Radford Bulletin Term 1, Week 9 – 4 April 2018

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal

4 April 2018

Choosing to work in schools, Foundation Celebration, and farewell Phil O'Regan

The well-known author John Marsden is a person I have long admired. Not only has he penned the bestselling young adult Tomorrow series, whose first book Tomorrow When the War Began has been reprinted 26 times and has now been made into a feature film, he has also devoted much of his life to working in schools. In a world that feverishly chases celebrity and success, John Marsden is a reluctant star who believes his talents are better served in the school environment where he can make a real difference.

Having worked at Geelong Grammar School for nearly a decade, John Marsden began writing for children, and his first book, So Much To Tell You, was published in 1987. Since then, he has written or edited over 40 books and has sold over 5 million books worldwide. Despite this success, Australia’s bestselling “teen author” has in recent years taken up the role of Principal at Candlebark School in central Victoria. His motivation for taking on a job that he describes in a Weekly Times article as, “Exhilarating and stressful - the best job in the world and the worst”, was to impart to his own students an “awareness of the world around them and make young people think about complex situations in a complex way." So then, what motivates someone who has been incredibly successful outside teaching to return to the school environment?

The reasons people work in schools, and sometimes return to work in schools, are many and varied; one thing is for certain, it is not for the remuneration! From my experience, people work in schools because they are passionate about the difference they can make to young people, know they have a great deal of knowledge to impart, and in general, love working with children and adolescents.

I have been reminded of this in recent times when visiting rehearsals in preparation for the Foundation Celebration event which will take place on Friday night. I have watched very talented music teachers, dance teachers, conductors, media teachers and others, spending countless hours with our students preparing them for what promises to be a sensational concert. Although the work can often be very gruelling, these people are prepared to give their all because they enjoy working with young people, want their students to be successful, and often they want to give back to an educational system that has served them well. 

Foundation Celebration – Friday 6 April

Foundation Celebration eventThis year’s event is going to be markedly different from previous years. Firstly, it is going to be staged in the High Court, a venue which will allow visual effects to be projected onto walls and provide spaces large enough to not only stage large-scale orchestras and choirs, but also for dance troupes to perform. Secondly, the event this year is truly a cross-disciplinary one, involving staff and students from the Music, Mathematics, Creative Arts, English, and Design Technology Departments, and dancers from the Radford Dance Academy. 

As has been the case in previous years, the Corelli Orchestra will team with our two top choirs, Camerata and Chorale, to provide a range of stunning musical pieces, around the title of the celebration: Foundation – Knowing Where We Stand. One special song to be performed is an original piece written by Collegian Sophie van Dijk (Class of 2015), called Towards Home, it reflects on the plight of refugees in our country.

 I encourage all Radford community members to come along and enjoy an evening of fine music, enhanced by an array of visual effects and other performing arts. Entry is strictly by pre-purchase online ticketing. The event starts at 7.30 pm, but I encourage people to come early to allow for the mandatory security clearance. Doors will open at 6.30 pm. 


A Farewell to Phillip O’Regan

As this is my final Bulletin article for the term, I want to take this opportunity to farewell and thank Phillip O’Regan for all that he has done for Radford over the past four years.

Phil O'Regan, Deputy PrincipalAs I was thinking about what I would write, I started to reminisce about the process we undertook to select Phillip to the role of Head of Secondary School/Deputy Principal at Radford in the first half of 2014.  After a reasonably long process of shortlisting, and interviewing, Phillip and one other person could not be separated. I then decided to spend some time with Phillip and the other person in their own schools. It was the best thing I could have ever done!

After shadowing Phillip for a day at Pymble Ladies College (where he was previously Head of Upper School), it was very clear that Phillip was the sort of person who would be well-suited to Radford.  It was evident from his interactions with staff and students that he respected them and in turn they were very respectful of him.  This quality of mutual respect is the legacy that Phillip will leave Radford, and something for which he will be remembered for many years to come.

