Radford Bulletin Term 4, Week 7 – 28 November 2018

News & Articles

Y10 Shakespeare

Tues 27 Nov 6pm-The Bard on Broadway PAC; Thurs 29 Nov 6pm-The Tea of Tyronne Rm 61; FREE!

Awards Events

Diary dates: Tues 11 December Junior School Awards Afternoon Secondary School Awards Night

Carol Service

Sunday 9 December, 7pm, Radford Chapel, all welcome!

Photo by Audrey Brown

Staff Insights

Bill Weigall, Assistant Principal - Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting

From the Assistant Principal, Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting

27 November 2018

Bill Weigall

A continuing program of refining the reporting processes

By Bill Weigall - Assistant Principal, Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting

As we near the end of the year, the industrious team in my office are finalising mark books in preparation for reporting, ATAR estimates, a variety of certification processes and compiling data for Awards Night. As ever, I am grateful for their unstinting efforts to make these processes accurate, meaningful and student-focussed.

Every semester, these processes, so familiar in most ways, vary slightly from our previous experiences, which mitigates against complacency. For the first time in many years, we are without the corporate knowledge of Mrs Jenny Drake and Ms Nancy Bonham, who are both on long service leave. This is also the first time that we are preparing the Year 10 certification data entirely from within SEQTA. We are grateful for the patience and attention to detail of our students and their families, who have helped us to ensure that the certificates will be true records of achievement. While there is an inevitable learning curve for new staff, I am very pleased with progress to date.

Although reporting via SEQTA has become a familiar and almost comfortable process, we are always looking to ensure that it is effective for students as they seek to improve their skills and knowledge. To that end, we have revisited the imperatives. Since 2013 the federal government has required that school reports must:

“be given to each person responsible for the student at least twice a year… give an accurate and objective assessment of the student’s progress and achievement, including an assessment of the student’s achievement:

(i) against any available national standards; and
(ii) relative to the performance of the student’s peer group; and
(iii) reported as A, B, C, D or E (or on an equivalent 5-point scale) for each subject studied, clearly defined against specific learning standards.”

Source: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2013L01476 Accessed 24/11/18

These requirements have, in their turn, informed the ACT Department of Education’s guidelines, which can be found here. Working with SEQTA, our Heads of Department have created outcomes or criteria which incorporate the key elements of the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards for each course, and so ensure that we are compliant with both guides. For some time now though, we have been questioning how effective the reports were in helping student to improve their learning.

I first wrote of our review of reporting back in Term 2, and have since reported back on the exchange of views at the parent forum we conducted. Interestingly, the national debate has intensified since then, with this ACER article hitting my desk just after my last Bulletin piece. Already confident that parents would welcome timely and less formal feedback on student performance and progress, the growing commitment within the education sector, as embodied in the article, has compounded my faith in our model. As I write, our Year 8 parents will be seeing more results and commentary arriving in the Assessment space on SEQTA as part of our trial. The comments there will replace the retrospective teacher comment in the semester report. Within the week, these parents will also be receiving an email from me asking for their thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of the information provided in this way. The Academic Executive staff will then consider the survey results when finalising plans for reporting in Semester 1 of 2019.

On a similar note, parents of Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will have received NAPLAN reports by mail. We have begun the process of interrogating this data, with a view to informing teaching programs and, consequently, student learning. As usual, we are cautiously positive about the comparisons with other schools and student cohorts. Radford has again performed well, and initiatives enacted in response to previous data appear to be paying dividends. Of course, there are always lessons to be learned, and I am working with the Heads of Mathematics and English specifically, and the Association of Independent Schools NSW, more generally, to ensure that our response to the data is informed, comprehensive and focussed on learning.

With semester reporting well under way, our astute teachers are particularly mindful of students’ progress and performance. My Philosophy class will soon be completing a short survey asking them to reflect on how effectively they were prepared to learn in the class. Many other subjects will collect similar data, which will then be triangulated with class assessment data, AAS test data and NAPLAN. During the professional learning days in both December and January, staff will consider this data as they make informed decisions about how to optimise teaching each cohort over the coming semester.

