Radford Bulletin Term 1, Week 5 – 6 March 2019

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Radford College Principal

From the Principal: 6 March 2019

6 March 2019

Principal Fiona Godfrey

Updates on Drama, Music and Year 7 Camps, important date changes, staff movement and compulsory winter sport in 2020

Although we have only just completed the last of the 'new school year' events, the end of this week marks the halfway point of Term 1. Given this milestone, it is now time to take stock of the progress your child has made to date, and if you have any underlying issues or concerns, please speak to someone – a classroom teacher (JS), tutor (SS), or even an Assistant Head of Junior School or Head of Year (SS). This is particularly important for students new to the College, as their transition from another school, or commencement of their schooling journey, can sometimes raise some challenges and obstacles.

The aforementioned 'last of the new school year' events included the individual Music and Drama Camps, held over the weekend of 22–24 February, and Year 7 Camp, which took place last week. I had the opportunity to visit both Music Camp and Year 7 Camp, and I am delighted to report that on both occasions, the students' involvement was inspiring to witness.

I visited Music Camp for the final section of the camp schedule, at Greenhills Conference Centre, overlooking the beautiful Cotter Valley. The camp finished with a concert showcasing the work done over the two days the group had been together, featuring works by Camerata, Bernstein and Corelli, our top choir, band and strings groups respectively. It was amazing to see students of all ages working together to produce stunning music, most of which they had only just started to rehearse on camp. I would like to thank all the staff who contributed to the success of both the Music and Drama Camps – in particular Ms Kirsten Knight and Ms Emily Leong for Music and Ms Sally Stenning and Mr Nick Akhurst for organising Drama Camp, which was also a great success.

Early last week I ventured up the road to Year 7 Camp, which was once again held at OEG's Camp Biloela, bordered by Belanglo State Forest in the Southern Highlands of NSW. After navigating my way through the forest and down what can only be described as a 'Four Wheel Drive Only' track, I found myself once again in a magnificent valley, bordered on both sides by a rocky escarpment filled with tents and 16 groups of Radford students immersed in a wide range of adventure activities.

Despite the relatively warm weather, the students were fully engaging themselves in activities which included, amongst other things, bushwalking, low ropes, mountain bike riding, raft building, abseiling, canoeing and riding the flying fox. While all these activities were great to watch and be involved with, it was the preparation of meals I found to be most interesting. Many of the students really struggled cutting raw vegetables and other foodstuffs and preparing the tables for eating whilst at the same time ensuring everything was completed in a hygienic fashion! I hope this foray into food preparation will be just the start of a culinary journey for many of our students.

End-of-year celebrations
Families who are not new to Radford will know that our Junior School and Secondary School Awards Afternoon/Night has traditionally been held on either the first or second Tuesday of December at the National Convention Centre Canberra (NCCC).

This year there will be a few changes to the format. Firstly, there will be a name change. Given that these events are more than just the distribution of awards and, rather, a celebration of the year we have just been through, we intend to call these two events the Junior School Celebration Afternoon and the Secondary School Celebration Night.

Additionally, we will trial a new venue this year. Due to parking constraints, issues with entering and exiting the Royal Theatre and a distinct lack of foyer accommodation, we have decided to move away from the NCCC. Instead, we have booked the AIS Arena for this year.

Unfortunately, the date we had scheduled for Celebration Afternoon/Night was already taken by another school, so this year we are moving our special day/night by one day and will now have it on Monday, 9 December. Please note, this change will not affect the date for the final day of school as all students in Pre K–Year 9 will have classes on Tuesday, 10 December.

Senior staff movement
In recent days I have announced to colleagues that we will be losing two senior members of staff over the course of 2019.

Our current Chief Operating Office, Mr Simon Wallace, has given notice that he intends to resign his position on 7 May this year. Simon has made a significant impact on Radford during his nearly five years of service, including but not limited to the oversight of the Masterplan, a major revamp of our IT system, the rollout of three major databases, changeover of uniform suppliers and canteen providers, assistance in the development of the Foundation, changes to traffic flow and parking, and a change in the College's bank and subsequent financial arrangements. While Simon will no longer be a staff member after 7 May, as a parent his ties with Radford will continue. We wish him well in the future and thank him for all he has done.

After 16 years of unwavering commitment to the College, our much loved and respected Senior Chaplain, Father Richard Browning, has decided to leave the College at the end of this year. Richard has been offered and accepted the role of Director of Mission for Anglican Schools in the Brisbane Diocese. Whilst we will have a number of opportunities later in the year to acknowledge the legacy he will leave on Radford, I would like to thank him for his passion and the dedication he has shown to our students, staff, parents and Collegians. I think it's fair to say that Richard's work has had an impact on every student who has studied at Radford in the past 16 years – from his charismatic flair in Chapel, his energetic addresses in assemblies and the care and attention he shows every day. Richard has helped to shape Radford into the school it is today through several major events, including our Foundation Day celebrations, Dirrum Dirrum and the Timor Leste trips.

