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Principal’s Report

2015 has been a year of achievement and progress as the

Ruyton community has striven to achieve its best and

explore new opportunities, both collectively and as

individuals. Our student cohort has continued to produce

remarkable results in both curricular and co-curricular

activities and we recognise and celebrate their endeavour,

effort and achievement.

We thank our 2015 Year 12 leaders for their contribution to

our community and for fulfilling their ambition to lead with

effervescence and ambition.We wish them every success

and happiness as they embark on the next stage of their

lives and know that they will continue to contribute to the

wider community as confident and articulate young women,

with a strong sense of purpose.

At the start of this year we congratulated our 2014 Year 12

students on their exceptional VCE results: 65 per cent of our

girls in Year 12 achieved ATARs of over 90 and there were 12

perfect scores of 50. Gillian Limwas announced as Dux of the

School, with a perfect score of 99.95. All of our girls received

a tertiary offer and over 60 per cent received their first

preference. In addition to these outstanding results five of

our girls were recognised with Premier’s Awards and five

girls were awarded the Australian Student Prize, a highly

prestigious award with only 500 prizes awarded nationally

each year to Year 12 students.

Ruyton is well known for its exceptional culture, providing a

clear focus on personalised learning and the attainment of

personal best for each student. Alongside our academic

studies the co-curricular activities and opportunities are a

valuable component of a Ruyton education and support a

productive and balanced approach to life.This year we have

once again seen our girls engage in a wide range of activities,

demonstrating risk taking, experimentation, creativity,

personal growth, and most importantly, enjoyment.

Students have demonstrated their talents and skills through

a variety of student concerts, soirées, productions,

eisteddfods and collaborations with Trinity Grammar School

and Scotch College this year.We saw the introduction of the

Years 7 and 8 play, with the wonderful performance of

Hating Alison Ashley

, ably led by Drama Co-ordinator, Ms

Michele McNamara and involving over 80 girls.The Music

Department took part in Generations of Jazz music festival

at Mt Gambier for the first time, with our Stage Band and

Madrigals representing the School with distinction.

Ruyton girls continued to show that they are a force to be

reckoned with in the sporting arena. In a field of 24 girls’

schools, our girls have excelled in the Girls Sport Victoria

(GSV) carnivals, placing first in Cross Country, second in

Swimming and third in Track and Field. Our Cross Country

squad continued to demonstrate its excellence in terms of

results, succession and individual and team development,

winning three Victorian titles, the All Schools Road Relays,

the All Schools Cross Country Relays and the All Schools Cross

Country Championships. Our rowers completed their most

successful season in the history of rowing at Ruyton, with

their most notable achievements being the Senior Division 1

Quad Scull and Year 10 Division 1 Quad Scull winning titles at

the Head of Schoolgirls Regatta, and the Senior Division 1

Quad Scull also winning both the NSW State Championship

and the National Championship.

Debating has long been a strength of our girls and this year

we saw new opportunities arise. Our Junior School Girls took

up debating with gusto, recognising the International Day of

the Girl Child in their debates with Trinity.The Debating

Captain role was extended to Debating and Forums Captain,

extending the opportunity for senior girls to engage with

experts on challenging current topics.

Through New Horizons, camps have continued to provide our

Junior and Senior School girls with curriculum experiences

beyond the School, a range of activities that challenge them

to take risks, learn new skills and work and live collaboratively.

Student Voice and Leadership are an essential part of a

Ruyton education and 2015 saw additional opportunities for

our girls emerge through structured programmes and

through student initiative. Student-led pledges at Junior and

Senior Assemblies to recognise National Day Against

Bullying and Violence left a lasting impression and

demonstrated a strong sense of standing together against

such acts, as did joining Safe Schools Coalition Australia

(SSCA), demonstrating a commitment to build a culture that

is free from prejudice and supports equality for all.

Annual Report 2015