Radford Bulletin Term 4, Week 4 – 6 November 2019

Staff Insights

Louise Wallace-Richards, Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning

International Teachers' Day: Radford celebrates

4 November 2019

Louise Wallace-Richards - Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning

Students and teachers celebrate and raise funds for the education of others


By Louise Wallace-Richards -  Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning

On Tuesday 22 October, the teachers and students of our Secondary School celebrated International Teachers’ Day on the Morison Centre lawn with music, messages of thanks to teachers and, of course, a sausage sizzle. The day was also proclaimed Mufti Day for teachers and students, all in the cause of fundraising for UNICEF and Aid for Africa.

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai

It was also a day for Radford students to reflect on how fortunate they are to live in a country such as Australia, where education is a right enshrined in law, and how they do not have to experience the struggle to be allowed to attend school, like the experiences of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, whose determination to receive an education and defy the Taliban is legendary: 

They will not stop me. I will get my education if it is in home, school or any place.
(Malala Yousafzai, 2014,LinkPhoto Source)   

International Teachers’ Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries world-wide and was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1994. The day recognises the role of teachers in society and is held internationally on 5 October.  

The theme of International Teachers’ Day in 2019 was Young Teachers: The future of the Profession. At Radford, we chose UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) and Aid for Africa as the focus for our fundraising to improve the quality of teaching and learning in developing countries. It is a fact that of the fifty-eight million primary-aged children who are not in school, half are from war-torn countries and conflict. Other barriers to education include poverty, humanitarian disasters and gender inequality. Source

International Teachers' Day

Internationally, UNICEF is: 

committed to free access to education for every child, every girl and boy. From early childhood education through primary school and beyond, our approach to education is a holistic one, ensuring children are not only taught how to read and write, but to be active members of society who share their knowledge for the benefit of all. We train teachers and work with parents, community leaders and governments to develop life-changing curriculums that are inclusive, to reach all children in a community. Source

Aid for Africa is an organisation that uses donations to improve education opportunities for girls in African countries including Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. The benefits of educating children and particularly girls in developing countries are summarised by the organisation below: 

Girls who go to school and stay in school are able to find jobs, and they spend most of their incomes on their families.  They marry later and have fewer children, and the children they have are more likely to be healthy.  Educated girls help themselves, their families, their communities, and their countries. Source

Through the Mufti Day and the barbeque, the students and staff of the Secondary School raised over $1100. This money will be used by UNICEF and Aid for Africa to purchase teaching materials for classes, uniforms for students and much more to make an education attainable for many children. RAS (Radford Awareness Service- Learning) will also contribute funds to these charities.

On the Morison Centre lawns Sausage sizzle for a great cause

Special thanks for the organisation of this day must go to Executive Assistant, Kirsty Mack, the Captains Ethan Nguyen, Katie Kosa, Vice Captains Amy Theakston and Will Goodchild and the Prefects who signed up to cook sausages. International Teachers’ Day will now become a regular event in the College calendar, when we have a chance to celebrate our educational opportunities, thank the Radford teachers, and raise money to assist other children have a chance to go to school. 

Celebrating International Teachers' Day

Chaplain Fr Richard Browning

Chaplain's Reflection: from Father Richard

5 November 2019

Shame, and learning to see again

By Father Richard Browning

Often students look me square in the eye and say, ‘Do you actually believe the Bible?’ They are referencing the first books of Genesis specifically. 

I think they ask this in part because some of the most visible Christians hold these books up as if they should be read like history. My answer is “Of course, ever and only more so do I trust my life to them”. But not because these early stories pretend to look like history or sound like science. 

They are not so much about the past but describe our present. They describe the nature of relationships with and between things, seen and unseen, and God’s place as sovereign over them all. Sin describes the distortion in our relationship with the order of things, it has very real consequences here and now. One of the earliest stories about the destructive nature of sin relates to brothers Cain and Abel (Genesis 4). (Their names are so instructive. Cain means ‘acquire’ and Abel means ‘breath’.  A reflection would be rich but will have to be for another time.) 

