Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 3 – 8 August 2018

Staff Insights

Bill Weigall, Assistant Principal - Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting

Assistant Principal – Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting 8 Aug 2018

8 August 2018

Bill Weigall

Feedback on the evolving reporting program

When last I wrote, we were approaching a parent forum on reporting. Now that you have had a chance to review the Semester 1 reports, I thought it timely to share the feedback provided at the forum, and to ask for comments from those of you who were unable to attend.

The evening worked through three primary foci for the Secondary School: Interim Report Feedback, Semester Report Feedback, and the rationale for transitioning to an 'online, in time' model. As we have only been publishing interim reports to parents for three semesters, I was interested to hear whether it was a welcome and valued addition to the reporting stable. Those present expressed strong views that receiving a timely impression from teachers about student attitude and application to classwork was very much appreciated. Some even went so far as to say that this was the data in which they were most interested. When asked about the language of the descriptors, the response was that the scale printed below the report provided context and clarity. Nonetheless, we know that the language is a challenge for some, so I will be working with a small group of Heads of Department to see if we can settle on a better choice of descriptors. Please let me know if you would like to suggest an alternative scale or contribute to the conversation.

Discussion about the current form of the semester reports encompassed the criteria representing progress towards the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards and the data included on grades, marks, class averages, student attitude and application. There was positivity about the data provided and an understanding of how it evolved from Year 7 to Year 10, to prepare students, parents and carers for the data that the Board of Senior Secondary Studies requires the college to report. Again, the summative comments, particularly from tutors, were valued as evidence that the student was known as an individual.

Finally, we moved to an explanation of what online, continuous reporting might look like. Sharing an example from a pilot scheme last semester, we were able to show what data could be made visible to students, parents and carers as the results for each assessment task were finalised. This approach will be trialled further with our Year 8 rotation subjects in Semester 2 of this year. Not only do we believe that it will enhance teaching and learning, it will enable us to push the teaching schedule deeper into the semester, as those teachers will not be required to craft a summative semester report comment after considering all the results. Instead, the feedback from each task will fulfil that purpose. As ever, we would be delighted to hear from parents and carers of Year 8 students through the semester, as you experience this mode of reporting for the first time.

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership or AITSL has collated much of the recent and contextually relevant research about the importance of feedback into a readable document. The research findings are unambiguous about the importance of feedback being timely, clearly linked to learning goals, and seen as a tool to inform teaching. Your thoughts on this research are also invited. 

PISA Testing
It was a delight to hear enthusiastic praise of our students from an external invigilator of this testing last week. Radford was required to provide 34 students, selected by ACARA, to miss classes, many in close proximity to assessment. Whilst a number of students did respectfully express a clear preference to focus on their studies rather than this testing, they all acquitted themselves wonderfully well. They were commended for their courtesy, cooperation and attention to the task at hand. I am grateful for their efforts and their personification of Radford’s Learner Traits.

Father Richard Browning, Chaplain

Chaplain's Reflection: "Yes" to God's earth

6 August 2018

A personal account

Following Jesus is how I authentically be Richard and authentically human. Weird I know. Like eating bread that becomes a part of my body, so imitating the wild and inclusive love of Christ finds that love growing bodily within. I am of course a work in progress, patently flawed, but the progress is into being one’s true self – simultaneously more like Christ, more wholly Richard. And being this full-bodied self is a loud and enthusiastic “Yes” to God’s earth

Biography of BonhoefferIt is Dietrich Bonhoeffer who first coined this phrase. It was in reference to marriage. No part of the earth is separate from the presence of God. Seeing the world this way means God wants people to invest themselves in the future of the earth. So, it is possible to be in the world as a “yes” to God’s earth. Indeed, this is the life of faith. Specific to marriage then, it is possible to live together in a way that all of married life is a “yes” to God’s earth, not just the apparent (and desiccated) “holy bits”. Every aspect of marriage is available as a “yes”, its stunning wonders, its routine, its tenderness, its conflicts and banter, its anguish, its absences and quiet delights. 

Bonhoeffer’s “yes” led him to actively engage in the plot to assassinate Hitler. This led to his arrest and execution. He never married his young fiancé Maria, but together they both still lived a “yes” for God’s earth. God’s whole and complete entry into the world in Jesus is the biggest “yes” to this earth. And so, we too are called into being human, finding eternity in the present hour, serving the times in each living moment. (Last holiday's reading was Eric Metaxas’ remarkable biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy).

