Radford Bulletin Term 2, Week 8 – 19 June 2019

Staff Insights

Louise Wallace-Richards, Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning

From Louise Wallace-Richards - Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning

17 June 2019

'We remember the past so that we may understand the present’

By Louise Wallace-Richards, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning

This term, Secondary School teachers have attended an iTea at Daramalan College to learn how to enhance student learning through ICT. They have also developed a 7 – 10 Numeracy Scope and Sequence and refined the 7 – 10 Literacy Scope and Sequence created in 2018. Academic Leadership Community of Practice groups have researched key initiatives of the College including instructional leadership, differentiation, team teaching, curriculum review and reporting and feedback. Teacher Community of Practice groups have viewed colleagues using learning intentions, success criteria and differentiation classrooms. Other professional learning teachers have undertaken this term has focused on NCCD (Nationally Consistent Collection of Data), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), Project Based Learning, wellbeing, leadership, subject-based learning workshops and the Australian Curriculum.

In organisations, professional learning typically involves attending a conference or a workshop on an area of interest of the employee or a focus of the organisation. It generally involves a lot of sitting, listening to presentations and sometimes not enough time to discuss what you have learned during or after the workshop.

The teaching and learning approaches we are implementing in the Secondary School are seeking to ensure our students have a better experience in our classrooms than teachers sometimes have at PL! Our focus on surface, deep and transfer learning is helping to engage our students in their learning.

Another approach to teaching at Radford that gives students time to learn, experience, reflect and then take action is the service learning program led by George Huitker, Head of Service Learning and Dylan Mordike, Head of Coccurricular. The Gamilaraay trips for Year 11 and 12 students, and the Myall Creek Massacre Memorial ceremony weekend are just two of the ways our students are gaining a deeper understanding of our history, developing empathy for indigenous people, and reflecting on how they can make the future a better place.

Last week, I was privileged to attend the 2019 Myall Creek Massacre Memorial ceremony weekend with George, Dylan, Tracey Kelly and six Year 10 students. None of us are the same after this weekend. If you have the opportunity to be at Myall Creek in the future during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, I hope that you will have the chance to experience what the ten of us did.

Before the day of the ceremony, we had seen sacred sites including the Warrumbungles and Sawn Rocks in the Kaputar National Park.

Warrumbungles - Kate Daly photographer Warrumbungles - Makayla Brown photographer


We had learned about the indigenous culture of the Gamilaroi people, key details about the massacre, and visited the Myall Creek Massacre Memorial. In a 24-hour period, we had looked in awe at a sunset and nature’s beauty, and felt shame and horror at the actions of Europeans in the past. Our sombre mood was lifted though when, on a cold dark night in Tingha, we were welcomed to Country by Gamilaroi people through song and a smoking ceremony. We went to bed the night before the ceremony wondering what emotions the next day would bring.

Our Year 10 students did us proud on the day of the memorial ceremony. They read to attendees about key events of the massacre, sharing the role with students from Somerset College on the Gold Coast, and the Bingara and Inverell regions. Prior to the ceremony, they had been carefully briefed about the 1838 massacre, learning about the 28 indigenous women, children and elderly men who were murdered by ten stockmen, and about the trial that led to seven of the men being convicted of murder and hanged for their crimes: the first time non-indigenous people had been tried, convicted and punished for killing indigenous people. Nothing could prepare us for the ceremony, though, where one of the descendants of the murderers apologised to the indigenous people for the actions of their ancestor, John Fleming. Fleming had not been convicted for the murders. It was a moving moment when the indigenous people showed their appreciation of the apology and expressed their forgiveness, as a group, to the descendant.

Spirits were uplifted towards the end of the ceremony when indigenous and non-indigenous students joined together in front of the memorial and lit candles to remember the dead and look towards a better tomorrow. Led by Reverend John Brown, all in attendance made a pledge for Reconciliation:

We are here today to commit ourselves again to the hard work of reconciliation between our peoples,
We remember the past so that we may understand the present,
We commit ourselves to the task of the present so that our children and grandchildren may have a better tomorrow.

