Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 3 – 7 August 2019

Staff Insights

Mark Pesce, Futurist, speaking at The Future of Education event last week

From the Acting Head of Junior School

7 August 2019

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Board and community reflections on the future of Education, including the Mark Pesce presentation

By Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Last Friday afternoon, Radford community members, including parents and educators, gathered in the Heath Lecture Theatre to listen to Mark Pesce, a leading futurist, author and entrepreneur deliver his presentation for our special event on "The Future of Education Within an Australian Context". 

Rich in thought-provoking ideas regarding the likely direction of education, Mark threw out many concepts underpinning a new and innovative approach towards teaching which alluded to reverting to time-proven practices. At its core was the idea of relational learning. This involves establishing and maintaining relationships between educators and students and placing greater emphasis on mentoring. He referred to the quote attributed to Mark Twain “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme”. 

Panel members with presenter Mark Pesce
After Mark’s insightful presentation, a stimulating panel discussion followed. How could we as educators effectively implement and apply these ideas to education, our school culture and within our teaching practices?   

The panel included:

  • Meg Brighton Director-General – ACT Dept Education                   
  • Dr Justin Garrick – Head of School, Canberra Grammar School                        
  • Professor Geoffrey Crisp – Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, University of Canberra                  
  • Fiona Godfrey – Principal, Radford College 

Many of the ideas Mark and the panel shared are included in this bulletin. 

Over 30 years ago Radford’s first Chairman of the College Board, TB Millar said:

We want Radford to be a caring school, a Christian-based community, where the worth of every student is acknowledged and their potential fulfilled; a school in which parents, teachers, students will feel engaged in a common purpose, a single team; a school to which old students will look back with affection.

Thirty years on, mounting evidence reinforces the wisdom and merit of these very same words, advising that a great school does more than just aim for its students to reach their academic potential, it commits to providing students with a holistic and inspiring education that arouses curiosity, enables engagement with educators and encourages each student to reach their full potential. This is considered to be best achieved by facilitating learning experiences which build character, foster wellbeing and develop connection with others. 

At Radford we have identified the value of teaching our students the principles of wellbeing and enabling them to construct more meaningful and fulfilling lives in the process. 

It’s who you teach, not what you teach that matters most. Know each student, as some things are not in our data. Relationship is the key objective. 

Mark’s presentation also provided the Radford Board a number of ideas and concepts to consider at their annual Radford College Board retreat. 

Board and SNRX retreat 2019

Included in those attending the weekend retreat were key school-based groups, the Collegians (past students), Parents & Friends Association (P&F) and the Radford College Foundation. The common theme and unified purpose of these groups is to cultivate a sense of connection and belonging amongst all within our school community. 

For our Collegians, this includes ideas aimed at continuing to grow the Radford community beyond schooling. For the P&F, this means a focus on building community, with an invitation for individuals and families to connect with our diverse community and achieve a sense of belonging, via planning and initiating community and fundraising activities.  

Finally, the Junior School and Secondary School leadership groups made presentations about their progress and achievements to date for 2019. They also outlined their priorities for 2020 and beyond.  

This retreat offered time to pause, reflect and consider the future of the College. It provided an opportunity to entertain new concepts and revisit past ideas. It encouraged us to look at possibilities. Marcel Proust may have articulated this approach best when he said: The real journey in life is not seeking new lands BUT seeing through new eyes. 

Possibly the most appropriate quote that encompasses the true key to collaboration is from Muhammed Ali? When asked what was most important in understanding what brings about the greatest success, he responded “Me - we”.  

Chaplain Fr Richard Browning

Chaplain's Reflection

7 August 2019

Father Richard reflects on why he loves Jesus

O, Jesus!

Jesus is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1.15). His work means the end of all divisions, the tearing down of the dividing wall between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, in and out, slave and free, because Christ is all, and in all (Col 3.11). 

Upon the seemingly endless cycle of violence, I offer a simple prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, and do so in the name of Jesus. Below, I expand further on what Jesus means, but for the moment: 

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP 823) 


Oh Jesus. A poem.
By Richard Browning, July 27 

I love Jesus’

radical identification with the rejected and condemned.

I love Jesus’

shameless solidarity with women –
and embrace of the excluded and outcast,
his casting out of demons that harm and oppress
and lifting up of little ones.

I love Jesus’

compassion, always given, often provocatively;
his practice of holiness-as-mercy not holiness-as-purity

I love Jesus’

affirmation of the Kingdom of God at large yet near,
universal yet wild, accessible yet untameable;
coupled with a condemnation of ‘kingdom’ as
instrument of religious elitism and oppression.

I love Jesus’

unnerving habit of responding to questions with questions,
and dilemmas with stories,
and dominant paradigms with upside down logic and paradoxical truths

I love his ‘guerrilla lorefare’* parables,

From the beautifully ridiculous to the offensively preposterous,
his compelling teaching through parabolic living.

I love Jesus’

complete devotion to the One he calls Abba,
his face and heart of Abba’s steadfast love and eternal mercy
his self-donation as the final Scapegoat
ending all idol making and sacrifice taking;

I love   

his unnatural capacity to forgive and forgive and forgive again;
his unyielding practice of healing and liberating
his utter rejection of militarism
yet his unfettered embrace of militant nonviolence
his earth-affirming economics of jubilee contra the practice of empire building usury;
his beguiling victory over blindness and sin, evil and injustice, violence and Death
through his own humiliation and death
his tantalising Resurrection, forever announcing and embodying
Goodness is stronger than evil;
Love is stronger than hate;
Light is stronger than darkness;
Life is stronger than death.
his return as the innocent forgiving Victim bearing
peace not retribution,
healing not condemnation, 
reconciliation not damnation;
his dissolution of binary opposites, removing separation between slave | free, male | female, in | out, blessed | cursed;
his embodiment of ruling emblem not as lion or eagle or bear, but lamb;
his unconditional loving embrace of the other,
with hands scarred by sacrifice ‘from the foundation of the world’,
transforming human beings from blind agents married to death
into wide eyed peacemaking citizens of the kingdom of God
empowered with Spirit filled agency. 

