Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 5, 2020 – 19 August 2020

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

Planning for COVID-19 contingencies

19 August 2020

Fiona Godfrey – Principal

Developing plans to provide Outdoor Education and end-of-year events in appropriate ways

Regular readers of my Bulletin articles will know that I am great advocate of Outdoor Education programs, particularly those that start early in a child’s education and are delivered in a planned and sequential manner over a number of year levels. 

We know, and have seen, that a good Outdoor Education program can support and reinforce the pastoral care curriculum in the most practical of settings. Students working together in small, professionally facilitated groups, deal directly with concepts such as leadership, inclusiveness, the value of working towards a common goal, and the recognition of the unique attributes each individual can bring to the team.

Outdoor Education provides students with a range of activities outside their usual environment, so that they learn to face challenges in an atmosphere which requires self-reliance and independence. As students work in small groups, they also further develop their co-operative group skills and tolerance. The activities undertaken encourage them to use their initiative, and to take responsibility for their own and the group's actions. All these abilities are important life skills which, if acquired correctly, will set students up well to cope with demanding situations post-school. 

In addition to the pastoral benefits, Outdoor Education programs allow students to integrate the outdoors with what they learn in the classroom. Students have opportunities to undertake scientific research, they can put map-reading skills into practice, and the natural environment can provide a stimulus for creative writing and artworks. They can learn firsthand about the environment. Familiarity with our natural world often leads young people to a commitment to protect and enhance the wilderness, leading to a lifetime passion for environmental sustainability. And finally, Outdoor Education programs provide young people with the opportunity to perform sustained physical activity, engage in healthy eating, and a have a break from technology. 

Given all these great benefits, it pains me greatly to announce that the Outdoor Education program at Radford will not continue in its normal fashion for the remainder of 2020. After much deliberation, and discussions with the Outdoor Education Group (Radford’s Outdoor Education provider), we have decided to modify the program by eliminating the overnight offerings and, in most cases, shortening the programs. This is obviously a response to the risks and restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. This decision will affect the camps planned for Term 4 involving students from Years 3, 5, 9, and 10.

Proposed revisions to Outdoor Education programs
Although we are still having negotiations with OEG, and arrangements are yet to be finalised, the following information details what is proposed (at this stage) for each of the year levels affected: 

Year 3: A two-day outdoor education experience at Camp Cottermouth in Week 2 of Term 4. Students would be bussed to and from Radford to Camp Cottermouth on both days. 

Year 5: A two-day outdoor education experience at a venue (yet to be confirmed) in the ACT in Week 2 of Term 4. Students would be bussed to and from Radford to the venue on both days.

Year 9: A two-day outdoor education experience to be undertaken within the ACT in Term 4. Activities would include a rotation of events such as bushwalking, canoeing, and mountain bike riding. Ideally, the program will be organised in conjunction with the Worn Soles program and other end-of-year events in Week 8 (30 November – 4 December).

Year 10: A two-day outdoor education experience to be undertaken within the ACT in Term 4. Activities would include a rotation of events such as bushwalking, canoeing, and mountain bike riding. It is our preference to run the activities in Week 8 (20 November – 4 December), as normally at that time of the year, the Year 10s have a special program involving a visit to Jamberoo Water Park and the University of Wollongong, and it is now highly unlikely that those trips will go ahead. It is envisaged that the outdoor education program would be combined with our normal Respectful Relationships presentations.

Clearly, these are devastating decisions to have to make on a number of different levels, but we do not feel we have any other options at this stage. Usually by this time of the year, all arrangements for Term 4 camps have been made and our Year 9s and 10s are starting to ‘wear in’ their hiking boots. Given that COVID-19 has taught us to ‘expect the unexpected’, there is no certainty that these plans will actually come to fruition, but at this stage this is what we are working towards. 

There will obviously be changes to the costings of these outdoor education programs/’camps’.  As we start to get some certainty about them proceeding, we will let parents know about refunds or credits. Given that the proposed Years 5, 9, and 10 camps/programs are shorter in length, and within the ACT, there should be a reduction in price. However, the Year 3 camp is different again, as it involves buses transferring students to the original venue on both days to and from Canberra. Again, we will let parents know the costings as soon as possible.

