Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 3, 2020 – 5 August 2020

Staff Insights

Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

Figurative Speech: Coding the Future

5 August 2020

Andy Gordon – Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

If you don’t know where you are going – there are no favourable winds

By Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

Dear Families

I often recall a quote from Seneca that I heard: “If you don’t know where you are going – there are no favourable winds.”  

Where are you going? Where are we going?

There are a number of football-themed movies that I love. One that particularly comes to mind is the story of We are Marshall (2006). Coach Jack Lengyel took over the team after a devastating plane crash in 1970 which claimed the lives of the majority of the team and coaching staff.  In the film, there is a powerful speech by Lengyel, (played by Matthew McConaughey):

Jack Lengyel speaks:

“Right now, this is who we are. In the shadows, grieving. Is this how we want to be remembered?

One day, not today, not tomorrow, not this season, probably not next season either but one day, you and I are gonna wake up and suddenly we're gonna be like every other team in every other sport where winning is everything and nothing else matters. And when that day comes, well that’s, that’s when we'll honour them.

When you take that field today, you've got to lay that heart on the line, men. From the souls of your feet, with every ounce of blood you've got in your body, lay it on the line until the final whistle blows. And if you do that, if you do that, we cannot lose. We may be behind on the scoreboard at the end of the game but if you play like that we cannot be defeated.

This is your opportunity to rise from these ashes and grab glory. We are Marshall!”

In this statement, within the context of that team, I feel purpose. I feel passion. While a devastating place to be, the figurative Roman sailor finds a favourable wind.

Our Favourable Wind

Our learning community continues to be alive with experiences from across the academic disciplines, whether a Junior or Secondary School learner. With all that we now know about how the brain works, it is exciting and powerful to see our learners empowered with opportunities to reach high levels of thinking and problem-solving through relevant and relational learning. The new frontier of education is ensuring that learning is contextual, so that learners construct new knowledge with meaning, purpose and power.

Several years ago, while representing Queensland as the independent schools’ appointment to the Australian Primary Principals Association, I had the joy of attending the International Confederation of Principals conference in Cape Town.  I presented a poster to a gathering of educational leaders. Quite simply, it plays on the language of coding, using BASIC commands from the 70s and 80s. It specifically incorporates all that we are reaching for as we grow learners who become adults who are thinkers, leaders and contributors.

The syntax approach brought together neuroscience, positive psychology, and the commitment to the International Baccalaureate mission.

I will let a picture (with words) do most of the talking. The keyword for us, as a community, with moral purpose and courage, is our REACH beyond the known, the surface, to higher levels of learning, leading and loving. Our students are in the process of BECOMING and what they become is a direct result of our beliefs about how children learn best, and what the purpose of the learning is. What we believe, what we input, and how we develop and empower learning environments matters. Our world needs capable, confident, creative and emotionally healthy adults.

And the wind is favourable - we are coding the future. 

Poster by Andy Gordon

Book now for Fri 14 Aug and Sat 15 Aug

Dirrum Festival - "Tipping Points"

5 August 2020

Harnessing the resources, ideas and energy to make action possible

Dirrum Festival 2020 - Exploring the theme of ‘Tipping Points’

Friday 14th August, 4:30 – 7pm
Saturday 15th August, 4:30 – 7pm

This year’s Dirrum Festival theme, ‘Tipping Points’, was chosen in 2019. As the Dirrum Festival fast approaches, the theme feels increasingly apt. The Dirrum team, made up of Year 12 students, has brought together a range of speakers who can address ‘tipping points’ in our individual and collective lives. 

Speakers Bernard Collaery, Tom Calma, Ahmed Kelly, Camille Wilson, David and Emma Pocock, Mark Whithear, Anote Tong, Brooke Prentis and Craig Foster are well positioned to address ‘tipping points’ in areas such as democracy, mental health, the environment, human rights and the particular rights of First Nations peoples. 

Organisational Directors of Dirrum Festival 2020 Luiza Luppi, Damien Schroder and  Jacinta Davies, have risen to the challenge of leading a team that has needed to respond to COVID-19. The platform for Dirrum Festival this year will be mixed mode with a limited in‑person audience and a live stream. 

Musical interludes which will entertain and inspire are also part of the program to be enjoyed in person, or from the comfort of home! 

Dirrum 2020 Directors

Luiza, Damien and Jacinta have issued the following invitation:

This year our theme is Tipping Points, as this is what we found encompassed the biggest issues facing us in the coming decades, for example Indigenous Reconciliation, environmental issues and rights for indefinitely detained refugees.

It would mean a lot to all the students who have brought Dirrum together this year to see you there/online.  

