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Pulteney Review Week 10 Term 1

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.

Collegiate Cup

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!

Anne Dunstan


Student Wellbeing

Pulteney is a school that values student wellbeing. This is evident in the interactions between staff and students every day. Another key aspect of building student wellbeing is our wellbeing programs across our school. In term 1, each Sub-School has engaged in a range of student focussed wellbeing initiatives. In Kurrajong the student action teams have been established and have presented their ideas and actions. The student actions teams give students an opportunity to lead in action and work collaboratively on shared projects. In the Prep school students have been engaged in the Rock and Water program, which assists students in building their skills of emotional regulation and resilience. In our Middle School our Year 7 and 8 students have been working through our anti-bullying program which involves a presentation focussed on safe and respectful behaviour online and in person. Year 9 students have been exploring future pathways based on their values and strengths. In oneninety, In Year 10, the Wellbeing Services Team have presented the workings of the teenage brain and staff have worked with the students in their preparations for the year level camp. Year 11 students have explored a range of goal setting activities and explored their trust networks with their tutors. Students have also participated in presentations from the wellbeing services team about managing the workload in year 11. Drivers education has also been a focus with students attending the RAA ‘Street Smart’ driver education program and follow up activities focussing on decision making. Year 12 students have participated in goal setting activities as well as some futures presentations relating to University study pathways. This has given the students the opportunity to reflect and refine current study and revision practices as well as continuing to focus and refine their post-school options. Year 12 students have also positively engaged themselves in the Kurrajong reading program.


The Kurrajong Student Action Participants have thoroughly enjoyed working in their specific teams this term. The nominated students were given opportunities to present at chapel services and assemblies. They communicated to the students in Kurrajong their views on ways to keep our space tidy, safe and happy. Meetings were held every fortnight in the Resource Centre and at other times when necessary to prepare for an assembly presentation. The following students are to be congratulated on their efforts this term and we thank them for their contribution. A new team of students will be formed for Term 2.

Positive Play Team
Declan Morgan
Felix Damis
Aryan Mahtolia
Zoe Rose

Dream Team
Ava Livesey
James Starr
Jake O’Dea
Jason Cheng

Tidy Team
Billy Baldock
Jacob Zhong
Anastasia Kapaniris
Glory O’Connell

Green Team
Charlotte Toh
Iliana D’Onise
Luka Tudich
Ollie Tripodi

Natalie Natsias

Acting Head of Kurrajong



STEM Sista/Mista

Do you have a passion for STEM? Are you wondering what a career in STEM might look like? Then do we have a program for you!!

The STEM Sista (girls) and Mista (boys) programs have been formulated for students with a keen interest in STEM related fields. Both programs run for 4 days in a small group setting where like-minded students learn about the attributes and skills required for a successful STEM career. Students also have the opportunity to meet a range of STEM professionals who share their experiences and, in some cases, continue to act as mentors for students long after the program has finished. Previous professionals have included aerospace engineers, PhD candidates, product engineers, various health practitioners and HR managers. 

The programs are facilitated by Teresa Janowski, the founder of STEM Fast Track, who has many years’ experience working in STEM industries and has spent the past few years delivering these programs through STEM Nation. Last year, five Pulteney Grammar students attended these dynamic programs, and all agreed that is was a fabulous and worthwhile experience.

I found the STEM Sista program really helped grow my confidence in myself and my school work. The program was so full of modules and information which have been absolutely invaluable to my plans for the future, ideas about universities and higher education along with my sanity. (Also, Teresa is the best and the food was amazing). Grace Neuhaus Year 11

The STEM Sista program was amazing, from an education, future, and social perspective.  The modules were so helpful with my study techniques and how I thought about learning, and the exercises surrounding budgeting and meal planning taught us real-world skills. Talks from young people in our interested fields and from universities helped me consider potential pathways and got me visiting open days.  Experiencing it with a small group of girls with such a wide range of interests was so much fun and I would totally do it again! Olivia Veronese Year 11

I got a lot of things out of the STEM Mista course. I learnt about saving money, developing learning strategies and how to get a job. I had a good time and made new friends.

