Radford Bulletin Term 1, Week 3, 2021 – 17 February 2021

Staff Insights

Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

Informed parents are engaged parents

17 February 2021

Andy Gordon – Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

Being connected with your child's learning in a way that goes far beyond 'information'

By Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

I’m leading this bulletin article with the premise that one of the most wonderful gifts a parent gives a child is to be connected to their child’s learning - not in a traumatising return to pandemic related schooling kind of way. ‘Connected’ as in informed, understanding, conscious of the growing, maturing and transformational change that comes with learning. You’re not ‘all in it together’, as it isn’t your learning, it is your child’s journey. It is a journey towards independence, and to take away the wrestle would be to undermine the development of confidence. 

We need to hold in tension being informed while not being invasive or, dare I say, abusive.

One of the challenges in 21st century education is in getting communication between the home and school right. Some parents think there is too much, while others think not enough. We are always considering how to improve our communication. To be ‘informed’ should mean so much more than information. We know every learner brings more than their books and lunch in their school bag. Backpacks hold values, beliefs, assumptions, experiences… social, cultural, spiritual, emotional. They also hold fears, hopes, friendships, love and expectancy. It’s much more difficult for a parent to own or take these ineffable parts of the backpack, unlike an assignment or home learning task. We know that our learners are engaging with learning at the deepest levels of humanness, longing and connection. 

School systems worldwide are embracing digital ways to connect and help parents be informed and insiders to the learning process. As teachers, we do this from a practical perspective, as well as accountability in a college like ours where our parents invest with both their pre-tax and post-tax dollars. Our Australian Professional Standards for Teachers highlights this in Focus area 7.3: 

Understand strategies for working effectively, sensitively and confidentially with parents/carers. Establish and maintain respectful collaborative relationships with parents/carers regarding their children’s learning and wellbeing. Demonstrate responsiveness in all communications with parents/carers about their children’s learning and wellbeing. Identify, initiate and build on opportunities that engage parents/carers in both the progress of their children’s learning and in the educational priorities of the school. (AITSL, 2017, pg. 22).

The quote above should be the very minimum that you hold us accountable to. This is what our profession holds as non-negotiable for highly effective and professional teachers. Our specific Radford College Parent Communication Policy refers to both types of information the College will share, as well as the expectations for school and home engagement, whether by phone, email or favourite messaging service. 

Extract from Parent Communication Policy (2020) 

Radford College's teachers and staff endeavour to be courteous and respectful with our students, parents/caregivers and our wider community. We also expect students, parents/caregivers and others to be courteous and respectful with our staff, especially to set an example for their children. 

Parents are expected to abide by the College’s Parent Code of Conduct at all times and all communications with teachers and College staff should be approached in a calm and non-aggressive manner. 

If a parent/caregiver is dissatisfied with the conduct or outcome of their communications with a teacher, Year Group Coordinator, Head of Department or other member of the College’s staff, they may lodge a formal complaint which will be dealt with in accordance with our College Community Grievances and Complaints Policy which is available on our public website. 

One of my favourite parenting authors, Rachel Macy Stafford, in her recent New York Times bestselling book, Live Love Now, outlines areas for being informed without being invasive, avoiding being abusive or being a rescuer (2020). 

Rachel’s advice is to encourage parents to be informed about: 

  • Your own parental expectations – are they helpful or unhelpful?
  • Academic pressure
  • Best ways your child learns
  • Technoference
  • Isolation and Loneliness
  • Fear of missing out (FOMO) anxiety
  • Sleep patterns
  • Love or care languages – how they give and receive love and care.

 
Rachel shares the following strategies: 

  • Be a truth-teller, not a taskmaster
  • Be an encourager, not an enforcer
  • Be a guide, not a half-listener.

 

Rachel also shares the following paragraph that I want to leave with you at the conclusion of this article, regarding being informed and engaged in powerful and helpful ways. 

Of all the offerings you can give your kids today, give acceptance. Be the place where they are known, seen, heard and celebrated. Over time, that unconditional acceptance will serve as inner armour, protecting their sense of self when the lesser parts of the human experience (sic) tries to negate it. (Stafford, pg. 32).

