Radford Bulletin Term 4, Week 7 – 22 November 2017

Y10 Shakespeare

27 & 28 Nov, 6:15 pm, TB Millar Hall, tickets at door

Staff Insights

Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

Want to be happy? Don’t pursue happiness.

21 November 2017

Achieving happiness is not as simple as pursuing it

Want to be happy? Don’t pursue happiness. 

As an English teacher, I am a huge advocate of the power of literature to help us reflect upon the fundamental human condition.  (My Year 10 class’ favourite line of mine!)

Many writers have tried to warn us through painting aspects of various dystopian societies. Aldous Huxley was one who warned about such things as neglecting the earth, materialism and over-population. I have recently re-read Huxley’s Brave New World, written in 1932. I am always struck by the foresight of this satire, particularly around the idea of happiness. In the Brave New World world there is no such thing as sad, anxious thoughts as everyone takes ’soma’. Everyone is happy all the time. 

Some may think this sounds wonderful but we know that this is not being truly alive.

We also know that endless pleasure can eventually become torture. Think of the pleasure from one piece of chocolate versus an entire block! 

Much recent research has been devoted to exploring notions of happiness, including that by Dr Brock Bastian from the University of Melbourne School of Psychological Science.  Dr Bastian suggests three things about happiness that you might not have known:

  1. don’t try to be happy
  2. don’t expect others to be happy
  3. don’t avoid the risk of unhappiness.

"The Other Side of Happiness" - book coverHe is not the first to argue that the constant pursuit of happiness may in fact be self-defeating. When one places an emotional state as a goal it can be counter-productive. It can be a pressure. The trouble is that other emotions can then be seen as problematic and having to be ‘fixed’.

There is nothing wrong with feeling sad. It is not natural to be ‘happy’ in the face of negative events. Other emotions are natural emotional states. 

This pressure to be happy also comes from our environment. We are living in a society that makes happiness a commodity. Advertising is full of happy faces. This social pressure can mean that social expectancy can lead to more self-evaluation and that can then lead to dissatisfaction and disappointment about not being ‘happy’.  

These environmental factors are important because data from around the world seems to indicate that we are sadder in a culture of happiness. Depression is 4-5 times higher in western countries. 

Related to this is the notion of failure. Experiencing failure in a culture focusing on happiness can be even worse. Failure is a critical aspect of achievement. Much innovation comes from failure. We must highlight the importance of trying, failing and trying again.

 Tennis player, Stan Wawrinka has this tattooed on his arm: 

“Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.”

Dr Bastian’s last point about not avoiding the risk of unhappiness is interesting. 

What is your happiest moment? Your children, graduating, love?  

He points out that such events/moments are often underpinned by other more negative emotions. Children - for women, childbirth brings pain. Graduating brings with it the possibility of failure that is why there is so much satisfaction in the success. Love, of course, can involve great loss.  

So what should we do? 

  1. Stop seeing happiness as a goal.
  2. See value/authenticity in negative emotions. Develop the tools to cope with negative, challenging and uncomfortable experiences.
  3. Stop protecting and allow some risk-taking (the world is not becoming more dangerous.)
  4. Do something for someone else.


One last interesting observation: levels of co-operation were much higher in groups after eating hot chillies than after eating lollies. The uncomfortable experience led to more bonding between group members.  

If you are interested in reading more, I have included a link about Dr Bastian’s book which is due for release 25January 2018. https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/288814/the-other-side-of-happiness/ 

Wishing you all a safe and relaxing break with family and loved ones.

Chaplain Erin Tuineau

Chaplain's Reflection: Living an authentic life

17 November 2017

Rev Erin Tuineau, Chaplain

The importance of supporting each other to be true to who God created us to be

The contents of this article are my personal thoughts and I understand that they may not necessarily be the view of everyone in the Radford community.

Well, the results are in. The majority of Australians have voted for same-sex marriage to be legalised. After listening to the discussion about this on the news, I was most struck by the story of a young journalist who shared his memory of being 12 years old and realising that he was gay. He came to believe, and grieve, that he was never going to follow the 'normal' path of falling in love, getting married and having a family. Now in his late twenties and after hearing the results of the postal survey, he can see for the first time the possibility that he will get to live the life he had always hoped for. For me, that is the good news about the majority vote for marriage equality. This result sends a loud and clear message to our LGBTI young people that they are OK just the way they are. They are normal, not freaks. And their society wants them to be treated equally and with dignity. My experience tells me that this message has the power to save the lives of LGBTI teenagers for whom the pain of being rejected by the community in which they live leads them to believe that their own life is not worth living. Surely, we want all of our young people to know that they are respected, no matter their sexuality. And this respect begins by acknowledging that all LGBTI people deserve to have the same rights in their society as heterosexual people, without exception. Every human being deserves the opportunity to live an abundant life.