A change to start dates for 2020
The start date for all students in Term 1 2020 has now moved back one day from what has previously been published.

This means new students in the Secondary School will start on Monday, 3 February, while all returning students will start on Tuesday, 4 February.

In the Junior School, Monday, 3 February will be a day-long opportunity for parent discussions with classroom teachers, while the Tuesday, 4 February, will be the first day for all students.

Compulsory winter sport in 2020
Regular Bulletin readers will recall we asked for feedback on the idea of having compulsory winter sport and sporting activities from 2020, in an article on 26 September 2018. For those parents who missed the article or would appreciate a reminder, I have attached the link: http://www.radford.act.edu.au/news-and-events/latest-news-and-achievements/article/?id=from-the-principal-26-september

After that article was published, we received numerous positive responses from parents and only a handful of concerns, the majority of which related to the fact that their sons or daughters were already involved in sporting teams for sports we didn't offer or were playing at a higher level than we offered. Some parents were concerned that we would force their son or daughter to play another sport. At the time, we responded to parents to say there would be criteria developed for students already involved in sport.

The College is currently working through criteria for exemptions to this policy and we should be able to release this information in coming weeks. Once again, we welcome feedback from parents.

Chaplain Erin Tuineau

Reflections for Lent

1 March 2019

Rev. Erin Tuineau

Ash Wednesday reflection from Rev. Erin, given at assembly.

By Rev. Erin Tuineau

This is the reflection I gave at the Senior School Assembly this week, and which I thought would be worth sharing with you here: 

Today is Ash Wednesday. It is the day when Christians around the world begin their 40-day journey of reflection, known as Lent, into Easter. You might ask, ‘What do people reflect on during this journey of Lent?’ Well, they usually use it as a time to become more aware of the areas in their where they have gone down the wrong path, so to speak. Where they have wandered away from God’s love.  Because, if you are not aware, the word ‘sin’ actually means ‘missing the mark’- or not quite living out life the way God intends us to do. 

The journey of becoming more aware of how we have ‘missed the mark’, or how we are hurting ourselves and others, is a deeply confronting one.  I want to share with you a small snippet from Roald Dahl’s book, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant), that shows us how hard it is to face up to our flaws as humans.

Please remember that the BFG does not speak perfect English: 

‘I is not understanding human beans at all,' the BFG said.' You is a human bean and you is saying it is grizzling and horrigust for giants to be eating human beans. Right or left?'

'Right,' Sophie said.

'But human beans is squishing each other all the time,' the BFG said. 'They is shootling guns and going up in aerioplanes to drop their bombs on each other's heads every week. Human beans is always killing/hurting other human beans.'

He was right. Of course, he was right, and Sophie knew it. She was beginning to wonder whether humans were actually any better than giants.

I know we can smile a little at this story, as we know that it is a work of fiction, but the BFG does name something about humans that is true and hard to accept. We do hurt each other. Sometimes deliberately, sometimes without even knowing it. And as the old saying goes, ‘we hurt others when we are hurting’. And Jesus knows this about us.

Jesus knows just how badly humans can treat each other. He copped the worst of human behaviour throughout his life, and of course, at his death. But he also came bearing a message: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near’.

Jesus was trying to say to us that if we are willing to become more aware of our own brokenness, and get to know the places inside of us that are hurting, then, strangely enough, that is when God can show us our true potential as human beings, which is to bring God’s joy, love, and peace to this world. This is what happens when we experience God’s forgiveness, and accept it.

If any of you are wanting to commit to a journey of self-awareness, heading into this Easter, then at lunch today there will be an Ash Wednesday service where you can receive the mark of cross on your forehead or arms to symbolize this commitment.


God, we lose our way.

We get lost.

We forget who we are meant to be.

Shine your light in our darkness,

and stir up within us

the love and the goodness

that we were born to share.

We ask this in Christ’s name.





Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

From Karen Maher, Acting Head of Junior School

6 March 2019

Karen Maher, Acting Head of Junior School

The Boatshed, Minimaths, Grandfriends Day, JS Library news and more

Important dates
  • Friday 8 March - Grandfriends Day
  • Monday, 11 March – Canberra Day public holiday
  • Wednesday, 13 March Year 6 Science Incursion
  • Wednesday, 13 March Photos make-up day
  • Friday, 15 March 6HB Introduction to Rowing

I find it hard to believe we're approaching the middle of the first term until I consider all we have achieved, working together.

This week's highlights include:

Visiting the boatshed
Like any learning resource, it's not until we use it that its true value is revealed. Our Year 5 activity day involved students exploring elements of Who We Are, including the principles of trust, social cohesion, teamwork, mindfulness and physical health.

Our Year 6 PE classes have been spending their double lessons at the boatshed – participating in such activities as paddle boarding.

