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spring 2016

High Resolves – Discovering the Leader Within

‘Being lucky enough to live in a city such as Melbourne, and study at a wonderful school

such as Ruyton, the level of resources, support and education that we receive is often

taken for granted. Thus, it was decided that the cause we would dedicate ourselves to

[over the course of the project] would be access to education for those in underprivileged


Angelyn Neoh.

During Term 2, 15 Year 9 students were given the opportunity to take part in the

newly-introduced High Resolves Leadership Programme. The aim of this programme

was for participants to learn to organise initiatives that advocate, educate and donate

to a cause of choice. The group settled on

‘better access to education’

as its focus –

a decision fuelled in equal measure by their awareness of the difference education is

making in their own lives, as well as the desire to extend similar opportunities to

others. Under the guidance of High Resolves presenter, Ms Alexandra Hilvert, a series

of intensive planning sessions followed at intervals throughout Terms 1 and 2, with

mentors from Deloitte and NAB offering helpful advice to the girls on how to bring

their awareness and fund-raising goals to fruition, despite very tight deadlines.

At Senior School Assembly the Year 9 student leaders brought to the School’s

attention the reality that not everyone in the world has the same access to education.

The animation shown in Assembly demonstrated how to put across a powerful

message in simple, accessible terms.



Raise your hand for Education May 26


A week of action was launched and community members were encouraged to sign

a petition in support of giving remote Australian children access to affordable and

equitable education. In addition, money was raised for an international organisation,

the Malala Fund, whose focus is that

‘education is the right of every girl.’


initiatives included selling wristbands and a school-wide drive to collect donated

books for the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation.

‘High Resolves has taught me so much about giving back. It really is important

for many young people to recognise that they have the ability to make

a change if they successfully plan, educate and take action.’

Olivia Schaefer.

The High Resolves Leaders’ Project exceeded all

expectations, in terms of consciousness-raising,

the donations generated and the latent leadership

it tapped within our dedicated and capable girls. It is

our hope that the seeds of life-long volunteerism,

leadership and altruism have been planted and that

the fruits of this will be evident in the wider

community for years to come.

Angelyn Neoh,

Year 9

How Technology helps us understand Human Rights

The core components of the Year 7 and 8 LEAP programme are Innovation, Diversity,

Equality, Active Citizenship and Sustainability. During Term 2 the girls looked at

Human Rights and invited a number of guests to speak, representing different

organisations who work to protect the rights of the most vulnerable. These were

Jasmin fromMercy Ships, Jim fromMany Rooms Homeless Services, Terry from

Mission Educate and Simon from the Australian Federal Police. The Human Rights

Forum was an opportunity for the girls to think critically about these issues and for

them to engage with other students around the world. For the first time at Ruyton,

we live-streamed our forum to schools throughout Asia and Australia, with schools

joining us from China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Queensland and Tasmania. The other

schools were able to hear from our amazing guests, while participating via online

questioning and collaboration tools. Our girls thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to

hear from various people working in Human Rights, as well as experiencing

perspectives of peers from different cultures and backgrounds.

Mr Brett Moller,

Director of Digital Learning

Our LEAP topic regarding human rights began with an insightful and inspirational

Human Rights Forum. This forum was not only for the guest speakers to talk about

their experiences, but it was also for us, the students, who were able to participate in

a variety of ways. We had opportunities to host guests, ask questions of the panel,

and even work backstage, filming the event to be live-streamed to schools around

Australia and Asia. A website was provided especially for the event, with everyone able

to interact with the panel, ask questions, leave opinions, and air potential solutions to

these human rights issues.

The topics covered were confronting but gave

everyone in the room new perspectives and

stimulated feelings of empathy, gratitude and

determination. The issues included: the importance

of education for children all around the world; the

value of having access to medical services; the impact

of safety and security; and the privilege of having

a home. After listening to these engaging speakers

I felt as though I had the ability to help all those less

fortunate people around the world, and I know

many others felt equally passionate about helping.

We understood the difference between privileges and

rights and the true meaning of being human. The forum

was definitely an eye-opening experience that will

never be forgotten.

Susan Fang,

Year 8