Phillip has been a tireless worker for Radford.  In addition to him overseeing the day-to-day running of the Secondary School, he has worked hard to lead the review of the Co-Curricular program, which involved the establishment of the Radford Dance Academy, the appointment of our new Head of Sport and the appointment of Technical Directors of each of the sports.  He also led the review of our Outdoor Education program, ultimately leading to the appointment of the Outdoor Education Group (OEG) as our primary providers; he led the expansion of the international tours offerings; developed the Round Square Global Exchange program; has been instrumental in the selection and implementation of SEQTA (the College’s learning management platform); overviewed policies and procedures in the lead up to our re-registration in 2015; and has been invaluable in the ongoing revamp of Radford Online.

On a personal level, I am going to miss working with Phillip.  He has boundless energy, is always willing to assist and regularly offers new ideas in a respectful and genuine manner.  Our loss is Knox Grammar’s gain, but we wish Phillip, Charlotte and their three children all the very best as they settle back in to life in Sydney.



Fr Richard and Rev. Erin conducting the Easter service

Easter: the pivot of human history

4 April 2018

Homily given at Secondary School Easter Service

By Father Richard Browning 



Following the story of the Passion.

Standing here on the ground looking up at the cross, see the long history of human entanglement and ‘being-against’. Cane’s first blow on his brother Abel is an account of how we find ourselves today.

From down here looking up:

  • there is always an ‘other’ to put up there; to blame;
  • a target to use to inflate our power.

From down here it is plain:

  • the quickest way to build identity and grow a tribe is find a common enemy
  • the surest way to reconcile complex difficulties among each other is to find a scapegoat, a victim, one we can use to make our ugliness right.

Hutu v Tutsi in Rwanda (or Nazi national socialism) are easy examples. Closer to home, think of indigenous Australians and terra nullius or the way we treat Muslim migrants today. Or think even closer – the student in your year who is just a little weirdly odd and out there.

From (down) here, whether we know it or not, we will always find a reason to use the other and establish through them our safety, our identity and security. We may not chant ‘Crucify them’. But the melody is same.

This mechanism works perfectly well. So long as it’s not us or someone we love that is chosen. 



Down there, an endless cycle of ‘being-against’. 

But up here is the resurrection life of Jesus.
You are invited to dwell here and inhabit here. 

There: the endless cycle of violent opposites.
Here. Something utterly transformative. Creative. Godly.

There: Endless accusation.
Here: It is finished.

There: Crucify crucify.
Here: Father forgive them, they do not know what they do. 

There: Crucify crucify.
Here: (on the lips of the resurrected Jesus) Peace be with you

There: Be alert. Enemies.
Here: Love your enemies. Pray for them. Wish the best for them

There: walls that divide
Here: a banquet table and all are invited. 

There: being by being against
Here: identity lies in who you are, with God you are child of God. 

There: you don’t deserve
Here: it’s a gift and all belong 

There: Jew. Asian. Wog. Lebo/reffo. unAustralian.
Here: There is no slave or free, no male or female, no insider or outlier. 

There: purity of blood line
Here: purity of God’s love 

There: get out
Here: image and likeness. Here, every human being: made in the image and likeness of God. 

There: are you my neighbour?
Here: how can I be a neighbour to you?

Do you remember, the religious lawyer who challenged the law of love with a question: who is my neighbour? It is a question from down there. It presumes separateness, borders and ghettoes. 

But don’t look at the cross. Look from it. Come here and see the way Jesus, the risen forgiving Victim sees: ALL bear the image of God; everything is redeemable

Our ethical imperative is not a narrow field working among those who are like us. It is full circle. The neighbourhood is as wide as the horizon: all and everyone – image and likeness of God! 

Jesus subverts religious dualism by using the Samaritan, the enemy, to make the point: ANYONE can fulfil the law. Here, in Jesus’ death and resurrection, human history pivots. And you are invited to be collaborators with God in peace making. 

The Spirit of the resurrected Jesus calls you to rise to this height. Ethics and our engagement in the world is framed: from here. You are invited: follow Jesus and be available, allowing your likeness to form ever more into the image in which you are made. In the light of the Risen Christ, follow Jesus, and be a neighbour to any, to all.

