Radford Bulletin Term 4, Week 7 – 27 November 2019
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Sun 1 Dec 2019, Radford Chapel, 7 pm. All welcome!
27 November 2019
Claire Melloy - Assistant Principal, Student Development
Reflections from our College Captains 2019
In thinking about what to write this week, I was reflecting upon the wisdom of many of our students and how observant and reflective they can be.
This is one of our Captains’ secondary school assembly addresses. Once again, we see how much we learn from our young people and the importance of authentic student voice. (The reference to Robert Burns is an added bonus for those of us who are English teachers!)
Ethan: The time has come when we begin to hand over the baton and welcome the new group of leaders for next year. But this act of handing over the baton is not exclusive to us as Year 12s, it’s applicable to every one of you in this gym today, because you all leave a legacy for the year below to receive. Radford in itself is one endless relay race, with the culmination of each year a metaphorical exchange of the baton where an outgoing year hands the baton to the next year and they continue the race. As any good relay team will know, this handing over the baton is the most important part of the race – do it well and you set up the next leg for success, but do it poorly and before you know it, you’ve tarnished your leg and hindered the next group. So as we approach Term 4, and enter the stage of the relay where both parties start running to prepare for the handover, we decided that we wanted to emphasise the importance of leaving things better than when you received them.
Amy: Although today the focus is on the future leaders of the College, leaving things better than when you received them doesn’t just relate to leadership positions or badges. If anything, it relates more to the everyday interactions amongst year groups that have helped build the strong sense of community that we have here at the College, and the pride which comes with wearing the College crest. When you all leave at the end of the year, bright-eyed and keen for holidays, it won’t be long until you find yourself back at school, ready to start a new year, face different challenges and make more memories. But there’ll also be the year group below you, starting where you left off and following in the footsteps that you left behind from your experience in that year.
Katie: An obvious handover is the one that the Year 10s receive as they inherit the glamorous white shirt. Along with the added responsibility of not staining our shirts with tomato sauce, the decisions that we make as senior students – how we use the kitchen, how we drive, how we spend our free periods – sets a precedent for incoming year groups, and how we use these privileges not only reflects on a year group but also on senior students collectively as role models within the college.
Another handover that we often forget about is the budding Year 6 students who join the high school. Transitioning out of their respective junior schools, these newly inducted high schoolers become part of a community and are easily identifiable. In our interactions within the school grounds, on sporting fields or even just in public, if we are kind and courteous, then these new students inherit a positive legacy and one that agrees with the values that we pride ourselves on.
Will: As students who wear the Radford uniform, it is important to remember that we inherit the reputations of those who came before us and have an opportunity to leave an impression for those following us to look at and even be inspired by. This can be as simple as giving up your seat on a bus for a person who needs it, or putting your rubbish in the bin, but whatever you do during your time at Radford, always remember to leave it better than when you received it.
As the great 1700s Scottish poet Robert Burns once wrote:
O were my love yon Lilac fair,
Wi' purple blossoms to the Spring,
And I, a bird to shelter there,
When wearied on my little wing!
How I wad mourn when it was torn
By Autumn wild, and Winter rude!
But I wad sing on wanton wing,
When youthfu' May its bloom renew'd.
Now, I have no idea what this actually means but it sounded intelligent and impactful. I heard it on TV once and apparently, it’s about renewal. But I think if Robert Burns was here today, he’d say “pass that baton on with style and grace, even if it is difficult, you’ll be all the better for it”. And to this we’d all say, “Robert could you please repeat yourself; I’m having trouble understanding you under that thick 18th century Scottish accent”. So, do yourself, this school and Robert Burns proud: pass that baton on with the pride that you’ve given it.
Good Luck Year 12!
(Claire Melloy: And remember, we will still be here next year and would love to see you)
27 November 2019
The College is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr David Perceval as Chief Operating Officer, commencing in January 2020
I am delighted to inform you that we have now appointed Mr David Perceval to be our new Chief Operating Officer.
David has an impressive Curriculum Vitae and comes to Radford highly recommended by the many people we have spoken to. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer at the Australian Academy of Science, a position he has held for the past three years. Prior to that he was the Assistant Director (Development and COO) and Chief Financial Officer at the National Gallery of Australia for eight years. For approximately ten years prior to that, he held accounting roles at KPMG and Walter Turnbull.