Minimaths: Maths in nature inquiriesMinimaths
Bruce Ferrington, in conjunction with the ACT Maths Association, has produced a guide for using maths to incorporate the environment and explore nature in the early years.

Radford was fortunate to host a professional learning session, facilitated by Bruce, for ACT early childhood educators. This session included an understanding of authentic inquiry maths. More than 40 local teachers attended this event and explored the environment and nature on Gossan Hill. They were left feeling empowered to take the learning outside the classroom and make maths active and visible.

Beach and Boardies Day
Tomorrow (Thursday, 7 March) will see our Pre K and Kinder students having lots of fun at Beach and Boardies Day. This day includes purposeful water play, beginning by slipping on Boardies, slopping on sunscreen and slapping on a hat.

This event is always memorable and takes place in our Early Learning Centre. A big thank you for, and acknowledgement of,  the PE and ELC teams' efforts. They always make this event such a delight.

Years 1 and 2 Swim Carnival
Conducted tomorrow (Thursday, 7 March) at the Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre (CISAC), within a safe and nurturing environment, the Years 1 and 2 Swim Carnival encourages and introduces younger students to swimming in a carnival atmosphere.

Many thanks to our PE staff and sports teams for all their planning, preparation and organisation, making this such an enjoyable and worthwhile event.

Grandfriends Day
This Friday, 8 March, Radford Junior School will host grandparents and other significant people in our students' lives, at the annual Grandfriends Day.

This is a day where we entertain multi-generational families and see, first hand, the joys of unconditional love from older relatives and close friends.

Father Richard and Billy Miller talk friendshipFriendships
Human relationships are living, breathing things. Like all works in progress they require effort. With attention, time and care, we give relationships the best chance to flourish.

It has been quite an experience witnessing the many new friendships formed this year in the Junior School.

As Father Richard has commented: if you would like a friend, you first have to be a friend. This refers to favourable actions being greeted with positive and respectful reactions and strengthening bonds between people.

Fr Richard spoke with Years 3 and 4 students about friendships. He identified the importance and value of:

  • Seeing through new eyes.
  • Being a friend and not owning a friend.
  • To have a friend, first you have got to be a friend.

Please remember to demonstrate respect for others, listen deeply and act with kindness.

The Junior School character strength spotlight this week is kindness.

JS Library News
The Junior School Library is open from 8:15am each morning. This time is for returning and borrowing books and quiet reading, and it is lovely to see parents sharing stories with their children in the mornings.

It is also a terrific time to return library books before your children go to class. This helps the younger children lighten their school bags somewhat and it also helps the library staff get a head start on their busy day.

Please ensure your children have a library bag on their respective library lesson days. It is College policy that books are only loaned out to students who have their library bags with them. We have a supply of spare library bags but these are regularly depleted. Please return spare library bags the next day.

The JS Library team thanks you for your ongoing support. Happy reading!

Minimaths: Maths in nature inquiries


Image for article: P&F Annual General Meeting

P&F Annual General Meeting

6 March 2019


Nominations open for P&F Committee

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.

The 2019 Secondary School Athletics Carnival is on Tuesday 12 March

Secondary School Athletics Carnival

6 March 2019

Details for parents about next Tuesday's carnival

Radford College Senior School Athletics Carnival

Tuesday 12 March 2019

AIS, Bruce

Full details here

Radford College crest

Proposed Southside bus service and P&F campaign

13 March 2019

Survey on bus between Radford and Canberra's South and P&F campaign

As many parents and caregivers would be aware, Transport Canberra will no longer be providing many dedicated school bus services from the beginning of Term 2.

The College has campaigned against this decision without success. We have been in discussions with a private bus company to trial replacement user-pays morning and afternoon services between Radford and Canberra's South, the area most affected by complete removal of all school bus services.

The most cost effective private services will have two pick up / drop off points only - Woden (15 Bowes St, near the Abode Hotel) and Curtin (shops street parking on Theodore Street). Extending the services beyond that was investigated, but was cost prohibitive. Parents interested in their child/ren using these services need to complete this survey
NB: Those parents who have already completed the survey do not need to re-submit the form.

The likely cost will be a flat fixed fee of about $35 per week on a per-term basis, regardless of usage. The cost will be added to student accounts for the term.

If there are insufficient numbers to support a full service, consideration may be given to running only a morning or afternoon service. Survey respondents will be advised of the outcome and a map and timetable will be provided should the services go ahead.

The P&F Association has been in contact with APFACTS, the peak non-government school parent voice for the ACT, and wants to hear from Radford parents wishing to further protest Transport Canberra's reduction in school bus services.
Email:  P&F@radford.act.edu.au

Registrations close 14 March for Cambodia Tour in July 2019

Cambodia Service Tour July 2019

6 March 2019

Kath Notley

Registrations close 14 March

Year 9/10 Cambodia Service Tour July 9 – 19, 2019 

Building on the success of the Cambodia tour in 2018, Year 9 & 10 students have the opportunity to participate in the trip that will occur during the July holidays. 

