Radford Bulletin Term 1, Week 5 – 7 March 2018

Staff Insights

Bill Weigall, Assistant Principal - Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting

From the Director of Assessment, Reporting and Curriculum 7 March 2018

7 March 2018

NAPLAN: Moving online, schedule, challenges and opportunities

As NAPLAN Online approaches, a small but very focused team has been working with me to ensure that Radford is well prepared. Last week, Tracey Markovic and I attended an information session conducted by Ken Gordon from the ACT Department of Education and Training (DET). It was pleasing to hear Ken reaffirm our understanding that NAPLAN is supposed to measure student progress through the wider curriculum and should not be something that is the subject of intense preparation or student stress.

Tracey, in her role as Assistant Head of the Junior School, will co-ordinate the testing of Year 3 and Year 5 students, while I will be responsible for the testing of Year 7 and Year 9 students. We are both working with Chernor Bah, from our IT Helpdesk team, and Lisa Plenty, our Director of Digital Learning and Innovation, to ensure that our systems are ready for the challenge.

Of course, the ACT DET have an even more intimidating logistical challenge ahead of them, with every school in the jurisdiction undertaking NAPLAN at the same time. To test the capacity of the regional and national infrastructure they have asked that we undertake a practice test with as many Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students as possible. That test would ideally take place at 10.30 am on the morning of March 23. Within a week, parents and carers of students in those year groups will be receiving details of what that will look like at Radford. The actual tests are scheduled for Week 3 of Term 2.

While our focus is necessarily on logistics in the run up to the testing, we are also mindful of the national debate around the testing. Like many parents and educators, I am relieved that the Year 3 writing task will be done on paper, for this year at least. Similarly, we are cautiously optimistic about the potential of the adaptive nature of the digital test to more accurately measure student capacity in the various domains. The prospect of being able to access results in digital form within 2–3 weeks of testing is also appealing, because the data will be more relevant for teachers preparing to teach the students in Semester 2. There is much to be hopeful about.

Having said that, some of you may be aware of concerns about NAPLAN reported by ABC News Online. Natasha Robinson and her numerous contributors argued that the NAPLAN Data, while useful for informing targeted teaching of students, was utterly inappropriate as a basis for creating league tables or as an evaluation of the efficacy of schools. When the “similar schools” from the “My School” site are compared purely on the basis of the index of community socio-educational advantage or ICSEA rating, ignoring the nature of the schools themselves, this is a compelling argument. Given that many of the schools compared to Radford are academically selective, and often single sex, the variables are evident and must limit the value of the comparisons. Our ATAR performance, measured over two years of student work, is more compelling evidence of the overall success of our academic program but NAPLAN can give us some indications of areas for focus en-route.

Even more strident criticisms of NAPLAN, and all standardised testing, can be found in a recent edition of Education HQ. Sarah Duggan’s piece cites increasing concern from academics who believe that such testing regimes actually result in a decrease in academic standards because they divert resources from genuine education to shallow test preparation.

World Class Learners CoverYong Zhao, a Chinese professor of education, now based in the US, argued, at the last International Baccalaureate Conference, that western nations were becoming obsessed with standardised testing instead of focusing on the genuine and traditional strengths of creative and critical thinking. He has expanded on this theme in his book "World Class Learners" which some of you may find an interesting read.

While Australia is a participant in such testing, I contend that there is real value in Radford’s current position, of using the data as a snapshot of information that can complement internal school assessments and inform decisions about how best to shape teaching to suit each student. To that end, teachers in the Secondary School at Radford will spend the final day of Term 2 examining the data available to them, as they plan and modify their programs for Semester 2. Teachers in the Junior School will also consider the data as part of their ongoing focus on using data to inform teaching and learning.

Should you have any questions about assessment data of any sort from Radford, I would welcome a conversation and can be reached on bill.weigall@radford.act.edu.au

Chaplain Fr Richard Browning

Chaplain's Reflection - what if the answer is "both"?

6 March 2018

Can two opposites be held together?

Can a person be both punished and restored?

Is it possible for a person to be responsible for the consequences of an error and also be redeemed?

Can people change?

People can change. That was Myuran Sukumaran’s message to leaders and politicians. He was asking people to look into his eyes and see for themselves. We can still look into his face, filtered, for it is in canvas and oil; art. Remarkable art. He was executed as a member of ‘the Bali Nine’. Myuran was not asking for a free pass. He found meaning in art and was content to work inside prison for the remainder of his days as a teacher, mentor and artist. He had an irrepressible urge to live and make art.

Myuran was a human being declaring he wanted to do both. He wanted to carry the cost of his mistakes, and also live in a way that brings life to others.

Can two opposites be held together?

It was my brother Tim, recently appointed as the Headmaster at St Peter’s College, Adelaide, who helped me look at this afresh, through the lens of science. He cited Maxwell’s work on the speed of light, which challenged the well-founded norms of Newton’s laws. Light travels at a fixed speed. If two particles approached each other at the speed of light, would they not collide at twice the speed of light? Maxwell said no. and so the common question might be “who is wrong”?

