Radford Bulletin Term 4, Week 6, 2020 – 18 November 2020

Staff Insights

Lindy Braithwaite - Assistant Principal, Curriculum

Creating the future

18 November 2020

Fostering the challenging cognitive skill of creativity

If there was a year to put a spotlight on innovation and creativity, 2020 has been it. Entrepreneurial activity has risen, with more information-sharing businesses needing to pivot and/or find new solutions to remain viable. For our students, the OECD Future of Education 2030, describes this ability to ‘create value’, or creativity as a ‘Transformative Competency’.

Creating new value means innovating to shape better lives, such as creating new jobs, businesses and services, and developing new knowledge, insights, ideas, techniques, strategies and solutions, and applying them to problems both old and new. When learners create new value, they question the status quo, collaborate with others and try to think “outside the box”.

While STEM subjects have attracted a lot of focus recently, I believe that in preparing students for the future, it is crucial that schools also value creative thinking, and provide opportunities to foster it. 

Most overtly, creativity is nurtured in Design Technology, Creative and Performing Arts. We recently revised programs to ensure all students were exposed to these areas, at the very least in Year 7 and 8 in ‘rotations’. Here they will learn design thinking and have the space to interpret, analyse, devise and construct, as well as authentically collaborating and enhancing communication skills.

Bloom's Taxonomy - revised

With creativity now seen as the most challenging of cognitive skills [see the revised Blooms Taxonomy image above] and recognised as one the essential 4Cs of 21st century learning, we encourage students to pursue these subjects as electives. The thinking skills and techniques learned here will be transferred to all areas of study, not least STEM. And hopefully, make all our lives more rewarding - who hasn’t felt the loss of months without art galleries, cinema, live music performances and theatre, just to name a few aspects that enrich us?

Cover of the new Strategic Plan

As we launch our new Strategic Plan 2021-2025, we have made a commitment (to continue to) ‘renew our curriculum to offer internationally minded, evidence-based programs that are responsive to our changing world’ and to ‘inspire and grow our students through bespoke experiences’. I am therefore pleased to announce that there are a great many ideas on the drawing board. The Design Technology, Creative and Performing Arts departments are leading the way, to offer short-term interdisciplinary programs that draw upon a range of knowledge and skills in an engaging context.

Radford students Radford students

Specific programs for this term are: 

Year 7 students
Drawn to the Light: Visual and Performing Arts
Sphero Obstacle challenge: Geography, Maths, Design and Technology
Race around Canberra: Teamwork, Life skills 

Year 8 students - Gossan Hill exploration program

Year 9 students - our Worn Soles empathy and global crisis program. 

In the next year, we will be developing more of these opportunities, for all year groups, as we seek to inspire our students to help them thrive in an uncertain future. The upcoming Celebration evening will showcase the superb creative talents of our students, and be an opportunity for you to view the fruits of the inaugural ‘Drawn to the Light’ interdisciplinary program.



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Gann, D. and Dodgson, M., 2020. How Universities And Entrepreneurs Can Help End The COVID-19 Crisis. [online] World Economic Forum. Available at: <https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/how-an-entrepreneurial-approach-can-help-end-the-covid-19-crisis/> [Accessed 2 November 2020]. 

Russell, D. and Trevitt, J., 2020. Researching Education: Five Further Readings On Creative Thinking. [online] Australian Council for Educational Research - ACER. Available at: <https://www.teachermagazine.com.au/articles/researching-education-five-further-readings-on-creative-thinking> [Accessed 15 November 2020]. 

Theeducatoronline.com. 2020. Creativity A Core Competency Across All Disciplines – Study. [online] Available at: <https://www.theeducatoronline.com/k12/news/creativity-a-core-competency-across-all-disciplines--study/272488> [Accessed 4 November 2020]. 

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Rev. Dr  Katherine Rainger with Bishop Mark Short, at the Y12 final Chapel Service

The invitation to share in God’s joy

16 November 2020

Sending forth our Year 12 students, blessed with God's gifts

By Andy Fleming, Associate Chaplain

Andy Fleming, Associate ChaplainAt the risk of sounding too much like a cliché, Year 12 enjoyed their final day of school last Friday, and they are to set off on new journeys, with the world seemingly at their feet. God has trusted them with skills and blessed them with the resources, inviting them to use them to make the world a better place. In the Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus teaches the disciples what they should do with the resources, gifts and talents that God has blessed them with. 

