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the ruyton reporter
Weddings
On April 2 2011,
Felicity Irvine
(‘99)
married Scott Quilty
at St Thomas Aquinas Church, South Yarra, followed by
a reception at Church St Enoteca, Richmond. Her
bridesmaids were all fellow Ruyton students (‘99).
INSIDE RUYTON
Inside Ruyton
is not just an experience for your school
years. It is an experience for life.The values learnt at
Ruyton sustain you well beyond the walls of the School,
and, indeed, are passed on to the next generation.
Nowhere is this more apparent than with the
Summons/Candy/Sayers
family, who have enjoyed five
generations at Ruyton.
At the beginning of the nineteenth century
Elsie
Summons
(
Gaze) was the first President of the Parents
Association, and her two daughters came to Ruyton,
Sheila Cooke
(
Summons ’32) and
Betty Candy
(
Summons). Similarly, Sheila’s daughters were here
(
Judith
’59
and
Barbara
’69)
and Betty’s daughter,
Deryn
Sayers
(
Candy ’65). Deryn’s girls, (
Elizabeth
’97
and
Louise
2000)
are old Ruytonians, as are her cousins (
Pat
Summons
and
Helen Summons
’63),
nieces (
Fiona
’86,
Caroline
’89,
and
Georgina
’92
Candy) and great nieces.
In a strong family tradition many of the girls held
positions of responsibility within the School, as School
Captains, or House Captains.
We are thrilled that the daughters of
Caroline Johnson
(
Candy ’89) and
Georgina Gillon
(
Candy ’92) are carrying
on the family tradition at Ruyton. Caroline has
Emily
Johnson
in Grade 3 and
Phoebe Johnson
in Grade 2;
Georgina has
Charlotte Gillon
in Grade 1 and
Lucy Gillon
in Prep. At the time of the photograph Georgina was
expecting another child – could this be a candidate
for Ruyton?
As Deryn Sayers said, when choosing a school ‘the size
of Ruyton was important to us, its history, and also its
strong emphasis on core values of integrity, compassion
and inclusiveness.’The buildings may change, the
students are new, but Ruyton’s core values remain true.
THE ANDERSON MOTTO STILL RINGS TRUE
Anna Mason
(
Simms ’66)) certainly took the Anderson
House Motto to heart and has carried it with her
throughout her life, both professionally and in her
recreational activities:
to strive, to seek, to find and not
to yield.
Anna took up golf 47 years ago and is a
member of the Kew Golf Club (KGC) and Barwon Heads
Golf Club (BHGC). She played in her first club
championships at KGC in 1977 against Ailsa Day, and
this was the first occasion of many when she was
runner up! True to the Anderson motto she persisted,
and finally won her first club championship in 2005,
nearly 30 years later, against Ailsa’s daughter Libby.
But Anna also strove to bring equality toWomen’s Golf.
When she started playing women were only permitted
as associate members.They were not allowed to play
on Saturdays, had to allow men to take precedence
when playing, and could not drink in the bar of certain
clubs. Anna fought for women’s pennant to be on
a Sunday (as opposed to during the week) as this gave
school children, university students and working
women the opportunity to play in a competition
without taking time off from their studies or work.
Anna was also instrumental in pushing for women
to be able to wear shorts in the Club House. Anna
served on the general committee at KGC, and became
the first-ever female President in its 113 year history.
Her golfing achievements include four times club
champion at BHGC, once at KGC, and runner-up nine
times. In 2009 she became the Victorian Veterans
Champion. She was also a state selector for women’s
Golf Victoria. Now Anna is looking to the Anderson
motto once more, as she finds her daughter
Amelia
Comport
(
Mason ’97) following closely in her footsteps
on the golf course. Just as her daughter is
striving
to
improve her golf, so Anna persists in her attempts
not
to yield!
STRONG RUYTON AND FAMILY TIES
Heather Henderson
(
Menzies ‘46) has
just launched a book,
Letters to my Daughter,
which is a series of
letters sent between
Heather and her father,
former Prime Minister
Robert Menzies, during
the years 1955–1975
when Heather was
living overseas with her
husband.The book
contains fascinating
references and touching
expressions of a devoted father to a bright and witty
daughter who shared a similar intellect.
The launch took place in August 2011 at The Menzies
Foundation, and was attended by many old Ruytonians,
including; PatriciaWaters (Menzies ’49), Margaret
Clarke (Menzies ’57), Judy Koehne (Menzies
date
not known)
,
Joan Martin (Wardrop ’46), Norma Leslie
(
Fawcett ’46), Barbara Matthews (McComb ’46),
Barbara Taylor (Simpson ’47), Margaret Baulch
(
Crawley ’43) and Jocelyn Barrett (Kirk ’46).
FROM GREAT STRIDES TO GREAT STROKES
Kim Crow
(2003)
was known at Ruyton for her success
in track and field events. Now at Melbourne University,
Kim has transferred these skills to rowing. In the
traditional Australian Boat race between Sydney
University and Melbourne University Boat Club, Kim led
the women’s crew over a 4.2 kilometre course on the
Yarra river to a great triumph in 2011.
Births
Lauren Poulton
(
Rogers
’02)
and husband Ross
are proud parents of
Oliver Ross who was born
on 21 September 2011.
Sascha Thiel
(
Dickenson
‘98)
and her husband,
Nigel, are delighted to
announce the arrival of
their baby girl, Ella Louise,
on the 22 October 2011.
Ella arrived two weeks
early (fortunately not at
the ORA breakfast which
Sascha attended) and
both mother and
daughter are doing well.
Fiona Macdonald Schabe
(
Macdonald ’85) recently
appeared in the Herald Sun
(
/
news/more-news/hollywood-hounds-are-ruff-and-
ready-to-work-even-with-humans/story-
fn7x8me2-1226100129775).
She has her own business
training dogs as extras for the television and films, as
well as providing routine care and behavioural training.
News
Clementine Young,Kate Johnson,Claire Robertson (Golder) and
Sally Jones.
News of Former
Students
Back step L–R:Georgina Gillon (née Candy),Charlotte Gillon,Deryn
Sayers (née Candy);Middle step L–R:Lucy Gillon;Bottom step L–R:
Phoebe Johnson,Caroline Johnson (née Candy) and Emily Johnson.