autumn 2013
The 20th Anniversary
of our Co-ordinate
This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of
the Ruyton/Trinity Co-ordinate Programme.
programme is very important for both schools, as it
meets the needs of both communities,’
says Principal,
Ms Linda Douglas. Although Ruyton will continue to
focus primarily on providing education of girls, we have
the unique opportunity of complementing this with the
Ruyton/Trinity Co-ordinate Programme for students in
Years 11 and 12.The size of Ruyton enables us to know
our students individually, but the connection with
Trinity Grammar School, including the Co-ordinate
Programme, allows us to offer a wide range of
opportunities for our students.
The association with Trinity Grammar School goes back
a long way. As early as 1901 we know that Trinity cadets
sat in pews in the Holy Trinity church intended for
Ruyton girls! (Jane Mayo Carolan’s
History of Trinity.
In the 1920s the two Schools were holding combined
debates and baseball matches, while in the 1930s
ballroom dancing classes were a favourite. But it was
in 1992 when discussions began in earnest between
Ruyton Principal Mrs Prue Gillies and Trinity Principal
Mr Peter Crawley to implement a formal programme
of shared learning. As one of the first brochures said,
We believe that the programme is offered at an age
when students have developed sufficient maturity and
In 1993, at Year 12, English Literature and
French were held at Ruyton, and Physical Education and
German at Trinity.This was extended to Year 11 classes
and in 1995 the VCE curriculum was integrated in both
Schools. Students from each school are able to reap the
benefits of a single-sex education but are more likely to
receive their preferred subject choices at VCE level.They
also receive an introduction into real-world co-
education which exists at tertiary level.
In a nutshell,
it provides the best of both worlds,’
says current Trinity
Headmaster Mr Rick Tudor.
It’s a co-education in the
senior years while retaining the identity of the
School community.’
Today, there are over 60 co-educational classes and
most students study at least one co-educational VCE
subject per year.Timetable clashes are avoided and
students are more likely to get their first preference
subject choice.There are usually two or three teachers
per year level who teach across both schools.
There are shared co-curricular activities, such as drama,
music, debating and dance classes – although not of
the strict ballroom style of the 1930s! Overall, the
Co-ordinate programme promotes opportunities,
collaboration, friendships and respect across the
Schools. As Ms Douglas concludes,
Ruyton and Trinity
are not only physically close – only 500 metres apart
but our philosophies are also aligned, and this
contributes to the success of the programme.’
The Co-ordinate programme is thriving in its 20th year
and well-respected by teachers, students and the
Schools’ communities alike.The words added to the
Trinity School song to mark the Empire Day celebrations
in 1909 best sum up the spirit which still exists
between Ruyton and Trinity:
With the Ruyton girls we are glad to combine:
On us they have deigned let their bright eyes shine:
Tis the only school that is quite as fine
As the green and the gold and the mitre.’
Archive material provided by
Mr Trevor Hart,
School Archivist.
The Best of BothWorlds