In my own life I look at where my energy is spent and dare to claim it as the best “yes” I can muster to God’s earth. It is a way of praying into each living moment.

How I live and love as husband and father is a “yes” to God’s earth.

  • Working among young, participating in, and leading, a culture of values within an Anglican school, being a priest in its midst leading and pointing to Jesus, working hard at service learning, coaching a motley crew of fabulous ratbags in rugby, all a “yes” to God’s earth.
  • My commitment to Timor-Leste and taking students to learn and grow and build faithful relationships with the very different and the very poor: “yes” to God’s earth.
  • My work in leading and growing Dirrum Dirrum, a movement of young people’s engagement in working for a greater and common good: “yes” to God’s earth.
  • My active engagement in justice, responding to climate change, indigenous dignity and rights, my deep concern at Australia’s treatment of refugees, all a “yes” to God’s earth.

And so too joy! Embracing and delighting in joy is a “yes” to God’s earth. That’s right. There is gross injustice. We are outrageously privileged. There are wars and famines and drought and disease and unspeakable hardships and grotesque unfairness. And in the midst of it, whoever we are, wherever we are, the invitation remains. This body, in this moment, can delight in the beauty, the dignity, the goodness of creation and life itself. And enjoy it, wholly, fully, enthusiastically. So it is, joy can be lived as a “yes” to God’s earth.


There are any number of things that have helped shape this reflection. They include:

  • Sunday readings for 12 August https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=214  
  • We are in the midst of a series on Joy with Years 11 and 12 at present.
  • Eric Metaxas’ remarkable biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (last holiday’s reading)
  • Rev Dr Sarah Bachelard’s brilliant homily August 4th on stubborn joy.
Former Head of English, Luc Rose: an inspirational teacher and colleague

H for History #22: Luc Rose

6 August 2018

Former Head of English at Radford: an inspirational teacher and colleague

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  Maya Angelou 

He definitely gave me my love of literature. Nerida Dyne (Class of 1991)

Many of us are reminded, later in life, of inspirational teachers and mentors from our childhood who left us with a deep appreciation of the subjects they taught. Some have even gone on to emulate these figures in their own chosen vocations. In their profiles on the Collegians’ pages (https://radfordcollegians.com.au/collegians/#grid), commentary on social media and through informal discussions with inquiring college historians, some names continue to crop up. One of those is Luc Rose, a staff member of the college between 1986 and 2005. 

It is not only his students who have been inspired by him. The College recently received a generous donation from Susan Conrad, a teacher who worked with him at Radford in the 1980s.  The donation has been dedicated in his name to the Radford College Development Foundation Scholarship Fund. “It was an honour to know him and I thank him for his kindness,” Susan wrote. “Memories of Radford and Luc Rose remain as a time when an extraordinary educator and school influenced me to be a better teacher and human being.” She recalls Luc humbly putting staff and students first, “cheering them on to attain their fullest potential.” 

I am struck by the circle of influence expanding here: how thirty years ago, a new teacher at a fledgling college was so inspired by her Head of Department, that three decades later she decided to send the school a monetary gift in recognition - which will, in turn, hopefully assist and similarly inspire a scholarship recipient, as they too commence an important stage in their own academic and life journey. As Susan recently shared with me, “In all of my years as a teacher, administrator, and professor in American and other countries' systems, Luc Rose stands out as a model teacher and department chair, tireless, energetic and enthusiastic, intelligent and warm hearted, creative, possessor of many innovative teaching skills, an originator of a department family, a leader by example, exemplifier of high academic standards.” This recollection certainly provides so much validation of Maya Angelou’s words. 

Last week, I met a relaxed and content Luc Rose, enjoying being a grandfather, travelling the world, studying Italian, following the recent football World Cup, running a Literature Group (currently focusing on the joys of under-valued poetry), and, of course, maintaining the ritual of a lengthy reading session in the afternoon sun with wife, Sylvie. When I was a beginning teacher at Radford College, Luc was my first Head of Department and I used to enjoy observing his classes and was immediately struck by his obvious and often ebullient passion for literature. 

As he recalls, “One of the ways I looked at my job as a Head of Department was not just writing the courses – which I enjoyed doing – or the teaching, but also the nurturing of staff.” He goes on to explain that the donor mentioned above came to Radford inexperienced in teaching English in Australian Schools. “One of my greatest pleasures was to sit with her, helping her manoeuvre her way not just through the set texts, but the whole atmosphere and way of approaching literature. And she ended up being one of the best teachers I had at the time.” 

