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Annual Report 2018

Heading ruyton girls ’ school 12 Selbourne Road Kew VIC 3101 Australia

Tel +61 3 9819 2422 www.ruyton.vic.edu.au ABN: 86 004 162 261


Section 1: Governance & Finance 4 Section 2: Empowering Girls


Section 3: Powerful Learning


Section 4: Ruyton Staff


Section 5: Engaged Community 28


As an independent, forward thinking girls’ school we are committed to preparing girls for a lifetime of learning, leadership and engagement in our global community.


Inspire girls to be bold. Educate girls to live lives of impact and purpose.


Our values shape and define the Ruyton woman and the way she leads her life. • Character  to be resilient and to act with confidence and compassion. • Citizenship to effect positive change through civic and environmental action. • Endeavour  to be curious, creative and courageous learners seeking to achieve personal best. • Integrity to live a life with honesty and virtue. The Ruyton community lives by these values, providing support, role models and a sounding board for our girls as they make their mark in the world.

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In our 140th year of educating girls at Ruyton, we have recognised our girls’ endeavour, effort and action as they have exemplified the spirit of Ruyton through connection, persistence and compassion. In a seemingly shrinking globalised world, Ruyton continues to empower girls to lead lives of impact and purpose. We know that the Class of 2018 leave us equipped with the intellectual, physical, social and emotional qualities to flourish and the ability to make a difference in their world. We wish them well for the next stage of life and will follow their journeys with great interest. Ruyton leads the way in girls’ school education. Its relevance is reflected in the endeavour and achievement of our students from Early Learning, Junior and Senior Schools, alongside the dedication and focus of our staff to challenge and support our girls in their learning and wellbeing, to achieve their personal best and to be themselves. As a learning community we also recognise the enormous value of parent involvement, supporting the educational journey of our girls. Our students achieved strong academic results in 2018 across the School. For the Class of 2018 completing their VCE, the median ATAR was 93.15, with 66 percent of students achieving ATARS of 90 and above and nine scores of 50. Our 2018 Dux was Angela Chau with an impressive score of 99.95. Addressing Senior School Assembly, Angela encouraged our girls to ‘enjoy your life in School while it lasts, smile today when you walk into class, make use of every opportunity that’s thrown at you’.


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An education at Ruyton has always been and still is set apart by a holistic approach, with a broad depth of opportunities in an engaged and supportive community. While in 2018 we have acknowledged and celebrated academic and co-curricular achievements, we recognise our students’ worth is never defined by a single score, performance or competition. We never lose sight of the grit and determination behind every girl’s endeavour and achievement. Anxiety to Empowerment, a Ruyton-initiated major research project of 2018, will continue throughout 2019. With input from staff, students and parents, we believe it will equip Ruyton with the evidence and strategies to inform our education and wellbeing practices and best support growth mentally, emotionally and physically. Mrs Charlotte Anderson, our School founder, may not have foreseen a world of technology where tomorrow’s careers do not currently exist. But she had the vision to believe in girls’ education in a very different world. From humble beginnings 140 years ago, Ruyton Girls’ School has evolved and grown to become the well-respected leading school for girls we present to you in this 2018 Annual Report. Our 140 year celebrations saw the introduction of Spirit Week, an opportunity to celebrate our heritage and spirit each year, while recognising and thanking those who give so much of their

time and wisdom to support us. The connected nature of our community and genuine love of the performing arts was evident at the 140th Anniversary Gala Concert. Held at the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall in the Melbourne Recital Centre, it showcased the musical talent and joy of performance by students in ensembles, choirs, bands and orchestras from both Junior and Senior Schools. A night that will long be remembered, it marked the significance of a 140-year history for Ruyton Girls’ School. Our School Co-Captains, Jessica Hepworth and Tess Stewart, epitomised the class of 2018’s leadership style, bestowing upon the School ‘generosity and ebullience’. The strong and compassionate leadership of our girls gives us great hope for the future. Alongside this we have witnessed our girls acting with purpose so often, to positively impact the lives of others and the environment. From our youngest students in Early Learning to our Year 12 girls, the value of such action is recognised.

At Ruyton we believe in girls. This phrase sums up our dedication to educating and supporting girls throughout our 140 history, both now and in the future. Character, citizenship, endeavour and integrity are the values that guide our approach. In this modern world we see the characteristics that define the Ruyton girl: grit, curiosity, creativity, leadership, integrity and global citizenship. These are characteristics that support her wholeheartedly to be her personal best. We are delighted to share with you the highlights of the past year in this report and we look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead in 2019. Recte et Fideliter. Ms Linda Douglas Principal

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Governance & Finance

Mr Peter Kanat

President of The Ruyton Board

As a Board, one of our roles is to uphold and celebrate the endeavour and achievements of our girls particularly the Class of 2018, in this, our 140th year. These young women have achieved academically; they have been part of sporting teams, drama productions, choirs, ensembles, musicals, debating teams; and they have worked together to improve our community and environment and help the less fortunate. We celebrate each and every one of them because, at Ruyton, we believe in girls. It is our responsibility to ensure the development of the School’s facilities and infrastructure to keep pace with the demands of modern learning approaches and environments, ensuring sustainability and accessibility for future generations and managing our resources carefully with these goals in mind. While we continue to upgrade facilities across the School, with the support of parents, friends and the POR, this year we have been planning for the final project in the current Master Plan: the Library and the Performing Arts Precinct. Our Library is an important cultural hub at Ruyton, just as Royce is central to the life of every Ruyton girl. The redevelopment of Royce, Derham House and the Library will create exciting new learning spaces for our girls and we look forward to sharing the plans for these amazing facilities with you. 4

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The Board is also responsible for ensuring Ruyton remains a viable, sustainable and highly desirable option for girls’ education for our community, today, tomorrow, and decades into the future. With that long term thinking in mind, I thank all those in our community who have supported our philanthropic efforts. I also thank all of our parents who volunteer in so many ways. Ruyton has always enjoyed a high level of involvement from our parent community and that support makes our community a special place. I also recognise our outstanding teaching community here at Ruyton. Nothing would be possible without this group of highly dedicated professionals who provide a nurturing yet challenging experience for our girls to set them up for life-long learning. This year Mrs Danyang McAuliffe is the most-worthy recipient of the Di Berold Distinguished Teacher Award. At Ruyton the strength of our community is centred in the strong connection that exists between parents, teachers, students, Old Ruytonians and past parents. It is this connection that ensures alignment of our values and purpose. Our focus will always be on the education of our girls as women of knowledge, influence and action; women with strong values; women who are upright and faithful.

The Ruyton Board Mr Peter Kanat


Ms Kylie Taylor

Vice President

Ms Fiona Griffiths (’87)

Chair of Foundation

Mr Bruce Meehan Chair of Finance & Audit Mr Tim Hogg

Chair of Project Control Group

Mr John Gillam

resigned 27 April 2018

Mr Bruce Bayley


Ms Melanie Higgins (’92) Member Ms Virginia McLaughlan Member Mr Cameron Price

Chair of Governance

Ms Linda Douglas


Mrs Leanne Smith

Company Secretary

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summary financial information Financial Year 1 January – 31 December 2018 We are pleased to report that, in 2018, all key budget parameters were met and the School continued to be in excellent financial health. It is the role of the Board to run the School prudently today while also ensuring sustainability and accessibility for the future. We manage our resources very carefully with both these goals in mind. In addition to the prudent financial management of our day-to-day activities, Ruyton has a constant improvement programme in place for the facilities at the School to ensure that the students and staff have access to the spaces, equipment and technology necessary for the delivery of our programmes. During 2018 an upgrade of our Year 9 and 10 locker areas was completed, along with minor improvements to our beautiful Henty House and the upgrade of classroom furniture for Years 7 and 8. Through our surplus, we continue to save for our next major development, the reimagining of Royce Theatre and the Library. In early 2018, we completed the purchase of a property adjacent to those already owned by the School on Selbourne Road. Not only will this purchase give the School new scope for the longterm facilities vision, but also it will provide a low-risk investment and flexible options for some of our non-learning and teaching activities in the short term. As part of the School’s next master plan, to be developed over 15 to 30 years, we will further consider how we incorporate these spaces to best achieve our long-term vision for learning and wellbeing at Ruyton. It is the judicious financial management of the School, along with the strong support of our community, that has made this possible, providing new and exciting opportunities for future generations of Ruyton girls.


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income Donations 1.8% = $0.5M Other income 6.6% = $1.9M Government grants 10.8% = $3.1M Tuition fees and private income 80.8% = $23.4M

expenditure Capital expenditure 9.1% = $2.6M Other expenses 10.2% = $2.9M Depreciation 8.9% = $2.5M Tuition related expenses 5.2% = $1.5M Salaries and related expenses 66.6% = $18.9M

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Empowering Girls

early learning highlights 2018 Miss Sarah Denholm, Director of Early Learning This year, as we celebrated 25 years on the Fitzwilliam Street site, Ruyton Early Learning continued to excel in providing high quality education and care for young children. Over the year our students explored and researched concepts related to sustainability and caring for our world, effecting positive change through civic and environmental action: • embedded waste sorting, re-using and recycling as part of kindergarten daily curriculum • collaboration with local beeswax wrap printing business, using children’s artworks • Pre Prep children accessed School and local community to extend learning around environmental education with visits to Melbourne Zoo, CERES Environmental Park and collaboration with the School gardening team • participation in International Outdoor Classroom Day.

