Radford Bulletin Term 4, Week 5 – 8 November 2017

Saturday Sunset Service

Saturday 11 November, Radford Chapel, 5:30pm, all welcome!

Staff Insights

Phil O'Regan, Head of Secondary School

From the Head of Secondary School

8 November 2017

Stages of transition, Remembrance Day, 2018 student leaders

Stages of transition

A lifetime of stories and experiences emanate from our school years. It is a period of cognitive, emotional and social growth when character is developed, thoughts are challenged, perspectives are broadened and relationships blossom. The end of this week will see 176 Year 12 students begin the process of closing the chapter on making memories and move to the next stage, that of recalling their school days.

To witness this growth and share the journey with young people is a gift few are afforded. It is so lovely to see the delight our staff take in observing the students grow and mature through the year. So many of our Junior and Secondary School staff attend the productions, sporting events, debates and musical performances, not just for the quality of the performance but to share in the experiences. They are often taken aback by the growth in maturity and capacity of the students that has occurred across the years.

As teachers, we firstly teach people, followed by content and understanding. At Radford, we teach wonderful young men and women to think, wrestle with ideas, investigate and reflect, challenge, act, lead, follow, listen, and live with honour and integrity. We do this so that the next chapters in their lifetimes will make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of others.

Significant consideration and planning is directed towards these moments of transition, in particular the book-ended experiences of bringing together a new cohort of students whilst preparing to farewell our Year 12s.

Welcome Year 7 2018

In bringing together students entering Radford for the first time in Year 7, together with existing Year 6 Radford students, we see the birth of the next cohort of Radford Secondary School students. During orientation sessions we facilitate, nudge and promote new connections, knowing that, in six years, many of the moments and experiences shared across the journey will have been the seeds for lifelong friendships. Our 2018 students have spent several sessions on campus recently and are well prepared for life in the Secondary School.

Farewell to Year 12

Students over the last weeks have had the countdown clock running in the Senior Centre. During this final week of school we have seen excitement give way to reflection and enlightenment that, having witnessed and participated in 2,405 days of school, there are just 2 days remaining! When speaking with Year 11 students about how they were feeling in taking on the mantle of leadership in 2018, I was genuinely surprised by their sincere sadness to see the Year 12 cohort depart, describing the close close friendships they had forged as Seniors. Perhaps this is the best legacy to leave, one of relationships beyond friendship circles and year groups. The 2017 year group have left their mark in the classrooms, across the campus, in the co-curricular arena, throughout Canberra, and well beyond, confirming that this is indeed a group of fine young men and women.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day 2017 falls on the weekend, so we held our commemoration at this morning's student assembly. This year’s guest speaker, Commodore Ian Murray, Commodore Ian Murrayreminded our students of the courage and sacrifice of those men and women who had gone to fight in conflicts, some more than a century ago. He quoted a speech by Australian War Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson AO, that reminded us of the cost of 1917, our nation’s most tragic and damaging year of war. In that closing year of the First World War, on the battlefields of France and Belgium, Australia endured 77,000 casualties of which 22,000 were dead and/or missing. Commodore Murray described how, in miserable conditions of rain and mud, 35 Australians were killed for every metre of ground gained. He asked those gathered to reflect on our young soldiers' sacrifices in far off lands, each time they sang the national anthem and rejoiced in being young and free.

New Student Leaders for 2018

This week also saw the transition in student leadership. At the Secondary School assembly we acknowledged and thanked the departing Year 12 leaders and announced the Prefects, Vice Captains and Captains for 2018. Following their examinations, the new leadership group will participate in seminars, workshops and activities as they prepare their theme and agenda for 2018.

2018 Prefects

Front row (L–R): Rebecca Morling, Hannah Coppell, Anastasia Ioannou, Miriam Van Dijk, Niamh Martin, Deakin Jewell, Stephanie Trinh, Lauren Robards, Alan Chen.

Middle row (L–R): Lydia Murray, Teresa Pelle, Nikki Rossendell, Emily Naumann, Chloe Rogers, Rose Williams, Matthew Overton-Clarke, Andrew McColl, Claire Graham, Annabelle Creer.

Back row (L–R): Campbell Waldron-Smith, Matthew Trigge, Bailey Toscan, Nelson Cary, William Morphett, Harrison Blake, Adam Davidson, Hugo Webster, Blake Reid.

Absent: Jem George



Chaplain Erin Tuineau

Chaplain's reflection: love your neighbour as yourself

6 November 2017

Erin Tuineau, Chaplain

Keeping our ‘tanks full', forgiving ourselves and being true to who we are.

