Radford Bulletin Term 4, Week 2 – 18 October 2017

Staff Insights

Louise Wallace-Richards, Director of Teaching and Learning

What can Australia learn from the Finnish education system?

17 October 2017

Louise Wallace-Richards, Director of Learning & Teaching

Finnish Professor, Pasi Sahlberg, addresses ACEL

By Louise Wallace-Richards, Director of Teaching and Learning

2001 was a watershed year for several reasons, and in the world of education prior to December of that year, Australia was one of the key countries that educators wanted to visit, to learn what we were doing right so they could improve their own systems. But in December 2001, the educational landscape changed dramatically with the release of the OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) PISA results. PISA is the acronym for the Programme for International Student Assessment. The results seemed to declare that Finland offered students the best educational system in the world, and over the past decade, educators have been struggling to learn what Finland is doing well so they can transfer the Finnish approach to their own educational systems.

As an educator seeking the most effective ways to educate our Radford students, I jumped at the chance to attend last Friday evening an ACEL (Australian Council of Educational Leaders) sponsored presentation by Pasi Sahlberg, former Finnish Maths teacher, author and scholar, who is currently Professor of Practice at the University of Helsinki and a visiting Professor of Practice at the Arizona State University.

My “take-away” messages from Professor Sahlberg’s presentation were not that homework should be banned in schools and that we should scrap the teaching of subjects and only do integrated learning. During his presentation, he dismissed these simple interpretations of why schools in Finland are successful and drew our attention to an article he wrote in 2015 for the Washington Post where he explained to the world that Finnish students do study subjects at school, and an element of integrated or project-based learning is indeed a compulsory part of their curriculum. Throw out homework? Sahlberg said we need to be careful just transferring an idea from one educational system into another. This sort of approach to improving educational systems just does not work.

Two Global Narratives - education

So, my “take-aways” from his presentation are represented in the image above entitled “Two Global Narratives”. Education systems that do better in the world are those that promote equity, collaborative approaches to learning, have a whole child approach and value teachers, treating them as professionals. According to Professor Sahlberg, teachers in Finland are valued and respected because there has been no decline in the respect for teachers in his society over the past fifty years. Teachers are a valued and important part of Finnish society. They are key to why Finland has one of the best education systems in the world.

Professor Sahlberg sees competition between schools as anathema to learning. He argues schools all need to work together to improve education systems and that literacy and numeracy scores should not be used as tools of accountability. The marketisation of schools in some countries like the United Kingdom and Australia, perpetuated by league tables generated from national literacy and numeracy testing, is inhibiting improvements in student learning. He also sees politicians’ addiction to educational reform as a block to the development of effective educational systems.

His advice to Australian educators is for us to encourage our students to play, because play builds empathy, problem-solving skills and creativity. Play also provides opportunities for failure and when we fail we learn. Move from thinking “how good is our school” to “how is our school good”? A subtle change, but one that promotes positivity and opening the mind to the possibilities for reform. Finally, he advises us to value both hard or “big” data and the “small” data. The “small” data includes the student voice, collective professional judgements and reflections. This is exactly what we have been seeking to do at Radford across the College with our focus on using data from a variety of sources to provide individualized support for student learning and wellbeing.

As a Radford educator, I found Professor Sahlberg’s presentation entertaining and affirming. Many of the things he spoke about that schools need to be doing to be effective we are already doing or working towards. With other educators across the world, I will follow with interest the ongoing influence of Sahlberg’s research on what is a worldwide quest to improve the learning experiences of students.



Rev. Erin Tuineau, Chaplain

Reflection: spiritual growth within a faith community

16 October 2017

Rev. Erin Tuineau

Sharing your spiritual journey with others

There is a popular phrase that has been going around the last few years which is, “I am spiritual, but not religious”. I think this phrase is particularly popular in Australia where many people still feel that they are connected to something or someone bigger than themselves, but do not align to any particular faith system. This can often because they have grown up in a negative and/or oppressive religious environment. The Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse in the Church also might explain why many do not trust Christian leaders to guide them on their spiritual journey. As a priest, I can appreciate why this is the case. While I have not grown up in an oppressive religious environment, or suffered sexual abuse by church leaders, I have had other negative experiences in church communities. However, despite such experiences I choose to be ‘spiritual and religious’, and I will explain why below. 

