Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 1 – 25 July 2018

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal 25 July

25 July 2018

IB DP Authorisation, Reports Feedback and Year 12 Revue

I would like to extend a very warm welcome back to the start of Term 3 to all parents, students and staff of Radford College. I would particularly like to welcome the handful of new or returning students and some staff new to the College.

Of special note, it was great to be able to finally welcome our new Deputy Principal and Head of Secondary School, Dr Adrian Johnson, this week. Dr Johnson comes to Radford from Somerset College on the Gold Coast where he has been the Head of Senior School for the past eight years. Dr Johnson has also worked in a variety of other roles including curriculum, pastoral, co-curricular and cultural, in schools both nationally and internationally. You can read more about Dr Johnson in this edition of the Bulletin and the Semester One Radford Report, that should be in homes by the end of the week.

Radford gains authorisation to offer the IB DP from 2019
Regular readers of the weekly Bulletin would be aware that, for the past two years, the College has been working towards gaining authorisation from the International Baccalaureate to offer the Diploma Program. All of this work culminated in the Verification Visit, which took place in the middle of Term 2. Teachers, the leadership team, students, and parents were interviewed as part of this rigorous process. School ethos, policies, practices, structures and communication strategies were assessed, as well as teacher training, planning and preparedness.

I am delighted to announce that we received notification over the holidays that the College has officially been given authorisation to offer the IB DP from the start of the 2019 school year. From the Verification Visit, the College received a 23-page report which included findings on 91 practices. It is with great pride, I can confirm that we passed all of these!

The report contains a number of commendations, including:  

  • The school's governing body and pedagogical leadership, for their well-developed understanding of the IB philosophy and programme requirements
  • Teachers have already developed a detailed written course that includes skills and attitudes to be developed over time, in collaboration with teachers from other subjects.
  • The school has developed a service learning programme that will be integrated to the CAS programme.

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank those members of staff who were instrumental in getting us to this stage. Primarily, I would like to thank our IB DP Coordinator and Dean of Senior Studies, Ms Lindy Braithwaite for the countless hours she has put into this process. I also would like to thank Mr Bill Weigall, Ms Louise Wallace-Richards, our CAS, TOK and EE Coordinators, all Heads of Department and the teachers who are continuing to prepare to teach the IB DP next year.

Each current and new Year 10 (for Year 11 2019) will be interviewed over the next three weeks by one of the staff leadership team. The interview will include discussions about their career aspirations and research that they have conducted in Year 10 careers about potential pre-requisites and pathway options. Students will be given a copy of the notes from the meeting to share with their family. Subject selections will be made via a weblink from 3–7 August.

Feedback from Reports

I hope the mid-year break gave all students an opportunity to reflect on their progress over the first half of the year and examine the feedback given by their teachers through the reports. The advice given in the reports should guide students as they strive to improve and is particularly pertinent for our Year 12 students as they enter their final weeks of schooling. I strongly encourage them to make the most of the opportunities that will be presented to them over the semester, enjoying the celebrations and events that traditionally take place, but also remaining focused on the task at hand and accessing teacher assistance as required.

Year 12 Revue

One of the Year 12s major events of the year takes place this week, with Radladdin being staged on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. After rehearsing a great deal over the holiday period, the Year 12s are ready to continue the tradition of staging a comical revue, which this year promises to deliver plenty of laughs through cleverly scripted jokes and satirical situations. I encourage all students, parents and staff to support the work of the Year 12s by attending one of the three nights.

Dr Adrian Johnson with (L–R) Annabelle Creer, Vice-Captain; and Matthew Overton-Clarke and Lydia Murray, Captains

Introducing Dr Adrian Johnson

25 July 2018

The new Deputy Principal and Head of Secondary School, Dr Adrian Johnson chats with Communications Manager Mick Bunworth

Interview by Mick Bunworth, Communications Manager

You decided to leave the Gold Coast in the middle of winter to come to Canberra. What were you thinking?
Log fires … hot chocolate … a good book!? Weekends skiing? And the promise that, arriving in the depths of winter, the weather can only improve!!

What led you to education as a vocation?
Unlike many others, I did not have my heart set on a career in education when I started my undergraduate studies. I was just keen to start working and truly fell on my feet landing a position in an independent boys’ school in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. It wasn’t until I completed my teaching qualifications and had worked in schools for a few years that I realised how lucky I was. Learning alongside young people is energising and ensures no day is the same as the last. I’ve met lifelong friends, been on overseas tours, gained new qualifications and a wealth of life experience through my working career. I am inspired by the accomplishments of both my current and former students, and by the professionalism of my colleagues in always wanting to do things better for the young people in their care.

