Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 8 – 11 September 2019

Staff Insights

Claire Melloy - Assistant Principal, Student Development

From the Assistant Principal, Student Development

11 September 2019

Dr Justin Coulson shared insights and strategies with student, parents and staff

On Monday, Dr Justin Coulson gave a series of presentations to students, staff and parents. They were all extremely well-received.  As a result, we are looking at developing a close and ongoing relation with Justin, having him return to the College to work with our community in a variety of ways, with the ultimate aim of helping our young people thrive. 

Justin talked about the College values and the word compassion. Com meaning us, with, together and passion meaning to suffer or to sacrifice for something. He asked the students, “What will you give up (sacrifice) for what is meaningful to you?”

To Year 11: how to make Year 12 your best year yet

Justin spoke about overcoming the 3 Ds - doubt, distraction and drudgery, telling them that doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

He suggested that the way to overcome self-doubt is to decide.

To commit to 10 minutes of genuine work each day: 

  1. decide
  2. just start
  3. commit to 10 minutes
  4. don’t break the chain
  5. do the work and then find the inspiration.

The way to overcome distraction is through discipline. He gave students options for managing the distraction of their devices and making the cue invisible: 

  1. action - not distraction
  2. busy does not equal productive
  3. shut down the phone for two hours a day for study
  4. create routines
  5. don’t take breaks from distraction, take breaks from focus.

The way to overcome drudgery is through deep work:

Time X Intensity= high quality results:

  1. spacing effect – forgetting helps you learn
  2. practise retrieval - retrieval is harder than recognition
  3. teach someone else.

Justin also emphasised the fact that the ATAR is not the only pathway. Increasingly, more and more pathways are available to our young people, and a lack of motivation at times is normal and may not be a problem. 

To Year 9: respectful relationships

Justin emphasized the importance of being an upstander not a bystander

He talked about why it is seemingly ‘cool’ to be disrespectful, explaining that adolescents do more harmful things when their friends are doing them. 

Are friends bringing out the best in each other? 

He called for more respect in relationships:

  1. call it when you see it
  2. see the other person as a person
  3. remember kindness is cool. 

“The funny thing is, nobody ever really knows how much anybody is hurting. We could be standing next to someone who is completely broken and we wouldn’t even know it.” 

To Staff: tricky conversations

Justin presented to staff on the topic of tricky conversations, highlighting the importance of relationships. He reminded us that the word discipline actually means to teach, to guide, to instruct, not to punish. 

He talked about the importance of affective statements which force empathy and alternative perspectives, e.g. ‘I am furious that you would treat someone like that’ or ‘I’m thrilled to see you make more of an effort.’  

He also distinguished these from praise and talked about the dangers of praise, saying that praise can actually lessen self-worth.  

He spoke about emotion and said that high emotion means lower intelligence in that moment, therefore the capacity to regulate emotion is key. 

He spoke about the three Es:  explore, explain, empower. 

Explore: Tell me why? What’s going on?
Explain: A clear rationale - explain to me why we do what we do
Empower: How can I help? What do you think? Where to from here? 

Remember that if this happens again. What do we do? 

To parents and carers: tools to help your adolescent thrive

Justin explained the biggest challenges for our young people (and us) are unsafe and unhealthy decisions and mental health. 

He took questions from the audience and showed that most of the questions could be answered with the four things that young people need from their parents: love, limits, laughter and hope. 

1. Love: which to a young person means TIME with them. “Your teenager needs you the most when they pretend they don’t need you at all”. I LOVE YOU. NO. MATTER. WHAT.

2. Limits: You aren’t their best friend. The most effective way to set limits is with the three Es listed above:

Explore: I’m worried about this. Tell me why I’m worried about this.  Write them down.
Explain: a clear rationale
Empower: guide them to smart, healthy decisions and give them a sense of autonomy and choice. 

Justin’s favourites:

  • get curious, not furious
  • understand, not reprimand
  • explore, not explode.

3. Laughter 

4. Hope:

  • school will come and go
  • what’s important to your young person?
  • there are lots of pathways – there is a way to get there
  • agency – help them believe they can do it.







Chaplain Fr Richard Browning

The Lord is my Shepherd

10 September 2019

Enduring insights from the Psalms and the Parables

Over the past two weeks, the focus of our community has been our response to the death of Lewis Cary, and our efforts to support his family and friends, especially the Year 11 cohort. On Saturday, with over 700 people at the service, there was an overwhelming sense of abundant love. There was also a real sense of aching pain. 