In the Parable of the Talents, a wealthy landowner leaves each of three servants large sums of money. The first two went out and worked to double the money they were given, whilst the third took a conservative, “play it safe” approach and buried his share, for fear of the landowner. When the landowner returned, he was impressed enough with the efforts of the first two servants that he gave them extra responsibilities, whilst the third’s fear proved his undoing. The landowner took away what he had provided to this servant and threw him “out into the darkness.” At first glance, it is understandable that you could be mistaken for thinking this parable may be about sound economic management. Indeed, Jesus used many examples of his time and culture for his listeners to better engage with his message. This parable is concerned with using what God has blessed you with to further reveal God’s love and justice. 

Many times, I’ve listened to the warning provided to us by the actions, of lack thereof, of the third servant. If we sit still with what God has given us, and allow fear to rule our decisions and actions, we are likely to live in sadness and despair. In contrast, we should focus on the actions of the first two servants. They accept God’s invitation to live in joy through living out His trust in them. As Year 12 leave, I am confident that their time at Radford has equipped them to use their skills and abilities to the betterment of the world in which their journey takes them. 

It was great to be part of Year 12‘s Final Chapel service. Year 7 students shared their appreciation for what Year 12 have meant for them. The students gave us all a rousing rendition of Blind Man, and everyone was treated to The Blessing, performed beautifully by Hannah, Stella, Michael, Finn and Peter.  The highlight was the PreKs singing the Irish Blessing. There was hardly a dry eye in the Chapel, such was the joy shared by everyone in attendance. It was a great way to farewell this Year 12 who have shown such strong character and patience in the most challenging of years. May the following words from Jeremiah 29.11 be an encouragement to for Year 12: 

“For I know the plans that I have for you.” Says the Lord, “plans for your welfare, and not for harm, to give you hope and a future.” 

A blessing for Year 12: 

As you leave this place,
May the mercy and grace of our Lord
Be yours to share.
May the life that you live
Be the gift that you care,
So that all may know He cares. 

May God provide each of us with peace.
Chaplain Andy


PS: Message from Rev. Katherine:

In addition to the Junior School Giving Tree project, Secondary School students are invited to bring donations of gifts and food items for Anglicare to the Christmas tree in the library.

Radford College

End of year Celebration events go virtual

18 November 2020

Junior and Secondary School events will be filmed and shared online

Our end of year Celebration events will be pre-recorded and available for viewing online this year.

These events are the culmination of the school year and both the Junior School and Secondary School programs will showcase achievements and performances by students.

Students will watch their end of year Celebration on the last day of school, Tuesday 8 December 2020, and the link will be available for families to view securely via Radford Online that evening.

Any parents who do not wish their child to be filmed as part of these events should email:

Junior School Reception - jsreception@radford.act.edu.au or
Secondary School Executive Admin Team - ssexecutiveadmin@radford.act.edu.au




The Mulford Junior School at Radford College

JS News, 18 Nov 20

18 November 2020

Important messages about filming for Celebration and grades on Semester Reports


Thurs 19 Nov

Year 2 Incursion - Poet

Mon 23 Nov

Year 2 Swim Program

Tues 24 Nov

Year 1 Swim Program

Wed 25 Nov

PK, K and Year 1 Athletics Carnival


Dear Families


Celebration moves online
Our Celebration events will be pre-recorded and available for viewing online this year.

These events are the culmination of the school year and both the Junior School and Secondary School programs will showcase our students’ growth.  Students will watch Celebration on the last day of school, Tuesday 8 December 2020, and the link will be available for parents to view that evening. Any parents who do not wish their child to be filmed as part of these events should email Junior School Reception - jsreception@radford.act.edu.au as soon as possible.

As the end of semester nears, we wish to provide an update about our end of semester reports and how our reporting cycle is linked to classroom learning and teaching.

The Junior School has a combination of assessment and reporting processes in place throughout the year to support making our learning as ‘visible’ as possible. We continue to move towards an increased emphasis on formative (ongoing) assessment practices, in order to provide more regular and meaningful feedback on student learning throughout the year.

Our reporting processes include:

Parent Teacher Conversations 
These are held just prior to the commencement of the school year and form the beginning of our home-school partnership for the year. 

Parent Teacher Interviews 
These occur at the start of Term 2 and provide an opportunity for teachers to discuss student growth and areas for further development. This year Parent Teacher Interviews took the form of phone conversations.