 
References:

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). (2017). Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Retrieved from: https://www.aitsl.edu.au/docs/default-source/national-policy-framework/australian-professional-standards-for-teachers.pdf?sfvrsn=5800f33c_64 

Radford College. (2020). Parent Communication Policy. 

Stafford, Rachel Macy. (2020). Live Love Now: Relieve the Pressure and Find Real Connection with Our Kids. Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI.

 

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, and a time of reflection

Year 11 Retreat and Ash Wednesday

17 February 2021

Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger – Senior Chaplain

An invitation to play in the dust, and find the energy of transformation

By Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, Senior Chaplain

Rev. Dr Katherine RaingerI had the privilege of accompanying the Year 11s on their retreat at Greenhills Centre last week. It was great to see them connecting as a cohort and enjoying a huge range of activities. 

One of the conversations that we had on retreat was about caring for the spiritual part of who we are, along with caring for our physical, social, emotional and cognitive health. Spirituality is the desire to connect with something bigger than ourselves and find meaning and purpose in life. 

Y11 Retreat was held at Greenhills

I shared with the group that I nurture my spirituality by lighting a candle in my home to remind me of God’s presence. I also light a candle when I am asked to pray for someone as a tangible symbol of holding them before God. 

Time and place can also be expressions of our spirituality. Today is Ash Wednesday which marks the first day of Lent. In the Christian calendar, the season of Lent is the 40 days before Easter. It is traditionally a time of fasting before the feast and celebration of Jesus’ resurrection at Easter. 

Lent can be a good time to reflect on our lives and ask ourselves, “What can I let go of at the moment that will bring life to myself and others?” or “What can I take up that will bring life to myself and others?” 

On Ash Wednesday, people receive a mark of ashes in the shape of the cross on their wrists or foreheads. The symbolism of Ash Wednesday is multifaceted. It includes coming before God and remembering that we are finite beings who are connected with the earth around us. The dust represents our lives with all the disappointments, failures, passions and limitations that come with being human. 

In the dust of the ashes, there is also the energy of transformation. 

Basketball on a dirt court proved to be a very popular spontaneous activity during the Year 11 retreat. The dust rose to knee height as energetic feet moved and played. After some rain the dust settled and compacted, and the play continued. 

May you find time to play in the dust this Lent. To sit with the pain and messiness of life, and to be surprised by the mercy, joy and grace that is ever present. 

Wishing all who celebrated a belated Happy Lunar New Year! 

Blessings for the week ahead.
Rev. Katherine

News

The Mulford Junior School at Radford College

JS News, 17 Feb 21

17 February 2021

Growing independent and confident young people by increasing agency

 

Thurs 18 Feb

Year 6 Excursion to Penguin Bloom

Tues 23 Feb

Year 5 Inc – Starr’s Planetarium

Fri 26 Feb

ELC Beach and Boardies Day

By Nick Martin - Assistant Head of Junior School, PYP

When I speak with parents whose child is beginning their schooling journey, I ask them what their hopes are for their child. Often, parents want their child to be happy, to make friends, to ‘fit in’, and to be confident. Fortunately, these goals are very much shared by the College, as we know that they are important precursors to effective learning. There are many ways that schools and parents can support students in these important goals. I would like to focus on one such strategy: increasing learner agency.


What is learner agency?

Albert Bandura, in his exploration of social cognitive theory, believes that agency “enable[s] people to play a part in their self-development, adaptation, and self-renewal with changing times” (Bandura 2001).

IB Agency graphicThe International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) further suggests that schools which have a focus on agency offer opportunities for students to develop important skills and dispositions, such as critical and creative thinking, perseverance, independence and confidence.  The IBO has captured its understanding of learner agency in the simple graphic shown left.

 

In a practical sense, students demonstrate agency when they:

  • influence and direct their own learning
  • make choices
  • voice opinions
  • ask questions and express wonderings
  • communicate understandings
  • construct new meanings
  • participate in and contribute to the learning community.

