Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 4 – 14 August 2019

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal

14 August 2019

Anglican Schools Australia Conference and appointment of our new Senior Chaplain

Anglican Schools Australia Conference
Last weekend, Fr Richard Browning and I attended the annual Anglican Schools Australia (ASA) conference, which this year was held in Hobart. As is often the case, the conference was very thought-provoking and stimulating, and a great way to catch up with colleagues from Anglican Schools from around Australia. 

I have been on the Board of ASA for many years and previously held the position of President of ASA, while Richard has been the ACT representative on the ASA Chaplains’ committee for the past few years. Being an active member of an association such as ASA has huge benefits for the College. It provides us with the opportunity to liaise with individuals who hold similar roles in like schools, learn about strategic initiatives in other schools, make connections to share policies, procedures and curriculum, and have an opportunity to work closely with senior clergy, especially Bishops,  Archbishops and the Primate. 

The theme for this year’s conference was Awe and Wonder, and the program included an impressive list of speakers including Professor Rufus Black (VC of University of Hobart), Dr Paula Gooder (Canon Chancellor, St Paul’s Cathedral, London), former Olympic swimmer Duncan Armstrong, and Claire Madden (Founder and Director of Hello Clarity). However, it was Rev’d Daniel Heischman’s (Executive Director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, USA) presentation that I found to be particularly inspiring and relevant, given my involvement, with Fr Richard, in a forum in Melbourne last year facilitated by Rev’d Heischman. His address was titled, ‘Enhancing our Anglican Identity’, and focused on the fundamental characteristics of identity and mission of Australian Anglican Schools.  The presentation was a follow-up to the forum, where a group of delegates, attempted to clarify what it means to be an Anglican School in Australia today, amidst the diversity of theology within the Anglican Church, and the growing secularisation and religious diversity of the country. 

Rev Daniel HeischmanOn reflection, the tone and format of the two-day forum reflected one of the pillars of Anglican education – its openness to dialogue and learning, through hearing and understanding the experiences of others. Six themes were chosen by Rev’d Heischman, around which conversations took place: faith, reason, worship, pluralism, character and service. While this list is hardly encapsulating of all the constituent parts of Anglican identity, Rev’d Heischman devised the themes to give structure and comprehensiveness to the discussions, and to help set the stage for what makes Anglican Schools unique. 

After hearing Rev’d Heischman’s presentation on Saturday, during which I reflected back to the conversations at the forum last year, I formulated a number of key ‘takeaways’ from the conference. The fundamental conclusion was the need for further evaluation at school level, to discuss and potentially answer, the following questions:

  • To what extent does Radford reflect the Anglican identities detailed by Rev’d Heischman, which are common to other Anglican Schools?
  • What elements of Anglican identity outlined in the presentation do we do well, and where is more work required?
  • What words and images mean the most to Radford in understanding its Anglican identity?
  • What are the first steps our community needs to take in being more conversant with and confident of its Anglican identity?

These are not questions that can be answered overnight but they are issues we need to discuss and determine. To that end, I have negotiated with Rev’d Heischman to come to Radford early next year (when he will be visiting Australia) to facilitate a series of workshops with staff, students, parents and Board members, to work on trying to delineate our shared values and mission in relation to our Anglican identity. Once the details of Rev’d Heischman’s visit have been organised, we will publish them to the community, and I look forward to seeing many parents involved. 

New Senior Chaplain Appointed 
As detailed early in the year, Fr Richard Browning will be leaving Radford at the end of 2019, after 16 years of inspirational service to the College. It is hard to put into words all that Richard has done for the College, but I could summarise it by saying his legacy will live on at Radford for a long time after he has left. Through his passion, energy and vision, he has helped to shape the College to be what it is today. 