What if that is the wrong question? Could we not ask “what if they are both right”? How might this be so? It was Einstein who led this pursuit, and his extraordinary work now called the special theory of relativity describes how. It includes some mind-blowing ‘new’ realities: time bends! The faster you go the slower time ticks. Within this is another mysterious reality: light is neither a wave nor a particle. It is both.

The search for both is a precious kind of seeing. It arises from an uncommon questioning that is neither spiritual nor scientific. It is both. Here, reality is encountered through the imagination in a way that makes reality’s strangeness more present and accessible. (Remember, Jesus’ preferred teaching methodology was with symbol, metaphor and story.) This uncommon questioning, this dangerous search for both, this wild imagination, is what our world aches after. It is a practice that will make us better artists, scientists, politicians, colleagues, co-workers and human-beings. It is a way of thinking that makes us better followers in the Way of Jesus.

  • There is a way to be wholly for another, while remaining whole myself
  • There is a way to charge the immoral, unlawful actions of another, and increase their healing and humanity
  • There is a way to build jobs (in regional Queensland!) and safeguard the environment
  • There is a way to stand with Ahed Tamimi and Palestinians, whilst also standing for Israel
  • There is a way to honour human beings, refugees, and our responsibilities as signatories of UN conventions, while also safeguarding our sovereignty, our values, our limited water
  • The grace and power of God is perfect and, simultaneously, human beings have autonomy, freedom, dignity.

There is a greater reality in both. Jesus, the ‘God|Human’, opens up the way in which we can practice this way of seeing. God’s urge to create is the exact same urge to heal and redeem. This heart for the healing of the cosmos is driven by love, not judgement (John 3:17). Jesus, the one in whom ‘all things are held together’ (Colossians 1:17) breaks open the lie of separation, between God and creature, between people and others. The rage inside Jesus at the temple (John 2:13-22) is triggered by dividing walls, false partitions that separate what is not meant to be apart.

O God. Awaken us to both.

Stir in us a wild imagination, a hunger for uncommon questions and impossible insights. Breathe your Spirit here, awaken our senses and fill us with light.


*Read Year 11 Visual Arts student Milie MacCallum’s article about 'Another Day in Paradise', a major exhibition by artist Myuran Sukumaran and others, now on at Tuggeranong Arts Centre until 29 April 2018.

Collegian and founder of Clarity Pharmaceuticals, Matt Harris (1989)

H is for History #5 – Matt Harris

7 March 2018

George Huitker, Director of Service Learning and College Historian

H interviews scientist and businessman Matt Harris (Class of 1989)

By George Huitker, Director of Service Learning and College Historian

Matt Harris is a collegian searching for a cure for cancer. He asks us to imagine: Opening a two-metre-thick concrete door to a bunker in the hills of Idaho, United States, to see a linear accelerator (big metal machine with lots of electrics) which is powered by some extreme physics. This machine makes a product that, when combined with some awesome Australian-derived chemistry, becomes a drug that we are trying to use to ‘cure’ cancer.

Matt graduated from Radford in 1989 and he is a man of seemingly endless energy and vitality who mixes ‘science and business as the CEO of Clarity Pharmaceuticals, a company I founded in 2010’. He has a ‘beautiful wife and three awesome kids’, has started five companies, completed four degrees (biochemistry, pharmaceutical research, an MBA and a PHD in cancer research), and has raised somewhere close to $20 million towards developing new medicines to combat cancer, particularly amongst young people. ‘It is a heart-breaking situation,’ he explains, ‘but drives a passion to help sick kids from all of us involved.’

Matt Harris, top left and  Year 12 MK, Class of 1989

Initially, it seems a far cry from the young man I saw about the school in his senior years. Matt fondly remembers basketball with Mr Boyd Gibson but is quick to admonish the school for not maintaining an AFL team! Yet it was studying science that was evidently his passion and, unsurprisingly, he pays his respects to teachers like Eunice Joliffe and Peter Hanisch (‘who taught us how to think while keeping the subject creative and fun’). He commends these staff particularly because ‘they encouraged and nurtured my interest in science even though I wasn’t an A+ student’.

He certainly became one.

Matt stresses he has not become a ‘hermit scientist’ and appears to be invigorated by creating jobs for people; communicating his work and vision with peers, stakeholders and generous-hearted people/companies looking towards philanthropic donations to the cause; and is cognisant of the beneficiaries of his research, a cohort that can include children as young as two. When speaking of his projects, he stated that ‘if one of them makes it and helps a sick person, I can retire … with a smile’.

It is little wonder he pushes our current students to make the most of their opportunities, highlighting that many will also occur post-school: ‘What sets you apart from the rest is everything else around you. Your experiences, friends, family, an open mind, considered risk taking and confidence.’ He offers the sage advice: ‘Chasing promotions and positions for money alone is a distraction to finding the job you enjoy the most ... Follow your passion, not the salary. The money will come if you are good at something. You won’t be good at something you find boring.’