(IBO, 2021) 

Increased agency in classroom design

Building classroom cultureI would like to share an example of how our teachers have increased agency already this year, through the design of our classrooms. You may have noticed when you came in for the parent-teacher conversations at the beginning of the year that our classrooms were quite bare. This may seem a little different from other schools where the classroom walls are often covered with decoration. Sometimes teachers feel as though having the classroom full of decoration creates a sense that they are ready for the school year, organized and thorough. However, the message that this send to our students is that the classroom ‘belongs’ to the teacher. It is already designed. It is already set-up. The teacher has done all of the thinking. The room is complete. Alternatively, in an attempt to increase learner agency, our teachers allowed students to enter into a ‘blank canvas’. The message from teachers in the first few days was, “This is our classroom, this space belongs to us all, I need your thinking, your ideas, your creativity to create a classroom that serves all of our needs. We will continue to adjust, build, change and refine this space as we reflect throughout the year. All voices are valued, we have choice and we all have ownership of this space.”

Using a thinking routine to analyse components of a classroom.

How parents can increase agency at home

The Self-Driven Child

If you would like to read more about ‘agency’ and how you, as a parent, can increase voice, choice and ownership for your child, I can highly recommend The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson. 

A gem from the book: “What do you want to do about this? It’s your call”. Stixrud and Johnson suggest that having a simple question in mind can make enhancing agency a bit easier. When your child presents an issue, challenge or problem, let them know that you won’t solve the problem for them. A question, such as, “What do you want to do about this? It’s your call” provides a subtle but clear message that the child has a voice, has choices, is responsible for their own behaviour, is empowered to think for themselves…they have agency! 

We look forward to a wonderful year of growth, learning, independence, confidence and increased agency for all!  

References: 

Bandura, A. 2001. “Social cognitive theory: An agentic perspective”. Annual Review of Psychology. Vol 52, number 1. pp. 1–26. 

International Baccalaureate Organisation. (n.d.). Learner Agency. IBO: The Learner. Retrieved February 12, 2021. 

Stixrud, W. & Johnson, N. (2019). The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives (Reprint ed.). Penguin Books.

 

Radford 1st XI, finalists in the ASC T20 competition

Congratulations, 1st XI cricket team!

17 February 2021

ASC T20 finalists, after beating Canberra Grammar

Congratulations and good luck to the 1st XI Cricket team which qualified for the ASC T20 Grand Final, to be played against Marist at Marist on Monday, 4:15pm start. 

The team qualified after defeating Canberra Grammar on Monday, for the first time since the 2015/16 season, with a score of 137/134 in the final over of the game.

Special mention to:

  • Darcy Macdonald - 76 runs, bowling 2/22
  • Lachlan Reid - 2/35
  • Jonty Probyn 34 runs off 47 balls.
Team building for the IBDP 2022 cohort

IBDP Retreat

17 February 2021

An opportunity for the new cohort to explore the core principles

By Michelle Guerrero, Dean of Senior Studies and IBDP Coordinator 

The IB experience for our 2022 cohort started with a retreat at Greenhills, where students were put through their paces in a variety of physical and cognitive challenges. Students commenced the day with an informative session where they were able to explore the importance of the IB learner profile, and the approaches to teaching and learning (ATL skills). The ATL skills of communication, social skills, self-management, research and thinking, lay the foundation for the development of the ‘soft skills’ that students require to experience success at university or in the workforce. Following this introduction, students engaged small workshops led by the IBDP core teachers, Ms Hunter, Mr Mitchell and Ms Mackerras, and delved deeper into the core elements of the IBDP and their importance.

The core elements of the IBDP curriculum distinguish it from other curricula, as their purpose is to develop higher-order creative and critical-thinking skills, community involvement and academic skills. Students also engaged with current Year 12 IBDP students, learning from their experiences and heeding their advice. 

After lunch, it was time to put their knowledge of the IBDP to the test, engaging in a variety of practical and cognitive problem-solving activities which included crate climbing, cooking challenges and a STEM challenge. Students were encouraged to work collaboratively by using and reflecting on the learner profile attributes and ATL skills. These are the skills and experiences that underpin their two-year journey and make IBDP candidates so desirable to tertiary institutions and employers alike. 