You have had a wide range of roles – academic, pastoral, co-curricular and cultural. Which has been the most fulfilling?
Am I allowed to choose a mix of them all?! My wife, Leanne, and I lived in a boarding house in a school in the United Kingdom for three and a half years in a role that combined all of these things! Our week was long with supervising ‘prep’ into the evenings, Saturday morning classes followed by games against other schools, and Chapel on Sundays. The Christmas Term included a very serious competition: House Singing. Following a 20-year drought, there was utter jubilation as Phillpotts won House Singing in 2004 – the Head Master was very understanding when we were all a little late to school the following day! Another aspect of the role was producing the House Play; and, in 2009, this was an episode of ‘Allo Allo’! Eighteen members of cast and crew, five weeks of rehearsals and boys fighting one another to dress-up as women culminated in 40 minutes of hilarity and rave reviews … well … 40 minutes of mayhem and a short mention in the newsletter!

I was also Director of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at this school. Attracting almost half our DP students from Europe made this a truly international experience. The Diploma is an outstanding qualification – some would say the global ‘gold standard’ – and it was thrilling for our teaching team to see at least one student achieve the perfect 45/45 each year.

If you walked into a classroom during an outstanding lesson, what would you expect to see and hear?
Excited students all completely engrossed in an activity that offered them all a degree of challenge. Teachers are increasingly becoming facilitators – not a ‘font of all knowledge’ sitting at the front of the classroom. Employers want graduates with 21st-century (soft) skills: such as the abilities to critique, collaborate, create and communicate. So, the challenge for schools is to cover a crowded curriculum but still develop these skills and prepare students for their next steps in either further education or industry.

You’ve worked in overseas schools. Did that experience change your perspective on Australian schools?
Yes, remarkably. GCSEs and A-Levels are, by nature, very prescriptive; and so, there is a lot of ‘teaching to the test’ in preparing students for Oxbridge entry. This style of learning can become somewhat traditional – and is in stark contrast to the skills focus outlined above. I am passionate about developing skills that students will find useful long after the content has been outdated. And, in my view, this is what is so worthwhile about the Australian Curriculum. Despite what we might read in the press about the performance of Australian schools when compared to those in other countries, it is reassuring to know that students in the independent sector here give students in the often-quoted small European countries a real run for their money!

What’s the most innovative project you’ve been involved with at a school?
This would have to be the Wellbeing Programme at my most recent school, Somerset College, on the Gold Coast. Rather than adopting someone else’s programme, our team developed our own to promote student wellbeing. Based on survey feedback from the students, we developed a range of experiences that were delivered by our 50 House Tutors. The fact our staff felt confident in working with our students in this way was truly heart-warming – they really cared about the young people with whom they worked – and so, irrespective of their teaching discipline, the promotion of student wellbeing was something to which everyone was committed. Over time, our activities evolved and were adapted to the needs of our students – proving to be a far more nimble programme than might have otherwise been the case. Such grassroots programmes are exciting for all concerned.

Do you have a hobby or skill outside school life that you like to pursue?
I have SCUBA dived in some remarkable parts of the world. Probably the most extraordinary was taking a school group to dive on the Former SS President Coolidge in Vanuatu. If you can imagine a ship similar in style to the Titanic in 90 metres of water, you might gauge the proportions of this wreck and the challenges in diving on it. In recent times, stand-up paddle boarding, with our dog(!), has been the go on Tallebudgera Creek on the Gold Coast. And they tell me we can SUP on Lake Burley Griffin?! However, I might be looking to add a snowboard to the collection now that I am living so close to the ski fields.

Chaplain Fr Richard Browning

What animal is your emblem?

23 July 2018

The Lamb is a motif for the transformation of hearts and communities

If you were choosing an emblem from the animal kingdom as your motif, what would you choose? A honey badger? A platypus? A kangaroo?

Humpback whaleSitting on the headlands of Port Macquarie recently and watching a stream of humpback whales blow and slap and breach their way north is pretty impressive. Why not the humpback? They are graceful, patient, powerful without being brutish, playful, creative communicators and clearly love travelling. 

If you are a nation state with global aspirations, the animal of choice is commonly a carnivore atop the food chain: a brown bear, a bald eagle, or lion (frequently a lion; emus, kangaroos and kiwis paint a very different picture.) What of the Kingdom of God? What animal do you think best depicts the heart of God and the nature of God’s being in the world?


the bound lambFlip the carnivore pyramid on its head and you’ll find a lamb. That’s right, a lamb, the victim of other’s hungry aspirations. 