I highly recommend this and would do this again. Cooper Hillen Year 10

STEM Mista was an amazing opportunity to meet with people in the fields we are interested in and find out how they got there and what we need to do to get there ourselves. It also helped us learn how to be successful and what strategies we can use in the real world to help us do so. Also, the hot chocolates were great. Daniel Hassan Year 10

Below is a list of programs available to students throughout the year. The program is best suited to Year 9 and 10 students, but this can be negotiated if there are special circumstances. There is a cost of $550 which families would need to cover. This includes all food and materials for the duration of the program. More information and online enrolment are available at . Otherwise, if you or your child are interested in finding out more, please contact myself or Leeanne Johnston-Bryan via email.

The programs will run on the following dates this year;

Available Dates for STEM SISTA 

  • May Session               6 – 9 May
  • July Session A            1 – 4 July
  • July Session B            23 - 26 July
  • August Session           26 – 29 August
  • September Session    2 – 5 September
  • October Session A      8 – 11 October
  • October Session B      21 – 24 October
  • November Session     4 – 7 November

Available dates for STEM MISTA 

  • May Session               13 – 16 May
  • July Session                16 – 19 July
  • September Session    16 – 19 September
  • October Session         29 – 31 October

Georgie Buenfeld

Learning Area Leader Digital Technologies

Leeanne Johnston-Bryan

Co-ordinator of Futures


Middle School House Breakfast

End of Term Parent Coffee Mornings

Performing Arts
Performing Arts

As term 1 draws to a rapid close there is a great deal of activity in Performing Arts. While it has been a very busy term, much has been achieved which will provide positive dividends in the months ahead.


Wicked rehearsals have been so hectic with such a huge show to develop and for the students to learn. With a very exciting and talented cast of 47 students and the orchestra of 19, rehearsals have been packed full of wonderful music and singing, dramatic and often funny acting as well as the costumes, sets and tech all being sourced and put together by an amazing team of teachers and other professionals. Tickets are on sale NOW and are rushing out the door, don’t miss out. Go to, to secure your tickets.

ANZAC Commemorative Tour

On Tuesday 16 April, 16 students plus Sam Hore (Old Scholar) along with me and Annie Kwok will be flying out of Adelaide heading for Paris, France. This incredible 16 day tour of Paris, Belgium, Northern France (WW1 Battlefields) and London is built around some very important events where our students will be very prominent including the 2019 Fromelles Anzac Day Commemorative Service, the Villers-Bretonneux Dawn Service, London Old Scholars Dinner along with many other significant highlights. The 16 students have been rehearsing every week in preparation of forming a musical group (choir and small band) to be able to perform at these and other special performances.

While we are in Europe, Jo and Mark Bourchier will be travelling with us and not only assisting with the tour but also to witness the special commemoration of 16 fallen old scholars who all lost their lives in the service of their country and of Pulteney Grammar in World War 1 on the Somme and Northern France battlefields. Our Principal, Anne Dunstan and her partner Benjamin, will also be joining us for the two ANZAC Services and the Old Scholars Dinner.

This will be the first time a musical group will be guests at the London Old Scholars Dinner as well as performing for the gathering.

I look forward to reporting to you all early in Term 2, on how our adventure unfolded.

2019 Music Co-Curricular Program

This year we again have an extensive music co-curricular program involving nearly 300 students. The ensembles currently in rehearsal include the Senior Concert Band, Stage Band 1 and 2, Senior and Junior Percussion Ensemble, String Quartet and Senior Stings, Junior Strings, Junior Concert Choir, Senior Concert Choir, Grammarphones, Senior and Junior Drum Corps, Hand Bells, Jazz on the Terrace, as well as several other groups including our Year 11 Rock Band who rehearse independently of staff direction. This group will feature at the Gig@theGov on Tuesday 27 August.

This Friday at 7.30pm in Wyatt Hall the annual Cabaret takes place, featuring the stage bands, jazz choirs, featured Yr 12 singers, our two jazz choirs as well as a special performance by some of our talented music tutors. Tickets are available at is always a tremendous night so please come along and have fun. Food is provided along with a bar, raffle tickets and silent auction as well as great music.

Other Important Dates

In term 2 and 3 we have some other fantastic events so please take note of the dates listed below and get your diary sorted in advance!

