Radford Bulletin Term 4, Week 4 – 7 November 2018

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal

7 November 2018

Fete thanks, capital works, 2020 scholarship applications open, for the diary

Yet Another Fantastic Radford Fete
In almost perfect weather conditions, people of all ages came together last Saturday to support the College and show loyalty and commitment to individuals and groups at the 2018 Radford Fete. It was a fantastic day and I was so pleased to see so many people sampling food, enjoying the entertainment and taking time to catch up with friends and acquaintances.

While it is always difficult to thank everyone who assisted with the Fete, there are a few people I would like to particularly mention. First and foremost, I would like to thank this year’s Fete Convenor, Monique Glavonjic, for the countless hours she spent organising and directing the operations of the Fete. Additionally, the day simply would not have happened without Sarah Jennett, the rest of the P&F Committee and all the wonderful volunteers and stall coordinators. While there’s too many to list, I make special mention of Leeann Dunne, Heidi Norton and Dean O’Brien. I also want to thank P&F Administrator Angie Walters, the Facilities Team (led by Robert Harris), the Communications Team (led by Mick Bunworth) and all of our student helpers, for their collective support. Thanks also to our music team - Kirsten Knight, Michael Knight, Ben Marsden, Ethan McAlister and Emily Leong - for organising musicians and a great program of entertainment. And finally, I would like to thank everyone who donated goods, time or just simply attended. Collectively it was a great team effort!

Although it is my firm belief that the value of events such as the Fete lie in the community spirit that they evoke, it also provides an opportunity for the P&F to fundraise. While final profits are yet to be determined, we are confident that there will be a healthy financial return for all of the effort that was put in.

Further Capital Works During the Holidays
In addition to the two major capital works projects that are currently under construction, the College committed in 2017 to spend an additional $2 million on the refurbishment of some of the older classrooms in the Secondary School. Last summer and during the mid-year break, Rooms 28 through to 34 were refurbished as prototype classrooms, and now the College is looking to continue the refurbishment and will target Rooms 7 to 11 and Rooms 92 to 95 inclusive, over the upcoming summer holidays. This will bring the total number of rooms refurbished to 16.

The refurbishments will include painting, new carpet, the installation of heating and cooling, and a redesign of the roof structure to provide better insulation. The rooms will be completed with new furniture and in some cases operable walls.

Also, over the holiday period, the College will be spending $120,000 on the installation of solar panels in the Junior School. This initiative proudly supports the sustainability charter of the College, diversifies our electricity sources and reduces the pressure from ever increasing electricity bills. Installation of the panels will reduce the maximum peak load, particularly in the summer months, where solar generation is highest.

The installation will be a 70 KW system and, when combined with the current 30 KW system in the Secondary School, brings our total solar generation to 100KW. The solar panels are forecast to generate 130,000 MWh per annum which will considerably reduce the electricity bills and pay for themselves within seven years.

Foundation Scholarship Applications Open
With the recipient of their inaugural scholarship commencing Year 11 when school returns in February, the Directors of the Radford Foundation welcome applications for the next scholarship.

The recipient will remain anonymous and receive a two-year scholarship to commence Year 11 in 2020. Applications close on Friday 15 February 2019.  

The Foundation Scholarship is awarded to a new student who demonstrates outstanding achievement and community involvement but whose personal financial circumstances prevent them from enrolling at the College.

The Foundation will cover 100% of the Tuition and Capital Levy fees for two years (Years 11 and 12), and up to 100% of compulsory College related costs.

Applicants are initially asked to complete and submit this application form.

Submission of this form and documents listed below by e-mail to foundation@radford.act.edu.au, or by delivery to Main Reception, Radford College, 1 College Street, BRUCE, by 4 pm on Friday 15 February 2019.

  1. This scholarship application form, including the 200-word Personal Statement
  2. School reports for previous two years, NAPLAN reports for Year 7 and Year 9 (if available)
  3. Passport-sized photo.

Only short-listed applicants will then be required to complete this financial statement. The successful applicant will be asked to verify financial statements and provide referees.

The successful applicant will be selected in time for them to take their place in the 2020 Year 11 orientation and induction sessions in Term 2, 2019.

If you have any questions about the application form or process, please email Foundation Administrator Cassie Roberts foundation@radford.act.edu.au or telephone 6162 6200.

For the Diary – 2018 Awards and 2019 Term Dates
The College had previously designated our mid-year professional learning day for staff to be held on Day 1 of Term 3 2019. However, it has now been decided to move this to the final day of Term 2. This means that Term 2 will conclude for students on Thursday 27 June 2019. All students will return to school on Monday 22 July 2019.

