Radford Bulletin Term 4, Week 2 – 23 October 2019

Staff Insights

Dr Adrian Johnson - Deputy Principal, Head of Secondary School

From the Deputy Principal, Head of Secondary School

22 October 2019

Dr Adrian Johnson

Our Outdoor Education program and supporting Languages tours and exchanges

Outdoor Education Program
There has been quite a bit of work going on behind the scenes as we prepare for our Year 9s and 10s to leave for camp.  The 10s depart on Friday of Week 2 to the Cooleman High Plains in Kosciusko National Park, and the 9s depart on Monday of Week 3 to Morton National Park in Kangaroo Valley.

These locations have been specifically chosen as they are relatively close to Canberra, and so we maximise our time in the outdoors; yet these places offer a true wilderness experience.  This sense of isolation is vital to our programs.  Furthermore, we are aiming to emphasise a journey through these striking landscapes.  And, I for one, am looking forward to moving through a landscape ingrained in the Australian psyche – ‘Man from Snowy River’ country.  It is a place of brumbies, plateaux and escarpments, climbs and vistas, and, most importantly, majesty.  At this time of year, we expect the weather to be changeable, with some snow still on the ground in places.  It is this unpredictability which will add to the sense of challenge we will face together.

Camps and expeditions

It is this sense of being part of something greater than ourselves which informs the planning for our time away.  What better way of putting some of our worries into perspective than getting away from school work and screens, and submitting to the journey with the support of other travellers?

Yes, there will be challenges – and I expect them myself.  However, that’s life, is it not?  We feel our Outdoor Education Program helps prepare our young people for what lies ahead by offering them the opportunity to engage with perceived risks in a controlled environment.

I am grateful 26 of my colleagues sense this imperative, as they plan for being away from their families to share these experiences with our students.

International Parents Club
During the last holidays, our Head of Languages, Michele Sharp, and Head of Design and Technology, Cathy Jackson, had the pleasure of escorting the Year 10 Japanese class on a study tour to our sister school, Konko Gakuen. And everyone was thrilled with the warm hospitality extended to our students by our hosts.

In Australia, teachers predominantly plan exchange activities; however, it was interesting to see the whole school community involved in the visit program in Japan. This ranged from previous students welcoming Radford students for meals at restaurants they now own/manage, to parent groups assisting with activities. The parents taught our students how to make Onigiri rice balls, told them a traditional folktale, and prepared a Somen Nagashi activity (noodles flowing down bamboo for our students to catch with their chopsticks).  Just prior to departure, the parent craft club presented each of the Radford students with a homemade present.

Somen Nagashi activity on Japan tour

Michele Sharp would like to initiate similar parent activities for our regular exchanges. If you would like to be involved in welcoming our future tour parties, could you please complete the linked form or contact Michele.sharp@radford.act.edu.au

Reverend Katherine Rainger, Senior Chaplain

‘Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help’

21 October 2019

Rev'd Katherine Rainger, Senior Chaplain

The gift of taking the time to “check in” with others

‘Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help’ (Ephesians 6:18) 

On Saturday, footage was released of journalist Tom Bradbury asking the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, if she was ok, given the intense media scrutiny that follows her every move. In short—it has been a struggle

Meghan Markle’s position is a unique one. Due to her status, she is not exactly an ‘everyday person’. However, I found it very moving watching her speak, as the person behind the headlines emerged. It was a moment of honest, human connection between her and Bradbury. 

Watching the footage made me want to pray for her. It is not uncommon for Anglicans to pray for Queen Elizabeth, as well as other world leaders, during church services. This is, however, the first time that I’d considered praying for another member of the Royal Family. And it wasn’t her title or position that made me want to pray—it was the words that she spoke and the way that she spoke them. 

Meghan Markle’s interaction with Bradbury is a reminder of the gift of real connection with another person, the gift of taking the time to “check in” and see how others are going. At one point in the interview, Markle thanks Bradbury for asking the question. 

As a community of faith, we can also pray with and for each other. By bringing ourselves and others before God and asking for God’s help, we acknowledge that we can’t do everything—we are human—and yet God is with us. 

Radford College has a beautiful and poignant school prayer. It is a prayer which captures the intimacy and creative power of God and our participation in the vision and life of God through Christ the Son, in the power of the Spirit.


