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The Development Office is a thriving place, where a myriad

of activities occur to support the unique Ruyton community.

The Parents of Ruyton (POR) has continued with its

community building and developing new friendships,

through organising social events for both parents, and

supporting girls in their education and extracurricular

activities. Ably led by POR Co-Presidents, Mrs Donna De

Bortoli and Mrs Sue McLeish, we thank them and all our

enthusiastic parent volunteers for their support this year.

With funds raised from the annual Luncheon where the

speaker was Old Ruytonian Ms Jane Hadjion (‘01), to the

biennial Ball, the POR has contributed to our target in the

Capital Campaign to raise funds for the newMargaret

McRae Centre.This year, in order to support the office for

Performing Arts in a more streamlined way, Friends of

Ruyton Drama Association (FORDA) and Friends of Ruyton

Music Association (FORMA) were amalgamated into one

group, Friends of Ruyton Performing Arts (FORPA). In

addition, the Parent Education Seminars continued, with

speakers such as Ms Robyn Treyvaud with the Growing up

Digital series, Mr Kim Grist fromThe Fathering Project and

Dr Craig Hassed presenting on Mindfulness.

As part of our commitment to continual improvement,

a number of student-listening groups were held this year.

These provided staff with valuable feedback in regard to

our learning and teaching programmes, which has been

used to inform our future directions. Our community

surveys involving students, staff and parents rated Ruyton

substantially above the average in the following; academic

achievement, co-curricular involvement, health and safety,

facilities and resources, personal and social development,

parent and community involvement, and student morale.

The Ruyton Velo Group consolidated its operation this year

and has seen numbers steadily increasing for the early

Sunday morning ride once a month. Ruyton Athletic has

made changes, and now trains and competes with Box

Hill Athletics Club to provide track and field competition

opportunities for girls throughout the year. A number of

Old Ruytonians also train with the Box Hill club.

2015 saw a very successful Capital Campaign, raising funds

to support the building of the newMargaret McRae Centre.

At the time of publication we can report that we have raised

over $850,000 the largest amount ever in the history of

Ruyton campaigns. Our success is founded on the generosity

of our community as we all work together as a team to

provide opportunities for future generations of Ruyton girls.

Over 110 individuals or families have donated to this

campaign.We are most thankful for donations which have

been received from current and past parents, current and

past staff, as well as past students.We are also indebted to

the tireless efforts and support of the President of the

Ruyton Foundation, Mr Peter Kanat, and to members of the

Capital Campaign Committee in this venture.This new

Centre, with its state-of-the-art science laboratories, drama

and community spaces, and areas for Years 7 and 8 girls

provides opportunities to further strengthen teaching and

learning opportunities.

The Old Ruytonians’ Association (ORA) continues to maintain

invaluable connections with our past students. Under the

Presidency of Ms Sarah Blyth (‘07) the ORA has continued to

support many reunions this year for the classes of 2014, 2010,

2005, 1995, 1985, 1975, 1965 and The Golden Girls, an

interstate reunion inWestern Australia, as well as numerous

year level ‘catch-ups’.The oldest past student who attended a

reunion was from the class of 1938. The ORA also conducted

an extensive survey of its members to ascertain what, if any,

additional activities were appealing.The results indicated

strong support for the establishment of a mentoring

programme, for gallery tours, a walking/running group and

more networking opportunities. On the ORA Facebook page

Throwback Thursdays was introduced, posting photos from

the Archives, and this has provoked widespread engagement

with past students.We are very grateful for the enthusiastic

support from all the ORA Year Level Representatives who

assist us, and also from the dedicated members of the

ORA Committee.

School Community

Annual Report 2015