Radford Bulletin Term 1, Week 1 – 6 February 2019

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Radford College Principal

From the Principal

6 February 2019

Videos: welcome new students & response to traffic issues; plus updates on the major building projects, holiday happenings and news for the term ahead

A very warm welcome to the start of the 2019 academic year to all members of the Radford community, especially those families who are new to the College. I hope all Radford families had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday period and that all students are ready for the challenges of a new school year. We also hope that the orientation programs, the Parent/Teacher sessions and the upcoming Parent/Tutor interviews, prove useful in answering some questions, alleviating concerns and lessening the nerves. 

Across the school, we had 420 students who had their first full day at Radford today, and we hope that the settling-in process has begun successfully. We also hope every new child’s association with Radford College is long and fruitful. Our 2019 College Captains have recorded this video welcome to our new students and I'd encourage you to share it with them.  

I am aware of the traffic issues around the campus this morning. I've recorded this short video regarding our efforts to remediate them.

Master Plan Update
School campuses are usually relatively quiet over the long summer vacation but that certainly was not the case at Radford over this Christmas holiday period. Work continued in earnest on our two major capital works projects over the holidays, with the Year 3/4 Building reaching practical completion this week and the Morison Centre gaining a certificate of occupancy for the ground floor yesterday.

Morison Centre - now due for completion 21 MarchAs detailed in an email to parents over the holidays, the Morison Centre has suffered some significant delays in recent months and as a result we will only be able to use the ground floor classrooms, ‘break out’ space and Student Services area for the time being. We have been informed by the builders that we will have full access to the building by March 21. For the next couple of weeks, our Year 10 students will not have access to the kitchen area, located on the ground floor, as we are still awaiting glazing for some parts of that section of the building.

Whilst construction continues in the Morison Centre, the builders have erected secure hoarding preventing access by staff or students to any areas still being built. In addition, no ‘noisy work’ will be completed by the tradesmen during school hours, 8.30am - 3.30pm. Given that Level One of the Morison Centre will still be a construction zone, safety fencing will remain around the entire site until the project is completed. This means the new car park will not be accessible for staff or parents until mid-March.

While all this disruption is very disappointing, and certainly not the way we had hoped to start the new school year, it is better to make sure the building is constructed well and that the standards are not compromised for the sake of expediency. However, in the meantime, I do ask all parents to be patient, particularly when driving on the College campus. Large construction vehicles associated with the building works will hinder traffic flow and I urge you all to consider using the College Street ‘kiss and drop’ zone, rather than driving into the school grounds. I also encourage families to consider leaving home a little earlier in the mornings, to alleviate the stress of arriving late.

On a much happier note, it is wonderful to now see the new Year 3 and 4 building being occupied. I think it is a magnificent building, with beautiful classrooms, fabulous facilities and very generous ‘break out’ spaces. Over the next couple of weeks, we will see that project fully completed, with the erection of the playground behind the Specialist Building, on the western flank of the Junior School campus. Once the playground has been installed we will see the removal of the builders’ site sheds and the safety fencing. New black steel fencing (the same as is on the College St border of the campus) will also be installed in place of the safety fencing.

New 3/4 building - in use now

In addition to the work being done on these two major projects, we have also had other capital works projects happening over the holidays, which in any normal year would have been considered to be substantial.

We have continued the refurbishment of Secondary School classrooms, with another 8 classrooms completed over the holiday period. The refurbishments included new heating and cooling, roofing and insulation, carpets and blinds, painting, technology and, in time, new furniture. As has been the case in recent years, these refurbishments have made a massive difference to the older classrooms and have now made them more pleasant environments in which to teach and learn.

Other major capital works projects in the holiday period have included:

  • the conversion of the Chaplains’ offices, the Counsellors’ offices and the Attendance Registrar’s office into a new IT Centre
  • the conversion of the previous IT Hub into a classroom
  • the conversion of the Year 5/6 Art Room into the new Year 5/6 staffroom
  • the connection of new printers across the College
  • the installation of solar panels on the Junior School roof
  • the installation of 24 new ‘Com Boxes’ across the campus
  • the installation of 150 new lockers across the Secondary School.

