Radford Bulletin Term 2, Week 3, 2021 – 5 May 2021

Staff Insights

Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

Courage, Strength and Hope

4 May 2021

Finding and making meaning and purpose in our lives

As we raise young adults who will embrace the beauty and possibilities of their future, we engage in two calendar events, whilst different, both are pivotal, symbolic and purposeful moments for us to come to attention: ANZAC Day on April 25, and Mother's Day,the second Sunday in May.

Peace Train book by Cat StevensI want to begin with a story about a young person from a few decades ago who embodied much of what would seem like success, at a very early age. Fame, money, professional respect, material possessions. You might know of this person as Cat Stevens. He had a sensitive side that wrestled with the bigger questions in life through songs like Peace Train, Matthew and Son. Remarkable music. He recounts that on one occasion, he was swimming with a friend in Malibu and whilst reflecting on his success, he asks, “What does it really matter? What’s it all about?” This thought bubbles, and he pushes it away. He is then caught in a rip and he can no longer feel the sandy floor of the ocean as he is swept out. As he starts to think “this is over”, he, like many of us do, cried, “God help me, I’ll dedicate my life to you. Save me.” A wave comes, Cat calls it a friendly wave, and it carries him to shore. He returns to England and he looks to politics, he looks to the established church, and can’t find anything that enchants him. Nothing with the intensity to match the profound yearning he now had. Gradually he finds himself aligning with the Islamic community. The community pray five times a day, can see injustice in places like Palestine, they care about poverty, justice, learning, history, science knowledge and suddenly he is in a community and has a purpose. (Cat Stevens.com website)

Why did I tell this story? We have young people who have to, and will, ask the bigger and more profound questions in life, as we do, when we allow ourselves the space to challenge and be challenged by our thoughts, and judgements. The questions that embrace the spiritual yearnings we have. “Why do I exist?” and “What is my purpose?” What do we say to our young people when they ask? What is my purpose in life, and where is a narrative big enough for me to find my story? We all need one. There is a part in each of us that longs for meaning and community. Our ability to communicate this with each other is a part of the experience that separates us from other animals. I believe this is one of the key contributors to developing character, resilience and the human spirit.

Every human being that has ever lived, has done so because they were brought into this world by their mother. Mother's Day recognises this notion. It also recognises so much more. It recognises that we need to celebrate the strong, powerful and influential women in our lives. I don’t feel as though we celebrate the strength, the bravery, the courage of great mothers/women, anywhere near enough. Women who confront the challenges of bringing children into the world and raising them to be people of substance, in spite of, or in conflict with, other factors. I am who I am because of the strength of my mother. She worked hard to give me the education that led to the life I now have.

I love the existential and humanistic thinking of Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and Holocaust survivor. He writes, “It is amazing what we can put up with if there is a purpose in the pain. If there is no purpose in the pain, even the most smallest aggregations are unbearable.” (Verywellmind.com website).

What are we giving our “becoming adults” in 2021? What is worth dying for, and thus, also worth living for? Every generation needs to know why it exists.

Remembering the sacrifice, spirit and contribution of the ANZACs, along with all who serve and have served, reminds us that there are yearnings for purpose and community. Taking the time to acknowledge the constructs, the emotions, the preconceptions that our mothers confronted are some of the enduring symbols we have that give a lifeforce to the spine, and a sense of clarity to the eyes. We have the potential for an extraordinary life. Our challenge is to help our young people to be integrated and to be grounded to a sense of self that is based on substance.

Over the last 100 years, our IQ as a population has increased, held in tension with our knowledge that anxiety, depression, insecure attachment, consumer-related disorders, body dysmorphia and others are challenging the fabric of society and leading to unhealthy and unhelpful behaviours that challenge positive energy.

Let’s build hope and give our young people substance to their sense of self. The question “Who am I?” has three sub questions: “What am I really like? What am I worth? What can I do?”. What drives the answers we find to this, is founded in the human spirit and formed through family, community, hobbies and education. Let’s create the space for our young people to be, and to be fulfilled.

We remember that those who serve and have served, do so and did so to create the space for you and me today, to raise future generations that will make the world a better and more peaceful place.

We also wish a beautiful, special and amazing day for our Mothers, whose strength inspires and empowers greatness.

