Radford Bulletin Term 1, Week 10 – 11 April 2018

Staff Insights

Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

'Tell them from me' – student survey

9 April 2018

Students will be asked for their views in a comprehensive survey

By Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

One thing that visitors to Radford invariably comment on is the welcoming feel of the campus. Our school culture is, on the whole, an extremely positive one. We want every student and all who come to work at Radford to feel valued, accepted, respected and included.

Recent national and global events have highlighted how quickly group cultures can change and the implications of such change. As a result, it is important for us to test our impressions and assumptions to ensure that we maintain and nurture the positive culture that we all value.

In order to do this, we will be asking students for their views through the Tell Them From Me survey (TTFM). Many schools in Australia and around the world have used this survey as part of their school improvement plans. It is a well-researched and tested tool.

Tell Them From Me - logo

The TTFM survey will provide the college with insight into student engagement, wellbeing and effective teaching practices at school, from the perspective of students.

The survey also provides insights into students’ perceptions about learning climate, student–student relationships, teacher–student relationships and their own academic success.

The survey is confidential, voluntary and will be used over time to identify trends within the college and to better inform college priorities. It will allow us to gather evidence and baseline data for planning purposes to identify strategic directions for school improvement. 



The secondary school survey questions relate to the following 22 measures: 

  • sense of belonging
  • interest and motivation
  • positive relationships
  • participation in co-curricular activities
  • participation in sports
  • truancy
  • valuing school
  • homework behaviour
  • behaviour at school
  • effort
  • skills and learning challenge


  • feelings of worry or sadness
  • teaching relevance
  • teaching rigour
  • effective learning time
  • experiences of being bullied
  • advocacy at school
  • positive student-teacher relations
  • expectations for success
  • positive learning climate
  • advocacy outside school
  • student aspirations.



The primary school survey questions, for Years 4-6, relate to the following 15 measures: 

  • Participation in sports
  • Participation in co-curricular activities
  • Sense of belonging
  • Positive relationships
  • Valuing school outcomes
  • Behaviour at school
  • Homework behaviour
  • Interest and motivation


  • Effort
  • Skills and learning challenge
  • Effective learning time
  • Teaching relevance
  • Teaching rigour
  • Experience of being bullied
  • Advocacy at school


More information about the survey will be sent out next term, including an opt-out option.

When using this data to assess future school priorities, we will also be conscious of how we best upskill our students to navigate their future. Interestingly, the OECD has just released The Future of Education and Skills – Education 2030 which has highlighted some key competencies they refer to as 'Transformative Competencies':

  • Creating new value: underpinned by adaptability, creativity, curiosity and open-mindedness.
  • Reconciling tensions and dilemmas: they argue that in order to be prepared for the future, students will have to learn to think and act “in a more integrated way, taking into account the interconnections and inter-relations between contradictory or incompatible ideas, logics and positions, from short and long-term perspectives.”
  • Taking responsibility: this is a prerequisite of the previous two. Central to this is the concept of self-regulation (which I have written about before, and which is one of the Secondary School Learner Traits) which involves self-control, self-efficacy and adaptability. 

[Click for information about the OECD’s work in this area

Finally, last week marks 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, a man who dedicated his life to love and justice.

'Not long', he would say when asked when they would reach the Promised Land. 'How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.'

A reassuring thought.

Wishing you all a peaceful two-week break from homework, lunches and uniforms.

Chaplain Fr Richard Browning

Reflection: consciousness and boxing a kangaroo

10 April 2018

The mysterious, wondrous, fragile gift of consciousness

Five weeks ago, my friend, I call him 'Biggus', was riding down Mt Stromlo on his mountain bike when he was hit by a kangaroo.

It sounds like the opening line to a joke.

It is kind of funny. But what happened isn’t. Biggus was hit with such force and surprise he didn’t have time to put out a protective hand. He suffered a massive fracture to the base of his skull and was in a coma for two and a half weeks. The swelling on his brain was severe. His wife kept a sleepless three-week vigil in ICU. There was his body, present, slightly broken but ok. But consciousness? That mysterious, wondrous gift: submerged. Gone.

Where does consciousness come from?

What is the source of this fragile, precious mystery?

I am telling this story because Biggus is on the road to recovery. His consciousness has re-booted, he is on the way to recovery even though it will be long. I have been privileged to share some conversations with him. The most recent went like this: 

Three questions occupy my shaken mind. They are the same I have had for ages:

  • What might be written on my gravestone?
  • What do the people I care about think and say of me?
  • How can I grow better humans?

As I listen to this remarkable man in the midst of a reclaimed consciousness, in awe of his frankness and gratitude, I am struck with my own questions: what is worthy of the wonder of consciousness? To what might I commit this gift? What is worth our fragile, precious mystery?

What we say doesn’t matter. We live our answer. And those we live with and love can report back to us what it is.

And are we, any of us, right now, fully awake? How can our consciousness be redirected, reawakened, reborn? Are there more subtle ways than a stray kangaroo to ‘knock in’ greater clarity?

