Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 6, 2020 – 26 August 2020

Staff Insights

Lindy Braithwaite - Acting Assistant Principal, Curriculum

Expanding the concept of ‘Curriculum’

24 August 2020

Lindy Braithwaite – Acting Assistant Principal, Curriculum

Curriculum renewal - on the international, national and school agenda

Earlier this month, the UN reported that the COVID-19 pandemic had now affected nearly 1.6 billion learners in more than 190 countries and all continents, making it the largest disruption of education systems in history (https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/future-education-here). COVID-19 has put a spotlight on a great many issues in society, and given us cause to reflect on what really matters. What is clear for the education sector, is that the role of the teacher and schools to develop capacities in young people is well beyond just the ‘three Rs’ of reading, writing, and arithmetic. 

There will be many perspectives and views about what is most important when it comes to educating a young person. However, with curriculum renewal already on the international, national and school agenda, 2020 has now presented an opportunity to more critically appraise and take stock. As my colleagues have aptly highlighted in recent bulletin articles, we (like I am sure you), have all needed to be agile, reflective and resourceful. Where does this fit in to education? Pre-COVID-19 and undoubtedly post-COVID-19, there is and will be, a myriad of research which attempts to predict the future needs of education. What is common to the research more recently is an acknowledgement that alongside concept knowledge, skills like critical and creative thinking, and dispositions will also be a necessary part of curriculum. 

The OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030 project has produced a learning framework which breaks knowledge into four areas: Disciplinary, Interdisciplinary, Epistemic, and Procedural Knowledge. It recognises that while the foundations are laid by core discipline concepts, the ability to ‘transfer’ that knowledge, and apply it to solve problems - ones we don’t even know about yet - will be fundamental. Therefore, finding opportunities for students to engage in interdisciplinary learning is increasingly important. The framework also emphasises the co-requisite need to develop attitudes and values in young people that will enable society to address global challenges and contribute to wellbeing.

OECD Learning Compass 2030

In line with this, The Education Council recently formalised a review of the F – 10 (Foundation to Year 10) Australian Curriculum, a dialogue that is likely to be robust. A week or so ago, Radford had the significant opportunity to host a consultation session lead by ACARA CEO, David de Carvalh. The session enabled our staff to have a voice in the process, and highlight what we at Radford value in the development of a young person. We were also assured first-hand that the review was not a complete re-write, but a chance to declutter and refine, so that teachers have time to secure the learning of core concepts (e.g. literacy and numeracy), and also have scope for greater depth of learning and space for Cross-curricular priorities and General Capabilities.

Australian Curriculum Review

Radford is well placed for these directions in the curriculum. We are already developing ways to build on Interdisciplinary opportunities in the Secondary School for students to use their content knowledge to address authentic real-world issues. And, as I have written in the Bulletin many times before, the Secondary School Radford Learner traits and closely aligned Diploma Programme (DP) and PYP Learner Profile , expressing the attitudes and values we seek to build in our students, are integral to all learning experiences at Radford. As we look to the future, we will be integrating the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities such as Personal and Social capability, Ethical Understanding capability and Intercultural Understanding capability, more explicitly into our curriculum, assessment and reporting processes, so that along with academic progress, we will be able to work together to develop these capacities also. 

SEQTA Engage
For these reasons, our Interim reports, rather than being focussed on academic assessment, have an emphasis on personal and social capability skills, such as self-regulation. The right habits and attitudes will provide the best opportunity for learning. Secondary School interim reports will be published to parents through SEQTA Engage on Friday 28 August. We encourage you to discuss them with your children.

As with last semester, for the safety of our community, we are unable to host Parent-Teacher-Student interviews in the usual manner. Instead, in these interim reports, teachers will indicate (see box in yellow) if they believe there is further feedback you require on your child’s progress. If that is the case, they will contact you in the last few weeks of Term 3. With online, continuous reporting, you are also encouraged to view the course content, upcoming assessment, and feedback in SEQTA Engage. As always, you are welcome to make contact with your child’s teacher if you have concerns about their progress.


Sample interim report

"Tomakin", by Jack Prime, Year 11

What do you notice? What do you need?

26 August 2020

Thought on grief and loss, from Rev. Katherine and Michael Leunig

Rev. Dr Katherine RaingerIn a previous bulletin, I mentioned two questions that my supervising priest would ask me in my first ministry job: What do you notice? What do you need? These are great questions for checking in with ourselves, with others and with God. 