After talking to a friend about the reflection I wrote last week, and discussing the idea of praying for one’s self first, my friend pointed out to me that this reflects in some ways Jesus’ commandment to:

 'Love your neighbour as yourself' (Luke 10:27)

I have found this to be such a confusing commandment when considering that the Church also teaches us to put others before ourselves. I wonder sometimes how we are meant to hold this teaching and the above commandment together in our minds and our lives. In the hope of answering this very question, I thought it would be worthwhile exploring what it means to ‘love our neighbour as ourselves’ and what this looks like in our daily lives. I have concluded that it might look like the following three things:

1. Keeping our 'tanks full'

So many wise people have taught the importance of looking after ourselves so that we can look after others. For many, however, the concept of caring for one’s self has been thought to be a selfish choice or even narcissistic. I would argue that attending to our emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing, by keeping ourselves – ‘our tanks’ – full of love and life is absolutely necessary if we are going to have the capacity to truly love others with all of who we are. Even Jesus was known to have taken ‘time out’ to go and pray by himself, and made sure he had good rest, like when he fell asleep in the bottom of the boat (Matthew 8:24). He also made sure that he had quality time with the people who loved him and whom he loved dearly, his disciples. He always seemed to practice such self-care just before he was about to meet the needs of others. I believe he did this because he knew instinctively that if we try to look after those around us on an ‘empty tank’, we usually end up trying to ‘take’ something from them (e.g., energy, affirmation), instead of ‘giving’ them what they need. With this in mind, we can rest assured that keeping out ‘tanks full’ is not a selfish exercise, but rather what enables us to be selfless.

2. Forgiving ourselves, constantly

I know we are always being reminded in church to forgive others, because God forgives us, but there is a step missing in between: we need to forgive ourselves. Knowing that God forgives us is the first step, but it is only when we accept this forgiveness and internalise it that we can be more gracious and forgiving of ourselves and then others. I have become most aware of this since becoming a parent. As a mum, I am constantly wondering if I am making the right decisions for my son, or loving him the way he needs to be loved, and the reality is I don’t get either of these things right all of the time. And then what usually happens is that I feel guilty about this and then I can end up doing things for my son out of this guilt. This way of functioning can happen in any relationship. And it is not good or life-giving. And the only way out of this warped way of relating to others is by forgiving oneself, constantly. And when we do this we discover the pure freedom of simply loving others with no strings attached. Furthermore, when we get into the rhythm of forgiving ourselves, we become less likely to judge others and have unrealistic expectations of the people in our lives. The more gentle we are with ourselves, the more gentle we will be others.

3. Being true to who we are

At the heart of our life journey we are essentially learning how to become who we really are, who God created us to be in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139). There is a being, a self, inside each of us that longs to be expressed and lived out in this world. We can spend much of our lives wrestling with this true and authentic self, often trying to keep it at bay and hidden from others. We do this predominantly because we have perceived at different times in our lives that our authentic self does not fit into the expectations of who others think or want us to be. We convince ourselves that loving others is the same as pleasing them. But it is not. When we try to please others, all we are doing is trying to earn love and praise from them. However, when we are true to who we really are that is when we simply offer ourselves to others as a gift for them to receive. And as it says in the famous poem by Marianne Williamson, ‘Our Greatest Fear’:

as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.

What better gift could we give to each other than this?

It is impossible to follow Jesus' commandment perfectly all the time but, if we do attempt to live out what it means to ‘love others as we love ourselves’, then our lives will be transformed. And, as with everything in life, we cannot follow such a commandment with just our own strength and determination, but only with Christ as our constant companion.

*A reminder of Saturday Sunset this Saturday 11 November in the Radford Chapel from 5:30 pm. All are welcome.


Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 8 November

8 November 2017

Date to remember, Fete, Awards Afternoon, Round Square and more

Dates to Remember
Thurs 9 Nov Kindergarten 2018 Orientation
Fri 10 Nov JS Remembrance Day Service
Mon 13 Nov Pre Kindergarten 2018 Orientation
Wed 15 Nov Pre Kindergarten 2018 Orientation

Our Fete
I felt a greater sense of community at our annual Fete last weekend. As usual it was really enjoyable catching up with so many families, and students who are now much taller than when in our Junior School. Whilst I enjoyed many of the stalls, the stand out for me was the Year 4 Origami Stall. Many months back, a band of Year 4 gentlemen approached me with an offer I couldn't resist. They would create Origami structures and sell them to support a nominated charity. It took them some time to organise, but organise they did. Well done!

Awards Afternoon
A reminder to all families, Kinder to Year 6, that it is compulsory to attend our Junior School Awards Afternoon.

Our annual Awards Afternoon is celebrated on Wednesday 6 December at the National Convention Centre. The Junior School Awards session commences at 3.50 pm and is completed by 5.00 pm, just over an hour in total. This also helps those families who are attending our Senior School Awards Evening which commences at 6.00 pm.
Our school day finishes at 2 pm on that day, with teachers meeting their classes at the convention centre at 2.30 pm.

