The Ruyton Reporter - Autumn 2014 - page 19

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autumn2014
Vale
IIt iswithgreat sadness that theRuytoncommunity
notes thepassingof the followingOldRuytonians.
JanBowman
(Mckernan,’73), born4December 1955,
passedawayon7October 2013. Janwasaboarder in
Years9and 10andwouldhavecontinuedatRuyton,
but for theboardinghouseclosing.Her twodaughters,
KatieWarner
(Bowman ’94) and
DianaBowman
(’98)
each spentYear 12atRuyton.
BeverleyFitzjohnCameron
(Pearson ’42) passedaway
on7 July2013. Shewasmarried to John for61 years,
and leaves four childrenand 11grandchildren.
EuniceMalon
(Eagle ’45), born31 January 1929, and
passedawayon26 June2013.
Miriam ‘Miri’ Simpson
(Dickinson ‘38) passedaway
on20 January2014.
AnnWade
(Dickinson
‘51) passedawayon
29September 2013.
Annbeganher
schoolingat Little
Ruyton. Sheexcelled
ineverything shedid:
shewas talented
academically, goodat
sportandextremely
popular. Shewas
Captainof the
Swimmingand
Hockey teamsand
played in theTennis
teamwhichwon
theSchool pennant
competition two
years running. ShewasCaptainof LascellesHouse,
aPrefect, and in 1951matriculatedasCo-Duxof the
School. Annbecameaverygoodgolfer, havinghad
some lunch-time lessons fromMissMaryChalmers,
who taughtGeographyat theSchool.
After leavingSchool, Annplayed forRuyton inmany
SunCupGolf inter-school competitions. She joined the
MetropolitanGolfClub in 1956andwasamember
for 57years. Shewasalsoat theNationalGolfClub for
25yearswithher lowesthandicapbeing three. Shewas
amemberof PennantTeamsatMetropolitanand the
National, Captaining theNational to severalDivision
Pennants,won theClubChampionshipof TheNational
GolfClub, ClubFoursomesofMetropolitan several
times,WitchwoodCupsandvictories in theMeredith
Syme trophy. In the 1982VictorianApennantfinal she
holed inone foradecisivewin togiveMetro theflag.
Annworkedat theMelbourneDiagnosticGroup
(basedatStGeorgesHospital), coupledwith studying
atRMIT, andqualifiedasaRadiographer. Shemarried
RobertCallander in 1958, goingon tohavefivechildren
and 12grandchildren. TwoofAnn’sgrandchildren
attendedRuyton:
KirstenCallander
(2011) and
CatieCallander
(2013).
In 1979AnnmarriedRobertWadeand they spent 34
happyyears togetherwith their largeextended family.
Bob isawell-knownwatercolourpainterandAnn
accompaniedhimonmany interstateandoverseas
teachingassignments. Annwasawonderfulwife,
mother, grandmotherand true friendwhowill be
sorelymissed.
Reunions
A true Inspiration
HeatherNovak
(Birch’ 67)wasdiagnosedwithanaggressive formofbreast cancer in
early2013. Itwasa cruel irony for thePilates teacher,whowasveryfit, atehealthily, and
hadno familyhistoryof cancer.Here she talks franklyabouther struggle toovercome
thediseaseand the support she received fromherRuyton friends.
Still coming to termswithbeingaliveafteranear-deathexperience justdaysbefore,
I acceptedmydiagnosis foranaggressive formofbreast cancer (with the likelihoodof
recurrence)philosophically, havingutmost trust inmymedical specialistsand faith
inmyself too, thatallwouldbewell.Mywork (asa teacherofPilates) alertedme to
the lump. Ithasalsoproved invaluable inmaintainingmymental, physical and
emotional strength, as ithasdoneduringmy 15years in the industry. Ithasbrought,
andcontinues tobring, promising resultsanddeepsatisfaction. I amastrongbeliever
thatwemustall takesome responsibility forourownhealthandhappiness too.