Both brothers offer the fruit of their labours to God. Abel presents his first fruits, while Cain holds some back and presents something less. God gives feedback on their offerings. When Cain hears the feedback, the distorted and sinful lens through which he hears the news makes the feedback sound like personal condemnation. Cain hears condemnation, not of his actions, but of himself. This is the root of shame. Even the imagined experience of personal rejection makes all manner of ugliness possible. We know what happens next. Cain calls his brother out into the field and slays him. The soil has a tenderness that Cain does not. The soil receives and ‘keeps’ Abel’s blood. 

In last Sunday’s reading (Luke 19:1-10), we hear Jesus being sought by a wealthy government official, a very public ‘sinner’, a tax collector. When Jesus agrees to eat at his house, there is no greater affirmation of Zacchaeus as a person. Indeed, eating marks the intimacy of equals. Remember, Jesus the gentle Healer graces Zacchaeus’ table while he remains a tax collector. Jesus affirms the person’s inherent value as he is, prior to any change in state. What comes on the other side of the encounter is public restoration of relationships and the good order of things around him. It comes in the form of generosity and justice: “Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” The lens through which the ‘sinner’ sees himself in relationship to others (and by inference, to God), has been materially transformed. 

As a learning community, we are in the business of ‘giving feedback’ in the process of learning. We are the professionals who shape culture, and we cannot assume the manner in which it is heard will be without distortion, and not without the possibility of things being turned into self-criticism, even shame. As a learning community, we have to cultivate the kind of relationships that make honesty an instrument for growth, not self-condemnation. The condition necessary for the sharing of truth is love. And we are responsible for cultivating this kind of culture. 

So, a prayer for the home as well as the classroom:

May we affirm to our children and students that they are enough. May they know that who they are, as they are, is loved. May they know we all are learning. May we know as parents and teachers that in this precious task, we too are enough. To this end, breathe your Spirit here Lord God and change the way we see. Amen.



Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

JS News, 6 Nov 2019

6 November 2019

Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School

How students can help their teacher to get the best from them

Dates to Remember 

Thursday 7 Nov

Year 5 Camp returns

Mon 11 Nov

PreK 2020 Orientation Morning

Yr 4 Visiting Apple Store

Tuesday 12 Nov

Year 4 Visiting Apple Store

Yr 3 Strings Concert

Wednesday 13 Nov

PreK 2020 Orientation Morning

Yr 4-6 Olympian visit


By Andy Gordon - Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School 

Congratulations to the Parents and Friends for an amazing Fete! What a special day to celebrate being a part of our community. Whether you came to have fun, perform, do service, see cars or sell goods, it was a great time.  

Year 3 and Year 5 enjoyed their camps, and I congratulate and thank the staff and students on their participation, learning and growth. We learn so much about ourselves through opportunities that take us out of our comfort zone and into new possibilities. Our Outdoor Education program is purposefully designed to complement our physical, social and emotional learning. 

Have you ever heard the saying, “We train others how to treat us by how we treat ourselves”? For the large part, it is a true statement, regardless of age. For students, it can be particularly true in friendships, but also in our relationships with our teachers.

It’s important to know that to get the best out of ourselves, we need to make helpful and appropriate choices in order to show our teacher how we want to be treated, so that our teacher can help get the best out of us. 

Students who help their teacher get the best out of them… 

  • make eye contact when the teacher is telling the class what to do, or explaining something
  • put up their hand to answer questions, and give answers to show that they have been listening - even if the answer is wrong the teacher will appreciate the effort
  • when a task is set, they make sure they understand what is asked of them, and either put up their hand to ask, if they do not understand, or get started on the work straight away
  • remain on task until they are finished; ask for help where needed; if finished early, or unable to go on with the work, find something else to do that will improve their knowledge of the subject
  • make the decision to change seats or negotiate groups to get away from distracters, and discuss this with the teacher beforehand
  • make sure that all work is complete and done as well as they can, even if they know there will be mistakes. 

Students who help their teacher get the best out of them are far too engaged in their work to be distracted, or to not achieve to the best of their ability. 

Here at Radford College, our teachers want our students to experience and create success in their learning.


