spring 2013
Mr Paul Upperton, Senior teacher of English and Year 9
Co-ordinator, has taken on the new role of Leadership
Co-ordinator in the Senior School.
While leadership opportunities have always been
available at Ruyton, we have been looking at ways to
broaden the definition of leadership so we are able
to embrace all those girls who have the potential to
become leaders, even if they are not aware of it
themselves! Leaders are made, not born, and we have
implemented a programme to teach girls the skills
they need to embark on this journey.
In Years 7-11 each year level identifies a specific
charity in which they are interested; the girls have to
call the charity to gather information, and then they
sell’ the charity to their year level. In this process
they learn how to ‘cold call’ and introduce themselves
on the telephone or in person, to process relevant
information, to persuade others to adopt their point
of view and to motivate them to get on board.
We explore ways to display a confident demeanour
during a presentation through use of body language
and projection of the voice.These are skills which
the girls can take with them and use later in life,
in a tertiary environment or in the work place.
To reflect this broader focus on leadership a new
Citizenship Award’ has been introduced for students
who show exemplary service to the School
community and beyond.This offers the opportunity
for quiet achievers to be celebrated, and to
emphasise that leading by example is often more
effective than by words.
Before you can lead successfully you have to
recognise who you are as an individual, and to assess
your values.We talk about knowing what you stand
for, loyalty to your friends and being prepared to
intervene if the situation does not compromise your
personal safety.
Malala Yousafzai is the young Pakistani girl who was
shot by the Taliban for demanding that girls should
be educated. She showed that leaders aren’t always
out in front and are not always the strongest or
loudest. I look forward to seeing our girls grow into
the leaders of tomorrow.
Mr Paul Upperton,
Leadership Co-ordinator
How do girls grow at Ruyton?
As the School Co-Captains for 2013, we are truly
honoured to be leading the Ruyton community through
another exciting year.
The class of 2013 has chosen two qualities that we will
strive to embody as leaders this year.We believe that
these qualities represent our spirit and personality, and
will act as a beacon that will guide us through any
challenge.This momentous year will require endurance
and flexibility, as it’s certain that not all will go our way.
Indeed, there are bound to be moments where the work
may seem beyond us. Resilience is the ability to bounce
back from adversity. No matter how much we are bent,
stretched, and pushed this year we will be ready to pick
ourselves up and continue on with even more
determination and drive.
To complement resilience, the class of 2013 is
committed to lead with vigour and energy. Vibrancy
is the zest of life and a pathway to happiness. Our year
level is strong and confident and we hope our
enthusiasm will offer support and encouragement to
others. Vibrancy will provide us with the energy and
mindset to strive for our goals, and the optimism and
laughter to enjoy our final year. So when the going gets
tough, the brightness surrounding Year 12 in the form
of 64 vibrant and resilient girls, will give the courage to
carry on.
Deciding on one leadership colour to represent the
rainbow of attributes present in our year level was, to
say the least, a task and a half. However, pink is the only
colour of sufficient brightness to equal the vivacious
energy of the class of 2013. And not just any pink, but
an exquisite, electric pink. For those of you who know
your paints, pink is the combination of red and white.
White is symbolic of the potential for fullness, and
red is the ability to achieve this potential. In 2013,
we together will embrace this white canvas of endless
possibilities with confidence in the red paint of our
character. Our goal is pink, a balance of the passion
and power of red, softened by the completeness, purity
and openness of white.
Pink is the universal colour of love. Its tenderness,
kindness and nurturing quality is what unifies us.
It promotes self-worth, essential for empowering
students at Ruyton. In 2013, the Year 12s will lead with
resilience, vibrancy, and the colour pink.These three
virtues form a triangle – when faced with the pressure
and responsibilities that come with the final year,
our shape is non-collapsible and when struck, it often
resonates with a chime.We will now nail our colours
to the mast.
Kashi Mogensen
Lauren Yip,
School Co-Captains 2013
This above all, to thine
own self be true.’
Sometimes it can be useful to adopt a motto to live by.
A little statement or quote to help keep you focused on
a particular quality in yourself, or an attitude to life,
love, or work. For example:
If it’s worth doing, it’s
worth doing well.’‘A stitch in time saves nine.’‘Neither
a borrower nor a lender be.’
Many of you will recognise
that last one from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.The courtier,
Polonius, gives his son a long list of advice before
Laertes heads off to university. He concludes with the
most significant motto:
This above all, to thine own self
be true.’
What does this mean? I think it means to know
your moral compass and to stick to it.To believe in
yourself.To know who you are and what you value. One
of the special things about Ruyton is that you are a part
of a community – a 135 year old community. One that
has a strong sense of identity.We sing about it in our
wonderful School song –
for Ruyton girls are still the
You are part of that community and you also
contribute to its character and quality. And this year,
as the leaders of the School, you will shape it and leave
your mark.What will that mark be? I like your motto:
vibrancy and resilience. I think those words have been
wisely chosen and already reflect a good deal of your
character and your journey at Ruyton. Ruyton’s motto
Recte et Fideliter – Upright and Faithful.
to stand tall, to uphold the values we hold dear, to be
proud of who you are and to know that others are
proud of you. And Faithful: to be committed to your
community, your peers, committed to each other. R
et Fideliter:
to stand tall together.This year will see you
challenged and tested, but you will also have the
opportunity to grow and to form bonds that last. At the
end of the year, at Speech Night, when you sing our
School song for possibly the last time, concluding
et Fideliter,
I hope that you will know that you have
been upright and faithful, that you have stood tall,
together. Vibrant and Resilient.
Recte et Fideliter.
Ms Julie Hoskins,
Special Programmes Co-ordinator
How we act as Leaders
Vibrancy and resilience – beacons to guide us