Our Celebration of Learning in Royce Theatre in November was a major highlight, where we showcased examples of how we use technology to enhance learning, presenting the animation created by our Pre Prep students. During Ruyton Spirit Week in our 140th anniversary celebrations, Early Learning presented a collection of gifts to the School community. Another initiative, titled Guest Storyteller Series, saw members of the School Executive share a favourite children’s story with some of our Pre Prep children. Early Learning staff collaborated with Junior School staff to develop and implement authentic student-centred learning programmes driven by the Reggio approach and inquiry based and blended/project learning. Staff were involved in mentoring two students from Senior School who participated in the Ruyton Internship Programme, completing an authentic work experience in Early Learning. We also hosted a study tour of educators from Singapore and ran an afterschool tour and educational session for pre-service teachers from Swinburne University.

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junior school highlights 2018

Mrs Nicole Ginnane, Deputy Principal, Head of Junior School In 2018 our Junior students continued to amaze us with their contributions to learning and their many achievements. Our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Programme has continued to evolve with innovations in coding and robotics, as well as engagement in STEM competitions. We also participated in the Level Up Village programme and the 2018 Water Conference, Kids Teaching Kids (KTK). For Junior School students fascinated by the many stories arising from the 140 year celebrations, storytelling was a theme that ran through 2018. All Junior School students collaborated to create a picture story book that told of A Year at Ruyton, assisted by author and illustrator Ms Jane Godwin. Year 1 students learnt the art of oral storytelling by creating video stories to unlock the question, ‘What is my story?’ ably led by author-in-residence, Ms Kym Lardner. Year 2 interviewed Ruyton’s Golden Girls (Alumnae 50 years +) for their Term 2 History Collaborative Learning Investigation.


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The girls embraced every opportunity to display compassion and I was particularly proud when they hosted girls from the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School at the Prep-Year 2 Production. In addition, the performance of the story The Empty Pot in a Prep-Year 6 Assembly for the Year Prep snapshot was a wonderful example of creativity and collaboration. Wellbeing practices have continued to develop in the Junior School. These have included Positive Growth Mindset strategies based on Ms Carol Dweck’s work and the Peaceful Mindfulness Programme. As part of our assessment review, the introduction of a new feedback system using the thinking stems I value, I notice, I wonder was a particularly helpful communication practice for Junior School teacher, parent and pupil feedback. Our staff are an exceptional team of individuals who continue to work tirelessly to ensure the development and care of our students. I would like to acknowledge and thank them for their outstanding commitment in 2018.

senior school highlights 2018

Mrs Glenis Gumley, Deputy Principal, Head of Senior School This year has seen our girls once again excel both academically and in their co-curricular activities. In the first Assembly of 2018, Senior School girls were inspired by the words of incoming CoCaptains, Jessica Hepworth and Tess Stewart, who implored the girls to celebrate their individual differences and to respect all members of our community. With the Year 12 chosen words, generosity and ebullience, Jessica and Tess led the School by example, taking every opportunity to ensure the Year 12 cohort lived and shared their year level values. The introduction of Spirit Week provided an opportunity to celebrate being part of our community. Both girls and teaching staff shared what the spirit of Ruyton meant to them in Assembly.

The Outdoor Education Programme continued to evolve and the Year 9 Journey programme was adapted in response to feedback from the community. Travelling 100km by a combination of hiking, kayaking and cycling from the eastern range of mountains near Healesville to Selbourne Road proved both challenging and rewarding, with the girls enjoying the variety of outdoor activities. In the GSV competition, Ruyton sporting teams are to be commended on finishing in the top three in the Cross Country, Athletics, Swimming and Triathlon. Excellence on the stage was evident with events throughout the year, including the musical, The Wiz, the Year 7 and 8 production Anne of Green Gables and the Year 9 play Antigone. The Sustainability teams from Early Learning, Junior and Senior Schools worked together on shared priorities this year. They presented at the National Water Conference, with the Senior girls mentoring the younger girls.

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The Ruyton Student Council worked with both Learning and Wellbeing Leaders to explore the creation of an environment where a positive work–life balance is achievable. This theme was consolidated by hearing from select guest speakers. A forum was organised by Debating and Forums Captain, Amy Hale, where guest speaker Dr Fiona Wood, 2005 Australian of the Year, shared the challenges and highlights of her professional life. Working collaboratively to support the fundraising efforts for the community scholarship, the Community Service team raised funds to support Women’s Legal Service, Indigenous Literacy Day and World Vision.


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I am very grateful to Ruyton staff, who always have the student at the centre of everything they do. Their commitment and loyal service deserves acknowledgement and the student successes of 2018 would not have been possible without their encouragement and hard work.

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Powerful Learning

learning and teaching

Mrs Cathryn Furey, Assistant Principal, Director of Learning As educators at Ruyton we continually challenge ourselves to ensure that the learning for our students is the best that it can be. Programmes are designed to provide opportunities for choice, flexibility and experiential learning, underpinned by student voice, agency and impact in a global world. A particular highlight in 2018 was the establishment of a partnership between Ruyton and Level Up Village. Year 4 students at Ruyton were able to collaborate with students from a primary school in Cape Town, South Africa, to explore and problem solve issues relating to the global water crisis. Ruyton was one of the first schools in Australia to undertake this Global STEM enrichment partnership and Ruyton staff and students embraced opportunities to share their learning with the wider educational community and their peers.

The Year 9-10 Elective programme was reimagined, with a focus on interdisciplinary, authentic learning opportunities and greater choice for students. Moving away from a traditional categorisation of the electives according to the disciplines, students were able to choose from engaging and innovative electives in the areas of Creativity, Discovery, Enterprise and Global Issues. Developing and implementing learning programmes to create challenge and opportunities for high potential learners has been a professional learning focus in 2018. AÂ team of staff participated in the Independent NSW Elevate programme, to prototype a model to engage students in co-construction of their learning. Staff also completed the University of NSW Mini Certificate of Gifted Education. All Learning Leaders completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education Introduction to Data Wise online course, subsequently working with learning teams to use rich student learning data to further inform and develop personalised and differentiated learning programmes.

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In July 2018 three Ruyton staff members had the opportunity to participate in the Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Project Zero Classroom Programme. The focus for Ruyton participants was to explore how the work of Project Zero Classroom could be used to further develop STEM learning at Ruyton. A number of middle leaders at Ruyton also undertook the eight-day Cognitive Coaching Foundation Certificate, applying the learning to support the growth of colleagues and students.

Year 12 Results 2018

Student voice has played a central role in a research project commenced in 2018, titled Anxiety to Empowerment. Over the course of Terms 1 and 2, the Lead Research Team collected data from a sample of girls in Year 5-9, to help raise our awareness of what may be causing them concern at school. Forums were held with Junior School and Senior School students, Learning and Wellbeing Leaders, staff and parents to collectively understand our girls’ learning experience. Ways were identified to enable girls to learn optimally. For 2019 all teaching staff committed to reimagine current assessment practices and review the purpose of assessment.

Pippa Cadywould – Psychology

DUX: Angela Chau (99.95) Scores 99.0 and above Ciara Brennan, Angela Chau, Ella Crosby, Eliza Gaffney, Amy Hale, Jessica Hepworth, Rosie Roberts Scores of 50 (Perfect Study Scores) Ciara Brennan – History Revolutions Ella Crosby – Global Politics and History Revolutions Hayley Do – Psychology Amy Hale – History Revolutions Jessica Hepworth – Further Mathematics Jemima Jacobson – Business Management Rosie Roberts – English ATAR Scores 60 50 NUMBER OF STUDENTS

At Ruyton we are proud of our focus on ensuring the learning for every girl is future focused, engaging and personalised, with a model for learning underpinned by best practice and sound research.

100% of students achieved VCE

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The above graph shows ATAR scores of Ruyton students who completed VCE in 2018.


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Year 12 Destinations 2018

Each year the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) publish data relating to senior secondary outcomes. This includes postschool destinations. Below is an extract of that information. VCAA School number: 01176 VCAA School name: Ruyton Girls’ School Address locality: Kew VTAC Data Tertiary Applications and Offers Number University offers


82 98.8%

TAFE/VET offers


Any tertiary offer


83 100.0%

In Education and Training


Bachelor degree enrolled Deferred







Not in education and training



Study Disciplines Interest Areas Built Environment




Urban Planning






Creative Arts




























Year 12 2018 Tertiary Offers

100% of students received an offer.

International/Global Studies








RMIT University 13

Media and Communication


Monash University 30







Pharmaceutical Science


Deakin College 1 Australian National University 2 La Trobe University 2 Deakin University 7

University of Melbourne 28





Animal and Veterinary Science


Exercise and Sports Science


Double Degrees


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Student Academic Achievements in the wider Learning Community

International Competitions: • One High Distinction in ICAS English Competition • Two High Distinctions in ICAS Science Competition National Competitions: • 13 High Distinctions in the Australian Mathematics Competition • 13 High Distinctions in the Mathematics challenge for Young Australians • One High Distinction in Australian National Chemistry Quiz • One High Distinction in Australian Science Olympiad • One High Distinction in Big Science Competition • 11 Minor Bursaries in Science Talent Search

• 37 students from Year 7 to Year 10 were finalists in the Alliance Française Poetry Competition. One Year 6 student won second prize in the state; one Year 7 student won third prize in the state; one Year 9 student won first prize in the state, winning the opportunity to participate in a fully-funded French Exchange. Two After School French Club students were among the finalists. • One VCE Drama Unit 3/4 student was selected for VCAA Season of Excellence Top Class Drama Concert for her outstanding Solo Examination • One VCE Dance Unit 3/4 student was selected for VCAA Season of Excellence Top Class Dance Concert for her outstanding Solo Examination • Windchimes – VSMF gold award and 2nd in Boroondara Eisteddfod • Paganini Strings – VSMF Gold award

• One Year 10 student progressed to the State rounds in the National History Challenge

• Mini Mads – VSMF Gold award, Monash Youth Music Festival 1st in Section and overall awarded the Robert Blackwood Hall Championship award

• One Year 9 student received a High Distinction in the Australian Geography Competition

• Chamber Choir – VSMF Gold award, 2nd in Boroondara Eisteddfod

• One student participated in the National Chinese Reading Competition for First Language students

• Madrigal – VSMF Gold award, 3rd in Boroondara Eisteddfod

Local Competitions: • 1st Place and Highly Commended in Boroondara Young Writers’ Junior Poetry

• Open Division Choir – participated at Generations in Jazz, Mt Gambier

• 1st and 3rd place, and Highly Commended, in Boroondara Young Writers’ Middle Years Prose

• Stage Band – participated at Generations in Jazz, Mt Gambier and performed at Women’s International Jazz Festival

• Highly Commended in Boroondara Young Writers’ Senior Years Prose • One winner of Swannie Award in Debaters Association Victoria (DAV). • Year 4 students won Overall Prize for Chinese Talent Competition for Primary School Students in Victoria • 15 students were finalists in Chinese competitions • One student represented Victoria’s Chinese Second Language students in China’s China Bridge Competition 14

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• Jazz Giants – VSMF Silver award

• Vivaldi Senior Strings – VSMF Gold award • Flutation – 3rd in Victorian Flute Ensemble Competition • Senior Wind Ensemble – VSMF Platinum award • Concert Band – VSMF Gold award • Division 3 Choir- participated at Generations in Jazz, Mt Gambier.

