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.

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. 

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. 

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 Years 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 have included Space Camp, Science and Innovation Tour and Performing Arts Tour.

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.

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.

Co-ordinate Education Programme with Trinity Grammar School

Ruyton and Trinity have enjoyed the benefits of the unique Ruyton/Trinity Co-ordinate Programme since 1993, where Ruyton girls and Trinity boys in Years 11 and 12 share many classes across both schools. This co-educational learning occurs at a time when students are emotionally, physically and socially mature, helps develop confidence, promotes social and academic interaction and provides flexibility.

Signature Programmes

Our ever-evolving Signature Programmes ignite intellectual passion and curiosity, challenging and empowering our girls as engaged citizens. In the Year 6 and 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 Ruyton 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). In Year 10 students are engaged in Internships, pursuing a six-week project to expose them to experiences in a real-world environment. Power Lunches provide girls from across year levels to meet to listen to guest speakers, talking on topics as varied as their career in astrophysics, marketing and communications or as a neuro-surgeon.

I knew Ruyton believed in me when they taught me that my ambitions have no limits and that I should strive to be the best I can be.’ Year 11 student.

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