Former staff or collegians wishing to contribute to the new school history and/or claim a profile on the Collegians page are encouraged to contact me at: George.Huitker@Radford.act.edu.au 


Lauren Robards wins gold in the Under 19 two-kilometre Individual Pursuit at the Australian Championships

Representing Australia - Lauren Robards

7 March 2018

Childhood dream comes true for hard-working cyclist

Radford Year 12 student Lauren Robards has been selected in the 13-member Australian cycling team to compete at the 2018 UCI Junior Track World Championships in Aigle, Switzerland, during August.

Lauren’s selection comes after the recent Australian Championships in Brisbane, where she won the Under 19 two-kilometre Individual Pursuit.

Here, Lauren talks with Communications Manager Mick Bunworth about her achievements so far, the hard work that lies ahead and balancing the demands of her sport with study.

1. What does your selection to represent Australia mean to you?Lauren Robards (centre) on the podium
I have always wanted to represent Australia since I was about six-years-old, when I first realised I was quite good at sport. I only found cycling three years ago after a talent ID day called Canberra’s Fastest and Fittest Athlete (which I won). Having gone to Nationals in cross country, athletics, gymnastics and hockey, where I was competitive but not medalling, I'd finally found a sport where I had success nationally. So, after I won the Australian U15 Road Race and Time Trial in 2015, I’ve wanted to test myself against the best in the world. The first chance to do that wasn’t until possibly Junior World Championships in 2018. Interestingly, after starting riding, my early coaches were very positive and encouraging, but at my first races I found myself right at the back of even the local Canberra Junior Tour. This came as quite a bit of a shock as other sports came more easily initially, and I remember wondering whether or not to even bother continuing to try after those early experiences. I’m glad I did now, obviously. It was also a very nervous three-week wait after National Championships this year, where I won the Under 19 Individual Pursuit, as it did not guarantee selection to the national team. There are often times in selection for sports where winners don’t get selected, and cycling has not been immune from this. So, to get selected to represent Australia is pretty much a childhood dream come true and I’m incredibly humbled by the opportunity I’ve been given.

2. What was your training regime in the lead up to the recent national championships in Brisbane?
After the end of the road season in September 2017, a typical training week in early track season involved 10-12 hours of training (about 250km per week) plus two gym sessions at the ACTAS gym. In addition, my Cycling Australia scholarship gives me access to the recovery facilities at the AIS which certainly aid in being able to train at the necessary level for track cycling which is fast and furious. Through Term 4, 2017, much of the time was preparing for Oceania Track Championships including driving to Sydney on Tuesday after school for three-hour track session then back home for school on Wednesday, and in November I got to travel to New Zealand to compete there. I was pleased to collect three individual medals at this first exposure to international-level competition, although it was only Australia and New Zealand riders. On return, I was invited to compete in the world’s first women’s six-day cycle event, with racing on six consecutive nights. At that event, Australia’s best 28 female track riders (including the recently selected Commonwealth Games team) were assembled and placed in pairs for the races. My partner from Victoria and I were delighted to finish ninth, given we were the youngest team (riders aged from 16–34). I did have a crash in the first race of the series, but fortunately both my bike and I were not too badly hurt and I was able to continue the racing.

After Christmas, for the last month in the lead up to Nationals, my training regime consisted of:

Monday: Gym and 1h Ergo (training bike) session

Tuesday: Drive to Sydney for 5 to 6-hour track session @ Dunc Gray (Sydney 2000 velodrome). Stay in Sydney overnight.

Wednesday: 1.5-hour Active Recovery, Club Racing and 100-lap point score (Wollongong) then home.

Thursday: Drive to Sydney again for 3-hour track session @ Dunc Gray (Sydney) and 0.5 to 1-hour Active Recovery, home late on Thursday night.

Friday: 1.5-hour Active Recovery and 1-hour Watt Bike session

Saturday: 2-hour Endurance 

Sunday: 3-hour Endurance

Some weekends were in Sydney or Melbourne or Ballarat for racing too!

It was lucky that we senior students have plenty of time after our exams to fit all this in and I’m also lucky that Dad loves a drive in his big blue ute!

3. How do you prepare mentally for big races?
For a few weeks beforehand, I will visualise an outcome or the feeling I want in my body when I'm in the event. I'll play it over and over in my mind until I know exactly what I'm going to try and execute on the day. On the day of competition, I'll aim to get the balance right between getting excited/nervous and staying calm, as being too excited/nervous becomes too mentally draining but being too calm can mean you aren't pumped up enough to properly compete. In many ways, despite being just 17, I’ve been competing in events since I was really little, so interestingly this is not a new process or an especially difficult one anymore. It certainly used to be.

