Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 8, 2020 – 9 September 2020

Staff Insights

Claire Melloy - Assistant Principal, Students

Around the Grounds…

9 September 2020

'Tell them from me' Survey, year group activities, and a tribute to Sir Ken Robinson

One of the loveliest things about being part of the Radford community is that there is always something happening, no matter when or what time one arrives on campus. After regular school hours, most of these happenings are structured activities associated with an organised cocurricular group, but sometimes one will see a couple of students kicking the footy on the oval or staff working quietly in a prep room. During the day, one can often see senior student mentors helping in particular classes. One might also see a staff member quietly helping a student in the quad, students helping each other in a free period and students or, students and staff just laughing and chatting together.  All of these reflect and strengthen relationships and a sense of belonging: fundamental aims of the College, and core principles at the heart of the development of the next Strategic Plan. 

Students from Years 4 -12 recently participated in the Tell them from me Survey, designed by the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation, which focuses on student engagement and wellbeing. The survey covers all areas of the student experience from the classroom, curriculum, cocurricular involvement and relationships (peers, staff and other supports). One of the highlights from the survey was the vast majority of our students feel a sense of having positive relationships and feel they have someone they can go to for help if they need it. Another highlight was the very high rates of cocurricular involvement amongst our students, which we know also helps build a sense of belonging. The survey allows us to design interventions based on quantifiable evidence, such as pinpoint opportunities to improve equity by evaluating the experiences of vulnerable students. These will be key considerations in the development of the next Strategic Plan. 

So, what do all these activities look like on the ground?
The last Bulletin highlighted some JS initiatives including the Year 6 Exhibition. This week we will do a ‘speed dial’ trip through the Secondary School. 

Bag sample - from Headspace to Y12 studentsWe recently met with all the families of students coming into Year 7 in 2021. By far the most common response by students to the question, “How do you feel about coming to Radford?” is “Excited and nervous.”  New students say they are excited about the range of new opportunities offered at Radford but are often, understandably, nervous about starting something new and making new friends.  We are very aware of the importance of this transition, for not only young people new to the College, but also for our current Year 6s, for whom starting Year 7 also comes with a lot of unknowns. We have a number of activities designed to help this transition; one is a ‘Q and A’ panel visiting Year 6, and as a result, the production of an information pack answering these questions.

This year some of our senior Giving Groups will be producing a We’ve Got Your Back bag for our incoming Year 7s, full of things to welcome them, and help them settle into Radford in 2021. 

This year’s Year 7s are currently working on their Market Day stalls. Market Day is a long-standing tradition that integrates curriculum and service, and which sees students come up with an idea (product /game) to sell to the College community, with all profits going to charity. 

Year 8 Giving Groups are working on their storybooks for the primary schools our older students work with on the ‘G-Trips’ in Gamilaraay Country.  Our counselling team has run respectful relationships workshops with practical scenarios for our Year 8s and Year 9s.  

Year 8 Giving Group storybooks Year 8 Giving Group storybooks 2

Brett Lamson, Head of Year, 8 explains a new Year 8 and Year 11 initiative here:

This semester we have launched a buddy/mentor program with students in Year 11 and students in Year 8. This program was initially introduced as a way of giving a leadership opportunity to students in Year 11, to allow them to take on a mentoring role and to share some of their experiences with students from the Year 8 cohort. Year 8 students were invited to take part in the program to develop an understanding of what life is like in the senior school, and to also learn from the many experiences of their buddy/mentor, to see the ‘big picture’ of where their schooling is taking them, and get advice that will help them on their journey throughout the College. Students meet during Tutor time on either Tuesday, Thursday or Friday each week, and spend about 15 minutes chatting and getting to know one another. So far, the feedback has been really positive, with the older students enjoying sharing their experiences, and the younger students enjoying the opportunity to learn from an ‘old head’ at the College.  

Year 10s have chosen their subjects for senior school, and just like the incoming Year 7s, many are feeling that mixture of excitement (white shirt and ‘free’ periods) and nerves (how much work is there ..really…??!!) Again, we understand, prepare, and cater for the range of student experiences and expectations through our end of Year 10 activities and the retreat at the start of Year 11. 

Year 11s are preparing for the next L’Arche Disco in Giving Groups, another longstanding and rich tradition of our Year 11s working with those in our broader community living with a disability. 

Year 11 students, practising their moves for L'Arche Disco House sack races outside Morison Centre

Our significant end-of-year rites of passage for our Year 12s, such as Formal and Graduation, while being modified, will go ahead: Year 12 Formal in the Morison Centre and Year 12 Graduation for students and staff only in TB Millar Hall, and streamed to families. Every event will have a COVID-safe plan, including Year 6 and Year 10 Celebrations.  It has been wonderful to see once again the annual sporting competitions between staff and senior students in the gym at lunchtime, again highlighting the many positive and supportive relationships between staff and students at the College. 

Year 9 students v Staff House three-legged race

We have continued to provide rich presentations to our students from our long-standing external experts such as Paul Dillon (Drug and Alcohol safety), Headspace (Stress Management) Brett Lee (Online Safety) and Menslink (Silence is Deadly). 

Zumba in the quadMental Health Week will be marked in the last week of this term and will reflect one of our key tenets of wellbeing, which is, “What helps?”  As such, the week will focus on the mental health benefits of physical activity, fun with friends (and fun socks), and music for students. Activities will include Zumba, Pilates and challenges/games on the oval. Friday 25 September will be a non-uniform day. 