Do you mind me talking about this? Is it appropriate? Do I ignore this and simply move on to the next busy thing like it hasn’t happened? There is no handbook on these things. The following includes a portion from the homily from Saturday’s memorial service.

I was in the ELC when the first students began, thirteen years ago. I was teaching the perceptual motor program as well as Godly Play. That first cohort, the one Lewis was a part of, gave me the name I treasure to this day: Farmer Richard. I tell stories and scatter seed recklessly. One of those first stories in Godly Play is the Parable of the Sower.

Another is the Parable of the Good Shepherd. 

You know how it goes?


The Good Shepherd, the one who knows the sheep and calls them by name and goes on ahead of them and secures green pasture and cool still water and even though you would never wish, there are places of great danger, and the Good Shepherd does not run away but goes through the danger and calls them all by name. 

This simple parable functions like a foundational story. And through it comes some simple insights: 

We are known.

There is enough of what sustains.

There is a safe place. It is called a fold, but you can’t stay there forever. There is a world and a life beyond which simply has to be explored.

This life, however, it is not limitless. It does have an edge.

This life has danger.

You can get lost.

There are wolves.

There is sacrifice: there are false shepherds and thieves, and in this place, the Good Shepherd will lay down his life for the sheep.


The Parable of the Sower, PreK 2008In the midst of the story telling, the students are invited to wonder. And these are the sorts of things they wonder about:


Where do I begin?

And where do I end?

How big is the universe? How far does it go?

If it ends, what is where the universe is not?

If I close my eyes and sleep, where do I go?

And how will I know I will come back?


When Pre-K children grow up, the way stories are told changes, but telling stories doesn’t and the questions remain similar:


What is the danger now? What threatens me most now?

Is there somewhere safe, a place I can be known?

I have to leave this place but how far can I go?

Where is the edge? What is the limit?

To whom do we belong?

Family of course.

But what group?

What tribe?

As our children grow and expand and explore, and claim increasing autonomy, and enter wider circles, we watch. We love. We care deeply. When they return, we literally welcome them into the fold. And love them, no matter what. 

And we do all this in the knowledge that God has loved first. And loves without conditions. And even though there is danger and dark places, God walks with us. And we need not be afraid. 

The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. (Psalm 23)



Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

JS News, 11 Sept 2019

11 September 2019

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Father's Day Breakfast, Drama, wellbeing presentations

Dates for your Diary


Thursday 12 Sept

1RJ Exc to Barton Grocer

Friday 12 Sept

6HB Exc to Questacon

Monday 16 Sept

1AT Exc to Barton Grocer

Tuesday 17 Sept

ICAS English Test

Wednesday 18 Sept

Year 5 Parent Camp Information Session
PKMQ and PKDM Learning Journey
JS Disco – booking required

Our Father’s Day Breakfast last Friday was underpinned by a strong sense of community, with warm and welcoming smiles everywhere. Barbeques were brimming with sausages sizzling as our Junior School students shared sauced-up sausage sandwiches with their families. Everyone was entertained by our young choral groups the “Warblers” and the “Songsters”, in the lead up to the introduction of Andy Gordon, our new Head of Junior School. 

We are very grateful for the planning and preparation involved in organising these events. A “big thank you” to Beth Maggs, Megan Sharp, Angie Walters, Trish Smith and Tracey Markovic.

Andy Gordon at the Father's Day Breakfast Father's Day Breakfast 2019 

Father's Day Breakfast 2019 Staff assisting at the Father's Day Breakfast 2019

Additionally, many Junior School staff arrived early to offer assistance and ensure everything went smoothly and to plan. It’s truly wonderful to have colleagues who consistently go above and beyond, as these people do! 



We expect that anyone who knows our Year 5 student, Annabelle Moloney, is well aware of her love and passion for drama and musical theatre. Annabelle has proudly performed in several productions, both at the school and in the wider community. In the upcoming Queanbeyan Players Production, “Oliver”, Annabelle has been cast as “Nipper”, a cheeky young thief in Fagin’s gang of youths. The show runs at the Q Theatre Friday September 27th - Sunday 6th October.  

Annabelle Moloney, with the cast of "Oliver"

Photo credit: Moore Photography.  Centre left, our Year 5 student Annabelle, next to “Oliver”.