Finally, with the end of term looming, we have taken the opportunity to reimagine the timetable for the last couple of days. Heads of Department and their teams have worked with Mrs Louise Wallace-Richards to come up with a variety of activities designed to complement and enrich the learning done in traditional classes during the semester. In between the inevitable text book returns and locker purging, students should be applying their skills and knowledge to some interesting scenarios and activities. As ever, we would welcome feedback on this initiative as we look towards possibly expanding the model for next year.

Although mindful that it is not yet the end of spring, this will be my last bulletin article of the year, so I will close by wishing you a wonderful summer holiday season. I look forward to catching up with some of you in the coming days and still others in the New Year.


Chaplain Erin Tuineau

Chaplain's Reflection: attitudes to women

26 November 2018

Rev. Erin Tuineau

How do we help make sure that everyone is treated with respect?

It has been hard to ignore the number of women that have reported being mistreated by men in power during their careers. Every time I read or hear about a story relating to this issue on the news, I find myself in disbelief, but also incredibly angry. How can this be happening in our society? Australia prides itself on being progressive and democratic, giving everyone a ‘fair go’, but now many of us are starting to wonder if Australia really is a society that stands for equality, particularly gender equality. If women are still being treated with such deep disrespect, then maybe there are some strong patriarchal beliefs that many continue to hold on to, even in 2018! I find it scary to think that this is the case, but if it is, then it needs to be addressed, and now.

As a mother of a young boy, and as a person who works with teenage boys, I often ask myself ‘How can I help make sure the next generation of men treat women with the genuine and deep respect that they deserve?’ And to be honest, I do not know what the answer is. I know a lot of attention has been given to empowering young girls to stand up for themselves, which is great, but I think we need to address the problem where it begins, and that is with the attitudes that boys have towards girls starting from the time when they first realize that there are different genders (which seems to be around the age of 3, from my experience).

Half the problem seems to be that most of the men in power who have been accused of mistreating women do not even realize that what they are doing is wrong. So, it is my hope that we can somehow communicate to the next generation of men what is acceptable, and what is not, when it comes to how they relate to the females in their life. This may require some serious dialogue between both genders, so that we all have the same understanding about what needs to be communicated in the first place.

I have to say, I am deeply ashamed of the fact that the Church has in many ways contributed to the mistreatment of women. I would even go as far as saying that we have laid the foundation on which men have been able justify why it is ok to treat women as their less than equal counterpart. Unfortunately, in times gone past, church leaders did not hesitate in painting a picture of women as being the ones who brought evil into the world. I am, of course, referring to the story in Genesis 3 where Eve is described as being the first to take the fruit from the forbidden tree of knowledge of Good and Evil, which led to the event known as ‘The Fall’. Whether we are aware of it or not, these stories, and the way that we communicate them to others, can shape the way a whole culture understands both genders. The church has certainly used this story as an argument for men to be in control of women, and even though many do not attend regular church services in our society today, there is no doubt in my mind that this argument has reached far and wide into the psyche of many Australians, over many generations. The high rate of domestic violence in our nation is one indicator of this.

I do not usually invite others to share their ideas on the matters I raise on these articles, but on this particular issue, I would very much welcome your ideas as to how we can help our boys and young men to see the females in their life differently. As equal. As I said earlier, I do not know what the answer is, but some of you might know where we need to start as a community in addressing this problem.

Email Rev. Erin



Royal Theatre, National Convention Centre Canberra

December 11 Awards - Details

5 December 2018

Attendance compulsory for all students

Our awards events are the culmination of the academic year and a celebration of all students’ achievements. The program includes speakers, dance and music. Attendance by students is compulsory (further details below). Parents and friends of the College are warmly invited to attend.

