Radford Bulletin Term 4, Week 1, 2020 – 14 October 2021

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal, 14 Oct 20

13 October 2020

Fiona Godfrey – Principal

ACT Government COVID-19 message, staff appointments, end-of-year events, Senior Drama this week

A very warm welcome back to school for the start of Term 4. I hope all Radford families had an opportunity to have some relaxing time over the holidays and are now ready to face what is arguably the busiest term of the year. 

ACT Government COVID-19 message
I begin my article this week with a message from the ACT government that was sent to all Principals late last week. It is titled Be COVID-safe when returning to school. 

  • As students return to school from school holidays, it is as important as ever to be COVID-safe, especially if you have travelled interstate.
  • If students begin to feel unwell, they should stay home from school and if they have even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms, they should get tested just in case, and self-isolate until they receive their results.
  • If you travelled interstate over the school holidays, monitor the COVID-19 website of the state or territory you visited for two weeks after returning to see if there are any new cases where you visited. Keep up to date, and follow the website’s advice about testing and self-isolation, if required.
  • If you had interstate friends and family visit, ensure they keep you up to date if they are feeling unwell or if there are any new positive COVID cases reported in their area.
  • If we keep being diligent and follow the public health advice, we can continue to keep our schools, students and staff safe.
  • For more information about interstate areas that have had recent COVID-19 cases and what symptoms to monitor, visit www.covid19.act.gov.au

A busy term
Over the next eight weeks, an enormous amount of activity will happen both inside and outside of the classroom.  This will culminate in a series of end-of-year events that will provide our students with an opportunity to reflect on the successes and achievements of the year, and for some, provide a rite of passage to the next stage of their educational and life journey. 

Between now and the last of the major functions for the year, there will be a great deal of pressure on staff and students to complete all the required curriculum and assessments. It is important that all students and parents are aware of deadlines and have noted and diarised important events and dates. Over the coming days, I will be reminding our secondary students to make sure they are fully prepared and know what is required of them in their final days of 2020. 

End-of-year events
As I have previously stated, 2020 has taught us to expect the unexpected. So even though we thought we had a plan to manage the myriad of end-of-year events, the recent relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions in the ACT has caused us to re-think what will and won’t be possible in late November/early December. 

The management of Llewelyn Hall will be re-assessing its use in a couple of weeks, and hopefully, following their review, we will be able to stage our Year 12 Graduation there as usual, albeit with limited tickets available. We are also now having discussions with external venues about the possibility of staging the Year 12 Formal. However, given the numbers involved in both the Junior School and Secondary School Celebrations, it is going to be far more difficult to find a venue to accommodate students and parents. 

As soon as end-of-year event arrangements have been finalised, we will let parents know all the details. 

Senior staff announcements

Lindy Braithwaite, newly appointed AP CurriculumLast term, the College carried out an extensive recruitment process to fill the Assistant Principal Curriculum (APC) role, after Mr Bill Weigall left Radford to take on the Deputy Principal role at Rockhampton Grammar. I am now delighted to announce that Ms Lindy Braithwaite has been appointed Assistant Principal Curriculum, after successfully acting in the role for nearly two terms. Lindy will be a great addition to the Senior Executive of the College, bringing with her experience, wisdom, and professionalism.   


Michelle Guerrero, newly appointed Dean of Senior StudiesWhilst Lindy has been in the acting APC role, Ms Michelle Guerrero has been acting in Lindy’s former role, Dean of Senior Studies and IB Coordinator. Over the holiday period, Michelle was appointed to this role in an ongoing capacity. We look forward to Michelle continuing her great work with our senior students, their parents, and the teachers of both the IBDP and BSSS programs.  



Megan Fritsch, newly appointed Head of SportLate last term, Ms Megan Fritsch was announced as the College’s new Head of Sport, replacing Mr Brent Larkham, who has returned to Queensland to take up a role with Tennis Australia. Megan was appointed from a very long and talented list of applicants.  She successfully demonstrated her strong understanding of high performance and full competitor sporting programs, as well the intricacies of working in a school like Radford. I have every confidence that Megan will lead the sporting program well. 


Tamara Phelps, Assistant Head of SportMs Tamara Phelps will be assisting Megan in a newly created role of Assistant Head of Sport (Junior School).

In addition to her PE teaching in the Junior School, Tamara will be involved in the promotion and development of sport in the Junior School, as well as providing strong links with the Co-curricular Sports office.  

