Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 7, 2020 – 2 September 2020

Staff Insights

Karen Mahar - Assistant Principal, Deputy Head of Junior School

Lessons in adaptability and collaboration

31 August 2020

Karen Mahar – Assistant Principal, Deputy Head of Junior School

Lessons from COVID-19 and from the PYP Exhibition process

In a previous article, I shared the counter idea to some people wanting to cancel 2020. Given that 2020 can’t be cancelled, are we not wise to look for the meaning and potential causes for this current world situation? We discuss the value of asking questions to display a growth mindset. Why not ask yourself this question?

What if 2020 is the year we have been waiting for to allow us to bring about real and long term change.  Change that favours us all, and like never before? 

As in many unfavourable situations in life, avoidance isn’t the best approach, though it's generally the easiest. Experience has taught us that addressing, confronting and tackling problems is where real growth and learning occurs. Hence, let’s be encouraged to pursue the challenges presented in 2020, and see them as opportunities for growth and improvement.  Let's see 2020 as our greatest lesson. As we deal with these new circumstances, why don't we consider fresh solutions and adopt new strategies for managing our actions and our impact on the environment? Let's not wait for another situation that threatens our very own existence to force us to save the environment as we seek real change.

Did you know that many of the world's wealthiest have continued to build their fortunes during this year, and despite the disruptions associated with COVID-19 lockdown? How?, you might ask. Simple. These people looked for opportunity where others didn’t. They sought opportunities for learning and understanding and prosperity, before others did. These people have made the best of these same circumstances that many have asked if they can avoid.

Charles Darwin’s seminal work On the Origin of Species (1859) proposed that it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change. Have you adapted to these changed circumstances? If so, what changes have you made? Are you considering making other changes to adapt to our changed circumstances? Alternatively, if you’ve not made changes to your routines and habits, ask yourself - why not?

Two common traits associated with positive change and evolution are "adaptability" and "collaboration". Both suggest the enormous value of questioning and the sharing of ideas.

"Unless" quote from The Lorax

In the final year of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) our Year 6 students are required to carry out a collaborative project known as the PYP Exhibition. This year, our students will use “Unless” as a provocation for learning. 

In Dr Seuss’ book “The Lorax” we are told:

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

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

Year 6 Student Conference day
Our Year 6 team has recently commenced the 2020 PYP Exhibition process. Last Thursday, at the Year 6 Student Conference day, a range of inspirational speakers addressed the group.

Ian Anderson explored the question – Can Australian aid help reduce world poverty? He asked why is it important for Australia to care? He spoke with the students about the phrase “Give a person a fish and they eat for a day, teach them how to fish and they eat for a lifetime.” Ian’s offered this quote, urging students to be curious and ask questions.

I keep six honest serving-men 
They taught me all I knew; 
Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who.
Rudyard Kipling 
Humberto Marum is an architect who is committed to contributing to a better world. He believes that as a successful professional, he has a social responsibility to help others, dedicating a percentage of his time to pro bono activities and research. He showed the final slide of his presentation first – advising that if you learn anything from this presentation – this is the “take home” message:

Humberto Marum slide presentation Humberto Marum at PYP Workshop

Dennis Yarrington
is from School Aid, an organisation empowering young philanthropists.

School Aid logo

He asked the students to consider the opposing idea of “out reach” as being "in reach". That is, “What you do for others helps you feel good about yourself.” 

Year 12 students
For learners who pass through the Junior School, we expect the PYP Exhibition may prove to be one of those fond moments they will reminisce upon in their educational journey.  Year 12 students, Claire Huang, Gus Murray, Maxine Kerruish and Michael Troy shared some of their insights and experiences.

With a knowing smile, Claire proudly shared the idea:

Exhibition encouraged me to be willing to learn about and question the world around us and not to be afraid to be wrong, to make mistakes and to try again.

