From the Principal

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you have any questions about the application form or process, please email Foundation Administrator Cassie Roberts or telephone 6162 6200.

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

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

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