Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 9, 2020 – 16 September 2020
News & Articles
16 September 2020
Strategic Retreat and new Board and Committee members
This past weekend the Radford College Board held its annual Strategic Retreat.
The focus was on aspects of our own governance standards, composition and principles linked predominantly to the finalisation of the Radford College Strategic Plan: A Vision for Our Future 2021-2025 (that I note our Principal Fiona Godfrey will report on in more detail in her next article). We also focussed our review around key elements of the Master Plan. We are very excited about several components that are taking shape and I look forward to providing further announcements very soon as we look to continually reshape the campus for optimum use and benefit for all of our families.
The retreat was also a good opportunity to reflect on the renewal, that continues to take place, at Board and Committee level over the past year.
I note we recently welcomed our newest Board Member Vicki Williams, who joins the Board, having served for a number of years on the Finance Committee and most recently as Chair. This Committee advises the Board on financial sustainability and alignment of resources against the College’s goals and objectives. It provides independent advice on matters of corporate governance, financial performance, statutory reporting, risk management and ICT capability.
Currently the Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Finance and Infrastructure at our close neighbour the University of Canberra (UC), Vicki has held senior leadership positions for over 25 years and brings a wealth of experience to the Radford Board.
You might remember that late last year, the Board also sought expressions of interest for positions on its Finance Committee, Education and Wellbeing Committee, and Building and Grounds Committee.
I am pleased to announce that Deb Wilkinson and Greer Alblas have recently joined the Education & Wellbeing Committee which advises on strategic direction for educational and structural planning for the core business of the College: the education of our students.
Mick Snare also joins the Building & Grounds Committee, which provides the Board with advice to fulfil the Board’s overall responsibilities in relation to the College’s physical property, health and safety, and in relation to the prioritisation and stewardship of major facilities investments. In addition to this position, Mick is also a Director of the Radford College Development Foundation.
Deb, Greer and Mick are all Radford parents and I thank them for agreeing to serve on the Radford College Board Committees and look forward to them contributing to the success of our College.
While I must admit we did lose some momentum on this over the past six months, focussing more on the immediate sustainability of the College, we have recommenced the skills assessment of current Board and Committee members and spent some time identifying requisite skills we believe we will need to draw from to assist the delivery of the Radford College Strategic Plan: A Vision for Our Future 2021-2025. We will continue to identify needs and seek possible new members over the period ahead.
During the Retreat, members of the College Senior Executive and Junior School Leadership Team were also given the opportunity to present to the Board. They outlined key action plans arising from the Radford College Strategic Plan: A Vision for Our Future 2021-2025, which is due to be released in the coming months and I very much look forward to sharing more regarding this in due course as we look to close out the 2020 school year (which I am wondering if we will have another one quite like again) and look to our future of 2021 and beyond. On behalf of your Board, thank you again for choosing Radford College and I am very excited about what lies ahead for us all.
16 September 2020
Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger – Senior Chaplain
Acknowledging our interconnectedness with all creatures.
Each year Christians 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.
The Season of Creation begins on September 1st and ends on 4th October which is the feast day of St Francis of Assisi (1182 -1226). St Francis is the patron saint of ecologists, due to his care for animals - he has a fascinating story on many levels.
One of the traditions that has developed around the story of St Francis is the Blessing of the Animals service. This a chance for people to bring their pets and animals to church to thank God for the joy and companionship that they bring to our lives. It is also a chance to acknowledge our interconnectedness with all creatures. Next year we might get adventurous and try a Blessing of the Animals service in our chapel grounds.
This year at Radford, we still want to give thanks and bless the animals in our midst, so we are holding a Virtual Blessing of the Animals service. You are invited to email photos or videos of your pet to email@example.com. Please include your pet’s name. People can also be in the photo. Photos will be collated and shared amongst the Radford community in Week 1 next term.
When I shared the idea of a Virtual Blessing of the Animals with a Radford colleague, this was her response:
I keep thinking (fondly) of the episode of The Vicar of Dibley, where Geraldine has a special service for the animals. The choirmaster has his mouse peeping out of his top pocket, and Hugo Horton brings Patricia, the stuffed owl. Naturally, the choir sings ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’.