I would like to thank the following staff who contributed to the successful running of the retreat: Rebecca Hunter, Nicholas Moss, Ailsa Mackerras, Stuart Mitchell, Sophie Wilcock and Annabelle Fisher.

Fun and great swimming at the Junior School swimming carnivals

JS Sports, 17 Feb 21

17 February 2021

Swimming, water polo and cricket

By Tamara Phelps - Assistant Head of Sport, Junior School

 

Junior Swimming Carnival

On your marks, get set, go! Over 500 students participating in two swimming carnivals on Friday 12 February at CISAC Aquatic Centre. The day commenced with students in Years 2, 3, 4 literally throwing themselves in the deep end and participating in a number of ‘Competitive’ and ‘Participation’ races. 

Our Year 5/6 cohort arrived at lunchtime to create an impact in the pool, displaying some wonderful swimming achievements and House spirit vibes throughout the aquatic centre.

A special mention to the winners of the Golden Flipper (fastest sprint swim): Ashley Ward (Year 4) and Bryson Abraham (Year 5).   Stay tuned for the announcement of our overall Age Champions’ in the next Bulletin. 

Finally, congratulations to all involved, and a special mention to our wonderful staff in the Junior School, for contributing to the success of the carnival. 

2021 JS Swimming carnival fun

 

Water polo Fri 12 Feb 21

Water Polo commences  

Last Friday night 12 February, Radford College entered two teams from Years 4-6 into the newly created ‘inter-schools’ Water Polo competition at CISAC Aquatic Centre. Backing up from a big day at the school swimming carnival earlier in the day, it did not stop our keen Junior School students from displaying some wonderful skills and fitness. All new to the game, they played with enthusiasm and determination, leaving the aquatic centre with smiles on their faces and heading for a well-earned rest over the weekend. 


Blast Centre – Week 1 

Having advertised the launch of our newly created ‘Blast Centre’ at Radford late in 2020, we were excited when the day finally arrived on Friday 12 February. Despite rain, our students were still excited to start the program with modified ‘indoor’ cricket activities in the RA Young Hall. Proudly dressed in colours of their favourite ‘Big Bash Teams’, our students looked like professional cricketers in the making, enthusiastically competing in several cricket challenges, and ending the session with a BBQ, kindly donated by one of our Radford families.

Cricket "Blast" begins at Radford

Gloomy weather, but bright smiles for our successful rowers

PLC/Kings Regatta

17 February 2021

Another great regatta for the Radford rowers

By Ethan Toscan, Rowing Captain

The PLC/Kings Regatta was held on Saturday 13 February at the Sydney International Rowing Centre.  Fifty Radford rowers competed amongst 1542 school students from 41 different schools around ACT and NSW. Our rowers competed in a total of 21 events, racking up enough points to come second in the point score for the regatta, which was an excellent result. 

Spirits were high, despite the rainAs the rain set in, this did not stop the Radford rowers competing hard and coming down the course fast. At the end of the regatta, Radford came away with 20 podium finishes with 5 bronze, 9 silver and 6 gold medals.

The final two races of the day were the inaugural Schoolboy and Schoolgirl Representative Eights. The ACT Schoolboy Representative Eight consisted of 7 Radford boys out of the 9 athletes selected (including cox) required to row the boat. The Radford athletes were Ben Heatley, Sam Roberts, William Gregory, Angus Walker, Ethan Toscan, Hamish Roberts and Jake Schemen-Rogers. This crew rowed amazingly well to secure 2nd place, having only trained as a crew once prior to the race.

All the rowers who came to the regatta did a fantastic job in competing, and showed that their hard work has been paying off, as seen in a large medal tally and outstanding performances from each and every crew.

‘Thank you’ to Ms Spencer, our coaches and parent volunteers/supporters for making the weekend happen and keeping our stomachs full.