Our answers to these questions will obviously differ depending on what is going on at any given moment. If you were to pause and ask yourself these questions, I wonder what your answers would be? Pausing long enough for an answer to emerge can be a gift in itself. 

In COVID-19 times, we have learnt to expect the unexpected. This need for flexibility can increase our mental and emotional load. Perhaps this time has also led to new or unexpected grief, as contact with family is disrupted and workloads change. The addition of COVID-19 to our collective lives has not meant that other struggles of life have ceased. Grief and loss remain and, in some ways, have been intensified. 

When we are faced with grief, it can be hard to put into words exactly what we are feeling. It can be hard to articulate what it is that we need. Sometimes the words of others can become our words. This poem by Michael Leunig has always spoken to me about the profound nature of responding to grief. 

"When the heart" by Michael Leunig

My experience of God in times of grief has been both a sense of presence and absence. Like the images in Leunig’s poem I have found that faith is nurtured in the everyday experiences of grace, which sometimes appear in a form that we might not expect. 

May God’s love and peace be with you this week.
Rev. Katherine


Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

JS News, 26 Aug 20

26 August 2020

Playing vinyl records - focusing on the "now"

Dates to Remember

Fri 28 Aug

Prekindergarten Incursion - Footsteps Dance

Kindergarten Incursion - Footsteps Dance

Sun 30 Aug

Final Scholastic Book Club Orders due

Tues 1 Sept

ICAS Mathematics

Wed 2 Sept

1AJ and 1HT Excursion to Tatum Farm

Dear Families 

We have had an amazing week, acknowledging and celebrating the skills that scientists use. A big “thank you” to each member of our community who helped with Science Week. Our intention is for our learners to find enjoyment and wonder in inquiring into how our world works. For a moment, indulge me, as we explore the science of coming to attention, of noticing. 

I have always been enamoured with how vinyl records work. I am sure we have noticed the resurgence of vinyl sales in our favourite music or media shops. 2019 was the first year, since 1990, that vinyl out-sold compact discs in whole album music sales.  

There are many reasons to love listening to vinyl records. It could be for its richness or warmth, or that it is far higher quality, because no audio data is lost when pressing a record. It sounds just like the producer or band intended. On digital music (including CDs), it’s possible to make a track sound louder than it naturally should, and that distorts the depth and texture of the song. 

Having said all that, when I’m spinning my father’s 1962 beat up pressing of Burl Ives, It’s Just My Funny Way of Laughin’ I can assure you it’s not for the sound quality that I love the moments of, ‘Call me Mr In-Between’

I listen to vinyl because it’s a possessive, jealous medium. Vinyl demands your full attention. 

You can turn on a streaming service and play a million songs from scores of genres, filling your room or your house with sound for hours, days, weeks. But vinyl insists that you pay attention. 

Vinyl is a tactile medium. It insists you thumb through your collection, remove your selection, unwrap it from its cover, free it from its poly or paper inner sleeve, place it on the turntable, and gingerly put the tone arm and stylus in position. And then it requires you to reverse that process and repeat it every time you change the record. 

Record player and record collection

Record playing is a slow, intentional, deliberate pastime. It’s a pleasant idleness. The Italians call this dolce far niente, the sweetness of doing nothing. 

The problem for many of us non-Italians is that we think the opposite of “busy” is “lazy”. But, actually, the opposite of busy is solitude. The opposite of being busy is stillness. And in solitude and stillness we can be free to be curious and creative. 

Eckhart Tolle once wrote, “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.” 

We binge television series, we play podcasts in our cars and Spotify in our offices. We’re on ZOOM and Team calls, and doing webinars, and being busy, always busy. 

I’m not claiming that science or psychology claim that playing vinyl records is the solution. All I know is that when I slide an album out of its cover, handling only the edges, angling it into the light so I can see if it needs cleaning, anticipating the music that is to follow, the Now is the primary focus, even if just for a couple of hours. 

This may be the best life science I get to do from time to time. 

May we live, model and inspire our learners to pay attention, to notice and to make ‘NOW’ the focus of who we are and what we are doing. 

Andy Gordon
Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School


From the JS Library

Greetings from the library. The Scholastic Book Club catalogue has been given to all students. We ask that all orders be placed online via the parent loop by Sunday 30 August, please. Orders will be delivered to the class teacher and distributed to the students.  

Thank you for your patronage as the Junior School Library receives a small commission from all orders.  This is used to purchase more resources for the Library. 


Shout Outs


PKDM – Diyan Kazi – for being a thinker during all of our discussions about 'paper'. 

