Radford Bulletin Term 2, Week 2, 2021 – 28 April 2021

Staff Insights

Dr Adrian Johnson - Deputy Principal, Head of Secondary School

Wearing the uniform with pride

28 April 2021

Reminding students about expectations

I have mixed memories of wearing a uniform when I went to school in the mid-70s and early 80s. I can still recall the smell and prickliness of those Midford woollen jumpers that never seemed to soften despite the number of washes. [Or was it I lost them before that softening process had a chance to occur?!] Then came (state) high school and the ‘privilege’ of displaying your rugby league allegiance (because every boy HAD to identify with a team) by pairing your team’s socks with your desert boots. [Yes, the height of fashion, I know.] I don’t recall wearing trousers, ever, just King Gee shorts in the required colour. I also don’t remember any teacher ever asking me to adjust my appearance. But, I guess, the mere fact I was at school was seen as a bonus given the nature of the country town in which I grew up.

Having a sense of pride in one’s school uniform was something I learnt about by working, now, in six independent schools over the last 30+ years. So, I acknowledge, my background frames any conversation I have around uniforms and the manner in which they are worn. I’ve been delighted by watching 1st XVIII Teams arriving at away fixtures on Saturdays immaculately attired in their “Number 1s” to reinforce their commitment to their team and their school. And, in another setting, Monitors (that school’s equivalent of prefects) talking to younger students about the symbolism of their school’s crest on their tie – reflecting on the dreams of the schools’ founders over 450 years before.

I would have loved to have attended an independent school.

I haven’t ever heard anyone question the need to wear a uniform within the schools I have worked. And families know the wearing of a uniform – and wearing it well – is part of the requirement of attending a school, such as ours, when they enrol. We certainly don’t make a secret of our expectations on this front. The issue is more about the manner in which some of our students choose to wear their uniforms.

Is it that, increasingly, young people expect to express something within themselves at all times despite knowing the expectations around the wearing of our uniform? Is it an inbuilt need to rebel against the requirement to wear the imposed wardrobe? Is it about gender stereotypes and binary expectations about appearance? Do some parents feel the manner in which their child wears their uniform is, solely, the school’s concern? Others might think we should be worried about more important matters. It’s probably a combination of all the points outlined above and several others.

Alongside this situation, we have the all too regular negative feedback we receive from others about the appearance of our students. Just last week a parent wrote to us suggesting the manner in which some of our students’ dress reflects negatively on the College. We have been contacted by members of the public who felt our students’ appearance was poor. And, in response, we are continually asking our colleagues to correct the appearance of our students, diverting energy away from their core business, because we believe it matters.

So what’s the best way forward in dealing with this apparent disconnect with some students?

Wearing the uniform well is part of the requirement of attending RadfordIn speaking with Collegians, it is clear the overwhelming majority are grateful for their time at Radford. They know their schooling opens opportunities in all sorts of ways. Whilst recent Collegians are less likely to maintain contacts with us, after about eight years they become increasingly sentimental about their alma mater and are more likely to create a profile on the Collegians Website and attend a reunion. Symbols like the crest and the uniform and “how things were in our day” become increasingly important over time.

Things would be so much easier if we could transplant in our current students a reverence for their school like they might have in decades to come!

For a time, I was appointed to a prestigious school in Sydney to head a program for their Year 10 boys who were identified as ‘at risk’ of not progressing to Year 11. Just before a launch evening was about to commence, the Headmaster leaned over to ask me: “Which school did you attend, again, Adrian?” Suffice to say, my school wasn’t mentioned in my introduction to the parents in attendance. Things might have been different had I attended Radford College.

I have often spoken to our current students about the legacy created by our Collegians and the importance of perpetuating that legacy. The most overt links to that legacy relate to our crest and uniform. Staff at the College are committed to ongoing discussions with our students about wearing their uniform with pride. And, as explained at Assembly last week by Fiona Godfrey, this includes: skirts and trousers worn to the required length, boys’ shirts tucked-in and ties done up and, if it is long enough, hair tied back. Expectations in line with any professional workplace. Consequently, we appreciate continued support from the home front on these points.