Holiday Happenings
Even though the majority of our staff and students have been enjoying a well-earned break over the December/January recess, there have been a number of dedicated staff who have continued to support the educational program of the College and helped to prepare for the year ahead.

One of those staff members is George Huitker, who has spent the whole holidays writing the final chapters of the book that will soon be published to celebrate the College’s 35th anniversary in 2019. The book, titled 35 Years of Radford College: Foundations, Traditions, Inspirations, is a retrospective look at the things that have made Radford the great school that it is today. I know that many community members have already been interviewed or involved in the production of book, and as such, I am hoping that many people will come along to the book launch will be held on Wednesday 10 April, at 6.00pm in the new Morison Centre. This will not only be an opportunity to celebrate George’s great work but most importantly to recognise the College’s 35th milestone and reflect on all that has been achieved. I would ask you all to keep your diaries free on that date so that we can have a full house to launch a very important book in the history of Radford College. Information about how to purchase the book will be available closer to the launch. 

We have also had two significant tours over the holiday period. Just after the 2018 school year finished, Mr Jeremy Hawkes and Ms Jennie Hitchen led a team of 20 senior students on an adventure tour to New Zealand. The tour included white water rafting, river jet riding, bungy jumping, kayaking, and abseiling into a cave.

Caving in New Zealand

 Caving in NZ Magical landscapes in New Zealand


In January, Duke of Edinburgh Award Coordinator, Ms Sue Hassall, led a 4-day training expedition into the New South Wales high country for a group of 10 students who are about to embark on their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, read Sue's article on the trip.

On top of Australia

Ms Michele Sharp, Head of Languages, and I ventured to Chengdu in China, for a very short time over the holidays, to establish a new sister-school arrangement with the Chengdu Experimental Foreign Languages School (CEFLS). This school came highly recommended to us as a potential ‘sister-school’. The trip was incredibly successful one, which I am sure will result in a very mutually beneficial arrangement. Please refer to Ms Sharp’s article on the project, also in this edition of the Bulletin.

Signing the Memorandum of Understanding


The Senior Executive and the Junior School leadership team ventured to Bowral in mid-January to spend some time examining what would be the important goals for 2019 through a newly constructed School Improvement Plan. The review involved examining those features of our current College Strategic Plan and School Improvement Plan that had either been ‘achieved’, ‘partially achieved’ or those that had ‘not been achieved at all’. Over two days we looked at the things we need to prioritise in 2019, and how we could make these things to come fruition. Over the coming weeks, I will report on these priorities and the associated action items we intend to implement, or which have been implemented, to meet our goals and priorities.

Leadership teams on a planning retreat

House Carnivals in 2019
In 2019 there will be a change to the order of the House sporting carnivals in the Secondary School. This year, the Secondary School Swimming Carnival will be held in Term 4 on Wednesday 23 October at CISAC.  The Secondary School Athletics Carnival will now be in Term 1, on Tuesday 12 March at the AIS.

These changes will allow students to have an opportunity to trial for the ASC Athletics Carnival, which is on 2 May, through our own House Carnival. Additionally, we did not believe it was feasible to have two House Carnivals in Term 1, along with Foundation Day and the Public Holidays, which fall during this time. We always need to be mindful of not having too many disruptions to the teaching program in a short space of time.

The College will provide an opportunity for students who wish to trial for the ASC Swimming Carnival on Tuesday 5 March (Moderation Day) from 5pm to 8pm at the AIS. The times recorded at this carnival, in addition to times recorded from recognised national swim databases and the 2018 swim carnival times, will form the basis for selection in our ASC squad.

We will provide more information about these events to students and parents closer to the time.




The Mulford Junior School at Radford College

JS News, 6 Feb 2019

6 February 2019

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

An exciting start to 2019

By Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Important dates

Monday 11 Feb           ELC Welcome Drinks 
Wed 13 Feb                Year 4 parent iPad sessions
Tues 19 Feb                Year 3 – 6 Swim Carnival
Wed 20 Feb                Junior School Photos 


A heartfelt welcome to the 2019 school year. We offer a particularly warm welcome to all the new students, families and staff who join the Radford community. 

