2020 Board Chair Address Pulteney Celebrates

Pulteney students, families and guests, Pulteney staff, the Board of Governors, Foundation trustees, and distinguished guests, whether here in person or via live streaming….

I would like to add my welcome to you to our 2020 celebration event.

It is a great honour and privilege for me to be here today to bring greetings and congratulations from the Board of Governors.

This time last year I shared with the school community that the Board had faced the most important and challenging decision that any school board can face - that of selecting and recruiting a new principal.

Throughout 2020 this decision has been put to a far greater challenge than anyone could have imagined 12 months ago. With COVID-19 impacting all aspects of life in 2020 and posing significant challenges to the Pulteney community.

The true strength of culture and leadership is only determined when it is confronted by significant challenge. The Board believes that Cameron, the Executive, and the entire Pulteney staff have risen to the challenge throughout the year in an exceptional manner, showing great leadership and reaffirming the strengths of our amazing Pulteney community.

To all staff, thank you for an outstanding year in the face of great challenges.

Today, the class of 2020 are graduating from Pulteney Grammar, and this is your last formal school event. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the room is not packed with your friends and relatives, though I hope many will be able to share this moment online with you, nonetheless they are very proud of you……..of your accomplishments…….and of the goals that you have reached.

When one thinks of a successful graduate one thinks of themes such as dedication, perseverance, integrity, honesty, conscientiousness, dependability, and hard work and whilst those themes are true of all graduates they are particularly apt to describe you, the class of 2020, given the unique circumstances of this year.

John Lennon wrote in one of his most memorable songs that “life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans”…and I think, more than any other graduating class in the history of the school, this line applies to you, with the ups and downs, uncertainty, and rapid changes surrounding many aspects of 2020.

South Australia has high academic standards that you have met, and at Pulteney we have a dedicated staff who have guided, supported and challenged you throughout your time here. You also have friends and family who place a high premium on education who have afforded you the opportunity to attend Pulteney and assisted you as you have needed throughout your journey. Your faculty, family and friends have all made sacrifices so that you can be here today.

These sacrifices include school drop-offs and pick-ups, parent/teacher nights, proof reading assignments and just being there and being understanding as you dealt with the complexities of being in secondary school, and they are here to share this moment with you, either in person or virtually, as they all have played a significant role in you becoming a graduate of Pulteney Grammar.

The Class of 2020 please stand with me and join in thanking the staff members and family without whose support you would not have reached this milestone. On behalf of the Board of Governors I salute your success and believe that your experience here at Pulteney, with the ongoing support of your family, sets you up to achieve your goals, whatever they may be.

In closing, I have a few acknowledgements to make……

I would like to acknowledge the considerable time invested by the Board Governors and Committee members who have been incredibly generous in their support of me through their enthusiasm, time, skill and passion for Pulteney.

With Dr Greg Keene and Mr Colin Dudley, having finished their full terms as Governors I would like to take the opportunity to formally acknowledge the outstanding contribution that both gentlemen have made over an extended period of time to the Pulteney community.

Colin has been an enthusiastic, considered member of the Board of Governors, including a term as Deputy Chair and his contribution will be sorely missed, although he will continue as Chair of the Pulteney Foundation.

Dr Greg Keene is without question one of the most passionate and committed Pulteney people you will ever meet. Greg has been Deputy Chair on two occasions and also Chaired the Board for two years, and he leaves the Board having had a greater impact than most in terms of the built form of our campus. Greg’s passion, commitment and desire for Pulteney to be the absolutely best it can be will be extremely difficult to replace in the coming years.

However, I am pleased to announce the following new appointments that have recently been made by the Board:
• David Reynolds
• Paul Flynn
• Kate Lyttle

I, and the rest of the Board look forward to welcoming and working with these new Governors in 2021 and beyond.

The Board is delighted with the upgrade of the Nicholls building to house our music program, an outstanding effort by all involved, and we look forward to the completion of the Cambrell Building into 2021.

I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contribution to the Pulteney community in a challenging year, by both the Pulteney Foundation and the Parents and Friends Association.

Cameron will soon speak of the outstanding contribution of some key figures within the Pulteney faculty who leave us at the end of the term. On behalf of the Board, I would like to extend my wholehearted ‘thank you’ you for your outstanding impact and influence to the school and wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.

Finally, on behalf of the Board I would like to thank all of the parents for their ongoing support and trust in us as we strive to provide the best educational experience for their children.

On behalf of the Board I wish all of the Pulteney Community a wonderful Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.

Mr Allen Candy
Board Chair