22 Feb 2016
On Monday morning Hiscock Court came alive with the sounds of science equipment and musical instruments, as Ruyton girls, both past and present, led by Ms Sonja Horbelt, performed at the opening of the new Margaret McRae Centre. As we recognise the importance of championing creativity in learning through this Centre, bringing together the Sciences and Performing Arts, we couldn’t have asked for a more appropriate opening performance. Our special thanks to Sonja who created the piece Building, performed by the Percussion Ensemble and the Stage Band, specifically for this occasion.
We were brought together by the sound of the bell given to the School by Miss McRae on her retirement. Ms Kathryn Watt, President of the Ruyton Board, and Mr Peter Kanat, President of the Ruyton Foundation, formally opened the Centre in the presence of past and present students, staff, parents and board members.
Our current students were represented by all of the Year 8 girls at the opening. The girls thanked all those who supported the Margaret McRae Campaign with the following words:
‘Thank you for turning possibilities into realities.
Thank you for believing in the limitless potential of Ruyton girls.
Thank you for supporting us to become resilient and inspired young women who can make a difference.
Thank you for your investment in Ruyton girls both today and into the future.
We thank you.’
This Centre is the result of significant generosity from many parts of our community, with a total of $953,000 donated. The Honour Board, located just inside the front doors, acknowledges all of our donors who have partnered with us to continue the tradition of supporting Ruyton girls to do their best. The School has chosen to name nine learning areas in recognition of significant donations, with three of the rooms scheduled to be named at a later date in collaboration with the families involved and six of the room names already installed: the Woolrich Family Laboratory, the Penne Furmage Room, the Rebecca Starkins Room, the Verrocchi Family Room, the Kanat Family Room and the Bate Family Room.
My sincere thanks to all our donors who have given with the spirit of Ruyton in mind. Our donors come from across our community: past students and current and past board members, parents, and staff. The Margaret McRae Centre stands as a testimony to the power of collaboration, generosity and creativity.
We are still very happy and willing to receive further donations to the Margaret McRae Centre Capital Campaign and have opportunities available for the School to acknowledge significant donations with room names. If you would like to make a donation of any size, please contact Ms Tonya Peters, Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 9290 9318.
Ms Linda Douglas
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