PKNS – Lindy Cheng – for being a communicator and demonstrating she is a risk taker when speaking to the whole class. 

PKBD – Daniel Zhang- for being reflective on his favourite dance style, thinking hard about why he enjoyed it! 

PKMQ – Arya Seevaratnam – for sharing her knowledge and demonstrating bravery. 

KKS - Flynn Osborne for being a thinker when making detailed observations of our seed growing. 

KSG – Zachary Godwin for being principled and showing kindness to others. 

KLP – Harlow Stevens for displaying perseverance and commitment to all areas of her learning.  

KAS – Zoey Valecha for demonstrating perseverance and a love of learning in all areas. 

Year 1 

1MH – Annabelle Yin for displaying perseverance and commitment to her learning when writing a procedure on how to make fruit salad.  

1RJ – Oliver Nicol-Drummond for showing perseverance when completing a very detailed picture of a barn for our farm mural. 

1HT – Chloe Black for displaying perseverance when developing her skip counting skills in Mathematics 

1AJ – George Dankiw for displaying leadership skills and offering assistance to his teachers and peers.  

Year 2 

2KH – Oliver Tan for displaying courage and perseverance with reading and writing tasks. 

2SD – Hannah MacCallum for being a thinker and using her self-management skills at all times when at school. 

2GS – Eva Guo for showing being a thinker and persevering with difficult tasks.  

2LM – Micah Constable for showing perseverance and reflecting on his learning tasks.  

Year 3 

3AT –  William Wild for displaying self regulation towards his learning; demonstrating high levels of focus and concentration.  

3JC – Ethan McIntyre for demonstrating his love of learning, dedication and commitment to his work, ensuring all tasks are completed to his full potential. 

3RS – Ryan Khanna for developing a growth mindset, positive outlook and enthusiasm towards learning!  

3HO – Joshua Brogan and Lachlan Weenink for working together and displaying perseverance and commitment to researching difficult understandings in our Unit of Inquiry. 

3RB – Dora Zhao – for persevering to complete her tasks using effective time management skills and consistently presenting her thinking in detail and with care. 

Connor Lunsford- for showing respect and transistioning quietly and quickly between learning experiences and demonstrating greater enthusiasm and energy in the classroom. 

Year 4 

4TM – Asha Hewitson for her 'extra' inquiry into the weather, improved communication skills and always displaying a love of learning. 

4JC –  Jacob Hately -  his independence and showing commitment to his learning 

4KP - Connor Duggard for his enthusiasm and perseverance with unfamiliar tasks. 

4BF –  Oliver Flanagan for commitment and enthusiasm with using technology to support his learning. 

4DO – Rohan Steven for displaying leadership using his IT skills supporting his peers. 

Year 5 

5TM – Eli Hezkial for consistently being a curious learner and demonstrating excellent leadership skills.  

5DG – Yash Thrishul for showing great perseverance and commitment to his learning, especially during maths. 

5RK – Josiah Zhang for an impressive information report on how Australia's democracy works! Keep up the good work Josiah.  

5BL – Ava O'Shea for the consistent commitment and perseverance she demonstrates within all learning tasks. 

5SW – Lexi Stellios for her impressive creativity in writing, and displaying confidence to share her work. 

Year 6 

6TW – Manoj Gutta for demonstrating international mindedness by sharing his deep understanding of Indian culture, to help enhance the learning of his peers during class novel studies. 

6JO – Natalie Tam for always demonstrating a committed and dedicated approach to her learning. 

6HB – April Wickham for demonstrating a deep love of learning and working with outstanding commitment. 

6TF – Aminda Weerasooriya: For his continual support towards all students in class and while playing sport 



Georgia Brooks (3RB) for showing perseverance in learning a new skill.  Ms Fritsch (PE) 

Eva Tsiros – (6JO) for being a supportive and caring students towards her peers. (PE) Mrs Phelps 

Oliver Tan (2KH) for great effort when practicing the skill of skimming and scanning for information (Mrs Wilson, Library) 

Ben Scowcroft (3RS) for communicating his connections with our moon animation project and supporting peers with the technology process (Ms Dunne Yr 3 Art) 

Joanna Yu (4BF) for her principled approach to her Rock Art project. (MS Dunne Year 4 Art) 

Venya Vikramadithyan (3RS) for the care and commitment she displays when responding to texts. (Mrs Hind, Library) 



Mrs Willett – Alice Adams (4JC) for commitment to improving her reading skills 


More news from students in Week 2 of their journey to Exhibition

Journey to Exhibition: Part 2

24 August 2020

This week: guest speaker Dr Baker and water testing

By Kaiya Barsby and Lussia Parker 

PYP Exhibition 2020This quote is the inspiration and motivation of our exhibition 2020. [Seuss, D. (1971). The Lorax, Random House, New York].