Great Creator God

You sing the world into life and fill it with love binding the things of earth

with the Kingdom of heaven. Breathe your Spirit over this land

—    awaken our senses and fill us with light —

that with Christ your Son we would live in truth, rise in compassion and walk in wisdom.



Rev’d Katherine Rainger


Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

JS News, 23 Oct 2019

23 October 2019

Andy Gordon, Head of Junior School

Y6 Exhibition was a wonderful celebration of the process and product of learning


Thurs 24 Oct

Year 3 Camp departs

Fri 25 Oct

Year 7 Orientation Day
Kindergarten Incursion – Fire Station Visit
Year 1 Excursion to National Zoo and Aquarium
Year 3 Camp Returns

Mon 28 Oct

Kindergarten and Year 2 Swimming StartS

Tues 29 Oct

RTC Giving Tree Shopping

This week saw the culmination of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program in the form of the Year 6 Exhibition. Students tuned in to the overarching concept, ‘Pushing the limits.’ They worked with parents, mentors from throughout the school, and their dedicated teachers, to explore important concepts such as foresight, advancement, poverty, balance, performance, wellness and inequality.

Our Year 6 students displayed passion, energy, perseverance, insight and creativity. It was a wonderful celebration of the process as well as the product of learning. The students articulated their knowledge and understanding skilfully to an audience that included students, teachers and parents from throughout the Radford community, as well as teachers from the other PYP schools across the ACT.

Quotation re community

We enjoyed our Celebrations last week and it was really wonderful to encourage one another. Moving on from celebrating the character strength of ‘zest’, this week we have ‘teamwork’ in the spotlight: what a powerful strength to encourage and grow. I reflected on the closeness that teamwork is to community. We work together, in community, as a team. We have different parts to fill in the team, and each part of the team is pivotal for the success of the team. Our community relies on teamwork.

I am sure we have all heard the saying, more is caught than taught. The most powerful tool we have at our disposal, as adults, is what we model every day. As we model teamwork, our learners will catch our spirit and intention.



Week  1

Shout outs 

KCH – Grayson Szigetvari for demonstrating curiosity and commitment to his learning.  

KSG - Hamish Growder for demonstrating curiosity and making great connections. 

KLP - Amruth Arun for showing greater focus during group discussion times. 

KAS – Emma Weenink for making a great improvement with self regulation and responsibility. 

Year 1 

1MH – Joey Boorer  Approaching learning with zest and enthusiasm 

1RJ – Blossom Cameron for demonstrating zest and being a risk-taker 

1AT – Eloise Collingwood for displaying empathy towards others as well as being kind and generous. 

1AJ-Maya Travers for using spirituality as an approach to guide her learning. 


Year 2 

2KH – Sebastian Costanzo for being principled and showing a love of learning when writing his narrative. 

2SD - Hannah Bettison for demonstrating that she is a thinker during classroom discussions and showing enthusiasm when writing narrative texts. 

2DG – Henry Moss for demonstrating great enthusiasm and zest toward his learning and to each day. 

2LM – Mikayla Huang for showing kindness and respect to her classmates.  

Year 3 

3MK – Justin Zhang for being an open-minded learner and demonstrating integrity and commitment to learning. 

3JC - Syna Kataria for being a principled and knowledgeable inquirer who dedicates herself to the task at hand.  

3RS – James Bromley for beginning Term 4 with zest and positivity towards learning and Camp. 

3HO –  Daisy Cao for always showing gratitude towards others. 

3RB – Menghan Jiang for demonstrating bravery and love of learning when presenting her research on Alice Springs. 

Year 4 

4NK – Ethan Zhong for demonstrating zest and excitement towards his learning in Maths.  

4JC - Madison Grigg for her commitment to taking action on sustainability issues. 

4KP - Emma Casson for demonstrating enthusiasm and commitment to her learning 

4BF – Anya Malhotra for showing zest and enthusiasm in her learning 

4TM – Matthew Song for being a continuous critical thinker in all areas of his learning.  

Year 5 

5TM – Hayze Shepherd for his improved confidence and thoughtful connections. 

5RR - William Wang for his insightful connections to the class novel 

5BL – Lincoln Uren for his Zest and enthusiastic approach to school life 

5SW – Isabel Erickson for demonstrating zest in her writing of poetry. 

Year 6 

6TW – Paige Le Lievre for showing zest and leadership skills in her Exhibition group. 