Semester Two Reports will be available online after Friday 8 December. An email will be sent notifying you of their availability through Radford Online.

2018 Commencement Letters, will also be emailed in the week beginning 11 December.

Round Square Conference
As a Round Square School, our Year 6 students are fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to attend the Asia Pacific Round Square Primary School Conference in Malaysia, from Wednesday 8 November until Tuesday 14 November. An international experience to share and learn.

Final Units
As we close in on the end of our school year, our final Units of Inquiry are also being completed. Having six units per year really keeps an academic focus across the entire year.

2017 iBook
As a major part of our staff focus this year we have been targeting specific disciplines or discipline areas where we felt we could improve. Year teams have interrogated data, looked at ongoing learning, innovative teaching and learning, working collaboratively, and using spaces to reflect their teaching and learning approaches. Together the results will be produced as an iBook for us to both celebrate and seek to improve upon, as we build continuous improvement across our PK–6 years.

Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

Parents invited to student wellbeing presentation

1 November 2017

Informative discussion on latest trends – Heath Lecture Theatre, Thursday 9 November, 5.30 – 6.30 pm.

The next Education and Wellbeing Committee’s parent information session will be held this Thursday 9 November in the Heath Lecture Theatre from 5.30 – 6.30 pm.

Director of Student Development Ms Claire Melloy will discuss trends in adolescent student wellbeing.

The presentation will include:

  • International context including recent research on student wellbeing

  • Navigating the media; identifying whether messages are helpful or not

  • Trends within the Radford context. What we’re seeing among our students, how the College is responding and how parents can help.

All parents and caregivers are invited to attend this information session. There will be time for questions at the conclusion of the presentation.

L-R: Head of Secondary School Phil O'Regan, Annabelle Creer, Lydia Murray, Matthew Overton-Clarke, Andrew McColl, Principal F

Student leaders for 2018 announced

8 November 2017

Captains, Vice Captains and Prefects

2018 Student Leaders


Lydia Murray


Matthew Overton-Clarke

College Vice Captains    

Annabelle Creer


Andrew McColl

Acacia House Prefect    

Rebecca Morling

Banksia House Prefect

Campbell Waldron-Smith

Boronia House Prefect

Deakin Jewell

Huon House Prefect      

Nikki Rossendell

Jarrah House Prefect     

Bailey Toscan

Karri House Prefect        

Lauren Robards

Kurrajong House Prefect

Emily Naumann

Wandoo House Prefect

Stephanie Trinh

Academic Prefect

Niamh Martin

Communications Prefect

Hugo Webster

Peer Mentor Prefects

Teresa Pelle


Alan Chen


Matthew Trigge

Performing Arts Prefects

Adam Davidson


Claire Graham

Spiritual Prefect

Miriam Van Dijk

Service Learning Prefects

Nelson Cary


Chloe Rogers


Harrison Blake

Junior School Liaison Prefects

Hannah Coppell


Anastasia Ioannou


Blake Reid


William Morphett

Sport Prefects                  

Rose Williams


Jem George

Term 4 Ride 2 School Day, 2017

Ride2School - CANCELLED

8 November 2017

Jane Lilley, Teacher

The event scheduled for Fri 10 Nov has been cancelled

Term 4's Ride2School has been CANCELLED

For our avid cyclists, please make a note that, unfortunately, this term's Ride2School which had been scheduled for Friday 10 November has been cancelled.  Apologies if this causes any inconvenience. 

Please look out for National Ride2School day taking place on Friday 23rd March 2018!

For any further queries, please contact Jane Lilley.

Researchers say 'showing children that hard work works might encourage them to work hard too'.

Learning to persevere

7 November 2017

Helping children develop persistence

By Julie Smith, Junior School Wellbeing Team

In a study published in Science in September 2017 Researchers from MIT PlayLab conducted an experiment to determine if 15-month-olds children who observed an adult struggling to successfully complete a task would persist more on a subsequent challenging play task. They compared this group to another group who had not been exposed to the same experimenter behaviour. The researchers were interested in the question: can we model persistence for children and, if so, does it generalise for them to other novel situations that require perseverance? More about their findings later ...

Over the next two weeks our focus in the Junior School Wellbeing program will shift to considering the character strength of perseverance. The children will be engaging in discussions and activities that explore what perseverance is, how and when they demonstrate it, and what benefits flow for them and others when they do. 

When considering the trait of perseverance it is useful to reflect on the important work of Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. In her research, Duckworth considers the role of grit in success and achievement.  Duckworth sees grit as a combination of passion and perseverance and her research includes studies of spelling bee finalists, successful West Point cadets, salespeople, high school students and teachers. One of the most important conclusions she draws is that grit predicts success more reliably than talent or I.Q. She concludes that the key to success lies with a measure of talent combined with a larger measure of grit. She suggests that there has been an over focus on the role of talent for success at the expense of considering something that is at least as important – effort.