Andy Gordon
Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School



Confirmation of Anna, by Håvard Tønnesen Osland and Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, in Radford Chapel

Abundant life for all

4 May 2021

"Radford Reaches Out" update, Baptism and Confirmation services

Left: Håvard Tønnesen Osland, a deacon in the Norwegian Church in Australia/New Zealand
Centre: Anna, wearing her bunad (Norwegian national dress) which was made for her confirmation
Right: Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, Senior Chaplain, Radford College

By Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, Senior Chaplain

Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, Senior ChaplainAs we continue to journey through the Easter season, we are reminded that the God we meet in Jesus Christ is one who fully enters the human condition. 

In the Easter story, something remarkably new and different is happening. The status quo has changed. Actions that lead to death and suffering do not have the final word. The resurrection of Jesus provides a lens where peace and restitution replace vengeance; forgiveness is offered, and life is restored. 

As Easter people, we proclaim the hope that Jesus offers us. We also stand in solidarity with a hurting and suffering world where injustice is still present.


Radford Reaches Out 
Radford Reaches Out is one such way that we stand with those who are working to make communities near and far more equitable. Thank you to all who donated. As a College community we raised $13 025. A fantastic effort! 

Junior School
The Junior School raised a total of $9 158. The Radford Tribal Council will distribute this money amongst the following organisations: Compassion Australia (three sponsor children), Koala Hospital Port MacquarieMercy ShipsUNICEFWaterAidAustralian Marine Conservation SocietyRural Aid AustraliaWorld Wildlife Fund and Landcare Australia.

Secondary School
As well as encouraging people to donate, students in the Secondary school cooked many, many sausages to raise money for their chosen organisations. A total of $3 867 was raised. 

The funds raised by each house will be allocated to the following organisations: 

Acacia: Pegasus RDA
Banksia: McGrath Foundation
Boronia: Timor-Leste: Ekipa Tasi Mos (Clean Ocean Team) Atauro and material aid to communities that Radford has visited since 2009.
Huon: Ozharvest
Jarrah: Beyond Blue
Karri: WIRES
Kurrajong: Cystic Fibrosis ACT
Wandoo: Gunawirra 

Baptism and Confirmation Services
We have recently had some wonderful baptism services in the Radford Chapel, as Collegians have brought their children to be baptised. These were wonderful celebrations of children welcomed into the Christian faith. 

In the Anglican tradition, a confirmation service is a chance for teenagers and adults to ‘confirm’ their Christian faith for themselves and for God’s grace and love to be ‘confirmed’ in a person’s life through prayers offered by the bishop. 

Anglicans also have a service for Admission to Holy Communion for children who wish to take Holy Communion with their families at church. 

If there is anyone in the Radford community who is interested in baptism, admission to Holy Communion or confirmation, please be in touch. We would love to host one of our bishops for a confirmation service at some stage this year. 

On Sunday, Anna in Year 9 was confirmed in the Radford chapel by Håvard Tønnesen Osland, a deacon in the Norwegian Church in Australia/New Zealand. It was a great occasion for Anna and her friends and family. 

Rev. Katherine



Year 3 students at the War Memorial, for their inquiry unit 'Where we are in place and time'

JS News, 5 May 21

4 May 2021

‘Keeping it real’ through inquiry-based learning

Friday 7 May

Mother's Day Breakfast
Kindergarten Footsteps Dance

Mon 10 May

6JO Radford Rowing Shed Experience

11 May -13 May


By Nick Martin - Assistant Head of Junior School, Teaching and Learning 


Nick Martin - Assistant Head of Junior School, Teaching and Learning
‘Keeping it real’ through inquiry-based learning

Radford College is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in our Junior School, and the Diploma Programme (DP) in Years 11 and 12. The IB as an organisation supports schools in developing high-quality programs of learning, with a broad focus on inspiring young people to make the world a better and more peaceful place. 

One of the features of the PYP, and in turn, learning and teaching in our Junior School, is an inquiry approach to learning. Inquiry-based learning places the student at the centre of the learning process. In a more traditional approach to learning, the teacher is the expert and has a prescribed set of content that must be delivered to the students. So traditional learning looks largely the same each year, irrespective of which students are in the classroom or what is happening in the world. 

In an inquiry approach, teachers begin with what students already know. This will be different in every class, as we know that each child brings their own experience, knowledge skills and expertise. Students are then challenged to extend their thinking, ask questions, find out more, synthesise their new learning, form conclusions, build theories and take action. Throughout the process, teachers expertly embed content that is relevant to the student’s inquiries, and that will help them to develop important understanding. An inquiry approach is responsive, relevant and engaging. A simple way to think about inquiry is that the child is the one doing the thinking. When children ‘find out’ for themselves, the learning is much more powerful. 

