Radford Bulletin Term 4, Week 1 – 17 October 2018

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal

17 October 2018

End of year functions, Statement Regarding Transport Canberra’s Bus Network Announcement, Holiday Happenings

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.

Over the next eight weeks an enormous amount of activity will happen both inside and outside of the classroom culminating in our Year 12 Graduation on Monday 26 November and our Junior and Secondary Awards Nights on Tuesday 11 December. 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 of the required curriculum and assessments. Over the coming days, I will be reminding students, particularly our senior students, to make sure they are fully prepared and know what is required of them in their final days.

The end of year functions are a wonderful opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved over the course of an academic year. It is important that all students and their families are able to take part in these activities and I ask that the following dates are recorded and prioritized.

Year 12 Graduation                                    

Monday November 26

Year 12 Formal                                           

Wednesday November 28

Year 6 Graduation                                      

Thursday 6 December

Year 10 End of Year Celebration            

Friday December 7

Awards Afternoon and Night                    

Tuesday December 11

Statement Regarding Transport Canberra’s Bus Network Announcement

We are disappointed by Transport Canberra’s decisions, as announced yesterday, regarding the new bus network. 

These changes will result in the loss of school bus services between the College and Canberra’s south, which are well-patronised by Radford families. 

Radford College made a submission on school bus requirements as early as July 2017. The College provided a further, more detailed submission in August following Transport Canberra’s release of its proposed changes to bus routes for feedback. I shared this submission with our community at the time. I’m sorry to say that our attempts to engage with the feedback process were unsuccessful. Transport Canberra has now advised that existing services will be scrapped without the provision of an alternative southside school bus service.

The College is disappointed in the outcome of the process for our students, and in Transport Canberra’s failure to provide an opportunity to discuss our submission before a decision was announced.

The College became aware that Transport Canberra was communicating with other schools regarding their submissions more than a month before yesterday’s announcement and asked for the same opportunity.

Transport Canberra set a meeting last week with College representatives, and then postponed it till today – after the announcement. At today’s meeting, the College was informed that there can be no further changes to the bus network.

We are seeking a meeting with the Minister to discuss our concerns about the process as well as the outcome.

The College’s submission dealt with safety of our students, particularly Junior School students, increased traffic congestion, and the Government’s own Transport Sustainability Agenda.

We have always appreciated that Transport Canberra must balance the needs of the entire Canberra community with any network changes, but our serious concerns around the loss of school bus services remain unaddressed by the proposed new network.

Senior Drama

Senior Drama
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 The Burial at Thebes, a version of Sophocles’ Antigone. I have no doubt that our very talented senior drama students will ensure that the play, directed by Mr Jason Golding (Head of English), will once again be of a very high standard. Tickets are on sale for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night’s shows through (put in link).

Holiday Happenings
Over the holiday period the College had two groups of students involved in international tours, and one group who were involved in domestic travels. I am very pleased to report that all have returned home safely with wonderful memories and rich experiences.

Head of Creative Arts, Ms Poland, teamed with Art teacher Ms Kidston, to lead a group of students on a Creative Arts Tour of Melbourne and Hobart. The trip, which included visits to a number of galleries and exhibitions, was a very enriching and enlightening experience for all involved.

Accompanied by language teachers, Madame Bateman and Sensei Sharp (Head of Languages), a group of Year 10 students travelled to France to take part in an exchange with one of our French sister schools in Angers. Prior to spending time in Angers with their host family and attending the school, the group had three very memorable days sightseeing in Paris, using their French skills to navigate their way around the city. All have returned home with a greater sense of understanding of the country and its people and of course, honed language skills.

Round Square Coordinator, Ms Notley, accompanied six Year 10 students (our maximum entitlement) to the Round Square International Conference, which this year was hosted by Appleby College, located just outside of Toronto, Canada. The conference was initially held at the school, where students were billeted with families, but then on the second day, moved to a summer camp location, about 3 hours north of Toronto. As is always the case with Round Square activities, the students were involved in an array of activities which centred on the IDEALS of Round Square, being internationalism, democracy, environment, adventure, leadership and service. The group also took part in a pre-conference tour based in San Francisco, alongside 5 other schools from around the world.

H For History
Regular readers of the Bulletin would be aware that over the course of this year, Mr George Huitker has routinely been submitting H for History articles for the Bulletin. Each of those articles are precursors to chapters of a book that George has been commissioned to write to help the College celebrate its 35th birthday in 2019.

Initially, the book was simply going to be an up-dated version of the history of the College, following on from Jenny Murphy’s A Matter of Choice, which was published in 2004. However, after George started interviewing people for the book, he began to see that there were some definite themes emerging. So rather than writing a chronological history of the College, George decided that it would make greater sense for this book to take on a thematic approach with each of the 35 chapters and themes, representing each year of Radford’s existence.

George’s research for the book has quite literally taken him around the country. He has interviewed hundreds of former staff, Principals, students and parents as well as current day community members. Along the way he has not only collected priceless stories and information, but he has also been given photos and memorabilia, some of which has never been seen before.