4. Do you have to intensify your training to prepare for the world championships?
Yes. Over the next six months I’ll have two 10-day training camps at the velodrome in Adelaide, whilst also increasing the kilometres and gym training I do in Canberra. A typical week at the moment has 16 hours on the bike plus 3 X 1.5-hour gym sessions.

5. Will you ride in events besides the Under 19 two-kilometre individual pursuit at the world championships?
I’m not sure which events I’ll ride yet but I would think that I will ride more events including at least the Team Pursuit (four riders). At most, I’ll ride in four events I think. I’ll know more after the first training camp.

6. How do you balance the demands of training with your Year 12 studies?
I’ve always done sport and school, so it is all I’ve ever known, but I just stay organised and plan ahead. So, if I know I’ve got a big competition coming up and I’ll miss some school, I try and get as much of my school work done before I leave. Especially important is that I don’t need to disrupt any assessment dates as for me, I’ve always seen it as important to meet school requirements and the sport is extra, not a reason for adjusting deadlines. During general day-to-day routines I just organise my time and use it efficiently. I also make sure that I finish doing any schoolwork by 9.00 pm at the latest to ensure I’m fully relaxed and ready for sleep at a sensible time. There is still plenty of time to relax, watch some of my favourite TV shows and generally hang around at home.

7. Any words of advice for younger students who aspire to one day compete at the international level?
Something that I want younger students to understand is that I won one race, at one competition, on one day, which was enough to get me selected in the Junior Worlds team. However, what some people are likely to overlook is that in order to get to the international level, it’s not about those awesome single days of success, it’s actually about always trying your best, even on the days that you start to doubt yourself or feel like maybe you aren’t good enough. Or when you don’t quite achieve what you wanted in training or competition, or the conditions are so terrible that you feel like you can’t ... it can be easy to wonder if it’s all worth the effort. It’s those who persevere on those days that get to the international level. However, the reality is that not everyone can, but that everyone can set their own equivalent goals. It’s worth realising too, that in order to keep improving, even when I reach one goal, I don’t wait too long before thinking “what’s the next challenge”? Setting medium-term goals and striving to achieve them has been key to my ongoing development and success at what has most surely been a really big goal of mine - being selected to represent Australia.

I also want to acknowledge a number of people that have allowed me to pursue this goal. Firstly, I couldn’t be half as good as I am without the awesome programs and support of my coaches over the years, and since October 2016 to the ACTAS team across the road at the AIS. Maybe most importantly to a few people who very early on believed I would make a good cyclist and kept me in the sport long enough to realise it for myself. Finally, to my amazing Dad who sacrifices so much of his own time and money to let me pursue this dream of mine. Without him driving me across the country and financing what can be quite an expensive sport, I definitely would not be where I am today. I could not be more grateful or humbled by the opportunity to live out a dream I’ve had for over 10 years!

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P&F Annual General Meeting

14 February 2018

New AGM date 8 March, committee nominations open now

Annual General Meeting

Date: Thursday 8 March - revised date
Time: 7.00 pm
Location: RA Young Hall

The business of the meeting is:

(I) confirmation of the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting
(II) presentation by the President of an Annual Report on the affairs of the Association and the Association’s activities for the last 12 months
(III) presentation by the Treasurer of the audited financial statements
(IV) election of the Management Committee for the ensuing year
(V) appointment of an auditor.

Ana Thomson


Nomination form

Participation in the P&F committee is an opportunity for parents to contribute to and engage with the Radford school community in a meaningful way. The P&F provides a forum to represent the interests of Radford parents and also mechanisms for social engagement by the community. Additionally, the P&F facilitates a number of fundraising activities to further contribute and extend the range of facilities available to our children.

In 2018 a number of positions are available for parents who are interested in joining the P&F and we welcome new members through the process of the AGM.

Nominations are open. Please email the completed 2018 nomination form to p&f@radford.act.edu.au or submit the form to Main Reception by 4 pm, Wednesday 7 March, 2018. Closing date for nominations is 4 pm, Wednesday 7 March, 2018.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the P&F or obtain further information about what is involved in participation on the committee, please feel free to email the P&F President, Sarah Jennett or phone 0412 993 093.

Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 7 March

7 March 2018

Working together towards a goal, celebrating Grandfriends Day

Dates to Remember

Friday 9 March        

Grandfriends Day

Monday 12 March  

Canberra Day Holiday

Monday 19 March

Year 1-2 Swim carnival

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself”
-         Henry Ford

I am truly enjoying how we are creating more opportunities to work as teams, to build student and teacher engagement across Years Pre-K to 6. When I stumbled upon the Henry Ford quote, I reflected that in this world of technology and change, human things remain similar. If our staff and students are able to celebrate, and appreciate their differences, talents and fears together, then we are, indeed, moving forward, we are working together, we are not alone, we belong, and we will continue to move forward.

Popping into classrooms as much as possible reaffirms Henry Ford’s statement, as I see individual students and staff working in groups, engaging and challenging each other each day.

Supporting this, and within that supporting the whole child, are certain events where we are able to assess team and culture and mindset growth.

