Radford Bulletin Term 2, Week 7 – 13 June 2018

Staff Insights

Steve Baker, Chairman of Radford College Board

From the Chairman: 13 June 2018

13 June 2018

Steve Baker, Chairman of the Board

The College Board has made several appointments, as well as one re-appointment, in recent months.

As we close in on Term 2, I thought I would update our community on several board additions, as well as one re-appointment, that have occurred over the past several months.  

I’m pleased to announce the recent appointment of our three new Bishop-in-Council Members to the Radford College Board, starting with our new Deputy Chair, the Right Rev’d Professor Stephen Pickard. Stephen is Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Canberra, and Professor of Theology, Charles Sturt University, Canberra. He is also an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn.

Tim McGhie is a member of Bishop-in-Council for the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, the Chair of the Diocesan Finance Committee, a member of the Board of the Anglican Investment and Development Fund.

The Rev’d Dr Brian Douglas, who you may recall, has also previously served on the Radford Board for eight years. Brian is Rector of St Paul’s Church, Manuka, and Archdeacon of South Canberra. He is also a member of Bishop-in-Council and lectures in theology at St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra.

Dr Katherine Gordiev joined the Radford College Board in January 2018 and is the parent of two children in our Junior School. Katherine is an orthopaedic surgeon who trained in Canberra, Sydney and overseas. Katherine returned to Canberra to practise in 2005 and has served on several boards and committees of medical professional organisations over a number of years.

Our new P&F nominee on the Board is Andrew Wyman. Andrew, a current parent, has experience as an executive in the public and private sectors, is a small business owner, senior army officer, organisational development consultant, company director and community volunteer.

I’m also pleased to announce the re-appointment by Bishop-in-Council of Mary Brennan for a second term. Mary, a former parent, has significant board experience adding to her legal and business operations experience, and has been a terrific contributor to our Board and we welcome her back.

From our campus perspective the Board continues to oversee the ongoing development of the College. You may remember I wrote in my last article about the Master Plan and our two very exciting and sizeable construction projects. The new Years 3 and 4 classrooms in the Junior School, and the Secondary School commons building and outdoor gathering space remain well on track to be open and operational by the beginning of 2019, ready to accommodate additional and current students. I am sure many have seen these buildings coming out of the ground as construction continues.

On a final note, while College operations continue to run smoothly, as a Board we believe there is always room for potential improvements and refinements as we grow student numbers, staffing numbers and the physical campus. As such, for the remainder of 2018 the Board’s focus will be an ongoing review of its current governance and I look forward to sharing more details of this review next term. 

Rev. Erin Tuineau, Chaplain

Chaplain's reflection: creative transcendence

12 June 2018

Rev Erin Tuineau, Chaplain

When we allow ourselves to be captivated by a painting, a piece of music or a live dance, we experience the power of art in all its forms.

I have been exploring the theme of ‘prayer’ in chapel with Years 7, 8 and 9. It has been a very interesting process, as putting each service together has had me ‘unpacking’ what I understand about the nature of prayer. At the conclusion of chapel during the last week, I have shown the students a quote: 

Prayer is when you talk to God. Meditation is when you’re listening. Playing the piano allows you do both at the same time.— Kelsey Grammer 

This quote points to the reality that, for many people, prayer happens best when they are doing something physically with their bodies. This may include exercise, but I think the quote, itself, focuses more on the act of engaging in something creative. I know when I was studying visual arts at university and producing a lot of paintings, I would often talk with other artists about getting into the ‘zone’. I would describe the ‘zone’ as that place where you forget time exists, and all your attention is focused on the creative task that is before you. While I no longer paint (at the moment), I find that I can still enter into the ‘zone’ when I am cooking dinner, and when I write. It is particularly when I am cooking that I find many prayerful moments are had. By the time I have put dinner on the table, I have had the experience of ‘wrestling’ with God over a whole range of issues, and I can feel myself being more centred, and having more clarity about what has been going on in my life and the lives of those around me.

Unfortunately, as we get older, there is the tendency to assume that only some people are creative, and others are not. We start to believe that an individual is only creative if they excel in the visual or performing arts arena. This is not true. I would go as far as saying that we are all born to be creative, and as Pablo Picasso once stated, ‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up’. Picasso seems to be alluding to the fact that as we get older, we start to focus all of our attention on being successful, being financially secure, and essentially becoming strong and independent individuals. Now, don’t get me wrong, these are all very normal and sensible things to strive for, but sometimes in our efforts to be all ‘grown up’, we deny that part of ourselves that needs the freedom to simply ‘be’. The part of us that craves to play and be creative, without the stress of trying to achieve something. It is this part of us that I think is most open to God’s presence.