At this stage, it is planned that the book will be launched the night before Foundation Day 2019. Although this is not the exact day the school opened its doors (3 February 1984), it is in close proximity to an important day on the College’s calendar. We plan to invite a large number of people who have been important in the history of the College as well as members of our current College community. We hope that many of our current parents will be able to attend.

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).


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



Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News, 17 Oct 2018

17 October 2018

More literacy, numeracy and curiosity!

Dates to Remember

Tues 23 Oct                 Year 6 Exhibition

Wed 24 Oct                 JS String Quartet play at Children’s Week launch

Thurs/Fri 25, 26 Oct    Year 3 Camp


Welcome back to all our Junior School families.  I hope you all managed to enjoy some family time in the past weeks. 

Our final term can ‘travel fast’, with Exhibition, Year 3 Camp, Orientation days, Kites, Spanish Paella, Year 3 Strings, Semester Reports and end of year events. We start, however, with a reminder of our focus: 

Literacy | Numeracy | Curiosity

Our ongoing focus for 2018-19 is continuing to build greater understanding of team – of belonging, of supporting, of challenging.


As we prepare for 2019, we are planning for the following: 

  • Creating better readers, writers, spellers and mathematicians WITHOUT creating readers, writers, spellers and mathematicians who only do so, when forced to.
  • Engaging, not simply entertaining
  • Embedding a common lesson plan/learner sequence to ignite curiosity, allowing student exploration and sharing – in Literacy/Numeracy/Specialist and Units each day. 
  • Building routines for teams.

Paul Southwell

Image for article: P&F Fete - two weeks to go!

P&F Fete - two weeks to go!

17 October 2018

P&F Fete Convenor

Time to volunteer, donate, buy ride tickets, $10 hands and raffle tickets!!!

Just over two weeks to the P&F Twilight Fete!


This week’s Fete Bulletin has all the detail for you, and now has a navigation heading to help you find the information you need, the “executive summary” is below 😊.


click here to sign up
With so many great Fete stalls and activities, it takes many hundreds of volunteers to set up on Friday, run the Fete, and pack up at the end.  Any time you can provide will be greatly appreciated and will be a valuable contribution.

Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 5pm, behind the Chapel – see Fete Newsletter for details about suitable items.

Buy now from Turning Circle 8am -8:30 am, or JS reception and ELC reception

Buy now from Main Reception.

RAFFLE TICKETS - R 18/00157 
Arriving in the mail this week. First prize is $5,000 cash and there are three other fabulous prizes from our generous sponsors.



Image for article: Hayley Lander - Waterhouse Prize Recipient

Hayley Lander - Waterhouse Prize Recipient

17 October 2018

Communications Department

Congratulations to Hayley on her success in this prestigious competition

The College warmly congratulates Hayley Lander (Class of 2010) on winning the Emerging Artist category of the 2018 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, with her oil painting The Great Forgetting. 

 Judges comments on Hayley's piece:

 “...the highly considered, painterly sophistication of Lander’s work impressed the judging panel, who felt it belied her relative inexperience. While an affecting and poignant study in natural history, at one level, the work employed compositional devices more familiar to traditional trompe l’oeil painting at another. The unexpectedly surrealist scaffolding and counter-weighting of its principal subject – eucalyptus leaves in various states of decay – made it a compelling choice.”

Hayley graduated with Honours from the ANU School of Art and now works at the National Gallery of Australia. 

Read more: Collegians News, Hayley's own website, South Australian Museum Waterhouse Prize page

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!




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. 

Burial at Thebes; Senior 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?  

Burial at Thebes; Senior Drama

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.  

Burial at Thebes; Senior Drama

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





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

Allergy awareness and diabetes research project

17 October 2018

Sophie Davis, College Nurse

Allergy awareness reminder and diabetes research project

By Sophie Davis, College Nurse

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

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 Institute presents Tim Dansie

Radford Institute presents Tim Dansie

24 October 2018

Tim Dansie presents on the critical issue of mental health in young people

The Radford Institute is delighted to present teacher and psychologist Tim Dansie discussing 'The Importance of Mental Health First Aid for Young People: an evening for teachers and parents'.

Parents and carers are encouraged to attend this invaluable seminar addressing the critical issue of young people's mental health.

About Tim: Registered teacher and psychologist, Tim spent 12 years working in schools as a Teacher/Psychologist before establishing a private practice working with children, families, teachers and schools. Tim currently consults to the Independent Schools Association, the Catholic Schools Association and the Education Department of South Australia. He has published two books Improving Behaviour Management in Schools and Basic Counselling for Teachers. His series of podcasts is available on his website.

When: 6 pm, Thursday 8 November
Where: Heath Lecture Theatre
RSVP: Free event, institute@radford.act.edu.au

Radford Foundation celebrates the Class of 2018

A 50-cent Fundraiser

17 October 2018

Cassie Roberts, Foundation Administrator

Say farewell to our Year 12s and support the Scholarship Fund!

by Cassie Roberts, Foundation Administrator

Radford’s numismatists have chosen the 12-sided 50c piece as a symbol of our departing Year 12 students, the Class of 2018.