I asked Luc which authors and courses he loved to teach the most. He revealed an enthusiasm for Australian poet, Les Murray, whom he feels has produced some of the best poems ever written. Luc is also tremendously proud of the “Literature Across Cultures” course he developed while at the College. “Radford at that stage was one of the only schools that had a unit like that. I know that over the years a number of the other colleges borrowed that unit from us.” He goes on to declare his love of the work of Indian, African and West Indian authors, as well people who wrote in other languages such as French, German and Spanish, all studied in translation. “What it gave students was a wider perspective of literature, and debunked that idea that the only writers worth reading are those who wrote in English, at a particular given time period, or in a particular area or country.” 

First XI, 1990, Luc Rose right, George Huitker left"The Government Inspector" 1989 production

Luc’s enthusiasm for literature and art from diverse cultures was also apparent in his co-curricular activities. Even his coaching of the First XI – a football team I inherited from him in the early 90s – saw his players frequently exhibit some European precision mixed with African and South American flair. In 1988 and 1989, Luc ambitiously directed the college’s first two ‘inspectorial’ dramatic productions, Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound” and Gogol’s “The Government Inspector”, extracting some stunning performances from students who had had minimal exposure to challenging 20th Century theatrical masterworks.  In 2017, the Senior Dramatists continued the theme with JB Priestly’s “An Inspector Calls”.  

We have had many strong English staff and students over the school’s 35-year history and I asked Luc why he thought that might be. “We’ve had top-notch English students at Radford and I think the reason why these students have been so successful is that we have always provided them with a challenge. We’ve never taken the easy way out. We’ve always let them deal with texts that were challenging, sometimes perhaps a little too ambitious. But certainly, our top students have always benefited from that.” He goes on to add “we always had highly qualified teachers, like Norma Cook and Maureen Kleeman, for example, who were dedicated and catered to the improvement of all student abilities”, particularly those who may have found the works of Malouf, Camus and Soyinka a little bewildering. 

I asked Luc about other people from that era who left a lasting impact on him. “We’ve always had some very good people on staff. Certainly, Jock Mackinnon’s leadership in those first few years was quite amazing, as was his ability to get the very best of his teachers. This was probably the hallmark of Jack’s greatness. Graeme Wigg (then Deputy Principal) also was very good at this, as was Molly Brownbill (Director of Studies) in her quiet way.” He is also quick to point out the strong work ethic of the staff in those pioneering years: “I have never before experienced a staff that was determined to work as hard as that staff worked. A lot of people rose to the challenge, given some of the problems encountered at the foundation of the school - the sort of negative press from some members of the Canberra community to the birth of Radford. I think the staff took it upon themselves to prove everybody wrong, to build a foundation and produce a school to be reckoned with…” 

To conclude with the words of his colleague, Susan Conrad, Radford in the late 80s “was on the cutting edge academically… and maintained effective rules, standards and activities that created strong and caring young men and women for the future. Radford demonstrated excellence in every aspect of educating the entire person.” In his contribution to the passionate study of literature, the pride in playing colourful football, and having the courage to attempt challenging theatrical classics, Luc Rose’s legacy in the building of that robust school cannot not be understated.

Donations of any amount are always welcomed by the Radford Foundation, which recently launched its 2018 appeal. Those wishing to be acknowledged as a Cornerstone Donor can do so by contributing $1,000 or more by the end of 2018, at which time the Cornerstone category will be closed.


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.



Image for article: JS News 8 Aug 2018

JS News 8 Aug 2018

8 August 2018

Site update, PYP news, JS sports

Dates to Remember

Wed 8 Aug     

Yr 14 Piano Recital

Thurs 9 Aug    

Yr 5/6 Health Workshop for parents

Tues 14 Aug

Yr 36 ICAS Mathematics

Moving forward together
I commence this week’s Bulletin article by acknowledging the large group of Junior School staff who spent their weekend at school taking on the 'Making the PYP Happen' workshop, run by our own workshop leader, Ms Julianne Hay. This is the first main PYP step that is taken after experiencing some time in a PYP environment, allowing more questioning and understanding.

Site Update

  • Shade sails have been erected over the northern end of our K–4 site, as well as a large sail over the southern area. We have introduced three large cubbies to the Kindergarten end. We are working toward a 'village' of six cubbies – differing designs and usage as directed by our students, plants and play areas. Our tricycle circuit will shortly have road markings, and we are finalising our synthetic grass possibilities to increase play spaces. 
  • Our new 3/4 building is starting to show its size and potential. We are finalising discussions around furniture and play in these areas also.
  • We are discussing our 5/6 classrooms, and opportunities for us to take this area and early adolescent age group even further.