There is a well-known hymn that is sung in many churches called ‘Brother, sister let me serve you”, and one of the verses goes like this: 

We are pilgrims on a journey.
We are people on the road.
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load

This verse captures for me one of the main reasons I am spiritual and religious. All of us have a spiritual journey to undertake in our lives, and each journey is unique with its own twists and turns. And while on one level this journey is very individual, I don’t believe it is a journey that we should do alone. I say this because it is so easy to get lost when we start exploring the spiritual part of who we are. We can end up travelling all sorts of winding roads which can sometimes lead us to dangerous places, where we can end up being quite isolated from others, or think of ourselves as better than others. This is not a good place to be in. For me, one of the best ways of avoiding such situations is by sharing my spiritual journey with others: talking to people about it, worshipping with others, singing songs of praise with others, sharing Holy Communion with others. In my opinion, everybody needs a faith community to keep them safe on their spiritual journeys. I know this can be harder for individuals who do not identify as part of a religious group, but such individuals are certainly still welcome to seek spiritual help from religious leaders in their local community. 

One of my greatest concerns is that our current generation of young people are growing up with the expectation that they need to work out their own spirituality by themselves. There is an attitude these days just to ‘let children decide for themselves what they want to believe in’. While I would definitely encourage young people to make their own decisions about their spiritual beliefs, I would not expect them to arrive at these decisions by themselves. We don’t expect our children to make decisions about other parts of their life (e.g., academic and social) in isolation, so why would we let them do this when it comes to the decisions about their belief systems that will guide their lives? 

The other main reason that I am spiritual and religious is because when I go to church on a Sunday it is as if who I am somehow gets realigned with God’s love. It was only just a month ago when I was sitting up the back of church playing with my 3-year-old son when I experienced God’s presence to be very close. I savoured that moment. It was full of peace. Something I had been longing for. And the strange thing was that I had not been sitting in prayer or the like, I was playing with puzzles! But such is the way that God works in our lives: giving us much-needed gifts when we least expect them. And I don’t think we receive these gifts because we go church, but because when we choose to walk into a sacred and religious place, and participate in worship, we are somehow communicating that we are open to God coming into our lives. 

My hope with this article is not necessarily to convince you to become spiritual and religious, although I highly recommend it! My prayer is that you might find some other people to share your spiritual pilgrimage with, and discover some sacred spaces where you feel safe enough to open yourself up to know who God is, if you have not already.


Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 18 Oct 17

18 October 2017

Year 3 camp, JS 2008 students in Senior Drama, congratulations

Junior School dates to remember 

Wed 18 Oct, Thurs 19 Oct, Fri 20 Oct

Yr 4 iPad Parent Sessions

Fri 20 Oct

Yr 7 2018 Orientation day

Tues 24 Oct

Prek 2018 Parent Gathering

Wed 25

Kindergarten 2018 Parent Gathering

As education consultant Kath Murdoch says: 

Traditional pedagogy sees the teacher provide a set of instructions, make sure everyone ‘knows what to do’, explain everything and THEN students might be given some time to do a task themselves. It’s about 80% teacher led and 20% student.  Inquiry-based pedagogy gets kids doing, thinking and investigating – and the explicit teaching happens in response to what the teacher sees and hears.  The 80:20 ratio is reversed. Good inquiry teachers know how to get more kids thinking more deeply more of the time. View article

This Term is full of “must do’s” for us all but in Week 1, for me, the highlight was how well our teachers have all approached their class teaching and learning. Their genuine warmth was palpable in every classroom I visited. 

Senior Drama Production
Last Thursday Dean O’ Brien and I were invited to the opening night of the Senior Drama Production An Inspector Calls. We were invited as the vast majority of the cast were from our first Year 2, Junior School classes from 2008. Dean was one of the teachers. One of the many wonderful things about being a part of a whole college is nights such as this: to watch senior productions, brilliant productions, when you knew the actors when they were 7 and 8 years old. A brilliant evening and great thought.