In this the second week after Easter I add: God’s full bodied endlessly expansive consciousness is given to love. From the perspective of the risen Christ, this we learn: love triumphs, forgiveness restores, sacrifice makes impossible possible, redemption is received through vulnerability and the broken can be made whole[1]. These things are worthy of our full-bodied fragile consciousness. Is there any greater purpose for this precious gift than love? The risen Jesus calls us to collaborate with him in this life with attentive, full-bodied love. The first subjects of this attention stare us in the face. Indeed, they wait for us to wake up. 

Note: The story of Biggus – aka Mark Whithear – was used with permission. Mark was on the asphalt Criterium Cycling Circuit riding at racing pace with the triathlon group. The sideways fall was severe. 

RAS Charity Fundraiser
See separate article for full details.

For those donating over $500, please email Fr Richard directly and discuss as you may prefer to nominate the beneficiary organisation of your choice.

Saturday Sunset

An occasional worshipping community at Radford College chapel, full of good people, music, teaching, food. Suited to families. All welcome. 

Term 2 dates:
Saturday 5 May + 2 June
5.306.30 pm

Baptism / Confirmation

If your son or daughter is approaching or in their teenage years and is ready to make an intentional journey to follow Christ for (baptism) Confirmation, we’d love to walk with them. Please email erin.tuineu@radford.act.edu.au or richard.browning@radford.act.edu.au 

[1] From my reflection at the High Court, Foundation Day Concert last Friday. What an extraordinary event and a privilege to speak at. Full text here.

Jeanette Lacey (and George Huitker in interviewing mode)

H for History #10 – Jeanette Lacey

10 April 2018

End-of-life care nurse – a challenging, compassionate career

By George Huitker, Director of Service Learning

Like fellow collegian Callum Henshaw (see H for History #8), Jeanette Lacey’s (Class of 1991) career path was profoundly affected by a school trip. Hers was to Central Australia: 'I remember going on a Year 12 camp to Central Australia, and meeting the flying doctors, and thinking at that stage, a life as a nurse was for me.'

Jeanette was heavily involved in the dramatic arts and featured on and off stage in many productions in her time at Radford. Then in 1993, she decided she needed to have a back-up option to being a famous actress. She started post-school life as an Assistant in Nursing and has since moved through all the levels of Nursing to becoming a Nurse Practitioner – the highest level of clinical nursing – in 'end of life care'. In her own words, 'I can't imagine ever doing anything else'. Given the intense challenge of working with the dying and their families, others might imagine, or probably prefer, less intense employment options, but Jeanette maintains, 'The only reason I do my job is that it is an honour and an absolute privilege to be in that space'.

Like many collegians, Jeanette remembers Year 9 Camp fondly: 'I loved Outward Bound, and in fact, I do remember at one stage thinking that I could have a career as an outward bound instructor.' She goes on to explain, 'It pushed me outside my boundaries and took me on adventures I didn’t think possible, as my family weren’t campers ... Abseiling and caving were seriously and ridiculously outside of anything my family would consider doing'. That spirit of adventure has, in a myriad of ways, never left her.

She married her husband Lachlan after meeting him at university in Wagga Wagga in 1993 and they have three boys, two in secondary school and one in primary. 'They all love the Newcastle beaches and are keen surfers.' They are also a deeply important and loving anchor for her, given the taxing demands of her job: 'I am very lucky because I have a very supportive husband and my kids are pretty independent.' 

Jeanette LaceyJeanette jokes that she doesn’t remember going to class, although being pretty sure that she did. It seems that it is people and their kindnesses that have been more longstanding in her memory. She speaks warmly of the growing sense of community at Radford throughout her time there, particularly of teacher Maureen Kleeman '... who showed compassion and kindness always', and who was perhaps the first of many who have inspired her towards a lifestyle of almost incessant caring. 'In my working life surrounded by Doctors and Nurses, I am always inspired by those that go above and beyond, and recognise the importance of kindness, compassion and communication in the support of patients who are vulnerable and scared in our hospitals.' Jeanette is certainly a collegian whose life experiences have markedly shown her what is important in this life. 'As I say to my kids "put down your device and look up".' After 20 years of nursing she reflects, 'I have been sent overseas for work multiple times, travelled, met the most inspiring and wonderful people and learnt so much about the human spirit, it has been a lovely journey'. 

And what a journey it has been, from a student who remembers 'playing in the mud piles as each new building was being built' to being an end of life carer at John Hunter Hospital. Jeanette now finds herself undertaking a role which includes that of counsellor, medical specialist and logistics co-ordinator, which at times includes speaking with grieving families about the organ donation process (a gift that can save or enhance the lives of 10 or more people) and offering information, reassurance and kindness. Through her job, her mind has remained extremely open to spirituality: 'When I look after people, the people that they are, the souls that they are, the human beings that they’ve become, it all becomes so important at end of life. And I immensely admire the incredible strength given to people with a strong faith ... I’m not a religious person, but I too find incredible strength in spirituality, in being present, in being part of a community and in being who I am in nurturing those around me. That’s how I think I do what I do.'

