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spring 2016

Imago Mundi

We congratulate and celebrate with

Jo Roszkowski,

teacher of Design and Technology

in the Senior School Art Department, on the

inclusion of one of her pieces of artwork in an online

collection curated by Luciano Benetton in Italy. The

piece, Geostrata, is made of mixed media bitumen,

plaster, paint and shellac. Jo says,

‘The piece

represents the geological substrata that bury our

past and the secrets that can be exposed because

of our urge to dig deep.’

Her creative inspiration

comes from the natural elements and her

surrounding environment. Jo is mainly concerned

with the traces humanity leaves behind, and their

impact on our planet.

Jo completed her Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts) in 1989 at Melbourne University Institute

of Education. She has taught design, technology and art across a variety of mediums, and was

the artist responsible for Ruyton’s Heritage Tree, which is located in the Foundation Building.

Other exhibitions where Jo’s work has also been displayed include Brighton Artists’ Society,

and the Kingston Arts Centre. Most recently, Jo has been appointed as Bayside Artist in

Residence, commencing in July 2016.


Caroline Maslen

(Jarrett ’05)

married Jono Maslen (Trinity

’96) at their family farm,

Barooga Station in January

2016. The bridal party included

Old Ruytonians Natalie Pullan

(’05) and Stephanie Pratt (’05).

Congratulations and best

wishes to the happy couple.

Caroline is the immediate past

President of the Old

Ruytonians’ Association.

We congratulate Old Ruytonian

Anne Griffiths

(’60) who received a Medal (OAM) of the Order

of Australia in the General Division for service to nursing and to organ transplantation

programmes. Anne worked at the Alfred Hospital for 52 years in a variety of areas, but is best

known for her role as Transplant Co-ordinator.

Shalini Ponnampalam


During my study of Medicine at Monash University I have been fortunate to spend time

volunteering in Swaziland, sub-Saharan Africa, with the organisation Possible Dreams

International. With 27.4% of the population infected by HIV, comprising the highest prevalence

of HIV/AIDS worldwide, the already limited health resources in Swaziland are susceptible to

being overwhelmed and stressed. When this is coupled with the current extreme drought,

families are undoubtedly trapped within a vicious cycle of poverty.

Possible Dreams International is a Swazi-led organisation with a vision to empower

families living in extreme poverty by equipping them with skills and opportunities to increase

their autonomy.

As we visited families who live in the Lubombo mountains, it became apparent that

individuals cannot escape poverty without assistance to address the fragility of their health

ecosystems. Possible Dreams International achieves this by providing emergency relief and

sustainable development solutions through Income Generation Projects (IGP), agricultural

support and water access schemes. By facilitating the attainment of basic necessities within

homesteads, we are reaching into the community, as we believe that health is more than

practising medicine. To facilitate an empowered future for Swaziland, sustainable health

outcomes must provide the scaffold for change.

The suffering present in Swaziland is riddled with startling inequalities and pervasive

social injustice. In Australia we are the unconscious recipients of extraordinary privilege.

Acknowledging this privilege can be the first step to improving the suffering of others.

By raising our voices for justice and equity we can join the conversation of change.

My trip to Swaziland offered me the

smallest glimpse of the tangible hope

offered by development programmes

which are holistic, grass-roots and offer

long-term, sustainable solutions to the

deeply complex issues of poverty and

endemic disease. All donations to Possible

Dreams International are greatly

appreciated and will assist us in reaching

the families of Swaziland. For more

information, please visit



At Epworth Freemasons

on 20 July, Year 6 teacher

Sarah Gowland

and husband

Al welcomed twin boys, Jack

Cooper and Harry John into

the world. All are doing well.

Caroline Carr

(Burke ’98) and Nick are delighted to announce the safe arrival

of their son, Hamish William Hardie, born on 4 May. Old Ruytonian


Belinda Burke

(Hardie ’70) and

Sue Carr

(Franklin ’62)

commented that they were not doing much of a job ‘breeding’ Ruyton girls

– this is the sixth grandson for Belinda and the second grandson for Sue!

It is with great sadness that the Ruyton Community notes the passing

of the following Old Ruytonians:

Doreen Ashley-Brown


lived a long and rewarding life,

passing away at the age of

103 years in May this year. A

proud ORA member, Doreen

attended two Golden Girls’

reunions after she turned 100

and unveiled the plaque at the

opening of the ORA’s Heritage

Trail in November 2012. At her

funeral service, which was

held at Holy Trinity in Kew,

mention was made of her

generosity to the Church, and

also to Scope (formerly the

Spastic Society) in establishing

a particular centre for severely

disabled people.

(Dorothea) Anne Ogier

(Hedley ’62) passed away

on Saturday 25 June 2016 after a short battle with

cancer at the age of 70. Anne was a student at

Ruyton from 1950 to 1962 and she maintained

a strong friendship group from Ruyton, as well

as from St Paul’s Church in Canterbury. Anne

leaves behind her husband and her three children,

Juliette, Grant and Jacqueline, as well as

stepchildren, Tania and Melissa, and

grandchildren Jai, Lachlan, Rory, Leo and Hector.

She will be missed.

Submitted by

Penny Taubman

(current parent)

We love to share news of the exploits of Old Ruytonians in whatever field

they may be engaged. Please send all news to The Editor, Mrs Elizabeth Beattie,


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