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the ruyton reporter

Our wonderful Preps and Year 1

Starting School is sometimes perceived as a traumatic event but not so at Ruyton! We are

so proud of the way our young Preps settle into School and take to the job in hand. It was

very rewarding to see, even on day two, that the Preps were intuitive enough to be able to

line up independently, ready to learn. We build on the excellent foundations laid in

Ruyton’s Early Learning and the girls coming through are able to manage their new

independence with confidence.

In this way we have been able to focus on our units of Inquiry from the very first week of

Term 1. In Prep this has been about Relationships: an effective community requires

participants who display inter-connectedness, who are able to voice their concerns, to

problem-solve and to share collaborative experiences. Our class size is deliberately small

to enable the girls to get to know one another and also to allow the teachers to know the

girls well. The teachers focus on understanding the whole child and to this end there are

formal meetings both at the beginning and end of the year, as well as weekly informal

meetings between the teacher and the child, where the level of understanding in

numeracy and literacy is assessed. We nurture our girls and seek to discover where their

passions lie, to extend their talents and interests.

By Year 1, as the unit of Inquiry becomes Living Things, we are ready to fine-tune the

academic programme even further, to present the girls with greater challenges and to

offer further support where there is a need. For instance, reading and comprehension

becomes less about decoding text and more of a pleasure as the child achieves more

fluency and increased comprehension in her reading skills.

A particular focus at Ruyton is a commitment to learning around Science, Technology,

Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The girls are exposed to powerful scientific learning

experiences. They are not just consumers of technology but are using technology in

creative ways. For instance we are introducing robotics from the ground up: in Prep and

Year 1 the focus is on Bee Bots. In Years 2-4 the application is called We Do, and in Years 5–6

we are exploring the use of the Lego EV3 - robots which can be programmed to move by

using an iPad application. The Preps have employed their iPads already to tell a story, to

communicate, and to capture their learning. They take photos and record their experiences

so the iPad becomes a reflective tool.

In the Junior School we are fortunate to have specialist teachers in Science, Languages,

(French and Chinese) Music, Art and Digital Learning to enhance the girls’ learning

experiences. Some of these teachers will have already spent time in Ruyton’s Early

Learning (Languages and Music) getting to know the children.

We are proud of how well the Preps transition into the Junior School. With such a

positive start to their learning journey we are sure the girls will continue to thrive

throughout their schooling.

Ms Nicole Ginnane,

Head of Junior School

Exploring STEM


If you did not have your family with you to help you and you went to

France ... it would be a disaster! You need to learn French.

You have to learn to read and write because you need to know what’s

right to tell your own children.

You go to school to learn stuff. There’s a lot of stuff to learn.

You go to school to know all the

good, bigger numbers.

School teaches you to say all the

right things.

I hope these help you. Last year

Audrey said you have to go to school

or the police put your parents in jail!

Prep is so fun because you get new


I am getting really good at reading

now I am in Prep.

Now I know how to write!

I LOVE Show and Tell!

I like my teacher.