Radford Bulletin Term 2, Week 7 – 12 June 2019

Staff Insights

Advice from the eSafety Commissioner

Trends, Issues and Challenges of Parenting in the Digital Age

3 June 2019

Claire Melloy, Assistant Principal, Student Development

Advice from the eSafety Commissioner

By Claire Melloy, Assistant Principal, Student Development

The first half of 2019 has seen a number of digital issues that could have created some confusion and concern for parents and carers. We have seen viral challenges that turned out to be hoaxes, gaming preoccupation (‘Fortnite’ has not gone away), and the ongoing challenges around privacy, virtual reality, negative experiences and social media  ‘influencers’ . 

What can a parent do? While the common phrase is expressed in the negative: “don’t panic”, the positive advice is “parent”, i.e. be an active parent. 

Research undertaken by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner in 2018 into the digital lives of young people in Australia found that parents are one of the most important sources of support when things go wrong online. 

Not surprisingly, 95% of parents said that they needed additional online safety information, with the most popular areas of concern being:

  1.  ways to maintain their child’s privacy online
  2.  how to protect their child from approaches from strangers
  3.  the signs and symptoms of a child experiencing negative incidents.

In an attempt to respond to this, I have adapted the following from the eSafety Commissioner’s eSafety Guide for Parents. https://esafety.gov.au/parents


1. Protecting your child’s privacy online

Whatever the age of your child

 Sit down together and check privacy settings on social media accounts, apps and devices — ensure they have selected the highest privacy setting. Learn how in taming the technology or explore the eSafety Guide for links to help you understand and adjust privacy settings.

  • Play alongside them in online games to see what kinds of information they may be sharing. Get to know the apps and devices your child is using. If you would like to learn more about individual apps, games or services, check the eSafety Guide.

 Respect their privacy yourself

 If you are concerned that a photo or video of your child has been posted online without your permission, ask for it to be removed

  • As a first step, you can ask the person who posted the photo or video to remove it. If the person refuses, or you do not know who posted it or do not feel able to contact the person, you may wish to report the content to the site or social media service it was posted on.
  • Visit the eSafety Guide for more information about contacting or reporting material to social media services.
  • If the photo has been posted through your child’s school or a sporting club or other group, contact the organisation directly to raise your concerns. They should be able to refer you to their social media policy, which should provide details about the type of photos that can be posted, the way they will be used and how they obtain consent from parents or carers.

And depending on your child’s age:

Toddlers and preschoolers (0 to 5)

  • Start setting good habits with your toddler or preschooler. It is never too early to start talking about safe behaviour online.
  • You will find some advice on this in online safety basics and good habits start young.

Kids and teenagers (5 to 17)

 Advise them not to share personal information unnecessarily

  • Explain why they should avoid putting personal information on their social media profiles. This includes their phone number, date of birth, personal email address, passwords, home address, the name or address of their school, and photos of identifying landmarks.
  • Help them understand that when online games, competitions, prizes and rewards require users to register and provide personal information like email address, interests, age and gender, this information is often used by marketers to promote products and services.

 Encourage good password habits

  • Remind them to select passwords carefully and not to share these with friends.
  • Strong passwords are truly random and they are long. Avoid using words and numbers that could be easily associated with them (like a pet’s name or a birth date). Longer passwords are harder to crack, so help them choose a random combination of numbers, letters and punctuation, and consider using a password manager. For more information see protect your personal information, which includes tips on how to set strong passwords.
  • Ensure your child’s mobile devices have pin locks or passcodes, so their personal information is safer if they lose their device.

 Remind them about their digital reputation

  • Like everyone who uses the internet, over time your child is building a digital or online reputation based on all the things they say and do online. Help them understand that this digital footprint can last forever.
  • Remind them to take care of their digital reputation as well as the reputations of others. They should not post images of others without their permission and should take care when making comments about others.

