Radford Bulletin Term 2, Week 6 – 6 June 2018

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal: 6 June 2018

5 June 2018

An update on the Radford College Development Foundation, plans for the last day of Term 2, and the National Redress Scheme.

It is now just over a year since we launched the Radford College Development Foundation and in that time we have been buoyed by the generosity of some of our community members.

As previously detailed, the Foundation was established to provide individuals, families or organisations with the opportunity to make tax-deductible donations to support the development of the College's educational programs, property and facilities. These donations can be in the form of pledges, donations or bequests and, of course, no amount is too small.

The Foundation operates three distinct funds for the benefit of the College and its students: the Scholarship Fund, the Major Projects Fund and the General Fund. The first two funds carry tax-deductibility status. The General Fund accept bequests and, therefore, is not tax deductible. 

The Scholarship Fund is used to award scholarships to students considered to have high academic potential but who are unable to attend the College due to economic circumstances. Earlier this year we advertised for applications for this scholarship and I am delighted to announce that we have selected and enrolled our first recipient of the Foundation Scholarship, to start in Year 11 next year. As the Scholarship Fund grows, we hope to offer scholarships for more than just the final two years of schooling.

The Major Projects Fund will be used for major new building and development in line with the recently released Master Plan. Unfortunately, the Capital Levy, which all parents pay, is not sufficient to cover all the costs associated with necessary new buildings, refurbishments and maintenance. The Fund and Levy in combination will work to ensure our facilities will meet the needs of each generation of students.

The Foundation launches its 2018 appeal for donations next week. Donations will be formally recognised in a variety of ways, including on the Foundation page of the website, in the Foundation section of the Radford Report and, in time, on Foundation Recognition displays that will be prominently located in the College. Donors who give $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000 will be recognised as Bronze, Silver and Gold donors respectively. Additionally, people who wish to be recognised as Cornerstone Donors can donate $1,000 or more before the end of 2018.

As we approach the end of the financial year, I urge community members who are in a position to donate to the Foundation, to do so, to assist our fledgling organisation and ensure the long-term success of our College. 

Last Day of Term 2

As you would all be aware, the final day of Term 2 is a student-free day to allow all teaching staff to be involved in some much-needed professional learning.

The mid-year professional learning day will focus on individualised student data and the use of it in planning for Semester 2. Initially, staff will be asked to reflect on the courses delivered in Semester 1 and consider opportunities for enhancement. Following this, they will be introduced to another function of our Learning Management System called SEQTA Analyse. They will then be asked to consider the data available for their Semester 2 classes as they plan how to differentiate. The afternoon will be spent on departmental and individual preparation for Semester 2, where unit outlines and assessment dates will be priorities. 

In the Junior School staff will work to complete our self-study for evaluation and consolidate existing programs, ensuring horizontal and vertical articulation. The day will include teachers’ sessions on writing traits, writer’s notebook, play-based learning, reading, inquiry maths, specialist planners, team-building and more.

We are mindful that a student-free day can be very problematic for some families. To support parents, the Holiday Program will be operating on this day for Junior School students. Additionally, Support Staff will supervise a select number of younger Secondary School students (Years 7 or 8 only) in the Secondary School Library from 8.30 am until 3.30 pm. This offer is only available to the first 50 students whose names are registered with Main Reception, so don’t delay if you would like to reserve a spot. These students will be required to remain in the library for the duration of the day, except for recess and lunchtime, and will be offered silent reading, games (chess etc) or the opportunity to watch a movie.

National Redress Scheme

Last week, the Anglican Church of Australia, alongside Scouts Australia, the Salvation Army and YMCA, announced it would join the $3.8 billion national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors. This follows the Catholic Church’s decision, the day before, to join the scheme.

Announcing the decision in Parliament House, Radford College Board member Bishop Stephen Pickard said, ‘We are establishing an independent, incorporated entity which will make it relatively simple for diocese, school and welfare agencies to join a national group and participate in the national redress scheme’.

The National Redress Scheme (the Scheme) will be operated by the Commonwealth Government and provides the opportunity for non-government institutions to opt-in. The Scheme will respond to applications for redress from those who have been sexually abused in government and non-government institutions. The Scheme has been designed in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and will determine redress including the following components: 

  • Monetary payment up to $150,000 
  • Counselling support up to $5,000 
  • Legal advice to the value of $1,000 
  • Opportunity to request a direct personal response from the responsible institution. 