Year 12 students discuss their Exhibition experience

Senior students have the opportunity to participate in the Dirrum Festival. The aim of Dirrum is to encourage and achieve engagement. Young leaders spoke alongside inspirational guest speakers from around the world. It was uplifting to see our senior students express themselves so creatively, articulately, and intelligently about their commitment and desire to make a difference in the world.

The student voice is an important feature of Dirrum Festival. It 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.
Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, Senior Chaplain

In our Radford community, during processes and events such as PYP Exhibition and Dirrum Festival, we are reminded that we can make a difference.

While this may all sound nice, in the words of Edward de Bono

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.

 PYP Exhibition Workshop 2020


Rainbow over Radford - The Ridge - image credit Tracey Markovic

Signs of Hope

2 September 2020

Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger – Senior Chaplain

Acknowledging ‘what is’ and ‘what might be’

By Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, Senior Chaplain

The Gurindji people of the Northern Territory have a fantastic story to tell about hope and resilience in the face of injustice. Vincent Lingiari and others led the Wave Hill Walk Off in 1966. Their strike over wages and conditions on Lord Vestey’s cattle station lasted eight years and eventually resulted in Land Rights. The iconic photo of Gough Whitlam pouring sand into Vincent Lingiari’s hand is a symbol of hopes realised. 

The story of the Gurindji Walk Off is one that continues to inspire and bring hope. I spent three years teaching on Gurindji Country, and participated in the annual retelling of the story of the Walk Off each August. The celebrations were adapted this year to account for COVID-19 restrictions. In late August, Electric Fields released a version of Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly’s famous song From Little Things Big Things Grow which tells the story of the Walk Off. This release includes footage of Vincent, Gurindji language and also of celebrations in recent times. It is incredibly beautiful and moving.  

I wonder what it was that sustained the hopes of the Gurindji people and their supporters for those eight years? It seems that we need hope in the midst of suffering. Lutheran Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber talks about the kind of hope that can move us past “inspirational poster hope” and “cheerful optimism” and into a deeper, more real sense of hope that can sustain us when not much else is left. 

Nadia calls this kind of hope, “gritty, defiant hope”. This is the kind of hope that we find in the Easter story, where the pain and suffering of Jesus’ death and burial become the ground for the resurrection. For the first disciples, their hopes were dashed. And yet, they became aware the God was still writing the story. Redemption is available and faith and beauty have a place in the world. 

Last week the Junior School participated in a “Satellite Selfie” where together staff and students spelled out the words “Radford + Hope”. What a powerful reminder that together we can be agents of hope who acknowledge “what is” and work with God towards “what might be”. 

Rev. Katherine

JS Satellite Selfie 26 Aug 20 - Radford + Hope







The Mulford Junior School at Radford College

JS News, 2 Sept 20

2 September 2020

Junior School

Lots of articles about Junior School activities in this edition


Friday 4 September

PreK Incursion Footsteps Dance 

Wed 9 September

PreK to Year 6 Library Author Visit
Year 5/6 Recital 

Thurs 10 September

PreK to Year 6 Author Visit
1MH to Barton Grocer 

 Junior School items to read:

Lead article by Karen Mahar - Assistant Principal, Deputy Head of Junior School

World Humanitarian Day - RTC raised $1,500 for Compassion sponsored children

Waste Free Wednesday - Year 5 reports on this project

Exhibition Journey Part 3 - students have workshops and physical challenges

Author Visit - Oliver Phommavanh

Big opponents, but the big win went to Radford - 27 to nil against Marist

Sports Report, 2 Sept 20

31 August 2020

Rugby and Netball reports, Basketball Clinic 28 Sept details


Congratulations to the Rugby 1st XV (U18 Boys) on another win, this week,  defeating Marist 27-0.



Radford netball teams had some glorious weather on Saturday, and it was great to see some outstanding performances from all teams across the Go, Juniors, Inters and Cadet Divisions.