Please also note that due to our awards events, the school day will conclude at 2.00 pm for Junior School and 2.30 pm for students in Years 7–9 on the final day of term, Tuesday 11 December. This will give families with Junior School students the opportunity to get home, freshen up and then be at the National Convention Centre for a 3.50 pm start to the Junior School Awards Afternoon.

Chaplain Erin Tuineau

Chaplain's Reflection: knowing ourselves

6 November 2018

Rev. Erin Tuineau

The value of developing self-awareness

Chaplain’s Reflection: Term 4 Wk 4

A couple of months ago, I referred to a Jesuit priest by the name of Fr Aloysius who is deeply involved in leading schools for refugees throughout Europe and Africa. I mentioned that he made ‘empathy’ one of the key goals in these schools. He also believed that ‘self-awareness’ needs to one of the other primary values of education. And I don’t think he simply meant an awareness of how one learns, but, rather, a wider awareness of how a person understands themselves, their identity, and how they relate to others. If a person has this sort of self-awareness than they are much more likely to make decisions in life that are in tune with their authentic self, and that respect the dignity of others. This can only help lead them to a place of peace, even in the face of adversity, as they remain true to who they are and the world around them.

The need to develop self-awareness in our young people seems paramount at the moment, considering that children as young as nine years old are reported as being obsessed with losing weight. This is heartbreaking to hear when we all know that being a nine-year-old is a meant to be about playing with your friends, learning new things at school, and enjoying life! So, what is happening to our children? Why do they feel under so much pressure at such a young age to be something that they are not?

I know some of you will laugh at me when I quote Dr Phil from about 10 years ago (when I used to watch the show), but I will always remember him saying that ‘our body-image is a reflection of our self-image’. It took me a little while to work out what he meant, but I think he was trying to help us realize that simply attending to how person feels about their outward appearance will not address the root cause of their negative body-image. Essentially, people develop a poor body-image because on some level they dislike who they are. They believe that something is wrong with them, their personhood, and they express this belief by obsessing over their physical appearance. This makes sense when it seems more possible to change a visible part of yourself, rather than the invisible part of who you are: your identity.

So, what can we take away from all of this? I would say that it is absolutely necessary that we find a way of helping our children and young people to articulate how they see themselves, whether that be through written word, images, or just simple conversation. Whether that be at home or at school. And instead of trying to encourage young people to list all the things that they like about themselves, which sounds nice enough, I think what they really need is a safe place to express what they really believe about themselves. In other words, they need to have the freedom to get off their chest that they do not really like all of who they are, and they need adults who can handle this truth- not support it, but at least refrain from judging it. Once young people are aware of these inner thoughts and feelings, they will be much more empowered to change them. As the old saying goes, ‘you can’t fix what you don’t know’, and so it would seem self-awareness is the key to transforming the attitudes our younger generation have about themselves.

Now I know the above sounds very psychoanalytical, and that is why it is our job as parents and educators of young people to make self-awareness the most normal thing a person could do. And that means we need to start making it a normal part of our lives by simply reflecting on who we are in the presence of our kids and students. In time, as children and teenagers always do, they will pick up on what we are doing and weave it into their own lives. This means the change that we need to see happen in the younger generation actually starts with us, which is a little daunting, but also a huge privilege. I know some may say that this is an area that only spiritual leaders and psychologists should be dealing with, but, really, it needs to be the concern of all adult Australians who want a better and brighter future for our children. It is only together that we can make a difference. And it is only with God’s love and wisdom that this change can happen.

Rev. Erin


Duncan Smith and Richard Wardman assist Foundation Principal Jock Mackinnon AM (centre) to add his handprint to the painting

H for History #33: Dirrum Dirrum and the Scar Tree

6 November 2018

An art work with deep connections to the past, present and future

To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Radford College’s Foundation, Wiradjuri artist, teacher, performer and regular Foundation Day visitor Duncan Smith, was commissioned to create a painting based on Yungbali. Duncan asked of its viewers ‘to listen to the picture with our eyes, so we can connect with, and become part of the songlines of country, of the Yungbali tale and of the College story.’ The story draws down on Radford’s founding dream and its Judeo-Christian heritage. But as Fr Richard Browning added, the work and its narrative needed to be intentionally ‘shaped by the land upon which we find ourselves, Ngunnawal land, its language and culture; acknowledging that story, totem, dance, celebration, ceremony and relationship to earth has been intimately a part of identity and culture for tens of thousands of years.’