Our recent Colour Run was a good example of students and families working toward a goal, where staff worked to set up a celebration and we all came together to celebrate this.

This week presents two more similar occasions.

Our Swim Carnival for students 8 years-of-age to Year 6 was held on Tuesday. As our girls and boys know too well, I am not the fastest swimmer. I chose, as a student, not to compete in carnivals as I knew I couldn’t win. Our culture is to engage, to have a go, to give our best, to celebrate the attempt as well as those who achieve well. Our students teach me each day how I should have acted when I was 10, how moving forward as a sporting House, how achieving points by competing means that we all improve. 

Our Year 6 cohort have embraced our approach to student leadership at this age. All our Year 6 students will be involved across the College as leaders. All will have roles to help and support individuals and groups. This was no better displayed than in the preparation and enjoyment of our first carnival of the year.

This year we have also split our carnivals to target age-appropriate activities better, creating safe steps for Pre-K to 6.

Finally, this Friday we will celebrate our 11th Grandfriends Day.

I remember growing up in Canberra where I was indeed fortunate to have my grandparents here also. In those days, however, we were only able to share school time with them at sports events. When the Junior School opened, we wanted opportunities for our girls and boys to celebrate the learning they achieve as well as acknowledging the important people in their lives. I am excited by how this day has grown, and I regret that I will miss the occasion this year, due to a family funeral service interstate.

The cake celebrating the fifth reciprocal visit from Lycée Notre Dame

Notre Dame et Radford: cinq échanges

7 March 2018

Celebrating a strong relationship between schools

By Michele Sharp, Head of Languages

Principals and languages staff from both schools

On Thursday we farewelled our French friends from our sister school in Le Mans, France. Radford families welcomed 12 students into their homes for this fifth reciprocal visit from Lycée Notre Dame.

We were thrilled to see their accompanying teachers Brigitte Charpentier and Véronique Giordano, and to welcome their principal, Monsieur Xavier Leroy, on his first visit to Australia. My thanks go to the Language Department for their support of this exchange, in particular Mesdames Bateman and Lefebvre for their superb program, which allowed our French visitors to experience Australian culture and the Radford learning experience.

A highlight for me came at the farewell party on 28 February. The French students wrote and performed a song for us about their experience at Radford. It displays the excellent connections that are formed through language learning and exchange programs. 


French visitors present their thanks in song

Voilà les paroles de la chanson, attention il y a probablement des fautes d’anglais

(Here are the words of the song, there may be some errors in English)

(Couplet 1)

A big trip in Australia,
A little group in Canberra,
We were just some strangers in a new world,
But despite our lack of knowledge, thanks to the Radford College,
We have spent a nice week in your company! 


Thank you very much (2 times)
To our friends of this country,
Now we’re like a family,
Your welcome will let us good memories!

(Couplet 2)

We thank a lot Fiona Godfrey,
And of course Jen Batemen as well,
And all the families very kind who welcomed us,
Truth Compassion and Wisdom,
Now we don’t want go back home,
We will miss the kangaroos and the platypus!


We look forward to our next exchange with Lycée Notre Dame, and wish our friends a good time in Sydney before they head home to France.

By Radford’s French Language Captain, Joshua Daffern

This year, Radford College and Lycée Notre-Dame in Le Mans, France, celebrated the fifth exchange trip between the two schools. During Weeks 3 and 4, Radford students in Years 10–12 hosted twelve students from Le Mans. The students from Le Mans were immersed in Australian culture, experiencing all the little quirks that make Canberra and Radford so special.


When our French guests weren’t joining the host students in the classes, they were visiting some of the Canberra region’s most interesting places. The students from Le Mans learned about Australia’s past at the National Museum, experienced farm life at the Pelican Sheep Shearing Farm, were taught about Australian politics at the Old and New Parliament Houses, and explored the Australian bush at Tidbinbilla. Students studying French in the Secondary School at Radford also had the opportunity to learn about French culture from our French guests.

We are sure that our guests from Le Mans have had an enjoyable stay. Radford College looks forward to welcoming our friends from France back to Australia in the years to come. This exchange would not have been possible without all the help and enthusiasm from Mrs Godfrey, Madame Bateman, Madame Lefebvre, Ms Sharp, and all of the languages staff at Radford.

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Witnessing how art can transform lives

5 March 2018

Exhibition features themes of despair, hope and redemption

By Milie MacCallum, Year 11 Visual Arts studentMillie at the exhibition

On walking in to Another Day in Paradise at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, my first reaction was to see the reflection of Myuran Sukumaran’s despair or hope.

As I moved around the many works on display, I wanted to do some further research and reading.

Myuran Sukumaran is a symbol of rehabilitation and transformation; 'Come away from the dark side and step into the light' (Myuran Sukumaran, Another Day in Paradise, catalogue, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Page 10).

