Welcome back to Term four. I trust that everyone enjoyed the short break and now are ready for the final term of 2011 with energy and optimism. It is a very significant time for our friends in Year 12. I pray that they will find immeasurable joy and fulfilment from their final weeks in the Radford community.
From time to time, good schools seek formalised and structured feedback from a variety of sources. During the course of preparing for our Strategic Plan (2011-2015) “Think Connect Transform”, the Board resolved to create a cycle of formal consultation. It was originally intended to complete this process during term three but the number of important decisions we faced during this time prompted us to delay the process until now. The following note will be emailed to the relevant year groups in the coming weeks:
“Radford College Parents’ Review Scheme– Yrs 2, 5, 7 and 10, 2011
As part of the College’s strategic planning activities and our determination to ensure that the College continues to improve the quality of its services to its community, the College Council and I wish to gain a deep and well-informed understanding of parents’ views of the College’s performance. In particular, we will be seeking parents’ views of the progress being made towards achieving the goals of the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan, ‘THINK. CONNECT. TRANSFORM.’
The objective is to ensure that our plans for the future are well informed by comprehensive, objective data gathered from critically important members of our community.
To this end, I have commissioned MMG Education, a specialist education research consultancy, to conduct confidential, independent survey of parents of students as they approach the end of major stages of their education at the College.
Later this month, parents of every student in Years 2, 5, 7 and 10 will be invited to complete confidential, on-line questionnaires. MMG will analyse responses and provide me with their report in December. Once the College Council and I have reviewed the report, I will brief the College community on the research outcomes.
It is envisaged that this research will be repeated annually. Students in Year 12 will continue to make use of their Exit Survey. Thus, as students make their way through the College, parents will have an opportunity on a regular basis to contribute to this important, on-going review process.
It is clear to me that Radford will gain so much from receiving regular feedback from families in a structured manner, focusing on our progress on meeting the objectives as set down in the Strategic Plan. During the years that a family is here at Radford or when siblings reach different stages, thus there’s an opportunity to add to our existing feedback systems by inviting you to respond to a survey that is externally hosted and analysed. I look forward to sharing the findings with the community in due course.
Radford Twilight Fair
One of most important community events of the year is rapidly approaching. The Fete will be held on 5th November. The container has been parked behind the Chapel and hard working groups of parent volunteers are toiling to make this year another successful occasion. Please consider helping out if you can spare a moment. I understand that the Committee is eagerly searching for volunteers to assist on the day. Can you spare any time at all? We will be so grateful to you.
I am delighted to inform you that one of our own Radford parents, Mr George Gamkrelidze, has been elected as the President of the Association of Parents and Friends of ACT Schools (APFACTS). We are delighted to congratulate George on this honour and wish him every success.
APFACTS is attempting to diversify their profile by providing sessions to support parents and school communities. In the coming weeks they will cover topics such as “Successful Transitions – Parents making a difference” and “The T.O.P.S Program – Success in school and beyond”. Radford College will be hosting a seminar on the latter topic on Monday 14 November from 6 - 8pm in the T.B. Millar Hall. The seminar will be delivered by the respected education adviser and published author, Angie Wilcock. Students in years 9 to 12 have received an information card to take home outlining all the sessions being offered around Canberra schools between Monday 7 and Wednesday 16 November. Sessions are being repeated so as to enable a wide coverage. I commend APFACTS for their work in this matter. Their initiative deserves success.
Later this week, the Senior Drama Ensemble will perform Arthur Miller’s chilling masterpiece, “The Crucible”. I have glimpsed a few scenes and I know the audience will be so impressed with the performance. Mr Golding and his cast and crew have worked so hard and you can expect a memorable evening of theatre.
Radford College Institute
I offer you advanced notice that our final Radford Institute event for the year offers another incalculably important opportunity to hear an important message. Melinda Tankard Reist will be our guest speaker. Her website describes her as: “a prolific writer and social commentator with a particular interest in women's issues and bioethics.” I heard her speak at a recent conference and was profoundly impressed by her message about the sexualisation of young people generally and of girls in particular. Please consider Tuesday 15th November for our event. The talk is deliberately designed to begin at 5.30pm and conclude by 6.30pm. Come along if you can.
I know there is a lot happening this term. Thanks for your support.
ACT Department of Education and Training Secondary Bursary Scheme
Applications (details attached) are now open for this scheme.
Radford College contact is Denise Manley, Accounts & Payroll Administrator, phone (02) 6162 6202.