Over the past few weeks, we have had a number of year levels embark on excursions to local sites around Canberra. These excursions are aligned with the ‘Finding Out’ phase of their inquiries. In class, they have accessed the prior knowledge of the students and are looking for ways to extend their thinking and challenge their assumptions. Excursions are a wonderful way to make the learning ‘real’. 

Year 3 students visited the War Memorial to explore the tradition of ANZAC Day, as part of their Where we are in place and time unit. The central idea for the unit is ‘Traditions can unite or divide’. 

Year 4 students visited the National Museum of Australia to look at the impact of migration and exploration on Australia as part of their Where we are in place and time unit. The central idea for the unit is ‘Movement and exploration contribute to change’. 

Year 5 students visited the Australian Electoral Commission and Parliament House to explore the concept of decision-making as part of their How we organise ourselves unit. The central idea for the unit is ‘Values inform decision-making’. 

Year 6 students visited the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre as part of an exploration of renewable and non-renewable energy within their How the world works unit. The central idea for the unit is ‘Sustainability requires balance between people, profit and planet’. 

Year 6 learn about the Snowy Hydro Scheme Year 3 at the War Memorial

What can parents do to support an inquiry approach? 

Meet a question with a question:
If your child asks you a question, rather than simply telling them the answer, respond with, ‘How could you find that out?’ 

Be prepared to inquire together:
If your child shows an interest in something – plan a way that you can find out together. This will be a great way to model inquiry with your child. 

Ask an open-ended question:
When you travel, or visit places of significance, support your child to engage by asking an open-ended question, such as, ‘What do you notice?’ This can be a springboard to inquiry. 

Be a learner:
When you need to find out something – such as how to change a tyre on your car – talk your child through the process that you’ll be taking to find out. It is powerful for your child to see that you’re also still learning.


Some of the fabulous art on display and for sale at Art Show 2021

ArtShow@Radford - this month!

4 May 2021

Be part of this wonderful event - volunteer now!

Volunteer now

Gala Opening: 
Friday 21st May 2021.
Exhibition and sale continues:
Saturday 22 May & Sunday 23rd May 2021, 10am to 4pm
Volunteer: click here and register through SignUp



Anemones by Camelia Smith

Preparations for the ArtShow@Radford are continuing and the P&F members are starting to get very excited to bring you this event (in person!) for 2021.

Thank you to those who have already expressed an interest in volunteering your time to support this event. It is not too late! Please click here and register through SignUp.

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)  

Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

Botanical studies by Eva Henry

Save the dates - 6/7 August 2021, at University of Canberra

Dirrum Festival 2021

4 May 2021

This year’s theme is ‘stepping stones for a better tomorrow’

Dirrum Festival 2021

Dirrum Festival 2021 Directors:
Georgia Bartlett, Jo Brinkley, Cameron Colvin, Dinu Ranatunga and David Stocks

The annual Dirrum Festival is back, and fast approaching! 

#dirrumfestival is an artefact of Dirrum Dirrum, a movement encouraging young people’s engagement in service to the common good. This year’s theme is ‘stepping stones for a better tomorrow’. 

Throughout the world, we are faced with a raging torrent of extraordinary challenges. In the face of a multitude of global problems, finding a path across the river may appear impossible. But the first act of changing the world is a single step. Dirrum Festival Canberra 2021 aims to cultivate the search for, and creation of, stepping stones to connect, inspire and lead one another towards the common good. 

The festival will be held at the University of Canberra’s Boiler House Lecture Theatre on the evenings of Friday 6th and Saturday 7th August

A wide range of inspirational speakers will be taking part including: 

 There will be bountiful entertainment, including dance performances and live music, a variety of stalls, as well as food and beverages for sale from local businesses. 

Bring your friends and family along to the 2021 Dirrum Festival. You won’t want to miss it! Tickets available soon. 

Follow our progress and receive regular updates:
Instagram @dirrumfestival and @dirrumchallenge
Website https://www.dirrumfestival.org/cbr21

Year 2 students engaged in a multi-disciplinary project

Celebrating Digital Learning, Year 2

4 May 2021

Retelling Waltzing Matilda, for "Stories of our Lifetime"

By Leanne McKenzie, Year 2 Teacher 

Last year, as part our unit of work How We Express Ourselves, 2LM students worked collaboratively to create an animated retelling of Waltzing Matilda. This involved work with our Visual and Media Arts, Music and Digital Learning and Innovation specialist teachers. The children engaged in a dynamic process to create their animation, and it proved an engaging and exciting experience. 

