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Brass Master Class

In Term 4 last year all girls who were learning a brass

instrument were given the opportunity to take part in

a master class with Mr Greg Spence. Greg is one of

Australia’s finest trumpet players and is in demand all over

the country. He has toured Australia with American comic

legend Jerry Lewis and played with the Shirley Bassey at

the Melbourne Concert Hall. He has also performed with

numerous international stars on television shows such

as the annual TV Week Logie Awards, Carols by

Candlelight, In Melbourne Tonight (IMT), Hey Hey It’s

Saturday, John Foreman’s Big Night In, It Takes Two and

11 series of the show Dancing with the Stars. At the

conclusion of the class the girls performed in an after

school soirée, where Greg gave them feedback on their


Mr Paul Smith,

Director of Performing Arts

Working with a Tissue?

In Term 4 all the girls with brass instruments attended a workshop

with the amazing Greg Spence. Greg is a renowned freelance studio

trumpeter. His impressive industry experience in performance and

education places him at the forefront of modern trumpet teaching.

He taught us many things just with a single tissue. We laughed about

it but it ended up being really good for improving our tone while

playing our instruments. He also taught us that if you play high then

you don’t need as much force as you need to play low, so you don’t

need to push hard on the mouth piece. Whether you are a complete

beginner, advanced player or teacher looking to advance your skills,

Greg’s insightful lessons, endorsed by world class players, will inspire

and extend you in all aspects of trumpet playing and teaching. You

can find his lessons at

Lily Tarry-Smith,

Year 7 (2014)

Awesome Achievers

AreWe There Yet?

Ms Radmila Harding, Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator, was the

recipient of last year’s Ruyton Award for Educational Research,

and chose to investigate ‘giftedness’ in the digital world.

In her paper,

Are we there yet?

Radmilla explored practical ways

in which teachers can harness the revolutionary power of

technology to personalise, individualise and differentiate for all

learners, including those who are gifted. Research indicates

that far too often traditional curriculum and pedagogy leave

gifted students disengaged, bored and restless. Through

technology and digital devices, gifted students have freedom

and unprecedented access to flexible, online learning, allowing

self-pacing and personalised learning. Technology is enabling

gifted students opportunities to research, analyse, synthesise,

create and think more deeply. Radmila examined how schools

can use technology to support gifted and talented students

and provide practical strategies and ideas for the use of

technology through web-based learning, and electronic and

mobile learning. Technology allows unprecedented access to

online communication and collaboration with like-minded

peers (nationally or globally), thereby developing collaborative

and co-operative skills while increasing knowledge and

technical skills. While the primary focus of her research was on

gifted students, Radmilla also explored how assistive

technology can be built into teaching and learning to provide

high-quality learning outcomes for students with additional

learning needs, including those with ‘double exceptionality.’

Elizabeth Dougall Harold Prize for School Music Captain

Elizabeth Harold

dec’d (Watson ’57) had a long and rich association with Ruyton. She was born

Elizabeth Alice Watson and was also known as Libby Watson. She commenced in Year 10 in 1955

and was a boarder. She was Captain of the Ruyton swimming team, sang with the Madrigals, was

Captain of the Boarding House and was both a Prefect and Vice-Captain of Anderson House. Libby

was on the editorial committee for the ORA in 1984 and was a director of the Ruyton Board. She

had three daughters, all of whom attended Ruyton – Serena, Sophie and Phoebe, as did her sister,

Rosemary. Libby’s granddaughter, Eliza is currently at Ruyton.

In memory of their mother and grandmother the Dougall family have established the

Elizabeth Harold Prize for School Music Captain and this was awarded for the first time in 2014

to Freya Solomon. If you would like details of other Ruyton prizes not yet named please contact

Ms Tonya Peters, the Director of Development.