The Lamb is a motif for the transformation of hearts and communities:

* There is no violence within God

* There is not even a violent inclination within God

* God’s gracious unconditional love bears the cost of love for a flawed and voracious humanity.

And if this is how God is with and in the world, then it is in this likeness that we too are to become. We too are to express our power, our security, our joy in the increase and flourishing of the other – dare even our enemies.

Sergio MarkuesWe saw this face-to-face in Timor. His name is Sergio Markues. He can be found carved in a bronze statue outside the Motael Church, Dili, cradling a victim of the Santa Cruz massacre. His own body bears the scars of suffering and occupation. But he harbours not a skerrick of bitterness. Why not?

'Because we are both human. And to carry hate in your heart hurts you and your future.'

We met Sergio and saw with our own eyes and heard with our own ears: 'we are all human'. The Timorese gift of forgiveness is a gift for the world.[1]

The reading for this Sunday includes Jesus feeding the thousands. Time and again, Jesus eagerly shares food with what might be called sinners and outcasts. Those two nouns are old religious phrases describing a dualist world of inside and outside. Jesus busts this paradigm apart. His table companions were tax collectors, prostitutes, criminals, the pariahs of the world. Eating among them was to make companions of the scorned and shared covenant makers of the condemned. Eating with them cut right against the central ordering principle of Jewish social order.[2] 

Eating with the outcast is not a context for Jesus’ teaching, rather it IS Jesus’ teaching.[3] As such, Jesus functions like the prophet, making visible and conscious what is ultimate and real: there is only one humanity – come sit down together. The miracle is not the food, but the eating, the being together beyond rules of segregation. Jesus exposes the lie that God divides and separates people (holy) from people (unholy). It is Jesus who makes visible what is God’s reality: there is one earth, one humanity, one God, and the lamb of God is the food that exposes our aptitude for violence. And rather than calling out our shame, God prefers to send us out as agents of transformation into a reality that is already won. In the power of God’s Spirit and in the pattern of the lamb, may we come to express our power in the increase of the other, and their flourishing become our joy.

With every blessing to you and your homes. Let’s have a brilliant Term Three together.

Fr Richard

[1] https://wordpress.com/view/radfordtimor2018.wordpress.com

[2] David McCracken, The Scandal of the Gospels: Jesus, Story, and Offense, New York: Oxford University Press, 1994, p 132.

[3] Gil Bailie, Violence Unveiled: Humanity at the Crossroads, New York: Crossroad, 1995, pp 212-15. 

Whale image credit: http://kidskoncierge.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/whale.jpg

Lamb image credit: Agnus Dei, Francisco de Zurbarán, 1635-40, Museo del Prado

The G19 group, including Suzanne Goddard front row, left

H for History 20: Goddards for G

24 July 2018

The Goddard family has its own 'circle of service' with Gamilaraay

It was a unique scenario on the 19th Gamilaraay trip (G19) in December 2017: one of the staff members, Suzanne Goddard, participating on her first trip north, has a daughter who participated in G1 in 2011. Since then, over 400 students and 21 staff have undertaken the journey, to learn more about themselves, their country and indigenous history and culture.

As Suzanne explains, 'As a teacher, I was fortunate to experience G19 with students and staff. The trip took me into a region that I had not been through since I was a child. It was obvious from the start, as we wove our way through the countryside, that there was going to be a combination of a service component with a learning component, coupled with cultural observation, all of which added value to the experience, and heightened reflective thought of Indigenous past and an appreciation of life in the rugged Australian bush. Having experienced the trip, I was pleased my daughter had also received the opportunity of a G Trip, as all these components enrich and add meaning to life, with the key value being the transference of skills that involve taking what is learnt and applying them to other situations in life.'

It is interesting to trace which exact skills were transferred. Hannah Goddard (Class of 2011) has found post-school life to be rich and varied. 'Since leaving school I took a few different pathways but finally settled on doing a Bachelor of Design with Honours, specialising in Textiles and Graphics Media at University of New South Wales,' explains Hannah. I am now in my final year of study. On reflection, elements of this degree remind me of the G Trip, with the emergence of the area of humanitarian design and the concept of sustainability. Notably, my recent experience in Calcutta – an opportunity made possible by the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program – allowed for studies in a collaborative environment with local indigenous artists. The focus was on understanding and appreciating local artisan skills and taking these skills and commercializing them for a global market place. This is all in an effort to make communities sustainable and to maintain the richness of cultural identity through traditional artisan practices.'