This week, I am babysitting my daughter’s budgie Frankie, who is an incredible “hi vis” yellow, sulphur coloured. So, I am right in the headspace for this, though I prefer my pets to be “without borders.” Every day I feel blessed when the wild birds visit my balcony for a snack, a drink, a bath, or even, for the lone currawong, some Canadian cranberries – sweetened with apple juice, not sugar.
Caring for creation begins with noticing the animals in our midst, wherever we encounter them. In the words of the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 – 1861), the divine is closer than we realise if we take the time to notice:
Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.
16 September 2020
Let's help, exhort and encourage each other!
Dates to Remember
Thurs 17 Sept
PKDM Greening Australia Incursion
Year 1AJ Excursion to Barton Grocer
Year 5/6 Round Square Bike Riding
Fri 18 Sept
Year 5/6 Drama Production Rehearsal
PreK Incursion Footsteps Dance
Kindergarten Incursion Footsteps Dance
Mon 21 Sept
Year 5/6 Production Rehearsal
Tues 22 Sept
Year 5/6 Production
Wed 23 Sept
PreK and Kindergarten Disco
Year 5/6 Production
Thurs 24 Sept
Year 5/6 Round Square Bike Riding
Year 1 – 6 Disco
Last day of Term 3
From Andy Gordon, Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School
As the term draws to a close, I share a story as an illustration of clarifying communication. I lost a friend I went to University with - early 40’s, young dad, great guy. Cancer does not discern or discriminate. Sad. I sent a text to a friend from Uni to let her know and she replied with “LOL”. Now I’m pretty sure many of us have come to accept that “LOL” stands for “Laugh out Loud”. I thought, “not really appropriate”. After an hour, I texted my friend and asked, “just out of interest what does LOL mean when you send it?” She replied, “Lots of Love.” Appropriate.
One of the issues that I deal with daily is in resolving conflict between others. That conflict is often misunderstanding, personality clashes or just plain old-fashioned bad manners and rudeness. It occurs, student and student, student and teacher, student and parent, parent and teacher. I heard a parent appropriately call it ‘end-of-term nonsense this week’, though it is usually there as an undercurrent a lot of the time.
Conflict and misunderstandings are unavoidable in close community where relationships are so pivotal. The schoolground is a microcosm of society. It is a mirror. It is one space that we share. We struggle as adults, with all our life experience, so how much more do our children struggle?
The picture here found me in my Insta newsfeed on the weekend. I love it! I believe it! It is a lovely picture, and an appropriate expression of our interactions at Radford College.
Can it be said any more plainly and beautifully?
What are our individual values and how do we see ourselves in relation to others? How are we setting this standard for ourselves and for our families?
Language that I use with students is that it is “never okay to hurt someone”. Regardless of how we feel, it is never okay. It is never okay to hurt somebody physically, and it is never okay to hurt somebody with words or attitude.
Let’s make sure that it is unacceptable in our community for any individual to hurt others, on purpose, in any way.
When we hurt others, we reveal quite a lot about ourselves, because “hurting people, hurt people.” Let’s determine to build a community of characters with the character to help, to exhort and to encourage each other!
16 September 2020
Please report harmful online content to the eSafety Commission
The eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, recently urged all Australians who encounter harmful online content to report it immediately to the social media platform they’ve seen it on, and/or to eSafety at esafety.gov.au/report/illegal-harmful-content
A key point in her message was a reminder was that “social media platforms struggle to incorporate safety protections at the core of their product offerings… they need clear processes and procedures, including the technology tools to detect and remove harmful content much more quickly.
“We advise parents, carers and educators to keep an eye on those who are more vulnerable and at-risk, and check in with them about their interactions on and offline, help them build their digital resilience and let them know they can come to you for help if they see graphic or distressing content online.”
eSafety has developed a series of tips for parents to help limit young people’s exposure to harmful content online:
- Engage in your child’s online activities – ask what apps, sites, and games they’re using and make sure they’re age-appropriate
- Use parental controls on devices to help limit what your child is exposed to
- Help them report and block upsetting content they see on social media sites or apps
- Let them know they can come to you about anything upsetting they see online
- Head to esafety.gov.au to find out the latest advice on apps, social media and online safety issues
Advice for parents and children have seen or are impacted by online content:
Kids HelpLine – For ages 5 – 25
Free 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
CALL: 1800 55 1800 (Available 24/7)
CHAT: Chat with us online (Available 8am – 12am AEST)
Lifeline – For all ages
Provides all Australians access to crisis support and suicide prevention services.