Duncan Smith signs his painting Dirrum Dirrum and the Scar TreeUpon finishing the work, Duncan Smith was glowing as he presented the art work to the college: ‘I’m over the moon,’ he exclaimed, playfully pointing to its representation on the canvas. ‘We slowly, slowly, slowly, slowly got there and I am very happy with it.’ One receives the impression that something profound had been attempted and achieved in its creation, which Duncan described as ‘a massive undertaking’. Guided by what he identified as his ‘only balance’, Duncan aspired for this artwork to be ‘as symbolic and as powerful as the story itself that was being told.’

He hinted that different angles of viewing – or ‘listening with your own eyes’ to the painting – will provide the attuned observer with a sense of movement and a gradual unravelling of the messages it contains. ‘You’ve got the songlines of water and of land – of mountains and the hills, valleys and the plains - which is what we call “Country.” And Country is everything…” He pointed to the canvas and stated, ‘It’s got my mob’s story of country in there.’

The work contains many powerful images and symbols. On first glance, the viewer/listener will make out The Cross depicted as a Scar Tree; the sun, moon and earth represented in yellow, white and red spirals; a wedge-tailed eagle as the wind from the Yungbali story, raising a cloud of red dust ‘whirly birds’ with the beating of her wings; representatives of all living creatures: man (as a hunter, with a boomerang), a pregnant woman (with a coolamon symbolising birth), kangaroo (land animals), emu (birds), platypus (water creatures) and dragonfly (insects); and the yellow earth (with corroboree/gathering place symbols).

The symbols will no doubt evoke differing responses in each viewer/listener. But celebrating such difference, Duncan was quick to acknowledge that ‘everything creates its own song’. So perhaps there exists within this artwork, created for a community celebrating its foundation, a place where all of its members can somehow weave a part of themselves into the very fabric of the work? Consequently, the collection and fusion of stories/songs from the entire Radford community would seem equally essential to it. ‘Those people who will take part in having put their hands on here will become deep within the story,” revealed Duncan. (And in many ways, my new book is a similar and modest attempt to collect stories that have grown from, are representative of, and deeply celebrate the founding of the college.)

On Foundation Day 2013, selected and varied members of the Radford community with deep connections to its past and present – and possibly its future - had their handprints set deeply into the story/song of the stunning artwork which was to be titled Dirrum Dirrum and the Scar Tree. Duncan hoped this diverse range of people would help ‘connect the community to the songline of the art work.’ Participants included:

  • Peter Dodd, Boyd Gibson, Brenda Lander and Richard Wardman: long-term staff members
  • Ben Garrett: grandson of Graeme Wigg, third Principal
  • Jock Mackinnon AM: Foundation Principal of Radford
  • Cecilia Millar-Rakisits: granddaughter of TB Millar, Foundation Chairman
  • Dylan Mordike: former student and long-term staff member, who was present at the laying of the Foundation Stone
  • Mary Pollard: Mother of former student Christopher Pollard, who is commemorated by the College processional cross
  • Duncan, Dylan and Bevan Smith: the artist and his sons
  • Aminda Weerasooriya: the then youngest student in the College (aged 3)
  • Branko Zec: Facilities staff member, chosen by the College Captains.

Ben Garrett and Aminda WeerasooriyaAminda Weerasooriya, now in Year 4, conceded: ‘When I see the painting in Chapel it brings back memories.’ He remembered being taken in by the size, purpose and mystery of the piece. ‘I thought the painting was so big and I wondered what they were making and what they would do with it.’ He recalled some trepidation amidst the formalities: ‘I was only 3 and a half when I went to my first Foundation Day. I feel really honoured that I was one of the only children from the (Junior) school who got put their hand on the painting. I was also a bit scared when I was with the other people who were there. I wondered why I was the only small child.’ Yet when his name was called to present his hand, Aminda felt an almost unspoken sense of belonging: ‘When I heard my name called, I didn’t know I was being part of a painting… But as soon as I put my hand on the painting I felt like I was already a part of the Radford community.’ (NB. Duncan Smith explained that ‘even the way we feel without speaking a word has its own songline’.)

Ben Garrett, who is now in Year 10, presented his own hand as an act of connection with both the Radford community and his family. He wished to particularly honour the work of his grandfather Graeme Wigg while ‘representing what I am here for and who I am.’ He reflected that seeing the artwork in the chapel reminds him of his grandfather but also of the knowledge that he is an equally important part of the art work and the college’s fabric. I asked him if he felt his family’s Radford ties might continue in future years. Inspired by recent service learning at Black Mountain School he replied, ‘I am thinking about education and teaching. I like it a lot (at BMS). It’s not just service anymore. It’s about the connection.’

