Radford Bulletin Term 1, Week 8 – 28 March 2018

Staff Insights

Louise Wallace-Richards - Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning

From the Director of Teaching and Learning

28 March 2018

What skills do our children need in the future?

Over the past week I have heard the same strong message about the skills our students need to develop through education from a number of influential speakers, most notably through Jan Owen AM, CEO of Foundation for Young Australians; Chen Yidan, entrepreneur and philanthropist; and Associate Professor Pak Tee Ng of the National Institute of Education, Singapore.

All argue that education has to change with the times; that we need to focus on educating the whole child; that education is about developing students’ creativity and critical thinking skills, leadership and entrepreneurial abilities, and collaboration skills; and for us, as teachers, to help them to critically focus on the possibilities technology provides us.

In my role, it is refreshing to hear from leaders outside of the education profession, talking about how student-centred learning can help to develop students’ leadership skills and their creativity and capacity for entrepreneurship. Skills that students in our schools need now and in their future working lives. Jan Owen, at an AIS-organised event last week, used an interesting metaphor to describe what the working lives of our children will be like:

We think about jobs as a kind of jungle gym now, not a ladder.

You need very different skills and capabilities to cope.

She also gave statistics to support her view that schools need to focus on the skills of digital literacy, bilingualism, creativity, problem-solving and communication because by 2030 (in only 12 years’ time) we will, on average:

  • spend 30 per cent more time per week learning skills on the job
  • spend double the time at work solving problems
  • spend 41 per cent more time using science and mathematics skills
  • utilise verbal communication and interpersonal skills for 7 hours per week 
  • develop an entrepreneurial mindset due to having less management (down 26 per cent), less organisation coordination (down 16 per cent), and less teaching (down 10 per cent).

Chen Yidan, a keynote speaker at the recent International Baccalaureate Fiftieth Global Conference in Singapore, supported Jan Owen’s views about what our students need from education. Yidan is a philanthropist, as well as an entrepreneur, and he sees that education is not the end game. Education is about promoting human wellbeing and ensuring the sustainability of the world. He also emphasised the role of leadership in schools to ensure the curriculum and teaching and learning experiences are focusing on developing the skills the students need for the future workplace. Education, of course, is not just about getting our students ready for the workforce, it is also about the whole child, a tenet of Radford College and Yidan’s, as evidenced by the Tencent Foundation he created to help teachers to develop programs of learning that focus on the whole child. If you are interested in learning more about the millions he is giving away for contributions to education, see the article: http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/2/7/tencent-cofounder-visits/

Teaching is a challenging profession, as Pak Tee Ng has said, 'It is a tough profession but meaningful'. The challenges now and ahead for all of us in the profession are to ensure that what we are doing in the classroom is helping to develop the skills our students need now and in the future: problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity, digital literacy, collaboration, communication and leadership. These skills are the ones that we focus on and will continue to emphasise in planning the curriculum, teaching and learning experiences in our classrooms and assessment programs at Radford College.

Chaplain Fr Richard Browning

The weight of integrity II

26 March 2018

Reclaiming Jesus, the crucified ‘criminal’ and risen, forgiving Victim

The weight of integrityLast week I reflected on integrity. A quick scan the sporting landscape, and cricket in particular, provokes a simple question: can our national identity bear the same level of scrutiny outside sport? Can our national values ‘alignment’ pass examination, say, on our international responsibilities on human rights? 

It’s the middle of Holy Week. Easter is just days away. Easter is not a custom of historical remembrance. For Christians, it is a re-entering into the event in which history hinges, an intentional lingering around God’s decisive action where human freedom is released from its wilful addiction and enslavement to power. To any who wish to lead, to take on the mantle of authority or assume positions of power, the message of the Christ is simple: the integrity of authority to rule is rooted in vulnerability. The best measure of one’s leadership is the amount of power bestowed on others, especially the weak. Seeking to lead? We have to learn how to serve.

At the time of Jesus’ triumphal procession, Jerusalem was boiling with political foment. The welcome of Jesus includes a protest about the status of a marginalised, occupied people and their hopes for a leader - a much anticipated messiah - who could usher in a new political reality, a new kingdom. However, Jesus did not ride astride a stallion like a celebrated military champion. He rode a docile donkey. Jesus well understood the people’s protest and his own purposes. He was ushering in the new kingdom, yes. But he made it clear: this kingdom would bear none of the alpha, brutish violence of a human revolt. 