I ask Jeanette, after a personal and professional journey rich with so many profound experiences, what advice would she have for current students? 'If I was talking to a bunch of your students now,' she says, 'I would tell them that the way forward in our society is to build compassionate communities that care for those that are surrounding us. Especially those who need to be supported in whatever journey they are on, whether it be the homeless, the lonely, the elderly, the sick, the people with disabilities … Our high school students need to lead the compassionate-community movement of the future.' I think Jeanette would be proud of the inroads the college has made in service spheres since she left the college, as most weeks find our current students engaged in and leading compassionate work in our immediate and wider communities. 

She goes on to remind them, 'There’s a lot of pressure around marks and academia and all those things. No matter how much you hate school, it’s the easiest time ever … So don't try to grow up and get out too quickly; enjoy the friendship, the good times, and the bad – in each one there is a lesson to be learnt'.

Could any former staff or collegians wishing to input to the new school history and/or claim their profile on the Collegians page, please contact me at: George.Huitker@Radford.act.edu.au or fill out the form at https://radfordcollegians.com.au/help-h/. All past “H for History” articles are housed at: https://radfordcollegians.com.au/h-for-history.



Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 11 April 2018

11 April 2018

The importance of providing play time and play spaces

Dates to Remember

Friday 13 April, Foundation Day – last Day of Term 1

Support the RAS Charity Fundraiser 

In this, our last week of Term 1, I could talk of many things. I could share how well our new students and new staff have settled in to our Junior School routines. I could share how our students and staff have further supported and renewed our climate and culture. I could talk of how we are focusing upon how we may better engage and empower our whole learners, whether student or staff. I could talk of the increased influence of our new and older learning spaces.

Instead, in our final week, I would like to share with you what we have been attempting, behind the scenes, to do to better support our students’ play options as we undergo the construction of our new Year 3 and 4 Centre,  and we better utilise the 2019 Specialist Centre and Undercroft areas.

Play is important. As the American Academy of Paediatrics stated in 2007:

Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity and physical, cognitive and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children can engage and interact in the world around them.

As many of our families are aware, we have always sought to best use our environment and amenities to support the above development.

This year has given us a challenge in this space. Throughout this year, we don’t have access to our slide, some of our nature playground bars and hurdles, our top oval, or our climbing frame.

We need to reassess play areas regularly as our building works progress. We are also scrutinising the best use of our new hard court and internal spaces, to best maximise play and shade opportunities. Throughout this time, we are also aware that we face time constraints from suppliers, as well as needing to look at current usage (age-wise) as against future usage of spaces. A good challenge.

In response:

  • we have developed a shade implementation plan
  • we have closed the College Street entrance and first roundabout during lunchtime, to allow our students to freely move between buildings and our lovely ovals
  • our Year 6 student leaders have coordinated play equipment usage on the ovals
  • we have provided additional free play equipment in our hard court Undercroft area
  • in addition to our normal roster/ timetabled play and rest areas such as ovals, Lego tables, library, play equipment and tricycle track , we have introduced the following additional play options( kindly supported by our staff):

Mondays – skipping in the Undercroft (a significant workout)

Tuesdays – Years 1 and 2 scooters

Wednesday – rock club and bushwalking options

Thursday – Years 3 and 4 scooters

Friday – dancing in the Undercroft

As the holiday break approaches, we are looking at how we may better use our newer spaces, discussing and sharing student, parent, professional and staff expertise. It is a challenge but also an opportunity to introduce new areas, opportunities and interest across our Junior School.

Enjoy a lovely break, I hope you are able to spend some time with your wonderful sons and daughters in the coming weeks.  Having the majority of our parent interviews in Week 1 Term 2 will also better prepare us for the term ahead.

Warm regards,



KNS – Jocelyn Feng for demonstrating leadership and showing confidence.

KSG – Jacob Calear for demonstrating cooperation and fairness.

KNS – Zara Cao for always demonstrating independence, self-regulation and perseverance.


1MH – Nathan Phengsiaroun for being caring towards others and showing love.

From Ms Evans – Venya Vikramadithyan in Year 1, for being principled and fair.


2JG – Angelina Do for her love of learning shown through independence. 


3PC – Peter Gordiev for love of learning and creativity.

3PC – Georgia O’Leary for love towards her peers by always helping them and co-operation.


4OM – Grace Brown for demonstrating commitment and perseverance.

4CD – Isobel Egan for the creative approach she demonstrates in her love of learning. 


5TMA – Oliver Luppi for being enthusiastic and showing zest.

5MP – Cameron Hewitson for his love of learning and curiosity.

5MI – William Squires for showing commitment and perseverance.


6TW is to James Tailby for showing commitment and perseverance.

6TH – Mim Chapman for creativity and zest.

6HB – Sienna Costello for kindness and respect

6JF – Lachlan Williams for creativity and love of learning

From Mrs Phelps – Will Alexander for his enthusiasm and zest during Physical Education.



Image credits: Kay Francis "Vibrant Last Light" (L) and Vivien Pinder "Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos" (R)

Register now and save the date for P&F Art Show

11 April 2018

By Sarah Jennett, P&F President

Fine regional art on display at the P&F Art Show

By Sarah Jennett, P&F President

Vivien Pinder "Rainbow Lorikeet"Fine works by various artists including paintings, ceramics, glass, sculpture and woodwork will be on display and for sale at the 34th Annual Radford P&F Art Show, 18–20 May 2018.