Finally, I would like pay tribute to Sir Ken Robinson, who passed away on August 21. I have previously written about the huge influence of his TED Talk, Do Schools Kill Creativity?

He continually advocated for educational reform and the need to nurture creativity and passion, and to celebrate individual talent and ability, over traditional academic means of testing and measuring success.


ESafety Commissioner

Online safety reminder

The following links from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner provide resources that may be helpful to support your conversations with your child.

A cuddle for a tabby cat, and Charlie (Year 2) with his dog, Ernie

Marking the Season of Creation

9 September 2020

Giving thanks for creatures great and small

Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, Senior Chaplain

Each year Christians from around the world set aside the month of September to celebrate God’s beautiful earth and to re-commit themselves to preserving and restoring the planet. Known as the Season of Creation, this year’s theme is “Jubilee for the Earth.” 

Jubilee is an ancient, biblical concept that reminds us that ecosystems as well as people need time to rest and rejuvenate. Jubilee enables justice and liberation for people and land. This week we are thinking about creation as the home that we share with all creatures.

‘But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; …and the fish of the sea will declare to you. In His hand is the life of every living thing…’                                                                                       (Job 12: 7, 8b, 10a) 

Pets are one of life’s blessings. Their unconditional love, energy and distinct personalities add a richness to our lives. The cat that I grew up with, ‘Tabitha’ aka ‘Tabby’, was endlessly patient with the large bows that were tied around her neck, and the rides in the doll’s pram that my sister and I subjected her to. 

Katherine and Tilly
My dog Tilly, who I adopted in the Northern Territory when she emerged from the scrub and was trotting around the school grounds looking for an owner, brought me no end of joy. She also caused anxiety due to her mischievous antics! 

After we left the NT and moved to the ACT, we lived next door to an Anglican church. Tilly’s tendency to get out of our large fenced yard was infamous. One day she ran over to the church right as a funeral was finishing. Her energetic frolicking was thankfully well received by those at the funeral who remarked that their loved one had been a dog lover. 

Needless to say, I invested in padlocks for our gates soon afterwards, to make our yard more secure and prevent a repeat performance! 

We share our homes, and indeed our earth, with a huge diversity of fellow creatures. The fragility of our earth is felt by all her creatures – those who walk on the earth on two legs and four, those that fly and those that swim. The devastation caused by last summer’s bushfires had dire consequences for people, land and animals. There has been a 71% decline in koala numbers across northern NSW bushfire-affected areas. Unless change occurs, koalas are under threat of extinction. We also need to consider the ways that introduced species have negatively impacted native flora and fauna. 

Our life together, as creatures co-existing on this planet, is dependent on humans, the creatures whom God has entrusted with the care of creation, playing our part to preserve and nurture our shared home in any way we can. 

Action often begins with noticing and paying attention to what needs there are around us. The following prayer is an invitation to notice and act in tandem with God: 

Loving God, 

We give you thanks for the animals in our homes who de-stress us, comfort us and remind us to have fun. 

Today we offer up prayers for those involved in animal welfare and conservation work: for the RSPCA, the Animal Welfare League, for Earth Watch, World Wildlife Fund, Animals Asia, our local animal shelters and adoption groups. 

We pray for those who are working at policy levels, and for those tending to the needs of animals. 

We pray for the farming communities that have animals in their care. 

We pray for animals without a home; help us not to turn away, but to bring them to a place of safety, where they can be fed, given medical treatment, and the chance to find a loving home. 

Help us to be generous: with money, time, or offer of hospitality within our homes to abandoned pets, or for respite care for pets whose owners are unwell or in hospital. 

We pray for vets, vet nurses and vet practices: enable your wisdom and compassion to be evident wherever there are sick or dying animals under their watch. Enable the animals to sense your presence. Comfort grieving owners. 

We remember our animal companions who are no longer with us physically. We give thanks for the gifts they gave us and the variety of ways they enriched and blessed our lives. 

In Jesus’ name, who loves and cares for all that is,




Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

JS News, 9 Sept 20

9 September 2020

Litter-free goals, traffic management, disco, Book Week, Shout Outs

Dates to Remember


Wed/Thurs 9/10 Sept

Author Visit – Oliver Phommavanh

Thurs 10 Sept

Year 1MH Excursion to Barton Grocer

Frid 11 Sept

Year 5 Excursion to National Museum

PreK and Kindergarten Incursion – Footsteps Dance

Mon 14 Sept

Year 1HT Excursion to Barton Grocer

Wed 16 Sept

Year 1RJ Excursion to Barton Grocer


Welcome to Week 8

We enjoyed a fantastic Celebration last week, as we connected with one another and shared photos, memories and learning. We heard from RAS and the RTC about an action project, and the upcoming Discotheque on the last day of Term 3 (see separate article). 

Drop Off and Pick Up is usually quite smooth. Two things to commit to memory, though:  

1) If you don’t have a Pre-Kindergarten student, and the drop off in front of the JS is backing up, please proceed to the Chapel Drop Off, rather than blocking the traffic stream.

2) When in the traffic stream, check to see if you can proceed into the JS Drop Off without blocking the exit from the Chapel Drop Off and Pick Up. 