2018 NAPLAN Report

Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 undertake the NAPLAN testing over a three-day period in May. Individual reports were generated by the VCAA and posted to parents. The graphs below show Ruyton’s results compared with results across the State. The graphs indicate performance in key learning areas and show achievement in a box and whisker format. The box represents the middle 50 per cent of the students’ scores and the middle score (median) for the group is shown by the black line within the box. The upper whisker represents the achievement of the top 25% of students and the lower whisker represents the achievement of the bottom 25% of students. Student achievement in each learning area is measured against a single, continuous assessment scale. Scores are reported on this scale as a number between 0 and 1000 (shown on the right axis). The scores are organised into various bands (shown on the left axis). Different bands are set as national minimum standards for each year level.

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In 2018, all Ruyton students in Year 3 met and exceeded the national benchmarks for reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy.

year 5 In 2018, all Ruyton students in Year 5 met the national benchmarks for reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. The national benchmarks for writing were met by 99% of Year 5 students.

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year 7

In 2018, all Ruyton students in Year 7 met the national benchmarks for reading, spelling, writing, and numeracy. The national benchmarks for grammar and punctuation were met by 99% of Year 7 students.

2018 Learning and Teaching Achievements and Innovations Early Learning Highlights of the Early Learning professional learning programme include:

• worked with educational consultant Ms Kirsty Liljegren to consolidate the Reggio Emilia educational project • the Early Childhood Australia/Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange (REAIE) online modules Encountering and Interpreting the Principles of Reggio Emilia were completed by 13 staff members from Early Learning and Junior School

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In 2018, all Ruyton students in Year 9 met the national benchmarks for reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. The national benchmarks for writing were met by 99% of Year 9 students.

• the 2018 international study tour of Reggio Emilia in Italy was completed by three Early Learning members of staff • four Early Learning Staff attended and one staff member presented at the REAIE Marketplace of Possibilities Professional Learning Day at Westbourne Grammar • all Early Learning staff continued to explore the ideas of nature pedagogy and the use of talking and thinking tools through conferences and webinars facilitated by international educational consultant Ms Claire Warden • Early Learning team participated in local network groups, such as the Melbourne REAIE Network, City of Boroondara Network Early Years Network and the Early Childhood IPSHA Network.


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Junior School Artist-in-Residence Preps were introduced to design concepts through the medium of clay with the Artist-in-Residence, creating a patterned bowl.

Senior School English • Manal Younus, a young female Islamic poet, presented a workshop for students in Years 5 and 9

Sustainability Forum Year 1 worked with world-renowned expert Dr Trevor Thornton from Monash University and shared sustainability recommendations with the community in Prep-6 Assembly. Year 1 girls also explored the question ‘Who is responsible for caring for our planet?’ with Mr Will Tait of Yarra Valley Water. All girls were encouraged to take reusable bamboo cutlery for their lunches rather than single use plastic.

• an integrated, highly-differentiated learning unit at Year 7 was introduced, addressing crosscultural priorities

Ruyton Radio In collaboration with the RMIT Radio station, SYN, Year 3 girls developed their own Ruyton Radio Show from the ground up using an App, iPads and basic sound equipment. Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Programme Year 4 worked with Ms Stephanie Alexander as part of the South House Programme. Pearson Game Changer Year 4 girls were part of a trial programme to launch a new maths app called Game Changer, focusing on fractions and decimals. Welcome Video The Year 5 girls made a Welcome Video to send to incoming Year 5 girls, filming and editing using iMovies. Three-Way Conferences In place of the Mid-Year Parent Teacher Interviews in Year 5 and 6, three-way conferences were introduced to incorporate student voice and reflection. Thinking Routines Student comments were incorporated in the end of year reports for Year 5 and 6 to enable the girls to reflect on their growth and set future goals.

• Year 9-10 English electives were reviewed and reimagined, including the development of a new Journalism unit, focusing on visual literacy and digital media. Health and PE • establishment of The Sporting Life elective at Year 9-10, providing girls exposure to different career opportunities in sporting organisations. This included a partnership with Collingwood Football Club • introduction of Unit 1 and 2 Health and Human Development as a VCE subject • Year 7 Health programme introduced a presentation by Mr Martin Heppell on The Resilience Project • external provider Activated Group presented a programme of modified gymnastics equipment for Year 5 students. Humanities • Year 7 Archaeology incursion with Heritage Victoria’s Mr Jeremy Smith, Principal Archaeologist and Mr Brandy Burgh Archaeologist. They presented on archaeological discoveries in Victoria, including the famous discovery of Ned Kelly’s body in which both archaeologists played a leading role • Year 8-9 History enrichment programme initiated through Boroondara Community Grants programme for History/Art on Remembrance Day

Virtual Debating Team The 2017 Debating and Forums Captain, Sophie He, returned to Ruyton to work with the Year 6 Virtual Debating Team as a coach and mentor. Annual Report 2018


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• Year 9 History students participated in an incursion via Skype with Dr Sharon MascallDare for Remembrance Day on the myths and perceptions of ANZAC, with a focus on women and multicultural ANZAC stories • students attended the UNAA Model UN Conference. Individual Learning • development and implementation of a specific Year 10 EAL programme to support EAL students entering EAL English Units 1-4 • introduction of Jacob’s Ladder reading comprehension programme for highly-able readers in Years P-4 • introduction of a range of learning resources and opportunities for high potential learners, including YouCubed Mathematics, Mindset Mathematics and Australian Maths Trust Maths Challenge competition, National History, Jane Eyre unit for highly-able readers in Year 6 and the Year 7 Mahtab’s Story unit, designing differentiated tasks for highly-able Year 7 readers • the High Potential Learner and Gifted Leaders Handbook was developed to support our policies • Year 8 High Potential Learners attended the United Nations Youth Australia Diplomacy Day. Innovate-Ed • students were involved in a myriad of new experiences, including: reimaging art for those with sensory deprivation; creating short film clips and investigating a range of human emotions and behaviours in a study of psychology and sociology. Chinese • Ruyton hosted two of the major Chinese InterSchool Competitions, Global Village Competition and Chinese Talent Competition for Primary School students in Victoria • introduction of two new Chinese VCE courses at Ruyton, Units 1 and 2 Chinese Language, Culture and Society and Units 1 and 2 Chinese First Language to Year 10 students


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• China Tour 2018: there were 11 girls from Year 9 and Year 10 who travelled to Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Shanghai and Suzhou, visiting our sister school in Beijing and various tourist attractions, including nine World Heritage Listed items, learning about Chinese history, religions and cuisines. Library • Ruyton Library was a winner of the US based Overdrive School Stars Campaign for innovative use of eBooks • increased opportunities for Early Learning students to attend Library events and celebrations. Collaboration with Early Learning to promote and support Kimochis programme • increased Junior School parent interaction through Information Morning, Pop-Up Library and introduction of Junior School lunchtime craft programmes • increased opportunities for leadership of Junior School students, through independently running Book Week activities and school-wide Book Drive to collect books for the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation • improvement of access points by updating catalogue records to include subject headings relating to School values and STEM. Mathematics • introduction of a Year 7 Enhancement programme, with a focus on deeper learning and the implementation of regular problem solving sessions for Year 7 (Australasian Problem Solving Olympiad) • Mathematics team hosted a visiting group of South Korean Mathematics teachers in an exchange of teaching ideas and philosophies • excursions for International Women’s Day (Choose Maths), Engineering (Swinburne), and STEM fields (Maths Association)

• introduction of Essential Assessments Diagnostic tool with the potential to measure achievement levels, gaps, and growth • collaboration with Trinity Grammar School to align Year 11 Mathematics courses across the two schools. Science • Year 6 Science curriculum incorporated a projectbased learning approach to all units, including the design of a solar system model and of an iPad app to teach ecosystem concepts to Year 4 students • two staff attended a professional learning workshop at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and subsequently implemented an Agency by Design unit into the Year 6 Science curriculum • introduction of the Year 9-10 elective Criminal Minds, allowing girls to explore the theories that contribute to a clearer understanding of criminal behaviour.