David’s professional qualifications include the degree of Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), he is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Certificate of Public Practice, and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in New Zealand and Australia.
David is also a Radford parent, with Jamie currently in Year 10, and Madeleine a graduate of the Class of 2017.
David will take up his role at Radford on Monday 6 January 2020, but is hoping to spend some time with Acting COO Peter Gunning, before Peter concludes his appointment on Friday 13 December.
26 November 2019
Rev. Katherine Rainger
Reflecting on the festival of Christ the King
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In the last few years, the British Royal Family made a popular comeback. People admired the Queen’s many decades of faithful service and sense of duty. Who could resist Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and their ‘relatable’ parents? The popular television series The Crown has ensured that my own Netflix subscription remains current. And yet, as the serious allegations regarding the actions of Prince Andrew have emerged, the role of the Royal Family has once again come under scrutiny.
On Sunday, the Christian festival of ‘Christ the King’ or the ‘The Reign of Christ’ was celebrated. Like all our language for God, ‘King’ is an approximation, a choice of words in an attempt to describe the divine. ‘Jesus is King’ is part of Christian vocabulary everywhere from traditional hymns to American rapper Kanye West’s recent album.
What might this language and this festival mean, given the realities of human leadership in its various and fallible forms, the history of the church where dominance of others has occurred all too often, and injustices and suffering, even as people of faith profess that God is active in the world?
Part of the answer lies in the type of reign that God inaugurates through the person of Jesus Christ. The Gospel reading for the Festival of Christ the King takes us into the very scene of crucifixion. Jesus is crucified under a sign that says, ‘King of the Jews’ and soldiers mock him telling him to use his power to save himself.
Two thieves are crucified on either side of Jesus. One thief mocks Jesus telling him to save himself, the other thief sees something that others have missed, ‘… This man has done nothing wrong … Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ To which Jesus replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’
Jesus is a king who fully enters into the human condition as a vulnerable baby. He proclaimed the reign of God through his teaching, healing, feeding and challenge to the powers of his day. He is a king who suffers and dies. But that is not the end of the story.
The resurrection of Jesus informs a way of being in the world which empowers his followers to continue his work. Followers who are intentional in living a life where their number one allegiance is to the reign of God, where peace, justice, mercy, kindness and above all love are proclaimed and lived out in large and small ways.
As our College prayer reminds us, it is God’s love that binds ‘the things of earth with the Kingdom of Heaven.’ May we be ever conscious of God’s love for all creation and may it guide us in all we do.
Rev. Katherine Rainger
Radford Carols, Sunday 1 December, 7pm - all welcome!
27 November 2019
Andy Gordon Deputy Principal Head of Junior School
Celebration, class placements for 2020, farewell Father Richard, and wisdom from Rev. Fred Rogers
Dates to Remember
Thurs 28 Nov
Year 5 Kite Day
Mon 2 Dec
Kinder Nativity KAS and KLP
Wed 4 Dec
Father Richard Farewell
Thurs 5 Dec
Year 6 Chapel, Graduation, Dinner and Disco
Fri 6 Dec
Kinder Nativity KCH and KSG
Mon 9 Dec
Junior School Celebration
Tues 10 Dec
JS Christmas Chapel
Mon 3 Feb
Tues 4 Feb
First Day of Term 1, 2020 for all students
It is with excitement that we prepare for the upcoming Celebration with our learners and teachers, at AIS Arena. Please check the attached documents for details, and be aware that there are changes, from previous years. Junior School , Secondary School
2020 Class Placements
2020 Classes will be released in mid-January. We know you will respect and appreciate knowing the timing of the announcement.
Father Richard's Farewell and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood”
The Junior School Farewell Assembly for Father Richard will be a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge and thank Father Richard for his inspiring energy and gracious love for the Radford Community. In the short time I have worked with Father Richard, and in the knowledge of his legend and legacy, I can't help but draw parallels with one of this planet's incredible child communicators, Reverend Fred Rogers.
I've been following with interest the production of the movie, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood", starring Tom Hanks. It is an honouring acknowledgement of the life and work of Mr Rogers, exploring both the man and his mission. It traverses his skills, flaws, faith and calling, so grounded in his convictions, that his impact still resonates with relevance and challenge today.
