Radford Bulletin Term 1, Week 6 – 14 March 2018

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal

14 March 2018

The truth about government funding of schools

I may be particularly sensitive, but I feel the media, in particular the Fairfax papers, are on a crusade to vilify independent schools. Over recent months, the Sydney Morning Herald has run a number of articles questioning capital works expenditure at a handful of ‘elite private schools’ in Sydney, receiving taxpayer funding. The articles seem to imply that independent (as opposed to private) schools are the bastion of the wealthy and elite, and therefore, by extrapolation, not democratic, and socially divisive.

The media attention and subsequent discussions surrounding the funding of schools is not always accurate. As a result, I wonder how often our parents have been asked to defend the choices they have made to send their child/ren to an independent school. Do people, outside of the Radford community give you a hard time for choosing Radford – an independent and religious school? The question of funding, and other inaccuracies often associated with non-government (Catholic and independent) schools, is something we should all be ready to defend. It is important that a truthful representation of our schools is maintained and that the myths are debunked.

The majority of independent schools are in fact low-fee schools, where parents have made the decision to prioritise education for their children. The more students who attend non-government schools, the less the cost of education to government budgets. Could you imagine the budgetary implications for state governments if every non-government school shut their doors and forced their students into government schools? With just over 50% of all ACT students in non-government schools in Years 7 – 10, the ACT government would need to double the number of High Schools in the Territory.

Opponents of our system distort the true situation around funding, by providing only part of the information. Misleading comparisons are often made between school sectors based solely on the amount of federal government (Commonwealth) funding they receive. In order to properly examine all taxpayer funding, the total level of both state (or in our case, territory) and federal government funding must be examined. On average, independent schools receive around half the total level of government funding of public schools. In 2014-15, independent schools received, on average, $8,450 per student in total government recurrent funding compared to an average of $16,670 for a student in a public/government school. School funding is a shared-responsibility model, where the Commonwealth is the majority funder of non-government schools, and the states/territories are the majority funders of government schools. So, the only accurate way to compare funding between sectors is to compare totals of combined Commonwealth and state/territory government funding. 

Sadly, as recent articles have highlighted, the media tend to suggest that independent schools pay for capital works programs through government funding. Put simply they don’t and they can’t. There are strict rules on the use of government recurrent funding to independent schools, it cannot be used for capital works. Federal and state/territory governments supply varying levels of recurrent funding to all independent schools solely for the provision of education. This includes the payment of teacher salaries, curriculum-related and general school running costs. Spending recurrent funding on capital works is not allowed, and schools’ compliance in this area is carefully monitored. The Australian Government does provide some support for capital infrastructure in Independent schools. This is provided under the Capital Grants Program, which must give priority to schools with the least capacity to raise funds from their school communities. Radford College does not attract any of this funding for capital works. The vast majority of capital funding, nearly 90%, in the independent school sector, is provided by parents and communities. These funds are raised through fees, building funds, targeted fund-raising and donations.

Criticism of independent schools has also been levelled at their supposed lack of accountability and transparency. The truth is that independent schools are subject to a greater level of educational and financial accountability requirements than government schools. All independent schools, regardless of teaching philosophy, faith affiliation, location or the socio-economic status of their students, have to be registered by state and territory authorities in order to operate. Without registration, schools cannot operate or be eligible for any government funding. All non-government schools must also comply with both federal government and state/territory government educational and financial accountability requirements.

These requirements include:

  • participation in national testing
  • implementation of the national curriculum
  • the provision of data on schools, staff and students for national reporting
  • completion of an annual financial questionnaire, financial viability assessment and reporting against government grants.

Compared to other similar countries, Australia has a much higher proportion of students educated in non-government schools. Current enrolments indicate that, across the board, 36% of all Australian students attend a non-government school, compared to 6% in Canada, a country often described as comparable to our own.

Since funding was first introduced, the Australian non-government education sector has been growing steadily for the past 50 years. It is clear that this sector is here to stay. I firmly believe we need to cut the funding wars and stand up for fair and reasonable journalism which accurately portrays the true picture about independent schools.

Chaplain Fr Richard Browning

Chaplain's reflection: the fox, the hen and the love of Christ

14 March 2018

We do not have to win anything, least of all God’s love

By Father Richard Browning

The fox, the hen and the love of Christ

Unless we are prepared to listen, we will remain limited to our present and preset limit of knowledge. Listening is simple enough, yet also radical and dangerous. Listening means we are available to encounter what lies outside us. Simple. 

Should it surprise that Christ, who is so utterly other, lies outside our preset knowledge? This icon by Lentz is one of my favourites. Encounter here Jesus of the Sermon on the Mount. The outsider, the one whose identity is bound with the meek and poor in spirit, as one acquainted with grief, hungry and thirsting for righteousness. This outrageous mode of ‘chosen one’ falls way outside the expected role of warrior king and political Saviour that was anticipated in Jesus’ day, let alone suited to our priorities today! 

Jesus, the ‘chosen one’ did not follow expectations. Observe: some detractors came to Jesus and oddly offered kind words: “Don’t go to Jerusalem, Herod will have you killed.” (Luke 13.31 fl) Jesus replies, “Go tell that fox I’m coming. And I’ll do what I have always done, heal, proclaim, restore.”  