Remember, Jesus goes like a lamb to the slaughter, like a hen to the fox’s den and exposes once and for all humankind’s proclivity to sacrifice one in order to save the status of the whole. In this and every context, integrity is never taken away, it is always surrendered. Jesus remains true and takes on human darkness and evil through his own self-donating gift. Christ has fashioned scapegoating into an instrument that transforms human history, releasing the model, the Way, for peace among peoples and nations, lambs and lions. We are called to lead, we are given authority, but it is always in vulnerability, it is always purposed for a greater and common good. Reaching for God’s kingdom or the release of captives and the lifting up of the lowly are one and the same. The model is Christ himself, the way is to follow the Way. St Paul includes what may be the earliest Christian hymn in his letter to the Philippians (2:3-8, NRSV):

be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

6 who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
7 but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.

I bend my knee and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. No call to subvert one’s integrity, no power, no state, no winning, no thing in real life, in this age or the one to come, stands before or above this love, this mind, this God whose being in the world is as humble servant. 

Callum Henshaw - Y10 exchange student and now

H for History #8 – celebrated guitarist Callum Henshaw

26 March 2018

Callum's Y10 exchange to Germany helped shape his career

By George Huitker, Director of Service Learning and College Historian

'If you get the opportunity to go on a school exchange – go! The maturity you develop and the skills, language and connections you can make are invaluable.'

Callum Henshaw, collegian and professional classical guitarist, is a living advertisement for the benefits of going on school trips overseas. He identifies an exchange trip to Germany while in Year 10 as life-changing: 'By far the most long-lasting experience I had during my time at Radford was the opportunity to go on exchange to Hamburg, Germany. That one experience changed the course of my life, providing me with a second language, a lifelong friend and second family, and ties to the current cultural hub for classical guitar.' Cal certainly made the most of those ties and, since leaving Radford College in 2008, he has become one of the country’s leading young guitarists, winning awards and prizes for his playing almost annually. These include being First Prize at the 2012 Cordoba International Guitar Competition and the 2014 Tirana International Guitar Competition, and First Prize and the People's Choice Prize at the 2016 open instrumental Whitworth Roach Classical Music Competition, to but name a few. (I’ve attached a list of his other distinctions below.)

For those current Radford students uncertain about their future career pathways, he encourages patience in finding your muse: 'Music was always something I had pursued as an extracurricular activity and had not entertained the prospect of pursuing it as my main focus. With the encouragement of my guitar teacher, I auditioned for the ANU. It wasn’t until I was mid-way through my second year of university that I realised it was a possibility.' That said, he does have more general advice for students who perhaps live in daily chaos and shambles while at school: 'I wish I had known that being organised was not only easy, but reduces my stress and anxiety.' Cal must have certainly got his organisational act together by his final year at the school, as former staff member, Dr Glenn Burns, identifies Cal’s recital at Year 12 Graduation that year as one of his highlight student performances while at Radford College.

Cal is presently in the final year of his doctorate in music at the ANU School of Music, fully focused on studying and rehearsing the classical guitar. He now regularly travels to Europe to play in classical music festivals and guitar competitions. Later in the year, he will release a second album and, on the strength of winning the Melbourne International Guitar Competition, will embark on a 14-concert Australia-wide album launch tour. It will be one for us all to watch out for. But for those in the Radford community curious to hear him play sooner, he is about to perform (alongside side Matt Withers and the National Capital Orchestra) in an evening of music with an especially Spanish flavour at Llewelyn Hall on 7 April. (Performance information here.)

Callum Henshaw Foundation Day Concert 2014I asked Cal earlier this year what he felt was unique about his education at Radford and perhaps may have played even a small part in shaping the impressive person/musician he has become. He replied, 'The perpetuated culture of respect. Respect between students, and between students and staff, that is wordlessly maintained. It is one of the more intangible elements of the school'. Of his time at Radford, he warmly remembers Mr Paul Willetts, who encouraged the German exchange mentioned above, which he deemed 'ridiculously healthy for my career'. He felt Mr Willetts taught him 'more than just language, but also about motivation to learn and critical analysis'. (I refrained from asking if he performs with his shirt tucked in and socks pulled up.) One of his English teachers, Kate Wales, helped him to realise that sometimes the subject matter is almost inconsequential if the teaching is outstanding! Both these teachers developed in him the confidence to chase his dreams and he credits them as the reason he finally found himself under the mentorship of one of Australia’s leading instrumentalists, guitarist Tim Kain. 'As I move through life,' he reflects, 'I realise that my role models have always been outstanding educators'. 