Here are a few of his own thoughts on love, community and being a neighbour. I encourage you to be present and pause in between reading each one. (Quotes source)
“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”
—Spoken in 1994, quoted in his obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
On Loving Our Neighbours
“You know, I think everybody longs to be loved, and longs to know that he or she is lovable. And, consequently, the greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they’re loved and capable of loving.”
—America’s Favorite Neighbor (television documentary), 2003.
“I believe that appreciation is a holy thing, that when we look for what’s best in the person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does; so in appreciating our neighbour, we’re participating in something truly sacred.”
—Commencement Address at Middlebury College May, 2001
“What do you think it is that drives people to want far more than they could ever use or need? I frankly think it’s insecurity. How do we let the world know that the trappings of this life are not the things that are ultimately important for being accepted?”
From The World According to Mister Rogers:
“There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.”
“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”
On the Value of Life
“As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has–or ever will have–something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.”
“Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can sometimes be easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love. Like all of life’s important coping skills, the ability to forgive and the capacity to let go of resentments most likely take root very early in our lives.”
“The real issue in life is not how many blessings we have, but what we do with our blessings. Some people have many blessings and hoard them. Some have few and give everything away.”
On Meeting People
“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”
“Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort.”
I love each of the quotes above and the one on 'Gratitude' propels me to action. To practise appreciation as a thought, attitude, action and habit. I wonder which one might have resonated with you and what action might you practise?
I am thankful, as I am sure you are too, for those in life that we encounter with the courage to risk reputation and privilege to embody an otherworldly understanding of greatness, with no other purpose or motive than to bring out the beauty in other people. We are fortunate to farewell Father Richard, for it means we have had the opportunity to journey with him in the quest towards truth, compassion, wisdom, redemption and love.
Deputy Principal Head of Junior School
26 November 2019
By Kirsten Knight, Head of Co-curricular Music
Recognising our dedicated and talented musicians
By Kirsten Knight, Head of Co-curricular Music
Our wonderful music students have worked hard throughout this year and the quality of their performances has reflected this. Whether Concert Bands, Choirs, String Orchestras, Guitar Ensembles, Rock/Pop or Jazz Bands, Big Bands, Percussion or String Ensembles, Piano Groups, or Audio Production, our students have been part of exciting concerts, Eisteddfods and other events this year.
At this point in the year I want to congratulate all of the students involved in our music groups and thank them for their important contribution to the Radford community.
Improvement, Contribution and Excellence Awards
Some individual students have been singled out by their conductors and directors to be acknowledged for their particular strengths and contributions to their groups. The following students have been given ICE Awards for Improvement, Contribution or Excellence within their particular group.
Beginner Instrumental Program
George Birmingham - Contribution
Hannah Rankin - Excellence
Finley Rosengren - Improvement
Sousa Concert Band
Bonnie Hardy - Contribution
Max Zhou-Smith - Excellence
Gershwin Concert Band
Ellie Archer - Contribution
May Flanagan - Excellence
Lyam Boyce - Improvement
Holst Concert Band
Miranda Young - Contribution
Emily Gates - Excellence
Rohan Wilson - Improvement
Bernstein Symphonic Wind Orchestra
Maddison Scott - Contribution
James Thirkell - Contribution
Olivia Young - Excellence
Tianchen Wei - Contribution
Siyara Malhinge - Excellence
Xavier McDonald - Improvement
Sarah Dias - Contribution
Ella Huang - Excellence
Nadia Yao - Contribution
Amira Hibberd - Excellence
Patrick Knight - Contribution
Louisa Smith - Contribution
Annabelle Smith - Excellence
Luiza Luppi - Improvement
Kellie Gordon - Contribution
Michael Troy - Excellence
Joshua Daffern - Excellence
Mozart String Orchestra
Peter Gordiev - Contribution
Ava O’Shea - Excellence
Lucinda Harrison - Improvement
Haydn String Orchestra
Audrey Fillingham - Contribution
Ethan Shen - Excellence
Vivaldi String Orchestra
Kamae Rajen - Contribution
Amelie Smith - Excellence
Elgar String Orchestra
Nadia Yao - Excellence
Brian Chen - Improvement
Corelli Chamber String Orchestra
Jessica Ward - Excellence
Sarah Zhu - Excellence
Anneke Van Der Vyver - Improvement
Daniel Majchrzak - Contribution
Finn Clarke - Improvement
Little Big Band
Rohan Wilson - Contribution
Harvey Hazlehurst - Excellence
Bird Jazz Ensemble
Liam Van Der Vyver - Excellence
Aarav Kochhar - Excellence
Hendrix Guitar Ensemble
Will Harrison - Improvement
Montgomery Guitar Ensemble
Jesse Wright - Excellence
Ben Ni - Excellence
Chelsea Allen - Improvement
Cross Rhythm Percussion Ensemble
Owen Toyne - Contribution
Precision Percussion Ensemble
Ethan Robards - Contribution
Monahan Hazlehurst - Contribution
Junior School Piano Performers
Emilie Gautama - Contribution
Iris Bian - Contribution
Congratulations to all of these students.