6DM – Katherine Maundrell for demonstrating zest as a writer, consistently producing her best work throughout the year. 

6HB – Hamish Whithear for being kind and generous towards others. 

6TF – Henry Oliver for being a principled learner, taking initiative when needed and always showing respect. 



Library – Jessica Buttsworth (3RB) for being a risk taker by selecting and reading books that challenge her (Mrs Hind) 



Mrs Ross - Josiah Zhang for being an inquirer when researching information on palm oil. 

Sunday 27 October, at RA Young Hall

Australian Indoor Rowing Championships

22 October 2019

Vicky Spencer, Technical Director of Rowing

At Radford on Sunday 27 October - a great event for rowers and spectators!

On Sunday 27 October, Radford College is hosting the 2019 Australian Indoor Rowing Championships, in the RA Young Hall, at the Junior School, from 10am.

Events will include 2000 metres, 4 minutes, 1000 metres and 500 metres, and team relays. Participants can compete in Para categories, and age categories from U14 to 85+. 

Five dollars from every entry will be donated to the Cancer Council. There are medals available in every event, and results will count for Concept 2 National and World records. This is a fun event to participate in, and also to watch. 

In Canberra, we are lucky to have support and participation from current Invictus Games Gold Medallist and AIRC Ambassador Ben Faranazo.  Ben began indoor rowing and made an inspirational journey to the Invictus Games, using the sport to achieve new beginnings. We will also see guest appearances in the relay by the Australian Men’s rowing team.  They are sending four teams of the country’s top male athletes, to test the abilities of relay teams representing the Police and Fire Brigade. Many of our young Radford rowers will also be competing against young local talent, including teams from Canberra Grammar School. Relay events will be held after lunch.


Thank you, all our wonderful sponsors and volunteers!

P&F Fete Update #4

21 October 2019

P&F Fete Convenor

Just over two weeks to go - time to volunteer and donate!!

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    Please note that only 1/3 of the volunteer slots have been filled, so please click here to access the SignUp Volunteers Form to choose a stall/activity.

    Donations open this weekend 1pm - 5pm Saturday and Sunday, containers are behind the Chapel, see map below.
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Above, principal cast members - not shown, "butlers" Josh Everett and Michael Troy

Review: "The Importance of Being Earnest"

22 October 2019

Emily Ridge

Yet another fabulous production from Jason Golding and the senior drama team

By Emily Ridge, Teacher

This year’s senior drama production was Oscar Wilde’s comic classic The Importance of Being Earnest.  Written by Wilde in 1895, the play was an immediate success but was forced to close early as details of Wilde’s scandalous life began to emerge.  Despite this shaky start, the play has gone on to become Wilde’s most popular work and is still a favourite with professional and amateur companies alike.  As with any well-known work, this popularity can become a double-edged sword, with audience members having high expectations and fond memories of professional productions.  Director Jason Golding rose to this challenge, presenting a slick and fast-moving play, which had the audience laughing the entire time. 

The T B Millar Hall was skilfully transformed, with few vestiges of the school hall remaining.  The audience entered what looked like an upscale bar - with fairy lights, string trio and patio seating creating a sophisticated atmosphere to rival the best foyers on Broadway.  Moving through to the ‘theatre’, the stage was divided in two, with a garden setting on the floor level, and a drawing room scene on the stage.  These sets were both functional and beautiful, and provided ample performance space. The costumes were beautiful, with a variety of designs and silhouettes in the women’s dresses.

Wilde gives the best lines to Algernon and Lady Bracknell, and Patrick Knight and Adele Beaumont certainly made the most of them, each giving an outstanding performance.  Knight’s comic timing, in particular, is excellent, and he commanded the audience’s attention whenever he was on stage.  Iain Conlon gave a strong performance as Jack, as did Luiza Luppi, as Cecily Cardew, and Kali Yates, as Gwendolyn Fairfax.  In a play with such strong leading roles, it is easy for the smaller parts to be overshadowed or forgotten.  Happily, that was not the case in this production, with Ella Kobal, as Ms Prism, Oscar Wilson, as Dr Chasuble, and Josh Everett and Michael Troy, as the butlers Lane and Merridew, each creating memorable and comic characters.  