Shout Outs


Shout outs 

KCH – Alexandra Ewin for her commitment, curiosity and positive attitude towards her work.  

KSG - Bella Espinosa for being a kind and caring member of Kindergarten. 

KLP - Kiana Huynh for her commitment and enthusiasm during our guided writing sessions. 

KAS – Angus Ng for showing bravery when being injured and commitment for his swimming lessons 

To all the Kindergarten classes for their enthusiasm and participation in swimming lessons 

Year 1 

1MH – Sophie Showing great teamwork by collaborating with others. 

1RJ – Luka Martinovic for his caring nature and being a team player. 

1AT - Zoe Casson for displaying commitment to her learning and always showing kindness and empathy towards others 

1AJ- Zara Cao for always approaching team activities with a kind and thoughtful attitude. 

Year 2 

2KH – Zali Woollcombe for showing teamwork by always contributing to group work and discussions. 

2SD - Dhriya Garg for being a thinker and showing curiosity  

2DG – Madeleine Richardt for consistently displaying a commitment to her learning and always having a positive attitude. 

2LM – Binu De Silva for being a responsible and committed to learning and displaying teamwork. 

Year 3 

3MK –  Oliver Flanagan for his commitment to improving his writing and being knowledgeable in our UOI Sharing the Planet.  

3JC - Ash Hobden for her leadership, determination and risk taking attitude shown during camp.  

3RS – Max Zhang for his enthusiasm, teamwork and positive attitude on Camp.  

3HO – Thomas Muirhead for his commitment, curiosity and positive attitude towards others on camp.  

3RB – Rajeev Tamhane for displaying leadership and excellent teamwork on Camp.  

Year 4 

4NK – Sophie McGrath for her commitment and positive attitude towards her learning. 

4JC - Eloise Richardt for being a principled, responsible and committed  learner. 

4KP - Phoebe Fox for the commitment, zest and cooperation she brings to our class. 

4BF – Georgia O'Leary for being an open-minded and enthusiastic learner 

4TM – Stella Layton for returning to her learning with enthusiasm and commitment. 

Year 5 

5TM – Rafferty Bunworth for his imaginative and creative poetry writing efforts. 

5RR - Poppy Steven for always exhibiting a love of learning. 

5BL – Disha Sharma for consistently displaying commitment, teamwork and a love of learning. 

5SW – Karuni Sivacharan for demonstrating creativity, enthusiasm and appreciation towards our How We Express Ourselves unit of inquiry 

Year 6 

6TW – Lachlan Dore for showing commitment, teamwork and collaboration by responding to feedback during Exhibition. 

6DM – Rory Munro and Oscar Bush for the passion and teamwork they displayed during Exhibition. 

6HB – Stirling Musgrove for his commitment to learning and teamwork. 

6TF –  Josh Miller for demonstrating perseverance and commitment to his learning, particularly with persuasive writing. 



Library – Damon Le (4NK) for the enthusiasm and commitment to learning he displays during Library lessons. Mrs Hind 

Eva Tsiros (5BL) for her open-minded approach and reflective thinking comments for the poetry guest speakers. (Mrs PW) 

PE – Magnus Gould 3MK – for showing great sportsmanship, effort and cooperating with his classmates (Mr M) 

PE – Freja Moran 4NK – for great participation during invasion games. (Mr M) 

PE – Bryson Abraham – for excellent sportsmanship, quick thinking and fantastic game sense during invasion games. (Mrs Phelps) 

Wellbeing – Theodore Leigh (4NK) for sharing his understanding and passion in Wellbeing classes 

Radford Tribal Council is supporting the Belconnen Community Service Christmas Appeal

RTC: supporting BCS Christmas Appeal

4 November 2019

Melinda Hamilton – RTC coordinator

Support the RTC in helping others

By Melinda Hamilton – RTC coordinator

The RTC raised $989 from the JS Disco in Term 3, and decided to again support the Christmas Appeal organised by the Belconnen Community Service (BCS). Last year Radford contributed around 70 of the 100 hampers distributed to people in the Belconnen Community so we are really keen to be big supporters again.

Shopping for others can be lots of fun!