It’s the end of yet another week of learning how to respond and act responsibly to the problems we need to change in OUR world. But it’s the start of a new motivation to grow and develop what we want to represent our identity. 

We had some amazing experiences this week. They included the inspiring guest speaker Dr Baker. He talked to the Year 6 cohort about the environment, plastic pollution and the action we can take to solve these global issues. Unfortunately, only 1 of 3 groups got to go on the amazing excursion to test water samples at our local lake. But don’t worry! Our persevering teachers are trying to organise another trip for those who missed out.

Exhibition guest speaker Dr Baker

This week we focused on who we are, our passions and the difference between concepts and topics. We learnt that a concept is the overarching theme, whilst topics are the branches on the main tree. We dedicated our week to who we are and what we are passionate about personally. 

On Friday, we had to fill out a form with answers to these questions: which 3 concepts we wanted to explore and which 5 people in the year we work well with. 

This is a big milestone with Exhibition, because the people we get put with will hopefully be working with us for the next 8 weeks. 

We are looking forward to the team-building excursion next week at Swing Into Life, where we will be working on cooperation skills in our exhibition groups. We are all looking forward to finding out our groups on Tuesday! 

It’s the end of the week, but the start of an amazing exhibition journey!

Water testing to gather data for Exhibition

A fabulous show for the Musical 2021

Musical 2021 - The Addams Family

25 August 2020

Details for chorus and principal role auditions

From Nick Akhurst, Head of Cocurricular Drama

Auditions are now open for the 2021 musical. After the successful performance of The Little Shop of Horrors we have decided on THE ADDAMS FAMILY. 

It is a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. 

We need singers, actors and dancers to put on this amazing production. Details and signup links below. 

  • Audition materials link
  • Sign up link

Chorus auditions
Choose and learn the song that suits your voice type.
Prepare a joke to deliver at the audition. 

Principal role auditions

  • Choose a character based on your voice type AND on the character description, i.e. there is no point auditioning for a tall bass-voiced character (Lurch) if you are a soprano who is 150cm tall.
  • Prepare a joke to deliver at the audition – preferably one that is funny! 

General guidelines

  • Your audition and your joke must be performed from memory. Use the recorded melodies and accompaniments to help you learn your song. We will play this accompaniment in the audition for you to sing with. 

  • If you are auditioning for a role, you may choose more than one character to audition for. You are welcome to learn two songs (for two characters) but we may only hear only one song at the audition. 

  • Learn your song well enough so that you can act while you sing. Musical theatre is as much about acting as it is about singing, so it is essential that you commit to the character and to the story in the lyrics. It might help to practise the lyrics as a short monologue as part of your song preparation.


Radford Rowing

Seeking new rowers & coxswains!

26 August 2020

Particularly seeking Y7 and Y8 rowers

From Vicky Spencer, Director of Rowing

The Radford rowing program is a vibrant community of students, coaches and parents based out of the school boatshed on Black Mountain peninsula. We are proud of the strong social community participation in rowing whilst also punching above our weight in competition. The students have won several Australian Championship titles and been the grassroots club for rowers who have gone on to represent Australia or gained US college scholarships. Rowing is a fun activity with a strong social side for the students in Years 6-12. 

We are currently seeking recruits particularly in Years 7 and 8. The training times for Year 6-8 groups are on the following page. 

Students interested in trying rowing may attend the Learn to Row camp 6-9th October and then decide if they wish to continue in Term 4.

We welcome new recruits from Year 6-12.
Please direct any queries to the Technical Director of Rowing: vicky.spencer@radford.act.edu.au


Year 6

Friday Row 3:45-5:45pm (Radford Boatshed)
Saturday Row 10:00 – 12 noon (Radford Boatshed) 

Year 7 & Year 8


Monday Row 3:45-6:00pm (Radford Boatshed)
Wednesday Row 3:45-6:00pm (Radford Boatshed)
Thursdays Erg 3:45-5:00pm (Wigg 2.1/2.2)
Year 8 only: Friday Strength & Conditioning 3:45-5:00pm (optional)
Year 7: Saturday Row 8:30-10:30am (Radford Boatshed) or race
Year 8: Saturday Row 7:00-9:00am (Radford Boatshed) or race 