We all have a role to play in building upon the legacy established by those who went before.

PreK students explore the Easter Story in Godly Play

A change of heart

27 April 2021

Resurrection provides the opportunity to change our hearts

Andy Fleming, Associate ChaplainThis Saturday marks the start of the ACT Junior Rugby Union Competition. Over the past six weeks, Radford parent Nick Leah, Tim Robards and I have been preparing the Under 18 side for this upcoming season. The boys, a mixture of long-time players and some who are new to Rugby, have been working on ‘changing habits’ when performing their skills, with the potential of having a greater and more positive impact during games. The changing of their habits is primarily about enhancing their body position to provide them with more options when performing a certain skill. For instance, where there was one possible option when attempting to pass a ball, there are now three. It has been interesting to watch the boys all beginning with seeing only one possibility on how they could play, and now moving towards seeing the potential for taking most positive of a number of options. 

Similarly, through his death and resurrection, Jesus provides us with the opportunity to change our hearts. The Bible passages that describe his resurrection appearances to his followers (for example read John 20.1-31) begin with each of Jesus followers and disciples grieving at witnessing Jesus’ crucifixion. They are confused by the events that occurred during that past week. Jesus celebrated entry into Jerusalem, and the expectant freedom from the tyranny of the Roman occupation had turned into a time filled with fear and despair. The loss of the hope they felt, now Jesus was dead, must have been palpable. In the darkness of their broken hearts, in their disappointment and fear, the disciples only see one option and lock themselves in the upper room, afraid of being found by the Jewish religious political leaders who were searching for Jesus’ co-conspirators. 

As Jesus appears to each of his followers - Cleopas and his companion on the road to Emmaus, Mary Magdalene at the empty tomb, and the disciples locked away in the upper room - their sadness, fear, despair and darkness is replaced with a sense of joy and of hope, restored and renewed. Jesus’ presence and words of peace change their hearts, so they are no longer afraid, and their faith is strengthened. They no longer have one option. Jesus empowers his disciples to go and share his story, to provide others with the hope they now enjoy. 

May you be filled with the renewed hope that the Easter season brings.

Chaplain Andy

Rugby footnote: if you’d like to come along and see the 1st XV rugby side play, they kick off their season on the JA Mackinnon Oval this Saturday at 12:30pm, straight after the new Under 14s team plays at 11:30 pm.



The Mulford Junior School at Radford College

Building a strong foundation for writing

28 April 2021

The first in a two-part series on writing


Thursday 29 April

Year 6 Snowy Hydro Excursion

College Tours


Tuesday 4 May

JS Cross Country


Wed 5 May  

Matt Giteau Cup

Year 1 Incursion – Dr Graham Walker



By Emily Begbie, Assistant Head of Junior School, Teaching and Learning

“Writing is a craft before it is an art; writing may appear magic, but it is our responsibility to take our students backstage to watch the pigeons being tucked up in the magician’s sleeve." 

         Donald Murray

Emily Begbie, Assistant Head of Junior School, Teaching and LearningLike reading, writing is a key to achieving success at school and beyond.  The ability to write clearly and purposefully continues to be a critical ingredient for educational success, and it is one of the main mediums through which children both learn and demonstrate their understanding.  So, what do children need to know and be able to do to succeed in writing?  What skills and understanding support them to write for meaning and for pleasure?  

The task of writing is complex and needs to be taught like any other skill, with explicit instruction, and ample opportunity for practice.  Most of us are aware of the importance of learning spelling and writing conventions but we may be less familiar with other areas of writing instruction.  In the Junior School years, two aspects of writing that are essential for students of all ages to understand are the writing process, and the qualities of great writing.  We will look at the writing process in the following paragraphs and will explore the qualities of great writing in a future bulletin. 

The Writing Process

Diagram of the writing processImages used with permission from https://www.allaboutwriters.com 

A sound understanding of the writing process is one of the foundations of effective writing.  Whether a person is composing a story, a news report, a poem or a novel, they will follow a similar process to complete their piece.  All writers benefit greatly from being taught how to use this process.


