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Ruyton Girls' School
12 Selbourne Road
A school for girls and young women from ELC to Year 12 with an outstanding reputation for excellence.
Melbourne East
03 9819 2422
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Early Learning, Primary School, Secondary School
ELC to Yr 12
Co-ed Kindergarten and Pre Prep.
From $12,713 p.a (Kindergarten) to $31, 631 p.a (Year 12)
  • Academic Achievement
  • Creative Arts
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Information Technology
  • Languages
  • Personal Values
  • Sport

About Us

We Believe in Girls

At Ruyton we foster the individuality of each girl in a caring and safe environment, nurturing her intellectual, physical, social and emotional qualities essential to flourish.

Powerful learning is central to the Ruyton culture, building on our strong academic reputation. We focus on advancing the learning of every girl through the engagement of intellectual curiosity, building knowledge and skills about how to learn and supporting them to be the best learners they can be and exemplary citizens. We believe in real world learning beyond the classroom, collaborating with the wider community to promote growth, discovery and sustainability.

We empower our girls to lead lives of purpose with courage, character and compassion. Through the development of values and action-focused learning they are inspired to pursue equity and justice for self and others. By embracing diversity and raising their voices our girls effect positive change and make a difference.

One Campus. Endless Opportunities.

Our Early Learning Centre, Junior School and Senior School are situated on one campus, emphasising our strength as a connected learning community and enabling many opportunities for collaboration, mentoring and role modelling. The size of Ruyton enables us to know our girls individually and support them in achieving personal best. Our strong connection with Trinity Grammar School provides unique educational opportunities for students across the two schools, particularly through our Year 11 and 12 Co-ordinate Programme.

There is no better way to understand the spirit of Ruyton than to visit us on one of our Open Mornings, one of our School Snapshot sessions, or attend a Principal’s Conversation to experience Ruyton for yourself.

For the full range of our programmes, please contact our Registrar, Mrs Nadine Hibbert, at Registrar Email.


Ruyton recognises the importance of providing the best possible learning environment for its students and staff.
Ruyton has state-of-the-art learning centres: a Library Resource Centre, the Prue Gillies Building, the Margaret McRae Centre, the Year 11 and Year 12 Centre, and a recently redeveloped Junior School. The Ruyton Aquatic Centre completes the School’s comprehensive Physical Education, Health and Wellbeing facility.
We ensure that every aspect of teaching and support is designed around an individual girl’s needs. This enhances student engagement, motivation and commitment to learning. It underpins a collaboration and rich involvement between the girls and staff that achieves the very best individual results.

The curriculum at Ruyton is wide-ranging, challenging and creative, with an emphasis on personalised learning. We continue to develop innovative programmes to expand the learning experience for girls and are committed to utilising information and technology within the classroom.The girls are able to use the most up-to-date digital devcies. Broad extension opportunities for selected and highly able girls are offered through the Ruyton Gifted and Talented Programme in Years 5-8, and the Ruyton Master Scholar Programme in Year 7-12.
Ruyton aspires to give each girl an opportunity to learn and grow so that she achieves educational excellence and personal fulfilment.

Ruyton seeks to provide a supportive environment enabling girls to demonstrate that:

* as individuals they are confident, resourceful and resilient;

* as learners they are intellectually curious, versatile and can
work both independently and collaboratively,

* as members of the community they practise tolerance and

* as leaders they act with integrity, self-assurance, initiative
and an awareness of the value of service;

* and as citizens they are enterprising, creative and have a
commitment to community service, sustainability and a global society.


Scholarships Saturday 24 February 2018

Pre-registration required

Feature Story

‘The expert in anything was once a beginner.’ Helen Hayes.