Callum certainly repaid his role models by becoming one himself, when in 2014 he impressively performed three movements from ‘Collectici íntim’ by Asencio at the 2014 Foundation Day concert at the Wesley Music Centre. It was a performance which will remain in the memories of all of the young musicians attending that evening (photo above).

If you want to sit back and listen to some vital, vivacious and inspired playing, with superb technique that has plenty of heart to match the skill, catch his current album Echo and Return. In fact, after I hit 'Send' on this article, I think I will do just that.

Callum Henshaw's awards:

2008: 1st Prize  National Eisteddfod Open Classical Guitar
2012: 1st Prize  Cordoba International Guitar Competition
2013: 1st Prize  Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Duo Competition with Campbell Diamond
2013: Best performance of an Australian Work  Melbourne Guitar Competition
2014: 1st Prize  Tirana International Guitar Competition
2014: 3rd Prize  Adelaide International Guitar Competition
2015: 1st Prize  Friends of the School of Music Chamber Music Prize with Andrew Blanch
2016: 1st Prize  Whitworth Roach Classical Music Competition
2016: People's Choice Prize  Whitworth Roach Classical Music Competition
2017: 1st Prize  Melbourne International Concert Artist Guitar Competition 

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.Huitker@Radford.act.edu.au or fill out the form at https://radfordcollegians.com.au/help-h/. All past 'H for History' articles are housed at: https://radfordcollegians.com.au/h-for-history.


Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 28 March 18

28 March 2018

Celebrating our students

Date to Remember

Thursday 29 March  Kindergarten visit from Belconnen Fire Station

This week is a celebration of the whole child. 

Assembly ‘shout out’ last week

PE  acknowledgements from Mrs Phelps

KSG Zac Howarth

Love of learning

KSG Eloise Collingwood


KSG Eloise Collingwood

Love of learning

1MH Ashley Ward


KCH  Tianchen Wei




KCH Zachary Leigh


Spanish – acknowledgements from Mrs Stevens

KNS Amelie Smith


Lucy Prime


KNS Archer Small


Clarissa Gautama


KAS Marcus Te Moananui


Rena Cao


KAS Maya Tamhane


Priyanka Ramkumar


1MH Ethan McIntyre  


Anika Chaturvedi


1AT Bella King

Risk taker

Anvi Gupta


1AT Brooke Sutherland

Risk taker



2BF Charlie Moss


Art - acknowledgements from Ms Evans

2BF Alex Fillingham


KSG Zara Regueiro-Zec


2JG Priya Rathod

Love of learning

KSG Ryan Szigetvari


2JG Megan Espeland


KCH Tianchen Wei


3DO Ollie Aulich


KCH Charlie Crookes


3DO Abigail Hiew


KNS Luka Zilinskas


4CD Rachael Baldwin 


KNS Emily Toms


4CD Will Harrison 


KAS Luka Martinovic


4KP Patrick Mai


KAS Emerson Ryan


4KP Natalie Tam




4OM Olivia Elliott

Love of learning/commitment



4OM Eva Tsiros

Love of learning/commitment



5TM James




5TM Iona

Love of learning 



5JC Charlie Lumb




5JC William Yang




5MP Sarah Bull




5MP Sophie Freemantle

Love of learning 



6TW Liam Chadwick

Risk taker/ bravery



6JF Ali Hassan

Curiosity/ commitment



6HB Catherine Coulton




6TH Krish Joshi






Jack Coyle, Sophie Genn and Joshua Daffern, Language Captains for 2018

Introducing Radford’s Language Captains

22 March 2018

Michele Sharp, Head of Languages

Language Captains are enthusiastic students of leadership

Each year Radford appoints students to leadership roles and, in the case of the Languages Department, we have a Subject Captain for each of the languages studied in the Secondary School. Student leaders are expected to live with integrity; embody the values of the College; be wholly themselves and flourish whilst engaged in the service of community. They are expected to be a model for others to emulate and do this by their everyday presence and demeanour whilst also fulfilling responsibilities in a meaningful portfolio of work. The Captains are mentored by staff to promote Language experiences across the Secondary School. Below is a short introduction from each of the 2018 Captains.

