The Ruyton Reporter - Autumn 2014 - page 13

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autumn2014
Excitedand curious
InOctober lastyear,Nikita (deBortoli)and Iwent to
Adelaide forourYear8 InterstateExchange.Wewere
veryexcitedandcuriousaboutwhatSeymourCollege
had instore forus.WearrivedatMelbourneairport, said
ourgoodbyes toourparentsand foundourway to the
terminal tocatchourplane.Afterashortflight,we
arrivedatourdestination,Adelaide.At theairportwe
metourhost families. Theywereextremelykindand
welcoming.Wewere then introduced toourhost school,
SeymourCollege. Seymourhadvery friendlystudents
andstaff,whichmadeour stayamost rewarding
experience.
Seymourwasdifferent fromRuyton inmanyways. Itwas
bigger, hadmorestudentsand took inboarders. Seymour
alsohadmanymoreclassrooms, bigger sporting facilities
and, of course,manymore teachers.Nikitaand Ihad
themostamazingexperiences.On theweekend,wehad
heapsof free timewhich ledus intoknee-boardingon
theMurrayRiver, driving into thecityofAdelaide, and
alsoeatingatmany restaurants.Ourhost familieswere
lovelypeopleand I enjoyedsharing lifeexperiences
with them.
From thisexchange, Igaineda lotof independence.At
thebeginning,Nikitaand Iwereverynervousabout the
upcomingvisit toSeymour, but throughout the tripwe
gainedconfidence.Going toacompletelynewschool
andstayingwitha familyyouhardlyknowcanbe
challenging for somepeople, butnot forNikitaandme;
wewereexcitedand ready for thechallenge.
We reallywould like to thankRuytonandourhost school
formaking thisexchangesuchawonderful experience. It
wasa fabulousopportunitywhichgaveusan insight into
living inadifferent familyandschool environment.
HannahWilson,
Year8 (2013)
Walk4Women2014
Theaimof theWalk4Women is to raiseawarenessof theplightofwomenacross theglobe, and tosupport thework
ofUNWomen,whichaims togivewomenavoice, inspiteofpoverty,waror lackofpolitical representation.
OnFriday28Februaryapproximately350studentsmetatMelbourneGrammarSchool.Afterminglingandcatching
upwithold friends, thischeerfulgroup thenprocessedacrossDomainRoad to theTan,where theWalkwasstarted
byLaura John,UNYouthRepresentative. Itwasacolourful andexcitedgroup thatmade theirwayaround theTan,
carryingpurpleballoonsandwearingpurple ribbonstickers. TheeventconcludedwithmusicandaBBQon the
MelbourneGrammaroval,withsausagesdonatedbyGlenferrieGourmet. Theevent raisedover$3300.All of this
moneywillbedonated toUNWomenAustralia.
TheWalk4Women isorganisedbya teamof students fromRuyton, TrinityGrammar,MelbourneGrammarand
MelbourneGirls’GrammarSchools. Thankyou toAnnabel Loane, RSCCaptainand theRuytongirlswhohaveworked
hardoveranumberofmonthsasmembersof theWalkTeam.
Grateful thanksalso to thebusinesseswhodonatedprizes for the raffle,mostofwhomhaveRuytonconnections:
Liar LiarCafé,Hahndorf’sChocolates, Boost Juice, CocaoGreenandDymock’sCamberwell aswell as for thegenerosity
of thepatron, LadyPrimrosePotter.
In2013 theRSCwon theVicSRCSecondStrikeAward forEnterprise for theUNWomenWalk forWomenproject.
Thisaward recognisesStudentRepresentativeCouncils (SRCs) that, throughuseof strategicplanningand strong leadership
structure, havecompletedahighly successful school or communityproject.
Ms JulieHoskins,
Co-ordinatorofSpecial Programmes
World’sGreatest Shave
TheRuytoncommunity isveryproudof
JaneKaropouloswho, inMarch, bravely
venturedout toHiscockCourt tohaveher
longdark locks cutby thehighestbidder.
The funds raisedwent to support the
LeukaemiaFoundationandherhairwill
bemade intoawig foraperson receiving
treatment for Leukaemia.Her excellent
efforts in raising$3700weregreatly
appreciatedby theFoundation.
The ‘Ren’Tour
TheRenaissanceTourof Italy tookplaceover
the summerbreak2013-14andwas ledby
MrNickSmith,HeadofHistoryat Trinity
Grammar School, a teacherwho is very
knowledgeableandpassionateabouthis
subject.MsMargaretBarratt,Deanof
HumanitiesatRuyton, accompaniedourgirls.
Thissensational tripgaveus the rareopportunity to
experienceall componentsof theRenaissanceperiod
firsthand.Wewere fortunate tobeable to learnan
extraordinaryamount inwhat seemed tobea relatively
shortperiodof time, fromexploring thebeautyof
Florence, tobeingmesmerisedby thepicturesquecityof
Venice.Notonlydidwedevelopastrongunderstanding
of suchan integral partofEuropeanhistory, butalso
good friendshipsweremadeand lifeskillsweregained.
Weweredroppedoffat theairportasagroupof friends,
but, after travellingacross theworld,we returnedasa
family. The tour included informativesessionsandvisits
to theUffiziGallery, BasilicaSanMarco, theSistine
Chapel and theNationalGallery inLondon.Weenjoyed
Italiancuisine,withoneof themostmemorable
highlightsbeinga traditional seafoodbanquetonNew
Year’sEve inVenice.Weboardedprivate taxison the
lagoonandexperienced theNewYear’sEvecountdown
underaspectacularfireworkdisplayandamongour
closest friends. Theexperiencewehadbyviewing the
artand thebuildingswas reallybeneficial toour studyof
RenaissanceHistoryand thememorieswesharedasa
groupwill endure, asweoftenfindourselves reflecting
on ‘those times’wehad inEurope.
Krystal Lai and JuliaO’Brien,
Year 12
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