It has been an excellent first day. I am grateful to the students for their cooperation as we commence the routines associated with returning to the school year. I also wish to thank parents for making time to meet with Junior School teachers yesterday. Many fruitful conversations took place, contributing to the smooth beginnings in learning spaces today. 

With our focus for 2019 predominantly being about belonging, connecting and strengthening relationships, it may well be that the real journey is not seeking new learnings, but seeing with new eyes?! 

With the handover of the new Year 3 and 4 building late last week, we acknowledge the enormous effort from staff in working towards getting the learning spaces ready. 

Last week our Junior School Staff were inspired when engaging in Professional Learning. One of the workshops revisited Radford College values. All we undertake and aim to achieve is done with truth, compassion and wisdom. 

Fr Richard has asked: could living our College values be as simple as practising respect? If so, what does this look like?

To begin this discussion Fr Richard proposed that practising respect could be framed as follows:

  • See again…. and again
  • Listen deeply
  • Act with kindness 

Junior School Open Morning

Sunday morning saw many students (and parents) exuberant in being able to return to school after an extended summer break. More than 330 community members enjoyed a glorious morning, exploring our learning spaces while establishing new friendships and catching up with old friends. The relaxed atmosphere encouraged both new and existing students and their families to connect with our community. 

Year 12 Prefect students made worthy tour guides. One student drew comparisons between our new buildings and the television programme, ‘Grand Designs’, referring to the exposed concrete, solar passive design and backdrop of expansive panoramas of Gossan Hill.

We are grateful to the Year 10 volunteers who arrived early to prepare fruit and morning tea. Despite the warm conditions, the coffee was excellent and in high demand. 

Warm weather wellbeing

Please remember to send your child with a water bottle and hat each day.

Increased numbers in carparks and regular routines might take a little more patience. Please refer to our recent email communication regarding drop-off and collection routines.

Reading Challenge

It has been great to see so many children and families participating in the annual Radford Junior School reading challenge. Please continue to send in your A-Z of reading photos. Photos will be displayed in the Junior School Reception foyer. We plan to celebrate the challenge on Friday 22 February. Details to be announced soon. 

We look forward with great anticipation to the opportunities and challenges of 2019.



Radford Online home page

Radford Online User Guide

6 February 2019

How to access the College intranet

How to use Radford Online (to download a PDF of this guide click here)

Returning parents – you should already know your Radford Online username – a four or five-digit number followed by @radford.act.edu.au.

New parents – you received your login details, including the four or five-digit number followed by @radford.act.edu.au in your child/ren’s confirmation of enrolment letter.

If you do not know your username, please ring Main Reception on 6162 6200.

If you have not yet made use of the password reset function, your password will be the one automatically generated by the College’s IT Department and already provided to you. Refer to this guide on how to reset your password or click on the reset URL

Once you have successfully logged in to Radford Online, it is important for you to review and update your family details, especially medical information for your child/ren.

1. Click on the tile on the left-hand side of the page that says “Check and update your family information for 2019” (see screenshot above).

2. You will be taken to another page to log in again using the same username and password you used to login to ROL. (see following screenshot).

(Points 3-6 below are illustrated by the screenshot below).  

3. You should now be logged in to the "Intro" tab of your family page in Synergetic, the College database. Next to it are the tabs for “Finance” (your College student account) “Interviews” (booking an interview with your child/ren’s teacher or tutor during designated weeks) and “My Details” updating family member details.

4. Below these tabs is a maroon drop-down menu with the names of each parent / caregiver and the child/ren attending Radford College. Below that is a menu with gold-coloured tabs with categories including “Personal”, “Medical’ and “Immunisations & HealthCare”.

5. Click onto the category you want to edit and then click the word “Edit” (right-hand side of the page).

6. It is especially important to update the “Medical’’ category and confirm that the information in the “Immunisations & HealthCare” category is correct. You should also check that parent / caregiver contact details in the "Personal" category are current. 

7. To access your child/ren's Timetables and Course Information (Secondary School), click on the grey SEQTA tile on your Radford Online dashboard. You will be taken to the SEQTA Engage platform dashboard (see screenshot below). You will also use SEQTA Engage to access your child/ren's Semester 1 and Semester 2 school reports later in the year. 