CALL: 13 11 14 (Available 24/7)
CHAT: Chat with us online (Available 7pm – 12am AEST)
14 September 2020
Exploring paddock-to-plate concepts
By Melinda Hamilton, Junior School Teacher
Year 1 is exploring ‘How We Organise Ourselves’ by inquiring into the paddock-to-plate process. Part of our learning includes a visit to the Barton Grocer, to find out the role a supermarket plays in bringing food from the paddock to our plates. We’re very grateful to Dom & Kylie for hosting our visits this week.
Reflections from Year 1 students:
Alannah – At the Barton Grocer we got to have a hot chocolate and a donut. It was very yummy. We also got to learn about the security cameras as well as buying ingredients for vegetable soup and pizza. The Barton Grocer wasn’t like a big Coles or Woolworths. The great thing was it had lots of yummy food. It was also kind of like a restaurant, with lots of other stuff to eat.
Benny – We’re learning about how food is made. So, we got to see how donuts were made. The dough went in and went out and plopped into the machine. It then went in oil and was dipped in cinnamon after it’s done. We saw the loading area, and also the office, where we walked past the pasta-making machine. We saw the security cameras and we even saw ourselves!
Ethan – We went on a trip to the Barton Grocer because we’re learning about paddock to plate. Dom taught us about the oranges and how they were extra juicy ones that are used to make fresh orange juice. Dom also showed us where the trucks bring all the food that is sold in the shop. The best part was when Dom gave us a chocolate on the way out!
Niha – I got to serve customers at the grocer. I had to scan the items and tell them how much it cost. 1MH paid for their food and I gave them back the change because they gave more money than was needed. We got to eat a cinnamon donut and drink a hot chocolate. It was a great excursion!
Emmee – At the Barton Grocer, we got to buy food for our next cooking lessons at school. We bought ingredients for vegetable soup. We put the items in the smaller trolley, and we paid for it at the cash registers. We got to take pictures during our tour with Dom. On the security cameras we got to see other people in 1MH, shopping in the Grocers. Finally, we bought a donut and hot chocolate and ate it at one of the café tables. It was an amazing excursion!
14 September 2020
Netball, Tennis, Rugby, Football reports, Basketball Clinic
Saturday was the last general round for the 2020 NCNC, and it didn’t disappoint. All Radford teams played with determination and passion, achieving some excellent results.
On Saturday 19th September, Radford netball teams placed 1st-4th will play in semi-finals and teams placed 5th-8th will compete in play-off matches. Below are the final placings at the completion of all round games.
The Radford Junior Boys Tennis Team, competing in the ANZ ACT Junior Division 1 Pennant Competition had their second win on Sunday. Gen Casarotto (Year 9) and Harry Sincock (Year 7) both won their singles matches, while Suhaan Bhagria (Year 11) received a forfeit.
Congratulations to the U18 Boys who defeated St Edmunds 50-0 on the weekend. The boys play their final game of the season against Canberra Grammar on Saturday, 12:00pm kick-off at Radford. If the boys win this match, they should qualify for the Grand Final on Saturday 26 September.
The NPLY Football teams will play their final home games of the season on Saturday on the P&F Oval:
U13s – 10:00am v Woden Valley SC
U16s – 11:35am v Woden Valley SC
U14s – 1:10pm v Woden Valley SC
U18s – 3:10pm v Tuggeranong United FC
Holiday Basketball Clinic - Monday 28 September
16 September 2020
Online registrations are now open - for new and continuing musicians
Co-curricular Music participation registrations for 2021 are NOW OPEN!
All students who intend to continue, or commence, Individual Music Tuition and/or Music Group participation must submit a registration for 2021.
HOW TO REGISTER
Register through the 2021 online registration form on Radford Online at https://radfordcollege.sharepoint.com/SitePages/Cocurricular.aspx
If you have any queries about music registration, please contact the Performing Arts team at
15 September 2020
If we are all heroes, who is the villain?
Welcome to the 2020 Year 5-6 Production: Wonder Fly by Nick Atkins. Nothing can stop these Radford students from achieving their aim to perform this coming-of-age hero’s quest.
The characters in this play, much like our students, are striving to find out who they are and what it takes to be true to yourself.
