From the Principal

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

Paul Southwell has made a huge contribution to Radford over 12 yearsIt is with sadness that I write my final Bulletin article for Term One with the news that Mr Paul Southwell has tendered his resignation from Radford College.

Paul has been on extended leave since late last year. We were hoping that Paul would resume his role as Head of Junior School in the near future. Whilst we are disappointed he will not be returning, we respect his decision.

Paul has had an enormous impact on Radford College over the past 12 years. As the inaugural Head of Junior School, he was originally tasked with writing curriculum, developing policies and procedures, selecting staff, inducting students and overseeing the building works.

Over the ensuing years, Paul has worked with tireless energy to develop the Junior School into one of Canberra’s leading schools. He has always been very passionate about his students, showed great respect for his staff and has built wonderful relationships with parents.

As a member of the Senior Executive team, Paul has had a major impact on the strategic direction of the College. He has always had a great appetite for putting educational research into action and has thrived on implementing new ideas and theories into the Junior School.

We will miss Paul’s contributions greatly and he leaves with our very best wishes for the future. We are delighted Paul will still be a part of our Radford community as a parent.

A national campaign to recruit a new Head of Junior School will begin shortly. In the interim, Ms Karen Mahar will continue to act in the role. I would like to thank Karen and her leadership team for the steady and professional manner in which they have led the Junior School. They have done an amazing job and I know this will continue in to next term.


End of Term Happenings
The end of every term is busy, but this term feels even more frenetic than usual. Over the past two weeks we have had the Foundation Concert, two nights of Secondary School Parent Teacher Interviews, the Summer season Sports Awards, Years 11–12 Music Recital, the Radford College Ball, Easter services, and we will finish off the week with the launch of George Huitker’s book 35 Years of Radford College - Foundations, Traditions and Inspirations tonight and Foundation Day on Friday.

The Ball last Saturday evening was a great deal of fun and a lovely way to finish off the term. With nearly 300 people in attendance, the QT Hotel ballroom was certainly rocking with every spare inch of the dance floor taken up by revellers. I thought it was great to have a large number of staff mixing socially with parents and giving each other a different perspective to their normal interactions.

This year was the second year in a row we have managed to stage a Ball and we are very much hoping that this will become an annual event, with large numbers of parents committing at an early stage. A function such as this requires a huge amount of organisation and I would like to publicly thank the Ball Committee comprised of Mel Moss, Emily Moss, Loretta Hately, Sonia Georgalis and Fabian Muscat for the tireless work they put in to make the Ball come to fruition again this year. I'd encourage those who attended to fill out the P&F's feedback survey.

As detailed previously, tonight will also be a major social event as we stage the launch of George Huitker’s book, Foundations, Traditions and Inspirations to celebrate the College’s 35th anniversary. We are expecting 300 people to come along to the recently opened Morison Centre top floor including our new Bishop Mark Short, four current or past Chairs of the Board, two Principals and a large number of former staff and Collegians.

I strongly encourage all Radford families to purchase a copy of the book as it very readable, engaging and illuminating. It is not a longitudinal history of Radford but rather a collection of stories about the features of this great school. For those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of reading any of George’s books or stories, I can assure you he is a wonderful writer and has an inimitable skill of drawing you into the story he is telling.

Consecration and Installation of our New Bishop
Last Saturday morning, Father Richard, Rev Erin and I travelled up the highway to Goulburn, to be in the congregation for the official consecration and installation of our new Bishop, The Reverend Dr Mark Short. St Saviour’s Cathedral was at capacity with about 1200 people in the audience, including local politicians, a large number of clergy, various people attached to Anglican entities and local parishioners from across the Canberra and Goulburn Diocese.

The Metropolitan and Archbishop of Sydney, The Most Reverend Dr Glenn Davies, led the service, with a sermon by The Reverend Neville Naden, Indigenous Ministry Officer for Bush Church Aid (from which Bishop Mark was formally National Director) from Ezekiel Chapter 34. Those gathered were reminded of the promise that God himself will be the shepherd of his people: will care for his sheep, rescue them, provide for them, feed them good pasture and bind up their wounds.

Bishop Trevor Edwards, who has held the post of administrator of the Diocese over the past 12 months, inducted Bishop Mark and presented him with the Diocesan Bishop's staff. We are very grateful for the leadership that Bishop Trevor has provided to Radford over that period of time.

We are looking forward to welcoming Bishop Mark into the Diocese, and in particular at Radford. Having previously worked and lived in Canberra, Bishop Mark is already familiar with Radford and the other Anglican schools. We are looking forward to welcoming him tonight at our 35th Anniversary Book Launch.

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