Phillip Heath, Lisa Moloney, Peggy Mahy and David Mulford at Lisa's commissioning

H for History #9 – Principals

4 April 2018

Some of the former Radford staff now serving as Principals

By George Huitker, Director of Service Learning and Radford Historian 

If you are courting any ambitions to become a school principal, you could possibly be aiding your future aspirations by joining the Radford staff. This piece is the first of (at least) two articles written about former Radford teachers who have departed the rose-scented turning circle and headed down College Street towards new challenges as a leader at other schools. I recently caught up with former Radford staffers Tim Bowden, Lynne Guthridge, Lisa Moloney and Allan Shaw, to learn more about their post-Radford leadership, to share some reminiscences and reflections about their time beneath Gossan Hill, and to advise me on what should not be left out of a 35-year school history.


Lisa with her children, Tom and AmyLisa Moloney, former Deputy Principal, Head of High School at Radford, was recently commissioned as principal of MLC in Sydney, an event attended by her two children Amy and Tom, and one which also saw her surrounded by a veritable cluster of Heads, including two former Radford leaders, David Mulford and Phillip Heath, and former Deputy Principal, Head of Learning and Teaching, Peggy Mahy (now principal of The Scots School Albury). On leaving Radford, Lisa was principal at St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School with twin campuses at Warragul and Traralgon in Gippsland, Victoria. She has fond memories of Radford as a school with “a standard of excellence” but also as a school which did not lose its sense of fun. “For an academic school, it didn’t take itself too seriously… Sometimes (fun) can be lost as schools get bigger and there’s a lot of pressure on all of us around meeting deadlines, performance targets and academic success. Ultimately you want people to come to work, or to school, and to go home with a smile on their face at the end of the day, even if there have been tough moments.” 

When I pushed Lisa about where she exactly found fun and fond memories in her time at the college, as both a teacher and a parent, she enthusiastically recalls:

  • Year 9 Outward Bound Camp
  • the Music Department - Lisa is an accomplished double bass player who appeared in the orchestra of many school musicals and who feels “sometimes we underestimate the role of performing arts in building community"
  • teaching the “tricky kids” and helping them “get to the other end as great young people”
  • the “ethic around service”, which she observes in the "outward-looking" way her children approach the world, for example her daughter Amy’s involvement in voluntary literacy and numeracy programs in Minyerri
  • Fr Richard’s brave and respectful whole year chapels with “communal stillness”
  • Valentine’s Day “with all the kids giving love hearts”
  • cheeky Year 12 Revues and Year 12 final Assemblies.

Lisa hopes to be remembered as an educator who cared and “did the best by the kids… and who could make the journey as positive as possible.” I reassured her that this was very much how she is remembered.



Tim Bowden with George HuitkerTim Bowden taught English and Media at Radford College between 1994 and 1995.  He was also a part of my makeshift staff touch football team which challenged students to lunchtime State-Of-Origin style exhibition games. I recruited a trainee teacher named George Gregan to the staff side and we subsequently quite easily accounted for the opposition.   I do recall a pass from Gregan that I "caught" on the wing which propelled me into touch and then onto Yass. I had also advised the upstart to perhaps not replicate “The Tackle” on any of our students. After leaving Radford, Tim went to Theological College and was ordained as an Anglican Minister before being appointed principal at Inuburra School between 2011 and 2017.  This year he was commissioned as only the third principal since World War II at Trinity Grammar. He is married to collegian Nikki (Class of 1990) and has three daughters.  His two sisters attended Radford – Mandy, a foundation student from the Class of 1988 and Wendy, Class of 1994. Tim’s association with Radford was seemingly unavoidable, as his parents were part of the initial lobbying group for the establishment of Radford College.

Aside from lunchtime football success, Tim’s memories “as a coal-face staff member” at Radford are very people-oriented: he warmly mentions his tutor groups (11TB and 12TB) and he notes the influence of staff such as our two longest-serving staff members, Boyd Gibson and Richard Wardman, as well as Molly Brownbill, Peter Dodd, John Foulcher, Vic Gibbons, and Foundation Principal, Jock Mackinnon.  Deputy Principal John Leyshon advised Tim, as an egocentric beginner teacher with aspirations of being “a Renaissance Man involved in every aspect of the life of the school", to focus, perhaps with less pomposity, on the students’ welfare: “The way we see it,” advised Mr Leyshon, "we want the students to come away knowing that you cared.” Like Lisa Moloney, Tim shares a fondness for Year 9 Camp as well as musical theatre, especially the comic-book extravaganza “Man of Steel” which saw his sister-in-law Sally involved, as well as a large portion of his tutor group,  including Ryan Wilson in the title role and abseiling harness! “Look at where Radford is now,” Tim concludes, "the school has done so very well. There was something set early in the piece which I didn’t appreciate at the time. For the school to be where it was at that 10-year mark is quite an achievement. To look at where it sits now is fantastic.” 