FROM THE HEAD OF LEARNING AND TEACHING
Education Forum on Learning at Radford through ICT
Ms Peggy Mahy
An invitation is cordially extended to parents and members of the Radford Community to attend an Education Forum on learning at Radford through ICT. This session will focus on new the learning management system, RadNet, the College’s upgrade in IT infrastructure and will provide information on the College’s approach to the use of mobile technology.
The Forum will be presented by Mr Richard Wardman, Mr Anthony Troy and Ms Susan Davenport.
When: Thursday 27 October, 2011
Time: 5.15pm – 6.15pm
Venue: Room 50, Senior School (map attached)
All who have an interest in this aspect of the curriculum are most welcome to attend.
RadNet: Miss Susan Davenport
October RadNet Upgrade
You may have noticed that as of late last week, RadNet has changed appearance and structure. This is part of RM Education’s scheduled upgrades as discussed in the last ebulletin.
The three major features that have changed are:
For a full list of features and detailed information on this upgrade, please read the release note provided by RM in: Interest Spaces > Helpdesk & IT Services > RadNet Information.
A reminder that your computer may need some minor "tweaking" to display RadNet correctly.
Tools > Options > Security > Internet > Custom Level > Under 'Display Mixed Content', select Enable > OK > OK.
Note: these steps may vary slightly depending on your version of Internet Explorer. For more assistance, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Junior School: Mr Paul Southwell
JS Reception: Mrs Kerrie Shevlin
Catch up with the latest Junior School News - Book Fair
please take the time to read the rest of the Bulletin also, for "whole College" items.
HOD: Mrs Suzanne Rentsch
Access all the latest information on university courses, scholarships and admission information, further training, Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBAs), apprenticeships, Gap Year opportunities, job vacancies and more. . .
It is strongly recommended that ALL students and/or their parents from the High School and Senior School regularly check this section of the bulletin.
College Nurse: Ms Karen Baker
For more information on Sunsmart click on this link
Chaplain & Director of Community: Fr Richard Browning
HOD Performing Arts: Mr Nick Akhurst
Senior Drama - The Crucible
ONLINE BOOKINGS for The Crucible
Performances Thursday 20th, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October, 7.30pm in TB Millar Hall, (end Week 1, Term 4).
Bookings are open NOW. Online bookings will close on the afternoon of each performance, tickets may also be purchased att he door.
Go to: http://www.trybooking.com/PVJ
* Follow the screen prompts with your credit card (Mastercard or Visa) ready.
* Check the floorplan before selecting your seats.
* Tickets are shown as $10.70 + 30c booking fee for adults and $8.70 + 30c booking fee for children, 18 and under, (shopping cart total of $11 for adults and $9 for children).
* Tickets sold at the door will be $12 adults and $10 for children.
E-mail Bronwyn Brown if there are any queries/difficulties with online bookings.
Moruya Jazz Festival – Senior Big Band 21 – 23 October
Generations in Jazz Academy Big Band Concert Tuesday 25 October 7pm RA Young Hall.
Radford College Music Department is proud to host a free concert by the Generations in Jazz Academy Big Band as part of their upcoming national tour. Established in part as a result of the impetus of James Morrison Jazz Scholarships, the Big Band featuring some of the best young jazz musicians in Australia. A concert not to be missed!
Generations in Jazz Academy Big Band Workshop Tuesday 25 October 4.30pm RA Young Hall.
A a prelude to the 7pm concert the Generations in Jazz Academy Big Band will be holding a workshop for our Junior Big Band. Further details will be available closer to the date.
For latest Sports News, please visit the Sports Rad Net section and enter your user ID and password.
Radford snowsports has just completed a very successful season in which they finished as the Top Snowsports school in the ACT. To find out about how Snowsports went in 2011 please click on the link.
Please send submissions for this section to the relevant staff member for approval and noting.
SPORT - Peter Haynes; PERFORMING ARTS - Nick Akhurst; ACADEMIC - Head of School; COMMUNITY - Richard Browning; COCURRICULAR - George Huitker
Congratulations to Oliver Poland who competed in the Australian Orienteering and Oceania Championships held in Victoria and NSW in the school holidays.
Oliver came first in the Oceania Sprint distance, the Australian Long Distance (both 17 to 20 years men’s), the Schools Senior Boys, Oceania relay and second with Paul de Jongh in the Schools Senior Boys Relay.
Oliver was also awarded the National Orienteering League Junior award for the 17-20 elite age group which is a cumulative event covering the 2011 orienteering season.
Congratulations to Julia Lonsdale (9VH) who recently qualified to compete in the 400m at the National Track & Field carnival.