Rev'd Katherine RaingerFinding a replacement for Richard has not been an easy task, simply because he will leave big shoes to fill. However, after advertising the position nationally, I am now delighted to announce that we have been able to appoint a wonderful local Canberran priest, whom many families will already know. Much to our great joy, Rev’d Katherine Rainger, currently the Assistant Priest at Holy Covenant, Jamison, has accepted the role, commencing at the start of Term 4. In the coming weeks, Rev’d Katherine will be submitting her PhD, which she has been working on for the past few years, and after a short break, will be ready to start at Radford with great enthusiasm and energy. 

In my view, Rev’d Katherine is ideally placed to take on this important role in the College. In addition to being an ordained and experienced priest, Rev’d Katherine is a trained teacher, with over 15 years’ experience in the classroom. At interview, it was clear that Rev’d Katherine understands schools and students, and most pleasingly, articulated a strong desire to link the Chapel program with the religious education work done by the classroom teachers in the Junior School and the RaVE teachers in the Secondary School. 

Rev’d Katherine has a very impressive Curriculum Vitae which details a long list of academic qualifications and awards, including a Master and Bachelor of Theology (both with Distinction), Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Teaching, and a Diploma of Anglican Orders.

In the covering letter of Katherine’s contract, I wrote the following:

The Senior Chaplain is responsible for the leadership and promotion of the Christian faith and the College’s values. Whilst all staff are expected to uphold the College values, a particular expectation is placed upon the Senior Chaplain. The Senior Chaplain is to lead by embodying the fundamental values of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with specific reference at Radford to Truth Compassion Wisdom, as the values of the College. The Senior Chaplain is to model and lead the practice of respect, deepening the College’s shared culture of living into our values.

I have every confidence that Rev’d Katherine will be able to carry out this role to a very high standard, and I hope everyone will make her feel very welcome at Radford when she begins.

Boorer Scholarship Awarded
I am delighted to announce that The Boorer Foundation Scholarship (Year 7–12) has been awarded to a student who will commence Year 7 at Radford in 2020.

The full scholarship will cover 100% of the Tuition and Capital Levy fees and up to 100% of compulsory College-related costs for six years (Years 7 through 12 inclusive).

As you’d expect, the scholarship drew a high number of applications and the Directors had a difficult time shortlisting the candidates. They were seeking a student who demonstrated outstanding achievement and community or sporting involvement and whose family had significant financial hardship.

While the scholarship recipient will remain anonymous, on behalf of the recipient and their parents and the Foundation Directors, I want to thank the Boorer Foundation for making the scholarship possible. This donation is truly transformational to the life of one student and the Radford Foundation Directors hope it will encourage others to consider donating to the tax-deductible Scholarship Fund.

 A reminder also that applications are open for the Radford Foundation Senior Scholarship, commencing Year 11 in 2021.

Chaplain Fr Richard Browning

Reflection: Living into our name

12 August 2019

We are what we do, and by our actions we will be known

Living into our name 
This is the theme for Year 12 chapels in their final Term 3: Who are we? What do our actions tell others about us? What does our name mean? The proposition is this: we are what we do, and by our actions we will be known. 

Dirrum 2019At the assembly last Wednesday, the Dirrum Festival marketing team held up the event and dared people to come. They did not use a glossy film or emotional music or slick prose. They told stories about students in their midst showing up and “mucking in” – young people doing simple things that work for an increased common good. As impressive as the speaking roster is, the background culture of service is the ground of authenticity. 

We are what we do
But there is a caveat. We are becoming, and sometimes, we do things which ‘are not who we are’. Kevin Hines is coming from the US to speak at Dirrum Festival https://www.dirrumfestival.org/

His story is off-the-charts remarkable. As soon as he left the rail, jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, he knew he wanted to live. Of course, that he did poses a question incandescent with meaning: so what do you do now with what you have? Part of his story includes: we are not our darkest thoughts and we are not our mistakes. He speaks directly into building collective resilience for suicide prevention. There are other remarkable presentations, but it is Kevin who will fittingly finish with something like this: what do we do with what we have?  Kevin Hines invites you to Dirrum Festival 17.8.19 link


The Gospel reading used for the Year 12 chapel service was from John 8. I introduced it by saying ‘You heard me speak plainly last time about why I love Jesus (last week’s Bulletin reflection)

I love Jesus’radical identification with the rejected and condemned;
His shameless solidarity with women –
I love Jesus’ compassion, always given, often provocatively;
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.           