Medal winners

Athlete

Event

Place

Charlotte Joyce, Thea Reinhardt

SGYr8 2x

3rd

Hannah Hardy, Nikita Crabb

SG 2x

3rd

Zoe Macintosh

SGYr10 1x

3rd

Ellie Maglasis, Sophia Teschendorf

SGYr10 2x

3rd

Claudia Kendall, Molly Lilley, Bridget Kelleher-Cole, Ellen Mihaljevic, Cox: Nicola Allenby

SG 4x+

3rd

Audrey Potter

SGYr8 1x

2nd

Anvi Gupta

SGYr8 1x

2nd

Eliza Lilley, Siobhan Hall, Sophie Conlon, Mia Kluth, Cox: Ava Warden

SGYr9-1 4x+

2nd

Sophia Teschendorf, Ellie Maglasis, Siobhan Hall, Eliza Lilley, Mia Kluth, Zoe Macintosh, Hannah Sampson, Josephine Truswell, Cox: Stuart Ward

SGYr10 8+

2nd

Ellen Mihaljevic

SG 1x

2nd

Bridget Kelleher-Cole

SG 1x

2nd

Edi Lupton, Milan Surman-Schmidt, Gemma O'Rourke, Sophie Conlon, Cox: Pippa Humphries

SGY10-4 4x+

2nd

Eliza Lilley, Siobhan Hall, Mia Kluth, Zoe Macintosh, Hannah Sampson, Josephine Truswell, Hannah Hardy, Nikita Crabb, Cox: Stuart Ward

SG2 8+

2nd

 

 

 

ACT Schools
William Gregory [RADF], Nicholas Fitzgerald [CGS], Angus Walker [RADF], Ethan Toscan [RADF], Jake Schemen-Rogers [RADF], Hamish Roberts [RADF], Sam Roberts [RADF], Jack Miller [MCC], Cox: Ben Heatley [RADF]

SBREP 8+

2nd

Coco Guenther, Amelie Brennan

SGYr8 2x

1st

Eliza Lilley, Siobhan Hall

SGYr9 2x

1st

Mia Kluth

SGYr9 1x

1st

Jessica Schroder, Olivia Hickey, Nikita Crabb, Cara Martin,
Cox: Mackenzie Jolly

SG 4x+

1st

Hunter Jolly, Christopher Bush, Jake Schemen-Rogers, Hamish Roberts, Cox: Ben Heatley

MU17 4x+

1st

Ethan Toscan, Angus Walker, Sam Roberts, William Gregory,
Cox: Ben Heatley

MU19 4x+

1st

 7 Radford rowers in the Schoolboy 8s

Music Camp at Greenhills Conference Centre

Music Camp, 2021

17 February 2021

A great weekend of intensive music-making

By Oliver Johnstone and Hannah Vardy, Performing Arts Prefects

 

On the weekend of the 13–14 February, the annual Music Camp took place at the Greenhills Conference Centre. The camp saw Radford’s premier music groups, Bernstein Symphonic Wind Orchestra, and Corelli Chamber Strings Orchestra, and our college choir, Chorale, gather for two jam-packed days of rehearsals. 

Music Camp 2021Students arrived early on Saturday morning and, after settling in, were immediately thrown into rehearsing for the Foundation Day Concert, which will take place at the end of March. Bernstein also prepared a range of repertoire for the Anzac Day Service. Each group was able to add a number of pieces to their repertoires through intensive practice, designed to strengthen each student’s fundamental skills and their sense of ensemble. These sessions were broken up by ‘all-in singing’ rehearsals, in which all three groups came together to learn Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Sunday’ from the musical Sunday in the Park with George

On Saturday night, after a long day of rehearsals and meal breaks, the 2021 Music Captains held the annual Trivia and Games Night. The Captains had the students guess songs from one second snippets, answer general music-themed trivia, and solve a mystery about their conductors’ musical origins. 

As with any large-scale event in the past year, the shadow of COVID-19 loomed over Music Camp. Some small changes were noticeable, such as having to sanitise one’s hands when entering the dining hall. The biggest impact was that we were unable to host the traditional concert for parents and caregivers at the end of the camp, which was a shame. Each group was still able to perform for one another, giving them an opportunity to listen to what the others had been working on. Some friendly faces, namely Principal Fiona Godfrey, and Head of Secondary School Dr Adrian Johnson and his wife, also came along to support the hard-working musicians. 