Lynne Guthridge with George HuitkerLynne Guthridge was Head of Learning and Teaching at Radford College between 2003 and 2008, before accepting the role of principal at Northholm Grammar School, a K-12 school situated close to the Hills District, the upper North Shore and the Hawkesbury Valley. She speaks with admiration for the charismatic leadership of David Mulford.  She credits Dr Mulford with having the  insight necessary to create “an incredibly dynamic campus”, including the realisation of "many significant building projects - I think we counted something like 17 major building projects in the time we worked with David.” She laughs as she recounts how David Mulford would sometimes arrive with ideas notated on napkins. “I always used to feel a bit nervous when David arrived in my office with crumpled-up serviettes with his next plan on it.” And so, I ask, what salient dot-points from the “Mulford era” would be scribbled onto your own napkin of Radford's 35-year History? This period of rapid and extensive growth included the introduction of Years Five and Six, the establishment of the Early Learning Centre and the arrival of the Junior School. “There were parallel streams happening in the Mulford period: as well as the development of arts, sports, academic programs and a very well-conceived building program”. Lynne speaks of the IB Primary Years Programme adopted by the Junior School as “a natural transition from the Reggio Emilia approach of the Early Learning Centre” and applauds the dynamism of the early leaders of both programs, Paul Southwell and Tanya Stephenson whom she describes as “wonderful educators."

Other highlights for Lynne during this time of growth include:

  • the improvement in the school’s academic results as well as "the emerging sense of social justice"
  • unforgettable Chapel and Easter Services by Fr Richard Browning and Fr Nikolai Blaskow, notably a BBQ in the chapel “demonstrating the miracle of the loaves and fishes"
  • magnificent moments in the Drama and Music Curricular and Cocurricular Program. “I did an observation of Joel Copeland’s teaching and without doubt it was the best Year 7 class I’ve ever seen”;
  • the realisation of the palpable “Head, Heart and Hands” tagline from this period, where students "realised they had to work to get the outcomes they achieved, while knowing that they were in an environment where they were supported. I think the kids saw there was purpose in what they were doing.”

She adds, "I don’t think there was any doubt amongst the students about their future. Whatever it was within the environment, it promoted hope. And I think that’s really essential.” Lynne is certainly to be thanked for the part she played in nurturing that environment of optimism and confidence.



The Shaw familyAllan Shaw, former Deputy Principal, Head of Senior School, left Radford in 2014 to become principal at The Knox School in Wantirna South, Melbourne. He had previously been founding Principal of Peter Moyes Anglican Community School in Perth. As a Radford parent, Board committee member and staff member, he was able to "meet, mix with and learn from a diverse range of people, a few of whom are significant figures in their own fields of endeavour. I am thinking of teachers, principals, chaplains, senior adult leaders in the school and some of the best student leaders I have come across in my four decades in schools.” Allan speaks warmly about the college’s "strong academic culture, combined with an almost unique style of student agency...The prevailing student culture is one where they are prepared to speak up, get up, and get going. They speak their mind politely but with considerable fluency and strength. They will take on a challenge; they will challenge that which they feel is unjust or iniquitous. They are courageous. They work hard and they contribute.” And that contribution comes not solely from the students.  As Allan observed, "I have seen very senior people in the school and its community, including principals of the school ‘mucking in’ to stack chairs, sweep floors and clean up at the end of an evening function. I have seen young students and students from other schools being assisted by senior students in caring, but also empowering, ways."