This story from John Chapter 8: 1-11 is but one example: 

A woman was paraded as an object, to test how well Jesus knew the Law of Moses. She was being presented as utterly expendable, useful only to prove a point. The question: does ‘being right’ outplay compassion? Jesus refuses to engage in the contest, does not meet their eyes, and doodles like a boy in the dirt. He is goaded, while the woman is slumped in the centre, nearer to death than life.

Then Jesus stands and addresses them directly before returning to the dirt: “Sure. Go right ahead. Do it. But only after he who is without sin casts the first stone.” Silence.

Then silence is shattered by the thud of falling stones and feet turning away. When only Jesus and the woman remain, he stands and says:

“Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
“No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

We live into our names. We are becoming. Our actions are our greatest testimony into who we are. But we make mistakes and sometimes ‘that is not who we are’. And God’s perfect and unconditional love in Jesus calls us by name. Being liberated to become all we are made to be, our presence is purposed to be a gift to others and a force in the liberation of others.


Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

JS News, 14 Aug 2019

14 August 2019

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Diary dates, Learning Journeys, Book Week parade and author visit

Dates for your diary

  • Monday 19 August -   Year PreK- 4 Author Visit – Nicole Godwin
    JS Belconnen Zone AIS
  • Friday 23 August - Book Week Parade

  • Friday 6 September - Father’s Day breakfast
    & JS Welcome to Andy Gordon

  • Friday 20 September - P&F Trivia Night

Learning Journeys

Our Learning Journeys provide an opportunity for your child to guide you through a range of educational experiences related to their classroom learning and learning from our Specialist subjects. Commencing in Week 5 (next week), each year level will begin hosting our Learning Journeys. 

The Learning Journey provides a number of benefits:

  • It helps parents to understand the breadth of learning that a student experiences at Radford.
  • It empowers students to guide their parents and carers through a selection of authentic learning experiences.
  • It provides the opportunity for each student to articulate their understanding of the learning that they are engaged in on a daily basis. 

We thank all parents and caregivers in advance for taking time out of their busy schedule to attend the Learning Journeys. 

We believe ongoing communication is an essential ingredient to success in the collaboration between families and the school staff.  You are encouraged to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress. 


For safety reasons, a reminder to all families that students are not permitted to be playing on playground equipment after school. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. 

2019 Book Week

Canberra author Nicole Godwin will be visiting Junior School students in PreK – Year 4 on 19 August, as part of Book Week celebrations. Nicole will speak with students about her picture book Billie, illustrated by Demelsa Haughton, and discuss the many conservation issues included in the book. Nicole will also provide students with a glimpse into the book production process, from the planning and drafting stage, through to the creation of a final book. 

Nicole’s aim is to help animals, one picture book at a time. She has created picture books for animals to give a voice to those who yelp, roar, swing, moo, oink, squeak and trumpet.  Visit her website. Signed copies of her books are available for Junior School families. 

Ella and Billie, by Nicole Godwin, illustrated by Demelsa Haughton

Image from "Billie" by Nicole Godwin and Demelsa Haughton

Illustrations by Demelsa Haughton, images from Nicole Godwin's website. 

Nicole’s next book, due for release early in 2020, is a picture book titled “Jelly-boy” about a jellyfish who falls in love with a plastic bag. 

Book Week Celebration

Students from PK to Year 6 will celebrate Book Week in the annual book Week Parade. 

Date: Friday 23 August
Time: 9.15 am
Location: G Wigg Sports Centre (Gymnasium) 

Pre-Kindergarten students and parents asked to go directly to the Sport Centre precinct and meet their teacher on the adjacent netball courts at 8:55am. 

Kinder – Year 6 students will meet in their classrooms before moving to the Sport Centre by 9:15 am. 