• Year 7 workshop excursion at MUMA gallery with a focus on Visual Thinking Strategies • Year 8 artist incursion to collaborate on a group textile installation project • introduction of Year 9-10 Electives: The Commissioned Artist and ABCs of Design. Performing Arts • Ruyton Theatre Club was introduced • implementation of flexible classes at Year 7 Music, enabling girls to work at a level closer to their musical experiences • successful 140th Anniversary Gala Concert at Melbourne Recital Centre, including performances by 400 girls from Year 3 –12. Showcased world premiere of two commissioned works: Spirit of Ruyton by Stephen Bulla for the Henty Orchestra and Set Me Free by Mark Puddy for Mini Mads.

Visual Arts • Year 9 Masterclass: Girl, Geeks, Art and Technology, included a keynote presentation by Dr Tom Crago and a series of workshops promoting the collaborative nature of art and design in the technology and innovation communities

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Senior School Sport Girls Sport Victoria (GSV) Ruyton participates in sporting competitions with 23 other Independent Girls’ schools through GSV. GSV highlights: Representative Teams • One Year 10 and one Year 11 student were selected for the GSV Cross Country team • One Year 9, one Year 10 and one Year 11 were selected for the GSV Swimming team. Swimming and Diving • Ruyton won Points to Population, Intermediate, Senior and Overall trophies at the Preliminary carnival • Ruyton finished 2nd overall in the Division 1 Championship Carnival and won the Intermediate trophy • Swimming Finals night – 24 individuals and all 12 relays qualified, to achieve four Gold Medals, three Silver medals and six Bronze medals. Triathlon • Ruyton finished 1st overall, achieving two team Gold medals, one individual Gold medal and one individual Silver medal.


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Cross Country • Ruyton won Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Overall trophies at the Preliminary Carnival • Ruyton won Junior and Overall trophies at the Division 1 Championship Carnival. Track and Field • Ruyton won Points to Population, Junior, Senior and Overall trophies at the Preliminary carnival • Ruyton finished 2nd overall at the Division 1 Championship Carnival • Track and Field Finals night – 43 individuals and seven relays qualified to achieve five Gold Medals, seven Silver medals, seven Bronze medals, plus one new record set. Weekly Sport • 11 teams qualified for weekly sport finals, with the Junior Soccer team finishing as Premiers. Ruyton girls were selected/qualified for State teams (or equivalent) in the following sports: Cross Country running (one), Fencing (one), Futsal (one), Rhythmic Gymnastics (one), Rowing (ten), Track and Field Athletics (four), Track Cycling (one), Soccer (one), Wheelchair Tennis (one).

Outstanding achievements / medals at  State Events: • Victorian All Schools Cross Country relays (teams of four) – two Silver Medals • Victorian All Schools Road relays (teams of four) – one Silver Medal, one Bronze Medal • Victorian All Schools Cross Country (teams of four) – one Gold Medal, two Silver Medals, two Bronze Medals • Rowing Junior Girls’ State Championships – two Silver Medals • Rowing NSW Girls’ State Championships – one Individual Bronze Medal, one crew Gold Medal, one crew Bronze Medal • Head of Schoolgirls Rowing – 2019 finals were abandoned due to an extreme weather event • Rowing Nationals – Senior 1st crew Gold medal • Rhythmic Gymnastics Intermediate Victorian State Championship - four Gold Medals, two Silver Medals, one Bronze Medal

Junior School Sport School Sport Victoria (SSV) sport Swimming • South Yarra District (SYDSA) – the Ruyton team placed 1st overall • five individuals and four relays qualified for Beachside Division. Cross Country running • South Yarra District (SYDSA) – achieving 20 top 20 finishers the Ruyton team placed 1st overall • seven individuals qualified for Beachside Division • two individuals qualified for Southern Metropolitan Regionals. Track and Field • South Yarra District (SYDSA) – the Ruyton team placed 1st overall • 12 individuals and two relays qualified for Beachside Division • one individual qualified for Southern Metropolitan Regionals, winning a Silver medal

• Rhythmic Gymnastics Senior Victorian State Championship - four Silver Medals

• one individual qualified for State Championships, winning a Silver medal.

• Rhythmic Gymnastics Australian National Championship – one Silver Medal.

Rhythmic Gymnastics Junior Victorian State Championship • one Gold.

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Miss Sarah Denholm – received the Association of Graduated in Early Childhood Studies (AGECS) Fellowship Grant for Leadership and Change and was elected onto the REAIE National Committee Ms Jacinta Greer – Educator Magazine Rising Star Award Mrs Danyang McAuliffe – Scholarship to 2018 China Yunan Trip for Australian Chinese Teachers, Dianne Berold Award for Outstanding Teaching Mr Jake Plaskett – Educator Magazine Rising Star Award Mrs Julie Purcell/Ruyton Library – prize winner in the OverDrive School Stars Campaign Mr Bob Sedergreen – inducted into the Graeme Bell Hall of Fame at the 2018 Australian Jazz Bell Awards.


Mrs Julie Purcell – VATE 2018 Member Magazine VOX – Interview article featured in VOX – VATE Member Magazine Vol 1, Issue 1, 2018 School Library Association of Victoria Magazine Synergy – featured in article Benchmarking the Library: Data for Best Practice by David Feighan and Julie Purcell Synergy School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) Vol 16, No 2, 2018.


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Fifteen staff completed the University of NSW Mini Certificate of Gifted Education Eleven staff completed the Cognitive Coaching Foundation Certificate Ten staff undertook the Harvard Graduate School of Education online Introduction to Datawise programme Four staff undertook the Leadership for Learning: Middle Leaders Making a Difference Professional Learning Programme Three staff participated in the Reggio Emilia Study Tour Two staff attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero Classrooms Institute.

Professional Learning Presentations

Mrs Rebecca Barker, Victorian School Music Festival, Adjudicator Mr Subu Chockalingam, Criterion Conferences, Improving STEM Education, Project Based Learning – Creating the Future Elective Miss Sarah Denholm, Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange, Workshop presentation ‘Digital Landscapes’

Mrs Kim Downes, Philanthropy Australia, Masterclass Presentation Mr Tony Doyle, UNSW GERRIC Gifted Education STEAM Conference, Presenter- Ruyton and Level Up Village Collaboration Mrs Cathryn Furey, AHISA Learning, Leading and Caring, Building Capacity of Middle Leaders Ms Jacinta Greer, Science Teachers Association of Victoria, VCE Psychology teachers workshop Ms Melissa King, Social Education Victoria, Presenter Units 3/4 teacher PL and Social Education Victoria, Presenter SEV Units 3/4 Global Politics student revision lectures Ms Shona Mancev, Independent Schools’ Victoria, Solutions to Common Problems in the Language Classroom

VCAA Assessing

Twelve teachers were involved in VCAA Exam setting and/or assessing.

Staff Service Awards

As a staff we join with the Ruyton Board to thank the following individuals for their contribution to our community: 25 years:

Ms Ellen Funnell

20 years:

Mrs Ange Allen Mrs Cathryn Furey Ms Fran Johnson Ms Kate McPherson

15 years:

Mrs Cait Mullins

The Di Berold Distinguished Teacher Award 2018 Mrs Danyang McAuliffe.

Mrs Danyang McAuliffe, Chinese Language Teachers Victoria, Presenter: Forum on VCE Chinese Oral and Written Examinations Mr Brett Moller, Charles Sturt University, Rural schools – STEM Coding/robotics workshops Ms Stephanie Mooney, Criterion Conferences, Improving STEM Education, Project Based Learning – Creating the Future Elective Ms Elizabeth O’Leary, Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia, Lower Primary Workshop at Back to School Day, Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia, Emerging Music Teachers Network, Elementary Musicianship at Autumn Seminar 2018, Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association, ECCPA Conference – lower primary workshop and Fringe Festival, Stories from the Choir Presentation Mrs Julie Purcell, VATE 2018 Middle Years Conference, Presenter: ‘Get In The Good Books’ and School Libraries Association Victoria, PresenterReal Libraries- Reading the World Conference Ms Masa Zhang, Victorian School of Languages, How to prepare Chinese FL Oral and Written Exams and Lihuili Middle School in Ningbo, China, How to prepare Chinese FL Oral and Written Exams.

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School Community Staff Listing

Academic Staff Junior School


Ms Fabienne Arthaud, MA(FrenchLit),BFA,DipEd

Mr Bayley, BEng(Hons),MBA

Mrs Rebecca Barker, BMusEd

Ms Douglas, BEd,MEd(Curriculum)

Ms Carla Bond, BA,BTeach(Prim)

Mr Gillam, BCom, FAIM(Retired)

Dr Evelyn Bowtell, BEd,MPsych,PhD

Ms Griffiths (’87), LLB,B.Com

Miss Katie Bray, BA,Bteach(Prom&EarlyChlhd)

Ms Higgins (’92), BA(Economics)

Ms Amy Brown, BA,MTeach

Mr Hogg, BConsEco,FAIQS

Mrs Anita Bush, BEd(Prim),DipTeach

Mr Kanat, President

Mrs Laura Clyde, BEd(Prim),GradCertSpEd

Ms Marsden, BAgResEco(Hons),MCom(Econ), GAICD (Retired)

Ms Tanya Cockwill, BTeach(Prim),BEd

Ms McLaughlan, BA(Hons),FAHRI,GAICD Mr Meehan, BCom,BIT,ACA Mr Price, BEc,LLB(Hons) Mrs Smith, BBus(Acc),MBA,CPA,MAICD Ms Taylor, BA(Comms) Secretary Mrs Smith, BBus(Acc),MBA,CPA,MAICD Principal Ms Douglas, BEd,MEd(Curriculum)

Mrs Donna Katrina Davies, BEd,DipTeach(Prim) Mrs Kylie Downs, BSc,GradDipPsych Mr Anthony Doyle, BEd(Prim),DipTeach(Prim) Ms Meagin Gidley, DipEd(Prim),BEd Mrs Nicole Ginnane, Ed,BA,PGradDipAppSc (LibInfoMgmt),DipEd,MEdLshipd,BA Mrs Louise Graham, DipEd(Prim),PostGradDipEd Ms Catherine Hallpike, BEd,DipEd(Prim) Ms Jessica Hansen, BEd(Prim) Mrs Nadia Holding, BEd(Prim)

