Radford Bulletin Term 4, Week 3 – 31 October 2018
News & Articles
Save the dates!
Y12 Graduation - Mon 26 Nov; JS/SS Awards - Tue 11 Dec
31 October 2018
Paul Southwell and Janine Crookes
Building curiosity is a key to learning
Why is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) Exhibition so important, and how does it link with Numeracy and Literacy? Building curiosity is a major key to learning today, however, curiosity in today’s classrooms isn't an easy challenge.
In today’s world, schools tend to spend much time on getting students to “expectation levels” with little direction or support beyond that level. We are seeing more approaches where engagement must be entertainment, or where we practise for set and known questions.
When we talk about Wellbeing, Positive Education, Attitudes and Learner Profile, we are not introducing new fads. Instead, we are seeking to create a safe place to be curious.
Most students who want to learn will learn, and curiosity can overcome anxiety, in helping them to continue wanting to learn. I enjoyed reading a message from Erik Shonstrom in Education Week, October 27, 2018, where he comments that, “The best learners - a term not necessarily synonymous with the best students- have curiosity in abundance”.
I acknowledge that we can improve, particularly in our common and shared literacy and numeracy growth. We are currently introducing a shared lesson learning sequence, tightening our scope and sequence, and providing greater co-teaching for support through our timetable, as some examples.
In doing this, we are seeking to develop our spellers, readers, writers and mathematicians further, without developing spellers, readers, writers and mathematicians who only use these skills when forced. We are building curiosity in our literacy and numeracy.
Exhibition, then: why is it important? The PYP encourages our students to be curious, lifelong learners. The Exhibition is a platform for our Year 6 students to collaborate and immerse deeply themselves in a real-life challenge, an in-depth project. It is a challenge requiring curiosity, mistakes, reconnection, recalibrating, rethinking and responding as personal learners. Curiosity drives our desire to continue, when we would otherwise seek to stop.
Literacy, Numeracy, Curiosity: how did our Year 6 cohort fare?
Year 6 Exhibition 2018
Central Idea: Imagination is more important than knowledge
Last week we had the great pleasure of celebrating the achievements of our Year 6 cohort as they presented their IB Primary Years Programme Exhibition. The students chose to investigate the transdisciplinary theme How We Express Ourselves with the overarching concept of Imagination.
This is a culmination of a great deal of hard work where students have had the opportunity to delve deeply into something that really interests them. For many of our students, they are using inquiry skills they have been developing since Pre-Kindergarten.
Whilst the majority of work, and of course the credit, goes to our students, there are a number of people behind the scenes who deserve our thanks:
Our fabulous Year 6 team:
Helen Blanch, Jessica Ford, Tiia Wright Baker, Taryn Harris, Caroline Suthers, Rebecca Ryan, Rowena Stephens, Andrew Sullivan, Tamara Phelps, Marg Koenan, Janine Hudson and Angie Walters
Our students' mentors:
Craig Donaldson, Tracy Kelly, Rebecca Ryan, Louise Wallace Richards, Jon Craddock, Paul Southwell, Daniela Gray, Heidi Norton, Adrian Johnson, Tara Mitchell, Pauline Carr, Emily Campbell, Tegan Masters, Mary Willet, Jeremy Hawkes, Nadia Sullivan, Eric Jensen, Jo O’Brien, Kathy Perinovic, Erin Tuineau, Claire Hepple, Samantha Granger, Antonella Sassu, Mick Bunworth, Roslyn Barlow, Sharon Dow, Anna Mason, Tamara Phelps, Rowena Stevens and David Baker.
Thank you also to our IT, Library, Special Needs, and Facilities staff, whose assistance behind the scenes was invaluable.
Thank you to all our families for supporting your children, and more importantly letting go and allowing them to solve their own problems, where necessary.
Most importantly, thank you to the fabulous Year 6 students. We loved observing your growth as you grappled with concepts, negotiated challenges, considered new possibilities and imagined your role in creating a better world. The journey was not always easy, but your passion and creativity shone through.
Is imagination more important than knowledge? Radford Year 6 students believe imagination and knowledge are both equally important. Having a healthy balance of each leads to a cycle of innovation, growth and development of ideas.
Paul Southwell and Janine Crookes
31 October 2018
These themes are used to shape the chapel services for senior students
Promise. Journey. Wait. Gift.
