Our Learning

Senior School

Our Senior School inspires our girls to be bold, to live lives of impact and purpose. We prepare our girls for a lifetime of learning, leadership and engagement in our global community.

Powerful learning builds on our strong academic reputation and promotes intellectual curiosity, creativity and collaboration. Listed below is an outline of our Senior School programme and its opportunities for girls.  We encourage you to find out more by visiting us to experience the Spirit of Ruyton.  A customised prospectus specific to your daughters interests, can be easily created online.


Signature Programmes

Our Signature Programmes ignite intellectual passion and curiosity, challenging and empowering our girls as engaged citizens. These programmes are continually developing to best meet the needs of our girls in a rapidly changing world. Senior School programmes currently include:

  • Year 6/7 Blended Programme - girls collaborate on unique projects throughout the year.
  • Year 8 Urban Escape - a week-long Project Based Learning experience where girls work collaboratively to design, build and market an escape room.
  • Year 9 Foundation Masterclass - immerses girls in a contextual learning programme with experts and notable guest speakers.
  • Year 11 and 12 Co-ordinate Education Programme with Trinity Grammar School.


Year 7 and 8

The Year 7 and 8 programmes at Ruyton guide the transition from Junior to Senior School, catering for the changing emotional, social, physical and academic needs of girls, while preparing them for the challenges of lifelong learning. Students undertake core studies in:

  • Art
  • Drama
  • English
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Humanities, Innovate-ED
  • Languages other than English (LOTE) Chinese or French may be chosen and studied until year 9 
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science

The Innovate-ED programme provides our students additional opportunities to develop a range of trans disciplinary skills through four guiding concepts of diversity, equality, sustainability and active citizenship.

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Years 9 and 10

In Years 9 and 10, core subjects are English, Health and Physical Education, History, Languages, Mathematics and Science.  Girls take part in an extensive Elective Programme that develop skills in the areas of Creativity, Discovery, Enterprise and Global Citizenship.


Year 9 and 10 Languages

Students in Year 9 will continue with the language elective studied in Years 7 and 8 unless invited to participate in the Tutorial Programme. 

Year 9

Year 10 

Chinese (Mandarin)

Chinese Accelerated (Mandarin)


French Accelerated 

Chinese (Mandarin)

Chinese Accelerated (VCE Chinese Mandarin Units 1 & 2)


French Accelerated (VCE French Units 1 & 2)

Spanish Language and Culture


Year 9 and 10 Electives

Ruyton's middle years elective programme provides our girls with unique learning experience of challenge, choice, diversity and balance.  Two electives per semester will be chosen across Years 9 and 10.  VCE electives are only available to Year 10 students. 


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Year 9 and 10 Electives 2020


Years 11 and 12

Ruyton offers a comprehensive choice of subjects for the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Vocational Education Training (VET) and University extension options. Click on the link below to view the full range of options for Year 11-12 students and accelerated Year 10 students in 2020.

VCE and VET Subjects 2020


VCE Co-ordinate Education Programme with Trinity Grammar School
Our unique Co-ordinate Education Programme with Trinity Grammar School provides co- educational learning opportunities for Years 11 and 12. The Programme has run successfully for over 25 years. Co-educational classes are held at both Ruyton and Trinity campuses in all learning areas. The Co-ordinate Education Programme expands the learning experience for our girls at a time when they are emotionally, physically and socially mature; sharing the expertise of teaching staff and excellent facilities across two Schools.

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Leadership Programmes

Our School-wide leadership learning programme is designed specifically for girls and provides opportunities to have voice, take action, and make a difference. This includes leadership camps, cross age buddy and tutor programmes, attendance at local and national conferences, student run forums, community service commitments, and student- initiated leadership such as:

  • Culture and Diversity Committee
  • Community Service
  • Ruyton Student Council
  • Sustainability



Exchange Programmes – Interstate and Overseas

Global Citizenship opportunities for Ruyton girls include exchanges and global learning experiences. School Exchanges to Adelaide and Sydney are available in Year 8, Perth and New Zealand in Year 9, and Canada, China, France, United Kingdom and the United States in Year 10. Each year, different global learning programmes are on offer for Senior School girls, including Language, Science and Innovation and Performing Arts tours.

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Co-curricular Opportunities

Ruyton girls enjoy high participation and success in a broad range of co-curricular activities including:

  • Debating and Forums
  • House activities
  • Performing Arts
  • Sport
  • Visual Arts


Outdoor Education Programme

From Year 3 to 12 all girls take part in New Horizons, our Outdoor Education 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.

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