I love Jesus because he is the Song through whom the universe is sung into being. He knows me, loved me first and loves me always and calls me to take my place in the dance of life. 


I physically recoil when some use the name of Jesus to own individual blessings, personal prosperity and spiritual certainty; to prop up militant nationalism, the building up of dividing walls and the hunting of strangers and others; to excuse unlovely and unkind behaviour.

But this is not the Jesus revealed in the scriptures. Jesus is the truest sound I know, the treasure I guard the most and have turned my entire life towards in faithful obedience. Jesus has a hold on me and the poem ‘Oh Jesus’ is a flourishing attempt to point out why. 

The poem has been years in the making, but the trigger was Jarrod McKenna. He posted on his twitter feed a string of phrases under the tag ‘#whyiloveJesus’. I have launched from these and built upon them. There are three phrases that are wholly Jarrod McKenna’s. They are:

earth-affirming economics of jubilee
empire building usury
‘guerrilla lorefare’ parables 

Other phrases:

militant nonviolence: Martin Luther King Jr and Mahatma Gandhi
forgiving victim: James Alison 

Goodness is stronger than evil;
Love is stronger than hate;
Light is stronger than darkness;
Life is stronger than death.

These four lines are the gift of Desmond Tutu.


Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

JS News, 7 Aug 2019

7 August 2019

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Visit by Andy Gordon, incoming Head of Junior School, Professional Learning, Rostrum, Girls AFL.

Dates for your diary

  • Book Week parade - Friday 23 August
  • Father’s Day breakfast - Friday 6 September
  • P&F Trivia Night – Friday 20 September

Incoming Head of Junior School

Incoming Head of Junior School, Andy GordonWe unofficially welcomed Mr Andrew Gordon to the College last Friday, 2 August. During his brief visit, Andy met with the College leadership teams and connected with many of our staff. A highlight of his visit was attending the Year 5 & 6 Chapel Service. 

Mr Gordon’s initial impressions of the school and our community were very encouraging and prompted him to make very favourable comments regarding the genuine warmth and energy displayed by our staff and students. 

Mr Gordon will return to Canberra at the beginning of September, when he will join the community at the Father’s Day breakfast. He has advised that he is very much looking forward to becoming an active and valuable member of staff and belonging to our school community.

Professional learning

On Monday afternoon teachers from the ACT PYP network were very fortunate to listen to keynote speaker Pak Tee Ng in an address ‘Teach less, learn more’. 

Pak Tee works in the Singapore education system.  He led discussions exploring the joy in learning, making learning meaningful to students. He identified elements of success that include:

  • Every school needs to be a good school
  • Every student - an engaged learner
  • Every teacher - a caring teacher
  • Every parent - a supportive partner in educating their child.

We are grateful to each of you in entrusting us with the future education of your children. It’s a duty and a privilege we never take for granted. 

ACT Primary School Rostrum

We delighted to advise that our Year 5 student, Keren Zhang, made it through to the ACT Primary School Rostrum Grand Final. Congratulations, Keren!

Character Strength Spotlight

The Junior School character strength spotlight this week is PERSEVERANCE.

With so many Radford sporting teams currently competing or preparing for end of season competitions, there are always plenty of stories of sustained effort, resilience and perseverance against the odds to share. 

Last week, Alex Couldrick represented ACT at the National Swimming Championships. Alex achieved a personal best time in the 50-metre butterfly event, he was also recognised by being awarded the Sportsmanship Award, a worthy achievement.

AFL Girls Year 5/6 team

The Year 5/6 girls travelled to Sydney to compete in the Paul Kelly Cup. As dawn broke, the Year 5/6 girls AFL team were already on the road heading for Sydney to represent Radford (and the ACT) in the Paul Kelly Cup at the Giants Stadium, Olympic park. We were one of 8 teams across NSW and the ACT who had won their area competition and were now playing in the state finals. 

AFL at Sydney Stadium Paul Kelly Cup Team 2019

Faced with tough opposition, we played to the best of our abilities despite injury and exhaustion, we gave it our all. Whilst we didn’t record a win on the day, the experience of playing within a professional stadium on such a beautiful day in Sydney was amazing. The competition was fast and tough, but our girls performed with resilience and tenacity. Though tired, the team remained positive and full of energy all the way home. 

One of the highlights of the day was a ‘half time’ sprint between the team’s nominated fastest players. Amelia Sutherland represented our team and took out first place against the other 7 team representatives!   

Well done girls! Congratulations on all you achieved and for a wonderful competition. Your attitude and support of each other was amazing and you were impressive representatives of Radford.  

Year 5/6 AFL Girls team:
Bonnie Hardy, Jessi Palframan, Ellie Dawe, Grace Aulich, Cynara Yates, Amber Smith Gibson, Amelia Sutherland, Makayla Paton, Katherine Maundrell, Mary Palfreman, Laura McNamara, Coco Guenther, Madi Scholfield, Lussia Parker

Coach – Jon Craddock
Assistant Coach – Di Wilson
Manager – Kirstie Hardy

Junior School Sport

Term 3 Sport commenced last week. Throughout the term, students will have the opportunity to participate in a 5 Week program, developing skills in a variety of Sports. This Term, the Kindy - Year 6 students will be coached by ACT AFL, Basketball, Tennis, Yoga, Dance and a range of multi-sports and fundamentals movement skills by Active Attitudes.

Students were beaming with excitement and embraced the opportunity to learn new skills.