The Commonwealth Government has consulted with non-government institutions on the development of the Scheme. The structure of the Scheme allows linked entities to join as a ‘participating group’. The ‘associates’ in a participating group would appoint a ‘representative’ to engage with the scheme on administrative arrangements, however, an associate would be required to provide information in response to an application directly to the Scheme operator and be obligated to pay redress determined by the Scheme. The associates of an Anglican participating group could include any legal Anglican entity choosing to participate in the Scheme, which of course includes all schools. The design of the Scheme, however, does not prohibit an Anglican institution from joining the Scheme in its own right.

Over the coming months, Radford College, like all other Anglican Schools around the country, will take advice on the best course of action.

Chaplain Erin Tuineau

Chaplain's reflection: Letting God work through us

4 June 2018

Erin Tuineau, Chaplain

God intends evangelism to be something that we enjoy and that comes to us naturally.

Last year I think I accidentally clicked somewhere on a website that had lesson notes about how to teach religious education. As a consequence, I now receive regular emails from an American religious teacher, Jared Dees, about how to engage young people in issues relating to faith and God. To my surprise, some of these emails have been quite good, and I want to share with you a rather long extract from one of them, as I think it raises some really important questions about how we share our faith with others.

Do you ever feel guilty that you haven't done more? That you haven't done a better job evangelizing the people in your life? Let's talk about that feeling of guilt for a moment. Where do you think it comes from? I think it comes from a misguided idea of what evangelization really is. Is evangelization preaching? I used to think evangelization meant preaching and teaching. I felt guilty that I wasn't able to articulate the faith with more inspirational words of wisdom …

In my experience, evangelization works best when I least expect it. The people that I've had the biggest spiritual impact on experienced moments of conversion that I did not see coming. Most of the time, these people came to me later and told me something I said or did that at the time I didn't realize was getting through to them. Sometimes it was a random conversation that I didn't even remember having. Sometimes it was something I did when I didn't realize anyone was watching. Again and again, though, I had the biggest evangelizing impact when I wasn't even trying. What does this mean? …

Here is I what realized: Evangelization works when God works through us. Evangelization works when we rely on God rather than our own evangelization skills and talents. We have to stop feeling guilty. Instead, we need to trust more in God and the Holy Spirit working through us. 

All of these thoughts shared by Dees are very honest, and really get us to reimagine what it means to be an evangelist. In fact, I think he makes it clear that God is indeed the one that draws all people back to God’s self, not us. Our role is to let God work through us, not to do God’s work for Him/Her. This enables us to see that evangelism is not some heavy responsibility that we need to carry around on our conscience, making us feel important, but, rather, God intends evangelism to be something that we enjoy and that comes to us naturally. I am not sure about you, but I find this to be very liberating, and also very humbling. Such is the effect that God has on us.

Dees's emails have also has got me thinking about is whether it is only Christians who can share God’s love with others? When I think back over my life to when other people have showed me God’s kindness, mercy and grace, I have to say such people have not always been Christian. I think of some of the people I work here with at Radford who do not necessarily identify themselves as being Christians, and yet have been some of the most compassionate people I have met. Their support and care has helped me get through some of the more challenging days I have had as a school chaplain. And this to me is God’s love at work. I struggle to see it any other way. 

I am sure many of you know the parable of the Good Samaritan, where the person who is half-dead on the side of the road is not helped by the priest, or the well-respected religious individual (the Levite), but by the Samaritan. And the reason this is so controversial is that the Jewish religious leaders considered Samaritans to be anything but ‘Godly people’. And yet, here they were, showing God’s generous love, without reservation. It is then a fair question to ask, have we as Christians in the 21st Century fallen into the same trap as the Jewish religious leaders, and assume that people who are not religious, or not Christian, are also not Godly? I think we need to realise that God has the power and the choice to work through whomever God wants to. We have no control over this. So, maybe our concept of God is too small if we think He/She can only work through Christians. I don’t know if this is the case, but I do know what my life experience has shown me, and, therefore, I think the question needs to be asked.

As the Sea-Watch doctor, Stef Pender has experienced 'desperation, panic and grief… but also relief and a lot of joy'.

H for History #16: Collegian Dr Stef Pender

6 June 2018

She shows remarkable courage and compassion serving others, yet insists we are all capable of great acts of humanity.

By George Huitker, Director of Service Learning

‘It was madness; in one weekend we rescued over 1000 people.’

In a recent talk to RAS students on a Thursday lunchtime, Dr Stef Pender (Class of 2006) revealed to the fortunate assembled three things she would like to tell her high-school self if she could travel back in time. 

Her sage advice included: to explore, enjoy and realise how beautiful the world is, as well as realising your own considerable opportunities and privileges within it; to try and do something altruistic and positive with that opportunity; and, lastly, to try to leave this word a tiny bit more beautiful for others.

