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with three interviews having taken place this year. Since

June, we have received three donations to the Ruyton

Archives, including the book,

A History of Ruyton

, signed by

Miss Hilda Daniell. There have been seven external requests

for information and five internal requests. The Year 4

teachers have introduced a new unit of enquiry where the

students research the history of both Henty House and

South House. The Archives Office was able to provide

assistance with this unit, via the ‘history cabinet’, housing

important historical documents and through two visits to

the classroom.

We are grateful to our many individual volunteers who

have played a part in the Development Team at Ruyton this

year.We value the contribution of each and every one of

you. Special thanks, also, to the talented, friendly and

efficient Development Office team who assist in keeping

everything running smoothly. This year has been

particularly complex, with the organisation of the Fair and

the launch for the Capital Campaign. I am truly grateful for

your ability to multi-task and to deliver on time, all with

good grace and humour.

Ms Tonya Peters,

Director of Development


Be it in reading, writing or speaking, the English Faculty

continues to provide a variety of enriching opportunities

both within, and external to, the curriculum. The significant

list of achievements and highlights of the year in the

English Department, detailed below, is a testament to the

hard work of both students and staff alike.

The introduction of MacBooks has led to a timely

opportunity to enhance and refresh our curriculum. New

units of work have been developed throughout the year

and this will be expanded upon in next year’s English

curriculum. The technology has allowed for even greater

differentiation in terms of units of work on text, writing

folio and listening and speaking activities and assessments.

The texts studied as part of the English curriculum offer

numerous opportunities for students to make connections

with events and times beyond their immediate experience.

In Year 7 students are asked to consider the impact of

commercial development on the environment in Tim



. In Year 8 students explore the effects of

Apartheid on South Africa in the 1970s and also the

ramifications of early settlement on the Indigenous

community in Jackie French’s


. In Year 9, the

spectre of racism and prejudice and its insidious effects on

a community are further explored. Year 9 students also

undertake a Human Rights Project which links the study of

the film

Rabbit Proof Fence

to the issues of Human Rights in

Australia and throughout the world. In order for students to

become aware of the way in which language and images

are used to shape their lives, Year 10s have been encouraged

to become critical readers of the messages presented to

them in a continually expanding range of media. At Year 11,

the study of

The Great Gatsby

asks students to consider the

consequences of being motivated solely by materialistic

gain, with such a novel prompting students to make

parallels to elements of contemporary society.

To support our studies of Shakespeare at Years 9 and 10,

and Bertolt Brecht at Year 12, the English faculty organised

for CompleteWorks Theatre Company (CWTC) productions


Romeo and Juliet




The Life of Galileo

to visit

the School. In the performances, there was an interactive

element with the students taking assigned roles and

discussing features of the plays at the end. In addition, as

part of their learning outcomes, Year 12 Literature students

attended readings at the home of Literature teacher,

Mrs Di Berold, where the students’ understanding was

enhanced through readings and music.

In conjunction with Mrs Julie Purcell in the Library, visiting

authors and writing workshops for Years 7, 8 and 9 were

offered. These visits were timely as they were organised to

complement the girls’ work in the Isobelle Carmody

creative writing competition and the Boroondara Literary

Awards Competition. Ruyton has a long history of success

in the field of creative writing and 2014 has been no

exception. This year, three students were recognised with

awards in the Boroondara Literary Competition. As they

have for the past 21 years, students in Years 7 to 11

participated in the annual Isobelle Carmody Creative

Writing Competition. Once again, the quality of the writing

was extremely high. This year’s topic,

The Building

, resulted

in an impressive range of engaging and inspiring writing,

with buildings, both literal and metaphorical, providing

interesting settings and points of action. The judge,

professional writer, Ms Sue Lawson, was thoroughly

impressed with the imagination and flair displayed in

the short narratives and commended the students’

dedication to the craft of writing. This ability and

dedication can also be seen in the English Department’s

Literary Magazine,


, in which Senior School students’

talent for poetry, fictional stories, autobiographical

narratives, essays and speeches is displayed. This year

marks the first year that it will be published in an

electronic format and I trust that you will enjoy reading

the collection over the summer holidays.

Annual Report 2014