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know their strengths and weaknesses prior to the start of

each topic. Readiness to Learn Tasks will be introduced into

Year 8 Mathematics next year and into Year 9 Mathematics

in 2016.

The aim for girls is to build the strongest foundation

possible between the start of Year 7 and when they choose

their Year 10 Mathematics subject. This selection takes

place during Term 3 of Year 9 when girls elect to study

either Mathematics A or Mathematics in Year 10.

Mathematics A is the prerequisite study for VCE

Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics. Girls

who aspire to study these subjects must elect to study

Mathematics A in Year 10. The Mathematics course prepares

girls for VCE Further Mathematics but is not an adequate

preparation for Mathematical Methods and Specialist

Mathematics in VCE.

I extend my thanks to all members of the Mathematics

Department for their professionalism, hard work and

support over the course of this year. Ruyton is fortunate to

have such a strong, knowledgeable and cohesive team of

Mathematics teachers who work tirelessly in helping our

girls to make the most from every lesson.

Mr Russell Boyle,

Dean of Mathematics

PE and Health Education

The Health Education Department continues to deliver a

programme tailored specifically for the Ruyton community.

The programme aims to foster self-esteem, resilience,

knowledge and responsibility for one’s own choices and

behaviours and is delivered using the harmminimisation


Across Years 7-10 many of the units of study are introduced

by a guest speaker, who is an expert in his or her field, or by

a play or production, and this is then followed up within

the classroom for the remaining lessons. This provides the

opportunity to facilitate small group activities and relevant

discussions and learning guided by the teacher, in a safe

and supportive environment. Time is spent helping to

develop strength and resilience in the girls, as well as

providing them with the knowledge to make good choices

concerning their health. Topics such as digital citizenship –

keeping safe online, sexual health - puberty, disability

awareness, nutrition and body awareness, team building,

relaxation and wellbeing are explored in detail.

Mr Paul Dillon, founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and

Training Australia, returned to Ruyton to deliver his

three-year programme to the Years 10, 11 and 12 students.

He gave a presentation for the parent body entitled


and other drugs and young people


This year we introduced CPR training as a part of the Year

10 programme. This enabled each student to gain

qualifications in administering CPR. Real Response training

was also a new addition to the Year 10 curriculum. Next

year our focus is to further align our programme with the

Australian Curriculum and we are also bringing in

etextbooks and workbooks to ensure deeper progressions

and connections are developed across the year levels.

Physical Education

In Physical Education the girls have undertaken a variety of

traditional sports and have also been introduced to many

new ones. The Year 7 girls learnt the skills involved in many

of the core sports offered in the Girls’ Sport Victoria (GSV)

competition. New sports such asWater Polo and Badminton

were also introduced. Many units in Year 7 aim to foster

team work and collaboration, such as the Survivor unit,

Dance and Peer Teaching of Global Games, in which

students were required to work cohesively to achieve

success. To help celebrate Physical Education week, all Year 7

students participated in the GSV Sports Expo at Monash

University, experiencing both traditional and less ‘well

known’ sports, such as Calisthenics, Lacrosse, and Ultimate


Our Year 8 students continued with participation in core

GSV sports and developed greater games sense. Touch

Football, Ultimate Frisbee and European Handball were

introduced. Girls demonstrated organisational skills and

positive team spirit in the co-ordination of the European

Handball Sport Education in Physical Education (SEPEP)

unit, by adopting various roles to successfully run a class


Year 9 students revised the rules and skills in the core GSV

sports and also participated in activities such Table Tennis

and Recreational AFL. Girls also participated in a Sport

Education in Physical Education Programme (SEPEP) unit,

which aimed to provide insight into how to organise a

sports function, this time an Indoor Soccer competition. The

girls also participated in a mini triathlon.

Physical Education lessons take on a collaborative approach

in Year 10 and students engaged in a ‘self-directed’ fitness

unit. A highlight for Year 10 students was teaching the

fundamental motor skills to Junior school students, in

which they were able to further develop their

understanding of coaching practices.

In Year 11 Physical Education classes are replaced by a

Recreation programme. At the start of each semester girls

Annual Report 2014