(Icon of Christ on the margins, by Br Robert Lentz OFM)

(Icon of Christ on the margins, by Br Robert Lentz OFM

Make no mistake. Jesus knows what awaits him in Jerusalem. And to Jerusalem he goes. In the very next paragraph Jesus laments, “Jerusalem. Jerusalem.  The city whose people kill the prophets and persecute its messengers! How I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her little ones under her wings, yet you are not willing.” Jesus expresses the loving heart of God. See the tender nurturing mother that warms and feeds and holds with a nestling under the wing. Not a word is spoken and nor is one needed. All of creation sings God’s praise, and if needed, stones could cry out (cf. Luke 19.40), but God delights in the heartbeat of the hatchling that presses in closely against her feathered breast. God delights in a love that is freely given, and in the absence of reciprocated love, tears flow. I find this tenderness so compelling. 

The opening line of Luke 13 speaks about Pilate who organized a death squad to kill some worshippers in a temple. Jesus speaks of the fox, while identifying himself as a hen. We all know what foxes do to hens! Jesus goes to Jerusalem, knowingly, fearlessly and pits himself against the cunning, hungry hunter – and Herod is not even the greatest threat. Jesus goes, but not as another alpha hunter, whose strength will outwit and out last the other. Jesus goes as the food, the one whose blood was to be let and flesh taken. Jesus goes to Jerusalem and is the victim. God’s transformation of human violence pivots in his being at the heart of the violence itself. But not a competitor. Jesus does not create enemies and fight with a heart captured by the hungriness of human desire. Christ freely steps into the conflict, but not as aggressor. Dear reader, can you hear? In the hen over the fox, might you be available to the loving heart of God and Jesus’ intelligence that addresses and transforms violence.

God is not against us. God does not even accuse us. We do not have to win anything, least of all God’s love. This Easter encounter the tender, passionate love of God and may our hearts grow more like Christ’s; may our hearts and the Spirit of Christ take us towards conflict as makers of peace. Look again at the icon. To what are you receptive? Whether Jesus is marginalized to the other side of the wire, or he looks through its sharp edges to visit us entrapped, listen. Peace makers shall be called children of God. 

Image credit: (Icon of Christ on the margins, by Br Robert Lentz OFM) from https://relationalrealities.com/2014/11/22/1709/ 


RAS Charity Fundraiser
Foundation day is the ONE day of the year we work as a whole College to raise funds to support community work.  This is the ONLY charity fundraising event of the year.  We seek the generous support of students and their network of relationships to give and support work beyond our borders.

It is Radford’s practice to engage in community. Not because it is a duty or we are better for it. Before we even talk about compassion or wisdom or truth, it is just what human beings do. So when we hold up the one, annual charity fundraiser, are you surprised that it is ‘unsexy’? And looks a lot like last year’s? It is because we stay. It is because we return and remain faithful to the people and communities we work with over time. There is no bright organisation in 2018. Once again we seek your support for the organisations Radford College works alongside. Your generosity means that our students do not spend time selling lamingtons or flogging cupcakes. Your generosity allows our students to get on with the work of service. It is here that life long habits of engagement, generosity and kindness take root.

Last year our community raised $52,082 for others.  





Cancer Council ACT




Money for Relay for Life & goes to Cancer Council.


Hosted by senior students

Leukaemia Foundation




Money for Shave for a Cure goes to Leukaemia Foundation.


Hosted by senior students.

Youth Services (YiC)



Yr 12

students cook every Friday night

L’Arche Genesaret ACT



Yr 11

Supporting adults living with intellectual disabilities

Black Mountain School



Yr 10

A partner school

Cranleigh School



Yr 10

A partner school

OzHarvest ACT



Yr 10

Rescuing food, value adding & distributing to local charities

Companion House



Working locally in Belconnen

Yr 9

Linked to Yr 9 Worn Soles unit.

Winter Appeal



Yr 8

Links with AngliCARE crisis care and emergency aid in local community





Yr 7

Riding for the disabled

Compassion Australia



Junior School

Child sponsorship program

Soldier On



Junior School




Whole School friendship
supporting disadvantaged indigenous children and their families.  This comes from our ‘G’ trip partnerships.

Timor-Leste education





Whole School friendship – Timor youth leader education program


+ others

Batting for Change, Belconnen Community Centre, CanTeen







Funding level








1987 "Oklahoma" musicians - including Dylan Mordike

H for History #6 - Oklahoma

13 March 2018

A stunning example of community-building through performing arts

This article is dedicated with warmth, respect and a heel-click to the inspirational Lesley Pitt (Radford Staff member 1987-1994).