Another Day in Paradise presented sombre and compelling artworks that strongly provoked the moral evil of the death penalty and the ideas of redemption and rehabilitation. Each portrait gave a face to the judicially wronged. The knowledge of ones’s own death is a strange concept to consider, and furthermore the remorse of previous actions. Another Day in Paradise recounts the story of an Australian man (Myuran Sukumaran) caught for his wrongs (drug smuggling in Indonesia), desperately seeking redemption and a legacy, described by Jonathon Jones as two words; “Remember Me”. (Sydney Morning Herald 2015) 

The placement of portrait paintings by Myuran Sukumaran of political leaders (Australian and Indonesian), fellow inmates and the Bali Nine are hung in the gallery at a consistent mid-height level. This emphasises that all people involved in his story are equal at the core. Everyone is only human.

Furthermore, commissioned artist, Megan Cope's intriguing contemporary barracoon bamboo structure at the centre of the room visually overlays bars in front of each portrait when viewed from different perspectives, exaggerating the idea of equity and also showing that everyone is confined, in some aspect. Politicians are confined to their judgments, prisoners to their crimes and the Bali Nine to their reputation. It is clear that Myuran Sukumaran yearned for redemption and was trying to communicate his rehabilitation through art.Students viewing the works

Another Day in Paradise raised ethical questions. Is the death penalty morally right? Should the Indonesian government focus on redemption and rehabilitation rather than punishment? 

The exhibition provokes a strong condemnation of the death penalty and the government's inability for redemption. The exhibition doesn't request pity or consider if Myuran Sukumaran is a good artist (mentored by Ben Quilty); it is simply a compelling and vivid reminder of the government's ability to extinguish human life through the death penalty. It is a cry against the monstrosities of humanity.

Tuggeranong Arts Centre presents Another Day in Paradise, a major exhibition by artist Myuran Sukumaran along with a series of artworks by leading Australian artists, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Megan Cope, Jagath Dheerasekara, Khaled Sabsabi, and Matthew Sleeth, whose works respond to the death penalty and profile human rights. The free exhibition closes on 29 April 2018.


See also Father Richard's reflection which discusses issues raised by the exhibition.

Radford Institute Seminar on the new work order

Get Ready for the New Work Order

7 March 2018

Social entrepreneur Jan Owen to speak at Radford Institute, Wed 21 March

Date: Wednesday 21 March
Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: Heath Lecture Theatre
RSVP:   institute@radford.act.edu.au

The pace of change has never been so great nor as disruptive as it is today. Young people will need to innovate in business, communities, government and the global realm to solve emerging challenges and create a fairer society. To do all this they will need to be able to navigate the new work order - where whole career progressions are being altered, new professions are coming into existence and traditional jobs are being swallowed by automation. So how do we prepare our young people for this future?

Currently the CEO of Foundation for Young Australians, Jan Owen is a highly-regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia's youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors.

More exciting times for Radford rowers at  the Head of River regatta

Schoolgirl Head of the River

7 March 2018

High morale in squad after strong showing

By Charlotte Cross, Rowing Gap Student

On Friday, 2 March 2018, 50 athletes travelled to the Olympic Lake in Penrith, Sydney to compete in the Schoolgirl Head of the River. After weeks of hard work, it was time for the girls’ squad to show what they were made of, following the boys’ outstanding performance last week. For the majority of the athletes, this would be the main event of the year; nerves were flying around but we could also sense a real buzz and excitement as the girls prepared themselves for the most important race of the season.

Firstly, the Year 8 ‘Paddler Squad’ boated four crews into various quadruple scull divisions. The top three quads put in strong performances down the course qualifying for the A final, while the fourth-ranked quad narrowly missed out on an A Final but posted one of the fastest non-qualifying times across all divisions to clinch a spot in the B Final – an awesome feat for this crew. In the finals, all four crews burst out of the start and were in the top three to four places in the first 500 metres of the races, but slipped back in the second half of the races to miss out on the podium.  All boats rowed extremely well, just needing to work a little more on fitness over the coming year. With this being the first time down the course for the majority, all competitors should be proud of their performances as they can build upon this to hopefully push for those podium spots coming into next season.

Moving onto the Junior Squad, a double scull of Niamh Pascoe and Siobhan MacLeod narrowly missed out on a silver medal, after a fight to the finish, and took home the bronze. Following this successful result in the double, the Junior Girl’s quad consisting of Hannah Vardy, Danielle Buckman, Isabelle Morrison, Kiara Shaw and cox Beth Armstrong managed a Silver Medal in Division 7 with big Personal Best time of 4:02. These results are a great achievement for such a small squad and should encourage the girls to keep up the good work, carrying through to next season.

