2018: A Year of Personal Excellence
Year 12 Certificates were awarded to the Radford College cohort of 176 students, with 170 awarded an ATAR. The remaining six students took an accredited package and leave the College with nationally-recognised vocational qualifications for careers in industries such as motor mechanics, animal studies and child care.
Ryan Stocks is the Class of 2018’s JA Mackinnon Dux, having achieved the College’s highest ATAR of 99.6. Especially pleasing was the fact that 71 students achieved an ATAR above 90 and that Radford’s 2018 median ATAR of 87.65 was the highest of any ACT school for the fifth year in a row. Every single student was within or exceeded the ATAR range that was predicted for them – with 85 per cent in the top half of that range – as a result of their pleasing AST performance. It is important to note that the ATAR is not the only pathway to a desired course of study or career. Some students have already accepted offers to tertiary institutions or arts companies (ANU, RMIT, VCA, Sydney Dance Company) by impressing selection panels through a portfolio or audition. Others beat hundreds of applicants to gain employment and/or study support from organisations like the ADF, APS and at least one law firm.
On reflection, 2018 was a year of personal excellence for our Year 12 students. They embraced the many opportunities presented to them not just at Radford, but outside the College. While any number of individuals can be singled out, we know there are just as many whose effort has gone unnoticed or unreported. Our preference is to offer a snapshot of the range of achievements this year. Radford had Australian representatives in mathematical modelling, basketball, cycling, and netball. The Class of 2018 also counts a junior world golf championship winner among its ranks. The cohort also included students who won the 2017 NSW Law Society Mock Trial Competition and represented the ACT at the national Geography Big Week Out. Radford student commitment to service learning and outdoor education was recognised through an Order of Australia 2018 Medallion for Outstanding Leadership, Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and a Queen’s Scout Award.
Australia’s tertiary sector continues to seek students who are the beneficiaries of a holistic, well-rounded secondary school education. The fact that 84 per cent of our Year 12 students participated in three or more co-curricular activities suggests that we, and they, had the balance right. At Radford, we also pride ourselves on supporting all students to develop the enterprise skills being sought by employers: a strong work ethic, positive attitude, good communication skills, time-management abilities, problem-solving skills, acting as a team player, self-confidence and the ability to accept and learn from criticism.
The Class of 2018’s pursuit of personal excellence saw them contribute to the Radford community in myriad ways and we offer the following infographic and stories as a tribute to them.
Read our publication on how the Class of 2018 contributed to the Radford community.