The staff involved in ‘showing their hands’ similarly received a sense of something larger occurring. Branko Zec reflected: ‘My job is more than just facilities and cleaning. I was very honoured when the Year 11 and 12 students were asked to pick someone from the Facilities staff and they picked me. Money cannot buy that. I was very emotional.’ Being religious, Branko beams with pride that his handprint is ‘now sitting in the chapel’, has been seen by his granddaughter (who commenced in the ELC last year) and will be viewed by a grandson starting next year. From the artwork Branko receives a familial sense that ‘No one’s on their own - there’s always someone looking out for you. I do have a lovely family, but to me this is my second family. That is why I decided to stay here.’

Brenda Lander remembered having to ‘to pinch myself to check that this actually happened’ when a few transcending moments seemed to collide at the 30th Anniversary. Firstly, there was ‘a very special chance meeting with Mr Jock Mackinnon, the very person who was responsible for employing me way back in 1986, as he stood alone outside the Gymnasium that morning. Then the exhilarating experience of leading our Junior School in the creation of the storm during “The Telling” (of the Yungbali story). And then to top it all off, having my hand printed on the Scar Tree painting. What an incredible honour it was to be part of this.’

Former long-term staff member Peter Dodd (1985-2014) summarised: ‘In the years from foundation to the dedication and completion of this painting, Radford grew into something very special. Through ups and downs, pure joy and heartbreak, young and old, the College developed its unique flavour. Being a part of this event brought all of this into focus. From our first principal to our youngest student, all had a part to play. There were representatives from all these emotions and groups. All had something to offer. I was blown away to have my part in that journey recognised. I hope to be a touchstone, a handprint, for all the groups I had been a part of: teacher, executive, parent, friend … Four years on and many wonderful teaching moments since, my footprints should just about have disappeared. It is great to know I still have a handprint.’

In October 2018, the artwork underwent some restorative work by Radford parent, Kathryn Ferguson who appreciated the opportunity to work on the painting ‘which has cultural significance as a reconciliation canvas. As a paintings conservator I feel fortunate to work on a broad range of paintings which are both traditional and contemporary. The Duncan Smith painting combines both of these qualities.’ I asked her about the specifics of her restoration and Kathryn replied: ‘My treatment of the Dirrum Dirrum painting involved repairing and stabilising a small damaged area, then infilling and inpainting the associated paint losses. The final part of the treatment was to ensure further deterioration was minimised with appropriate protective backing materials and hanging devices.’

Kathryn reminded us that ‘the display location in the Chapel ensures that the school community can view and reflect on the art including the Scar Tree painting, allowing for interpretation of the spiritual intent of the artist while also encouraging respect for their cultural background. It is important art in the Chapel and throughout the school is accessible to young people to enable them to develop an appreciation of history and culture.’

‘The story is told verbally. But we’ve taken a story and made people listen to it through their eyes…” reminded Duncan Smith. ‘Everything went into place not because I put it there, but because I believe our ancestors played a part; your creator played a part… My ancestors guided me and allowed me to achieve it, because that’s our songline. We know they’re there. We feel their warmth.’

Could I encourage readers, particularly younger ones, to consider giving Dirrum Dirrum and The Scar Tree a respectful viewing and/or a listening? Duncan is not alone in hoping that such open and warm engagement might make students ‘more passionate about Indigenous things happening in the school.’ And possibly interested in learning more about ancestors and founders of the distant past - as well as from not all that long ago.

As Duncan Smith concluded with an equal amount of presence and warmth: ‘They can start from that point to create their own songline - in the action they then take.’

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.


Winners are grinners - our Chess team is off to Nationals!

JS News, 7 Nov 2018

7 November 2018

We congratulate our chess team - off to Nationals!

By Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

Dates to Remember

Mon 12 Nov                PreK 2019 Intro Morning

Tues 13 Nov                Year 2 2019 Intro Day

Wed 14 Nov                PreK 2019 Intro Morning

Thurs 15 Nov               Year 3 Strings Concert

Fri 16 Nov                    RDA Presentation


As I write this week’s message, I am celebrating the success of our Junior School Chess team, Ramon Luo, Arnav Jain, Eshaan Extross and Keren Zhang, in securing a place in the national tournament in Adelaide. I’m celebrating for a number of reasons: with the support of their parents and family, they formed their own group of Year 4 to 6 students, and they went about their business in a quiet but positive manner.