 Encourage them to think before they post or share

  • Even if their profile is set to private, they cannot control what their friends will do with the information that they post online or share via text or SMS. Ask how they would feel if their photo or information was shared with strangers.
  • Talk to your child about the consequences of posting offensive or inappropriate material of themselves or others online. Explain that it may affect their social life, academic results or job prospects. There may also be legal effects. Ask them, how they would feel if they could not get a job they really wanted because of something they posted online? For more information on how to start the chat, see the hard-to-have conversations.

 Be aware of online advertising

  • Companies can build a profile of your child by compiling data of their online behaviour. You can control cookies and use add-ons and adblockers to help manage the amount of information companies can collect.

 Help them understand about sexual images and the law

  • Explain that they may be committing a criminal offence when taking and/or sharing sexual images of themselves or others who are under the age of 18.
  • As an adult, be very cautious if you have intercepted any content that may constitute child sexual abuse material. Do not interact with the information, forward or share it in any way. Immediately seek guidance from your local police.
  • You can find more advice on this in sharing nudes and sexting.
  • Report and block — if they receive any unwanted contact from someone they know or a stranger, encourage them to report and block this person.
  • Delete requests from strangers — encourage your child to delete friend or follow requests from people they don’t know.

 2. Protecting your child from approaches from strangers

How to deal with unwanted contact
Unwanted contact is any type of online communication that your child finds unpleasant or confronting, or that leads them into a situation where they might do something they regret. This can happen even if they initially welcomed the contact. It can come from strangers, online ‘friends’ your child has not met face-to-face, or from someone they actually know. 

  • Make their accounts private — suggest that your child makes their social media accounts private or revises their privacy settings regularly.
  • Delete contacts they don’t talk to — ask them to go through all the people who follow them or are friends with them on social media and check that they actually know them.


3. Signs and symptoms of a child experiencing negative incidents

Your child may not tell you if they are experiencing bullying behaviour online because of a fear it might make things worse for them or they may lose access to their devices and the internet.

Signs to watch for:

  • being upset after using the internet or their mobile phone
  • changes in personality, becoming more withdrawn, anxious, sad or angry
  • appearing more lonely or distressed
  • unexpected changes in friendship groups
  • a decline in their school work
  • changes in their sleep patterns
  • avoidance of school or clubs
  • a decline in their physical health
  • becoming secretive about their online activities and mobile phone use.





Clean Ocean Team Atauro is part of the Radford/Timor partnership

Supporting waste-management in Timor-Leste

11 June 2019

RAS Charity Fundraiser

A major project for 2019 involves supporting the Timorese community in this key area

Pdf of this story

Radford began going to Timor-Leste in 2009. This project is the result of a rich relationship that is strongly initiated and governed by the local community. It one of our main focusses for 2019 RAS Charity Fundraiser. 

There is still time to donate online

Protecting the clean beaches and watersEkipa Tasi Mos Atauro (Clean Ocean Team Atauro) is a locally run organisation created on Atauro Island, Timor Leste to raise awareness, educate and lead positive environmental practices. It has emerged from the community’s growing frustration with a constant influx of foreign plastic debris washing upon their shores. Combined with a lack of understanding or use of any proper waste management systems in Timor, a local elder, Joas, became inspired to make a change. He was on a short stay in Australia in the Radford community when he was mesmerized by the garbage trucks ‘eating up the rubbish’! (He loved telling this story when he got home.) Joas worked in the local community of Beloi and began the first ever waste-management system on the island.

The Beloi marketplace is now home to 12 wheeled bins that allow the community to manage waste. But there was no mechanism to recycle. With more friends visiting from Australia, a new possibility has emerged in collaboration with the Plastic Collective and friends from the Eurobodalla Shire.

Can the local community:

  • clean their own beaches (plastic waste comes from Indonesia and mainland Timor)
  • sort and recycle the plastics
  • ‘print’ the plastics into useful building materials and fishing equipment?

