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autumn 2012
Fleet of foot
The success of Ruyton girls in Track and
Field events looks set to continue after
outstanding results from two girls in the
National Primary School Track and Field
Championships held in Darwin in
September last year.
Congratulations to Meredith Rule and
Laura Powell who finished 7th and 1st
respectively in their particular age
group’s 800m event . Fine achievements
from both girls!
No End to our Achievements
Sustainability still thriving at Ruyton
Once again, Ruyton has won the Rubbish Free Lunch Challenge Secondary School Award.
Under the enthusiastic leadership of 2011 Co-ordinator
of Sustainability, Ms Timmee Grinham and the
Sustainability Captain, Georgia Pedersen, Ruyton took
out the prize at the annual Resource Smart Schools
Awards held in the Olympic Room at the MCG in
November. The Year 7 and 8 members of Students
for Sustainability in attendance to accept the award
were absolutely thrilled. The School received prize
money of $2000, which will be put towards further
sustainability projects in 2012. The student
environment groups across the School worked very
hard to promote the event, and the whole School
community is to be congratulated on its enthusiastic
participation. The judges were particularly impressed
by the School’s ability to involve so many Senior School
students in the day, and also the fact that the whole
School, from ELC to Year 12, participated in the project.
Here’s to sustaining our efforts for 2012!
Ms Timmee Grinham,
School Co-ordinator
of Sustainability (2011)
Quality girls find quality solutions
Future problem solving is not a problem at all
for girls at Ruyton. Year 7 students Felicity Chen,
Roshica Ponnampalam and Angela Yan won the
National Future Problem Solving Championships
on the Gold Coast last year.Together with their
fourth teammember, Angela Chau Year 6, the
girls are off to the International FPS Conference
at Indiana University in the US this June.
Their coach, Mrs Carol-Anne Hammond, said that
the girls identified pharmaceuticals and
hormones as major pollutants affecting water
ways and aquatic life.
Internationally it’s an issue
because pharmaceuticals and hormones are being
pumped into rivers and oceans and, as the girls put
it, the fish are becoming feminised. Fish are
developing female organs because of the water in
which they live.This programme empowers
students to confront real life problems to help
them become catalysts for positive change.’
All the girls benefitted from their involvement. As
Felicity says,
I think that FPS is a great experience
for anyone who is curious and loves science and
research. Even if you don’t win, it’s still great fun.’