Ruyton Girls' School

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Ruyton Girls' School
Kew, Victoria, Australia Australia
Coordinates 37°48′41″S 145°2′21″E / 37.81139°S 145.03917°E / -37.81139; 145.03917Coordinates: 37°48′41″S 145°2′21″E / 37.81139°S 145.03917°E / -37.81139; 145.03917
Type Independent, Single-sex, Day school
Motto Latin: Recte et Fideliter
(Upright and Faithful)
Denomination Non-denominational[1]
Established 1878[2]
Chairman Kathryn Watt
Employees ~120
Grades P-12
Enrolment ~850
Colour(s) Navy Blue and Gold

Ruyton Girls' School (commonly referred to simply as Ruyton), is a non-denominational, independent, day school for girls, located in Selbourne Road, Kew, an inner-eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Ruyton was established in 1878 by its first principal, Charlotte Anderson. Its motto is Recte et Fideliter meaning "Upright and Faithful", which is also the name of the school song. Ruyton caters for approximately 750 students from three-year-old Kindergarten and Pre-Prep, to Year 12, with boys being enrolled in Kindergarten and Pre-Prep.

Ruyton Girls’ School is consistently placed in the top 10 academic performing schools in Melbourne. In 2012 there were ten perfect scores and 12% achieved an ATAR over 99. In 2011, four girls received the Premier’s Award, and another was one of only 500 students nationwide to be recognised with an Australian Student Award.

In 2008, Ruyton was ranked 2nd in the state of Victoria, based on its VCE results, with 40% of study scores over 40.

The school is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[1] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[3] the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA),[4] the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV),[2] and is a founding member of Girls Sport Victoria (GSV).[5]


Ruyton offers students the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) program, as well as the Vocational Education and Training (VET) course.


The school also offers co-curricular activities such as sport, music, drama and debating. Ruyton is involved regularly in intra- and inter-school activities, competitions and events, including the Debaters Association Victoria (DAV) debating programme, Girls Sport Victoria (GSV) sporting carnivals, the Tournament of Minds (TOM) cross-curricular competition, the Alliance française French speaking, reading and writing competitions, the Boroondara Literary Award, an extensive range of academic competitions and honours and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Ruyton also hosts the inter-school Performing Arts House Festival (PAHF), the Alan Patterson Prize for Public Speaking and the Isobelle Carmody Award for Literature.

External programmes[edit]

In Years 11 and 12, students of Ruyton may study their chosen courses with students from the nearby boys’ school Trinity Grammar. These classes are shared between Ruyton and Trinity. The two schools also collaborate in the annual Trinity-Ruyton musical. Ruyton also performs plays with the Scotch College, Melbourne.

Another of Ruyton's features is its International Programme, providing international opportunities and student exchange visits through the Sister School Network, a regime created in 1989, that has expanded over the years to include 16 schools throughout Canada, Taiwan, China, New Zealand, United States of America, United Kingdom, France and South Africa.

An Expanding Horizons Programme is run for each year level from Year Three to Year Eleven. The programme consists of an educational and challenging camp, which visits various parts of Australia, depending on the year level. Camps such as ski camp, surf camp, a political journey to Australia's capital Canberra and a two-week camping tour of Australia's Northern Territory are included in the programme.


Exchange runs from Year's 10 and 11 for girls who want to go overseas and visit sister schools or the schools around the area of the continent the girls visit. Sometimes girls from other schools around the world have a couple of girls come and visit Ruyton on their exchange. Girls from years three to 11 all have one camp a year, although some have two as they have a music camp.

House system[edit]

As with most Australian schools, Ruyton utilises a house system. Girls from Year prep to Year 12 are divided into four houses, each named after a former Principal of Ruyton - Anderson (Red), Bromby (Navy), Daniell (Sky Blue), and Lascelles (White).

The houses are primarily sporting houses, competing annually in athletics, swimming and cross-country carnivals. They are also involved in inter-house debating and performing arts (PAHF) festivals.

Associated schools[edit]

Ruyton's brother school is Trinity Grammar in Kew. At VCE level, they conduct co-educational classes. Girls also may go to Trinity for classes, and vice versa. From years 9-12 students from both schools are able to take part in the Senior Musical (such as 2008's Oliver! and 2010's Thoroughly Modern Millie). Middle School Plays are also done in conjunction with Scotch College.


Alumni of Ruyton Girls' School are known as Old Girls or Old Ruytonians, and may elect to join the school's alumni association, the Old Ruytonians' Association (ORA). The Association was founded in 1908, as a way of keeping former students in contact with each other and the School, through social and sporting activities. The current membership of the ORA exceeds 1,300.[6]

See Also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Victoria". School Directory. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Ruyton Girls' School". Find a School. Association of Independent Schools of Victoria. 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  3. ^ "JSHAA Victorian Directory of Members". Victoria Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  4. ^ Butler, Jan (2006). "Member Schools". Members. The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  5. ^ Mawkes, Leonie (2005). "Member Schools". Profile. Girls Sport Victoria. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  6. ^ "Old Ruytonian’s Association". Old Girls. Ruyton Girls' School. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  7. ^ Heywood, Anne (2002). "Bate, Zara Kate (1909 - 1989)". Australian Women Biographical entry (Online ed.). Melbourne: National Foundation for Australian Women. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  8. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "DURHAM Judith Mavis". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 
  9. ^ Green, Jonathan (2005-03-30). "Famous alumni on Latham's hit list". Politics (Crikey). Retrieved 2007-08-06. 

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