Our team came together late, but over the course of the ACT tournament, they continued to grow as a team. Last Sunday, with the final game, the decider nearing completion, it appeared that all was lost for our place in the Adelaide tournament. Despite our best efforts, it appeared we were heading for defeat. Yet our player refused to give in. He kept asking “why”? He began to put pressure upon his opponent, and in doing so forced an error that led to an unexpected win.

As Art Markman mentions in an article from The Importance of Creating a Culture of Why: ”Good knowledge is at the core of innovation, the more people understand things and situations, the more they can develop strategies and solutions”.

I shared the question, “Why is asking ‘why’ important?” at last week’s Junior School Assembly. I think Art answers this well. As lifelong learners, we need to continuously build our knowledge, seek understanding, ask out loud, or ask ourselves, “Why?”

In today’s world, where we seek collaboration and collegiality we had a Junior School Chess team that escaped the politeness trap, they asked “Why”? 

We work each day to build a culture of curiosity, of skill building, of why.

Last week’s shout out winners....


Lucia Hiew – Communicator

Edwin Yuen – Balanced 



Chloe Tan – Communicator

Ashton Osborne – Thinker


Emma Weenink – Thinker

George Dankiw – Principled

Millicent Unwin – Thinker


Krish Vuppalapati – Thinker

Chloe Black – Thinker

Daniel Zhang – Risk Taker


KAS – Emily Thomas

for showing independence and self-regulation.

KSG - Mia Deakes

for creativity and zest

KCH - Daniel Shen

for taking action 

KNS – Micah Constable

For demonstrating independence and perseverance.

1MH - William Pennington

Zest and enthusiasm for learning

1AT - William Holliday


for displaying a balanced attitude and love of learning.

2JG - Ava Muscat

for her commitment to her role as 2JG’s RTC representative.

2BF – Xavier Baldwin

for completing Literacy Planet tasks with zest and independence.

3DO-  Joshua Marriott

for being principled and courageous with his learning.

3PC - Natalia Costanzo

for kindness.

3RB - Madison Grigg

for kindness and being a loyal friend.

3EC - Spencer Ellis

for being balanced and showing love of learning

4JO - Otis Hibberd

for showing zest and enthusiasm.

4KP - Chelsea Hately

for her creativity and appreciation.

4CD - Zach Slattery

for the curiosity and perseverance he brings to his learning.

4OM -   Eva Tsiros

For being an Inquirer and showing commitment.

5TMi - Alex Georgalis

for being a communicator and demonstrating zest.

5JC - Alex Kulawiec

for commitment and enthusiasm towards his learning.

5SD – Arabella Johnson

for being an inquirer and showing self-regulation

5TeM - Cyrus French -

For curiosity and independence 

6TW - Euan Greig

for showing bravery, being a risk taker and stretching his communication skills.

6HB – Eliza Lilley

for approaching her class work with commitment and perseverance

6JF – Cameron Barnett

for respect and kindness towards others.

6TH - Kalea Ford

for curiosity and being an inquirer

Señora Stevens
Rowan Harris - 5SD


Mrs Ross
Jessica Colussi

for kindness and being principled.

Mrs Koenen
Danny Tran 5 SD

for being a Cooperative with a zest for learning

Ms Suthers
Euan Grieg – 6TW

For being principled and showing leadership

Mrs Halford
Josiah Zhang (3EC)

 for commitment and perseverance

Mrs Wilson

Zoe Gibbons (2JG)

for being an inquirer and enthusiastic while building marble runs in Yr 2

Mrs Salzke

Emily Bull 2BF

for respecting others and being a risk taker in music

PE Vinny Do

for always giving his best and displaying enthusiasm & teamwork during PE.



Gold Awards winners with the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove

Outstanding student achievements

6 November 2018

Sue Hassall, DoE Coordinator

Radford students awarded for leadership and skills

Students left to right: James Lindesay, Aisha Strutt, Andrew McColl and Sue Hassall (Award Leader at Radford College)
with Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor-General, and Lady Cosgrove

We congratulate four students who have reached the highest levels in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and in Scouting.

Duke of Edinburgh Scheme Gold Award
Current and former Radford students James Lindesay (2016), Andrew McColl and Aisha Strutt (2016, were inspiring recipients of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Awards on Monday 15 October. Presented at Government House by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, the award recognises the years of commitment and courage invested by the trio in their progress towards the highest level of achievement.

Stuart BeardmoreQueen's Scout Award
Current student Stuart Beardmore (Year 12) will receive a Queen’s Scout Award at Government House in December.

His citation (attached) praised him for the leadership roles he has held within the Mt Mugga Venturers Unit, his generous sharing of his technology and IT skills with the community and his notable willingness to participate in all activities with great enthusiasm.