In Term 4, themes are used to shape the chapels for senior students: Promise, Journey, Wait, and Gift. An attentive eye will notice these themes describe any human experience and trace the Advent journey towards Christmas.
From the chapel service comes the following words:
Promises are beautiful. They are invisible to the eye. You cannot see them, but they are real.
Without them, everything falls apart.
We each have known the pain of promises broken.
The wounds of a broken promise run deep.
There can be a house, but without promises being made and kept,
there will be no home.
When promises are made and kept, anything is possible.
Where there is no promise, the people perish.
You can’t eat promises, nor cover your naked body with them,
but when promises are firm and trust worthy,
you can bet your life on them.
This first chapel service was held last Monday, at exactly the same time as the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. If you want to know what it looks like when promises are not only broken but abused, look into the face of any who is a victim of sexual abuse. If you want to know what it looks like to live in with a future void of all promise, look into the faces of children on Nauru – children seek suicide or are lost to resignation syndrome.
The mention of the Apology included an explicit reference to the Anglican Church’s guilt in institutional abuse, my personal shame at being part of a community where children were abused, our own church’s public apology and the lament in the Cathedral acknowledging these matters, our church’s work towards fair and full remittance. The children on Nauru and their families will be removed from indefinite detention. It cannot continue. After that happens, our community would benefit from arguing, not over refugee policy, but values. Free of ‘sides’ and politics and left and right, kicking this around would be clarifying: what values make Australia Australian and how can they be practised whilst working to protect them? Living our values – keeping this promise – is one of the most life-giving things a society can do.
I recently held a wedding in the College chapel. The bride and groom came from two very different backgrounds and they spoke to the congregation to carefully acknowledge the journey that had brought them together. It was stunningly beautiful. I always insist that the priest is not the celebrant. The celebrants are the two who make the promises. As the priest, I am privileged to call down God’s blessing upon the couple. The future is unknown, it is fraught with uncertainty, and now, loaded with the love of another whom death can touch, grief and loss has been drawn in. One of the best ways to make a future trust worthy is to make and keep a promise. At a wedding this sounds like: ‘with all that I am and all that I have, I honour you’.
The world in which we move is woven within God’s unconditional love. God’s love is given, always, everywhere. One of God’s many names is Promise Maker, Promise Keeper. Wherever we go, there we are, and wherever we go, there God is too. The Bible reading that day in chapel was Exodus 3. Moses is called back to Egypt to lead the people out of slavery. He is sent by the Lord whose name is I Am. This name also carries the meaning I Was and also I Will Be. This promise of God arises out of God’s being, and is made present in the person of Jesus: wherever we have been and before then, God was; and wherever we end up and even after, God will be; and here, now right where we are, there God is.
With every blessing
30 October 2018
When the wind is taken out of your sails, a community can put it back.
It is a tricky ask setting out to write an article about a person you know will possibly dismiss it with self-deprecating humour, but Mark Whithear’s story needs to be told. He is a contributor in every sense of the word: to his work, his many commercial businesses, his charitable concerns, his various sporting interests, the College and wider community, and most importantly his family. Mark’s association with Radford College has been a long one. He has seen five sons (Jesse, Sam, Will, Hamish and Joe) attend the school at various times, with Hamish and Joe currently in the Junior School in Years 5 and 4 respectively.
Mark was a former player in the National Soccer League (NSL) so it is not surprising that his face is a familiar one on the school ovals. For the past 15 years he has been a regular, reliable, popular and somewhat idiosyncratic football coach. He is always present before training and fixtures a half-hour early, probably because he cannot contain his own excitement for what is to come. This is a coach who has incorporated trampolining, Dad jokes (‘I have a new racing snail which I took the shell off, but that just made it more sluggish’) and World Cup Revenge activities (after that Socceroos quarter-final loss to Italy in 2006) into more traditional football coaching methods. He swears that ‘parents are drawn to trainings and games because the kids are having such a good time. I’m not just teaching kids to kick a ball, I’m teaching them life skills.’ One of those skills may well be gratitude. His past players are certainly also drawn to him, with some collegians making an appearance to express thanks at his 50th birthday dressed as Power Rangers.
Mark believes that ‘Philanthropy should be anonymous and not done any other way’, but upon researching his charitable interests it would be wrong to not list some of them if not to highlight to our students that being a person who runs a family, a multitude of businesses and even international triathlons, need not be so busy that he cannot find the time to support others. Mark has been a major sponsor and Board member of Menslink since 2003, an organisation to which he offers ‘governance skills, an understanding of financial risk; a strong business network; management acumen; strategic planning advice’ and of course, his infamous sense of humour.