Year 3 Camp
This week we have 96 very excited Year 3 students (and staff) who are heading to the distant Camp Cottermouth site for their first step into our Outdoor Education Program.
Following our Year 5 camp held during the last week of last term, I am also very excited for our Year 3 team. I felt that the Year 5 camp was perhaps our very best to date. To watch our lovely Year 5 students truly collaborating for well over two hours, designing and building rafts, listening, discussing, agreeing and disagreeing with respect, and then failing. Only to start again, is something special.

Year 3 start that journey this Thursday and Friday. It seems just yesterday that we held our first Year 3 Camp - in the School Library! 

Finally, some important acknowledgements


Oliver Luppi (4TW) - fastest 100m Under 10 in the ACT.

Xavier Adams (3NC) - 2nd fastest 100m Under 9 in the ACT.

Shout Outs
This term, we have introduced an important shout out or acknowledgement of students during our fortnightly Celebration. Our teachers are asked to stand and acknowledge a small number of girls and boys from each year level for displaying PYP Attitudes, PYP Learner Profile Attributes or our fortnightly Wellbeing focus, which this week is Kindness. Students are invited to stand and be acknowledged by staff and applauded by their peers. Classes later discuss why the acknowledgement was made.

Last week’s Shout Out students were:






Nathan Phengsiaroun

Thomas Kendall

Ethan McIntyre





Year 1

Amelie Smith

Erik Greenberg

Lucinda Harrison

Angie Do

Cody Sullivan







Year 2

Ben Kopras

Charles Kendall

Laura Baker





Year 3

Lincoln Uren

Otis Hibberd

Lucas Allen

Lussia Parker

Will Harrison

Eva Graham








Year 4

Josh Miller

Lily Hines

Oscar Bush

Audrey Potter

Timothy Kopras

Isobel Higgins

Lachlon Dore

Alex Kulawiec

Carlo Ghiradello







Open-minded and risk-taker

Inquirer and thinker



Year 5

Jeff Bush

Issy Joshua

Anthony Matthews

Sebastian Leigh

Clarissa Gautama

Nicholas Race








Year 6

Heath Shaw

Angelina Fei

Leo Jennett

Vivienne Tam






Bhavita Patel, quote from Mark Kuzma, Partner - Deloitte

Remembering Bhavita Patel, Class of 2001

16 October 2017


Support the ANU Bhavita Patel Scholarship endowment fund

Watch Remembering Bhavita Patel

The Bhavita Patel Scholarship is a transformative equity scholarship established to commemorate Radford and ANU alumna, and treasured Deloitte employee, Bhavita Patel. Bhavita died in January 2017 after a tragic incident in Melbourne's CBD. She had a passion for learning and a deep commitment to the community. 

Mark Kuzma, Partner, Deloitte said of Bhavita, "she had [an] amazing personality, work ethic and she was loved by all". The Deloitte Foundation, in consultation with Bhavita's family, agreed that a scholarship at ANU, where Bhavita studied business before embarking on her successful career, would best honour her. The Deloitte Foundation has generously contributed an initial $70,000 and will also dollar-match donations up to $30,000.

The Bhavita Patel Scholarship recognises and rewards academic excellence, by enabling high potential students who are experiencing financial disadvantage to attend ANU. Students who can demonstrate a passion for learning and a commitment to community will be rewarded with up to $10,000 a year for up to five years, to study in the ANU College of Business and Economics.

Prof Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, ANUGifts to the Bhavita Patel Undergraduate scholarship will support the establishment of a perpetual endowment, so that the scholarship can continue to be awarded in Bhavita's name. As ANU Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington says in the video clip, Remembering Bhavita Patel, through this scholarship, her "one beautiful name will be attached to so many stories over time".

Your contribution will help ensure Bhavita's memory is honoured through providing disadvantaged students with an opportunity to access an education that may otherwise have been beyond their reach.

Donate online

Bhavita's family, Ramesh, Jyoti and Mitesh Patel, would like to thank you for your help, love and support.