Auditions are on soon for 2019 dance performance groups

Auditions for Performance Groups

6 February 2019

Danielle White, Director of Movement

Schedule of auditions

By Danielle White, Director of Movement

Auditions will be held as trial classes during week 3 (18-21 February), at the Radford Studios, details as follows: 

  • Pre Junior Performance Group Year 1 – 3: Wednesday 20 February 4.30-5.30pm
    Need to be registered in technical styles (such as ballet, jazz, lyrical) 

  • Junior Performance Group Year 4-6: Monday 18 February 5.30-6.30pm
    Need to be registered in technical styles (such as ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary)
  • Senior Performance Group Year 7-12: Monday 18 February 6.30-7.30pm
    Need to be registered in technical styles (such as ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary)
  • Junior Hip Hop Crew Year 3-6: Tuesday 19 February 5.30-6.30pm
  • Senior Hip Hop Crew Year 7-12: Tuesday 19 February 6.30-7.30pm


All students are welcome and invited to come along. You do not need to pre-register or prepare anything. The class will run as a standard class. Teachers will select students after the class and invitations will be sent out to successful students. Once you have received your invitation, you can register for the group on ROL.

Please note that class registrations are still open.


A Memorandum of Understanding formalises the new relationship

Visit to Chengdu Experimental Foreign Languages School

5 February 2019

Michele Sharp, Head of Languages

Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding

By Michele Sharp, Head of Languages

In January, Mrs Godfrey and I travelled to China with the view to form a sister school relationship with Chengdu Experimental Foreign Languages School (CEFLS). 

We were very impressed by the excellent academic achievements of the school, diligence of the students and teachers, and the facilities at CEFLS. Our values and school culture align well with the CEFLS philosophy: Virtue, Diligence, Creativity and Excellence. Consequently, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between our schools took place on 9 January 2019. 

A warm welcome and a very large welcome sign

Upon arrival, we were given a campus tour by two senior students who introduced their school with pride, and we were impressed by their impeccable spoken English skills. CEFLS currently teaches three foreign languages, English, French and German, and there are approximately 7000 students and over 700 faculty members at the school. 

Like Radford, students are able to attend from Kindergarten through to their senior studies. Approximately 90% of the students live on campus, even if their homes are nearby. Their typical school day starts at 6:30am when they have breakfast at the school cafeteria and lessons start at 7:20 am. They have 8 classes a day and usually finish at 9:30pm for the junior high school students, and 10pm for seniors. Students generally only see their families when they return home on weekends, or during holiday breaks. 

We were pleased to be able to attend a lesson in both the junior and senior school during our visit. The enthusiasm displayed by the junior school class during their English lesson was impressive. We were then treated to a presentation from the senior class detailing the geography, history, sightseeing opportunities and gastronomical highlights of Chengdu.

Teachers from CEFLS escorted Mrs Godfrey and I on a sightseeing excursion which included the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, which I am sure will be a highlight for our students when they exchange with CEFLS. 

Giant Panda Research Centre

We look forward to a long relationship with Chengdu Experimental Foreign Languages School and thank them for their kind hospitality during our visit. We expect that the first CEFLS students will visit Radford at the end of July this year, and we hope to welcome them with equal warmth and generosity.


End-of-year activities for Y8In other Chinese news, as part of the 2018 Year 8 End-of-Year Program, students were treated to a Chinese cultural incursion.

In addition to a demonstration, students were able to experience different stations showcasing aspects of Chinese culture.

These included lion dancing, Chinese percussion, Wushu and self-defence.




Claire Melloy - Assistant Principal, Student Development

School transitions and surviving Year 12

5 February 2019

Tips from SchoolTV to help with these challenging times

By Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

This week's editions of SchoolTV provide resources to assist parents and students with School Transitions and Surviving Year 12. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact me, Claire.Melloy@radford.act.edu.au, or the College counsellors, counselling @radford.act.edu.au  

School Transitions


Whether it is starting school for the first time, moving up to a higher grade or embarking on a journey through secondary school, there is no doubt that any school transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. It means your children are growing up!