So how can we help children build their perseverance?

Let’s begin by noting that Duckworth considers grit as being equal measures of perseverance and passion. So, perhaps key to children learning about the power of perseverance is helping them to follow their passions and engage in activities that they enjoy and connect with. Younger children may not have a strong sense of where their passions lie but, as children grow older, pursuing an interest of their own choosing can help them to identify a passion and understand the benefits of practice, hard work and perseverance.

Employ the Hard Thing Rule. Duckworth explains that her family has the 'Hard Thing Rule', which involves everyone in her family, including the adults, choosing one hard thing to do. Yoga, running, ballet, piano, drawing, singing ... the list goes on.  The rule has three parts:

1) The hard thing has to involve daily deliberate practice.

2) It is OK to quit the hard thing but only when a natural stopping point has arrived; for example, at the end of the term. 

3) The hard thing must be something chosen by the person themselves, no one else picks it.

Duckworth recommends the Hard Thing Rule to parents who want to encourage grit without diminishing their child’s capacity to choose their own path.

Help children build habits of positive thinking. Duckworth’s studies show a correlation between optimistic thinking patterns and levels of grit. In other words, people who are optimistic about difficulties in their life and see them as changeable and specific to the situation rather than global and fixed, were grittier.

Praise children for process rather than outcomes. Carol Dweck’s work on growth mindsets research informs us that people who have a 'growth mindset' are grittier. 'Children are more motivated when they are told their intelligence or talents can grow and expand' says Dweck. When children are praised for the process they engage in – i.e., their focus, strategies and commitment to the task – then they are more motivated and more likely to stick with a task and to take on greater challenges.

Talk to your children about times you have struggled and had to persevere with something to achieve an outcome. Share family stories of struggle and have children talk to other relatives about times they have struggled or had to persevere to achieve something important. Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed says, 'lots of parents don’t want to talk about their failures in front of their kids, but that’s denying kids the potentially powerful experience of seeing their parents bounce back'.

Model perseverance. Back to the MIT PlayLab experiment we started with. The researchers found that, when given the novel and difficult task of pushing a button to make a toy work, the infants who watched the experimenter struggling to perform their task, spent longer and made more attempts than the infants who had not had such exposure. According to the research team, 'Showing children that hard work works might encourage them to work hard too'. 

Albert Einstein’s observation 'It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer' reminds us that even the eminently talented rely upon their capacity to persevere in order to achieve. There are many ways we can help our children build their sense of perseverance and experience the benefits that flow from it. We hope you are able to join with us and your children in exploring this important character strength.



'Infants make more attempts to achieve a goal when they see adults persist', Julia A. Leonard, Yuna Lee, Laura E. Schulz, Science, 22 Sep 2017

Grit. The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth, 2016

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck, 2007

How Not to Talk to Your Kids. The Inverse Power of Praise, Po Bronson, New York Magazine, 3 Aug 2007

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character, Paul Tough, 2013

Radford Rowing

Rowing News 8 November

7 November 2017

Vicky Spencer, Technical Director, Rowing

Fundraising, Indoor Championships, new uniform, important dates

By Vicky Spencer, Technical Director – Rowing

A Busy Week for Radford Rowing

The Radford rowing program has been bustling with activity this past week. Friends of Radford Rowing (FoRR) held a thoroughly enjoyable and successful fundraiser where parents socialised together and tasted local produce, wine and craft beer at King O’Malleys in the city. We would like to thank FoRR for organising this event and to the generous supporters who donated items for the silent auction. The Radford supporters rallied again on Friday and Saturday to help with serving the delicious produce from the successful dumpling stall at the Radford Fete. The weekend was capped off with Radford hosting the Rowing Australia Indoor Rowing Championships ACT in the school gym. Over 50 competitors participated ranging from Radford rowers from all year groups, to local gym junkies, rowing club members and adaptive athletes. The event was a resounding success as evidenced by the huge roars of support coming from the gym, especially during the 2,000-metre relay racing. Rowers and supporters alike enjoyed the event with the word ‘fun’ being heard uttered in the same sentence as ‘ergo’, a highly rare partnership as any rower will be sure to tell you!

Rowing Australia Indoor Rowing Championships ACT

Next stop – Radford Regatta Saturday 11 November. This is our first full shed regatta and FoRR will be asking for parents to help volunteer for some of the numerous tasks involved with running a regatta.

New uniform

The new uniform is due to arrive this week, in time for the Radford Regatta. Vicky Spencer will send an email to notify parents of the collection details.