Last Tuesday the RTC students met at Kmart early in the morning and went shopping for gifts to contribute to the Christmas Appeal. Everyone selected gifts for a variety of people including kids, teenagers, men and ladies from right across the store. It was a lot of fun to go shopping for others and to stick to our budget! We left Kmart with bags bulging with gifts and then caught the bus back to school.

Families are warmly encouraged to support the BCS Christmas appeal by bringing in an unwrapped gift and placing it in the Magic Bathtub in the JS Foyer. The gifts will be passed on to the BCS at the end of November.

A fabulous milestone for three young Radford cricketers

Sports Report, 6 Nov 2019

5 November 2019

Sports Department

Swimming carnival, cricket, oztag, netball trials and more!

Secondary School House Swimming Carnival

Well done to all Year 7-12 students who participated in the 2019 House Swimming Carnival, held on Wednesday 23 October.  It was a great day, with a mix of swimming events and Zumba classes. 

Congratulations to Chelsea Kenneally and Aaron Passioura for winning the Golden Flipper Awards, for fastest male and female swimmers.  


Congratulations to three Radford cricketers who recently achieved their first ‘century’:

  • U14/1 - Gen Casarotto, v Canberra Grammar
  • U14/1 - Jake Smith-Gibson, v Canberra Grammar
  • U13/1 Emerging Meteors - Amber Smith-Gibson, v Penrith 

Radford U14/1
The team played an outstanding match on Saturday, with a total over 400 runs, including  Gen Casarotto and Jake Smith-Gibson making a maiden centuries. James Woods also scored 55 not out.  These were career-best performances for all three. The team had a resounding win over Canberra Grammar, played at Flinders Oval in Griffith. 

Radford U13/1
Another great match, with the team scoring over 300 runs in their match against Daramalan at Watson Oval on Saturday. 


Round 2 Oztag games last week presented some great displays of skill, speed and agility. 

  • Radford Cowboys defeated the Mighty Midgets 10-0
  • Radford Broncoes went down to the Grizly Bears 4-7
  • Radford Warriors went down to the Black Bulls 5-15
  • Radford Knights defeated the Neon Ninjas 5-1
  • Radford Roosters went down to No Sweat 1-12
  • Radford Storm went down to The Tigers 10-15
  • Radford Sharks went down to Why does it matter? 1-17
  • Radford Sea Eagles went down to the Flying Emus 6-11

2020 Radford Netball Trials

Gold and Silver Teams - Girls: Years 9 – 12, 2020

The first phase of the Gold and Silver netball trials will be held in Term 4 2019.
If you are unable to attend, please email the sports office: CCSports@radford.act.edu.au 

Details of the sessions are below. Players are strongly encouraged to attend both sessions.

TRIAL 1 - Saturday 9 November

G Wigg Sports Centre


in the foyer at 11:30 am

  • • Wear appropriate clothes and shoes
  • • Bring a water bottle

TRIAL 2 - Saturday 16 November

G Wigg Sports Centre


in the foyer at 2:40 pm

  • Wear appropriate clothes and shoes
  • Bring a water bottle

At the conclusion of these trials, a squad will be chosen. The two teams will be finalised from this squad in early Term 1, 2020. This invitation is extended to all girls in Years 9 – 12 (2020).

Volleyroo Volleyball Experience Camp 

VolleyroosVolleyroo Experience Camp
Date/time: Sat 16 Nov and Sun 17 Nov, 9am - 4pm
Venue: AIS Volleyball Courts, Canberra, ACT
Registrations close: Tuesday 12 November
Registration fee: $155
Register here: 

Do you love volleyball? Are you aged between 12 and 20? Want to know what it takes to be a Volleyroo? Come and experience a day in the life of our Australian Women's Volleyroos team. 

This two-day camp is open to both boys and girls and can be a perfect lead into Good Neighbour, Schools Cup, or the upcoming summer of Beach Volleyball. Over the course of this camp, you will learn some of the skills required for elite volleyball, and also experience and receive video feedback on your performance. Included in the cost will also be lunch at the AIS dining hall and a Volleyroo Camp shirt. 