“…real writing is a much more complex process than a one-shot act… it is literally ‘a process’, a predictable series of stages and drafts that most writers undertake between their first thought and their final piece, whether the piece takes an hour, or weeks, or several years to write.”

Mem Fox


The terms we use for the different stages of the writing process are rehearsal (including thinking, talking and planning), drafting, revising, editing and publishing.  Let’s look briefly at each of these stages. 


Also referred to as ‘pre-writing’, rehearsal involves the writer coming up with ideas for the work.  When writers take time before writing to pause and consider what they are doing and why, it sets them up for purposeful and satisfying writing.  

Rehearsal is asking ‘What do I want to say in this piece of writing?  What do I want to show?  Who am I writing this for?’  It is taking a moment to develop an intention for the writing before beginning.  Rehearsal can involve thinking, planning, drawing, sketching, jotting, talking and storytelling.

In the classroom In the classroom



People are generally more familiar with drafting.  Drafting involves the writer getting ideas down in rough form.  The aim is to write reasonably quickly, so that words can flow onto the page, and the focus is on ideas and overall organisation of the piece.  Sharing drafts with a reader or listener is vital for writers to get feedback on their writing before they revise. 


Revising – often confused with editing – is a vitally important stage in the writing process.  As the word suggests, it is ‘re-seeing’ a piece of writing, with a view to making it better.  Revising involves asking ‘How can I improve this piece?  Does this say what I really want to say?  Does it say enough?’  It is an opportunity to add what is missing, and to remove what is no longer needed.  


Editing is about the writer ‘cleaning up’ a piece of writing.  It is a chance for writers to fix up their writing for readers.  This involves checking for correct spelling, capitalisation, punctuation, grammar and paragraphing.  


Some pieces of writing are selected by the writer for publication.  Publication can take many forms, and the focus is on presenting the writing in a way that is appealing and accessible to others.  

All writers benefit greatly from being taught how to use this process, including our youngest students, who begin with a simplified version of the process.

Writing process for younger learners

The writing process is not a recipe for writing, rather, it is a series of flexible steps for writers to use to help them write well.  Providing students with an understanding of the process is a keystone in building a foundation for successful writing.

The next article in this series will look at  ‘the qualities of great writing’, what we refer to as the ‘writer’s traits’ (based on the work of Ruth Culham).  These are:

  • Ideas – the meaning and development of the message
  • Organisation – the internal structure of the piece
  • Voice – the tone of the piece; the personal stamp that the writer brings to it
  • Word choice – the specific vocabulary the writer uses to convey meaning
  • Sentence fluency – the way words and phrases flow throughout the text
  • Conventions – the mechanical correctness of the piece
  • Presentation – the overall appearance of the work.


Writing process diagram   Writing posters

Radford College

Health alert: gastroenteritis

27 April 2021

Please keep students home if they are unwell

From the College Nurse, Sophie Davis 

Dear Parents and Caregivers 

We have had a significant number of students across all year groups (both Junior and Secondary) complaining of symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. We ask that if your child has had symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting that they stay away from school until they are 48 hours clear of symptoms. 

Please be aware that hand sanitisers are usually ineffective against gastroenteritis, and therefore hand hygiene with soap and water should be encouraged

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Sophie Davis


Radford is a member of Round Square

Junior Round Square virtual conference

27 April 2021

Expressions of interest by 30 April

By Kath Notley, Round Square Coordinator 

Round Square Virtual Conference 11 May (12 – 14 years old)
“The future of our Cities” hosted by United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) 

A three-hour conference, for students aged 12 – 14, will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 11 May, commencing at 5pm Canberra time.  Students will be encouraged and challenged to ‘think outside the box’, evaluate and find solutions to current worldwide issues, and be given a wider perspective of the future.  There will be discussion and interactive activities for all participants.  Students will be asked to imagine what the world will be like in fifty years, and touch on the topics of sustainability, politics, model cities, technology and people.  