If the reactions of the opening night audience are anything to go by, and his team surely have another hit on their hands.  Mr Golding and the senior drama team are to be congratulated on creating such a high-quality production, which was a hit from the opening night.  Everyone involved should be proud of their efforts.

Year 9 and 10 students enjoyed a film screening at the Japanese Film Festival

Japanese Film Festival Excursion

23 October 2019

Anastasia Riley, Year 9

Students from Y9 and Y10 enjoyed a fun evening at the Festival

By Anastasia Riley, Year 9

On Friday, 18 October, the Year 9 and 10 Japanese classes ventured out into the city to experience a segment of the Japanese Film Festival.

As we sat down in the cinema, a few members of the Japan Foundation greeted us warmly. There were about five other schools in attendance and we then played an excitable game of Maru and Batsu (true and false)! One person from each school stood up and participated in each round, and the winner of each round got a prize including a cute sticker sheet and a friction pen. Sonja Brodersen from the Year 9 Japanese class won one of the rounds! 

We then watched the movie, Bento Harassment. It was about a single mother who had a daughter going through a rebellious phase, to which she responded by making interesting bento boxes. They ranged from embarrassingly cute, to funny little messages. It was a very sweet and enrapturing story, with a heart-warming ending.

Overall, it was an amazing experience, and I can’t wait to go to the Japanese Film Festivalagain next year! 

 "Bento Harassment" - Japanese Film Festival

Image credit - http://asianwiki.com/Bento_Harassment

Read the SchoolTV article on resilience

This month on SchoolTV - Resilience

21 October 2019

Claire Melloy - Assistant Principal, Student Development

Tips for helping young people build resilience

This month on SchoolTV - Resilience

From Claire Melloy - Assistant Principal, Student Development

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will gain an understanding of how to support their child’s brave behaviour to help them adapt and build resilience.

Resilience is one of those skills that all kids need and should have. It refers to their ability to cope and adapt in situations when confronted with challenges such as adversity, trauma, tragedy, or even stress. It is essential to their mental health and wellbeing as part of their journey to adulthood. It is a skill that can be learned from an early age through the support of an adult role model.

Being resilient does not mean, however, that your child won't experience any difficulties, but it will equip them to manage those situations better. Over-protective parenting can be viewed as being unhelpful in the building of resilience. Although this may be a natural instinct, potentially experiencing failure is all part of the process. Encouraging children to take healthy risks will help them trust their capacity to deal with uncomfortable situations and increase their capacity for courage.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Radford students comprised 40% of the ACT team at the Schools Championship

2020 NPLY Football Grading + Sports Report, 23 Oct 2019

21 October 2019

Sports Department

Orienteering, tennis and summer basketball

2020 NPLY Football program
The Radford College NPLY Football program will be conducting an initial grading for the 2020 season from 5.00-6.00 pm on Wednesday evenings between Wednesday 30 October and Wednesday 27 November on the JA Mackinnon Oval. Fully accredited and experienced coaches will assess the player’s technical and physical ability, tactical knowledge and football mind-set.

U13 (2007 born)
U14 (2006 born)
U16 (2004 & 2005 born)
U18 (2002 & 2003 born)

To register for grading please email your child’s name, DOB & 2019 team played for to Dianne.Wilson@radford.act.edu.au.

The program will include:

  • An intensive football program over 40-42 weeks (depending on age group)
  • Training sessions and/ or games per week run by FFA/ AFC qualified coaches
  • Strength & Conditioning programs

Please note the Radford NPLY program does not enforce the Radford Sports Policy however all current and future Radford students are encouraged to attend grading and play for Radford. The Radford NPLY program is open to players outside of the school.

Final selections will be made Friday 30 November with the squad to train on Wednesday 4 & 11 December. Details for the 2020 season will also be passed on along with agreement and registration at these sessions.

If you have any questions please contact Radford Head of Sport:

Brent Larkham
6180 1090 or email brent.larkham@radford.act.edu.au


Australian Schools Orienteering Championships 2019
From the 1-3 October, Radford College was represented by David Stocks, Toby Lang, Andrew Kerr, Brendan Wilson, Justine Hobson, Aoife Rothery, Josh Robards and Patrick Shelton-Agar at the 2019 Australian Schools Orienteering Championships in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Radford students made up 40% of the entire ACT Team.

The competition extended over 3 events – the Sprint, the Long and the Relay.