Academic Staff Early Learning

Miss Brigitte Hook, BEd(Prim)

Mrs Mary Bell, DipTeach

Ms Lara James, BEd

Ms Jessica Chan, BEd(Hons)(EarlyChlhd&Prim), BECE(Hons)

Mrs Jennifer Johnson, DipTeach(Prim)

Ms Sarah Denholm, BEd(EarlyChlhd) Ms Margarita Dimitrova, BEd,Dip(ChnServ) Mrs Tanya Dluzniak, BEd(EarlyChlhd) Miss Catherine Farrar, BEd Ms Katie Lewis, BEdHons(EarlyChlhd) Ms Jodie Mitchell, BEd(Prim),GradDip(EarlyChlhd) Mrs Sally Swingler, BEd(EarlyChlhd) Mrs Kerry Vines, BA(Arch),GradDipEd(EC) Mrs Helen Wild, DipTeach(EC),BEd(Prim)

Ms Alison Keele, BSc,BEd(Prim) Mrs Kate McPherson, BTeach(Prim),BEd Miss Johanna Milic, BEd(Prim),BAppSc(HumMove) Mrs Caitlin Mullins, BEd,DipTeach(Prim) Mr Julian Mutton, BEd(Prim),GradDip(EarlyChlhd) Mrs Sian Naulls, BATeach,BAppSportsSc Ms Elizabeth O’Leary, BMus,BEd(Prim) Mrs Bonita Odman, BEc,MTeach(Prim) Mrs Georgina Parker, BA,BTeach,AssocDip(Dance) Mrs Ellen Savill, BEd(Prim),MEd Mrs Catherine Stagg, BA(Teach),MEd Ms Helen Tait, BA(Hons),PGCE,MEdSt(SpEd)


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Miss Yu-Chun Wang, BA(Psyc)GradDipTeach(Prim), MEd Ms Deborah Ward, BA,BTeach Miss Nalini Welsh, BEd(Hons) Academic Staff Senior School Mrs Lee Alexis, BEd,CertIV(WkplaceTrng&Assmnt) Mrs Angela Allen, BAppSc(HumMove),BEd(Sec) Ms Claire Allen, BA(Hons)EngLit,PGCE(Eng) Ms Laura Antolin San Martin,BA(Hist),MEd Mrs Nicole Barrah, BEd(Sec),GradDip(VocEd&Train) Ms Margaret Barratt, BEc,DipEd Ms Elizabeth Barry, DipTeach(EarlyChlhd) Ms Anna Boussioutas, BA(Hons),DipEd Mrs Elizabeth Bradley, DipPhysEd,DipTeach Mr Paul Brandner, BA(Photog),GradDip(Film&Tel), BEd(Prim&Sec) Ms Alice Bray, MA,DipEd,Cert(d’Ethnologie) Ms Linda Broadfoot, DipT,BEd,CertIV (SportsAdmin&Mgmt) Mr Ady Broder, BEng,MBA(Hons),GradDipEd Mrs Louisa Burbury, BEd(PhysEd),GradDipEd (Admin)

Ms Maria Di Vitto, BBiomedSc,GradDipEd Mr Curtis Eames, BSc(Hons)Maths,GradDipEd Mr Stephen Ellinghaus, Director of Athletics Ms Kun Feng, MEd,GradDip(Sec) Mrs Susan Fryer, BSc,DipEd,GradDipCompEd,MITEd Mrs Cathryn Furey, BEd,MEd Mrs Helen Galanos, BEd(Sec) Ms Tsets Gibbons, BSc,PGradDipEco(Stats),DipEd Mrs Glenis Gumley, BSc,DipEd Mrs Gina Gutierrez, BA,GradDip Ms Mingzi Han, CLIL,PGradDipTeach(Sec),MATeach Mr Damian Harrison, BEd(PhysEd) Ms Patricia Hatzis, BA,DipEd,GradCertPostvEduc (MGSE), MEdLship Mrs Amelie Herault, MEd Ms Julie Hoskins, BEd,GradDipA(Eng),MEd Miss Camille Hudson, BEd(PhysEd) Ms Roslyn Hughes, BA,DipEd Mrs Jacinta Huntsman, BSc,BEd Ms Jennifer Jeffery, BLit,GradDipSecStud,MEd Ms Brooke Johnson, BAppSc(PhysEd)

Ms Georgina Canty, BA,BTeach

Ms Darcie Kane-Priestley, BA,BTeach

Mr Subu Chockalingam, BAVetSc(Hons), MTeach(Sec)

Mr Andrew Keating, MTeach

Ms Deb Cleary, BSc.DipEd

Ms Melissa King, BA(InfoSystems), GradDipEd

Mr Brendan Colnan, IGS,Mteach

Ms Jolenta Kirkwood, BA(Hons),VisArts, MEd(StudentWellbeing)

Ms Elise Conabere, BE,GradDip(EdPsych), MA(CnslgPsych),MAPS

Ms Jessica Kitt, BA,DipTeach

Ms Danielle Cooper, BA,DipEd(DblMethodEngl) Mrs Fiona Cooper-White, BContpA Ms Imogen Corr, BA,GradDip(French&Engl) Mr Thomas Crowle, BA(Hons)Hist,DipEd, DipModLang(French) Ms Mina Danos, BScEd Ms Nicole Dempsey, BA,DipCrim,DipEd

Ms Jacquelyn Lee, BA,Maths&Mus),BEd(Prim&Sec) Ms Gwenola Magnan, MTeach Ms Shona Mancev, BA,DipEd,MEd,AMusA Mr Augustus Martin, AppSci(Maths),DipEd, M(MathModel&DataAnalysis) Mrs Danyang McAuliffe, BA,MA,BEd,DipEd Mrs Emma McDonald, BPerfA,DipCnslg,DipEd(Sec) Ms Hayley McNally, BA(Hons),PGCE

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Mr Brett Moller, BA,BEd(Prim),MEd

Music Support Staff

Mr Christopher Moloney, BA,DipEd, MEdSt

Miss Jessie Chow, BMus,AMusA

Mrs Stephanie Mooney, BMaths,CertSecEd, PGCertSpecEduc

Mr Stuart Connew, ATCL,LTCL,LTCL(MusTeach),BEd, DipTeach,KodalyCert,OrffCert

Ms Kristy Mortimer, BA,Hons,BTeach,Hons, MEd(GiftedEd),Cert(GifterEd)

Ms Frederica Cunningham, BMus,BMusPerf, BMusPerf(Hons),GradDipEd

Ms Donna Moynagh, BSc,PGCE,MEd

Ms Darcie Foley, BMus,GradDipEd

Ms Alison Paisley, BA,DipEd

Ms Ellen Funnell, DipEd,BMus,AMusA,LMusA, FMusA

Mrs Jessica Phillips, BA,BEd,DipTheolSt Ms Lisa Piantadosi, BDesign,BFineArt,DipEd Ms Sophie Pidgeon, BEd(PhysEd) Mr Jake Plaskett, BA,DipMus,GradDipEd Mrs Jacinta Power, BEd(Sec)Mus,AMusA, GradCertRE Mrs Julie Purcell, BEd,GradDip(InfoMgt&LibSt), MInfoSt(ChildLib) Ms Michelle Raatjes, BEd(Sec) Ms Caroline Rice, BSc,DipEd Mrs Elaine Rogers, BA,DipEd Ms Joanna Roszkowski, BEd(VisArts),GradDip (ArtHistFilm) Mrs Melanie Roy, BA,DipTeach Mr Darren Saunder, BEd,GradDipEd Mr Mark Shore, DipTeach(Science), GradDipCompEd Mrs Catherine Smibert, BSc,DipEd Mr Paul Smith, BEd(Mus) Mr John Thomson, BTeach Mr Paul Upperton,BA,(Hums),DipEd Mrs Carolyn Walkley, BAppSc(HumMove),BEd Mrs Judith Whelan, BEd,GradDip(Careers) Mr Matthew Wilson, BComm(Mkt&CommlLaw) Ms Wan Lin Xiao, BSc,MTeach

Mrs Evangelia Glover, BMus,GradDipEd Mr Oakley Grenell, Dip(Jazz)(Perf), DipEd(Teach&Lrng) Mr Matthew Habben, BEd(Mus) Ms Katherine Hewitt, MMPT,BMus,GradDipEd, LTCL,ATCL,PerfDip,ADip Ms Stephanie Kate Hill, MMS(VocalPedagogy), Bmus Mr Matthew Holzinger, BMus,PDM Ms Sonja Horbelt, BA(Hons),BA(MusPerf), GradDipEd Ms Lauren Jennings, BMus(Hons) Ms Fran Johnson, BMus Mr Shaun Jones, BMus(Hons),AMusA,GradDipEd Ms Laurien Kennedy, DipMus,PGradMus Mr Spiros Kessaris, BMus Mrs Jennifer Lane, BEd(Mus) Mrs Jenny Lane, BEd(Mus),Mus,Dip(Cnsig) Ms Angela Mosca, BBus,AMusA,ADipA,MIMT, STCA(Prim) Mr Roger Nicholson, BMus(Hons) Ms Elizabeth O’Hanlon, BMusEd Ms Emily Jane Paddon-Brown, BA(MusTheatre) Mr Ivan Rosa, BMus(Perf)

Mr Tiong Yeo, BSc(Maths),PostGradDipEd

Ms Rosa Scaffidi, MMusPerf,FTCL,LMusA, BMus(Hons)Perf

Mr Walter Zavattiero, BA(Hons),MA,DipEd

Mr Robert Sedergreen, Musician

Ms Wenyue Zhang, MAEd,GradDipEd(Sec)