Auntie Rosie with Suzanne I ask them both about their highlights from the G Trips. Suzanne identifies the G19 visit to Myall Creek and the tragic story that unfolded there: 'It is not until one experiences the site that the gravity of the massacre of the aborigines sinks in.' Other notable moments include the visit to the schools and seeing first-hand the joy that the Radford students bring to the Indigenous preschool and primary school students. She also highlights her visit to Moree and a conversation with Aunt Rosie at Kiah Preschool Centre Moree, 'where she talked about her Indigenous background, marked by success as well as prejudice, it was thought-provoking and probably the first intimate conversation that I have had with a person of Indigenous descent."

The G1 group included Hannah Goddard

Hannah reminds me that it has been eight years since she attended G1. 'Our destination was the north-west slopes and plains of New South Wales, a different region to G19. The school I assisted at was Quirindi Preschool, with accommodation provided by a homestay with a family associated with the school. The trip was one of my first insights into working collaboratively with a different culture and experiencing the value of exchanging knowledge in customs and practices. I really enjoyed working with the children and teachers at the local pre-school in Quirindi and spending time up in the country. The experience taught me the importance of service to others and being able to apply this to a variety of contexts and life in general.'

Both members of the Goddard family appear to be doing a great deal of building community in collaborative activity through the arts, education and service. Returning from her Gamilaraay experience, Suzanne asked herself, 'Are we doing enough for these children and will the education these students receive be sufficient to create a pathway to a rewarding life?' Certainly, what Suzanne and her daughter Hannah have done already is more than just a humble beginning, and their work must surely inspire many others to instigate, imagine and involve themselves in similarly life-enhancing pathways. These lessons have echoed in her community work in Calcutta.

Hannah block-making

 'I really enjoyed working alongside a block printer and creating a number of designs for rugs, one of which was selected as a final design concept for production using artisan techniques. I see these meaningful and challenging collaborations as an integral part of service learning, with the emphasis on helping others to create more sustainable futures.'

(Also see https://www.radford.act.edu.au/news-and-events/latest-news-and-achievements/article/?id=suzanne-goddard-wins-technology-teacher-excellence-award)

Could any former staff or collegians wishing to input to the new school history and/or claim their profile on the Collegians page, please contact George at: George.Huitker@Radford.act.edu.au or fill out the form at https://radfordcollegians.com.au/help-h/. All past “H for History” articles are housed at: https://radfordcollegians.com.au/h-for-history.



Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News: 25 July 2018

25 July 2018

Welcome new staff, exciting Undercroft changes, student congratulations

Thurs 26 July  

Year 3 Healthy Breakfast

Year 1 Incursion

Fri 27 July

Year 3 Incursion

Year 5 Excursion to Australian Electoral Office

Mon 30 July

Year 6 Exhibition Parent Information evening

Tues 31 July

Year 3–6 English ICAS






A warm welcome back (with perhaps a very cold morning start) to all our families. I shared a message with our staff last weekend, hoping that they had managed to spend time with the significant people in their life over the past weeks, and I sincerely hope that you have managed this as well.

All our Junior School staff fully engaged with our first end-of-semester Professional Learning Day. Our focus on this day was our approaches to literacy, numeracy and early years education, delivered by our own teachers: a wonderful professional showcase.

Our term ahead is exciting as we continue to grow our relationships. Our Year 6 cohort step into their Exhibition Unit, we host our IB five-year Evaluation, our Year 5 team engage in their camp program, we open our doors for visits and Learning Journeys to provide a clearer picture of our days, and we slowly seek Spring.

• We welcome Marg Koenen who will replace Ellie Ellis during her maternity leave. Marg brings a rich history as a principal in Canberra schools, with an inspiring passion for teaching and learning.
• During the break a 3-metre walkway was erected in our new Undercroft Quad. Now that this is in place we will have two large shade sails installed in Week 2.
• Our students will also find our first cubby prototype in the Undercroft Quad. We will have 5 more of these prototypes installed in the near future and we will be seeking student feedback on different cubby identities' – fire station, café etc – as we build this village. We will then host a community weekend to bring this to life. In coming weeks, we will install synthetic grass in our quad to better support our play and PE. Our new area is slowly coming to life!

Congratulations to Will Pak Poy from 6JF for being awarded a Speaker’s Civics and Citizenship Award. Ms Joy Burch MLA will present Will with his award at our Celebration on Friday 10 August. This is in recognition of his commitment to innovation and excellence in ICT, including mentoring students and teachers and setting up digital presentations.

Congratulations to the 4 students who represented Radford at the Belconnen Primary Chess Competition. The team of Kenan Zhang, Eshaan Extross, Arnav Jain and Ramon Luo have reached the finals.

