Radford Bulletin Term 2, Week 9 – 26 June 2019

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Radford College Principal

From the Principal

26 June 2019

Busy end to the semester, College phone upgrade and outage, congratulations to PBS Builders, appointment of New Head of Junior School, feedback on College Service Learning program

Busy End to the Semester
The end of an academic term is traditionally very busy and even though our senior students conclude early in Term 2, this term has not been any different. In fact, over the past week, we have had several major events within the College, including the Year 5/6 Production, Radford Rocks, Principal’s Tours, AST trial examinations, Score Checking Day and the inaugural Secondary School Grandparents Day.

This year’s Year 5/6 Production was a hilarious, contemporary play called Luke Lloyd: Alienoid, written by award-winning screenwriter, John Armstrong. The script follows Luke, a smart, shy and highly imaginative student who has no friends at school. It is Luke’s mission to defeat the class bully, with the assistance of his dog Astro, the class mouse Kevin, and his baby sister Lola. Along the way he learns the truth of his father’s existence.

The play, directed by Ali Clinch and produced by Nick Akhurst, was incredibly entertaining and in a humorous way, explored a number of very relevant themes for students of this age, including bullying, the importance of belonging, use of technology and the power of friendships. The play also showcased the talents of the cast members, and the accompanying sound and lighting was of a very high standard. Congratulations to all staff and students involved.

After having the privilege of attending the Yr 7/8 and Yr 9/10 Recitals two weeks ago, it was quite a change in tempo at Radford Rocks last week. The event, which at times tested my eardrums, really highlighted the range in ages of students who are involved in the co-curricular music program. It was quite inspirational to be listening one minute to highly accomplished senior students, and then the next minute, watching much younger Junior School students starting off on their musical journey. Thank you to Kirsten Knight, Emily Leong and all the other staff involved in co-curricular music for allowing us to experience such a range in musical styles from a diverse group of students.

Although ‘Grandfriends Day’ has been an annual fixture on the school’s calendar in the Junior School for a long time, until last week, we had not invited the grandparents of our Secondary School students into the College. Combining the event with a Foundation Morning Tea, we opened our doors to allow grandparents to observe the school in action, have a tour of the campus and hear about the strategic direction of the College, including the development of our Foundation and future plans for the development of the campus.

Grandfriends Day, Secondary School Grandfriends Day, Secondary School Grandfriends Day, Secondary School

The turnout of grandparents on the day was quite staggering. In talking to a number of the attendees over morning tea, it was interesting to note that many of them were parents of former Radford students, and now as grandparents, were keen to see how the school had developed and changed over time. It is great to see that we are now experiencing a multi-generational association with Radford with some families. In all reality, it may not be too long before we have our third generation of Radford students from the one family entering the College.

College phone upgrade and outage next week
The College is currently in the process of upgrading its phone system. The IT Department has been working to make this transition as smooth as possible, however, part of the upgrade means changing our phone network provider. This will result in a short outage next Monday 1 July between 10 am and 11 am. People ringing the College during this time will get a busy tone or a message stating the number is not in use. The upgraded phone network is expected to be operational shortly after 11 am.

Congratulations to PBS Builders
Last week the College received wonderful news that the builders who worked on the Junior School Specialist Centre, the Ridge Building (i.e. the Years 3 and 4 building) and the Morison Centre had won a significant award for their work on the Ridge building.

PBS Building won the Master Builders’ Association ACT People’s Choice Awards for the `Commercial Building Less Than $20 million’ category. This is a great testament to the care and precision that PBS put into the development of that building and we were delighted for them that they have received such an accolade.


Deputy Principal Head of Junior School Andy Gordon

Appointment of New Head of Junior School
As was detailed in a special message last Friday, we are delighted to have appointed Mr Andy Gordon to the role of Head of Junior School from the beginning of Term 4.

As you would be aware from that message, Andy is currently the Head of Primary at John Paul College in Brisbane, a position he has held for the past seven years. He has also held a number of other senior roles in independent Junior Schools in south west Queensland, as well as taking on leadership roles within professional educational groups and associations.