Dates for your Diary – Term 4

  • 11 November                   RACT Regatta #2, Lake Burley Griffin
  • 19 November                   Independent Rowing Schools Association Regatta, Penrith, New South Wales
  • 25 November                   Tuggeranong Regatta
  • 2 December                     RACT Regatta #3, Lake Burley Griffin
  • 4–7 December                 Senior Rowing Camp, Radford
  • 7–10 December               Intermediate Rowing Camp – Sydney

Term 1 2018 Important Dates:

  • 25 February                        NSW Schoolboy Head of the River
  • 3 March                              NSW Schoolgirl Head of the River
  • 10 March                            ACT Schools Head of the Lake

Please see the calendar published on Radford Online for all dates for the 2017–18 season, including camps.


SEA_ACT Science and Engineering Fair

Students experiment with success at Science Fair

8 November 2017

Mrs Rebecca Cashmere, Assistant Head of Science

Research and innovation is flourishing in Year 9 Science

Mrs Rebecca Cashmere, Assistant Head of Science

A number of Year 9 students were recently awarded prizes at the Science Educators Association of the ACT (SEA*ACT) Science and Engineering Fair. In Term 2, Year 9 students conducted scientific investigation into a topic of their choosing and submitted a final written report at the start of Term 3. Of these reports, 27 were nominated for entry into the Science Fair, with eight receiving prizes.

Congratulations to:
Mathilde Stanier: 2nd Place (Engineering) 'Determining the best materials for a fire bunker shelter door'
Andrew Kerr: Highly Commended (Earth and Space) 'Gravity currents'
Nina Lindenmayer: Highly Commended (Biology) 'Ocean acidification'
Rhiannon Barnes: Encouragement (Earth and Space) 'Answering a burning question: How do bushfires affect primary nutrients in soil?'
Christina Gao: Encouragement (Physics) 'Light bending jelly'
Claire Huang: Encouragement (Chemistry) 'An investigation into the effect of the concentration of acid rain on the growth of corn'
Marina Rahman: Encouragement (Chemistry) 'The amount of oxygen produced when hydrogen peroxide is mixed with blood'
Shaya Singh: Encouragement (Biology) 'An algaerithm to a healthy pond'

Reports by Mathilde, Andrew and Nina were selected by SEA*ACT to be submitted to the Australia-wide BHP Billiton Science & Engineering Awards.

My SIR project was about testing readily available and affordable materials to see how resistant they were as a fire bunker door when placed in catastrophic fire conditions. I simulated catastrophic fire conditions using a blow torch on different sorts of readily available wood and metals. Some of my results were unexpected and contradicted the research I had conducted. Shortly after conducting my experiment, it became topical following the Grenfell tower disaster. Many people died in the disaster because there wasn't enough research conducted into the materials used in the tower. I enjoyed conducting the experiment and I was really pleased to receive recognition for it. Mathilde Stanier, Year 9

Radford will be hosting the SEA*ACT Science Fair in 2018. The Science Department will be encouraging entries from across different year levels and we look forward to seeing further success for our students.

Principal Fiona Godfrey speaking at the Design Canberra Creative Careers event

Creative Careers and Design Canberra Festival at Radford

7 November 2017

Successful ‘creatives’ encourage students to follow their dreams

By Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts

The Design Canberra Festival was launched by Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA on Sunday but was preceded at Radford College on 2 November by the Design Canberra Creative Careers event and the announcement of the winners of the Design Canberra Photographic prize.

Principal Fiona Godfrey announced the winner of the Student section and Ann Cleary, Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Canberra, announced the winner of the Open section.

The tertiary displays from Academy of Interactive Entertainment, ANU, CIT, Charles Sturt University and UC attracted interest from many younger students and those on the verge of leaving College.

The speakers were generous in sharing their stories and advice, at times reflecting on what they wish they had been told while they were at school. Being brave and entering competitions was promoted by René Linssen, an industrial designer who won the 2017 Alessi award with his Pearla oyster shucker, a weighty object, full of curves and intriguing lines that invites you to pick it up.

'A year ago I wouldn’t have thought that I would be starting a business and building a brand,' Linssen admitted.

Mentorships and gaining experience working with professionals was also reinforced as a valuable part of the career journey.

Huw Smith (Year 12), who generously and confidently acted as MC for event, said he did not expect to be so influenced by the speakers and the event has given him a lot to think about. Huw says he is reconsidering his creative career options.

The final speaker, collegian Ben Landau, spoke about the richness of a creative life and being part of the creative community, which has taken him across the world to study.

The Mary Featherston Masterclass on 18 November is the next Design Canberra Festival event to be held at Radford College. Mary is an interior designer and was one of the inaugural inductees into the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame. As the life and design partner of Grant Featherston, Mary collaborated with iconic Australian mid-century architects Robin Boyd and Roy Grounds.

The Year 10 students welcome visitors to their exhibition "Consumption"

Consumption – an exhibition of Year 10 work

7 November 2017

Year 10 exhibition - Consumption - influenced by Post-Modernism

Towards the end of Term 3 and the beginning of Term 4, Year 10 art students have studied Post-Modernism, culminating in the exhibition Consumption. It showcases the students' skill in sculpture, painting, drawing and lino printing and runs from 3–16 November in Room 3 of the Art, Design & Technology Building.