Looking forward to a positive term, a time for us all to support each other.
Lovely to have you back.

Warm regards
Paul Southwell

Adam Thorp on his way to win the IMG Junior World Golf Championship. Photo by Robbie Snider of Pardomas.

Junior World Golf Champ Adam Thorp

25 July 2018

Former winners include Tiger Woods and Ernie Els

Adam Thorp. Photo by Robbie Snider of Pardomas.By Communications Manager Mick Bunworth

Radford Year 12 student Adam Thorp is the 2018 IMG Junior World Golf Champion.

The four-day competition to decide the championship was held two weeks ago at the Torrey Pines golf course in California.

The Federal Golf Club, where Adam is a member, posted that the achievement puts Adam in esteemed golfing company. Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Corey Pavin, Nick Price, Craig Stadler and David Toms are all former IMG Junior World Golf Champions.

'It feels unreal, knowing that all the time and effort is showing and being able to put my name alongside my heroes of the game is a very special feeling,' Adam said.

Adam shot a one over par 73 in the final round of the championship to win it by one shot.

Adam speaks to the media. Photo by Robbie Snider of Pardomas.'The tournament was played at one of the top PGA tour locations at a venue which is set up very tough and a “ball striker’s” course where any miss is costly. The field was also very strong and large,' he said. Adam has been playing golf since he was two, and credits his Dad for introducing him to the sport and Tiger Woods as his biggest inspiration.

He is a committed golfer, either playing or training every day after school from 4–8 pm and all day on weekends.

While Adam admits that finding a solid balance between school and golf can be a challenge, he is planning to play US college golf next year and then join the PGA tour.

All photos courtesy of Robbie Snider of Pardomas.

Jay Macdonald tackling an opponent during the three-match Test series against South Africa

Representing Australia – Jay Macdonald home

25 July 2018

Highly competitive Test series

Australia v South Africa hockey

Radford’s Jay Macdonald completed a successful tour of South Africa representing Australia in hockey.

As reported in a previous Bulletin, Jay is a member of the Under 17 Australian Schoolboys side, which played three Test matches against an Under 18s South African Schoolboy side.

Proud family and friends were able to watch live streams of the games and cheer Jay on.

The two sides appeared to be evenly matched, with the first two Tests matches being drawn 3–3 and 4–4.

The final and deciding match can be viewed here 

Jay and his team mates were able to break the series deadlock, winning 6–3.

Students from Stanford Lake College, South Africa, are greeted by their exchange hosts and Deputy Principal Dr Adrian Johnson

Exchanges – Welcome to Radford

25 July 2018

by Kathleen Notley, Head of Year 10 and Round Square Representative

The exchange program expands to welcome new schools and cultures

by Kathleen Notley, Head of Year 10 and Round Square Representative

The last few days have seen a series of visitors arrive at Radford from Australia and the world. As warm welcomes are extended, new friendships formed and exciting experiences shared, Radford's commitment to an extensive and varied exchange program is confirmed. Welcome to the following groups:

Exchange students from TAS, Cairns are greeted by their hosts on a cold Canberra morning
Trinity Anglican School, Cairns
Seven Year 6 students from TAS Cairns are enjoying spending the week at the Radford College Junior School. Whilst they were shocked by the cold start to the term, they are making the most of every opportunity and establishing a wide range of friendships. We look forward to hearing of their adventures at the end of their experience.

Exchange students from The King's School, Jordan, are greeted by their Radford hosts
King’s Academy, Jordan
The College is delighted to welcome our first two exchange students from King’s Academy Jordan. Fawzi Al Jawhari is being hosted by Sam Alexander (Year 11) and Zeena Alfayez is being hosted by Cleopatra Courtney (Year 11). The students have already enjoyed a range of different Australian experiences including climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and spending time at the ski fields. They will be with us until the end of August.

Exchange students from Stanford Lake, South Africa, are greeted by their Radford hosts
Stanford Lake College, South Africa

Members of a group of Year 9 Stanford Lake College students have begun to arrive for their exchange at Radford. They will undertake a Global Studies course whilst they are here. The students will give a presentation to the School Assembly this week and then head of to Sydney to undertake an Urban Challenge over the weekend. Watch out for more updates about their experiences throughout their stay at Radford College.

Exchange students from Stanford Lake, South Africa, with their new friends from Radford

Radford Institute and 2018 Dirrum Festival present Rev Tim Costello AM

Rev Tim Costello AO on the power of education

19 July 2018

Tim Costello’s talk at Radford will be an inspirational introduction to the 2018 Dirrum Festival.