Thanks to the hard work of Ms Kirsten Knight, the Music faculty, and the conductors, this year’s camp was, as always, a great success. Thanks must also go to the Greenhills staff for providing us with excellent catering and a fantastic venue. We departed Greenhills extremely tired, extremely full, but also very happy with the weekend that had passed. The Radford Music Program only grows stronger each year, and as evidenced by the turnout and efforts of all musicians at Music Camp, we can all look forward to a fantastic year ahead.

Music Camp 2021

 

 

Dr Judith Locke and Paul Dillon

Save the dates - Dr Judith Locke and Paul Dillon

17 February 2021

Presentations by Dr Judith Locke and Paul Dillon, at Radford in March

Radford College presents two guest speakers for parents and caregivers in March.

DR JUDITH LOCKE
Founder of Confident and Capable, clinical psychologist, former school counsellor, teacher and workplace trainer. 

Topic: Essential actions to help your teen become confident and capable in 2021 
          (for Secondary School parents and caregivers)
Date: Monday 15 March
Time: 6 pm–7:30 pm
Location: TB Millar Hall
Register: Judith Locke - Secondary School session on Monday 15 March


Topic: Essential actions to help your child become confident and capable in 2021 
          (for Junior School parents and caregivers)
Date: Tuesday 16 March
Time: 6 pm–7:30 pm
Location: RA Young Hall
Register: Judith Locke - Junior School session on Tuesday 16 March

 

PAUL DILLON
Director and founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA).

Topic: Teens, alcohol and other drugs: What do parents in a post-COVID-19 world need to know?
           (60 minute talk, 30 minute Q&A for Secondary School parents and caregivers)
Date: Wednesday 24 March
Time: 6 pm–7:30 pm
Location: TB Millar Hall
Register: Paul Dillon - Secondary School session on Wednesday 24 March

 

Due to COVID precautions, registration is required for all events, and once on campus, attendees must sign in using the Check in CBR App.

Creating planter boxes for the Cubby Village

Donations for Cubby Village gardens

17 February 2021

Help Y1 create planter boxes for the Cubby Village

By Melinda Hamilton, Year 1 Teacher

Year 1 is collecting Woolworths Discovery Gardens to plant in our Cubby Village planter boxes. This ties with our inquiry into Where We Are in Place & Time as students are exploring how custodianship has an effect on places. We want to have a positive effect on our play areas by growing beautiful and useful plants! 

If you have any Discovery Garden kits to donate, please drop them at the Junior School Reception.

Junior School cubby village

 

Maria Dunbar with the mural she commissioned for her home in Fiji

Staff Profile: Maria Dunbar

17 February 2021

Maria is currently Acting Coordinator of Service Learning

Maria Dunbar is currently Acting Coordinator of Service Learning, while George Huitker is on leave. Due to the global COVID-19 situation, she is in Canberra between international teaching engagements in Fiji (till end of 2020) and an appointment in China, now due to start mid-2021.  

Communications Manager, Mick Bunworth, contacted Maria to learn more about her story. 

Q: Recently you’ve been working in international schools, why did you decide to return to Canberra? 

Maria: I’m actually between countries – I finished in Fiji in Dec, and was meant to be in Nanjing in April, however because of COVID the date for my start in China has now been pushed back to June. I was in Canberra visiting family in January, and saw this role advertised on the IB Australasia website. It looked incredibly interesting, so I sent off my CV. 

Q: You’re currently overseeing Radford’s Service Learning program. What attracted you to the role? 

Maria: I’m a strong advocate for incorporating Service into schools for a number of reasons. Service provides students with the opportunity to learn more about local and global issues and communities,  to see the world through a different perspective, and to help students realise that they are able to do something to change the world they live it for the better. 

In addition, Radford has a great reputation. I was living in Canberra in the early 1980s when it  started being built, and have watched its reputation grow over the years. It’s such a pleasure to be working in such a terrific school, with amazing students and staff. 

Q: You were featured in the Canberra Times last year for your interest in murals and art. Would you say there is a connection between art and service? 

