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The Development Office is always a busy and dynamic

place and this year has been no exception.We began with a

move, as we relocated our office from South House, which

has been returned to a teaching and learning space for our

Year 4 Programme, toWardynski’s House at 25 Selbourne

Road. This move was as a result of the generous donation

by Mr Victor Lapcik, who expressed his wish that the house

be known by his wife’s family name. TheWardynski’s House

has been able to accommodate all our regular staff and

also offers good storage for the myriad items the

Development Office is required to hold. Questers moved

with us and there is also a meeting room for parent groups.

Following this move came the Ruyton Fair, the first for

12 years. It proved to be an enormous success, thanks to

the amazing efforts of our whole community. It was

wonderful to see how we all pulled together to produce

a varied and enjoyable day. My sincere thanks are extended

to the organising committee and to over 350 volunteers

who assisted to make this such a memorable fun-filled

family day.

At the same time we were also involved in the launch of

the Capital Campaign, to assist with the provision of the

new Margaret McRae Centre, which will incorporate

state-of-the-art Science facilities, flexible learning areas

and classrooms for Years 7 and 8, and spaces for drama and

community events. At the end of 2013 the Ruyton Board of

Directors asked the Ruyton Foundation to raise one million

dollars to help with development of this new centre. As a

result of the generosity of the Ruyton community, including

current and past parents, current grandparents, past

students, staff, and including funds raised from Parents of

Ruyton (POR) fundraising events, over $570,000 has been

pledged towards our campaign total. The Campaign will

continue through 2015 to help us reach our target. Special

mention must be made of the support provided by the

President of the Foundation, Mr Peter Kanat, and by

members of the Capital Campaign Committee who have

invested their time and talents into assisting us with

raising the funds to date.

We value the enthusiasm and help we receive from all our

POR volunteers, with 13 active parent groups within our

community this year. Our parents help support the School

in myriad ways, building the community and assisting their

daughter(s) with co-curricular activities. These activities are

enriched by this commitment. It is the involvement of

parents which helps to make such a varied programme of

opportunities available for Ruyton girls.We thank all of our

parents who have taken on leadership roles. Mrs Fabiola

Mazzocco and Mrs Donna De Bortoli, as Co-Presidents of

the POR, have led our parents ably and we thank them for

their generosity.We look forward to working with Donna

next year, and incoming Co-President, Mrs Sue McLeish.

The Old Ruytonians’ Association (ORA) provides invaluable

support and assistance with our Old Girl activities.We are

grateful to outgoing President, Ms Caroline Jarrett, and

Secretary, Ms Natalie Pullan, for their commitment and

welcome incoming President Ms Sarah Blyth and new

members of the committee. This year we have organised

reunions for the classes of 2013, 2009, 2004, 1994, 1989,

1984, 1974, 1964, the Ruyton Outdoor Club (ROC) and our

Golden Girls’ Afternoon tea for those past students who left

Ruyton prior to 1964. There was a High Tea at theWindsor

Hotel for past office bearers of the ORA, and at the 2013

reunion we were delighted to receive the Class of 2013 Year

12 Gift to the School of a water filling station.We also held a

reunion in New York, while the reunion planned for

Tasmania has been postponed. Thank you to all the Old

Ruytonians’ (ORA) Year Level Representatives who assist

with these events, and also to the ORA Committee who are

unwavering in their support of the School’s activities.

We have been fortunate recipients of generous donations

frommembers of the Ruyton community this year.We have

seen exceptional support of the Margaret McRae Centre

Campaign and the Ruyton Scholarships Fund and will

acknowledge a full list of donors in 2015. In addition we are

grateful to Mrs RuthWirtz who augmented Henty Rowing’s

collection of boats with the gift of the


z, a coxed

quad scull.We are thankful to the family of Elizabeth

Harold who established the Elizabeth Dougall Harold Prize

for Music Captain and the School has named two further

prizes in memory of previous Deputy Principals,

Mrs Suzanne Barrah and Mrs Jennifer Nicholls.

This year we completed the installation of new signs

around the School, and have seen the successful production

of our regular publications the


, the School’s

annual year book,


, the Senior School’s literary

publication, the

Ruyton Reporter

, our bi-annual round-up

of events relating to the community, and the



, a newsletter for current parents.

The Ruyton community was saddened by the passing of

much-loved and well-respected Archivist, Mr Trevor Hart.

We welcomed Ms Louise Baker, our new Archivist, who

comes to us with outstanding credentials.With the help of

past students Mrs Alex Caldwell (1968) and Mrs Robyn

Kanat (1980) the process of digitising Ruyton’s records has

commenced and two photo albums have been processed so

far. An Oral History Programme has also been established,

Annual Report 2014