The College was indeed privileged to welcome Dr Justin Coulson to our school earlier this week. Justin is heralded as one of Australia’s leading parenting, relationships and wellbeing experts. He spoke with some of our year level groups, members of our teaching staff, as well as presenting to the wider community on Monday evening. Offering a wealth of experience and expertise, if you missed Justin’s presentation, or would like to learn more, please access some of his podcasts via the following link: https://www.happyfamilies.com.au/podcasts/  

[See Claire Melloy’s article this week, “No matter what”, for details of Dr Coulson’s presentations.]


Shout Outs 

Week 7 

Shout outs 

KCH - Ali Cornish - showing bravery and confidence. 

KSG - Benny Holliday - being principled. 

KLP - Evelyn Ward - her bravery in confidently starting at a new school and making many new friends. 

KAS - Faye Sun - bravely speaking in front of the class. 

Year 1 

1MH – Hannah MacCallum - being a brave risktaker when tackling new tasks. 

1RJ – Marcus Te Moananui - being a kind and caring member of Kindergarten. 

1AT - Oliver Tan – for his inquiry thinking and commitment to his learning

1AJ- Hamish McDonald - always being a kind and considerate member of class. 

Year 2 

2KH – Sophie Schulha - always being an enthusiastic inquirer in her work.  

2SD - Joshua Brogan - being an inquirer throughout the How the World Works unit. 

2DG – Ari Livas - showing bravery and working hard to have a go at maths and other tasks independently. 

2LM – Poppy Breingan – working hard to develop positive work habits and 'having a go' 

Year 3 

3MK – Hayley Skinner - her appreciation, tolerance and caring attitude as we begin our new unit of Inquiry.  

3JC – Abhiraj Chaudry – demonstrating self-regulation and a reflective attitude;

3JC - Syna Kataria - her enthusiasm and dedication towards her learning.  

3RS – Sophia Jansen - demonstrating bravery during our Unit of Inquiry provocation.  

3HO – Emily Bull - displaying a mature and thoughtful approach to our Unit of Inquiry provocation. 

3RB -  Saharsh Yelamanchili – demonstrating zest and enthusiasm in contributing to team, by sharing his thinking during discussions.

Year 4 

4NK – Tom Greogalis - his positivity and displaying enthusiasm towards his learning. 

4JC - Tanish Patel - going out of his way to share his knowledge and skills to support others. 

4KP - Sofia Dal Bon - being an inquirer and demonstrating care for others 

4BF – Claire Mazanov - being an enthusiastic, committed and dedicated reader 

4TM – Ayva Chaloner - her perseverance and commitment to her learning. 

Year 5 

5TM - Eliza Muscat - her caring and proactive attitude and actions in helping the Radford community and environment. 

5RR - Austin Brown - showing enthusiasm and a reflective attitude towards learning. 

5BL – Sophie Purvis - demonstrating responsibility and care for the school environment. 

5SW – Otis Hibberd - being a committed and persistent learner. 

Year 6 

6TW – Makayla Paton - demonstrating excellent self-management, self-regulation and research skills during Exhibition. 

6DM – Danny Gellately - striving to be a knowledgeable inquirer;

6DM - Mia Gibbons - open-minded willingness to learn new things and contagious enthusiasm during Exhibition. 

6HB – Saanvi Talluri – outstanding kindness and empathy and approaching learning with curiosity. 

6TF – Isobel Higgins - being an enthusiastic inquirer throughout the Exhibition finding out phase.  



Library - Sloane Milner KLP – always showing great enthusiasm when borrowing and reading. (Mrs PW) 

Library - Ella Barrasch 3MK - demonstrating creativity and care in Library lessons. (Mrs Hind) 

PE – Ella Huang 3HO – always giving her best and demonstrating excellent sportsmanship during PE (Mrs Phelps) 

Spanish – Keren Zhang – always showing dedication and motivation in Spanish 

Wellbeing – Cyrus French 5RR – participating and applying his understanding to all areas of wellbeing. 

Mrs Ross -  Emma Stewart (4KP) - demonstrating kindness and care towards others. 


Image for article: Foundation Fundraising Dinner, with The Hon Julie Bishop

Foundation Fundraising Dinner, with The Hon Julie Bishop

25 September 2019

Tickets now available online for this wonderful fundraising event

Click here to buy tickets or a table online.