Ms Katrina Stockwin, BA(Mus)(Hons),LTCL

Ms Ning Zhang, BA,GradDipEd(Sec)

Ms Jane Summers, BMus,DipEd


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Ms Jenny Vallins, GRSM,ARCM

Ms Yannie Liang, BComm(Acc),MIB

Mr Rohan Wallis, BMus,CertIV(WkplaceTrng& Assmnt)

Mr Gary Mark

Support Staff Mrs Elizabeth Beattie, MA Mr Kevin William Beckwith Mrs Elizabeth Blumbergs Miss Joanne Brown Mr Stephen Caltabiano Mrs Judy Chan, BComm(Acc) Ms Michelle Chan Mr Sunilkumar Chaudhari Mrs Angel Cheng, GradDip(InfoMgt),BTeach(Prim) Mrs Adele Cook, BBus(ACC) Mr Robert Corrie, Electrician(AGrade) Mrs Heather de Morton, CertIVSchoolSuppServ, DipMngt Mr Anthony DiPetta Ms Catherine Dodson, BA(Hons)Hist, GradDipMusStud

Mrs Andrea Martell Ms Doris McDonald, CertIVSchoolSuppServ Mrs Jennifer McMillan Mr Ryan Moodie Mr Dale Moulton Mrs Jennifer Musgrove Miss Christine Newell, BA(CreativeMusic) Ms Kerry O’Callaghan Mr Luke Parker Mr Sachin Kumar Patel Mrs Anita Pearson, BASc(Nurs),DipAppSc(Nurs) Ms Tonya Peters Mrs Monique Pinnell, BAppSc (FoodSc&Tech) Miss Mairead Rodgers, BA(Hons) Ms Dorothy Savea Mrs Rebecca Schultz Mrs Ann Sciberras

Mrs Kimberly Downes, BS,CFRE,CAP

Mrs Leanne Smith, BBus(Acc),MBA,CPA,GAICD

Mr Cameron Elmer

Mrs Katherine Soumprou

Mrs Sally Freeman, DipBus(Admin)

Miss Georgia Thornton, DipPubRel

Mr John Gamble

Ms Sylvia Tossoun, USCPA,BComm(Acc)

Mr Andrew Goetz

Mrs Fiona Trumble, BComm,CPA

Mr Chetangiri Goswami Mrs Nadine Hibbert, BEd(PhysEd) Miss Katherine Holding, BIT Mrs Michele Jenkin, Cert(BookKeep1&2),IATA Ms Joanna Karadimitris Dr Christopher Karopoulos, PhD,BSc(Hons) Mrs Jane Koenig, BA(Hons),Cert(PubRelats) Mrs Violeta Koutroulis, CertIII (OffAdmin),Dip PositivePsych&Wellbeing Ms Catherine Lee, DipMkt(Hons)

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Engaged Community

the ruyton foundation

Ms Fiona Griffiths (’87), Foundation Chair As a current Ruyton parent I am very proud to be part of the fabulous Ruyton community and to celebrate the amazing students, parents, staff, principals and volunteers who went before us and whose hard work, foresight and ongoing connection to Ruyton has helped make it the leading School it is today. Since taking on the role of Foundation Chair, I have been humbled to watch the culture of philanthropy grow at Ruyton. Our strong community of parents, alumnae and friends not only supports the School in the dedication of their time and talent, but also provides philanthropic support. There was a lot of activity for the Foundation in 2018, with the expansion of the Foundation Committee focused on our long-term strategy, and the huge success of our 24-Hour Appeal for the Founder’s Scholarship. Over 390 generous donors came together to provide a gift of a Ruyton education for a girl who would otherwise not be able to attend Ruyton. To our delight we raised well-over our target and I am pleased to report that, due to the success of the Founder’s Scholarship Appeal, our first recipient of this financial needs-based scholarship commenced in 2019 in the Senior School.


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In 2018 the Moreton Bay Fig Society was launched to honour, recognise and thank those who have left Ruyton a bequest in their Will. We were delighted to have Dr Genevieve Timmons talk about the spirit of philanthropy at this launch. The coming years will be exciting as we continue to nurture our strong culture of philanthropy. We remain committed to growing the Founder’s Scholarship with an endowment to have six girls attend Ruyton in the Senior School at any one time on this needs-based scholarship. Ruyton boasts many new and state-of-the-art facilities. Over the next few years our focus will be on a new Performing Arts Centre and Library. Philanthropy will play a key role in making these facilities a reality for our current students and generations of students yet to come. Thank you for your continued support of Ruyton Girls’ School.

Foundation Committee members 2018 Ms Fiona Griffiths (’87), Chair Mr Jonathan Buckley Ms Linda Douglas, Principal Mrs Kim Downes, Director of Community Relations Mr Frank Huang Ms Gillian Hund Mr Peter Kanat, Chair of the Board Mrs Robyn Kanat (’80) Ms Susie King Mr Peter Nelson Mr Richard Ng Mrs Leanne Smith, Business Manager Ms Kylie Taylor Ms Kathryn Watt Rev Malcolm Woolrich

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giving by numbers 2018 Thank you to all of our of Ruyton families, alumnae, staff and friends who have contributed in supporting Ruyton Girls’ School in 2018. total amount raised in 2018:

$525,015 founder’s scholarship donors:

moreton bay fig society members:

past and current staff contributing financially:

total number of donors in 2018:

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foundation members:


alumnae contributing financially:


List of 2018 Donors Mrs Sue A’Beckett (’62) Mrs Olivia (’87) & Mr Nicholas Alevras Ms Lisa Anderson & Mr Ian Curry Mrs Carolyn Anderson Mrs Janet Andrews (’57) Mrs Milie (’89) & Mr Tom Angliss Mrs Helen Antonopoulos ANZ Bank Ms Katharine Armstrong Mrs Micky Ashton (’65) Mrs Elizabeth & Mr Mark Assetta Mr Simon & Ms Michelle Atkinson Mr L Bai & Mrs M Gao Dr Alfred Baldes Mrs Joan Balfour (’62) Mrs Kate & Mr Malcolm Bamford Mr Ryan & Ms Leanne Banting Mrs Zoe (’99) & Mr Philip Baré Mr James Bate Mr Anthony & Mrs Sally Bateman Mr David Batt & Dr Caroline King Mr David & Mrs Liz Baumgartner Mr Bruce & Mrs Jackie Bayley Mrs Elizabeth & Mr Timothy Beattie Mrs Meagan & Mr Jamie Bedelis Mrs Sue (’63) & Mr Bruce Bell Ms Tali Bernard & Mr Joshua Bornstein Mrs Di Berold Ms Georgia Berry & Mr Tom Simpson Mrs Sarah & Mr James Berti Mrs Elizabeth Blumbergs Ms Amanda Blyth (’77) Mrs Jane (’77) & Mr Rowan Blyth Ms Kathryn Booth & Mr Roger Franich Mrs Jane Branson (’82)

Ms Jane Brentnall (’75) Ms Lindy Broadfoot Mr Geoffrey & Mrs Clare Brown Mrs Kathryn & Mr Neil Brown Mr Mathew & Ms Jennifer Browning Mrs Katie & Mr Jonathon Buckley Mrs Belinda (’70) & Mr Bill Burke Mr Michael & Mrs Alyssa Caplan Mr Joseph & Mrs Franca Carbone Mr John & Mrs Fiona Cazanis Ms Christine Chai & Mr Michael Wang Mr Henry Chan & Ms Jian Liu Mr Jason Chang & Ms Kwai-Sim Lee Mr Lida Chen & Ms Yabo Wang Mr Ai Chen & Mrs May Nog Mr Wei Chen & Mrs Xiaoyi Pang Mr Wayne & Mrs Winnie Chen Mr David Chen & Mrs Grace Wen Mr Stuart & Mrs Helen Cheng Dr David Chiang & Dr Elaine Tan Mrs Margaret Clarke (’57) Mrs Larissa & Mr Anton Clarke Mr Brent & Mrs Jenny Cleeve Dr Ian Collins & Ms Jennie Thomas Mrs Sue Colvin (’66) Ruyton Community Dr Natasha Cook & Dr Louis Luu Mrs Wendy Cooper & Mr Stephen Cooper Mr Robert Cooper & Ms Shyama Jayaswal Dr Stuart & Mrs Catherine Cran Ms Petrina Crocker & Mr Matthew Gaffney Dr Ian Crosby Mrs Fiona Crosby Dr Timothy Crozier & Ms Michelle Kossenas Ms Suzanne Cumming & Mr Ross Edwards

Mrs Jane (’78) & Mr Ian Cunningham Mr Mark Cunnington & Ms Annie Condon Mrs Rebecca & Prof Peter Currie Ms Brenda Currie & Mr Andrew Ham Mr Gerard & Mrs Sarah Dalton Ms Paula Darling & Mr Warren Lee Mr Christpher Davey & Ms Catriona Fraser Mr Stuart Davison & Ms Karen Devlin Mrs Sam & Mr Mark Dayman Mr Paul & Ms Donna De Bortoli Mrs Serena de Kretser & Mr Andrew Hogg Mr Ritchie De Laet & Miss Thane Anthoni Ms Sally Dean (’70) Dr Maree & Mr Dennis Dellaportas Mr Pengfei Ding & Ms Haojing Sun Mrs Tanya & Mr Simon Dluzniak Mrs Vi & Dr Linh Do Ms Cathy Dodson Mrs Serena Dong & Mr Sam Zou Mrs Pauline & Mr Paul Dontschuk Mr Chris & Mrs Angela Doufas Mrs Vicki Doufas & Mr George Doufas Ms Serena Dougall (’83) Ms Linda Douglas Mr Mark & Mrs Melinda Dowell Mrs Rosemary Dowling (’61) Mrs Kim Downes Dr Carol Driscoll & Dr Ian Driscoll Mr Simon Du & Ms Susan Ooi Ms Jane Duncan (’70) Ms Jane Edwards (’79) Mr Paul Ekers Mrs Jenni & Mr Mark Elford Mrs Katie & Mr Shane Fallscheer Annual Report 2018


