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the ruyton reporter


News of Former Students & Staff

Georgina Austin

(Sutton ‘97) spent

13 insightful years at Ruyton, with a

passion for art and photography, always

encouraged by wonderful teachers.

She was thrilled to be accepted into

the Bachelor of Design (Graphic Design)

at RMIT.

Georgina graduated in 2001 and worked

at Country Road as their Apparel

Graphics and Textile Designer. Having

gained valuable experience, she felt

confident enough to start her own

knitwear brand, Cable Melbourne, and

released a small capsule at the 2007

Australian Fashion Week. She wanted

the brand’s style ethos to centre on

modern, timeless pieces, which

transcend seasons and provide women

and children with unique, elegant

wardrobe options through the

knitted form.

Her innate understanding of the unique qualities of wool seems to be part of her DNA.

Georgina’s great, great grandfather was the founder of a wool buying company, and a

leader purchasing Australian superfine merino for fashion houses around the world,

the starting point of four generations of wool buyers. With quality and durability

central to the brand’s uniqueness, she is committed to keeping as much production

as possible in Australia, supporting the local Australian merino wool industries.

Georgina remembers her time at School as one of progressive thinking and

empowerment. Ruyton gave all the girls the conviction to believe women could

do anything and be whoever they wanted to be, something that has equipped her

to become an independent woman, with strength and confidence to run her own

business, be a mother, a wife and able to juggle everything else life has thrown at her.

Greta Gurry

graduated from Ruyton

in 2010. Greta began tertiary studies

at Monash University in 2011, studying

a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery.

After completing three years of this

degree Greta deferred to undertake

further studies in a research capacity

by completing a Bachelor of Medical

Science (Hons) in 2014. Greta’s research

was performed through the Infectious

Diseases Department at Monash

Medical Centre and explored the

relationship between HIV and latent

infections in an immigrant population.

This is important research, given

Australia’s growing immigrant

population and the increasing

availability of preventative medicine.

Greta has had research published in

medical journals, including the


Journal of Australia (MJA)

in March 2015



in September 2015.

Greta has also been fortunate to spend time volunteering in an Indigenous

community in Arnhem Land, as well as in rural Kenya. These experiences have

inspired Greta to work with marginalised communities in the future. She has now

completed her fourth year of medicine and is due to graduate at the end of 2016.

She will also be undertaking a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, while

also hoping to continue to undertake research in the area of infectious diseases and

preventative medicine.

Greta has fond memories of attending Ruyton from Year 5 and her time here instilled

in her a sense of community and belonging. She was taught the value of balancing

her time between academic commitments and extra-curricula pursuits. Through this

teaching, along with fostering a love of learning and interest in discovering new ideas,

Ruyton provided Greta with an excellent foundation for her studies, future career and

whatever else the future may hold.

Congratulations to

Alice Kennedy

(‘11) for being named as a finalist in the Virgin Australia

Melbourne Fashion Festival National Graduate Showcase, presented by Target and

supported by

Fashion Journal,

for her collection, Leila. The VAMFF programme is seen

as a launching pad for young designers and the judges handpicked the 12 finalists from

design institutions across the country. The winner receives a $25,000 grant and the

opportunity to design a one-off Target capsule collection, available in selected stores.

Jacqui Pitt

(’03) has been named as a

2016 Zelman Cowen John Monash

Scholar. Jacqui has a Bachelor of Arts

(Honours), with First Class Honours, and

a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the

University of Melbourne. She is currently

the senior legal adviser in the Family

Violence Reform Unit of the Victorian

Department of Premier and Cabinet. She

will undertake a Master of Laws in the

United States of America with the goal

of becoming an expert and innovator

in the field of legal responses to family

violence. In 2014 Jacqui was named one

of 50 ‘rising stars’ of the Australian legal

profession by

Australasian Lawyer

magazine and was a finalist for the Law

Institute of Victoria’s ‘Rising Star of the

Year’ award. While studying, Jacqui was

the National Head of Fundraising for the Oaktree Foundation, where she led campaigns

to raise over $500,000 to reduce extreme poverty. Outside her profession Jacqui loves

every aspect of the theatre. She was the founding President of a not-for-profit theatre

company for the legal industry and has produced several critically- acclaimed comedy

shows. She is also a classically trained singer. Mr Walter Zavattiero was one of Jacqui’s


‘I remember Jacqui as an exceptionally gifted student in my Year 12 English class

who, quite simply, loved delving into the themes and ideas of each and every text. Both

her empathy for the underdog and her capacity to appreciate the nuances of any issue

were always apparent and it is no surprise that she has dedicated herself so

wholeheartedly to protecting the rights of the vulnerable in her professional life as a

lawyer. That we can continue to celebrate her success is a wonderful thing. Go Pitti!’

Rebecca Starkins

(’09) made a splash in

the news in January for her personalised

tote range, Little Makes Big, when Pippa

Middleton, sister of the Duchess of

Cambridge, was spotted carrying

one of her bags. Little Makes Big

is an online business selling leather

and canvas monogrammed totes and

Rebecca sent one to Pippa. The celebrity

influence works as a marketing strategy

for the brand, which Rebecca started at

16. Little Makes Big employed women

from Destiny Rescue Sewing Production

House, giving them an opportunity to

support themselves. Rebecca is studying

commerce, entrepreneurship and


‘We use social media as a

platform and also try to secure coverage,

or a tick of approval, from some

influencers who complement our brand.’