Interested in being a sponsor for this event? - Click here for details

To discuss other ways of supporting the dinner, please contact the Foundation

PH: 02 6162 6200

E: foundation@radford.act.edu.au

Join us for the Winter Sports Presentation Evening 2019

Radford Sports Presentation Evening

11 September 2019

Details for Monday 16 September


Monday 16 September

G Wigg Sports Centre

Students & parents are invited to attend their sport presentation.

Each sport will have its own 30-minute presentation run by the Technical Directors & Captains.

Food & drinks, including the return of the Mr Papa and Boss Burger food vans as well as sushi will be available for purchase before & after each presentation. 

Students are required to wear their Winter school uniform.

4:30-5:00pm – Orienteering
5:00-5:30pm – Snowsports
5:30-6:00pm – Netball
6:00-6:30pm – Football (U8-18 teams only – Kinder & Year 1 Academy students will be presented with certificates at their final session on Saturday 14 September)
6:30-7:00pm – Basketball (U10-19 teams only – Kinder & Year 1 Academy students will be presented with certificates at their final session on Saturday 14 September)

Maxine Kerruish with her prize and winning work, titled "Me; but smaller"

Self-portrait success

11 September 2019

Amanda Poland, Head of Visual Arts

Prize-winner Year 11 student Maxine Kerruish

By Amanda Poland, Head of Visual Arts 

Squares is an annual competition and exhibition in its 13th year, held at Strathnairn Arts Gallery.  Year 11 student, Maxine Kerruish, won this year's 13-18 years section with her charming self-portrait painting, on the required small standard square format canvas. Minister for the Arts and Cultural Events, Gordon Ramsay announced the winners at Strathnairn on Sunday 8 September, the closing day of the exhibition.

Maxine is a dedicated and passionate Year 11 Visual Arts student who often frequents the mezzanine studio space in the Visual Art room outside class time, however, this painting endeavour was a self-initiated undertaking. Maxine explained why she entered the competition:

This year, I entered the Strathnairn Arts Squares competition for the second time. I originally entered after being urged by my grandma to do so. My family is very art-oriented, and this competition was a great incentive to do something I enjoy, while also supporting a local gallery.

The idea for my artwork, ‘Me; but smaller’ came from wanting to experiment with composition and white space. Before this, I had not painted a self-portrait since primary school, so this piece was experimental for me. It was also nice to use acrylic paints for a more detailed artwork, as I feel it is something I have neglected to do before.

While the competition was previously held in the Woolshed, this year it was moved to the main gallery.”

Strathnairn Arts is a not-for-profit arts association supported by the ACT Government.  It is located on the north-western outskirts of Canberra, and its mission is to cultivate contemporary art, support the practice of established and emerging artists, and present programs to engage diverse communities locally and beyond.

I recommend to all an outing to Strathnairn on their Open Day 21 September, 10 – 4pm.



Save the date for the Senior Drama production

Senior Drama, save the dates Oct 17-19

27 August 2019


Don't miss this fabulous comedy classic!

The 2019 Senior Drama production will be Oscar Wilde's celebrated comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest. 

Thursday 17th October
Friday Night 18th October
Saturday 19th October. 

Doors open at 6pm with food and drinks served before the show.

Show starts at 7pm.




Clockwise from Left: MTB Champs, Orienteering competitors and Year 3/4 Jamie Pearlman Cup Basketball Champions

Sports Report, 11 September

11 September 2019

Netball, Mountain Biking, Basketball, Football, Orienteering and Futsal Referee Course

Last weekend saw many Radford Netball teams compete in semi-finals. 

3v4 Elimination Finals
Radford Gold 38 def by INNC Snow Leopards 41
Radford Red 13 def by INNC Aristocats 17
Radford Dolphins 7 def by MTS Vipers 10

1v2 Qualifying Finals
Radford Silver 17 def by GNC Star Rubies 36
Radford Maroon 15 def by GNC Shiny Pearls 23
Radford Green 13 def by SGRNC Penguins 22

Good luck to Radford Silver, Maroon & Green playing their preliminary finals at Charnwood on Saturday

Radford Silver v NGRNC Dingoes 3:15pm
Radford Maroon v SGRNC Rosellas 1:45pm
Radford Green v Merici Missiles 11:30am

Radford Gold Netball Team
Congratulations to the Radford Gold team on an outstanding season this year. 

Throughout the season, the Radford team excelled each week, improving their skills and achieving their goals each game.