Introductory statement by Daniel Majchrzak, Year 10.

Consumption is a collective statement on modern consumerism, and how it effects our culture and lives. The eight artworks involved explore modern and historical approaches towards environmentalism, human nature and ethics. The exhibition expresses unique takes on the genre of modernism, with some artists synthesising supernatural elements and symbols to convey ideas. Often through the exhibition, artists aim to leave the viewer feeling responsible, giving a call to action through their work.

Jackson Brown’s work Darling, Dearest, Drinkable contains two pieces. The first is a series of three jars, with red resin inside. As well as this, there are three drawings of corpses, reminiscent of funerary prints. The piece represents how tuberculosis victims were perceived as vampires, and how their organs were harvested and used to make elixirs. Brown asks the viewer whether or not what they believe is the truth, and the consuming nature ideas can have, despite potentially being disproven years later. He intends to leave the viewer feeling provoked and disgusted, asking them to consider their own values and beliefs.

Emma Douglas’ piece, The Tides are Turning, is made up of a graphite drawing depicting discarded trawling nets and a map element, as well as several other adornments. The work intends to convey an environmental statement about overfishing, and the effect that it will have on the Australian community. A key feature in the piece is a rose trapped in a net; through this, Douglas shows how manufactured items, such as the net, destroy the natural beauty and the importance of the environment, shown by the rose.

Miguel Fernandez’s work La Vaca utilises a used chemical drum to create a unique statement about how farmers are destroying native flora to create land for cattle grazing. Articulate and nuanced, Fernandez shows us a cow, marked with chemical labels and with the cuts of beef marked out over its brazen body. He leaves the viewer feeling liable, questioning their role in the arts' downhearted themes through a distinctive call to action.

Harry Gould’s sculpture, titled Ethical Autopsy contains a series of organs in jars, each one displaying a price tag. Gould intends to represent how people are so willing to exploit anything for profit, despite ethical implications. Through his work, Gould references the black market organ trade, showing the viewer an extreme iteration of unethical treatment of humans. As a result he intends to confront the viewer with a harsh truth, wondering what role this seemingly innate human characteristic plays in each of our lives.

Ella Hundy’s artwork Fear is another example of supernatural themes in the exhibition. A lino print of a demon-creature eating a human heart confronts the audience on immediate viewing. Similar to Gould, Hundy uses her work to show the observer a darker perspective on human nature. She uses the canvas as a kind of mirror, reflecting the viewer’s fears, and their ability to consume people and their lives.

Jade Kingston’s piece, Global Meltdown is an environmental statement about human consumption and the environment. The intricate drawing shows the viewer a person eating an ice cream-shaped earth, melting with each lick. Through this, Kingston represents her view on people and their effect on climate change. She flips the scale, not showing the actual size of the earth, but, rather, showing the viewer how she perceives the power balance between us and the environment, with people dominating the welfare of the globe. This leaves the viewer wondering whether or not they can have an effect on this destruction when the entire human race is represented through a mob mentality, as one being.

Milie MacCallum’s work Behind the Pallette consists of a number of small multimedia components that add up to show a greater meaning. The piece is made up of a variety of different components, including a make-up pallette box (mimicry of an Estee Lauder box), an outline of china and a rabbit drawing inside. Most interestingly, the box contains two gloved hands, one appears to be using a syringe to inject make-up into the rabbit’s eyes, the other looks as if it is trying to close the box, and conceal the truth behind the branded façade represented by the box's surface. Through her work MacCallum takes an outgoing stance against animal cruelty in the cosmetic industry, and asks the viewer whether they themselves have been deceived by the industry.

Daniel Majchrzak’s sculpture What they deserve is a statement on modern consumerist culture and the increasing demand on some of the planet’s unsustainable resources. The work itself is made up of six clay figures with power plug heads, climbing over the top of each other to get to a single outlet. Through this he hopes that the audience will at first glance feel confronted by the seemingly absurdist nature of the piece. He aims, however, for the audience to progress to thinking about corporate power in the modern world and the consumption of natural resources for profit.

Ben Landau speaking to Year 9 art students

Art by design

6 November 2017

Creative collegian Ben Landau in conversation with students

Collegian Ben Landau lives and works in Melbourne and was in Canberra for the Creative Careers Design Canberra Festival event held at Radford on 2 November. During the day, Ben was a guest in several class rooms and discussed aspects of his art practice with students.