End of Unit Feedback 
Our End of Unit Feedback forms provide us with an opportunity to show how our day-to-day learning, assessment and feedback are intertwined, as it demonstrates how our students are progressing in their Australian Curriculum content within our Units of Inquiry. This feedback links directly to our day-to-day teaching, and is included in student Learning Journals at the conclusion of each Unit of Inquiry.

Learning Journeys
Learning Journeys traditionally occur in Term 3, and provide an opportunity for students to share their learning directly with parents and caregivers in the school context. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year we were unable to proceed with our Learning Journeys. We look forward to their return next year.

Semester Reports 
Semester Reports are provided twice a year and provide our formal reporting of all Australian Curriculum subject areas, including English, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Technologies.  Some points to note:

  • As per Commonwealth Government regulations, this report uses a five point scale for the ‘Overall Grade’ for each subject (Years 1-6).
  • Within each subject area, specific elements are graded on a three point scale:  Working Towards, Working At and Working Beyond. This grading system provides a clear indication to parents with regard to a student’s achievement. 
  • A student’s attitude and application are also included on the Semester Report and indicated on a five point scale (from Rarely to Consistently). This grade reflects the student’s work habits in class and their attitude to learning.

Parents may request that semester grades be removed from their child's report or have them supplied separately. Please email Ms Tracey Markovic tracey.markovic@radford.act.edu.au by Monday 23 November if you would like to take either of these options.

Families will be notified by email once Semester Reports are available to them on Radford Online at the end of the year. 

All staff are encouraged to ‘Shout Out’ to a student who has demonstrated a Learner Profile Attribute, PYP Attitude or Character Strength throughout each fortnight.  




PKDM – Daniel Holliday for showing an enthusiastic love of learning and making lots of connections with other people's ideas. 

PKNS – Kieran Xia for demonstrating a love of learning and curiosity when looking at the tadpoles at doing his observational drawings.  

PKBD – Bo Zigon for being reflective as he works hard to practice the form of his Casey shapes, even when they are hard! 

PKMQ – Flynn Gordon for demonstrating perseverance through his improved locomotor skills.    


KKS - Ekas Singh for demonstrating a love of learning and enthusiasm during Writer's Workshop.  

KSG – Lachlan Moloney - for his principled approach towards learning and showing empathy toward his peers 

KLP – Daniella McIntyre for showing good focus and commitment during our Writer's Workshop. 

KAS – Ryan Cherukupally for displaying commitment to his learning and always showing kindness and empathy towards all. 

Year 1 

1MH – Livvy Losanno for always showing love, care and kindness towards others. 

1RJ – Eric Zheng for demonstrating a love for life and learning. Eric shows an abundance of love through his interactions with peers and teachers. 

1HT – Shivin Gujjeti for demonstrating the character strength of love through his constant care towards his classmates and classroom environment 

1AJ – Adelaide McPherson for demonstrating the character strength of love through the kindness and thoughtfulness she shows others. 

Year 2 

2KH – Benjamin Jackson for showing love of learning and creating imaginative poems in class. 

2SD – Harry Wang for displaying a love of learning in all subject areas. 

2GS – Jocelyn Feng for approaching everyday with zest and treating her classmates and teachers with kindness and respect. 

2LM – Karen Xie for showing a love of learning and persistence in working hard to progress your reading skills 

Year 3 

3AT – Tejas Yellu for displaying self-regulatory behaviours and displaying his creative skills with the use of ICT. 

3JC – Austin Saunderson for his constant enthusiasm and willingness to take risks in order to develop his own abilities, and Julia Lee for her continued dedication and focus in her work, as well as her positive attitude towards all she attempts.  

3RS – Zara Jansen for her love and enthusiasm for reading and Ari Buchanan for her increased confidence and volunteering to read aloud during Chapel.  

3HO – Aditya Maholtra, William Holliday and Ananya Balivada for demonstrating a love of learning and enthusiasm whilst completing their summative task canvas painting.  

3RB – Maddie Reichardt for her exemplary behaviour, commitment to Team and dedication to learning.  

Year 4 

4TM – Hayley Skinner for always trying her best and her fantastic efforts with persuasive writing. 

4JC – Zara Hezkial for insightful ideas and input to class inquiries.

4KP - Ava Muscat for her dedication to her learning and treating her peers with kindness. 