The answer is yes! This kind of closed loop economy puts power into the hands of the community. The entire project is budgeted for $50 000 and Radford is seeking to contribute $5000 to the project. Local business and eco lodge ‘Barry’s Place’ has donated the land. The building to house the recycling station has been built. Within the recycling station, the plastic waste will pass through a shredder, an extrusion machine, an injection machine and a compression machine as well as sorting and washing stations. (All built to Australian standards in Coffs Harbour.) The purpose of the four machines, when used in a single work flow, is to create up-cycled functional plastic products.

The island of Atauro sits within the world renowned coral triangle, having the most biodiverse reef fish species in the world. The effects of marine debris from plastic pollution are well known. The aim is to remove this plastic pollution from the local waters whilst also providing an income for the local community through the production of usable items.

This is a brilliant project to support and Radford is pleased to get right behind it.

Last Wednesday, World Environment Day, Radford students showed support on the JA Mackinnon Oval. 

Showing support for the project, Radford students 5 June 2019

https://www.plasticcollective.co/ & https://www.plasticcollective.co/brochure/

http://www.tangaroablue.org and http://www.barrysplaceatauro.com/

Visit the faceboook page


Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

JS News, 12 June 2019

12 June 2019

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Opening of The Ridge, "Parenting in a Digital Age" presentation, Paul Southwell celebration.


Dates for your diary

  • Friday 14 June - 12pm                Paul Southwell Celebration
  • Monday 17 June – 6pm               Parenting in the digital age
  • Wed 19 – Fri 21 June                  Year 5-6 Drama Production
  • Wednesday 26 June – 6pm          Junior School Movie Night
  • Thursday 27 June – 5.30pm        Year 3 Strings Concert
  • Thursday 27 June                       Final day of Term 2

Ridge Opening

It seemed highly appropriate that the opening of the Year 3 & 4 Ridge Building was conducted on a glorious Canberra winters’ day. The sun was shining, and the faces of our Year 3 & 4 students beaming, as everyone eagerly anticipated this event.   

We took a moment to acknowledge the Ngunnawal people, the traditional custodians of the land on which the building proudly stands. We appreciate the significance of our relationship with Gossan Hill and being united in living, learning and connecting. 

The Ridge was officially opened on Friday by Bishop Mark Short. Our students sang an inspirational rendition of I am the Earth, which was met with widespread and tumultuous applause. The performance highlighted the considerable talents of our music teachers and we are grateful for the energy, efforts and influence of Caroline Suthers and Bron Potter. 

Everyone knows that a good party often involves cake. The cutting of the official cake completed the ceremony, and was carried out by Pre K students, Naksh Yalamanchili and Peilin Luo, the youngest students in the College.

Principal Fiona Godfrey, Bishop Short, with student MCs and cake cutters The all-important cake 

Waste Free Wednesday

The Radford Tribal Council (RTC) students encourage everyone to focus on sustainable practices and reduce the need for packaging of recess snacks and lunch boxes. 

Waste Free Wednesday was hailed as a tremendous success with one class finishing the day with only eleven pieces of pieces of rubbish in total. 

Determined to extend their enthusiasm, and deepen the commitment to a more sustainable way of living, many classes intend to continue Waste Free Wednesday and some classes have also established a compost system. 

Paul Southwell Celebration

Paul Southwell

When:  Friday 14 June at 12pm
Where: TB Millar Hall 

Students, along with other community members, are all warmly welcomed to attend this gathering as we celebrate and acknowledge Mr Southwell’s considerable contribution to the College over the past 12 years. 

Parenting in a Digital Age

Parents are encouraged to attend a presentation by Julie Smith, Psychologist and Counsellor, and Lisa Plenty, Director of Digital Learning and Innovation, to consider some of the challenges of parenting in our digital world. 

When:  Monday 17 June at 6pm
Where: Radford ELC learning space
Register: via Microsoft Forms or email Lisa Plenty

Parenting in a Digital Age


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Radford Foundation 2019 Annual Giving Appeal

11 June 2019

Please consider donating online now

From Foundation Chair Jocelyn Martin

The Radford College Development Foundation’s 2019 Annual Appeal supports many educational journeys.