“I think it’s the Radford community that’s unique for me. Wherever you go, you run into people who are part of it. They all talk about how you feel, that you have this close connection. Memories - there are so many: musicals, our Tee Pee Project in the Early Learning Centre, Frog Gully Project in the Junior School, and the work done in Timor..... all about building community. That’s so special I think.”    Brenda Lander 

Lesley Pitt (L) & Brenda Lander (R)Brenda Lander would certainly know first-hand about building community at the college. Across two stints on staff at Radford College from 1987 to 1992 and then from 2006 to the present day, she witnessed first-hand both the Secondary School and then later the Junior School grow around her. Brenda was appointed Head of Music for the 1987 school year, with founding Principal Jock Mackinnon and Deputy Headmaster Graeme Wigg making it clear in her original brief she was to be the Musical Director of the school’s first musical production. Alongside teaching colleague, director and friend, the legendary and charismatic Lesley Pitt (who sadly passed away in early 2013), the pair selected Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1943 classic, Oklahoma

They also chose to make it an all-inclusive production, and consciously decided not to turn away any of the 149 students - close to a quarter of the school’s student population - who auditioned. As their initial proposal indicated, “It is envisaged that this musical will be a whole-school activity and not an insular production by a select group”. If you showed up, you received a cowboy hat! (It was certainly “All Er Nuthin” indeed.) As Brenda recalls, “We didn’t actually knock anyone back!” And this included PE teacher John Pendall and Head of Sport Quentin Webster informing their aspiring First XV Footy and First XI Cricket players that if they wanted to be in the side, they had to be in the school musical! 

What happened next was beyond anyone’s imagining. The school was often spontaneously, magically transformed into The Wild West - and sometimes even across weekends! As the 1987 Radfordian explained, a Sleep-Over Workshop was organised a month before opening night where “over one hundred and eighty staff, parents and students worked and lived together at the College for forty-eight hours, undertaking many arduous workshop sessions and housekeeping chores.” Yes, the library and even the staff room were transformed into bunk houses as all around the campus sets were being built, choreography finessed, the orchestra fine-tuned (which included a groovy young bass player called Dylan Mordike), scripts learnt and harmonies refined, all while a trusty posse of parents and Home Ec students prepared meals in a saloon somewhere offstage right.

Oklahoma at LLewellyn HallAlmost unbelievably, on the day of the premiere, the elaborate sets, intricate costumes, sundry props, instruments and players all needed to be transported to Llewellyn Hall in the heart of the “big smoke”, all in one afternoon under Deputy Sheriff Graeme Wigg’s watchful eye. “We didn’t get time off school!” Brenda remembers. But the time spent breaking in the horses meant that a lot of legs were broken throughout the three-night run (metaphorically speaking here of course). But would the Radford community actually come out in droves across three performances to support this “all-inclusive” venture, with tickets ranging from the lofty $6 to adults, $3 for school children and $20 for families? The answer was an emphatic “Yee-harr!”, as close to a staggering 2500 family and friends steered their buggies to the Canberra School of Music to sing, clap and whoop along to numbers such “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin”, “People Will Say We’re in Love” or the rousing and rip-roarin' title track, in which one could almost hear the wind come sweepin’ down Belconnen Way, if you listened carefully enough.

Radford's own Laurey and CurlyThe production had many priceless moments, too numerous to recount here. But one thing is for sure, Radford College’s first foray into musical theatre was one which set a benchmark for all that followed (see list below). As Brenda says about herself and dear colleague Lesley Pitt - two new and fresh arrivals to dusty Radfordville -  “We were stepping out of our comfort zone because we didn’t know our students and parents, but you felt confident...that everyone would back you. Because that’s what Radford does.” 

And of Lesley Pitt, Brenda echoes the strong feelings of warmth from many cast, orchestra and crew members of subsequent Radford musicals when she recounts, “Lesley was my most influential colleague. She caught me when I was just second-year out and she really nurtured and mentored me with her passion for music. We just hit it off. We worked so closely together and so hard. It was also like that with our students. That close bond was formed with them and their families, so the learning just flowed...with ease and joy."

Year       Musical
1987      Oklahoma
1988      The Gondoliers
1989      Musical Moments
1991      Calamity Jane
1993      The Wiz
1995      Man of Steel
1997      Patience
1999      Godspell
2001      Little Shop of Horrors
2002      Return to the Forbidden Planet
2003      Big

Year       Musical

2004      Funktron and Trial by Jury
2005      The Wizard of Oz
2006      Guys & Dolls
2007      Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2008      Bye Bye Birdie
2009      Grease
2010      Westside Story
2012      Pirates of Penzance
2013      Back to the 80s
2015      How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
2017      Song Contest: The Almost Eurovision Experience.

Could any former staff or collegians wishing to provide input to the new school history and/or claim their profile on the Collegians page, please contact  George George.Huitker@Radford.act.edu.au  or complete the online form https://radfordcollegians.com.au/help-h/

All past “H for History” articles are available at: https://radfordcollegians.com.au/h-for-history



Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 14 Mar 2018

14 March 2018

College St entrance daytime closures have improved safety and increased oval usage

Dates to Remember

Monday 19 March      Year 1-2 Swim Carnival
Friday 23 March         JS Bushwalking Co-curricular Camp

Canberra Day presented the perfect opportunity to enjoy a break and a rest midway into our first term.  

We have embraced our goal of working in teams to engage and empower all of our community in our PYP. Friday presented another wonderful opportunity to welcome our largest Grandfriends Day since the Junior School opened. Our teams of teachers and students warmly welcomed our team of friends to share time together in some of the finest teaching centres available. 