The camp is presented by Volleyball Australia in conjunction with Volleyball ACT, and is a fundraiser to support the Volleyball Team Australia Women's Volleyroos.

Enquiries to:
Marty Collins martin.collins@volleyball.org.au
Christine Gates competitions@volleyballact.com.au

2020 Lord’s Taverners Scholarships for Young Athletes with a Disability

Lord's TavernersThe Lord’s Taverners Australia, ACT Branch, Scholarship Scheme provides funding for young aspiring athletes with a disability who are residents of the ACT and its region and who are registered with an ACT sporting organisation.  It is designed to help them achieve their long-term sporting goals.  The Lord’s Taverners was formed in Australia in 1982 and in the Australian Capital Territory in April 1986.

Scholarships are awarded to local young athletes with a disability on an annual basis. Scholarship recipients are chosen by an exhaustive process which includes interviews. 

Applications close on 14th November 2019. 

For further information contact Gail Farr on 0417 430 376 or go to the Lord Taverners website www.lordstavernersact.org.au 



Basketball ACT

U16 Men

Venue: Canberra Grammar School
Date & Time: 

  • Day 1 – Sunday 10/11/19 from 9.30AM – 12PM
  • Day 2 – Sunday 17/11/19 from 9.30AM – 12PM

Age Group: Born 2005 & 2006
Cost: $16

Register at: http://www.basketballact.com.au/201920-act-representative-trials/

·         Please note that you must be registered in order to trial. 
·         Please remember to bring a basketball, water bottle and reversible singlet to the trial. 

For more information, please contact Barb Turner at barb.turner@basketballact.com.au


U16 Women

Venue: University of Canberra
Date & Time: 

  • Day 1 – Saturday 16/11/19 from 12PM – 2PM
  • Day 2 – Saturday 23/11/19 from 12PM – 2PM
  • Day 3 – Saturday 30/11/19 from 12PM – 2PM

Age Group: Born 2005 & 2006
Cost: $16

Register at: http://www.basketballact.com.au/201920-act-representative-trials/ to register

  • Please note that you must be registered in order to trial. 
  • Please remember to bring a basketball, water bottle and reversible singlet to the trial.  

For more information, please contact Barb Turner at barb.turner@basketballact.com.au 


U12 Boys

Venue: Harrison Primary School
Date & Time: 

  • Session 1 – Sunday 10, 17, 24 November from 8AM – 10AM
  • Session 2 – Sunday 1 December, dE17/11/19 from 8AM – 10AM

Age Group: Born 2009 & 2010
Cost: $16
Register at: http://www.basketballact.com.au/201920-act-representative-trials/

For more information, please contact Barb Turner at barb.turner@basketballact.com.au



Image for Y9/10 2020 Drama production auditions

Auditions: Y9/Y10 Drama 2020

4 November 2019

Nick Akhurst, Head of Cocurricular Dance, Drama and Oratory

Sign up for auditions for this exciting ensemble production


“To be ourselves causes us to be exiled by others, and yet to comply with what others want causes us to be exiled from ourselves.”


Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Calling all actors, musicians, dancers and singers to audition for the 2020 9/10 production.


The show will be an original, devised ensemble production, exploring the themes of image, identity, belonging and finding your own pack.  It will integrate storytelling, physical theatre, music, puppetry and dance, through a well-known fairytale. 

Please note you do not need to be good at all of these skills. We are looking for students who are willing to explore new ideas, say ‘yes’ to others and take risks in exploring the many ways that theatre can tell stories. 

The audition will be in the form of a workshop. Please wear comfortable clothing, as you will be required to move around. 

You only need to attend 1 of the 2 audition sessions:

13 November 4 -5.30pm 
20 November 4 -5.30pm


As this is an ensemble production, you will need to commit to all of the rehearsals. Please note there will be some weekend and holiday rehearsals required.


Sign up outside Drama rooms, or online.




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African Drumming Performance

5 November 2019

Emily Begbie - Assistant Head of JS, Innovation and Excellence

Junior School students enjoy an exciting performance by ensemble Wassa Wassa

African Drumming Performance

By Emily Begbie - Assistant Head of JS, Innovation and Excellence

Last Friday, our Junior School students were treated to a superb performance by the African drumming ensemble Wassa Wassa.  The ensemble hails from Red Hill Primary School, another ACT PYP school, where music specialist teacher Dan Graetz teaches African drumming from Years 3 to 6.  