Junior School Awards Afternoon

Secondary School Awards Night

Tuesday 11 December

Tuesday 11 December

Royal Theatre, National Convention Centre Canberra

Royal Theatre, National Convention Centre Canberra

Attendance compulsory for Kindergarten to Year 6 students.

Attendance compulsory for Year 7–11 students.

Please note: All award winners and performers for the evening have already been notified by letter or by their tutor. Winners will find out which award (s) they are receiving on Awards Night.

Kindergarten to Year 6 students will be dismissed at 2 pm.

Students in Years 7–9 will be dismissed at 2.35 pm.

Year 6 students to arrive at Royal Theatre no later than 2.30 pm for rehearsal.

All other students to arrive by 3.30 pm so teachers can take the attendance roll.

Start time is 3.50 pm sharp and event concludes at 5 pm

As per instruction sheet, award winners to arrive at Royal Theatre before 6.20 pm. Floor Manager will take attendance.

All other students to arrive by 6.40 pm. Tutors mark attendance roll and students sit in their year groups.

Start time is 7.00 pm sharp and evening concludes by 9.00 pm.

Year 6 students must wear FULL winter uniform. All other years to wear summer uniform. 

All students must wear FULL winter uniform.

Image for article: JS News 28 Nov 2018

JS News 28 Nov 2018

28 November 2018

Karen Mahar, Acting Head of Junior School

Promoting wellbeing is an important whole-college focus

Dates to Remember:

Monday 3 Dec

Kindergarten Chapel

Tues 4 Dec

JS Sneak Peek Day

Thurs 6 Dec

Awards Afternoon Rehearsal

Fri 7 Dec

Year 6 End of Year Activity

Tues 11 Dec

Kindergarten Picnic
Last Day of Term – JS students school finishes 2.00pm
Awards Afternoon – 3.50pm at National Convention Centre

Instilling a sense of belonging, and an ongoing feeling of hope in everyone, is a whole-college focus at Radford College.

Imagine, believe, achieve

An overarching concept for the Junior School Wellbeing program is exploring ideas around doing good and feeling good. This is undertaken without the suggestion that we should always feel good. We use positive psychology principles, within an educational setting, intended to have a positive impact on student, staff and wider-community wellbeing, both by way of enhancing wellbeing and also reducing ill-being.

When we play around with the words:

Wellbeing can be changed around to being well - the major difference between wellbeing and illbeing is WE 

This approach acknowledges the significance of how we feel about ourselves, and how this can directly influence both how we feel about others and how we treat our environment.

This year, in the Junior School, we have had an implicit focus, as well as explicit Wellbeing lessons.

One part of the Junior School Wellbeing program is inquiring into character strengths. Character strengths are described as the capacities humans have for thinking, feeling and behaving.

Character strength infographic

The spotlighting of character strengths has included exploring fairness, humility, a love of learning, bravery, perseverance and resilience. We have explored and discussed these character strengths and then acknowledged and celebrated these behaviours at our fortnightly Celebration assemblies.

The current character strength spotlight in the Junior School is HOPE. A hopeful person expects the best for the future and works to achieve this.

Words of wisdom from Einstein

Harry Blake with his award, and with Director of Service Learning, George Huitker

Harry Blake honoured for service

27 November 2018


Harry received the Medallion for Outstanding Individual Leadership by a Y11 or Y2 student

Year 12 student Harry Blake has been awarded the Order of Australia (ACT Branch) 2018 Medallion for Outstanding Individual Leadership by a Y11 or Y2 Student.

Harry has contributed extensively to local service learning programs such as RAID Basketball, World’s Greatest Shave, Year 10 Bike Marathon, Steptember, GetSet Mentoring, and Relay Life, as well as the Gamilaraay Service in Northern New South Wales, and the Timor Leste partnership.

Harry also represented Radford at the significant commemoration and reconciliation services at Myall Creek and Appin.

We join in congratulating Harry, on his compassion, contribution and leadership.


Read the citation in full.




