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spring 2015

Australian Global Games

Team Announced

Congratulations to Mrs Lauren McLaverty

(Head swimming coach at Ruyton Aquatic)

who will be part of the coaching team

who will train and support the swimmers

that will represent Australia at the

4th Global Games in Ecuador. We know

the swim team will benefit from Lauren’s

expertise and her encouragement in

their preparation to compete. Well done


Vaulting to Success

In July Year 11 Ruyton student Phillipa

Hajdasz placed first for pole vault in her

qualifying round at the IAAF World Youth

Championships in South America, earning

her a place in the finals. Phillipa performed

brilliantly to win the silver medal (tied

with the Chinese competitor), vaulting

a Personal Best of 4.05, 10 centimetres

higher than her previous best. The Swedish

competitor won with a vault of 4.26 and

did not miss a height the whole

competition. She will be looking over her

shoulder now though... Congratulations

Phillipa – a huge achievement.

Exploring New Frontiers

Service to Coaching Award – Victorian Athletics

Stephen Ellinghaus is a significant

contributor in Victorian athletics,

from school age through to our highest

performing junior athletes.

In 2014 he guided Georgia Griffith to

a fourth place in the 800 metres at the

World Junior Championships, whilst

also seeing more than 20 of his squad

qualify for the Australian Junior

Championships, in events from the

400 metres to cross country.

In his role as head coach at Ruyton he has maintained an unbeaten

run in the overall team premiership at the State Cross Country

Championships, which extends more than a decade. Based at the

Box Hill Athletic track, he has strong ties to both Box Hill and

Ruyton Athletic Clubs, and through his other school engagements

provides employment to a plethora of young developing coaches.

His dedication is admirable and the Service to Coaching Award is

thoroughly deserved.

Mrs Louisa Burbury,

Director of Sport

Ruyton takes off to Space Camp

On Saturday 12 September 25 Ruyton students and four teachers departed from

Melbourne on the inaugural Space Camp tour of the USA. The tour started in Huntsville,

Alabama at the U.S. Space and Rocket Centre. Here the girls experienced the

technological environment of space science and exploration and were immersed in an

array of activities, many undertaken by astronauts preparing for space travel. These

included completing a rocketry module, encountering a simulated mission and

underwater astronaut training.

After graduating from Space Camp, the group then flew to Washington D.C. to explore

the Smithsonian Air and Space and Natural History Museums, and visited the Capitol

Building and other sites of significance.

The group travelled to Orlando and spent a day at the Kennedy Space Centre, lunching

with an astronaut, learning about the history of space travel and exploring the many

relics from the space programme.

The girls are returning from the trip as this edition goes to publication. We look forward

to their reports in the next edition of the Ruyton Reporter, as we celebrate the opening

of the newMargaret McRae Centre, including our exciting new Science facilities.

Mrs Sue Fryer,

Dean of Science

Awards Galore