Senior Drama Production

Senior Drama - Blood WeddingThe first of the major co-curricular events for Term 4, the Senior Drama Production, starts at the end of this week. The choice of play this year is Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding, a tragedy focusing on a woman and the two men who love her. The play examines the societal norms that keep her from being with the man she loves. The power of desire is explored as the play unveils the consequences of gender roles and isolation. I have no doubt that our very talented senior drama students will ensure that the play, directed once again by Mr Jason Golding, Head of English, will be of a very high standard.



 Rev. Katherine with Chapel Captains Zoe and Flynn, with their pets, Ben and Banjo

Blessing of the Animals Service

14 October 2020

Giving thanks for all creatures, great and small

Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, Senior ChaplainWelcome to the Radford College Virtual Blessing of the Animals service! Thank you to everyone who sent in photos of your wonderful pets. Thanks also to Chapel Captains Zoe Malone and Flynn Kelly, with Banjo and Ben, for leading the service. 

Click here to enjoy the service. 

Blessing of the Animals services are associated with Saint Francis of Assisi (1181–1226) who is known for his preaching of the love of God and his life lived in service to all creatures. 

Saint Francis understood his dependence on God and the interconnectedness of all creation. A sense of interdependence and connectedness has been understood by First Nations people in Australia, and throughout the world, for many thousands of years. 

As we celebrate and care for our pets, who are like members of our family, we too get a glimpse into the interconnection that we share with our fellow creatures. Our pets bring us much joy and companionship. We give thanks for them and the gifts they bring us. 

Creator God,
You have made a beautiful world filled with wonder and surprises!
You have gifted us with the blessing of animals, those in the wild,
those on farms, those in our own homes.
You brought into being that which we could not imagine for ourselves,
life we cannot see without the aid of microscopes,
animals we can only see in pictures from remote regions of planet earth.

We thank you for abundant life; for the birds we hear in the morning,
for the drone of bees when we are outside, for the vast tapestry of life that is

We thank you for the gift of our own animal companions;
for the joy they bring us,
for the unconditional love and forgiveness which teaches us about you;
for the confidant, the listener, the stress-releaser,
for the benefits they are to our health and to our spirit.

We commit ourselves again to care for all creatures, for protection of habitats, for sustainable food production, for the end of cruelty and neglect.

Blessings for the term ahead

Rev. Katherine



Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

JS News, 14 Oct 20

14 October 2020

Dates, Y5/6 Drama, holiday program, reflections, Celebration

Dates to Remember 

Thurs 15 October

JS Cross Country

Year 5/6 Readers Cup (selected students)

Fri 16 October

Book Character Parade

Tues 20 October

Year 5 Camp

Wed 21 October

Year 5 Camp

Thurs 22 October

Year 3 Camp

Fri 23 October

Year 3 Camp
Year 1 Excursion to National Zoo and Aquarium


Wonderfly - Year 5/6 Drama
Congratulations to our Year 5/6 Drama Cocurricular students on their production of Wonderfly. It was beautiful to see our learners grow in confidence and skills. There are times when art imitates life and life imitates art. The production had students, using age-appropriate language and skills to deliver a powerful performance exploring themes of belonging, bullying, acceptance, growing in courage, understanding difference and being part of a team. 

Thank you to Nick Akhurst, Helen Blanch, Tegan Masters and our producers, Ali and Chelsea.

Wonderfly - Y5/6 Drama

Y5/6 Drama - Wonderfly Wonderfly


Holiday Program
We are thankful for our adventure filled Holiday Program. Our students enjoyed two weeks of activities designed to provide fun and a sense of belonging. Thank you to the team of staff for their care and love for the program.

Holiday Program Oct 2020

I recently read a poem, statement or quote, not sure how to categorise it, that hinted a sense of purpose, resonating with me, as a parent, an educator and human. 

The hope and the hurt has lived inside of me
But there’s gold in the dirt, I never took the time to see
But I knew of its worth when you walked beside of me
And my hand fit in yours like a bird would find the breeze
-Dermot Kennedy, Giants 


These words are beautiful: hand in hand, like a bird finding the breeze. What might be possible for us, in our families, our workplaces, our friendships? As our hands link with each other, in our Radford community, we find our breeze, that lifts us. As we lift, we lift each other. 