I heard from a friend the other day that ‘beauty is the gateway to the divine’. This is not a new concept, but it is definitely one that we need to be reminded of. I know in Australia there is not always a lot of focus put on the creative arts, and I think this is because people do not value it. And the reason they do not value it is that they have not yet experienced the power of art (in all of its forms). By this I mean that when we take the time and allow ourselves to be captivated by a painting, or a piece of music, or a live dance, we get transported to a place that I would describe as transcendent. We find ourselves in awe. We enter into God’s presence, the source of all beauty and life. 

I can only hope that this article will encourage each of you to either begin or continue your journey in discovering how creativity can enhance your life in ways that you would never expect.

Just some of the collegians who have returned to familiar territory to teach at Radford.

H is for History #17: Collegians on staff at Radford

13 June 2018

A large number of former students have decided to return for a few more strolls along the corridors of their youth.

You might think I'm a crazy fool
I want to go back to school
Man it's safer in there
The world outside is so uncool

Jon and Vangelis, ‘Back to School’, 1981

While compiling lists for this history, I queried if one existed of former collegians who had returned and joined the staff. Unable to find one, I started asking questions inside and beyond the Radford walls. It seemed to be a positive sign that the list was indeed quite lengthy, despite very few former students initially thinking they’d actually return to the land of maroon blazers, scrumptious chunions, constant building construction and Year 9 Camp. And how weird was it for them to walk into the Staff Room?

Foundation student and current Director of Sport Brent Larkham (Class of 1989) admits, ‘Some days I am still in shock that I am back here!’

Similarly, Maths teacher and Year 12 tutor Stuart Mitchell (Class of 2004) reveals that ‘teaching was one of the last professions I would have ever considered as a student. I was materialistic and a career snob. University helped me to calm down a bit and consider the things that really mattered’. 

Director of Movement Danielle White (Class of 1995) also echoes this sentiment: ‘Not in a million years! Dance was always my passion and focus growing up. When I attended Radford, dance was almost unheard of, except for Dance Fest, which I participated in ’94 and led in ’95. Despite studying teaching, I never saw myself as a classroom teacher, as that would have required sitting still’.

Head of SOSE Alison StevenHead of SOSE Alison Steven (Class of 1994) points out, ‘I had been working in a bank for a couple of years before I realised that teaching was what I wanted to do. I was in Sydney when I commenced my teaching degree and it was great timing, and a bit of luck, that landed me at Radford five years ago’. For Sports Administration Assistant Dianne Wilson (Class of 2011) it was more conclusive: ‘My mother recalls me telling former Head of Sport Simon Young that I wanted his job! I thought Mr Young was pretty cool and that all he did was play sport all day, but now realise there is a lot more to the job’.

Luckily, some of the teaching staff saw and inspired collegians to consider joining the ranks. Director of Co-Curricular Dylan Mordike (Class of 1988), another foundation student, says, ‘When I was in my senior years I had an inkling that I wanted to get into teaching but when I suggested as much to my Year 12 tutor, he laughed in my face. I sought advice from my maths teacher/Director of Studies, Molly Brownbill, and she encouraged me to pursue economics. Initially I followed this advice but quickly discovered that it was not for me. I listened more carefully to what my heart was telling me and the opportunity to pursue teaching and land my first job at Radford just fell into place’. 

Psychology/Science/Geography teacher Sara Vassallo (Class of 2002) had a similar inkling: ‘I certainly thought about being a teacher but never really expected to end up there. I do have a very clear memory of my Year 9 English teacher telling me I’d make a good teacher after a presentation I did for an assessment’.

Kindergarten teacher Nadia Sullivan (Class of 1991) recalls, ‘When I was at Radford I always knew that I wanted to be an Kindergarten teacher Nadia Sullivanearly childhood teacher. When I was here over 25 years ago, there was not an ELC or Junior School. I was very excited when it opened so that my children could also attend Radford. I never imagined that I would be back here teaching’.

English teacher Ailsa Mackerras (Class of 1997) felt returning as a teacher wasn’t beyond the realms of possibility. ‘I loved my time at Radford,’ she reflects, ‘and even though I tried studying for two other careers, I think deep down I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. Such was my respect for the teachers I had, when I was about to take the plunge into education I came back and had lovely chats to Pat Craddock and Helen Rasmussen who both gave me great advice. I ended up teaching in Sydney for 12 years and when it was time to move back to Canberra, I was excited at the prospect of applying for a job here’.

Highlights whilst being a former student are many and varied. Director of Strings and Acting Head of Co-curricular Music Kirsten Knight (Class of 1996) fondly remembers ‘Mrs Chris Smith’s supportive guidance as a music teacher and mentor, which I still enjoy to this day’. Music must have been in her soul as she also recollects ‘singing Midnight Oil songs with Mr H and Mr Craddock during tutor period in Year 10’. Some things never change, do they? 

