Life beyond Radford

Last updated 8.12.2022

Jacqui Marshdale ( Mendl )

Class of 1989
OCCUPATION Semi-retired
Lives Forster, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
House Jarrah
Awards, medals or recognition 7-12
  • Olympic Torch Relay Participant, Leeton

What does life look for you now?

Living in rural NSW with my 4 teenage and near-teenage boys nearby, a new partner and small business is good for me right now. When I'm conducting kinesiology, I feel like I'm connecting with what I can do for others in health and wellness. When I'm painting landscapes and portraits for commissions, I'm connecting with skills I learned at Radford. Being part of my kids growing up takes me back to being a teenager and the decisions ahead of me at Radford.

Tell us what you are passionate about?

Health, wellness, self expression through painting and singing.

When you were young, what were you hoping to be when you grew up?

A tourism manager

What is your favourite Radford moment?

Outward Bound camping in Yr9, Musicals and lunchtimes in the art room with my friends.

Do you have a particular role model or inspirational figure from Radford or now?

Foundation Principal Mr Jock McKinnon and his deputy come Principal Mr Graham Wigg who saw the project of the new school to fruition and set a very high standard of expectation.

How easy was it to decide what to do in life?

Just went with what felt right at the time. Heaps of expectations set on us at Yr 12, but got involved in the decision process and took it from there - just say yes to everything at that age.

Did your further study or career go exactly as you'd planned?

Nothing like it, but not surprised where I am now.

What do you know now, that you wish you'd known when you were at Radford?

Being busy isn't good for you.

What advice do you have for current students?

Prioritize, and then refine, refine, refine.

Anything else that you would like to share?

Thankful for having the opportunity to be part of the Radford community.

Where are you now?