Stef is a human being who definitely leaves places the better for her passing through them, although she would be loath to draw attention to her footsteps. She constantly deflects from her considerable achievements stating, ‘You are capable of so much more than you think are. Everyone is capable of great acts of humanity’. Yet looking through her impressive CV, it is hard to initially understand why she has had periods of feeling ‘crippled by doubt’. 

While at Radford, Stef took part in visits to Cranleigh School: ‘That really opened my eyes to disability and to the joy, strength and resilience that comes from within the Cranleigh community. It was something I looked forward to every week in Year 10’. As her brother Lucas (Class of 2009 and School Captain) shared with us in a collegians news article last year, Stef went on to study medicine at Monash University in Melbourne after graduating from Radford.  

From there she began to search for ways to promote and build strength and resilience in others. ‘She worked as a doctor in Indigenous health in Darwin Hospital and in remote communities’. Stef is quick to point out that ‘the narrative of white people helping is boring’ to her and that greater focus needs to be placed on the positive achievements, stories and contributions made by Indigenous people in this country. She sees this as more helpful and certainly less limiting than labouring over gloomy statistics. 

‘You can be exposed to images and statistics and newspaper articles about things like the life expectancy or education gaps, but it didn’t really hit home until I was sitting there reading with 16-year old girls who couldn’t read three- or four-letter words. Those images and statistics don’t translate to the inequity that exists within Australia until you’re in it.’

Lucas continued to outline that Stef’s ‘latest move has seen her working as the on-board doctor on the Sea-Watch rescue boat in the Mediterranean. Sea-Watch is a not-for-profit NGO based on donations from volunteers. They operate a rescue boat off the Libyan coast. Their mission is “saving lives where states fail to act.” In 2016, Sea-Watch rescued over 20,000 migrants and refugees. In the same year, more than 5000 drowned or remained missing. This year, the numbers are only escalating’. 

Serving as a doctor on rescue boats, Stef found herself directly caught in the adrenaline of ‘survival mode’ and witnessing the ‘deepest displays of bravery and humanity’ she had ever seen.

Stef goes on to explain: ‘I have experienced terrifying moments; overcrowded sinking boats, people drowning, CPR in speed As the Sea-Watch doctor, Stef Pender has experienced desperation, panic and grief… but also relief and a lot of joy.boats, multiple patients strewn across the deck, armed coast guards targeting the ship, traumatised children that no longer cried, faces of the deceased in my hands. Desperation, panic and grief … but also relief and a lot of joy. Far above all, I am deeply touched and inspired by the beautiful people I met – their stories, strength, perseverance and remarkable ability against their horror to manage a smile and keep hope’.

Stef tells of an Eritrean refugee who, after 48 hours cold and crammed amongst 500 others on the boat started ‘singing to the moon’ about how beautiful the world was – despite the desperate nature of his plight. It is a memory and song that have never left her. Students at that RAS meeting will also remember photographs of a Libyan family Stef befriended on the rescue boats and who she movingly reunited with after they settled in France.

I asked Stef how she has actually processed these intense life and death experiences at such a young age. She responds by gratefully acknowledging the support of family and friends. She has also explored and read extensively about activist issues and looked into philosophies and organisations concerned with humanitarian assistance.

She has had periods of dedicated reflection on how to more authentically represent the people and issues of concern to her, and also questioned whether she should in fact speak about them at all. During this reflective period, she wrote a deeply moving letter to a seven-hour-old baby rescued on one of the most tragic days in the Mediterranean. Her mother died giving birth on the Libyan beach and the baby was left there – as the newborn, 'Destiny'. It went as follows:

As the Sea-Watch doctor, Stef Pender has experienced 'desperation, panic and grief… but also relief and a lot of joy'.Little bundle still pinked from the womb, coddled in a blanket, passed to me from a boat. A boat – a rubber boat, crammed with a hundred terrified souls, standing on a few centimetres of wood, floating on hundreds of metres of water, in which thousands just like them have drowned. A thousand, will not be found, today. Your eyes calmly shut, innocent to the terror around you, unaware of your own story, your own name - Destiny. You were born only ten hours ago, on a beach in Libya, to a beautiful Mama, who was also born in an unfair place of this world. Who dreamed of a better life for you, her daughter, than she had for herself. 

I never met your Mama and neither will you but please live knowing that she loved you. Her blood gave you life and your kicks gave her joy. You gave her hope in her months of suffering. Your life is a testament to her survival – through poverty, through desert, as a slave, as a prisoner, as she was starved, as she was beaten. Please do not be beaten by this world. You carry her strength and she carries your memory. I wonder; Did she know you were coming? Did she know she was leaving? Did she know she would be left? Did she know she was dying?