Bridie doesn’t tend to stand out. It is halfway through the school year, and nothing seems to be any different for the year before. Late one night, a box appears on her bed. Attached is a letter that reads It’s time to become who you were born to be Wonder Fly. The Red Wasp strikes midnight tomorrow.
The problem with this coming-of-age quest is no one is sure who the hero is. Set in Sydney-slash-Gotham City, the play leaps out of the world of a comic book. People are isolated, and evil preys on the spaces in between. There are bright lights and dark alleyways, just the way the Red Wasp intended.
Armed with nothing more than a box, a costume, a mask, a torch, a few eclectic superpowers, and a map with a big ‘X’ on it, Wonder Fly asks the question: if we are all heroes, who does that make the villain?
Please join us for this colourful and humour-filled superhero adventure,
in the RA Young Bat Cave of Truth, Compassion and Wisdom.
Performances: 22nd- 24th September 6pm, 25th September 5pm
Venue: RA Young Hall
Tickets at https://www.trybooking.com/BLLJG
VIEW LIVE OR WATCH ONLINE AT HOME
15 September 2020
A tale of love, betrayal and revenge
Blood Wedding, by Federico Garcia Lorca, is a Spanish tale of love, betrayal and revenge, that takes place in a small country town.
Traditional ideals and youthful passion are unleashed against the backdrop of desires versus social and family responsibilities. We see the road before us, and what’s done cannot be undone.
We promise you an entertaining night of high drama and action.
Performances: 16-17 and 22–24 October 7pm, TB Millar Hall
Tickets on sale: from Monday 21st September (live and online options)
15 September 2020
Central Ideas, Lines of Inquiry, Guiding Questions and Instagram
By Juliet Hall, Isobel Egan and Keren Zhang, Year 6
This week we started researching components that will come soon in our exhibition journey. We completed our Central Ideas, Lines of Inquiry, and we started on our Guiding Questions. This is the base of our exhibition, and it will become very important for the future of our presentations.
There are many parts to the Central Idea. Some of the tips in writing a great Central Idea are that we have to use a “CVC” (concept, verb, concept) format. The Central Idea has to connect to multiple people and places across the world. It is a true statement that starts every inquiry. Central Ideas are the words that start all of the research. They are big themes that you can’t have an inquiry without.
Lines of Inquiry are the separate inquiries that you look into to find more specific answers. Each person in an exhibition group came up with a Line of Inquiry to guide them in a way that relates to their own interests.
It has been an amazing week, and everyone can’t wait until the next one. Only two more weeks until holidays!
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with full student details, if help is required linking a student card to your Flexischools account.
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).
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.
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.
Applicants are initially asked to complete and submit this application form.
Please submit the application form and documents listed below by email to email@example.com, or by delivery to Main Reception, Radford College, 1 College Street, BRUCE.
Applications close on Friday 12 February 2021 and must include:
- This scholarship application form, including the 200-word Personal Statement
- School reports for the previous two years (i.e. Years 9 and 10)
- NAPLAN reports for Years 7 and 9 (if available)
- 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.
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.
16 September 2020
Perm-A-Pleat Uniform Shop
The Perm-A-Pleat Uniform Shop is changing its opening hours to cope with increased demand due to the change from Winter to Summer uniform.
The changed hours offer more appointment fittings after school. The shop will also open in the second week of the holidays, including one Saturday morning.
The shop will continue to operate using online ordering and scheduled appointments only. Parents will be contacted when their order is ready for collection and advised of pickup options.
P&F Second-hand Uniform Shop
The Second-hand Uniform Shop is now stocked for summer. We have a great range of Junior School, Secondary School and Senior School summer uniforms, and lots of hats! Get in quick and grab yourself a bargain. Stocks are limited.
16 September 2020
Collegians share the value of maintaining a connection
Radford Collegians Association
The Radford Collegians were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet with the Class of 2020 on Tuesday 8 September and introduce them to the Radford Collegians Association. In the session, we shared the benefits of being a Radford Collegian, and why connection with the College following graduation is important.
We thank Stewart Munro (Class of 2001) and Aleisha Payoe (Class of 2012) for joining the introduction, and sharing what has been important to them about maintaining a connection with the College.
Following the session, we were pleased to see students reaching out to the Collegians for mentoring and discussing claiming their Collegian profile!
Read the article Giving Back on the Collegians website.
P&F News: Trivia Night cancelled
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!