Those attending the show over the three days can also vote for their favourite piece and a ‘People's Choice’ award will be announced before the show closes on Sunday.

As in previous years, demand for the artworks is likely to be strong. The gala opening night event will host popular local band, the MP4 Players, to entertain the crowd, and demand for the artworks is likely to be strong, as it has been in previous years.

Click here to register your artwork for inclusion in this year's exhibition.


Radford College, TB Millar Hall, 1 College Street, Bruce

Gala opening:

Friday 18 May, 7.30 pm

Champagne supper and live music by the MP4 Players

Entry fee $20, Under 12s $10

Show continues:

Saturday 19 May and Sunday 20 May , 10 am to 4 pm

Enjoy refreshments from the café and music performed by Radford College musicians

Gold coin entry


Email artshow@radford.act.edu.au or call P&F President Sarah Jennett on 0412 993 093.

Kay Francis "Rock Face at Tomakin"Kay Francis "Wave surge at Dalmeny"

P&F Entertainment Books

Entertainment Book Fundraiser – Your Response Required

11 April 2018

Parents asked to opt in, or out, by end of this week

By Bernadette Mihaljevic, P&F Assistant Treasurer

The Entertainment™ Fundraiser is one of the P&F’s favourites. The Memberships are $60 and we keep $12 for each one we sell, with all money raised used to support our College.

This week we are asking all parents and caregivers to email entbook@radford.act.edu.au with “Yes, I would like to receive a book at home” and provide the full name of your youngest child at Radford and their class or tutor group.

Alternatively you can immediately and securely order your Book or your Digital Membership online here

Entertainment™ Book offers can be viewed at the ELC, Junior and Main Reception areas.

The Entertainment™ membership gives you access to thousands of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers for Canberra’s best restaurants, cafés, attractions and theme parks. Plus, it offers the best in market prices for over 2,000 hotels and resorts that you can use whenever you like until 1 June 2019. And it’s not just the fun stuff… You can also get 5% off your groceries and petrol all year with WISH eVouchers sent directly to your phone, and 10% off at David Jones!

The Entertainment™ memberships are available as a Book (with a gold card and vouchers) or as a Digital Membership, which puts all the offers in the Book on your smartphone to redeem at the touch of a button.

Congratulations to finalist, Matthew Sherren

Head On Photo Festival – Matthew Sherren finalist

10 April 2018

Amanda Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Recognising Matthew's outstanding talent

By Amanda Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Head on Photo Festival, established in 2010, is based on the premise that all photographers, regardless of age, experience or genre, need a chance to show their work. The Festival program provides the opportunity for work to be shown in Sydney and internationally. With exhibitions at galleries across Sydney, it is the biggest photographic Festival in Australia and has numerous categories for submission. 

Year 12 Photography student Matthew Sherren was recently selected by a panel of industry experts including curators, photographers, picture editors, out of thousands of entrants, to be a finalist in the student category. His work will be on display 5–20 May 2018. 

Matthew says: 'The finalist spot has provided a confidence boost for me and my own work and I hope to continue photographing when I am older. … This accomplishment was only possible thank to Ms Mackey*, Nate Brindabella and my parents, who encouraged me to continually push myself with my photographic work.' 

Matthew’s selected image, submitted last September, cannot be published yet, as a condition of the Festival. We will have to wait until the gallery opening night on 4 May. Meanwhile, enjoy the images on his own website: https://matthewsherrenphotography.com/ 

We congratulate Matthew on his selection as a finalist and for taking the initiative in being part of the creative community within and outside of the College. I encourage the Radford community to enjoy the Festival online or in Sydney next month.

* Radford photography teacher Jonquil Mackey 



Y9-Y10 Drama - "A Midsummer Night's Dream" reimagined

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Y9–Y10 Drama

10 April 2018

Shakespeare's beloved comedy - reimagined!

Dates: 3, 4, 5 May
Time: 7 pm
Venue: TB Millar Hall
Tickets: buy online or at the door

This production, directed by Sally Stenning, is a vibrant reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, set in the Australian bush. It contains original music composed by Y11 Music students and dancers from the Junior Performance group with students from Y4–Y6. We also welcome back collegian Alexander Wanjura as guest percussionist conductor. The technical elements of the production have been designed and implemented by the Senior Drama Technical students. This production is a wonderful combination of curriculum and co-curricular activities of the Performing Arts. 

The Royal Shakespeare Company provides this synopsis of Shakespeare’s beloved tale:
On a midsummer’s night, four young lovers find themselves wrapped in the dream-like arms of an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule. While a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war, their paths are crossed by Bottom, Quince and their friends presenting a play within a play. Chief mischief-maker Puck is on-hand to ensure that the course of true love is anything but smooth, and games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeare’s most beguiling comedy.

Nick Ewbank (left) Jacinta Quee (centre) at Convention

National Schools Constitutional Convention – a delegate's view

9 April 2018

Students from across Australia engage with the Constitution

By Radford student, ACT delegate, Jacinta Quee 

Last month, I attended the National Schools Constitutional Convention hosted at Old Parliament House in Canberra, alongside students from every other State and Territory. Four other Canberra students and I represented the ACT. 