4BF – Neha Manne for her great approach to learning and thinking. 

4DO – Ayana Khan for taking action when writing a powerful persuasive text about sustainability which demonstrated her love of learning. 

Year 5 

5TM – Thomas Rogers for always being curious and demonstrating a love of learning.  

5DG – Qihui Chen for consistently applying effort and interest to all subject areas and activities in the school day. 

5RK – Stella Layton and Phoebe Fox – for bringing positive energy into the 5RK classroom each and every single day! Thanks for all that you do. 

5BL – Sofia Dal Bon for demonstrating a consistent love of learning and independent inquiry. 

5SW – Sam McKean for demonstrating curiosity and creativity; being fearless and experimenting with different approaches to being successful in his learning. 

Year 6 

6TW – Zach Slattery for being committed to his schoolwork and constantly demonstrating a love of learning. 

6JO – Louis Thai for his appreciation of beauty and excellence. Thanks for always helping around the classroom. 

6HB – Willsy Tierney for demonstrating remarkable curiosity about the world and beyond and showing respect to others through his beautiful manners. 

6TF – Isobel Erikson, for her emotive language in persuasive writing.



4KP – Hamilton Ryan – Has demonstrated great love and compassion in PE by always being a fantastic team player, leader and always giving maximum effort (Mrs Faye Robertson).

4JC – Junyou Wang, for demonstrating care and kindness towards others consistently in Library (Mrs Hind). 

4JC – Justin Zhang, for demonstrating a consistent attitude in PE, always being a team player and giving his best (Mrs Phelps). 

KAS – Ava Craddock – for always giving her best in PE and demonstrating leadership in team games (Mrs Phelps). 

1HT – Bella Voortman – demonstrates excellent character strengths such as dedication and determination.  





RDA presented a fabulous "socially distant showcase", on 14 November

Connections: RDA Showcase

17 November 2020

RDA creates an amazing "alternative" show for our dancers

Watch the video

By Danielle White, RDA Director

RDA's 2020 Showcase on the weekend was originally planned to be presented as two performances at the AIS.  With COVID-19 restrictions, the event was reimagined as a socially distant one, and the TB Millar Hall was transformed into a dance performance space.  

The event with the theme "Connections" took place over one very long day, which included 65 performances from 8am through to 8:30pm, and involved the coordination and contribution of 20 Radford staff, 10 external staff, 40 dance classes and 300 students, many of whom were in  multiple dance groups. 

Special thanks to Kartyja Megic (RDA Assistant Director), and Nick Akhurst, who coordinated the massive technical support effort with assistance from Stephen Rose, Zac Harvey and the Technical Crew.

Thank you, also, to all RDA teaching staff (many of whom are Collegians), Afters staff, parents and students who have supported RDA in this very challenging year, and helped the students reach new heights in their dancing. 

Dress rehearsal for "Connections"

(L-R) – Lachlan Reid, Jay Macdonald, Aminda Weerasooriya, Lucas Boorer, Cameron Barnett, Rhys Milthorpe and Darryle Macdona

New 1st XI team members

18 November 2020

Four Year 6 students make the big league

Four new team members joined the 1st XI for the match against Grammar. 

This is a fantastic achievement for the debutants - Rhys Millthorpe, Lukas Boorer, Cameron Barnett, and Aminda Weerasooriya - who are in Year 6.  

Their 1st XI shirts were presented to the students by Lachlan Reid (Radford Cricket Captain), Jay Macdonald (1st XI Coach) and Darryle Macdonald (Radford Cricket TD).

Unfortunately, Radford didn’t secure a win in this game, however, there was some valuable experience for our new players.

While you were sleeping... Radford rowers at sunrise, image by Director of Rowing Vicky Spencer

Sports Report, 18 Nov 20

18 November 2020

Lots of exciting results, including 24 rowing medals!

While you are sleeping – at the top of the article is an amazing sunrise photo taken at 5.30am Thursday 12-11-20 by Coach Vicky. The Year 10 & Year 11 Boys training hard in preparation for ISRA. 

ISRA - Independent Schools Rowing Association Regatta 2020

From Ms Vicky Spencer – Director of Rowing

On Saturday Radford rowing packed up the boat shed and took 100 students up to Sydney to race at the International Regatta for our first major event of the season. For some of our rowers, this was their debut race or first visit to the Olympic rowing course. Every student raced between 2 – 5 events, helping Radford take home an impressive medal haul of 24 medals: 6 Gold, 12 Silver and 6 Bronze.

