the ruyton reporter
Carr Design Group founder,
Sue Carr
Franklin ’62),
has been presented with the prestigious IDEA Gold
Medal in recognition of a lifetime contribution to
Australian design.
Sue was brought up in a family with a strong scientific
bias, and she spent her school years imagining a life filled
with Bunsen burners and lab coats. But having enrolled
at RMIT for applied chemistry, Sue found herself drawn
to the fledgling Faculty of Interior Design. Here the
science of how we live and work was explored. It was
new and different, and Sue found its appeal irresistible.
On graduation Sue started work for a small architecture
firm operated by her building construction lecturer and
it was this strong focus on architecture which had a
profound influence on the way she approaches interior
design work to this day. As Sue enthuses:‘It’s about
space, form and light; all the tactile issues, the
materiality and subliminal parts rather than the
obvious or the superficial.’
Over the years Sue has employed a team of graduates
who have contributed an enormous amount to
Australian design; indeed some of them are now
regarded among the best designers in Australia.
They continue to produce innovative and fresh ideas,
being particularly adept at constantly challenging
the status quo.
I feel strongly about the importance of encouraging the
Australian designers of tomorrow to produce informed
judgments about the crucial role of interior design in
shaping and building functional yet beautiful interior
environments that enhance our living, working and
recreation spaces.’
I think we are all pleased that Sue shed her lab coat
for one suited to interior design!
Last year’s Valedictorian, and Editor of the Ruytonian,
Lauren Markopoulos,
is continuing to hone her
considerable talents at Bond University.
She has met many international students, particularly
from the USA, Canada, France, England and Germany,
as well as from all parts of Australia. She writes that
she has already formed a close group at the small
In a way, we are like a family! We are all really
like-minded and love to involve ourselves with university
life – interestingly all of them were part of their schools
leadership group as well.’
Lauren admits she is grappling with many new and
difficult concepts in her law degree, which include
Principles of Contractual Liability, the Australian Legal
System and reasoning and communication skills, but
that she finds them all fascinating. She has also thrown
herself into the extra-curricular activities on offer, such
the Bond Investment Group, the Rotaract Club (a
division of Rotary Club), the Book Club, the Politics
Society, the Law Students Association and ‘ResWars’,
a round robin sporting competition between on-
campus accommodation buildings. In particular
this last activity reminds Lauren of the inter-House
competitions at Ruyton.
The vertical mentoring that occurs at Ruyton is
something reflected at Bond University as well. Out of
applicants Lauren was selected as one of eight
students for the Bond Investment Group’s Mentoring
Programme, whereby third year students act as buddies
to discuss with, advise and mentor the successful
applicants. Part of the programme includes attending
functions to hear guest speakers from the corporate
world – past speakers have included Sir Richard Branson
and former Prime Minister John Howard.
The mid-semester exams and assignments have been
demanding, but are structured to offer an insight into
the type of job which might be expected of a lawyer
once they graduate from Bond. As Lauren says,‘Overall,
it is comforting to know that I have selected the right
degree and career pathway for me.’
In March this year the Attorney-General, Mr Robert
Clark, announced the appointment of
Kate McMillan
Cathryn Faye ‘70 ) as a judge of the Supreme Court of
Victoria. Kate was admitted to practice in 1976 and has
over 35 years of legal experience.When she was at the
Bar, she specialised in commercial and property law,
equity and trusts, professional negligence, and trade
practices and ethics. She was also a Victorian Bar
representative on the Council of Legal Education and a
deputy member of the Board of Examiners. She was
Chairman of the Bar in 2005-6 and was Chair of the Bar
Ethics Committee for four years, having been a member
of the committee for nine years.To members of the
Ruyton Community it is no surprise that Kate has been
so successful. At school she was a Vice Captain,
Athletics Captain and a Boarding House Prefect. She
displayed all those qualities of confidence resilience
and resourcefulness that we seek to inspire in a Ruyton
girl. Kate is certainly an example to our current girls to
continue to strive for their personal best and we look
forward to watching her continued success.
Jorja Harrison
Burns ’99)
and her husband Damian
are delighted to announce
the arrival of Rani Joan who
was born on 20 February
weighing 3725g. Rani
merits a dual entry: in the
last edition of the Ruyton
Reporter Rani’s arrival was
mentioned under staff
news, as Damian works in
the PE Department!
Katya Choroszewski
Stirkul 2000) and husband Bo
have a beautiful new son,Timothy Roman, born on
June 20 2012 in Fernie, BC.
Monica Kent-Giles
Kent ’94) and husband Timothy are
thrilled to announce the safe arrival of Oscar William,
born on July 6 2012. Monica works in media marketing
but is currently on maternity leave.
News of Former Students
The Ruytonian,
the prizes from Speech Night and the photo box
from the Valedictorian Dinner have secured a place on Lauren’s
desk in her room at Bond University.