Popping in to classrooms across PreK to Year 6 has allowed me the opportunity to observe teachers engaging and challenging our girls and boys: teaching teams working as one, or two or more teachers together, sharing and extending the learning possibilities beyond the single classroom; teachers sharing expertise, time and groupings that better support individual and team growth. I congratulate our PYP and Wellbeing Assistant Heads for steering this “ship”, but in particular, our teachers, for embracing this push. In coming weeks we will seek to formalise the class visits, where a group of teachers will begin assembling data from observations of students in classes, seeking to find what causes that “aha” moment.

We are continuing to refine our play areas and possibilities, as we embark on phase two of our buildings. The closure of the College St entrance for certain periods each day has allowed us to safely access our College ovals at lunch, in particular. A far greater number of students are now able to eat slowly and then walk across the road to play. We have expanded our lunchtime bushwalking group. The Library remains in high demand. We are awaiting line-marking and play equipment possibilities, as well as extended seating and better shade. To top it off, we are looking at how we may best utilise 10 scooters at lunchtime.

The winner of the House Cup at this week’s Celebration Assembly was Jarrah with 2072 house points.  Well done Jarrah! 

Our Year 6 cohort are leading change for us as we embrace the concept of student leadership at this age. All our Year 6 students will be involved in differing programs that they choose. This supports our concepts that we are all leaders, that we can be involved in many or a few leadership possibilities, that we can take action, whether large or small, as a Year 6 student. Finally, we are excited to acknowledge our cohort as they progress through the College. Each year 6 student will receive a Radford pin to celebrate their journey. Parents will be invited to our Year 6 pin celebration in due course. 

FYI – just a reminder that we don’t bring Easter Eggs to share and distribute at school.

Warm regards
Paul Southwell

Phil O'Regan, Head of Secondary School

Year 7-12 Parent-Teacher Evenings

14 March 2018

Bookings now open

 By Phil O'Regan, Head of Secondary School

Interview dates and times

  • Tuesday 3 April 3.00–8.00 pm
  • Monday 9 April 3.00–8.00 pm

Bookings – new system this year

Bookings are now open and close at 10 pm the night before each interview day. We encourage you to make bookings early to avoid inconvenience or disappointment. The interview time with each teacher will be 5 minutes. 

Bookings for Secondary School Parent Teacher Interviews can be made through Radford Online. Your Radford Online user name and password are printed on the top of your child’s 2018 Commencement Letter.  

Please click on the tile on the Dashboard titled Secondary School Parent Teacher Interviews. This year the College is using a new system for booking Parent-Teacher interviews. Instructions are linked here and will also be emailed directly to parents of Secondary School students.

If you have any problems booking your interview, please contact Main Reception on 6162 6200 or reception@radford.act.edu.au.


All students in Years 7–12 will be dismissed from class at 2.35 pm on both Tuesday 3 April and Monday 9 April as interviews commence at 3.00 pm. 

  • students in Years 7–10 who are not travelling directly home at 2.35 pm will need to go to the Secondary School Library where supervision will be available
  • students in Years 11 and 12 are free to leave the college after they are dismissed at 2.35 pm
  • unless advised otherwise, co-curricular activities will operate as usual
  • school buses will run as per the normal schedule from 3.30 pm. 


Parking for parents is available behind the Performing Arts Centre, along the road towards the back (south) of the College and in the carparks by the G Wigg Sports Centre and Mackinnon Senior School. Please do not park in the ELC and Junior School parking areas until after 3.45 pm. 


Radford College teachers are looking forward to discussing the progress of your child this term. In preparing for the interviews, each of the teachers has been asked to consider your child’s engagement with learning, application in class, achievements to date, individual needs and ways for improvement.  

If you would like to discuss your child’s overall progress further after the interview, I would encourage you to speak to their Tutor or Head of Year. 

In addition to booked parent interviews with your child’s teachers, the Principal, Mrs Fiona Godfrey, and the Head of Secondary School, Mr Phillip O’Regan will be available for informal discussions with parents. No bookings are required to speak to Mrs Godfrey or Mr O’Regan at the Parent Teacher Evenings.

Foundation Celebration - 6 April 2018

Celebrating Radford's Foundation: a special event

2 March 2018

Kirsten Knight, Director of Strings, Acting Head of Co-Curricular Music

IMPORTANT: online bookings only for this event

By Kirsten Knight, Director of Strings, Acting Head of Co-Curricular Music

The music, maths, English, dance, media and art teams are excited to present an innovative and collaborative celebration of Radford’s foundation, at the High Court of Australia from 7.30 pm on Friday 6 April.

This multimedia and musical Foundation Day performance includes the world premiere of a choral and string orchestra composition by Radford Collegian Sophie Van Dijk.

Tickets are $20 (limit of five tickets per family) available on TryBooking 

Bookings are essential - tickets are only available online, no tickets will be available at the door.

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.

Second-hand uniform shop SALE!

Second-Hand Uniform Shop Sale

9 March 2018

Do duck in for this not-to-be-missed sale!

The P&F Second-Hand Uniform Shop proudly announces its first End-of-Season Sale for 2018.  

All second-hand summer uniform shirts and shorts will be available for $5 – that’s 50% off the regular price of $10. Sale excludes PE uniform and house shirts.