Congratulations to these students on their admirable achievements.

Stuart Beardmore on expedition in 2016

Image for article: Fete thanks and feedback form

Fete thanks and feedback form

7 November 2018

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Fete a success!

Radford College Twilight Fete 2018  

  • Thank you so much to everyone who supported Radford College by coming along to the Twilight Fete on Saturday 3rd November 2018. 
  • Thank you to our 300+ volunteers (a combination of parents, executive staff, teachers and students) who were integral to the success of the day.  
  • Thank you to our stall convenors who put in an amazing effort from set up to pack down and everything required in between.  
  • Thank you to our sponsors - Supersmile Orthodontists, Jamison Travel Macquarie, Ovolo Nishi, Vuly -  for their generous donations towards our monster raffle and auctions.  
  • Thank you to our Radford Facilities team - amazing support right up until the end.  
  • Thank you to our talented Radford Music students for putting on great performances all afternoon.  
  • Thank you to the P&F Association for their work over the last six months. To see and hear everyone having a great time on Saturday is why we do what we do. 

Lastly, I encourage you to complete the anonymous Post-Event Feedback Form to provide us with your  experience of the Fete and what you would like to see in 2019. 

If you have any photos from your time at the Fete, could you please email them to moniqueglavonjic@gmail.com 

Monster Raffle - R18/00157 
Congratulations to our winners: 


Prize description


1st prize

$5,000.00 cash by

Supersmile Orthodontist

Louise Maccallum 

2nd prize

Table of 10 at the Radford Ball

- $1700.00

Mitch Links                

3th prize

Travel voucher by

Jamison Travels - $500.00

Alice Richardson       

4th prize

'Date Night' Package at

  Ovolo Nishi - $400.00

Vijay Vikram              

Auction Baskets 
In September we asked all Junior School families to donate various items - we had a total of 31 baskets to Auction on Saturday - thank you! We raised just over $1900 with this auction - a great achievement and one that we should all be very proud of. Thank you for your kind contributions.  

Until next year... 
Monique Glavonjic
Fete Convenor 2018 


And for 2019, time to book for Radford College Gala Ball 

click to book

Radford Ball 2019

Year 10 students concentrate during the Burgmann Anglican School Maths Day

Year 10 student success at the Burgmann Maths Day

7 November 2018

Solving mathematical conundrums in a positive learning environment

Radford sent three teams to the Burgmann Anglican College Year 10 Mathematics day on 18 October. Maths competitions are an excellent way of encouraging student interest in mathematics and creating an environment of cooperative learning and achievement. Days such as the one our students spent at Burgmann are a positive experience that establishes a community of peers with shared interests. Eighteen teams from schools across the ACT competed in events including a maths relay and a ‘cross contest’ (a numeric crossword). All Radford competitors performed admirably, solving conundrums with aplomb. The team of Christina Gao, Vince Guo, Claire Huang, Andrew Kerr and Brendan Wilson were the overall winners of the competition, which is an excellent achievement.

Radford hosted eight exchange students from other Australian Round Square schools

Y8 Round Square Exchanges

6 November 2018

Kath Notely, Round Square Coordinator

Eight students joined us recently from other Round Square schools

From Kath Notley, Round Square Coordinator

Throughout the year, Year 8 students can participate in a two-week reciprocal exchange with other Round Square schools in our region.

Last week, we had a record number of exchange students visiting Radford at one time, with eight students joining us, from Scotch Oakburn College in Launceston, Ballarat Grammar School and Woodleigh School on the Mornington Peninsula.

The students have involved themselves in all aspects of life at the College and have learnt more about themselves in the process. As Hamish Knowles from Scotch Oakburn indicated:

I think exchange is an amazing opportunity. Although you’re nervous when you land in a new place, you quickly make friends. I think exchanges are good because you find out what other families do in their spare time and how different yours is. Being the new kid at the school is weird but an experience I loved.

Hamish has been hosted by Jacob Miller who is eagerly looking forward to going to Launceston to see what life is like for Hamish in Tasmania.

Radford student Aurelia Nguyen went on exchange to Victoria:

I undertook my Year 8 exchange at Billanook College in Victoria and I had a wonderful time. I found it interesting and exciting to explore another person’s school and life, and see the differences and similarities. The exchange has made me realise that there are many different ways to do things, and no one single way is ‘correct’. This ranges from the little things, like when you eat dinner, to the bigger things, like the approach you take when teaching students. I have become more grateful for what I have, and I am more open when accepting the differences in other people’s lives. 

Images: one on the Melbourne Star and one at an interactive art gallery called Artvo.