JS Term 3 sports JS Term 3 sports


See main Sports Report in this Bulletin for details of the Jamie Pearlman Cup.


The Radford First XI after a win in the 2018/19 season.

Radford Cricket getting ready for big summer

7 August 2019

New players and families welcome

First XI - (standing) Flynn Kelly, Ben Matesic, Tom Rushmer, Grace Kuchlmayr, Dylan Fernando, Jonty Probyn, Vivek Banka, Darcy Macdonald, Matthew Jaggers, (kneeling) Lachlan Reid, Jay Macdonald

Radford Cricket is gearing up for a big summer season and the prospect of an Australian Ashes Series win in England is inspiring players, coaches and parents alike.

Technical Director Darryle Macdonald, who represented the ACT in both cricket and hockey, has been steadily building Radford's cricket program in recent seasons.

"We've lifted the professionalism of our coaching. Each of our Division 1 teams will have two coaches appointed, ensuring more individual attention to player development. This, alongside individual or paired coaching sessions being offered before or during school hours, will ensure many of our players receive the time to invest in furthering their skills and understanding of the game.

We have many students, both girls and boys, currently training in Cricket ACT representative or emerging programs, which is a terrific reflection of the energy and talent within the present cohort. Radford wishes to provide all of our players with an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience alongside their peers in the environment of our national summer sport."

With summer sport registrations closing on Friday, Radford parent and cricket fanatic Greg Boorer is urging interested parents to make sure their son or daughter is signed up.

"I know some parents think cricket matches take a long time. Games are actually pretty short and many take place on Friday nights which is a wonderful social way for parents to finish the week before heading off to the coast or whatever else the family wants to do on the weekend. We're a close-knit community and we're ready to welcome new families with open arms, especially those families of students who haven't played cricket before," Greg said.

Notable Radford cricketing alumni include David Dawson (pictured batting) and Ryan Carters (pictured above at the 2017 Awards Night).

David Dawson played for Canberra Comets, Tasmania & NSW.

Ryan Carters was JA Mackinnon Dux of 2008, College Captain and Sportsman of the Year in his final year at Radford. He played cricket for the Australian Schoolboys side and went on to play for Canberra Comets, Victoria & NSW, as well as a Cricket Australia XI, when he partnered with Aaron Finch in 2015 for the highest opening partnership in first-class cricket. During his eight years as a highly successful professional cricketer, Ryan was conscious of global humanitarian issues, and these increasingly became his focus. In 2013 he co-founded Batting for Change, a charity that currently supports the education of over 1500 women in Mumbai, Kathmandu, Sri Lanka and Kenya. In 2016, he worked with the Khan Academy in the United States, an education organization providing free, high-quality online education to anyone, anywhere who has access to the internet. He was a speaker at the 2016 Dirrum Festival (this year's festival is at UC on 17 August) and also Guest Speaker at the 2017 Awards Night.

Darryle Macdonald says: "I think Ryan is a great example of someone who sought personal excellence in cricket while at Radford, and then used his success to benefit others. Cricket is that kind of sport and the life lessons it teaches go well beyond the boundary."

A pre-season tour to Sydney is scheduled for our Under 14 team (2-4 October), where Radford will play multiple matches in the lead up to the Canberra season and gain vital match practice and touring experience. Some of Radford's teams will also be entered in the annual Kookaburra Cup (T20 tournament) hosted by Cricket ACT, from 9-11 October in Canberra.

Those interested in learning more about Radford's cricket program, can email Darryle.Macdonald@radford.act.edu.au

For instructions on how to register for Radford Cricket click here

Radford College Crest

Moderation Day, Thursday 8 August

7 August 2019

Dr Adrian Johnston, Deputy Principal

Arrangements for students

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 8 August) for an AST Practice test. Students have been advised of arrangements for this day; and
  • Students in Y10 & Y11 are encouraged to attend the Careers Expo at Exhibition Park in Canberra on Wednesday between 5.00pm to 7.00pm or  between 9.15am to 2.30pm on Thursday.


Classes will run as usual on Moderation Day for Junior School students; however, parents are asked to please note:

  • Unless otherwise notified, co-curricular activities will continue as usual on Moderation Day. 
  • The Secondary School library will be closed all day so will not be available to students in Year 5-6 during the day or after school.
  • The canteen will be available to students in Years 5-6 and in the Junior School.
Register by 9 August for Summer Sports

Summer Sports Registrations close this Friday

7 August 2019

Sports Department

Register now for Summer Sports 2019/20 season (T4 2019 & T1 2020)

Sport registration for Radford 2019/20 season (Term 4 2019 & Term 1 2020) is now open.

Full instructions on how to register

Please note registrations close Friday 9 August.

Anthony Chen, performing at the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition and Festival

Collegian News: Pianist Anthony Chen (Class of 2013)

7 August 2019

Emily Leong, Music Department

Anthony won 3rd place, and several other awards, at a major Australian piano competition

By Emily Leong, Music Department 

The Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition and Festival is a major Australian piano event, held biennially in Brisbane. It provides talented Australian and New Zealand based performers between 16 and 30 with a major platform to develop professionally and artistically, and to compete for substantial cash prizes. 

Collegian Anthony Chen was awarded 3rd prize after being chosen as one of four competitors to play piano concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. This was Round 4, after competing in 3 earlier rounds (Round 1: 20min recital, Round 2: 25-35min recital, Round 3 50-60min recital). 

Anthony also won the People's Choice, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Vote, and the Best Performance of Australian Work. 

The quality of the piano playing in this elite competition is phenomenal. Competitors often continue onto international competitions and becoming international performers following the success in this competition. 

Congratulations, Anthony, on this wonderful achievement!