Over the last few months, several students have asked me my opinion on marriage equality. I have replied that, as a priest, my greatest pastoral concern is for those young people who identify with being LGBTI and who need to know that they are accepted for who they are, without any reservations or 'buts'. As I understand it, individuals who are LGBTI do not have a choice about their sexuality. It is not something that they can turn on or off. Our sexuality, it seems to me, is something that we discover, not something that we choose. It is for this reason that I support those who are in same-sex relationships as they are simply living out who they really are.

It is always a bad idea to force someone to be a person they are not. This only ends up in a mess because, when we are not living authentic lives or being true to who God created us to be, then all of our relationships are shallow and essentially fake. And this does not serve anyone. So, how can an LGBTI person live authentically if they feel the pressure to hide their desire and their dream to be married? I think we all know how damaging it can be to have our hopes and dreams not realised, so why would we want to prevent or deny any young person from living out their desire to celebrate their love for another person in the glorious occasion of a wedding?

Each of us needs to ask ourselves, who would really suffer if the government does not pass a bill to make same-sex marriage legal? The answer is the LGBTI community in Australia, who have been seriously wounded because of the way our society has undermined their very humanity, and communicated to them a message of rejection for generations. As a person of faith, I see my calling as alleviating the suffering of others in any way I can. That is God's calling in all of our lives, and we need to carefully consider how we can live that calling in the world of today.


Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 22 Nov 2017

22 November 2017

Leadership structure changes in 2018, and farewells in 2017

Dates to Remember

Thursday 30 Nov

Year 6 Celebration

Friday 1 Dec

Year 6 Big Splash

Wed 6 Dec

Junior School Awards Afternoon

As our year nears its conclusion, I write to update you on important information for 2017 and 2018.

Junior School Structures for 2018
In 2018 there will be four Assistant Heads of Junior School who will each have pastoral care over one of our four “Stage” areas: PK-K, Y1-Y2, Y3-Y4, Y5-Y6, as well as their designated P-6 role listed below. There will be an Assistant Head of School situated in the ELC site, two in the 1-4 site, and one in the 5-6 site.

The Assistant Head P-6 roles will be:

Assistant Head of Junior School - PYP Teaching and Learning P-6
Assistant Head of Junior School - PYP Wellbeing P-6
Assistant Head of Junior School - PYP Innovation and Excellence P-6
Assistant Head of Junior School - Operations and Compliance P-6

In coming weeks I will update you as to the which pastoral stages each will be working in, as you will see them most days. In addition to these positions, we will be increasing our distributed leadership, with a number of coaches/mentors supporting our P-6 program.

These moves better assist us in holding to our “whole child” approach to each and every girl and boy. 

Staffing Update
In coming weeks I will be able to announce our new staff members for 2018 but this week it is farewells.

At the end of this year we will farewell:

  • Ms Lisa Singleton
    Lisa joined us this year and has been a wonderful Year 5 teacher and we regret that she has had to relocate to Toowoomba.
  • Ms Nicole Coombe
    Nicole completes her fourth year with us this year will be returning to the Government sector. Nicole will be missed (but I have my fingers crossed for 2019).
  • Ms Emily Perriman
    Emily has interacted with our girls and boys in two significant areas. She has enjoyed her first two years of teaching with us, following a stint as our OHSC Director, will continue to pursue her teaching career at another Independent School.

On a brighter note, we have received great news from Dr Judy Geeves who is on the mend and ready to return next year.

Reporting and Classes

Also at this stage I can remind everyone that class and teacher placement letters are sent to all families by mid-December. Semester II Reports will be online as of Friday 8 December.  Please ensure that you have your Radford Online login handy so you can access the reports.  If you have misplaced these details please contact Main Reception reception@radford.act.edu.au

Reading Challenge
It’s back again! Our Junior School Library staff have been assisting us in preparing an interesting 2018 Challenge. We are looking to again produce a book of photos of you reading during the challenge, but instead of photos relating to interesting reading places, this time it will be reading interesting and challenging books –  more information will be sent home to families.

If your parents sign off that you have successfully completed the Challenge we may be looking at something like a Colour Run!! I may invite our teachers to join me?

And finally an important ‘start of day’ change:
In 2018 we will be offering a Before School care program to students in Years P-4.  The program includes breakfast from 7.30 am and students will be walked to their class sites as required. We will continue to have teachers on duty at K-4 and 5-6 from 8.15 am. Students arriving before 8.15 will have to attend Before School Care, in the same way that students remaining on site after 3:45pm have to attend After School Care, unless they are at another supervised activity. 