(Images: facebook video, Remembering Bhavita Patel)


2017 Radford Japan tour group

Japan Tour

17 October 2017

By Matthew De Bortoli & Daniel Yue, Y10

A wonderful tour of learning and adventure

By Matthew De Bortoli & Daniel Yue, Y10 

Our tour of Japan began on 19September with an early morning flight to Brisbane where we transferred to the international airport for our flight to Narita Airport, Tokyo. After an overnight stay, our group took a domestic flight to Okayama. We arrived at Konko Gakuen High School for a welcome ceremony where we each made an introduction speech in Japanese. We felt extremely welcomed by the students, host parents and teachers and it was wonderful to see familiar faces as many of the students had visited Radford earlier this year in March.

We spent a busy week with our wonderful host families and participated in school life at Konko Gakuen, attending classes, a tea ceremony, club sports and the annual Sports Festival. Along with the usual track and field events, there were fun activities such as a thirty-one leg race! We travelled to Hiroshima to visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, which was very moving. That afternoon we cheered on the Hiroshima Carp Baseball team to a 3-2 win over the Yomiuri Giants.

Baseball in Japan

It was an emotional farewell at the Okayama train station on our final morning, as we had become very close with our host families. We headed to Kyoto on the bullet train and began three days of amazing sights and activities. The shrines, temples, statues and castles were stunning. We enjoyed our visit with a Geiko and Maiko (apprentice Geisha) and our day in Canberra’s sister city Nara, where we went to a deer park and walked through the Tori gates to the top of Mount Inari.

Our next three-day adventure began as we arrived in Takayama, a beautiful area in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. Here we stayed at a traditional style bed and breakfast hosted by a lovely elderly couple. We enjoyed activities such as an Onsen spa bath, making soba noodles, picking wild mushrooms and catching fish for dinner by hand. We were also able to spend some time relaxing together.

For our final part of the tour we spent an exciting three days in Tokyo - shopping in Harajuku, exploring the neon-lit strip, visiting the Ghibli Museum which showcases the work of the Japanese animation studio and taking the lift to the 45th observation floor of the Metropolitan Government Building with a view over Tokyo to Mount Fuji. A highlight for many of us was our day at Disneyland where we stayed into the evening for the parade and fireworks.

Tokyo view and visiting shrines

We would like to thank Ms Sharp for organising such incredible home stays, school visit and itinerary for the Japan Tour 2017. We experienced so many different cultural activities in such diverse locations, and the food was amazing too! Thank you to Ms Jackson for accompanying the tour as it was her first trip to Japan.

The memories of our tour of Japan will last a lifetime as will the connection we made with our school friends and host families at Konko Gakuen, Okayama.


More details on this tour will be included in the Semester II edition of Radford Report, published in December.

5 Side Effects of Kindness


18 October 2017

Karen Mahar, Assistant Head of Junior School

Capturing the character strength of kindness

By Julie Smith, Junior School Counsellor

The children and their teachers have spent the first two weeks of term considering the character strength of kindness. In his 2011 book The 5 Side Effects of Kindness, David Hamilton presents the research outlining why practising kindness is good for us. In short, Hamilton tells us that kindness makes us happier; is good for our heart
(both emotionally and physically); slows down aging; improves relationships and has a “contagion” effect - that is, one kind deed cascades into more kind deeds and so on.

In Martin Seligman’s VIA Character Strengths Survey, kindness falls under the virtue category of Humanity. Humanity describes strengths that manifest in caring relationships with others. These strengths are interpersonal and are mostly relevant in one-on-one relationships.

Research has shown us that kindness starts with children as young as 14 months demonstrating innate altruistic tendencies, long before socialization can have a major influence on their development. Felix Warneken and Michael Tomasello. (2004). Experiments with altruism in children and chimps - YouTube watch

So, knowing very young children have a capacity for kindness and understanding the benefits of practising kindness leads us to working with the children on building habits of kindness in everyday life.