PYP Evaluation
Our second International Baccalaureate Evaluation will be finalised later this month. This Evaluation allows us to share our journey over the past five years, and to focus on the way ahead. Under the leadership of Ms Janine Crookes, we have been preparing extensive evidence over the past 12 months. We look forward to welcoming our two IB Leaders who will spend several days with us, in classrooms and reviewing our evidence, a strong appraisal approach.

Sports Days
I’m aware that Ms Tamara Phelps has included an article in this week’s Bulletin about our fortnightly sport sessions, where our PE comes to life. Standing near our front stairs on Friday, looking over our JA Mackinnon Oval and watching over 200 students fully engaged in a wide variety of sports and activities was a warm sight on a cool day.

Finally, congratulations to our Year 6 leaders who created a Year 6 Girls vs Boys Netball game last Friday lunchtime. Well done to our Year 6 girls who were strong winners 12–5.


Fiona Godfrey, Principal

BUS CHANGES: act now to have your say!

8 August 2018

Feedback on School Bus changes closes Sunday 12 Aug 2018

From the Principal

As many parents and caregivers would be aware, Transport Canberra is proposing a new bus network which it is planning to introduce in January 2019.

The new network will affect school bus services. Transport Canberra recently wrote to all Principals seeking feedback about the new proposed bus network. Our submission to them is included in the document attached and we will also be sending it to several politicians.

Please take a moment to read it. We ask you to support the College's position and urge you to contact Transport Canberra directly using YourSay.act.gov.au to add your voices to our concerns.

Please note the closing date for submissions and feedback is this Sunday 12 August 2018.

Last season's rowing "Gappies", Maddy Staubitz (USA) & Charlotte Cross (UK)

Host families needed for Rowing Gap students

6 August 2018

Vicky Spencer, Director of Rowing

Can you help? Gap students arriving soon!

We have two Gap students, Simon and Jess, joining us from the UK for this coming rowing season, one of whom is arriving in 10 days, and we are looking for suitable host families. If you are interested in hosting either of these students, for a term or the full rowing season, please contact Director of Rowing, Vicky Spencer, as soon as possible.

EMAIL Director of Rowing, Vicky Spencer, Vicky.Spencer@radford.act.edu.au
TELEPHONE: 02 6180 3083

Simon is likely to coach with the senior rowers (mornings and afternoons) and Jess will be involved with younger year levels (mornings at school, afternoons at the boatshed). 

Simon is 21 years old and arrives on 18 August, finishing on 5 April 2019.

About Simon:
I grew up in a small rural town in North Yorkshire, in northern England before moving down to Kent, to study at the University of Kent, reading Politics and International Relations. Whilst at University, I discovered my love of rowing and have grown further into the sport, competing at the Eights and Fours Heads of the River in London, as well as on-going training towards Henley this season. In addition, I have been committed to developing my skills as a coach. Now, I am keen to give back to the community of rowing that benefited me so greatly. Interests outside of rowing include cycling and reading current affairs. I hope to discover many aspects of Australian life in my time in the country, and am eager to start working hard to aid Radford College.

Jess is 18 years old, she starts on 17 September and finishes on 5 April 2019.

Jess is from Chester UK. She has recently finished her education at the King’s School Chester where she was Captain of Boats. Before she took up rowing she was a keen kayaker and swimmer.

When you host a Gap student you will receive $150 a week towards food and utilities. The Gap students will also receive an allowance from the school and both will travel during the summer school holidays. 

We are looking for a location that is preferably within cycling distance to the Radford boatshed at Black Mountain Peninsula, if possible, or with the family of a rower who may be attending rowing training or lives close to another rowing family (this will help with lifts).

Mr Wardman and students on the 2016 tour of Europe

Interested in a 2019 Science Tour of Europe?

8 August 2018

Expressions of interest sought

Information night #1:
Monday 27 August, 6pm, Heath Lecture Theatre.

Expressions of interest are now sought for the tour.  Tour group limited to 20 students.

Tour leader:
Mr Richard Wardman- richard.wardman@radford.act.edu - contact after 17 August, as Mr Wardman wil be on Y10 Camp.