Editor’s note:

As documented in his Valete entry (extracted below) in the 2013 Radfordian, Anthony’s substantial involvement in Music at Radford was just part of his “all round” contribution and achievement in his senior years: 

Prefect; BSSS Award Performing Arts 2013; Peter Casson Award Music 2013; College Award 2012; International Geography Olympiad 2012; Subject Awards Music 2010 & 2011, Music (T) 2013, Physics (T) 2013; Attitude and Application Award 2009; Rowing - Contribution Award 2010; Chamber Choir - Excellence Award 2013; Senior Jazz Ensemble; Symphonic Wind Ensemble; Keyboard Accompaniment - Excellence Awards 2012 & 2013; LMusA Piano 2012; Musical Theatre - Service Award 2013; Y12 Revue; Service Learning - L’Arche Disco, Relay for Life, Youth in the City.



Private tuition pilot program available with these Technical Directors

New Y5-Y12 sports tuition programs

29 July 2019

Sports Department

Available in Cricket, Tennis, Basketball or Strength and Conditioning.

New Opportunities in Basketball, Cricket, Strength & Conditioning and Tennis 

Radford is introducing a new pilot program for students from Years 5 – 12 who are keen on tuition in Cricket, Tennis, Basketball or Strength and Conditioning. This program will commence Week 2, Term 3 and will be trialled for the remainder of 2019, when we will review its ongoing sustainability. 

Students can register for individual or shared coaching with our Technical Directors, once per week during school hours, on a user pays model of $60 per hour, or $30 each if shared by two. 

Years 5 & 6 students will only be allowed to replace PE or Friday Sport to take up this opportunity, while students in Years 7 – 12 can use either free periods or times negotiated with subject teachers (students must not continually miss the same class). 

The Radford Technical Directors (TD) have certain times available during school hours and can be contacted directly to find mutually agreeable timeslots. This arrangement is similar to what happens for Music, where students sign out of class to attend their individual tuition lesson with their teacher, then sign back in afterwards. 

The non-negotiable requirements of the program are:

1.            Students must ensure they remain on top of all their academic commitments and the behavioural expectations of Radford College. Any school work missed during sessions MUST be proactively caught up on. Radford Technical Directors will stay in close contact with subject teachers and tutors to ensure this is happening. 

2.            Students can sign up to 1 session per week. 

3.            Cost per student for participation in the program will be $60 per session or $30 each if shared. This will be invoiced to the student’s school account at the end of each term. 

4.            Students must communicate effectively and regularly with all teachers regarding missed classes and not continually miss the same class. 

5.            Some session times can also occur before and after school hours on certain days subject to the availability of the respective TD. 

This program will commence Week 2, Term 3 and will be trialled for the remainder of 2019 when we will review its ongoing sustainability. 

Please contact our Technical Directors directly on the email addresses if you are interested in taking up this opportunity: 

Basketball, Orhan Memedovski – Orhan.Memedovski@radford.act.edu.au 
Cricket, Darryle MacdonaldDarryle.Macdonald@radford.act.edu.au 
Strength & Conditioning, Josh Strahornjosh@dynamicathletic.com.au 
Tennis, Annabel Paroloannabelparolo@yahoo.com


Don't miss this premier Radford music event

Evening of Fine Music

22 July 2019

Kirsten Knight, Head of Co-Curricular Music

10 August - a showcase of seven of our top Year 12 musicians

By Kirsten Knight, Head of Co-Curricular Music

Date: Saturday 10 August
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: TB Millar Hall, Radford College
Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/BDUIE


Our "Evening of Fine Music” showcases seven of our top Year 12 musicians performing in a range of styles and differing instrumentations. This year the evening will feature Joshua Daffern, piano and vocals, Lauren Nicholson, clarinet, Stephanie Coram, vocals, Olivia Young, flute, Jessica Ward, violin, Sophie Genn, piano, and David Lafferty on alto saxophone joined by the Radford College Big Band. With this diverse group of truly fine musicians performing it promises to be an enjoyable evening for all. 

Tickets for this exciting event will be available for purchase via this TryBooking link https://www.trybooking.com/BDUIE. Ticket prices are as follows; Adult $30, Student $15, Table of seven $120.

Each table will enjoy a platter of delicious cheeses and nibbles, and wine is included in the adult ticket price.


Year 7/8, Year 9/10 and Year 11/12 Radford Netball Teams at ASC

Sports Report, 7 August 2019

7 August 2019

Sports Department

Important information about State selection, ASC Netball, Netball specialist training, Rugby, Basketball, student congratulations

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Secondary Track and Field State Representation 

The 2019 Australian All Schools Track and Field Championship is the representative pathway event for Secondary students, and it is conducted by Athletics Australia not School Sport Australia.  Therefore, SSACT does not select or organise the team to compete at the Championships from the 6 – 8 December in Perth. 

The 13&O ACT Championships that is conducted by SSACT is part of the selection process for Athletics ACT, as well as two of their High Noon events for the events not within the SSACT Program: Sprint Hurdles, 3km run, Steeplechase, Pole Vault, hammer throw, 1500m walk, 3km walk, and long hurdles. 

Students wishing to be considered for selection in the events listed above need to enter one or both of the 2 High Noon events on the 1 and 22 September – please refer to the SSACT website Track and Field page - www.schoolsportact.asn.au for High Noon event and (free) entry details as well as the AACT Selection Policy. 

If parents/guardians have any questions, please contact Athletics ACT directly, phone:  02 6247 1276

2019 ASC Netball Carnival 

On Tuesday 30 July, Radford was represented by 3 teams at the ASC Netball Carnival. 

Year 7/8 Team
The Year 7/8 Team played hard, fair and their skills developed and strengthened as the day progressed.  Radford found themselves in a 3-way tie for 2nd at the conclusion of all the round games. Unfortunately, the team ended up coming 4th in a count back.