Radford group with Aunty Sue Blacklock OAM at Myall Creek MemorialThe ceremony was followed by a celebration of indigenous culture, including singing, dancing and the awarding of prizes to school children for entries in the 2019 music, writing and art Thoughts and Dreams competition. The theme for this year’s competition was Living Lingo: International Year of Indigenous Languages and our Year 9 Visual Arts students and Year 9 and 10 Music students won prizes for their entries.

We all felt very welcome at the ceremony. George and Dylan have developed a close relationship with the Gamilaroi people, and a highlight of the day was meeting Elder Aunty Sue Blacklock, OAM. Aunty Sue made time to speak with all of the Radford contingent to express her appreciation for our presence at the ceremony, hugging each of us in turn.


Seeing the place where this massacre occurred brought the true horror of the event to my mind’s eye in a way studying the event at university and teaching it to History students had never done. This outside-classroom experience has deepened my 

Kate Daly:
I will forever treasure this year’s Myall Creek service. We are so lucky to be in an environment where we are offered so many service opportunities. I am astounded at the purity, forgiveness and authenticity shown by both descendants of the perpetrators and victims. With my new knowledge from this amazing experience, I will do my best to assist our country in its journey seeking unity and equality for both indigenous and white Australians.

Oscar Wright:
Over the Myall Creek trip, I have come to forge and develop a relationship and connection with the Gamilaraay people, and Gamilaraay country. This trip has helped me to develop a new mindset that was only possible for me through creating connections and relationships with some of the people. I think I have been affected by this more than others because my family comes from Gamilaraay, and I could have been speaking with some of my very distant relatives on Sunday during the ceremony without even realising. This trip has been a great experience for me because it has opened my eyes to everything happening outside of bigger cities and towns that is not commonly known about, and has changed my outlook on the indigenous community and what we do for it as a school and a community, and what I can do to help.

Myles Johns:
Myall Creek was a trip that taught me a lot and changed me for the better. I learned of the importance between land and Indigenous, and how they value recognition so deeply in order to reconcile. And I have taken away a new mental skill set that will allow me to continue reconciling in the Canberra and also helping my friends to do so.

Harrison Lonsdale:
The trip to Myall Creek for the commemoration of the horrible massacre of aboriginal people that took place 181 years ago has been a highlight of my year. I have really valued the exposure that it has given me to aboriginal culture and our country’s landscape. As well as this, the information and statistics given to us by Mr Huitker and by various other speakers has been very eye-opening and almost scary. The idea of boys being more likely to go to jail than finish high school has inspired me to want to take action on this issue and various others that face the aboriginal community. While I do not know what actions I could take, I think it is healthy to take time to think about these issues.

Thomas Wallace-Richards
The Myall Creek massacre was a significant event in Australian history, outlining the treatment of Aboriginal people in British colonisation of Australia. Being present at the service of this tragedy enabled me to develop an understanding of the suffering by Aboriginals. Also, witnessing the reconciliation between the descendants of both murderers and victims of the tragedy was monumental in my understanding of reconciliation and recovery.

Makayla Brown:
This year’s Myall Creek trip will forever hold a special place in my heart. The reality that indigenous people are faced with is shocking. With all the kindness and acceptance our group was presented with by Indigenous Elder Auntie Sue, I will definitely try my hardest to take care of the earth and of others.

Aunty Sue embraces Radford students

Chaplain Fr Richard Browning

Chaplain's Reflection: Going Pentecostal

17 June 2019

Unleashing the immense power of the Holy Spirit

It is a dangerous thing to pray to the Holy Spirit. If you dare, it means you are laying your soul and your life bare, to resurrection possibilities. And yet in the College Prayer, we do: 

Great Creator God, … breathe your Spirit over this land and awaken us …

As you many of you know, my worst nightmare leaving school was the idea of becoming a priest. Not your typical teenage anxiety, I am sure! The only reason this idea entered my mind is because my father was a priest and I had enough old ladies in church say ‘you’ll grow up to be just like your father’ to loath the very idea of it. And anyway, as I would later discover, Physiotherapy was so fulfilling, so why would I? But in my own faith journey, when you are brought to the mountain top and encounter the living Christ, praying to the Holy Spirit is as much a dare as a kind of necessity. But dangerous! Inviting the Spirit in risks everything being blown open – anything becomes possible. 