ThePilatesconcept,whenproperlyunderstoodandpractised, canbea
‘Gift for Life’.
Itwasachallenging journey throughsevenmonthsof treatment, itsdebilitating
side-effects, surgeryand thefinancial costs involved. I tried to takeonestepata time,
always looking forward,withmy focusonapositiveoutcome,my return tohealth
and theneed tomaintainmybusiness. The love, supportandencouragement
I received frommysonanddaughter, friendsandclientswasoverwhelming.Despite
my illness, I didnotwish to letmyclientsdownand Imanaged tocontinueworking,
withminimal timeoff.
Meetingmy ‘old’ school friends fromRuyton for
our regular lunchesalwayswasandstill is
something to look forward to. Theyare lively
occasionsandshouldbeencouraged. Someofus
(whohavesurvivedgreaterhardships thanme)
havebeenoutof touch formanyyears, buthow
special it is tocomeback togetheragainat this
stageofour lives. [
SuePitt
(Eady ‘67)waspresent
atoneof these lunchesandalertedus toHeather’s
story.]Oneofmy friends,
HeatherStacey
(Tobias
‘67),who is theorganiserofour lunchdates, isa
clientofmineandsuchan inspiration. I feel
honoured thatHeatherhasputher trust inme.
My treatmenthasfinished. I feelwell andam
grateful tobehere, toexperienceall that there is
toenjoy ineachdayand to look forwardwith
optimism.MyPilatespractice, ShapeandForm
SouthYarra, anddailywalksaround theBotanical
Gardens, ensure Imaintainanoptimum level of
healthandfitness. I hope I amable tosupport
otherswhomaybeexperiencingsimilar journeys.
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Reunionof 1993alumni,Friday 11October 2013
Front row:
LibbyRosin (Bear),EllyArnup (Athey),MarloWoods (Franet),KateBrown (Morawsky)Geordie
Dixon,EllePayne (Grant),KateWood (Messenger),AmberMcGregor (Cassin,EmilyDupuche (Cody)
Second row:Erika John,ClaireCampbell,AndreaBinning,SalliNewnham (MacFarlane),BrittanyCreek
Third row:NicoleGreen (Chivers,TonyaLittlejohn,AlisonChalk,LaraTsikaris (Morton-Cox),Sarah Jones
(Scotford),CarolineKing,MarnieFletcher(Giachin),JoTaylor,MeganUtter,VaiaLiousas,RebekahValopoulos
Back row:
OliviaCameron (Brown),CarolineSpeed,AmandaAitken (Johnston),TamaraHamilton-Noy
(Noy),EmmaNegri (Winspear),FionaLeigh (Taggart),NicciClarke (McMahon),EmmaCollins (Stewart),
JennyLalor (Lanyon),CarolineGibbs,CaitlinNoakes (Derham)
Reunionof2012alumni,Thursday 1August2013
Frontrow:
GabriellaTesten,ImogenShute,TallulahButcher,SophieMcNicholas,InekeBrandi,EishithaBandara
2ndRow:
GiselleReilly,AuroraLee, ImogenShute,Anastasia Jossef,LucindaLoane,HaymenYe,Annabelle
Jones,HayleeLawrence-Simons,VivianPeng,WinnieWu
3rdRow:
AliBethune,MeganClegg,TessLaidlaw, IsabelleThomas,JenMcFarland,AbigailMiller,Mary
Churchill,SaralaBaskaran,SarahHenson,DanniBooth,PaigeAdgemis,MorganLewis,MaddisonNash.
4thRow:
HuishiPeh,ElizaMolony,StephLarkin,RylieWallace,JennyGuo,ShimonAlai,TessGardiner,Emma
Jamieson,PrueHeron-Paterson,StephanieCawley,AnnaMartin-Truelove,LucindaLeptos,SarahForbes
BackRow:
RoseSavage,MollyLombardi, ImogenWalsh,KaraYoung,EmilyTulloch,AshleighAppleby,
MaddyEllis,SarahDavey,JanicePhung,NatalieGnoato
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