Although Andy will not formally join us until the start of Term 4, we have organised for him to come to Canberra on a couple of occasions in Term 3. In addition to attending our Board Retreat in early August, we have organised for him to come to Canberra on 5/6 September. We were going to organise a special event on the Thursday night for Junior School parents to meet with Andy, but given the Fathers Day Breakfast is on the following morning, we thought it best to combine the two, and invite both mums and dads to the Breakfast. Invitations will follow in Term 3.

Students of the Junior School will have an opportunity to meet with Mr Gordon over the two days he is visiting, as we will organise a series of class visits. In addition, I am confident there will also be many other impromptu opportunities for students to get to know Mr Gordon as he walks the Junior School campus.


Personal Feedback About the Value of Service Learning Program
There is no doubt that Radford College is well known in Canberra for the value it places on its Service Learning Program. This is a program that has developed over a number of years, and one in which the College has deeply invested.

The program formally begins in Years 9 and 10 with a compulsory minimum number of hours of service program but then continues in Years 11 and 12 with optional activities such as the ‘G Trips’ and the Timor-Leste visit. Both of these groups left on the weekend, and I am pleased to report that they have arrived safely to their destinations and are already doing wonderful work alongside the communities with which they work.

Although we regularly get positive feedback from the organisations with which we have partnerships, it was a sobering reminder of the importance of our students’ service work, when I received late last week a long and detailed email from one of the people who has benefitted from our students’ work with Yellow Van and Oz Harvest.

I want to share some of this email to highlight the importance of our students’ work and efforts:

I just wanted to give a big shout out to Radford teachers and students involved in the Oz Harvest component of the Radford Awareness and Service-Learning program (RAS) and deliver some positive feedback from the coal-face.

A bit about me. I recently found myself homeless after a series of difficulties in my personal life. Fortunately, I was able to secure a temporary roof over my head (and other helpful assistance) through Catholic Care’s supported accommodation program for men, and I thank the Good Lord that our paths crossed when they did. Prior to Catholic Care’s intervention, I was facing the very real prospect of rough sleeping and had never felt so scared, confused, helpless or invisible in my entire life!

I have been resident in the supported accommodation program for about three weeks now, and Thursday afternoons have quickly become my favourite time of the week. You see, that is when the guys from Oz Harvest drop in. Whilst the bread, fruit and vegetables are much appreciated, they are not exactly exciting. The individually packaged meals prepared by Radford students, however, really float my boat!! A couple of weeks back, the guys from Oz Harvest were accompanied by a selection of curried sausages, roast vegetables, apple and cinnamon crepes and cottage pie, all expertly whipped up by Radford students, and sufficient in number to fill our freezer!! Last week, the quantity of ‘Radford meals’ (as we have affectionately come to call them) declined, but the chicken and mushroom crepes were a standout: five stars!!

Not only are the ‘Radford meals’ delicious, Radford students are contributing to the “elimination of hunger and food waste” and providing “disadvantaged people with nutritious and fresh meals”.[1] Perhaps the greatest outcome, from the point of view of a beneficiary at the coal-face, is that the ‘Radford meals’ really help to reduce the burden of complex and difficult personal circumstances. Rather than worrying about where the next meal is coming from, people can work towards overcoming said circumstances, whatever they may be, secure in the knowledge that there is a tasty dinner or two waiting in the fridge. A worthwhile analogy is found in the idiom ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’. This idiom refers to something seemingly minor or trivial that, in a situation full of accumulating difficulties, causes an extreme or disproportionate burden, reaction or failure. The idea is one of a camel suffering under the burden of an enormous load, such that the additional weight of one, final piece of straw becomes the tipping point, causing the camel to collapse. My recent experience led me to feel burdened in a similar way to the poor hypothetical camel. The ‘Radford meals’ served to reduce my burden and, thus, represent the straw that was removed from, or wasn’t placed on, my back. In that sense, the ‘Radford meals’ are the polar opposite of minor or trivial; they probably save people’s lives, in all likelihood, prevent much trauma for many others, and reduce the burden faced by hundreds more. Deserving kudos to the Radford teachers and students involved in the RAS and to the Radford College community more broadly, for supporting such a meaningful program. Really, the depth of my gratitude cannot be overstated, and I’m sure many other beneficiaries feel the same.