Our Music Service Awards are awarded to students in Years 10 and 12 who have given exceptional service to the Music Department over a number of years. These students participate in multiple music groups and often assist with younger groups as well.
Our Service Award recipients are as follows:
Thank you to all these students for their enormous contribution to the Music Department.
While I am thanking the students who contribute so much to our department, I must make mention of our amazing Music Captains. These students work behind the scenes at every concert and event we put on and provide positive guidance and inspiration to our younger musicians. Thank you to our 2019 Music Captains!
Well done to all of our music students for a terrific year of music-making. Thank you to all the Radford families and staff who have attended our events to support our musicians.
26 November 2019
Kathleen Notley, Round Square Coordinator
For parents and students - Wed 4 December, 5:30 pm
Based on the success of this year’s trip, Radford College students in Years 9 – 11 will once again partner with students from Bunbury College for an exciting and rewarding service tour of Cambodia, 7 – 17 July 2020. during the holiday period.
The program consists of a range of 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.
The Rustic Pathways Manager, Laura Toole, will be coming to Radford College at 5.30pm on Wednesday 4 December for the launch of the program through an informative presentation and Q&A session for prospective parents and students.
RSVP: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
20 November 2019
Holiday sports and fun activities
Sports holiday programs will run in December and January. See full details of dates, costs and activities in the programs below.
- Composite program - all sessions
- Water Sports Program
- December Sports Program
- January Sports Program
- Australian Sports Camps flyer
Enquiries to Sports Administrator Dianne Wilson
13 November 2019
Get involved with the College's governance
Dear Radford Community,
The Radford College Board is seeking expressions of interest to fill upcoming vacant positions on Board Committees.
The College is governed by a Board of Directors chaired by Mr Steven Baker, supported by the following three Committees:
- Finance Committee – Chaired by Ms Vicki Williams
- Education and Wellbeing Committee – Chaired By Mr Malcolm Lamb AM
- Building and Grounds Committee – Chaired by Ms Mariana Galinec
Expressions are sought from people who have relevant experience operating on Boards and/or Governing committees or sub–committees, with relevant skills appropriate to the roles and responsibilities of the Committees as set out in their respective Charters (linked above).
Expressions of Interest are to take the form of a brief half‑page outline of your relevant skills and experience and your reason for expressing interest.
Expressions should be provided to the Secretary via email to Chairman@radford.act.edu.au
Radford College Limited
26 November 2019
Radford Tribal Council
Valuing the RTC Waste Free Wednesdays initiative
Radford Tribal Council: ACT Smart Schools Awards
This year the Radford Tribal Council (RTC) kickstarted a new sustainability initiative in the Junior School. You have probably heard of it. It has been very popular with the student body, making it a terrific success. The initiative is called “Waste Free Wednesday.”
For those who are unfamiliar Waste Free Wednesday, the idea emerged out of discussions about how the RTC could act to help our college community achieve its sustainability goals. Every Wednesday students are encouraged to come to school with their lunch boxes free of any kind of disposable wrapping. The response has been amazing, demonstrating the passion and concern that exists for the environment among students and the will to take action to reduce our environmental footprint.
Last week our efforts were recognised at the ACT Smart Schools awards event, hosted by Shane Rattenbury MLA. We were nominated for awards in “Staff and Environmental Team” and “Sustainable Project” awards categories. Our year 6 RTC representatives went along to represent us at the event: Astrid Kenna, Audrey Potter, Paige Le Lievre and Liliane Alblas (pictured below).