But what matters; Did she live to look into your eyes? To cry with your first cries? To hold you to her breast? To kiss you, just once – goodbye? What every mother in this world deserves, and with what every child in this world needs – love and safety. You have her love, and now you are safe, on a big boat and going to Italy.

I wonder; What will your life be like… Destiny?

My own memories of Stef revolve around the soccer field – I coached her team in her senior years – and also when I cast her as a singing and dancing cob of corn (‘in bubble-wrap’) in the Scarecrow’s field for an admittedly wacky version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (2005). 

‘I specialised in inanimate kind of roles. I was a tree and a piece of corn. It’s a complex part to play. It’s a lot harder than those main roles,’ she jokes.

It certainly has been a long journey from the P&F Oval and TB Millar Hall to a rescue boat in the Mediterranean. But perhaps a connection can still be uncovered here. As we unpacked the advice given to those RAS students at lunchtime, Stef observed that the school’s motto of ‘Truth, Compassion, Wisdom’ underpins her own advice: ‘The first thing is truth. How privileged are you? You are among the top 1%. Compassion is in extending that privilege to other people. And then wisdom – I don’t know how wise my last point is – but it is about journeying through the world and trying to leave a trail of beauty behind you, rather than a trail of consumption and destruction’.

Our Founding Principal, Jock Mackinnon – who shaped the school motto – would have been proud of this unassuming yet deeply affecting young woman who weaves a trail of inspiration in her wake, as well as a sometimes-uncomfortable challenge to get off the couch and act against inequity, injustice and powerlessness. To conclude with Stef’s own words, ‘knowing about inequity, and also knowing the privilege that I have, it would be inexcusable not to work or try and do something for people where the need is greatest’.

Further viewing and reading

A video of Stef's first day of her first Sea-Watch mission: 

A link to a fundraiser her family organised. The video shows the boat she was on and the situation:

A clip from French Eurovision, a similar story to the newborn Stef wrote about: 

This is a very long but very thorough piece of journalism on the Central Mediterranean: 

This came out last week and is the perspective of some of the crew:


As the Sea-Watch doctor, Stef Pender has experienced desperation, panic and grief… but also relief and a lot of joy.

Stef and her soccer team back at Radford

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.


Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News: 6 June 2018

6 June 2018

Working towards our goal of ‘Teams engaging and empowering the whole child within our PYP school’.

Date to remember

  • Tuesday 12 May – Year 5 Excursion to Australian War Memorial


'Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, it turned into a butterfly.' — The DigitalCV.com

With a wonderful new building and student facility, a new Leadership team, new families, familiar families, new staff, and in our PYP Evaluation year, we are presented with the perfect opportunity to grow and embed our culture and our climate – to embed our learning community with our learners through our teaching and learning approach.

Our Junior School has started well in 2018. Already approaching the end of our second term, we see exciting changes within, whilst being aware of the opportunities that lie ahead.

We have continued to discuss one set goal for us this year. One goal that may best describe how we will continue to grow as a safe, happy and challenging place for all our learners, no matter their age! To do this it does indeed take a Village approach. We are looking towards ‘Teams engaging and empowering the whole child within our PYP school’.

It is a worthy goal, but why do we aim for it, and how might this look?


  • As Phil Jackson, considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the NBA, is famously quoted as saying, ‘The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team’. In fact, research indicates that extraordinary teams achieve extraordinary outcomes. 
  • We are working to challenge our students and staff to build their teams from groups to classes to year levels to Stage levels to whole-school and whole-college levels.
  • We are challenging current trends where teams seek to work as friendship groups only, instead, we seek different perspectives, opinions, voices and personalities and professional learning teams.
  • Above all, we seek to retain and develop a community sense of belonging, of being known, within an age-appropriate approach.
  • We are working together, co-teaching, assessing, sharing, supporting, continuing to meet individual needs within a team.

Engaging and empowering

  • When we tell learners to complete an assignment or worksheet we get compliance. In our setting, when we engage and empower our learners to investigate and follow up we can impact upon tomorrow as we inspire thinkers and problem solvers.
  • To enrich and personalise learning we must engage today’s students, scaffold deep teaching and learning.
  • We build a sense of belonging when students are engaged and not just compliant.
  • Our wonderful teaching staff must be challenged to catch those ‘aha’ moments and critical individual teaching moments.
  • With tremendous learning spaces we must continue to develop how we teach to develop within our spaces, and not simply focus on a factory approach.