Dirrum Festival 2018 and The Radford Institute are pleased to present ‘Education: Our powerful weapon to change the world’, a talk by Rev Tim Costello AO.

Join us for this free event on Wednesday 8 August at 6.30 pm in the Heath Lecture Theatre. RSVP here.

Chief Advocate for World Vision Australia and social justice campaigner, Tim Costello is a passionate advocate for the transformative effects of education.

As an introduction to the 2018 Dirrum Festival, which takes place on Saturday 18 August, Tim’s talk will be an inspiring foreshadowing of the Festival’s themes 'Truth-telling and Power' and 'Shared Sustainable Prosperity’. More details about the Festival, including speakers and associated events, are available on the Dirrum website

Don't miss the Year 12 Revue 'Radladdin', on this week

Year 12 Revue 2018

19 July 2018

Seats please, ladies and gentlemen, the show’s about to begin!

The Year 12 Revue runs for three nights from tomorrow evening, 26 July. In the 2018 adventure, Year 12 tells tales from the ancient Middle East in Radladdin! When a misfit Radford student discovers an ancient Radfordian text and inadvertently summons a genie, a quest begins to achieve success and happiness in (high school) life … bring your magic carpets and join the fun.

When: 7 pm, 26, 27, 28 July

Where: TB Millar Hall

Tickets: TryBooking 

Winter Concert 2018

Music to warm up winter

20 July 2018

Kirsten Knight, Director of Strings

The Winter Concert returns

by Kirsten Knight, Director of Strings, Acting Head of Cocurricular Music

Our 2018 Winter Concert will take place in the TB Millar Hall on Thursday 2 August. The concert begins at 5.30 pm and entry is free. This concert showcases a variety of groups including string orchestras, choirs, concerts bands and ensembles. It will also feature two of our Year 12 solo musicians, Matthew Trigge on trumpet, and Anoushka Liyanage on flute.

Radford Rowing

Rowing Information Presentation

19 July 2018

Vicky Spencer, Director of Rowing

Want to try rowing? It’s never too late to join Radford Rowing

by Vicky Spencer, Director of Rowing

Students in Year 6­–12 who are interested in trying Rowing this summer are invited to hear from the team at our information evening on Tuesday 7 August at 6 pm. You can take up rowing at any age or stage. It is never too late to get in a boat! If you’re in Year 6 and enjoy splashing around in the water; in Year 7 or 8 and ready for some competition; or in Year 9, 10 and 11 and want to train to get fit and strong, come along and find out more.

When: Tuesday 7 August at 6 pm
Where: Heath Lecture Theatre
Contact: Vicky Spencer

The Butterfly Foundation is Australia's leading not-for-profit for eating disorders and body image

Body-confident children and teens: info for parents

27 June 2018

Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

Radford will host a presentation from The Butterfly Foundation on 31 July.

By Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

Body image is consistently reported as one of the top three concerns for young people. 

With society’s increasing obsession with appearance and diet it can be difficult for parents to know how to support positive body image.   

To help with this, Radford will host a presentation from The Butterfly Foundation on raising body confident children and teens on Tuesday, 31 July.

The Butterfly Foundation is Australia’s leading not-for-profit for eating disorders and body image.

This seminar aims to empower parents so they feel better equipped to help their child develop and maintain body confidence through their child and adolescent years.

Topics covered include:

  • Background on body image and importance of prevention
  • Brief overview of eating and body related issues and warning signs 
  • Key influences on body confidence
  • Importance of role modeling positive body image and healthy behaviours
  • Understanding ‘Fat Talk’ and handling ‘stuff’ they say
  • Awareness around behaviours that increase or decrease body satisfaction
  • Referral and support information
  • Please note, this session does not cover dealing with fussy eaters


Date: Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Venue: Heath Lecture Theatre
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
No need to RSVP   

For more information, visit thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

Q. Where is the Hagia Sophia?

P&F Trivia Night 2018

20 June 2018

Q. Where is the Hagia Sophia?

If you look forward to medical appointments as an opportunity to scour the pages of Who magazine, Readers Digest or National Geographic, then the 2018 P&F Trivia night is your once-a-year opportunity to shine. Bring your general knowledge of global politics, your obscure facts about anatomy, your surprising repertoire of glamour rock lyrics and show us your inner polymath. Great prizes and lots of fun.

Organise a table of 8–10 friends and get creative to win a prize for best table theme or team uniform.

Individuals are welcome to purchase tickets and be placed on a table.

When: 6.30–9.30 pm, Friday 21 September

Where: TB Millar Hall

Tickets: $10 per head. Book online at TryBooking.