Year 10 students find new ways to share the magic of Shakespeare

Shakespeare: reinvented by Year 10 Drama

28 November 2018

Amy Dunham, Drama

'Romeo and Juliet' meets 'Macbeth' as Year 10 students meld and mash-up Shakespeare in imaginative ways

The Tea of Tyronne
Thursday November 29at 6pm
Room 61, Performing Arts Centre

Throughout the past term our Drama classes have been working towards putting on a production revolving around Shakespeare and integrating several plays to create one cohesive production with an overarching theme to connect the plays.  

The Tea of Tyronne
Welcome to Tyronne’s Tea House! Will Shakespeare is a new writer trying to make it as a playwright. He is inspired by the quirky characters around him at this busy shop, where emotions run wild. The tea house is operated by Tyronne and his roommate/best friend – the slack, but loveable, Tom. All is well until the beautiful Julie appears, an employee from a competitor (Starbucks) leaving Tom smitten. But as Tom’s ambition for power grows, and Julie’s along with it, we are faced with consequences. 

Will Tom’s ambition change him?
Will he and Julie stay together?
What will happen to Tyronne and Tom’s friendship?
What will happen to Tyronne’s shop? 

With scenes from Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, we pose the question… “How much would you let your emotions get the better of you in the name of love?” 

This piece promises to deliver punchy modern dialogue and music, in contrast with some of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes from two of his most famous couples (Lady Macbeth and Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet). Our piece draws distinct parallels between these infamous literary lovers and all modern love stories.


Please give generously to help others

The Giving Tree - hope at Christmas

26 November 2018

Alison Steven

Support those less fortunate at Christmas

The Giving Tree project is up and running in the Senior School library for all Year 7 – 10 students to access. Together with the Junior School, we hope to collect unwrapped gifts and non-perishable food and toiletries to donate to local Canberra families. Any gifts will be delivered to Belconnen Community Service, and the grocery items will go to St John’s Care Pantry Appeal (Anglicare).

Please bring in your donations no later than next Tuesday, 4 December, as deliveries will commence later that week.

Thank you for your support, and for thinking of others in our community.

Read about St John’s Care in this article in Canberra Times on Saturday.


Y10 students performing for ELC students

Community Service - with Music

27 November 2018

Monahan Hazlehurst and Alex Manning, Year 10

Y10 students teaching and performing music for ELC

By Monahan Hazlehurst and Alex Manning Year 10
Year 10 Music

This semester, Year 10 Music students have been working on music as Community Service. This has involved giving a concert for the Black Mountain School students, as well as preparing a concert and music lesson for the Radford ELC students.

Preparing the concert for the ELC students involved choosing appropriate repertoire to engage the students. Some of the pieces that were played included Teddy Bears Picnic, I Can Sing a Rainbow and The Grand Old Duke of York. The Year 10 students also had to focus on engaging the ELC students. They invited the kids to play some of the percussion instruments, as well as taking suggestions for actions and words for the songs.

A week later, the Year 10 music class made their way down to the ELC to give them a music lesson. In smaller groups, the Year 10s taught the kids about basic rhythm and melody amongst fun games. Although the Year 10 students were slightly uneasy performing to very different audience from usual, the ELC students reacted very enthusiastically. Overall, it was a rewarding experience for the Year 10 music class and they would definitely do it again.

Radford 8s - boys and girls

Radford Rowing Wrap-up

27 November 2018

Vicky Spencer, Director of Rowing

Radford rowers rake in a mountain of medals to finish the season

By Vicky Spencer, Director of Rowing 

The past few weeks have seen Radford Rowing sustain its streak of success following the Marist, ISRA and Schools’ Regattas.

Many rowers and coxes made their racing debut at the Marist/CGGS Regatta. Radford won an impressive seven gold, ten silver, and six bronze medals, and set a new standard moving forward for the fiercest competitors on the water. Highlights include:

  • T.Munro’s performance competing in his first ever race, winning Silver in the E Grade 1x.  
  • The year 8 girl’s squad sweeping Gold in both the A and B finals.
  • Yr 9 rowers K. Shaw and D. Buckman winning Silver in the 2x.
  • Radford senior squads made history by boating the first ever male and female eights together, both streaking to Silver medal position.