  • Well done to the Gold, Maroon, White, Yellow, and Dolphins for coming away with a win. 
  • The Radford Magpies continue their winning streak, taking home another win on the weekend. 
  • The Radford Blue engaged in a hard-fought tussle and ended up with a draw. 
  • Congratulations to Purple, Green, Red, Navy, Orange and the Ravens for their unwavering efforts.
Basketball Clinic - 28 September

Basketball training



Students show their smiles and their stars in support of their Compassion sponsored children

World Humanitarian Day

31 August 2020

Radford Tribal Council raised $1500 for their sponsored children

World Humanitarian Day – by the RTC 2020 

Stars everywhere in support of our sponsored childrenThe RTC organised to celebrate World Humanitarian day on Friday 21st August. This day encouraged us to think about people in the world who aren’t as fortunate as we are, so that is particularly our Sponsor children, Jose, Antia and Althia. 

Humanitarians are people who help others, especially those in need who are vulnerable. Humanitarian organisations collect money to help people who have experienced difficulty in their lives.

On the day we wore our uniform with a twinkle of stars. So, people were asked to wear an item of clothing that has stars on it, like socks or a jacket. 

Why stars? Each country flag for our sponsor children have stars on them – Brazil, Ghana and the Philippines! Stars also made us remember that we shine when we help others. 

We also asked people to bring in gold coins which we will use to help our Sponsor kids.

Students raised $1500 for their sponsored children:  (L to R below)  Althia from the Philippines, aged 17; Jose from Brazil, aged 10; and Antia from Ghana, aged 13.

 Althia from Philippines, Jose from Brazil, Antia from Ghana

Student reflections:

  • In 6TW lots of people wore Converse shoes which have a star on them. This day connects with the Year 6 exhibition provocation of ‘Unless’

  • In 1HT lots of people wore stars, and those who forgot got star stickers to wear! We collected a lot of money to help our sponsor children.

  • In 3JC everyone wore stars and they brought in lots of gold coins to contribute. Our inquiry is about sharing the planet and we’re looking at the central idea of ‘Opportunities are determined by location and community’. We connected with this special day as we’re learning about helping others. Sophie L 

  • The best part of the day was seeing how generous people were in 5BL as they brought in lots of coins to help.



Happiness is a waste free lunch box!

Waste Free Wed News: 2 Sept

31 August 2020

Anya reports on WFW objectives and progress in Year 5

By Anya Malhotra, Radford Tribal Council Representative


Waste free lunchboxWhat is Waste Free Wednesday?

Every Wednesday Radford students are encouraged to bring in lunches free of waste, plastic packaging, plastic bags etc.


Why are we doing Waste Free Wednesday?

To promote a culture of environmental consciousness and to reduce plastic waste in the school.


How is your Year level and class going with Waste Free Wednesday?

Year 5 had a slow start to Waste Free Wednesday and it took a couple of weeks to quicken our pace. My class 5SW has an average performance but it is expected to improve.


What improvements have you seen?

Over the weeks I have noticed that:

- There is a growing sense of responsibility and mindfulness about Waste Free Wednesday.

- Kids are bringing in Waste Free Lunches without needing reminders.


Further tips and encouragement for others

  1. Set an alarm for Tuesday night to remind your parents to pack a Waste Free lunch on Wednesday.
  2. Use containers or bees wax wraps instead of plastic wraps.
  3. Have a self-rewarding system like stickers, stamps or promise yourself a tasty treat when you get home!
Help reach our target of $10,000

Be part of Steptember

4 August 2020

Step out for a good cause - register now!


Register online (teams of four):  https://www.steptember.org.au/

Promo code: RADFORD2020
Cost: $10 registration fee per person (select U/18)  

Our fundraising target: $10,000!

Radford Steptember details

The Exhibition preparation process had its physical challenges last week!

Exhibition Journey: Part 3

31 August 2020

An action-packed week, mentally and physically

By Rachael Baldwin, Year 6

Last week was super action-packed and made many kids in Year 6 grow in friendships, resilience, and mental and physical strength. We started the week with anticipation for finding out groups on Tuesday. After the relief of knowing our groups, we kicked off Wednesday with around 200 push-ups at Swing into Life. Battle Ninja was a true mental and physical test. We ran up walls, slid through mud and lost shoes in the mud run. At the end of Wednesday, everyone was very tired but had a fantastic day! 