Tuesday Row 3:45-6:00pm (Radford Boatshed)
Wednesdays Erg 3:45-5:00pm (Wigg 2.1/2.2)
Thursday Row 3:45-6:00pm (Radford Boatshed)
Saturday Row 8:30-10:30am (Radford Boatshed)
Year 8 only: Friday Strength & Conditioning 3:45-5:00pm (optional)
Year 7: Saturday Row 8:30-10:30am (Radford Boatshed) or race
Year 8: Saturday Row 7:00-9:00am (Radford Boatshed) or race

U17 Eight ISRA


Collegian Dr Niraj Lal (Class of 2001) makes science fun and accessible

Collegian News: Dr Niraj Lal (Class of 2001)

24 August 2020

Gravitational orbit theory - accessible to everyone!

From the Collegians

On 1 September, Niraj (Nij) Lal (Class of 2001) will officially launch his second children’s book, “Henry the Flying Emu” . His first book was about chaos theory. This one is about an emu that learns how to fly by going into gravitational orbit. 

“Niraj is a gifted writer of children’s stories. His latest story, about an emu that wanted to fly, brings real depth of science to a lovely story. The reader learns that the emu’s tendency to fall to Earth is just the same as the Moon, constantly falling towards the Earth, but staying of course in its orbit around the Earth. This is Isaac Newton’s story of the apple falling on his head re-written – great for all ages!” 

Sir Richard Friend FRS , Cavendish Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge. 

In 2016 Niraj was named one of the Australia’s Top 5 Scientists under 40 by the ABC (for his research into solar cells). As part of the program he got to turn his story into the magical audiobook and broadcast it on ABC Radio National’s Science Show with Robyn Williams and David Fisher. 

Dr Niraj Lal graduated with a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar. He is currently a Visiting Fellow with the ANU Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, and the new host of ‘Imagine This’ for ABC Kids Listen.

Read the entire article on the Collegians website


Miriam Rizvi is "Mim Beanie" in the award-winning group "The Beanies"

Collegian News: Miriam Rizvi (Class of 2007)

25 August 2020

Miriam is part of award-winning group The Beanies

From the Collegians 
Read the Life After Radford article

Miriam Rizvi (Class of 2007) has been a part of since children’s entertainment group The Beanies since 2016, as Mim Beanie. The Beanies received an Australian Podcast Award in 2018 in the category Best Podcast for Family and Kids., and an ARIA Award nomination for their second album. They announced in July 2020 that they were recipients of the ABC Kids Fresh Funds Grant. 

During her time at Radford, Mim was very active in the Performing Arts program. 
“My favourite Radford moment was the school musicals. I performed in ‘Guys and Dolls’ and was lucky enough to choreograph ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ in my final year”, Mim saidYear 12 Revue was also a highlight, helping put together every aspect of a show with your peers is incredibly challenging but also rewarding. It showed me that I loved all aspects of performing, not just being on stage but writing, choreographing and creating in all different mediums”, she said. 

Mim’s favourite saying is ‘Done is better than perfect’.
“This is something I find myself saying on a daily basis. It can be hard to start a project, put the finishing touches on a song or the full stop at the end of a script without doubting yourself, but you will never get anywhere if you don’t try”, she said.  

Mim’s advice to current students:
“Don’t take no for an answer (in the most charming way possible). If you are chasing a goal keep chasing it until you get there. I can’t tell you how many ignored emails and unanswered phone calls The Beanies have racked up – some with people we are now working with. Ask, ask again, follow up, follow up again in six months! You’ll get there.” 

Video clips from The Beanies:

Sneaky Robber
Full of Beans
Can You Get Dressed By the End of this Song

Visit the Beanies website

Lovable llamas at Tatum Farm - Year 1 Excursion

Year 1 visit to Tatum Farm

25 August 2020

Everyone loved the llamas!

From Melinda Hamilton, Junior School Teacher

Year 1 is exploring ‘How We Organise Ourselves’, which investigates how people function effectively together in the paddock-to-plate process. To help us tune in, students in 1MH & 1RJ enjoyed a visit to the Tatum Farm

We had a fantastic day, having the opportunity to feed llamas, collect eggs, plant bean seeds, learn about compost, look inside a beehive, and watch a goat being milked. Students also enjoyed some farm craft, making a llama as well as using the goats’ milk to make cheese. 

The experience really helped students to gain new knowledge about where our food comes from, as well as pose interesting questions. 