Winners are grinners for this quadTwo weeks later, the Shed packed the boat trailer and headed up to the ISRA regatta in Sydney. Overall the team medalled in 19 events, and finished in the top four schools in the overall point score. The rowers showed tenacity and resilience, by racing 2 and up to 6 times in one day (N Pascoe and K Shaw) showing real dedication to the team.

Gold medals were won by B. Kelleher-Cole in the Yr. 9 single scull and J. Truswell and H. Sampson in the Yr. 8 double scull. Several silver medals places were clinched by Elisabeth Gregory (Yr 11 1x), Niamh Pascoe (Yr 10 1x) and W. Gregory (Yr 9 1x). C. Kendall and L. Volker-Smith won silver in the Year 9 double sculls followed by the Year 9 Boys’ Quad, of L. Kenneally, C. Bush, J. Dixon, W. Gregory, and coxed by B. Heatley crossed the finish line ahead of seven other crews, claiming silver in the prestigious A final.

The Year 10 Boys’ coxed quad comprised of A. Robertson, A. Abbott, E. Toscan, S. Roberts and coxswain B. Armstrong had redemption on their minds, after catching a grab in the final stages of the race last year and losing a medal position. This year the crew was clean and driven as they stormed to a silver medal behind St Augustine’s. Not to be left out, the remaining members of the Yr 9 Boys squad A. Robertson & A. Walker, won bronze in the Yr. 9 2x.

For the first time ever, Radford presented a Yr 10 SG Eight crew: J Schroder, D. Buckman, L. Volker Smith, K. Shaw, G. Nicholson, B. Kelleher-Cole, S. Wilford, N. Pascoe and cox J. Green. This mixed Yr 8 & 9 crew, with limited sweep rowing experience, raced a full field to win a bronze medal – impressive for their first attempt down the course! Adding to the Bronze medal haul were Year 8 boys’ A quad with C. Garrett, H. Roberts, H. Jolly, C. Jacopino and coxswain J. Stockbridge and the SB Open Quad of S. Earle, L. Lang, D. Schroder, N. Sampson coxed by B. Heatley.  New coxswain J. Guo led the Year 9 Girls Quad to bronze in the A final with G. Nicholson, S. Wilford, L. Volker Smith, and B. Kelleher-Cole. Radford Captain of Boats N. Sampson raced to bronze medal in the SB 1x, as did D. Schroder in the YR 11 1x.

A fabulous setting for rowing

The rowers and coxes are developing a hungry appetite for racing and backed up for another weekend on the course, this time at Lake Burley Griffin. At the ACT Schools’ Regatta last weekend, Radford took home a haul of 9 gold, 8 silver and 3 bronze medals. Many rowers backed up their solid ISRA performances with more medal winning feats, whilst some of our new rowers in Yr 7 made their debut race in tough, windy conditions.

Gold medallists include (but not limited to): A. Robertson and A. Abbott, following their solid performance in the Yr. 10 Double Scull event, J. Dixon and T. Munro in the Yr.9 Double Scull, N. Greenland in the SG Single Scull and N. Allenby and S. MacLeod in their School Girl Year 10 Double Scull event.  Both SB Open Quads won Gold as well as the Yr.10 boys quad, both Yr 8 boys Quads.

Radford again boated a School Boy and School Girl Eight, with both winning both silver. It rained silver in the various double scull events with Radford placing 2nd in the SB Yr 10 2x, SB Yr 9 2x, SG 2x and SG YR 92x. The Yr 8 SG Quad also placed 2nd with a crew of M. Kirk, E. Maglasis, H. Sampson, H. Todd and cox M. Le earning yet another silver for Radford.

Further achievements included L. Volker Smith’s race in the School Girl Year 9 Single Scull event, earning her bronze, along with D. Schroder in the Schoolboy Single Scull.