We are planning some changes to our end of year Celebration. We want to acknowledge and celebrate each of our young learners with their growth into adults. In order to achieve this, we feel the class PYP Learner Profile awards seemed to be praising a small number of students, and not necessarily providing an opportunity for each of us to reflect, acknowledge and celebrate our growth. We want to support each of our students to feel a sense of accomplishment for how their character and learning behaviours have been enriched. 

We will let you know details shortly regarding the last day Celebration, and other events that would normally involve parents and students. 

Cross-Country Carnival
Good luck to all the students and their House group for the Cross Country tomorrow. 

Andy Gordon
Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School



Victorious U18 Rugby team, Dylan Fernando was Player of the Match

Sport Report, 14 Oct 20

14 October 2020

End-of-season reports for Winter sports, holiday activities

Congratulations to our U18 Boys who managed a confident win 22 – 7 against Marist 3rd XV in the Grand Final on Saturday 26 September 2020. The boys showed commitment, and played with great character and courage to overcome a fierce and tenacious Marist team. Dylan Fernando was awarded the Player of the Match.


The last round of the NPLY competition saw the Radford U13s and 14s travel to Wagga and teams both came away with wins.  The Radford U16s and U18s fought hard but unfortunately went down.  

It has been a huge season for all involved – the U13s team placed 4th overall and the U14s took out the top honours of 1st place.  As a club, Radford has climbed the ladder in the past 12 months and finished 5th overall out of 13 clubs. 


Netball season grand final results
By Zarah Jaggers, 2020 Netball Captain 

That’s a wrap on the 2020 winter netball season, full of many amazing wins, tough losses, determination and improvement. Radford had three teams compete successfully in the grand finals, Radford Magpies (Juniors division 6), Radford White (Cadets division 5) and Radford Maroon (Cadets Division 4). 

Radford Magpies (Juniors divison 6), competed against Burgmann Mist to win 10-6. Radford Magpies consists of players in years 5 and 6 including, Emma Brooks, Phoebe Fox, Theodore Leigh, Ellie Ma, Claire Mazanov, Annabelle Moloney, Ava O’Shea, Amelie Phounpadith, Medha Vemuri, and Nadia Yao. It was a tight beginning to the game for the Magpies, tying 2-2 at the end of the first quarter amidst terribly cold weather conditions. However, their impressive defensive skills lead to many intercepts and turnovers, to come out leading the rest of the game. A congratulations to the team, who should all be incredibly proud for winning their first ever grand final on the back of an undefeated season. 

Radford White (Cadets division 5)- consisting of players Georgia Waddell-Wood, Zarah Jaggers, Audrey McCormick, Maxine Kerruish, Poppy Volk-Loone, Hannah Hardy, Olivia Castle, Ashlyn Davis, and Mia Phelps- competed against the SGRNC Hawks. Heading into the grand final undefeated throughout rounds, Radford White was still faced with formidable opponents who fought goal-for-goal until forging ahead in the final quarter to win 19-13. Cheered on by a large contingent of the Radford Community who came to cheer despite a bleak Saturday afternoon in freezing temperatures. 

The last grand final for the day was held at Charnwood where Radford Maroon versed Merici Lightning. Maroon dominated the game right from the start, winning all quarters to finish the match 27-19. Their impressive shooting and tight defence across the court ensured they stayed on top of their opponents throughout the game. Congratulations to all Maroon players including, Jade Coyles, Nea Excell, Ella Growder, Yasmine Madden, Aashna Malhotra, Biance Ruta, Lily Simpson, Ava Smith, along with Chelsea Allen who also remained undefeated through the 2020 season. 

A big ‘thank you’ to everybody involved in Radford Netball, and to the Netball Community which supported grand final teams and each team throughout the season. Congratulations to Radford Magpies, White, and Maroon, for their impressive grand final wins, and to every other team for their remarkable efforts this season. 

Netball finals Netball Finals



Cricket Kookaburra Cup
During the second week of the school holidays, five Radford teams competed in the Kookaburra Cup. The Cup is an annual pre-season tournament attracting players and teams from around the country.   Radford entered teams in the: 

  • U12 Plate 
  • U14 Cup
  • U14 Plate
  • U14 Shield
  • U16 Cup

Unfortunately, most of the competition was washed out due to wet weather, but it was great to see Radford players back out on the pitches getting ready for the season ahead. 