Radford College is a litter-free school! There is an old saying that we tend to become the stories that we tell ourselves. That power can be used in helpful or unhelpful ways. “We are a litter-free school”. This is a very helpful story for us to tell ourselves. That means there is no litter on paths, around bag racks, in gardens, on or under stairs, mashed into seats, and all the other places that litter seems to find to hide. When we believe something strongly, it is really difficult to act against it. We need to believe that we are a litter free school with actions that follow. 

Discotheque: The theme for this year’s disco is ‘Famous’. Costume up as something or someone famous.

PreK – K     – Wednesday 23 September
Year 1 - 6   – Friday 25 September


Book Week Celebration will be on Friday, 16 October. Preparations are underway for us to host this as a ‘Teams Live Event’ so that parents can be a part of the parade by viewing from their device of choice! This year’s theme is “Wild Creatures and Curious Minds”. (see separate article).


We trust you are staying well, and growing in strength and connection during these times of difference. We often aren’t aware of how resilient we have become until we get to the flipside of a challenge. Please let us know if you have any ideas for how, as families, we can connect and engage with each other. 

Nature is once again revealing to us how to ‘S’pring to life after the season of Winter. 

Be glorious.

Andy Gordon, Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School


All staff are encouraged to ‘Shout Out’ to a student who has demonstrated a Learner Profile Attribute, PYP Attitude or Character Strength throughout each fortnight.  


Shout outs 


PKDM – Amy Keeling for being such a wonderful thinker... we love the way that you keep thinking of new ideas. 

PKNS – Zoe Tabisz for taking action and sharing and explaining her sock puppet that she created at home with the class.  

PKBD – Riley Barton for taking action and communicating with the class about his sand sculpture and the ideas he was trying to express. 

PKMQ – Lachlan Mitchell – for being a risk taker and trying a variety of foods at morning tea. 

KKS - Rykaa Ramkumar for being a thinker by using strategies to improve her reading and communicating effectively in her reading group. 

KSG – Archie Moss for displaying perseverance and commitment to all areas of his learning 

KLP – Mickey Costanzo for being a risk taker and displaying commitment with reading and writing tasks. 

KAS – Ellie Cui for demonstrating excellent communication skills and being well prepared to share her knowledge about science around the home.  

Year 1 

1MH – Ashton Brede Being committed to improving his writing and showing balance between speed and accuracy.  

1RJ – Alexa Kardaris for showing appreciation of beauty and excellence by creating a peaceful mindfulness calm space to enjoy the nature around her. 

1AJ – Matisse Abraham for using her reflective skills and a growth mindset to improve her work, especially when writing. 

1HT – Rajeev Elda for working hard to record detailed instructions when writing his procedure on how to make bread 

Year 2 

2KH – Abby Chan for displaying creativity and being a thinker when creating her design. 

2SD – Shivani Sundar for being a thinker and a communicator in Maths by applying her knowledge of 3D objects to the world around her. 

2GS – Harmony Summerell for showing her communication skills and the character strength of appreciation of beauty and excellence when writing about Gossan Hill. 

2LM – Frankie Moss for consistently reflecting on her learning and developing skills in ‘bumping up’ work. 

Year 3 

3AT – Sophie Henry for improved concentration in learning and her consistent caring attitude. 

3JC – Pat Maundrell for his persistence and focus during class time, demonstrating his deep thinking and desire to learn. 

And Eliza Herra for her commitment to her work and her learning, displaying growth throughout all she attempts. 

3RS – Grace Wang for her commitment and dedication to completing every task to the best of her ability.  

Joshua Lu for being reflective and open minded during our Sharing the Planet unit and taking action.  

3HO – Ishan Saini for taking time to reflect on the character strength of appreciation of beauty and excellence when sketching on Gossan Hill. 

3RB – Elieen Shu – for demonstrating a deep appreciation and love for her family and home, when writing her Sharing The Planet reflections. 

Isabelle Merenda- for demonstrating appreciation of her family and education, and generosity towards others less fortunate during our Sharing The Planet unit of inquiry.  

Year 4 

4TM – Nathan Russell for his enthusiastic and caring nature, especially the kindness he shows with greeting and wishing others well. 

4JC – Justin Zhang for the kindness and empathy he shows class members 

4KP -  Hugo Uren for being a risk taker and demonstrating increased independence with his learning. 

4BF – Lara Madsen for being a caring and loyal friend who looks out for other people. 

4DO – Isla Baran for her diligence in class and displaying growth in class discussions. 

Year 5 

5DG – Heidi Phan – For consistently having neat and well-presented book work, which shows she strives for excellence. 

5RK – Matthew Song & Yash Bhole for always volunteering their time to clean and tidy the classroom so that it is ready for the next school day. Your cleaning efforts are invaluable. The entire 5RK class sincerely thanks you! 

5BL – Tilly Firth for demonstrating an appreciation of beauty and excellence in her regular use of detailed descriptive language in her writing, and her extensive engagement with quality literature. 

5SW – Jeevaa Palaniyappa for striving for excellence in his work, especially in our How We Organise Ourselves summative task 

Year 6 

6TW – Ellie Chapman for showing great self-management skills and zest in her approach to tuning in during Exhibition. 

6JO – Kamae Rajen for demonstrating enthusiasm and commitment to her group during Exhibition. 

