in bulk, e.g. purchasing a one-litre tub of yoghurt and transferring portions into reusable plastic containers, rather than buying more expensive individual serves in excess packaging.
  • Saves the planet by reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfill, e.g. instead of wrapping your sandwich in one-use cling wrap, you can instead transport it in a reusable plastic container.
  • Saves your health by promoting healthier food choices that support concentration, energy levels and make you feel better overall.

The RTC looks forward to empty rubbish bins on Friday as everyone enjoys their food, completely nude!

 

 

 

IMH students learn the secret of pasta-making at Barton Grocer

1MH - learning at the Barton Grocer

8 October 2018

Melinda Hamilton, 1MH Teacher

Students explore ideas in the food production process

By Melinda Hamilton, 1MH Teacher 

Year 1 students have been exploring How We Organise Ourselves and investigating how people work effectively together in the food production process.

Dom and Kylie Costanzo (Parents of Seb in 1MH) invited us to visit their store the Barton Grocer to see how stock is received, shelved and sold.

Choosing items at the grocerStudents had the opportunity to tour the store, seeing all the areas and even restocking the shelves. They also selected items for pizza making and used the checkout to scan these.

1MH had the opportunity to make gnocchi with Uncle Sal as well as learn how the amazing fresh pasta is made. 1AT tried their hand at floristry and created beautiful posies to take home. 

Everyone tested items from the coffee bar, enjoying a hot chocolate at the end.

A huge “thanks” to the Barton Grocer for letting Year 1 visit!

Radford students joined in the excitement of Q&A

Radford at ABC Q&A

16 October 2018

Oscar Wilson

Y11 and Y12 students enjoyed the ABC Q&A experience

By Oscar Wilson 

On 10 September, a group of 40 politically aware Year 11 and 12 teens from Radford visited Tony Jones on the set of the ABC hit, Q&A. Along with 300 other secondary school students, we were ready to be wowed by Australia’s youngest and brightest, as well as Bridget McKenzie and Penny Wong. 

Question time for a Radford studentANU’s Llewellyn Hall was buzzing with youthful excitement. In between the pledges of undying admiration for Penny Wong and some critical analysis of the week’s news affairs, it was clear we were ready for the night to begin. 

As any ABC aficionado would know, when the familiar beat of the introduction began, it was time for the cameras to record. And after Tony Jones had completed the early niceties, the questions rolled in: Serena Williams, women in parliament and studying Aboriginal history in schools, the night had it all. It was a great opportunity for all of us students to get engaged in debate and hear different points of view. 

A huge ‘thank you’ to Elise Northcote, Lauren Nicholson and Nikita Chandekar for sending Q&A an expression of interest, and making it possible for Radford students to attend.

Radford has an "allergy-awareness" policy to try to help keep staff and students safe

Allergy awareness and diabetes research project

16 October 2018

Sophie Davis, College Nurse

Allergy awareness reminder and diabetes research project

By Sophie Davis, College Nurse

ALLERGY AWARENESS REMINDER
At Radford we have an allergy-awareness policy. Within this policy we are aware of allergens and those students who suffer from allergies, and attempt to reduce the risk of students being exposed to allergens.

Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy Limited (ASCIA) is the peak professional body of clinical immunology and allergy in Australia and New Zealand. ASCIA Guidelines for the Prevention of Food Anaphylactic Reactions in Schools, Preschools and Childcare do not recommend schools banning allergens such as nuts, as there is no way to guarantee that students have not brought nuts or nut products to school. This is why Radford policy is “allergy-aware”, not “nut-free”, but for the safety of our students, I strongly request that students don’t bring these products to school if possible. If they are consuming nuts or nut products they need to be mindful of other students and risk-minimisation practices:

1)      please do not share food with others
2)      dispose of rubbish in bins - to avoid accidental exposure to allergens
3)      wash hands before and after eating - allergens can be transferred through your hands.

ASCIA has a great presentation on allergies which can be found here: https://www.allergy.org.au/images/pcc/Allergy_Aware_presentation_secondary_school_FINAL.pdf

DIABETES RESEARCH
Last term I put a flyer into the Bulletin calling for volunteers for a diabetes research project. We had a couple of students volunteer, for which I would like to thank them. The project is ongoing, and the project team would be happy to hear from any other students who would like to volunteer. Please see the attached flyer.

 

Radford IT Services sending all parents and caregivers an email re: Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR) on Thursday 27 Sept

Self-Service Password Reset Coming Soon

26 September 2018

Opt out by Friday, 26 October.

Radford IT Services is pleased to announce that Radford parents and caregivers will soon be able to reset their passwords for Radford Online.

This will be done using Microsoft’s Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR), which allows passwords to be reset using a security code sent via SMS to mobile phones.

Parents and caregivers will receive an email from Radford IT Services tomorrow morning with the subject “Self Service Password Reset Coming Soon.”

Those who do not wish to have their mobile phone number used for this purpose are asked to use the link in the email to opt out by Friday, 26 October.

The email will contain a Radford Parent ID and the last three digits of the mobile number associated with that ID on the College database.

If the mobile number is not correct, parents and caregivers are asked to please update their personal details using the "Update Family & Medical Records/Access to Financial Information" Tile in Radford Online. See instructions below.

Further information on how to use the SSPR system will follow in coming weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Radford IT Helpdesk

Telephone: +61 2 6162 6249

Email: help@radford.act.edu.au

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Update details using "Update Family & Medical Records/Access to Financial Information" Tile in Radford Online:

1. You will be taken to https://community.radford.act.edu.au 

2. Login with Radford ID and password

3. Select “My Details”.

4. Review your details to check the College has the correct contact information.

*Please note there are mobile phone numbers recorded in both “Personal” and “Occupation” sections in the left side menu.

The National Roman Museum is one of the proposed stops on the tour

Interested in an ancient history tour of Europe?

26 September 2018

Expressions of interest sought

Radford history teacher Brad Greer is planning an Ancient History Tour of Turkey, Greece and Rome in January 2020.

The proposed itinerary is available here.

Please email Brad to register your interest in going on this tour, which is open to all staff, families and students.

Brad's email is Bradley.Greer@radford.act.edu.au


Senior Drama presents a reimagined "Antigone"

The Burial at Thebes - Senior Drama

18 September 2018

Nick Akhurst

Be challenged by this timeless story

The Burial at Thebes is Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's adaptation of Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone. Antigone is one of the most famous and compelling figures in Western drama. 

This play explores the aftermath of a civil war where family fought family and the question is asked: “Where do our loyalties lie? With our family or the State?”  

Antigone has lost both her brothers to war as they fought for opposing ideals. Creon, her uncle and the new king of Thebes, buries one as a hero and refuses to bury the other, as he is considered a traitor. Creon proclaims that anyone that buries the traitor will be executed. This sets the scene for the clash between what is right and what is the law! Whose view point is right?  

This is the 10th year in which Jason Golding has directed the Senior Drama Production at Radford College. He has chosen to revisit the story of Antigone in the present, not in the past, to see if the lessons previously learned can help shape our future.  

We invite you to be challenged by this timeless story, presented by our talented Senior Drama acting and technical students. 

Dates: 18–20 October
Time: 7pm
Venue: TB Millar Hall
Tickets: online https://www.trybooking.com/YGIX

 

 

 

 

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P&F FETE NEWS

Fete volunteers

Many hands make light work. Help make the P&F 2018 Twilight Fete a success by volunteering for one of the many stalls. Click here to sign up.

SENIOR CANTEEN - Tue 30 Oct

Mexican Food Day

Tue 30 Oct for Years 5-12, no Flexischool online orders, purchases at Canteen only.

 

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