Rowing Camp
It was a busy period on Lake Burley Griffin over the holidays with both weeks of the holidays booked solidly with Radford Rowing Camps.  In Week 1, 40 students took part in a residential camp, and in Week 2 almost 100 students participated in various Junior, Senior and Learn to Row camps.  The wet weather did not prevent the Radford rowers from getting out on the water.  Well done to everyone involved.

Basketball camp

Holiday basketball camp, Sept-Oct 2020

Afternoon sessions for students Y6-Y11 who would like to try rowing

Bring-a-Friend-to-Rowing Week!

14 October 2020

Sessions in Week 2, Tues and Wed

By Vicky Spencer, Technical Director of Rowing 

Spring has sprung and the Radford Rowing Shed has burst back into action this term. Radford has a thriving rowing program for students in Year 6-12. In Week 2, we are offering rowers and coxes the opportunity to bring a friend, from Year 6-11, to the boat shed to have a go in a boat. 

Boys: Tuesday 20 October (afternoon session)
Girls: Wednesday 21 October (afternoon session)

The bus departs the turning circle at school promptly at 3:45pm.

Interested students must register their attendance via email to vicky.spencer@radford.act.edu.au to book a seat on the bus and boat.

Students should wear PE uniform, bring a hat and water bottle.

Collecting students:
Parents should collect their sons and daughters at 5:45pm from the Radford College boatshed, John Cardiff Close (via Garryowen Drive) Black Mountain Peninsula. 

Members of the Radford coaching team will be present at the boatshed until 6pm to answer any questions you may have about the rowing program.


ELC students create a native plant food garden

ELC experiences the Ngadyung Program

14 October 2020

Creating a living outdoor learning space for the ELC

From: Damien Montesin, Early Learning Teacher  

Our Early Learning Centre (ELC) recently participated in a Greening Australia initiative, the Ngadyung Program (proudly sponsored by Icon Water), with the aim of building a greater connection and care for country. 

Ngunnawal man, Aaron Chatfield, joined our children and staff for a morning of exploration, learning, tasting and planting. Aaron began by sharing information about local Indigenous culture, including tools and plant use. The children were able to hold the cultural artefacts and try Bulbine chips, as well as taste Lemon Myrtle and Hardenbergia bush tea. Following this, Aaron guided the children in planting a range of native plant species in our garden to create our own bush tucker garden. The garden space will benefit biodiversity within our school environment, in addition to providing an authentic opportunity for our ELC children to prepare and eat the bush tucker delicacies that have planted. 

This experience and partnership with Aaron, strengthens the development and implementation of our ELC Reconciliation Action Plan, which seeks to formalise our commitment to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. It is our hope that the new outdoor space continues to develop in order to reflect our connection to local culture and country. 


Image for article: Uniform shops -  Term 4 trading

Uniform shops - Term 4 trading

13 October 2020

Appointments are still required for both uniform shops

IMPORTANT: Please note that appointments are required for both uniform shops.


Visit Perm-A-Pleat uniform shop website page for full details of bookings.

Monday               1pm to 6pm

Tuesday               1pm to 6pm

Wednesday          7:45am to 12:45pm

Thursday             1pm to 6pm

Friday                  7:45am to 12:45pm


Visit Secondhand Shop website page for full details of bookings.

Tuesday               12:30pm to 5:30pm

Thursday             12:30pm to 5:30pm




Famous - the JS Disco 2020

Junior School Disco 2020

12 October 2020

A chance to be famous, eat donuts, and help others

By Melinda Hamilton, RTC Coordinator

On the final day of term, the RTC ran a Daytime Disco & Donut day for the Junior School. Each year level had the chance to attend a disco session in the Undercroft, run by the Footsteps Dance company. Everyone got to dress for the theme of ‘Famous’, so the playground was scattered with sports people, book characters, rock stars, singers and celebrities. At the conclusion of each disco, everyone enjoyed a delicious cinnamon donut from the Barton Grocer.

All funds raised will be used to support the Christmas Appeal of the Belconnen Community Service this term.

Disco Dancing in the Undercroft


RTC supports a range of national and international projects

Projects supported by RTC

14 October 2020

RTC supports a wide range of national and international projects

From: Melinda Hamilton, RTC Coordinator


How has the RTC helped classes take action this year?
Where did the Radford Reaches Out Junior School money go?