Reflections from Year 1 students

Sarah - We saw chickens, goats, chickens and llamas. We didn’t see any pigs! We got to feed the llamas and my favourite part was seeing the goats and when Ilaria milked the goats. She just squeezed it and milk came out! 

Benny – I learnt that bees sometimes live in a beehive and sometimes people give them homes. I tried to find eggs on the farm. My favourite part of the visit was the llamas because I got to feed them and feel them. They felt like soft pillows. 

Lawrence – We made craft llamas and we made cheese. We saw llamas and bees in a hive. I tried making cheese for the first time. We saw Ilaria’s chickens and guinea pigs. 

Niha – There were lots of animals on the farm. I tried feeding the llamas. It tickled and when I patted them, they felt really fuzzy. My favourite part was the llamas. 

Bailey – On the farm I fed llamas and I saw a rabbit. The llamas felt like a fluffy sheep. 

Livvy – I saw guinea pigs running around and hiding in the chicken area. I got to hunt for real eggs and I found 12. My favourite part was seeing the cats near Ilaria’s house. 

1AJ & 1HT look forward to visiting the Tatum farm on 2nd September, since the wet weather postponed their visit last week.

Goat ready for milking at Tatum Farm


A waste-free lunch box

A Waste-Free Wednesday Update

26 August 2020

Xander reports on Year 4 achievements

By RTC representative Xander Barber

What is Waste Free Wednesday?
Waste Free Wednesday is an event in which pupils aim to not have any waste in their lunchbox. 

Why are we doing Waste Free Wednesday?
We are doing Waste Free Wednesday to help Radford look cleaner and be cleaner. But we are mainly doing it to help limit pollution. 

How is your Year level and class going with Waste Free Wednesday?
My year (4) is going well and getting numbers in the high teens. My class got a high score of 23 out of 25 and they show no signs of stopping! 

What improvements have you seen?
One of the biggest improvements I have seen is definitely with 4JC who have improved a whopping 11 points. My class 4BF has improved from 11 to 23 Waste Free lunches on a Wednesday! 

Further tips and encouragement for others
Here are some things you can do to be waste free:

  • For starters you can use chopped up fruit and veg.
  • You can also buy in bulk.
  • Instead of grabbing small packets, you can get a family pack and pour some when you want to.

Personally, I really like dried fruit! 

 Waste free Wednesday Waste free Wednesday

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.  
Saturday 29 August "The Lego Movie"

UC "Drive in Cinema" offer

25 August 2020

Discount tickets for Radford community for The Lego Movie

Our neighbour across the road, University of Canberra, is taking over the UC Carparks for 4 sessions, over 3 filmtastic days for a Drive In Cinema - a chance to enjoy a "socially distant" movie experience with your family.

UC is offering a $10 special discount for Radford Community members to attend The Lego Movie on Saturday, for $35 per car, instead of $45. Please note that this is an LED screen, like at sporting games, so visibility is fine in daytime.

⭐Saturday 29th August - The Lego Movie (2014)
Gates open 12:30PM | Start 1:30PM

Radford discount tickets (Lego Movie only) click here


Other movie sessions ($45 per car, not discounted) in this current season can be booked through this link:

⭐Thursday 27th August - The Hangover (2009)
Gates 5:30PM | Start 6:30PM

⭐Friday 28th August - Easy A (2010)
Gates 5:30PM | Start 6:30PM

⭐Saturday 29th August - The Hunger Games (2012)
Gates 5:30PM | Start 6:30PM

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

Soloists in the 2020 Evening of Fine Music

An Evening of Fine Music, 5 Sept

11 August 2020

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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!



U16 NPLY players, braving the snow on 22 August 2020

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Check out this awesome slam dunk from Lachlan Smith in the Firsts Boys (U19 Division 1 Heat) Basketball game against Marist a couple of weeks ago. The boys won 86-82.

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With the ACT Sportsgrounds closed, only a handful of teams were able to play over the weekend. The U16/1 Girls defeated Queanbeyan FC in Queanbeyan 2-1. This team has only lost 1 game this season, a fantastic effort considering all are bottom age (U15) and some even U14 age eligible players. 

3 of the 4 NPLY games went ahead at Radford with the U16s narrowly defeated 3-2 in the snow. The U14s defeated Tigers FC 17-0!

Support the P&F and grab a bargain at the Second Hand Uniform Shop

P&F Secondhand Uniform Shop

24 August 2020

Now stocked for summer - get in quick to grab a bargain



Rowing News: new rowers and coxswains wanted

Junior rowing details

Full details from Vicky Spencer, Director of Rowing.