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To offer more diverse opportunities in the co-curricular

programme Junior Engineers, Chess and Debating has been

introduced.This will continue to be a focus in 2016, as we

ensure that a wide-range of programmes is available to

our girls.

In the Senior School new Years 7 and 8 pastoral programmes

included discussions revolving around the nature of healthy

friendships, the qualities that the students valued in their

close relationships and the effect of rumours on

relationships. Years 11 and 12 student leaders assisted in

facilitating discussions on how to navigate common

friendship issues faced by teenagers. A useful addition to the

programme has been the utilisation of resources from the

Ophelia Project, a non-profit organisation whose mission is

to help create a safe social climate for all children.

Development of study skills and work habits, taught in

conjunction with the growth mindset mantra, commenced

in Year 7 with a focus on organisational strategies and

monitoring action plans with a personal ‘Goal Thermometer’.

The new Buddy Programme, involving Year 7 and 11 girls,

included social activities directed at establishing a bond

between the girls, along with learning experiences, such as

mentoring the Year 7 students to manage their homework.

Our School counsellors worked with the senior students by

providing practical suggestions on how to manage anxiety

by establishing good habits, a balanced lifestyle, practising

Mindfulness and avoiding negative self-talk. Pilot study skills

programmes in Year 11 centred on focused learning and

adopting an independent and self-disciplined approach to

minimising distractions.

In recognition that our students are young adults who are on

the cusp of acquiring a much greater degree of

independence, it is important that they are exposed to the

realities of the world. Building on the Keys Please driving

programme at Year 10, this year Fit to Drive for Year 11

students has been introduced. Year 12 marks the last chapter

in students’ sessions with Mr Paul Dillon from Drug and

Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) who very

candidly discussed numerous issues related to risk taking

and harmminimisation. Complementing this initiative, the

organisation Red Frogs presented to students on ‘Staying

Safe at Schoolies’.

The Expanding Horizons Programme has been reviewed and

renamed New Horizons.The programme is undergoing

redevelopment to expose girls to real world challenges and

risk taking in new and varied environments.The experiences

are designed to allow the girls to extend themselves and to

become aware of self and others. At age appropriate levels

these include camping in tents and, at senior level, physical

challenges, such as a whitewater rafting expedition and a

seven-day bushwalk.

As a collaborative community the Parents of Ruyton (POR),

working with the School’s Senior School Counsellor, Ms Elise

Conabere, facilitated an informative parent education

programme, organising a number of seminars led by field

experts. Our Growing up Digital series took place earlier in

the year, continuing the involvement of Ms Robyn Treyvaud,

founder of Cyber Safe Kids.Two workshops for parents were

held: Distraction, Multi-tasking and Time Management, and

Growing Up Digital: A Student Perspective.The Fathering

Project, a non-profit organisation fromWestern Australia,

provided an informative evening where fathers were invited

to explore the importance of their role and to share strategies

to assist each other in our busy world. In addition we have

been privileged to have Dr Craig Hassed speak to teachers,

parents and students alike about Mindful Learning, covering

the science, practice and philosophy of mindfulness and how

it applies to learning, health and emotional development.

Student Wellbeing (Continued)

Annual Report 2015