Internship Programme at Ruyton Girls’ School

As actress Helen Hayes said, ‘The expert in anything was once a beginner.’ I wholeheartedly agree and therefore am perplexed by the increasing number of job postings advertising ‘entry-level’ roles yet requiring ‘three plus years of experience in a similar role.’ It is rapidly becoming a remarkable feat to secure suitable employment after graduation; in fact, the Foundation for Young Australians has reported that 30 percent of graduates are currently unemployed, or underemployed. To make matters worse, employers are reporting mismatches in the skills young people are learning at university and those that industries require.
In our globally-connected, technologically enhanced world where the most prevalent jobs being advertised did not exist five years ago it begs the question: how are we preparing our young people to be successful in their adult life?
To continue supporting our girls to become leaders within our global community, the Internship Programme was introduced this year - an authentic, project-based Year 9/10 elective offering that connects our student interns with industry professionals and organisations beyond the four walls of the classroom. Unlike our work experience programme, the Internship Programme is completed onsite over an extended period and is centred around a major work project that the mentor is currently working on and is willing to share with a student intern.
After nine weeks of professional learning, which included creating resumes, cover letters, digital portfolios, user manuals and vision boards, our students interviewed with leaders of industry to secure a six-week internship across a range of fields. Our girls secured internships as Data Scientists and Research Assistants alongside Post-Doctorate research fellows and as Graphic Designers and Quality Assurance Testers for creative studios, to name a few. Throughout the internship, our girls worked alongside industry professionals to not only complete a project but to also refine their future work skills, such as working with colleagues in a professional manner, dealing with deadlines, and how to manage workflow.
‘I was able to complete tasks that adults with university qualifications are doing. I completed a thematic analysis, a generalised linear model and presented the information to my mentor to be used in a published report …’ Zoe B, Year 9 (interned as a Data Scientist with Dr Amanda Krause supporting her work at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions.)
‘I have started to think differently because I have realised that I won’t always have a teacher to help and answer my questions and that in the real world you often have to figure things out yourself …’ Asha J, Year 9 (interned with Mr Terry Burdak supporting Beta Testing at Paperhouse Games.)
‘Internship was something I always looked forward to and will miss it as this elective has helped me discover things I didn’t know about myself. It has helped me be more open-minded and has made me really think about my future …’ Kelly N, Year 9 (interned as a Development Co-ordinator with Mrs Jenni Musgrove supporting Spirit Week at Ruyton Girls’ School.)
Our Internship Programme aims to provide exposure and experience to help our girls make increasingly considered choices about their future academic and professional journeys. As Steve Jobs once said, ‘Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.’ 

Mr Jake Plaskett, Director of Learning Innovation

At Ruyton we support transforming momentum into action

‘I call myself a feminist when people ask me if I am, and of course I am because it’s about equality, so I hope everyone is. You know you’re working in a patriarchal society when the word feminist has a weird connotation.’ 

Ellen Page, actor.

Inspired by the popular photo project of the same title that went viral in 2015, Strong Is the New Pretty by Kate T Parker is a photo-driven book comprised of memorable photos (with minimal text) of fierce and joyful girls. It is a celebration of what it means to be strong; the strength and spirit of girls being 100% themselves. It serves as a strong reminder that real beauty is about being your authentic self and owning it, whether that be athletic, bookish, brainy, brave, loyal, or courageous. The photographs champion the message that girls are perfect in their imperfection; beautiful in their chaotic, authentic lives; and empowered by their strength instead of their looks. They are messy. They are loud. They are thoughtful. Wild. Full of life. Adventurous. Artsy. Silly. Funny. Strong. Stubborn. Proud. Independent. Resilient. Bold. 

So simple and yet so powerful, Strong Is the New Pretty celebrates spirit in words and smiles, an affirmation of the fact that it’s what’s inside you that counts. Strong Is the New Pretty conveys an important message for every girl, every mother and father of a girl, every coach and mentor and teacher, for everyone in the village it takes to raise a strong and self-confident person.

‘I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will.’ 

Amy Schumer, actor, comedian.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away, there has never been a more important time to continue the focus on equality. 