Whole Child

  • As author Elizabeth Barkley states, ‘student engagement is the product of motivation and active learning. It is a product rather than a sum because it will not occur if either element is missing’. We must continue to develop both soft and hard skills.
  • Our wellbeing program continues to grow and continues to support the whole child.
  • A focus upon individual development can build a sense of belonging.
  • Lyn Sharratt in her book Putting FACES on the Datareminds us that we are a community of individuals. We must always put faces to our data, make it real and personal.
  • We can never forget to celebrate intrinsic growth. We must hold to ‘Colour Runs’ when Reading Challenges are met!!


  • We have a talented teaching staff as I strongly acknowledged in our 2017 Awards Afternoon. In 2018 we are moving to promote a stronger understanding of protocols to support our program and goal.
  • We have developed a ‘Learning sequence’ where teachers ignite curiosity and lesson intention before moving to explore further in appropriate groupings and critical teaching moments, before coming together again to review and reflect a common understanding.
  • We have further protocols to support our behaviour, collaboration and class agreements to best allow a sense of belonging, of being heard and of challenging ourselves.
  • We will seek to observe and support the above from a student eye, rather than a teacher focus.

You can’t help but be excited about the rest of the year ahead of us. Welcome to being a butterfly!


Shout Outs

Congratulations to the following students, who received Shout Outs from teachers in our Celebration Assembly.


KNS – Samantha Cartwright for showing independence and bravery

KAS – Luka Martinovic for confidence and curiosity.

KSG – Grace Cui for creativity and love of learning


1MH – Ashley Barber for showing love of learning and curiosity

1AT – Binu De Silva for showing commitment and humility


2BF – Bryson Abraham for showing creativity and enthusiasm

2JG – Harry Dawe for showing independence and confidence


3DO – Freja Moran for being an inquirer

3PC – Heidi Phan for showing creativity

3RB –Sophia Syed for showing a love of learning


4OM – Sophie Purvis for being a risk taker and showing commitment.

4JO –  Julia Zhu for being principled and showing good judgement.

4KP –  Seb Cartwright for showing tolerance and perspective

4CD – Om Garg for being reflective


5TEM – James Skinner for showing self regulation and balance

5SD –  Anvi Gupta for being principled and showing curiosity

5TMi – Madeleine Klegeris for being caring


6TW – Katie Wyman for being a risktaker with creativity

6JF – Sebastian Leigh for showing curiosity and commitment

6HB – Terrance Mazanov for showing self regulation and integrity

6TH – Holly Hatton for showing confidence and zest


Ms Ellis – Joshua Miller for being a communicator and showing perspective

Señora Stevens – Izzy Welsh for being caring and showing enthusiasm


Heath Lecture Theatre

Parent forum this Thursday

13 June 2018

Q&A to seek feedback

An open forum will be held on Thursday to seek parents and caregivers’ views on the current and future forms of academic reporting.

All parents and caregivers of students from Kindergarten to Year 12 are invited to the session on Thursday 14 June in the Heath Lecture Theatre from 5.30 to 6.30 pm. Please RSVP to Kirsty Mack by 10 am on Thursday 14 June 

The forum will discuss the current reporting schedules, templates and philosophies to ensure that they serve the critical purpose of informing students’ efforts to improve their performance.

Of interest will be parents and caregivers’ hopes for how they would like reporting to evolve, as well as feedback on Interim Report data, which has been available to them for the past year through SEQTA.



Sales of P&F Entertainment memberships close next week

Last chance - P&F Entertainment membership

6 June 2018

Last chance to buy a membership and save money!

By Bernadette Mihaljevic, P&F Assistant Treasurer

This is the last week to buy your P&F Entertainment™ Fundraiser membership.

The Entertainment™ membership is available as a Book (with a gold card and vouchers) or as a Digital Membership, which loads all the offers in the Book onto your smartphone to redeem at the touch of a button. You can use the offers until 1 June 2019, so there's plenty of time to save yourself some money.

I bought a membership in April and have already saved more than $100, so the $60 membership definately pays for itself in a short space of time and there's still almost a year's worth of savings to make.

Radford keeps $12 for each of the memberships we sell, with all money raised used to support our College. I've been delighted with the number of memberships purchased so far and I encourage those that haven't done so to buy a membership, save some money and help the College. Sales will close next Wednesday 13 June 2018.

Entertainment™ Book and information about this offer is on display in the ELC, Junior and Main Reception areas.