The Intermediate Squad had a total of three events they were competing in - Division 2 coxed quad scull, Division 1 double scull and the Year 10 single scull. Their biggest crew, the quad of Jacinta Davies, Alex Jarrett, Tilly Stanier, Ella O’Neil and Lilly Clode, rowed their best race and unfortunately missed out on a place but still stayed in touch until the finish line, an admirable effort in the tough Division 2 competition.Our double of Lissie Gregory and Charlotte McCarthy brought the pain with a fast start in their 1500-metre final. Maintaining their position throughout the race, they finished in third place, bringing home bronze for Radford. Last, but by no means least, Claire Hughes raced her single in the second heat and fought relentlessly for positions with Cranebrook and MLC school crews in a heated battle down the course. While the medals won by Lissie and Charlotte are a highlight for the weekend, the most important moment from our perspective was when every girl in the squad raced onto the pontoon to congratulate Claire on a brave performance, after chasing her down the course cheering her on.

Finally, onto the Senior Girls’ Squad. Lucy McGowan was up in the single scull Division 1 category. Lucy displayed a very courageous performance, battling it out with a few crews including those from Loreto Kirribili and Armidale School. In a very tough division, Lucy missed out on a spot in the final, gaining seventh place in her heat. She should be very proud of how she approached the race, finishing off her season on a positive note. Later on in the day it was time for the three Senior quads to take on the wrath of the Olympic Course. The A quad breezed through their heat finishing 1st and putting them in good stead for the final. The B and C quad had a straight final in the division 2 category with both crews having a successful row- the combination of Lydia Murray, Maddy Dyne, Alison Barclay, Tash Erb and Samantha Blake came out on top of the podium 10 seconds ahead of the rest of the field with Bobbi Sayers, Elise Northcote, Thea Buckman, Emily Naumann and Sophia Tan gaining fifth place after a battle for the bronze medal. This crew put in a brave performance finishing within one second of the Canberra Girls Grammar crew, who went away with the bronze. After this strong display, Radford’s last race of the day was the Division 1 Senior Girls quad final. A huge amount of support was shown by all athletes as they were cheered onto the pontoon. The combination of Nikki Greenland, Annie Creer, Jacinta Buckman, Lily Smith-Saarinen and Spencer Burns came away with Gold, crossing the line with a 12-second lead.

In addition to the successful display at Penrith, back on Lake Burley Griffin, the boys’ crews took part in the ACT State Championships. Radford gained two championship titles from the Under 19 coxed quad of John Bake, Mig Fernandez, Fin Sullivan, Daniel Majchrzak and cox Paddy Morrison along with Sam Roberts in the Under 16 single scull. Radford finished 1-2 in this Under 16 scull event with Ethan Toscan clinching Silver right behind Sam. Radford finished off the day with two Golds, five Silvers and one Bronze from the State Championships. Well done boys!

As the season comes to a close ALL athletes should be proud of their performances. The teamwork and support within the shed creates a wonderful environment and community to be a part of. One last push for the handful of crews going to the National Championships and those competing at Head of the Lake. Congratulations to all and a huge thank you to the parents and coaching team for making this all possible.

Applications open for Foundation scholarship

Foundation Scholarship applications close tomorrow

14 March 2018

Applications period extended to 4pm Thursday 15 March 2018.


The Radford Foundation is delighted to announce that applications for its inaugural student scholarship are now open.

The first two-year scholarship will be offered to one new student commencing Year 11 in 2019.

The Foundation Scholarship will be awarded to a new student who demonstrates outstanding achievement and whose personal financial circumstances prevent them from enrolling at the College.

The Foundation will cover 100% of the Tuition and Capital Levy fees for two years (Years 11 and 12), and up to 100% of compulsory College related costs.

Applicants are initially asked to complete and submit this two-page application form.

Submission of this form and documents listed below by e-mail to foundation@radford.act.edu.au, or by delivery to Main Reception, Radford College, 1 College Street, BRUCE, by  4 pm on Thursday 15 March 2018 (24-hour extension on previously publicised deadline).

    1. This scholarship application form, including the 200-word Personal Statement
    2. School reports for previous two years, NAPLAN reports for Year 7 and Year 9 (if available)
    3. Passport-sized photo.

Short-listed applicants will then be required to complete a financial statement. The successful applicant will be asked to verify financial statements and provide referees.

The successful applicant will be selected in time for them to take their place in the 2019 Year 11 orientation and induction sessions in Term 2, 2018.

If you have any questions about the application form or process, please email Foundation Administrator Cassie Roberts foundation@radford.act.edu.au or telephone 6162 6200.

Chess challenge this weekend!

Chess challenge Sun 11 March

7 March 2018

Vicki Goss, Chess Co-ordinator

Schools Chess Challenge this weekend at Woden

By: Vicki Goss, Chess Coordinator 

For more information, please visit https://canberraacademyofchess.com.au/tournaments/upcoming 
or call Sydney Academy of Chess on (02) 9745 1170

Students are invited to attend the Schools Chess Challenge this weekend at Woden. 


Sunday, 11th March 2018


Canberra Academy of Chess Centre
Unit 4, 32 Dundas Court
Phillip, ACT


$25 per child


9:30 am – 9:50 am  Registration
10:00 am Round 1 begins
3:00 pm  Prize-giving


This tournament is run as an individual event, however there are also school prizes awarded. The winning school is determined by adding the 4 highest scorers from each school. This means that your school can enter any number of players, and there is no need to rank them by ability, or assign teams.