Maria: I believe Service can be connected to any area ….there are so many ways of giving back to communities and the world around us. At Radford College, students provide Service across a huge range of activities, from helping in the sports department, RAID basketball, OzHarvest, helping at Cranleigh and Black Mountain Schools, the L’Arche Disco, and with the Radford Art show - just to name a few. 

While in Fiji, Maria kept in touch with life in Canberra by reading the Canberra Times online. She read a story published in June 2020 about Canberra residents commissioning large murals for their homes and decided to commission a local designer,  Sarah Toganivalu, and local artists, Kath Reade and Judy Tilbury,  to create one for her then-home in Fiji.  In August 2020, Canberra Times published a follow-up article about Maria’s mural, completing the circle, so to speak.

U16 NPLY Football team

Sports Report, 17 Feb 21

17 February 2021

Cricket, Futsal, Football and refereeing

Cricket 
Congratulations to Mia Phelps, who on Monday 8 Feb, was a member of the ACT Aces Cricket Team which defeated the Coffs Harbour Chargers to win the NSW Women’s Regional Bash.  The game was played at North Sydney oval and the Aces won the match by 6 wickets, with 3 balls to spare. 

Cricket NSW Media Report

Futsal 
Congratulations and good luck to the U14 Open Division 1 Futsal team playing in the Grand Final against Strikers on Friday.

Football Refereeing
Radford Football encourages parents and students to consider becoming a referee. Refereeing is a great way to earn cash (up to $50 a game), develop life skills, and give back to the game. Those who commit to refereeing at Radford will also be reimbursed for the cost of the course and registration fee, and half the uniform and equipment cost. Go to https://capitalfootball.com.au/referee/become-a-referee/ for upcoming course and further information. Once you have completed a course email Dianne.Wilson@radford.act.edu.au to be appointed to games.
 

NPLY Football Pre-Season
The Radford NPLY Football teams played NPLY1 team Canberra Croatia FC in a pre-season trial match on Sunday:

  • U13s – Radford 3 def CCFC 0
  • U14s – Radford 2 drew with CCFC 2
  • U16s – Radford 1 def CCFC 0
  • U18s – Radford 2 def by CCFC 4


Radford Sport now on Social Media 
Follow Radford Sport on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest sports news, updates and events.

 

 

Radford College Canteen

Canteen - Position Vacant

9 February 2021

Available now, 1-3 days a week

Position Vacant: Casual one to three days a week (specific days to be negotiated)
Hours: 8:00am to 2:00pm with some flexibility
Contact: Karen Robinson on 61626255 or Karen.Robinson@radford.act.edu.au

Position is available now

A Catering Assistant position has become available in Radfood, the Radford College Secondary School canteen, run by Alliance Catering.

Duties include preparation of hot and cold menu items, working with Flexi-schools Online ordering system, cash handling and customer service with both students and staff.

An understanding of safe food handling practices would be an advantage but is not essential, as training will be provided.

The position is available from 8:00am to 2:00pm with days to be negotiated. 

Please contact Karen Robinson on 61626255 or Karen.Robinson@radford.act.edu.au if you are interested in discussing this opportunity.

 

A unique interdisciplinary production

Exile - a very special production

10 February 2021

A unique interdisciplinary ensemble production

From Sally Stenning, Head of Performing Arts

“To be ourselves causes us to be exiled by many others, and yet to comply with what others want causes us to be exiled from ourselves.”

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

EXILE 
Dates:
Wed 17 Feb, Thurs 18 Feb, Fri 19 Feb
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Venue: TB Millar Hall
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/BOKXX

Exile is an interdisciplinary ensemble production that integrates a range of artforms and theatre-making processes. Inspired by the story of ‘The Ugly Duckling’, the production explores themes of longing and belonging, image and identity and the ongoing journey towards becoming more fully ourselves.  

This work has been ‘incubating’ for almost 18 months. With interruptions to rehearsals brought on by COVID-19 restrictions last year, it has changed and evolved throughout the rehearsal process.  Whilst we were initially disappointed not to be able to showcase the piece at its original time, we have taken this setback as an opportunity to explore the work deeply, asking lots of questions along the way, and experimenting with innovative approaches to devising. 