It’s why our Cornerstone Donors came forward during the 2018 fundraising campaign - because Radford gave someone they know an opportunity.

These donors have now been recognised by the installation of glass tiles etched with their names (pictured above) at the entrance to the Morison Centre.

Donations like these have already funded a scholarship for a senior student who would not otherwise be able to attend Radford. Another six-year scholarship, funded by the Boorer Foundation, will provide a similar opportunity to a student entering Year 7 next year.

With the end of the financial year fast approaching, the Foundation welcomes tax-deductible donations of any amount to the Scholarship Fund or Major Projects Fund, or a bequest to the General Fund. You can donate online below and all donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

Our Foundation is still relatively young, but the generosity of our community is timeless.

We thank you for your continued interest and support.

Support the Foundation

Training on a frosty winter's morning

Sports Report, 12 June 2019

11 June 2019

Sports Department

Y7/8 Girls Rugby Gala Day win, School Sports ACT Trial information


Congratulations the Year 7/8 Girls Team which won the Brumbies Rugby 10s Gala Day on Friday. Thank you to Michael Crawford and Fr Richard for coaching, and Sharon Siciliano for organising.

Team members were:

Lara Clements
Sophia de Castella
Georgia Donaldson
Casey Griggs
Tayla Holmik
Martha Jennett
Lucy Kearins

Eliza Lilley
Chloe Miller
Scarlett Quaedvlieg
Sarah Quilty
Madeleine Sadlier
Matilda Sullings

 Y7/Y8 Girls Rugby


SSACT LogoPlease see below the various SSACT selection trials that have been advertised through School Sport ACT.  If you would like further information or would like to know the registration process refer to the ‘SSACT Trial information and registration process’ document that can be found at www.schoolsportact.asn.au

ACT 15&U Boys and Girls Volleyball

  • Trial 1 – 13th June, 4:00-5:30pm - Lyneham Hockey Centre
  • Trial 2 - 20th June - 4:00-5:30pm - Lyneham Hockey Centre
  • Eligibility - Students turning 13-15 years this year
  • Boys Team Contact - Roger Rosser rrosser56@gmail.com  
  • Girls Team Contact – Jenny Budd jenny.budd@ed.act.edu.au


ACT 16&U Boys Football

  • Trial 1 – 19th June, 4:30-6pm - Lyneham Playing Fields
  • Trial 2 - 26th June - 4:30-6pm - Lyneham Playing Fields
  • Eligibility – Players must be turning 15-16 years old this year
  • Players are expected to attend all trial sessions.  Please email if you are unable to attend a session or require any further information regarding the trial process
  • Darren McCrea (Manager) – Darren.McCrea@ed.act.edu.au   


A thought-provoking play about being different

Luke Lloyd, Alienoid: Y5/6 Drama

11 June 2019

Nick Akhurst, Head of Co curricular Drama, Dance and Oratory

Don't miss this thought-provoking play about being different

By Nick Akhurst, Head of Co curricular  Drama, Dance and Oratory

This Australian play is the winner of the 2013 Australian Theatre for Young People Commission. Written by AFI and Logie award-winning writer John Armstrong, Luke Lloyd: Alienoid speaks to the little bit of alien in all of us. May all our children be seen as they walk through the school yard, whether they think they are invisible or not. 

Luke is smart, funny, shy and highly imaginative – but has no friends at school. In fact, he feels like he’s not even of the same species as the other kids in his class. But that isn’t surprising, because he’s not. 

Luke’s father (whom he has never met) came from a distant planet – which makes Luke half human, half alien. He’s an ‘Alienoid’. “Which explains a lot,” thinks Luke. 

Wed 19th June 6pm
Thur 20th June 6pm
Fri 21st June 4.30pm
TB Millar Hall 

Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/BCZBF


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Radford Rocks, 19 June

5 June 2019

Clare Fitzgerald, Director of Ensembles

Not to be missed - all the Rock/Pop ensembles performing!