  • We have continued to support our 3 sponsor children with Compassion. The $1,720 allows Jose, Antia and Althia to go to school, have medical treatment and eat healthy meals for a whole year. 

  • We bought a school in a box for $300 from Unicef. This kit contains supplies like books, pencils, erasers, scissors, wind up solar radio and a chalkboard. The kit will help kids continue learning despite challenges with COVID-19 this year. 

  • After the devastating bushfires effected so many koala habitats early this year we wanted to adopt two koalas from the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. We donated $132.50 which will help to care for injured koalas who lost their homes. 

    Koala Hospital
  • Some year levels have learnt about the devastating impact that palm oil production is having on orangutan habitats. To help, we have donated $200 to the Orangutan project which will help secure more habitats for these animals. 

  • The Mercy Ships is an organisation that takes a hospital on board a boat to developing countries to help people who don’t have access to medical treatment. We gave $200 to help people get the health care they need. 

    Mercy ships
  • Water Aid is an organisation helping provide clean water to communities without it. We gave $185 to help provide education to build low cost hand washing stations which is really important to stop the spread of COVID-19, especially in less fortunate countries. 

    Water Aid
  • The RTC is very passionate about reducing our impact on the environment and wanted to help protect the oceans around Australia. We gave $200 to the Australian Marine conservation society to help with this. 

    Marine conservation
  • Finally the RTC gave $150 to Landcare Australia to support with the Bushfire and natural disaster recovery, particularly after the terrible fires experienced near Canberra over Christmas.

What an excellent collection of organisations that we were able to support with your help this year!

Meeting farm friends at the holiday program

Fun times at Holiday Program

13 October 2020

Excursions, incursions, games and creativity

By Nang Aung, Director of Outside School Hours Care

Radford OSHC Spring Holiday Program provided a fun-filled two weeks for the Pre K to Year 6 students who attended.

It was the first time since January this year that the children could go on excursions, following the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions. They watched Trolls World and The Secret Garden at the movies, enjoyed the activities at Inflatable World, iPlay and 10-pin bowling. Students also got to go on a journey of discovery through Australia’s largest glass facility – the Canberra Glass Works. They learnt all about glass making during an exciting tour of the centre and the older children even got to participate in a workshop.

Inflatable World Holiday program craft OSHC Cooking


On other days, students had a cute and cuddly visit from Farm Friends where they got to interact and play with some of the animals. They also got to put on their crime-solving hats with Fizzics Education for a fun and educational day involving activities like blood testing, soil PH testing and footprint comparison.

Other in-house activities included a cooking competition, Around the World project, Minutes to Win It game, trivia, sports, arts and craft, all designed to fill the students’ days with a sense of achievement.

On behalf of the OSHC staff, I want to thank everyone involved for another exciting Holiday Program and we can’t wait for the next one.

Happy to perform again!

RDA performance report

14 October 2020

A rare opportunity for our dancers to perform

From: Danielle White, Director of Radford Dance Academy 

Happy to be performing againOver the first week of the school holidays, Radford Dance Academy performance group teams competed at one of the only 2020 live dance competitions, held at Erindale Theatre. 

Sixty students represented Radford dance beautifully, attesting to the hard work put in during classes both in the studio and online during COVID-19 shut down. Groups represented were: pre-junior, junior and senior performance and junior and senior hip hop crews. Radford was also represented by a small number of solo/trios who achieved some exceptional results also. 


In an interrupted year that has been anything but ordinary, we are extremely proud of how all of our dancers performed.

Happy to be dancing again as a group


Brooke Sutherland – Lyrical solo, First place
Sophie Linton – Ballet and Lyrical solos, Highly Commended
Lexi Stellios – Hip Hop solo, First place
April Wickham – Jazz solo
Jude Barlin, Ella Pak Poy and Aanya Te Moananui – Hip Hop trio, Second place
Poppy Barlin – Jazz and Contemporary solos, Highly Commended
Ellie Dawe – Jazz and Contemporary solos, Highly Commended
Jacinta Henderson – Jazz Solo, Highly Commended
Amelia Sutherland – Lyrical solo
Pre Junior Performance Group – Jazz and Lyrical, Highly Commended
Junior Performance Group – Jazz and Lyrical
Senior Performance Group – Jazz and Contemporary
Junior Hip Hop Crew
Senior Hip Hop Crew – Highly Commended




Advice for parents and carers

SchoolTV: Raising Boys

14 October 2020

Four SchoolTV extended video resources on this important topic

This month on SchoolTV - Raising Boys

In this edition of SchoolTV, adult carers will gain a better understanding of some of the more complex issues relating to raising boys.

