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the ruyton reporter


News of Former Students & Staff

Lauren Sibree

(’14) is finding her feet in the dynamic and challenging world of music.

In December last year Lauren recorded a series of vocal tracks for Sonja Horbelt,

(Co-ordinator of Contemporary Music Studies at Ruyton), one of which featured on

Sonja’s debut album,


. The contemporary jazz soul album, launched in April,

is now available on iTunes (


, Kennedy Snow). For Lauren, who is now studying

classical voice at the Conservatorium of Music, the opportunity to be involved with

a contemporary music project is an important diversifying excursion from her studies.

At just 19 she feels humbled to be featured on a commercial album. Further, Lauren

recognises Sonja, and also Bob Sedergeen (Ruyton music teacher and fellow artist

on Sonja’s album), as being instrumental in her decision to study music:

‘To have the

true and unconditional friendship of Sonja and Bob means more to me than any musical

endeavour could. That said, with every day, no matter the highs and lows that

respectively enliven and discourage me, I remember I am blessed to be studying what

I love. I am so excited to navigate the coming years with two Ruyton staff members,

and friends, by my side.’

After finishing at Ruyton,

Patricia (Tricia) Serpell

(Terrill ’76) went on to study Medicine at Melbourne

University and then trained as a Plastic and

Reconstructive surgeon, both in Victoria, Tasmania

and the UK, completing her fellowship in 1992.

Tricia has been working in the South Eastern suburbs

of Melbourne since then, becoming Head of the

Plastic Surgery Unit at Frankston Hospital, Peninsula

Health in 1995. She has developed the Plastics Unit

from a small unit with two consultants to a large

service with 11 consultants, three registrars, three

residents and medical students.

At Ruyton she was known for her love of craft, being top female student at the

Royal Show and this has carried forward in her career, where she continues to love

the artistic challenge of reconstructing various areas of the body after excising skin

cancers or traumatic injuries. Plastic surgery is a challenging and demanding career,

but is always interesting and very variable, treating a wide range of conditions

including skin cancers, hand disorders, wounds and cosmetic procedures, such as

breast reductions and abdominoplasties (tummy tucks). Along with this she has

introduced CoolSculpting (freezing away those fatty bulges that we all hate) to her

practice. Over her career she has been involved with multiple research projects and

published in international journals. She also presents regularly at local and national

meetings, especially on wound healing and dressings.

She is married to Jonathan Serpell, Professor of General Surgery at the Alfred and they

have two sons, James and William, who are both studying at Monash University.

In April Tricia attended her 30-year reunion at the School. It was a fantastic evening,

bringing back many past memories, whilst catching up with everyone’s news.

In this year of the Olympics in Rio, it is also timely to reflect on old Ruytonians

who not only competed in previous Olympics, but also were involved in an

administrative capacity.

There are many Old Ruytonians who have links with

the Olympic Games.

Sue White

(’64) worked at the

Summer Olympic Games in Germany in 1972, which

was the scene of the first recognised terrorist attack

at such an event. Sue also worked at three Winter

Olympic Games in Austria, France and the USA and

ski-raced for Australia in the University FIS races

around Europe. Sue graduated fromMonash with a

BA (Hons) in languages and worked in Europe as an

interpreter and translator in Germany (Munich),

France (Grenoble) and Italy (Perugia). Always a

keen-skiier, Sue also skied in three Warren Miller

movies. Sue moved to the USA and lived in Aspen,

Colorado and Sun Valley, Idaho, where she founded a

private school, now the Junior School of the

Community School, whose students, like Ruyton’s,

excel in University placements. While in the US Sue

gained a MA (Psychology), a Certified Financial

Planning Certificate, and founded a hedge fund. Sue is now retired and divides her

time between Mooloolaba in Queensland and Sun Valley, Idaho.

Premier’s VCE Award

Ms Linda Douglas, Principal, was thrilled

to be present when

Sophie Kleiman


received a Premier’s VCE Award in

recognition of her academic achievements

in VCE Literature 2015. It is a significant

honour to be recognised as a top achiever

in the VCE. Individual Graded Assessment

scores are used to determine the order of

merit and identify the best students.

Students must have a study score of 46

or above to be eligible for the award. We

congratulate Sophie on her achievement

and look forward to following her progress.

Former Ruyton French teacher and Dean of LOTE


Michelle Wright

has been devoting

herself to another passion of hers – writing. Michelle

is now a multi-award winning Victorian author. Her

short stories and flash fiction have won awards,

including the


and Alan Marshall Short Story

prizes. Michelle’s writing has been published in many

Australian and international anthologies and journals.

Her short story collection,


, was shortlisted for the

2015 Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished

Manuscript and was published in July this year by

Allen and Unwin. Details of the collection can be

found here: browse/books/fiction/literary-fiction/Fine-Michelle- Wright-9781760292454

Her debut novel will be published by Allen and Unwin

in 2017.

We were delighted when

Chantal Mitvalsky

(’01) was able to join us for the official

opening of the Margaret McRae Centre (

Ruyton Reporter

Autumn 2016.) Chantal is a

vocalist and composer and celebrated the launch of Skycha’s debut album,



in April at the Shadow Electric. The band is a neo-soul electro-jazz ensemble.

‘When composing for this record, I wanted to draw on all of the music that I love to listen

to and create a sound that isn’t easily identifiable by a clear-cut genre. I’m interested in

exploring jazz and how that mixes with neo-soul music, r&b, and elements of electronics

and hip hop that belongs to now but pays tribute to things past, present and future.’