The awards event was held on a Wednesday, so we were feeling optimistic that we might succeed in winning our categories. Although we did not win in either category - there were more around 80 participating schools - our efforts were warmly acknowledged, and we returned to school with lots of inspiration to expand Waste Free Wednesday further next year and suggestions for new sustainability initiatives too. It was incredible to hear about the sustainability initiatives other schools have undertaken and to feel part of a broader movement of social and environmental responsibility.
On behalf of the RTC we would like to thank the Radford Junior School for supporting this initiative and encourage everyone to continue to support it next year. A big “thank you” in particular to Ms Hamilton and Mr Madden who helped us implement Waste Free Wednesday.
26 November 2019
Exciting cricket results, special programs available, and round the grounds reports
Girls Make your Move
There are still spaces left in the Radford Girls Make Your Move (Secondary School girls only) fitness for the 2019/20 Summer (Terms 4 2019 & 1 2020) sports season.
The sessions are held in the Weights Room on Mondays from 5:00-6:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00-11:30am.
Cost is $100 for the season, for one or both sessions/week. If your daughter is interested in joining, please contact Dianne.Wilson@radford.act.edu.au.
Around the Grounds 22-24 Nov 2019
The Radford Dragons (Year 10 Girls) took on the Radford Wests (Year 11 Girls) last Friday lunchtime in a rescheduled Round 2 match. The Year 11 Girls played with significant effort and determination, however with no substitutions it became a challenge for the girls to hold the Dragons out from scoring. The Dragons came away with a strong win with an excellent display of skill, speed and agility.
The Radford Cricket Program had a very successful weekend of play across all divisions. Radford finished with wins in the following divisions:
- 11 years Division 1
- 12 years Division 1
- 12 years Division 2
- 13 years Division 1
- 13 years Division 2 (Heat)
- 13 years Division 2 (Scorchers)
- 14 years Division 1
- 14 years Division 2
- First XI comprehensively defeated St Edmunds
2020 Indoor Cricket Representative Trial Nominations Now Open
Ahead of the 2020 Indoor Cricket representative season, Cricket ACT is requesting nominations for the Opens, Masters & Juniors ACT Indoor Cricket sides.
The Indoor Cricket program has proven to be great asset to developing talent of all ages for cricket in the region.
2020 Australian Masters Championships
Date: Saturday 23rd of May to Saturday 30th of May
2020 Australian Open Championships
Date: Saturday 27th of June to Saturday 4th of July
2020 Australian Junior Championships
Date: Saturday 4th of July to Saturday 11th of July
Trial locations and times will be communicated once confirmed.
All players interested in being eligible for selection must participate in the trial process, to register please complete the online form that can be found HERE. For more information please contact Cricket ACT +61 2 6183 3209
Kung Fu Classes, Gibbons Pavilion, Radford
Following on from their Year 8 workshop last year, the Yut Hung Kung Fu Academy is now teaching classes at Radford College. All classes are taught by Radford Collegian Dr Wilson Lo who started the academy 15 years ago with the emphasis on the tuition of practical self-defence and upholding the three virtues of Discipline, Respect and Compassion.
The academy also runs Canberra Dragon Dance, so students have the option of performing in martial arts, dragon and lion dance in major festivals and events across Canberra.
Classes are held at the Gibbons Pavilion on Monday and Thursdays 4:00 – 5:30pm. For more information visit www.moonbearkungfu.com or call Dr Wilson Lo on 0419297347 or just pop into a class and say hello!
26 November 2019
Hannah R, 5TM
An innovative endurance challenge for Year 5 students
By Hannah R, 5TM
Year 5 students have been running and walking, every Tuesday and Thursday morning, for approximately half an hour. We run laps around the oval, each lap is about 400m long. As a Year 5 cohort, we are trying to run around the whole of Australia (in distance) by the end of the year. We started in Week 1 of Term 1. Year 5 have been trying very hard to achieve this goal, and we are not giving up because we all love facing a good challenge.
So far, we have run about three-quarters of the way - about 8839.2kms. That is quite a lot! We still have about 3160.8kms to go. If we want to achieve this goal by the end of the year, each and every person has to run 72 laps with 10 days of school left, so 7 laps each, per day or more.
Year 5 are trying their hardest and are going to push to the finish line to run around the whole of Australia.
Uniform Shop Holiday Hours
Perm-A-Pleat Uniform Shop Holiday Hours
Last trading day for 2019 is Friday 13 December 2019. Shop reopens Monday 13 January 2020 on regular trading hours. See uniform website page for other details.