 Working in conjunction with tour group Rustic Pathways, students will experience travel from a local’s perspective and be immersed in the rich and diverse culture of the region. Students will learn about local, national and global issues and work on service projects in a local community.  Cambodia tour itinerary

Registrations close Thursday, 14 March. Please go to the Round Square page on ROL (Cambodia Folder) for the detailed information pack and program details.

Contact Ms Notley for further information.

Help P&F raise funds by buying an Entertainment Book or digital membership

P&F Entertainment Book Fundraiser

6 March 2019

P&F Association

Pre-order for early bird bonus offers


Radford College P & F Association, Bernadette Mihaljevic

Radford College P&F Association is fundraising with Entertainment.  Funds raised by the P&F are donated to the College in support of projects to benefit the students.  One recent project was a minibus used to transport students to excursions, service activities, outdoor education and so on.

 College minibus sponsored by P&F Association

College minibus sponsored by P&F Association

Your support really helps the College, so we’re thrilled to let you know about special bonus Early Bird Entertainment Membership Offers for loyal supporters.

Pre-order the NEW 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Membership (book or digital membership) and receive bonus offers you can use right away.


Special bonuses for early bird orders

Details of early bird offers

Digital membership video clip



Results of the Year 5 and Year 6 survey on restrictions on use of their iPads

iPad settings for security and safety online

5 March 2019

Lisa Plenty, Director of Digital Learning and Innovation

Helping children learn to navigate the digital world safely

By Lisa Plenty, Director of Digital Learning and Innovation

In recent days we have heard a lot in the media about online content that is designed to frighten children and reports have indicated the possibility of serious impacts on mental health and wellbeing. This frightening news is a reminder that the internet is not a safe playground, and that there are risks associated with children's use of digital technology.  

We recently conducted a survey of our Year 5 and 6 students around their use of their iPad. One question asked whether restrictions had been set on their iPad to limit access to content. According to the student responses, 34% were aware their parents had set restrictions on their iPad, with 41% indicating no restrictions were set and 25% unaware if restrictions had been enabled. 

In 2018, Apple introduced Screen Time and Downtime to the iOS platform, extending the previous capacity for restrictions. Through these features, extensive personalisation of settings can be enabled, and limits can be set to prevent overuse of the device. Setting of these features will prevent children from accessing apps that are age-inappropriate and limit the availability of adult content in websites, music, books etc. You are now able to time-limit certain categories of apps, as well as set a start and end time for use of the iPad over the course of the day. Further information about setting Screen Time and Downtime is available as a video at this link. 

Along with these settings, we continue to recommend that internet-enabled devices are used only in the open areas of the home and charged in a communal area. A traditional alarm clock can replace a device alarm. We value our partnership with families and welcome your insights as we work together to help children learn to navigate the digital world.  

Two aspects of Collegian Lisa Bouari Class of 1999 (inset photo credit Analia Paino)

Collegian News: Lisa Bouari, Class of 1999

6 March 2019

Claire Osborne, Collegians Association

Winner of the 2018 ARN Women in ICT Award for Innovation.

Content provided by the Radford Collegians Association

Lisa Bouari (née McPherson, Class 1999) is an owner and director of outThought.co. She has delivered roadmaps and solutions to a wide range of industries and executives to make Cognitive and AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology possible in their organisation, with a focus on natural language processing, conversational agents and robotic process automation. Lisa enjoys the never-ending learning and excitement of her domain, meeting new clients. Beyond IT, she enjoys Salsa dancing and has performed professionally in Samba shows.

Lisa was the winner of the 2018 ARN Women in ICT Award for Innovation.

Criteria for the award are:

The Innovation award recognises the candidate who is a stand-out in delivering ‘big picture’ ideas and vision in the ICT industry, thereby responding to change and discovering unique and challenging business opportunities. The candidate will show a proven track record of finding new and better ways of doing business, continually pushing the envelope in the ICT industry.

Her citation as winner was:

Lisa wins this award for building an Australian-based artificial intelligence SaaS platform in OutThought. The solution took 12 months to create and passed rigorous government audits and regulations, with the goal of making ‘AI accessible to every organisation’.

Lisa describes this moment as 'career-defining for so many reasons'. She says:

The year prior I had taken a huge leap of faith and left my great income and career trajectory to start my own company in AI. We literally started with nothing. No clients, no idea how we’d get one, no runs on the board under our new name and no infrastructure in place to actually execute a business. The award made me realise that despite going ‘backwards’, I had gone forwards — and that by sticking to my goal and taking a risk, in the process I had become a thought leader and had achieved much more than I would have had I continued on the ‘old’ path.