A huge congratulations goes out to those who competed at the Australian Indoor Rowing Championships that we held at Radford College, especially to those who earned an incredible National Champion Status! These include: Jess Schroder for the U14 500m event, Conor Jacopino for his U14 1000m and 500m events and Hannah Sampson for the U14 1000m. Relay team “Vicky’s Angels”, consisting of Damien Schroder, Noah Sampson, Jacinta Buckman and Thea Buckman also rank top in the country in their category for their outstanding performances!

Evidently, the students have reaped the rewards of their continuous efforts and commitment to the sport this season. The doors of the Radford boatshed are always open, as we fondly welcome any new rowers or coxes contemplating trying out this unique, prestigious sport.

For more information, contact Technical Director Vicky Spencer at: vicky.spencer@radford.act.edu.au And, to keep up with the action, follow us on our “Radford rowing” Facebook page and “radrowing” Instagram accounts!




Curious about this image? Read the student stories!

ACT LitLinks Awards

27 November 2018

Jason Golding, Head of English

Our talented student writers recognised

By Jason Golding, Head of English

Student Writers Recognised

We are constantly impressed by the quality of the creative writing many Radford students produce. This year, the ACT LitLinks Awards were reestablished, to recognise excellence in the Creative Writing of students in years 7-12 in Canberra.

Radford students Bella Volke-Loone and Oscar Edwards received two of the four major awards in the Senior category, winning the Highly Commended and Speculative Fiction awards respectively. Both students received a substantial prize from Paper Chain Bookstore.

Other students were also acknowledged for their achievement: Hannah Coppell, Sophie Genn, Olivia Young and Andrew Kerr.

Read Bella’s story and Oscar’s story ad others on the competition website:https://www.actlitlinks.com.au/


Bella's story
The judges really enjoyed reading this piece. It entertained and gave an alternative perspective on speculative fiction themes. It is readable, complete and compelling. Characterisation was skilful and satisfying.

Oscar's story
This is an original piece based on the pros and cons of driverless cars. The author takes on the controversial notions of increased individual technological surveillance and explores the lengths to which this could impact on life and death. The absence of humanity and the predominance of logic is dealt with effectively. The piece is literate and language is used skilfully.

Information night and trials this month!

Capital Football National Premier League 2019

21 November 2018

Info night and trials this month!

INFORMATION SESSION – Premier League Football
Date: Thursday 15 November
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Heath Lecture Theatre, Mackinnon Senior School (access from Hayden Drive).

We are excited to announce that Radford College has been accepted into the Capital Football National Premier League Youth Boys competition (U13, 14, 16 & 18) for the 2019 Winter Football season. Please note this competition is an additional competition to the Junior League (Division 1, 2 & 3). Trials for our Junior League teams will be held in Term 1 2019. 

All Football parents/players (including 2019 new students) in those relevant age groups are strongly encouraged to attend the information session on Thursday 15 November, 6.00 pm in the Heath Lecture Theatre (located off the Hayden Drive entrance).

Speakers at the session will be:

  • Brent Larkham – Head of Sport
  • Tom Crossley – Technical Director & Head Coach U16 & U18
  • Ali Riza Efe – Head Coach U13 & U14
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach and Physiotherapist.

The information session will be recorded and distributed upon request for those who cannot make it.

Trials will be held on the below dates & times. Trials take priority over Summer sport training. Students who cannot attend trials must email Dianne.Wilson@radford.act.edu.au.


U13 & 14 Boys
Thursday 29 & Friday 30 November 2018
4–5.30 pm
P&F Oval

U16 & 18 Boys
Thursday 22 & Friday 23 November 2018
4–5.30 pm
P&F Oval

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P&F Second-hand Uniform Shop

21 November 2018

Holiday opening hours

The P&F is seeking donations of uniforms and supermarket plastic, paper or cloth bags. All donations can be dropped off to the Second-hand Uniform shop during opening hours or at Main Reception.