And here I am, Anglican Priest, chaplain at Radford: enthralled and engaged in the lives of young hearts and minds. 

Great Creator God, …
breathe your Spirit over this land and awaken our senses,
fill us with light …

The Spirit of God has another name – the spirit of truth. The truth should never be shunned or avoided, but embraced – for in its embrace comes freedom and dark corners are uncovered and lit up. 

In light of recent royal commissions, all of us are challenged. All, including religious institutions and sometimes especially so, are rightly challenged. And as we mount a defence, surely it is for justice and not for the structural institution? From our Judeo-Christian tradition: if not for truth, then not with the Spirit; and if not for the other, then not for God. 

Dare we pray: Breathe your Spirit here, that with Christ your Son, we would live in truth. 

The Spirit of God is always democratising – grace and love and justice are never stockpiled, hoarded, selective or constrained. 

Dangerous it is to pray to the Holy Spirit. For a power is released, not for our own self-interest or blessing, but for a common good, through us. To pray is to be moved to act. And to act is to join in God’s dangerous work of liberation, redistribution of power and radical solidarity with others, of reconciliation and resurrection life.


Great Creator God
You sing.
So breathe
your Holy Spirit,




Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

JS News, 19 June 2019

19 June 2019

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Farewell, Paul Southwell, Strength-Based Parenting, student "shout-outs"

Dates for your diary

Wed 19 – Fri 21 June

Year 5/6 Drama Performances of Luke Lloyd Alienoid

Thursday 20 June

Year 6 Excursion to Floriade
KCH & KSG Airport Excursion
Year 3 Exc to Questacon 

Friday 21 June

KLP & KAS Airport Excursion 

Monday 24 June

PreK Excursion to Birrigai
Year 3-6 Interschools Tennis 

Wednesday 26 June

JS Movie Night (SOLD OUT)

Thursday 27 June

Year 5/6 Visiting Author
Year 3 Strings Concert

Farewell Paul Southwell

There were many favourable tributes and heartfelt moments, reflecting on Paul Southwell’s contribution to the College at the Junior School Celebration last Friday. 

We acknowledged Paul’s significant influence in the Junior School during the past twelve years.  The uniqueness in his approach towards his work, and relentless encouragement of students in reading challenges, were celebrated with a poetic response, heartfelt messages and warm anecdotes, an adaptation of an ABBA song, beautifully sung by our Year 4-6 students, along with many vivid and expressive images that captured the essence of Mr Southwell. The celebration ended with a very moving rendition of the Irish Blessing sung by the more than 800 students in attendance. 

Mr Southwell’s parting message urged our students to continue learning; to not be afraid to fail; learn from any mistakes and to keep reading!

Paul Southwell in the Magic Bathtub  Guard of Honour for Paul Southwell


Year 5 & 6 Performance

Y5Y6 Production: Luke Lloyd AlienoidYear 5 and 6 students will be performing the drama production Luke Lloyd Alienoid.

Performances are on Wed 19, Thurs 20 and Friday 21 June in the TB Millar Hall. The play promises to be a lot of fun, with the odd lesson or two about life at school.

Read more about the production

Buy tickets online now 



Keren will be representing Radford in the Rostrum final

We are very proud of Keren Zhang who is representing Radford Junior School this Thursday evening at the local Rostrum final. 

Keren won the Radford round earlier in the month with her speech titled Earthquakes. 

Strength-Based Parenting

Following on from the presentation at the EWC meeting last week, a number of parents enquired as to how they can support and reinforce the ideas our wonderful Junior School staff present in the Wellbeing Program in the Junior school.   

One focus of the Junior School Wellbeing Program is recognising and building Character Strengths. 

“A strong child is a child who can play to his strengths while simultaneously working on his weaknesses because his solid self-identity gives him the sturdy foundation necessary to acknowledge and address the areas he needs to improve.”  

The Strength Switch. How the new Science of Strength-Based Parenting Helps Your Child and your Teen Flourish, by Lea Waters

The Strength Switch - cover

Lea Waters’ excellent book provides an insight into the science of strength-based approaches to wellbeing and how parents can integrate these ideas and approaches into their parenting.   