Not only do Radford College and their students do a whole bunch of great things in the wider community, it is apparent that I have much to be thankful for on a very personal level. So, a huge THANK YOU, to all and sundry from Radford College, especially the students!! Keep up the great work!!

For me, this email says so much about the importance of our program, and the need for us to continue to educate our students about the importance of giving back to our community.

Chaplain Fr Richard Browning

Chaplain's Reflection: Going Pentecostal II

25 June 2019

Reflecting on World Refugee Day, and the Year 9 Worn Soles Refugee Empathy Program

This is how I began last week’s reflection

 It is a dangerous thing to pray to the Holy Spirit. If you dare, you lay your soul and life bare to resurrection possibilities. 

I ended the reflection with these words: 

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. 

So how to act? 

On the day of writing, it is World Refugee Day. The last week of term for Year 9 students engages them in the Worn Soles project, which is a Refugee Empathy Program which runs over three days. Speakers include Felix Machiridza - refugee, human rights activist, musician from Zimbabwe; Garang Bul - refugee, basketball coach, community worker from South Sudan; and Collegian Bridget Chivers, who worked in Greece’s largest refugee camp on the island of Lesbos.  Other activities include a UN Youth Workshop and a Q&A with the panel comprising Andrew Leigh, MP, investigative journalist Jack Waterford and Bridget Chivers. 

There are millions of refugees and new wars and further climate disruption will trigger more human movement. Going ‘Pentecostal’ is about moving in the world as God might, animated by the Spirit of Christ. The roots of the modern Pentecostal movement are found among the poor and disadvantaged, centring initially around the Asuza Street revival in Los Angeles, 1906. Women and African-Americans were commonly among its leaders and the Spirit stirred energy first for a shared justice, not individual prosperity. This energy is called ‘mission’. 

The Anglican Church has five marks of mission that serve as tests to how faithful we are in following Christ Jesus. Serving the common good has always been at the heart of our faithfulness: 

  • proclamation of the faith;
  • formation in the faith;
  • merciful attention to the needs of brokenness;
  • vigorous work of justice attending to the causes of brokenness;
  • care for the sacredness of the created order. 

At last year’s Synod (our diocesan church parliament), a motion was made and accepted entitled ‘the erosion of compassion’. 

By accepting the motion, the Synod stated that:

current Federal leaders (on both sides of parliament) are preoccupied with internal matters and disconnected from the communities they represent. The Synod affirmed the Christian values of kindness, compassion and the intrinsic value of each person and lamented that kindness, compassion and treating people with dignity is being eroded in our society.

Four specific examples were given:

  • treatment of some asylum seekers and refugees resulting in significant physical and mental health problems and the separation of families;
  • persistent inequality and the winding back of income safety nets;
  • fear-mongering and division, instead of on fostering social harmony and unity; and
  • policies that undermine the capacity of charities to speak out against wrongs. 

Bishop Dr Stephen Pickard, a member of the College Board, has said the following about refugees:

To welcome the seeker of asylum is a Christ-like gesture in accord with the deepest dimension of our common humanity. Such a response is encapsulated in the following somewhat free rendering of those haunting words of Jesus at the end of Matthew’s Gospel. The subject, of course, is the final judgment (Matt 25:31-46):

31 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations including Australia will be gathered before him, and the Lord will separate people and governments, one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was an asylum seeker and you gave me safe haven in your own home; I didn’t have a visa or passport but you treated me a child of God; I was a stranger who couldn’t speak the language and you welcomed me with the language of love, 36 I was frightened and with barely the clothes on my back and you clothed me with kindness and care, I had lost loved ones in conflicts and persecutions and you comforted me, I was in detention and despairing of life itself and you never gave up until I was freed.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you an asylum seeker and welcomed you, or without visa or passport and treated you as a child of God, a stranger of different race and language, sick, afraid and befriended you, in detention and we became an advocate for your plight? And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these asylum seekers and refugees, you did it to me.’

Compassion and Truth are names for God. These values of Radford College take us from where we are and more deeply into Christ-likeness, into prayer, and into action. And light is shone into dark places, within ourselves, as much as places and institutions. In my own faithfulness, I frequently ask myself: what does living in truth look like? What does rising with compassion mean? What might we be doing when we walk in wisdom? In practical terms, it takes us closer in partnership with the local South Sudanese community. It means we are not afraid to ask questions. It means, maybe, when we pray the College Prayer, we should be trembling, for it turns us towards the world, to act. 

