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has been well received by students and provides an

opportunity to explore key concepts that will support those

students who continue on to VCE Psychology. The very

successful Year 6 Science programme, which sees Year 6

students being taught by Senior School Science teachers,

has been redesigned to meet the requirements of the

Australian Curriculum and provide further intellectual

challenge to students, while still maintaining student

excitement and engagement. The Year 7 Science

programme has also been reviewed to ensure continuity

of learning from Year 6.

Online learning opportunities have been explored further

this year. Following on from staff professional learning

activities, Year 10 students have commenced using the Big

History Project, a resource on the history of the universe

and life on earth. Cosmos Live Learning has allowed

students to utilise scientific journals in a manner which

enables them to understand the importance of scientific

literature. Year 8 students have also continued to utilise

Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance

(STELR) for an inquiry-based approach to their unit on


There are numerous excursions offered to students at all

levels in order to enrich their learning. At the Senior level,

there are many opportunities for students to build upon

their knowledge and skills in real-world settings. Physics

students visit Luna Park, LaTrobe University, the Australian

Synchrotron and the Australian Grand Prix. Biology

students visit Queenscliff,Werribee Zoo and the Gene

Technology Access Centre (GTAC). Year 12 and Year 11

Chemistry students visited LaTrobe. Psychology students

engaged in activities with Prep and Grade 2 girls. Year 7

students have taken advantage of Swinburne University

programmes in Astronomy. Year 8 students made use of the

Melbourne Museum for the Rocks and Minerals unit of

work. The Year 8 camp in Queenscliff enhanced student

understanding of Ecology. Year 10 students have had a

number of incursions with guest speakers. Students have

attended the L’Oreal Girls in Science Forum and theWomen

in Science Breakfast.

Ruyton students participated in the following Science

enrichment programmes and competitions, gaining

commendable results: the Big Science Competition, the

International Competitions and Assessments for Schools

Science Competition, the Australian National Chemistry

Quiz, the Australian Brain Bee Challenge, the Science Talent

Search and the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Olympiads.

It was a great pleasure to welcome back Old Ruytonian Jane

Hadjion (Marsdenn ’01) to our ScienceWeek Assembly. Jane

studied Science at Ruyton, won a scholarship to go to Space

Camp as a student and then went on to work for Boeing.

Her presentation to the students demonstrated her passion

for Science, in particular aeronautical engineering. Jane’s

talk was particularly relevant as planning has commenced

for an international tour in 2015 to Space Camp, USA. This

tour will provide an opportunity for students in Years 9–11,

who have an interest in Science, to gain firsthand

experience in astronaut training and Space Science.

Science at Ruyton is characterised by change and growth, a

continual evolution of learning and experiences.

Professional and dedicated staff actively seek out the new,

share with colleagues and students and add to our

experiences, believing that ‘anything is possible’.

Mrs Susan Fryer,

Acting Dean of Science


In 2014 Ruyton had another excellent year of Sport. There

were students who qualified to compete at Nationals in a

State team and achieved or beat their personal best. In

Cross Country Running Ruyton ranked first out of 23 GSV

member schools. In Rowing our success continued and we

were represented at both State and Nationals. Ruyton

ranked second in swimming and third in Track and Field

Athletics out of 23 GSV member schools. Our Year 9 and 10

Volleyball Team were ZoneWinners and GSV Premiers. One

girl was selected for the GSV representative team in Hockey.

These are fabulous results for our girls and I extend my

sincere thanks to the coaching staff and to the parents for

their valuable and indispensable support. The girls have

trained hard across the board and these results are

testament to the fabulous community we have here

at Ruyton.

Mrs Louisa Burbury,

Director of Sport

Annual Report 2014