I look forward to your support as we best ensure a safe start as well as completion of each day.


Secondary School Awards Night, a celebration of achievement

Secondary School Awards Night 2017

29 November 2017

All the details for the Secondary School Awards Night

By Phillip O'Regan – Head of Secondary School

Once again, we will conclude the school year by coming together as a College community for the Secondary School Awards Night on Wednesday 6 December.

The evening includes reflections on the year that was; musical performances by students; addresses from the Chairman, the Principal and our invited guest speaker; and the announcement of Year-level and special awards.

Students in Years 7–9 have received information from their respective Heads of Year regarding arrangements for the Y7–9 celebration day at Big Splash in Jamison, to take place on the day of the awards ceremony. Students will be dismissed at 2 pm from Jamison pool.

Please note that all students in Years 7 to 11 are expected to attend the Secondary School Awards Night.

Date: Wednesday 6 December
Time: Students arrive by 6.40 pm for a 7.00 pm start. The evening is scheduled to conclude by 9.00 pm
Uniform: Winter Uniform
Venue: The Royal Theatre, National Convention Centre Canberra

Radford College Crest

Sport Report 22 Nov 2017

21 November 2017

Sports Department

A big win for the Blazers basketball team


Radford Blazers 43 defeated Ginninderra Rats 2

The Radford Blazers, under the careful guidance of their coach Ian Ellis, demonstrated the true meaning of teamwork in their game against Ginninderra Rats on Sunday. 

Boys basketballFrom the tipoff, the boys effectively utilized the different strategies that they have been working on in training to ensure that they were strong in both their offensive and defensive moves.

The Blazers kept the opposition scoreless in the first half and maintained a low foul count in the process. The boys were constantly aware of focusing on opportunities for the team, rather than individual efforts, and this ensured smooth play and great movement of the ball across the entire court.

An awesome outcome for a hardworking team.


U10s Basketball

Radford Butterflies v Radford Dolphins The U10s Basketball teams played each other on Sunday 19 November at Belconnen Basketball stadium.

Both teams played with great enthusiasm and in the right spirit.

Well done to the two coaches, Alys Robertson and Sacha Zerger, for all their hard work with the teams at training and also at the games.



Under 13 Div. 1 Cricket - Radford 6/97 v Wests (did not bat) - match abandoned 
Unfortunately, the long awaited Belco derby was cut short by persistent rain. Despite the optimism and best efforts of both teams to keep the game going, the match was abandoned after 19 overs, with Radford well placed on 6-97.

Joey Slater (20), Gen Casarotto (18) and Nikhil Pilla (18) again showed the value of patience and waiting for the bad ball. The running between wickets was also sound and enabled lots of safe quick singles and twos as well as a few bonus runs from overthrows. The boys are learning that batting communication is as much with the eyes as with the voice.

Congratulations to Jake, Clancy and Gen, whose Emerging Comets U12 team has made it through to the quarter-finals of the Arch Cawsey Shield in the Sydney Districts competition. 

Under 14 Div 1 Boys Basketball - Radford Magic 57 df Norths 39
Radford Magic is now sitting in 2nd place on the ladder after a convincing 18 point win over a talented Norths team at Belconnen on 17 November. The first half was a close tussle, with both defences on top, and Norths went close to taking the lead as half-time approached. In the second half, the Magic's smothering defence and quick transition into offence allowed the boys to take control of the game and win comfortably. Despite being the highest scoring team in the competition (392 points from 6 games), the Magic can still improve its shooting percentage close to the basket.

Under 16 Div 3 Girls Basketball - Radford Dazzle 18 df Weston Creek Woden Dodgers 16 Black
The Dazzle girls are proving to be the great escapologists of the competition after winning their fourth successive game by 5 points or less at Tuggeranong on 19 November. With improved shooting in the future they should begin winning games comfortably as they often dominate possession but just need a little more composure under the basket. However, their character and resilience under pressure is beyond question and augurs well for the rest of the season. Thanks to the win, the Dazzle retain 2nd place on the ladder.


Wynter and Liv meet the Light Rail team to talk about their app idea

Action from Year 6 Exhibition

21 November 2017

Wynter O'Regan and Olivia Steenbeek

Exhibition generates a safety idea for the light rail project

By Wynter O’Regan and Olivia Steenbeek, Year 6

On Friday, 17 November, we went with Mrs Ford on our Exhibition tour of the Canberra Light Rail. During Exhibition we had been looking into advertising and persuasion. We identified there being no safety campaigns to alert the general public of the new light rail, and how it will work. Researching further, we realised most tram accidents are caused by people walking in front of trams. We then came up with the idea of ‘Mobile Light Rail’. It would be an app where if you’re looking down at your phone, and you are approaching the light rail, your phone would buzz to let you know the light rail was coming.