A. Istanbul, Turkey

Keep up with all of the P&F news on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/792423231148201/ 
or on Instagram @radfordcollegepf 



Dirrum 2018 organisers (from left) Isla Baird, Annie Creer, Lydia Murray, Hugo Webster and Niamh Martin

Dirrum Festival 2018 – 'Be challenged'

20 June 2018

Save the date – 18 August – for inspirational speakers, market stalls, food, music and dancing

By Communications Manager Mick Bunworth

The hardworking student organisers of the 2018 Dirrum Festival have put together a fantastic event on the theme ‘for the common good’, exploring two exciting elements to be explored 'Truth-telling and Power' and 'Shared Sustainable Prosperity. This year's festival will run from 1–9 pm on SATURDAY 18 AUGUST 2018. The organisers are excited to announce a program of compelling speakers, including:

Peter Greste
Gillian Triggs
Emma Adams
Kirsty Windeyer
Matthew Stocks
Ellen Jacobsen
Steph Gabriel

Preliminary event: Dirrum Dirrum, in conjunction with the Radford Institute, presents Tim Costello on 'Education: Our powerful weapon to change the world' at 6.30 pm on WEDNESDAY 8 AUGUST. This free event is a relevant introduction to the Dirrum Festival, which takes place 10 days later. 

Dirrum boasts a true festival atmosphere and a mini-market of local business – Base Soaps (handmade soap), The Biltong Company (beef jerky), The Hungry Brown Cow (brownie sandwiches) and Tusk Books (local author) – will operate stalls in the one-hour lunch break between speaker sessions.

There will also be fashion stalls, all with ethically-sourced materials (OceanZen, HoMie and Ur Sain); live music and dancing by local artists; hot food and Timor coffee.

One of the organisers, Annie Creer, was in the audience of her first Dirrum festival four years ago.

Now she is on the organising committee, which also includes Isla Baird, Lydia Murray, Hugo Webster and Niamh Martin (plus many more capable students).

Annie says: 'Dirrum is not a lecture, a sermon or a monologue but a way in which you can learn and be inspired by the values and actions of others. So come and be overwhelmed. Come and be challenged. Come and learn that the world is much bigger than you thought.'

Read a full transcript of Annie's address to a recent student assembly here.

And, for those thinking Dirrum Dirrum is just a well-meaning talk fest, think again.

Students are working on personal Dirrum Challenges to change one thing about the world.

We plan to follow these stories in the Radford Bulletin in the lead-up to the festival.

What action will Dirrum Dirrum 2018 inspire?

Keep reading the Bulletin and be quick to buy your ticket when they go on sale. Last year's festival sold out.

Government data collection protocols

Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

24 July 2018

Mary Willett, Student Support and Enrichment Coordinator

Australian Education Regulation 2013 provides for this data collection

All Education Ministers from Commonwealth, state and territory governments have endorsed the implementation of a nationally consistent collection of data on school students with disability in all Australian schools (government, independent and Catholic).

The nationally consistent approach to data collection provides all Australian schools, education authorities and the community with a clear picture of the number of students receiving adjustments because of disability in schools, and the adjustments with which they are provided to enable them to participate in education on the same basis as other students.

Read more ...

Enquiries should be be directed to: 

jane.smith@radford.act.edu.au  for the Secondary School, or

mary.willett@radford.act.edu.au for the Junior School.


Taekwondo success

Sports Report 25 July 2018

24 July 2018

Taekwondo success, and winter sports resume this weekend

Winter Sport Resumes this Weekend!
A reminder Basketball, Football, Netball, Orienteering and Rugby begin this weekend. Details and draws have been sent through via coaches and managers. Any queries please contact sport@radford.act.edu.au

ASC Netball
A reminder that the ASC Netball Carnival will be held on Tuesday 7 August. Selected students will receive notification early this week.

Radford students Wareesha Mahtab and Shanika Mamoon competed in the 2018 ACT Taekwondo Championships (Cool Climate Classic) on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 July. The girls participated in Taekwondo pattern winning two gold and one silver in pairs and single events.

Student achievement
Congratulations to Adam Thorp who won the 2018 IMG Junior World Golf Championships held in San Diego, California, in July. Past winners of the tournament include Tiger Woods! Read the article on Adam's success in this Bulletin.

See the results here https://goo.gl/e1UVPJ


Online resources to help parents

Parenting resources

24 July 2018

Counselling Department

Online links for parenting resources

By Therese Neill, Counsellor

There are a range of online resources available to help parents, including the two detailed below:

’ParentWorks’ is a free, evidence-based, online resource developed by the University of Sydney. It has been designed for parents of children aged 2–16 years old, to improve parenting skills, confidence and child behaviour. Multiple carers can work on the ParentWorks resource at the same time, which enhances the opportunity to be on the 'same page' with parenting techniques. 