However, transitioning is an ongoing process. It can continue long after students have entered their new environment and they may encounter difficulties at a number of different stages. These stressors may appear as anxiety and frustration and result in negative or disruptive behaviours. Such behaviours can become problematic making the transitioning process even more difficult for children and parents. 

Surviving Year 12


The final year of secondary school is a year of hard work and a huge commitment for students. With so much going on it, can be hard to find the balance between study and life. It is a time when personalities start to emerge, there are more complex interpersonal relationships, and there is the pressure to perform academically. With all of this going on, it’s not surprising that some students have an emotional response and it is therefore extremely important for parents to know how to support their children during this time.


Some kids will need more support than others. Keeping the communication lines open with your child, their teachers, mentors and other parents will be crucial. Being aware of your child’s mental and physical wellbeing can play a vital role in their success.

Applications open for Foundation scholarship

2020 Foundation Scholarship Applications Open

14 November 2018

Applications close on Friday 15 February 2019.

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 whoe personal circumstances prevent them from enrolling at Radford. 

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 foundation@radford.act.edu.au, 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 foundation@radford.act.edu.au or telephone 6162 5388.

A wonderful view of Hedley Tarn

Log out. Turn off. Switch on.

6 February 2019

By Sue Hassall, Duke of Edinburgh Award Coordinator

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award candidates students take on Kosciuszko National Park

By Sue Hassall, Duke of Edinburgh Award Coordinator

Did screens dominate your children’s time in the holidays?  Were they online far too much? 

On top of Mount KosciuszkoDr Richard Harris and Dr Craig Challen, the 2019 joint Australians of the Year, hope they can inspire others, especially children, about the rewards of outdoor adventuring and how it broadens perspective. “As an adventurer, I would like to try and inspire kids to get outside”, Dr Harris said, “helicopter parenting’s become a thing but we all need to just relax a little bit I think and take a step back and find a balance that we’ve lost, as kids need to find their inner explorer”. (The Canberra Times) 

Radford College is already striving to achieve this goal with our extensive whole school Outdoor Education Program. Additionally, in January, nine year 12 students navigated their way through the high country in Kosciuszko National Park to complete their four-day Gold Duke of Edinburgh ‘training Adventurous Journey’. 

Dawn, unpluggedThey planned, carried and cooked their food and located water. They managed comfortably in extremes of weather and learnt about breaking goals into small achievable sections. Working as a team, they navigated accurately and learnt about the landscape and vegetation which allowed for wise decisions about the most energy efficient routes to choose. These students now have the skills to plan their ‘qualifying Adventurous Journey’ and move towards finishing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. 

Log out from the screens. Turn off the devices. Switch on. Encourage your children to undertake their Duke of Edinburgh Award - 2019 is the time to find their ‘inner explorer’.

Snow in January

Radford has an "allergy-awareness" policy to try to help keep staff and students safe

From the College Nurse

6 February 2019

Important messages about allergies and diseases

From Sophie Davis, College Nurse

Important message about food allergens

We have a number of students enrolled at our school who have severe food allergies. These students are allergic to nuts, egg and dairy/milk products. These students are different to other people with allergies and food intolerances as the allergies are LIFE-THREATENING (anaphylactic).

Contact with the allergenic food can cause these students to go into anaphylactic shock. This might involve such severe swelling of the air passages that suffocation and death may occur within minutes. Anaphylactic shock is a serious medical emergency, which requires immediate treatment with adrenaline (an Epipen injection) to prevent permanent injury or loss of life.

What does this mean for us? To minimise the risk of contact with these foods we ask for your cooperation by not sending your child to school with: Peanut butter, Nutella or other nut spreads. Also avoid muesli bars, cakes, biscuits and slices that contain nuts. Lastly, please avoid whole nuts or similar combinations with dried fruits as snack food for your child.

 Foods labelled, “may contain traces of nuts or contain egg” may be brought to school but would not be able to be eaten by the allergic child. We understand these requests could cause some inconvenience, but also know that if your child was diagnosed with anaphylaxis, you would very much appreciate our support. We acknowledge that nuts are considered a nutritious food and that your child may not want to eat anything else, but for an allergic child it is life-threatening. Please restrict your child’s consumption of these products for after school and school holidays.