We wrote to the minister of transport, asking about safety campaigns, and informing her about our app idea. She likes our idea so much she offered us a private tour to see the construction of the light rail, and to learn more about our app. On this tour we saw many things and were very thankful for Mr Galea the driver and Mrs Mahony from the ACT government for answering our many questions. We then went met with the CEO of Canberra Metro. We discussed our questions and app idea. We were very pleased to learn our idea had been taken to the lawyers, asking them if it could go ahead. They had a few concerns, and we came up with some solutions. We really enjoyed the tour, and learnt so much. We really wanted to take action with exhibition, because there is no point in learning about something if you don’t do anything with it.

Light rail safety app proposal

Years 8-10 are invited to share the joy this Christmas

Y8–10 BCS Giving Tree

17 November 2017

Alison Steven, Head of SOSE

Christmas joy under the Belconnen Community Services giving tree

By Alison Steven, Head of SOSE

We would like to invite all students in Years 8 to 10 to contribute a small gift to the giving tree. Belconnen Community Services have suggested that gifts for teenagers and non-perishable food for Christmas hampers would be very welcome. The giving tree is now set up in the library for your donations to be placed by 1 December. Thank you! 

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.


Y10 Shakespeare - don't miss it!

Y10 Shakespeare 27/28 Nov

15 November 2017

Always a fabulous event - save the date

By Nick Akhurst, Head of Drama

Each year a theme is chosen for the Year 10 Shakespeare production. It is a challenge to find a theme that encompasses the myriad of themes in Shakespeare, ambition, betrayal, love, hate, appearance vs reality, order and disorder. 

We have had a wide variety of styles in the past, Jerry Springer, Science Fiction, 1950s Horror Movies, Harry Potter and the Pirates from the Caribbean. 

So, the logical place to set the show in 2017 that could hold all these themes was a school. The Year 10 students have created a homage to teen movies taking inspiration from 10 Things I Hate About You, Mean Girls, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and many more. 

We invite you to come see:

10 Things I hate about Will! 

Dates: 27 & 28 November
Time: 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start
Venue: TB Millar Hall
Tickets: $10.00 tickets, on sale in the Quads at lunch time and at the door.

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.

Radford P&F Association crest

P&F Second-hand uniform shop

22 November 2017

Angie Walters, P&F Administrator

Donations of uniform items welcome

Contact: P&F Administrator, Angie Walters

From 2018, the P&F will be handling the sale of donated second-hand uniform items.  Profits from the sales will go to the P&F fundraising, which supports grants to the College. 

If you have second-hand items that you would like to donate, they may be delivered to Main Reception until Thursday 21 December, when the College shuts for Christmas, or from 3 January until the start of Term 1, 2018. 

Please ensure that all items are laundered, and are marked 'donation to P&F'.  Apart from 'zooties', Sports uniform items, as well as standard uniform, may be donated.

Though all other items are to be donated to the P&F, the P&F Committee is developing a policy regarding after-sale reimbursement to donors of second-hand blazers. Please hold onto blazer donations until those guidelines are announced early next year.



Visual art collage by Campbell Miller

College Express 9

22 November 2017

Amanda Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Works by Radford students selected for COLLEGE EXPRESS 9

By Amanda Poland, Head of Creative Arts 


Exhibition opening: Friday 8 December, 5:30 pm - Art prize winner announced
Exhibition dates: 9 Dec 2017 - 28 Jan 2018
Venue: Belconnen Arts Centre


By Lahni AmosaTwelve visual art and photography works by Radford students were selected by Monika McInerney, Belconnen Arts Centre Creative Program Director and her team to be part of the COLLEGE EXPRESS9 exhibition.

Young artists in Years 11 and 12 from colleges in the north Canberra region explore the world around them through photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, textiles and new media.

This will be the ninth annual College Express exhibition; Ray White Belconnen sponsors both the Art Prize and the People’s Choice Award.

A few of the 12 works selected are above left, by Lahni Amosa, below L to R by below, from left to right: Lara Balzanelli, Oli Golding, and Mia Garland.

Support these young artists and visit the exhibition and vote for your favourite work as part of People’s Choice Award!

By Lara BalzanelliBy Oli Golding   By Mia Garland   



Preparations for the 2018 Football season are underway

2018 Winter Football Trials

22 November 2017

The schedule for Football trials for the 2018 season has been released

Radford will be entering teams from U8s to U18s into the 2018 Capital Football Junior League. The Kindergarten and Year 1 skills and mini games program will run again on Saturday mornings from 9–10 am.