From the very first training it was evident that the team was going to be a great one to coach; the girls got along well and they were committed to the sport. Throughout the season, they played 14 round games; luckily for us the timeslot we were allocated was bearable—not too early and not too late.

The Gold team results for the season were: 9 wins & 5 losses

On Saturday 7 September, the Gold team played off in the minor semi-final (3 v 4) against INNC Snow Leopards.  Unfortunately, Saturday was not Gold’s day, and Radford went down to INNC Snow Leopards by two points in overtime. In the Fourth quarter, down by 10 points, Radford Gold played extremely well and the team was able to pull back five centre passes to end regular playing time in a draw, meaning that Radford would need to play for another 10 minutes (five minutes each way); any turnover could result in either team coming away with the win.

Final result for the game: INNC Snow Leopards 41 def. Radford Gold 38

The Gold team would like to thank their parents, caregivers, staff and students who came out throughout the season to watch, support and cheer them on, especially on Saturday for the semi-final.   A big thank you to Nadia Kingham for managing the team this season and Bernadette Leger for coaching.  To the year 12 students in Gold: Jade Kingston, Ella Hundy, Elise Northcote & Maddy Dyne leaving Radford College at the end of 2019, we wish you all the very best and hope that you continue to be involved with Netball.

We look forward to the 2020 season!!

On Friday 30 August (in very good weather conditions compared to the previous year), the Canberra Off-Road Cyclists (CORC) ACT School Mountain Biking Championships took place at Stromlo Park. Radford had seven teams entered across both junior and senior categories.

The event was a 4-hour relay, with each team made of three of four riders. Teams came from around the ACT and NSW. A lap generally took about 19 mins and the riders rotated over the four hours. There were more than 700 competitors in approximately two hundred teams.

Many outstanding performances ensured the whole group of Radford participants made its mark on the event in the championships.

Many thanks to the staff that ensured the day went smoothly for the students, and a big thank you to the several parents who attended the day and supported the Radford riders. Some of the excellent results were as follows.

 Junior Male Division (74 teams competed)

  • The team of Eden Dickson, Hunter Jolly, Harry Ward, Oliver Fox – placed 1st
  • The team of Fergus Parker, Hamish Roberts, Richard Johns, Tom Larkham – placed 4th
  • The team of Baeddan Halling, Kai Hourigan, Arthur Hadlow, Cameron Skinner – placed 34th

 Senior Male Division (46 teams competed)

  • The team of Will Gregory, Alex Schofield, James Dickson – placed 5th

Mixed Division (14 teams competed)

  • The team of Joshua Kluth, Oscar Zerger, Nikita Crabb – placed 1st 
  • The team of Will Seddon, Campbell Kruger, Mia Kluth, Tom Ewer – placed 4th

NSW Country Youth Cricket Championships
Congratulations to the following Radford students who have been selected in the ACT Southern Districts Youth Championship Teams to compete in the Country Thunder Conference.  The team will play seven rounds throughout October and November in both Dubbo and Canberra.

U13s – Krish Joshi, Oscar Watt, Lukas Boorer
U14s – Gen Casarotto, Josh McIntyre, Jake Smith Gibson
U15s – Joey Slater


ACT Jamie Pearlman | Sue Geh Cup Basketball Cups
On Wednesday 4 September, five teams of Radford students in Year 3/4 and 5/6 competed in the Jamie Pearlman (Boys) and Sue Geh (Girls) Basketball Cups.  It was an outstanding day of skill, teamwork and wonderful sportsmanship.

Overall, Radford achieved the following results

  • Year 3/4 Boys – Jamie Pearlman Cup Champions
  • Year 5/6 Boys – Jamie Pearlman Cup Champions
  • Year 3/4 Girls (Championship Team) – Placed 2nd Sue Geh Cup
  • Year 3/4 Girls (Challenger Team) – Placed 3rd Sue Geh Cup
  • Year 5/6 Girls – Placed 3rd Sue Geh Cup

Radford Representatives at the Jamie Pearlman and Sue Geh Cup Basketball Competition

ASC Girls Basketball
Week 7 was a busy week in basketball with Radford participating in the ASC Basketball competition on Thursday 5 September.

The Year 7/8 Girls team played exceptionally well all day, finishing with an outstanding win in the final against Burgmann.

The Year 9/10 Girls made it to the play-offs and placed 3rd overall, and the Year 11/12 team enjoyed the day and played some great matches.