The success of event was a direct result of the cohesive team effort from coxes, rowers, coaches, staff and parent volunteers. Our team of quality, switched-on coxes kept the crews on time and sharp, busily hopping from one crew to another to get them to the start line on time. The focus of the day was ‘if learning is not uncomfortable, you are not really learning, this is the seat of discomfort’ (Brene Brown). Our students certainly all put themselves into uncomfortable positions, learning to deal with competition, learning about how to manage themselves in high pressure environments and how to work in a team.

A big ‘thank you’ to the Friends of Radford Rowing for keeping students, coaches and staff fed and watered, and to all rowers, students, coaches, staff and supporters.

Rowing ISRA Regatta results

Radford rowers Nov 2020


Round 4 – Nicholls Monday 9 November 2020

U12 Boys Radford Raptors just missed out on a win against the Daramalan Red 5-6 last week, with the team showing good skill improvement, thanks to Coach Will. 

U9 Mixed Radford Roadrunners had a convincing win against the Mixed Marvels 13 – 3

U9 Boys Radford Muffins had a win against The Wolf Squad 7-2 

U12/13 Mixed Sharks played a great game, especially those who are new to OzTag.  There was some impressive passing and even more impressive tagging - tagging is much harder than it looks!  Unfortunately, the opposition got the better in the second half, but the Sharks should be proud of how they played. 


U12 Girls Rhinos – Great team photo below

U12 Rhinos team



Radford College had a great win against North Woden on the weekend. 

  • Harry v Lachlan 6-3 (H)
    Bhav + Ryan vs Jess + Ewan 6-1 (B+R) 
  • Bhav v Jess 6-3 (B)
    Harry +Ryan vs Ewan + Lachlan 6-3(H+R) 
  • Harry + Bhav vs Lachlan + Jessica 6-1 (H+B)
    Ryan v Ewan 6-1 (R) 

Netball - Cadet Trials

Tuesday 24th November, 5.00-6.30pm
Thursday 26th November, 5.00-6.30pm 

  • Students in Years 9-11 who would like to trial for the Gold and Silver teams should attend both sessions. 
  • Students in Years 9-11 who do not want to trial for Gold and Silver but would be keen to play in Cadets, only need to attend 1 session. 
  • Students are to wear their PE/Sports uniform for the trials. 

Students should contact the Sports Department if they have any questions.

International Sports Camps – January 2021
Check out the flyer for the International Sports Camps on offer during the January 2021 School Holidays.   Sports on offer include Basketball, Cricket, Netball and Soccer. 

Basketball ACT Trials - http://www.basketballact.com.au/2021-representative-trials/
Overview of trials details  - last trials this weekend.

Kirrah Amosa, Class of 2011, selected for the Australian cast of "Hamilton"

Collegian News: Kirrah Amosa (Class of 2011)

18 November 2020

Kirrah has been selected as part of the cast of "Hamilton - the Musical"

Last week, the Australian cast of Hamilton the Musical was announced and included Collegian, Kirrah Amosa (Class of 2011). Congratulations, Kirrah, on this great achievement.

The cast of the production was hand-picked by Lin-Manual Miranda the American songwriter, actor, singer, rapper, producer, and playwright who created and starred in the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton.

Hamilton received critical acclaim when it premiered Off-Broadway on 17 February 2015, where the show was sold out for several months. The musical won eight Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical. In 2016 at the Tony Awards, Hamilton received a record-breaking 16 nominations and won 11 awards, including Best Musical. It received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The show starts in March 2021 at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.

Read the full story on the Collegians' website.

Year 10 female students attended the "She Leads High Conference"

Inspiring young women: "She Leads"

18 November 2020

This year's conference theme was "Unstoppable"

By Charly Snare, Year 10 

On 30 October, a team of Year 10 girls, accompanied by Mrs Hunter, attended the 2020 She Leads High Conference held by YWCA Canberra. The conference is held annually and is an opportunity for young girls to develop new practical skills and knowledge to help inspire and accelerate their leadership journey. This year’s conference theme was ‘Unstoppable’, so they had a few powerful young women speak and do a panel for us. 

The first speaker was Maddie Diamond, the founder of Trash Gather, a youth-led community group that arranges regular rubbish clean-ups across Canberra. She was named 2020 ACT Young Australian of the Year for her efforts. Hearing from such an influential young woman was really interesting - especially listening to her experience making a bold statement for climate justice at the National Award Ceremony, and her awkward encounter with the Prime Minister. 