His Menslink profile also reveals other ‘NFP community board experience including Kulturebreak (2012-2015) and as a founding board position with Surfers Against Suicide (current). Notably, in 2012 he co-founded Surfers Against Suicide culminating in their first event where over 40,000 people attended the surf pro-am at Manly Beach.’ While an owner of the 39 Steps Café in O’Connor – where a band called Safia had one of its first performances - Mark oversaw the adoption of the ‘Suspended Coffee’ initiative, where his non-judgmental staff dispense pre-purchased coffees for people experiencing hardships. In an online article he reflected, ‘It’s encouraging to see the willingness of the local community to support others who may be experiencing hardship. It is a really nice feeling to be able to provide a hot drink for someone on a cold day.’ (Her Canberra, June 2013.)
But what happens when it is you who is experiencing hardship and are in need of support? It was over a coffee – which Mark bought for me - that I asked about that moment in late February when his life, and his family’s, were profoundly rocked by a freak accident. While cycling with a group of friends on the Criterium Circuit in Stromlo Forest Park, Mark collided with a kangaroo. ‘I had six back fractures and 2 skull fractures. I got to the hospital where they said if I was fifteen minutes later I would have been dead. I then spent three weeks in a coma. Statisticians indicated my chances were less than one in 1000 that I would come out of it. And what really hurts was the impact on my wife. Because for that three weeks I was in the coma she had to do 22 hours a day.’
Mark becomes understandably emotional when he reconstructs the time after his accident, when wife Jo was looking after their boys with the aid of Mark’s brother and sister, unsure if Mark would ever emerge from the coma. He speaks glowingly about the support received from the Radford community, and beyond: ‘The way the community lifted. There were meals dropped at our house. Radford Soccer dropped stuff around. There were people ringing, texting, coming around, helping with the kids. I didn’t expect any of it. But when I was in the Brain Recovery Unit in Liverpool, I thought “Oh my God’. People are busy. They are time poor. They do not have spare money. People are cooking meals, buying meals, driving around. So many people helping in so many ways. It literally put wind in my sails.'
With an average stay at the Brain Injury Recovery Clinic being four months, it was a positive sign when this irrepressible Power Ranger checked out after just two-and-a half weeks. But Mark could see in the eyes of his boys that they were perhaps thinking ‘that man who is made of steel … is rusty around the edges.’ He would inevitably have to let time do its healing, despite an inability to sit still, but that did not stop of him from resuming his coaching duties with future Power Rangers on the Radford fields.
Mark recounts a speech he delivers for Menslink entitled ‘The Unlikely Mentor’. It is based on the power mentoring can have ‘when it comes from somebody with no obligation to do so.’ He recalls while recovering in Liverpool, a speech pathologist asked him to write down something to check that he was ‘cognitively OK’. He found himself writing this speech down for her, then stopping three-quarters of the way through. When the pathologist asked why he had stopped he replied, ‘I’ve been giving this speech on half a dozen occasions over the last two years and I just realised the two blokes I’m talking about don’t know that I’m talking about them! When I get back to Canberra I’m going to tell them.’ This is what he did. And he was deeply moved when one of those supporters during his tempestuous teens reacted by crying and responding to him: ‘I had no idea, Mark. That’s fantastic.’
‘I don’t know what my message is for your article,’ Mark concludes. ‘It’s clear to me that I’ve been left on this earth to do something. And I think in the next six months I’ll work out exactly what it is.’ This length of time is possibly an eternity for a man like Mark Whithear. I sensed throughout our interview that, for now, Mark was wanting to similarly share his story - and possibly some unspoken gratitude - with the Radford community. Perhaps he was struggling to find the perfect words to thank those who felt obliged in that challenging month after the accident – when things could have gone either way – to help Jo and his family get through it all?