We are an allergy aware school and want to reduce the risks to vulnerable students as much as possible.


Communicable and preventable diseases at school

As we enter into a new school year, I would like to have a focus on health and reporting illnesses. We have some students at the school with complex health needs and, to protect them, it is very important that communicable and preventable conditions are reported.

Such conditions range from viral conditions, such as gastroenteritis or the flu, through to formally reportable diseases such as chicken pox (varicella). If your child is unwell, I urge you to contact me to let me know, so that I can determine the risk factors for those with more complex health needs.

Can I also prompt all students to adhere to good hand hygiene practices? Washing hands prior to eating, after using the bathroom and after breaks will keep them well (and at school!), as well as protecting others.


Messages from Transport Canberra for the start of the school year

Messages from Transport Canberra

6 February 2019

Transport Canberra

Tips and links from Transport Canberra about school bus services

As we start a new school year, we would like to remind you, parents and students about our services and how to best prepare for bus travel in the new year. Details of all school and regular bus services are available for parents and students to begin planning their journeys.

We remind all students and parents that the new bus network will begin operating on 27 April 2019, ahead of the commencement of Term 2, 29 April 2019. School services will be changing for Term 2. More information will be made available to schools and the public through Term 1, with timetable information available from March 2019. Transport Canberra is here to support the safe passage of students to and from school using public transport and active travel options.

To assist in planning school bus travel, use our handy tips and checklist below: 

Routes and timetables:

Please check the details of the services required for your child to and from school, also make sure the child is familiar with the times and stops. If your child is new to school or changing schools, please check available school services

or regular bus timetables information. Use Transport Canberra’s new journey planner to plan your travel on regular routes, and use NXTBUS to track your awaited service.


MyWay cards:

MyWay is the cheapest and easiest way to travel with Transport Canberra buses. A student MyWay card can be purchased online, over the phone, or at a MyWay Recharge Agent. Adding travel credit is even easier with the options of B-Pay or Autoload direct debit, attracting an additional 5% discount on all fares. Students can also top up their MyWay card or purchase a single or daily ticket at Transport Canberra’s new ticket vending machines, available at selected bus stations.


New bus fares came into effect on 5 January 2019. A single trip school student MyWay fare is now $1.22 on school days and a single trip school student cash fare costs $2.50: MyWay Fares


Bus safety:
If your child is new to catching buses or a regular user, don’t forget that safety is a top priority so make sure your child is familiar with these rules for inside and outside the bus. For further information on Transport Canberra bus safety, please visit the Etiquette and Safety and Staying Safe sections on our website.


School Safety Tips:

A School Crossing Supervisor program commenced in the ACT at 20 crossing sites. School crossing supervisors (lollipop people) assist children to cross roads safely by directing traffic with a stop sign and providing instructions. They also help to manage the flow of pedestrians and motorists at the busiest crossings. Further information is available under the Active Travel for Schools section on our website, under School Crossing Supervisors.


Further information:

Pick-up and set down guidelines, tips for parents, tips for staff/volunteers, tips for students, safe driving, safety tips, safe school travel plans and travel congestion information can be found under the School Safety Tips on the Transport Canberra website.


Staying up to date:
To keep up to date with Transport Canberra news and important service information, sign up for our email alerts or follow us on our social media channels: Email Alerts  Facebook  Twitter


Further information can be found under the FAQ’s section on our website.
For all other enquiries, please contact Transport Canberra on 13 17 10.

Visit the College Uniform Shop

Uniform update

5 February 2019

New girls shorts now available

In response to student demand, and after extensive sampling, the College is delighted to announce that new shorts for girls in Years 5-12 have arrived.

These new shorts are offered as an alternative to the Radford Summer dress.

The new shorts are tailored for girls and are to be worn with ankle length plain white socks turned down and the blue long or short-sleeves blouse (Years 5-10) or the white, long or short-sleeves blouse with round collar, garnet piping and garnet embroidered ‘R’ on the pocket (Years 11-12).

Visit the uniform shop page for trading hours and general information about the College uniform.

You can also visit the P&F Secondhand Uniform Shop page.