The Conference will be hosted online with students participating from Round Square schools across the world.  It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to connect with like-minded students from the comfort of their own home.  In the lead up to the Conference, our delegates will create an infographic to be shared, and prepare for how they can best contribute to the event. 

Please see the Conference video here (link to video).

If your son/daughter would be interested in being a delegate for the virtual conference, please email me Kathleen.notley@radford.act.edu.au by 30 April.


Virtual Conference 2021

Rachael Hind, winner of the 2021 Laurie Copping Award for for distinguished service to Children’s Literature in the ACT

Special award for Rachael Hind

28 April 2021

For distinguished service to children’s literature

From Emily Begbie - Assistant Head of Junior School, Teaching and Learning

Last Thursday evening Radford Junior School teacher librarian Rachael Hind was announced as the 2021 recipient of the Laurie Copping Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature in the ACT.  This is a biennial award of The Children’s Book Council of Australia ACT Branch. 

The citation for this award bears testimony to Rachael’s exceptional commitment to promoting children’s literature in our community: 

Rachael Hind is a professional teacher librarian who for many years has taught across several schools in the ACT. She quietly and ardently promotes the love of children's literature to students, colleagues and the wider ACT community in many ways. 

She has been a committed volunteer, participant and attendee at local CBCAACT Branch activities including such events as "And the winner could be..." and "Ctayton's Night". She was a judge for the Make Your Own Story Book Competition. She was one of the CBCA National Nan Chauncy Award judges for 2019. She was the CBCA Book Week Visiting Author/Illustrator coordinator for the ACT Branch for 5 years. She has also held positions at ALIA (The Australian Library and Information Association) and CPTLA (Catholic Primary Teacher Librarian Association). 

Her work has encouraged children to discuss and share their reading and to broaden their individual experiences. She actively involves her students in debates and forums, book discussion groups and planning CBCA Book Week activities. She has promoted children's literature inviting a diverse range of authors and illustrators to visit her schools and the larger ACT school community. She has passionately shared her love of children's books, supporting children to engage in libraries and reading. 

Most recently Rachael initiated and coordinated the inaugural ACT Branch 2020 Reader's Cup, transferring the activity to an online event due to COVID-19 restrictions. She diligently worked for two years to plan and manage the activity, ensuring its on-going success. 

For her significant and sustained contribution to the CBCA ACT Branch and their objectives and activities, we are honoured to present Rachael with this award. 

Radford College warmly congratulates Rachael on this outstanding achievement.


Radford College Crest

Name our new Radford digital platform

27 April 2021

Seeking suggestions from the College community

The College will replace Radford Online and SEQTA with a new intranet/parent portal and Secondary School Learning Management System (LMS) using the Schoolbox platform.
It will provide the information students, staff, parents and caregivers need in a more user-friendly way.
A mobile app will also be introduced to easily access the information within Schoolbox.
Please submit your idea for a name for the intranet/parent portal/app by using this form.

Closing date for submission of ideas is Monday May 3.
Celebrate International Dance Day and Dance Week with a free dance class!

International Dance Day 29 April

27 April 2021

Try a free dance class to celebrate Australian Dance Week

From Danielle White, Director of Dance


Australian Dance Week

International Dance Day is on Thursday 29 April. to celebrate the day, and Dance Week 2021, come and try an RDA CLASS FOR FREE during Dance Week 29 April – 9 May.



University of Sydney International Science School goes digital in 2021

USyd International Science School

27 April 2021

Register by 7 May, online event on 5-9 July

From Stephanie Comino, Assistant Head of Science

The University of Sydney’s International Science School goes digital in 2021 with ISS Online! 

From 5-9 July, talented Year 11 and 12 students can join top science students from across Australia for inspiring talks by leading scientists, virtual tours of amazing research labs, mind-expanding activities, and new friendships with science-mad students across the country.

Registrations open until midnight Friday 7 May 2021
Go to sydney.edu.au/science/iss for more information and to apply!

NAPLAN test in Week 4

NAPLAN - Reminder

28 April 2021

Testing in Week 4 for Years 3, 5, 7, 9

From Annabelle Fisher, Secondary School Executive Administration Team Leader


In Week 4, all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will participate in NAPLAN online.