6HB – Eva Graham for her enthusiasm and zest towards Exhibition experiences. 

6TF – Eliza Muscat: For her excellent work with her exhibition journal 



Seamus Palfreman (3JC) for consistently showing focus and determination in String lessons. 

Chloe Ji (4JC) for her positive approach towards PE, always giving her best and persevering even when she find skills challenging. (Mrs Phelps) 

Xavier McDonald (3AT) for consistently showing kindness and appreciation for others during library lessons. (Mrs Hind) 

Ethan Yang (2LM) for detailed research about forces during his library lesson (Mrs Wilson) 

Luis Dal Bon (3AT)and Neha Manne (4BF) for motivation and independent work in Spanish 

Isabelle Merenda (3RB) for showing initiative and perseverance when working out new music on the cello. 

Kiana Huynh (1RJ) and Elijah Nicol-Drummond (2KH) for displaying commitment to learning and perseverance in completing all set tasks in Wellbeing. 

Isaac Waldren (5BL) for his positive attitude towards PE and enthusiastic approach to new challenges. (Mr Cox) 

Vicki Yang in 3AT for her detailed use of art elements to create her moon and Deep Blue paintings (Ms Dunne) 



Hugo Uren for showing commitment to improving his reading skills. (Mrs Willett) 


Lachlan Wilson captured an image of the ISS transiting the moon, Monday 31 August, 9:30 pm

International Space Station Lunar Transit

9 September 2020

Lachlan Wilson, Y9, succeeded in his quest to capture an image of this brief event


by Lachlan Wilson, Year 9 

On Monday 31 August, about 9:30pm, the International Space Station (ISS) had a visible pass between Canberra and the Moon. Although advertised as visible in “Canberra”, it had a very specific pass path. I captured these images from Acton Peninsula in Central Canberra. This chance to capture this is very rare without having to drive at least 50km. The ISS was going to be visible for only 0.61s (yes, just over half a second). Very quick.

Using the website Calsky, I was able to pinpoint the location and the exact time of the pass. Throughout the week, I kept checking the website for updates closer to the event.

At 9:30.17s, the ISS was set to cross the moon. Arriving there 15 mins early, we saw heavy cloud which can affect how an image is captured and edited. Five minutes before the event, the clouds started to thin, which was a good sign. Using a Canon EOS 70D, I knew that the camera would be able to capture about 8 images per second. At 9:30.15s, I pressed the shoot button to start shooting. I knew that if the camera upheld the 8 shots per second, I would be able to get at least 4 frames of the ISS. It turns out that I had the timing wrong, and as it reached 9:30.20s, the camera started slowing down to about 2 frames per second. After reviewing the images, as the shots slowed down, the ISS passed across the moon. I got it! I only got one frame with the ISS, so I feel very lucky. After processing it, it turned out quite pixelated and fuzzy but with quite a nice ISS. You can see the Solar arrays on the ISS which were facing towards Earth for next time it sees sunlight.

Lachlan setting up his camera, to capture the lunar transit of ISS

My image of the International Space Station had been in the making for about a week. I had recently watched a video on an Astrophotographer in Byron Bay, Dylan O’Donnell, who had captured an ISS transit in 2015. This inspired me to try to capture it. I first looked on Calsky to try to find a transit, and I was hoping for one in the next year. Because of the relative sizes of the moon and ISS, the path that the transit is visible from is very isolated and tight.  I got the images at Acton Peninsula in Central Canberra.

As I admire the work of Dr Brad Tucker [Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the ANU] (father of Orion in Year 1), I sent the photos to him, and I was thrilled when he shared them on social media pages.

I have always been intrigued and interested in space and have always wanted to study it. My interest in Astrophotography started when I first got a telescope from the Radford fete last year. As I explored the solar system with that, I wanted to share my experience with others by taking images. As I progressed, I borrowed our family camera to take photos of deep space objects, including the Orion Nebula (M42), Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and the Pleiades Cluster (M45). My neighbour has also lent me one of his camera lenses, which has enabled me to photograph the solar system, (Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon) better than before. Being able to capture this sort of photography is quite easy with a DSLR camera. These photos are created by having the shutter of a camera open for a long time to collect as much light as possible in an image.

ISS Lunar Transit, image Lachlan Wilson

Above, the full moon version of Lachlan's capture of the transit. 


  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Rokinon 800mm Mirror Lens
  • Lightweight tripod



  • 1/2000th shutter speed
  • Set f/8 aperture
  • ISO 3200


Below, Lachlan's images of Andromeda (L) and the Milky Way (R)

Andromeda, image by Lachlan Wilson Milky Way, image by Lachlan Wilson 

Below, the configuration of the International Space Station, image credit NASA.

International Space Station - image credit NASA

Finn Clarke (L), Sarah Zhu (top R), Big Band

Evening of Fine Music, in review

9 September 2020

Dazzling performances by exceptional musicians

By Kirsten Knight, Head of Cocurricular Music 

On Saturday 5 September, eight of our top Year 12 musicians performed in our “Evening of Fine Music”. We were lucky to be able to have a small live audience in the TB Millar Hall, as well as additional audience members joining us via live stream. The music this year was of an exceptionally high standard, with each featured musician keeping the audience captivated. 

The concert was opened by Elisabeth Gregory singing Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies”. With her beautiful performance of this Jazz classic, one would not have guessed that Elisabeth is fairly new to solo singing. Elisabeth’s performances also featured a trumpet solo, a soulful opening to the evening. 

