From the Principal, 14 Oct 20
Fiona Godfrey – Principal
A very warm welcome back to school for the start of Term 4. I hope all Radford families had an opportunity to have some relaxing time over the holidays and are now ready to face what is arguably the busiest term of the year.
ACT Government COVID-19 message
I begin my article this week with a message from the ACT government that was sent to all Principals late last week. It is titled Be COVID-safe when returning to school.
- As students return to school from school holidays, it is as important as ever to be COVID-safe, especially if you have travelled interstate.
- If students begin to feel unwell, they should stay home from school and if they have even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms, they should get tested just in case, and self-isolate until they receive their results.
- If you travelled interstate over the school holidays, monitor the COVID-19 website of the state or territory you visited for two weeks after returning to see if there are any new cases where you visited. Keep up to date, and follow the website’s advice about testing and self-isolation, if required.
- If you had interstate friends and family visit, ensure they keep you up to date if they are feeling unwell or if there are any new positive COVID cases reported in their area.
- If we keep being diligent and follow the public health advice, we can continue to keep our schools, students and staff safe.
- For more information about interstate areas that have had recent COVID-19 cases and what symptoms to monitor, visit www.covid19.act.gov.au
A busy term
Over the next eight weeks, an enormous amount of activity will happen both inside and outside of the classroom. This will culminate in a series of end-of-year events that will provide our students with an opportunity to reflect on the successes and achievements of the year, and for some, provide a rite of passage to the next stage of their educational and life journey.
Between now and the last of the major functions for the year, there will be a great deal of pressure on staff and students to complete all the required curriculum and assessments. It is important that all students and parents are aware of deadlines and have noted and diarised important events and dates. Over the coming days, I will be reminding our secondary students to make sure they are fully prepared and know what is required of them in their final days of 2020.
As I have previously stated, 2020 has taught us to expect the unexpected. So even though we thought we had a plan to manage the myriad of end-of-year events, the recent relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions in the ACT has caused us to re-think what will and won’t be possible in late November/early December.
The management of Llewelyn Hall will be re-assessing its use in a couple of weeks, and hopefully, following their review, we will be able to stage our Year 12 Graduation there as usual, albeit with limited tickets available. We are also now having discussions with external venues about the possibility of staging the Year 12 Formal. However, given the numbers involved in both the Junior School and Secondary School Celebrations, it is going to be far more difficult to find a venue to accommodate students and parents.
As soon as end-of-year event arrangements have been finalised, we will let parents know all the details.
Senior staff announcements
Last term, the College carried out an extensive recruitment process to fill the Assistant Principal Curriculum (APC) role, after Mr Bill Weigall left Radford to take on the Deputy Principal role at Rockhampton Grammar. I am now delighted to announce that Ms Lindy Braithwaite has been appointed Assistant Principal Curriculum, after successfully acting in the role for nearly two terms. Lindy will be a great addition to the Senior Executive of the College, bringing with her experience, wisdom, and professionalism.
Whilst Lindy has been in the acting APC role, Ms Michelle Guerrero has been acting in Lindy’s former role, Dean of Senior Studies and IB Coordinator. Over the holiday period, Michelle was appointed to this role in an ongoing capacity. We look forward to Michelle continuing her great work with our senior students, their parents, and the teachers of both the IBDP and BSSS programs.
Late last term, Ms Megan Fritsch was announced as the College’s new Head of Sport, replacing Mr Brent Larkham, who has returned to Queensland to take up a role with Tennis Australia. Megan was appointed from a very long and talented list of applicants. She successfully demonstrated her strong understanding of high performance and full competitor sporting programs, as well the intricacies of working in a school like Radford. I have every confidence that Megan will lead the sporting program well.
Ms Tamara Phelps will be assisting Megan in a newly created role of Assistant Head of Sport (Junior School).
In addition to her PE teaching in the Junior School, Tamara will be involved in the promotion and development of sport in the Junior School, as well as providing strong links with the Co-curricular Sports office.
Senior Drama Production
The first of the major co-curricular events for Term 4, the Senior Drama Production, starts at the end of this week. The choice of play this year is Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding, a tragedy focusing on a woman and the two men who love her. The play examines the societal norms that keep her from being with the man she loves. The power of desire is explored as the play unveils the consequences of gender roles and isolation. I have no doubt that our very talented senior drama students will ensure that the play, directed once again by Mr Jason Golding, Head of English, will be of a very high standard.