From the Principal

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

Once again, we conclude a very busy and successful term. In nine short weeks we have managed to squeeze in a myriad of events and activities including the House Cross Country Carnival; the School Musical; the P&F Art Show; NAPLAN testing; L'Arche Disco; a large number of musical events including the Jazz Café, recitals, concerts and the National Eisteddfod; the Junior School Production; the Worn Soles program; and, last week, our Year 11 and 12 students departed on their Timor Leste and Gamilaraay trips. The Drama Tour of Europe will head off this week, while the SoSE Tour of the United States departs next week. I congratulate the students and staff on their hard work and achievements and their contribution to the College. As I reflect on these successes, I feel proud of the opportunities we provide our students and the manner in which they embrace challenges and thrive on these special occasions.

Online Academic Reports
Semester 1 Reports for students in Kindergarten through to Year 12 are currently in the final stages of production. As detailed in an email sent to parents a couple of weeks ago, for the first time reports will be produced online and parents are expected to log into Radford Online and then go into SEQTA in order to access their child's report. At this stage, Junior School parents should receive an email this Friday alerting them to the fact that reports are ready for viewing, while Secondary School parents should receive a similar email next Wednesday 28 June. You can view a short video update about accessing online reports through Radford Online and SEQTA.

These reports are the culmination of an enormous amount of work by staff and I recommend that parents take the time to discuss the reports in detail with their children. Many of the reports contain a great deal of guidance from teachers and it is important that students heed this advice to improve their results in the future.

Building Works to Begin in the Junior School
Some months ago, when announcing the increase in Junior School enrolments, I detailed the construction of a new facility that, in 2018, will house the Year 4 classes but will, in the longer term, become the Specialist Classroom facility. This block of four classrooms, a large enquiry space and staff accommodation will be constructed up the hill behind the Blue and Red Classrooms.

At the time of announcement, the facility was intended to be of modular construction; that is, predominately built off site and bought onto the campus, where ancillary work would be completed. When the College went out to tender for the ancillary work, one of the building companies also tendered for a 'traditional build'. Much to our surprise, the cost of the 'traditional build' was highly competitive and, according to the building company, could be completed by the end of the year. Additionally, the 'traditional build' gave us nearly 500m2 of undercroft area, which was not included in the modular building.

For these reasons, we have entered into a contract with that building company to construct the new facility in a traditional manner. Work began this week and will really get underway during the holiday period. We now have the luxury of deciding what we will do with the additional undercroft area, with indoor amenities and a possible extension of the library looming high as priorities.

Architects to present Master Plan to parents
The Junior School building works are the first from our Master Plan which I released two weeks ago. I also announced the College will be further increasing enrolments in the Junior School and Secondary School. An article appeared in the Canberra Times following this announcement.

Last week, Marcus Graham from Stewart Architecture gave a presentation about the Master Plan, including details of the first building projects in both the Junior and Secondary Schools, to College staff.

Parents are invited to attend a similar information session and presentation on the Master Plan in Term 3. This session will be held on Monday, 7 August, from 5.30 pm until 6.30 pm in the Heath Lecture Theatre, Mackinnon Senior School.

Leadership Positions in the Junior School
The College recently completed a national recruitment process for two new Assistant Head of Junior School (AHoJS) positions. One is the Assistant Head of Junior School – PYP Coordinator, to replace Belinda Reitstatter, and the second, Assistant Head of Junior School – Operations and Compliance, is a new role that has been developed to assist with the growing size of the Junior School.

I am pleased to announce that two internal applicants have been successful in gaining these senior leadership positions. Ms Tracey Markovic, who has acted in a leadership position in the Junior School this year whilst continuing to perform her role as Systems Manager, will take up the new role of AHoJS – Operations and Compliance from the beginning of 2018. Current Year 6 teacher and Year 5/6 Stage Coordinator, Ms Janine Crookes, will be Acting AHoJS – PYP Coordinator for the remainder of the year.

The fact that two internal applicants were successful in gaining these positions says a great deal about the calibre of our Junior School staff. I have every confidence that both Tracey and Janine will do a great job in their respective roles.

Ms Emily Begbie, AHoJS – Pastoral Care, is unfortunately still unwell and will not be returning to work until the start of Term 4. Ms Karen Mahar, who has done a wonderful job replacing Emily this term, will continue in the acting role for Term 3.

Tracey Markovic Janine Crookes

L: Tracey Markovic                                                                           R: Janine Crookes

Appointment of Deputy Chair of the Board
Mr Steve Baker has been appointed Deputy Chair of the Radford College Board. 
Steve Baker, Deputy ChairmanAfter serving on the Radford College Board for the last three years, and as a member of the Finance Sub-Committee since 2012, Mr Baker takes up this role having had a long connection to Radford College and a great deal of experience and expertise in the business world.

Steve is currently a partner and the Site Leader of PwC's Assurance Canberra. He holds the responsibility of People and Operations for Assurance Canberra and has a national role on the Markets Council. Prior to this role, he was a partner with WalterTurnbull, which was eventually acquired by PwC. Steve has served on numerous boards, committees and finance committees as a member, as well as having observed many in his capacity as either the internal or external audit provider.

 

On a personal note, Steve is a father of three boys and two girls, all of whom attend or have attended Radford College and, as a result, Steve has a keen interest in both the Junior and Secondary schools. When not spending time with his children, Steve watches and participates in numerous sports. Steve has represented Australia in Age Group Triathlon, a 7 World Championships and has completed 12 Ironman triathlons!

2016 Annual Report
Radford College receives funding from the Australian Government through the Education Act 2013. Accountability requirements attached to the funding require the College to provide information to the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) which is then published on the MySchool website. In addition, the College is required to ensure that specific 'School Performance Information' for each academic year is made publicly available to the school community through the School's website and through hardcopy if requested. The School is required to complete this task within six months of the completion of the academic year.

The 2016 school year report is in the final stages of being completed and will soon be posted on our website. It expands on the information provided on the Commonwealth Government's My School website. The report contains information required by the Act and has been collated under specified headings. Much, if not all, of the information contained in the report has already been provided to the College community throughout the year in other forms such as the weekly Bulletin, Radford Report, the Radfordian and student diaries. It serves, however, as a thorough summary of the College's activities during 2016.

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