Waters urges parents to remember the importance of identifying and focusing on children’s strengths. Waters says many people are concerned that by focusing on strengths, we are ignoring weaknesses, and thereby raising our children to be unrealistic and overconfident about themselves.   

In response to this, Waters says:

“Let me be clear that Strength-Based Parenting isn’t about lavishing kids with false and excessive praise…if anything SBP drives home the point that our strengths make us unique, but they don’t make us special - because everyone has strengths…. What is special is how we learn to use them in ways that are good for us and others.”

In this book, Waters helps us, as parents, identify our children’s strengths.  Waters suggests to truly tune into your child’s strengths, there are three elements to consider: 

  1. Do I see Performance?  (being good at something)
  2. Do I see Energy?  (feeling good doing it)
  3. Do I see High Use?  (choosing to do it) 

To possess a true strength, all of these elements exist and feed into each other. That is, if I notice that my child is energized when throwing a frisbee, I might provide enjoyable opportunities for them to play and practise frisbee throwing more. If they are cultivating a true strength, they will likely practise more; which will improve performance and positively energise them, further. As a parent, it starts with me tuning into their energy, interests and drive. 

Waters also discusses ways parents can cultivate strengths in children, particularly focusing on skills and qualities such as attention, gratitude, mindfulness and self-regulation.  Waters considers ways parents can have strength-based conversations with their children around offering meaningful praise, feedback and problem solving.  Finally, Waters explores how to support children when things go wrong, by understanding how their strengths might help them to deal with challenges, setbacks or weaknesses.


Have a look at the terrific holiday activities available in the OSHC Holiday Program and the Sports Holiday Program


Shout Outs

All Junior School staff are encouraged to ‘Shout Out’ to a student who has demonstrated a Learner Profile Attribute, PYP Attitude or Character Strength throughout each fortnight.  


KCH – Grayson Szigetvari for showing creativity. 

KSG - Fraser Treloar for his enthusiasm and love of learning. 

KLP – Sloane Milner for always being principled and showing a commitment to her learning. 

KAS - Lincoln Dalton for being knowledgeable. 

Year 1 

1MH – Jaden French for displaying creativity and commitment with his writing 

1RJ – Elodie Hoyle for always displaying creativity by adding her personal flair to everything she does 

1AT- Luka Bulum for displaying curiosity in his learning and showing zest and humour in his interactions with others 

1AJ -  Maya Travers for using reflective skills to improve her work. 

Year 2 

2KH – Ava Osbourne for being a principled and creative learner. 

2SD – Dinugi Weerabaddana Dissanayake for being principled and showing a love of learning. 

2DG - Henry Moss for being creative and a thinker when working on area in maths. 

2LM – Cody Sullivan for showing interest and enthusiasm in creative endeavours. 

Year 3 

3MK - Will Brown for his commitment to learning and improvement in writing. 

3JC - Calvin Phan for showing leadership and taking action and responsibility for his learning. 

3RS – Xander Barber being a thinker when reflecting on the Art Gallery Excursion.  

3HO - Joshua Li for his enthusiasm and love of questioning when visiting the National Gallery of Australia. 

3RB -  Hamilton Ryan for demonstrating excellent work ethic and striving to improve his handwriting

Year 4 

4NK – Freja Moran for her commitment to learning and thoughtful consideration towards others. 

4JC - Sonja Lubiejewski for demonstrating gratitude and kindness 

4KP - Amelie Phounpadith for her persistence and commitment to learning. 

4BF – Owen Scowcroft for being a thinker when reflecting on the class novel 

4TM – Isaac Waldren for always showing curiosity and wanting to deepen his knowledge across all areas.  

Year 5 

5TM – Flynn McKinney for his commitment and the love of learning he demonstrates, particularly through his science experiment. 

5RR - Natalie Tam for showing persistence and commitment in our Government provocation.

5BL – Rachael Baldwin for demonstrating resilience and commitment throughout this term. 

5SW – Kevin Munnavan for demonstrating persistence and positivity when managing challenges 

Year 6 

6TW – Makayla Paton for being committed and using self-regulation to help her complete an excellent summative task. 

6DM – Miranda Hadlow for striving to be reflective and a thinker when editing and recrafting her writing. 