Shout Outs

The following students received a ‘Shout Out’ during the Week 3 Junior School Celebration: 

Pre K

PKBD – Archie Moss – Caring, Xiaoling Roberts - Enquirer

PKNS – Loretta Dal Bon – Caring, Jarrah Hatherly – Risk taker

PKDM – Zitong Jiang - Caring

PKMQ – Sahay Mysore – Caring, Stacey Zhu - Caring

KCH – Gayle Mendis - independence and commitment 

KSG - Liam Shao - enthusiasm and zest 

KLP - Oliver Madsen - showing commitment to his writing

KAS – Chloe Huang - demonstrating creativity and independence.  

Year 1 

1MH – Mali Jaram - displaying a love of learning and perseverance 

1RJ – Aiden Wilton - displaying perseverance with his application to our guided writing learning time.  

1AT- Aryan Gupta - displaying zest and motivation towards his learning and a strong self-regulation. 

1AJ- Serena Trinh - demonstrating perseverance towards her learning. 

Year 2 

2KH – Angelina Wang - demonstrating perseverance in all tasks. 

2SD - Ethan Yuen - being knowledgeable and listening to feedback to further improve his writing skills. 

2DG – Sasha Cartwright - demonstrating perseverance toward her learning especially our unit on time. 

2LM – Molly Akhurst - demonstrating perseverance and positivity towards her learning 

Year 3 

3MK – Neha Manne - being a principled learner always showing kindness and respect. 

3JC - Liam Hall - showing commitment, creativity and independence in his learning and actions.  

3RS – Jacob Hately - always showing curiosity and wanting to deepen his knowledge across all areas.  

3HO – Hugo Uren - persevering to overcome personal challenges. 

3RB – Lucy Sincock - proactively seeking how to be a helpful classroom citizen and persevering to improve skills. 

Year 4 

4NK - Georgie Barry - demonstrating curiosity and commitment to her learning.  

4JC – Samai Arravelly - being an open minded learner with a willingness to assist others. 

4KP - Ruben Seow - demonstrating positivity and perseverance towards his learning  

4BF – Claire Mazanov - being a motivated and enthusiastic learner 

4TM – Isla Murphy - her curiosity and love of learning. 

Year 5 

5TM - Emma Brooks - perseverance with creating a digitally savvy Choose Your Own Adventure Story for her buddy. 

5RR - Lucas Allen - demonstrating perseverance and being reflective. 

5BL – Xavier Adams - demonstrating perseverance and curiosity. 

5SW - Alex Wheeldon - demonstrating perseverance and resilience. 

Year 6 

6TW - Priyanka Ramkumar - being a thinker and demonstrating commitment and perseverance with Summative Task work. 

6DM – Luke Davis - striving to be a communicator in class and for always being a principled and caring classmate. 

6HB – James Skinner - demonstrating commitment and perseverance in his learning. 

6TF - Lily Hines - being knowledgeable and showing commitment to always doing her best. 



Mrs Hind - Library – Anya Malhotra (4BF) - consistently demonstrating self-regulation in Library lessons

Mrs PW - Library – Julia Lee (2DG) - showing bravery as she shares and recommends different books to the class

Miss Crocker - Art- Luka Martinovic ( 1RJ) - demonstrating perseverance and working with motivation in Art.

Mrs Koenen - Wellbeing – Ivy Pascoe-Simpson (2LM) - being a motivated and enthusiastic learner in Wellbeing sessions

Mrs Willett – Asha Hewitson for tremendous commitment to her learning. 


Have your say on the School Bus Service Policy

School Bus Policy Review – have your say

14 August 2019


Lobbying continues for a review of the School Bus Network Policy


At the recent School Transport Liaison Committee Meeting, APFACTS had support from the Education Directorate and P&C Council in calling for a review of the current School Bus Network Policy. As a result, it will be an agenda item at the next meeting in three weeks’ time. 

