The Ruyton Reporter - Autumn 2014 - page 7

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autumn2014
EmbracingAsia
OurBookWeek celebrationswithin the Libraryhave
traditionallybeena time to celebrate the richness
anddiversityofAustralianyouth literature. In2013,
webroadenedourhorizons to supportandembrace
theAsiaprioritywithin theAustralianCurriculumby
focusingon literatureassociatedwithAsianmyths
and legends.
Wewereexcited tohostavisit fromSarahBrennan,
anAustralianwhohasbeen living inHongKong for
the last 14years. She is thepublisherandauthor
of
TheChineseCalendar Tales
, rhyming illustrated
stories forprimary school childrenabout the
ChineseZodiacanimals. These storiesalso featured
elementsofChinesehistory, folkloreand culture.
Sarah’spassion forAsiancultureandhistory,
particular in relation tomythsand legends, proved
tobe infectiouswithour students.
Students fromYear 2 toYear6wereentertained
and informedbySarah’s sessions. Sheused two
characters from the
TheChineseCalendar Tales
series,
PinYinPandaandSybil Snake, toprovideadelightful
introduction toChinesehistoryand folklore. This
incursionassistedour students tobroaden their
understandingofAustralia’sengagementwithour
Asianneighbourswithina social and cultural context.
Mrs JuliePurcell,
Director LibraryResourceCentre
Farewell…MrBradNelsen
We saida fond farewell to
MrBradNelsen,
formerHeadof Junior School,
at theendof 2013. Brad leftRuyton to takeup thepositionofHeadof Junior
School SandringhamCampus, FirbankGrammar (co-educational campus).
Bradwas seeking toexpandhisexperience inaco-educational environmentas
he tookup thisnewchallenge.HispositiveandcaringapproachatRuytonwill
begreatlymissed.
Brad tookover the roleofAssistantPrincipal,Headof Junior School, atRuyton
inSemester 22007.He led the Junior School throughaperiodofgrowthand
development,witha focuson improvedcommunication, digital literacy, and
pastoral careand leadershipopportunities forall students.Most importantly,
Bradembraced thecultureandphilosophyofRuyton, ensuring that the
Junior School remainedadynamicplaceof learning,where the focuswason
providingpersonalised learningopportunitiesand students, staff andparents
were stronglyconnected.
The Junior School girlsandparentsparticularlyenjoyedBrad’sactive involvement
inAssemblyanddramaperformances, andhisacknowledgementof individual
studentachievementsandperseverance.He isa thoughtful andcaringeducator.
We thankBrad forhisoutstandingcontribution toRuytonandwishhimevery
successandhappiness for the future.
TheBugand theButterflyBall
ThePrep-Year 2Productionat theendof last yearwasawonderful
demonstrationof theconfidenceour youngermembersof the Junior School
haveacquired throughout theyear. Looselybasedon the fairy tale,
Cinderella,
we followed the storyofCindy, a shyand reservedbaby caterpillarwho longed
fora lifemoreexciting than cleaningupafterherhorrible sistersMaggand
Weevlyandher eight-legged stepmother, Spindle. Cindywasblessed tohave
abandof veryobedientandhelpful ants (playedby theYear 1girls)whoassisted
her in cleaningupandgetting ready for theMonarchButterflyBall. Therewe
weregreetedon thegreen carpetbyGladys, thegrasshopper, andher cheeky
friends, PenelopeandPatriciaPeacock–who liked the lookofall the tastybugs
at theball. ThePrepgirlsdelighted theaudiencewith theirwonderful butterfly
danceand, asCindy transformed intoabeautiful butterfly, thePrinceaskedher
todance.Withanarrayof fascinatingcharacters,wittyone-liners, stunning
costumesandacolourful stagebackdrop, this reallywasanamazing show. Each
ofour youngactressesdisplayed remarkable skill in singing, dancingandacting
toanappreciativeaudience. Thankyou toeveryonewhowas involved.
MrsGeorgieParker,
Junior SchoolDrama
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