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place and individual and gave them an opportunity to

share some personal moments and experiences.

As has been the practice over a number of years, we

endeavoured to ensure that all year levels were involved in

an excursion, incursion or other out-of-class activity.

Students visited the NGV for a number of different

exhibitions, including the Italian Masterpieces, the VCE

Season of Excellence (Media, Visual Communication Design,

Art, Studio Arts, and Product Design and Technology), Mid

Century Modern, Sketching in the Gallery, Visual

Communication in Context (gallery viewing and workshop),

Marker RenderingWorkshop, David Harradine

(Photographer) in the CBD, Ceramics incursion (practical

workshop) and Jean Paul Gaultier. All of these excursions

enhanced the classroom experience, offering the girls some

interesting perspectives on both 2D and 3D art and design

works. Many involved lectures giving an overview of what

was ahead, whilst others allowed girls to be involved in

practical workshops, where they applied some of the

techniques that were evident in the exhibitions. They used

iMotion, made 3D models and completed a series of

observational drawings that allowed them to walk away

from their experience enriched and more informed.

Initial planning has begun for a series of murals that will

adorn the hoarding around the new Margaret McRae

Centre site and next year’s Art Society will be able to

complete these murals as part of their scheduled activities.

Art Society has continued to grow this year and it is

important to acknowledge the work that chairs Gillian Lim

and Joanna Cookson did to ensure that the group was

engaged, welcoming and inclusive. Both Gillian and Joanna

were enthusiastic and passionate and this was infectious. A

number of girls received Art Certificates for their regular

and ongoing participation in Art Society and other art

related activities.

This year’s Muse exhibition was very special for a number

of reasons. As well as having a huge array of work to

display, a lot of extra work was put into ensuring that every

girl from Prep through to Year 8 had at least one piece of

work displayed. For the first time Art Awards for Excellence

were presented to girls at Year 5 and Years 7-11.

Commendations were presented to girls from Prep-Year 4

and Years 7–11. Year 6 and 12 were awarded with Certificates

for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts as they were

presented with subject awards at their respective Speech

Nights to acknowledge their achievements. Our special

guest, Dr Christopher Marshall, was very complimentary of

the work on display and suitably impressed by the work, in

particular some of the very ambitious installations that

were presented by our talented Year 12 students.

I extend my heartfelt thanks to all the Art Department staff

for their commitment, hard work and encouragement of

the girls. Thank you to the FORArt committee for their

continued support, and special thanks to Gillian Lim and

Joanna Cookson for their enthusiasm and commitment to

the Art Society group.We say au revoir and wish our Art

Assistant, Mrs Fiona Copper-White, well as she embarks on

her next exciting role as a mother.

Ms Sara Valentino,

Dean of Art

Community Service

‘Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.’

Albert Einstein

The Community Service Programme fosters a sense of

personal and social responsibility, promoting the

importance of empathy and generosity. Students are

supported to take on new challenges, to collaborate, plan

and lead with integrity. Ruyton has made links with a

number of organisations within our local community, and

internationally, in the hope of aiding in the provision of a

better life for others.

Throughout the year students have been working tirelessly

to collect food, clothes, toiletries, linen, nappies and toys for

the SIDS foundation, St Vincent de Paul, Cottage by the Sea

and theWesley Mission. Each Year Level also worked

industriously to offer support in a variety of ways to their

specific charity. One Year 10 student participated in the

Leukaemia FoundationWorld’s Greatest Shave, while Freya

Solomon (Year 12) led the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day

and educated students about the symptoms of the disease

and the importance of regular screening.

The FareShare Schools in the Kitchen programme provided

a unique opportunity for Year 8 and Year 9 students to learn

about the reality of hunger in our community. The girls

prepared meals which were distributed to schools with

children from disadvantaged backgrounds and to

community food programmes run by St Vincent de Paul,

local church groups and women’s shelters. Several students

said they experienced a sense of accomplishment and

fulfilment, showing that Ruyton’s commitment to the

community goes beyond monetary donations.

Annual Report 2014