Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 1 – 25 July 2018

Staff Insights


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. When did Olivia Newton-John release 'Physical'?

P&F Trivia Night 2018

20 June 2018

Q. Where in the body would you find cerumen?

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. Ears

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.

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.


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!

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