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Our Year 10 Exchange programme continued to provide a

unique opportunity for a number of girls to experience

schooling in a different setting in another country.The

programme was extended to include three additional

schools this year: Crofton House in Canada, King’s School,

Bruton and Oakham School in the UK. During the September

holidays a group of very excited students and staff embarked

on our first Space Tour, attending Space Camp USA in

Huntsville, Alabama and visiting the Kennedy Space Centre

in Orlando, Florida. Our thanks to Mrs Susan Fryer, Dean of

Science, for her organisation of this amazing experience.

Personalised learning remains the central tenet guiding our

professional learning programme, with staff continuing their

learning and honing their expertise in relevant areas as they

review and refine learning and teaching programmes.

Staff, students and parents have explored the benefits of

Mindfulness for learning this year.With a focus on training

attention to live more consciously and fully, utilising our time

better, and fostering a growth mindset more conducive to

learning, students and staff have engaged in programmes

and courses under the guidance of Mrs Evie Bowtell, Junior

School Counsellor, who is experienced in this area of study

and practice.We look forward to developing this focus in

2016 and beyond.

As part of our Digital Strategic Plan Mr Brett Moller joined

the staff this year as the Director of Digital Learning.Working

closely with our IT staff and Digital Learning Mentors, this

team has provided strong leadership and support for our

staff and students as we continue to reimagine learning and

teaching opportunities in a rapidly changing educational

landscape. Staff and students have worked collaboratively to

explore and embed meaningful digital learning experiences

in our curriculumwith the use of digital devices ranging

from iPads, to 3D printers, to programmable drones.

As we live in a progressively complex, interconnected and

technological world we are increasingly recognising the

connection between science, technology, engineering and

mathematics (STEM), as well as the importance of the arts

and literature in the world of innovation. Science week this

year at Ruyton focused on the need for blended mastery of

STEMwith arts and humanities and continued to promote

curiosity, collaboration, problem finding and problem solving.

The introduction of experiences such as a Maker Fair, Coding,

Junior Engineers in the Junior School, and a Multimedia unit

for Years 7 and 8 students have provided our girls with

increased opportunity to explore, invent and create in our

rapidly changing world.

2015 has seen the completion of the newMargaret McRae

Centre.This major building project includes Science facilities,

Year 7 and 8 learning areas, Drama studios and an Events

space for the Ruyton community. Clearly focused on

providing flexible learning opportunities, this Centre marks a

new era in learning at Ruyton. Students and staff moved into

the Centre during Term 4, with the official opening scheduled

for early 2016.Thank you to everyone who has made a

personally meaningful donation towards the campaign and

supported Ruyton in providing the best possible learning

environment for our girls now and into the future.

The refurbishment of both the Courtyard Café and the top

floor of the Jacobs Building/Prue Gillies Centre has begun

and will be completed for the commencement of the 2016

academic year.

Plans for the redevelopment of the Junior School precinct

were finalised this year and work will commence over the

December/January holidays, to be completed by the end of

2016. This project will provide our Junior School community

with exciting and flexible spaces to best support learning

and build on our strength of connection and community.

Thank you to our students, parents, teachers and neighbours

for their patience and understanding during this extended

period of construction.

The strength of Ruyton is always the engagement of our

community.Thank you to our many volunteers, particularly

our Old Ruytonians and parents, who make sure that our

culture of involvement remains strong and ensure that we

continue to provide so many opportunities for our girls and

our old scholars.

Our many successes as a community would not be possible

without the dedication and professionalism of our staff. I

thank each and every one of our teaching staff for their

commitment to excellence and their resilience in dealing

with change this year. Most importantly I thank them for

inspiring our girls to achieve their best. Our administrative

and support staff, co-curricular instructors and maintenance

team have all contributed to the excellence of Ruyton and

the spirit of our community. I thank them for their hard work,

commitment and positive approach to their work.

Recte et Fideliter.

Ms Linda Douglas, Principal

Principal’s Report (Continued)

Annual Report 2015