End-of-year events
Finally, we have been giving a great deal of thought to the major end of year activities in recent weeks. In my view, the major milestones for our students are the Year 6 Graduation, the Year 10 Graduation, the Year 12 Graduation, the Junior School and Secondary School Celebration events, and the Year 12 Formal. All these events would involve large numbers of adults and students coming together, if we were to conduct them in the normal fashion. 

Unless restrictions are radically relaxed in the coming months, which unfortunately I cannot see happening, we are going to have to look at alternative options for these major events. The most obvious way of conducting these events will be to pre-record or live stream to parents and friends, with students involved on campus. Once again, as decisions are made about these events, we will communicate with parents as soon as possible. 

I thank you all for your patience, perseverance and good-will in these trying (read COVID-19) times!



Speakers at Dirrum 2020

Reflecting on the Dirrum Festival 2020

19 August 2020

Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger – Senior Chaplain

Though the delivery methods changed, the heartbeat of Dirrum Festival remained the same

Rev. Dr Katherine RaingerDirrum Festival 2020 was a remarkable event, for many reasons. The heartbeat of Dirrum Festival remained the same, with challenging and inspiring speakers, hospitality, music and art. We had a limited in-person audience, and others watched the livestream from around Australia and throughout the world. Each of our speakers Brooke PrentisTom CalmaAnote TongBernard CollaeryCamille WilsonAhmed KellyDavid and Emma PocockMark Whithear and Craig Foster spoke with grace, truth and conviction. 

All the speakers made an impact on their audience. Many were motivated by Craig Foster’s appeal to logic, reason, compassion and humanity as a framework for our treatment of asylum seekers. His ‘game over’ movement is creating momentum amongst people of different ages including many within the Radford community. 

The student voice, an important feature of Dirrum Festival, was strong again this year, with students reporting on their Dirrum challenges in the areas of responding to climate change, connection with place, and refugee rights. 

It was fantastic to have Six Degrees Café run by our friends from Black Mountain School offer hospitality to those who attended in person. I’ll definitely be a returning customer! 

Another highlight of the festival was the release of two books: I Just Want to Make a Difference: a journey in social change-making by Richard Browning and Enacting a Public Theology (ed. Clive Pearson) with two chapters on Aboriginal justice co-authored by Dirrum speaker Brooke Prentis and a chapter on lament in the context of Israel-Palestine written by me. The responses from past and present Radford students to these books were insightful and attentive, and demonstrated a desire to understand the world and their place in it. 

Dirrum Festival 2020 was a massive team effort, ably led by a group of Year 12 students who decided to continue with the Festival and adapt it as needed. Special thanks to Tim Minehan and his crew for making us ‘virtual’. As we continue to grieve the impact of COVID-19 in Australia and throughout the world, may Dirrum Festival 2020 be an inspiration for us to live in truth, rise in compassion and walk in wisdom as we respond to it, and other challenges. 

Rev. Katherine  

Rev. Katherine with Enacting A Public Theology Media Crew students facilitating the online distribution

Issues confronting Indigenous children Bernard Collaery

Dirrum is a student-led event Social distancing at Dirrum 2020





Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

JS News, 19 August

19 August 2020

Students reflect on Dirrum Festival inspiration

Friday 21 Aug

Pre-Kindergarten Incursion - Footsteps Dance

Tues 25 Aug

ICAS English Test

Wed 26 Aug

Year 6 Excursion - Swing Into Life

Dear Families 

We love working with you to improve student outcomes in all areas, in:

  • literacy and numeracy
  • social, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • understanding and skills of the Sciences and of History, Geography
  • financial literacy
  • the Arts
  • digital literacy. 

We love to celebrate our learners and their improved outcomes.