In writing these articles in preparation for the approaching book, this writer has come to discover that the Radford community can be at its best when it is asked to roll up its sleeves in times of adversity; when it is emphatically asked to put aside those pressing and seemingly imperative daily needs; or when it is jolted from our often myopic routines, screens and sundry distractions, and asked to be human once again alongside the vulnerability of others. It is what former principal David Mulford describes as ‘The pastoral arm that would wrap around anyone who was struggling.’ Or as former student Jordan Prosser (Class of 2006) once intuited: ‘I think there’s something important about the way, during my time there at least, that Radford dealt with crises and misfortune, as a community. I remember during tragedy the way the school rallied - but never in the saccharine or forced way that communities so often come together at times like this. There was always a place for genuine grief, and every arm of the school (administrative, executive, pastoral, religious), seemed completely united in their supporting of the students.’
As Mark Whithear reveals as we finished our coffees, ‘If you train your brain right, you can end up with it better than it was before - which for me is a low benchmark.’ We laugh, shake hands, hug and I assure him that next time the coffee will be on me.
‘I actually think that I’m going to be a better human being,’ he reassured me, in case I had any doubts about his place as leader of The Power Rangers. It’s funny, because right at that moment, I felt all the better myself for the past hour of laughter, tears, conversation, inspiration and unstoppable humanity.
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.
23 October 2018
Michele Sharp and Jemima Sayers
Jemima Sayers visits sculptures by her ancestor, Pierre Puget
By Michele Sharp, Head of Languages
Language study tours open up a world of possibilities for our students. During the last holidays I was fortunate to travel with Madame Bateman and a group of Year 10 students to France for a mix of sightseeing and homestay at our sister school in Angers. Whilst we were in Paris, a trip to the Louvre could not be missed. It was then that we realised we had a personal connection in our midst. Jemima informed us she was related to one of the sculptors. Our first stop was the information desk where we were promptly directed to the room where Pierre Puget’s sculptures were housed. Whilst we all agreed our time at the Louvre was far too short, I am sure we will all return to Paris some day!
I would like to thank Jen Bateman for her excellent organisation of this tour and for leading the group on our adventure through France.
MY VISIT TO LE LOUVRE TO SEE SCULPTURES BY MY ANCESTOR
By Jemima Sayers
Pierre Puget, sculptor to King Louis XIV, was born 16 October 1620 and died 2 December 1694. He lived in Marseille in France, where he was born and died. He made many trips to Italy, however, as an engineer, architect, painter and, of course, sculptor. He travelled around France and Italy creating sculptures and paintings in Nice and Toulon, as well as designing and overseeing the construction of quite a few churches.
Illness forced Pierre to put the brush aside, and so he turned to sculpting to further his passion. He made a name and found himself in the favour of King Louis XIV in Versailles. He filled the courtyards with statues, most of which are still there today. Some, however, have been moved to Le Louvre in Paris.
The family of Puget originated in France but moved to England due to their religion. From sculptors to explorers, Officer Peter Puget (born November 1765 and died 31 October 1822 in London) was a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy. He was on a ship that surveyed Puget Sound in Seattle, United States, as part of Captain Vancouver’s fleet.
For me to visit these amazing works of art was a fantastic experience. We have Puget artefacts at home, but none quite so beautiful or expensive as these sculptures, which we wished had stayed in the family!
31 October 2018
P&F Fete Convenor
Volunteers are still needed, please sign-up for an hour or two
It's FETE WEEK!!!
See all the details in the Fete News
In particular, please note the traffic and parking changes at the College on Friday 2 Nov and Fete Day, Saturday 3 Nov.
Still time to:
* donate for white elephant and book stalls - containers at rear of Chapel
* buy raffle tickets - these have been posted to families
* buy ride tickets - Main Reception
* make preserves - jam, chutney, pickles, sauces etc.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
23 October 2018
All welcome at this presentation on service, sport, exchanges, camps, clubs and more!
Service, sport, Round Square, exchanges, camps, outdoor pursuits, clubs and activities, and more!
Thursday 1 November
Heath Lecture Theatre, Mackinnon Senior School Building
Kirsty Mack by Tuesday 30 October 2018, Kirsty.Mack@radford.act.edu.au
We extend a warm invitation to the next Education and Wellbeing Committee Meeting, to be held from 5.30 to 6.30 pm on Thursday 1 November in the Heath Lecture Theatre, Mackinnon Senior School Building.
31 October 2018
Set your own password to College intranet
Radford parents and caregivers will be able to reset their passwords for Radford Online from Thursday November 1.
This will be done using Microsoft’s Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR), which allows passwords to be reset using a security code sent to your mobile phone. Other options to receive your security code will become available in future.
Parents and caregivers will receive an email from Radford IT Services with the subject “Parent Self-Service Password Reset enrolment complete."