In response to parent feedback, opening hours for the Second-hand Uniform Shop have been amended for 2019 to include Tuesday afternoons instead of Friday mornings.

The Second-hand Uniform Shop will be open during normal trading hours until Friday 14 December 2018. While the shop is closed over the Christmas break, donations can be dropped off to Main Reception from 9–4 pm. 

From 15 January 2019, the Shop will be open as follows:

Tuesday 15 January 12.30­–4.30 pm
Wednesday 16 January 7.30–9.30 am
Thursday 17 January 2–6 pm

Tuesday 22 January 12.30–4.30 pm
Wednesday 23 January 7.30–9.30 am
Thursday 24 January 2–6 pm

Tuesday 29 January 12.30–4.30 pm
Wednesday 30 January 7.30–9.30 am
Thursday 31 January 2–6 pm

Tuesday 5 February 12.30–4.30 pm
Wednesday 6 February 7.30–9.30 am
Thursday 7 February 2–6 pm

It is not necessary to have an appointment before visiting the Second-hand Uniform Shop during school holidays.

NOTE: We will resume normal trading hours from 14 February 2019 and revised opening hours (additional hours on Tuesday afternoons, closed Friday mornings) will apply.

Book now for the Summer School Holiday Program

School Holiday programs

28 November 2018

Book now for Summer School Holiday programs

When I get tired and I'm feeling blue
I think of all the things I can do
In summer
Billy Fury, ‘In Summer’

Thinking of enrolling in the Outside School Hours Care summer holiday program? Well, don’t delay, because OSHC is taking the endless out of summer and inserting awesome! Water, Steve Backshall, waterfalls, movies, waterslides, dinosaurs, waterplay, dogs, lakes and rivers and so, so much more. Bookings are open and we recommend you move fast, places are limited and will fill fast.

Places are available in Early Years (PK–Y1) and Junior School (Y2–6) programs, which will run from Friday 12 to Friday 21 December 2018 and Monday 14 January to Tuesday 5 February 2019. Please note, enrolments in the January program must be accompanied by a completed 2019 OSHC enrolment form, available here.

December excursions (and incursions) include: trip to the Zoo (EY/JS), Paintball (JS 8+), gymnastics (EY/JS), Questacon (EY), Battle Games (JS), trip to the Arboretum (JS/EY), water play day (EY/JS), dinosaur show (EY), The Grinch (JS), Christmas and Lego (EY/JS)  

January excursions (and incursions) include: Ralph Breaks the Internet (EY/JS), Flip Out (EY/JS), The Muttley Crew Dog Show (EY/JS), Let’s Play (EY), Powercarts Raceway and Mini-golf (JS), Deadly 60 with Steve Backshall (JS/EY), Mary Poppins Returns (JS/EY), trip to the Cotter (EY/JS), Build a Bear OR trip to Yankee Hat (EY/JS), Master Chef OR Illawarra Fly and waterfalls (EY/JS), games with Sean Murphy (EY/JS), water circus (JS/EY), CSIRO Insect Discovery Tour (EY), paddle-boarding (JS), trip to Cascades OR slow day (EY/JS), iPlay (EY/JS), water day (EY/JS)

Book now!

Early Years Booking Form_December
Early Years Booking Form_January

Junior School Booking Form_December
Junior School Booking Form_January


Plenty of options for holiday sports program fun!

Sports holiday programs

28 November 2018

Plenty of great activities to choose from

Sports Department has organised some great activities for the December holiday period.

See flyers for all the details:

Places are available for Before and After school care in 2019

Outside School Hours Care 2019

21 November 2018

Enrolments open

Families requiring Before or After School Care in 2019 are encouraged to submit their enrolment form as soon as possible. Places are limited and will fill up fast. See links to Information for Families and the Enrolment Form below.