Like others I have interviewed for the school history, Allan mentions the school cross-country carnival as a unique gathering, particularly the recent shift “...from an afternoon that was OK for the elite runners in the school and a very ordinary afternoon for everyone else, to a whole school event. Music and entertainment was provided by students, as were food stalls and BBQs. Every student in the school was involved, from tiny little people through to the young adults, with the highlight seeing the 18 year olds helping the 5 year olds run around their short course.” This care for others was also noted when seeing Black Mountain School volunteers and teamSUPPORT boys, including his sons, Reilly and Cassidy during their time at the college, and partner (also a former staff member) Susan Hobson, who assisted as a mentor. Allan is quick to add that it was the “servers” who were in fact learning from the students in their care "with very different intellectual and physical capacities. It was a privilege to be able to learn from these people!” In conclusion, Allan applauds Radford’s "propensity and the capacity to provide a ‘home’ to some very quirky people; people that would not be able to function comfortably in many other places, be they students or adults. That sense of inclusiveness and acceptance I saw as a strength of the school. People could be themselves.” The part he has played in building that feeling of belonging should not be undervalued.


The four now-principals interviewed above have been stellar role models for current and future leaders among staff, parents and the student body. Their wise insights have displayed not only what we do well at the college, but also what is woven deep into the fabric of the Radford experience. To me, it is a lot about building: community, knowledge, understanding, imagination, compassion and confidence and more. And also about walking alongside each and every member of that community in friendship, in solidarity and with utter respect. 


Could any former staff or collegians wishing to input to the new school history and/or claim their profile on the Collegians page, please contact him at: 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.



Phil O'Regan, Head of Secondary School

Study tips: music, or no music?

4 April 2018

Should my child listen to music when studying?

By Phil O'Regan, Head of Secndary School

Should my child listen to music when studying? In an ideal world we would probably say no music while doing schoolwork, except classical baroque / instrumental music, which can actually help your memory by getting the brain into a relaxed state.

A good compromise is as follows. If the work is not very difficult, and fairly routine, then your child can have whatever music they like on. It may make them feel relaxed, it will make them feel like the time is going faster, and help them stick to completing the work they need to do. But if the work requires higher order thinking skills, such as studying for a test, trying to understand something difficult, doing an essay plan, trying to learn or remember anything – then switch the music off. Otherwise it will end up taking them much longer to complete the task and to retain what they are learning - even though they’re convinced it is not affecting them!

Help your child to get in the habit of stopping and asking themself each time before they start work whether it is the type of work that requires focus and concentration and if it is – switch the music off for a while. 

You might also like to visit the Dealing with Distractions unit at www.studyskillshandbook.com.au for some more ideas and in particular blocking software for technology distractions. 

The College’s subscription details are:

Website: www.studyskillshandbook.com.au
Username: Radfordcollege
Password: 95success



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.

Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News 4 April 18

4 April 2018

Term 1 in review

Dates to Remember

Friday 6 April

Kindergarten visit by ACT Parks and Wildlife
Foundation Celebration event – tickets online only

Wed 11 April

Kindergarten visit by Constable Kenny Koala

Friday 13 April           

Foundation Day and last day of Term 1

As we near the end of our first term, I am aware that I have talked about 'belonging, being known, team and student engagement' as a real focus for us.

How does it look to date? Developing the 'whole child' as a learner is a goal for so many primary schools today, as we become so very aware of the importance of developing and supporting both soft and hard skill basics. 

As we are growing, we remain adamant that we hold to developing attributes that all students need to flourish, building the capacity to 'know and know how, or why'. This leads us to highlight our culture of belonging and being known, working as a team, both as students and staff, and targeting our engagement with the approaches to learning we provide.

In Term 1 we have:

  • celebrated a strong swimming carnival, with a particular focus upon age-appropriate challenges from PK–Y6
  • supported our largest Grandfriends Day on record
  • welcomed 200 new students
  • beyond our successful and enlarged Co-curricular program we have also been involved in the Matt Giteau and James Hird Cup competitions
  • engaged with the Literacy Challenge for the first time
  • responded to yet another Reading Challenge, involving all Junior School students
  • held a bushwalking camp, Ride to School, and Harmony Day celebrations
  • taught character strengths in class
  • developed a strong buddies program, where buddies are now sharing lunch, we also have a strong year 12 connection
  • included all Year 6 students in our leadership program
  • introduced some lunchtime specials such as scooter-riding, rock club, walks, and dancing in the Undercroft. 