As previously advertised, the First XI (U18 Division 1) Boys and Girls trials will be held on Wednesday 22 & 29 November 2017, 3.45–5 pm on the JA Mackinnon (top) Oval.

Trials for U10s to U16s will be held on Saturday 10 February 2018 on the JA Mackinnon Oval, please see the attached flyer for times and further information. Please note that there are no trials for U18 Division 2 & 3 Boys and Girls teams and U8 and U9Open teams. These teams are selected from winter registrations.

Please make sure you that complete the Radford Online sports registration form once it is made active in the coming weeks.
Please contact the Sports Department at sport@radford.act.edu.au if you are unable to attend the trials.


The gift of gratitude

22 November 2017

By Mackenzie Links and Jessica Ford, JS Teachers

The Junior School will spend Weeks 7 & 8 focusing on the character strength of gratitude

By Mackenzie Links and Jessica Ford, JS Teachers

As we move into the busy end of Term 4, we reflect on the year that has passed. It is timely that our wellbeing spotlight for Weeks 7 and 8 is on the Character Strength of Gratitude.

The VIA Institute of Character states that:

gratitude falls under the virtue category of Transcendence. Transcendence describes strengths that provide a broad sense of connection to something higher in meaning and purpose than ourselves. There are two types of gratitude:
Benefit-triggered gratitude – the state that follows when a desired benefit is received from a benefactor.
Generalised gratitude the state resulting from awareness and appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to yourself.

Gratitude is a simple practice that, once introduced as part of one's approach to life, will have a range of benefits. By recognising and recording our blessings, we can experience increased optimism, better health, more frequent exercise and stronger relationships.

The benefits for cultivating this strength in children are similar to those found in adults, as well as increased resilience and the ability to avoid catastrophic thinking patterns. These are the qualities that can assist children in establishing friendships and social support and becoming better leaders.
Some ideas to start bringing gratitude into your daily lives at home are:

  • Write a thank you note to someone expressing your appreciation for them. To make it even more special you could hand deliver it and read it to the person.
  • Make thanking people part of your daily interactions.
  • Keep a gratitude journal – make time each day to record three things you are grateful for. As a family this could be made into a gratitude jar or box and added to over time. The contents could then be shared at special times throughout the year.
  • Discuss how being thankful is more than just having good manners.
  • Create a gratitude album and include photos of loved ones, special places and memories. It could also include special notes and clippings.
  • Prayer and mindfulness –be actively aware of what you are grateful for and spend time savouring the moment.
  • Lead by example – at the dinner table each night or in daily conversations be thankful and count your blessings rather than focusing on the negative and irritations of the day.

To prompt your experience of gratitude, why not consider the following:

  • I'm grateful for these three things I hear ...
  • I'm grateful for these three things I see ...
  • I'm grateful for these three things I smell ...
  • I'm grateful for these three things I touch/feel ...
  • I'm grateful for these three things I taste ...
  • I'm grateful for these three blue things ...
  • I'm grateful for these three animals/birds ...
  • I'm grateful for these three friends ...
  • I'm grateful for these three family members ...
  • I'm grateful for these three things in my home ...

'Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.' – William Ward

Seligman, M (2011) Flourish, New York: Free Press
–––– ( 2002) Authentic Happiness, Sydney: Random House

Mary Featherston with (left) Timothy Dyer and (right) Lester Yao from Stewart Architecture

Purposeful and beautiful learning spaces

22 November 2017

Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Design Canberra Masterclass’s Mary Featherston stated “We need a radical shift in education”

By Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Friendly, welcoming, comfortable, spacious, purposeful, respectful, beautiful and interactive spaces with connection to the outdoors for learners of all ages, this is the model Mary Featherston identified as important for all students. She challenged us to consider why there so much expenditure on buildings for education that are disappointingly institutional and half considered, not based on evidence of the impact of learning spaces on student engagement.

The Mary Featherston’s Masterclass, for which Radford College partnered with Design Canberra, was held at Radford College on Saturday morning 18 November and brought together diverse professions including Architects, Designers, College teachers of Design, Science and Humanities, Visual Arts, Architecture lecturer and Theatre designer, including four Radford teaching staff.

Mary identified the importance of leadership and informed vision, school values, and appropriate pedagogy, before the design problems are identified and the design process used to create spaces that really engage students. Her approach is not about flexible spaces but adaptable spaces. Mary said it is common that large open spaces that are “everything and nothing”. Spaces need to be purposeful and beautiful to address the emotional and the practical needs of learning. The school spatial typologies highlights the connectedness of space and pedagogy.  She spoke about the purposeful spaces as “neighbourhoods”. Mary referred to her colleague Dr Esme Capp’s work and the ‘Holistic transformational model for learning and development’ and several exemplar projects.