In Year 9 Visual Arts class, Ben described his idea development and making processes. The students were keen to extend their knowledge and appreciation of 3D printing in clay and were able to relate the process to their term of clay work hand-building and using the pottery wheel to create forms. Students were impressed by the evidence of the process that Ben discloses in the forms he creates, revealing the coils from the pressurised tubes of clay-forming vessels in porcelain. Ben was impressed by students’ interest and questions about colouration, coding, constructing a 3D printer and the forms.

Senior students enjoyed the opportunity to discuss their work and ambitions informally in the senior painting studio spaces.

Ben undertook a degree after leaving the College and his journey led to studying overseas, graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2013, and developing a career from a range of projects all of which are underpinned by his creative capacity. Part of Ben’s practice is focused on the use of 3D printing in clay as a small-batch manufacturing process. His works are currently on display at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Ben will return next year with Lucile Sciallano as Artists in Residence, focused on the use of 3D printing in clay.


Read the collegians article about Ben.

Visit Ben’s website


Radford Magic weave their victory spell

Sports Report 8 November 2017

8 November 2017

Co-curricular Sports Fees, Netball and Football trials, Basketball, Cricket

Co-curricular Sports Fees
Now that we are in Week 5 of Term 4, full season fees will be charged if your child changes their mind and withdraws from their chosen sport. Students should contact the relevant Technical Director to inform them of their decision to withdraw:

Basketball – Mr Orhan Memedovski
Cricket – Mr Brent Larkham
Futsal – Mr Tom Crossley
OzTag – Mrs Dearne Marrapodi
Rowing – Ms Vicky Spencer

Senior Netball trials for winter 2018 (Gold & Silver)
Trials will be held for teams competing in the 2018 winter Netball competition. Interested students must attend both trials. If you are not available on one of the following days, please notify the Sports Department: sport@radford.act.edu.au
• Thursday 9 November 3.45–5.00 pm
• Saturday 11 November 2.30–4.30 pm

First XI Boys and Girls Football Trials for winter 2018
Trials will be held for the First XI Boys and Girls teams to compete in the winter Football competition. Interested students must attend both trials. If you are not available on one of the following days, please notify the Sports Department: sport@radford.act.edu.au
• Wednesday 22 November 3.45–5.00 pm
• Wednesday 29 November 3.45–5.00 pm


Radford Ducks swan their way to victory

Under 14 Div 1 Boys – 3 November: Radford Magic 50 def. Ginninderra Rats 20
Radford Magic's Week 4 win over the Ginninderra Rats was the result of a great team effort, making them 3–1 for the season. From the tip off to the final buzzer the boys played at 100 per cent. It was a slow start in the first quarter but Radford picked up the pace and converted more chances. Rats struggled to handle the pressure from the Radford defence and were forced to take long-range jumpers at the end of the shot clock or contested shots near the ring. Radford, on the other hand, looked to score off their defence in transition. They were sometimes too eager to give up the ball but, once in the half court, they made good drives and passes. Only one player on the Rats team posed a scoring threat while the whole Radford team contributed offensively and defensively in the large win.

Under 19 Div 6 Boys – 29 October: Radford Ducks 46 def. CGS Heat 9
With this win, the Radford Ducks extended their season's unbeaten run to 3–0. The Ducks had their opening home game of the season against CGS Heat, which attracted a boisterous crowd. From the tip off, the Ducks dominated the game with a first quarter lead of 14–2. The Ducks continued their momentum into the second quarter and lead the first half 24–6. A big third defensive quarter followed during which CGS Heat only managed to score a point, 7–1. The Ducks sailed home in the with solid defence and taking advantage of the fast break with a 15–2 fourth quarter, which finished an entertaining game and a huge win for Tom Row's Ducks.

Under 14 Div 1 Girls – 3 November: Radford Suns 45 def. Norths 24
The Suns have had a strong start to the season and last weekend's exceptional result puts them third on the ladder. Radford held a strong lead for the entire game, pulling ahead of the competition from the first quarter. Some great steals and skilful passes certainly put pressure on Norths. Many of these girls and their competitors play for ACT teams and are working hard to develop their skills, training at least twice a week! These efforts are definitely reflected in the high level of skill displayed on the court. Congratulations to the Suns for winning in such a tough competition.

U12 Div 1: Radford 7/97 def. Grammar 6/96
by Jacqui De Lacy
Radford U12/1 had a nail biting win against Grammar on Saturday. They won the game on the last ball of the last over – needing one to draw and two to win, which they managed to get. After an easy win in our first round, a bye in the second and a very sound thrashing in the third, it was great to see a close game, with both teams batting out their full 30 overs and competing strongly. Grammar batted first and finished with 6/96. Arnav Jain was our standout bowler – with 3/5 off four overs followed by Oscar Watt with 2/3 off four and Cameron Barnett with 1/17 off three getting the other wickets. Radford's batting performance was just enough to secure the win. Oscar Watt top scored with 25 not out, with Lukas Boorer, Krish Joshi and Arnav Jain (also not out) each scoring 8. Liam Norton also batted well, keeping his wicket for 33 balls when others were starting to tumble. All up it was a close, competitive game and a great result.