In classrooms we have:

  • supported our teaching teams in increasing our team collaboration with strong and positive responses from our staff, teaching and learning that is team-focused, supporting teachers’ capacities as well as consistency and learning depth
  • commenced coaching and consulting around engagement across our school
  • better used our spaces and designs to support student engagement, empowerment and outcomes
  • provided rich incursion and excursion opportunities. 

Our teaching and learning in particular has been exciting to observe as our teaching teams have embraced the written, the taught and the assessed. We are tired, but excited about our whole person development within a safe and challenging environment.

Radford College Crest

Notice regarding chickenpox – April 2018

4 April 2018

Parents are requested to keep children diagnosed with chickenpox at home

Several Year 1, 2 and 7 students have been diagnosed with chickenpox (Varicella), a highly contagious virus that is passed by person-to-person contact.

Please do not send your child to school if they have any of the symptoms of chickenpox. These may include mild headache, fever or feeling unwell with a rash. The initial spots look similar to mosquito bites and usually form on the body, arms, face and neck. The rash progresses to fluid-filled blisters that finally crust over and dry. The incubation period is usually 14–21 days with the students being contagious 1–2 days before the onset of the rash. Students must be excluded from school until ALL lesions are crusted over, usually 6–7 days.

Immunisation is recommended for healthy children, adolescents and adults who have not had a documented case of chickenpox or have not been previously vaccinated. While the vaccination is not 100-per-cent effective, vaccinated individuals who contract the disease experience it in milder form and for a shorter period.

For more information, access the ACT Health fact sheet here: http://www.health.act.gov.au/sites/default/files/ChickenpoxMay15.pdf

Branko Zec with his "CEO Hero Award"

Branko Zec - quiet achiever

4 April 2018

Celia Lindsay, Communications Officer

We congratulate Branko on a special award

Branko Zec was interviewed by Celia Lindsay, Communications Officer

For nearly 23 years, Branko Zec has been a valued member of the Radford community, working in the Facilities area.  Originally employed directly by Radford, he now works for ISS Facilities Services, which provides services under contract to Radford.  Branco has recently been presented with a prestigious CEO’s “Hero Award” by ISS, recognising his excellence as a team leader, reflecting the outstanding safety and service standards of his team’s work.

This is not the first time that the quality of Branko’s work at Radford has been acknowledged officially beyond the College.  Around fifteen years ago, 38 schools across NSW and ACT were subject to formal inspections for cleanliness.  Following this inspection program, Radford was awarded a “gold medal” as the cleanest.

Branko’s approach to his work is underpinned by his philosophy that we should love what we do, and always do our best, especially when it comes to helping people. You won’t hear Branko saying “that’s not my job” if he can help you solve a problem, and he always tries to focus on the good in people. 

With 16 years’ experience as a counsellor at the Orthodox Monastery at Wallaroo, Branko’s engagement with students as he goes about his work here helps promote a culture of respect. At Awards Night 2016, when he was presented with his 20-year staff service award, the cheers of the student body showed clearly the esteem which this quiet achiever enjoys.

Branko’s connection with Radford now has a very personal aspect, with his granddaughter in Kindergarten and his grandson due to start at Radford next year.

PS: When you see Branko round the College, as well as congratulating him on his award, ask him about his time as a high-level tennis coach, and his renowned successes as a golfer. There's much more to Branko than you might initially realise!

Maddie Wheeldon, Thuhi Mathu-Ragupathy, Mion Kirk and Sophie Espeland give their all to the 'sport of reading'

Kids’ Lit Quiz asks the tricky questions

4 April 2018

Janine Hudson, Teacher Librarian

Radford enters its first teams in the global Kids’ Lit Quiz competition

By Janine Hudson, Teacher Librarian

The Kids’ Lit Quiz has been described as ‘the sport of reading’. Teams of four answer 100 questions in 10 categories about everything and anything to do with books, including current releases and traditional tales. Some questions are easy and others are extremely difficult.

