Ruyton Junior School also offers a number of after-school activities, depending on demand. These include, but are not limited to:
• dance – groove, jazz and creative dance
• rhythmic gymnastics club
• swimming – Ruyton Aquatic
‘I never thought I would be able to get up to speak in front of an audience – but being in a team made it easier and so much fun!’
Debating and Public Speaking
Ruyton Debaters and Public Speakers have a way with words. They learn how to negotiate difficult ideas and gain a deep understanding of contemporary and often controversial issues. They develop the confidence to stand and be heard. These are skills which will serve our girls well all their lives.
Ruyton is a member of the Debaters Association of Victoria (DAV) and there are many opportunities to participate in competitions, both within the School and externally.
Download details of our Debating Programme here.
The English Department promotes Public Speaking as part of a student’s studies, and encourages girls to engage in Public Speaking within the School and outside, in a range of competitions. These include:
VCAA Public Speaking
Orator of the Year Competition (Years 7-10)
Suzanne Northey Public Speaking Award (Year 11)
Alan Patterson Public Speaking Award
Balwyn and Richmond Rotary Competitions
This Club is open all students from Years 7-12. Our lively lunch time meetings are spent discussing a wide range of books and speaking with visiting book sellers and authors. Lit Club students have the opportunity to assist with title selection for the fiction collection. Our girls get together to enjoy movie and pizza nights, and to attend literature conferences.
Writing and editing
Ruyton promotes literacy through writing competitions both internally and externally. Girls are encouraged to enter local competitions such as the Boroondara Literary Awards, where Ruyton girls achieve excellent results on an annual basis, and the John Button School prize essay competition. Scripsi is produced on an annual basis and contains the best writing pieces from our Senior girls. Editorial experience is offered through the Ruytonian committee, where girls contribute to and help compile the annual School magazine.
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