Sara Vassallo recalls Year 9 Camp (‘it is still a topic of conversation when I catch up with friends from school’), winning a petition to allow girls to wear pants as part of our formal uniform, dodging teachers who were on uniform duty at the mall, and the creative interpretation of dress code for her Year 10 semi-formal. ‘But I think above anything it was the sense of community, as corny as this is to say! We had the sense that we were part of something a little rebellious. Yes, we were a private school, but we weren’t exclusive like the others. Yes, there was a focus on gaining good marks – but I think the idea of learning was more important than that final number. It honestly felt like the staff were on our side and interested to teach us how to get the most out of the system – or even be empowered to change the system – rather than just enforcing the status quo’.

That sense of community is also shared by Collegians’ Communications Assistant, Claire Osborne (Class of 1999): ‘I loved the feeling of being part of a community and to this day I still love that. Perhaps that is why I am back. I still surround myself with friends I met at school, including my husband!’ 

Director of Outside School Hours Care Heidi Norton (Class of 1992) similarly enjoyed watching the school and the community continue to grow. ‘I remember the great camaraderie that the students had, yummy chunions from the canteen, playing cards during our free periods, the sound of Mr Leyshon yelling at someone and nearly missing out on our Year 12 formal because the Chaplain’s lectern was stolen’.  

Stuart Mitchell also loved ‘the canteen’s delicacy: the chunion. The chunion was half a long bread roll, tomato sauce, ham and cheese, melted. Nothing beats it for recess midwinter’.

And now, being an adult staff member, feelings for the school appear to be similarly warm amongst these collegians. As Nadia Sullivan points out: ‘The highlight for me is that I have been a student here, then a parent at the school and now a staff member. I feel so lucky to be able to work at the same school that my children attend. I love coming to school every day’. 

Brent Larkham agrees: ‘I have always wanted my kids to come here and they were enrolled since birth … I’ve only been here a year, but I thought Foundation Day 2017 really bought back some great memories as it was a wonderful day: the festival atmosphere and then the performances/music put on by the students in the hall at the end of the day was very impressive’. 

Sara Vassallo concurs: ‘My first Foundation Day as a staff member was definitely an everything-and-nothing-has-changed moment’. 

This is reinforced by Dianne Wilson: ‘I enjoy the carnivals, seeing the students enjoy themselves and knowing I played a part in making that happen. I think my favourite is Foundation Day’. 

And lastly, Ailsa Mackerras: ‘I’ve loved reliving certain things as a staff member because it gets me all nostalgic about my school days – Foundation Day and cross country as a couple of examples’.

Meanwhile, Dylan Mordike has become a regular and reliable participant in the school’s camp program: ‘The pinnacle of this experience would have to be the Year 7 Camps that we ran at Illaroo Farm on the Shoalhaven River. It was back in the days when we ran the activities and did not need to rely on the expertise of another organisation. It was hard work, but those camps were special. I will always treasure the moments we shared as a staff’. 

Alison Steven identifies ‘getting to know the students outside of the classroom, through events like Dirrum Dirrum, L’Arche Disco and the USA SOSE tour, is a pleasure as you witness their many talents, openness and compassion’. 

For Danielle White, ‘Watching kids develop a love of dance and freedom of expression through movement never gets old. I am so happy to see dance embedded as part of everyday life at Radford, as that was the one thing missing for me when I was a student’. 

Stuart Mitchell triumphantly recalls his first ANU Maths Day in 2016: ‘We took two teams of 5 … with the best talent the year group had to offer. They didn’t disappoint. I’ve never been more proud of my students as when I watched them walk across the stage at the end of the day to receive the 1st Place trophy and their individual prizes’.

Claire Osborne, presently studying a Masters of Teaching, feels her personal highlight in being a staff member ‘has been seeing the dedication of so many staff. I have been inspired by the passion and drive shown by teachers as they get to know the students and to help make them become resilient and as compassionate as they can’.

In conclusion, Dylan Mordike shares with us a memory of ‘an assembly in the quad in front of the library, leading up to the first school fete when, in what was a wet, squally week, Father Simon proclaimed that the weather for the fete would be good as he had sorted it out ‘upstairs'. It was a beautiful sunny day. We didn’t have a hall to have assemblies in back then and I think that in my entire time as a student we only had about four cancelled due to weather’. 

It would appear that just like the skies on most fete days, we’ve been blessed in so many ways. But no more so than in the quality of people who have decided to return for a few more strolls along the corridors of their youth, to inspire, in turn, the youth of tomorrow.