Friday’s session will include the book launch of Richard Browning’s I Just Want to Make a Difference and Enacting a Public Theology
(with chapters by Dirrum speaker Brooke Prentis and Katherine Rainger). Friday will also include talks and Q and A with Tom Calma and Brooke Prentis.

Saturday will feature most of our speakers, Bernard Collaery, Ahmed Kelly, Camille Wilson, David and Emma Pocock, Mark Whithear, Anote Tong and Craig Foster.

This is a not-to-be-missed event! 

You can find the link to register here :-)


Our vocation at Radford College is to graduate students who, among other things, ‘love the world enough to act.’ The Dirrum Festival harnesses the resources, ideas and energy to make action possible, both for the student organisers and for the rest of us who embark on the Dirrum journey.

Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger - Senior Chaplain

Jesus is a significant example of one who ‘loved the world enough to act’. The Gospel reading set for this week (Matthew 14:13-21) tells us that Jesus’ response to the crowd following him is to heal those who are sick and to feed those who are hungry. This is what God in our midst looks like. May the Spirit of God enliven us, as we too discern what it means to ‘love the world enough to act’ in our time and place. Dirrum Festival is a good place to start!   
Rev. Katherine

here to register for the Dirrum Festival.












Eastbound traffic will be affected - detour via streets in University of Canberra

College St traffic changes - 10,11,12 August

5 August 2020

Eastbound lane closed - see map for detour via UC

The College has been advised by Cord Civil that there will be a Temporary Traffic Management Plan in place in College Street from Monday 10 August for approximately three days (10-11-12 August). This is required for the Belconnen Bikeway Construction Project.

The College Street east bound lane will be closed between Cooinda Street and Kirinari Street. 

This means that eastbound traffic on College Street will have to detour as follows:

  • left turn into Cooinda Street
  • right turn into Bimbimberi Street
  • right turn into Kirinari Street
  • left turn to get back onto College Street.

See map below.

Please note that weather may affect the duration of these changes.

Traffic changes 10-12 August


The Mulford Junior School at Radford College

JS News, 5 Aug 20

5 August 2020

Year 6 students begin their Exhibition Journey, on the theme "Unless..."


Coming Events

Friday 7 August

Kindergarten Incursion – Dr Graham’s Science Show

PreK Incursion – Footsteps Dance

Year 5 SHFPACT Workshop

Wed 12 August

Year 5 SHFPACT Workshop


Recent Events
Week 1: 

  • Y5 to Museum of Australian Democracy 

Week 2:

  • Y5 to Australian Electoral Commission and Parliament House
  • Australian Maths Competition
  • Exhibition Parent Evening  
  • PK, K and Y1 have been participating in dance sessions with Footsteps Dance Company 

Quote from "The Lorax" by Dr Seuss

Year 6 PYP Exhibition
Last week we held our PYP Exhibition Parent Evening. It was a chance for Year 6 parents to learn more about the Exhibition process and discover how they can best support their child. For those who are new to the Junior School, the Exhibition is an in-depth, extended, collaborative, student-led inquiry. Our Year 6 students are challenged to engage with an issue of global importance and to lead their own inquiry over the course of about 8 weeks. The culmination of this process is an exhibition where students share their learning with the school and broader community. 

This year the overarching concept for Exhibition is ‘Unless…’ This is inspired by the quote from the Dr Seuss book The Lorax. The focus challenges our students to find something they care enough about to want to make a difference. It is a solutions-focused and hope-filled exploration of the big issues of today. 

Friday Sport is back!
A perfect day set the scene for the recommencement of Junior School Sport. During Term 3, students from Kindy to Year 6 will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Sports including: Tennis, Martial Arts, Oz Tag, Hockey, AFL, Yoga, Partner Dance and Soccer. By the end of the five-week program, it is hoped that students will have developed, improved and gained confidence in a new sport. We thank our Year 9 and 10 students for being wonderful role models to our Junior School students, by supporting and encouraging our young friends through the Service Learning Program.

JS Sport with Y9/Y10 helpers JS Sport is back

Images from ACT Government COVID-19 site

COVID-19 and winter illnesses

5 August 2020

Help keep our community safe - stay home if you are unwell

From Sophie Davis, College Nurse

Term 3 is traditionally a time when I see a significant increase in the numbers of students attending the Health Rooms with cold and flu symptoms. So far, we have done very well, and have many staff and students choosing to stay home rather than “toughing it out” and coming to school. I would like to thank all of those who have done this. However, despite this, we still have a small number of cases of cold and flu symptoms popping up at school.