Mary Featherston has spent 20 years of working in the area of designing learning spaces and a life-long design interest. Her concept of “neighbourhoods” is what has proven to provide ideal learning spaces when coupled with educators who embrace the associated pedagogy and are working with the appropriate fit out and furnishings.

Participants felt privileged to be in such a group with Mary Featherston and were keen to hear and see the research evidence and enjoyed the conversations which were rich, challenging and passionate. But as Mary says you really need to ‘experience’ the ideal learning space to know how they feel and work. This was a timely conversation and one that will be ongoing. The link to the Featherston archives provides interesting reading.

Participant reflections:
Mary created a “quiet and reflective space” to share her pearls of wisdom which was just lovely. Just to sit and listen to someone so knowledgeable and humble was a delight! Bronwyn Stanbury, Teacher Radford

To be so very fortunate as to be in a small group workshop with a living legend such as Mary Featherston was wonderful. To have the workshop naturally develop into a productive meeting between so many different types of professional with different views was nothing short of inspiring. Rachel Weeks, Teacher Radford

Something for everyone in holiday programs

Holiday programs bookings open

21 November 2017

Book now for holiday fun.

Radford College is offering several holiday programs this summer and there’s something for everyone.

Click on the links below for details.

7 & 8 December

11 – 15 December

22 – 25 January 2018
 (excludes Australia Day Holiday on 26 January)

NB: Parents and caregivers wanting to enrol their child for any of this period must complete a 2018 enrolment form

29 January - 2 February 2018

5 & 6 February 2018

NB: Parents and caregivers wanting to enrol their child for any of this period must complete a 2018 enrolment form




Uniform supplier Perm-A-Pleat

Uniform Shop

22 November 2017

Uniform Shop

Special times for 1-on-1 appointments are available

Contact: Julianne Scott, Radford College Uniform Shop
Phone: (02) 6180 1088

The Perm-A-Pleat Uniform Shop is offering 1-on-1 appointment times as below. Please note that these time slots are for BOOKED appointments. You need to register to book. See the Uniform Shop page on the website if you need instructions, otherwise use the link below:


Nov 29th – 2–5.30 pm

Dec 1st – 1.30–5.30 pm

Dec 6th – 2–5.30 pm

Dec 8th – 1.30–5.30 pm

Dec 13th – 2–5.30 pm

Dec 15th  - 1.30–5.30 pm


Jan 15th – 1.30–5.30 pm

Jan 16th – 8–11.30 am

Jan 17th – 2–5.30 pm

Jan 18th – 8–11.30 am

Jan 19th – 1.30–5.30 pm

Jan 22nd – 1.30–5.30 pm

Jan 23rd – 8 am – 11.30 pm

Jan 24th – 2–5.30 pm

Jan 25th – 8 am – 5.30 pm

Radford Y6 delegates to Young Round Square Conference in Malaysia

Round Square @ Radford Junior School

22 November 2017

By Jess Ford, JS Teacher

Radford Junior School embraces the IDEALS of Round Square

By Jess Ford, JS Teacher

In declaring that 'There is more to us than we know', Kurt Hahn, the founder of Round Square, encapsulated the philosophy Round Squarebehind the Round Square IDEALS (Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service). Each Tuesday lunchtime in Room 83, many students can be found meeting to share their thoughts about these IDEALS. Throughout the year we have looked at environmental issues and introduced Redcycle bins to the College, contributed to the Radford's 'Love your Sister' heart and reflected on what it means to be a Round Square school. Term 4 has been even more exciting as 13 Year 6 students represented our school on exchange to Cairns and Bunbury and at an international conference in Malaysia.

Year 6 Exchanges

Round Square Exchange to Bunbury Cathedral School
Radford Junior School has established exchanges with two other Australian schools. Kaitlin Barsby, Heath Shaw, Josephine Truswell and Zimi Lyras went on exchange to Bunbury Cathedral College in Western Australia. These are their thoughts on their experience:
Going to Bunbury was a fantastic experience for all of us. Besides from the fact that we had no entertainment on the plane except for Kaitlin's uno cards. Once we got to Bunbury we were greeted by our exchange students. The weekend was filled with fun and exciting activities with new experiences and opportunities always around the corner... But school was a whole new story, with meeting new friends and experiencing new and exciting ways to learn, it was fun for us all. During some of the specialist's classes such as Art, we got the opportunity to be creative and make our own cushions. After school we got picked up and attended any after school activities. Dinner was great each and every night. By the time we had finished our dinner we crashed into bed with a new exciting day ahead of us. The week flew by as we had to say our farewells with all of our eyes filled with tears as we boarded the plane back to Canberra. Overall this was a once in a life time experience and the memories that we had with our exchanges will never be forgotten.