All members of the Radford community are invited to celebrate our Year 12’s graduation from secondary school and contribute to 50 cent coin fundraiser on FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2018.

The money raised will go into the Foundation’s Scholarship Fund, supporting future students who demonstrate outstanding achievement and community involvement but whose personal financial circumstances prevent them from attending Radford.

Donation tins will be located at the Junior School, Senior School and Main reception areas.

The coins will be used to write ‘2018’ on the JA Mackinnon Oval.

Please contact Foundation Administrator Cassie Roberts with any questions.

Creative Arts Tour group at the MONA entrance - photo by Sarah Depta

Creative Arts Tour

17 October 2018

By Daniel Majchrzak, Visual Arts Subject Captain

Exploring contemporary art collections in Melbourne and Hobart

By Daniel Majchrzak, Visual Arts Subject Captain

During the recent school holidays, Visual Arts, Media and Photography students had the opportunity to participate in the Australian Creative Arts Tour, with the goal of expanding their understanding of the role of contemporary art in and on Australia. Eadon, Lara and Sarah at Betts Gallery Hobart

Over the course of six days, students explored the unique artistic landscape of both Melbourne and Hobart, accompanied by Ms Poland and Ms Kidston.  Highlights of the trip included:

  • the MOMA exhibition in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art, New York at the National Gallery of Victoria
  • the Featherston Exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art and
  • an incredible daytrip via ferry to the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart. 

All this, and much more, drew students into a better understanding of Australia’s place in the contemporary art world. 

Throughout the trip, students encountered a number of nuanced themes explored through art. This pushed each student to reflect on the value of art in society, and the ability of art to both reflect and influence global identity. This reflection is particularly important given that both Photography and Visual Art students are in the middle of a unit on Contemporary art. The trip has the potential to inspire future work and give students insight into diverse themes when viewing contemporary art going forward.

Oscar and Joel at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

 Hannah, Chloe, Mia and Tilly at Heide




photo of the group taken in the reflection of the MONA entrance, by Sarah Depta

Eadon, Lara and Sarah at Betts Gallery Hobart

Hannah, Oscar and Joel at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery courtyard

Hannah, Chloe, Mia and Tilly at Heidi MoMA sculpture Park





Year 7 Market Day was a big success

Year 7 Market Day

17 October 2018

Justin Wood, Head of Year 7

Students raised $3662 for charity and promoted awareness of sustainability

By Justin Wood, Head of Year 7 

On Thursday 20 September, Year 7 students held a Market Day during lunch time. 

This year’s overarching theme was sustainability. Students were encouraged to use recycled materials and to source ethical components to create their products and sell them to the crowd of students and teachers. As always, the event was very popular and there was a great variety of stalls, ranging from crafts and games to food and drinks. 

The focus on sustainability was evident throughout the event. A number of craft stalls used free or second-hand materials to create or upcycle their products. Similarly, some food and drink stalls used free available ingredients, such as fruit from a home garden, to limit production cost and avoid waste. 

Waffle wonders

To keep everyone entertained, game stalls offered entertainment with recycled materials such as empty cans or cardboard. People were also encouraged to bring their own drink or food containers to avoid creating waste. 

The profit for Market Day this year was $3662.30.  As usual, all profit will be donated to a charity chosen by the Year 7 cohort. Congratulations to our year 7 students, who all worked exceptionally hard to make Market Day successful.

Glory glass Noms Nachos




Annie Liao and Angus Gibson

Enterprise planning success

17 October 2018

Alison Steven, Head of SOSE

Congratulations to our Year 12 Business students Annie Liao and Angus Gibson

By Alison Steven, Head of SOSE 

Congratulations to our Year 12 Business students Annie Liao and Angus Gibson, ACT finalists in the 2018 Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition (PYOE). 

PYOE is a national competition that is supported by the Commonwealth Bank, Business Educators Australasia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Business Planning enables students to learn the interconnectedness in business operations requiring them to have an in-depth understanding of business functions. At the ACT ceremony we heard of a number of successful businesses today that started as school business plans! Both Annie and Angus were commended on the comprehensive research and evidence included in their plans, their thorough financial analysis, and the creative ideas they came up with to provide social benefits to Canberrans. 

The plans for ‘Bark Mates’ (Annie) and ‘Pop Off’ (Angus) both utilised Canberra’s open spaces to bring people together. One of the judges was Joel Anderson (Radford class of 2009) who now works at the Canberra Innovation Network. He commented that the finalist’s plans were at or above industry standard and encouraged the finalists to continue to think about how they can disrupt and innovate the market. Annie Liao was announced the ACT winner for her plan ‘Bark Mates’, and proudly represented the ACT at the national finals in Sydney last week.



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


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 Oscar WilsonANU’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 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


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

Ancient history tour of Europe Jan 2020

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



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.


Mexican Food Day

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


Secondary School House Athletics

Secondary School Athletics Carnival, Tuesday 23 October

Information for parents on the Secondary School House Athletics Carnival is now available.