Friday’s performance group was made up of Year 6 students, who presented not only drumming, but also singing and dances from West Africa.  The complex rhythms, vibrant dancing and powerful singing reflected both passion and discipline.  The answer to many of our students’ questions was one simple word: practice. 

It was wonderful to connect with another PYP school and exciting to witness Wassa Wassa in action.

Wassa Wassa ensemble from Red Hill Primary - African drumming, dance and song



Aerial view of Fete 2019, photo credit: Gigapix Photography

Fete Feedback - have your say!

4 November 2019

P&F Fete Convenor

The P&F committee welcomes your feedback on the 2019 Fete

Did you attend the #radfordfete2019?

Please help us by completing this short survey!

We are constantly seeking ways that we can improve the experience of this event. Your feedback matters and will be reviewed by the Fete Committee in 2020.

Thank you!


Kind regards
Monique Glavonjic
P&F Publicity Officer and Fete Convener 2019


Information session in week 5 - contact Kath Notley for details

Cambodia Service Tour 2020: launch

4 November 2019

Kath Notley, Round Square Coordinator

Student information session next week!

By Kath Notley, Round Square Coordinator

Based on the success of the joint school service tour in July this year, Radford College students (next year's Years 9-11) will once again partner with students from Bunbury College for an exciting and rewarding service tour of Cambodia from 7 – 17 July 2020 (holiday period).  

The program consists of a range of activities - history and culture, as well as working with organisations such as ‘Free the Bears’, and building a house for a family in a local community. 

This will be Radford’s third year working with Rustic Pathways and the feedback from previous participants has been impressive. 

Detailed information can be found in the linked brochure and a meeting for interested students will be held in Week 5 of this term. 

Student information session:
Thursday 14 November, lunchtime in Mackinnon 1.1.

Please contact Kath Notley for further information and details.

Year 9 students enjoyed success at the SEAACT Science and Engineering Fair

Y9 students excel at SEAACT Science/Engineering Fair

4 November 2019

Tom Wragg, Year 9 Science Teacher

Recognition for six of our Y9 students

Tom Wragg, Year 9 Science Teacher

As part of the Year 9 Science program at Radford College, students are encouraged to push themselves to create interesting and well-planned scientific investigations that form part of their assessment. Supported by their teachers, some of these projects are of an exceptional quality and are entered into the SEAACT Science and Engineering Fair, which compares the investigations of students from all across the ACT region. 

This year the judging was hosted by Radford College and held in the wonderful new space built in the Junior School. The standard of work was very high, and the following students were invited to the awards ceremony at the CSIRO to receive certificates and bursaries in the Secondary Schools category. 

Encouragement Awards
Beth Chua
Alicia Freemantle
Christine Nguyen 

Highly Commended Awards
Jack Keogh
Emily Nguyen
Sam McKinney

The work of Emily Nguyen and Sam McKinney was deemed to be of such an excellent quality that they have been invited to enter the national competition, the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards. Good luck to Emily and Sam and well done to all the award winners, and all the Year 9 students, who have impressed us with their scientific investigations.


Bruce Ferrington, presenting to ACT Maths teachers last week

Inquiry Maths in Action

4 November 2019

Emily Begbie - Assistant Head JS, Innovation & Excellence

Year 4 teacher Bruce Ferrington presents to Canberra mathematics educators

Emily Begbie - Assistant Head JS, Innovation & Excellence

Last Wednesday, Junior School teacher Bruce Ferrington gave a presentation to a gathering of ACT primary and secondary mathematics teachers on the philosophy and process of inquiry maths.  The focus of the workshop was Maths300, a professional development resource developed by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, which draws on the most interesting maths lessons from classrooms across Australia.  

In Maths300 co-founder Charles Lovitt’s words, teachers need to make maths:

“relevant and engaging, and effectively use technology, and make it challenging to develop problem solving and reasoning, and create a culture of inquiry and curiosity where students’ ideas are valued, and exploit visual and kinesthetic learning, and seek connection to other subjects…”. 