Lisa told Thrivhers, an online space dedicated to enabling women:

I seek out uncomfortable challenges and commit to them. I have found this is the fastest way to develop and learn – it’s a sort of forced learning, because once you’ve committed you often can’t back out (or risk professional reputation damage usually!). If I didn’t approach it this way my development would be slower, more conservative and safe. This is still a healthy approach, and was my approach some three years ago, however, life is short. I want to learn as much as I can. The more uncomfortable I have been going into a challenge, the more rewarded I have felt when I have accomplished it, or developed a new skill. (Read the full interview here.)

Lisa is frequently invited to present at conferences around Australia.  She will be in Melbourne in April at the second Customer experience and marketing with AI conference, as one of their global speakers.

Lisa remembers her time at Radford fondly, describing it a welcoming, safe and respectful environment in which she felt comfortable to be herself.  She observed this is something many struggle with, and expressed her gratitude for learning it so early in life. Lisa was good at maths and science without being passionate about either, and opted to study IT at university because it had good job prospects at the other end – and it seems she was right.

Hear Paul Dillon speak on this important topic

Radford Institute - Paul Dillon presentation

5 March 2019

Radford Institute

Having the 'Alcohol & Parties Discussion' with your child

Having the 'Alcohol & Parties Discussion' with your child
A Radford Institute presentation by Paul Dillon

Date: Wednesday 27 March
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Heath Lecture Theatre, Radford College
RSVP: institute@radford.act.edu.au

This is an open invitation event for adults in the Canberra community with an interest in issues relating to young people and alcohol. It is particularly suited to those caring for or working with Year 7–9 students. 

'Parents often wait until it is too late before setting rules and boundaries around alcohol and parties. Put simply, if you haven’t had a discussion with your child about this area by the beginning of Year 9, at the latest, you are almost certainly going to have problems in the future.'

Using the most recent data on the use of alcohol by school-based young people, this presentation will discuss the growing evidence on the risks associated with this practice. There will also be a close examination of the positive influence that parents can have on their child’s drinking behaviour, as well as some of the barriers that they may face during adolescence. It aims to empower parents with a positive message and assist them in having open and honest family discussions in this complex area.

Students at the beginning of the night workshop on Gossan Hill – before it got dark.

Painting and drawing with light

6 March 2019

Amanda Andlee Poland

Students create new images of still life, portraiture and landscape

By Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Sydney-based photographer Peter Solness returned to Radford College to introduce a new group of students to his long-term practice of light painting.

Peter explained that light painting involves a camera and a tripod, working in darkness with a long exposure between 20–60 seconds. This means the subject is hand illuminated or drawn using different types and colours of torches to create otherworldly effects often not associated with traditional photography.

A workshop with Senior Photography students during the day involved light painting for portraiture and still life objects. Some Senior Photography and Visual Art students ventured to Gossan Hill from 7–9.30pm to light paint and draw the landscape in a collaborative evening workshop.

Students created hundreds of images during these sessions. The digital files provide the starting point for ongoing adjusting and combining images, cropping and decision making while working in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Final works will be displayed and published after the next stage of intense creativity. Peter's departing advice to students was 'thinking, playing and making your intent clear as you edit and layer your images'.

For most students, working with Peter was a very steep learning curve and there was an intense 'buzz' around the taking and sharing of images and the larger project.

We thank Peter for spending time with us at Radford, as he maintains a very busy practice. It is good to know Peter is a finalist in the 2019 Dobell Drawing prize with Night Cricket, Hill End (pictured, below). The winner will be announced later this month.

The exhibition is open on 28 March and continues until 25 May 2019. Peter is also a finalist in the international Head On portrait prize, with the winners announced on 3 May. Peter is also in the final stages of preparing for a significant show around the middle of the year.

We look forward to sharing more images later in the semester.


Night Cricket, Hill End by Peter Solness


This year's musical will be 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Call for household items

6 March 2019

Nick Akhurst

Seeking ladders, pots and plastic flowers for musical props

By Nick Akhurst, Head of Co-curricular Drama, Dance and Oratory

We require some household items to use as props in the upcoming Radford musical, Little Shop of Horrors

We are hoping parents can have a look around at home to see if they have any of the following they are happy to donate:

  • Old timber ladders
  • Old clay or terracotta pots – no plastic pots please
  • Plastic flowers.

If you have any of these items to donate, please deliver them to the Performing Arts Centre by Friday, 5 April.

A box is set up outside the PAC office for collection.

Remember it is possible to order canteen lunches well in advance

Avoiding Flexischools' Friday morning congestion

6 March 2019

Karen Robinson, Canteen Manager

Save time by ordering Friday lunches in advance

By Karen Robinson, Canteen Manager

Flexischools receives a large number of orders between 7am and 9am on Friday mornings, and there have been periods of congestion on the website over the last couple of weeks as a result. This has affected lunch orders for many families.