Other past collegians on staff have included: Cait Amosa, Crawford Anderson, Nicole Bell, Liam Braithwaite, Greg Buffington, Lachlan Coventry, Seb Cox, Tina Crane, Viki Doumos, Nerida Dyne, James Graham, Gwilym Lucas, Ailsa Mackerras, Ben Marston, Kirsty McLaren, Raiph McPherson, Stuart Mitchell, Scott Pearsall, Maddie Shevlin, Alex Slater, Roslyn Stricker, Claire Taylor, Katie Taylor, Ben Waters, Georgia Weymss, Maria Whiting, Elise Woodman and Jenny Wright.

We are fine-tuning this list! So if you know of any other collegians who have been on the staff and you feel should be included on it, could you please contact Mr Huitker 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.

Could you have picked who is who without the arrows?


Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News: 13 June 2018

13 June 2018

Important calendar dates to remember as we approach the end of Term 2.

Date to Remember 

  • Thursday, 14 June – Year 5/6 Boys AFL 
  • Tuesday, 19 June – Steve Biddulph parent presentation       
  • Wednesday, 20 June – Year 6 ACT Health Survey
  • 20–22 June – Year 5/6 Drama performance – The Twits           
  • Thursday, 28 June – Last day of term for students

You know those times when you come off a long weekend and look at the calendar? With that in my mind I am keen to share one or two of these calendar reminders with you.

Firstly, the final day of this term is a staff development day – a non-pupil day. This has been scheduled to ensure that we hold to our normal number of school days, as well as Professional Learning days. Junior School staff will participate in workshops (numeracy and literacy in the main) focusing on visible thinking and consistent applications. 

Our holiday program is in full operation that day also.

Other events

  • Our Year 5/6 Drama production The Twits is on Wednesday–Friday, 20–22 June. Our students have been hard at work at all hours of the day since the beginning of the year, for this very moment in the spotlight. See details on how to purchase tickets at the end of this article.
  • Our Counsellor and Wellbeing teams have presented another great parent evening this week. ‘Parenting in the Digital Age’ resonated with many of us as parents, and there was a very healthy audience in attendance.
  • Our Junior School Leadership team is preparing to make their presentation to the College Board as we close in on our five-year International Baccalaureate Evaluation. Our paperwork is due in late July with a school evaluation visit in late August.
  • I am joining Mr Bill Weigall at the AIS ACT Teaching and Learning subcommittee next week.
  • The undercroft has welcomed a new floor, and the shade sails are not far behind. The concrete base for our new Years 3/4 rooms has been poured and the site is taking shape.
  • Our teachers have relished their long weekend, which gave them additional time to check assessments and semester reports, next steps for learning.
  • We will shortly host an Apple visit where our staff can access targeted development.
  • And, we are looking forward to watching Babe at our Radford Tribal Council Movie night on Wednesday, 27 June.

Years 5/6 Drama performance

The Years 5/6 Drama production, The Twits by Roald Dahl, directed by Kate Bettison and choreographed by Holly Cuddy, has three performances in the RA Young Hall – Wednesday–Friday, 20–22 June – commencing at 6 pm.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for school-aged children.

Book now!

Cornerstone Donors (from left) Richard Kenyon, Marcus Graham, Malcolm Lamb, Donna Driver and Colin Stewart

Radford Foundation 2018 Appeal

13 June 2018

Cornerstone Donors help launch appeal

The Radford Foundation has launched its 2018 appeal for donations.

Appropriately, the campaign was launched at the construction site of the new Secondary School commons building. Cornerstone Donors Richard Kenyon, Marcus Graham, Malcolm Lamb, Donna Driver and Colin Stewart, who made generous donations to the Foundation in its first year, were impressed with progress of the work. 

Donations of any amount are welcomed by the Radford Foundation. Those wishing to be acknowledged as a Cornerstone Donor can do so by contributing $1,000 or more by the end of 2018, at which time the Cornerstone category will be closed.

Inquiries about your proposed donation can be directed to foundation@radford.act.edu.au

The Foundation operates three funds: a Scholarship Fund, a Major Projects Fund and a General Fund. 

The Foundation Directors were honoured recently to award their first full two-year scholarship to a new student commencing Year 11 in 2019. The terms of the Scholarship recognise a student who demonstrates outstanding achievement and community involvement but whose personal financial circumstances prevent them from enrolling at the College.

The Foundation is delighted to announce three classes of donation, to take effect from 2019:
Bronze – one-off donation of $5,000 or a pledge of $1,000 per year for five years
Silver – one-off donation of $10,000 or a pledge of $2,000 per year for five years
Gold – one-off donation of $25,000 or a pledge of $5,000 per year for five years

Perpetual recognition of Cornerstone and substantial donors is under consideration and The Foundation Directors will announce their plan for this in the near future.

Read more about our Cornerstone Donors - in their own words

Mr Probyn's talk helped students to ground their understanding of political issues in real Australian and world examples.

