26 Mar 2014
Sunday 23 March was a greatly anticipated day for many in the Ruyton community. It was the first Ruyton Fair for 12 years and what a simply amazing day it was! With an official opening time of 11 am the crowds were in full force by 10.30 am and remained that way for the rest of the day. The School was dressed in bright bunting, like a schoolgirl in her Sunday best and, with the Moreton Bay Fig complete with bright pom poms overseeing the occasion, there was the wonderful atmosphere of a country fair, as our community celebrated a strong sense of purpose and belonging. The exhilaration of the rides was obvious from the squeals of excitement heard as you walked down Selbourne Road. The music produced by Ruyton Girls on stage was as outstanding as ever. The stalls were abuzz with excitement. It was truly an amazing day.
For those of us who know Ruyton well, we understand the strength of our School is in our community. This was strongly exhibited again on Sunday. Thanks to the hard work of our parents, students, ORA and staff the Ruyton Fair was an outstanding success and, most importantly, brought together so many people from the Ruyton family. The Fair was the result of community consultation in 2012 when we simply asked what event would bring students, past and present, parents and staff together? The resounding answer was a Fair and on Sunday our community was displayed at its best.
Thank you to our major sponsors, The Leaf Store, Mario’s Coffee House, The ANZ Bank and Lime Catering for their financial support and the services they provided on the day. A big thank you, as well, to the Old Ruytonians’ Association, 13CABS, Casey Electrical Services and Cones Ice Cream for their generosity.
Special thanks to the Fair Steering Committee, Caroline Bennett (volunteer logistics), Jenny Cleeve (secretary), Tim Courtney (logistics), James Kanterakis (finance), Amanda Peters (co-chair) and Marilyn Rouhard (strategy) who worked consistently for over 12 months to make the Fair a reality.
To every volunteer who contributed to the success of the Ruyton Fair we thank you for your hard work. We are confident the Moreton Bay Fig nodded off to sleep on Sunday night with a fresh swag of memories and a big smile; confident that the Ruyton community is as strong as ever.
#Upright and faithful.
Ms Linda Douglas, Principal and Ms Tonya Peters, Director of Development
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