Elisabeth Gregory

Elisabeth was followed by Douglas Toyne, playing another Jazz classic, “Misty” by Erroll Garner. He capably led from the violin a Jazz trio combined with a string quartet. The arrangement, by Douglas himself, perfectly blended smooth string sounds with the Jazz trio allowing his solo violin lines to sing over the top. 

Violinist Doug Toyne  

There was more Jazz to come as Liam van der Vyver took to the piano playing two of his own arrangements, as well as an original called “Song for Pat”. Liam’s solos were brilliantly complex, and his supporting ensemble of drums and bass guitar were right with him as the group communicated throughout the performance resulting in a tightly polished ensemble. 

Michael Troy was the next featured performer to take to the stage, first singing an Italian aria “Vittoria mio core” by Carissimi, accompanied by Mrs Bronwyn Brown. Michael’s well-trained operatic voice filled the hall with sound. He then took to the piano to give an absolutely divine performance of the second movement of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto (No.5), with a string quartet covering the orchestral accompaniment role. 

Michael Troy

Our fifth performer, Finn Clarke, performed his whole set completely solo, beginning aptly with his own composition named “Solitude”. Finn’s guitar playing was mesmerising and varied as he segued through three works, skilfully evoking different emotions and colours. We were lucky to share this evening with Finn, given it was also his 18th birthday! 

From there we moved in a classical direction with the beautifully serene “Méditation” from Thaïs, by Massenet, played with passion and control by Monahan Hazlehurst. Monahan’s violin playing held the audience’s attention as he took us on this romantic musical journey, accompanied serenely by the Corelli Chamber String Orchestra conducted by Mrs Caroline Suthers. 

Monahan Hazlehurst

We were then delighted by the huge, warm sound of our Big Band with trombone soloist Ethan Fisher. The band conducted by Mr Ben Marston played Tower of Power’s “What Is Hip?”. A few minutes in we were treated to an energetic solo by Ethan. It was wonderful to hear the flexibility and power of the trombone in Ethan’s capable hands. 

Our final performer in this concert was Sarah Zhu, playing what I consider one of the most difficult pieces in the viola repertoire, Paganini’s “Sonata per la Grand Viola”. Sarah did justice to every virtuosic element of this demanding work, accompanied by a Symphony Orchestra created for this event, under the baton of Mrs Caroline Suthers. This final performance was certainly a jaw-dropping way to top off a brilliant night of music. 

I am grateful beyond words that this night of music was able to go ahead, as COVID-19 has disrupted so many of our live events this year. There were many people on stage and behind the scenes who contributed to making this night a success. I will mention just a few. Thank you to Mr Dylan Mordike for taking on the MC role for the evening. Thank you to Mr Tim Minehan and his Media Crew for the many, many hours of preparation and for operating the cameras on the night. Thank you to Mr David Burcher for working on the sound desk, and to Mr Nick Akhurst and the Tech Crew for lighting up the evening.

Year 1 students practised their Spanish by going shopping in the Cubby Village

El Mercado - Year 1 Spanish

9 September 2020

Language in practice - let's go shopping!

By Rowena Stevens, Spanish Language Teacher

This week, Year 1 went to el mercado (the market) in Spanish!  Food markets in Spain form a very important part of daily life. Locals and restaurants gather there to stock up on their fresh ingredients and develop connections with the vendors and other customers.  It’s a place to shop, catch up with others and share ideas and news.  

As part of our inquiry into “How We Organise Ourselves”, Year 1 students have been learning about life in Spanish food markets, the names of fruits and vegetables in Spanish, and the phrases they need to go shopping. 

To put this knowledge into practice, the students went shopping in our very own cubby house village here in the Junior School.  We set up a variety of grocery shops in the cubbies and students took part in role plays with their peers. 

It was a great morning, with so much Spanish to be heard.  The students tried very hard, and showed great enthusiasm and motivation. ¡Fenomenal! 

Here is the language our students used:

¿Qué quieres? – What would you like?
Quiero tres patatas. – I’d like three potatoes.
Toma. ¿Algo más? – Here you go. Anything else?
Por favor – Please
Gracias - Thanks

Cubby Village shopping centre Market day - in Spanish

Image for article: JS Daytime Discos & Donuts

JS Daytime Discos & Donuts

9 September 2020

Organised by the Radford Tribal Council

By Melinda Hamilton, RTC Coordinator

The annual RTC-run disco will take a different format this year:

  • PreK and Kindy will enjoy their dress up, donuts and discos on Wednesday 23 September.
  • Year 1 to 6 will enjoy a Footsteps Disco on the final day of term, Friday 25 September. 

The dress theme is ‘Famous’ so students are encouraged to dress as a famous celebrity, singer, sports person, movie or book character, or even a famous landmark or object.

Students are asked to contribute $2 on the day and this will include a delicious cinnamon donut provided by the Barton Grocer. All funds raised will be used to support the Belconnen Community Service Giving Appeal in Term 4. (Please note that the donuts contain gluten, egg and dairy, and unfortunately, special dietary requirements can’t be catered for). 

The RTC is really looking forward to a fun way to finish the term.


On Daytime Disco Friday 25 September, the Warblers, Songsters, BIP and Omo Wewe are being filmed for the ‘Music Spectacular’.  Please note dress requirements for these groups. 