We have been asked to provide any feedback from our schools and families on the service hierarchy.
Please take a few moments to complete the survey, to help provide impetus for a review of the policy.
This survey link is specific to Radford College.

Don't miss this energetic production of a classic story

Y7-9 Drama: Around the World in 80 Days

14 August 2019

Nick Akhurst

Join us for this energetic production of an enduring classic

Welcome to the 2019 Year 7-9 Drama Production of Around The World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne, adapted by Laura Eason. 

The fabulously wealthy Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg wagers his life's fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just eighty days. Along with his hapless valet Passepartout, he sets out on a dazzling escapade that takes him from the misty alleys of London to the exotic subcontinent and on to the Wild West as they race against the clock on a dizzying succession of trains, steamers, a wind-propelled sledge and an elephant. 

Director Pip Buining has reimagined this tale with a slight steampunk edge with a focus on the frantic movement of this tale as it travels across the world. The company will also be performing part of the show to Year 6 as part of Book Week celebrations. 

The door will open at 6pm with food from some of the cities Phileas visits, and wines from local winemaker Nick O’Leary, on sale. We hope you can join us for the energetic performance of an enduring classic. 

Dates: Thurs 22-Sat 24 August
Time: 6pm foyer opens for refreshments, with 7pm show start.
Tickets: Adults $15.00, students $10.00, at the door or at https://www.trybooking.com/BEROX


Vice-Captain William Goodchild

A call to action from Vice-Captain William Goodchild

14 August 2019

William Goodchild

Dirrum gives a voice and hope to our young leaders

Year 12 Vice-Captain William Goodchild delivered a moving speech to students last Assembly. 

Like many people in this room, I have turned my back on mass media and strictly keep up to date on news and current affairs via Australia’s premier satirical news outlet The Betoota Advocate. As is the sobering irony of satirical news, however, their articles are becoming less and less satirical. One of The Betoota Advocate’s recent articles confirmed this.

Its title read: “Local man faces daily choice between knowing what’s going on in the world and being happy”. Everywhere you look, the world around us is falling to bits. You can’t go 10 minutes on your phone without reading about something awful that has gone on in some corner of the world. And this is particularly distressing for us young people who are the ones who’ll have to clean up the mess that is seemingly flourishing round us.

Particularly demoralising, disheartening and disenfranchising is the frustration that comes from watching things fall apart and having little to no capacity to have our voices heard and any real change occur. Due mainly to the fact that we as young people have such limited forums where we can translate our concerns into actual tangible change.

But it’s not all bad, because every so often forums for change present themselves. One of which is happening next Saturday. You have heard endlessly about Dirrum but I’m here to say that if like me, and those at The Betoota Advocate, you’re tired of hearing about the woes of the world then I implore you to come along. Nine speakers will be talking about a host of things that I assure you will make you hopeful about a world bereft of hope.

The theme:               Faces of change
The location:           Boiler House Lecture Theatre, across the road at UC
The date:                 Saturday 17 August from 1pm.

All the details on the Dirrum website.

Bring in your plastic lids and bread clips to Sport at Radford this Saturday

Support Lids4Kids this Saturday!

14 August 2019

Sports Department

Support this great cause, and feel great about recycling

This Saturday, 17 August, Radford Football will be supporting Lids4Kids by collecting bottle lids & bread clips at the Pavilion & Sports Centre fixtures boards. 

Lids4Kids is a volunteer project established to support Envision Hands, which turns plastic bottle lids into hand and arm mobility aids for children. 

Lids4Kids also collect bread clips for “Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs”.

From the Envision website:

Bottle caps are fully recyclable. Unfortunately, as reported on ABC’s ‘War on Waste’, they aren’t being recycled. They get sent to landfill, they fall through machinery, and in worst case scenarios, if attached to a bottle, they can explode and force expensive re packing issues.

Envision logo

This overlooked waste product is almost entirely made from HDPE 2 (High Density Poly-Ethylene). After considerable experimentation we have successfully taken this plastic and extruded it to create functioning filament for 3D printers.