NSCC logo

Over the course of three days, we debated whether Section 44 of the Constitution (which deals with the eligibility to sit in Parliament) should be changed, ending the convention with a mock referendum. The results of this referendum dictated that Section 44 should be changed with a ‘national’ Yes vote of 60.9%. ACT and QLD were the only two States/ Territories to have an overall no vote to the proposed change.

During the three days, we were addressed by multiple guest speakers, including the President of the Senate. We also got to meet and speak with the Governor-General at Government House, as well as having smaller debates and presenting individual public speeches of our opinions on Section 44. It was a truly amazing experience.

Students from across Australia at Old Parliament House


Year 11 students exploring the ecosystem near Wollongong

The rainforest as classroom

9 April 2018

Year 11 Biology Field Trip

Biology field tripBy Bronwyn Stanbury, Head of Science

On Wednesday 28 March – Thursday 29 March 2018, our Year 11 biology students undertook an excursion to Wollongong. We stayed at the Mt Keira Scout Camp and used this excellent base to explore the nearby rainforest. In the daytime, we used ecological sampling techniques to measure abiotic and biotic features of the environment, all while avoiding the hungry leeches lurking in the moist undergrowth. In the evening, small groups set out to find the forest waterfall, in search of the elusive but spectacular local glow-worms. Small mammal traps were also placed around the area and provided us with an up-close perspective of a native bush rat and a pair of cute marsupial mice (antechinus) in the morning.

The next day, we headed south to Bass Point, Shellharbour, where we tested our rock pool hopping and octopus handling skills as we measured both living and non-living components of this unique ecosystem. These two field studies were conducted to enable our students to construct ecological profiles that will assist them in completing their assessable Field Study Report of the current Biodiversity and Connectedness unit.

I would like thank our professional ecology guides from the AUSECO unit, fellow staff members Rachael Weeks and Hannah Ulrick, the Scout Camp staff, bus driver Dave and all our wonderful and inquisitive Radford students on making this a successful and fun excursion.

Year 9 students conversing in Japanese with Toi

Farewell Toi Murai, Japanese Assistant

9 April 2018

Japanese Language Captain, Jack Coyle, interviews Toi Murai

By Michele Sharp, Head of Languages

Toi Murai, Japanese AssistantThe Languages Department offers many opportunities for students to contexualise their language learning. Each year, we employ native speakers from China, France and Japan as Language Assistants. These Assistants are usually university students who have an interest in teaching and wish to improve their English skills. Our students enjoy conversing with Assistants and they are a valuable addition to our Languages Department. 

Toi Murai joined the College in July last year and readily endeared himself to staff and students. He has created authentic resources for use during classes and his positive nature has made him a pleasure to work with.

We wish Toi a safe trip back to Japan, and all the best with his future endeavours.


Toi Murai, Language Assistant, as interviewed by Jack Coyle, Japanese Language Captain

Why did you decide to teach in Australia?

I liked teaching before I came to Radford. I had too many interests with other fields. I used to study construction engineering. Teaching was not my main interest for a future job and I had not had a teaching experience in my life before last year after I started the job. I really liked teaching and was able to communicate well and share knowledge with younger students. I feel happy to be able to share my knowledge with students and learn from other teachers.  

Why did you choose to teach in Australia and not Japan?
I am disappointed at the education system in Japan. Japanese education doesn’t focus on the individual. I wasn’t a typical student in Japan, I was different from my classmates. Australian education is more focused on the individual learning. In Australia, teachers can teach multiple subjects, but in Japan, Japanese teachers only teach one subject. So, teaching in Australia is a more attractive option. Most Japanese teachers tend to discipline students all together, they don’t encourage individual thinking. They present a set way of thinking 'you should do this, think this'. I believe Australia is complete opposite. 

What did you like most about being an Assistant at Radford?
Everyone says 'Hi' to me and everyone is really lovely. Working at Radford makes me happy, everyone is friendly. I enjoyed building relationships with staff and students. The teachers are very talented, humble and are helpful to me. I’ve learned a lot from these colleagues. It has been an irreplaceable experience.  They have had a huge influence on my teaching ability and have helped me in dealing with problems. I used to be nervous about facing problems. In a good way, the teachers are optimistic and have good attitudes to face situations. 'Take it easy'. You don’t find this attitude in Japan. 

What surprised you about education in Australia?
Firstly, I felt that Australian students are really good at using IT equipment. Computers weren’t used on a daily basis in Japan. It is more efficient and easier for students to use same equipment at school and at home. They can continue work directly and Radford encourages these systems. This was the most surprising thing. I was surprised that learning was focused around the individual.

How is language education in Australia different from in Japan?
I think the biggest difference in language education is that in Australia, language education focuses on learning the culture as well as linguistic study. I think this is really special and this isn’t the norm for Asian countries. I have learnt English as a second language since Year 5 but have never learnt culture from where the language is spoken. This means Japanese students tend to dislike learning English because they don’t experience culture that they might be interested in. Language education in Japan is focused on the marks. On the other hand, in Radford College, we teach customs, seasonal events, school life etc. traditional and modern cultures. Languages isn’t only about studying linguistics.