You will receive further information over the next couple of weeks.


House fun at a previous RadPac carnival

Secondary School Cross Country & Radpac

28 April 2021

For Secondary School - Tues 4 May 21

The annual House Cross Country and RadPAC (Performing Arts) Carnival will be held at school on Tuesday 4 May and is a compulsory day of school.

The Cross Country course is approximately 3km. Some students will have the opportunity to practice the course in PE classes and the course will be marked with yellow cones on the day. This year’s theme for RadPAC is May the 4th be with you (Star Wars). Houses will have the opportunity to practice their performance in the lead up and on the day before performing in the afternoon.

Students are to wear their House uniform for the day and should attend Tutor period at 8:35am to have the roll marked. A schedule of the day can be found below. Please note age groups are determined by the age the student turns in 2021. Students wishing to be considered for the ASC Carnival to be held on Friday 28 May should run in the competitive races at the beginning of the day. Whilst students will run in combined age groups, results will be separated into individual age groups. The ASC Carnival is the qualification carnival for the ACT Carnival to be held on Wednesday 16 June. Any student is welcome to participate in the fun-run/ walk-a-thon later in the morning.

8:35am – Tutor period
9:00am – 15, 16 & Open (17+) Years Boys competitive race
9:15am – 15, 16 & Open (17+) Years Girls competitive race
9:30am – 12, 13 & 14 Years Boys competitive race
9:45am – 12, 13 & 14 Years Girls competitive race
10:00am – fun-run/ walk-a-thon
10:45am – House chants
11:00am – Recess
11:20am – RadPAC practice
12:55pm – Lunch
2:00pm – RadPAC performances
3:30pm – Dismissal

RadPAC rehearsal venues:
Acacia – TB Millar forecourt
Banksia – Gym
Boronia – Pavilion
Huon – Upper Morison
Jarrah – Library Quad
Karri – Dance Studios
Kurrajong – Lower Morison
Wandoo – Performing Arts Centre

Primary school physical education program

Sports Report, 28 April 21

28 April 2021

ASC Athletics and Fundamental Movement Program

ASC Athletics

Radford had 38 students representing the College at the ASC Athletics Carnival at the AIS Track last Thursday. Check out this video of Ashby Sullivan jumping 1.95m to beat the school Open High Jump record. Students successful in qualifying for the ACT Carnival to be held on Tuesday 14 September will be notified in Term 3. 

Fundamental Movement Co-Curricular Program
By Faye Robertson, Program Co-ordinator 

This week saw the launch of the Sports Department’s Fundamental Movement Co-Curricular Program (K-2). Around 150 of our youngest students participated in an assortment of activities over Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  In this program our students explore and develop fundamental movement skills: Locomotor (travelling); Manipulative (object control); and Stability (balance). On Wednesday afternoon there is a ‘Court-Sport’ theme, where our students begin to discover and learn the building block movements and skill sets for Netball, Basketball and Volleyball. On Thursdays, there is a focus on ‘Football Codes’ such as Rugby, Soccer and AFL.  It is well supported that children in (K-2) benefit most from multi-sport fundamental skill and movement coaching, improving dexterity and physical literacy (Chedzoy, 2015). The coaches and co-ordinating team are excited about our grassroots-program and look forward to nurturing future sporting stars and lifelong love for movement and sport.

Chedzoy, S. (2015). The Development of the Physical Education Curriculum in Primary Schools in the United Kingdom. In G. Griggs (Ed.)  Understanding Primary Physical Education, Routledge London.

JS movement sessions

Support the Y12s and staff  - donate online

World's Greatest Shave 2021

28 April 2021

Year 12s on a mission to raise $30,000 for the Leukemia Foundation

By Kylie Coll, Head of Year 12 and the Y12 Radford World’s Greatest Shave Team

In support of the Leukaemia Foundation, 34 Year 12 students and staff have signed up to shave, cut, or colour their hair as part of this year’s World’s Greatest Shave. 