6HB – Anya Arora for demonstrating consistent commitment to learning and thoughtful leadership. 

6TF - Danny Tran for consistently displaying enthusiasm for learning and being knowledgeable. 



Library Mrs PW - Fraser Treloar (KSG) for being a terrific communicator when he discusses stories.

Library Mrs Hind – Annabelle Miles (1RJ) for consistently demonstrating kindness towards her classmates. 

Mrs Ross – Miles Greig for being an independent learner and working with determination. 


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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

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Chicken Pox Advice Sheet

17 June 2019

Claire Melloy - Assistant Principal, Student Development

NSW Health Chicken Pox and Shingles fact sheet attached

Sophie Davis, College Nurse

Over the past week we have had a confirmed case of chicken pox in Year 7.

Chicken pox (Varicella) is a highly contagious virus that is passed by person-to-person contact. Please do not send students to school if they have any of the symptoms of chicken pox. These may include mild headache, fever or feeling unwell with a rash. The initial spots look similar to mosquito bites - usually on the body, arms, face and neck. The rash progresses to fluid-filled blisters that finally crust over and dry. The incubation period is usually 14-21 days, with the students being contagious 1-2 days before the onset of the rash. Students must be excluded from school until ALL lesions are crusted over, usually 6-7 days.

Immunisation is recommended for healthy children, adolescents and adults who have not had a documented case of chickenpox,or have not been previously vaccinated. The vaccination is not 100% effective but should they get the disease, it will be milder and shorter in duration.

Please read the attached  NSW Health Fact Sheet on Chicken Pox and Shingles carefully and seek medical attention as required.


Radford College Parents and Friends Association Inc

P&F June update

18 June 2019

Monique Glavonjic, P&F Publicity Officer

It's your P&F! Read the June update


In this edition...

From the President

  • Bus Services Change Petition
  • Art Show
  • Morison Centre Opening 

Trivia Night
Bookings now open for this fun and fabulous event!

Twilight Fete

Secondhand Uniform Shop
Hours and contacts

Read P&F update

Radford students assist the work of OzHarvest

Giving Groups: OzHarvest Extension

18 June 2019

This Giving Group supports Radford students' existing work with OzHarvest

By Radford Reporter, Hannah Hosick Year 7

This past semester Radford College students have been participating in Giving Groups, one being the OzHarvest extension. 

OzHarvest is a food rescue organisation dedicated to helping and supporting those who can’t afford or access nutritious foods.  OzHarvest founded in 2004 by Ronni Kahn, after she noticed the large volume of food that was going to waste in the hospitality industry. The organisation started in Sydney, and had delivered 4,000 meals within a month. The organisation now operates nationally and rescues more than 180 tonnes of food every week. OzHarvest has over 3,500 food donors, including hotels, supermarkets, farmers and catering companies. 

The Radford College students participating in the Giving Group work alongside the organisation helping to prepare meals. The ingredients are delivered to the school on Tuesdays and the Giving Group members help prepare the ingredients for the Year 10 students who participate in the OzHarvest cooking co-curricular activity on Wednesday afternoons. After the Year 10 students have completed cooking, OzHarvest comes to Radford and collects the meals. 

The Giving Group’s aim is to help support the work of OzHarvest. The students’ participation in the OzHarvest extension helps to achieve the elimination of hunger and food waste, providing the disadvantaged and those who are destitute with nutritious and fresh meals. 

The students enjoy cooking and want to give back to the community. They would like to help the community and believe participating in the OzHarvest Extension is a way to do so.


The meals prepared by the students go to homeless shelters, refugees, youth centres and university residences. The students are excited to be a part of the OzHarvest extension, and look forward to working with the organisation in the future.

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Giving Groups: Junior School Helpers

18 June 2019

By Radford Reporter, Charlotte Taylor Year 8

Helping me, helping you - the giving that is also receiving

By Radford Reporter, Charlotte Taylor Year 8 

Every fortnight, students from Y7-Y12 walk from the Secondary School over to the Junior School to teach, help, and make new relationships with the “little kids”. This Giving Group helps students to connect with one another while also making new friends and having a lot of fun. They complete fun activities like scavenger hunts, PE games and artworks, while learning about Radford and the environment around them. These generous secondary school students are not only helping fellow students, but they’re helping each other and themselves to become better people. Some students say that they just enjoy being in the classrooms watching the kids grow into individuals. These are some responses I got from some students I interviewed.