The canteen would like to remind families who wish to order lunches on Fridays that it's possible to order these in advance. You can avoid delays by ordering the night before, several days before and even a month ahead.

We apologise for any inconvenience these delays may have caused.

The Radford Panthers Oztag team will play in the finals this afternoon at Kaleen Ovals.

Sports Report: 6 March 2019

6 March 2019

Di Wilson, Sports Administrator

Cricket, Touch Footy, Oztag, Futsal and Equestrian news


U14 Division 1 T20 Grand Final: Norths 3-79 (Darcy Macdonald 1-7, Joey Slater 1-10) def Radford 8-78 (Jake Smith 18, Darcy Macdonald 18)

By Mark Slater, parent
Radford and Norths played off in the T20 Grand Final for the second year in a row.

This time, Norths turned the tables and outplayed Radford to win comfortably by 7 wickets with 3 overs to spare.

Batting first, Radford struggled to get on top of the accurate Norths attack. Jake Smith Gibson (18) and Darcy Macdonald (18) battled hard for a partnership of 23, but they were the only batsmen to reach double figures in Radford's score of 8-78 from the mandatory 20 overs. In response, Norths batted steadily to reach the target in 17 overs, although their losing 3 wickets for 15 runs gave Radford some hope of an upset late in the innings. Joey Slater (1-10 from 4 overs) and Darcy Macdonald (1-7 from 3) bowled tightly to slow the scoring and Darcy's direct hit to run out Norths' Dylan Brick was the highlight of the Radford fielding effort, along with Jake Smith Gibson's outfield catch in a swirling breeze.

Despite the loss, Radford can be immensely satisfied with making the T20 decider two years in a row. The team can now look forward to battling Wests in the semi-final of the two-day competition which started on 2 March.


U14 Division 1 Two-day Competition Semi-Final: Radford 161 (Darcy Macdonald 50, Jake Smith Gibson 38, Harvey Hazlehurst 32) def by Wests 8/164 (Gen Cassarotto 2-27, Nikhil Pilla 2-29, Jake Smith Gibson 2-34, Joey Slater 1-17)

By Mark Slater, parent
Occasionally a sporting contest is defined by the manner in which it is played and the many fluctuations in fortune, rather than just the outcome. The raw figures barely tell the story.

MyCricket will show that Wests beat Radford to make it through to the Under 14 Div 1 Two-day Grand Final against Norths, but this match was so much more than a collection of statistics. Fielding first, Radford's accurate bowling restricted Wests to 2-62 in their first 25 overs. In reply, Radford reached 1-51 but suffered a late collapse against some probing leg spin bowling, to reach 6-72 at the end of the first day.

Starting the second day with a lead of just 10 runs but with only 4 wickets in hand, Radford managed a further 89 to set Wests another 100 runs for victory. Tight Radford bowling (and the catch of the season by Jake Schemen-Rogers) put Wests well behind the asking rate but their batters remained focused on an improbable victory, finally reaching the target on the second ball of the final over. After more than 600 balls had been bowled, the end result was reached with just 4 deliveries remaining, such was the tightness of the contest. Wests won by just 2 wickets.

After the combatants had shaken hands they, the families and coaches from both teams mingled in review of an exceptional contest between two fine groups of young men who had represented their clubs with honour.

The Radford team was well drilled by coach Tom Crossley throughout the season and led by Darcy Macdonald, Jake Smith Gibson and Joey Slater on the field. Thanks must go to the parents and supporters who turned out each week to cheer and support the players. Reaching the T20 Grand Final and the semi-finals of the two-day competition, after last year's success, augur well for the future of Radford cricket.

U11 Division 1
Congratulations and good luck to the U11 Division 1 cricket team who will play their Grand Final on Saturday morning.

Junior Indoor Cricket Representative Trial
Please see the following link for further information: https://cricketact.com.au/competitions/indoor-cricket/nationals.



Congratulations to the Radford Panthers who have secured a spot in the finals for Oztag next week defeating Kaos 3-2. Come along to support the girls this afternoon – Wednesday, 6 March – at 5.55pm at Kaleen Ovals.

The Radford Dragons were unlucky, losing in extra time. The match was so close, though, and the team put in a great effort.



The National Equestrian Centre (NEqC) has a program for children wishing to learn riding. Additionally, they are able to pick children up from Radford College in a bus after school and transport them to the riding school. We are currently offering this opportunity to students from Years 5–12. Parents will need to pick up participants from NEqC between 5:15 and 5:30pm, depending on their level.

NEqC offers a staged riding lesson system for all levels, however for new beginners, two to three private lessons are required prior to starting in the group class. These lessons ensure the participant is confident around horses and knows some basic safety processes. They can be completed over a couple of weekends or potentially after school.

Packages are available to help with the cost of private lessons and include boots, helmets and the workbook. There is currently space in levels 2 (first level after the private sessions), 3 and 4 on Thursday.
The cost of 10 group lessons is $585, which normally covers the whole term.