This tournament is a 7-round ‘Swiss’ competition. This means that all players play 7 games and no-one is ‘knocked out’ of the tournament. 


First placed school in each division will receive $250 worth of equipment from Canberra Academy of Chess.

Trophies given for 1st to 5th individuals and 1st to 3rd schools in each division.

For more information, please visit https://canberraacademyofchess.com.au/tournaments/upcoming
or call Sydney Academy of Chess on (02) 9745 1170


Radford Girls Water Polo scoops the pool

Sports Report 7 March 2018

7 March 2018

Water polo, OzTag, Rugby 7s, Futsal, Football

Girls High School Water Polo competition
A picture-perfect day saw a talented group of Year 9 & 10 girls compete in the ACT School Sport Girls High School Water Polo competition at Civic Pool.

After three convincing wins to come top of their pool (Mt Stromlo 1, 12–0; St Clares, 7–2; Mt Stromlo 2, 12–0), Radford was the favourite going into the semifinals and strong defence saw a 5–1 win against Canberra Girls Grammar School. Both Radford and Canberra High School were undefeated going into the grand final and the inevitably close match saw Radford goal for goal most of the game. Canberra High scored two quick goals in the last minute of the match to win 5–3.

Congratulations to all the girls for their fantastic sportsmanship, positive cheering and being wonderful representatives of Radford College.

Team: Olivia Lloyd, Olivia Wilson, Chelsea Kenneally, Annabel Kuskie, Adelaide Bell, Shaya Singh, Bonnie Sutton, Nina Lindenmayer, Sofia Le Lievre.

OzTag grand finalU16 mixed Oztag grand final 
by William Taylor, OzTag Captain
Radford’s U16 mixed OzTag team took the field in their grand final game with confidence, excitement and determination. The full team felt unstoppable and was quick to show it with a couple of tries early on in the game. With a commanding lead in the first half, Radford looked certain to bring it home in the second half, which they fortunately did with impressive teamwork, unselfish play and positive attitude, downing their opponents 8­–1 and nabbing a grand final win.


Radford Rugby 7s teamsBrumbies 7s Gala Day
Radford had three teams participate in the Brumbies 7s Gala Day on Wednesday 28 February. The Year 9–10 boys played gallantly, losing their semifinal 6–2. Ten of the 12 players had never played rugby before and, with only three weeks training, they finished third on the day, having beaten the second-place getter in an earlier round.

Despite showing great toughness, the Year 9–10 girls were beaten in the grand final. They experienced some bad luck, with a bounce going the wrong way, and an intercept and an offside call being the difference.

The young Year 7-8 team played well and, despite not making the finals, enjoyed the experience. All teams showing great sportsmanship.

Radford Futsal final halftime pow wowU16/2 Open Futsal grand final
Radford 3 def by Untamed 8
by Deakin Jewell, Futsal Captain
Radford College faced a tough opponent during their grand final on a hot Sunday afternoon at Lyneham. Flying out of the blocks, Emily Shillington sneaked one past the keeper in the first minute. Untamed fought back with two quick goals in succession and took the lead. Radford continued to push forward and created many opportunities, one of which was taken by Kristina Haridemos who rocketed a shot into the top-left corner to draw level at 2–2. Untamed then began an attacking raid with most shots being blocked by first-half goalkeeper William Goodchild. Despite William’s efforts, Radford trailed 2­5 at halftime. Untamed continued their momentum through to the second half and scored in the first minute to extend their lead. Soon after, Sam Douglas shot from the sideline and, with help from a few deflections, trickled the ball into goal and reignited Radford’s hopes. They continued to press Untamed’s defence with counterattacks and combination play from Kerry Wang, Michael Shillington and Lily Dawson, but they were unable to convert any of their chances. Second-half keeper Lukas Jewell was kept very busy and made some brilliant saves but Untamed managed to score another two goals to extend their lead and take out the game 3–8. While Radford didn’t bring the trophy home, this was a very good team performance of which the players can be proud. 

Congratulations to Emily Shillington who was voted most valuable player of the final! A well-deserved award.

Canberra United visit to Radford
Canberra United FC presented a clinic on Monday to 27 lucky girls from Year 3–10. The girls benefited from learning new skills and were given an insight into a day in the life of an elite athlete.  Thanks to Merryn Brown, Ashleigh Sykes, Madelyn Whittall and Aoife Colvill from Canberra United for spending the afternoon with the girls.

Radford girls heed the wisdom of Canberra United FC women


APFACTS – 7 March 2018

Chess Challenge - this weekend!

Schools Chess Challenge - Sun 11 March

See attached flyer for full details.

Netball training starts next week

Netball training starts next week!

Netball training for ALL teams starts next week. Training times on ROL,team lists on noticeboards.