Curtis Garrett, Kenan Zhang and Maddy Nguygen went to Trinity Anglican School in Cairns. These are their thoughts on this experience:
Round Square exchange to Trinity Anglican School The exchange in Cairns was a lifetime experience. We will never forget our time and the experience we had with our new exchanges friends. Curtis loved the mud crab, Kenan loved the reef and all the colorful fish, coral, and particularly enjoyed seeing turtles and sharks. Maddy loved hanging out with new people and making friends. Everyone in Cairns was really caring and made all of us feel at home. There were lots of opportunities to take photos with their amazing views and scenery. We also got to know each other a lot better on the plane trips it was also nice to travel by ourselves which we have all never done before. This experience has definitely been one of the best adventures ever.

Young Round Square Conference
From 8–14 November, five Radford College delegates went to Malaysia for the Young Round Square Conference. We met with Bunbury College in Kuala Lumpur for two days of tours. This was exciting as we got to see and understand Malaysian street culture. Highlights included going to the Kings Palace, Chinatown, a pewter factory and eating lots of interesting foods. We then went to Epsom College and met with the other delegates. There were students from Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia. It was so interesting getting to meet different people from around the world. The conference theme was 'Challenge by choice'. Some of the challenges included a ropes course, flat water rafting, caving and eating lots of rice (even for breakfast!). Overall it was a fantastic adventure and we are very thankful for the opportunity to go. These are some of the highlights from the students.

I loved the swim safety activities at the Earth camp and hanging out with so many new and amazing people. – Eloise Flynn
A highlight from me was getting to meet lots of new people from different countries. – Mia Witheford
My favourite part was when George and I worked together to get to the top of the giant ladder. – Brian Chen
My highlight from the Malaysia trip was the ropes day. I loved the team work and leadership I also loved how we needed each other to complete challenges. – Sacha Zerger
I found the Round Square conference in Malaysia was a lot of fun with lots of challenges on the way. – Spencer Musgrove

For more photos from our tour, feel free to look at our blog: https://radmalaysia2017.weebly.com
password: Radtrip2017

Year 7 students with their 'appropriation' of Danila Vassilieff's painting 'George Street, Fitzroy'

Year 7 explores storytelling through images

22 November 2017

by Bridie Liu, Year 7 student

Year 7 travelled to the National Gallery of Australia to view the sources of their artistic inspiration

by Bridie Liu, Year 7

On Tuesday, the Year 7 art classes (Ms Kidston's and Ms Poland's) went to visit the National Gallery of Australia. After the quick bus trip, we were greeted immediately with a burst of art, a giant floating ball, a sphere structure and a model of pears.

Year 7 students with their appropriations of master artworks

Once we went inside, and divided into three groups, we were ready to see some of the paintings. The gallery staff instructed us to stay one-metre away from the paintings and to hold our stools (that we would carry around) a specific way and to stay on the security guards' good side. And after, we entered the exhibit.

Previous to the art excursion we were investigating how artworks can tell a story. Both classes had been working on appropriations (their own take) on a well-known painting. When we got to the art exhibition everyone was eager to see the original paintings that they had been studying.

Year 7 students in front of Danila Vassilieff's 'George Street, Fitzroy'The first painting we looked at was George Street, Fitzroy by Danila Vassilieff, a painting that Felix, Tom and Liam appropriated. We learnt about how the background was dull and the characters were wearing jackets, which could mean that it was a cold day. We learnt about how the background, colours and positions in the painting were contributing to the storytelling. The group that appropriated it said that instead of having the position of a person touching their ear, like in the real painting, they had it be modernised into someone using their cellphone and the people wearing the Radford uniform. This is called appropriation. And although the paintings were different they both told a story, because all paintings have a message.

After we continued on and saw all of the paintings that we had Year 7 students listening to their guide describe the work and origins of Lin Onuspainted in class, we saw Barmah Forest by Lin Onus and discussed what it might mean. Lin Onus' painting was representing his Aboriginality and his people: the Yorta Yorta people. He painted the part of the Murray river where the Yorta Yorta people lived. There were trees that were then reflected in the river. We were talking about how the artist of the painting used their colours well and used the polar opposites in the colour wheel (red and green and orange and blue) to make the colours stand out. We were also discussing about how his childhood partly inspired his painting. There were also jigsaw pieces that were in various parts of the painting; with some that wouldn't quite fit in. In the pieces, there were native animals that were painted in Aboriginal-style dot painting, in contrast with the European-adapted style of the rest of the painting. This is an example of how Lin Onus and many artists, such as Margaret Preston, adapted and used art styles from different cultures.