Inspiration from the Dirrum Festival 

Student Voice and Action

By Caitlin Nockels (Year 6)

I really enjoyed Dirrum Dirrum as it was an amazing eye-opener to what is happening in the world. I was really interested in Camille Wilson’s story about her panic attacks and how she couldn’t find many people to help her, so she ended up publishing her blog to help others. What really touched me was how Mark Whithear described being invited to a Christmas lunch by a friend’s mother and coming inside to find that the mother had changed the name on her son’s present to his name. Brooke Prentis talked about the issues indigenous people are having to face. All the speakers gave practical life advice and it was a very interesting show to watch. 

By Nadia Yao (Year 6 )

Last week, Year 6 started tuning in to exhibition. This year, our exhibition theme is “Unless”. It comes from the quote from the Lorax; “Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, nothing is going to change. It’s not.”

Last Friday, we had Brooke Prentis as a guest speaker. Brooke Prentis is a Christian indigenous person and is the CEO of an organisation called Common Grace. She cares a whole awful lot about Aboriginal justice and the land we live on.  She feels very passionately about closing the gap and reconciliation. She was told at a young age that she should dream impossible dreams and pursue her passions to make a change. Brooke really cares for the Aboriginal community and works hard to make sure the past doesn’t repeat itself, and that Aboriginal people are treated as equal to other Australians. Her advice to everyone is to support and encourage others, because the people who care an awful lot could feel lonely and like the only one who has ever cared. Supporting and encouraging others would create the change we need for our world.

Have an amazing week! 

Andy Gordon
Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

Read Enling's award-winning essay "The Ageless Question of Aged Care"

Essay competition winner: Enling Liao

19 August 2020

Winner of the Y11/Y12 section of Whitlam Institute’s "What Matters?" competition.

From Ailsa Mackerras, IB DP CAS Coordinator, Assistant Head of English

Whitlam quoteEnling Liao in Year 12 was the winner of the Y11/Y12 section of the Whitlam Institute’s What Matters? 2020 writing competition for students. The competition attracted over 4000 entries from around Australia. She is now a finalist for the overall winner, announced at a ceremony later this year.

Read Enling Liao's essay: The Ageless Question of Aged Care

The institute website says, "Inspired by Gough Whitlam's commitment to involving young people in the shaping of Australia, this competition asks students in Years 5 to 12 a simple question: What Matters? The entries are as thoughtful as they are diverse, leaving readers with a taste of the strong sense of passion and engagement this generation of young Australians has with local, national and global issues."

Finalists for What Matters? 2020. 

Last year, Enling was acclaimed for her writing skills in the field of poetry.
Read the article

Y6 students begin their PYP Exhibition journey

Week 1 of PYP Exhibition 2020

19 August 2020

Students discuss this year's theme and the process

By Chelsea Hatley, Chloe Mailler and Eliza Muscat, Year 6

Last week was the start of a massive journey. It was the seed that’s yet to blossom into something full of new thoughts, understandings and ideas about the world around us. Here are some insights into what the first week of Exhibition has been all about. 

The Lorax - Dr SeussWe kicked off the week by starting to think about some topics we 

are passionate about, and issues the world is facing. There were a lot of topics, and Year 6 students started to create a better understanding and begin to form new passions to support these problems. 

Then we grasped the deeper meaning of The Lorax by Dr Seuss. By watching the movie, we were able to discover a sense of meaning in the quote “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not”, which underlines our Exhibition 2020. After talking about the Unless quote we were able to start thinking about what our “Unless” might be. 

Exhibition is not only about the product, but also the process, and that will be shown in our Exhibition process journal. 

We finished the week with a great excursion to the National Art Gallery of Australia. Seeing how artists express a call for action in artworks has inspired us! 

Overall, this week has been all about tuning in to Exhibition and letting our teachers guide us in the right direction to discover our passions, as well as thinking about what we are going to inquire into for the ten weeks of Exhibition ahead of us.