Live from the Heath Lecture Theatre

12 June 2018

Ella Hemmings and Brendan Barry, Year 12 students

Year 12 Legal Studies students hear from ABC Political Editor and Radford parent, Mr Andrew Probyn.

By Ella Hemmings and Brendan Barry, Year 12 students

The Radford College community is incredibly fortunate to have professional parents willing to give up their time and energy to develop the learning outcomes of Radford students.  

Mr Andrew Probyn, ABC Political Editor (and father of Jonti and Clancy Probyn, Years 9 and 7 respectively), kindly did exactly that by agreeing to speak with our two Year 12 Legal Studies classes on the afternoon of 7 June.

This semester, as part of our Politics and the Law elective, we have been exploring fundamental political concepts such as power, authority and legitimacy, in a range of contexts and at a variety of levels with our Legal Studies teacher, Mrs Gregory. Having developed an understanding of the local, national and international dimensions of political activity, we found Mr Probyn’s presentation gave us the chance to not only ask a variety of questions but also to ground our understanding in real Australian and world examples.  

The question-and-answer styled presentation was broad in scope, encompassing the merits of compulsory voting, the current political discourse around gender in Australian politics, prime ministers from both sides of the political spectrum, the game-changing national and global impact of President Trump in the Oval Office, and the dynamics and tensions surrounding Australia’s relationship with China and the United States of America.  

Our sincere thanks to Mr Probyn for providing us with his insight into the complexities of working in the political arena, as well as the role that journalists perform in documenting and analysing these processes.

Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson AO, Jennifer Kerr and Principal Fiona Godfrey

Congratulations Jennifer Kerr

13 June 2018

Mick Bunworth, Director of Communications

The collegian was awarded her Charles Hawker Scholarship certificate at the Australian War Memorial on Friday.

By Mick Bunworth, Communications Manager

Earlier in the year, we reported on Jennifer Kerr’s (Class of 2017) awarding of a prestigious residential Charles Hawker Scholarship, valued at up to $60,000 over three years.

Though Jennifer and her fellow scholars are already benefitting from this generous award, living at Burgmann College and studying at the Australian National University (ANU), things have now been made official. 

Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson AO presented the four with their scholarship certificates at a ceremony at the Australian War Memorial on Friday. 

Forty friends and family, college representatives, current scholars and Trustees of the CAS Hawker Scholarship attended the function.

Now studying a combined Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics/Bachelor of Arts, Jennifer hopes to one day become ‘a leader in developing government policy’. 

She says ‘the scholarship will be of vast benefit in supporting my tertiary studies. It has inspired me to look for ways to participate and contribute to the local community and Australia following in the footsteps of Charles Hawker. The scholarship enables me to live on campus at ANU, allowing me to be more involved with the university and college community. My college also has many third-year and post-graduate students that can provide academic mentoring and support. More broadly the scholarship assists me with networking and working towards further opportunities in the future’.

We congratulate Jennifer once again, and continue to celebrates her success.

About the Scholarship

Since 1990, the Hawker Scholarship Trustees have awarded $6 million dollars to 122 Australian students, including a significant number from regional areas. These four successful candidates were awarded their residential CAS Hawker Scholarships from a strong field of 180 applicants.

The four new scholars are studying Law, Policy Studies, Engineering, Commerce, Politics, Philosophy, Economics and International Studies. The 2018 scholars have studied in Brisbane (Qld), Canberra (ACT), Sale (VIC) and Gawler (SA). 

The late Lilias Needham established the Charles Hawker Scholarship Trust, in memory of her brother. CAS Hawker Scholarships are amongst the most generous privately funded residential scholarships available to Australian undergraduate and postgraduate students.

There are a number of scholarships awarded each year. The Trustees offer them to capable students of principle and character, who have demonstrated a committed to the wider community. Selection is based on personal qualities as well as academic ability.

2019 Charles Hawker Scholarships 

Applications for the 2019 Charles Hawker Scholarships open on 3 December 2018 and close on 4 January 2019.

An application form and further information about CAS Hawker and the scholarship is available from www.hawkerscholarship.org or by contacting the secretary to the Trustees in Adelaide on 08 8127 1654.

About Jennifer Kerr

Read more about Jennifer’s success.

Screen Time will have many features, including a program that records time spent on various apps.

Apple to launch Screen Time in September

12 June 2018

Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

A new Apple tool will help parents control aspects of children’s time spent on phones and tablets.

Adapted from Tech Talk Tuesdays Screenagers blog by Delaney Ruston, MD

This could be a real game changer.

Recently, Apple announced that in September it will release a new software update – operating system iOS 12 – which will include several much-needed functions in a tool named ‘Screen Time.’

This tool helps parents control aspects of children’s time spent on phones and tablets. Google has similar controls for Android phones that can be managed through its Family Link app, but the focus here is on iPhones and iPads.