At the time of publication of this article, I am on Radford’s eleventh trip to Timor-Leste with another cohort of amazing students and colleagues. Every blessing to your home and those you love. Practise the art of knowing each other and loving each other with relentless, small acts of kindness, moment after moment. Do this in the knowledge that Jesus’ hands bear the marks of a constant, costly love, whose presence is imminent, unwavering, tender, unconditionally loving.





Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

JS News, 26 June 2019

26 June 2019

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Diary dates, congratulations on drama production, staffing, reports, end of term

Dates for your diary

Thursday 27 June        Last Day of Term 2, Year 5/6 Visiting Author, Year 1 Footsteps Dance Lessons, Year 3 Strings Concert

Monday 22 July           First Day of Term 3

Year 5 and 6 Production

Year 5/6 Production

Congratulations to everyone involved in the Luke Lloyd: Alienoid show.

It was highly entertaining and most enjoyable. Bringing together any performance of this standard and quality is never easy and not to be taken for granted.

The many hours of hard work were apparent in both the quality of the production and the level of enjoyment and success experienced by the students involved. 


Luke Lloyd production


Term 3 Staffing

We wish to advise that Andrew Sullivan (PE) and Sandra Kalogeropoulos (Year 5/6 Student Support) will each be taking long service leave in Term 3.

We welcome Jared Cox and Lisa Sintonen to cover Andrew’s PE classes. Bruce Willett will work in Student Support. 

Julie Smith, one of our Junior School counsellors, will be on leave for the remainder of 2019. Emily McIntyre will be increasing her time in the Junior School, supporting students and families.   

On the first day of student holidays, the Junior School teachers will be participating in Professional Learning. This will involve:   

  • Teachers exploring understandings around spelling
  • Specialist staff undertaking transdisciplinary planning with a PYP workshop leader.

Holiday programs

The OSHC and Sports holiday programs offer many opportunities for our students to stay active and connected during the school break.

Semester 1 Reports

Junior School staff have worked consistently to monitor student progress, conducting assessments and identifying next steps for learning. Junior School Semester I reports will be available online next week.

We value strong partnerships between home and school. If you have any concerns or wish to discuss your child’s progress, please contact your child’s teacher or me, karen.mahar@radford.act.edu.au 

End of Term 2

It seems there’s much to celebrate this term. Effective teaching practices, meaningful learning, opportunities for sport, performances in drama and music, and a wide range of co-curricular activities. 

Radford aims to be more than a learning institution. We seek to provide an environment where staff work hard, students feel valued and all of us have a sense of belonging and feel connected. Friendships and lessons in life are available for all to experience. We encourage people to feel proud of their efforts. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone after the break, refreshed and ready for all that Term 3 has to offer. 

Holiday trading hours for the secondhand and new uniform shops

Uniform Shops: holiday trading

25 June 2019


Hours for the P&F secondhand shop and the Perm-A-Pleat new uniform shop

Uniform shops holiday hours - July 2019

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Plans to Pedagogy 2019

24 June 2019

Lisa Plenty, Radford P2P Leader

We continue our research partnership with the University of Melbourne

By Lisa Plenty, Radford P2P Leader

This year, we continue our partnership with the University of Melbourne, conducting action research into our use of learning spaces through the Plans to Pedagogy (P2P) Project. Through this ongoing inquiry, teams of teachers are working collaboratively to trial models of learning and teaching that will provide optimal experiences for our students. 

In the Secondary School, our focus this year is on establishing Radford-specific recommendations for team teaching, where teachers plan and deliver learning experiences collaboratively. Our Junior School team is investigating and planning for the Year 5-6 Inquiry Space, which will be renovated over the next six months. 

The infographic below has been developed in collaboration with our mentors from the University of Melbourne, to summarise our purpose, progress and ongoing planning.

Plans to Pedagogy infographic



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SchoolTV: Positive Parenting

17 June 2019

Claire Melloy - Assistant Principal, Student Development

This edition emphasises the importance of a close relationship with a supportive adult.