The money raised will go towards helping families dealing with blood cancer, to meet everyday costs such as rent, food and other bills, providing accommodation for families while a loved one is receiving treatment, and funding the work of research scientists as they strive to develop advanced treatments for people with blood cancer. 

This awesome and inspiring event will take place at the College on May 6 & 7. We need your help to reach our fundraising goal of $30,000. 

Will be able to support this worthy cause by buying a sausage sandwich or a chin-face biscuit on the day, or by donating their spare change. 

Parents and friends
Please support us by donating online – any amount, large or small, will be greatly appreciated. 

Thanks for your support!






Gala Opening Friday 21 May, exhibition and sale continues 22-23 May

ArtShow@Radford 2021 - volunteering

21 April 2021

Volunteer survey and artist registration details


Since 1985, Artshow@Radford has been a celebration of the work of local and regional artists, as well as student art.

Gala Opening:
Friday 21st May, 2021.
Exhibition and sale continues: Saturday 22 May and Sunday 23rd May, 2021.
Artist registration: Details and registration link attached.


If you are keen to volunteer your time at this wonderful event, please register your interest by completing the Artshow@Radford Volunteer Database Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XPQ8VZP 


Volunteers are needed for:

  • General setup and pack-up
  • Café setup and pack-up, serve food/drinks
  • Floor walkers (sales)
  • Front of house (tickets, COVID-19 arrangements, welcome, explanations) 


  • Sun, 16 May  9AM-10:30AM
  • Wed, 19 May  3:30PM-6PM
  • Fri,  21 May    6PM-9:30PM - GALA OPENING
  • Sat, 22 May    9:30AM-4:30PM (in shifts) - EXHIBITION CONTINUES
  • Sun, 23 May   9:45AM-4:30PM (in shifts) - EXHIBITION CONTINUES 

Following this survey, the Artshow volunteer scheduling will roll out in early May. A SignUp dashboard will be provided. Please watch this space!  Thank you for choosing to volunteer your time at the Artshow. There are many fun and rewarding opportunities waiting for you!


Please contact:

Student art, 2019 Opening


ICAS Science competition - Monday 23 to Friday 27 August, 2021

ICAS Science competition

28 April 2021

Entries close 8 August 2021

By Stephanie Comino, Secondary School Science Teacher


The Year 7-12 ICAS Science competitions will be offered again this year.

This assessment program allows students to challenge themselves and be recognised for their academic efforts in Science, without the need for prior revision.

The assessment is online, and sitting will be during school hours in Week 6 of Term 3 (Monday August 23 – Friday August 27). 

If you would like to learn more visit https://www.icasassessments.com/products-icas/

If your son/daughter(s) would like to complete the Science ICAS please follow the steps outlined below:


  1. Please ensure you have spoken to your son/daughter(s) about the Science ICAS competition so that they are aware they have been enrolled.
  2. Please go to the following link: https://shop.icasassessments.com/pages/pps
  3. Please enter our unique ‘school access code’:  ZNK623
  4. Have your payment method ready as you will be charged directly through ICAS at the time of booking. Please note that the cost is $17.05 per test including GST.


Important details:

  • If you require any assistance with the parent payment system, please contact:  icasassessments@janison.com.au
  • Please note this direct payment system is for Science papers only. You will not be able to enrol your son/daughter(s) in any other subject or year group ICAS papers using this portal.
  • The period for purchase will close on Sunday, 8 August 2021. Entries later than this will not be accepted.   
Read this month's SchoolTV special report on raising girls

SchoolTV: Raising Girls

27 April 2021

Supporting girls through the challenges of adolescence

This month on SchoolTV - Raising Girls

Raising girls today can be a difficult path for parents and carers to navigate. These days, girls are transitioning to puberty a lot earlier than they used to, and the physical, psychological and emotional changes they experience are challenging. As a result, by mid-adolescence, girls are twice as likely than boys to develop mood disorders.