Team members – Chelsea Allen, Siena Berichon, Gemma O’Rourke, Matilda Sullings, Ellie Crawford, Maisy Develin, Jasmin Hippit, Zoe Partridge, Sarah Quilty, Natalia Rogic 

Year 9/10 Team
The Year 9/10 Team had played 8 games across the day and faced some strong competition.  Overall, the team displayed some great teamwork.

Team members – Amulya Thumma, Amali Weerasooriya, Brianna Harris, Amy Dow, Dinu Ranatunga, Olivia Castle, Maddy Holt, Nea Exell, Helen Nguyen 

Year 11/12 Team
The Year 11/12 Team came away from the carnival with 3 wins and 2 losses, placing them 3rd overall.

Team members - Lauren Cox, Saffron Gibson-Bode, Elena Kingham, Adelaide Bell, Maddy Dyne, Ella Hundy, Jade Kingston, Olivia Young, Maddie Scott 

A big ‘ thank you’ to the coaches for the day – Richelle Fogarty (Year 7/8) and Bernie Leger (Year 9/10 and 11/12) – and to the Radford umpires – Eve Robinson, James Clarke and Grace Plunkett. 

Radford Netball - Targeted Specialist Sessions 

To end the Winter Season strongly, Radford Netball will be running some targeted, specialist netball sessions that will focus on skills and tactical content.

The sessions are open to all players from the Junior to Cadet teams and will run on the following dates:                       

Friday August 16

Juniors - Dolphins / Magpies

Friday August 23

Purple, Yellow

Friday August 30

Green, Red, Navy

Friday September 6

Gold, Silver, White, Maroon

All sessions will be held at the Radford Indoor Courts (G Wigg Sports Centre)
from 4.00-5.30pm. The sessions are free of charge.

Sharyn Hill (Radford Netball Director) will be leading all sessions.

If you would like your child to participate in this opportunity, please click HERE and follow the registration process.  Registrations for each session will close at 2pm on the day of the session.

Please feel free to contact the Radford Sports Department if you have any questions.


2019 Jamie Pearlman Cup 
On Tuesday 30 July, Year 3 and 4 boys participated in the Jamie Pearlman Basketball Northside tournament held at Belconnen Basketball stadium. 

Jamie Pearlman Cup 2019

Radford entered two teams; Maroon, who defeated Harrison primary school in the grand final by a score of 29-8, securing the title as Northside champions! Radford Blue played hard each game but just came up short in their final round robin game as they tied with Miles Franklin Primary 14-14.  

The Radford Maroon team will now play the Southside winners for the ACT Championship on Wednesday 4 September.

Radford Maroon             

Aarav Kochhar
Andrew Coulton
Andrew Ren
Avyukth Sudharsan
Bryson Abraham
Oliver Zhang
Rupert Keeling
Sam Witheford
Samanth Yakkal 

Radford Blue

Tom Rogers
Ethan Shen
Victor Zhou-Smith
Varun Ramkumar
Owen Scowcroft
Yash Thrishul
Josiah Zhang
Ian Zhang
Ethan Zhong

Thank you to all students who participated on the day, demonstrating great teamwork and perseverance.
Please note the Sue Geh Girls Northside tournament is on Tuesday 6 August. 

Many Radford basketball teams took to the courts across Canberra again this weekend.  A standout performance was the U19 Radford Div I Boys team who defeated Queanbeyan Roadrunners 86-68.  Top scorers were Lachlan Smith (26 points) and Joel Cooper (16 points).



Radford's U18 Boys had a huge week of rugby with a midweek game played Wednesday 31 July 2019 against Daramalan, going down 52-15.  The boys managed to come back strongly on Saturday, once again playing Daramalan, only just missing out 24-20.  

Radford's U18 Girls had an impressive win against CGGS  87-5. U9 Boys who also had an impressive win against Yass 45-5. Our rugby teams only have three more games left before finals, let’s get behind them and show our support. 

Brumbies Development Camps - Junior Boys (12 to 14 Years) Junior Girls (12 to 15 years)
Please refer to the Flyer for further information. If parents/guardians have any questions, please contact
Damien Tyson d.tyson@brumbies.com.au 

Brumbies Junior Development Camps October


Radford Students Selected in School Sport ACT State Teams 

Amy Cai, Casey Griggs, Nicola Allenby and Kiara Shaw were all selected in SSACT AFL U15 Girls team and attended the Australia School Sport Championships from July 27 to August 2 in Launceston TAS. 

SSACT Orienteering
David Stocks, Toby Lang and Andrew Kerr have been selected in the Senior Boys representative team and Patrick Shelton-Agar has been names in the Junior Boys team. 

Justine Hobson and Aoife Rothery have been selected in the Junior Girls team. Josh Robards and Patrick Shelton-Agar have been selected in the Junior Boys team. 

All students will be competing at the Australian School Sport Championships during the first week of the Term 3 holidays in Wagga Wagga. 

SSACT Basketball
Jack Dimond, Max Forbutt and Stirling Musgrove were all selected in the SSACT 12&U Boys Basketball Team (Ambrose Musgrove was named as a shadow player) and Emily Warren in the 12&U Girls Team to compete at the Australian School Sport Championships in Bendigo from the 10-16 August.  

Minette Kirkegaard has been selected in the SSACT U18 Girls Basketball to compete at the Australian School Sport Championships in Bendigo from the 12-18 August.



This week's Radford Reporter spoke to students making candles as part of the $20 Challenge Giving Group

Radford Reporters: Giving Group - $20 Challenge

7 August 2019

Sermud Syed

Students are learning business skills and giving back to the community

By Sermud Syed, Year 7 Radford Reporter

One of the many giving groups at Radford College is the $20 Challenge. For those of you living under a rock, the main intention of Giving Groups is to give back to Radford and the community. The Radford Reporters for instance, produce articles for the Bulletin about the various Giving Groups.