From: Claire Melloy - Assistant Principal, Student Development

Despite the best efforts of parents around the world, the reality is, there is no such thing as the ‘perfect parent’, however, arming yourself with the right information is a good start.

Supportive relationships are very important

Research shows that one of the most important protective factors in the lives of young people is a close relationship with a supportive adult. With the challenges to the mental health of today’s young people, parents need to familiarise themselves with practical skills, knowledge and strategies when it comes to raising children.

Some parents today are over-protective, resulting in children being less independent, unable to problem-solve or self-regulate. Some parents are failing to set clear boundaries, which can make kids feel less secure. There can be too much pressure on kids today. Parents sometimes fill their days with too many activities, to avoid their child’s boredom.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn some strategies for primary and secondary school-aged children.

If you have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the College Counsellors, or seek medical or other professional help.











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Secondary School Chess

24 June 2019

Shiyamar Sivapatham, Chess Captain

Tough competition at the North Canberra Secondary School chess competition

By Shiyamar Sivapatham, Chess Captain 

On 6 June 2019, Ricky Luo, Shrey Maheshwari, Max Webster, Tim Ly, William Brake, Rohan Wilson, and I went to Melba Copland Secondary School to participate in the yearly North Canberra Secondary School chess competition. With over 30 students present, Radford students enjoyed the day playing against some tough opponents, and learned to use the given 15 minutes of time to make moves wisely. 

The ranking of schools in this year’s competition was based on individual results. Even with this added ‘advantage’, Radford only managed to come fourth, with Lyneham High School taking the top three spots. Nevertheless, Radford is still eligible to enter the South Canberra Open Secondary Zone Championship to be held in Term 3. 

For further information about Radford’s Secondary School Chess club, please contact, Bradley van den Heuvel, our new Secondary School Chess Manager at bradley.vandenheuvel@radford.act.edu.au






Radford Rocks 2019, all photos by Alan Lee

Radford certainly DID rock!

24 June 2019

By Josh Daffern, Ensembles Captain

A sensational night of all things rock, and rockers from Y5 to Y12

By Josh Daffern, Ensembles Captain 

Last Wednesday evening’s Radford Rocks concert was certainly a night of great musicians, and drummers too (boom boom chhhh!). With amazing bands featuring students all the way from Years 5 and 6 up to our senior students in Years 11 and 12, music ranging from pop to metal, and plenty of truly awful music jokes thrown in for good measure, the evening’s audience was treated to a fantastic rock concert. 

Junk Sculpture Junior kicked off the show with a bang, playing the iconic Hunters & Collectors song ‘Holy Grail’. King had us clapping along to ‘Another One Bites the Dust’, and Swamp Rock’s rendition of ‘Joker and the Thief’ got the whole audience head-banging. The night was filled with exciting songs, from ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ to ‘Riptide’. 

There was something for everyone, whether it was the funky jams of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’, performed by the onesie-clad Janitors, or The Following’s cover of ‘Fade to Black’ by Metallica. The audience was treated to Black Sabbath and ‘Baby, I’ve Got You On My Mind’, sibling duo Kitty Hawk and girl group The Fence-sitters. 

The night closed with a fantastic original song by Canned Pineapple. If you missed out on seeing these great bands at Radford Rocks, fret not (pun intended). All the rock bands will be playing at the Twilight Fete in Term 4.

A huge thanks to Mrs Fitzgerald, Ms Knight, the bands and their families and friends, as well as all the staff who helped make this year’s Radford Rocks concert one to remember.

Rocking the onesies

Ticket sales will open soon for the Dirrum Festival

Dirrum Festival 17.8.19

25 June 2019

More speakers confirmed for festival

By Communications Prefect Nikita Chandekar

The Dirrum19 team has been working hard to bring everyone an incredible festival, filled with lots of learning, insight and inspiration. We have a great selection of speakers lined up, plus several amazing stalls that will be showcasing local talent.

Don’t forget to save the date and buy tickets soon for the 17th of August.