The conference also included a panel session with four young women who have all had their own unique challenges with regards to leadership in the workplace. A personal favourite panellist was Kasey Dragisic, a firefighter with ACT fire and rescue. As she is part of such a male-dominated workforce, she has obviously come across some challenges, but she still made it into the squad. As a young woman who is looking towards an architectural/engineering career pathway that is very male-dominated, Kasey’s story spoke to me the most. She proved that if you work hard enough and deserve your position, you can truly do almost whatever you want in life. The last part of the conference focused on managing your own mental health, offering valuable skills and tips. 

If there are any girls who are thinking of attending this conference next year, I would highly recommend it, as it was a great inspirational experience and has definitely motivated me to take action and seek out future leadership roles.


Image for article: Drama Awards 2020

Drama Awards 2020

17 November 2020

Recognising outstanding contributions

By Nick Akhurst, Head of Cocurricular Drama 

2020 has been a challenge in many ways, not the least being how to create theatre with a limited audience, and how to connect online without changing the intent. I would like to thank all those involved in supporting us in continuing to create and present performances. 

Our students have worked to create a number of fine dramatic performances, ending with the Senior Drama Production, Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding - Senior Drama 2020

In Drama Co-curricular, we have several significant awards that are presented for productions, as a member of each production, and assessed across the whole program. 

Tony Harris was an active and dedicated member of the local theatre scene. He was a genuine lover of Drama - whether on stage or off stage.  He always contributed wholeheartedly and significantly to any production he was involved in. Never one for pretension or “star”-trappings, Tony would work hard and happily, whether in a lead role, a tiny supporting one, or as a set-builder or stage-hand. For a man so versatile, his modesty was one of his endearing traits. 

The first Tony Harris Award goes to Stella Martin for her whole-hearted contribution to the Senior Drama Production of Blood Wedding. The second Tony Harris Award goes to Adele Beaumont for whole-hearted and significant contribution to the technical crew and her involvement in a wide variety of productions including the Senior Drama and Year 12 Revue. 

The next award is sponsored by Ian Sinclair, who is a local director.  He was a founding member of ensemble company, fully sponsored by both Company B Belvoir in Sydney and LaMama in Melbourne. He has received a number of awards and travelled to the UK and USA as a Churchill Fellow to study dramaturgy. He has worked with a number of high profile theatre companies including Sydney Theatre Company. 

The recipient need not be in a starring role (as there is no such thing in theatre); the actor’s ability to interpret the role with sensitivity, depth and conviction while working unobtrusively and collaboratively with the ensemble as a whole will be the essential criteria. This award goes to Chelsea Kenneally for her dedicated and moving performance as the mother in the 2020 Senior Production of Blood Wedding

We could not create the high standard of performances we do without the time invested by a large number of students. The students listed below, in particular, have been recognised with Improvement, Contribution and Excellence Award for their involvement in the Technical Crew and the Senior Drama Production.

Blood Wedding - Senior Drama 2020



Excellence Lily Kelly-Ebbeck

Excellence Adele Beaumont

Contribution Oliver Johnstone

Contribution Luiza Luppi

Improvement Lucas Lang

Improvement Jadyn Holmik



Excellence Tom Berger

Improvement Jack McNiven

Contribution Oliver Bailey

Contribution Charlotte Taylor

Contribution Lachlan Wilson


 Blood Wedding - Senior Drama 2020




Bon appetit! Year 11 French students conclude the year in a festive mode

Y11 French Excursion

17 November 2020

French language practice of a most delicious kind

By Rhiannon Richards, French Teacher 

For the final double lesson of the Year 11 French course, we went to the wonderful Café Breizh at the Ainslie shops. Having studied the unit on Society and Community this semester, students were keen to put their knowledge to the test, in an authentic setting.

Students were able to order both savoury and sweet items in French, as well as appreciate the many cultural artefacts on display, from the region of Brittany. This was a fitting end to our studies, and a good way to send students off into their exam block. 

Once again, we would like to thank our hosts, Bruno and Bronwyn, for their willingness to allow students to practise their French, and the swift arrival of the delicious food. Thank you also to Di Fitzpatrick for accompanying us, and Paul, for driving us.