Be careful not to pigeonhole your son into gender-specific behaviours or roles. The male brain is distinctly differently in its development. Research shows the frontal cortex does develop later in boys. Therefore, consider this when communicating with boys, as they do not necessarily think through their actions and have a tendency to think slower. A boy’s physical maturity is often at odds with his mental and brain development.

Beliefs about how to raise boys can sometimes influence their adult carers. Although we are not determined by our biology, it is a factor. It is important to support boys and nurture their strengths and abilities. Teach them the skills they need for their future and to develop a healthy identity. It is important for boys to have a role model they can connect with. One of the most important determinants for a boy’s development is how secure they feel growing up.

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

Topic introduction by Michael Carr-Gregg

SchoolTV video resources for this topic:

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Watch the full interview

Michael is one of Australia's highest profile psychologists, author, broadcaster and specialist in mental health, parenting, children and adolescents. In 1985, he founded Canteen, the world's first national teenage cancer patient support group. He often works as Consultant Psychologist in schools and corporate organisations.

Dr Emma Woodward
Watch the full interview

With over 20 years’ experience working with children, young people and their families to support mental health and wellbeing, Emma moved to New Zealand in 2014. She was Practice Lead for the Intensive Wraparound Service with the Ministry of Education and is now the Clinical Director at the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience.

Nigel Latta
Watch the full interview

A clinical psychologist, author and broadcaster in New Zealand, Nigel has a dual interest in both forensic psychology and working with young people and their families. He has a passion for working with kids that are considered in the ‘too-hard’ basket. He is also a sought-after speaker, often presenting motivational talks at conferences.

John Cowan
Watch the full interview

Writer, speaker and broadcaster, John Cowan shares his insight and opinions about the latest in parenting news on radio and television across New Zealand. He has also been involved with the Parenting Place in Auckland for many years offering families parenting advice and support through specialised programmes and courses.



Year 1 students buying fruit at the "Radford Grocer"

Year 1 Fruit Shops

12 October 2020

Maths skills, and 'paddock to plate' awareness

From Melinda Hamilton, Year 1 Teacher

Year 1 students have been exploring the journey that food takes from the ‘paddock to our plates’, during our inquiry into How We Organise Ourselves, as well as developing money skills in Maths. In the final week of Term 3, Year 1 classes each had a fruit shop in their classroom to allow students the opportunity to practise their money skills. So instead of bringing their fruit break, Year 1 brought $5 worth of silver coins and each day, they would choose and pay for their fruit from the shop. This was a fun way to finish the term! 

Angus – I got to be the shopkeeper on Tuesday. I had to take the money from 1MH and put it in the cash register. It was fun working in the shop. 

Daniel – When I was a shopkeeper, I had to count the money and give people their fruit. It was a busy job. 

Sarah – I got to get the fruit for people. You had to put watermelon on plates and strawberries into bowls. I liked using the tongs to pick up the food. I wish we could have a fruit shop everyday! 

Emma – I sold the fruit on Friday. 1MH had to choose their fruit at the start of the day and count out the coins to pay for it. Then at fruit break time, we would line up and buy our fruit. It was so much fun!


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


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.

What’s done cannot be undone

Senior Drama: Blood Wedding

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)




Grand Final Saturday 7 November

RadVision - entries now open!

22 September 2020

Entries close Fri 23 Oct. Will YOU win the Grand Prize?

Competition entry closes Friday 23 October 2020.

To submit your video follow this link or go to the P&F page:


Don't miss out on your chance to win $3,500 in total cash prizes.

Full competition details can be found on the P&F webpage.

RadVision 2020....Will it be you? “

* Watch the VIDEO

To stay up to date regarding RadVision 2020, please follow @RadfordCollegePF on Facebook and Instagram! 



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 RadVision display Morison centre

Well done to the RadVision Committee for making the Junior School Foyer (L) and Morison Centre (R) pop with colours and sparkles!

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.  


Disability Parking - PERMIT HOLDERS ONLY

Disability Parking - important reminder

Disability parking spots are for permit holders only. They are not to be used for drop off/pick up purposes.

Collegians Association Annual General Meeting

Collegians Association AGM - 30 Oct