Seuss, D. (1971). The Lorax, Random House, New York


Advice for parents and carers, from Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

SchoolTV: Riding the Corona Coaster

17 August 2020

Advice for families as the COVID-19 issues continue

SPECIAL REPORT: Riding the Corona Coaster

Across Victoria, students and their families are experiencing challenging times, with the state being in various stages of lockdown yet again. However, this second wave of the pandemic is now also beginning to impact other areas of Australia and New Zealand. Riding this Corona coaster, and navigating the ups and downs of the current reality, is proving to be confronting for many people. The coronavirus has turned our lives upside down with some students returning to remote learning and parents continuing to juggle the home environment.

The uncertainty of not knowing what will happen next may have an impact on many students and their families. There is a concern that mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and substance abuse will increase, especially amongst young people. In the coming weeks, it will be vital for adult carers to reduce the stress levels at home and make life seem more manageable.

As an adult carer, it will also be essential to look after your own wellbeing during this time. Ensure you make time to de-escalate your own nervous system and maintain your sleep routine, healthy eating habits, get some regular exercise, and reach out (virtually) to friends and family.

In this Special Report, families are encouraged to embrace the guidance offered to help minimise the impact of this Corona coaster.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the College Wellbeing Team school for further information, or seek medical or professional help. Support is also available through Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or via the website www.kidshelpline.com.au

Kids Help Line

Year 12 Revue 6/7/8 August 2020

Revue in review

18 August 2020

The incredible journey leading to Revue 2020 "Radford Night Live"

By Claire Huang

Well, what a ride! The 2020 Year 12 Revue, ‘Radford Night Live’, was a roaring success, showcasing and celebrating the talents of individuals and of the year as a whole.

Revue hosts: Georgia Waddell-Wood and Zac BarbatanoModelled after the popular late-night showcase Saturday Night Live, hosts Georgia Waddell-Wood and Zac Barbatano took the audience on a thrilling journey, with fun skits interspersed with lively music and dance intermissions. Scenes included 500 Feet Apart, a reference to the impacts of social distancing on the Radford life, The Asian Bachelor, and Mean Teachers, a Radford parody. Hilarity ensued as members of the audience were treated to a night of laughter and fun. And of course, Revue would not be complete without the banter between the hosts, references to vital aspects of the Radford experience, including detention with Mr Davis, the classic ribbing of the IB program and uniform design, all of which made for an entertaining and vibrant production. 

Spencer Burns, Revue co-ChairOne of the most-anticipated events of the annual calendar, the creation of Revue relies on tireless hours of work from the directors, actors, writers, committee members, set designers and painters, costume designers, dancers, musicians, canteen, tech crew and all others involved. As described by one of the chairs of the committee, Spencer Burns, whose role was to was to oversee most of the decisions that were made, working as a part of Revue involved ‘lots of meetings, discussions, arguments, laughs and stress’ for all. While this is certainly true for any production, this year’s process was even tougher, as everything had to be completed within only six weeks. 

Despite this tight time frame, the year group combined to all pitch in, and in Spencer’s words, ‘With continued effort across the six weeks, we made it work. We had lots of planning to do, including creating timelines, schedules, set designs, editing the script, casting roles, and we had to execute this as well in roughly three weeks. It was extremely stressful and at times we thought it wasn’t going to come together, as everything was being completed very last minute. However, in the end, everything worked out and everyone involved did an amazing job with their role. It was hard to coordinate everything in such a small time frame due to COVID-19, but the hard work from everyone involved created an amazing production in the end.’ 

When asked about the creative process for this year’s Revue, Jeffrey Liang, one of the writers of Revue 2020, stated that:

Jeffrey Liang, Revue writer ‘The inspiration for scenes in this Revue came from aspects of Radford which we would like to poke fun at, other skits we had seen, crazy ideas which we just thought were plain funny, and writing from personal experiences. Often it was hard to commence writing and push through writer’s block, but I was always trying to think of how the dialogue and plot could be structured in order to set-up a joke. Whenever these opportunities arose, sometimes spontaneously, it was accompanied with an intense flow of excited typing to get the idea down, because I knew that if I got it right, it had the potential to make the audience laugh. As a writer, it was amazing to see the words we wrote come off the page into something real and tangible we could see in front of our eyes and it was extremely satisfying to hear the audience laugh when a joke we wrote landed.’ 