Hi, I’m Jack and I study Japanese. Language learning has been a valued part of my education at the College. I believe languages are important because they introduce you to a new culture, improve communication skills and provide you with unique opportunities. Some opportunities language learning has given me include hosting students and a study tour of Japan. Hosting experiences have been rewarding and enjoyable because I have gained some great friends and have improved my language ability. The study tour of Japan allowed me to develop a greater appreciation for Japanese culture, improve my communication skills and do homestay with a Japanese family. Homestay at a Japanese school was a truly great experience, where we could meet with students we have hosted before and experience Japanese student life. This year I hope to encourage more younger students to study languages, so they too can experience the benefits of language learning. Jack Coyle, Japanese Captain

Hi, I’m Josh, the French Language Captain for 2018. In the four years that I have been learning French, I have come to see that speaking another language is more than just a fun party trick. When you learn a new language, you gain a new life skill. Being able to speak another language allows you to travel to new places and interact with new people. Learning a language at Radford also opens up many great experiences beyond the classroom. One such opportunity is OzCLO, the Australian Linguistics and Computational Linguistics Olympiad, which is a linguistics competition for students in Years 9–12. This year, four teams from Radford participated in the first round, putting their language skills to the test in the competition. It was just one of many of the great experiences that the languages department at Radford offers to students. All of the language captains this year hope to ensure that all students studying languages at Radford are able to experience the great opportunities that learning a language presents. — Joshua Daffern, French Captain

My name is Sophie and I study Chinese. I've studied this language since Year 7 and, while it has been challenging at times, it has definitely been worth it. Learning a language is one of the most useful and critical skills school can teach you, and no matter what career you want to undertake, a language can always be useful. I have always been passionate about learning Chinese, particularly with the current political climate, and the large number of migrants that live in Australia. Studying Chinese has also given me lots of opportunities. The study tour in China was an incredible experience that really opened my eyes, and improved my Chinese. The homestay was definitely the best part, as I got spend time with Chinese kids my age, and learn with them. Another great benefit was hosting Chinese students. It really improved my language and I got to make some good friends. I hope that all students will endeavour to learn a language, so they too can experience the joy of language learning— Sophie Genn, Chinese Captain

Image for article: Summer Sports Presentation evening

Summer Sports Presentation evening

28 March 2018

Join Radford’s Sport Technical Directors to recognise a season of individual and team achievement

We are pleased to announce that the Radford 2017/18 Combined Summer Sports Presentation will be held on Thursday 5 April in the Radford Gymnasium. Awards will be presented by our Technical Directors & Sport Captains.

Family and friends of participants in Radford’s summer sports are invited to attend and enjoy dinner together before the awards. Food will be available for purchase from a barbecue several food vans. The brief awards presentation will be followed by a screening of the Canberra Raiders v Canterbury Bulldogs match on the new big screen in the school gymnasium. Everyone is welcome to stay and support our home team. Feel free to bring a beanbag along. Go Raiders!

Junior School students who participated in Cricket, Futsal and/or OzTag will be presented with a pennant. The ICE (improvement, contribution and excellence) Awards for each Secondary School Cricket, Futsal and OzTag team will also be presented, as well as individual achievement awards.

Combined Summer Sports Presentation:

6–7 pm: Dinner (can be bought from onsite food vans)
7– 7.45 pm: Presentations in the Radford Gymnasium
7.50 pm: Canberra Raiders v Canterbury Bulldogs on screen in the Radford Gymnasium!


Boss Burgers

Mr. Papa:

  1. Chanchito Peruvian Pork Belly Burger $15
  2. Salchipapas (Golden crisp chips with Frankfurter sausages and 7 home made sauces) $13
  3. Pan Con Pollo Chicken Aioli / Milk Bun / Hot chips $12
  4. Hot chips & mushrooms (hot chips topped with gravy, grilled mushrooms and chimichurri sauce) $12
  5. Soft drinks and water
Outdoor Education Group

Y10 Outdoor Education – info session for parents

27 March 2018

Sam Lonsdale, Outdoor Education

Parents are invited to a Y10 camp briefing

SPECIAL EVENT: Year 10 Outdoor Education Parent Information Session
Date: Wednesday 4 April
Time: 7.45–8.00 am (before school)
Venue: Heath Lecture Theatre, Mackinnon Building, Senior School

A representative from Oudoor Education Group will outline the four expeditions on offer for Year 10 students. This is a before-school session for parents only. Students will have a separate briefing session during the school day.

Contact: Sam Lonsdale

Radford's exciting April holiday programs have something for everyone

Holiday program bookings

21 March 2018

OSHC and the Sports Department have the April holidays sorted.

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

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

Book now!
Early Years Booking Form
Junior School Booking Form

Years 3–8 April Sports Holiday Program

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

Book now!