While stocks last …

End-of-Season Sale

2nd-hand summer uniform shirts and shorts: $5 (excluding PE uniform and house shirts)

2 pm, Thursday 15 March – 12 pm, Friday 23 March

Profits from the sales will go to the P&F fundraising, which supports grants to the College.  

P&F Second-hand Uniform Shop

Standard hours of operation are:

  • Wednesday 7.30–9.30 am
  • Thursday 2–6 pm
  • Friday 8 am – 12 pm (closed Public Holidays)

Contact: secondhandshop@radford.act.edu.au

Ride2School 2018 Photo credit: Jackson Black

National Ride2School Day, Friday 23 March

14 March 2018

Jane Lilley, Teacher

Radford rides again

by Jane Lilley, Teacher

Radford will once again participate in National Ride2School Day, to be held this year on 23 March. We welcome all Year 3–12 students to join staff to ride their bikes to school. Riders who have worked up an appetite can enjoy pancakes at the Pavilion, prepared by our RAS team. 

Meeting places and departure times will be confirmed in next week’s bulletin.

Please read the conditions and expectations below and go through them with your child/children before the day:

  • a fitted helmet and well-maintained bike with properly inflated tyres are essential
  • please arrive at departure point 10 mins before departure
  • it is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that their child arrives punctually at the meeting place. If the group has departed before you arrive, it is your responsibility to ensure your child arrives safely at school
  • all students will be expected to stay with the group and follow the road rules and instructions provided by Radford staff
  • due to various co-curricular commitments, the return ride will not be accompanied by staff and it is the responsibility of each family to arrange their child’s ride home
  • in the case of wet weather, drizzle, rain or lightning, the ride will be cancelled and a notification will be added to the Announcements page of Radford Online.
  • children in PK–Y2 are welcome to ride accompanied by a parent/adult carer. The same applies for less confident Year 3-6 riders.
  • asthmatics must carry their own puffer with them in their bag

For any further queries, please contact Jane Lilley.




Harmony Day 2018

Radford celebrates Harmony Day 2018

9 March 2018

Ainsleigh Brown

From PK to Year 12, it’s time to express our values of acceptance and respect

by Ainsleigh Brown, Year 11

Radford College will celebrate Harmony Day on Wednesday 21 March. This national event aims to communicate the value of cultural diversity in Australia. This day is an important one for Radford as the underlying theme of Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’. Acceptance and Respect are two of Radford's most important values and we strongly believe in sharing this message as a school community.

Harmony Day will be a uniform-free day for all students and we encourage everyone to wear bright colours in celebration of the theme. Reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples and pinks – we want to see them all!

All students are invited to join us for lunch on the JA Mackinnon Oval in front of the Pavilion. There will be some games and a sausage sizzle. Junior School students need to pre-order their sausage sandwich and Senior School students can bring along a gold coin on the day. All donations will be going towards this year’s RAS Charity Fundraiser. If you would like more information on Harmony Day please refer to the website: https://www.harmony.gov.au.

 Harmony Day

'Exchange has been amazing so far', Alyssa Yates Round Square exchange to Roedean School

Exchanges promote friendships and learning

9 March 2018

Kathleen Notley, Head of Year 10 and Round Square Representative

Round Square Exchange – Roedean School South Africa

by Kathleen Notley, Head of Year 10 and Round Square Representative

Year 10 student Alyssa Yates is currently on exchange at the Roedean School in Johannesburg, South Africa. This is the second year that Radford has exchanged with Roedean and this opportunity provides a female student with the chance to immerse themselves in a fantastic and supportive girls-only school that is proudly part of the Round Square network.

Alyssa Yates with friends at Roedean School, Johannesburg

Alyssa has sent through the following update of her time in South Africa:

South Africa in profile

Exchange has been amazing so far. Everyone has been extremely welcoming and my host family are incredibly nice. The school has been wonderful and I have joined right in with all of their classes. It has been great to see how a different country can be so similar to home yet quite different. I have been in Cape Town for the last four days and that has been so cool. We have been up Table Mountain, gone to Robben Island, gone to Cape Point and hiked up Lions Head. I was also fortunate enough to be able to go to UCT and have a look around the campus. Last weekend we also visited the Cradle of Human Kind which was fascinating to see where the first human-like bones were found. 

Students from Year 10 and up have the opportunity to apply to undertake exchanges at other Round Square schools and should peruse the Round Square page on ROL for further information. We look forward to hosting Alyssa’s exchange from Roedean when she joins us at Radford later this year.

 Alyssa Yates and her host family

Albert Tucker, 'King's Arcade' 1937, National Gallery of Australia © Albert & Barbara Tucker Foundation. Courtesy of Sotheby

Ways of reading and creating

8 March 2018

Ethan Nguyen, Year 11 student

Year 11 Literature excursion to the National Gallery of Australia

by Ethan Nguyen, Year 11

Year 11 Literature classes visited the National Gallery of Australia to assist in developing our understanding of literary periods and our work towards finalising our creative pieces. Tasked with responding to an artwork of our choice from the gallery’s collection, we had a plethora of options to choose from. The collection of Australian art included works by Sidney Nolan and Arthur Streeton. There were international works, as well, such as Claude Monet’s Waterlilies and Jackson Pollock’s Blue poles.

