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the ruyton reporter

From our Girls’ Perspective

Coral, Coal and Climate Change

In the

Ruyton Reporter

Autumn Edition (page 12) we brought

you news of Kathleen Hanson, current Year 12 student and

Sustainability Captain, being awarded Boroondara Young

Citizen of the Year. Kathleen is still busy, this time speaking

alongside three politicians (from the Green, Labor and Liberal

parties) at a forum called Coral, Coal and Climate Change at

the Box Hill Town Hall. Kathleen spoke eloquently about the

environment future generations will inherit and about the

importance of making a difference today. She reminded the

politicians that we are the custodians of the future, and that

‘politicians must do their bit’.

The full video is available here videos/146840205721789/

and Kathleen’s presentation starts at approximately the

14-minute mark. As one observer said:

‘The power of one

young woman [Kathleen] to speak directly and unencumbered

about what really matters [is wonderful.] There needs to be

more of these young voices.’

Children of the Black Skirt

In Semester 1 the Ruyton/Trinity Unit 3 Theatre

Studies Class worked together to put on a

production of Angela Betzien’s

Children of the Black


The play takes place in a mythical and

timeless Australian orphanage, thus allowing it to

make historical connections with colonial Australia,

penal transportation, the depression, the stolen

generations and post-war immigration. By

touching on defining moments in Australia’s

history as a nation, our class aimed to question the

foundations of our Australian identity and whether

or not the issues presented in the play have been

resolved, or are still occurring in today’s society.

The particular focus throughout the play on the

treatment of Indigenous children in Australia

inspired our class to transform the production into

an initiative, with all proceeds from the production

going to the Melbourne Indigenous Transition

School (MITS). MITS was established by the Tudor

family (Richard Tudor, Former Head Master of

Trinity Grammar School), supporting the transition

of Indigenous students from their home

communities to Melbourne schools, and creating

pathways to greater opportunities. The process of

creating a theatre production and also connecting

to our wider community was an incredible learning

experience for all, making us reflect on whether or

not Australia has evolved in our treatment of our

nation’s First Peoples since the eras presented in

Children of the Black Skirt.

Through this production,

awareness and fundraising process, we realised

how lucky we are to have the opportunities

presented to us at Ruyton, and the importance

of service and compassion towards others in our

wider community.

Rose Adams,

Year 12

Junior School Community Service Team

What Social Justice Project have you been involved in?

The Junior School Community Service Team has participated in many events this semester. Some of

these include attending the International Women’s Day Breakfast, as well as organising and running

a very successful Community Service Day, with the money going to UN Women.

Tell us about any research and investigations that you have undertaken.

When we attended the Young Leaders’ Day Conference in Term 1, Ms Kate Austin gave an inspiring

speech about her life story and how she has helped people in need. Ms Austin recognised that homeless

people didn’t have access to hygiene products. She also noticed that hotels have lots of mini soaps,

toothbrushes, shampoos and conditioners that go to waste. ‘Pinch-a-poo’ was created, where people

collect hygiene products from hotels and donate them to ‘Pinch-a-poo’ who then give them to people

who are living on the streets.

What have you learned from your research?

We admire Ms Austin because, when she spoke at Young Leaders’ Day and we heard her story, it made us

think about how we can turn something little into something big. She saw a problem and, instead of

walking away from it, she thought deeply and decided to do something to help.

Semester 1 Captains:

Phoebe Brown, Ashley Honey, Claudia Perrignon, Year 6