I’m delighted to extend to the Radford College community a warm welcome to the 2018 school year, which promises to be exciting, busy and fulfilling. I hope all Radford families had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday period and that students are ready for the challenges of a new school year.
Although we will continue to welcome new families in the coming days and weeks, I would like to take this opportunity to formally welcome to the College everyone associated with the 343 new students who started classes today. We look forward to your long and fruitful association with Radford College.
We also hope that the orientation programs, the Hopes and Dreams sessions, and the upcoming Parent Information Evenings, are useful in answering questions, alleviating concerns and lessening the nerves.
In addition to these initial information sessions, the College has several other ongoing means of ensuring parents and families are up to date and informed about current and future activities and events.
The weekly Bulletin is the source of human interest stories arising from College events and student achievements and information about educational issues, research and trends. Our first full Bulletin for the year will be released on Wednesday 14 February and will contain articles from a range of staff about holiday events as well information about future activities. In the interim, below you will find information about:
- School photos
- Winter Netball, Football and Basketball trials
- Radford Dance Academy auditions
- Years 7–8 Drama auditions
- Years 5–6 Drama auditions
Radford Online is the primary source for the College’s ‘nuts and bolts’ information related to academic and co-curricular programs. Parents are reminded to use Radford Online to update their child’s medical details and to view fee payment information. If you have misplaced the 2018 commencement letter containing Radford Online login details, which was sent home to all families last year, please ring Main Reception on 6162 6200 to obtain those details.
An email regarding new parking and traffic management arrangements was sent out earlier this week. Given the extent of the changes, we ask all parents to adhere to the arrangements with patience and courtesy, particularly in these first few weeks. Please follow instructions from traffic wardens as they endeavour to expedite your entry and exit from the College.
While school campuses are typically quiet over the long summer holiday, that certainly has not been the case at Radford, where the following developments took place:
- completion of the Junior School Specialist building
- establishment of a 60-car car park on the Haydon Drive boundary
- refurbishment of four (of an eventual 20) Secondary School classrooms
- construction of a new Junior Primary play area
- installation of 40 Comm Box screens throughout the Junior and Secondary Schools
- creation of a new Book Room underneath the Library, allowing space for the new Second-Hand Uniform Shop (next to the Perm-A-Pleat shop)
- development of a disabled toilet in the Year 10 area
- substantial painting and decorating around the campus, including the wooden floors in the Senior and Junior School buildings.
The school year formally started today, however, we have already had some of the summer sporting teams return to competition, with futsal and cricket resuming last weekend. In addition, our rowers achieved sensational results at the King’s School Regatta at Penrith over the weekend. After a week of gruelling training in Jindabyne, a contingent of approximately 25 rowers headed up the highway to the Sydney Olympic course where they were entered in seven races. From that handful of races, they finished up with six podium finishes, including four gold, one silver and one bronze! Director of Rowing Vicky Spencer is delighted with the students’ commitment to their new training regime.
By now all Radford families will have put into their diaries the annual P&F Welcome Barbeque and Outdoor Movie night, which will take place on Friday 16 February on the JA Mackinnon Oval. The sausage sizzle will start at 6.30 pm, with games and activities being organised for the younger students. The movie, The BFG (PG), will start at approximately 8 pm. Families are encouraged to BYO salads, snacks, folding chairs and picnic rugs. It is a fabulous night for people of all ages and I’m sure we will once again have a large number of Radford families enjoying the event. The P&F Annual General Meeting will occur on Thursday 8 March (revised date) at 7 pm in the RA Young Hall and I encourage as many parents as possible to attend and nominate for positions on the committee.
My excitement about the year ahead anticipates further development of the campus, including work on the new Year 3/4 Building and the Secondary School Learning Commons Building. Over the course of the year, I will endeavour to keep you informed about College operations and plans, as well as giving you an insight into the myriad of things that happen here every day.
I look forward to sharing the joys of 2018 with all Radford families.
SCHOOL PHOTOS – WEEK 3
Tuesday 20 February – Secondary School Photos, including sibling photos where both students are in the Secondary School.
Wednesday 21 February – Junior School Photos, including sibling photos where at least one student is in the Junior School.
Order and pay for your photos online now.
1. Visit www.advancedlife.com.au
2. Enter the nine-digit code E6J 5AX J61 to be taken to the Radford College portal
3. Click on the Order Now button to order individual, sibling and class or tutor group photos.
WINTER NETBALL, FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL TRIALS START THIS WEEK
Starting from Thursday 8 February. Details available here.
RADFORD DANCE ACADEMY PERFORMANCE GROUP AUDITIONS NEXT WEEK
Friday 16 February
No preparation necessary. Sign up for auditions outside the studio or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Junior Performance Group (Years 4–6) in technical styles (Jazz / Lyrical)
Junior Hip Hop Crew (Years 4–6)
Senior Performance Group (Years 7–12) in technical styles (Jazz / Lyrical)
Senior Hip Hop Crew (Years 7–12)
AUDITIONS FOR YEARS 7–8 DRAMA PRODUCTION OF STORIES IN THE DARK BY DEBRA OSWALD NEXT WEEK
Wednesday 14 February
4–5.30 pm, Drama Room 61, Performing Arts Centre. Sign-up sheet outside Room 61.
Mondays 4.30–6 pm
Wednesdays 4–6 pm
AUDITIONS FOR YEARS 5–6 DRAMA PRODUCTION OF THE TWITS BY ROALD DAHL
Tuesday 13 February
3.30–5.30 pm, Music Room, under the Junior School.
Please send expressions of interest to email@example.com