Our Learning

Senior School

'We are actively reimagining education for our girls at Ruyton. They are immersed in a wide range of learning experiences that provide opportunities to extend their knowledge and skills and also to discover their passions.'

- Deputy Principal, Head of Senior School, Mrs Glenis Gumley.

What to Expect During Senior School at Ruyton Girls’ School

As we prepare our girls for tomorrow’s world, the development of skills and understanding in collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, digital learning, enterprise, global citizenship and communication are essential components of our educational focus.

A strong, cumulative academic programme, with opportunity for choice and flexibility, is in place throughout the Senior School years. While we recognise the academic disciplines as the foundation of knowledge, we embrace interdisciplinary and project based learning experiences to develop risk taking in learning, and provide opportunities for self direction and co-creation of learning through a personalised learning approach.

Structured Programmes for Optimal Learning

In Years 7 and 8, our girls engage in the Innovate-ED programme, where learning is developed through the four guiding concepts of diversity, equality, sustainability and active citizenship. This programme encourages the development of diverse skills and the opportunity to apply them in different contexts.

In Years 9 and 10, girls take part in an extensive Elective Programme, in addition to studies in English, Health and Physical Education, History, Languages, Mathematics and Science. This programme is carefully designed to provide challenge, choice, diversity and balance.

School Facilities

School facilities at our Kew campus in Melbourne have been designed to maximise student learning potential. Our recently built Margaret McRae Centre houses the Year 7 and 8 home groups, the science labs and performance spaces. Future plans include the building of a new performing arts centre. We also have a fantastic in house netball team and a state of the art swim school programme that is registered with Swim Australia.

Co-ordinate Education Programme with Trinity Grammar School

As one of the leading private girls’ high schools in Melbourne, we offer our unique Co-ordinate Education Programme with Trinity Grammar School in Years 11 and 12, which provides shared classes and co-educational learning at a time when students are emotionally, physically and socially mature.

Leadership Programmes

The development of an embedded School-wide leadership learning programme designed specifically for girls provides opportunities to have voice, take action, and make a difference. This also involves leadership camps, cross age buddy and tutor programmes, attendance at local and national conferences, student run forums, community service commitments, and student initiated leadership and service initiatives.

Exchange Programmes – Interstate and Overseas

As part of our focus on global citizenship, there are opportunities for girls to take part in exchange and global learning experiences. School Exchanges to Adelaide and Sydney are available in Year 8, Perth and New Zealand in Year 9, then Canada, China, France, United Kingdom and United States in Year 10. Each year, different global learning programmes are on offer, including Language tours. Other opportunities recently offered include Science and Innovation Tours and a Performing Arts Tour.

Signature Programmes

Our ever evolving Signature Programmes ignite intellectual passion and curiosity, challenging and empowering our girls as engaged citizens. In the Year 6/7 Blended Programme, girls collaborate on a unique project throughout second semester. The Year 8 Urban Escape is a week-long Project Based Learning experience where girls work collaboratively to design, build and market an escape room. The Year 9 Foundation Masterclass immerses girls in a contextual learning programme with experts and notable guest speakers.

In 2017, girls experienced ‘Bold Women, Brave Stories’ with Dr Lois Peeler; 2016 ‘Mission to Mars’ with Diane McGrath (Mars One Candidate); and 2015 Mental Health in young people (with BATYR and Craig Hassed). The Year 10 Networking Programme develops skills in networking and brings together current and past students, enabling skill building in context.

All of our girls from Year 7 to Year 12 take part in New Horizons, our Outdoor Education and Camping programme. The range of immersive experiences aims to foster and encourage personal growth, with opportunities to learn new skills, experience challenge, value teamwork and enjoy many different facets of our environment.

Scholarships

Enrolment and scholarships for 2019 are now open. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Principal. Please note pre-registration is essential, and Ruyton Girls’ School only has one scholarship testing date per year.

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