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Mr Yu Fan Mrs Mingxia Fan & Mr Haigen Xu Mr Shaowen Feng & Mrs Jiehua Wen Mrs Ling Feng Ms Joan Fitz-Nead (’49) Ms Liv Fowler (’11) Mrs Pam Fraser Mrs Catheryn & Mr Christopher Furey Ms Andrea Fyfe (’89) & Mr Luke Dow Mr Matthew Gaffney & Ms Petrina Crocker Mr Richard Gannon & Mrs Annabelle Helps Ms Pam Gardner (’64) Mr Xiaofei Ge & Ms Lingzhi Shao Mr Yuxin Ge & Mrs Helen Mao Mrs Jennifer & Mr Adam Genovese Ms Fleur Gibbons (’90) & Mr Simon Uthmeyer Mr John and Mrs Helen Gillam Mrs Georgina (’92) & Mr Andrew Gillon Mrs Nicole Ginnane Mr Tom Gleisner AO & Ms Mary Muirhead OAM Dr Arturo Gomez De Castro & Ms Catalina Cuesta Ms Julia Goodsall (’84) Ms Brier Gough (’69) Mr David Graham & Ms Anna Wright Mr Ben & Mrs Katie Graham Mr Bill Graham Mr Michael & Mrs Melinda Gray Mr Jonathon Green & Ms Sally Heath Mr David Greenwood & Ms Deborah Smith Dr Katherine Griffin (’94) Mr Brett & Mrs Renee Griffith


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Dr Leonie Griffiths (’86) & Mr David Roche Mr Adam Grollo Miss Elizabeth Grover (’81) Miss Susan Grover (’81) Mr Yi Gu & Ms Jie Zhang Mrs Glenis & Mr Wayne Gumley Mrs Weijin Guo & Mr Jun Miao Mr Frank Guo & Ms May Zhou Mrs Samantha Gusset (’89) Mr Simon Haddy & Mrs Barbara Fitzpatrick-Haddy Mr Alan Hamilton Ms Verity Harris (’87) & Mr Oliver Beadle Mrs Diane Harris (’66) Mrs Kylie Harrison & Mr Brad Harrison Mr Darren & Mrs Simone Hartin Mr Hai He & Mrs Emily Xu Ms Sally Heath (’77) & Mr Jonathon Green Mr Paul Heath & Dr Gill Singleton Mrs Heather Henderson (’46) Mr Owen Hereford & Ms Amy Reed Mrs Loretta & Mr Keith Hill Mr Gregory Hincksman & Mrs Jodie Harris Mr Tim & Mrs Kate Hogg Mrs Nadia & Mr Mark Holding Mr Adam & Mrs Narelle Honey Ms Sue Horn & Mr Mark Aldous Mr J & Mrs Louise Houlihan Mrs Jennifer & Mr Mark Hu Mr Kaifang Huang & Ms Liuzhen Qin Mrs Katie & Mr John Hudson Mrs Tracey Hughes Ms Emma Hughes (’96) Mrs Gillian & Michael Hund Dr Roxana Irimia Mr Bryon & Mrs Paula Issa

Mr Andrew & Mrs Simone Jacobson James Buyer Advocates Pty Ltd Dr Libby & Mr Robert Jamieson Mr Yongqing Jia & Mrs Wenying Zhu Mr Yan Jiang & Dr Michelle Zhang Ms Ping Jin & Mr Jian Wang Mr Damian & Mrs Julie Johnson Mr Peter & Mrs Helen Jordan Ms Caley Jowers (’11) Mr Christian & Ms Phoebe Juebner Mr Peter & Mrs Robyn Kanat (’80) Ms Sarah Kanat (’14) Dr Chris & Mrs Pearl Karopoulos Ms Jasbinder Kaur & Mr Rabendar Singh Mrs Annie Kelly Mr John Kelly & Dr Sharon Joseph Mr Wayne Kenafacke & Ms Caroline Bennet Mrs Marian Kendall (’65) Mr Anthony & Mrs Kelly Kenyon Mrs Fiona (’87) & Mr Nick Kerr Ms Libby Kerr Dr John & Mrs Heather King Ms Susie King & Mr Bruce Sutherland Mrs Dawn & Mr Peter Kleeman Dr Rodney & Mrs Jane Kleiman Mr Paul Kokovas & Ms Silia Saltsidis Mr Yuxiang Kuang & Ms Crystal Hu Mr David & Mrs Anne Lambert Mr Sam Lan & Mrs Ann Phung-Lan Mr Andrew & Mrs Mandy Lane Mrs Lorraine & Mr Robert Lea Prof Trevor Leong & Dr Pearly Khaw Ms Jane Leong Mr Hui Ming & Mrs Feng Li

Mr Haoshen Li & Mrs Mel Wang Mr Hao Li & Ms Jing Lin Mr Yongshen Li & Ms Ling Zhang Mrs Lily Li & Mr Guangxu Cen Mr Mingming Li & Ms Mei Wang Ms Lisa Li (’09) & Mr Wade Guo Mrs Cathy Li & Mr David Chen Mrs Lily Li & Mr Yun Shi Mr Feng Liang Dr Michael Lim Joon & Ms Carol Lew Ms Irene Lim-Lay & Mr Andison Lay Mr Frank Lin Mr Steve Lin & Mrs Shouhong Yuan Mr Andrew & Mrs Sue Lindsey Mr Jiang Ling & Ting Zhou Mrs Antonia & Mr George Lintzeris Mr Steven & Dr Karen Lipchin Mr Xiaofeng Liu & Ms Ke Zhang Mr Dianwu Liu & Mrs Wei Feng Mrs Na Liu & Mr James Han Miss Beilin Liu Mrs Shuping Liu & Mr Jingqu Wang Mrs Sarah (’86) & Mr Gerard Long Mrs Jo & Mr Braeden Lord Mrs Jacqueline & Mr Jim Louzis

Mrs Michelle (’92) & Mr Scott Lovett Mrs Helen Lovett (’64) Ms Emily Lu (’18) Mr Jason Luo & Ms Feifei Liu Ms Sophie Lyall & Mr Damien Royce Ms Jennie Macdonald (’66) Ms Susan Mackie & Mr John Rives Ms Sharley MacLaren (’42) Mr Tony & Roza Magdich Ms Gwen Magnan & Mr Olivier Farrugia Mr Ari & Mrs Kathy Magoutis Mr Sam & Mrs Voula Makrigiannakis Mrs Despina & Mr Nicholas Malamas Dr Marina Malcolm & Mr Rohan Price Assoc Prof Simone Mandelstam & Dr George McGillivray Dr Donny & Mrs Ayako Mandrawa Dr Evrim & Assoc Prof Alan March Ms Freya Marsden (’89) Mrs Fiona & Mr Chris Marsh Ms Caroline Maslen (’05) Mrs Anna (’66) & Mr John Mason

Mrs Lucy McCarthy (’99) Mr Dominic & Mrs Lisa McCarthy Mr Robert & Mrs Barbara McClure Mr David McCombe & Dr Georgie Pettigrew Ms Jen McFarland (’12) Ms Simone McGrath & Mr Kilian Cheah Mrs Virginia McLaughlan Mrs Sue & Mr David McLeish The Hon. Justice Kate McMillan (’70) Mr Bruce & Mrs Dianne Meehan Melbourne Dymocks Mr Frank Mentes & Ms Marie Manzi Mrs Merja & Mr Philip Michael Mr Michael Mileo & Mrs Andrea Winters Mileo Miss Kathryn Miller (’86) Ms Elizabeth Milne (’80) Mr A & Mrs L Miritis Ms Krista Mogensen & Dr James Strohfeldt Mr David & Mrs Jane Monsell-Butler Ms Jane Morgan (’70) Mrs Monna Mostafa & Mr Ahmed Elnakeeb Annual Report 2018


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Dr Annie Moulden OAM (’76) Mr Leon & Ms Prue Mugavin Mr Stuart & Mrs Suzy Muir Ms Megan & Mr Ricki Mulia Mr Matthew & Mrs Cait Mullins Mrs Amy (’98) & Mr Chad Mulready Mrs Jenni (’73) & Mr Ben Musgrove Mrs Margaret Myers (’49) Mrs S Nan & Mr Jeff Liu Mr Peter & Mrs Natasha Nelson Mr Stephen Newnham Mrs Anna & Richard Ng Dr Hugh Nguyen & Ms Chi Tran Mrs Thao & Mr Wilson Nheu Ms Diana Nicholson & Mr Michael Tinney Ms Madeline Nolan (’16) Mrs Di O’Neil & Mr Cameron Whittfield Mrs Bonita & Mr Daniel Odman Old Ruytonians Association (ORA) Mr Tony Osmond & Ms Fiona Griffths (’87) Ms Monica Pan & Mr James Yang Mrs Kerry & Mr Angelo Panagopoulos Ms Helen Pang Mrs Angela & Mr Terry Papamarkou Parents of Ruyton Mrs Krystyna & Mr Alexander Paszkiewicz Miss Joan Pearson (’44) Ms Diane Perelsztejn & Mr Les Rabinowicz Mr Terry & Mrs Joyleen Peters Mr Boyd & Mrs Amanda Peters Ms Tonya Peters Dr Deborah Peterson Mrs Nerida Phillips (’87) Mr William Plaskett Mr Brent & Mrs Amanda Polites