Warblers/Songsters are asked to wear their normal uniform to school on the day and they will be able to change into their ‘Famous’ dress up after their morning recording session.

Songsters are asked to wear their performance uniform to school on the day and they will be able to change into their ‘Famous’ dress up after their morning recording session.

BIP can wear their ‘Famous’ dress up clothing and bring their normal uniform to change into before their recording later in the day.

Omo Wewe can wear their ‘Famous’ dress up clothing and bring their performance uniform to change into before their recording later in the day.


Will Moth and Grace Kuchlmayr, artists in the inaugural IB Diploma Visual Arts Exhibition

Australian Landscape and Conceptual Art

9 September 2020

The inaugural IB Visual Arts exhibition at Radford College

Ms Amanda Andlee Poland Head of Creative Arts, IB Visual Arts teacher  

Impressions of…  an exhibition by Will Moth Year 12, and Process. Concept. Order. an exhibition by Grace Kuchlmayr Year 12, were displayed at the College and documented this week. This is the inaugural International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme Visual Arts exhibition at Radford College, as the two-year IB Diploma Programme was introduced at Radford in 2019. 

The IB exhibition is intended to be a cohesive display of works that considers the audience, developed as a result of a two-year investigation. It represents 40% of the students’ assessment. 

A selection of the exhibition works is now on display in Main Reception in the Morison Centre, along with the Curatorial Statements for each overall exhibition. 

Process. Concept. Order. is centred on exploring conceptual art. It strives to explore the process - the construction and instructions, the concept - the meaning and intent, the order - the display, arrangement, and reception of art. Grace states “I was intrigued by the shifting position of how we define art when exploring the work of American artist Sol LeWitt. LeWitt’s thinking challenged the boundaries of art. In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. This inspired the theme of my exhibition”.  

The central questions explored by Will Moth in Impressions of… include: How can the Australian landscape be explored through art? How has my experience of place impacted on my perception of the place? How have previous European artists’ interpretations of Australia influenced my own perception and interpretation? How does the media impact on the message and intent? Will says “I have always been intrigued by different artists’ interpretations of landscapes, particularly those of Australia.” 

The IB Diploma Programme Visual Arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media.  

Grace reflected that “The exhibition was an enjoyable experience and a great reflection of my progress as an artist over the past two years. I learned the importance of collaborating when arranging the works, and I greatly appreciate the efforts of Ms Poland as well as Ms Moore, and Ms Dumaresq, who helped us bring the exhibition to life in the Photography and Media studio (and documented it). Overall, I am very pleased and happy with the outcome of our exhibitions.” 

Will stated “I found the process of setting up the exhibition very smooth and easy, it was very exciting seeing the space come together as the works went up. I am very proud of the final result. I think all my works came together successfully and it all looked very professional hung up and under the proper lights. I learnt no matter how much planning you put into an exhibition, you will always be making adjustments and changes to the layout at the last minute. I’d also like to thank Ms Poland, Ms Moore and Ms Dumaresq for generously assisting and guiding Grace and I through the entire hanging process and taking time outside of school to facilitate the exhibitions.” 

The two exhibitions included a range of media, in two dimensional and three-dimensional works including lens-based works. Grace selected for display her digital moving image documentation of performative drawing, photographs of ephemeral installations, found object installation, conceptual drawing and oil paintings. Will’s selection included works in clay, drawing, painting, photography and etching. 

In the non-COVID restricted future, Radford IB Visual Art students will hopefully benefit from a public viewing in a dedicated gallery space, so the audience can truly engage with the works as these student artists had initially planned and intended. The inaugural IB Visual Arts artists have paved the pathway for the increasing numbers of IB Visual Arts students in creatively exploring and developing their voice, in the exhibition component of the course. They have successfully produced a cohesive exhibition that displayed their deep thinking and interpretation of a challenging contemporary world, as they were encouraged to think deeply and independently and drive their own learning. I am confident that Grace and Will have been, and will continue to be, enriched by a lifelong art journey.

Artist Will Moth Artist Grace Kuchlmayr

Special arrangements this year for the Character Parade

Book Week 2020 – Curious Creatures, Wild Minds!

9 September 2020

The JS book-character parade date is Fri 16 October

Hooray! It may have been delayed, but Book Week 2020 is coming and will be celebrated from
17 – 23 October across Australia.

Radford Junior School will be celebrating with our traditional Book Character Parade on Friday October 16.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have ‘tweaked’ the event to be a student-only gathering. Students will have the opportunity to show off their character costumes with their year level and buddy classes.

All students are invited to come to school dressed up as their favourite book character and to bring along the book (or a copy of the cover).

2019 Character Parade for Book Week

Families are encouraged to keep costumes simple and homemade. There is no expectation to purchase or hire fancy costumes. Take time as a family to browse through books to find characters that appeal.

These community events prove to be very memorable for students and we are grateful for your support.

Book characters


Staff have had the opportunity to be part of the clay lanterns project, begun with students

Connecting through clay

9 September 2020

Engaging the body and the mind

By Amanda Andlee Poland, Head of Creative Arts  

A small group of Secondary School staff from across a range of departments (Library, Maths, English, Science, Creative Arts, Careers) have joined a PL program to create a hand-built sculptural work. The works are created in fine white clay and explore the concept of light and are designed to function as a lantern. The lanterns are planned to be used in a digital interdisciplinary end-of-year event, along with more than one hundred other diverse lanterns created Years 7 -12 Visual Art students. 