With precautions put in place in case of a second wave of COVID-19, the original Revue script was abandoned for a flexible approach.

Adele Beaumont, Revue Director

 In the search for a show which could be split into small segments and filmed separately, directors and writers looked to the Saturday Night Live format. According to Adele Beaumont, one of the student directors, ‘After the COVID-19 lockdown in May, myself and many members of our year group were convinced that Revue would not go ahead. We knew that we would not be able to perform it in the traditional structure and would possibly need to adapt it. However, once we got back to school, we met with Mr Akhurst to discuss the future of Revue where we were met with a glimmer of hope! Revue could perform! [The new format] was not only more COVID-19 safe, but it also offered an ideal format, as the structure of a late-night show with hosts, skits and scenes worked perfectly for the nature of Radford Year 12 Revues.’ 

With the social distancing restrictions in place, there were only 50 seats a night for the live shows. Consequently, this year’s Revue was the first to be widely broadcast through alternative channels, including a live streaming option at the Heath Lecture Theatre, and at-home viewing. In traditional live shows, performers are able to feed off the energy of the audience, making this Revue an unusual experience for performers. Having a small live audience could be disheartening at times, however, in Adele’s words, ‘This was made up for by the amazing and energetic audience members we had, as well as all of the actors who kept up their energy to make the performance!’ The new viewing channels also opened up a realm of possibilities, as many people who would have otherwise been unable to come and see the production were able to enjoy the show from the comfort of their own living rooms. To these members of the audience, the performers appeared like movie stars as they shone in their respective roles. 

Overall, despite the shortened time frame and unique challenges faced, Revue 2020 was a brilliant production which demonstrated the capabilities of the year to come together and create something truly special. Special thanks to Mr Akhurst, Mr Davis, Dr Johnson, Ms Notley, the Y12 tutors, and all members of staff who were involved. Your support and tireless work was integral in helping the production run smoothly. 

To finish off this review of Revue, I’d like to share a final reflection from Adele: 

‘Working on the Year 12 Revue this year was undeniably a stressful experience, with late nights, long days, filming, rehearsing and late-night Teams meetings. However, despite all of this, it was truly one of the most amazing experiences. For me, my favourite aspect of my role as a director was the ability to work closely with my year. I made so many new friendships with people from all through our year, and it was incredible seeing the cast and crew progress from their first rehearsal, desperately clutching their scripts, all the way through to the show nights where they are smashed it out on stage!’ 

If you missed Radford’s unique Revue 2020 and would like to see it, we hope to have copies available for purchase - watch the Bulletin for more information.

Revue 1 Revue 2

Revue curtain call


Soloists in the 2020 Evening of Fine Music

An Evening of Fine Music, 5 Sept

11 August 2020

Email to receive an online viewing link

From: Kirsten Knight, Head of Co-Curricular Music


Our “Evening of Fine Music” is a showcase of some of our top Year 12 musicians. This year, we have eight featured soloists:

Sarah Zhu


Monahan Hazlehurst


Ethan Fisher


Elisabeth Gregory


Michael Troy

Vocals and piano

Liam Van Der Vyver


Finn Clarke


Douglas Toyne


These musicians will be supported by other Radford musicians and groups, including our Big Band, Bird Jazz Ensemble, Corelli Chamber String Orchestra, and a symphony orchestra formed specifically for this event. 

The event this year will be held on Saturday 5 September, at 6.30pm. As we are restricted to very limited audience numbers, we are unable to offer seats to view the concert live. However, we are delighted to share the event with the Radford community via live stream. 

The link to the live stream will be sent to families of students involved in the performance. If you do not have a child involved in the event but wish to view it, please email ccmusic@radford.act.edu.au.

There will be no charge for watching the event, and with the exceptional musicians we have involved, I can promise a fantastic evening of music!



Register for this special online event

APFACTS presentation: recharge family joy

18 August 2020

Free program over three consecutive Thursday evenings

Never has there been a more poignant time to run this event! 2020 has been tough and APFACTS acknowledges this, and has been looking for ways to help stressed families. 

