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the ruyton reporter


Staff News

News of Former Students & Staff

Based in New York since 2006,

Alexandra Collier


has established herself as a writer whose plays have

been developed at Sydney Theatre Company and at

various Off-Broadway theatres, including New Group,

Women’s Project and New Georges. Her mobile play

Take Me Home,

which took place in a New York city taxi,

was featured in the New York Times, on National Public

Radio and New York 1 TV. Her play

Holy Day

was a

finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Ally’s play set in a small Australian town,


, has

its world premiere Off Broadway at 59E59 Theatre in

April this year.

Congratulations to


, Nicolas and Nolan


on the safe arrival of Maëline, a beautiful

daughter, who arrived on 11 January this year

weighing 2.8 kilogrammes.

Congratulations to

Fiona Cooper-White


family on the safe arrival of Thomas Ian who was

born on 22 December 2014 – a wonderful early

Christmas present!

Many congratulations to

Katherine Feng


family on the happy arrival of Matthew at the

Mercy Hospital for Women on 17 September 2014.

Judith Scott Williams,

a former Head of Junior

School, died peacefully in January this year at the

age of 93. Judith was a colleague of Miss McRae

and together they had a particular interest in

dogs. Judith finished at Ruyton in 1976.

Congratulations to

Katharine Hansen


who was married to Hugh Doyle (’03 Old

Trinity Grammarian) on Saturday

15 November 2014. The ceremony was held

in the Royal Botanic Gardens in

Melbourne, followed by a reception at the

Grand Hyatt.

Amanda McArthur

(Slater ’91) and James are

happy to announce the safe

arrival of Jasper Theodor

William on 29 June 2014,

a little brother for Angus,

Felix, Griffin and Nimue.

Lucie Swinnerton – Enduring Exchange

In August last year (

Ruyton Reporter

Spring 2014) we published a photograph of the

USA Reunion. One of the Old Ruytonians who attended was

Lucie Swinnerton


and she brought along her friend, Emily Lowell, her exchange from Dana Hall (’05.) This

is a wonderful story of enduring friendships across the years and across continents.

Here is Lucie’s story of her exchange experience:

In 2002, when I submitted my preferences for the Ruyton exchange programme,

almost all of the exchanges were for schools in Canada, followed by the UK. Instead, I

found myself heading to Dana Hall in Boston, USA, and I am so fortunate that I did. My

Ruyton-Dana exchange began a lifelong friendship with Emmy Lowell, my host sister

(who will be my Maid of Honour next summer) and the Lowell family. It also planted

the seeds for me to move to New York City – when the Lowells took me there for a

weekend. I knew it was the city for me ‘when I grew up.’ Twelve years on, Emmy and I

both live in New York. It is here that we reunited with other Old Ruytonians in August

last year, enjoying high tea with Ms Douglas – in style of course, at the Ritz Carlton

Central Park. A fabulous group of Ruytonians came from around the country, where

they are studying, working, parenting and travelling. For me, work is in Brooklyn at a

not-for-profit alternative to incarceration agency that provides social services to

individuals involved in the criminal justice system. I am very grateful that Ruyton and

Dana Hall set me off on this path. Exchange has created the fantastic opportunities

that I have had and will continue to enjoy for years to come.

Lynda Nilsson

We love to hear from our Old Ruytonians and

Lynda Nilsson

(Spry ‘80) has been in

touch to update us on her news. After living in Sweden for five years Lynda worked as

a journalist for TV, radio and newspaper and also in special events in Tasmania. In 1996

she won the Denny Hulme award in Targa, Tasmania, driving a Triumph TR-7, possibly

the only woman to have won this. She worked as a marketing manager/fundraiser for

Guide Dogs, completed studies in psychology, won the Hazel Hawke scholarship to

Curtin University, studied for a Bachelor of Education and obtained an international

accreditation in Life Coaching with a focus on students considered ‘at risk’ from

Prep–Year 6.