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productions, such as Year 5’s

Revolting Rhymes

, Year 6’s

Dorothy inWonderland

, Years 3 and 4

From Now To Then and

Back Again

and the Prep to Year 2

Race to Save Lolly Land


The Senior School treated audiences to a wonderful array of

co-productions with Trinity and Scotch College. The Trinity

Senior School Play,


, provided students with

a challenging script and the girls embraced their roles with

a focus and commitment beyond their years.

Sweet Charity,

the Ruyton/Trinity musical, successfully nominated for

many Lyrebird Awards and the Scotch/Ruyton Middle

School Play

The 39 Steps

was a superb showcase for

students’ skills of characterisation and comedic timing.

Year 7 embraced conventions of non-naturalism in their

performance of Mr David Holman’s


and Year 8

interwove complex narrative structures in their Soap Opera

satire. It was affirming to see the Interschool Theatre

Festival initiative launched by Ruyton last year continued

on in 2014, with Lauriston hosting this year’s festival. A

memorable moment, also, was the inclusion in the

Masterclass programme of the VCE Drama class ensemble

based on the issue of Asylum Seekers. Students produced a

highly sophisticated and moving response to the issue,

which was praised by guest, Mr Julian Burnside AO QC.

Congratulations to OliviaWeatherson on her enthusiastic

leadership as Ruyton’s Drama Captain. Her positive

contribution to all areas of the Department was invaluable.

In addition, the many and varied endeavours of the Ruyton

Drama Department would not be feasible without the

tireless support of our FORDA Members. My thanks to all

students, staff and parents who have supported our work in

the Performing Arts Department so generously this year.

Mr Paul Smith,

Director of Performing Arts

Ruyton Student Council

The Ruyton Student Council (RSC) again proved to be an

effective representative body for the Senior School students

this year. Ably led by Annabel Loane, RSC Captain, the girls

met fortnightly to discuss a range of issues arising from

student suggestions/requests. These included such items

as microwaves in the Courtyard Cafe to rubbish bins and

uniforms.With the temporary loss of space in Hiscock Court

due to the building work, one of the biggest challenges in

2014 was to find suitable areas for students to eat lunch,

but this was duly overcome. The RSC-ledWalk 4Women

was organised again in conjunction with students from

Melbourne and Trinity Grammar Schools. TheWalk around

the Tan attracted students from over ten secondary schools,

and culminated in a BBQ at Melbourne Grammar.

Approximately $3500 was raised and donated to UN

Women Australia. The RSC also organised the annual Girls

Night In Movie Night at Ruyton. This year, the film was


Things I Hate About You

inspiring the theme of Warrior

Women. Over one hundred girls from Years 7-12

participated, consequently supporting one of Ruyton’s key

strengths - a genuine sense of community. Thank you to

everyone who assisted us in our endeavours this year.

Ms Julie Hoskins,

Co-ordinator of Special



‘The best scientist is open to experience and begins with

romance - the idea that anything is possible.’

Ray Bradbury

This year has been a year of change and new experiences

in many different areas of Science at Ruyton. During Term 1

staff and students prepared for the move out of the

Margaret McRae building, as the first phase for the

construction of the new cutting-edge science facilities

began. Many hours have been dedicated to researching

laboratory design and how this can integrate and support

innovative teaching practice and digital learning.

Spaces have been designed to permit a variety of learning

activities, and allow for a multitude of configurations.

The temporary classrooms have been set up with Apple TVs

and this has provided staff and students with new ways to

explore and engage with science. The move to MacBooks

and iPads has opened up a vast array of new resources,

which have been eagerly explored by students and

teachers. There are many apps that allow for consolidation

of knowledge and also provide opportunities for

enrichment, supporting our philosophy of personalised

learning. The introduction of iBooks allows students to

personalise resources to cater for their individual learning

styles. The expansion of digital learning resources is a

continuing priority for the Science Department.

2014 has also marked some changes in curriculum for

Science. Psychology has always attracted strong student

numbers and in order to cater for student interest, a Year

9/10 Psychology elective has been introduced. This elective

Annual Report 2014