Radford was victorious in the limited overs competition with Barker

Sports Report, 6 Feb 2019

6 February 2019

Sports Department

Basketball and cricket reports and football refereeing opportunities


Congratulations to coach Sean Dunne and the U12 Bulldogs on recording their first win of the season by beating top of the ladder! The boys were bottom of the ladder heading into the final game before the school holiday break. They were expecting another tough game. For most of the Bulldogs, it’s their first season in U12s, whereas most of the boys they play are a lot older than them and have played multiple seasons in the U12s. The Bulldogs have learnt a lot about resilience this season and coach Sean has said to them many times in games “don’t give in”, “keep trying” and “don’t look at the scoreboard.”

Coach Sean’s focus for the game was defence. The Bulldogs got off to a strong start and were leading at half time. The Bulldogs ‘man on man’ defence had starved and rattled the Tuggeranong team (and their coach). In the second half, Tuggeranong came back strongly and gained the lead in the 3rd quarter and remained ahead going into the final seconds of the game, but the Bulldogs kept competing, kept defending and didn’t give in. The Bulldogs ended up winning by one point (19-18), thanks to a winning free throw from Bryson Abraham.

It was a very special moment for the team. A big shout out to coach Sean, who is so generous with his time. His energy and commitment to Radford Basketball (coaching both the U12s & U10s) is really making a difference. Even if the boys don’t win again this season, their joy from that win was priceless.



Barker College
Radford have resurrected the Barker U14 challenge for the Mr Sensible trophy. The team played well, winning the 40-over fixture and backing up with a commanding batting display in the 25-over match the next day. Many of the players, billets and families gathered on the lawns of the Yacht Club for dinner and a catch-up following the 40-over match. This is only the second time Radford will have its name on the trophy! We look forward to many more such fixtures in the future. Thanks to Paul, Ben and Jordan for preparing the grounds, and Mr Darryle Macdonald for coaching the team.

40-over match:
Barker 9/85 (Joey Slater 3/15, Josh McIntyre 3/0 – including a hattrick) defeated by Radford 9/112 (Jake Smith Gibson 44, Harvey Hazlehurst 16)

25-over match:
Radford 6/177 (Darcy Macdonald 51, Joey Slater 31 retired, Nikhil Pilla 23, Clancy Probyn 20, Gen Casarotto 16) defeated Barker 6/145.

First XI
The team finished 2018 with a win against St Edmunds – Radford 9/223 (Dylan Fernando 108, Jay Macdonald 32, Darcy Macdonald 31) defeated St Edmunds 135 (Ben Matesic 3/28, Seraman Mayooran 2/18, Dylan Fernando 2/11, Jonty Probyn 2/10). A magnificent innings from Dylan, backed up a 59 the previous day in 2nd Mens for his club team, North Canberra Gungahlin.

Representative Cricket
U13 WS Shield (Sydney District competition) – Radford had Gen Casarotto and Jake Smith Gibson in the ACT team that was victorious over their Hawkesbury opponents. Gen 3 run outs and a catch, Jake bowled well and was one of the leading wicket-takers throughout the tournament.

U12 Southern NSW Rep – Lukas Boorer captained the ACT U12s to a victory in the final against Southern Highlands, keeping well and scoring a terrific 60 opening the batting. Kris Joshi was also in the team, bowling well, and Aminda Weerasooriya had also played for the team throughout the season.

We have had several others in Cricket ACT rep programs who have been posting productive performances.

So far this season, we’ve had 4 Radford centuries. Congratulations to Jay Allen and Dylan Fernando from the First XI and Tom Larkham and Darcy Macdonald in the U14s. Jake Smith Gibson (U14s) has also scored heavily, having retired 3 times with scores in the 70s and one of 88.

A massive thank you to Mr Darryle Macdonald and the coaches for facilitating these successes. 

Interested in refereeing? Refereeing is a great way to earn cash (up to $54 a game) and develop life skills. Those who commit to refereeing at Radford will also have the cost of the course and half the uniform and equipment cost reimbursed.

Please see the following link for upcoming courses and further information, including courses run at Radford on Sunday 17 February and 24 March: https://capitalfootball.com.au/referee/referee-training-programs/entry-level/.