2019 Information for Families

2019 Enrolment Form

Basketball is a major sport at Radford

Sports Report, 28 Nov 2018

28 November 2018

Sports Department

Basketball - scoretable course and representation

Basketball ACT Scoretable Course 

Sunday 9 December, 9:00am – 12:00pm at Belconnen Basketball Stadium. Please see the following link for further information: http://www.basketballact.com.au/beginner-scoretable-course/ 


Registrations for Tennis in Term 1, 2019 have now closed


Student Achievement – Basketball
Congratulations to the following players who have been named in Junior ACT Representative Squads: 

U12 Girls:

Madi Scholfield

Hannah Rankin

Heidi Rankin

Poppy Smith

Kaiya Barsby


U16 Women:

Alys Robertson

Emily Nguyen

Emily Sampson


U18 Women:

Stella Martin


Applications open for Foundation scholarship

2020 Foundation Scholarship Applications Open

14 November 2018

Applications close on Friday 15 February 2019.

With the recipient of their inaugural scholarship commencing Year 11 when school returns in February, the Directors of the Radford Foundation welcome applications for the next scholarship.

The recipient will remain anonymous and receive a two-year scholarship to commence Year 11 in 2020. Applications close on Friday 15 February 2019.  

The Foundation Scholarship is awarded to a new student who demonstrates outstanding achievement and community involvement but whose personal financial circumstances prevent them from enrolling at the College.

The Foundation will cover 100% of the Tuition and Capital Levy fees for two years (Years 11 and 12), and up to 100% of compulsory College related costs.

Applicants are initially asked to complete and submit this application form.

Submission of this form and documents listed below by e-mail to foundation@radford.act.edu.au, or by delivery to Main Reception, Radford College, 1 College Street, BRUCE, by 4 pm on Friday 15 February 2019.

  1. This scholarship application form, including the 200-word Personal Statement
  2. School reports for previous two years, NAPLAN reports for Year 7 and Year 9 (if available)
  3. Passport-sized photo.

Only short-listed applicants will then be required to complete this financial statement. The successful applicant will be asked to verify financial statements and provide referees.

The successful applicant will be selected in time for them to take their place in the 2020 Year 11 orientation and induction sessions in Term 2, 2019.

If you have any questions about the application form or process, please email Foundation Administrator Cassie Roberts foundation@radford.act.edu.au or telephone 6162 5388.

SOSE Tour 2019 - one last vacancy!

New vacancy: 2019 USA SOSE Tour

27 November 2018

Be quick to express interest in this last vacancy


There is one place now available on the July 2019 USA SOSE.  This is open to students in Years 10-12 in 2019, studying a SOSE subject. 

Tour itinerary is attached, and more details are on Radford Online here: https://radfordcollege.sharepoint.com/Co-curricular/Tour10/SitePages/Home.aspx

To express interest, or with any queries, please contact Dean of Senior Studies, Lindy Braithwaite, email Lindy.Braithwaite@radford.act.edu.au





Peru Tour mid-2020

Peru Tour mid-2020

13 November 2018

Expressions of interest now open!

Lindy Braithwaite, Dean of Senior Studies 

Expressions of interest are now open for a tour to Peru in 2020, in the mid-year, June/July, holidays .

The tour will be open to students in Y11 and Y12 in 2020 (current Y9 and Y10 students).

Register your interest online at www.tinyurl.com/RadfordPeru

An information evening will be held in Term 1, 2019.

Contact: Lindy.Braithwaite@radford.act.edu.au





The National Roman Museum is one of the proposed stops on the tour

Ancient history tour of Europe Jan 2020

26 September 2018

Expressions of interest sought

Radford history teacher Brad Greer is planning an Ancient History Tour of Turkey, Greece and Rome in January 2020.

The proposed itinerary is available here.

Please email Brad to register your interest in going on this tour, which is open to all staff, families and students.

Brad's email is Bradley.Greer@radford.act.edu.au


Secondary School Canteen - Fri lunch orders by 9am

Flexischools - Friday lunch orders by 9am

All Flexischools lunch orders for Fridays must now be placed by 9am. (Canteen Manager Karen Robinson).