 This year, International Women’s Day came on the back of unprecedented global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements and issues ranging from sexual harassment and femicide, to equal pay and women’s political representation. There is currently a strong global momentum striving for gender parity. Our inspiration often comes from hearing the bold stories of others, because seeing is believing. When we see what others are truly capable of we start to contemplate our own boundaries, fears and dreams, and begin to take risks.

At Ruyton we actively support transforming momentum into action; empowering women in all settings, rural and urban, and celebrating the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realise their full potential. To raise our girls to believe in themselves and to believe in and support each other; that is our aim.

The #TimeisNow.

‘When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through the door of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back.’

Michelle Obama, former First Lady.

Ms Linda Douglas


ruyton 140th anniversaryRuyton Girls’ School Celebrates Spirit Week

‘… I think the founder, Charlotte Anderson, would be so proud to see her Ruyton in action today, 140 years on. Recte et fideliter, upright and faithful, girls of character and integrity; that’s what the Spirit of Ruyton is all about!’

Florence Edwards, Year 11

There is something very unique about Ruyton. People feel it when they come here and visit our School; it is what they notice when they see our girls in action and it is what we experience every day. It is the very essence of Ruyton, our culture and character; it is our spirit. A spirit that commits us to supporting our girls to be their very best; to show grit and determination; to acknowledge endeavour and personal best; to be courageous; and to enjoy the experience of learning and living together. It is the spirit that binds us as we know that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We are stronger together: we are Ruyton.

‘The Spirit of Ruyton is in the bricks in the buildings and the leaves on the Morton Bay Fig. It’s in the friendly smiles from the hard-working maintenance men, the Bumblebee Choir and in our cross-country champions. But most of all, girls, it’s in all of you when you put on your Ruyton blazers and walk through those big gates to learn and laugh together and become part of Ruyton’s future.’

Ms Meagin Gidley, Ruyton Staff Member

Spirit Week gave us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate this spirit and the proud history of our School, one of the oldest girls’ schools in Melbourne.

Staff, students, parents and alumnae shared in the experience through their involvement in the Mothers’ Day Classic, the celebratory breakfast, Founder's Assemblies, Contemporary Concert, Historical Tours, Reunions and House Day. The Golden Girls’ Reunion on Thursday showed that we are forever young at heart as our wonderful Golden Girls connected so strongly with our Junior School girls. When the Junior School girls gathered around our proud alumnae and they all sang the School song together there were tears in many an eye.

"This school taught me that there are no limits to my ambitions. That I should strive to be the best I can be. Michelle Obama said ..., ’There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.' This was the belief instilled in me by my then teachers and now colleagues."

Miss Camille Hudson, Ruyton Staff Member

This year also saw the introduction of the Volunteer Awards to recognise individuals who have contributed significantly to the life of Ruyton through both their volunteer work and actively living the values of Ruyton. Recipients of the award have volunteered over a sustained period of time at Ruyton.

I honestly believe that Florence is correct. Mrs Charlotte Anderson, a woman of great courage and determination, would be thrilled to see the vibrancy of her School today, particularly our girls. And I have a sneaking suspicion that as Cheers Cup came to a triumphant end on Friday afternoon with the proud chants of Anderson, Bromby, Daniel and Lascelles girls, the Moreton Bay Fig, protector of all at Ruyton had a secret smile and chuckle, then extended its long branches a little further around the Ruyton community to envelope us all in a wonderful grandmotherly hug.

Recte et Fideliter       The Spirit of Ruyton

Ms Linda Douglas, Principal

Test Results

Ruyton is consistent in its performance of academic excellence among the top schools in Victoria. In the last nine years Ruyton has maintained an average median score of 91.55 in its VCE results at Year 12. In 2016 54 percent of girls received ATAR scores of 90 and above. There were three perfect scores of 50. In 2015 46 per cent of girls received ATAR scores of 90 and above. ‘This is not only testament to the hard work and commitment of our girls,’ says Principal Ms Linda Douglas, ‘but also is an endorsement of the dedication and expertise of our teaching staff. With ongoing parent support, this powerful combination produces confident and resourceful young women who are ready to tackle any challenge.’


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