Congratulations and good luck to the following teams playing Junior League Football Semi Finals this Saturday:

U18/3 Open Radford Glory v Marist Canberra FC 3:10pm at Calwell
U18/3 Open Radford Victory v Tuggeranong United FC 3:10pm at Calwell


On Saturday 24 August, 19 runners represented Radford College at the ACT Secondary Schools Orienteering Championship at Isaacs Ridge.  The results below again confirm Radford as the dominant force in the sport in Canberra.

Team Results

  • High school (Yr 7-10) Girls: Radford 1st defending the trophy won in 2018
  • High School (Yr 7 -10) Boys: Radford 1st defending the trophy won in 2018
  • College (Yr 11 – 12) Girls: No Radford runners
  • College (Yr 11 – 12) Boys : Radford 1st

Individual Results - (Course) Name: Placing


  • W12 (G): Mika Moor 1st
  • W14 (O3): Aoife Rothery 1st, Chloe Miller 3rd
  • W16 (O2): Justine Hobson 3rd
  • M14 (O3): No placings
  • M16 (O2) : Toby Lang 1st, David Stocks 2nd, Joseph Wilson 3rd
  • M18 (O1): Andrew Kerr 1st

** Radford had no runners in the W18 and M12 event 

Futsal Referee Course | Capital Football
Capital Football are running Futsal referee courses on the below dates & times at Radford. Current Football referees can attend for a half-price discount of $55.

Saturday 21 September, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Sunday 13 October, 9:00am – 3:00pm

After completing a course you will be able to referee for North Canberra Futsal over the Summer.

Futsal refereeing is a great way to earn cash and develop life skills as well as a good continuation or introduction to Football refereeing.

For further information and to register please see the following link: https://capitalfootball.com.au/referee/referee-training-programs/futsal/.

Radford College crest

Parent-Teacher-Student Conversations

28 August 2019

Nerida Dyne

Important information about bookings and other arrangements

Y7-12 Parent-Teacher-Student Conversations Bookings open Wednesday 4 September at 7.00 am
Click for full details. 

The 2019 Semester 2 Secondary School Parent-Teacher-Student Conversations will be held in the Morison Centre and Mackinnon Building classrooms on:

  • Tuesday 17 September, 3.00 pm–8.00 pm, and 
  • Monday 23 September, 3.00 pm–8.00 pm. 

We expect students to attend with their parents or caregivers.

Booking Information
Bookings are made through Radford Online. Your Radford Online user name and password are printed on the top of your child’s 2019 Commencement Letter. A Radford Online user guide is available on our website.

Bookings open on Wednesday 4 September at 7.00 am and close midnight the night before each interview day.

We encourage you to make bookings early to avoid disappointment. The conversation time with each teacher will be five minutes.

Tim Ly (Year 9), Hannah Hosick and Eve Truswell (Year 7) with IT staff Chernor Bah and David Burcher

Radford Reporters investigate Canva hack

11 September 2019

Further detail about the recent cyber attack

The Radford Reporters recently interviewed Radford’s IT Operations Manager Carl Flanagan about hackers attacking the design template platform Canva and its impact on some Radford students and staff.

By Eve Truswell, Hannah Hosick, Tim Ly and Sermud Syed
In late May this year, the popular online graphic design platform, Canva, was hacked. Over 137 million users worldwide were affected by this breach. Of these, 700 accounts were within the Radford College community. This resulted in a number of students and staff having their Radford account passwords changed. Most people accepted this and moved on, maybe a little frustrated that they had to change their password.  Staff and students were advised that it was due to the Canva hack, but this article will hopefully explain in more detail what happened and why they had to change their College account password.

The attack occurred when a group of hackers gained access to Canva’s servers and were able to take some basic information. This included user names, IP addresses and most importantly, account passwords. So, how does this affect Radford? Simply, if any students and staff had put in the same password for Canva as they had for their school account, it could have allowed the hackers to gain information about these individuals.

Radford’s IT Department was very quick and efficient with their solution, changing the Radford account passwords for the students and staff affected by the Canva hack. At the same time, they implemented a new password protocol, making the passwords longer and harder to hack. The information taken by Canva, while limited, could lead to the compromise of Radford accounts, hence the need to update passwords.

To reduce the likelihood of your accounts getting hacked, you could use different passwords for each website. Services like LastPass help you efficiently, safely and easily store your password. Also, the following website tells you how secure your password is. https://howsecureismypassword.net/

Book now for this fabulous P&F event

P&F Trivia Night 2019

4 June 2019

P&F Association

Book now for this great event!

