The Ruyton Reporter - Autumn 2014 - page 6

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Introducing…MsNicoleGinnane
TheRuytoncommunityhaswarmlyembraced thearrival ofournewHeadof Junior
School,
MsNicoleGinnane.
Nicolehasanexcellent track recordasaneducatorand
leaderand joinsus fromMLCSchool, Sydney,where shewasHeadof Junior School.
Nicole isundertakingaMasters inEducational Leadership, hasaPostgraduate
Diploma inEducation, aPostgraduateDiploma inAppliedScience-Libraryand
InformationManagementandaBachelorofArts. Since2010 shehasbeena lecturer
at theUniversityofMelbourne in theGraduateSchool of Education in theMasters
in International Educationcourse.
Herparticularareasof interest include the Inquiry-basedapproach to learningand
theReggioEmiliaphilosophy,whichboth focusona student-centrededucational
approach.Nicole isalsopassionateabout theuseof coachingandmentoring
strategies to supportand furtherdevelop teaching staff.
Before joiningMLCSchool,NicolewasDeputyHeadof Junior School atToorak
College, andalso taughtatWesleyCollegePreparatorySchool.Her experiencehas
led toanobvious commitment togirls’ educationand sheclearly recognises the
benefitsof the single-sexeducation forgirls.
‘I am committed toensuring that everygirl achievesherpersonal excellenceand
enrichment through theeducationprocess. I believe schoolshave thepower to
transform livesandunderstand the important roles thatquality teachingand
leadershipplay inachievingenrichment forall students. I am committed to
understandingeverygirl’s capabilitiesanddesigning learning to realiseher
capabilities. I amexcitedabout takingup thisopportunityatRuytonand look
forward tomeeting theSchool community.’
Longand Loyal Service
It is testimony to thecongenial atmosphereand
wonderful teachersatRuyton thatmanyofour staff
remainwithus foraconsiderableperiodof time. At the
endof last yearwe said farewell to three teacherswho
haveacombined total of45yearsof serviceatRuyton.
MrsMaryAnderson
beganatRuyton in2003, teaching
Year 5.Maryembraced theTablet laptop technology in
thisyear level, somuch so, that in2008 shewas
awardedaRuytonResearchAward to investigate
Collaborative LearningwithTabletsand, inparticular,
their relationshipwithgirls’ learning.Maryalso
introduced theSchool’sPublicSpeakingProgrammeat
Years5and6, a successful programme that is continued
through theSenior School.Marywas trained inGifted
andTalentededucationandwas interested inhow
studentsat these levelsof ability function. Sheco-
ordinated theTournamentofMinds teams for three
yearsandwasasked tobea judge. Requestingachange
of year level,Marybegan teachingYear 3 in2011.Mary
embodiedall thatwasexpectedof aRuyton teacher
andwill bemissedbyall studentsand staff.
MrsKateBamford
There isa saying that ‘great teachersarebornandnot
made’. This ismost certainly true in thecaseofKate
Bamford,whofirstbeganworkingatRuyton in
February, 1995. In theensuingyears, Kate’spassion for
teachingprimary-school-agedchildrenhasnever
faltered. She isadedicated, highlyprofessional and
extremelycompetenteducator.
Inher classroom, the studentsentera rich, challenging,
andyet supportive learningenvironment.
Kate’s careerhasbeenhallmarkedbyacommitment to
ensuring thatall students inher care realise their full
potential.Her compassionateandcaringnature seesher
easilydevelop trusting relationshipswithher students,
theirparents, andalsowithher colleagues. Kate’s calm,
nononsenseapproach to life is sprinkledwithwarmth
andgoodhumour; hergift forunderstandingboth
childrenandadultsalike isunsurpassed. Everymember
of theRuyton Junior School communitywhohasbeen
fortunateenough tohaveKateas their teacher,
colleagueand friendwill havea specialmemory that
theywill treasure. Kate’spresencewill trulybemissed–
weallwishKateeveryhappinessand fulfilment in the
years tocome.
MrsAngelaRobertson
beganher careeratRuyton
teachingPrep for sixweeks in 1996and shenever left.
Throughout thenext 17yearsAngela taughtYears3, 4,
5and6. Shehas taught inexcessof 300girlsandhas
madeadifference to them incatering for their
individual needs. Angelawasamemberof theQuality
TeacherProgramme, investigatingvariousaspectsof
education, particularly learning stylesand thinking
strategies.Herother interestwasMathematicsand she
was theMathematicsCo-ordinator for four years. For
the lastnineyearsAngelahas taughtwithMrsKate
Bamford ina job-sharearrangement. AngelaandKate
‘pooled’ their experienceand ideas tobest supportand
plan for thegirls in their class. Angela isnowenjoying
beingagrandparentandpursuingother interests.We
allwishherwell and thankher forher yearsof service
and friendship.
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