Year 1 thanks those who work in the paddock-to-plate food chain

Year 1 Takes Action - to say "thank you"!

17 November 2020

Students express their thanks in Christmas cards for primary producers

By Melinda Hamilton, Year 1 Teacher 

Christmas cards for a farmerLast week Year 1 had the opportunity to take action related to their investigations into ‘How We Organise Ourselves’. During this inquiry, students learnt about the paddock-to-plate process, and how important farmers are in supplying food for us to eat. Students had the opportunity to create a Christmas card for a farmer, to thank them for all their hard work. These cards are going to be distributed to Australian farmers by the Rural Aid organisation. 

Some messages in the cards:

  • Thank you for all our amazing food and for being so tough and growing all the food. You make us happy! Merry Christmas for you and the lovely animals and your family. It must be very hard for you. My favourite fruit is mango! I love farmers. We’re so lucky to have you – hip hip hooray for farmers! – Alannah

  • Thank you for all your hard work. We know that without farmers like you, we would not have anything to eat. My favourite meat is eye fillet steak and then bacon, but I thank you for all of the food you have made. I know it has been hard for farmers because of all the drought and bushfires but you persevered and got us more food. One more time, thank you! Good luck with coronavirus. Merry Christmas on your farm. – Hamish 

  • Thank you for producing food, clothes and other stuff and growing food to provide for us. Thank you for milking your cows. Thank you for growing beef, vegetables, eggs, bacon and clothing. We know it can be very hard and tough. Thank you for having perseverance. My favourite food is bacon. My favourite drink is milk, and we can’t eat without you. We have been learning about food and how it comes from you to us. Thanks for working really hard. Have a Merry Christmas. - Emmee

Creating thank you Christmas cards for farmers

Please give generously to support our local community

The Giving Tree: helping our local community

11 November 2020

The RTC supports the Capital Regional Community Services this Christmas

For the past five years, the Radford Tribal Council has supported the Belconnen Community Service Christmas Appeal. Profits from the Term 3 disco have been used by the students to purchase gifts from Kmart to donate to this very worthy, local organisation. 

The organisation has now changed its name to Capital Regional Community Service, but it still provides support for people in our local Belconnen community. 

2020 has been a very difficult year for many people, with the bushfires and smoke in January, and then all the challenges that COVID-19 has brought, so there will be more individuals and families than ever needing help this Christmas.

 Radford support has contributed to create half of the 100 hampers handed out in previous years, and with many more hampers needed this year, the RTC would love to encourage families to purchase gifts to help. 

All gifts need to be new and must not be wrapped. Please place these in the Magic Bathtub in the JS reception before the end of November. See poster for suggestions and details.

Watch a short video from the students for further explanation of the Giving Tree project.


PS: Message from Rev. Katherine:
As well as supporting the Giving Tree, Secondary School students are invited to bring donations of gifts and food items for Anglicare to the Christmas tree in the library.





Support the P&F and grab a bargain at the Second Hand Uniform Shop

P&F Uniform Shop - book online!

18 November 2020

You can now book online to visit the Second Hand Shop

Second Hand Uniform Shop - Online Bookings Open 

We are excited to announce that you can now book online to schedule your appointments with the Parents & Friends Second Hand Uniform Shop. The shop is not open for walk-in/unscheduled visits. 

When making an appointment, please include: 

  • Your contact details
  • Include details of what you wish to purchase (item, size, for male/female)
  • Details of how many children you want to purchase uniforms for.

Please remember to cancel or reschedule if you cannot attend your appointment.  

It is a super easy booking system, and won’t take any more than a few minutes of your time to complete. Click here.

Please note Term 4 hours of operation:

Tuesdays 12:30pm - 5:30pm
Thursdays 12:30pm - 5:30pm

The P&F Second Hand Uniform shop looks forward to being able to assist families with their uniform requirements.


Jim Lilley
P&F President


Radford College

Sports Holiday Programs, Dec & Jan 2020

18 November 2020

Now including aquatic sports, tennis and other activities

Radford is offering a range of sports holiday programs, starting with Tennis on 9 December

Full details in the flyer attached (three pages).

Please note - Aquatic Sports have now been added since the Sports holiday program was first advertised, and there have been some changes to the mulit-sport page also.


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.

Traffic Safety

Traffic Safety

REMINDER: There is NO OVERTAKING permitted on any road on campus. Please observe this rule, even when there is traffic queueing at peak times.