“I like having the big kids helping me with my work”- Sophie Linton Yr. 2

“I like being able to visit the junior school and get to know the students and help them with their schoolwork. I think that giving groups allow students to involve themselves more in the Radford community”- Emily Gates Yr. 12

The most valuable moment I took back from that session is that every time the helpers walked through the door, or the smiles that lit up on their faces, the mood in the room lightens and the students instantly have this positive energy that is contagious.


Helping in the Junior School Helping in the Junior School




















Enthusiastic juniors competing in Cross Country

Sports Report, 19 June 2019

17 June 2019

Sports Department

Cross Country, Rugby, Cricket, SSACT Selections

2019 ACT Cross Country Championships

On Wednesday 12 June, Radford was well-represented at the ACT Cross Country Championships, with 47 students from Year 3 through to Year 12 competing in the event.

Congratulations to Joe Whithear who placed 2nd in the 11 years boys, and Emily Watson who took home 3rd in the 13 years girls.

Radford students who placed in the top 10 for their age groups included:

  • Kaiya Barsby, 10 years girls
  • Otis Hibberd, 11 years boys
  • Amber Smith-Gibson, 12 years girls
  • Holly Denman, 12 years girls
  • Clancy Probyn, 13 years boys
  • Sophia de Castella, 14 years girls
  • Madison Gordon, 14 years girls
  • Jacob Miller, 14 years boys
  • Molly Lilley, 15 years girls
  • Toby Lang, 16 years boys
  • Lily Smith-Saarinen, 17+ years girls
  • Grace Kuchlmayr, 17+ years girls 

Congratulations to Amber Smith Gibson on her selection in the 12&U ACT Girls Football team to play at the Australian School Sport National Championships in Canberra in August.

Congratulations to Grace Kuchlmayr, Lachlan Reid, Amber Smith Gibson and Jake Smith Gibson on their selection in the NSW Country Academy Cricket Squads for 2019.

Congratulations to:

  • U9 Boys who had another great win against Gungahlin Eagles, 35 to 25. 
  • U18 girls also had an impressive win over Royals with a 36 to 0 win. 

U9 Rugby

The U18 Boys played a tough game against Vikings with a 31 – 22 loss. 


School Sports ACT Selection Trials
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

ACT 15&U Boys and Girls Volleyball

  • Trial 1 – 13th June, 4:00-5:30pm - Lyneham Hockey Centre - COMPLETED
  • 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   


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Collegian News: Melissa Aston-Welberry

17 June 2019

Collegians Association

Melissa graduated in the Class of 1990, and is now a television journalist

From: Radford Collegians Association

The sixth instalment of the Collegians' video series features Melissa Aston-Welberry.

Melissa with Principal, Peter Casson (centre) and Deputy Principal Graeme Wigg (L)Melissa graduated from Radford College in 1990, and was College Captain. 

She is now a television journalist who has worked for both the ABC and Channel 10.

Watch the video: Melissa Aston-Welberry

Disneyland Anaheim, California

Radford Dance Academy - Performance Group 2020 Tour to Disneyland

14 June 2019

Danielle White

Travel to LA for dance workshops

RDA Performance Group Tour to Disneyland 2020

In the 2020 July School Holidays, Radford Dance Academy will be taking its first team of dancers over to LA to perform at Disneyland, Universal Studios and take workshops with LA’s top industry leaders.

Information Evening
Radford will hold an information evening with the tour company in Term 3, 2019.

When:  Monday 29 July 5.30pm
Where: Dance Studio, Rm 1.5 (directly behind Principal's Building)

All prospective students interested in joining performance groups for 2020 should express interest to Danielle White, Director of Dance, via email prior to Monday 29 July 2019. Auditions will be held in Term 3, 2019 for final 2020 groups.

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.

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

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

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.



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

4 June 2019

P&F Association

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P&F crest


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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. 

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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.


Music recitals - Term 2 and Term 3

Music recital schedule for Term 3

Chinese Exchange - host families needed urgently, please!

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