Once we have the filament we 3D print all the components that make up the hand. 

Read more about Envision Hands



Representing ACT, Radford students Amy Cai, Casey Griggs, Nicola Allenby, Kiara Shaw

National Schoolgirls AFL Carnival

14 August 2019

Timothy Griggs (parent)

Four Radford girls represented ACT in School Sport Australia AFL

The School Sport Australia 15 & Under Girls Australian Football National Carnival was held in Launceston, Tasmania, over the period 27 July to 03 August 2019. 

 Four girls from Radford College (Nicola Allenby, Amy Cai, Casey Griggs and Kiara Shaw) travelled as members of the ACT team, and they were excellent ambassadors for Radford College. 

Five games were played by ACT against South Australia, Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Northern Territory.  

All ACT girls played with incredible determination, team spirit, talent and sportsmanship. Of note, Casey’s performance against NSW was recognised as Best on Ground.  

AFL action in U15 Schools National Championship


Proud Radford AFL players, representing ACT

Image for article: Special presentation: parenting tools

Special presentation: parenting tools

12 August 2019

Don't miss hearing this specialist in Positive Psychology

From: Claire Melloy, Assistant Principal, Student Development


Monday 9 September
Presentation:    6.00 pm - 7.30 pm
Refreshments:  7.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Heath Lecture Theatre
Radford College, Bruce

No RSVP required.

Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s most respected and popular parenting authors and speakers. He is sought after for his expertise in family life, relationships, and wellbeing and resilience; and he is the founder of ‘Happy Families’.

Dr Coulson earned his PhD in Positive Psychology. He holds an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education in the Centre for Positive Psychology, and he is a Senior Associate at the Positive Psychology Institute.

Dr Coulson will also be presenting to staff and students:

  • Year 9 – Respectful Relationships
  • Year 11 - How to make Year 12 your Best Year Yet
  • Staff - Tricky Conversations in Tough Situations.

He will also be working with our counselling team.

Image for article: Peru Trip 2020 - Info Night 20 Aug

Peru Trip 2020 - Info Night 20 Aug

12 August 2019

Lindy Braithwaite, Dean of Senior Studies

Information for parents and students

Tuesday 20 August, 6-7pm
Venue: Room 2.5, Morison Centre.
RSVP: tinyurl.com/radfordperu

At the presentation, we will discuss the program, its benefits, safety and back-up, fundraising support and answer any questions you have about this unique and rewarding educational opportunity. 

This tour, conducted by Antipodeans, gives students the opportunity of an amazing educational experience in the world beyond the classroom, in the new destination of Peru, South America.

The tour will take in the sites of Peru such as Arequipa, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, the Condors in the Colca Canyon, the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, and of course, the UNESCO heritage site of Machu Picchu.

As well as visiting these amazing sites, this small group tour will be one that focusses in part on developing the skills of young people highlighted in the Radford Learner. Students will travel as a team with supervising teachers and an Antipodeans Tour Leader. They will:

  • visit and learn about Antipodeans sustainable community projects that are linked to the UN Global Compact and its sustainable impact goals
  • experience Global Citizenship/Internationalism - cultural immersion, understanding/awareness/mindfulness
  • experience personal development through personal challenge, and self-regulation leading to resilience development
  • engage with Curriculum areas, specifically sustainable tourism, environmental education, history, geography, Spanish language, and
  • participate in Team Fundraising for the Antipodeans Community Project contribution.

Eligibility for the tour:

Students will need to be in Years10-12 in 2020, and a merit application process will be in place, as trip numbers will be limited.





Lots of action across all age groups as the Netball season progresses

Sports Report, 14 Aug 2019

14 August 2019

Sports Department

Netball reports and special training, Rugby, Basketball, selection for representation, SSACT Cricket trials

Netball 2019 Mid-Season Report
By Olivia Young, Netball Captain

Despite some cold weather recently, Radford netball is going strong. There are 14 teams this season, with a mixture of both boys and girls. Ages range from Year 2 to Year 12. 