The clip of their animation has been placed in the Australian section of the Stories of a Lifetime website – click here to view our students’ creation. 

The Stories of a Lifetime project endeavours to support students to reconnect with their history and culture, while also nurturing international awareness of children across the world. 


Have fun, and support the RTC sponsorship of children through "Compassion"

RTC Movie Night, 27 May 2021

3 May 2021

Supporting our "Compassion" sponsored children

The RTC is excited to invite Junior School families to the annual RTC Movie Night. The movie will be ‘Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs’ which is rated G. Funds raised support our RTC sponsored children.

BOOKINGS: To book a family ticket, please follow this link.   
Poster with QR booking code  



Every adult and every child attending needs to have a ticket, to ensure COVID guidelines are followed.


Junior school families. Younger siblings and those attending other schools are welcome.
Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult.


RA Young Hall, Junior School


Thursday 27 May 2021
Doors open 5:45pm for a prompt 6pm start.


$3 per person, which includes a small bag of popcorn each.


The RTC Movie Night is an opportunity to raise awareness for the Compassion children supported by the Junior School. Please note that any profit from the evening will be passed onto our sponsor children.

Additional Information

  • Seating is unallocated. First in best dressed! You can choose to sit in the tiered seating or bring a picnic rug/cushion to sit on the floor. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner.
  • Bring water bottles, as popcorn can make you thirsty, and drinks will not be provided this year, in order to avoid single use plastic bottles.
  • Please note that children must sit with and be supervised by their accompanying adult.
  • The booking system will close when the adult tickets are sold out OR on Wednesday 26 May at 3pm, and no further tickets will be available after this for catering reasons.
  • There is no need to print the ticket, the booking name will be on a list at the door.
  • Any questions or inquiries can please be directed to:
    Melinda Hamilton melinda.hamilton@radford.act.edu.au 
    Mary Willett mary.willett@radford.act.edu.au


Radford Junior School RTC sponsors these children

RTC Sponsorship

4 May 2021

The movie night helps with our sponsorship

The Junior School has been sponsoring three sponsor children through Compassion for many years now. This is where a portion of our ‘Radford Reaches Out’ Money goes each year, as well as profits raised at the Movie Night

Why does the JS support children through Compassion? Because worldwide, 385 million children live in extreme poverty. Poverty robs children of their basic rights to learn, play and grow. In its ugliest form, poverty can lead to exploitation, child labour and even death. Compassion supports children with their Child Sponsorship Program which is delivered by the local church, because more powerful than poverty is the hope of Jesus.

Details of our sponsored children are as follows:

Sponsored children

An important part of the sponsorship program is letter writing.  The most recent letters from our Compassion children are below. The RTC regularly replies to letters with our sponsor children. Thanks for supporting our Compassion children.  

From Jose, who lives in Brazil
Hello, Radford. How are you doing? I’m doing well. I’m not attending school because of this pandemic, and I’m trying to do my homework. How is the pandemic going for you? Sometimes I meet with a few friends and play outside with them. During this pandemic, I stayed inside with my family, and took online classes. I live with my mom, sisters and cousins. Things are getting back to normal here in Brazil. We are back to the project, but schools are still closed. Please, pray for me and my family. May God bless you.

From Jose

From Antia, who lives in Ghana in Africa
Dear Radford Junior School. Thank you very much for your love and support. I am very grateful. Due to the pandemic we don’t go to school but I help my mother in the house and also read a lot. My siblings and I are OK. I run errands for my parents and also read my textbooks. We also went on a lockdown and had a lot of COVID19 cases but now it has reduced. Please ask God to give me and my Parents long lives and prosperity and also give me knowledge and understanding. I pray God will protect you and your families from COVID19 and also bless you.