The Entertainment™ membership gives you access to thousands offers, including many discounts of up to 50% and 2-for-1 offers redeemable at Canberra’s best restaurants, cafés, attractions and theme parks. Plus, it offers the best market prices for over 2,000 hotels and resorts that you can use whenever you like until 1 June 2019. And it’s not just the fun stuff … You can also get 5% off your groceries and petrol all year with WISH eVouchers sent directly to your phone, and 10% off at David Jones!

Buy your Entertainment™ membership and see how much you can save!

Image for article: Radford team places 2nd in ANU Maths Day Tournament

Radford team places 2nd in ANU Maths Day Tournament

4 June 2018

Emily Li, student

Events included a Swiss ‘find the rule’ competition, a mathematic crossword problem and a group relay.

By Emily Li, student

On Friday, 25 May, Ryan Stocks, George Wang, Stone Sima, Brianna Wiseman and I participated in the annual ANU Maths Day Tournament.

The day consisted of four gruelling tournaments that tested both physical and mental capabilities. This included a group contest, a Swiss ‘find the rule’ competition, a mathematic crossword problem and a group relay. 

After obtaining a substantial lead in the group contest, our team fell back in the Swiss contest, coming in at 19th place. Luckily, our team showed great resilience, overall achieving 1st and 2nd in the crossword and group relay competitions respectively. This led to an overall finish of 2nd place, only one correct answer away from the 1st-placed team from Narrabundah College.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Mr Mitchell for all the invaluable support and mentoring. Without his expertise and constant encouragement (we love stickers!) our team could not have pulled off this great result.

All in all, the day was a great experience to build our teamwork and problem-solving capabilities and friendship. To any Radford students who have the opportunity to attend such a tournament, we strongly suggest you do so. This experience was a great opportunity to meet students from all around the ACT and Sydney who share a strong passion for maths.

The movie 'Babe' is G-rated and an all-time family favourite.

Junior School family movie night

4 June 2018

Melinda Hamilton, Junior School teacher

La la la! Come and join other Radford families for a screening of the classic film 'Babe'.

By Melinda Hamilton, Junior School teacher

The Radford Tribal Council is organising a family movie night in RA Young Hall at 6 pm on Wednesday, 27 June.

This year’s film is the 90s favourite Babe, with its inspiring message about pursuing your dreams.

This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the end of the term, spend time with fellow Radford families and raise funds to support the three Junior School sponsor children. 

Junior School families are invited to come along to keep warm and enjoy a classic family film by purchasing a family ticket for $10 at https://www.trybooking.com/WFCF

  • Wednesday, 27 June 2018
  • Doors open 5.45 pm for a prompt 6 pm start. 
  • Popcorn and juice poppers are included in the ticket price.
  • 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.
  • Please note that parents must sit with and supervise their children.
Congratulations to Holly Hatton, nominated as our winner, and Genevieve Nguyen, our runner-up.

Junior School Rostrum Public Speaking Competition

4 June 2018

Janine Crookes and Taryn Harris, Junior School Rostrum Coordinators

Our eight finalists chose diverse topics, showing skill, confidence and hard work.

By Janine Crookes and Taryn Harris, Junior School Rostrum Coordinators

This semester all students in Years 4, 5 and 6 have been preparing and presenting speeches to their classes for the Australian Rostrum Primary Schools Public Speaking Competition. 

Students spoke about a diverse range of topics and all deserve to be commended on their wonderful public speaking efforts! 

From these year groups, six finalists were chosen to speak in our school finals as well as two finalists from our co-curricular oratory group. 

Congratulations go to the following speakers for being selected as our school finalists:

Year 4 finalists:

  • Ankith Atluri
  • Keren Zhang

Year 5 finalists:

  • Amber Smith Gibson
  • Sophie Freemantle

Year 6 finalists:

  • Genevieve Nguyen
  • Sienna Costello

Oratory Program finalists:

  • Kaiya Barsby
  • Holly Hatton

Our school finals were held on Tuesday, 29 May. A special thanks to our adjudicators: Communications Manager Mick Bunworth and Head of English Jason Golding. We would also like to thank our Chairperson, Kavya Mathur (Year 6), Host, Sarah Bull (Year 5) and Timekeeper, William Squires (Year 5). 

All eight finalists are to be congratulated on the high standard of their speeches and the wonderful skill and confidence they displayed.  

Congratulations to Holly Hatton who was nominated as our winner and Genevieve Nguyen as our runner-up. This is an outstanding effort by both of these talented public speakers. 

Holly will be speaking in the Rostrum quarter finals held at Weetangera Primary School on Wednesday 17 June, commencing at 7 pm. 

Students learnt lots of new skills and had plenty of new experiences while away on the conference.