In June-July 2019, Science teacher, Mr Richard Wardman, will be leading an exciting educational tour of four European countries.  Students who will be in Y10, Y11, Y12 in 2019 are invited to join the tour, which is limited to 20 students.

The story of science will be a major focus of the tour, including the contemporary issues of urban planning, public transport and renewable energy, as well as the history of science.  The culture and history of Europe will provide students with valuable and provocative insights into the human condition.  Radford students will, in turn, be ambassadors for our country. 

Antipodeans Abroad will provide expert assistance to the College on key tour elements including travel, accommodation, risk management, and provision of specialist guides.

2016 tour group, outside Firenze (Florence)

The 19-day tour will visit significant scientific and cultural facilities, in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Britain, such as those indicated below.


Birthplace of the Renaissance,
Art – Uffizi
Architecture – Duomo (cathedral)
Science – Museo Galileo.


CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
International organisations: UN, FAO, Red Cross,
Reformation history.


Strong science legacy. Echoes of The Cold War. Reunification. Reichstag.
History of flight - Zeppelin and Dornier.
Science Museum. BMW World. Renewable energy.


Cavendish labs, where Rutherford’s atom and DNA were revealed.
Bletchley Park
The story of Alan Turing and the codebreaking Enigma machine.
Greenwich Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum
Science & Natural History Museums
Brunel Tour.

 2016 tour - Brandenburg Gate in Berlin



Year 5 students share the books they made with their Pre-K buddies

Book buddies – Y5 and PK

8 August 2018

Tara Phillips, Y5 Teacher

Sharing the joys of creating and reading books

A recent project for Year 5 students in 5TMi involved creating picture-books to share with their PK buddies. Both year groups thoroughly enjoyed this project. 

Here is Anya A’s report on the project:

What we did
We decided to make cute picture books for our PK buddies.

How did we create the books?
People created their books in different ways, and each of the books was quite unique … . Some people typed, and others wrote the story. The pictures in the stories interested the PKs a lot, since some were paper collages, and some were drawings.

All of our buddies really enjoyed reading or listening to our stories, especially looking at the colourful pictures. 

Making stories for our buddies was extremely fun and exciting… our buddies also found it really amusing!

Creating and sharing books for buddies

Creating and sharing books for buddiesCreating and sharing books for buddies


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 



Radford College crest

Moderation Day 9 Aug 2018

1 August 2018

Nerida Dyne, EA to HoSS

Pupil-free day for students Y7–Y11.

Moderation Day, Thursday 9 August 

Moderation Day, held twice a year, involves teachers from all ACT Secondary Colleges meeting to discuss and evaluate work samples for Year 11 and 12 students from the previous semester.

  • Please note, as per the College calendar, this is a pupil-free day for students in Years 7–11.

  • Students in Year 12 are required to attend the College on Moderation Day (Thursday 9 August) for an AST Practice test. Students have been advised of arrangements for this day.

Moderation Day does not affect Junior School students.

Some of the Dirrum 2018 Team have their photo taken by The Canberra Times.

Dirrum 2018 live stream tickets still available

8 August 2018

Livestream Room tickets still available after speaker sessions sell out

The 2018 Dirrum Festival speaker sessions in the Heath Lecture Theatre have sold out, two weeks ahead of the event.

The Canberra Times interviewed and photographed the elated organisers today.

A Livestream Room will be set up and 100 tickets are available for those wanting to watch and hear the speakers at the two sessions from 1–9 pm on SATURDAY 18 AUGUST 2018. Livestream Room tickets are just $10 and can be purchased online

All ticket holders can soak up the festibal atmosphere at 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) – which will operate stalls in the one-hour lunch break between speaker sessions.

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

The festival speakers are:

Peter Greste
Gillian Triggs
Emma Adams
Kirsty Windeyer
Matthew Stocks
Ellen Jacobsen
Steph Gabriel
Denis Ginnivan
Bridget Chivers-Keneally

*There are still limited seats left for tonight's preliminary event when Dirrum Dirrum, in conjunction with the Radford Institute, presents Tim Costello on 'Education: Our powerful weapon to change the world' at 6.30 pm in the Heath Lecture Theatre.

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

Register now for Summer Sports!

Summer Sports Rego Closes 8 August

1 August 2018

Register now for Summer Sports

Registrations for Summer Sport (Term 4 – 2018, Term 1 – 2019) opened last week.