Thursday 9 May Music Soiree #1 Chapel 6pm

May 23, 24, 25 Wicked, Norwood Concert Hall

Week 8 Term 2 Adelaide Choral Eisteddfod – Senior and Junior Concert Choir (Dates to be advised)

Thursday 8 August Pulteney Inaugural Classic Concert – Wyatt Hall 7pm

August 4, 5, 6 ABODA Band Festival, Westminster School (more details to come soon)

Tuesday 20 August Pulteney Inaugural Dance Concert – Wyatt Hall 7pm

Tuesday 27 August Gig@theGov 7.30pm

Wednesday 25 September Prep’s Preptacular – Adelaide Town Hall 7pm


Jonathon Rice

Learning Area Leader Performing Arts

Coordinator of Performance and Instrumental Music Programs


Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and book by Winnie Holzman
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire

Written as a prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz tale, Wicked follows the journey of two unlikely friends, and the power they have when they learn to put aside their differences to unite as one. In Pulteney’s 20th year of co-education, we are proud to present this story of exploring friendship and identity, celebrating the creativity and hard work of over 100 Pulteney students both on and offstage. See some of Pulteney’s incredible young talent as they journey to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard!

We are excited to offer several seating options this year: 

Emerald City package: Watch Wicked in style! Limited at only 8 tables per performance, this package offers front-row seating at your own exclusive private table (seating up to 4 people); a bottle of Bird in Hand bubbly (or soft drink), and Bottega Rotolo gourmet nibbles platter to enjoy during the show; commemorative program; and unparalleled views of the show. Upon arrival, you'll be escorted to your table (each named after each of the leading characters) by one of the members of our Emerald City brigade. 

Ruby shoes package: The Ruby experience offers excellent reserved Stalls seating (rows 2-3); a commemorative program; and a complimentary glass of Bird in Hand wine (or soft drink) to enjoy during interval from the private Yellow Brick Road bar, accessible exclusively to Ruby guests. 

Munchkinland (Stalls & Dress Circle): These tickets are for seats located in the Stalls (row 4 onwards) or Dress Circle, offering great views of our talented cast and band in action. Water and soft drink can be purchased during interval from our friendly team in the foyer. 

Tickets available at from Friday 22 March

Thursday 23rd May @ 7:00pm
Friday 24th May @ 7:00pm
Saturday 25th May @ 7:00pm
Norwood Concert Hall (175 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067)

PLEASE NOTE: The use of stage smoke/ haze will be used for all performances. Please note that Stalls seating (including both the Ruby + Emerald packages) are on a flat floor space, whereas seats in the Dress Circle are slightly raked and only accessible via stairs. If you require accessibility support, please contact the production manager prior to the performance.

CONTACT: Jamie Hibbert, Production Manager & Senior Drama teacher at Pulteney Grammar School


Upcoming events

Save the date for the following Pulteney events!




Friday 5 April


Sunday 7 April

Pulteney Street Party



Thursday 23 May

PGS Production of Wicked

Friday 24 May

PGS Production of Wicked

Saturday 25 May

PGS Production of Wicked

Friday 31 May 6.30pm

Chic & Champagne



Sunday 18 August 12.00pm

Wild Wild West Long Lunch



Friday 22 November 11.30am

The Pulteney Foundation Golf Day

Wednesday 27 November 6.30pm 

 Pulteney Celebrates


Parent Rep Functions

All Parent Rep function information can be found here.


Details for the following events are in the attachments below

Year 11 Pulteney Blue Parents Dinner - Friday 29 March

Year 12 Pulteney Blue Parents Dinner - Friday 29 March


Health Centre

Australian Sports Medicine Federation (SA Branch) are pleased to announce Community Concussion Forums for 2019.

The sessions will run for approximately 90 minutes and are free of charge. They are run by a Sports Doctor currently working with elite sport and conversant with the latest information and management protocols in concussion.

This is currently a very topical issue within sporting communities and we encourage attendance by all.

Please see below the set dates for our 2019 Concussion Forums:





















Please find a link to Facebook post about the Concussion Forums with more information.   


Sharon Bowering
School Nurse

Uniform Shop Holiday Opening Hours

Tuesday 23 April               11.00am - 5.00pm

Wednesday 24 April          12.30pm - 4.30pm

Friday 26 April                  8.00am - 11.30am

Monday 29 April                9.00am - 1.00pm