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

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.

Radford canteen

Canteen service on Foundation Day

27 March 2018

There will be limited canteen services on Foundation Day

Foundation Day sees our students gather together for a PK12 celebration and then Secondary students move to 12 venues across Canberra to participate in activities.

The Canteen remains open on Foundation Day, though in a limited capacity. Items that are pre-packaged will be available for purchase, however, lunch orders and fresh meals will not be available on the day.

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

P&F Second-hand Uniform Shop

27 March 2018

Leeann Dunne, Second-hand Uniform Shop

Donations of second-hand winter uniforms and blazers needed

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

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

Stocks are selling fast so get in early.

Special early opening event

Monday 30 April 7.309.30 am


Holiday opening hours

Wednesday 18 April 7.309.30 am

Thursday 19 April 26 pm

Friday 20 April  Closed

Wednesday 25 April  Closed (Anzac Day)

Thursday 26  April 2–6 pm

Friday 27 April 8 am – 12 pm

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

Wednesday 7.30–9.30 am

Thursday 2–6 pm

Friday 8 am – 12 pm (closed Public Holidays)

P&F Entertainment Books

P&F Entertainment Books fundraiser

28 March 2018

Buy your Entertainment Book now!

The Radford Parents and Friends Association (P&F) is delighted to announce a major fundraising initiative for 2018 in partnership with Entertainment Books. Digital memberships are available, as well as printed books.

SUPPORT US NOW. https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/232c04

P&F Entertainment Books fundraiser

The Entertainment Book has thousands of 50-per-cent-off and 2-for-1 offers for many Canberra restaurants, cafés, arts, attractions, hotels, travel and shopping.

Book price is $60, and the P&F receives $12 for each book sold. All funds raised will be donated to projects that benefit students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12.

For further details, please email Entbook@radford.act.edu.au

P&F Entertainment Books fundraiser

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.

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

Perm-A-Pleat Shop

27 March 2018

Lisa Baker, Main Reception

Holiday opening hours


(this is the shop for NEW uniforms)

Monday 16 April: 7.45 am – 12.45 pm

Tuesday 17 April: 12.30–5.30 pm

Wednesday 18 April: 8.00 am – 1.30 pm

Thursday 19 April: 12.30–5.30 pm

CLOSED 20–25 April 2018

Thursday 26 April: 12.30–5.30 pm

Friday 27 April: 7.45 am – 12.45 pm

Saturday 28 April: 9 am –  3 pm

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.

Radford's Under 13 Division 1 Cricket team collecting the T20 winner's trophy

Sports Report 28 March 2018

28 March 2018

Cricket and student achievements

The Radford U13 Division 1 Cricket team were invited to Manuka Oval on Wednesday 14 March to collect their T20 competition winner’s trophy and medallions.

Student achievements
Congratulations to Jake Smith Gibson on being selected in the U13 Boys ACT Indoor Cricket team and Grace Kuchlmayr on being selected in the U17 Girls ACT Indoor Cricket team. Both will compete at the Australian Junior Championships in Toowoomba in July.

Donate now to the RAS Charity Fundraiser

RAS Charity Fundraiser 2018

28 March 2018

Please support our one annual fundraising effort

By Richard Browning, Chaplain

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

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

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

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

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

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





Cancer Council ACT




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


Hosted by senior students

Leukaemia Foundation




Money for Shave for a Cure goes to Leukaemia Foundation.


Hosted by senior students.

AngliCARE Youth Services (YiC)



Yr 12

students cook every Friday night

L’Arche Genesaret ACT



Yr 11

Supporting adults living with intellectual disabilities

Black Mountain School



Yr 10

A partner school

Cranleigh School



Yr 10

A partner school

Ozharvest ACT



Yr 10

Rescuing food, value adding & distributing to local charities

Companion House



Working locally in Belconnen

Yr 9

Linked to Yr 9 Worn Soles unit

Batting for Change



Yr 9       transformative educational opportunities for disadvantaged women

AngliCARE Winter Appeal



Yr 8

Links with AngliCARE crisis care and emergency aid in local community





Yr 7

Riding for the disabled

Compassion Australia



Junior School

Child sponsorship program

Soldier On

Little Treasures



Embracing Ministries holiday program 

Junior School




Gunawirra supporting disadvantaged indigenous children and their families. 

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

Timor-Leste education





Whole School friendship – Timor youth leader education program



Belconnen Community Centre, CanTeen, StarLight Children’s Foundation







Funding level








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.

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