Students had the opportunity to interpret a chosen piece from this wide range of artworks. By understanding the tone, context, purpose and subject of an artwork, students were to use their chosen piece as inspiration for their creative response. Drawing from the features of their respective literary period, students are challenged to be inspired by an artist to creatively incorporate particular ideals and techniques into a written work.

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

Study skills are the tools for success

14 March 2018

Session with Dr Prue Salter - advice on effective studying

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

The session will cover:

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

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

View the event flyer for more details.

Image for article: Join the Art Show Committee!

Join the Art Show Committee!

14 March 2018

Be part of the Art Show team, or other P&F sub-committees

Following the election of the P&F Management Committee at the AGM last week, the formation of an Art Show Committee is at the top of the agenda.

The Radford Art Show will be held on 25-27 May, and a meeting will be held at 7pm on Thursday 22 March in the Board Room to establish the Art Show Committee. 

The Art Show project involves a range of different tasks leading up to the event, and over the course of the Art Show weekend.  P&F Administrator Angie Walters will work closely with the team on liaison with artists, registration of works, and preparation of the catalogue.  Other important tasks include publicity, catering for the gala opening and co-ordinating the Art Show cafe over the weekend.  It is not necessary to be a member of the P&F Management Committee to be on the Art Show Committee, and you can choose what tasks you want to undertake. 

Just over two months till the Art Show, so now's the time to lend a hand.  If you can't make the meeting on Thursday 22 March, contact P&F Administrator Angie Walters if you are able to help.

Year 10 Geography excursion to Perisher

Out in the field with Years 9 and 10 Geography

14 March 2018

Alison Steven, Head of Department SOSE

The local region provides valuable learning experiences

by Alison Steven, Head of Department SOSE

This term our Year 9 & 10 Geography classes have experienced two fabulous full-day excursions.

Year 9 Geography excursion to the Veolia Woodlawn Bioreactor

In Week 4, over 100 Year 9 geographers travelled to the Veolia Woodlawn Bioreactor near Tarago. This immense site, a former copper mine, converts 20 per cent of Sydney’s putrescible waste into sufficient clean energy to power 30,000 homes. Our guided tour of the facility included the new Mechanical and Biological Treatment plant, which is a European-designed purpose-built plant that aims to separate waste to produce organic compost and rehabilitate the former mine. We then travelled to Goulburn where two local councillors spoke to us about the various ways that Goulburn is connected economically, socially and environmentally to other places in Australia and around the world.

Year 9 Geography excursion to Goulburn

In Week 5, three Year 10 Geography classes embarked on a full-day trip to Perisher in glorious weather. Stopping at NSW National Parks HQ at Saw Pit Creek, we were greeted by Ranger Dan and his team who gave us an overview of the ecological fragility of Perisher. We drove on to the village and spent a couple of hours learning about the impact of the resort on the natural environment and the management strategies that are in place to protect it.

On both field trips students took plenty of notes and photos to capture the unique environments they explored. They were active in asking questions to further their understanding. The information that they gleaned is now being consolidated and they will apply the concepts they have learned in class to the environments they visited. Many of the students have confirmed how much they enjoyed and gained from these excursions.

Many thanks to teachers Boyd Gibson and Nick Moss for their efforts in organising these wonderful learning experiences for our students.

AFL Girls at Reid

Sports Report, 14 March 2018

14 March 2018

Cricket, Futsal, AFL

Year 5/6 Girls AFL Cup
Reid Oval was the location last Thursday for 16 Year 5 & 6 girls to defend the cup won by Radford in 2017. The girls got off to a promising start with a thrashing win over Forrest Primary. The second game of the day was a tough one against Weetangera Primary. The game was low scoring and very even with much of the play in the middle third of the field. On the final siren Radford received a free kick inside the final third. With the score Weetangera 14 to Radford 9, Amber Smith Gibson, who scored several in the opening match, stepped up to take the kick. Unfortunately, with a tough angle and a rough wind, the ball just missed and went through for a behind. The girls finished the day with another two wins but unfortunately it wasn't enough to book a place in the grand final. We're grateful for Jon Craddock's role in coaching the team.

U13 Division 1 Cricket T20 grand final
by Mark Slater

Radford 95 (Nikhil Pilla 27, Jake Smith Gibson 19 no, Curtis Garrett 19, Jonty Probyn 13, Will Lumb 10)

df Norths Blue 91 (Joey Slater 3/15, Jonty Probyn 2/6, Patrick Walker 1/3, Will Lumb 1/11, Nikhil Pilla 1/13)

U13 Div 1 T20 Grand Final

Team spirit is a mysterious and powerful weapon in sport. When players play for, and not just with, each other, a team can achieve what would otherwise seem almost impossible.

When the Radford U13 Division 1 cricket team stepped out in the T20 grand final against Norths Blue on Monday 5 March, hope was definitely in greater abundance than expectation, especially as Norths had comfortably won all of its 16 completed matches for the season, including three against their opponents in this game. The chance of a Radford victory seemed even more remote when Radford slumped to 5–38 after just 12 overs, batting first. Only Jake Smith-Gibson (19) and Jonty Probyn (13) managed to partially tame the accurate and probing Norths attack. However, the team's leading run scorer for the season, Nikhil Pilla (27) managed a few lusty blows over the rope, his efforts consolidated by Curtis Garrett (19) and Will Lumb (10) in a 7th wicket partnership of 21, which gave the bowlers a target of 95 to defend.