Some parents and carers may feel uncertain about how best to support their daughter and how to keep the lines of communication open. With the rise of social media and technology, mental health difficulties in girls are increasing. They are often faced with online images that make it difficult to see themselves as acceptable. Ensuring a daughter’s opinions are heard and her views listened to, will go a long way towards making her feel loved and supported as she tries to establish her own identity.

In this edition of SchoolTV, adult carers will attain a clearer picture of what girls are wanting from their adult carers, and how best to support them through adolescence.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the College Wellbeing Team for further information, or seek medical or professional help.

Free community discussions on mental health

Community discussions on mental health

27 April 2021

All are welcome, sessions are free


Radford College is in the Parish of Holy Covenant Anglican Church.

Holy Covenant Anglican Church (89 Dexter St, Cook) is hosting a series of free community discussions with mental health practitioners on the first Thursday night of every month at 7:30pm.

These becoming well conversations address a range of matters affecting people in the wider community.

The first is called 'Mind Matters for Youth'. The evening will look at how to help support teens, especially as anxiety and depression can be significant challenges for many.

The next session for 3 June will be on 'Understanding Domestic and Family Violence', with Lifeline. Lifeline’s Domestic Violence training comes highly recommended, especially for clergy as coercive control takes so many forms.

All are welcome.


To register https://www.trybooking.com/BQKMQ



6 May             Mind Matters for Youth: Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing: Angie Hazlehurst, Registered Counsellor                         and Family Therapist

3 June            Recognising the Signs of Family Violence: Lifeline

1 July              Male Mental Wellbeing: Dr Brett Morgan

6 August         Family and Digital Life: Toni Hassan author of Families in the Digital Age: Every Parent’s Guide

2 September    Eating Disorders: What’s New: Dr Denise Riordan, Clincal Director Child and Adolescent Mental Health

7 October         Mind Matters for the Mature: Angie Hazlehurst, Registered Counsellor and Family Therapist

4 November     Panel discussion, the church taking place in the life of the community: Various community leaders.

*Speakers subject to change


Online emotion coaching program for parents

Tuning in to Teens™ - online program for parents

15 July 2020

Emotional intelligence and emotion coaching

From the Radford Senior Counselling Team

The Radford Senior counselling team will be offering Tuning in to Teens™ Parenting program in Term 3, delivered online via Microsoft Teams.  

This program is offered to parents with a student in Year 7-12.  Tuning in to Teens™ is an evidence-based program using the principles of emotional intelligence and emotion coaching to enhance parenting skills.  (Emotion coaching information video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0vj9Z4kpEk

Participation in the program will be determined by a pre-program interview and places are limited.  Please contact counselling@radford.act.edu.au To secure your spot, if you would like to organise an interview or for more information.




APFACTS Webinar on NAPLAN and curriculum review

28 April 2021

Q&A with the CEO of ACARA

APFACTS is working with the Australian Parents Council to present a Q+A webinar with the CEO of ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) about all things NAPLAN. There will also be the opportunity to hear about the upcoming curriculum review and how and why parents should give their feedback.


Date and time: Wednesday 28 April from 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Bookings via:     https://bit.ly/3r7lQCl

How to submit questions

Submit questions to media@austparents.edu.au to ensure they are answered or you can submit questions live during the event.

See Facebook for more information and updates.

Open to students from Kindergarten to Year 12

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition

31 March 2021

Calling poets from Kindergarten to Year 12 to enter!

From Gemma Wilson and Rachael Hind, Teacher Librarians

Are you a keen writer?
Is poetry ‘your thing’?
Are you looking to extend your writing?

The Junior Library is supporting the 2021 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards and is encouraging Junior School students who love writing to consider entering this national poetry competition. 

The competition is open from March 1 to June 30, 2021.  Further information can be found at the Dorothea Mackellar website, along with the work of previous winners. 

Kindergarten – Year 3 students are eligible for the lower primary category, with Year 4-6 students in the upper primary category. There are also categories for Secondary students, and we encourage interested poets in Years 7-12 to also contact us regarding entries.  Please note, there will be no cost for individual students or families to enter. 

If you think your child may be interested in this, please email Teacher Librarians Gemma Wilson or Rachael Hind, for further information.