Kids' Lit QuizOn Thursday 22 March, the TB Millar Hall was buzzing with excitement as readers from all over Canberra came together to compete in the ACT heat of Kids’ Lit Quiz with quizmaster and founder Wayne Mills at the helm. With over 150 parents and supporters watching on, they tackled literature questions on subjects as bizarre as teeth, twins and romance. The Radford teams, who were competing for the first time, did exceptionally well in a high-scoring heat, coming in fourth, sixth and tenth. Most importantly they had lots of fun, won book prizes and are all ready to come back and compete again next year. The Australian final will be held on 4 May 2018. Visit the fascinating Kids’ Lit Quiz homepage for information about the competition, its history, and events taking place around the world. While you’re there, why not test yourself on some of the practice questions? You’ll be surprised at how much (and how little) you know! 

Year 9 students went to the French Film Festival

French Film Festival

4 April 2018

Sriya Talapaneni Y9

Year 9 classes see "Belle et Sébastien"

By Sriya Talapaneni Y9 

On Wednesday 14 March, the three Year 9 French classes, accompanied by Madame Lancaster and Madame Lefebvre, went to Palace Cinemas to watch the much-anticipated French Film: Belle et Sébastien.

The movie was highly enjoyable and was without a doubt very entertaining. It centred on a 12-year-old boy named Sebastien, who will do anything to protect his dog Belle from the cruel hands of her previous owner. The film revolves around the themes of family and unconditional love, featuring three absolutely adorable puppies who stole the hearts of the audience.

The movie was very well received by the Year 9 French students who along with having fun, learnt a few things regarding French culture and traditions.

Here is my summary of the movie in French. 

Le film Belle et Sébastien est un très bon film. Les personnages sont très intéressants et le décor est très beau. Au début du film, nous sommes présentés à Belle et Sébastien et aux trois chiots de Belle, qui dorment dans le lit de Sébastien. 

Au marriage du père de Sébastien et de sa belle-mère, Sébastien entend qu’ils vont déménager au Canada et l’emmener aussi. Il est contre, mais ne dit rien. 

Quelques jours plus tard, un homme nommé Joseph vient réclamer que Belle est son chien. Sébastien s’échappe alors à Moline avec Belle et ses chiots. Joseph les trouve et kidnappe Belle et les chiots. 

Le reste du film raconte comment Sébastien et son grand-père, César, sauvent Belle et les chiots, avec l’aide de leurs amis et de la mère de Belle et son propriétaire. 

Après les avoir sauvés, Sébastien et Belle vont ensuite au Canada, laissant les chiots et son grand-père. 

La fin.


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







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

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.

The 2019 SOSE US trip will be a tour de force

SOSE Tour of the United States, 2019

4 April 2018

‘Success and nothing less’ is the theme for next year’s US adventure

Radford’s Wolves of Wall Street, Legal Eagles and Global Citizens are invited to participate in the 2019 SOSE Tour of the United States. Taking place between 28 June and 12 July, the tour will provide students with opportunities to visit and engage with notable institutions, locations and businesses in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. The itinerary (see attached flyer) is designed to tie-in with and enhance students’ investigations into Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Global Studies.

Hear the details and have your questions answered at the information evening:

Tuesday 1 May 2018
5.30–6.30 pm
Heath Lecture Theatre

To register your interest in the tour, contact Mrs Lindy Braithwaite.

Black Dog Institute - free webinar on teenage depression

Free teen mental health webinar

4 April 2018

Navigate your child’s mental health with the help of the Black Dog Institute

Navigating teenage depression

Black Dog Institute has produced a new mental health presentation for parents and carers that provides valuable information on how they can support their child’s mental health. This webinar will be delivered by a trained presenter with lived experience of a mental illness. Registration is free.

Thursday 19 April

7–7.45 pm

Register: community@blackdog.org.au

Whether your teen is experiencing issues now, or if you want to be prepared for the future, this webinar will benefit any parent or carer of a young person.


You will learn:

  • What is anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder?
  • How to spot early warning signs in young people
  • When and where to seek help
  • How to support a young person you care about
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

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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)

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

Try Orienteering and challenge your spirit of adventure

Orienteering: a sport for everyone

4 April 2018

Registrations now open for Orienteering

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect winter sport, why not try Orienteering?

Registration is still open and beginners are especially welcome.