Love Antia

From Althia, who lives in the Philippines
How are you? We are fine here although we face a lot of trials. My life in our country is full of challenges but I’m happy and blessed. Because of COVID-19 we’re undertaking school online and this has been challenging for many due to poor internet connections. It is very hard to do the work and meet the deadlines. We hope to be able to get back to school soon. Another recent challenge has been a typhoon in October. It was strong but we’re OK. We have our faith in God to help us at these times. In some of the rural areas of the Philippines people are going outside despite the pandemic but my Parents didn’t allow me to go to the beach. How is the pandemic in your country? What hobbies did you do during the pandemic lockdown? Last year I had a lot of activities that I didn’t do. I pray COVID-19 will disappear as I would like to have a special 18th birthday celebration in January. Don’t be afraid and my prayers are with you.

Love Althia

U10 Basketball - Cheetahs v Fireflies

Sports Report, 5 May 21

4 May 2021

Rugby, basketball and swimming reports

The 2021 junior rugby season kicked off on Saturday, with both the U14 and U18 Radford teams  playing at home. The U14 boys were first to play and put on an extremely positive performance against a strong Vikings team. There was great school spirit on display as the U18 boys and parents cheered the U14s onto the field and throughout the match. The team came away 22 – 17 winners, starting the season off in the best possible way. 

Following the lead of the first game, the U18 ran out onto the field cheered on by a crowd of our junior team, parents, teachers and supporters. The boys were dominant from the get go, producing a 9 try to 2 performance against Marist Blue. Both Ethan Robards and Matthew Rogalewicz scored a double, while Hamish Baird lead from the front scoring 3 tries and slotting four successful conversions. 

It was a great atmosphere at JA Mackinnon Oval, with the Sports Department putting on a BBQ with the support of parents and staff. 

Basketball – by Rick Miles
The U10 Girls Radford Cheetahs played Radford Fireflies on the weekend. Both teams played well and showed determination. The girls’ skills have developed greatly since the beginning of the year. 

Swimming – by Tara Phelps
Congratulations to the following students who represented Radford at the ACT 12 &Under Swimming Carnival on Wednesday 28th May at Mt Stromlo Aquatic Centre. Students had a wonderful experience competing against ACT’s best U12s swimmers.

Team: Eva Dixon (Yr 4), Xavier Canadell (Yr 6), Thurein Halpin (Yr 5), Sanda Halpin (Yr 7), Ashley Ward (Yr 4),and Lingwen Chen (Yr 6)

Radford team at the ACT 12 and Under Swimming Carnival 2021

NAPLAN test in Week 4

NAPLAN 2021, 11-14 May

3 May 2021

Years 3, 5, 7 & 9

All students in Year 3, 5 7 & 9 will participate in the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) between the 11 and 14 May 2021. Federal Government regulations require that all students in these year levels participate. The tests provide the College with valuable diagnostic data that assists us to develop our academic programs. 

All students are expected to participate in the testing. A decision to withdraw a student from the NAPLAN tests is the responsibility of the student’s parent/carer, and not the school. 

If you have any questions or wish to discuss your child’s participation in NAPLAN please contact :

Additional information may be located on the website - www.nap.edu.au.


  • Details of test times have already been emailed to parents/carers.
  • Please ensure that your child arrives at school on time each day.
  • It is the responsibility of families to rearrange any Instrumental Music lessons that occur during the test times.
  • Please do not schedule any outside appointments for students until after lunch on these days.
Support the Anglicare Pantry Appeal

Anglicare Pantry Appeal 2021

28 April 2021

Please donate to support those in need in our community

From Julia Oreo, Teacher - Year 9 Giving Group Coordinator

The Anglicare Pantry Appeal is officially launched every winter, though it runs throughout the year, with the aim of seeking donations of non-perishable food and essential living items. The items collected throughout the appeal are distributed to families and individuals in the community in need of emergency assistance. 

The Pantry Appeal isn’t just about collecting food donations, it’s about transforming lives. The donations received during the Pantry Appeal support the work of Anglicare in helping disadvantaged children, young people and families to hope, heal and thrive. Many times, people don’t seek the help they need until they can no longer afford to feed themselves. This is for many reasons including embarrassment, unemployment, illness or injury, disability and poor financial literacy. 

Please support the Pantry Appeal this year and help those in need. 

Donations can be left at the collection points in the Secondary School Library, and at Junior School reception, ELC reception and 5/6 reception until the end of Term 2.


Anglicare Pantry Appeal 2021

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!







Student achievement

Congratulations, Daniel Thomson and Oliver Fox

Daniel and Oliver won the Year 9-10 section of the competition The Schoolyard I'd Like, run by Canberra landscape architect and PhD student Gweneth Leigh. Read Canberra Times article on the competition.