Still, against a Norths batting line-up that regularly posted high scores for the loss of few wickets, 95 did not seem enough.

Then our bowlers went to work. Joey Slater blasted out Norths' top three inside his first two overs, including a nonchalant one-handed return catch. His forensic accuracy was replicated by the rest of the attack for the entire innings, not allowing the accomplished Norths players any of the free hits that had been so costly in previous matches between the two teams.
Jonty (2), Patrick Walker, Will and Nikhil were the other wicket-takers but every other bowler – Jake, Curtis, James Woods and Clancy Probyn – were unerringly accurate, keeping Norths under pressure, supported by incisive field placings and energetic ground fielding and catching.

Still, the match came down to the last over, with Norths requiring just five to win. Enter Will 'Ice Veins' Lumb, bowling to Norths best player, who drove the second ball low to Joey, who somehow managed to anticipate the trajectory and get his hands under the low catch to seal the match.

This was a triumph of persistence, will and more than a little skill, a credit to the 13 young men who represented the team this season. Making the finals of both the T20 and 30-over competitions says much about the development of the boys as individuals, and the cohesiveness of the team.

A special mention must go to Gen Casarotto, who was unavailable for the match because of a family funeral in Melbourne. Gen has been an important member of the team all season.

Thanks to Tom Larkham and Krish Joshi, who filled in for the team during the season; all of the parents who umpired, scored and cheered; Damian and Renae Woods for co-managing; and Brent Larkham and Dianne Wilson, who provided invaluable support throughout the season.

While the win was satisfying, even more gratifying was the Radford boys gathering around Norths' last batter, Ansh Tiwarry, who was distraught after his dismissal. Instead of self-congratulation and celebration, our boys paused to gather around and console Ansh, who had batted magnificently. This one simple act said so much about their character.

U12 Division 1 Open Futsal Team End of Season Report
by Marcus Lumb

It was always going to be a big ask for the Radford U12s Boys Division 1 team, drawing from a pool of just four Year 6 classes, to compete in a league featuring Canberra's finest pre-teen futsal-ers. Even so, the Radford boys won plenty of admirers for their dashing style of play and team-first work ethic.

U12 Div 1 Futsal

Without a recognised goalkeeper, the boys shared responsibility for the glove work. In our first game, Harley Harris showed what's possible when concentration, determination and freakish reflexes combine to pull off strings of saves against an opposition boasting no fewer than three ACT national futsal representatives. Harley's performance set the tone for the season, demonstrating that each player at his best was capable of exceeding his own expectations – and that we would need to bring our best to be competitive in this league.

For several boys, the competition was a big step up from their experiences in previous seasons. Adopting the moniker 'Bandicoots' in homage to our junior days at Belsouth as feisty U7s, each player demonstrated they could mix it with Canberra's best.

We were buoyed by the presence of our own ACT national futsal representatives in Tom Larkham and Will Lumb, whose vim and vigor, tricks and skills – and no shortage of breathtaking goals – had the crowd on their feet every week.

Ryan Fernando and Leo Wilson proved themselves to be reliable and vital contributors, showing persistence, controlled aggression and plenty of flair and skill. Both boys were instrumental in building the defensive foundation upon which the team was built.

Stuart Street was our biggest improver. Whether in goal pulling off match-winning saves or scoring them at the other end, Stu Dog could always be relied upon to do the team thing and then some.

The season also showed how school sports can build a bridge for boys joining in Year 7, as we welcomed Tristan Jiang into the Bandicoots fold. Tristan's eye for a pass was vital in linking our defence to our attack. Best of all, his involvement in the team meant he had a ready-made circle of friends to greet him on his first day at Radford.

Throughout the season, the boys defined their approach using the IB-PYP maxim: 'Attitude and Application'. It was what we focused on pre-game, no matter how daunting the opponent. And it was how we measured our performance, regardless of the result. It is a great enabler.

Though the boys narrowly missed the finals, they did earn fifth place outright with a decisive play-off win – a creditable result for the boys in an even 10-team competition. We look forward to giving it another go next season and would encourage all would-be futsal players at Radford to do so too.

Special thanks to, Dianne Wilson and Brent Larkham for their professional support to the futsal program this year; Coach Elie for taking the boys through their paces during the week; the parents for unfailingly supporting the players; and, to classmate Finn Barlow for coming to cheer the boys on each week.

Finally, to the boys themselves, who can hold their heads up high in the knowledge they represented themselves and their school with utter distinction.

Balloons above the Head of the Lake regatta on Lake Burley Griffin

Rowing report, 14 March 2018

14 March 2018

Charlotte Cross, GAP Rowing Coach

Head of the Lake, 10 March 2018

by Charlotte Cross, Gap Rowing Coach

On Saturday 10 March Radford’s rowers took part in Head of the Lake regatta on Lake Burley Griffin. This regatta was the final race of the season for many of our rowers. Radford once again put in a strong performance, displaying the hard work they have put in throughout the season and their ongoing determination.