Exile - bird   Making the bird

Along the way, we have engaged in workshops in puppetry, storytelling and singing, and explored myriad possibilities for staging theatre through design elements, graphic animation,  dance, music, clowning and verbatim theatre. Originally a Years 9/10 production, we adapted the ensemble to include students from Year 8 through to Year 11. 

Through this production, we have sought to engage our Radford community in new and innovative ways. We used interviews with friends and family to enrich our understanding of key themes, and transcribed these into dialogue, a technique called Verbatim Theatre. We have also worked with a range of wonderful artists including Ruth Pieloor, Tracy Bourne and Miriam Pickard, all of whom have helped to build our knowledge and skills in various disciplines. Last, but not least, we will feature a group of ‘ducklings’, led by our Junior School Interdisciplinary Arts specialist, Pip Buining. 

This show has demonstrated the resilience of our performers and their commitment to this work, to each other and to the devising process. It has been a huge challenge with changing timelines, developing an original work and performing it in the first three weeks of a new school year. In spite of the challenges, it has been richly rewarding and afforded us lots of opportunities to take creative risks. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Expressions of interest sought for Board committees

1 February 2021

Positions on the Finance Committee and Buildings & Grounds Committee

From David Perceval, Company Secretary, Radford College Limited

Following the successful appointment of new members onto all three Radford College Board committees in 2020, the Board is now seeking expressions of interest for a further two positions on the Finance Committee and Buildings & Grounds Committee.

The College is governed by a Board of Directors chaired by Mr Steve Baker and is supported by the following three Committees:

  1. Finance Committee – Chaired by Ms Vicki Williams
  2. Education and Wellbeing Committee – Chaired By Mr Malcolm Lamb AM
  3. Building and Grounds Committee – Chaired by Mr Mark Whitby


Expressions are sought from people within our Radford community who have relevant experience operating on Boards and/or governing committees or subcommittees with the following types of skills/ qualifications/ experience: 

ICT - this can include relevant skills that relate to a school or organisational environment and may include some or all of such areas as cyber security, protection, data management, data governance, risk management, business continuity or general ICT governance and management; and/or

Project Management - this can include general or specific skills and qualifications particularly within project management in the areas of construction, risk management, architecture, budget management and building management. 

Expressions of Interest are to take the form of a brief half‑page outline of your relevant skills and experience and your reason for expressing interest.

Expressions should be provided to me via email - David.Perceval@radford.act.edu.au - by 26 February 2021.

Help keep our community safe

COVID-19: current arrangements

3 February 2021

Keep all our students, staff and community members safe

As we prepare for the start of the 2021 school year, our focus is on keeping all our students, staff and community members safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

We continue to follow the latest advice and public health directions from ACT Health.


Drop-off and pick-up

•  All parents (except ELC) must stay in their vehicle for pick up and drop off.

•  At these peak times we ask that you be patient and follow the guidance of our crossing supervisors and traffic controllers.

•  Parents collecting child/ren from co-curricular activities should also remain in their vehicle.

•  Parents in Pre Kindergarten (ELC) will drop off and pick up their children in the ELC grounds. Processes are in place for sanitising, signing in and ensuring your children feel calm and connected.


Parents on campus – other than drop off/pick up

•  Other than drop-off and pick up, only parents who are attending an appointment or an official College event should be on campus.

•  Sign in at the relevant College reception  and we strongly encourage you to to download the Check in CBR App and use it to sign in while on campus. There are Check In CBR signs with the College’s QR code located around the campus.

Staying vigilant

•  Maintain physical distancing and hand hygiene at all times and encourage your child/ren to do the same.

•  Please stay away from the campus and get tested if you are experiencing any symptoms.

•  Keep students with cold symptoms at home and to seek medical advice and/or testing prior to them returning to school.

•  Please be aware that if your child has symptoms at school you will be contacted to come and collect them.

 

Check in CBR

 

 

Announcements

IMPORTANT: Students off campus after 3:30pm

Secondary School Students - after school activities

To Parents/Caregivers. Some students with co-curricular activities not directly after school (e.g. at 4:30pm) are choosing to leave the campus at 3:30pm. Please be aware that the College cannot manage or track them during this time.