On Thursday we were hit with a GIANT conference. In the morning, we had four spectacular guest speaker sessions to educate us on their journeys and special expertise. The speakers were Ian Anderson, Humberto Marum, Dennis Yarrington and lastly, four Year 12 students who talked about their own journey through Exhibition, and gave tips for a successful outcome. We chose three workshops out of a choice of 10. From recess to the end of the day, we were full to the brim with workshops with the Year 6 teachers and many others, such as Mr Ferrington and Ms Plenty. 

Now we are coming to the end of the “tuning in” stage, and will slowly dive into our concepts. Thanks to our amazing group of teachers, the Year 6 cohort was challenged, inspired and grew more than we thought we ever could! 



A payment option using student card is now available for students in Y5-Y12

Flexischools Canteen - new payment option

27 August 2020

Payment with student card for Y5-Y12

Radford College is pleased to announce that we are extending our Flexischools payment options in the canteen for students in Years 5 to 12.

Currently, parents and students are able to place online orders via Flexischools. Students in Years 5 to 12 will now be able to pay for canteen items at the counter using their student cards. Payments will come from the same account you currently use for online ordering, if you have an existing Flexischools account set up. All purchases can be viewed online and an automatic top up facility can be added to ensure funds are always available.

Details re Flexischool accounts and new system are attached.

Cashless payments


From the Canteen Manager, Karen Robinson

Reminders to parents, to avoid cards being declined:

  • Please ensure correct student details are entered.  The full student number including any leading zeros needs to be entered. The student number is the number below the barcode, NOT the five digit number on the back of the card.  

  • The Flexischools Account holder needs to ensure they have applied credit to the account. Students can be given access to check the balance of their account through the website.    

  • Please contact Flexischools support@flexischools.com.au with full student details, if help is required linking a student card to your Flexischools account.  
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


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


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.


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!



Be part of this new P&F community event!

RadVision News: 2 Sept

31 August 2020

Great prizes on offer, thanks to our generous sponsor

P&F Sponsor - SuperSmile OrthodontistThe Radford College Parents & Friends is delighted 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 

We thank our valued sponsor, SuperSmile for their continued support of the P&F, this year through sponsoring the prizes for RadVision.


RadVision is a “EuroVision” style singing contest for the Radford community, in lieu of the Radford Twilight Fete. 

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?  
Entries open 21 Sept 2020. 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.  
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SchoolTV: Celebrating Fathers' Day

1 September 2020

SchoolTV reports on new constructs of the role of "father"

From SchoolTV

For many years now, the role of fathers has changed and evolved. During the industrial revolution, fathers were often considered detached and distant, due to working long hours in factories. Today, however, things have changed dramatically, with many dads being celebrated for being sensitive, caring and more engaged.

Recent studies have shown that children benefit greatly from having fathers who are present and interacting in everyday activities. This has transformed the understanding of how fathers shape children’s lives from the start, challenging conventional ideas of parenthood and gender.

Research also suggests that fathers influence their sons and daughters in different ways, which is especially true during their transition to adolescence. Engaging in regular physical activities can play a key role in influencing children to learn self-control, face challenges, regulate emotions and take manageable risks.

In this Special Report, fathers will learn about the positive impact they can have on their child’s mental health and wellbeing, whilst also ensuring they indulge in a little self-care.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the College Wellbeing Team, or seek medical or professional help.

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


P&F NEWS - Trivia Night cancellation

Trivia Night 2020 - cancellation

The P&F Association has made the hard decision not to hold a Trivia Night event this year. We are disappointed about this, as the event brings the best out in our community.  But please do take part in the P&F RadVision event, new for this year, and we look forward to making the Trivia Night in 2021 bigger and better than ever!