Once you have completed a course, email Dianne.Wilson@radford.act.edu.au to be appointed to games.



Mountain biking now offered as Winter sport for Secondary students

Winter Sport Registration Closes Friday

6 February 2019

Register students for their Winter sport now

Winter Sport Registration Closes 8 February

A reminder that Radford 2019 Winter (Term 2 & Term 3) sport registration closes this Friday 8 February. The Sports department is pleased to announce that Mountain Biking will now be offered to Secondary School students.

To register:
1. Sign in to Radford Online
2. Select Co-curricular from the maroon tabs along the top of the dashboard.
3. Select Register for an Upcoming Activity.
4. Scroll down to Cocurricular Area : Sport.
5. Select the relevent registration form (located to the right of the heading) for further information about trials, training & playing times and fees for that sport.
6. Complete and submit the registration form to ensure registration of your child or children.


Athletics Training (Years 3–12)

Basketball (Kinder–Year 12). Trials held Week 5, Term 1

Cricket Academy (Years 3–10)

Football / Soccer (Kinder–Year 12). Junior League (Division 1-5) trials held Saturday 16 February. Please note NPLY players & train ons are not required to register or attend Junior League trials.

Girls Make Your Move Fitness (Years 8–10 Girls)

Mountain Biking (Years 7-12)

Netball (Years 2–12). Trials held Weeks 1 & 2, Term 1

Orienteering (Years 5–12)

Winter Rowing (Years 7–12)

Rugby (Years 3–12)

Snowsports (Years 3–12)

Taekwondo (Kinder–Year 12)

Tennis – please contact Sharon.Siciliano@radford.act.edu.au for further information.


Radford College P&F Association

P&F News - Welcome Barbecue & AGM

6 February 2019

Welcome BBQ and movie Fri 15 Feb; AGM Thurs 7 March, nominate now!

Radford College P&F Annual General Meeting
Thursday 7 March 2019, from 7:00pm
Venue: RA Young Hall, Mulford Junior School

Notice of Meeting with agenda
Nomination Form 

Business of the meeting will include appointment of the Management Committee. There are executive positions, as well as general committee member positions, available to be filled. 

Nominations must be made on the attached form and received by Ms Angie Walters by email to angie.walters@radford.act.edu.au, or delivered to her at Years 5/6 reception, no later than 4:00pm on Wednesday 6 March 2019. 

We encourage all parents to consider joining the committee to assist with community engagement. 

Please contact the President, Sarah Jennett, Sarah.jennett@bigpond.com with any queries.


2019 P&F movie is 'Ferdinand'P&F Welcome Barbecue and Movie
Friday 15 February, from 6pm
JA Mackinnon Oval

Free BBQ commencing at 6pm
Movie to be played will be ‘Ferdinand’. Movie commences when it gets dark.
Families to bring picnic supplies including chairs/rugs and additional food/drinks




Online orders are open ahead of Advanced Life taking 2019 student photos on 19 & 20 February

Student photos 19 & 20 February

17 February 2019

Details for 2019 student photos

Tuesday 19 February – Secondary School Photos, including sibling photos where both students are in the Secondary School.

Wednesday 20 February – Junior School Photos, including sibling photos where at least one student is in the Junior School.

Students will be notified by their Teacher or Tutor where the photos will be taken.

NB: Online orders for sibling photos will be cut off at midnight on Sunday 17 February to allow lists to be compiled. Siblings will only have their photo taken if a sibling photo order has been placed on time. Please ensure your child knows whether they are to have their sibling photo taken or not on the day.

How to order and pay for your photos online
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.



Canteen news

Flexischools orders - in by 9am please

Parents are advised that all Flexischool orders need to be lodged by 9am, please.

Karen Robinson, Canteen Manager Karen.Robinson@radford.act.edu.au 


Lifeline Bookfair - this weekend!

Lifeline Bookfair Feb 2019

Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) - Cnr Flemington Road & Northbourne Ave, Mitchell
Friday 8 Feb, 9am–6pm; Saturday 9 Feb, 9am–5pm; Sunday 10 Feb, 10am–4pm