The $20 Challenge is run by small groups, all with the same meagre sum of money. It occurs fortnightly on Wednesdays in Period 2. Each group has their own category in which they create and sell, e.g. candles, bath bombs and bandannas. It's completely up to the students to create and sell their items.

In a nutshell, the main intention of the $20 Challenge is to start with a small initial sum of money to ultimately create a profit. The money raised will go to a charity of each group’s choosing. The students involved are using real world business skills, with some students saying: ‘It’s fun to experience what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.’

Overall, the $20 Challenge is a unique and intriguing Giving Group, which gives back to Radford and the wider community.

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Junior Space School Tour USA 2020

7 August 2019

Information session 2 Sept - for students in Years 7, 8 & 9 in 2020

By Stephanie Comino


For parents and students in Years 7, 8 and 9 in 2020

Date: Mon 2 September
Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
Venue: Heath Lecture Theatre
RSVP: Click here to RSVP.

Radford College is pleased to announce that we are offering students in Years 7, 8 & 9 in 2020 the opportunity to join the California Association for STEAM Education (CASE) Space School International Study Program in the USA in 2020. 

CASE Space School is an amazing opportunity for students seeking to pursue success in a STEM career. Students will be immersed in enriched and exclusive space science activities to explore the multi-facets of STEM. Students will also learn and engage in an inspiring personal and leadership development program to truly empower them for changing times.

Junior Space School is training for young explorers and is an engaging, hands-on adventure. Students learn about space travel, the development of space-related technologies and are led through several simulated missions. This program is focused on providing relevance to, and inspiring passion for STEM through exposure to space and broader ‘earth’ science exploration. Every step of the way they are guided to build skills in goal setting, project planning, critical-thinking and problem-solving.

Students are meticulously cared for by dedicated Group Managers who are trained and certified by the California Association for STEAM Education. All Group Managers are Working with Children and Australian Federal Police checked, and hold current CPR, asthma and anaphylaxis certification.

Students return with big dreams and lasting confidence, inspired by the ultimate STEM experience at NASA in the USA. 

An information evening will be held at the school on Monday 2 September in the Heath Lecture Theatre, Radford College where students and parents can learn more about the program. Click here to RSVP.

ASIC/Radford partnership to help students prepare for successful money management

MoneySmart Program for Y11 students

30 July 2019

Lindy Braithwaite, Dean of Senior Studies

Preparing students for independent money management

From Lindy Braithwaite, Dean of Senior Studies

Radford has partnered with ASIC’s MoneySmart educators to prepare students for independent money management.

Workshops on money tips and tools for every Year 11 student on Monday 12 August:


Preparing our students for their financial wellbeing

  1. 1.  See ya later, I’m outta here: Living independently
  • Loans, rent, bills, debt, moving costs, sharing with flatmates, budgeting, tracking your spending, saving.


  1. 2.  Uni days: Tertiary finances and Gap year
  • Associated costs – Uni & TAFE, course fees, HELP loan, living on residence, parking, budgeting. Travel, schoolies, saving.  


  1. 3.  Is that a Real Job? Tips and tools
  • Where does it go? Understanding payslips, tax, super, your rights, budgeting, saving.


  1. 4.   Fake news: Value for money & avoiding scams
  • Cars, Love, Money
  • Major purchases, maintenance, insurance, online scams, warranties, saving, car apps.


Parents and guardians may wish to discuss with their Year 11 student which workshop is most relevant.

Artwork by Bob Graham (c) 2019 The Children's Book Council of Australia

Book Week 2019

7 August 2019

By Gemma Wilson, Acting Head of Library and Information Services

Celebrate Book Week with the Character Dress Up parade, Fri 23 August


By Gemma Wilson, Acting Head of Library and Information Services

Character Dress Up Parade

Friday 23 August 2019
Time: 9:15 am
Where: G. Wigg Sports Centre (Gymnasium)

 Parents are very welcome to join the celebrations.

Start thinking about your favourite book character now!

  • Come to school dressed in your costumes.
  • Bring your character’s book if possible. 
  • Costumes should be appropriate for the weather.
  • Keep it simple! Scholastic Books have a site with some simple dress up ideas to inspire you!


Book Week website: https://www.cbca.org.au/cbca-book-week

Library display Library display

Elizabeth Gregory, Enling Liao, Chelsea Kenneally, Spencer Burns, Annabel Kuskie, Poppy Volk-Loone, Kate Miller and Claire Hu

ACT Schools Constitutional Convention

7 August 2019

Claire Huang and Kate Miller Y11

A chance for rigorous engagement with our democratic processes

By Claire Huang and Kate Miller Y11 

On 25 and 26 July, eight Radford students, were lucky enough to attend the ACT Schools Constitutional Convention, accompanied by Ms Hunter and Mr Ewbank. This event is designed to teach students about the Constitution and our place in the Australian democracy, and was a chance to discuss topics of note with other like-minded young people. Through this year’s topic, Should the Commonwealth have specific powers to legislate for the environment, we were all able to gain a better understanding of the decision-making process which takes place in parliament. 

Photo below: Some of the Radford delegates with Radford Collegian, Alistair Coe, MLA, ACT Leader of the Opposition.

Students with Alistair Coe, MLA, Radford CollegianOn Thursday, we arrived bright and early at Old Parliament House where we listened to the first keynote speaker, Ryan Goss, an associate professor of Law at the ANU. He gave us an introduction to the Constitution, as well as providing fascinating insights into why it has (and hasn’t) changed over time. We were also provided with the opportunity to ask questions, which helped us to delve further into areas of particular national relevance. During the day, we also toured the Museum of Australian Democracy and the National Archives of Australia, where we viewed artefacts and documents of national significance, and re-enacted the historic debate of the World Heritage Properties Conservation Bill of 1983.  