Staff have deeply engaged and created forms that were then embellished through carving, piercing and incising techniques. Symbols and shapes expressed the inner and/or outer world based on memory, nature, emotion, and historical design. 

Over the first two after-school sessions, the aim of the program to promote wellbeing through connections, cooperation, conversation and creative collaboration has already been achieved. The sense of being in the moment, feeling pride and joy was evident in the Visual Arts studio, as revealed in the series of images. One participant said, “I didn’t even think about my day once while I was working with the clay.”  

An American study in 2016 revealed that cortisol levels decreased in 75% of participants after engaging in artistic production for 45 mins. For many of us, the benefits of creative activity make sense on an instinctive level. Long-term Bendigo potter, Graham Masters, described his pottery-making as “a bit of a meditation process”.  

The Radford staff worked with COVID-safe guidelines in the studio, and additional time was spent independently at home to complete the works, which are now drying until they are ready to be fired.

In a world that, for many, feels increasingly unstable, wedging a ball of clay with your hands and creating a form is a great way to unplug and connect with the present moment.





Junior students hone their gymnastic skills

PreK-Year 1 Gymnastics

9 September 2020

Strength, flexibility, focus and fun!

Tamara Phelps, Junior School Teacher 

Coordination skillsOur PreK-Year 1 Students have been participating in an intensive Gymnastics Program, as a part of their PE lessons during this Term. They have enjoyed learning the basic skills required to be a gymnast.

It has been wonderful seeing the learning experiences and skill development in:

  • flexibility
  • core strength
  • balance
  • upper- and lower-body strength
  • power
  • mental focus and
  • discipline.



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.  
Radford Silver Netball team, 2020

Sports Report, 9 Sept 20

9 September 2020

Netball, Rugby and Tennis reports, and Basketball Clinic details

Eve Robinson - three seasons of Netball umpiring for Radford A special mention this week goes to Eve Robinson (left).  Over the past 3 seasons, Eve has contributed to Radford Netball through umpiring.  She is a hard person to catch, so when the opportunity to grab a photo of her presented, we couldn’t resist – thanks, Eve!

Last weekend Radford Netball teams played in Round 8 of the 2020 NCNC.  With only Round 8 and 9 remaining until the semi-finals, our teams were determined to perform well - and they did not disappoint. 

Radford Gold had a tight tussle with SGRNC, and narrowly went down 46-49.  In the Junior Division, Radford Magpies defeated BAS, which continues their undefeated run throughout the entire competition. 

Let’s not forget the Radford Go Teams – Teal and Lilac.  For some players, this is their first Netball experience, and it is great to see their skills improving.  Well done to the coaches for creating a positive learning environment for the players. 

Netball Results

Radford Ravens were defeated by GNC

Radford Dolphins won against Rosary

Radford Yellow won against Radford Green

Radford White won against INNC

Radford Orange were defeated by BAS

Radford Blue were defeated by GNC

Radford Purple won against Cougars 

Radford Red were defeated by GNC

Radford Maroon won against BAS

Radford Gold were defeated by SGRNC

Radford Navy were defeated by Merici

Radford Silver were defeated by GNC

Radford Maroon won against BAS


The 1st XV continued their winning streak, with a 13-7 victory over Vikings on Saturday. If the boys win their next two games, they should qualify for the Grand Final on Saturday 26 September. 

This year, for the first time, Radford has entered a Junior Boys Team into the ANZ ACT Junior Division 1 Pennant Competition.  Their first match was against Jerrabomberra.  The boys played exceptionally well and did not a drop a set. 

Team Members

  • Bhav Mathur – Year 6
  • Harry Sincock – Year 7
  • Ryan Duan – Year 10
  • Suhaan Bhagria – Year 11


Basketball Clinic

Basketball Clinic

Image for article: Waste Free Wednesday Update, 9 Sep

Waste Free Wednesday Update, 9 Sep

9 September 2020

Introducing Nude Food Tuesday, Term 4

By Melinda Hamilton, Radford Tribal Council Coordinator

The RTC is pleased with the exciting momentum behind Waste Free Wednesday each week. The RTC members have decided to increase the challenge in Term 4 and introduce a ‘Nude Food Tuesday’ in addition to ‘Waste Free Wednesday’. Students in the Junior School will be asked to bring their food – fruit break, recess and lunch on Tuesday AND Wednesday, without any packaging. 

The year level competition and Celebration ticket draws will continue as a way to encourage participation.  Thanks for your support in making Radford a more sustainable school.

Grand Final Saturday 7 November

Get ready for RadVision

9 September 2020

Entries open 21 September, prize total $3,500


* $1000 grand Prize, $3500 in prize money to be won 

* Make a 3-min singing video to enter 

* Vote on your favourites 

* 12 grand finalists performing live 

* Watch the Video

To stay up to date regarding RadVision 2020, please follow @RadfordCollegePF on Facebook and Instagram! 
Keep an eye on 
https://www.radford.act.edu.au/community/p-and-f/ for the Video Submissions link. 


SuperSmiles - sponsor of RadVision

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

The Radford College Parents & Friends Association 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. 

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.