Please note, registrations close on Wednesday 8 August

Register here: Co-Curricular Registrations


For more information, click here.


image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/billmorrow

Type 1 Diabetes Research Project

3 August 2018

Sophie Davis, Senior Nurse

Type 1 Diabetes affects many children and teenagers

by Sophie Davis, College Nurse

Researchers from The Canberra Hospital and The University of Canberra are seeking volunteers to participate in research for a project investigating Type 1 diabetes. This autoimmune disease typically, but not exclusively, affects children and necessitates their dependency on insulin injections throughout their lives.

At the time of diagnosis, a substantial proportion of the body's insulin-producing cells remain. The goal of this project is to rescue these cells, thereby removing the need for constant monitoring of blood sugar levels (by finger pricking/blood sugar testing) and insulin injections.The researchers invite the following groups to be part of this project:

(i) healthy children/teenagers (5–16 years of age; without diabetes) to act as controls for the study;
(ii) children/teenagers (5–16 years of age) with Type 1 diabetes for less than 1 year.

More information is available here.

image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/billmorrow

Junior School winter sports are underway

Winter’s sporting fun

3 August 2018

Tamara Phelps, PE Teacher

The Junior School is enjoying a round of sporting adventures

by Tamara Phelps, PE Teacher

Junior School winter sports

Term 3 Sport in the Junior School kicked off on a spectacular winter’s day. Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 will participate in an intense five-week program that introduces them to touch football, cricket, tai kwon do and dance. Each class has been allocated an activity for the duration of the term. During lessons, students will gain a greater understanding of the rules, skills and fundamentals of these activities. We welcome representatives from relevant organisations who will assist us in deepening our children’s enjoyment of sport and physical activity while increasing their skills and confidence.

Radford equestriennes, (L) Kayla Hogg , (R) Eri Niisato

Sports Report – 8 Aug 18

8 August 2018

Sports Department

Equestrian, Orienteering and Football reports

By Margaret Bowen

Radford students selected for NSW Show-jumping Team

This year, Radford had two riders representing the school at the NSW State Interschool Championships. During the winter holidays, Eri Niisato (Year 9) and Kayla Hogg (Year 8) travelled to the Sydney International Equestrian Centre with their horses Patch (Eri) and Cy and Pepe (Kayla) to compete in show-jumping (Eri and Kayla) and combined training (Kayla). Both girls did exceptionally well in a big field of around 80 riders in each class, and more than 500 riders from across NSW in total. Between them, the girls had numerous wins and placings, leading to their selection for the NSW show-jumping team at National Interschool titles to be held in Victoria later in the year. Congratulations Eri and Kayla!

(Note: Junior category 18 years and under)

Men Junior O1 – Radford of field of 14


Ryan Stocks


Toby Lang


David Stocks


Joseph Wilson


Michael Guthrie

Women Junior O1


Justine Hobson

MJ O2 Radford – top 3 placings


Brendan Wilson


Lincoln Batt


Patrick Shelton Agar

By Julian Seddon

U16 Division 2 Open Radford 4 defeated Belsouth VeeAte 2

Radford U16 boys played Belsouth at Radford with two players out due to injury and illness, and the boys only had one sub to provide respite. The first half kicked off with lots of intensity, Radford midfield and forwards making frequent penetrating runs into Belsouth’s goal box, but hesitation in front of goals and a strong right-foot bias in the Radford ranks saw opportunities thwarted. Radford defended well with the might of Kevin Wong blocking attacks like a forcefield leaving goalie Nick Seddon only the odd ball to clean up. Eventually Felix Ma made a deep run and put the ball in the Belsouth net to close at half time 1–0 up. The second half saw a change of goalie, with Finn Maguire donning the gloves. Radford pushed hard from the whistle and soon Sam Sharma converted a well-timed pass from Felix to make the score 2–0. Radford lost focus for 10 minutes midway through the second half, and conceded a goal off a corner which ricocheted around the box and saw the defence and goalie Finn scrambling to clear the ball, but to no avail. Radford bounced back with two more goals in quick succession, a beautiful header by Blake Riley from an Ageesh Singh corner and a second goal by Felix. All the boys played with great spirit and cohesion and supported each other throughout, deserving their 4–2 victory. Well done!

An exciting week in the Science space

National Science Week

8 August 2018

Science Department

Scientists - game changers and change makers

Be part of the excitement and join in the activities for National Science week.


Find out more:

National Science Week 2018
Saturday 11 Aug - Sun 19 August



Science Championships 2018
Mon 13 Aug – Mon 20 Aug



URGENT: Bus changes feedback closes Sunday

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.