From the Principal
The Importance of Looking Up and Beyond
This is the last Pulteney Review I will write for Term 1 2019. While it is hard to believe that our longest term of the year is drawing to a close, I have been impressed with the engagement of our students and staff in all that has been on offer. Just last week, I tweeted that I had enjoyed celebrating our rowers, cheering on Collegiate Cup sports, planting a tree with the Kurrajong students in their new Nature Play area, applauding the efforts of the Year 5 students on camp and dancing the night away with the Year 11 and 12 students at the Formal. This week I look forward to Cabaret on Friday (have you bought your tickets?) and all the inclusive fun, food and celebration of Languages and Cultural Celebration Week. There is no shortage of opportunities on offer!
At the commencement of the term break, I will be taking a period of sabbatical and study leave spanning one month. While I know that during this time I will miss the excitement and opportunities that daily life at Pulteney provides, I am looking forward to taking some time to look up and outward, beyond the gates of our wonderful school. Whilst I will have the great fortune to accompany our students and staff for part of the School Music Tour to Fromelles and the Somme and catch up with Old Scholars in London, I am also looking forward to the opportunity to read widely, undertake school visits, attend a globally-focused education conference and take time to deeply reflect – all things necessary to ensure my leadership of Pulteney remains focused on what is possible in education more broadly, for all of our students, now and into the future. I thank Deputy Principal, Greg Atterton, who will be Acting Principal during my absence.
It was such a pleasure witnessing the efforts of our students in the Summer Collegiate Cup between Pulteney and Scotch. The spirit of support and solidarity was impressive. While Scotch were victorious overall, I was particularly proud of the standard of play and the exceptional sportsmanship shown by all of our Pulteney teams. Each year we see further developments in the program for this sporting competition and I thank our students for taking up the many opportunities to represent their school.
I extend my thanks to Head of Sport, Mr Huw Bowen, and the coordinators and coaches of the summer sports for their efforts throughout the season. I also acknowledge the Grounds Staff who consistently ensure our grounds and facilities are in fabulous condition and support our students’ endeavours. Onwards to Winter!