• David Stocks finished 6th in both individual races, and anchored the ACT Senior Boys Relay team home to 2nd behind a NZ team
• Toby Lang finished in the first 3 ACT runners in both individual events, 15th & 16th overall & brought the Senior boys relay team up from 4th to 2nd in Leg 2 of the relay.
• Andrew Kerr had an unlucky carnival this year, twisting his ankle in the Long and being unable to run in the Relay.
• Brendan Wilson finished 30th in the Long.
• Justine Hobson finished 14th in the Sprint and ran a solid first leg in the Junior Girls Relay.
• Aoife Rothery came 20th in the Long & was selected to run in the ACT Relay team
• Josh Robards came in 19th (and first ACT runner) in the Junior Boys Long.
• Patrick Shelton-Agar finished 31st in the Long and ran in the ACT Relay team.

ACT finished 3rd of the Australian states (and 5th overall, also behind the two NZ teams).

Further congratulations go to David Stocks, who again earned selection in the ‘All-Australian Honour Team’ - in his first year up in the Senior age-group.

Oceania Orienteering Championships 2019 (Weekends in Wagga, Cootamundra & Beechworth)
The 2019 Championships the carnival of events was held across the A41 Olympic Highway corridor from the 28th Sept – 6th October.

On the strength of previous performances (at Easter and the 2018 National Championships) Justine Hobson and David Stocks were also selected to represent Australia (against New Zealand) in the M/W 16 Challenge Team across the Oceania Sprint, Relay, Long and Middle events.

David achieved 4th in the Long and anchoring the relay team home to a win.

Justine’s best runs came on the second weekend, with 8th and 6th places in the Oceania Long & Middle events.

Bhav Mathur
NSW State Teams Tennis Championships

NSW State Teams Championships are a two-day invitational tournament for the top juniors in the 10/Under, 12/Under and 14/Under age groups across each region in NSW.

State Teams Championships resemble Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties, providing the benefit of on court managers and the opportunity to compete in a team environment.

Congratulations to Bhav Mathur who was a member of the 10/U ACT Team that won the John Whittaker Cup played in Cessnock.



The 2019-20 Summer Basketball season kicked off on the weekend, with 45 Radford teams playing across all junior divisions.

Stand-out performances included the U12 Div 3 Cardinals team defeating the TSC Tigers 16-5 and the U19 Div 2 Fire Girls defeated North Storm 59-12.

Radford College crest

Education Forum: Modern Languages

16 October 2019

Louise Wallace-Richards, Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching

Presentations from Michele Sharp (Head of Languages) and Rowena Stevens (JS Spanish teacher)

What: Education Forum Presentation: Modern Languages
Date:  Thursday 7 November 2019
Time:  5.30pm – 6.30pm
Venue: Morison Centre, Level 2 Commons
Event Organiser: Louise Wallace-Richards, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning P-12
RSVP: Tuesday 5 November 2019, Kirsty.Mack@radford.act.edu.au

This event will include presentations from our Secondary School Head of Languages and Japanese teacher, Michele Sharp and our Junior School Spanish Language teacher, Rowena Stevens. 

Also, in attendance at the forum, will be a number of our Secondary School Language teachers: 

Chinese: Ming Gu
French: Di Lefebvre, Rhiannon Richards
Japanese: Di Fitzpatrick
Spanish: Brett Lamson and Michelle Guerrero
IBDP German: Rhiannon Richards   

Studies have shown that foreign language learning increases critical thinking skills, creativity, and flexibility of mind. Language students learn about languages and cultures, in turn becoming respectful global citizens. The learning journey challenges students to become interculturally aware, have a strong sense of self which builds confidence and resilience. Thus, students are adept communicators with an open-minded, are empathetic, and have an ethical view of the world. 

The Languages Department will be presenting a Forum outlining the content, pedagogy and learning at Radford. This session will also include information on the IBDP Languages Curriculum and a general overview of initiatives such as Language Study Tours and exchanges.


Fete Donations

Fete Donations 2019

Where: carpark at rear of Chapel
When: Saturday 19 October and Sunday 20 October between 1pm and 5pm. Saturday 26 October and Sunday 27 October between 1pm and 5pm.
What: Please respect the requirements for donations -  no broken or stained items, no electrical items, no mattresses, no children’s car seats, no computer monitors/hardware.

Read Fete Update 4.