Presentation to Junior School parents

Parenting in the Digital Age

24 June 2019

Lisa Plenty

Key messages from last week's presentation

Parenting in the Digital Age

Last Monday, Julie Smith (Junior School Psychologist) and Lisa Plenty (Director of Digital Learning and Innovation) held a session for Junior School parents to consider Parenting in the Digital Age. For those who were unable to attend, a summary of the presentation slides are available on Radford Online at this link

Key messages from the presentation include:

  1. ‘Start the way you mean to go on’ – set expectations for device use early. Be in charge from the start.
  2. There are positive and negative potential outcomes of device usage – maintain balance and set clear limits.
  3. Make use of device settings to assist with device management.
  4. Avoid gifting digital devices to kids – maintain parental ownership of devices.
  5. Expose your child to a range of device‑free activities.  Ensure they experience a sense of mastery and fun in activities that don't involve devices.

For children using their own iPads at Radford (Years 4-6) the College provides all necessary applications through AirWatch. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s use of digital technologies or your child asks for additional apps for school usage, please contact your child’s class teacher to clarify.

U19 Giants, Radford Basketball Team of the Month

Basketball - Canadian clinic report and updates

24 June 2019

Orhan Memedovski, Basketball Technical Director

Coaching clinic in Canada, Team of the Month, dates for Term 3

By Orhan Memedovski, Basketball Technical Director


USA Super Clinic
Recently I was able to visit Ontario, Canada and attend the NCCP super clinic organised by Canada Basketball. The clinic featured many keynote and guest speakers such as Jay Triano, Assistant coach of Charlotte Hornets, Del Harris, former Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach and Jama Mahlalela, current Toronto Raptors Assistant Coach and Head coach of Raptors 905 (pictured below with Orhan). 

Working with coaches from across North America, the on-court seminars covered a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • 5 stages of good shooters
  • 5 characteristics of good coaches
  • 4 ways to develop young players
  • Analytics and research
  • running and effective pick and roll offence.  

I look forward to presenting a coaches’ clinic for Radford coaches and assisting our coaches and players during the second half of the winter season. 

Basketball coaching clinic Orhan with Jama Mahlalela, current Toronto Raptors assistant coach and Head coach of Raptors 905

 Team of the Month:
The team of the month for June is the U19 Division 3 Giants. The Giants, coached by Peter Kelly were initially in Division 4 to start the winter season but were promoted to Division 3 where they currently sit top of the ladder. These boys work together, have fun and support one another on and off the court. Members of the team are: Ben Matesic, Blake Mayer, Connor Watt, Flynn Kelly, Liam Wheatley, Marshal Day, Thomas Phelps, Tom Overs, William Heferen. 

School Cups in Term 3:
Radford will be entering teams in school tournaments during Term 3. Teams and coaches will be finalised in the coming weeks. Please note the following dates:

Week 2: Wednesday 31 July – Year 3/4 Jamie Pearlman (boys) Cup 

Week 3: Tuesday 6 August – Year 3/4 Sue Geh (girls) Cup, Thursday 8 August – Year 5/6 Jamie Pearlman (boys) Cup 

Week 4: Tuesday 13 August – Year 5/6 Sue Geh (girls) Cup 

Week 6: Monday 26 August – ASC Boys Basketball x Year 7/8 team, Year 9/10 team & Year 11/12 team 

Week 7: Thursday 5 September – ASC Girls Basketball x Year 7/8 team, Year 9/10 team & Year 11/12 team

Please note that Radford basketball resumes the first day of Term 3, July 22.   

Thank you for your ongoing support.  See you on the courts.


Simon Young, Class of 1994, Head of Sport at Radford 2003-2005

Collegian News: Simon Young, Class of 1994

25 June 2019

Collegians Association

Simon became a teacher and is a previous Head of Sport

From: Radford Collegians Association

The seventh and final instalment of the Collegians video series features Simon Young. Simon graduated from Radford College in 1994 and became a teacher.  He returned to Radford as Head of Sport from 2003-2005.

He says of Radford: “This school was built on a foundation of pastoral care and relationships, and I think that is still really strong today”.

Simon is now Head of Senior School at The Geelong College.

Simon Young video

JS adopts "Waste-free Wednesdays" for Term 3

Waste-Free - every Wednesday!

24 June 2019

Melinda Hamilton, Teacher

The JS students decide to continue practising waste-free habits

By Melinda Hamilton, Teacher

In Term 3 the Radford Tribal Council (RTC) is encouraging the Junior School to participate in a Waste Free Wednesday, EVERY Wednesday! 