P&F Crest

Date: Friday 20 September 2019

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: TB Millar Hall

Tickets: $11 per person or $100 for table of 10.  

Booking online: https://www.trybooking.com/BBKBA

Please note that this event is for people over 18 only.

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Whooping Cough/Pertussis Notification

11 September 2019

A case of Whooping Cough has been reported in a Year 6 student

The College has had one reported case of Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in a Year 6 student.

Please be aware that this is a notifiable disease, and children with the disease should be kept away from school. A fact sheet is attached below, but please contact your doctor or ACT Health on 6205 2155 for more information or advice.

Pertussis/Whooping Cough
ACT Health: 
Pertussis/Whooping cough fact sheet

  • You can still get whooping cough even if you are fully vaccinated as protection from the vaccine wears off over time. For this reason a booster dose of whooping cough vaccine is offered in Year 7 at high school.
  • If your child has been vaccinated, the cough may be mild, particularly at the start of the infection. Even if the cough is mild your child is still able to pass the infection to others.
  • Please see your doctor as soon as possible if your child has a cough. A swab test is most accurate in the first 4 weeks of coughing. There is no need to have your child tested if they do not have a cough.
  • If your child is suspected of having whooping cough and the doctor has ordered a swab test, please keep your child at home until the results are available as they may be infectious.
  • If your child is diagnosed with whooping cough, they must be excluded from school until they are no longer infectious, which is usually after taking an appropriate antibiotic for 5 days.
  • Whooping cough is most serious for babies under 6 months of age.

This fact sheet is provided for more information.

  • Please contact ACT Health on 5124 9213 if you require any further information about whooping cough.


Radford Tribal Council thanks everyone who supported National Pyjama Day

Radford Tribal Council Update

11 September 2019

Waste Free Wednesdays, PJ Day for Kids in Need, JS Disco

Waste Free Wednesdays
The Junior School has been getting behind Waste Free Wednesdays this term with some classes getting towards a near perfect score each week. Each fortnight a class that has made a great effort with their waste free lunchboxes is awarded a trophy to celebrate. The RTC is excited about the positive impact we’re having on the environment and we hope to improve this further.




PJ Day for Kids in Need
Last Wednesday the Junior School was full of students that looked like they had just rolled out of bed! It was a lovely fun day, but most importantly, $1278.15 was raised for the National Pyjama Day organization - https://www.nationalpyjamaday.com 
Thanks everyone for your support.

JS Disco
Don’t forget to purchase your ticket for the 1980s-themed discos for Years 1–6 on Thursday 19 September. Tickets must be pre-purchased via this link https://www.trybooking.com/543373 before  3 pm on Tuesday 17 September.

Image for article: 2020 Round Square Conference Korea

2020 Round Square Conference Korea

11 September 2019

Kath Notley, Round Square Coodinator

Expressions of interest now open for students to attend this conference

By Kath Notley, Round Square Coordinator

Radford College will be sending a delegation of 14 -15 year old students to the 2020 Round Square Regional Conference being hosted by CheongShim International Academy in Seoul, South Korea.  

Website: rskorea2020.com 

During the Conference, delegates will be immersed in Korean culture – both the old and the new. From experiencing the splendour of Seoul’s ancient palaces, to submerging themselves in the popular culture phenomenon of K-Pop, delegates will be able to reflect on rapid social changes, and how such changes apply and are manifested in their own countries. Delegates will also be able to experience the realities of being in the world’s only divided country, up close and personal. 

Delegates will travel to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) – the border dividing the two Koreas – and will have the opportunity to gaze into the world’s most secretive state: North Korea. This experience will set the stage for delegates’ participation in our famous Model United Nations, in which they will each represent a state and try their hands at diplomacy and the exercise of democracy. The Conference organisers have selected the theme of ‘Reverence for the Past’ and ‘Aspirations for the Future’ and are confident that they will provide the delegates with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

Expressions of Interest for this conference are now open and further information can be found here. 

 Round Square Conference 2020


Jazz Cafe special guest artist, violinist Llewellyn (Elle) Osborne, with Lachlan Coventry

Looking back at Jazz Cafe 2019

11 September 2019

Joshua Daffern, Ensembles Captain

An evening of smooth and polished performances

By Joshua Daffern, Ensembles Captain

Radford's jazziest time of year has once again come around. Family and friends of Radford's student jazz musicians were treated to an evening of fantastic music on Friday 30 August. 