To express interest in this or receive more information, email Jade.redfern@canberra.edu.au.
Information is also available on the NEqC website and you can contact them directly. Just ask to speak to Emily.


Radford Futsal in actionFUTSAL

Grand Final Wrap-up
Congratulations to the Radford U11 Division 3 Open and U16 Division 2 Open teams who won their grand finals on Sunday. The U11s won comfortably 5-3, with Rory Munro earning Player of the Match. The U16s came from behind to win 4-3, with Flynn Seymour named Player of the Match.

The U10 Division 1 Open team unfortunately lost their game in the last minute of extra time. It was an exciting game that saw goal keeper Steve Maglasis make some amazing saves.

The U14 Division 2 Girls also went down 5-1 against a strong opposition, but were enthusiastic and strong minded right up until the final whistle with some great passing tactics.



On Thursday, 28 February 2019, the Radford Reds (Year 10–11 Girls, pictured, below) won the Deakin Women's B Division Touch Football. The final score was 12–5, with some outstanding tries scored. Well done, girls!

Tomorrow (Thursday, 7 March) we have the Radford Stormers (Year 6–7 Boys) playing in their Grand Final B Division, Deakin Oval commencing 6.00pm. We wish them all the best!

The Radford Reds won the Deakin Women’s B Division Touch Football


Our rowers are well prepared for the upcoming Head of the River regatta

Radford Rowing goes for gold

6 March 2019

Isobel Allison

Our rowers collected a swag of medals at the Head of the Lake regatta

By Isobel Allison, Rowing GAP Assistant

Radford Rowing won a myriad of medals this weekend at the biggest ACT school rowing event of the year, the Head of the Lake regatta. Our talented team reeled in an astonishing 11 gold, eight silver and four bronze medals!

Niamh Pascoe of Year 10 won the first gold medal of the day in her Schoolgirl Single Scull event. Further victories followed in the single sculls, with Jacinta Buckman claiming first place in the School Girl Division 1 event. In addition, Tyson Munro gained gold in the second division of the School boy Year 9 Single event.

To top off the accomplishments of the Radford small boats, Damien Schroder and Noah Sampson placed first in Division 1 of the Schoolboy doubles. Liam Kenneally and Chris Bush won the first division of the Schoolboy Year 9 doubles event. Callum Durnell and Oliver Bailey secured a gold medal in the second Year 9 doubles division.

As for the girls' double races, Lissie Gregory and Lily Smith-Saarinen ranked first place in their Schoolgirl event. Alison Barclay and Thea Buckman also scored first place in Division 2.

The Schoolboy coxed quad races saw Josh Everett, Griffin Williamson, Lucas Lang, Nick Seddon and cox Jemima Green rank 1st in the second division. In the B final of the Schoolboy Year 8 coxed quads, Oliver Fox, Hunter Jolly, Connor Jacopino, Hamish Roberts and cox Mitch Riepon claimed first place.

There is no doubt that Radford has achieved an outstanding set of results which represent a true reflection of the continuous efforts and time the rowers dedicate to the sport. We look forward to reaping the rewards of Radford's hard work at the biggest event in the rowing calendar ― the Head of the River ― to highlight the end of the season in the next few weeks.


An excellent effort from all our rowers

Year 7-12 Boorer Foundation Scholarship

Year 7-12 Boorer Foundation Scholarship

27 February 2019

A full six-year Radford scholarship is available

From Principal Fiona Godfrey

The Radford Foundation is delighted to announce the financial support of the Boorer Foundation to provide a full six-year scholarship to a student commencing Year 7 at Radford College in 2020.

The scholarship will cover 100% of the Tuition and Capital Levy fees and up to 100% of compulsory College-related costs for six years (Years 7 through 12 inclusive).

The scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates outstanding achievement and community or sporting involvement, but whose personal circumstances prevent them from enrolling at Radford. The recipient will remain anonymous throughout their six years at Radford.

The Boorer Foundation’s Chair, Margaret Hemsley, who has four sons at the College, said she has seen first-hand the benefits of a Radford education and wanted to extend that opportunity to a student who was not yet a part of the community.

'From our own life experience, my husband and I understand the value of a good, and well-rounded, education and the lifetime of opportunity such an education can provide. We are appreciative of the experience our family is enjoying at Radford and believe that, over time, scholarships such as this will change a child’s life whilst strengthening the Radford community as a whole.'

Radford Foundation Chair Jocelyn Martin said the directors were grateful for the Boorer Foundation’s support and they looked forward to awarding the scholarship to a student who would make the most of the opportunity presented to them.

Families and students wishing to apply are initially asked to complete and submit this two-page application form by the closing date of Friday, 31 May 2019.

Shortlisted applicants’ families will then be required to complete a financial statement and verify these statements, as well as provide referees. NB: Only applicants who are short-listed will be asked to complete this financial statement. 