Another standout event was the debate held at the legislative assembly on Day Two. We heard the cases for and against Constitutional change from members of the Greens and Liberal parties, and were able to pose questions to each politician, an experience which everyone agreed was an extremely valuable experience. We also participated in an open floor debate and took part in other discussions around the topic in our designated state groups. At the conclusion of these, we all made a decision regarding the topic taking our State’s stance into account, and took part in a “referendum” (helped by the Australian Electoral Commission), which consolidated the ideas that had been swirling around in our minds for the last two days.  

Overall, we would highly recommend attending ConCon next year! With the endless back and forth debate on the topic, it is a chance to meet new, like-minded people, be exposed to a variety of other points of view and to learn to justify your beliefs. Hearing other young people with a great variety of beliefs and values debate so passionately was more than interesting - it was empowering.  

We would like to thank Mrs Hunter and Mr Ewbank for their fantastic support and supervision over the two days, it was certainly an unforgettable experience! 

Chengdu visitors at National Museum of Australia

Farewell, Chengdu visitors

7 August 2019

Michele Sharp, Head of Languages

Lots of memorable experiences for their first visit to Australia

By Michele Sharp, Head of Languages 

On Friday morning we farewelled the visiting students from Chengdu Experimental Foreign Languages School (CEFLS).  The students and staff had been very keen to learn about school life in Australia and enjoyed attending classes with their host brother/sister. The excursion to Tidbinbilla was a wonderful opportunity to learn about Australian flora and fauna, and I think all the students will remember the term “joey”, as they were lucky to see both kangaroo and koala joeys. 

Meeting "real" Australians

The students also toured Canberra visiting important sights such as Parliament House, the National Museum and the National Botanic Gardens - as well as fitting in a little shopping in Civic. 

It has been a very successful first visit, and we look forward to Radford students visiting CEFLS in the near future. We wish the staff and students well as they head off to Sydney before returning back to Chengdu. 

Thank you again to the host families for welcoming the students into their homes. These programs could not continue without your kind support. 

Reflection by Radford host, Matthew Wang, Year 9

On 27 July, a group of 12 Year 10 students arrived in Canberra after a 10-hour flight from Chengdu, located in the south west province of China. After arriving almost an hour early, the students were eventually greeted by their host families. After a long and tiring wait in the freezing Canberra winter, they all arrived at their host family homes. 

Matthew Wang with visitor Tao ZengOn Monday and Tuesday, the Chengdu students attended class with the Radford students and experienced what it was like to go to school in Australia.  The majority of students also attended the after-school activities with their host and either watched, or joined in.  

On Wednesday, the Chengdu students went on an excursion and visited a wildlife park where they saw many Australian native animals, such as Koalas, Kangaroos and a Pelican. 

On Thursday they went on another excursion, this time to Parliament house and the National Museum of Australia. After that ‘amazing’ experience, they visited Civic where they walked around and went shopping. By the time they arrived back to school, each one of them carried a bag of things that they had purchased from the ‘absolutely massive’ variety of shops and clothing available in Civic. After this, there was a farewell afternoon tea where photos were taken.  The Chinese students and teachers were given gifts from Radford, and after a couple hours of socialising, the farewell was over. 

Finally, the Chinese students departed from Radford on Friday morning and began their drive to Sydney, where they would spend the remaining few days of their trip. 

As Elliott (Chengdu visitor) stated:
“From this short but meaningful exchange to Radford College, I have to say it was really a fabulous and challenging experience, from studying to enjoying the completely different educational system, it showed me just how different life in Australia is. Besides, the hospitality of the teachers and students here, especially the host families were very welcoming. 

To talk about the school life in Radford, what impressed me most is the school atmosphere. The reasonable periods and long recess and lunch breaks all surprised me, as they were all so different to that of China.”




Dr Brendan Nelson AO, with Collegian Jennifer Kerr, previous Hawker Scholarship winner, and Principal Fiona Godfrey

CAS Hawker Scholarship

7 August 2019

The prestigious Hawker Scholarships are valued at up to $60,000.00 over three years

About the Scholarship

Applications for the 2020 Charles Hawker Scholarships open on Monday December 9th and close on January 8th 2020. An application form and further information about C.A.S. Hawker and the scholarship are available from www.hawkerscholarship.org or by contacting the secretary to the Trustees in Adelaide on 08 8127 1654.

Hawker Scholarships are valued at up to $60,000.00 over three years and are amongst the most generous, privately funded, residential scholarships available to Australian undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

There are a number of scholarships awarded each year. The Trustees offer them to capable students of principle and character who have demonstrated a commitment to the wider community. Selection is based on personal qualities as well as academic ability.

Collegian former winner, Jennifer Kerr (Class of 2017)
Jennifer Kerr (Class of 2017) is a previous recipient of a prestigious residential Charles Hawker Scholarship. Currently studying a combined Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics/Bachelor of Arts, Jennifer hopes to one day become ‘a leader in developing government policy’. 

She said ‘the scholarship will be of vast benefit in supporting my tertiary studies. It has inspired me to look for ways to participate and contribute to the local community and Australia following in the footsteps of Charles Hawker. The scholarship enables me to live on campus at ANU, allowing me to be more involved with the university and college community. My college also has many third-year and post-graduate students that can provide academic mentoring and support. More broadly the scholarship assists me with networking and working towards further opportunities in the future’.

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Dirrum Festival - full details

7 August 2019


Speakers, program, bookings and other festival details

By Tash Erb 

The Dirrum Festival is back and bigger than ever before, moving off our campus across the road and through a wee bit of foliage to the UC Boiler House Lecture theatre (just behind the bus stop).