Manufacturers have long been asked to add easy screen time parental controls to their devices. Until now, parents could put apps on children’s phones to try to do things like this, but youth are able to bypass the apps by disabling the VPN, or by other means. So, Apple’s new functions are a really big deal.

Screen Time will have many features, including a program that records time spent on various apps. Currently, if someone wants to know the amount of time spent on apps, they have to download a third-party app. Parents and youth will be able to get activity reports from their ‘Family Sharing’ account in iCloud. Knowing use patterns of various apps can help direct conversations about what individual behaviors need modification. 

Screen Time will enable parents to set time limits for usage for individual apps, through the tool, ‘App Limits.’ It will even notify children when their time is almost done. This warning can help youth more calmly transition off their devices.

Now parents will be able to control the apps they do not want their children using during school hours, such as Instagram and Snapchat, while keeping others on their phones during school, such as Quizlet (an app that mimics flashcards). This function will be helpful at home as well. As I always say, ‘Sleep is Supreme.’ In iOS 12 it will be easy to set up bedtime parameters on kids’ phones and tablets.

Notifications are often a huge distraction. Parents will be able to easily control when notifications can be displayed and delivered to you (or to your child).

What we are aiming for is that through large public and small private discussions, involving young and old, our society will establish norms around tech limits (what children have access to and time limits) and technology will seamlessly support these norms.

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. 

Courtney Jacopino receives her award for 1st place

Human Condition Art Award winners

12 June 2018

Courtney Jacopino, Year 9 student

Year 9 visual art students grow through creating self-portraits for art exhibition and award at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

By Courtney Jacopino, Year 9 student

On Thursday, 7 June, the Tuggeranong Arts Centre hosted the opening of its three current exhibitions: Street Children of Kabul and other worksEntropy, and the My Human Condition Youth Art Award

The My Human Condition Youth Art Awardis inspired by the work of Myuran Sukumaran, one of the people involved in the Bali Nine incident. 

Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were co-ringleaders of a heroin chain from Indonesia to Australia. In 2005, in Kuta, Year 9 Visual Art students at the exhibition, from left, Madeleine Jiang, Jemima Green, Courtney JacopinoSukumaran was caught with large amounts of heroin. Then, on 14 February 2008, Sukumaran was sentenced to death by firing squad. He appealed but, on 29 April 2015, both Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were killed. 

During those 10 years between capture and death, Sukumaran began to paint, expressing feelings of self and his imminent death. Through this experience he changed as a person. He donated the royalties from his paintings to creative programs for his fellow prisoners. Another Day in Paradise, a large exhibition of his work, opened at Campbelltown Arts Centre and then at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre in 2018.

The My Human Condition Youth Art Award asked entrants to focus on what makes up our identity, personality, background and thoughts. This is what our Year 9 art class attempted to portray in our self-portraits. The majority of the class chose to enter the competition and 10 of our works ended up being shortlisted and featured in the exhibition. 

The My Human Condition Youth Art Award was sponsored by Aulich and was separated into two sections, Years 7 to 10 and Years 11 to 12. The prizes were the same for each section, $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $100 for third place. 

The exhibition looked amazing and there was a lot of tough competition for the prizes! All of the Radford pieces looked magnificent and there was a real turn out to see them with families and friends attending the announcement of the Award winners. 

I was lucky enough to win first prize in my section (7–10) and Jemima Green won second prize in the same section. Jemima’s work was also featured on the invitation to the event. 

On behalf of all of the Year 9 Visual Art class, I would like to thank both Ms Poland and Ms Kidston for organising our entries into the competition, the transport of the artwork and, most importantly, for their guidance. Participating in the My Human Condition Youth Art Award was a rewarding experience that allowed our entire class to grow and progress as artists. I would like to encourage anyone who has the chance to participate in this exhibition or one similar to go for it.

Lewis Martin with his shortlisted work at the exhibition

The Rivals Junior Crew received a Platinum Award, plus a High Overall Point Award and a special Judges’ Choice Award.

Success at the Rainbow Dance Competition

12 June 2018

Danielle White, Director of Movement

Our performance group and hip hop crews competed at Gungahlin College on the weekend.

By Danielle White, Director of Movement

Last weekend, the Radford Dance Academy performance group and hip hop crews participated in the Rainbow Dance Competition at Gungahlin College. 

The Rainbow National Dance Competition has been a leader in the American dance industry for the past 20 years. Now they have turned international with a five-city contest in Australia.

I was very pleased with all of our students’ behaviour, professionalism and performances. 