Year 7 students with their appropriations of master artworks

Radford Rowing

Rowing regatta and fundraiser

22 November 2017

FoRR wine fundraiser and a successful ISRA regatta


By Annie Creer, Captain of Boats

On Sunday 19 November, 32 Radford rowing crews travelled to the Sydney International Regatta Centre for the widely anticipated ISRA competition. It was a very successful day, with Radford coming away with nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals. In total, 19 crews finished with a podium placing. This is an incredible feat given that, for many rowers and coxes, it was their first opportunity to compete outside of Canberra. Radford certainly made an impression, with the commentators and spectators commenting on our success and the high standard of rowing on the course.

The cox hits the water at the ISRA regatta

Radford had many notable achievements across crews and year levels through the course of the day. Notably, Radford dominated the Single Scull event across several year groups, winning gold in multiple events. The following students topped the podium respectively: Annie Creer (Schoolgirl 1x), John Baker (Schoolboy 1x), Jacinta Buckman (Year 11 1x), Miguel Fernandez (Schoolboy 1x), Damien Schroder (Year 10 1x), Lizzie Gregory (Year 10 1x) and Sam Roberts (Year 9 1x).

The Yr 7/8 quad (Kelleher-Cole, Volker Smith, Smith, Kendall, Staughton (cox)) led their heat from the start, crossing the line first. The wind blew up later in the day making starts challenging and the crew were unsettled by a quick start from the umpire but regained their composure, producing a 12-second improvement on their time from the heat and winning a silver medal. Lucia Volker Smith and Bridget Kelleher-Cole followed up with the Year 7/8 double scull where they had a close race, finishing with two-seconds off gold for a well-earned silver.

The Yr 7/8 Boys quad (Gregory, Bush, Kenneally, Dixon, Heatley (cox)) finished second in the heat to St Augustine's and managed to back this performance up to take silver in the Final.

The Yr 8/9 A crew (Abbott, Parkinson, Roberts, Toscan, Kenneally (cox)) rowed well to finish just behind St Augustine's in the heat. Keen to step up in the final, they were rowing through to silver and pressuring gold, only to catch a crab and break an oar. This crew is one to watch in the future and will gain valuable experience from the Sydney race. The Yr 8/9 B quad (Walker, Barrett, Woods, Robertson, Armstrong (cox)) finished 4th in the heat. The crew did a tremendous job to improve their performance between the heat and the final where they finished with a silver medal (Div 2).

The Yr 10 Boys quads used the regatta as an opportunity to improve their racing profile, there is still work to do in this squad with several beginners making their debut this season, however, the depth is good with the B quad (Walker, Lang, Kruger, Wright, Armstrong (cox)) picking up a silver medal in Div 2.

The Senior shed came away with a decent medal horde from the day's racing. Dyne and Greenland dominated their first ever row in the double together, leading the race from the start to earn themselves an easy gold on the podium in the Schoolgirl double scull. Sampson and Majchrzak had a tough race but held on to pick up bronze in the Schoolboy double scull. The Senior Boys A quad (Baker, Sampson, Majchrzak, Fernandez, Morrison (cox)) had a good start to their race, faded a bit in the middle thousand but sprinted home to take bronze. This crew still has some work to do before Head of the River. The B quad (Sullivan, Reid, Earle, Everett, McCarthy (cox)) stepped up significantly this regatta to take bronze in Div 2, less than a second behind silver. The Senior Girls A quad (Murray, Buckman, Greenland, Creer, Blake (cox)) dominated the Schoolgirl A Division, taking gold six seconds ahead of Kinross. The B quad (Sayers, Barclay, Northcote, Dyne, Clode (cox)) led through the middle thousand but were pipped on the line, taking bronze in Div 2.

ISRA Regatta

It is safe to say that, regardless of the rower's final position, each and every person came out of the regatta with some new knowledge on how to improve their racing skills and almost every crew achieved a PB time.

Many thanks go out to incredible Head Coach, Vicky Spencer, for organising the day and to the coaches for their hard work, encouragement and patience. Also, to the dedicated parent volunteers for helping with trailer towing and catering for without them, the event certainly would not have been possible.


FoRR Friends of Radford Rowing (FoRR) have launched a Holiday Wine Fundraiser. The wines are premium quality and offer excellent value as we have purchased direct from the producer. Collection from the rowing shed will commence from next Saturday and thereafter most Saturdays until the end of term. Collection from school can be arranged for non-rowing families. Please support this fundraiser and enjoy some lovely wines. The details on how to order are included in the attached flyer.

Thanks for your continued support!



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