Why should students study a language?
In my opinion, for the purpose of understanding people who are creating the world and building society. For example, in a company that produces IT products, the workers need to communicate to create a product. People use this language to communicate. In Australia there are lots of people that have different backgrounds. When we do something with others, the first thing is language. So, we need to understand each other and encourage each other. Also, understanding language and culture is the best way to recognise your country and identity. So, you can finally understand the culture you have, what desires you have and what’s special about your country. Studying languages isn’t just for your career or studying abroad. It is about understanding culture and each other.

What will you miss about Australia?
I will miss everything. I will miss Nutrigrain the most. I love it 😊. I will miss my host families and the school. 

What did you think of Radford Japanese students?
They are lovely and enthusiastic. When I’m in the classroom they are really engaged. Students have their interests about Japan etc. Pokémon anime and it’s nice to see that. They are good to talk to and ask a lot of questions. They work hard. 

What did you miss most about Japan?
I haven’t missed Japan, except for my grandmother. 

What are you going to do after Radford?
My aspiration is to become a teacher in Australia. There are many steps to achieving this dream. I want to go to Uni in Australia to study diploma of education, psychology and other languages. But this will cost tonnes of money so I need to earn enough money for Uni But I won’t give up. I want to be teaching in Australia by the time I am 30. 

What advice would you give students who want to teach?
Experience a lot. The best teachers have a lot of life experience. Do work experience. In my college, there are lots of teachers who had a lot of work experience. It was meaningful for me to know their backgrounds, why they thought what they thought etc. As someone who is teaching the younger generation, I think we need to be more skilful and more wonderful as a person. So, I’m trying to broaden my experience.  

What have you learnt about yourself?
This question is hard to answer. In Canberra, I have learnt how to live happily. I find happiness in relationships with my friends, family and colleagues. I have learnt to forgive my mistakes and shortcomings but also recognise my strengths.

There’s no good work life balance in Japan. But Australians: 'I like doing this, I like spending life with family.' So they do it. No one judges, they understand how they impact somebody’s life. Australian people help each other, caring. Japanese people are judgmental I think. They open the door for others, etc. and are polite but are competitive. So there’s no space in their mind to think about others. Teaching in Australia has made me want to share my happiness and knowledge with others. I would help other people’s happiness. But if I want to make others happy, I need to keep discovering what makes me happy. I have found out that I am 1/8th Australian.

Radford gym, through the eyes of the orienteer

Orienteering – championships and training camp

10 April 2018

Noah Poland, Orienteering Captain

Orienteering gearing up for the season

Australian 3 Days Orienteering Championships, Tasmania

Competition over the Easter weekend.



Results by day

Noah Poland

M20 (elite)

4th, 8th and 9th

Andrew Kerr


2nd, 2nd and 1st – 1st overall on combined times

Toby Lang


6th, 15th and 2nd – 7th overall

  Andrew Kerr Noah Poland

Orienteering Training Camp
By Noah Poland, Orienteering Captain

Radford Orienteering Squad started this year with a very successful pre-season training weekend, on five different orienteering maps and a night navigation maze – indoor, outdoor around the Sports Centre, plus OWLs (orienteering with lights) on Gossan Hill in the dark! Attended by almost all Squad members, at differing points across the weekend, it was a great opportunity for members, old and new, to mingle and have fun together. 

Thanks to coach Paul de Jongh (Class of 2011) for the well-designed training exercises, and to parents Toni Brown and Edith Gray for helping with the logistics including the pizzas! 

Our first event for the 2018 season will be at Weston Park on 5 May. The Weston Park terrain will suit beginners (lots of tracks and good visibility) and keen runners (lots of big open spaces where you can really get up some speed). The course planner is an adventure runner and rogainer, as well as an orienteer, and a huge effort will no doubt go into the course planning for the first event of the Saturday Junior League Series.

Orienteering by night

Black Dog Institute - free webinar on teenage depression

Free teen mental health webinar

4 April 2018

Navigate your child’s mental health with the help of the Black Dog Institute

Navigating teenage depression

Black Dog Institute has produced a new mental health presentation for parents and carers that provides valuable information on how they can support their child’s mental health. This webinar will be delivered by a trained presenter with lived experience of a mental illness. Registration is free.

Thursday 19 April

7–7.45 pm

Register: community@blackdog.org.au

Whether your teen is experiencing issues now, or if you want to be prepared for the future, this webinar will benefit any parent or carer of a young person.


You will learn:

  • What is anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder?
  • How to spot early warning signs in young people
  • When and where to seek help
  • How to support a young person you care about
Donate now to the RAS Charity Fundraiser

RAS Charity Fundraiser 2018

28 March 2018

Please support our one annual fundraising effort

By Richard Browning, Chaplain

Radford supports a wide range of local, national and international organisations. They are important to us. They do real and valuable work. See details of these organisations below and on the document attached.

Raising as much as we can is one way we live out our values. Thank you for supporting our work in serving the wider community.