Little Big Band opened the evening with classic tunes such as George Gershwin's Summertime and Dave Brubeck's Take Five. This talented group of young musicians finished off their set with an improvisation showcase in the form of Moanin', a famous bluesy tune from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. 

Big Band treated audiences to the energetic swing tunes of Just Friends, featuring Year 12 vocalist Tash Erb, and One by One. Big Band then presented a segue from Freddie Hubbard's smooth fusion tune Little Sunflower to the punchy Latin rhythms of Dance of Denial

Finishing the student performances, the Year 11 and 12 students of the Bird Jazz Ensemble showcased their improvisation abilities in classic standards such as Blue Bossa, All the Thing You Are and Dizzy Gillespie's A Night in Tunisia

The night was capped off with this year's guest artist, violinist Llewellyn "Elle" Osborne. Elle performed a wide variety of music, ranging from classical motifs played over John Coltrane's chord changes from Giant Steps to an energetic rendition of the Thomas the Tank Engine theme song. Playing alongside Radford music staff members Clare Fitzgerald on the keys, and Lachlan Coventry on guitar, Elle treated the evening's audience to a truly unique, memorable and remarkable performance. 

Jazz Cafe 2019 Elle Osborne at Jazz Cafe

Elle's contributions to Jazz Café were not limited to her performance on the evening. On Tuesday 27 August, Elle spent the day at Radford completing workshops with Years 10, 11 and 12 elective music classes and Bird Jazz Ensemble. Elle broke down the cognitive processes involved in improvisation and used her own experience transitioning from classical to jazz violin playing, to open the door to more effective improvising for the students in these workshops. Elle showcased several theory and practice exercises to engage students in motif-based improvisation. Elle's contributions were certainly noticed in the evening of Jazz Café itself, as the students all improvised with a high degree of competence. We look forward to welcoming Elle back to Radford in the future. 

If you missed this year's Jazz Café, be sure to catch Little Big Band, Big Band and Bird Jazz Ensemble at the Twilight Fete this November. The wonderful work behind the scenes by all members of the music staff made this year's Jazz Café a truly memorable evening. Special thanks to Ben Marston and Kirsten Knight for their continued support of our excellent jazz musicians.

Bookings now open for Radford's holiday programs

Radford Holiday Programs, Spring 2019

25 September 2019

Details for the three programs on offer

Three holiday programs are on offer during the upcoming September-October school break.

Details are available by clicking on your preferred program below.

Early Years

Junior School


Members of Radford's Chorale, with the gold and platinum award trophies

Australian National Eisteddfod success

11 September 2019

AJ America, Director of Choirs

Gold and platinum awards for our talented Chorale

On 31 August, Radford College Chorale performed in the choral section of the Australian National Eisteddfod. Held at Canberra Girls Grammar School, this section of the Eisteddfod brought together some of the finest secondary school choirs from across Canberra, including Canberra Girls Grammar School Chorale, Merici College Choir, Daramalan College Choir, and St Clare’s College Chorale. 

Led by conductor Stephen Leek, and accompanied by pianist Bronwyn Brown, our singers gave beautifully polished renditions of three very different works: Blue Skies (arr. Irving), Sure on this Shining Night (Barber) and South Australia (arr. Stephen Leek). Radford Chorale’s attention to detail was duly rewarded. Radford was one of two choirs in the section to receive a Gold Award, and the only choir to receive a prestigious Platinum Award. 

Congratulations to Radford Chorale and their leaders, Stephen Leek and Bronwyn Brown on this significant achievement!

Mark your diaries for Radford's annual P&F Twilight Fete

P&F Fete Update #2

11 September 2019

P&F Association

Latest news on rides, stalls, and volunteer sign-up details!

Come along on Saturday 2 November for our fabulous community event, the P&F Twilight Fete.

Check out the activities and events planned, and join the team of vounteers to make your contribution. 

P&F Fete News #1


Music recitals

Music recital schedule for Term 3

Fete $10 hands and ride tickets

Fete Rides and $10 hands

All the details in the Fete Update #2

Lifeline Bookfair - this weekend!

Lifeline Bookfair Spring 2019

Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) - Cnr Flemington Road & Northbourne Ave, Mitchell
Friday 13 Sept, 9am–6pm; Saturday 14 Sept, 9am–5pm; Sunday 15 Sept, 10am–4pm