Radford Cricket

U13 Div 1: Radford 129 defeated Marist 103
by Mark Slater
Congratulations to the boys for the win against Marist, our third from five games this season and one of the most satisfying in which I have been involved because the team fought back not once, but twice. Not only did they learn from last week's match, they had to recover from a mid-innings collapse and, in doing so, showed great character. After slumping to 6–50, Gen (14), Clancy (29 not out) and Joey (29) patiently shaved off the remaining runs, finally reaching the target of 104 with more than five overs remaining. Between them, those three boys faced well over 150 deliveries and were well supported by Jake, whose 12 from 17 and opening partnership of 29 with Joey helped set up the final total. The lesson here is that sometimes runs have to be accumulated; there will always be enough bad balls to score from.

As good as it was to chase down the Marist total, however, much of the credit goes to the bowling and fielding. James (2/3), Nikhil (2/8), Clancy (1/14), Patrick (1/0) and Joey (1/7) took the wickets but they were brilliantly supported by energetic and committed fielding (Curtis's efforts in the outfield were a standout) and the other bowlers all played their part in restricting the scoring on the small and fast outfield. Jake's quick release throw and run out was outstanding and Clancy's outfield catch to dismiss their best batter was exceptional, while Gen was tidy behind the stumps, taking two catches.

Thanks to Damian for his quiet efficiency in managing the morning and Marco and Adam for umpiring, allowing me to concentrate on watching the game and imparting some beyond-the-boundary wisdom. Thanks also to Marcus for scoring and the Walkers for the sumptuous refreshments as well all the parents and family members who come each week to support the team.

P&F Twilight Fete

Fete Raffle Winners

8 November 2017

Sarah Jennett, P&F President

Congratulations to our raffle winners!

Thank you to everyone who supported the Fete and the raffle.  More Fete news next week! 

In accordance with the terms of Raffle Permit No ACT R 17/00160, the P&F advises that the raffle was drawn at the Fete, and the lucky winners were:

 2017 Fete Raffle Winners

Radford Tribal Council members shopping for the Christmas Appeal. Donations open until last day of term.

Radford Tribal Council supports Christmas Appeal

7 November 2017

Donations open until end of term

By Ellie Maglasis, Radford Tribal Council Representative

On Tuesday 31 October, 24 Radford Tribal Council representatives took a trip to Kmart. Why would we go to Kmart? Well, remember the disco? We used the profits from the disco and got $29 each to spend at Kmart and buy presents for the Belconnen Community Service Christmas Appeal. These presents go to over 150 families who can’t afford presents for Christmas. It feels great to be able to give back to the community and help families so that they can enjoy Christmas just like us.

Junior School families are encouraged to further support this great initiative by bringing in an unwrapped gift, and placing it under the tree in the Junior School foyer. All these gifts will be placed into hampers and distributed to those in need within our local community this Christmas.

Y7 helping our local community

Y7 Giving challenge

23 October 2017

The Service Captains issue a challenge to Y7 students

By Viv Wang, Sophia Lo Pilato, Will Davies - Service Captains

Year 7 has been challenged by the Service Captains to see how many wheelie bins of non-perishable goods they can fill in the period 23 October to 1 December.

Each tutor group has been assigned a bin in the library. Library staff can help students locate their bin. The tutor group that fills the most will win a lunchtime of snacks!

All donated items go to assist the work of Belconnen Community Services, as part of the Giving Tree initiative.


Radford College Crest

Notifiable diseases

1 November 2017


Whooping cough and chicken pox cases reported

The College has had reported one case of Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in an OSHC child, and three cases of Chicken Pox (Varicella Zoster) in students in Years 3, 8 and 10.

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.

Pertussis/Whooping Cough
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.

Varicella Zoster/Chicken Pox
ACT Health: 
Varicella Zoster/Chickenpox fact sheet.

  • Chicken Pox (Varicella) is a highly contagious virus that is passed by person-to-person contact. Please do not send your student to school if they have any of the symptoms of chicken pox.

  • Symptoms may include mild headache, fever or feeling unwell with a rash. The initial spots look similar to mosquito bites, usually on the body, arms, face and neck. The rash progresses to fluid-filled blisters that finally crust over and dry.

  • The incubation period is usually 14-21 days with the students being contagious 1-2 days before the onset of the rash. Students must be excluded from school until ALL lesions are crusted over, usually 6-7 days.

  • Immunization is recommended for healthy children, adolescents and adults who have not had a documented case of chickenpox or have not been previously vaccinated. The vaccination is not 100% effective for prevention, but should they get the disease it will be milder and shorter in duration.


P&F Association

Thank you!

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers and Fete-goers who helped to make it such a great event!

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.