07 May 2014
I recently read an article where the author wrote about being so overcome with emotion that some of it spilled out and trickled down his cheek. I think there has been more than a little of this happening at Ruyton over the past few weeks as we experienced both great joy and sadness in our community.
It was on Wednesday at Athletics Day where the record was set - for setting new records. In her usual low key manner Sarah Billings performed brilliantly and broke three School records - a feat truly worthy of celebration. On the same day it was an absolute delight to have so many grandparents and special friends join our Junior School students for a concert and a visit to their classrooms. The freely demonstrated love between children and their grandparents is something that never ceases to bring a tear to my eye. It was a true privilege to observe the beauty of these relationships in every classroom. The kiss blown by young Lexie at the end of the concert item was enough to melt any heart. The following morning there was great excitement under the Moreton Bay Fig tree as the Year 4 students entered the newly renovated South House for the very first time. They wandered upstairs, downstairs and in and out of rooms and then literally twirled on the spot - they were so thrilled with their new spaces. We look forward to sharing South House with the Ruyton community later in the term when all the external areas are completed and the girls are well and truly settled.
During the holidays the Ruyton community received the sad news of the death of past Deputy Principal Mrs Suzanne Barrah. Mrs Barrah worked at Ruyton from 1980-1991 and many of our Old Girls remember her with great fondness for her individual care of them and her ability to keep them on the straight and narrow. Our thoughts are with Suzanne's family, friends, colleagues and former students at this sad time.
Members of the Ruyton community will be saddened to learn of the sudden death of Mr Trevor Hart, our highly respected and much loved Archivist since 2007. Many will remember him for his humorous and informative excerpts in the Wednesday Weekly. He was instrumental in assisting the ORA is establishing the Heritage Trail and supported the ORA in many ways. Trevor will be remembered for many things: for his meticulous attention to detail; his quirky sense of humour; the way he raised his hat whenever greeting a female; for balancing along the edge of the footpath under the Moreton Bay Fig tree and for his strongly held opinions. For all of us at Ruyton Trevor was a true scholar and a gentleman. Our thoughts are with Trevor’s family and friends at this sad time.
A Memorial Service for Mr Trevor Hart will be held on Wednesday 14 May, 4 pm at the Middleton Theatre, Camberwell Grammar School. Please enter via Gate 5, Mont Albert Rd and park on the oval as directed. The POR will be assisting with the provision of sweet items for the afternoon tea after the service. If you are able to help please contact Donna De Bortoli, Co-President of the POR.
Recte et Fideliter.
Ms Linda Douglas, Principal
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