No small feat.  

Mr Ferrington demonstrated how this sort of maths learning can be achieved through the use of engaging, open-ended and challenging problems.  Teachers were invited to participate in a range of tasks to experience the mathematical inquiry and thinking processes that this sort of lesson invites.  The lively and enthusiastic contributions of workshop attendees were a testament to the high calibre of learning undertaken.

Junior School students learn water skills for life

Junior School Swimming Program

5 November 2019

Tamara Phelps, JS HPE Teacher

Students are learning skills that will be an asset for life

By Tamara Phelps, JS Teacher 

Instructor with students at AIS swim programOur Kindy and Year 2 Swimming Program has begun. 

The students have been so excited with their daily swimming program at the AIS, which will continue every day for 2 weeks.

Students are participating in: 

* learn to swim
* stroke correction
* water safety activities. 

We look forward to seeing the students continuing to improve these important skills, which will be an asset for life.




APFACTS is the peak non-government school parent voice for the ACT

National Parent Survey

5 November 2019

Jennifer Rickard, APFACTS Executive Officer

Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan, wants to hear parent feedback

By Jennifer Rickard, APFACTS Executive Officer

The Australian Parents Council’s 2019 national survey is a great opportunity for parents of school age children to have a say and help improve the way parents and schools work together. 

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan has backed the survey and said he's interested in what you've got to say: ‘Parents know their children better than anyone so their feedback is vitally important to help further improve our education system. Our Government wants to hear from parents about their experiences and where they think education can be further improved.’ 

The survey is available via www.surveymonkey.com/r/QFW999L, is open to all parents of school age children in Australia.  It takes just a few minutes to complete, and closes at the end of November. 

APFACTS is a foundation member of the Australian Parents Council and will have access to, and be able to share, the results with our networks. 

APFACTS is the peak non-government school parent voice for the ACT, proudly built by parents for parents to have an active voice in education issues. 

P:  02 6287 3538   ǀ   M: 0409 72 6655 

W:  www.apfacts.org.au  ǀ F: www.facebook.com/apfacts




Image credits: National Capital website

Grading for 2020 NPLY Football

30 October 2019

Wednesday evenings 30 Oct to 27 Nov

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

Don't miss this important annual showcase

CASE: student exhibition

5 November 2019

Amanda Poland, Head of Creative Arts

Media, Photography and Visual Arts


Date: Wednesday 13 November

Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm

Venue: Level 1 Morison Centre



Tuesday 12 November - Thursday 14 November, during school hours.

Year 7 Market Day attracted a big crowd of eager customers

Y7 Market Day Review

6 November 2019

Radford Reporter, Eve Truswell

A very successful and enjoyable day, raising funds for charity

By Radford Reporter, Eve Truswell 

Market Day crowds enjoying fun and foodAt the end of last term, the Year 7 Radford students ran the annual Market Day. The focus of Market Day was to create and produce sustainable items, raising funds for charity.  Customers included the incoming 2020 Year 7 students, at the College for orientation, and current Radford staff and students.

The Year 7 tutor groups worked in the Wicked Problems unit for most of Term 3, to design fun and original products and services. These ranged from delicious food items, such as popcorn and cookies, to tie-dyed socks, stickers, a polaroid booth, homemade carnival games, and many more unique ideas.

Market Day crowds enjoying fun and food

On Market Day, the Year 7s were given stations located around the turning circle. Several periods were used for preparing and setting up the stalls in time for the eager lunchtime customers. Staff and students of Radford College were invited to sample the food and pick up some handmade goodies during their lunchtime. It was a great success, with over 400 people taking part in the market, and most stalls were running out of stock before lunch was even over.  

As a year group, they raised over $5000. This money will be going towards charities such as the RSPCA, Cancer Council and OzHarvest. This year’s market day has been a phenomenal success, showcasing the whole year group’s creative and sustainable products and their marketing enthusiasm. Everyone involved had a great time, and we will all be looking forward to seeing what the 2020 Year 7s can do.



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