Australian Global Games
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
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