The email will contain step-by-step instructions on how to change your password.
An example of the instructions can be read here
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Radford IT Helpdesk
Telephone: +61 2 6162 6249
31 October 2018
Justine Molony, Communications Officer
Radford will offer Dance as an elective subject from 2019
The extraordinary success of Radford Dance Academy was a key consideration in the College’s decision to introduce Dance as an elective subject for Year 8 within the Performing Arts Department. Students at Radford clearly have an appetite for dance and, as from 2019 and starting with the Year 8 elective rotation, this will be satisfied by the addition of the Australian Dance Curriculum to the College’s elective offerings.
The 2007 National Education and the Arts Statement asserted that ‘An education rich in the Arts … is vital to students’ success as individuals and as members of society, emphasising not only creativity and imagination, but also the values of cultural understanding and social harmony that the Arts can engender’. Dance falls within the ‘The Arts’, one of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) learning areas, which also includes Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts. This initiative will mean that Radford now offers electives from all five Arts subjects and students will benefit from an education that is truly rich in the arts.
Students who elect to study Dance at Radford will experience a curriculum that supports creativity, exploration and inquiry. Engagement in dance in all its forms – as an expression of culture and identity, an artform, a method of communication and a joyous demonstration of the power of the human body – will take place through making and responding to dance independently and within a group. The Australian curriculum is notable for its focus on the dance and influences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and of the Asia-Pacific region.
Concentrating on choreography and composition, curriculum-based Dance is an opportunity for students to explore the synergies between dance and other programs in The Arts learning area and to extend that exploration to more traditional academic areas such as maths, the sciences and the humanities. It is exciting to consider the kinds of collaborative projects that will inevitably develop out of these relationships.
Two exceptional teachers, Director of Movement Danielle White and Holly Cuddy, will lead students in the new program. Danielle has taught a range of dance styles for over 20 years. Working in her private studio (Bom Funk) and community and professional organisations, including Ausdance ACT, Danielle’s passion, knowledge and experience have already made an impact at Radford through her role as director of the Radford Dance Academy. Holly Cuddy studied a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts and has performed nationally and internationally with renowned choreographers and companies. After completing her graduate diploma in education at Queensland University of Technology and working in Queensland, Holly relocated to Canberra to continue her passion for teaching dance at Radford College. Holly regards the opportunity to teach students of varying skill levels as critical to developing and maintaining her own skills as an artist and teacher.
More information about the Dance elective will be distributed at the beginning of the 2019 academic year.
31 October 2018
Kirsten Knight, Director of Strings
Radford’s Junior String Trio bring music to Children’s Week
By Kirsten Knight, Director of Strings
The Radford College Junior School String Trio (Sienna Costello, Edi Lupton and Genevieve Nguyen) performed at the ACT Children’s Week Launch and Awards Ceremony in the Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia, on Wednesday 24 October. The trio played background music for guests arriving for the ceremony and performed a piece during the formal proceedings.
The trio were congratulated on a wonderful performance by the Hon Margaret Reid who was presenting the Children’s Week Awards.
31 October 2018
Year 8 students enjoyed making Chinese lanterns for Canberra’s Moon Festival
我是八年级的Neve. 我们上个学期在中文课做了中国的灯笼。我们用了有颜色的纸做的。中国人在中秋节的时候做灯笼。我们学了中国的中秋节文化，很有意思， 我很喜欢。
Hello, I’m Neve and I’m in year 8. Last term in Chinese we made lanterns in class. We used coloured paper to make them. In China, people make lanterns during Mid-Autumn festival. We studied about the tradition of the Mid-Autumn festival. It was interesting. I enjoyed it. -- Neve Maguire, Year 8
The making of Chinese lanterns was a truly unique experience. To be doing something Chinese youths have been doing for years, decades even, was an amazing experience. I loved making the lanterns and while making them, I truly felt I was in China. The Chinese moon festival is a celebration of the reunion of the family. We made lanterns for the amazing Moon Festival, where we ate moon cake and made lanterns. This inspired me to learn more about Chinese culture and history, and it was an enjoyable experience. -- James Dixon, Year 8
31 October 2018
Sam Tonkin, Music Administrator
Co-curricular activities registration for 2019
by Sam Tonkin, Music Administrator
Registrations for co-curricular activities commencing in Term 1, 2019, are still being accepted or are available for waitlist. Please visit the registrations page on Radford Online Co-curricular Activity registration forms.
