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enjoy an evening of high quality restaurant food whilst

re-enacting some moments in history as part of the unit

called Historical Perspectives. Year 5- 8 students were

treated to some comedy from

Les Batons Français

– an

amazing hour of history and culture combined with

musical comedy. Year 9 and 10 students participated in a

theatre workshop incursion run by Melbourne French

Theatre, a bilingual theatre company. Students and

teachers enjoyed performing scenes from

Le Petit Nicolas


but the highlight for all was Amélie (one of the French

Assistante)’s improvised performance with the visiting

actors. Finally, who can forget M (and Mme!) Crêpe, who,

once again, cooked an amazing amount of crêpes for

students and staff alike, all the while amid bracing icy


Alliance Française

competition results were very pleasing.

All students in Years 4-6 and 12, as well as selected Year 8

students, participated in either oral, written or both

sections of the competition. Virtually all Ruyton entrants

this year received


n (Credit) or above, and the School was

delighted to send eight girls from Years 4-8, together with

two Year 12 students, off to finals.When a Year 12 student is

selected as a finalist in the oral section of the competition

this is a particular achievement as this is similar to an

end-of-year Oral Examination and students must receive

20/20 on the day to be selected.


to all those who

received awards, and especially to a Year 5 student for

achieving a prize – a wonderful achievement!

Whether it is in the French or Chinese Department, we are

fortunate to be part of a whole School community who

values language learning very highly. Students have

opportunities to begin language learning from an early age

and benefit from staff who are fluent in their target

language. I am sincerely grateful to all the wonderful staff

in this Department.

Mrs Danyang McAuliffe,

Dean of LOTE


‘Do as much Mathematics as you can – it will empower your

professional life.’

Sir Gustav Nossal

Mathematics is older than recorded history and has,

through the ages, developed into a sophisticated, complex

body of knowledge. Mathematics pervades all aspects of

our lives – as citizens, in our homes and in the workplace. It

has applications in all human activities, crossing cultural

and linguistic boundaries to provide a universal way of

solving problems in such diverse areas as science and

engineering, business and finance, technology, arts and

crafts and many everyday activities. Mathematics studies

the patterns arising from the real world and from within

Mathematics itself. These patterns can be used to make

predictions about mathematical objects and about the

behaviour of real things. Because mathematical knowledge

is about relationships between things, it is inherently an

abstract discipline. This abstractness makes it applicable in

a wide variety of situations.

The University of Melbourne School Mathematics

Competition is the most difficult of all Mathematics

competitions that are available to Victorian students.

It is done under examination conditions. In the long and

distinguished history of this School, there have been only 17

awards in this Competition. Two girls, in Year 8 and Year 9,

secured our 18th and 19th awards this year. Ruyton girls

have also taken out 63 distinctions and 29 high distinctions

in this year’s Challenge Stage of the Mathematics

Challenge for Young Australians, and 34 distinctions and 31

high distinctions in the Enrichment Stage of the Challenge.

In the Australian Mathematics Competition, Ruyton girls

have this year won 47 distinctions, seven high distinctions

and one prize. The Mathematics Challenge for Young

Australians and the Australian Mathematics Competition

are both run under the auspices of the Australian

Mathematics Trust and the University of Canberra.

As part of the Mathematics Department’s Three-Year Plan,

2014 has seen the introduction of online Readiness to Learn

Tasks in Year 7 Mathematics. These are designed to show

what girls know about a topic prior to its commencement

and what they will still need to learn during the teaching of

that topic.While Readiness to Learn Task results are not

reported in Semester reports, teachers use the data gleaned

from the tasks to differentiate the learning and to

determine appropriate pathways for each student as they

progress through topics. Girls receive all of their own data

at the end of each Readiness to Learn Task so that they too

Annual Report 2014