The results are:

  • Amelia Sutherland (Year 5) received a Platinum Award for her first time performing a solo.
  • Poppy Barlin (Year 6) received a High Gold Award for her solo.
  • Charlotte Taylor and Isabel Jiang (Year 7) received a High Gold Award and invitation to dance in New York for their Contemporary duo.
  • The Junior Performance Group competed with Jazz and Lyrical routines. They received High Gold Awards for both and a special Judges’ Choice Award for their Jazz routine.
  • Rivals Junior Crew received a Platinum Award for their routine, plus a High Overall Point Award in their category and a special Judges’ Choice Award.
  • Syndicate Senior Crew received a Platinum Award plus an Outstanding Performance Award and special Judges’ Choice Award labelled ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’. They also received a special invitation to dance in New York.

The competition was fierce, and the majority of competitors were full-time performing arts students from Sydney. 

Junior Performance Group

  • Amelia Sutherland
  • Poppy Barlin
  • Isobel Higgins
  • Jacinta Henderson
  • Charlie Lee
  • April Wickham
  • Eloise Dawe
  • Cynara Yates
  • Amelie Burns
  • Lara Parsons
  • Amber Grigg

Rivals Junior Hip Hop Crew

  • Alex Stockbridge
  • Amelia Sutherland
  • Angus Sealy
  • Poppy Barlin
  • Sam Witheford
  • Jude Barlin
  • Ella Pak Poy
  • Jacinta Henderson
  • Eva Tsiros
  • Bonnie Hardy
  • Jessi Palframan

Syndicate Senior Hip Hop Crew

  • Oliver Fox
  • Zimi Lyras
  • Madeline Nguyen
  • Isabella Rollason
  • Olivia Seymour
  • Kaitlin Barsby
  • Mia Senti
  • Kahlia Athanasiou
  • Rob Wilkinson

Well done to all. I am very proud! 

Contemporary dance classes

Please also note that from Term 3, we will offer new Contemporary dance classes at both junior and senior levels.

Registrations are now open on Radford Online.


The Syndicate Senior Hip Hop Crew

Charlotte Taylor and Isabel Jiang (Year 7)

Radford Dance Academy students at the Rainbow Dance Competition on the weekend

The Rivals in action

Radford Dance Academy students at the Rainbow Dance Competition on the weekend

Radford Dance Academy students at the Rainbow Dance Competition on the weekend

Radford has an impressive 38 teams entered in the Basketball ACT competition this season.

Winter basketball update

12 June 2018

Orhan Memedovski, Technical Director

Training information, scoring, Development Players, Player of the Month, BACT state players and winter basketball camp

By Orhan Memedovski, Technical Director

Welcome to another winter season of Radford Basketball! 

We are thrilled to once again enter a large number of teams in the competition. With 38 teams, we have a wonderful opportunity for students to participate, improve their skill and build friendships throughout the season. 

The Basketball ACT (BACT) draw is now up for the remainder of the season. Parents, staff members and students are encouraged to visit the stadiums to support our players.

Official club fixture for Radford

Training information
Students, a friendly reminder to please not loiter in the gym before or after your allocated training session. This includes shooting baskets around on the side rings, hanging out in the changerooms and eating in the gym. There have been lost basketballs, massive amounts of rubbish left around the gym and accumulating lost property, including but not limited to iPads, hats and jackets.

Students accessing the court have also been a distraction for coaches and players during training times. Please refrain from borrowing a basketball to shoot around, jumping on the mats or accessing the cricket nets without a teacher’s supervision.

The role of a Development Player
We have a number or students who are now listed as Development Players for the winter season. For information about the role of development players, please visit the Radford online basketball page this week.

BACT game scoring update
BACT is moving to new game-scoring software called ‘Courtside’. BACT states that the new program is much simpler and more intuitive than stadium scoring. All CSO and RSO will have training in the new software, including referees. BACT is confident parents will be able to do bench duty during games.  

BACT will commence the new system in Round 5, the weekend of Friday, 15 June.

View an outline of how Courtside works. This ‘Quick user guide’ will be placed on all stadium score benches for your records. 

Player of the Month
Sam Worthaisong – U14 Division 1 Boys

Sam came into the winter season with a well-earned reputation as a defensive stopper. He utilises an almost unfair combination of length and lateral quickness to lock down the best perimeter players in the competition. Sam has clearly been putting the effort into improving his offensive game, and now shows driving and finishing ability with both hands and is a reliable jumper with a quick, high release. If he continues this evolution, he has the potential to be a great player in the competition and a dangerous weapon for the U14 Division 1 Boys team. Congratulations, Sam.

BACT state players announced
Huge congratulations to the following basketballers who have been named in the ACT state basketball teams. Keep up the great work and continue to represent Radford with your talent, passion and sportsmanship!