Artvo interactive Art gallery Visiting Melbourne Star

Students have already begun to create art in the new Sumie classes

Sumie - a new co-curricular activity

6 November 2018

Michele Sharp, Head of Languages

Sumie is aligned with language and cultural study

By Michele Sharp, Head of Languages

This term, Sumie commenced at the College. It is the first cocurricular aligned with the languages. Students do not need to be studying a language to participate, and there are plans for other cultural activities such as Tai Chi to be introduced in the future.

Literally meaning ‘ink picture’, Sumie is a form of Japanese ink brush painting which uses simple strokes to create works of art. It is believed to have come to Japan from China, and was regularly practised by monks. Different shades and tones are created through the process of watering down the sumi (ink).

I initially learnt about Sumie as a university student when I studied at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan and undertook a semester course in the art form. I am now teaching our students the basic elements of this form of painting.

The students have only had two lessons and are already producing paintings of bamboo and plum blossoms. The class is held every Friday from 3:30-5:00pm and cocurricular registrations for the 2019 class are currently open on the Co-curricular Home page.

If there are any members of our community who practise this art form, either in Japanese or Chinese form, we would love to welcome guest painters. Please contact Michele.sharp@radford.act.edu.au if you are interested.


Rowers at the ready for the start of the girls' competition

Indoor rowing event success

7 November 2018

By Isobel Allison (Rowing GAP Coach)

Radford hosted the ACT event for the Australian Indoor Rowing Challenge

By Isobel Allison (Rowing GAP Coach)

Radford was the Canberra venue for the Australian Indoor Rowing Challenge, held on Sunday 28 October. There was a great turnout for the event, with the Radford centre having the second highest attendance in the country.

Radford rowing’s immense talent was also highlighted with three of our rowers earning National Champion status. Jess Schroder (Year 8) clinched the National Champion title in the U14 category for the 500m erg, whilst Hannah Sampson (Year 7) ranked first in the country in the U14 category in the 1000m. Connor Jacopino (Year 7) achieved an astonishing 1st place in the U14 1000m as well as 2nd in the 500m on a National level.

Not to be left out, our rowing Gappy coaches’ team name “Witness the Fitness” proved to be more than fitting, as they attained National Champion status in the 4x500m relay.

Radford rowing hopes to continue to host these championships and encourages even more parent race entries in the future!

ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard

ACCC is never boring

7 November 2018

Matthew De Bortoli, Year 11 Economics Captain

ACCC Deputy Chair shared her organisation’s objective with students

By Matthew De Bortoli, Year 11 Economics Captain

On 31 October, Radford’s Year 11 Economics and Year 12 Business Studies classes had the pleasure to listen to Delia Rickard, the Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The ACCC plays a critical role in the Australian economy, with its department objectives being to ensure private sector competitiveness, pursue litigation against illegal and anti-competitive corporate behaviour and protect consumer rights. Ms Rickard explained a number of real past cases and their outcomes and answered numerous questions from students. She says there is never a boring day when working at the ACCC. We would like to thank Ms Rickard for taking time out of her busy schedule to come and share her insights and knowledge.


Lauren Robards competing at the Oceania Track Championships

Sports Report, 7 Nov 2018

7 November 2018

Cycling, cricket, athletics

Student achievement, Cycling
Lauren Robard’s return home from the Junior World Cycling Championships in Switzerland has meant a return to hard training. Her program has included twice-weekly bike work in the heat chamber at the University of Canberra, a climate-controlled room set at 40 degrees, 80 per cent humidity and reduced oxygen, as well as weekly trips to the velodrome in Sydney.

Her hard work paid off in the October school holidays when she competed against the best U19 Australian & New Zealand riders over four days of racing at the Oceania Track Championships in Adelaide. Lauren won three gold medals and a bronze from six events. This included a gold in the team pursuit final, which was sweet revenge on the New Zealand riders who were responsible for putting the Aussies out of gold medal contention at the world championships!

Lauren’s her sporting achievements haven’t been confined to 2019. As a Secondary School student at Radford, she has represented the ACT at national championships 22 times across the sports of athletics, cross country, indoor and outdoor hockey, and road and track cycling. She also represented Australia in athletics in Year 8 and has been an Australian cycling representative three times. In 2020, Lauren will take up a full scholarship with the Queensland Academy of Sport where she will train at the new Anna Meares velodrome. Congratulations to Lauren on her success and good luck for the future.

Student achievement, Cricket
Congratulations to Joey Slater, Jake Smith Gibson, Sarah Quilty and Amber Smith Gibson on their selection in the 12&U ACT Cricket team. They will compete at the Australian national tournament in Bunbury, Western Australia, in December.