Monday 9 April to Friday 13 April
Donations can be made online https://www.trybooking.com/UZSS or by students throughout the week, at Secondary Campus tutor groups or Receptions.  Junior School ‘chore’ boxes are to be brought back to class immediately after the holidays.

Friday 13 April - Foundation Day
Conclusion of RAS Charity Fundraiser for Secondary Campus.

Whole year
Radford works at raising awareness, working in service and building communities that are inclusive and just, sustainable and diverse.

ONLINE DONATIONS: https://www.trybooking.com/UZSS





Cancer Council ACT




Money for Relay for Life & goes to Cancer Council..


Hosted by senior students

Leukaemia Foundation




Money for Shave for a Cure goes to Leukaemia Foundation.


Hosted by senior students.

AngliCARE Youth Services (YiC)



Yr 12

students cook every Friday night

L’Arche Genesaret ACT



Yr 11

Supporting adults living with intellectual disabilities

Black Mountain School



Yr 10

A partner school

Cranleigh School



Yr 10

A partner school

Ozharvest ACT



Yr 10

Rescuing food, value adding & distributing to local charities

Companion House



Working locally in Belconnen

Yr 9

Linked to Yr 9 Worn Soles unit

Batting for Change



Yr 9       transformative educational opportunities for disadvantaged women

AngliCARE Winter Appeal



Yr 8

Links with AngliCARE crisis care and emergency aid in local community





Yr 7

Riding for the disabled

Compassion Australia



Junior School

Child sponsorship program

Soldier On

Little Treasures



Embracing Ministries holiday program 

Junior School




Gunawirra supporting disadvantaged indigenous children and their families. 

Whole School friendship This comes from our ‘G’ trip partnerships

Timor-Leste education





Whole School friendship – Timor youth leader education program



Belconnen Community Centre, CanTeen, StarLight Children’s Foundation







Funding level







The 2019 SOSE US trip will be a tour de force

SOSE Tour of the United States, 2019

4 April 2018

‘Success and nothing less’ is the theme for next year’s US adventure

Radford’s Wolves of Wall Street, Legal Eagles and Global Citizens are invited to participate in the 2019 SOSE Tour of the United States. Taking place between 28 June and 12 July, the tour will provide students with opportunities to visit and engage with notable institutions, locations and businesses in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. The itinerary (see attached flyer) is designed to tie-in with and enhance students’ investigations into Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Global Studies.

Hear the details and have your questions answered at the information evening:

Tuesday 1 May 2018
5.30–6.30 pm
Heath Lecture Theatre

To register your interest in the tour, contact Mrs Lindy Braithwaite.

Dr Prue Salter provides the tools for success with effective study skills

Study skills are the tools for success

14 March 2018

Session with Dr Prue Salter - advice on effective studying

Dr Prue Salter's parent and student study skills workshop is a not-to-be-missed interactive evening designed to give students and those who support them the best chance of working and studying effectively in high school. 

The session will cover:

  • managing homework and assignments effectively through efficient time management
  • learning to be more organised for school and at home
  • effective work and study

When: Tuesday 1 May 2018, 6–7.30 pm
Where: TB Millar Hall
Who: Parent/Guardian(s) and students should attend together to gain the most value from the session

View the event flyer for more details.

Radford's exciting April holiday programs have something for everyone

Holiday program bookings

21 March 2018

OSHC and the Sports Department have the April holidays sorted.

Holidays are here again ... nearly. Have you made any plans? Radford's Outside School Hours Care and the Sports Department have, and they're excited.

Outside School Hours Care April Holiday Programs
Places are available in Early Years (PK–Y1) and Junior School (Y2–6) programs and, as usual, they will fill fast.
Excursions include (take a deep breath): slot car racing (JS/EY), movies at Hoyts (JS/EY), cheernastics (yes, it's a thing) (JS/EY), playgrounds of Canberra (EY), Yerrabi Track bushwalk (JS), Questacon (JS/EY), bike ride around Lake Ginninderra (JS), Dr Graham Walker's 'Going Ballistics' show (incursion) (JS/EY), National Botanical Gardens (EY), Let's Play Indoor Playground (EY), super robotics workshop (incursion) (JS), bubble soccer AND Nerf war challenge (incursion) (JS), Mogo Zoo (JS/EY combined) LEGO bricks (incursion) (JS/EY).

Book now!
Early Years Booking Form
Junior School Booking Form

Years 3–8 April Sports Holiday Program

This program is open to all abilities and focuses on skill development and game play. Students from other schools are welcome to enrol. The program has three streams: Multi-sport (full day, weeks 1 and 2), Football (half day, week 1), Basketball (half day, weeks 1 and 2). Students have the option to join the Multi-sport program in the afternoons.

Book now!

Image credit: Bycroft children playing with hoop, tyre and wheel; the little boy was a neighbour of the Bycrofts - Taree, NSW, probably 1924 / photographer Joe T. Bycroft. Collection of State Library of New South Wales

Image for article: P&F Second-hand Uniform Shop

P&F Second-hand Uniform Shop

27 March 2018

Leeann Dunne, Second-hand Uniform Shop

Donations of second-hand winter uniforms and blazers needed

Contact: secondhandshop@radford.act.edu.au
Visit: Second-hand Uniform Shop page on website

The P&F is seeking donations of second-hand uniforms, especially winter uniforms and blazers. Please use the Easter break to clean out all of your unwanted uniforms. All donations can be dropped off at the Main Reception between 8 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday, or at the P&F Second-hand Uniform shop, during opening hours.