We are continuing with encouraging hand hygiene across the whole campus and the cleaning of desks in secondary school. Extra cleaning staff are on duty, and they are doing an amazing job of making their way through the school during the day. Students who are presenting to the Health Rooms with symptoms will be sent home and advised to go for COVID-19 testing.

We have a small number of people in our school community who have very significant health conditions. If these people were to be exposed to COVID-19, they could suffer life-threatening complications from the virus. We also need to remember that members of our school community may have family members and friends who have significant risk factors, causing them to be more vulnerable to the virus (or indeed any cold or flu virus).

To protect more vulnerable members of the community, it is important to stay home if you are unwell, even if you have a COVID-19 test and it is negative. If we can stem the spread of even minor cold symptoms (remembering what might be minor for one person could turn into something major for the next person) then we are likely to have lower student and staff absenteeism.

Please remain vigilant, and follow the latest Government advice which can be found at: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/

Here’s to a healthy Term 3!

Image for article: Creative Writing, Aug 2020

Creative Writing, Aug 2020

5 August 2020

Read these three powerful pieces, written by senior students

One of the tasks undertaken by Year 11 students in the Literature course is to develop a creative response that engages with the concerns and techniques of the Modernist movement in literature. Each piece that follows was inspired by an artwork from same time period.

Please note that these pieces contain material that may not be suitable for young children.

A Lady in a Red Dress
by Genevieve Lo


by Siobhan MacLeod


by Sonia Vlatkovic

Nighthawks (1942) by Edward HopperStarry Night (1889) by Vincent van Gogh  A Battery Shelled (1919) by Percy Wyndham Lewis


Archived Creative Writing - October 2019 - by Amy Theakston, Daniel Majchrzak and Poppy Volk Loone

Oliver Phommavanh - images from https://www.oliverwriter.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/oliverfans/

Author visit: Oliver Phommavanh

4 August 2020

Award-winning children's book author, at Radford JS on 9/10 Sept

New book release from Oliver P

By Rachael Hind, Candy Potter and Gemma Wilson 

The Junior School Library is thrilled to announce we will be hosting author Oliver Phommavanh at Radford College on 9 and 10 September 2020.  

Oliver Phommavanh is a Thai-Australian author, comedian, primary school teacher and burger fanatic. He has written nine books for children, with the tenth book, Brain Freeze, available in early September. Oliver’s first book Thai-Riffic! was published in 2010 and has been shortlisted for the Kids Own Australian Literature Awards five times. 

Both the Junior and Secondary libraries have copies of Oliver’s books available, if you would like to read some of his books before he visits. 

A pre-order form will be available for families to purchase Oliver’s books, with thanks to Dymocks Bookstore Belconnen. 

We look forward to meeting Oliver in September.

Co-curricular Music News

Years 5-6 Music Recital

5 August 2020

Performance 9 September, register by 26 August

From Kirsten Knight, Head of Co-Curricular Music 

While our normal music recital schedule has been disrupted by COVID-19, it is still important that our music students have the opportunity for individual performance. To provide this opportunity, the Year 5-6 music recital will proceed as a performance afternoon.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate an audience of parents, but the audience of students will create a valuable performance environment. The recital will also be live streamed to parents. 

All students choosing to perform will need to stay for the duration of the recital. Students can be collected from the carpark behind the Performing Arts Centre at the conclusion of the recital. 

Date: Wednesday 9 September
Place: LJ Willett Performing Arts Centre – Room 1.1 (open space)
Start time: 4.00 pm
End time: 5.00 pm
Registration due date: Wednesday 26 August

If your child would like to take part in this recital afternoon, and they learn within the Radford Individual Music Tuition program, please contact their Music Tutor who will register them for the recital. 

If your child learns outside of the Radford program, please email ccmusic@radford.act.edu and we will provide you with the registration link.


Making treasure from trash - the RTC Recycled Art project

RTC Recycled Art - magic!

5 August 2020

Making treasure from trash

From Melinda Hamilton


The Radford Tribal Council ran a competition for Junior School Students to display their creativity and environmental awareness. Students had to create an artwork using recycled materials that helped encourage people to care for our world. They could work alone or with others, and create any type of art including painting, collage and sculpture. 

The entries were amazing, and are displayed in the JS foyer at the moment. The RTC students had a very difficult job of judging the artwork to hand out some prizes. A huge ‘thank you’ to all students who entered art works and supported this initiative.