Associated Southern Colleges (ASC) Cricket First XI
After a few years in exile, this season Radford has returned to the ASC Cricket First XI competition in both the one day (50-over) and T20 competitions. Coached by Radford Technical Director of Cricket, Darryle Macdonald, and captained by Jay Macdonald, who is also the 2018/19 Radford Boys Cricket Captain, the team had their first win of the season against the undefeated Daramalan side. Chasing a total of 219 runs, Radford’s shaky start in losing two early wickets, was brought to an end by the efforts of Year 12 student Jay Allen, who produced one of the most memorable innings in Radford Cricket history, striking 102 not out and guiding Radford to a comfortable victory with five overs to spare. After pushing Marist all the way the previous weekend, but just coming up short, it is encouraging to have our first win of the season on the board. Future difficult games against St Edmunds and Trinity will determine our success this season.

A special mention to Grace Kuchlmayr who made her debut in the side against Marist with some impressive bowling. Grace is the first female to play in the Radford First XI.

With Mr Macdonald guiding the ship, the future of Radford Cricket is in good hands. As well as the resurrection of the First XI ASC team we are also fielding U11, U12 and U14 Division 1 teams which have started the season well. We’re looking forward to several upcoming invitational fixtures.

Secondary School Athletics Carnival results
Congratulations to Karri House, led by Captain Lauren Robards, Vice-Captains Lachlan Sampson and Elise Northcote and MIC Tim Robards, on winning the 2018 Secondary School Athletics Carnival. Karri also won the Spirit Points on the day. Congratulations to Golden Slipper winners Nick Donaldson and April Downey.

Congratulations are also due to the following students who broke school records at the carnival:

  • Nick Donaldson – 100 metres / 11.09 seconds
  • James Anderson-Bowell – 100 metres / 11.43 seconds
  • Daniel Chadwick – Shotput / 13.53 metres
Marcus Grzic, Matthew Gagan and Ethan Kruger traded on a choppy ASX market

Wolves of College St

7 November 2018

Alison Steven, Head of Department SOSE

Radford students master the ASX

By Alison Steven, Head of Department SOSE

Year 10 Commerce and Year 11 Economics students recently participated in the Australian Stock Exchange's annual Sharemarket Game.

Participants were provided with a virtual $50,000 to use from August to October to establish and manage a share portfolio with the objective of maximising capital gain.

Radford students achieved eight of the top 10 ACT results, with Matthew Gagan (Year 10) winning the local division. Matthew placed 25th out of more than 17,500 national and international student participants.

When the share market game first begun, I realised that the best value for money, and the best chance to make the most money, was to go big on a few shares. I bought about $10,000 oF 5 different shares, including TPM and VOC. I got extremely lucky, and the shares rose very quickly. I didn't want to lose my profits, so I sold the shares. In the first three days I was $3,000 in profit. I didn't buy any new shares, and my portfolio stayed the same. After about a week, I bought into SDA, with another stroke of luck, the company rose again, I was at about $54,000. At this point, I realised that I didn't need to make as much money as I could, I only needed to have more than everyone else in the state. I stayed out of the market, because it was consistently going down, and I knew I would be fighting an uphill battle to make any more money. The logic was that everyone else would be struggling to make more money, they are the ones taking the risks, not me. This strategy lasted me until the end of the game. On the last day, the player in 2nd place was only $20 below me; I didn't buy anything, and he lost $800.

Summary: I made all my money at the start of the game, and then held until the end of the game, letting others take the risks to catch up. -- Matthew Gagan Year 10

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

Art by: Nathan Luu (main), Sarah Depta (upper) and  Claire-Elise Ferguson (lower)

Creative Arts Senior Exhibition

7 November 2018

Amanda Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Don't miss this major exhibition, 12-16 November


Event: Creative Arts Senior Exhibition

Viewing: 12th-16th November 2018, school hours

Special opening event: 14th November 2018, 6pm

Venue: Senior Library


P&F Monster Raffle winners

Raffle R 18/00157 - Winners

Raffle permit number R 18/00157 was drawn at the Fete on 3 Nov 2018.  


Prize description


1st prize

$5,000.00 from Supersmile Orthodontist

Louise MacCallum 

2nd prize

Radford Ball, table for 10 – value $1700.00

Mitch Links                

3th prize

Travel voucher Jamison Travel – value $500.00

Alice Richardson       

4th prize

'Date Night' Package at Ovolo Nishi – value $400.00

Vijay Vikram