Stocks are selling fast so get in early.

Special early opening event

Monday 30 April 7.309.30 am


Holiday opening hours

Wednesday 18 April 7.309.30 am

Thursday 19 April 26 pm

Friday 20 April  Closed

Wednesday 25 April  Closed (Anzac Day)

Thursday 26  April 2–6 pm

Friday 27 April 8 am – 12 pm

Normal trading hours (Resume Wednesday 2 May for Term 2)

Wednesday 7.30–9.30 am

Thursday 2–6 pm

Friday 8 am – 12 pm (closed Public Holidays)

Buy new uniform items from the Perm-A-Pleat shop

Perm-A-Pleat Shop

27 March 2018

Lisa Baker, Main Reception

Holiday opening hours


(this is the shop for NEW uniforms)

Monday 16 April: 7.45 am – 12.45 pm

Tuesday 17 April: 12.30–5.30 pm

Wednesday 18 April: 8.00 am – 1.30 pm

Thursday 19 April: 12.30–5.30 pm

CLOSED 20–25 April 2018

Thursday 26 April: 12.30–5.30 pm

Friday 27 April: 7.45 am – 12.45 pm

Saturday 28 April: 9 am –  3 pm

Under 19 showed their mettle, defeating Burgmann in a hard-fought grandfinal

Radford bounces through a super summer season

11 April 2018

Orhan Memedovski, Technical Director of Basketball

Summer 2017/18 Basketball report

By Orhan Memedovski, Technical Director of Basketball

Radford entered a record 40 teams in the 2017/18 summer basketball season. Total numbers were 348 students (135 girls, 213 boys) in teams ranging from Under 10s to Under 19s. The level of participation indicates Radford’s commitment to the sport of basketball, as well as the School’s dominance of Canberra’s basketball community. The teams exhibited great enthusiasm and demonstrated fair play in their games throughout the season. The following teams competed in their respective grand finals:

U14 Division 1

Under 14 Division 1 Boys Radford Magic 35 defeated by Marist 48
The U14 boys struggled offensively in the first half and, at one point in the game, were down by 21 points. The boys came out in the second half with more energy, confidence and pose, winning the third and fourth quarters respectfully but ultimately losing by 13 points. The boys demonstrated grit and focus in improving as the game progressed. It was a great effort from the boys and we wish them the best in the winter season!

Under 14, Division 6

Under 14 Division 5 Boys Radford Pacers 37 defeated Tuggeranong Vikings 20
What a game from start to finish! The Radford boys knocked off the top team (who didn’t lose a game all season). The high-energy, fast-paced game was entertaining to watch and the boys showed excellent team effort, confidence and poise throughout the game. Congratulations! Good luck on repeating the effort as champions next season. 

U19 grand final winners

Under 19 Division 6 Boys Radford Ducks 30 defeated Burgmann Magic 17
Quack, Quack, Quack! The U19 boys capped off their season with a grand final win that had it all: hustle plays, great passes, offensive rebounds and many laughs. It was wonderful to see the Radford bench cheer on their mates and support their efforts on the court. The Ducks moved the ball well on offence and went on a 9–0 scoring run late in the 4th quarter, which proved to be the difference in the game. Congrats to the boys!




A large number or Radford players were selected for Basketball ACT State teams this year. Representing ACT and Australia is a huge accomplishment which takes commitment, countless hours of preparation and travelling across the country to compete. Congratulations to the following students:

Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence
Eliza Hollingsworth

National Performance Program (NPP)
Henry Wallace

Junior Rep

Under 16 Girls
Stella Martin
Minette Kirkegaard
Emily Nguyen

Under 16 Boys
Andy Do
Benny Marr
Lachlan Smith
Sujan Ipalawatte

Development Program

Under 12 Girls
Jessi Palframan
Madison Scholfield
Emily Warren

Under 12 Boys
Jack Dimond
Max Forbutt
Ambrose Musgrove
Stirling Musgrove
Baily Purvis-Smith
Byron Shaw

Under 14 Girls
Alys Robertson
Sacha Zerger

Under 14 Boys
Callan Dunne
Chris Kalogeropoulos
Joey Slater
Sebastian Phommaseisy
Spencer Musgrove
Tomas Genero

Winter teams have now been finalised and posted on the bulletin boards in the Sports Department. Coach allocations will be announced prior to the winter season. Please note that trainings and games will commence in Week 1 of Term 2.

Radford’s success would have not been possible without the tremendous contributions and effort from our coaches, managers, parents and players. Thank you!

Just a reminder that the gym will be open to all students on Thursday 12 April from 7–8 am for a preseason shoot around/fitness session.

Thank you for your support and see you on the courts!


Athletics training

Free athletics training Term 2

Wednesday afternoons for Secondary School, Thursday afternoons for Junior School. On the P&F Oval  No cost. Registrations and enquiries to Andrew Sullivan