As such, we are so proud to present an online event. Over three consecutive Thursday evenings, our presenters Wendy Marman and Patricia Falcetta are going to help us “Recharge Family Joy”. 

Tickets are free, but you must reserve your spot. 

Sessions are on Thursdays 3, 10 & 17 September at 7.30pm
From the comfort of your home, through ZOOM. 


Family Joy - session content

Read the competition entry guidelines, and get set for stardom!

RadVision competition details

18 August 2020

$3,000 of prizes on offer

From the Radford P&F Association



P&F RadVision Sponsor SuperSmile

The Radford College Parents & Friends are pleased to announce the following prizes for RadVision: 

  • RadVision Contest Winner $1000 
  • Category Winners - $500 each in Junior, Secondary and Community 
  • Two x Judges' Awards - $ 500


Our prizes are thanks to our valued sponsor - SuperSmile. We thank SuperSmile for their continued support and sponsorship with RadVision.



At the end of Term 2, we shared the news of RadVision, a “EuroVision” style singing contest for the Radford community, in lieu of the Radford Twilight Fete. 

We are now pleased to share more details of how to enter and what the rules are. 

Who can enter?
To be eligible, performers must be a student, parent/caregiver, staff member or Radford community member. 

The categories are:

  • Junior School (students)
  • Senior School (students)
  • Community (can include both adults and children) 

Entries can be individuals or groups of no more than three people. 

How do I enter, and what are the rules?  
Details of where to enter the videos will be shared soon.

  • Each performer or group should have a ‘stage name’ rather than using their own name.

  • Performers must film and submit a video performance of no more than three minutes.  Contestants must not film themselves performing in bedrooms/bathrooms or anywhere else considered private, for their own protection.

  • Songs may be covers or originals. Backing music or live musical accompaniment is permitted, however, vocal performances must be distinguishable.

  • Costumes and set dressing are not necessary for Round One, however costumes and performance/stage presence will be a judging consideration in the live Grand Final.

Competition Rounds

  • Round One will see performers submit a video of themselves singing, and the Radford community will vote for their favourite performances. The performers with the most votes in three categories, Junior School, Secondary School, and Community (students, parents, staff) will become the GRAND FINALISTS! 
  • The RadVision GRAND FINAL will be held on Saturday 7 November 2020 in the TB Millar Hall.  Finalists will perform on stage in front of judges to compete for the title of RadVision STAR, 2020.  
Wet and windy weather for weekend sports

Sports Report, 19 Aug 20

19 August 2020

Netball, Rowing, Orienteering, and Rugby news

On Saturday 15 August, the Radford Netball teams competed in Round 5 of the North Canberra Netball Competition (NCNC).  The day started with some wet weather cancellations, however, when the rain cleared, majority of teams were able to play. 

“Shout outs” go to the Radford Magpies as they continue with their 4-match winning streak, and to the Radford Maroon team for an outstanding performance dominating their opposition. 

  • Radford Gold def Burgmann 24-19
  • Radford Silver – wet weather cancellation
  • Radford Maroon def GNC 46-4
  • Radford White drew with GNC 14-14
  • Radford Blue def Merici 15-0
  • Radford Purple def by INNC 8-28
  • Radford Yellow def SGRNC 13-10
  • Radford Green def by Daramalan 12-19
  • Radford Navy def by JPC 2-42
  • Radford Red def by SGRNC 5-18
  • Radford Orange def by INNC 1-9
  • Radford Magpies def MTS 7-0
  • Radford Dolphins def by MTS 4-17
  • Radford Ravens – wet weather cancellation


Radford had 27 entries into the ACT Winter time trial on the weekend. Rowers of all ages and abilities compete in this handicapped 4 kilometre race, each vying to overtake the crew in front. Many Radford students braved the single scull time trial on Saturday, where Oli Fox (Year 9) surged to victory as winner of the male division.  Several crew boats entered on Sunday, with the highlight being Collegian and Australian rowing representative Luke Letcher returning to Radford to lead our senior boys down to the course in a coxless quad. We look forward to stepping up participation again in third and final Winter time trial in September. 