Recycled Art -1  Recycled Art - 2 

Recycled Art - 3Recycled Art - 4

Recycled Art - 5




Don't miss the Year 12 Revue - streaming options available

Y12 Revue: Radford Night Live

28 July 2020

Bookings now open, including online at home

From Nick Akhurst, Head of Co-curricular Drama


Due to COVID-19 control, there are three booking options available this year on the TryBooking site:

2) Heath Lecture Theatre - adult $14, concession $10 - STREAMED
3) At home - all tickets $7 - ONLINE 


It is that time of Year again, time for the Year 12 Revue: A celebration of what our Year 12 Students are capable of achieving when given an opportunity. This uniquely Radford show is in its third decade of shows. 

For those who have never seen a Y12 Revue, it is a wholly student devised and performed production - writing, directing, choregraphing, music arranging, performing, lighting, sound media, front of house and advertising. It is a huge undertaking for a number of students who have never worked on creating an original theatre production before, or of this scale. 

In Term 3 last year, they started to develop their script, with the aim of rehearsing and performing Week 1 of Term 3, 2020. Due to the challenges of this year, they had to rewrite their script to incorporate a new theme, and with the possibility of not having a live audience, to develop a more media friendly performance, one that could be streamed. They have worked diligently during the break to refine their script, rehearse the music and dances, and create a performance unique to this cohort. 

Thus, was born Radford Night Live:  the 2020 Year 12 Revue. 

Performances on Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th of August.

We hope you will join us at Radford or online, to celebrate a talented group of Year 12 students and see what they have created together.

Year 12 Revue 2020


Help reach our target of $10,000

Be part of Steptember

4 August 2020

Step out for a good cause - register now!


Register online (teams of four):  https://www.steptember.org.au/

Promo code: RADFORD2020
Cost: $10 registration fee per person (select U/18)  

Our fundraising target: $10,000!

Radford Steptember details

Image for article: Aust Society for Medical Research: School Quiz

Aust Society for Medical Research: School Quiz

4 August 2020

Entries close 13 August - open to students Y7-Y12

  • Are you a student in year 7-12? 
  • Do you like science?
  • Do you like your knowledge being tested with quizzes? (you can look up the answers as you do the quiz!)
  • Do you like winning prizes? 

In that case, there's one thing left to do : take part in this quiz:


There are prizes for each state – ACT participants have a great chance of winning! This year we’ve included topical Coronavirus questions.  



Watch the SchoolTV edition for help in dealing with this behaviour

SchoolTV: "school refusal"

4 August 2020

School refusal is a complex issue, as there is rarely a single cause

This month on SchoolTV - School Refusal

School refusal, sometimes called ‘school avoidance’ or ‘school phobia’, is not uncommon. It is different from ‘wagging’ or truancy, and is often related to worry or anxiety-related issues about going to school. School refusal may start gradually or happen suddenly. Although it is normal for a child to occasionally miss a day of school, parents should only be concerned if a child regularly complains about feeling sick or often asks to stay home due to minor physical complaints.

School refusal is a complex issue, as there is rarely a single cause. It affects children of all ages across primary and secondary levels. It can often occur during times of transition at school. More recently, the Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the educational experience of all students, affecting some more than others. Dealing with the school refusal of a child can affect the whole family, adding pressure to an already challenging time. School refusal is not considered a formal psychiatric diagnosis. It’s a name given to an emotional and/or behavioural problem.

In this edition of SchoolTV, adult carers will learn how best to approach this issue and work towards a solution. If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the College Wellbeing Team for further information, or seek medical or professional help.

Free online preparation available

Australian Science Olympiad Exams

5 August 2020

Olympiads can lead to special enrichment programs

Stephanie Comino, Assistant Head of Science

If you are a keen Science Student in Years 7-10, you can register yourself online for the Australian Science Olympiad Exams. 

Program registration form for students

All students must register directly with ASI via this online form.
Registrations will close on 14 August 2020.  



The Australian Science Olympiad Exams are challenging exams students sit in their school during August.  Students can access free support to prepare themselves for the exam, and their performance is recognised with certificates and special invitations to residential and enrichment programs.


The exams last two hours and are carried out online, under strict examination conditions at school. Prepare for the exams by practising at Olympiads Online and trying out past papers.


Each exam is held on a different day from the 21st - 28th of August.  Learn more here.


Each exam costs $15 plus GST and you will need to pay directly when you register. Students are welcome to sit more than one exam.

In 2020, the Junior Science Olympiad Exam is FREE!