The ‘Set’ age bracket is for Years 2-4, and we have 3 teams in this competition. While each game is scored, this is a non-competitive division, so there are no rankings. Set aims to provide the groundwork for netball skills and introduce the crucial ideas of teamwork and fair play. 

In the Junior competition, for Years 5-6, we have the Dolphins in Div 2 and Magpies in Div 4. The Dolphins are doing well to be equal fourth so far, and it is good to see how both teams have improved across the season.  We look forward to seeing them all continue to build their knowledge of the game. 

The Intermediates competition is for Years 7-9.  There are 9 divisions in ‘Inters’ which allows teams to find the right level for their skills at have good competition. It is brilliant to see many new faces in the Radford netball program. We hope they have enjoyed it so far and look forward to the coming weeks, and future seasons, as an opportunity to further develop their skills. Currently, Radford Green, in Div 5, is doing extremely well and coming a close second and in Div 6, Radford Red is placed fourth.  

Ages 16-18 take part in the schools-based Cadets bracket. We have 4 Cadets teams this year, and Radford Gold, Silver and Maroon are having great success so far. Gold is second in Div 1, Silver is first in Div 3 and Maroon is second in Div 4. As Netball Captain, I really enjoy seeing the passion and commitment that Radford fosters and I hope that all the current players can encourage more people to join next year.  

A massive thank you to all the coaches, managers and umpires who always put in the most for the players. Wishing all the teams the best for the rest of the season and hopefully we’ll see some podium finishes. Train hard and play well!


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. 


Due to a forfeit by the Gungahlin Eagles,  the U9 Boys unfortunately did not have the opportunity to play this weekend.

The U18 girls had a convincing win over Canberra Grammar 91 – 10, and the U18 Boys went down to Uni North Owls 15 - 24.

Radford basketball is now on twitter.   To keep up with the latest Radford Basketball news check out @Radfordbball

Coming Up

  • The ACT Schools Oztag Gala day for Year 11/12 students, planned for Friday 9August, was postponed, due to the extreme weather conditions. A new date will be set by ACT Oztag and communicated to the participating schools.
  • The Belconnen Primary Schools Track and Field Carnival is scheduled for Monday 19August at the AIS Track.  Radford will be represented by 49 students from Years 2-6.
  • The ASC Girls Hockey Carnival is set for Friday 16August at the National Hockey Centre, Lyneham.  Radford is fielding a Year 11/12 team.


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 nor 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 on 02 6247 1276.

SSACT 12&U Boys Cricket Trials
Students who are turning 10-12 years old in 2019 and those who are turning 13 years old between the 1 July – 31 Dec 2019 are invited to trial.    Students who are selected in the SSACT Team will compete at the School Sport Australia Cricket Championships in Adelaide from the 17-24 November 2019. 

  • Trial 1 – Monday 26th August 2019, 4.00-5.30pm
  • Trial 2 – Monday 2nd September 2019, 4.00-5.30pm
  • Trials 3 – Monday 4th September 2019, 4.00-5.30pm
  • Where - All trials will be held at Marist College, 27 Marr St, Pearce
  • Requirements – Appropriate personal cricket gear and clothing (e.g. pads, bats, gloves, helmets, box, etc).  As this is a school sport event, hats are required to be worn. Players are to provide their own filled water bottles.
  • Eligibility – As this is an ACT representative team, students should have played at a regional level and/or have previous cricket competition experience.
  • Cost - $10 online registration fee. 
  • Register – all students are to register to trial via the SSACT portal at https://www.schoolsportact.asn.au/SportDetail/Index/4 

For further information please contact Brad Falkenberg (Coach) or Sanjay Sharma (Manager) Sanjay.Sharma@ed.act.edu.au

Registration process

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

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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.

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

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.

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’.


Y10 Camp Information Session - 15 August

Y10 Camp Information

Thursday 15 August, 7:45am in the Heath Lecture Theatre.

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Music recital schedule for Term 3


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