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Parents of Ruyton (POR)

Sporting a new logo this year, The POR is all about

community building and developing new friendships

within the School, through organising social events for

both parents and students, while supporting our girls in

their education and extra -curricular activities. Ruyton is

unique with regards to the extraordinary level of support

it receives every year from its parents, and this year was

no exception!

We sincerely thank our POR Committee Members, Sub

– Committee Chairs, Year Level Representatives and the

many volunteers for continuing to be a part of the support

groups that make up this very successful network. These

groups put on events, assist teachers and raise funds to

support our girls. Groups include: Performing Arts - FORDA

(Drama) and FORMA (Music), FORART (Art), FOREST

(Sustainability), and the sporting Clubs, FORSA (Sport), FRET

(Equestrian), Ruyton Athletics Inc, Ruyton Saturday Netball,

Ruyton Gymnastics, Ruyton Aquatic Club Inc, and Henty

Rowing. Questers (Craft) are busy all year, organising stalls

for the Fair, Easter, Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day, among

their many activities.

The POR also run three very valuable services, the Second

Hand Uniform Sale, the Second Hand Book Sale and our

Ruyton Babysitting Register, with the help of some very

dedicated parents.

The Year Level Representatives organised a huge array of

events to encourage connection across the Ruyton

community, including events to ensure families new to

Ruyton are integrated seamlessly into the Ruyton family.

Many families opened their homes for morning teas and

drink parties. There were also dinners, lunches, golf days,

movie nights and plenty of coffees! Once again we

supported The Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea across

all year levels.

Our thanks, also, to the large number of parents who gave

up their mornings many times a year to assist Lime

Catering in the Courtyard Café.

The return of The Ruyton Fair earlier in the year was met

with huge success.We welcomed the broader community

into the grounds of Ruyton and there was no doubt that

the Ruyton spirit and sense of community was felt by all.

Many thanks to the Ruyton Fair committee for leading such

a wonderful event.

Our annual Ruyton Luncheon was once again a wonderful

afternoon of good food, connection, and sharing stories.We

were privileged to have Ms Belinda Hawkins (‘76), award

winning journalist as our guest speaker, who was

befittingly introduced by her Ruyton teacher and our very

own Mrs Di Berold. Their connection is testament to the

unique and lasting relationships that Ruyton fosters.

Money raised from both of these fabulous events has been

allocated to the new Margaret McRae Centre.

This year the POR has had an increased focus on parent

education, organising a number of parent seminars led by

field experts. Our Growing up Digital series took place

earlier in the year, continuing the involvement of Ms Robyn

Treyvaud, founder of Cyber Safe Kids. Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg

also led us in a discussion on

What Every Parent Needs to

know About Parenting Teenage Girls

and we finished the

year with an insightful talk fromMs Maree Crabbe on the

impact of today’s pornography on young people’s sexuality

and beliefs about relationships.

Ruyton and the POR also became members of the Victorian

Parents Council (VPC) where helpful information is shared

among Parent Associations of non-government schools.

The POR are grateful for the ongoing support from our

Principal, Ms Linda Douglas and from the team in the

Development Office, the Director of Development,

Ms Tonya Peters, the Co-ordinator of Community,

Mrs Marilyn Rouhard, The Administration Assistant,

Mrs Ann Sciberras and the Co-ordinator of

Communications, Mrs Elizabeth Beattie.

In Term 4 Ms Fabiola Mazzocco stepped down and became

Immediate Past President.We welcomed Mrs Sue McLeish

as the new Co-President for 2014-2015.We continue to

encourage parents to support the Ruyton Community and

thank you all for a wonderful year.


, Mrs Donna De Bortoli and

Ms Fabiola Mazzocco

Annual Report 2014