Dirrum Festival is a chance to be inspired and challenged by an incredible group of diverse speakers, talking about corruption and its implications, climate changes looming shadow and a strategy taking place, here, in Canberra to fight against its omnipresent impacts. About gender equality and diversity, in and out of the workplace, the challenges to get support for science and education. We’ll hear about a girl and her experience in Palestine, in prison and the important role nonviolent protest has in today’s society. Lastly, Kevin Hines’s story, about trying to take his own life and his work with and understanding of mental health and wellbeing since.

These motivating speakers will be split into two sessions, with a festival of music, food and other stalls to enjoy in between. The festival will be filled with acts such as Lucy Sugarman performing, and local food and goods businesses like Global Sisters, who help women to create and grow sustainable businesses and La Baguette, a Café from the ANU that sells authentic French-cuisine baked goods.

On the next day, there will be a screening at the Heath Lecture Theatre, Radford, of Kevin Hines film 'Suicide: The Ripple Effect’. The film not only explores his own experiences but the ripple effects into the lives of the people left behind. This message is more important than even to remember that everyone around you is battling with something seemingly invisible, and that our resilience as a community is key to help not only the individuals but all of us, collectively to more forward and ‘be here tomorrow’.

Visit the Dirrum Festival website: https://www.dirrumfestival.org/cbr19
Information about speakers: https://www.dirrumfestival.org/cbr19-speakers
Buy tickets for the festival and the film

The Dirrum Festival is supported by the University of Canberra, and the Radford College Parents and Friends Association

Dirrum 2019 speakers

Dirrum 2019 program

Enjoy fabulous band music while supporting an important cause!

Charity Concert - Motor Neurone Disease

23 July 2019

Kevin Knapp, Teacher

An afternoon of music for a great cause

Canberra Brass in association with the Band of the Royal Military College proudly present MOTOR ON - a charity concert for Motor Neurone Disease NSW/ACT.

DATE     Saturday 17 AugustMND Brass Band Concert
TIME      2.00 pm
VENUE   TB Millar Hall

Tickets are by donation and can be purchased at www.trybooking.com/BDQPU or at the door.

The recommended donation is $35 but any amount will be gratefully accepted. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

All proceeds of the event will go to Motor Neurone Disease NSW/ACT.

For more information, please contact Kevin Knapp at kevin.knapp@radford.act.edu.au

Detail of image by Grace Kuchlmayr, Y11, charcoal on paper

Winter Concert Review

7 August 2019

Maddison Scott, Strings Captain

A wonderful evening showcasing our magical ensembles, and some other magic too

By Maddison Scott, Strings Captain  

On 1 August, the Music department held their annual Winter Concert in the TB Millar Hall. This concert featured a wide variety of Radford’s co-curricular music groups. The concert started off a with bang (literally), with the Cross Rhythm percussion ensemble playing ‘Fanfare for the Common Percussionist’. This performance was then followed by our youngest and cutest musicians, The Warblers. The night continued with performances by the Mozart String Orchestra, the Blues Juniors Guitar Ensemble, our Beginner Band who gave a wonderful rendition of ‘Hot French Christmas’ and ‘Holiday Sampler’, the Haydn String Orchestra, the Sousa Concert Band, the Elgar String Orchestra and our Chorale choir. During the breaks between these wonderful ensembles, James Dixon wowed the crowd with his amazing magic tricks.  

The final two performances of the night really showed the practice and dedication of our musicians. Camerata, our senior auditioned choir, really owned the stage with their a capella performance of ‘Bogoroditse Devo (Ave Maria)’ by Rachmaninov, and really captivated the crowd with their engaging ‘Name that Tune’, which got some giggles from the audience. Finally, to close the show, Bernstein Symphonic Wind Orchestra performed ‘Infinite Hope’ which ended the concert on a high note.  

All the groups that performed did an amazing job, and really showed all the hard work they have been putting into rehearsals. I would like to thank all the phenomenal conductors, accompanists, managers and parents for all the hard work they have put into making all these co-curricular groups such a success. I would also like to thanks to all my fellow music captains, and especially Ms Knight, for all the time and effort they put in to making this night such a success. I want to say a final thankful to the tech crew and the media crew for helping the show run so smoothly.



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ACU Lecture on Parental Choice in Education

7 August 2019

ACU Blackfriars Lecture

Three speakers discuss the intersection of parental engagement and choice in education

Future education – future opportunities

Date: Tuesday 27 August 2019
Time: 6pm to 7pm - lecture (5.30pm - registration and refreshments)
Cost: Free
Where: Room 301.1.20, Veritas Building, ACU Canberra Campus, 127 Phillip Avenue, Watson ACT
RSVP: by Friday 23 August 2019 to ocd.canberra@acu.edu.au

Registration is essential.

One of the points of debate in educational policy is the tension between equity and parental choice.

In this lecture, three parents with experiences in the Government, Independent and Catholic schools system will share their insights on this vexed topic. Speakers will also examine ideas around what parental engagement means and how it intersects with choice in education.

Hugh Boulter, President, Association of Parents and Friends of ACT Schools
David Holmesby, Chair, Anglican Schools Commission
Selina Walker, Chair, Catholic School Parents Council



Book now for this fabulous P&F event

P&F Trivia Night 2019

4 June 2019

P&F Association

Book now for this great event!

P&F Crest

Date: Friday 20 September 2019

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: TB Millar Hall

Tickets: $11 per person or $100 for table of 10.  

Booking online: https://www.trybooking.com/BBKBA

Please note that this event is for people over 18 only.


Peru Tour 2020 - information session

Peru Tour Information Night

Tuesday 20th August in Room 2.5 Morison Centre, 6-7pm.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

Please read the attached flyer on Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability.

Music recitals

Music recital schedule for Term 3