Here are some ideas and activities you might like to consider in your family to build habits of kindness:

• Share stories of kindness, real or fiction. Spot acts of kindness and unkindness on TV programs and discuss as a family. (Reality TV shows provide a wealth of examples of both kind and very unkind behaviour).
• Speak kindly and softly to each other and pull up unkind/rude words or tone of voice. Kindness doesn’t just come with acts or gesture it comes through how we are with each other and how we speak to each other.
• Smile more often (this, too, is “contagious”).
• Give compliments. It feels good to receive a compliment and provides important modelling for children
• Make kindness and caring a high priority. Practise “random acts of kindness”.
• Provide opportunities for kids to practise kindness but don’t reward every act of helpfulness/kindness. Studies have shown that rewarding children for helping behaviour results in a reduction in helping because it becomes linked to an extrinsic reward than motivated by an innate sense of altruism.
• Help them build their sense of themselves as being a kind person. Catch your child being kind and offer the feedback “you are a kind person” rather than “that was a kind thing to do”.
• Ask them to reflect on kindness that others have shown them what it was and how they felt. Remember kindness is contagious. Watch short film Life Vest Inside – Kindness Boomerang “One day”.
• Teach empathy. Talk about why people do what they do. Teach your children to think about things from another person's point of view, which may help them understand why someone acts the way they do.
• For older kids, volunteer for good. Involving kids in volunteer work teaches them that it feels good to be helpful and teaches them to care more broadly about issues and people beyond their immediate experience.


David Hamilton (2011) The 5 Side Effects of Kindness

Felix Warneken and Michael Tomasello. (2006) Altruistic helping in human infants and young chimpanzees. Science March 3;311

Warneken F, Tomasello M.  Extrinsic rewards undermine altruistic tendencies in 20-month-olds. Dev Psychol. 2008 Nov;44

Creative Careers, in conjunction with Design Canberra

Creative Careers

18 October 2017

Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts

University showcase and presentations

By Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Date: Thurs 2 November
University showcase 5:30 pm, presentations: 6:30 pm
Venue: Mackinnon Senior School
Register: Through Trybooking here

Join leading Canberra Creatives as they share tips and tricks for pursuing satisfying careers in design and creative arts. For everyone of all ages, adults and students. 

The second annual Design Canberra Creative Careers event will be held at Radford College, in partnership with Design Canberra. 

Creative Careers is an opportunity for all Canberrans, including from the Radford community, to become inspired for a career in the design and creative arts areas. Special invited guests provide a glimpse into their journey towards success in creative industries. Hear industrial designer, silversmith, graphic designer, curator and architect among others, including Collegian Ben Landau who says:

I use design research to analyse systems, and artistic methodologies to tamper with them. I construct experiences, objects and performances which are interactive or invite the audience to participate.

An information hub of universities including Australian National University, University of Canberra, Charles Sturt University, The Academy of Interactive Entertainment, and Whitehouse Institute of Design, will provide a chance to discuss relevant courses and pathways.

The winner of the Design Canberra Photographic Competition celebrating Canberra’s mid-century modernist architecture will also be announced. 

Keynote speakers:

Alison Jackson, Gold and silversmith/Designer
Ben Landau, Design Thinker (Melb)
Pete and Thea Bollington, Wood/furniture maker/shop



Zoe Brand, Jeweller
Erin Hinton. Architect, Lecturer
Rob Clode, Creative Director, Cre8tive
Kelli Cole, Curator, Glass worker
Rene Linssen, Industrial Designer



Radford students in Mongolia

Round Square opportunities in 2018

18 October 2017

Kath Notley, Round Square Coordinator

Act now for 2018 Conference places

Expressions of interest for each of these Conferences close at the end of this week
Please go to the Round Square page on Radford Online or email Kath Notley at kathleen.notley@radford.act.edu.au for more information.

Round Square logoBeijing: March 31 – April 8
Round Square Regional Conference
Host: Keystone Academy Beijing
Age group: 13 – 14 year olds
Theme: ‘Dare to be a force of nature’

Western Australia: April 14 – 19
Round Square Regional Conference
Host: Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Western Australia
Age group: 15 – 17 year olds
Theme: ‘Footprints we leave’ 

Denmark: March 11 – 19
Round Square European and Mediterranean Conference
Age group: 15 - 16 year olds
Theme: ‘Where do we go with what we know?’

Expressions of interest for each of these Conferences close at the end of this week.  Please go to the Round Square page on Radford Online or email Kath Notley at kathleen.notley@radford.act.edu.au for more information.