The 'Parentshop' Talk Less Listen More course is relevant for parents of children aged 2–12 years old and is priced from $59. It follows well-known behavioural modification principles. https://www.parentshop.com.au/online-parenting-course/

Many of the Snowsports campers stayed at Sponars Chalet

Snowsports Camp 2018 at Perisher

25 July 2018

Jonathan Mandl, Director of Snowsports

Perfect conditions for Snowsports camp at Sponars Chalet

Report by Technical Director Jonathan Mandl

Our skiers and snowboarders enjoyed the last week of term break with a mix of racing, training and free-riding in near-perfect conditions at Perisher during the annual residential camp held at Sponars Chalet, a 15-minute drive from the resort. Snowsports Captains Sarah Brake and Liam McIntyre capably led from the front and kept the group on time and well-organised throughout the week.

On arrival on Sunday 15 July, 42 Radford athletes competed in the annual Scots Race, a great introduction to the challenge of an intermediate racecourse and our first ‘training event’ for fun and personal best performances. Highlights included:

Div 2 Boys Giant Slalom
Andrew Kerr – 3rd  

Div 1 Girls Alpine
Lara Franks – 5th 
Sarah Brake – 8th 

Div 1 Boys Alpine
Liam McIntyre – 9th 
Darcy Brighton – 10th 

Div 4 Girls Alpine
Amber Smith Gibson – 10th  

Div 3 Boys Snowboard
Benny Marr – 9th 

Div 2 Girls Snowboard
Emma Brennan – 9th place, 

Div 2 Girls Alpine
Danielle Ewer – 5th  
Olivia Wilson – 6th 
Evie Georgalis – 9th

Many other ‘PBs’ were set that day in perfect conditions as team members cheered each other on in high spirits.

Fun in the snow Great conditions for snowboarders

Ms Wilson, Ms Braithwaite and Technical Director Jonathan Mandl supervised 22 students during the week. Almost every daylight hour was spent on the snow followed by evenings in the chalet, swimming in the 25-metre heated pool, tobogganing and snowplay for the keen, fun in the games room and on the pool tables before a great meal and more socialising before lights out. On the three alternate training days, 22 other members of the team, who were based separately with their families, linked up with the group to explore the mountain with our eight dedicated Perisher instructors.

The camp is always a highlight in our team’s calendar and an opportunity for Year 7–12 athletes to get to know each other and form strong friendships. We look forward to more fun and learning at next year’s holiday camp.

Extremely popular amongst teens, Fortnite raises many cybersafety concerns.

SchoolTV Special Report: Fortnite

27 June 2018

Reviewing potential dangers associated with this online game.

By Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development

Most parents of adolescent children would be aware of the online game, ‘Fortnite’.

For many young people, the addictive nature of this game is having adverse effects on their behaviour and affecting their mental health. With over 125 million registered players worldwide, this game encourages players to battle each other to death using a variety of weaponry.

With an age rating of 13+, Fortnite raises many cybersafety concerns. Unfortunately, it allows unmoderated chat between players, leaving children exposed to being contacted by 'randomers' online. This function alone makes it unsuitable for primary-aged children.

In light of last week’s World Health Organisation announcement, recognising ‘gaming disorder’ as a mental health issue, this special report will help parents gain a greater insight into Fortnite and the concerns surrounding it. Parents are encouraged to reassess their gaming allowances and better manage technology usage at home.

With school holidays – and ample free time – just around the corner, this Special Report reviews the potential dangers associated with Fortnite. 

Read the Fornite special report

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact our college counsellors.


Year 12 Revue "Radladdin"

Get ready for Radladdin!

Date: Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July; Time: 7pm;
Book tickets at https://www.trybooking.com/WNGZ; $14 adults / $10 Students

A misfit Radford student discovers an ancient Radfordian text containing the secrets of Radford Life handed down from collegians of the past, summoning the mysterious genie. With the book and their help, the protagonist embarks on a quest to achieve success and happiness in high school life (and maybe beyond). It's set to be lots of fun!


APFACTS - news and events

Visit the APFACTS website for news and events relevant to school communities.

BUS changes - have your say!

Feedback to Transport Canberra

Have your say: Direct email TCCS.MySchoolJourney@act.gov.au ; Feedback form https://yoursay.act.gov.au/; Survey https://canberrabuses.com.au/schools/; Regional roadshow event https://canberrabuses.com.au/calendar/. Read Radford submission in this document.