By Clare Fitzgerald, Director of Ensembles

Event: Radford Rocks - performance by all the Rock/Pop ensembles
Date: Wed 19 June
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: PAC Open Space


Following the triumphant success of the Rock/Pop ensembles’ performances at the recent College Cross Country, our yearly rock concert “Radford Rocks” is on again, Wednesday 19 June from 5.30pm in the Performing Arts Centre Open Space. The evening will feature all the ensembles in our Rock/Pop program, which includes students from Years 6-12. 

This is a not-to-be-missed event, as bands such as Kitty Hawk, The Janitors and Ethereal take on favourite rock covers, original songs (maybe even some world premieres) as well as local Canberra band covers.

Entry is free, and we look forward to seeing you there!





The Library becomes a magic portal through Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality - transforming language study

11 June 2019

Michele Sharp, Head of Languages and Tracy Kelly, Teacher Librarian

Language study opens up a whole new reality with VR experiences

By Michele Sharp, Head of Languages and Tracy Kelly, Teacher Librarian 

In the Library - or Japan, or France?Predictions are that by 2020 Virtual Reality (VR) will start to become mainstream in the classroom.  More and more major players in Education and STEM are creating a range of immersive experiences to facilitate this. At Radford, we have been taking students on virtual reality incursions since 2017.  We began by standing on the edge of an erupting volcano with Geography; touring the Great Wall of China for Ancient History; and visiting the International Space Station with senior Law students. Virtual field trips have become one of the most popular applications of VR technology for learning. 

Visiting a country in virtual reality allows students the opportunity to absorb the society and culture, immersing the students in a real-world setting. Our French students have recently been to Paris, and Japanese students watched a festival unfold all around them in their usually scheduled class time. Students have thoroughly enjoyed their cultural immersive experience with their language class. 

Our thanks to the helpful library staff, especially Ms Kelly, and Ms Richards (French Teacher) for leading this initiative.

Junior School students show how to have a waste-free Wednesday

Waste-Free Wednesday

11 June 2019

Melinda Hamilton, Junior School Teacher

Students enjoy making a difference for World Environment Day

By Melinda Hamilton, Junior School Teacher


The Junior School celebrated World Environment Day on 5 June by enjoying Waste Free Wednesday. Many students brought their food to school in reusable containers to ensure they didn’t produce any waste. The RTC was encouraged by the great response and will look into repeating the initiative, as many students are keen to have a positive impact on our environment.


Student reflections:

Josh 2LM – I pack a Waste Free lunch everyday!

Kate 2SD – It is good for the environment to have a waste free lunch. I want to do it again.



Face-to-face with Australian history-makers at Parliament House

Y9 Art analyses official portraiture

11 June 2019

By Charly Snare, Year 9

Y9 students view official portraits at Parliament House

Left: The Hon. Paul John Keating, 1997, by Robert Hannaford
Right: The Hon. Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, 2014, by Ralph Heimans

By Charly Snare, Year 9 

On Thursday 30 May, our year 9 Visual Art class went to Parliament House. Our current focus in class is how artists communicate ideas about a person and what we, as viewers, understand about the person from the paintings. For our assessment we have been researching Australian artist’s political portraits; so, a trip to the Parliament House gallery suited well. 

It was a very casual and laid-back experience, as we simply walked our way through all the portraits and took notes as we went. Seeing these famous paintings in real life definitely gave me a much better understanding of the pure talent these artists have to produce these super-realistic portraits. My personal favourite was the portrait of Dame Quentin Bryce, by Ralph Heiman, because of its incredible realism in terms of window reflections.

After analysing some of the paintings, we went up to the roof and enjoyed the incredible view of Canberra, including the War Memorial, Telstra Tower and National Carillion.





Book online for this imaginative production

Year 12 Revue 2019

11 June 2019

Amy Theakston

Don't miss this imaginative production!


By Amy Theakston 

Dates: Thurs 25, Fri 26, Sat 27 July
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/BDGOW, or at the door. 