Head of the Lake on Lake Burley Griffin

Our youngest athletes – the Paddlers – show promise for the future. The Girls Paddler A and B crews put in a good race during their heat to qualify for the A final. The B Crew came away with a bronze medal and the A Crew fought to the finish line to come a close sixth place. The remaining girls’ crews qualified for the C, D, and E finals and the Year 7 E Quad earned a bronze medal in a competition against athletes in the year above them. Bridget Kelleher-Cole and Jess Schroder competed in the double scull and won gold by a country mile. The Paddler Boys Squad boated four quads that brought home a number of medals. The 1st Quad qualified for the A final, winning by over seven seconds, and the 2nd Quad qualified for the B final but narrowly missed out on the bronze. Finally, the 3rd and 4th quads qualified for the C final, coming away with a gold medal and sixth place respectively. This was another significant achievement considering some of our boys were racing up a division. After performing well in larger boats, William Gregory came away with a gold medal in the single scull and Liam Kenneally and James Dixon finishing on top of the podium with an impressive 12-second lead. We hope these promising results will encourage these younger athletes to move up to the Junior Squad and continue their development next year.

Our Junior athletes clearly demonstrated how much they have come along this season with major improvements from all crews. Firstly, Hannah Vardy bravely took on the single scull to gain a close fourth place in her division. In addition, the Girls Quad qualified for the B final and came from behind to take first place – a great performance against strong competitors from Canberra Girls Grammar. The Junior Boys gathered a nice collection of the medals with Samuel Roberts giving a stand out performance in the single scull and claiming a silver medal. The A Crew, with some substitutes from the Paddler Boys (William Gregory and Christopher Bush) managed to claim bronze in the A final of the quad scull. The 2nd Crew’s performance saw them crush their personal best time and claim a gold medal in the B final. These results are testament to the improvements made by all members of the Juniors throughout the season.

The Intermediate Boys ended the official racing season off strongly with the 1st crew earning a silver medal in the A final of the quad scull pulling an impressive 6.28 and the second crew racing competitively in the B final to set a personal best of 7.17. In addition to this, Damien Schroder and Ethan Toscan took home the gold in the Year 10 double scull pulling a 6.53 personal best. This tidy performance neatly ties off the season.

The final for the Intermediate Girls selected quad of Jacinta, Alex, Tilly and special guest Lucy, coxed by Lily, was easily their most competitive race of the day, with our quad fighting bow to bow for first place through the middle section of the race, unfortunately missing out on the gold to bring home a silver. The Girls 1st Double of Lissie Gregory and Charlotte McCarthy rowed a tight combination in their straight final, making easy ground on the whole field out of the blocks, and extending the first place lead all the way to the line. A relatively untried combination of Lissie, Charlotte, Ashley and Niamh, coxed by Spencer, fought well to make it into the A final but missed out on a medal.

Saturday’s event was the Intermediate Girls final regatta for the season, with the exception of a couple of athletes who we are proud to say will be competing in the Under 17 Quad at the National Championship. Good luck Lissie and Ash! Overall the regatta was a fantastic end to the racing season. The quality of rowing has developed greatly throughout both squads, and we hope to see these athletes return to the shed in seasons to come!

Finally, the Senior Squad performed well once again this weekend. The Girls Squad boated three quads – the undefeated combination of Annie Creer, Nicola Greenland, Jacinta Buckman, Lily Smith-Saarinen and Spencer Burns won the A final of the Schoolgirls Quad division showing their experience, maintaining their winning streak and finishing off the day with the Schoolgirl Quadruple Scull trophy. In addition, the Girls 2nd and 3rd quads both qualified for the B final with the 2nds taking the gold closely followed by the 3rd quad who sadly missed out on a medal. Similarly, the Boys crews displayed how they have each progressed since September. John Baker demonstrated his skills in the single scull coming away with the Senior Boys Single Scull trophy. John then went on to race in the A final of the Senior Boys’ Quadruple Scull division along with Miguel Fernandez, Fin Sullivan, Daniel Majchrzak and Patrick Morrison coming away with a gold medal and shiny new trophy to add to our collection. In addition, the Senior Boys B Crew qualified for the A final racing well and finishing a strong sixth place ahead of a solid Cranbrook crew as well as defeating a Redlands crew that had beaten them previously. Last, but by no means least, Alex Howitt took on the single scull in the Year 11 division finishing off his season in fifth place behind some experienced scullers.

Head of the Lake on Lake Burley Griffin

After an extremely successful year, our top Senior athletes have one last push to finish the season at the National Championships next week in Penrith, Sydney. Well done to all our rowers for their determination and commitment this season – we hope to see some of you training hard over the winter in preparation for next season!

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.


Languages host families needed

Host families needed for May

Host families are still needed for 16-27 May, for students visiting from our Beijing sister school. Please email the Head of Languages Michele.sharp@radford.act.edu.au if you are able to help.

P&F meetings

P&F Meetings 2018

Venue: College Boardroom, time: 7pm. 22 March - Art Show meeting; other meetings April 12, June 14, July 26, August 30, October 18, November 15. All community members are welcome to attend.

Student immunisations

Y10 and Y7 immunisation reminders

Y10 Thursday 15 March - Meningococcal ACWY vaccine. Y7 Tuesday 20 March - HPV. For any queries, please contact College Nurse Audrey Miller.