The scholarship will be awarded in time for the new student to take their place in the 2020 Year 7 orientation and induction sessions during 2019.

Now available for purchase

"35 Years of Radford College" launch & sales

20 March 2019

Communications Department

Book launch Wed 10 April, book pre-sales now open!

Written by long-serving Radford staff member George Huitker, 35 Years of Radford College: Foundations, Traditions, Inspirations captures the essence of Radford and our shared experiences.

It is an entertaining account of who we are, and what we have done, featuring photographs and stories from staff, students, Collegians and other members of the Radford family.

 Book launch invitation

Book launch

Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 6pm-7pm, Morison Centre, Radford CollegeRSVP essential, by 31 March.
(If you wish to bring children to this event, please note that alcohol will be served.)

Book sales

Order your copy online today - pre-paid books can be:

  1. collected at the launch
  2. collected from Radford during school hours after the launch
  3. posted in Australia, if you choose a postage-paid copy.
Please note that books can only be ordered online, and cannot be collected or posted prior to the launch event on 10 April.

You can also purchase on the night and collect your book at the launch.



Radford senior students will participate in the 20th anniversary Relay For Life

Relay for Life

20 February 2019

Radford students seeking support for this major fundraising event

Radford's senior students are preparing to participate in the upcoming Relay For Life.

The Year 11 and 12 students have formed teams to fundraise and walk (or run) for a 24-hour period in order to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

This year is the Canberra Relay For Life’s 20th Anniversary and the 2019 Relay will be held from 11am Saturday March 23 through to 11am Sunday March 24 at the AIS track.

The Radford teams can be found at Canberra Relay For Life


The National Roman Museum is one of the proposed stops on the tour

History Tour 2020 - new itinerary

6 March 2019

Brad Greer, History teacher

New itinerary - please register your interest asap!

By Brad Greer, History teacher

Anyone interested in joining the Radford College History Tour of Turkey, Greece and Rome, running from 27 December to 12 January 2020 should express their interest now.

You can view a new itinerary for the tour here.

Please email Brad to register your interest in going on this tour, which is open to all staff, families and students. Brad's email is Bradley.Greer@radford.act.edu.au.

Image for article: Peru awaits! Info night for tour 2020

Peru awaits! Info night for tour 2020

6 March 2019

Lindy Braithwaite, Dean of Senior Studies

Find out more about the exciting new tour destination for 2020

By Lindy Braithwaite, Dean of Senior Studies and IB DP Coordinator

Parent & Student Information Evening:

  • 6.00pm
  • Thursday 21st March
  • Heath Lecture Theatre - Radford College
  • register

Following successful tours with Antipodeans to India 2004, Turkey 2008, France 2010, Europe 2012, Europe 2014, Europe 2016 and Europe 2019, Radford College is excited to announce the launch of next tour to Peru with Antipodeans, in June 2020, (dates to be confirmed, approximately 30th June to 14th July). Student travel specialists Antipodeans bring over 25 years’ experience in conducting secondary school tours through 30+ developing countries. 

This tour gives students the opportunity of an amazing educational experience in the world beyond the classroom, in the new destination of Peru, South America. This tour will take in the sites of Peru such as Arequipa, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, the Condors in the Colca canyon, the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, and of course, UNESCO heritage site of Machu Picchu.

As well as visiting these amazing sites, this small group tour will be one that focusses in part on developing the skills of young people highlighted in the Radford Learner. Students will travel as a team with supervising teachers and an Antipodeans Tour Leader. They will:

  • Visit and learn about Antipodeans sustainable community projects that are linked to the UN Global Compact and its sustainable impact goals.
  • Experience Global Citizenship/Internationalism - cultural immersion, understanding/awareness/mindfulness.
  • Experience personal development through personal challenge, and self-regulation leading to resilience development.
  • Curriculum areas – sustainable tourism, environmental education, history, geography, Spanish language.
  • Team Fundraising for the Antipodeans Community Project contribution.

Eligibility for the tour:
Students will need to be in Year 11 or Year 12 in 2020, and a merit application process will be in place, as trip numbers will be limited.

As such, we strongly recommend you consider this opportunity for your child and find out more at our Parents Information Evening held on Thursday 21st March at 6.00pm in the Heath Lecture Theatre.

At the Antipodeans’ presentation, we will discuss the program, its benefits, safety and back-up, fundraising support and answer any questions you have about this unique and rewarding educational opportunity. If you are unable to attend please register anyway and we will send you information via email. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Lindy Braithwaite - lindy.braithwaite@radford.act.edu.au, or contact Joe Lodge - joe@antipodeans.com.au. We look forward to seeing you at the information sees there.


Grandfriends Day

Grandfriends Day - Fri 8 March

Friday 8 March is Grandfriends Day 2019 in the Junior School.