For more information, contact Sharon Siciliano or come down to the Sports Department and have your orienteering questions answered.

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SchoolTV: physical activity and exercise

4 April 2018

Cognitive function, mood and academic outcomes can all be improved through physical activity

From: Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will discover practical advice relating to the benefits of regular physical activity and exercise, as well as tips on how to get their kids motivated and moving more.

In the last decade, children's participation in physical activity and exercise has been in decline. In this digital age, children are using computers and mobile devices, not only for learning, but for relaxation and recreation purposes. This sedentary behaviour is having a detrimental effect on today's youth. The key is finding the balance.

Research shows that regular physical activity and exercise leads to changes in the brain. It improves cognitive function, elevates mood, enhances learning and improves academic outcomes. Playing sport helps kids develop fundamental movement skills, impacting positively on their confidence, self-esteem and ability to develop social skills. Parents play an important role in helping children establish positive habits that will benefit them in the long-term.

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact me, Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development or the school counsellor.

The sun sets on Radford's 2017/18 rowing season

Championships a fitting end to Radford’s rowing season

4 April 2018

Annie Creer, Captain of Boats

Radford Rowers set the boat for success at the Australian National Rowing Championships

By Annie Creer, Captain of Boats

Last week Radford College sent four crews to compete in the Australian National Rowing Championships at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, between 19 and 25 March. A group of 18 Radford athletes competed throughout the week. Two crews represented the school in the Open Schoolgirl coxed quad, one crew in the Open Schoolboy coxed quads and one crew in the Under 17 Girls coxed quad. In addition, Nicola Greenland and Damien Schroder joined Under 19 composite crews in the coxless quad event. 

In claiming silver medals in both the Open Schoolgirl and Schoolboy coxed quad, Radford was the only school at this top-level event to place both male and female crews on the medal dais, confirming once again that it is a force to be reckoned with. These results see Radford finishing the season with the second fastest coxed quads in Australia. The crews were: 

Nicola Greenland, Annie Creer, Jacinta Buckman, Lily Smith-Saarinen, Spencer Burns (cox)

Miguel Fernandez, Daniel Majchrzak, Fin Sullivan, John Baker, Patrick Morrison (cox)

The Schoolgirl B quad of Maddy Dyne, Tash Erb, Thea Buckman, Alison Barclay and Samantha Blake (cox) had an incredible week during which they placed fifth in the heat, fought for second in the repechage, and finished fifth in the B final. This feat was remarkable considering the crew comprises Year 11s competing in an open schoolgirl event.

The Under 17 Girls quad of Maddy Dyne, Elise Northcote, Elisabeth Gregory, Ashley Fernandez and Spencer Burns (cox) raced tremendously in a tight semi-final that saw them slip back only at the 500-metre mark to just miss out on the A final. The regatta was an incredible learning experience for the girls and they will be a crew to watch in years to come. 

It is safe to say that the week was nothing short of spectacular, with incredible results across all the crews.

Many thanks go to our head coach Vicky Spencer for all her efforts into the organisation and support throughout the event.

Well done to everyone involved throughout the season!

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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
Radford JS proved its prowess in the pool at the Belconnen Regional swimming carnival

Junior School dominates at zone swimming carnival

4 April 2018

Tamara Phelps, PE Teacher

Radford swimmers thrive on strong competition

By Tamara Phelps, JS PE Teacher

Radford Junior School was represented by a team of strong and competitive swimmers at the Belconnen Regional swimming carnival at the AIS. Great success across all age divisons resulted from Radford dominating the pool across all strokes. Many students gained places and achieved personal best times in their events and several of our team secured selection to attend the ACT Swimming Championships in May. Special mention to Alex Couldrick in Year 5 who was undefeated all day and placed first in all his seven events.



Australian History Competition

Entry open for the Australian History Competition

The Australian History Competition (AHC) is run by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia.  It is a multiple-choice test to be completed during school time in a period on Wednesday 23 May.  National winners in each year group earn a prize of $250. Entry is available to all students in Years 7-10 at a cost of $6.50 on an ‘opt-in’ basis. Interested students should email Nick Ewbank by Wednesday 11 April  to enter.


Canteen service on Foundation Day

Canteen service on Foundation Day

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.

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