Radford Orienteers braved another cold and wet Saturday at Mount Ainslie. Congratulations to Toby Lang, Aoife Rothery and Anastasia Yeates on winning their events, and David Stocks, Katherine Maundrell and Justine Hobson on finishing runners-up in their events. It is pleasing to see so many Radford Collegians also participating each Saturday. 

Congratulations to the U18 Boys Rugby team (1st XV). They continued their winning streak with a 41‑0 win over Canberra Grammar School on the weekend.


A day to remember victims and those who help them

World Humanitarian Day - RTC Initiatives

5 August 2020

Celebrated at Radford on Friday 21 August

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

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

Students are invited to: 

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

World Humanitarian Day poster

Australian Education Regulation 2013 provides for this data collection

Collection of Data on School Students with Disability

24 July 2018

Australian Education Regulation 2013 provides for this data collection

All Education Ministers from Commonwealth, state and territory governments have endorsed the implementation of a nationally consistent collection of data on school students with disability in all Australian schools (government, independent and Catholic).

The nationally consistent approach to data collection provides all Australian schools, education authorities and the community with a clear picture of the number of students receiving adjustments because of disability in schools, and the adjustments with which they are provided to enable them to participate in education on the same basis as other students.

Read more ...

Enquiries should be be directed to: 

jane.smith@radford.act.edu.au  for the Secondary School, or

mary.willett@radford.act.edu.au for the Junior School.


Radford College Crest

Moderation Day, Thurs 20 Aug

12 August 2020

Pupil-free day for most Secondary School 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.


  • This is a pupil-free day for students in Years 7–11 plus Year 12 Accredited and IBDP students;
  • Year 12 Tertiary students are required to attend the College on Moderation Day (Thursday 20 August) for an AST Practice test. Students have been advised of arrangements for this day.
  • Unless otherwise notified, co-curricular activities will continue as usual on Moderation Day.


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

  • The Years 5–12 Library will remain open as usual for students in Years 5–6 during the day and after school.
  • The canteen will be available to students in Years 5-6 and in the Junior School.
  • Unless otherwise notified, co-curricular activities will continue as usual on Moderation Day.
Co-curricular Music News

Years 5-6 Music Recital

5 August 2020

Performance 9 September, register by 26 August

From Kirsten Knight, Head of Co-Curricular Music 

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

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

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

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

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

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


Collegian and current staff member, Sara Vassallo

Collegian News: Life after Radford

17 August 2020

Four former students share their stories with Y12

On Wednesday 12 August we hosted a virtual Life after Radford Session, across two lecture theatres, for our Year 12 students.

Gaj Ravichandra (Class of 1995), Dr Sally Faulks (Class of 1999), Sara Vassallo (Class of 2002) and Jessie Robinson (Class of 2010) came together, in a virtual way, to share their journeys following their time at Radford.


Favourite Radford moment:
Gaj – “Mateship, friendship and being comfortable with the uncomfortable”.

Sally – ” Year 9 camp as it was the first time I had done hiking and it was a lot of fun”.

Sara – ” Opportunities to perform and see how productions are put together. Seeing your friends everyday and appreciating the time with your friends”.

Jessie – “Foundation Day as it was different to any other day. You were able to engage in something that was outside routine which is good for your mental health”.

Advice shared:
Gaj – “Be courageous in your life and take risks early. Persist on things – don’t give up! You can only control the controllables’.

Sally – ” You’ll get to where you want to, even if it is not the way you planned. Say yes to opportunities, even if it takes you in a whole new direction as it will likely end up being fantastic. You will succeed when you do something you enjoy”.

Sara – “Make the most of opportunities and don’t be afraid to fall back onto your Radford network”.

Jessie – “Be intolerant of other peoples views, understand your values but be OK that others will have different points of view. Radford offers a great base level education where you are taught to critically think and write. Don’t lose those fundamental writing skills”. 

Thank you to each of our Collegians for making this virtual session possible, the Year 12 students appreciated hearing about your journeys.