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the ruyton reporter

Understanding and improving our emotional wellbeing

has been the subject of increased attention over recent

years, as we learn more about the relationship between

our physical bodies, hearts and minds, and spiritual

health in determining our overall welfare. The release of

the popular film

Inside Out

highlighted the reality that

we all experience a range of emotions and that feeling

challenging emotions is part of our growth. It is how we

develop our capacity to cope with and manage our

emotions that is critical. The film was the inspiration for


our Prep to Year 2 Production for 2015. The

play took the complex ideas of

Inside Out

and sought to

simplify them for the Prep, Year 1 and 2 girls.

Feeling a bit emotional? Need to get in touch with these

emotions? That is exactly what our excitable audience

experienced in the Royce Theatre in November. The Year

2 girls were exceptional in their roles of emotional little

monsters! Representing four different groups, we saw

the Angries, Sads, Happys and Smugs argue that their

emotion should be the dominant one to represent their

planet. It all came down to a special party night where

‘The One’ (played by our very own Head of Junior

School, Mrs Nicole Ginnane) spoke with great authority

and explained to the gathering that we should feel all

emotions equally. The little Monsters agreed and

thankfully harmony was restored to their planet.

The Year 1 monsters were fabulous in their

choreographed routine to

Big Girls Don’t Cry

and, of

course, the Prep classes were magnificent performing


Monster Mash

to a rapturous crowd. Perhaps the

highlight of everyone’s evening was the vocal stylings

of the gentlemen in the Junior School as Monster back

up singers in one of the many entertaining songs,


Our thanks to Mr Mutton and Mr Baker for their

amazing contribution.

A lot of fun was had by all. Well done to all involved



- what a way to round out the year!

Mrs Georgie Parker,

Junior School Drama

Chinese Singing

Competition – a first

for Ruyton

In the Junior School

we continue to

provide our girls with

a strong foundation to

build their

competencies in the

Chinese language,

along with an

understanding of

Chinese culture. Following the introduction of

Chinese at Year 3 in 2014, 2015 was the inaugural

year of the Year 4 Chinese programme. All topics

studied were closely related to the girls’ personal

world. For instance, girls learnt to introduce

themselves and were able to talk about their

hobbies and favourite food. Girls also had

opportunities to participate in Chinese calligraphy,

painting, cooking, dancing and singing. There was

much singing in Chinese last year! During Chinese

Week in Term 4, which coincided with the Chinese

celebration of their National Day, we initiated and

hosted the first-ever Chinese Singing Competition

for Year 3 and Year 4 students. Students from

Trinity Grammar School, Carey Grammar School,

Auburn South Primary and St Peter’s Primary in

Berwick joined the girls to sing in Chinese. Mr

Gang Chi, the Education Consul from the Chinese

Embassy opened the competition. He highlighted

the enthusiasm Ruyton displays, both for learning

and teaching Chinese, and how we have enjoyed a

successful collaboration together. The competition

was sponsored by the Embassy, the Confucius

Institute of Melbourne University and the Chinese

Teachers’ Association in Melbourne.

‘If you talk to a man in the language he

understands, it goes to his head. But if you talk

to him in his own language, it goes to his heart.’

Nelson Mandela

Mrs Danyang McAuliffe,

Dean of Language Other

Than English (LOTE)


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