At the end of last year anyone passing the Prep rooms
might have heard some interesting squeals and squeaks
– and not all of them were coming from the girls! We
introduced a simple robotic creature to our programmer,
a Bee Bot.
Bee Bots are cute, bee-like robots that require
programming to move and reach a destination. The Prep
girls were introduced to Bee Bots via an App on their
iPads and quickly mastered the appropriate steps. They
were amazed to discover that Bee Bots were more than
images on their screens - and that is when the fun really
began. After experimenting with the real Bee Bots, the
girls worked in teams to challenge themselves. Using
maps, number and alphabet charts and a streetscape, the
girls became proficient at programming their robot to go
forward, turn and continue to their desired spot. A few
girls learned to use reverse to get them out of
a jam and added a 360 turn as well. They then created
their own tracks, roads and even an obstacle course to
The Bee Bots were then transformed with individual
costumes or sunglasses and became unique personalities.
The classroom floor was covered in a maze of roads,
bridges, booby traps and a BB stop meeting place where
they congregated to plan their next journey. The Prep
girls continued to plan more Bee Bot adventures,
including the creation of animated story books, videos
and an episode of synchronised dancing!
Miss Carla Bond and Mrs Louise Graham,
Long-serving member of staff, Rachel Macey,
left Ruyton at the end of last year after loyal
and dedicated service to the School.
Rachel began her association with Ruyton
in 2004 and her roles have been varied and
extensive. She has been a Prep, Year 1 and
Year 2 classroom teacher, Information and
Communications Technology (ICT) Co-ordinator
and also an invaluable support to Junior
School teachers across all year levels.
With her exceptional organisational skills,
efficiency and attention to detail, Rachel’s
careful planning ensured that the individual
social, emotional and learning needs of the
girls in her classroom were catered for. Her
ability to support, challenge and extend the
thinking of the girls to reach their personal best
is an example to many. Rachel’s connection
with the girls in her classroom was obvious,
and her passion, care and dedication to them,
has without question, left an indelible mark.
Rachel is a most perceptive person, very
genuine and honest. What you see is what
you get. In her Leadership role as ICT Co-
ordinator, Rachel was never judgemental
and her spontaneity and enthusiasm were
infectious. She was happy to voice her opinion
but equally pleased to be able to share her
expertise in a supportive manner. During a
time of change and innovation in ICT in the
Junior School in 2007 and again in 2009, Rachel
was a wonderful mentor to many. Rachel
also provided support for teachers who had
responsibilities in addition to their teaching
role and she always went above and beyond
to help in any way she could.
Rachel has made a significant contribution
to the School and is loved by the girls and her
colleagues alike. We wish her well as she
embarks on the next exciting chapter of her life.
Ms Tanya Cockwill and Mrs Cate Hallpike,
Year 4 teachers
Robots at Ruyton
Introducing – Bee Bot!