Every year, Radford College Year 12 students collaborate, write and direct a year‑group play of their choosing. This year we are showcasing a play titled Maroon is the New Black, a story set in the confines of a prison where some of the incarcerated attempt to escape. It will be a play jam-packed with satirical allusions to the ins and outs of the Radford experience.

The Revue is a tremendous time for Year 12 students to cooperate and create a piece that compels everyone to come together. And it is not just aimed at Year 12 families, it is created for everyone in the Radford community. 

We hope you’ll come along in Week 1, Term 3 on Thursday 25 July, Friday 26 July  or Saturday 27 July. Tickets are available online  https://www.trybooking.com/BDGOW or at the door.

Come and support the Radford community!

Y12 Revue rehearsal

Details of the Early Years and Junior School Holiday Programs

OSHC Holiday Programs

29 May 2019

Heidi Norton, OSHC Director

Details of holiday programs for PK, K and Junior School children

By Heidi Norton, Director of OSHC

Holiday programs will operate  from Friday 28th June – Friday 12th July 2019.

Full details of the programs and conditions are linked below.



Basketball is one of the holiday program activities

Sports Holiday Program

29 May 2019

Mon 1 to Friday 5 July - full and half days available

Years 3-8 

Bring siblings or friends from another school! Flyer

Bookings & Enquiries: dianne.wilson@radford.act.edu.au

Sports holiday program

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P&F Entertainment™ Membership - buy before 25 June!

4 June 2019

P&F Association

Great savings available, print book or digital membership

P&F crest


For queries, contact: Bernadette 0404 061 201

The Entertainment™ Fundraiser is one of the P&F’s favourites. Memberships are $60 and we keep $12 for each one we sell, with all money raised used to support our school. 

The Entertainment™ membership gives you access to thousands of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers for Canberra’s best restaurants, cafés, attractions and theme parks. Plus, it offers the best in market prices for over 2,000 hotels and resorts that you can use whenever you like until 1 June 2020. 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 Supercheap Auto, Rebel Sport, Country Road and BCF! 

The Entertainment™ memberships are available as a Book (with a gold card and vouchers) or as a Digital Membership, which puts all the offers in the Book on your smartphone to redeem at the touch of a button and which can be shared with other members of your household.


To buy now

 immediately and securely: order your Book or your Digital Membership online at:https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/232c04 


Have a look at the book before you buy

online: https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/about/flickbook/canberra

print copy: 
available at the ELC, Junior, Year 5/6 and Senior Reception areas.

Book now for this fabulous P&F event

P&F Trivia Night 2019

4 June 2019

P&F Association

Book now for this great event!

P&F Crest

Date: Friday 20 September 2019

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: TB Millar Hall

Tickets: $11 per person or $100 for table of 10.  

Booking online: https://www.trybooking.com/BBKBA

Please note that this event is for people over 18 only.

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Canteen Position Vacant

31 May 2019

Catering Assistant position available in Canteen

Position Vacant: Casual one to three days a week (specific days to be negotiated)
Hours: 8:00am to 2:00pm with some flexibility
Contact: Karen Robinson on 61626255 or Karen.Robinson@radford.act.edu.au

Position is available now

A Catering Assistant position has become available in Radfood, the Radford College Secondary School canteen, run by Alliance Catering.

Duties include preparation of hot and cold menu items, working with Flexi-schools Online ordering system, cash handling and customer service with both students and staff.

An understanding of safe food handling practices would be an advantage but is not essential, as training will be provided.

The position is available from 8:00am to 2:00pm with days to be negotiated. 

Please contact Karen Robinson on 61626255 or Karen.Robinson@radford.act.edu.au if you are interested in discussing this opportunity.


Music Recitals - Term 2 and Term 3

Music recital schedule for Term 3

Chinese Exchange - Host Families Needed

Host families needed 27 Jul-2 Aug

For Year 10 students from our Chinese sister school, in Canberra Sat 27 July-2 August. If you are able to host, please contact Ms Gu ming.gu@radford.act.edu.au