Students in Year 9 – 11 are invited to express their interest in exchanges to other Round Square schools in countries such as: 

-        South Africa
-        Peru
-        Denmark
-        Canada

We also have two students (1 male and 1 female) from King’s Academy, Jordan, who would love to exchange with students from Radford. The students want to come to Radford from late May and through June 2018.  The possibility of return exchange for our students is open during a range of time periods between November 2017 through until the end of May 2018.  The following links highlight the amazing opportunities provided at King’s Academy and are highly entertaining.  


A large crowd gathered at the Radford  Boat Shed for the ceremony

Blessing of the Rowing Fleet

18 October 2017

Vicky Spencer, Director of Rowing

Four new craft were blessed, as well as our rowers

Saturday 14 October was a beautiful still day at the Radford Boatshed, and the perfect opening for the rowing season. 

Principal Fiona Godfrey joined Director of Rowing Vicky Spencer and FoRR Convener Susan O’Neil to welcome parents and rowers to the new season. Father Richard had the special task of blessing our rowers and four new craft, purchased by the school earlier this year. 

The boats were received into the shed by their namesakes:

  • Ian Morison; Chairman of the Radford College Board
  • Philip Winkworth, former Director of Rowing
  • David Bagnall, long time Radford rowing coach
  • Leslee Hodgson, a former long serving Radford rowing coach. 

The parent community gathered together to enjoy a Bring and Share breakfast with the rowers, before adjourning for the FoRR AGM.

The four new craft with their namesakes

 Right to left: Philip Winkworth, David Bagnall, Ian Morison, Leslee Hodgson


Friends of Radford Rowing logo

Rowing Fundraiser

17 October 2017

Vicky Spencer, Director of Rowing

Thu 2 Nov at King O'Malley's

Come and join us for a night of fun at King O'Malleys with local produce, gin, wine and beer tasting. Bring your friends and have some fun while tasting the finest that Canberra and the surrounding region has to offer! There will be a silent and reverse auction held on the evening.

Rowing fundraiserDate: Thursday 2 November 2017
Time: from 6:00 pm
Venue: King O'Malley's 
131 City Walk, Canberra ACT 2601
Tickets: $30 plus $2.00 booking fee


End-of-season mountain biking trip to Tathra

Sport Report 18 Oct 17

18 October 2017

Sports Department

Rowing, Cricket, Basketball and a great end to the MTB season

New email address for the Radford sports department

If you have any enquiries in relation to Basketball, Cricket, Futsal, OzTag or Tennis please email sport@radford.act.edu.au


By Peter Haynes

Flying high on a mountain bikeLast week the Radford MTB Team travelled to Tathra to ride the excellent single tracks that wind through the rainforest and alongside the beaches. With fabulous weather, excellent accommodation adjacent to the beach, and over 50km of outstanding trails, the trip was an epic success. 

Students rode about 50km each day and had plenty of recovery time, which included a lot of eating and relaxing. Memories of the exhilaration of the swooping downhill runs should remain until the trip is repeated next year. 

MTB riding has now finished for 2017. Rides after school will resume in Term 1 2018 and I look forward to more students joining us. 


Free Rowing Come and Try Course to be held Tuesday and Thursdays after school. This is open to students in Years 8-11. The course will start on Thursday 19 October and run for four weeks, finishing on Thursday 16 November. After this time, students interested in continuing rowing will be able to sign up for the rest of the season and join their respective year group squad. There is no cost for the Come and Try course. Interested students should contact Charlotte Cross: charlotte.cross@radford.act.edu.au       


By Mark Slater
Radford U13 Div 1 54 lost to North’s Red 74
Batting: Nikhil Pilla 14, Clancy Probyn 13
Bowling: Jonty Probyn 3/3, Clancy Probyn 2/5, Joey Slater 1/6, Nikhil Pilla 1/3. 

Despite a narrow loss to North’s Red there are many positives to take out of the first game for the season. 

The bowling and fielding were impressive and Radford will bowl a lot of teams out quite cheaply this season. Joey Slater (1/6) and Nikhil Villa (1/3) opened up with a testing spell and Team Probyn (Jonty 3/3 and Clancy 2/5) bowled with guile. Overall the bowling was accurate and well supported in the field.  