Congratulations to Jonathan Wedgewood, Lachlan Burns and Christopher Grear who competed for Radford at the ACT Schools Squash Championships held at Phillip Squash courts last Monday. The 3 boys had a very enjoyable and successful day finishing in third place.
COLES VOUCHERS - Radford is supporting Gunawirra
Events Coordinator: Lisa Clarke
Radford College Junior School is again collecting the Coles “Sports for Schools” vouchers in 2011. This year, we will be collecting vouchers and selecting sporting goods to be sent to our Gunawirra Schools.
Please make sure you ask the Coles Cashier for the vouchers each time you shop at Coles and give them to:
In 2010, we collected over 57,000 vouchers and received a huge amount of sporting equipment for the Junior School. Please support this wonderful initiative and support our Gunawirra Schools in 2011.
FROM THE COLLEGIANS’ ASSOCATION
The Radford Collegians Association will again be hosting the Devonshire Tea stall at this year's fete. We are calling on all Collegians, parents, family and friends of the College to help the Collegians committee out for a couple of hours at the fete, between 12noon and 8pm to help set up, serve and then pack up at the end of the day.
We are also looking for people to help out on the Friday afternoon from 5pm till 8pm with cooking the scones for Saturday. If you are unable to make it on fete day or for the cooking session, and have some time to make 2 dozen scones and deliver them to the stall please let us know.
If you would like to help out for an hour or two that would be fantastic. Please contact Alex Avent on email@example.com with the time that you are available.
P&F Committee Meeting
Date: Thursday 20 October
Venue: Boardroom (adjoining Accounts)
Everyone is most welcome to attend!
Volunteers and donations needed for fete stalls. See E-NEWS for all the details!
THANKS TO OUR TWILIGHT FETE MONSTER RAFFLE SPONSORS!
Many thanks to our wonderful raffle sponsors, listed below:
Longbeach Beachfront Lodge - Batemans Bay
Taj Agra Belconnen
Studio Q Apartments
Moon Cottage Bush Retreat
John Rankine Distributors
Dymocks Book Store Belconnen
Jacaranda Educational Supplies
The Co-op Bookshop University of Canberra
Scenic World Blue Mountains
Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing Centre Mitchell
Chinese Treatment Centre
National Zoo and Aquarium
Danielle Thomson (Nutrimetics Independent Consultant)
FETE CRAFT GROUPS
Wed 19 Oct Christa Culley 20 Mayne St Chifley
Wed 26 Oct Jean Anderson 5 Dickinson St Watson
Wed 2 Nov Jean Anderson 5 Dickinson St Watson
Contact Jean Anderson ph 6241 2117, email firstname.lastname@example.org
RADFORD COLLEGE UNIFORMS
Online facility www.macschoolwear.com.au
Please contact MacDonald's directly with any queries about using or purchasing from the site.
Phone :02 6251 2660
Fax : 02 6251 2901
Email : email@example.com
Shop location: Jamison Plaza, Bowman Street, Macquarie
NEW STORE OPEN IN GUNGAHLIN!
Macdonalds has opened a new store in Gungahlin, located in temporary premises upstairs next to McGrath Real estate, entrance on Hibberson St.
In March 2012 our permanent shop will be ready, still in the 'G' Shopping centre, entrance on Gungahlin Place.
Radford uniforms Years 5 -12 are available from the College Shop, Jamison and Gungahlin Stores.
Sports gear and ELC to Year 4 uniforms are ONLY available from the College Uniform Shop or online.
All Radford uniforms are also available from our Online Store www.macschoolwear.com.au
COLLEGE UNIFORM SHOP HOURS - FOR TERM 4
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|2:30 pm – 5.30 pm|
|Wednesday||8:30 am – 5:30pm|
|1:00 pm – 5.30 pm|
Ben Donohoe Run and Walk for Fun
The Ben Donohoe Run and Walk for Fun aims to raise money for the ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group and Make-A-Wish Australia® to provide much needed support to local families in their time of need and make a seriously ill child’s wish come true.
This will be the seventh successive year for this worthy event. Encourage all your family and friends to get involved in this special event and help us to “Make a Difference”!
This community event is in honour of Canberra local, Ben Donohoe who passed away in 2005 from a brain tumour at the young age of nine.
Date: Sunday 6 November
Start time: 6.3km walk starts at 9.30am, 3.4km starts at 9.45am
Location: John Knight Memorial Park Lake Ginninderra, Belconnen
Enquiries: 6205 7771 firstname.lastname@example.org. Enter online at www.hawkerc.act.edu.au/runandwalkforfun
|College Street, BRUCE, ACT 2617 - Telephone: (02) 6162 6200, Email: CommunityRelations@radford.act.edu.au|