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Dr Eric & Mrs Mahilini Ponnampalam Mr Nathaniel Popelianski & Ms Nicki Milionis Mr Ben & Mrs Fiona Power Mr Chris & Mrs Judith Preston Mr Cameron & Dr Madeleine Price Mr Tom Rachcoff & Ms Margo Campbell Ms Helen & Mr Stephen Rachcoff Mr David & Mrs Kelly Rasmussen Mr Ajit Ravindran & Ms Thoa Menyen Mrs Caitlin (’80) & Mr Paul Riva Ms Laura Roberton (’11) Ms Sherri Robertson (’62) Mr Ian & Mrs Juliette Robson Miss Mairead Rodgers Mr Mark Rodrigues & Ms Stacey Ong Mr Tony & Mrs Nicola Rule Ruyton Foundation Mr Jason Ryan & Mrs Paige Pappas Mr Chris & Mrs Helen Samartzis Ms Vicky Savinos & Mr Gerald Aquino Ms Claudia Schonfeldt (’18) Mrs Ann & Dr Hank Sciberras Mrs Patricia Serpell (’76) Ms Yi Shan Mr Chen Shao Mr Peter Sharples Mrs Annabelle & Mr Robin Shute Mr George Siamos & Mrs Vicki Smirlis Mrs Jo-Anne & Mr Mark Sibree Mr David Simmonds & Ms Shun Yi Guo Mr Peter & Mrs Margit Simondson Mr Robert Simpson & Ms Georgina Nelson Ms Sue Sloan & Mr David Hall

Ms Liz Smart (’00) Mrs Leanne Smith Mr Edward Smith & Ms Cecilia Fan Ms Sharon Smith & Mr Andrew Hale Mrs Margaret Smith OAM Mr Martin & Mrs Linda Solomon Mrs Kathy Soumprou Mrs Trish (’73) & Mr David Spicer Mrs Diana Stanbury (’67) Mr Anthony Starkins Miss Val Steggall (’52) Mr Peter Stewart & Ms Sarah Neaves Ms Anna Stewart & Mr William Dixon Ms Karen Streckfuss & Mr Simon Lardner Miss Katrina Strickland (’84) Dr John Sun & Dr Cheryl Wang Mr Robert & Mrs Susie Sutherland Mr Simon & Mrs Sally Swingler Miss Elizabeth Syle (’75) Ms Georgia Symmons (’90) Mr Michael Tamvakologos & Ms Paula Walker Mr Pedro Tang & Mrs Syrena Yu Mr Fuqin Tang & Mrs Li Mei Ms Kylie Taylor Mrs Katherine Teh-White (’85) Mr Guojun Teng & Mrs Jinghua Han Mr Toby & Mrs Simone Thompson Mrs Gabby & Mr David Timm Mr Michael Tinney & Ms Diana Nicholson Dr HB Toh & Dr Tina Horng Mrs Andrea & Mr Dean Tooby Ms Sylvia Tossoun & Mr Nazeh Calil Mrs Gillian & Mr Howard Tuxworth Mr Paul Upperton

Ms Megan Utter (’93) & Mr Jason Marchant Mrs Linda Valentic & Mr Ned Vernon Ms Emma Van Bavel & Mr Glen Cartledge Mrs Sarah & Mr Dean van Gerrevink Mr John & Mrs Jenny van Haandel Mr Ruhan & Mrs Karen Van Zyl Mr Marcello & Mrs Joanna Verrocchi Mrs Fiona & Mr Mario Verrocchi Ms Giselle Verteegen Mr Myles & Mrs Kathy Vinecombe Mr Andrew & Mrs Penny Vogan Mrs Vanessa & Mr David Waldron Mr Stephen & Mrs Belinda Walmsley Mrs Lee-Ann & Mr Martin Walsh Mrs Coco Wang & Mr Heping Wu Ms Ying Wang Mr Qiang Wang & Angelina Hu Mr J Wang & Chi Sun Mrs Chun Qing Wang & Dr Rishi Mehra Dr MingLong Wang & Mrs YingQiu Jiang Dr Ellen Warne & Dr Frazer Andrewes Mr Andrew & Mrs Tanya Watson Ms Olivia Watson (’17) Ms Kathryn Watt & Mr Nicholas Reilly Mr Damian & Mrs Judith Waugh Dr Ajith & Mrs Deepa Weeraman Mrs Diana Weetman (’64) Mr Jonathon West & Ms Melissa Tribe Mrs Chani & Mr Peter Wijeyaratne Ms Eve Williamson & Mr Greg Carey Miss Lee Wills

Mr Peter Wilmshurst & Ms Gabrielle Baron Mrs Nikki (’86) & Mr John Wilson Mrs Andrea Winters Mileo & Mr Michael Mileo Mr Terence Wong & Ms Eliza Ly Mrs Alice & Mr Alfred Wong Mrs Deborah & Mr Jack Woodrup Mrs Jenny & Mr Andrew Woollard Rev Malcolm & Mrs Karina Woolrich Mr Scott & Mrs Suzi Woolston Prof Barbara Workman Miss Jemima Wotherspoon Mr Xinlin Wu & Mrs Jiawen Tang Mrs Helen Wu & Mr Jerry Li Mrs Nicole & Dr Joe Xanthopoulos Mr Ivan Xie & Ms Ellen Wang Mr Linkui Xu & Lifen Gu Mr Wei Xu & Mrs Na Li Mrs Ashley Xu Mr Gordon Xu & Ms Wei Wu Mrs Ye Yang & Mr Jun Yu Mr James Yang & Ms Monica Pan Mr Duansan Yang & Mrs Yanping Xie Mr Qizun Yi & Ms Zhi Li Mr Sun Yong & Ms Yaping Chen Mrs Julia Yu & Mr Jason Goh Dr Grace Yuan & Mr Richard Luo Mr Paul & Mrs Irene Zaparas Mr Peter & Mrs Joyce Zervos Ms Li Qun Zhan & Mr Lei Chen Mrs Heather Zhang & Mr Andrew Li Mrs Helen Zhang & Mr Shulin Chen Mr Benzhen Zhang & Ms Xiaojing Sun Mr Joey Zhang & Mrs Amy Mao Miss Heidi Zhang Mr Lei & Mrs Hanping Zhang Mr Jeff & Mrs Jane Zhang Mr Johnson Zhang & Mrs Elaine Wang

Mr Jin Zhao & Mrs Jiyang Ren Mrs Yuling Zhao Mr Joey & Mrs Sue Zhou Ms Jing Zhu & Mr Shuiliang Zheng

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ora committee 2018 Co-Presidents Ms Mia Antonopoulos (’11) and Ms Liv Fowler (’11) Treasurer Ms Andrea Fyfe (’89) Secretary Mrs Jenni Musgrove (’73), Alumnae and Bequest Manager General Committee Members Ms Belinda Anderson (’73) Ms Mia Antonopoulos (’11) Ms Phoebe Demiris (’03) Mrs Kim Downes, Director of Community Relations Ms Sarah Forbes (’12) Ms Liv Fowler (’11) Ms Samantha Gusset (’89) Ms Anna Truelove (’12) Ms Jane McIntosh (’72)


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• Reviewing the ORA constitution and refining the ORA Strategic Plan • Commitment to new database and social media platform – Graduway • Continued support for the Founder’s Scholarship • Working with the Old Trinity Grammarians’ Association for combined events and sporting clubs • Launch of the inaugural ORA versus Year 9-10 Netball Game during Spirit Week • A Grand Reunion to celebrate the ORA was held during Spirit Week.

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Mrs Vicki Doufas (part year) and Mrs Melinda Gray, Co-Presidents 2018 Executive Committee Members: Co-Presidents Mrs Vicki Doufas and Mrs Melinda Gray Treasurer Mrs Sharron Maher Secretary Ms Paula Walker General Committee Members: Mrs Donna De Bortoli Mrs Sam Dayman Mrs Melissa Haberfield Mrs Domenica Lamont Mrs Sophie Lyall Mrs Sue McLeish Ms Amy Reed Mrs Sue Sloan Mrs Jenny Woollard Mrs Karina Woolrich


• This year was a very special one at Ruyton as we celebrated the 140th anniversary of the School. Spirit Week took place in May and each girl received a blue commemorative badge as a gift from the POR. The POR also provided a sausage sizzle for the Senior School girls. • We established the Ruyton Care Group with the aim of providing meals to families in our School community during times of need. Ms Melissa Chen did an incredible job setting up and coordinating this valuable programme, as did the many volunteers who provided meals on request. • The POR has continued its active programme to ensure support for the entire Ruyton community, that has included: Tears and Cheers Morning Tea Start of the Year Function Year Level Representatives’ activities The Ruyton Luncheon to celebrate our 140th anniversary at Leonda The Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea

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Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Breakfasts World Teachers’ Day The Junior School Disco The Questers’ group activities, including the presentation of three patchwork quilts to the Health Centre The Second-Hand Uniform Sale (SHUS) service The Fathers’ Association activities The Ruyton Calendar’s Performing Arts and Sporting activities underpinned by Parent Support Groups Ruyton Velo activities Parent Education Evenings Creation of Year 12 Valedictory box-framed collages.


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We are grateful to all the volunteers who ensure that the Ruyton community continues to prosper for the furtherance of our girls’ education.

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Ruyton Girls' School 2018 Annual Report  

The 2018 Annual Report for Ruyton Girls' School, Early Learning to Year 12 school for girls located in the Melbourne suburb of Kew.

Ruyton Girls' School 2018 Annual Report  

The 2018 Annual Report for Ruyton Girls' School, Early Learning to Year 12 school for girls located in the Melbourne suburb of Kew.