In our innings James Woods and Clancy Probyn were steady and show the makings of solid top-order players. Joey Slater looked comfortable until he tried to turn a ball to leg which caught the edge. Nikhil showed he will hit plenty of boundaries this season and Curtis was willing to defend but also hit three nice shots to be 6 not out. 

U13 Div 1 v Norths

Dazzle v DaramalanRadford Dazzle 45 def. Daramalan 11
Radford got their season off to a dazzling start with a strong 45-11 win over Daramalan on Sunday at the AIS. After racing to a 20-2 lead just into the second quarter the girls impressed with a willingness to pass the ball to a player in a better position and defend with intensity. Coach Sarah already has the girls playing with a team first attitude, which augers well for a great season. 

Magic v QueanbeyanRadford Magic 51 def. Queanbeyan Roadrunners 45
Radford Magic kicked off its summer season with a strong 51-45 win over a tenacious Queanbeyan Roadrunners at Tuggeranong on 13 October. Despite conceding an early 6-17 deficit, through a mixture of nerves and Queanbeyan's accurate shooting, Radford's balanced combination of height and speed eventually gained the ascendancy over the smaller Queanbeyan team. In just a week, coach Melanie Steele-Hick has already infused a team first attitude, evident in the willingness of the boys to pass to a better positioned player and work hard off the ball.  

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.


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


P&F Twilight Fete

Fete News 3 - 18 Oct 17

18 October 2017

P&F Association

Time to volunteer, donate, and buy ride tickets!

Fete Convenor: Andrew Herring fete@radford.act.edu.au
Volunteer: go online to http://signup.com/go/LdhsVfX
Volunteer coordinator: Ed Hutchinson ed@forsnow.com.au
Donate: Container access 21, 22, 28, 29 October, 11am – 3pm, located behind Chapel 


Containers will be on site behind the Chapel from this weekend. From 11am to 3pm each Saturday and Sunday from now until Fete Day, the hardworking P & F Management Committee will be there to accept your donations of:

• Second-hand clothing – clean and in good condition;
• White elephant – items in good condition, but no electrical
• Bike mart – good quality second-hand bikes of all types and sizes
• Books


Preserves Stall 
Please remember to list ALL of your ingredients on the label. Please contact Kate at fetejams@gmail.com with any questions.

On Fete morning we will appreciate donations of homemade:

• Jams
• Relishes
• Chutneys
• Sauces
• Or any similar other delicious treats.

Preserves stall


Sweet and Sticky Stall
Contact: Heidi Norton - 0468 968 757 







Rocky road

Gluten Free


Honey Joys

Chocolate Crackles

Caramel Slice Melting Moments


Anything Yummy!!


Sweet and Sticky StallDrop off: Sweet and Sticky Stall, TB Millar Hall on Friday, 3 November between 2:30-5pm OR
Sat, 4 November between 12-3pm on.

Important: All donations must be labelled with all ingredients listed.
PLEASE NOTE: no nuts or fresh cream!

Second-hand Uniform Stall 
Donations can be dropped off at Main Reception from now until Fete Day. Coat hangers are in short supply too. Our prices will be fantastic – nothing over $20! Donate now to a fantastic new initiative and grab a bargain on the day.

Ride tickets and hands - On sale now!
Flaherty’s ride tickets are $25 (pre-Fete) and can be purchased from Main Reception only each day. Please note that Flaherty's ride tickets will be $30 on Fete Day.  See full details of rides and costs

$10 Hands, designed for junior school children, can be purchased from the Junior School Car Park and the turning circle 8am – 8:30am each morning.

Volunteer Co-ordinator Ed Hutchinson: ed@forsnow.com.au
The fete needs in excess of 500 volunteers to ensure its success. About half the positions have now been filled, which is fantastic, but there are still plenty of opportunities to help. 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!

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

If you have any questions about the Fete, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Andrew Herring
2017 Community Fete Convenor


Visit the P&F Fete page on the College website for more information

Thanks to our generous sponsors:
SuperSmile Orthodontist

QOTE logo   Jamison Travel

Hotel Hotel and Kalogeropoulos Family



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 timetable and route 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.

APFACTS - Parent Forum invitation

APFACTS - News 18 Oct 17

Parents are invited to attend a special presentation from the ACT Education Directorate.  Full details.