  • U12 Girls – Jessi Palframan, Madison Scholfield, Emily Warren
  • U12 Boys – Jack Dimond, Ambrose Musgrove, Stirling Musgrove, Bailey Purvis-Smith, Byron Shaw, Max Forbutt
  • U14 Boys – Callan Dunne, Chris Kalogeropoulos, Joey Slater, Sebastian Phommaseisy, Spencer Musgrove, Tomas Genero, Vikaash Raj Munnavan
  • U14 Girls – Rena Cao, Alys Robertson, Emily Sampson, Sacha Zerger
  • U16 Girls – Emily Nguyen, Minette Kirkegaard, Stella Martin
  • U16 Boys – Benny Marr, Izaak Rankin, Andy Do, Lachlan Smith, Sujan Ipalawatte

Radford winter basketball camp
I will be running the basketball camp during the first week of the school holidays (2–6 July) from 9 am – 12 pm (possibly also in the third week, depending on numbers). 

If you are interested in attending, please email Dianne Wilson at Dianne.wilson@radford.act.edu.au with the subject ‘Winter basketball camp’.

See you on the courts!

Bookings are open for July School Holiday Programs.

July OSHC and Sports Holiday Programs

13 June 2018

Choose from OSHC Holiday and Sports Department programs these school holidays.

Radford's Outside School Hours Care and the Sports Department have done it again. The July school holiday programs couldn't be more action packed and there's something to keep every busy bee, curious cat and action hero occupied and entertained. Bookings are open now!

Outside School Hours Care Winter Holiday Programs
Places are available in Early Years (PK–Y1) and Junior School (Y2–6) programs and, as usual, they will fill fast.

Excursions include (take a deep breath): gymnastics (JS/EY), George's Marvellous Medicine (JS), Incredibles 2 (JS), Flip Out (JS/EY), Hotel Transylvania (JS), Indoor Mini Golf (JS), Dinosaur Museum (EY), iPlay (JS/EY), bushwalk to the Big Hole (JS/EY), Corin Forest (JS/EY), Birrigai (JS), Let's Play Indoor Playground (EY), Mr Maker! (JS/EY), Inflatable World (JS/EY), Dr Hubble and his Bubbles (incursion) (JS/EY).

Book now!

Early Years Booking Form
Junior School Booking Form

Sports Winter Holiday Programs
Sports school holiday programs will run again in the July school holidays for students in Years 2 to 8.

Book in now and feel free to bring siblings or friends from another school! 

Friday, 29 June: 

  • PE Games & Multi-sport: 9 am – 5 pm – a single day of fun sport/PE games.

Cost: $70 charged to student account. 

Monday, 2 July – Friday, 6 July: 

  • PE Games & Multi-sport: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Basketball with Mr Orhan Memedovski: 9 am – 12 pm with option to join PE Games & Multi-sport program in the afternoon (finishing 5 pm)  

Cost (charged to student account): 
Full day (9 am – 5 pm) $70/day or $325/week
Half day (9 am – 12 pm) $50/day or $225/week 

Monday, 16 July – Friday, 20 July: 

  • Basketball with Mr Orhan Memedovski: 9 am – 12 pm 

Cost (charged to student account): 
Half day (9 am – 12 pm) $50/day or $225/week 

Bookings and enquiries: Dianne.Wilson@radford.act.edu.au 

Image credit: Fred Murray and Joy Youlden from the JC Williamson production of The Girl Friend, 1942 (2), SJ Hood, nla.gov.au/nla.obj-154433204/view

Students say the excursion allowed them to delve deeper into Japanese culture.

Year 8 sushi train excursion

13 June 2018

By Nea E & Jess D, Year 8 students

Students are tempted by the countless Japanese delights whizzing past on the conveyor belt.

Everyone had a great time!By Nea E & Jess D, Year 8 students 

Last week, the Year 8 Japanese classes were lucky enough to take a trip to Sushi Bay in Belconnen!

We tasted a range of foods, whizzing past us on small plates around the conveyor belt. Each colourful plate held a thousand mysterious flavours that were unexpected and different from our ordinary food. 

We tasted a wide variety of foods from sushi or Maki and Nigiri to strange dishes such as fish eggs and jellyfish. The conveyor belt held a range of secrets as it continued to surprise us, bringing out even more food including dessert of green tea ice cream and black sesame ice cream, a crowd favourite. 

The vast range of food brought an exceedingly difficult task to us students, prompting us to only indulge in the things that we desperately wanted to try, before our tummies exploded from consuming way too much food caused by our curious minds wanting to know what everything tastes like.

The whole experience was a wonderful way to delve further into the culture of Japan and extend our learning in a different and unique way. We all agree that the superb meal left us both satisfied and curious about what more interesting things Japanese culture has to offer and we are excited to continue learning from our languages.



There were so many delicious tastes to experience.

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


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.

Sporting news

Sport during exam time

Please note that co-curricular sporting fixtures and training will continue as usual while exams are on.