Available exams

Years 7-10

Junior Science Olympiad Exam 21st of August


Years 10-11 

Australian Science Olympiads Exam – Chemistry 25th August

Australian Science Olympiads Exam – Earth and Environmental Science (26th August)

Australian Science Olympiads Exam – Physics (27th August)

Australian Science Olympiads Exam – Biology (28th August)





Rugby 1st XV - talking strategy, on the way to a 33-0 win over Tuggeranong

Sports Report, 5 Aug 20

5 August 2020

Rugby, Football, and Netball news, Junior Touch Football clinics

Term 3 Week 3

1st XV, with Tim Robards as coach, had an amazing 33-0 win over Tuggeranong: Matthew Browning one try, Ethan Robards one try, Mitchell McKinnon two tries, and Dylan Fernando one try.  The boys were, justifiably, very pleased with the way they played against their larger opponents. 


The U13 & 14 NPLY teams continued their undefeated streaks since the resumption with the U13s recording a 1-1 draw and the U14s recording a 6-1 win over Gungahlin United FC over the weekend. 

The U18 NPLY team held Gungahlin to a 2-2 draw – check out Ricky Luo’s awesome header goal from a corner in the picture above. 

In the Junior League, the U14 Girls defeated Brindabella Blues FC 9-0 with 7 different goal scorers including a hattrick to Charlotte Heatley. The birthday girl, Gianna Ghirardello netted one and Emma Morey scored her first ever goal in only her 3rd ever Football match. Other goal scorers included the silky skilled Sohana Stannard, the speedy Zara Turner and Bonnie Hardy, and Scarlett Quaedvlieg with a long-range shot. The strikers were well supplied with some great balls by Martha Jennett, Lizzie Savio and Annette Lescinsky and Caitie Checksfield, Aditi Jakilet, Lara Parsons and Eve Truswell were unbeatable in defence. 

The U16 Division 1 Girls continued their undefeated streak with a 1-0 win over Belnorth FC and the U16 Division 2 Open put 10 past Belwest Foxes SC to win 10-3 in an exciting game.



Radford had another great Saturday of netball at the North Canberra courts of Lyneham and Charnwood.  There were several extremely close tussles, with some great performances by Radford students. 

A notable stand out was the Radford Magpies who won 13-0 over Comets Aqua.  The Magpies consist of players from Years 5-6 are now on a 3-game winning streak!

  • Radford Gold def by Cougars Pink 15-28
  • Radford Silver def by Daramalan 18-26
  • Radford Maroon def BAS 43-14
  • Radford White def Daramalan 27-8
  • Radford Blue def SGRNC 17-14
  • Radford Purple def Merici 13-12
  • Radford Yellow def by EGNC 18-21
  • Radford Green def Cougars 22-17
  • Radford Navy def by EGNC 4-17
  • Radford Red def by Merici 5-25
  • Radford Orange def by Cougars 2-37
  • Radford Magpies def Comets 13-0
  • Radford Dolphins def MTS 14-10
  • Radford Ravens – bye


Junior Touch Football Clinics

Junior Touch Football Clinics

A day to remember victims and those who help them

World Humanitarian Day - RTC Initiatives

5 August 2020

Celebrated at Radford on Friday 21 August

The UN and many participating nations around the world mark World Humanitarian Day every 19 August. The day is a time to remember the victims of humanitarian crises all around the world and also those who fearlessly venture into dangerous regions to bring them much-needed aid. 

The RTC invites the Junior School to celebrate World Humanitarian Day on Friday 21st August . It will be a day to remember, and raise funds for our Compassion Sponsor children who live in countries that aren’t as fortunate as Australia.  

Students are invited to: 

  • wear their school uniform and add a twinkle of stars (swap out a school jumper/top for one that has stars on it or wear a starry headband) and
  • bring a donation that will go toward supporting our Compassion kids. Stars will remind us of how we can shine by giving to others.  

World Humanitarian Day poster

Radford Rowing

Rowing Information Session

5 August 2020

Monday 17 August, 6pm

Rowing Information Night

Monday 17 August at 6pm
Wigg 2.1/2.2, G Wigg Sports Centre
Contact: Vicky Spencer: Vicky.spencer@radford.act.edu.au

There will be a Rowing Information Presentation for students in Years 6-11 who are interested in trying rowing this summer.

Rowing is a sport which can be successfully taken up at any time. It is never too late to get in a boat so if you are wanting to splash around in Year 6, learn to compete in Year 7 or 8, help us boat a girls eight in Year 9 or learn how to train and get fit and strong with the boys and girls in Year 9, 10 and 11, come along and find out more.



Filming on campus

Virtual tour of College campus

Radford College has commissioned the company YouTour to produce a virtual, 360-degree tour of the College and our facilities, to be uploaded to our website. The filming of the tour will take place from 10 to 14 August. The Communications team is working with teachers to ensure any students without web or promotional permissions are not featured in the final video.

Please contact Communications@radford.act.edu.au if you have any queries.