Round Square Conference: 22–26 April 2018

4 June 2018

Emily Campbell, Junior School teacher

Twelve Year 6 students travelled to The Armidale School to build and strengthen the Round Square IDEALS.

By Year 6 student Sebastian Leigh

On 22 April 2018, a group of 12 Year 6 students headed off to Armidale for an unforgettable experience. It was an Australasian Round Square conference and we would be representing Radford College. 

The conference was oriented around the Round Square IDEALS of Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service. The various activities planned throughout the four-day conference worked to build and strengthen these IDEALS.

Here are some reflections from the conference:

Sophie – I have new teamwork skills, met new people and learnt how to be strategic in different situations.

Mim – I met a lot of new people and it was really fun to plant trees and help the environment. I feel like our future is like a pile of cans that we continue to build on and if we don't continue to stack it, we can not grow.

Sebastian – I met lots of new friends and even if we don't stay in touch, I will definitely remember them. I learnt a lot of new skills that I will keep for the rest of my life. I found it easier to make new friends through our Baraza group.

Will P – I think the activities tied well with the theme, it was hard to determine sometimes but I think the theme was really cool. I had a fun week my favourite was the ANZAC service. It was engaging and fun because it was important and significant to many people.

Genevieve – In our Baraza groups, we spoke about why we were here and I enjoyed learning about others. We were all on the same level, because of that, we developed friendships easily. I feel like this is something we should try to aim for in our normal lives.

Katie – I thought I would find it hard to make new friends. I found it easy to connect with people because it was 'us' and now we'll be closer at school. My favourite activity was the disco because you could do what you want and not feel judged. I also enjoyed the inflatable because it took a lot of perseverance not to give up.

This conference was fun and it had its challenges. We learnt that no matter what happens, we will always be able to count on each other and the importance of friendship. Thank you to everyone who made it possible!

  • Will Howarth 
  • Will Pak Poy                                   
  • Cameron Barnett              
  • Joshua McIntyre 
  • Sebastian Leigh
  • Katie Wyman           
  • Genevieve Nguyen           
  • Mim Chapman            
  • Sophie Espeland                
  • Poppy Barlin                         
  • Edi Lupton                              
  • Zoe Hickey
  • Mrs Jessica Ford                
  • Ms Emily Campbell

The conference dates included Anzac Day.

Congratulations to all our competitors, who represented Radford proudly.

Belconnen Zone Cross Country Carnival

4 June 2018

Tamara Phelps, Junior School PE Teacher

Our JS runners found themselves alongside resident kangaroos on the Mt Stromlo course.

By Tamara Phelps, Junior School PE Teacher

On a beautiful Autumn Day at Mt Stromlo, 48 Junior School students represented Radford at the Belconnen Zone Cross Country Carnival. 

The students ran alongside many of the kangaroos onsite, sometimes dodging them as they bounced between the runners. 

Students represented Radford proudly, with many red faces and exhausted children finishing 1km, 2km and 3km races.

Congratulations to the following students who have progressed to represent Radford at the Combined Cross Country ACT Championships, on Wednesday, 13 June from 10 am – 2 pm at Mt Stromlo. 

8 Years

Isla Murphy (1st)

9 Years

Samuel McKean (7th) 

Poppy Smith (4th) 

Kaiya Barsby (5th) 

10 Years 

Joe Whithear (2nd) 

Otis Hibberd (6th) 

11 Years

Katherine Maundrell (3rd) 

Amber Smith Gibson (7th) 

Jack Dimond (10th)

12 Years

Emily Watson (1st) 

Eliza Lilley (5th) 

Matisse Lardner (8th) 

Gianna Ghiardello (10th) 

The Radford runners, ready to go!

The day was also about having fun with your mates.

This production of the Dahl classic is sure to be hugely entertaining.

Years 5/6 Drama production: Roald Dahl's The Twits

6 June 2018

Nick Akhurst, Head of Co‑curricular Drama/Dance/Oratory

Show runs 20–22 June, book your tickets now!

By Nick Akhurst, Head of Co‑curricular Drama/Dance/Oratory

The 2018 Years 5/6 Drama production is The Twits, by Roald Dahl.

This is an unmissable opportunity to see Mr and Mrs Twit live on stage!

Come and meet this foul, horrible pair who refuse to let their neighbours (or anyone, really) live in peace, and see how an unusual bird and some monkeys set out to teach them to behave. 

Book your tickets now to see these two get what they deserve!