We recommend that you visit the Co-curricular home page to access the Co-curricular Handbook and Co-curricular Activity registration forms (students need to register separately for each activity). The individual activity pages available from this home page provide useful information throughout an activity’s duration.
Plan your child’s co-curricular activity schedule by consulting the weekly timetable in the Co-curricular Handbook. The timetable is arranged by academic year. Please note that it is subject to change.
Activities on offer:
31 October 2018
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) reminder and fact sheet
The College has had one reported case of Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in a Year 4 child.
Please be aware that these are notifiable diseases, and keep your children away from school. Fact sheets are attached below, but please contact your doctor or ACT Health on 6205 2155 for more information or advice.
ACT Health: Pertussis/Whooping cough fact sheet
- Children (or Adults) with coughing symptoms should be reviewed by their GP. The GP should be informed that a person with whooping cough/pertussis has been diagnosed at the College and request a nose swab test. This is most accurate in the first 4 weeks of coughing. There is no need to have your child tested if they do not have a cough.
- If your Doctor diagnoses Whooping cough, please inform the College and keep your child at home until they have taken 5 days of antibiotics. Keep coughing children away from babies.
- Whooping cough vaccines give good protection against infection but immunity fades. Parents and grandparents can be given a booster dose of dTpa to help protect young babies.
31 October 2018
Secondary School students prove their Science prowess
By Head of Science Bronwyn Stanbury
Fellow teacher Jane Smith and I took three teams of three students to Canberra Grammar School on 20 and 21 October (yes the whole weekend!) for the World Scholars Cup.
There were about 80 other students from around the ACT participating in this rigorous world-wide competition designed to engage and challenge gifted and talented students in a fun and collaborative way.
I am pleased to say that all nine Radford students walked away with at least one medal at the end of the weekend.
- One of our Year 7 teams consisting of Evelyn Toyne, Olivia Wang & Terry Yang were crowned 2nd place as the Overall Champion team for the whole competition. Their achievements included: 2nd for Team Writing; 3rd in Team Challenge; 3rd in Team Debate & 4th in the Junior Team Bowl (similar to kahoot)
- Olivia Wang came 2nd in the Writing Champions event; received a medal for her top position in the Social Studies and the All Subjects category of the individual Challenge and came 7th in the Champion Scholars event
- Evelyn Toyne - came 6th in the Debate Champions section
- Terry Yang came 3rd in Debate Champions; 5th in the All Subjects Challenge; 6th in the Writing Champions and got the overall Top Scholar medal for Radford and took 2nd place (junior trophy) as the overall Champion Scholar for the whole event.
- Kenan Zhang (in Year 7) came 4th place in the Da Vinci all-rounder section
- Lyam Boyce (in Year 8) came 2nd place in the Da Vinci all-rounder section
- Our only Year 10 team consisting of Xander Doshi, Ageesh Singh, Vince Guo came 2nd in the Team Bowl event
- Eloise Flynn - came 7th in the Debate Champions event & received the Top Scholar medal in the Senior division despite only being in Year 7!
- Ageesh Singh also received an individual award for his great results in the All Subjects category of the Individual Challenge round
In other news, our Year 9 students received their awards and cheques (ranging from $50 for encouragement award up to $400 for 1st Place) at last Friday evening’s Science & Engineering Fair Awards Night at the CSIRO Discovery Centre. They are now eligible to enter their research papers into the esteemed 2019 BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards.
Left photo (L to R): Jackson Hippit, Ananya Aggarwal, Dinu Ranatunga, Toby Lang, Isobel Sambridge, David Stocks
Right photo (L to R): Ananya, Dinu, David, Toby, Jackson waiting to enter the Discovery Centre to receive their award.
1st Place in Secondary Earth & Space
- Toby Lang- Compression strength of wet sand
2nd Place in Secondary Physics
- Ananya Aggarwal- Role of a pipe’s shape and soap content on its drainage capacity
- Thomas Langworthy- The Albedo Effect (absent on the night)
- Isobel Sambridge- The effect of isolated light colours on a plant’s growth
- Dinu Ranatunga- Elasticity of rubber bands at different temperatures
- Jackson Hippit- Projectile Motion
- David Stocks- The effect of kinetic energy on gel penetration by a sphere
- Anjali Gupta- The effect of caffeine (absent from the photo)