After feedback from students, the RTC felt it was important to continue this initiative after the successful day on World Environment Day, 5 June. They hope that bringing a waste-free lunchbox will become part of everyone’s routine and we can reduce the amount of rubbish in the bins which heads to landfill. 

A competition is going to be held between the classes each week with the aim to get as many students with a waste-free lunch as possible! 


- Pack food in reusable containers

- Use a lunchbox with sections for different foods

- Instead of buying items individually wrapped, buy in bulk and use containers

- Avoid plastic bags and cling wrap. Aluminum foil can be recycled.

- An elastic band can hold pre-cut fruit breaks together!



Detail of SUMIE work by Emily Clarke (Y10) left, Miranda Young (Y9) right, and Kanji characters on rocks

SUMIE (Japanese Ink Brush) Co-curricular

24 June 2019

Michele Sharp, Head of Languages

Stunning work by Radford SUMIE artists


By Michele Sharp, Head of Languages

By Miranda YoungSUMIE Club is a relatively new club to Radford’s Co-Curricular Program, yet students involved in this activity are already producing excellent works throughout their Friday afternoon sessions with Michele Sharp, Head of Languages. 

Literally meaning ‘ink picture’, SUMIE is a form of Japanese ink brush painting which uses strokes to create works of art in which different shades and tones are created through the process of watering down the sumi (ink). 

It is believed to have come to Japan from China, and was regularly practised by monks. 

See above and below for examples of student work achieved so far. 

Interested in joining SUMIE Club?
Registrations are now open for Term 3 via the online form at: https://radfordcollege.sharepoint.com/Co-curricular/SitePages/Co-Curricular%20Registrations.aspx 


  By Zimi, Year 8  By Holly, Year 7

Marianna Tolo (Opals and Canberra Capital player) with U10 Dolphins

Sports Report, 26 June 2019

24 June 2019

Sports Department

Basketball, XC selections, Rugby

U10 Radford Dolphins – Basketball
Starting their first season in a basketball competition, the Radford Dolphins are having a blast.  It is great to see the players skills improving every week and learning to play as a team.  This week the players were fortunate to have Marianna Tolo (current Australian Opals and WNBL Canberra Capital player) come to watch their game.  The girls were thrilled to have the opportunity to have a photo with her – thanks Marianna.

2019 ACT School Sport Cross Country Team
Congratulations to the following 11 Radford students who have been selected in the ACT Schools Sport Cross Country Team that will compete at the School Sport Australia Championships from the 23rd-26th August in Wollongong. 

  • Kaiya Barsby
  • Otis Hibberd
  • Joe Whithear
  • Amber Smith Gibson
  • Emily Watson
  • Clancy Probyn
  • Sophia de Castella 
  • Maddison Gordon
  • Molley Lilley
  • Lily Smith-Sarrinen  

Congratulations to the U9 boys who had a great win against the Vikings Red team 70 to 20. The U18 Girls went down to Royals 66 to 10.  The U18 boys unfortunately had to forfeit their match.

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

Digital illustration ion iPad, using the App Procreate

Digital Illustration Co-Curricular

24 June 2019

By Lisa Plenty and Claire Crocker

Year 4-Year 6 students have been enjoying digital illustration

This term we have started a new co-curricular for Year 4-6 students, Digital Illustration. 

Our participants are a small but very enthusiastic group of artists. We have explored the illustration app, Procreate on iPad and developed animations and augmented-reality extensions of our artwork to bring it to life. 

Please enjoy some examples of our Term 2 artwork through our online gallery here.

New enrolments for this co-curricular are welcome (Wednesday afternoons).




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.

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Chicken Pox alert

22 August 2018

College Nurse

Cases of Chicken Pox have been reported at the College


Chicken Pox (Varicella)

Over the past week we have had confirmed cases of chicken pox in Year 5 and 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.

For more information visit the link below to the ACT Health fact sheet: http://www.health.act.gov.au/sites/default/files/ChickenpoxMay15.pdf


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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

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

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.

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


Music recitals - Term 2 and Term 3

Music recital schedule for Term 3

Secondary School Host Family 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