6 pm, 2022 June 
RA Young Hall
Tickets:  $10 (student) / $15 (adult)
Book online at https://www.trybooking.com/WFPP or https://www.trybooking.com/390457

View the offical poster

There will be music for all tastes at An Evening of Fine Music.

An Evening of Fine Music – tickets now available

12 June 2018

Kirsten Knight, Acting Head of Co-curricular Music

On Saturday, 23 June, some of our finest Year 12 musicians will perform in this wonderful annual concert.

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

On Saturday, 23 June, a selection of our finest Year 12 musicians will perform at our Evening of Fine Music concert. 

The night will feature Daniel Qin on violin, Vivienne Tran and Adam Davidson on piano, Domenico Pelle on drum kit, Jacqueline McIntyre on vocals, and Blake Reid on vocals and guitar, as well as their accompanying artists.

These excellent musicians will perform in a variety of styles and genres so there will be music to enjoy for all tastes.

Special guest artists on the evening will be two of Australia’s top string musicians, violinist Tør Fromyhr and cellist David Pereira.

We are lucky enough to have Tør Fromyhr as one of our violin/viola tutors at Radford and the duo will perform for us courtesy of the Australian National University’s School of Music prior to heading off on tour the next day.

Tickets for this exciting event are now available at https://www.trybooking.com/WFVO.

Ticket prices:

  • Adult: $25
  • Student: $15
  • Table of 7: $105

Each table will be supplied with a platter of delicious cheeses and nibbles, and wine is included in the adult ticket price. 

Illustration from, Caps for Sale, Esphyr Slobodkina, 1940 ©

End of May is 'hats-off day'!

5 June 2018

Sophie Davis, College Nurse

Students are now free to remove their hats while playing outside during recess and lunchtime.

By Sophie Davis, College Nurse

We are proudly Sun Smart in the Radford Junior School, which means we encourage our students to wear hats and sun protection through the warmer months. 

During June and July the UV levels drop below and remain below 3 all day. This means that children can safely remove their hats during lunch and recess and soak up some Vitamin D. 

We will continue to encourage the children to wear hats on excursions and for sporting events when they will be outside for longer periods of time.

If you would like any further information please visit: http://www.actcancer.org/news/general/end-of-may-is-hats-off-day-for-canberra-schools-and-early-childhood-services/


End of May is 'hats-off day'!

Radford defeated Weston Molonglo 6-3 in the U12 Division 3 Open.

Sports Report: 6 June 2018

6 June 2018

Dianne Wilson, Sports Admin Assistant

Our footballers and rugby players have a successful weekend and Boronia wins the House Cross Country Carnival.

Football – U10 Girls 

Radford 8 defeated Woden 1 

By Dianne Wilson, Sports Administration Assistant

Congratulations to the U10 Girls football team who won their first game of the season 8–1 on Saturday, with 5 goals to Lussia Parker and 3 to Kaiya Barsby. 

The score is fantastic, but most importantly the girls should be commended on their sportsmanship – when it was discovered that Woden was short players, almost every Radford player put their hand up to play for the opposition. Thank you to Emma Stewart, Lydia Kanis, Sofia Dal Bon and Ayva Chaloner who donned the Woden colours.   

The girls have been playing some great football the last few weeks. Peta Macintosh played some dangerous crosses and Poppy Steven was unbeatable in defence. Poppy Smith and Imogen Wallace played their positions well, often finding themselves in plenty of space. Dionne Konstantinou and Georgie Barry continued to play some killer passes. The future of girls’ football at Radford looks promising. 

Congratulations also to referee Rose Kidston on an impressive first game. 


Football – U12 Division 3 Open 

Radford 6 defeated Weston Molonglo 3 

By Craig Johnson, parent

Radford recorded a good 6–3 win against Weston Creek on the weekend. 

After an unlucky first half with two goals disallowed due to being offside, Radford had to fight back. Going into half time, Weston Creek were up 2–1. A solo effort by Ali Hassan just after the start of the second half brought the team back on level terms, mirroring Will Howarth’s impressive first-half goal. 

A fantastic recovery save from Sonny Smith stopped Weston Creek taking back the lead, before Radford broke the deadlock. The team then proceeded to grab a string of goals to seal the win. 


Rugby scores

  • U16 Girls: Radford 78 defeated Jindabyne 17
  • 1st XV: Radford 57 defeated Grammar 14 


Radford (House) Cross Country Carnival 

… and the winners are Boronia!

And Boronia takes the trophy!


Volunteers sought

Call for Twilight Fete 2018 committee members

We are looking for committee volunteers for this year's Twilight Fete, which will be held on Saturday, 3 November 2018.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please email P&F Liaison Officer Angie Walters.