JS Foyer decoration for RadVision

Well done to the RadVision Committee for making the Junior School Foyer pop with its colours and sparkles, it has delighted everyone that walks into this area.

Year 6 students move from the "tuning in" phase to the "finding out" phase

Exhibition Journey: Part 4

9 September 2020

Moving from the 'tuning in' phase to the 'finding out' phase

By Isabel Erickson and Ciaran Milthorpe, Year 6 

New week, new phase. That’s right, in week 4 of our exhibition journey we are in the step between the ‘tuning in’ phase and the ‘finding out’ phase. Some groups have jumped back into the tuning in phase, which is something we will be doing a lot. This week we have had some fun experiences Including an inquiry into our official group concept, choosing a Transdisciplinary Theme, a visit from Father Richard and we continued our Water Excursion. 

This week, we created our own Unit of inquiry, and every inquiry has a Transdisciplinary Theme and a Central Idea. This week, Mr Martin talked to us about deciding on a Transdisciplinary Theme that will fit our overarching concept well. We talked about some Transdisciplinary Themes we have done in the past. We looked at what they all mean. 

Following last week's workshops, a guest speaker this week was former Chaplain Father Richard, who was visiting Canberra.  He spoke to us about service and Exhibition. He talked about how we notice the issue, the world. How we ask a question about what we notice. And then we ask more and more questions and we go on a quest, and that quest is Exhibition. We all shared what we noticed and we reflected. Father Richard said, “Kindness is never wasted.” And that is what we will take home from this experience. We are very grateful for the opportunity to have Father Richard speak to us. 

This week we also went on a water excursion to Lake Ginninderra in Belconnen. When we were there, we tested the water. We tested the water temperature, pH (how much acid), EC (Electrical Conductivity, which is ‘how salty’), and how muddy the water was. That was a fun experience to work in a team. After this, we then got to catch some fish and bugs with a net. We then put it in a bucket and scooped it out into an icetray. Our group found five fish, including a yabby. Working as a team was really fun.

Radford College Development Foundation

Foundation Update, Sept 20

9 September 2020

Update from the Foundation Chair and scholarship news


Jocelyn Martin, Chair of the Radford Foundation

Jocelyn Martin, Foundation ChairIt has been a busy time for the Foundation since announcing the extension of the 2021 Senior Scholarship to existing Year 10 students.

We are pleased to share that we have finalised the scholarship process and have selected two recipients, who will commence Year 11 in 2021. 

The two scholarships were awarded to an internal and an external student who demonstrated outstanding achievement and community involvement, but whose personal circumstances either prevented them from attending, or continuing to attend, the College in 2021.  

In a few short months we will reach another significant milestone, with the graduation of our inaugural Senior Scholarship recipient from 2019. We are in the process of working with the student to share their journey at Radford over the past two years. We look forward to sharing this with you all. 

Stay well.  

2022 Senior Scholarship Open 

Senior Scholarship 2022 openThe Radford College Development Foundation is pleased to announce the 2022 Senior Scholarship open. 

Click here for further information and application details.  


Foundation Avenue 

Foundation Avenue - artist's impressionOur plans were to launch Foundation Avenue this year to the community, however, in light of the current circumstances, this initiative will be postponed until a later date. 

Save the Date 

Save the dateSaturday 7 November: RadVision
The Parents & Friends Association Community Singing Contest.
More information on this event can be found here. 

Radford College Merchandise 

Radford BearsRadford College Bears - $20
Radford College Umbrellas $50 

Merchandise can be purchased from the Principal’s Building.
Card facilities are available. 



Applications now open for 2022 Senior Scholarship

Foundation Senior Scholarship 2022 - open

9 September 2020

Applications now open

The Radford College Development Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2022 Senior Scholarship.  

The Radford College Development Foundation’s principal purpose is to support education at Radford College. In fulfilling this aim, the Foundation is offering a full two-year scholarship for one student commencing Year 11 in 2022. The scholarship will be offered to a student who demonstrates outstanding achievement and community involvement, but whose financial circumstances prevent them from attending the College. 

The selection criteria include a review of recent school reports and NAPLAN results, an evaluation of the applicant’s reasons for applying for the scholarship and a determination of whether the student meets the financial hardship test. The recipient will remain anonymous and the successful applicant will be someone who will contribute significantly to the life of the College - both in and outside the classroom.

The scholarship will cover 100% of the Tuition and Capital Levy fees for two years (Years 11 and 12), and up to 100% of other College-related fees.

Application Process
Applicants are initially asked to complete and submit this application form.

Please submit the application form and documents listed below by email to foundation@radford.act.edu.au, or by delivery to Main Reception, Radford College, 1 College Street, BRUCE.

Applications close on Friday 12 February 2021 and must include:

  1. This scholarship application form, including the 200-word Personal Statement
  2. School reports for the previous two years (i.e. Years 9 and 10)
  3. NAPLAN reports for Years 7 and 9 (if available)
  4. Passport-sized photo.

Only shortlisted applicants will then be required to complete a detailed financial statement, provide referees and be interviewed by a panel.

The successful applicant will be selected in time for them to take their place in the 2022 Year 11 orientation. 

Please note:
Radford College does not have the necessary registration to enrol international/overseas students. A child needs Australian citizenship or a permanent residency visa in order to attend Radford College.


P&F NEWS: Trivia Night 2020 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!